Tag Archives: The Huffington Post

Bloggasm: How much original reporting on HuffPo’s front page?

Simon Owens has done a spot-check on the front page of the Huffington Post site, at 8pm on Tuesday June 2, to ascertain how many HuffPo headlines are of the reporters’ own making.

He explains how he defines ‘original reporting’ in the Bloggasm post, and here’s what he found:

“There were a total of 77 headlines on the front page of the Huffington Post when I conducted the survey. Of those, four headlines simply linked to news outlets offsite. There were five HuffPo stories that contained original reporting. There were 55 HuffPo stories that simply expressed opinion and/or summarized content from other outlets. The remaining 13 stories were reprinted wire copy.

“So this means that approximately 6 per cent of the HuffPo stories on the front page tonight contained original reporting. This is likely significantly fewer originally reported stories than you’d find on most major newspaper websites, including the New York Times, LA Times and the Washington Post.”

Full post at this link…

Silicon Alley Insider: Subscriptions only work for porn, says Huffington

“Unless you’re selling porn – especially weird porn – I would not go the subscription route,” Ariana Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, told the All Things D conference last week.

In the video below with the Washington Post’s Katharine Weymouth, Huffington also talks about the development of HuffPo: half of the site’s traffic now comes from non-political stories; the last round of funding is going into the investigative journalism fund, local verticals and expansion; the site is breaking even.

Full story at this link…

Nadim Hasbani: Arab audiences are not watching western-owned news stations

Nadim Hasbani, writing at the Huffington Post, looks at the ‘the widespread failure of western-owned Arabic TV channels to establish themselves as credible news sources with Middle Eastern audiences living under dictatorship regimes,’ in light of Obama’s decision to speak to the Arab world on Al Arabiya, a Dubai-based news channel. Hasbani writes:

“Arabs are watching news and entertainment programmes from Arabic satellite channels like Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, MBC, and LBC. But they are not watching the news stations western governments are funding to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year: BBC Arabic, the American Al Hurra, France 24 Arabic, and Deutsche Welle Arabia.”

Full post at this link…

NY Times exec ed Bill Keller sparks online comment with Darfur remark

An extract from comments made by New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, at the opening of the Stanford Daily’s new building this week, has sparked a flurry of comment under the original Politico.com post, which was picked up by both the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post.

Michael Calderone’s post uses quotes reported by Politico’s Tim Grieve, which include:

“Keller predicted that the Times will be ‘left standing after the deluge.'”

“Commenting on the keep-the-Times alive movement, Keller said: “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.””

The comments below the article particularly pick up on the latter remark, many readers angered by what they perceive as Keller’s likening of the New York Times situation with that of the crisis in Darfur. “Talk about delusions. As important as Dafur!” writes ‘CLJ124’.

The link to the article on the front page of the Politico site, meanwhile, makes reference to the fact that Keller ‘joked’.


Commenter ‘Michael Green’ writes: “Some of the comments about this piece miss a point or two. One is that Mr. Keller might have been ironic in referring to saving The Times as the equivalent to saving Darfur.”

Another, ‘Stacy Harris’, writes that it “is likely a poor choice of words that, upon reflection, Keller will regret.” An anonymous commenter, writes that it was a ‘parody’: “Regarding Darfur, Keller said that, considering all of the people who have offered to donate money to keep the Times alive, it appears that at least some people equate saving the Times with saving Darfur.”

Keller is also reported by Politico to have said “If you’re inclined to trust Google as your source for news – Google yourself.”

If he does that today he will find that a Google blog search on “bill keller” now returns: http://blogsearch.google.co.uk/blogsearch?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&hs=vih&q=bill%20keller&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wb and this is the result of a Google News search: http://news.google.co.uk/news?hl=en&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=%22bill%20keller%22&sa=N&tab=bn.

Update: Bill Keller has emailed Politico, in response to the comments on the Politico post. Of his remarks he said:

“I think it’s pretty obviously a reflection of my mild astonishment at the earnest fervor with which some people have suddenly embraced the cause of saving newspapers.

“That’s matched only by my mild astonishment at the silly literal-mindedness with which some people read my occasional public comments.”

A fuller context to his comment is given in a new Politico blog post, at this link.

Wired.com: HuffPo accused of stealing content

The Huffington Post has been criticised for allegedly stealing copyright content from the Chicago Reader, an alternative weekly based in Chicago.

The Huff-Po’s co-founder Jonah Peretti claims the republished excerpts of the Reader’s concert reviews are part of the site’s intention to aggregate and drive traffic to external sites.

The Huffington Post: Bail out investigative journalists

Rob Kall imagines 10,000 investigative reporters being paid by the government an average of $75,000 each and spending a further $225 on 3,000 more editors. “That would cost less than a billion dollars and provide the nation with probably 50 times more investigative reports than we now have.”

HuffingtonPost going local – and international?

Having secured $25 million of funding and launched its Chicago section in beta, the Huffington Post is reportedly eyeing further expansion with plans for San Francisco coverage.

The launch of a network of HuffPo local editions is still in the planning stage, however, the San Francisco Chronicle was told.

So it’s next stop San Fran, then – the world. The site’s international section is also in beta:

A timely week for the Huffington Post to launch mobile

In all the election excitement, this nearly got missed but the Huffington Post went mobile this week.

Media Bistro originally reported:

“HuffPost Mobile’s election coverage includes top news stories, election results and featured blog posts. Other non-election content includes pieces from HuffPost‘s various sections like green, living, entertainment, media and style.”

It’s powered by Crisp Wireless and the two partners will now be looking to gain advertising revenue through the service, Media Bistro reports.

Editor&Publisher: Top 30 news sites for September 2008

Nielsen Online’s top 30 current event and global news destinations list, with percentage changes comparing September 2008 with September 2007. The Huffington Post continues to pull off big increases in unique users – visitors to the site soared 457 per cent to 7.4 million in September.