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Data from Ireland-based startup NewsWhip shows that the most viral stories are not always those curated on page one. Founder Paul Quigley told The Editor’s Weblog that this realization will challenge the mission of some news organizations, as social distribution favors emotionally-charged and unusual stories over traditional news.

As social networks become omnipresent, newspaper front pages are losing their lustre. A Pew Foundation study showed that social networks are now the greatest distributors of news, with 33 percent of young adults accessing news via social networks and only 13 percent through print and web newspapers. With more people sharing stories on Facebook and Twitter, fewer and fewer discover news stories through newspapers’ homepages and front pages. Quigley said this trend will likely be permanent, so news organizations need to learn to adapt a “social edge” to stay relevant.

“If we’ve got a story to tell it’s that social distribution won’t go away,” said Quigley, who will present NewsWhip at WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Europe conference in London, 15-17 April. “Maybe Facebook or Twitter might go away, but the web of people is going to be how information is going to spread.

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Kira Witkin

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2013-04-05 16:56

The Huffington Post is to launch a Japanese-language site in partnership with Asahi Shimbun, a leading Japanese daily, the two companies announced today. According to a press release, Huffington Post Japan is currently recruiting a veteran editor-in-chief and editorial team in preparation for its launch, but a date was not given.

"I'm delighted to welcome Japan to the HuffPost family," said Arianna Huffington, quoted in the press release. "As our first edition in Asia, HuffPost Japan is more than just one more step toward our goal of expanding to new countries and continents; it's a reflection of our commitment to inviting ever more voices to join our growing global conversation. Partnering with the Asahi Shimbun Company, with its local expertise and grasp of Japan's history, culture, and unique personality, we'll be telling the stories that matter most both to those who live in Japan and those who care deeply about Japan -- and just as important, helping the people of Japan tell their stories themselves."

As the release notes, Asahi Shimbun is one of the largest papers in the world, with a daily circulation of 8 million copies for the morning edition and 3.4 million for the evening edition, with reporting in English, Chinese and Korean as well as Japanese.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-12-14 18:32

How to be successful online? It’s a question newspapers worldwide are asking and the answer may not be much more complicated than something we already know how to do: good editing.

This insight comes from a recent World Editors Forum study tour of multimedia newsrooms in the United States, during which we visited The Huffington Post as well as several other media organizations. 

The HuffPost is one of the most successful news websites in the world. Much has been written about the fact it that aggregates a great deal of its content. As the argument goes, The Huffington Post is getting rich off the work of our journalists. However, that generalization hardly explains its success. The site is edited with sophistication, imagination and attention to detail, just like a good newspaper.

This became clear one morning as I prepared for our group of overseas journalists to visit The Huffington Post as well as the New York Daily News. I was struck by the similarities of their websites. Both covered many of the same stories in a similar fashion. The stories were intriguing, headlines were creative and pictures captured the visitor’s attention. 

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Randy Covington

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2012-12-06 10:27

After the US, the UK, Canada, France and Spain it’s now time for The Huffington Post phenomon to hit Italy, where L’Huffington Post launched today.

Following the now usual practice of teaming up with a local mainstream news organization, L’HuffPost partnered with Gruppo L’Espresso, publisher of the daily La Repubblica and the weekly L’Espresso, having partnered with Le Monde and Les Nouvelles Editions indépendantes in France and El Pais in Spain.

Former TV journalist and former president of the public broadcasting company RAI, Lucia Annunziata has been named editorial director, while editor-in-chief will be the former editor of L’Espresso Gianni Del Vecchio.

L’HuffPost will follow the recipe of its international counterparts: a mix of reporting, aggregation and crowdsourcing participation in the form of unpaid blogs. A team of journalists, who will be dealing with original content on the site, will go alongside an army of bloggers ranging from well-known politicians of the left and the right, activists, and intellectuals to totally unknown citizens.

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2012-09-25 18:46

“The role of the journalist in SEO is changing,” said Eric Olander, former Digital Editor-in-Chief for France 24, an international news network based in Paris. 

Today’s digital newsrooms are acutely aware that search engine optimisation (SEO), a term that encompasses a range of tactics for getting web content noticed and listed high up in search results by Google and its competitors, is not a magical gloss that in-house tech experts can merely apply to news articles after they have been written. Rather, it is a skill set that all journalists whose work appears online need to possess, and use to their advantage, in order to remain competitive in the digital age.

“Optimisation should be baked in as you’re creating the story,” said Olander; “it has to be done on the content creation level because if you do it on a secondary level you’re changing the editorial structure of the story.”

“Now, when we run newsrooms we expect that the journalist has an understanding of SEO,” he continued, “so that their headlines are optimised, their ledes are optimised, and their first paragraphs of text are optimised.”

Optimised how, exactly?

Here are 5 very basic rules for boosting your article's rank on Google's podium:

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Emma Knight

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2012-08-01 15:23

"What ticks you off?" @HuffPostLive asked the world in a tweet today, inviting anyone with an answer and a webcam to vlog about it.

Yes, vlog. The Huffington Post is bringing video blogging back into vogue with HuffPost Live 3,2,1... phase one of a plan, unveiled Tuesday, to build a live streaming video network into its website. 

The concept, according to Arianna Huffington, is “to create the most social video experience possible.” 

With the launch of phase two on August 13, the Huffington Post will begin streaming live video from custom-built newsrooms in New York City and Los Angeles (with a satellite studio in Washington D.C.) between 10am and 10pm every weekday, with highlights being aired on evenings and weekends.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-12 11:41

Yesterday, Columbia University announced the winners of the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, letters, drama, and music—and among the distinguished few were online news organizations The Huffington Post and Politico, according to a Columbia press release.

The reputable Pulitzer Prizes, established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer in his will and administrated by Columbia University since 1917, are “perceived as a major incentive for high-quality journalism,” according to the website.

These are the first Pulitzer wins for both The Huffington Post and Politico. A complete list of winners is available on the Pulitzer website.

David Wood, senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post, received a prize for National Reporting for his “Beyond the Battlefield” series, which highlighted “the physical and emotional challenges facing American soldiers severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan during a decade of war,” the release said.

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Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-17 13:28

The Huffington Post UK has launched a new 'Inspiration' section on its site which will enable brands "to communicate directly with prospective consumers via video, blogs and social media," announced a press release from AOL.

Its first focus is a cross-platform package in conjunction with other AOL properties to promote Iceland as a year-round tourist destination. As the press release says, the 'Inspired by Iceland' campaign, sponsored by Promote Iceland and Iceland's government, is "the first Europe- wide marketing campaign that fully integrates a comprehensive suite of AOL advertising products, content and platforms."

There are other posts on the page that are unrelated to the Iceland effort, and HuffPost UK editor-in-chief Carla Buzasi said that the Inspiration section is dedicated to "all things inspirational." Food will be a theme over the next few days, then careers and lifestyle, with participation from both HuffPo's journalists and bloggers.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2012-02-24 13:58

Le Huffington Post, a French edition of AOL's popular news, blogging and aggregation site, The Huffington Post, was launched today in collaboration with Le Monde and Les Nouvelles Editions Independantes.

At a press conference held at Le Monde's headquarters in Paris this morning, Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, promised that the new edition would offer the HuffPo's trademark mix of original reporting, aggregation, bloggers and commentators.

However, Huffington stated that although the "architecture" of Le Huffington Post would be imported, the site would be "rooted in French culture" and that it was "absolutely essential" that the local journalists set the agenda.

For more on this story please see our sister publication www.sfnblog.com

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Hannah Vinter

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2012-01-23 17:12

France, Italy, Spain: The Huffington Post is expanding to Europe. After having launched editions in the UK and Canada last year, Arianna Huffington is now taking her news, blogging and aggregation site into continental Europe and non-Anglophone markets.

As reported yesterday by the Wall Street Journal, the French edition "Le Huffington" will be launched on January 23, under the editorial direction of Anne Sinclair, a well-known TV journalist (and wife of the former head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn.)

It was announced today (via PrimaComunicazione) that HuffPost has also signed an agreementwith Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso to land in Italy.

As paidContent reported, the Italian partnership follows the pattern chosen for the French edition and for the Spanish one that is due to launch in March: team up with one or more local media partners, usually amongst the major national brands.

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2012-01-19 17:10

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