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The Huffington Post Fetes iPad Magazine ‘Huffington.’ At New York Shindig

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The Huffington Post held a garden party to celebrate the launch of its new iPad magazine, “Huffington,” Last night. FishbowlNY was there at the Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop bar, along with a few hundred of Arianna Huffington‘s friends, staffers and a few famous faces.

We spotted Huffington Post Media Group editorial director Howard Fineman, Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff, HuffPost’s Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Wood and NBC News president Steve Capus in the crowd, among other well-dressed and well-heeled guests.

Huffington and Tim O’Brien, who is overseeing the venture for the company, made brief remarks:

“You may be asking ‘why a magazine?’ well the answer is that now The Huffington Post has 1,500 stories a day, about 70 to 80 of them original, and we found that we needed to pull the best, and put them in a beautiful setting like jewels, so that you could enjoy them when you had time over the weekend,” Huffington said. “It is the difference between a one-night stand and a long getaway weekend where you really get to know someone.”

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The Huffington Post Wins First Pulitzer

The Huffington Post, often blasted by critics for its use of aggregation, won its first Pulitzer Prize today. David Wood, HuffPo’s Senior Military Correspondent, won a National Reporting prize for his 10 part series, titled “Beyond The Battlefield.” Wood is a veteran journalist, but has only been with HuffPo for a few months.

Arianna Huffington and the rest of HuffPo’s staffers have got to be holding themselves back from gloating over the win, considering how much the site has been attacked for being nothing more than slideshows and over-aggregation. Natually, Huffington took the high road:

We are delighted and deeply honored by the award, which recognizes both David’s exemplary piece of purposeful journalism and HuffPost’s commitment to original reporting that affects both the national conversation and the lives of real people. From the beginning, one of the core pillars of HuffPost’s editorial philosophy has been to use narrative and storytelling to put flesh and blood on data and statistics, and to help bear witness to the struggles faced by millions of Americans.

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes Winners Announced

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism have been unveiled. Below is a list of the winners. Congrats to all.

Public Service: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Breaking News Reporting: The Tuscaloosa News staffers

Investigative Reporting: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley, The Associated Press. Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times

Explanatory Reporting: David Kocieniewski, The New York Times

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Huffington Post Wins a Pulitzer

The winners of the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were announced just minutes ago. And there were some shockers. Huffington Post military correspondent David Wood‘s 10-part series “Beyond the Battlefield” won the award for National Reporting.

“While it’s tempting to see the Huffington Post’s Pulitzer as a ‘big win for new media,’ or something like that, the real story is that these organizations — the Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post–are becoming more like each other. Old media and new media are increasingly antiquated terms,” NYU media critic Jay Rosen told HuffPo.

Could anyone imagine HuffPo winning a Pulitzer five years ago? Kudos to them for investing in real journalism.

In another shocker, The Stranger’s Eli Sanders won the award for Feature Writing. Sanders is the first alt-weekly writer to win a Pulitzer since Jonathan Gold did it back in 2007.

Full list of winners after the jump.

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Christian Film Producer Hopes to Shepherd ‘God’s Sequel’ to Mel Gibson

California-based Christian Post reporter Alex Murashko caught up with David Wood at the tail end of the March 21-25 K.E.Y.S. conference in LA. The topic of conversation was Wood’s ambitious movie project The Resurrection.

Some in the Christian filmmaking community are referring to the planned feature as “God’s sequel” to Mel Gibson’s 2004 smash The Passion of the Christ. Wood and a team of five other producers are starting to put the word out to churches about the project and hope to crowd-source the entire $40 million budget:

A “Spiritual Producer” is described as an individual who has donated a minimum of $25 or more to the not-for-profit, pledged to pray for the Resurrection project, spread the word (i.e. via Facebook, Twitter) and/or committed a serious capital investment in the project with a financial return…

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