News consumers: Salon’s Alex Pareene wrote today of the combined media entity, “This will now be the single largest SEO-gaming operation ever created.” Both AOL and the Huffington Post share the emphasis on click-happy headlines, which continue to clog up Google searches and make the original stuff harder to find. They also both emphasize speed over quality, aggregation over originality, and opinion over reporting. So perhaps this isn’t such an unlikely union, after all. And perhaps this won’t really change what online news readers are getting from what they’ve already got; they’ll just get it faster, and there will be even more of it.
The News Frontier
02:55 PM - February 7, 2011
Parsing the AOL/HuffPo Merger
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Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
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Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.