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Sep 13th 2012

MAKERS Spotlights Firsts in Journalism and Music

MAKERS.com, which launched in March showcasing women trailblazers of the past half-century, now features more than 130 video profiles and grows every week. The latest additions to the gallery: the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize, the first female senior editor of Newsweek and the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize when her album "The Greatest" was awarded Album of the Year.

Sheryl WuDunn is an investment banker, author, journalist, and international women's rights advocate. In 1989 she became the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize for her work at the Beijing bureau of the New York Times. She has co-written three best-selling books with her husband, the Times columnist Nicolas Kristof. She is currently a managing director at Mid-Market Solutions. In 1989 WuDunn joined the Times' Beijing bureau, where she and Kristof, whom she had married the previous year, teamed up to cover the Tiananmen Square massacre and several other major stories in China and Southeast Asia. Their work was recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, making them the first husband and wife team to receive the award.

Lynn Povich is an editor, journalist, and women's rights pioneer. In 1975, she became the first female senior editor in the history of Newsweek. She's currently co-chairwoman of the International Women's Media Foundation. Povich joined Newsweek as a secretary in the mid-1960s at a time when all the writers and editors were men and all the fact checkers, researchers, and secretaries were women. In 1970, the magazine decided to publish a cover story on the women's rights movement. Because they didn't have any female writers on staff, they had to hire a female writer from elsewhere to write the piece as a freelancer. Outraged, Povich and 45 other female staffers of the magazine sued for sex discrimination. The lawsuit and the publicity it created were a gigantic first step toward gender equality in the magazine business.

Chan Marshall
is a singer-songwriter also known by the name of her band Cat Power. The Atlanta-born musician found her musical voice as a teenager while jamming with other musician friends in a basement. In 1992, she moved to New York and two years later experienced her first big break when she opened for music artist Liz Phair. Known for her soulful, minimalist vocals and guitar, Marshall released her first album in 1995. In 2007, she became the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize when her album The Greatest was awarded Album of the Year. Her cover of "Sea of Love" was also featured on the 2007 movie soundtrack for the film Juno. Cat Power's latest studio album Sun released Sept. 4 to rave reviews.

Learn more about Chan Marshall by watching this video:


For more inspiring stories, head to MAKERS.com

Jun 14th 2012

Introducing Huffington

We're proud to announce the launch of our new iPad magazine, Huffington. With nearly 500 editors and reporters who produce between 70 and 80 original reported stories each day, Huffington is our way of putting the best content together in a new, weekly magazine app for a slower, more in-depth Huffington Post experience.

Available in the App Store Newsstand today, Huffington incorporates Huffington Post's unmatched live commenting and other social engagement tools to allow for greater reader participation in richly detailed and probing narratives -- while also showcasing HuffPost's brand of Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writing. Huffington's elegant design takes full advantage of the iPad's signature Retina display, offering our audience a crisp reading experience, vibrant photography, and stunning graphics.

Each week, Huffington will lead off with a primer on the news of the week, enticing Q&As, powerful photo essays, sophisticated data visualizations, top-tier commentary, and notable quotes from the HuffPost community. Long-form journalism anchors the core of the magazine, with carefully-crafted features exploring a broad range of topics including politics, business, entertainment, technology, foreign affairs, the environment, sports, religion, and relationships.

To learn more about Huffington, read the full press release here or check out Arianna Huffington's blog post. Download Huffington now at the App Store. Follow @huffington on Twitter for the latest product news.

Jun 6th 2012

AOL Boston WOWs with Citizen School

After mentoring a group of eager sixth graders for the past 10 weeks, several Boston AOLers got the chance last week to see our students shine.Through the Citizen Schools program, which partners with middle schools in low-income communities to extend the learning day and provide students with new learning opportunities and experiences, we've worked with the kids to teach them all about business networking.

At last week's "6 Degrees of Boston WOW!" event, we saw our young apprentices test their skills shaking hands, making small talk, asking career-related questions and politely transitioning between conversations. Other Boston AOLers joined us at the event to staff an AOL booth, trade-show-style. Our team exchanged business cards and career information with the students and socialized with future engineers, doctors, pianists, and basketball players.

The event culminated the second consecutive semester the Boston office has participated in the Citizen Schools program, with which AOL has partnered for the past three years. Our colleagues in New York have also mentored groups of kids twice yearly, culminating in "WOW" events hosted in the New York office. In addition, Tim Armstrong and Arianna Huffington taught a Citizen Schools class about local journalism last year.

Learn more about AOL's community initiatives here.

Apr 30th 2012

HuffPost Canada Reporter Wins Journalism Award

Following its nomination for Excellence in Journalism last month, HuffPost Canada is celebrating another win this time for business reporter Rachel Mendleson's inaugural labor reporting which earned an award from the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) for her feature that explored the links between income inequality and the decline of unions in Canada.

The award, presented Saturday at the CAJ's annual gala in Toronto, honors stories that advance public understanding of labor issues.

Mendleson traveled to St. Thomas, Ontario, where she documented the struggle of workers from that city's shuttered Ford assembly plant to find good jobs. She used their plight to examine the broader question of what impact the disintegration of organized labor has had on Canada's growing income gap.

The story was featured prominently in HuffPost's ongoing "Mind The Gap" series, edited by Daniel Tencer, which chronicles this country's income divide. We're proud of the work Rachel has done on the "Mind The Gap" series and it reinforces our commitment to cover stories that fall outside of mainstream business news.

The award is one of many that The Huffington Post has won in the last month including a Pulitzer Prize for its series Beyond the Battlefield, honored in the National Reporting field and a British Media Award naming HuffPost UK's Editor-in-Chief as Media Innovator of the Year.

Apr 16th 2012

The Huffington Post Wins Pulitzer Prize


Today, The Huffington Post received a Pulitzer prize for its series Beyond the Battlefield, honored in the National Reporting field. Beyond the Battlefield is an exploration of the physical and emotional challenges, victories and setbacks that catastrophically wounded soldiers encounter after returning home from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The ten-part series is a tribute worthy of the men and women whose lives it chronicles.

Beyond the Battlefield is the result of several months of reporting and scores of interviews by the HuffPost's veteran military correspondent, David Wood. It is a deeply-felt, hard-won and wide-ranging exploration of what it means for a soldier to suffer extraordinary, disabling wounds -- and how friends, families, and hometowns, as well as the military and medical communities, adjust and respond to the physical and emotional struggles these wounded warriors endure.

Beyond the Battlefield, which was created and distributed using BookBrewer,can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. For those of you who would like to offer help of your own to severely wounded and disabled soldiers, please visit our Impact page, where you will find a list of resources that can help make that possible. To view the full list of 2012 Pulitzer winners and finalists click here.

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