Huffington Post Launches Fund For Journos

Arianna Huffington announced the The Huffington Post Investigative Fund yesterday. This is a way to meet the fears of newspapers scaling back on investigative journalism, and the $1.75 million that is used to kickstart the venture will focus on just that.

The pieces developed by the Fund will range from long-form investigations to short breaking news stories and will be presented in a variety of media, including text, audio and video. And, in the open source spirit of the Web, all of the content the Fund produces will be free for anyone to publish.

The Atlantic Philanthropies and The Huffington Post is the forces behind the initiative, and they are publicly looking for potential editors to coordinate the project.

While this does indeed sound like a good idea – I personally truly appreciate the open source angle of it all – it will do little good by itself. On the other hand, if good journalistic pieces are developed through the fund, and getting the recognition as well as the traffic they deserve, that could potentially be a strong statement to newspapers and publishers that investigative journalism is worth spending a little money on. We’ll see soon enough.

Huffington Doesn’t Think Blogs Will Kill The Newspapers

Arianna Huffington is interviewed by Metro Boston, focusing on the success of the Huffington Post of course. It appears she doesn’t think that blogs will kill the traditional newspapers:

More and more people get their news online, but they also read newspapers for other information. A lot of papers are also moving their content online. You have to, now that people expect to get news around the clock.

Sound words. Other than that, there’s not much to be had from the Metro piece, but do check it out if you’re in Huffington’s fan club.

Huffington Posts New Technorati Top 100 Leader

Arianna Huffington’s The Huffington Post is the new #1 spot on Technorati Top 100 blogs list, overtaking previous frontrunner Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch. I’m not sure if this really means anything, but TechCrunch have been controlling the Technorati Top 100 list for some time now. Other than that, here’s the top 10:

  1. The Huffington Post
  2. TechCrunch
  3. Gizmodo
  4. Engadget
  5. Boing Boing
  6. Lifehacker
  7. Ars Technica
  8. Official Google Blog
  9. Daily Kos
  10. TravelPod

Do you care about the Technorati Top 100 list at all?