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Glenn Greenwald Will Leave The Guardian to Create New News Organization (BuzzFeed)
Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and blogger who brought The Guardian the biggest scoop of the decade, is departing the London-based news organization, for a brand-new, large-scale, broadly focused media outlet, he told BuzzFeed Tuesday. Greenwald, 46, published revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about the extent of American and British domestic spying and about officials’ deception about its scope. NYT In a statement on his website, Greenwald did not say where he was going. “I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline,” Greenwald wrote on his blog Tuesday evening. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Greenwald was careful not to divulge any telltale details about the organization, saying only that it would have outposts in New York, Washington and San Francisco. As to its headquarters, we asked Greenwald whether any consideration had been given to locating it outside of the United States, given the legal sensitivity of the reporting he has done in recent months. He declined to answer, but noted that it’s an “important and good question.” Reuters Two sources familiar with the new venture said the financial backer was eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. It was not immediately clear if he was the only backer or if there were other partners. Omidyar could not immediately be reached for comment. Omidyar, who is chairman of the board at eBay Inc but is not involved in day-to-day operations at the company, has numerous philanthropic, business and political interests, mainly through an investment entity called the Omidyar Network. FishbowlNY BuzzFeed reporter Ben Smith’s exclusive ends with this tantalizing sentence from Greenwald: “When people hear what it is, there is almost no journalist who would say no to it.” The departing Guardian star also says that a “fair number” of people have been hired already.

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Meredith, Scripps Readying Boatload of New Web Series

Interesting piece by New York Times advertising writer and blogger Stuart Elliott. He takes a look at the 2013-14 sponsored Web series battle plans of two very familiar media companies – Meredith and Scripps Networks.

Among the shows coming down the pike are Baby Sleep 911, which will follow a baby sleep consultant into various parents’ homes; Bonkers Awesome!, showcasing food blogger Joy Wilson; and How We Broke the News, featuring couples explaining how they told relatives of their intention to marry.

On the Meredith side, a key hire in support of all this was made in the spring:

A cornerstone of Meredith Originals was the arrival in April of Laura Rowley as vice president for video production and product at the Meredith National Media Group, based in New York. She had been executive producer for original video and partnerships at The Huffington Post.

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@HuffPoSpoilers Has Some Suggestions for Arianna

There’s a pretty funny open letter today in LA Weekly. It’s by Alex Mizrahi (pictured), the cheeky operator of the popular Twitter feed @HuffPoSpoilers, and is addressed to Arianna Huffington.

Mizrahi launched his feed in 2012 as an exasperated response to the click-bait tactics of The Huffington Post’s main Twitter account. His musings have gained a lot of traction this year and, after attending the Weekly‘s recent Web Awards in Los Angeles, the New York-based Mizrahi felt it was a good time to go beyond 140 characters:

You employ some very smart and talented social media editors with personality and character on their personal Twitter feeds, yet @HuffingtonPost manages to be the lowest of Lowest Common Denominators, relying on the words and phrases so worn-out and bland they’ve been stripped of any meaning. Ever realize how many things are the best/worst/biggest/cutest/most [adjective] EVER?…

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Arianna Cuts the Ribbon at HuffPost Hawaii

Another day, another impressive HuffPost vertical.

In her announcement post celebrating the debut of Huffington Post Hawaii, site founder Arianna Huffington highlights a most impressive lynchpin. In this case, HuffPost is partnered with an outfit named the best news site in Hawaii for the past three years by the Society of Professional Journalists:

We are delighted to be partnering with Honolulu Civil Beat, a beacon of journalism in Hawaii focusing on public affairs and investigative reporting, with deep roots in the local culture. In its three years, Civil Beat has committed itself to the mission of its founder, Pierre Omidyar – who also founded eBay – and has created a “a vibrant civic square.”

They’ve published investigations of topics ranging from the condition of Waikiki’s iconic Ala Wai Canal to police disciplinary files and why they are kept secret from the public. And their investigative series on the skyrocketing costs of school bus contracts prompted state officials to revamp the way contracts are handled. This is real impact journalism.

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HuffPost Editor Recalls Impromptu Arianna Job Interview

At age 27, Laura Schocker is happily ahead of the NYC journalism career schedule she envisioned after graduating from the Medill School.

In short order over the past few years, she has progressed from freelancing, to editorial assistant at The Knot, to editorial assistant at Prevention magazine, to associate and now managing editor of The Huffington Post’s Healthy Living section. In an interview with the Altoona Mirror, Schocker remembers how fortuitously the HuffPost opportunity came about:

Schocker said she was at a press event when she met an editor for The Huffington Post and later that day, she was in the HuffPost office interviewing for a job.

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HuffPost Alums Pivot to Late Night Talk Show Aimed at Millenials

You may most recently remember him, Jacob Soboroff, from the west coast end of HuffPost Live. She, Cara Santa Maria, is a former senior science correspondent for The Huffington Post and host of embedded HuffPo Web series Talk Nerdy To Me.

Together the pair are now co-hosting TakePart Live, the weekday late-night talk show component (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) of Participant Media’s new TV network Pivot, which launched yesterday. The pair looked comfortable on their handsome new set as they discussed – yes, live – Edward Snowden and various other topics.

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Cubes: VIP Tour of AOL and The Huffington Post

Combine tasty treats, sleek design, and the now famous ‘Sitting Cameramen of Astor Place’ and you get the latest episode of “Cubes.”

In this episode of Cubes, the MediabistroTV crew is invited into the New York Headquarters of AOL and The Huffington Post. Hosted by the founding editor of The Huffington Post and president of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff, the crew visits the cavernous Huffington Post newsroom where hundreds of writers sit keyboard to keyboard under the watchful gaze of Arianna Huffington herself who plays the always gracious hostess by offering up some tasty Greek Christmas cookies. After burning through the sugar high, the guys mingle with the ghosts of journalism past in the HuffPost Live newsroom where live news is served up eight hours a day by tables of writers, producers and editors who always know what time it is in Funkytown.

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Cubes: VIP Tour of AOL and The Huffington Post

Combine tasty treats, sleek design and the now famous ‘Sitting Cameramen of Astor Place’ and you get the latest episode of “Cubes.”

In this episode of “Cubes,” the MediabistroTV crew is invited into the New York Headquarters of AOL and The Huffington Post. Hosted by the founding editor of The Huffington Post and president of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff, the crew visits the cavernous Huffington Post newsroom where hundreds of writers sit keyboard to keyboard under the watchful gaze of Arianna Huffington herself who plays the always gracious hostess by offering up some tasty Greek Christmas cookies. After burning through the sugar high, the guys mingle with the ghosts of journalism past in the HuffPost Live newsroom where live news is served up eight hours a day by tables of writers, producers and editors who always know what time it is in Funkytown.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Arianna Huffington’s Editorial Role at AOL Downsized

When AOL acquired Huffington Post last year, Arianna Huffington was given editorial control of the company’s online properties, including Patch, MovieFone, PopEater, and TechCrunch. Since taking the reigns, Huffington has folded websites and eliminated journalists’ jobs while increasing the practice of utilizing unpaid bloggers leaving her with a critic or two.

Now it’s Huffington’s turn to face a downsizing, in the form of her job duties. She will now be solely in charge of the Huffington Post, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Huffington says the change was her idea. “What I asked for is for us to be more independent, to have technology, marketing and [business development] now into Huffington Post, so that we can accelerate all our growth, and for me to be freed up to just concentrate exclusively on HuffPost,” she stated at a conference Thursday.

The Huffington Post is continuing to grow, with a current focus on international expansion and the launch of a live video streaming network.

Full disclosure: This fishie blogs for the Huffington Post.

Watch: Jonah Peretti Describes Launching The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed

In the final part of our three-part “Media Beat” interview with Jonah Peretti, the internet entrepreneur talks about launching The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed.

“I wasn’t sure if it would be a big success,” Peretti admits, remembering the days leading up to the launch of The Huffington Post. “A friend of mine asked me if he should invest, and I was like ‘I’m not sure’… I didn’t really want to risk my friend’s money.”

He also offers advice for those wanting to launch their own startup, explaining that entrepreneurs shouldn’t worry about what tech blogs are covering.

Part 1: BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: ‘Our Reporters Are Doing the Kind of Work Reporters Love to Do’

Part 2: Jonah Peretti On What It Means To Go Viral

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