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HuffPost to Launch Arabic-Language Site

Huffington Post logo GThe Huffington Post is expanding once again, this time targeting the “Arab world.” HuffPost Arabi will be in Arabic and feature original reporting and a blogging platform, just like the 745 million other HuffPost sites. Editorial staff of HuffPost Arabi will be based in London.

The new site is a partnership between Huffington Post Media Group and Wadah Khanfar, CEO of Integral Media Strategies and the former director general of Al Jazeera Network.

“Wadah Khanfar has been a great friend and supporter of HuffPost for years, helping to guide our coverage of the Middle East, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with him and Integral Media Strategies to create a truly independent news source at such an important time in the region’s history,” said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group, in a statement.

NY Post’s ‘Decider’ Launches

The New York Post’s Decider.com is now live. The site is not like The Onion’s now-shuttered Decider and doesn’t have anything to do with our former decider-in-chief, George W. According to the Post, its Decider is “the first pop culture and entertainment destination site dedicated to helping today’s on-demand generation discover the best streaming content.”

“It’s very easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of streaming options available, which is why Decider will help people find great, conversation-worthy entertainment,” said the site’s editor-in-chief, Mark Graham, in a statement. “Our site is meant to turn you on to things that an algorithm might never guess you’d like with a staff of writers who are all funny, smart and more than a little obsessed with TV and movies.”

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Pitch Buzzworthy Personal Essays to Mom.me

Mom.me-articleMom.me is a different kind of parenting site in the sense that it doesn’t limit mom’s interests to her life as a parent. That’s why the site covers fashion, beauty, health, home, viral videos and more.

The two-year-old site is 70 percent freelance written, and editors are on the lookout for freelancers who can write share-worthy articles on everything from toddler playdates to the empty nest. Personal essays in particular are in demand:

Personal essays can reflect a moment in the writer’s own life or someone else’s in an “as told to” format, while news pieces might jump off a new study on autism, breastfeeding or mom’s own health. However, [Cerentha Harris, lead editor of the site] says it shouldn’t be a straight “news of the day” piece. This should really be an influential think piece. “I’m particularly interested in people who pitch stories that are going to break into the national parenting conversation,” Harris says.

To learn more about Mom.me, including editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: Mom.me.

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Men’s Fitness Sets Web Traffic Record

Whatever AMI is paying David Zinczenko to be editorial director of Men’s Fitness, it’s well worth it. According to the company, Mensfitness.com broke its all-time web traffic record in July, with more than 8.4 million unique visitors. That’s a whopping 106 percent increase compared to last July.

When Zinczenko took over Men’s Fitness, his mission was to transform the glossy from one only body builders read, to a title that appealed to a broader audience. In other words, Zinczenko made Men’s Fitness the new Men’s Health. As odd as that strategy seemed at the time, it worked.

Not only is Mensfitness.com enjoying Zinczenko’s Midas touch, newsstand sales jumped 20 percent in the second half of last year.

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BuzzFeed Fires Staffer for 40 Instances of Plagiarism

BuzzFeedLogoIt looks like the magic number was 40. BuzzFeed has decided to fire its viral politics editor, Benny Johnson, after finding that many instances of plagiarism in his work.

In a note to readers, BuzzFeed’s editor Ben Smith — who previously brushed off three examples of Johnson’s plagiarism — said the buck stopped with him and the site’s other editors:

We owe you, our readers, an apology. This plagiarism is a breach of our fundamental responsibility to be honest with you — in this case, about who wrote the words on our site. Plagiarism, much less copying unchecked facts from Wikipedia or other sources, is an act of disrespect to the reader. We are deeply embarrassed and sorry to have misled you. Benny’s editors — I, Katherine Miller, John Stanton, Shani Hilton, and McKay Coppins — bear real responsibility.

In a memo provided to FishbowlNY by BuzzFeed, Smith elaborated on the situation. You can read it below.

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BuzzFeed is Totally Cool with Plagiarism [Updated]

BuzzFeedLogoAccording to Gawker, BuzzFeed’s viral politics editor Benny Johnson was caught plagiarizing material three different times. To make matters worse, Johnson copied material from Yahoo! Answers of all places.

You would think this would warrant some type of disciplinary action, but nope! This is BuzzFeed. When your site is known for churning out shit content, it doesn’t really matter if some of it was stolen.

In an email to Gawker, Ben Smith — BuzzFeed’s editor — shrugged his shoulders at the incidents:

We’re grateful to @blippoblappo and @crushingbort for pointing out these serious failures to properly attribute two quotations and to credit a source in a third post. We’ve corrected the posts.

Benny Johnson is one of the web’s deeply original writers, as is clear from his body of work.

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Commas are a Powerful Thing

Hmmm. Perhaps a better way to say this would be “BREAKING: Dutch military plane, carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, lands in Eindhoven.”

WSJ’s Computer Systems Hacked

WSJ-twitter-logoSeveral computer systems that contain The Wall Street Journal’s news graphics have been hacked. The Journal reports that no damage had been done to the graphics systems and customer data remained safe.

“We are investigating an incident related to wsj.com’s graphics systems,” explained a Journal spokesperson. “At this point we see no evidence of any impact to Dow Jones customers or customer data.”

The Journal’s announcement comes in response to a hacker, who claimed he had tapped into wsj.com and would sell both user information and the code to manipulate the site. The vulnerability that allowed the hacker inside was located within the news graphics systems.

The Journal and a cybersecurity firm are monitoring the hacker and the site, but we’d say this is a good time to go ahead and change your wsj.com password.

Blake Lively is an Editor Now

Blake Lively is famous for saying words that other people write, but thanks to her new lifestyle site Preserve, perhaps one day we’ll think of her as an editor more than anything else.

Preserve, explained Lively in her inaugural editor’s note, is “part magazine, part e-commerce hub, part philanthropic endeavor and above all, a place to showcase the power of imagination, ingenuity, quality, and above all, people.” Also, above all, a site to write “above all” as much as you please.

“Here at Preserve there are people, stories, essays, videos and goods which hopefully inspire your home, your style and your tongue,” added the 26-year-old actress. “There’s expensive stuff. Inexpensive stuff. And everything in between. But their value, is up to you. We may romanticize it, calling it treasure. What we’re really saying is, we see worth on every level.” Apparently, there are no rules, when it comes to comma, usage, at Preserve.

What “treasures” are available on the site? Our favorite is either the $95 crate or the $18 spoon that has “Let’s Spoon” engraved on it. We’ve never been more inspired.

[Image: JStone / Shutterstock.com]

Slate Names Dan Kois Culture Editor

Dan Kois GSlate has named Dan Kois its new culture editor. Kois, a senior editor at Slate, was most recently editor of the site’s Book Review section. He is also a contributor to The New York Times Magazine.

As the founding editor of New York’s culture blog, Vulture, Kois has plenty of pop culture chops. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Awl, Oxford American and Television Without Pity.

Julia Turner, Slate’s new editor-in-chief, announced Kois’ appointment on Twitter.

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