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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.

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Freddie Mercury Then, Adam Lambert Now

Interesting interview with Adam Lambert by Curtis M. Wong, deputy editor of HuffPo Gay Voices. Framed by the fact that in six, vertiginous years, Lambert has gone from auditioning on American Idol with “Bohemian Rhapsody” to fronting this summer’s Queen tour.

The bulk of the article is about how it was basically impossible for Mercury to talk publicly about his sexuality:

“From what I understand, it took Freddie a bit of time to come to terms with his sexuality, and once he did… He was living in a time when, as a celebrity or a rock star, it was something that was kind of off-limits,” said Lambert…

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How James Brown Helped a Fledgling Reporter Turn It Loose

ShutterstockJamesBrownThe day before James Brown answered the door at his home in Beech Island, South Carolina in the summer of 2003, reporter Karen Fragala Smith had valiantly rustled up bus fare. From her Huffington Post blog item:

I had withdrawn the last hundred bucks from my checking account and boarded a Greyhound bus for Augusta, Georgia, just over the state line from Beech Island. I was in town to interview James Brown for Newsweek magazine.

Well, sort of. I was an editorial assistant who spent most of my time arranging travel accommodations for the director of the foreign language editions, and making photocopies for an elderly editor who found both the technology of a copy machine and the fact that women in the office weren’t just secretaries anymore, to be equally confounding. I was eager to do something that resembled journalism.

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HuffPost Live Freestyles a Few Celebrity Guests

Today’s reminder of the vertiginous subject-matter range of the Internet in general and The Huffington Post in particular is a mash-up of recent HuffPost Live celebrity guest appearances. Seriously… When’s the last time your print newspaper converged into the same article Snoop Dogg, David Lee Roth and Questlove?

Thanks to an appearance by Wayne Brady, a portion of the video above doubles as a bonus sketch from the CW-revived Whose Line Is It Anyway?. A number of additional folks make appearances; watch the video to see who.

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Katie Nelson Named National Editor for HuffPost

Katie Nelson has been named The Huffington Post’s new national editor. Nelson most recently served as The New York Daily News’ deputy managing editor, digital. She had been with the paper since 2009. Nelson previously worked as a reporter for the AP.

“As we continue to expand internationally and experiment with new ways to tell the stories that matter most, Katie brings a mix of reporting experience and digital savvy that perfectly fits HuffPost’s hybrid approach,” said Arianna Huffington, in a statement.

Nelson joins the HuffPost August 6. She will report to the site’s managing editor, Kate Palmer.

Enchanting Intern Leads Christopher Rosen to Water, Wedding

AirAmericaLogoIn this weekend’s New York Times, the July 5 wedding of Huffington Post managing entertainment editor Christopher Rosen and MTV News writer-editor Kasey Wickman was wonderfully celebrated. Writer Vincent M. Mallozzi got all the colorful, publishable details, including this early courtship tactic from Rosen at Air America, where at the time he was a sound board operator and Wickman was an intern:

In the ensuing days, it became apparent that Mr. Rosen had taken notice of Ms. Wickman, too. He would often walk by her desk to get to a nearby water fountain.

“At first I thought, ‘Man, this guy drinks a lot of water,’” she said.

But Mr. Rosen had other thoughts.

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Called Out by David Simon, HuffPo Amends, Corrects Post

DavidSimonBlogLogoFollowing a major Thursday assist from Capital New York associate media editor Jeremy Barr, The Wire co-creator David Simon has today updated his July 2 blog post. A post that began with this very eloquent recrimination:

The permanent churn of the Internet is such that if you allow a dishonesty to stand for more than a moment, it will be endlessly repeated as fact for as long as there are humans left to link to it.

In Simon’s case, the churn was a claim by Huffington Post blogger, author and UC Berkely prof Linda Williams that Simon was fired by the Baltimore Sun, where he worked as a crime reporter from 1982 through 1995 before taking a buyout. Simon’s noon-today blog addendum is titled UPDATED TWICE:

I am informed that the HuffPost piece has now removed the reference to my having been fired. Instead, apparently, my revenge was had upon editors who spiked one of my articles because my writing wasn’t “Dickensian” enough. They never said anything of the sort to me or anyone else, and that is not actually the reason that particular article was spiked.

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How Arianna Sparked Journalist to a ‘HuffPost for Surfers’

If you’re a surfer, you’re most likely already familiar with The Inertia, a super-slick website covering all things big-wave. What you may not know is the critical role played in the genesis of the site by the long reach of NYC.

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The site is the brainchild of Zach Weisberg who, back in 2010 as editor-at-large of Surfer magazine, wrote a controversial blog post about racism in the sport. After refusing internal pressure to take it down, the post was nonetheless taken down by his publisher, leading Weisberg to quit and paddle out in search of his next venture.

Per a great little article by Honolulu-based Huffington Post fellow James Cave, Weisberg’s process at that time included a “soul-searching” trip to New York:

Weisberg happened upon a seminar given by Arianna Huffington, and was so inspired by her presentation that he was able to apply her vision for new media into the world he inhabited. “I listened to her talk and her vision at the moment; I felt that it could work perfectly in the world of surf and action sports. I decided to give it a shot, to try and build that.”

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President Obama Pens HuffPost Op-Ed

obama108Among the sea of Huffington Post contributors, you might notice one name today that seems to stand out — President Barack Obama. Our nation’s 44th head honcho has taken to HuffPost to pen an op-ed about creating family-friendly workplace policies.

“Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills,” writes Obama. “They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.”

Beyond the fact that Obama shares a byline with a site that features headlines like “Don’t Expect Mila Kunis to do THIS” and “Ugh,” what we found interesting was that the comments on the president’s piece are remarkably civil. So far, at least.

Kate Palmer Named Managing Editor of HuffPost

The Huffington Post has named Kate Palmer its new managing editor. Palmer most recently served as the site’s national editor. She came to HuffPost in 2012, after serving as managing editor of The Onion. Prior to that, Palmer served as Foreign Policy’s deputy managing editor.

Palmer is succeeding Jimmy Soni, who is headed to New Delhi to help launch HuffPost India. Soni has served as HuffPost’s managing editor since 2012.

According to a note from Arianna Huffington, a new national editor will be named later.

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