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Digital media will rule, says Huffington Post senior editor

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by Honor Leung


The future of news reporting is going from print to digital, said Chris C. Anderson, senior editor of The Huffington Post.


The Huffington Post is an American news website that became the first commercially run US digital media to win a Pulitzer Prize, which is generally considered the highest honor in journalism, in 2012.


“Things are going to change, it’s just a matter of time,” said Anderson. The Huffington Post website had 9.5 million comments last month, brought by hurricane Sandy in New York and the US presidential election, he said.


Asia’s steps of moving from printed to online news is slower than the rest of the world, as newspaper is still flavored by lots of elderly people, said Anderson. Americans’ trend of moving to digital news could be seen by the weekly news magazine Newsweek’s decision in ceasing print publication last month.


Anderson personally prefers books over e-books. When it comes to making news, he liked online media a lot more than printed ones. I can do much more in digital format than print format, like making pictures huge, and using other technology to help spread the story, Anderson said. For example, Huffington Post had “Highlight” function for people to pick out parts of news article to share through twitter or Facebook, he said.


“Blogging gives people the opportunity to talk about what they care about,” said Anderson. The Huffington Post blog invites celebrities like talk show host Oprah Winfrey to write entries. With the latest post dated yesterday afternoon, four posts had been put up by Oprah since November 1.


Ordinary people’s blogs also made news that might not be covered by printed media, said Anderson. A mother blogged about not taking photos with her daughter because she did not have enough self confidence, had numerous attentions by netizens and got the mother to go on USA Today and other talk shows, Anderson said.


To make the news website distinguishable to other internet news, quality contents have to be put up fast, said Anderson. Comments have to be flagged and filtered for filthy languages and racist words to keep the site free of “jerks”, he said.
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