The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) convention in Washington DC, held from Tuesday to today, brought together editors of new and old media to discuss the hybrid future of newspapers.
One panel combined old and new media professionals, including Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of HuffingtonPost.com and Donald E. Graham, chief executive officer and chairman of The Washington Post Co. Though panelists came from “different worlds” of news, all agreed that newspaper editors need to improve access and contribution to online content.
“I believe in a hybrid future for newspapers,” said Huffington. “My passion is about … bringing together the best of the old with the best of the new.”
Huffington also believes that the best of the new can keep tabs on the old, as when bloggers pick up underreported stories that newspapers drop.
Barry Diller, chairman and chief executive of InterActiveCorp., stressed the importance of newspapers’ creating online content. "You can’t simply slap a print thing onto an online site and think there’s anything compelling happening," he said.
Panelists concurred that newspapers that use flash graphics, video, animation, and other online elements have the right idea of how to hold onto readers.