What is the Huffington Post?

Created in May of 2005 by Arianna Huffington and her colleagues (hence the name), the Huffington Post calls itself "the Internet newspaper".  It features news stories from trusted journalistic outlets, as well as personal observations and opinions from reporters, politicians, celebrities, and various other experts and specialists.  All of these are on a variety of topics, including politics, business, entertainment, environmental issues, health and lifestyles, and technology.  It became the first Internet-only media company in the United States to win a Pulitzer Prize (for journalism, literature, or music) in 2012.

As the Huffington Post has expanded, it has launched several branch editions.  They include:

  • Local Versions: If you're looking for news closer to home, the Huffington Post has editions tailored to several major cities and regions worldwide. The U.S. version, for example, includes editions for Chicago, Washington (D.C.), Denver, Detroit, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco.

  • International Versions: If the United States aren't where you're originally from and you want to get caught up on affairs in your home country (or are just curious as to what's happening in other parts of the world), the Huffington Post has national editions for several countries and geographical regions.  These include the Middle East, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, northwestern Africa, and the United Kingdom.

  • Vertical Versions: The Huffington Post also has several special editions dedicated to representing the views of different demographics.  These include the LGBT community, teenagers, women, Latinos, religious adherents, and even older adults like you!  See our HuffPost 50 tutorial for more information.

How does the Huffington Post work?

  • Get on the website and select your edition and/or region to get news that hits closer to home.

    Select a national or regional edition of the Huffington Post

  • The Huffington Post has both the latest news stories and insightful editorial pieces from the experts, covering all manner of topics.  Choose and read what speaks to you.

    Choosing to read a Huffington Post article

  • Search for specific pieces on the Huffington Post by publishing date, author, or whether they're news stories or editorials.

    Huffington Post search results

  • Sign into your social media accounts and share Huffington Post pieces, or tell the Huffington Post community what's on your mind by leaving comments through Facebook.

    Commenting on Huffington Post articles


Now, let's follow the journalistic credo of "trust, but verify" and review the pros and cons of the Huffington Post before we get started with it in our next tutorial.