Arianna Huffington on How to Fix Newspapers
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. Her newest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Since launching in 2005, The Huffington Post has become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Huffington has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists.
Question: What is your advice to publishers?
Arianna Huffington: Well, I actually have said- and in the book- that I don’t think that traditional media are dead. I just think that they need to adjust to the online realities and they are adjusting, many of them — some of them better than others, some of them faster than others — it’s clear that the current model is not going to survive. But there’s an enormous amount that can be done and — simply by a thriving online operation, and the New York Times is doing that- the Washington Post is doing that. I think that what we are doing, also — at the Huffington Post and what others are doing — is using the wisdom of the crowd model to come up with stories that are breaking new ground and we have a part of our site called Off The Bus that is like a citizen journalism project, which I’m very excited about because, you know, potentially thousands of people around the country can be involved.
America's top blogger on the wisdom of crowds.