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In four years it has gone from upstart to online powerhouse – and now it wants to branch out into news. Is the Huffington Post ready to replace the ailing US newspaper industry? Ed Pilkington investigates

The Huffington Post, the New York-based liberal blog, announced it was setting up a $1.75m fund to help fill the gap left by the decimation of US investigative teams.

The initiative, said the site’s founder, Arianna Huffington, was an attempt to preserve good journalism in America. “For too long,” she said, “we’ve had too many autopsies and not enough biopsies. The HuffFund is our attempt to change this.”

The aim is to dig away at weighty subjects, starting with the economic crisis. The fund will provide for up to 10 staff, supplemented by freelancers, many of them old media stalwarts sacked from failing news institutions.

The fact that the rescue mission is being launched under the flag of the HuffPo – a blog best known for its vibrant commentary rather than news – underlines the blurring effect of the internet revolution. Blogs are inheriting the investigative work of newspapers; newspapers are blogging.


  1. Tell a story. Don’t just slap on an interview in which someone explains something.
  2. Provide context. Why are these people doing this, or what’s the purpose of the event?


  1. Combine audio and photos in a way that misleads (for example, we hear one person singing while we see a photo of a different person singing).

Hoy digo que Microsiervos dice que Antxon dijo en su Twitter que Javier Godoy dijo:
Paso de leer el periódico. Si hay algo importante lo leeré en Twitter“. ¿Alguien más va a decirlo?

Más cadenas. Allendegui, en Lo que cuesta hacer buen periodismo, recoge un párrafo donde el editor de la revista del New York Times, Gerald Marzorati, dice: “Una historia de portada de la revista del Times, sumando lo que se le paga al autor y los gastos de viaje, sin contar la edición, la verificación de datos y la fotografía, suma más de 40.000 dólares, y si es en zona de guerra mucho más. ¿Todavía tenemos el tiempo para hacer estos reportajes y leerlos?“.

What’s more important to you, as a journalist: Being pure to the ways that things have been done in the past, or adapting to remain relevant and influential in your community in the future?

A thorough discussion of all the conventions within the journalism industry that now inhibit the industry’s competitiveness would fill at least one hefty book. So I’ll bring up just two in my effort to advance this conversation.

First, the newspaper industry has long relied on having a large group of editors look at a story before print to ensure its accuracy. That structure, in turn, allowed profit-hungry newspapers to hire less experienced reporters with little or no expertise in the subject that they were called upon to cover. They didn’t need expert writers to ensure accuracy; they had a process to do that.

Over the past decade, that process has changed, however. With staff blogs, many newspapers are letting reporters publish without any layer of advance editing. And newsroom layoffs have sharply reduced the number of individuals who look at copy elsewhere before it gets to print or the Web.

Yet layoffs have cost print newsrooms many of their most experienced writers, leaving those under-trained and less-experienced reporters to cover the community – without the backstop of extensive editing that was supposed to cover for their inexperience.

The demise of monopoly-driven profit margins will keep newsrooms from again staffing copy desks back to those levels. So journalism must change the way it trains and hires reporters, in response. We now need writers who have more practical expertise and academic training in the beats that they will cover, so they can take more responsibility for the accuracy of their work, without editing assistance. It’s not enough for aspiring journalists to study how to craft a story – they must bring also a passion for and training in a beat to cover.

The challenge that journalism has always been facing is to be financed. The cost of information has never been fully covered by the end customer. Revenue sources vary by media and by countries. Today, advertising is the main — and very large — source of revenue. But, governments, special interest groups, readers (for print), foundations…, also contribute to the financing of information.

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2 Responses to “Links for today | Links para hoje”

  1. 8 de Abril de 2009 às 12:40 pm

    Por favor, si el que lo dijo por primera vez está en la sala, que levante la mano!

    Esto parece el juego del teléfono estropeado. Un abrazo!

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