April 17, 2012 |
NEW YORK — The Pulitzer Prizes for journalism awarded here Monday demonstrated the resilience of old media and the ascendance of the new, as the venerable Philadelphia Inquirer won the prestigious public service medal and the 7-year-old Huffington Post took the national reporting prize for its exploration of the challenges that confront wounded U.S. service members. Digital-focused media first leaped into the Pulitzer winner's circle last year when ProPublica won the national reporting prize.
April 1, 2011 |
Should stage owners who profit from the talent appearing on those stages be obliged to pay the talent in something other than exposure? Two labor disputes over talent and compensation, three decades apart yet eerily similar, suggest the issue remains as vexing as ever. The more recent concerns whether the Huffington Post should pay its non-staff writers and bloggers, who supply most of the popular website's content for free. Arianna Huffington, who sold the site she cofounded to AOL in February for $315 million, has increasingly come under fire for not paying for most of the content she runs.
March 16, 2011 |
Imagine if the San Francisco Chronicle beefed up coverage of the state capital and asked Gov. Jerry Brown which agencies deserved the most coverage. Or what if Fox News planned to take a closer look at the United Nations with the blessing of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon? The snickering that ensued would be prolonged, followed by a righteous blast of indignation from other news outlets. Journalism born out of such cooperation would rightly stink of conflict. That will be at least the initial aroma around the latest journalistic initiative by America's fastest-growing news outlet, Patch.
March 11, 2011 |
AOL Inc. is planning to cut its workforce by about 20%, or more than 900 of the 5,000 employees it has on its payroll worldwide. The job cuts are part of a restructuring aimed at increasing revenue and reflect the integration of operations with the Huffington Post, said Graham James, an AOL spokesman. AOL's chief executive, Tim Armstrong, announced the planned job reductions Thursday in an e-mail to employees. In the U.S., about 200 jobs will be cut, most of them in AOL's offices in New York and Dulles, Va., James said.
February 21, 2011
Write it down Re "HuffPo's mojo," Feb. 16 I don't know where FOA ("friend of Arianna") Mickey Kaus got the idea that journalists are "coddled and well paid," but it sure won't be with the Huffington Post in the near future. I was a reporter for AOL's Patch (among others) until it decided to cut local editors' budgets to the point that it couldn't even pay me the tiny stipend that works out to, after interviewing, researching, fact checking, formatting, photographing and, oh yes, writing, something like $10 an hour.
February 19, 2011
EVENTS Arianna Huffington We can imagine what will be the first question for media mogul Arianna Huffington at this lecture: How will AOL, the new parent company of the Huffington Post, change her sprawling creation launched in 2005? The content-spawning website was bought for $315 million; as part of the deal, Huffington will oversee a new AOL division responsible for bringing together all editorial content from both companies. The social media maven will also discuss a broad vision of uniting traditional and new media forms across the news spectrum ?