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The Huffington Post - number one in all online media rank lists

29 September 2009 / 16:09:55  GRReporter
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Newspaper sales are going down and online blogs are going up. The survival of paper publications is becoming harder and harder but creating a blog, which is read by millions of people around the globe, becomes easier and easier. Though, Arianna Huffington has managed to make a hit blog – one of the most respected and successful ones in the world.

“Many newspapers successfully adapt to the new trends in news. I believe that in the future there will be hybrid publications, in which the old media will take advantage of the new media practices – transparency, interactivity and spontaneity. The new media will accept the best practices of the old ones, including honesty, accuracy, and influential research journalism,” says Huffington in an interview for Athens News.

The future of quality journalism does not depend on the survival of newspapers. Also the focus of needs to change to preserving and increasing the journalists’ profession, notes Huffington regarding the English version of Kathemerini newspaper.

The Queen of web-journalism refutes the claims that research journalism will not be able to survive if there are no newspapers. Together with her partners she has founded HuffPost Investigative Fund, which will finance stories, which will influence not only certain regions but places everywhere.

Of course Huff’s website uses all means the net can offer, in order to improve its development and to become more interactive. She adds the sections, more video materials, more original stories and also brings new articles to specialized Huff publications in New York, Chicago and Denver.

Regarding her growth in the profession Arianna Huffington says that what helps her the most is the learnt from her “countryman Socrates,” who says that courage is the knowledge of what we should not be afraid. “I learned that to be fearless does not mean not to feel fear. Moreover it is to be the master of your fear,” says Huffington.

As she admits, her passion for knowledge and life are the moving power of this interesting lady. Arianna Huffington was born in Athens in 1950 but when she was 17 years old, she left for England, where she studied Economics in Cambridge. After graduating university, she leaves for London, where she stays for 8 years. After that she decides to follow her dream and leave for America. There she meets millionaire Michael Huffington and one year later they get married. Ten years later their marriage ends, because Mr. Huffington admits he is bisexual.

Arianna Huffington’s original thinking takes her to the peak of the media business world. For four years “Huffington Post” turns into the most influential online publication. For the first time the online newspaper appears on May 9, 2005 and now every month the comments on the site are more than one million. Participating in Huffington Post are also over 3000 blogers – politicians, celebrities, members of the academic world, among whom are Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, John Cusack, Mia Farrow, Neal Young, Jamie Lee Curtis, Madeleine Albright, etc.

In 2009 The Huffington Post.com entered among the 25 best blogs in the world in Time Magazine’s rank list and received the recognition of The Observer magazine for most influential blog. This year the creator of the blog Arianna Huffington took the prestigious 12 position in Forbes list of the most influential women in the media and 42nd position in Guardian’s rank list for 100 Most influential people in the media. 

Tags: Internet media Online journalism blog bloggers online newspapers
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