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“Desperate” Is Theme of HuffPost Founder’s FTC Journalism Speech

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair,

Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

The second day of the Federal Trade Commission’s 2-day workshop to explore how the Internet has affected journalism featured  keynote speaker  was Arianna Huffington, founder and editor of the Huffington Post blog.   Many old-school journalists blame people like Huffington as one of the reasons for what they see as the demise of the old advertising-based model for the industry.

Huffington was kind enough to offer up her thoughts about the future of journalism.   “Ever since we decided to launch the Huffington Post, I’ve talked about how the future of journalism will be a hybrid future where traditional media players embrace the ways of new media (including transparency, interactivity, and immediacy) and new media companies adopt the best practices of old media (including fairness, accuracy, and high-impact investigative journalism),” she wrote.

In summary, she’s saying don’t hate the player — hate the game.  What Huffington Post and other services, such as the Daily Beast, are fully embracing the hybrid future, while old school media, like News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch, try desperately to cling to the old ways.  I think there’s room for both, and we’re seeing great examples of what can be done, as cited by Huffington and blogged about by me at Musings of a New Media Maven: TechDirt, ProPublica, Baltimore Brew, Maryland Reporter, Texas Tribune, and Voice of San Diego.

You can read National Association of Black Journalists President Kathy Times’ testimony here.  Check out this running Wiki of the workshop coverage here.  And last, but not least, you can get a summary of the top Tweets from the 2-day event from the Media Shift blog, here.

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