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Huffington Post

Few are as successful as the Huffington Post by their fifth birthday.

In five short years of existence, the web publication doubled its staff to 100, expanded its site to include a number of local and niche news pages, and most recently received 13 million unique visitors during the month of March. In honor of its May 9 birthday, Newsonomics media blogger Ken Doctor wrote a post for the Nieman Journalism Lab outlining exactly what it is that makes the Huffington Post so successful.

His six points all highlight what's unique about HuffPo, starting with its brand--the Huffington Post stands for "a high-pitched way of thinking about the world," he writes, and Arianna Huffington has never backed down from her feisty liberal assertions. The website is known for liberally partisan news, but Huffington is not apologetic about this fact, and it still manages to increase viewership year after year--up 94% in just the last 12 months.

Author

Alexandra Jaffe

Date

2010-04-23 14:07

The Huffington Post keeps growing and growing with two new sections this month - HuffPost Food and HuffPost Arts. Although they will start national, these two will become key offerings in the HuffPo's hyperlocal coverage in cities like New York and Chicago, according to PaidContent.

Author

Maria Conde

Date

2010-04-13 16:42

The Huffington Post announced today the launch of an all-twitter edition of the web publication, likely to follow much the same format as their current tech, politics, and comedy pages. The move is part of an effort to fully integrate social networking into the Huffington Post site, and to emphasize breaking news.

CEO Eric Hippeau sees this focus on Twitter as an integral part of the Huffington Post.

Author

Alexandra Jaffe

Date

2010-04-08 19:11

The Media Links are a daily round-up of media-related postings from across the web offering updates, opinion and analysis of current topics in media and journalism. Check back here every day for a new selection of links.

A monkey sighting offers a lesson in finding user-generated content for newspapers. [Poynter]

The Daily Telegraph wins paper of the year, a Guardian journalist wins reporter of the year, and London mayor Boris Johnson likens politicians to "pitiful blue-nosed Avatar characters" at this year's British Press Awards. [Press Gazette]

Guardian Media Group CEO Carolyn McCall leaves to run EasyJet. [PaidContent]

Author

Alexandra Jaffe

Date

2010-03-24 18:44

The Huffington Post launched a new group blog Tuesday to record the ongoing relief efforts and changing landscape after the large-scale earthquake in Haiti. With already 10 posts up, on subjects ranging from heroes in the relief effort to the forgotten but still devastated villages in the rubble, the blog aims to keep the spotlight on an area much in need of already diminishing attention.

The Haiti blog follows in the tradition of other group blogs created by citizen journalists that the Huffington Post has launched in the past, including their partnership with NewsAssignment.net to cover the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections. The Huffington Post is also planning to launch a group blog of small business owners in the U.S. this spring.

Author

Alexandra Jaffe

Date

2010-03-24 14:29

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, the journalism nonprofit launched by Ariana Huffington in September 2009, has produced roughly 50 stories since its inception.

Nick Penniman, executive director of the fund, estimated that his editorial staff of nine publish between three and five stories a week. Some are "deep-dive" pieces, requiring months of reporting, while others are "quick-strike" articles that are less in-depth.

The fund's articles are posted on their website and can be distributed by other news outlets free of charge under a Creative Commons license.

Most stories have focused on problems in the banking and health care industries. A recent story about Benjamin French, a 12-year old born with a deformed arm who was denied insurance by his provider after he had reached his maximum coverage limit, made it as far as the Senate floor during the recent health care reform debate.

"The goal of nonprofit journalism like this is to create impact in the world," said Penniman. "We managed to affect both the debate and one person's life."

Author

Trafton Kenney

Date

2010-03-12 13:00

The Huffington Post has been keeping quite busy lately - just this week, the news and commentary website added not only one but two new sections to its online repertoire: Religion and College.

The newly added Religion section will feature a wide range of discussions about religion, spirituality, and their relationship with our daily lives.

In an article to introduce HuffPo Religion, Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington explained that users can expect discussions about the relationship between religion and science, the role of religion in attaining self-fulfillment, the ways religion is portrayed in pop culture, and the overall effect religion has on domestic and international politics on the new site.

Paul Raushenbush has been named HuffPost Religion's editor. He is an Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University and an ordained Baptist minister, is "ideally suited to the challenge of presenting multiple viewpoints and insights," according to Huffington. This could prove to be a very handy skill when it comes to discussing religion.

Huffington hopes the new section will serve as a forum of debate and conversation- for believers and non-believers alike - on all things religion.

Author

Maria Conde

Date

2010-02-25 17:30

The Huffington Post has launched an application for Yahoo!, Media Bistro reports. The app will allow Yahoo! users to browse the popular opinion and aggregation website without leaving their homepage, use their Yahoo! account to log into HuffPost and join HuffPost Social News, and to share their comments with other contacts on Yahoo! as easily as sharing to Facebook.

An editorial partnership between the two parties will lead to more HuffPost stories featured on Yahoo! News.

The application features sections for front page news, most popular stories, blog posts and general news. Users can flip between different sections including politics, media, business, entertainment, sports, technology and others.

HuffPost co-founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington wrote of the deal: "Over 260 million people use Yahoo! email accounts and 550 million people visit Yahoo! every month -- and now they can keep up with HuffPost without having to leave their Yahoo! homepage, simply by adding our new app."

"It gives users a taste of our fast-paced, constantly refreshed approach to delivering news and opinion," she wrote.

Author

Elizabeth Redman

Date

2010-02-12 15:50

The past few years has seen the explosive growth of social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, and a dramatic downturn in advertising revenue that has set about ravaging the newspaper industry. PoynterOnline has now reported new enterprises between the two industries however, which could prove profitable for both.

Few news outlets are without their own Twitter account these days, using the site's micro-blogging capabilities as a means to distribute stories and attract a wider audience. The Austin American-Statesman is using theirs to sell tweets to local business, which can advertise their enterprises on the newspaper's Twitter account.

Author

Helena Humphrey

Date

2010-02-01 14:59

The Huffington Post has benefited the most from the work of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, according to John Cook of Gawker.com.

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund was founded as a non-profit independent journalism venture in March of 2009. Affiliated with and partly funded by Ariana Huffington's news website, it pledges to investigate "abuse, fraud or waste in government, business, and other institutions." The fund is also supported through tax-exempt donations from the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy and the Atlantic Philanthropies. All of its content is available to publishers for free through a creative commons license.

In order to qualify as a non-profit, the fund has to prove that no publishers have an unfair advantage or access to its content and that it provides stories to outlets other than just the Huffington Post.

However, Cook did some investigative reporting of his own and claims that "the Huffington Post is the only outlet of any scale or reach that has made consistent use of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund's free content."

Author

Trafton Kenney

Date

2010-01-26 15:30

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