Economist.com, Democracy in America, Seven questions for Dan Froomkin
My favorite of the seven:
DIA: Much of Huffington Post’s traffic is driven by gossipy stories about sex and entertainment. Are you concerned about the effect this has on the site's respectability?
Mr Froomkin: It’s not my favourite thing about the site. But mostly, I recognise it as evidence of how the Huffington Post is truly a creature of its medium. A fair amount of people come to a website in part to be entertained, and to deny that would be to turn away a large audience of potential news consumers. And please keep in mind that our staid, holier-than-though newspapers carry horoscopes and Sudoku, not just news. I know some people who subscribe to newspapers primarily because they couldn’t live without the comics.
The kids' demand for the comics does seem to be why we still get the Miami Herald. Even though they now print some so small I can hardly read them.
And the Winner For Best Headline is: CJR, Froomkin Is The New Nipples?
(The idea being that Ariana H. is saying Dan will drive traffic there. Like their Page 3-style style blogging does.)
NYT does the Dan Froomkin story — although their focus is on the issue of when/whether newspapers and other media should let traffic/popularity determine what stays and what goes.
Dan Froomkin to Huffington Post,
I’m delighted to announce that starting later this month, I’ll be taking on the duties of Washington Bureau Chief and Blogger for The Huffington Post.
This is a wonderful opportunity for me. It’s a marvelous platform — Arianna Huffington has built a large and thriving community of readers by adhering to the best principles of old and new media. And my new job gives me a chance to branch out a bit, while holding firm to my commitment to accountability journalism. Now I’ll have a chance to work as part of a great team, and do a bit more of my own reporting as well as commentary and media criticism..
I’ll still be writing frequently, but I’ll also be guiding the Huffington Post’s accomplished, enthusiastic and adventurous reporters; helping them continue covering Washington the way it should be covered. The extraordinary response to my departure from The Washington Post once again illustrated how much readers hunger for a new – or perhaps I should say old – method of political reporting: One that doesn’t rely on stenography or “splitting the difference,” but involves knowledgeable and trusted reporters calling things as they see them, speaking the truth — and letting the chips fall where they may. We’ll also be finding new and exciting ways to work with citizen journalists to access their wisdom and knowledge.
I look forward to working with all my new colleagues to hold the powerful accountable, expose corruption, explain how Washington really works — and write about politics and government not as if it were just a game, but recognizing that it matters profoundly to every one of us.
I’m eager to hear your reaction and advice, as always. E-mail me at email@example.com.
Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald has more about my move.
And one final note: I will continue serving in a part-time capacity as deputy editor of NiemanWatchdog.org.