I just finished reading Angela Hoy's Writers Weekly with actual reports from writers at The Examiner.
You've probably seen the freelance writer job listings posted by The Examiner, which, it seems, is in many cities across the country. I know some writers who are columnists for The Examiner so I hope their experience is better than the ones reported to Writers Weekly.
If you were thinking about applying to The Examiner, make sure you read this first. It's not meant to discourage you from writing for them if that's something you really want to do. However, it is a reality check to make sure you're fully aware of their compensation structure.
(Do yourself a favor and sign up for Angela's weekly email newsletter. She's a great watchdog for writers.)
Writers should get paid a decent wage for their work. No one asks a teacher to write for free or nearly free so why do they expect writers to do this?