Tim O'Brien leaves The Huffington Post; editor was a driving force in the site's pursuit of 'capital J' journalism
Tim O'Brien, executive editor of The Huffington Post and Arianna Huffington's main deputy in the newsroom, is leaving the site to work on his next book.
HuffPost is rolling out a new blog template in two weeks that will allow every reporter in the organization to maintian his or her own personal blog as a supplement to their usual beat-reporting for the site. Which they are also, lightly so far, encouraged to do.(1)
The magazine, O'Brien announced during a companywide meeting Wednesday afternoon, has switched to an unpaid model.
"It's basically the difference between a one-night stand and a long getaway when you want to get to know someone really intimately," she said, drawing laughter from the few hundred party-goers gathered on the greenhouse-like rooftop of The Gramercy Park Hotel, where Huffington and her staff were feting Huffington., or, as Huffington called it, "Huffington period."
"Certainly from the beginning we wanted to do something that felt like a print magazine," said Klenert. "We've started smart, small and nimble and we'll grow from there." "A weekly felt a nice compromise to the frenetic rush of a daily and the detachment of a monthly, so we could be on the news but not necessarily just of the news," said O'Brien. "We felt this was a nice counterpart to the web experience we offer readers."
The road ahead for The Huffington Post: Nine months and a merger later, 'Capital-J Journalism' is still a work in progress
Arianna Huffington and two of her generals in the battle to professionalize The Huffington Post, Tim O'Brien and Peter Goodman, told Capital that since the merger with AOL, they'd hired 200 journalists, created a 10-person desk of news editors, and were publishing between 50 and 60 originally reported, real news items a day, with several large features a week clocking in at more than 3,000 words.(3)
So fine, Trump doesn't mind getting in a loud fight with the media over any of this, even when the fight seems to be a very uneven one. But we know he does mind (very much!) when the media actually does reporting into Trump's claims of his own worth, as Trump now gives us a perfect excuse to remind ourselves.
Here's a short play, set in 1997:
Scene: Journalist, applying for a job, is seated across a table at a moderately priced Italian restaurant from an editor who's just taken over the Arts and Entertainment section of a respected national publication.
Journalist: The thing is, I really admire all your writers—but I mostly write about the downtown music scene, and I've never really seen more than little 200-word squibs about that stuff in Publication X.