I spoke to Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, for our February Journalist Q&A. Huffington has been keeping busy, including with recent speaking engagements at Columbia College in Chicago and Toronto Advertising Week. HuffPo writer Marissa Bronfman was in attendance:
She praised the ability of new media's "obsessive-compulsive behavior" to stick with a story and "ferret out the truth," suggesting that its interactive and social nature diligently serves to strengthen accountability and transparency. Indeed, "trust is the new black" she exclaimed. With billions of people online each and every day, where can we go and who can we trust to get our news and information? To sites that have cast aside the smoke and mirrors, instead inviting users to openly comment, discuss and debate in real time. As Huffington aptly said of the media arena: "It's no longer the province of the elite."
On the entertainment side, Huffington partnered with How I Met Your Mother executive producer Greg Malins to produce a TV show called Freshman, about freshman members of Congress living in Washington. ABC picked up the show.
Meanwhile, HuffPo is beefing up its business coverage, hiring Simon Johnson, cofounder of economics Web site BaselineScenario.com and MIT economics professor, as contributing business editor.