Arianna Huffington Wins Journalism Award

By Ben Cohen

Simon Owens at Bloggasm thinks we may be coming too trigger happy when doling out journalism awards to online media outlets:

I found it odd when I heard the

news


that the Si Newhouse School’s journalism awards would include a


“lifetime achievement” award for Arianna Huffington — an award that


went to the late Tim Russert last year. Odd because though Huffington


has technically been involved with different media outlets since the


1980s, she really didn’t become what many would consider a major media


figure until after the launch of The Huffington Post in mid-2005.

I think Owens is being a little harsh on Huffington given her enormous contribution to online media – she literally revolutionized the industry and has become a major player within a very short space of time. She hasn’t been at it long, but I think she makes up for it in volume.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.