Is Arianna Huffington the Future for Media Companies?

Fortune looks at why Arianna Huffington may have created the model for what media companies of the future will look like:

“Some pundits have criticized the site for not paying its blogging contributors, or at least have wondered if they will stick around if Huffington and her colleagues get rich on their work. The counterargument is that no contributor is forced or expected to produce. Rather, the idea is that posting with Huffington is easier and potentially more influential than setting up and maintaining one’s own blog.”

“What has Huffington and her partners particularly excited is the homegrown community of readers: Comments posted beneath blogs and stories have ballooned to 250,000 a month.”