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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Huh’ Founder David Cohn Announces New Project: Circa

Well that was fast. Fresh off ceding control of his startup to American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, David Cohn is already diving into a new project. He calls it Circa.

It’s in stealth right now. But I can say this much – it will start off as a mobile application and the goal is to create a consumer friendly product that keeps people engaged and informed about what’s happening in the world. The problem set is unique and as the details of it shape you’ll see how it fits into the history of my career thinking of journalism as a process, not a product. I’ll be the founding editor helping think through, from top to bottom, the process of consumer driven journalism.

Cohn says Circa is inspired by Ben Huh‘s Moby Dick Project. But that’s about all we know at this point. We’ll press Cohn for more details as the project evolves.

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Northwestern Journalism Grad Racks Up Major ‘Cheezburger’ Cash

Born in South Korea and raised in Sacramento, 33-year-old Ben Huh (pictured) is currently sitting pretty (or perhaps more accurately in terms of his website empire’s parlance, “kitty”). He became a U.S. citizen last year and this weekend, it was announced that the one-time managing editor of the Daily Northwestern has raised $30 million to expand his already profitable Seattle web content company Pet Holdings Inc.

The irony from a journalism grad POV is that the anchor URL for Huh’s family of comedy websites – – breaks a number of grammatical and spelling rules. Part of the new cash will go to pay off original investors while another chunk will underwrite hires such as a Reporter-Moderator:

This position will report to the Editor-in-Chief.

What you will be doing: Scouring the Internet for timely images and videos for your specific sites; Writing titles and blurbs; Answering customer service emails; Screening incoming submissions (weed out X-rated or unsavory content); Moderation of comments (spams, trolls, etc.)

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UGCX Coverage|AP Amends Fairey Countersuit|Conde Launches New iPhone App|HuffPost CEO Hippeau

WebNewser, PRNewser: Some coverage of’s user-generated focused conference UGCX today: Peter Shankman, the founder of Help A Reporter Out, spoke about how he plans to expand his company and I Can Haz Cheezburger’s CEO Ben Huh revealed his company’s mission statement: “Make people happy for five minutes a day.”

Associated Press: The Associated Press amended its countersuit against Shepard Fairey after the artist admitted he had lied about which AP photo he used for his iconic Barack Obama HOPE posters.

AdAge: Condé Nast has released a new iPhone app platform for reading its magazines, starting with GQ.

PaidContent: An interview with Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau.