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Huffington Post will end anonymous comments

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Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier, and I just came from London, where there are threats of rape and death threats,” Barb Darrow reports Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington said at a conference in Boston. Huffington said the site would rescind anonymity in September: “I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and not hiding behind anonymity."

In an email to Poynter, Huffington Post spokesperson Rhoades Alderson confirms the move and says HuffPost's army of moderators -- it has about 40 -- "will be freed up to engage more with the community, facilitating the kinds of productive conversations our community members want to be having." (more...)
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White House asked Washington Post to edit NSA official’s quotes

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NSA Director of Compliance John DeLong "answered questions freely in a 90-minute interview" with reporter Barton Gellman.
Two days later, White House and NSA spokesmen said that none of DeLong’s comments could be quoted on the record and sent instead a prepared statement in his name. The Post declines to accept the substitute language as quotations from DeLong.
Gellman's piece reports the NSA broke rules about intelligence collection "thousands of times each year," according to an audit. That information was provided to Gellman by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Snowden sent The Huffington Post a statement Thursday saying his father's legal team doesn't speak for him: "I ask journalists to understand that they do not possess any special knowledge regarding my situation or future plans, and not to exploit the tragic vacuum of my father's emotional compromise for the sake of tabloid news," Snowden writes. (more...)
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The Huffington Post launches regional North African site

Investor Fares Mabrouk returned to his home country of Tunisia from the U.S. 10 days before the country was rocked by the unrest that led to President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's resignation.

The turmoil was the first event in the Arab Spring, and Mabrouk, who'd invited Tunisian bloggers to speak when he was a Yale World Fellow, saw an opportunity to try to consolidate the online community.

"People were inventing ways to bypass censorship," Mabrouk said by phone from Tunis. But Facebook, which many Tunisians inside and outside the country used to keep up with events, wasn't ideal for news. "That is not good for democracy," Mabrouk said. Newsgathering that originated from ground-level witnessing "is not the primary function of Facebook ... so it plays a role which is not its initial vocation."

Mabrouk and the French journalist Alix Etournaud are investors behind Huffington Post Maghreb, the first Huffington Post site outside the U.S. that serves a region instead of a country, Etournaud said by phone. Maghreb will have editorial staffs in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, with between six and eight employees apiece. The organization's Tunisian site launched Tuesday at midnight. (more...)
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HuffPost’s Craig Kanalley joins Buffalo Sabres (as social media manager)

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Huffington Post Senior Editor Craig Kanalley will become the Buffalo Sabres' social media manager, the team announced Monday. "They've been my favorite sports team since I was a kid, and I'm excited about the opportunity to get back home to family and friends in Buffalo," Kanalley told Poynter in an email, noting that he was named after Sabres legend Craig Ramsay.

I asked Kanalley, who has also worked as a social media editor at NBC News, whether it was tough to leave journalism. The "lines are blurring between journalism and marketing," he replied, continuing: (more...)
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McClatchy, New York Times won’t attend DOJ’s off-the-record meeting

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McClatchy Washington bureau chief James Asher says his organization won't attend a planned meeting between news organizations and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The Department of Justice is reaching out to news organizations to discuss its guidelines for seeking phone and email records from journalists.

"They don't help us inform the public," Asher said of off-the-record meetings in a phone interview with Poynter. "This one seems designed mostly to make a public relations point and not a substantive one. If the government wants to justify its pursuit of journalists, they ought to do it in public."

Other news organizations have also declined. (The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone is keeping a running tally of who's in and who's out.)

"It isn't appropriate for us to attend an off the record meeting with the attorney general," Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson told The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone. "Our Washington bureau is aggressively covering the department's handling of leak investigations at this time." (more...)
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Honolulu Civil Beat and Huffington Post join forces for new Hawaii site

Cross Pierre Omidyar's serious-minded Honolulu Civil Beat with Arianna Huffington's traffic-driving wizardry, and what do you get? We'll soon see this fall with the launch of HuffPost Hawaii, a joint venture the two groups announced today.

Civil Beat will continue as a separate site and editorially manage the collaboration, which will be promoted from the Huffington Post's main site. Shortened versions of Civil Beat's investigations and local political coverage will appear on HuffPost Hawaii. The site will also carry broader lifestyle and culture coverage aimed at travelers from both the United States and Japan (where HuffPost has formed another editorial partnership with Asahi Shimbun).

In a promotional video, Huffington said a common denominator between the two online news ventures has been "creating a platform for voices" with diverse contributors and extensive discussion chains. Omidyar said he hopes to draw on the parent Huffington Post's reporting and commentary to attract local audiences to the new site. (more...)
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New deal gives HuffPost Live a cable TV presence

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The cable channel AXS TV will run HuffPost Live content six hours per day, Brian Stelter reports. The entities "will try to replicate some of the interactivity of the Internet channel by showing online comments on the right side of the television screen, and later by releasing an app that will encourage AXS viewers to comment on what they are watching," he writes.

Michael Learmonth reports AXS TV owner Mark Cuban "will also bring TV ads to HuffPo Live." On AXS, HuffPost Live "will get four three-minute ad breaks per hour." (more...)
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Why The Huffington Post ran graphic photos from a gun murder

Bert Heyman wanted the photos of his son Chris Heyman's 2004 gun death to have an impact on the national debate over gun laws. "He wants every part of his son's case to matter," Huffington Post reporter Jason Cherkis told Poynter in a phone call. "It's almost like organ donation in a way."

But Huffington Post published the photos of the crime scene in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., at 2:08 p.m. on Monday, April 15 -- less than an hour before two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon. So on Friday, the site republished the story, with updated details about, among other things, the U.S. Senate's April 18 vote on gun background checks.

The photos aren't easy to look at, and The Huffington Post's article precedes them with a boldface and italic warning: "Note: The images below are graphic and may be disturbing to some readers."

A previous piece of Cherkis' gun reporting illustrated gun deaths with an interactive map. This one is different. "We didn’t really approach it from the angle of wanting to make sure it’s shareable and viral," Huffington Post Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim, who edited the article, said. "This a much more personal experience for a reader." (more...)
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Politico zings HuffPost for posting story ‘without talking to the key person’

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Politico reporter Mike Allen Thursday took issue with a Huffington Post story that said former Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour left the super PAC American Crossroads. Barbour, Peter H. Stone's story said, was "appalled" by the way a Crossroads initiative "was rolled out on the front page of The New York Times in early February by the group's president, Steven Law."

Allen links to the HuffPost story in his enjoyable morning "Playbook" email with the heading "PLAYBOOK LIFE LESSONS - WHY YOU SHOULDN'T GO AHEAD AND POST A STORY WITHOUT TALKING TO THE KEY PERSON, even if they're traveling."

Stone's story "has no basis in fact," Barbour tells Allen. (more...)
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SABEW, Selden Ring, SND winners announced as awards season heats up

Every spring the tempo of journalism awards increases until the Pulitzer Prizes are announced. This year, that Twitter-crushing event will take place on April 15.

• The Society of American Business Editors and Writers announced its awards Monday (here's the full list). Bloomberg's properties won 14 awards, including a breaking news award for Bloomberg News' coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act decision (Bloomberg terminal users got the news 24 seconds before AP pushed it out). The New York Times won nine awards, including one for its "iEconomy" series. And The Huffington Post and CNBC had five awards each; Peter Goodman's coverage of poverty in HuffPost was among the work honored.

• Alexandra Zayas of the Tampa Bay Times won the 2013 Selden Ring Award for her series investigating children's homes in Florida. The award usually goes to a team; Zayas is "among the few who earned it under a single byline." (Poynter owns the Tampa Bay Times.) Here's the series. (more...)
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