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HuffPost Wants You to Pay its Ferguson Reporter

huffpostThe editors of The Huffington Post have lost their goddamn minds. The site is launching something called The Ferguson Fellowship, which carries the lofty goal of covering Ferguson after every other media outlet leaves. That’s great and all. Aside from the fact that HuffPost wants readers to pay for it.

Ryan Grim, HuffPost’s Washington bureau chief, explained in a post that the media will leave Ferguson, but “the local police will still be there, along with the structural inequality and racial disparities that sparked the crisis.”

That’s true! But then Grim gets to the good stuff. “With reader support, we’ll hire a local citizen journalist who’s been covering the turmoil and train her to become a professional journalist.”

There it is. HuffPost is owned by AOL, a multimillion dollar company, but the site wants you to pay for a reporter to cover Ferguson. How bold and noble of them.

Despite the Ferguson Fellowship being a complete asshole move, it’s already 24 percent funded. Well played, HuffPost. Well played.

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Huffington Post Expands to India

huffington-post1Here’s something that you only read about almost every day: The Huffington Post is expanding once again. HuffPost has partnered with The Times of India Group, the country’s biggest media company, to launch Huffington Post India. The site — which will feature content in English — is expected to launch later this year.

“As the world’s largest democracy, and with a middle class of more than 250 million people, India is a critical destination for any global media company,” said HuffPost’s CEO, Jimmy Maymann, in a statement. “And with Indian household consumption predicted to continue to grow nearly 20% per year, this partnership gives us an ideal entry into what is expected to become the world’s fifth-largest consumer market within the next ten years.”

Huffington Post and India Group will work together to form an editorial team that will be based in New Delhi.

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.

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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