Posts tagged with ‘Huffington Post’
Our digital society is inflicting a Copernicus-like, far-reaching change in the structures of contemporary liberal democracies and the media as we know it. It is impossible and unnecessary to adopt defensive attitudes towards that change, even if we certainly know that the transition will be both difficult and painful.
Spain’s current media landscape is worrisome, mainly because of the economic crisis and the fast introduction of new technologies. In the last five years, the Spanish newspapers have cut more than 12% of its circulation and ad sales have plummeted 50%. Painful restructurings have resulted in 6,000 layoffs.
Such has been the collapse that we may well suspect that we are bottoming out. We face an absolutely necessary disruptive process that we have to endure in order to survive. It is impossible for me to predict the survival of newspapers as we know them, but in any case, people will always need the kind of “person that explains to the people what happens to other people.”
More important, however, is the fact that PRISA, the largest media company in the global Spanish-speaking market, owns the influential Spanish newspaper El País.
PRISA has not said how many workers will go, but local media said more than a quarter of the paper’s staff could be forced out.
“We can’t keep living so well,” PRISA Chairman Juan Luis Cebrián told staff on Friday, in comments published by the workers’ committee of the left-leaning paper, Spain’s best-read generalist daily.
One of the paper’s journalists, Carlos Cue, said on Twitter it was the “worst day in the history of El País”.
PRISA has made cuts across its various outlets, including business daily Cinco Días and radio station Cadena Ser. This latest round of cash-saving measures will be formalized on Tuesday.
The programme includes firing workers, early retirement for some and reducing salaries. Across the Spanish media, the average journalist’s salary has halved since the onset of the country’s financial crisis.
It is worrying that the median age [at El País] is 53 years old (189 staffers are older than 50 while only 10 are younger than 30), and that hinders our capabilities to achieve what we need in order to survive.
FJP: Politicians tend to leak newsworthy stories to journalists on Fridays in order to dissipate the buzz throughout the weekend. TODAY, regrettably, the news broke from within and everyone in the newsroom is concerned.
— 10-year-old Tarina from Virginia in a letter to America after the Sikh Temple shooting. It’s a moving read. Wisdom knows no age.
The Huffington Post’s David Wood won a Pulitzer for national reporting for a 10-part series called Beyond the Battlefield that explores the challenges Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans face after a decade of war.
HuffPo is the first online daily to win a Pulitzer.
The award may be Wood’s, but Huffington Post cofounder Arianna Huffington is a clear beneficiary. Over the past few years, Huffington has made a point of hiring experienced, well-known and (no doubt) expensive reporters like Wood.
The hirings are part of an effort to position the Huffington Post as a serious news organization — not, as former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has described it, as an “overaggregator” of “celebrity gossip, adorable kitten videos, posts from unpaid bloggers and news reports from other publications… [with] a left-wing soundtrack.”
The complete list of winners is available at Pulitzer.org.
Huffington will be published weekly and will reflect the Huffington Post’s mix of original journalism and aggregated news, possibly with a small number of stories commissioned specifically for the magazine. Whether it will be a free or paid product hasn’t yet been determined. The Daily has shown that there’s a market for paid news apps; since its launch in early 2011, it has consistently been one of the top-grossing apps in the Apple store.
Whether readers would be willing to pay for a publication that’s mostly reheated content from a free website is a different matter, however. And then there’s the issue of charging for stories whose writers in many cases weren’t paid.
Noted, and probably good for HuffPo diehards, but I’m on the rather-view-a-news-org’s-site-than-app bandwagon. — Michael
The video ad market is still heating up, but AOL is betting it will come to a boil very soon. It’s making a major bet with a new streaming service on Huffington Post that will launch in the summer and promises live content 12 hours a day, five days a week and hope to get up to 16 hours a day by 2013.
The service itself is ambitious, but even more so is the investment AOL is putting behind it: $30 million, according to an AOL source. HuffPo plans to create all the video itself. It will dedicate 100 employees to the operation. The scale of the effort would put it on track to be one of the largest producers of original for the Web video around.