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POLITICO Names 2 Promotions to Executive Leadership Team, Hints at More Expansion

POLITICO revised logoPOLITICO chief operating officer Kim Kingsley today announced two staff promotions to its executive leadership team in an email from her, John Harris, and Jim VandeHeiDanielle Jones has been named EVP of expansion and Miki King, EVP of operations.

Kingsley also hints at the Rosslyn-based politics hub’s continued plan for world domination, beyond just its European venture, in the announcement for Jones.

“Danielle, who has been with us since year one and understands POLITICO better than anyone,​ will help manage our expansion efforts into Europe and elsewhere…She will also begin preparations for expansion into states beyond New York. We will have more to say on that later this year.”

See the full note to staff after the jump. Read more

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Arianna Huffington to Staff: ‘In August we reached 115 million global unique visitors’

arianna-huffington-photoThe Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington today emailed staff that in August 2014, the site reached 115 million global unique visitors, according to comScore. Said numbers make it the number one news site in the U.S.

HuffPost Politics saw 14.5 million unique visitors in August 2014, according to comScore, nearly 13% of THP’s global traffic.

See Arianna’s note to staff after the jump. Read more

HuffPost’s Ferguson Fellowship $40k Crowd-Funding Goal Met

Screen-Shot-2014-08-21-at-09.53.14In August, The Huffington Post joined with Beacon Reader, a crowdfunding platform for primarily freelance journalists, to launch the Ferguson Fellowship, a crowd-funded way to ensure coverage for the next year from the Missouri town where unarmed man Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson.

Asking the public to fund its coverage from Ferguson, Mo. drew criticism from several members of the media, including AdAge’s Simon Dumenco (via this article), The Guardian’s Alex Koppelman (via this tweet), and Jim Romenesko (via this post). HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim responded on HuffPost Live, saying, “Sure, the criticism is fair, but we are seriously investing in it…Either it was going to be this way, or we weren’t going to be able to have someone on the ground.”

In support of fellowship recipient Mariah Stewart, 633 backers have surpassed the $40,000 goal to enable Stewart’s coverage from Ferguson for The Huffington Post over the next 12 months. The goal was met Sunday, three days prior its deadline. A Huffington Post spokesperson told FishbowlDC the outlet did not contribute to the $40k goal in order to have it met before deadline. Read more

Think Progress’ Hayes Brown to Join BuzzFeed as a Foreign News Editor

JIyabIbyBuzzFeed has hired Hayes Brown to serve as a foreign news editor, to be based in Washington DC.

“I’m so excited to launch BuzzFeed World’s new round of expansion by bringing Hayes on board,” said foreign editor Miriam Elder. “He has broad knowledge of the world’s myriad issues, a deep understanding of how to present international news in a compelling way, and a creativity that I can’t wait to tap as we think about how to keep growing.”

Brown is currently the editor of Think Progress’ world vertical and prior to that was a DHS contractor.

POLITICO Pro Announces 7 New Hires

PoliticoProThe same day that it saw three of its reporters jump ship for CNN Politics Digital, POLITICO announced several POLITICO Pro hires.

In an email to staff Wednesday evening, POLITICO Pro editor Marty Kady wrote that Timothy Noah has been named labor policy editor, to launch the Pro Labor and Employment vertical this fall. He most recently wrote for MSNBC. Law360′s Brian Mahoney will join Noah on labor team.

Additional hires include Elana Schor - most recently with Environment & Energy News – will cover the oil and gas industry for Pro, The Hill’s Kate Tummarello will join the Pro tech team, and Bloomberg BNA’s Heather Caygle recently joined Pro to write Morning Transportation.

On the production end, Emily Kopp joined ProWeb as a web producer on Sept. 2. Cogan Schneier, a TFAS alum and recent USA Today intern, joined this week as a web producer.

With the launch of Pro Labor and Employment this fall, Politico Pro, the subscription service offered by the Arlington-based political pub, will operate 14 topical verticals.

POLITICO’s Eric Bradner Latest to Join CNN Politics Digital

7c9294a3546ebef1fb6a08857121b047Eric Bradner, a trade reporter for POLITICO Pro, is set to join CNN as a reporter on the CNN Politics Digital breaking news team, we’ve learned. He joined POLITICO in August 2013 from the Evansville Courier & Press where he was the Statehouse bureau chief.

Bradner told FishbowlDC, “I’m excited about the move and about CNN’s vision for its digital politics team. This is a chance to play a role in building something special, right from the start. As a guy who came up in newspapers, it’s also a tremendous opportunity to learn a ton about video and social media alongside some really talented people. I can’t wait to get started.” Read more

It’s Official: POLITICO’s Headed to Brussels

POLITICO revised logoA 12:44pm email from POLITICO president Jim VandeHei confirmed expansion to Europe, joining with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to cover European politics and policy. The new media company will be headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

“Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” wrote VandeHei to staff. “We can tell you this is a 50-50 joint venture with Axel Springer and will cover not just Brussels but European politics and policy more broadly. There is a lot more to this new venture, and we will keep you in the loop as this proceeds.”

VandeHei hinted at the news in a follow up email to staff Sunday night after executive editor Rick Berke announced his resignation, saying there are “very big plans for expanding POLITICO here and elsewhere.”

See VandeHei’s full note to staff after the jump. Read more

POLITICO’s European Aspirations

In a follow up email to staff after executive editor Rick Berke announced his resignation, POLITICO president Jim VandeHei spoke of “very big plans for expanding POLITICO here and elsewhere.” On Monday, The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reported those plans are in Brussels, Belgium.

“On Monday morning, Politico CEO Jim VandeHei told senior editors that the company’s plans for Europe are ‘much bigger than anyone is thinking’,” wrote Calderone via a politico familiar with the Rosslyn-based political news outlet’s plans.

Rumors of a European expansion are not new either. In June, BuzzFeed reported a Brussels-based venture similar to POLITICO’s expansion to New York with Capital New York.

Read more from Calderone here.

First Lady Michelle Obama Joins Upworthy as Guest Curator

Michelle ObamaThe White House announced today that First Lady Michelle Obama has joined Upworthy as a guest curator. Her participation aligns with her Reach Higher program, encouraging students to “Complete your education. Own your future.”

In her first post, Obama writes about her arrival to college and settling in. She goes on to introduce a video highlighting first-generation college students at Kansas State University pursuing careers in education. Read more

Bloomberg Debuts Promo for John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s ‘With All Due Respect’

Bloomberg Politics unveiled two promos for it’s much anticipated program “With All Due Respect,” to be hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.

“In a world where people say with all due respect when that is not at all what they mean comes a new show that fuses popular culture, the political world, and TV…and translates what people are actually saying,” the movie trailer-like longer promo of the two says in its opening.

The daily politics show premieres Monday, October 6, at 5pm on Bloomberg TV and BloombergPolitics.com.

But seriously, with all due respect…

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