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Cubes: VIP Tour of AOL and The Huffington Post

Combine tasty treats, sleek design, and the now famous ‘Sitting Cameramen of Astor Place’ and you get the latest episode of “Cubes.”

In this episode of Cubes, the MediabistroTV crew is invited into the New York Headquarters of AOL and The Huffington Post. Hosted by the founding editor of The Huffington Post and president of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff, the crew visits the cavernous Huffington Post newsroom where hundreds of writers sit keyboard to keyboard under the watchful gaze of Arianna Huffington herself who plays the always gracious hostess by offering up some tasty Greek Christmas cookies. After burning through the sugar high, the guys mingle with the ghosts of journalism past in the HuffPost Live newsroom where live news is served up eight hours a day by tables of writers, producers and editors who always know what time it is in Funkytown.

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Huffington Post Fires Back While Tabloids Fail the Accuracy Test, Plus Other News of the Day

- The Week is starting to look rather Radar-y. As the Business Insider points out, the weekly publication has attempted to booster its website over the past year, and in doing so it has brought on six new digital hires, including three from the now defunct magazine Radar. Sounds like an office party. But don’t expect the site to look too much like Radar anytime soon, after all the digital staff has increased to 12 overall, and not all of them come from defunct magazines.

- The Huffington Post responded to former free-blogger Mayhill Fowler‘s loud resignation yesterday with a rather simple point: She never actually worked at HuffPo. “Mayhill Fowler says that she is ‘resigning’ from the Huffington Post,” said spokesman Mario Ruiz to the The Upshot. “How do you resign from a job you never had?” Ruiz continued, saying, “At the end of the day, Mayhill Fowler asked for a paid position; we chose not to offer her one. Nothing new media or old media about that.” Fair point, but when will Huffington Post need to take responsibility for the free bloggers using its servers, after all, it has no problem accepting the page views those bloggers bring in.

- The Bloomberg London offices sound quiet cool. Here’s News on News’s Kevin Coy describing the headquarters as he first entered the building. “Over several floors are the many different functions of the Bloomberg operation in London, often emulating the same functions that are executed over in the US, but for the European audience,” writes Coy. “Rows of desks fill the floors, each with the instantly recognisable four-screen Bloomberg terminals. In the middle of the floors is a spectacular atrium, and something that really wouldn’t be thought possible when viewing the building from the outside.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s influence is clearly identifiable with the vast array of over-size fish tanks housing many varieties of tropical fish.” Actually, sounds a lot like the New York offices.

- Gawker took a look at the celebrity tabloids, figuring out the most accurate rag over the past 20 months. Although US Weekly came out on top, it only had 35 percent accuracy when reporting break-ups, pregnancies, marriages, engagements, adoptions, and reconciliations on the cover. The accuracy improved greatly for the overall book (59 percent). OK! magazine came in at the bottom for cover story accuracy, with  a mere 7 percent of stories reflecting reality. I know you’re not supposed to totally trust all the stories in the magazines, but seeing it in percentage form surprises even skeptical me.

Former HuffPo Blogger Wonders Why She Couldn’t Get Paid

Mayhill Fowler had one demand for the Huffington Post, if she was going to continue writing for the news platform. She wanted to get paid. Unfortunately, the editors at HuffPo didn’t really want to do that. Despite multiple attempts, the editors continued to deny Fowler’s requests for paying gigs.

So Fowler told the blogging platform that she quit. Good for her. If she wants to do the reporting thing for a paying job then she should quit, but she probably shouldn’t have blogged about all the injustice she felt while writing pro bono articles for HuffPo. Fowler knew she wasn’t going to get paid when she started, yet, seemed dumbfounded after a year of reporting that the company still didn’t pay her. In her defense, Huffington Post seemed to want her to stay.

“In the days since OffTheBus, you obviously have transitioned into one of our top line bloggers.  With over 6,000 bloggers and 300 blog posts published a day, we tend to have less editorial back and forth with our group bloggers (although I know we always try to be responsive and I have personally maintained relationships with many who have been with us since “the old days”!),” wrote editor Roy Sekoff in an email response to Fowler’s resignation from the free blogging platform.

But Fowler sought editorial support and money. Despite multiple attempts, like pitching an Afghanistan story or offering to cover the Tea Party Convention in Nashville, HuffPo continued to turn Fowler down (FYI, paid freelancing submissions get turned down by the bundle and often those stories are already reported). But after her last attempt to get paid by Sekoff, Fowler wrote, “So let this be a warning to you, citizen journalism enthusiasts.  In the end, what you are doing really is enhancing somebody else’s bottom line.”

Of course, that’s what every journalist does, and, unfortunately, how the industry Fowler wants to get into, works. Journalists write stories, the company gets advertising around those stories, which increases a company’s bottom line. Normally you get paid. And smart on Fowler’s part to demand pay, but she needs to prepare herself in the instance that her company doesn’t find her worth the salary. Instead she compared herself to other people and their value at the company (i.e. new writer Howard Fineman , who has 25-plus years of experience, or the works of other HuffPos writers, like Sam Stein ).

It’s a strange way to try and leverage a job as a journalist elsewhere. But good luck.

For $1.75 Million The Huffington Post Starts Investigative Journalism

HuffingtonPost-Logo.jpgWhile newspapers sit and debate the practicalities and merits of venturing into a non-profit business model, the Huffington Post runs full steam ahead. Over the weekend the Post announced that, in association with The Atlantic Philanthropies, they have created the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.

With a $1.75 million endowment the fund is a separate, non-profit entity that hopes to be an Internet-based news organization with a focus on original reporting. The work the fund produces will be available for any publication or web site to publish at the same time it is posted on the Huffington Post&#151unlike sites like the New York Times that is attempting to curb websites from taking their content and linking back to the paper’s website.

The majority of the fund will be used to pay journalist&#151yes you read that correctly&#151to do investigative reports. The fund will be run by Nick Penniman, currently the head of The American News Project. The fund intends to support very traditional investigative reporting by professional journalists, as well as teams of professional journalists, amateurs, or students attempting to refine their craft. It sounds like one of the best opportunities for writers that has come up in a while. Leave it to the Huffington Post to raise the bar for journalistic excellence in the modern age.