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Arianna Huffington is Media Person of the Year

ariaggna.pngI Want Media has named Arianna Huffington their Person of the Year, presumably based on your votes. As it happens the top three spots all belonged to women — Tina Fey and Rachel Maddow were the runners up. Says IWM about the choice: “Huffington had a big year in 2008, guiding her liberal-leaning news and blog site to record traffic during the U.S. election season.”

More fun, however, is the comments section which features the picks of some bold-faced media names. Perez Hilton voted Sarah Palin. Tina Brown voted Tina Fey. David Carr voted Mayhill Fowler. And both Frank Rich and Kurt Anderson tapped the Laid-Off Journalist as media person of the year.

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Does HuffPo Like Its Male Bloggers Better?

near0gg1_huff.jpgArianna Huffington apparently prefers men. That’s the conclusion anyway of a study done for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting by former HuffPoer Jessica Wakeman. Wakeman tracked the 13 featured blog posts on Huffington Post’s homepage (full disclosure: we once worked there) twice daily for for nine weeks and coded them by gender. Per the report: “During the study period (7/7/08 — 9/5/08), only 255 of 1,125 bylines — 23 percent — belonged to women.”

The study found at least one female byline on the home page at all times. [However!] Of the 89 times bylines were checked during the study, not once did the number of women’s bylines equal those belonging to men. Only eight times did women account for more than a third of all bylines. And Arianna Huffington, appearing 57 times, accounted for more than a fifth of all women’s bylines; 45 of those occupied the most visible top post.

So, these numbers — Wakeman points out they fall “perfectly in line with elite print media’s abysmal gender numbers” — possibly do not reflect so well on a woman who professes to be an ardent supporter of “fearless” strong women. That said, does the study reflect HuffPo as a whole?

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CNN, Steve Jobs, and the Price of Citizen Journalism: FBNY Talks to Jay Rosen

iminjail_2.jpgMeanwhile, back in other news that would be big if it wasn’t for the worldwide financial crisis and/or Sarah Fey Palin: You may recall how last Friday someone calling themselves “Johntw” posted a note on CNN‘s citizen journalism blog iReport (“Unedited. Unfiltered. News.”) saying that Steve Jobs had been rushed to the hospital due to a heart attack (this is not the first time Jobs’ health has been falsely reported, back in August Bloomberg accidentally ran the Apple head’s obituary). The report was picked up by multiple blogs before being denied by Apple and subsequently removed by CNN, though not before Apple stocks had tumbled nine percent in 12 minutes; that’s the equivalent of $9 billion. Questions were immediately raised as to the identity of the blogger and whether he/she was a short-seller and the SEC is apparently investigating. Meanwhile, CNN has confirmed that the posting on iReport was “not vetted or reported by CNN journalists.”

And the citizen journalist rears it head again! Remember the Sarah Palin fake pregnancy story? That, too, initially began as a anonymous post on Daily Kos. And we’re all familiar with the case of Mayhill Fowler and her digital recorder, which rocked both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Leaving the discussion of the increased leverage the Internet gives to financial rumors for people who can speak to it more knowledgeably than us, there is the larger question of whether citizen journalism is a boon or a danger to the industry. Not to mention, how on earth did we all become so gullible!? To get a better sense we asked citizen journalism advocate Jay Rosen for his thoughts.

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The Future of Newspapers: Is the Snake Eating its Own Tail?

300px-Ouroboros.pngHere’s an interesting little dilemma, in a circle of newspaper life sort of way. Where will Google get its news if there is no more news being reported because the rise of Google News has resulted in the shuttering of all the newspapers that gather the news in the first place? Here’s the thing, Google gets most of its news from the AP, the AP, according to a spot check survey done by Allan Mutter, gets two thirds of its news from member newspapers, which, as FBNY readers know all too well are a quickly dying breed. Meaning that the AP is going to be hard-pressed to comprehensively gather news as papers continue their steep decline into oblivion.

The solution? Mutter suggests that the AP could hire more reporters (there’s plenty of former Tribune and WaPo ones available, we hear) to make up for the lack, but of course that would require money, which no one has. We suspect what will probably happen is that eventually, as newspapers disappear altogether, someone will figure out how to make a profit online and everything will eventually transition. In the meantime, there’s always Mayhill Fowler.