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Huffington Post Pulitzer splits the difference between old media and new

Arianna Huffington

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Editorial director of the French version of the Huffington Post's news website Anne Sinclair, right, and co-founder of "the Huffington Post" Arianna Huffington, left, chat as they give a press conference for the launch of the website, in Paris, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

So the Huffington Post, that blog-cum-website-cum-NEWS JUGGERNAUT has won its first Pulitzer Prize. At Forbes, Jeff Bercovici sums up the consensus on what this all, you know, means:

Can traffic-chasing sensationalism and society-changing journalism co-exist under the same roof? The decision by the Pulitzer Committee to award this year’s prize for national reporting to the Huffington Post’s David Wood for his series on wounded veterans is a pretty good sign that they can, at least for now. Editor in chief Arianna Huffington and executive editor Tim O’Brien took a few minutes out from the staff’s champagne toast to talk about what it means for the seven-year-old news organization and where it’s headed from here.

FORBES: What’s the mood like over there today?

Tim O’Brien: It was electrifying. People in the newsroom were ecstatic. It was a gratifying recognition of David’s hard work, and of a yearlong commitment to a deeply personal story that we put a lot of editing and reporting resources against. And it’s an affirmation that this kind of work can thrive on the web.