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HuffPost Leads Way on Facebook

Huffington-Post-150x150NewsWhip has announced its first “Whippies,” because everyone needs some sort of “It’s the end of the year so here’s some stuff to look at while you wait for your holiday vacation to start” item. The site’s awards honor the publishers that had the most impact on Facebook and Twitter.

In the news category, HuffPost dominated Facebook:

The Huffington Post’s blogging platform looks to be a key pillar in their success on Facebook in particular. For instance, one of their most-shared stories of the year was titled ‘10 Things Your Mom Never Told You‘, had over 300,000 shares, and was written by a guest blogger, rather than a staff writer. The Huff Po is unique in being able to give content an unrivaled platform on social media, and they set new records for overall monthly engagement on Facebook during 2014.

Huh. An article titled “10 Things Your Mom Never Told You” was one of HuffPost’s best performing articles. That’s uh, really great.

Rounding out the top three publishers on Facebook were BuzzFeed and Fox News.

On Twitter, BBC won the top spot, followed by Mashable and The New York Times.

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Arianna Swaps Christmas Sweaters for PJs

Take a look at the following photo, taken this holiday season at The Huffington Post’s NYC offices. Notice anything different?

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That’s right; no one is wearing a Christmas sweater, breaking what had been a longstanding HuffPo tradition.

Explains Arianna Huffington to FishbowlNY: “After nine years of giving holiday sweaters, we decided it was time to disrupt our own tradition. Some of our employees had collected seven, eight or nine sweaters and it seemed like time to give them something else to wear.”

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Huffington Post India Launches

At press time, it’s early Monday morning in India. The official business week launch day of the 13th international edition of The Huffington Post.

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Per the blaring lead headline above, the alleged rape on Friday of a 26-year-old female Uber passenger by her New Delhi driver is front and center. Not just on the content side of The Huffington Post India but also in everyone’s personal thoughts and weekend commutes. From editor-in-chief Sruthijith KK’s introductory message:

As I drove to work this morning, teams of bleary-eyed policemen had spread out across Delhi, peering into vehicles that passed their metal barricades. They were on the lookout for the absconding taxi driver who on Friday night had allegedly raped a young woman who had believed she was availing the safest possible option to go home when she used the Uber App on her Smartphone to hail a cab.

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Jill Abramson/Steve Brill Start-up Might Include HuffPost

The news startup from Jill Abramson and Steve Brill might have a Huffington Post connection.

According to The New York Times, Abramson and Brill have discussed a potential deal with Arianna Huffington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, in which HuffPost would “host” the new site.

The TBD site from Abramson and Brill will be subscription-based (likely about $3 per month) and will feature one longform story each month. Abramson has said they hope to pay writers up to $100,000 for each piece. If so, support from HuffPost would be helpful.

As of now, the talks are still going. Brill told the Times “The discussions are fairly serious and reaching a decision point.”

Tessa Gould Joins BuzzFeed

Tessa Gould is joining BuzzFeed as its vice president of ad innovation and monetization. Gould comes to the site from The Huffington Post, where she served as director of native ad product. She also oversaw HuffPost Partner Studio, the site’s in-house creative agency.

“I am thrilled to be joining a highly talented team at such an exciting moment in time as they transition from a social advertising player and pop-culture staple to a global media brand,” Gould told Adweek, in a statement.

Gould added on Twitter that she was “excited about this next chapter.”

HuffPost Partners with Hulu

16x9__HPL_Master Art_4Hulu users get excited: The company has entered into a three year partnership with The Huffington Post to bring HuffPost Live content to the streaming network. Now you have something new to watch instead of that Simpsons episode where Homer does something dumb but lovable. You know the one.

Each HuffPost Live Conversations episode will be one hour long and include the interviews with celebrities, politicians and more.

First up for Hulu/HuffPost Live are interviews with Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. HuffPost will add new episodes every day.

Arianna Huffington to Interview Jennifer Lopez on HuffPost Live

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, is going to interview Jennifer Lopez on HuffPost Live. The interview will take place live at about 11:50 am.

Lopez is doing a press tour for her new memoir True Love. She and her sister — Lynda Lopez — will also be discussing The Lopez Family Foundation, their charity that seeks to empower young women.

You can submit questions for Lopez or just watch the interview by clicking here. A word of caution though, we’ve been informed the following topics are off-limits:

  • Bennifer
  • Lopez’s butt
  • Gigli
  • Huffington’s butt

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CNN Vet Alan Duke Jumps to Radar Online

AlanDukePhotoFor the past five and a half years, for all but one month, Alan Duke‘s byline has been the number one desktop-views attraction at CNN Digital. During that one month in question, Duke went on vacation for three weeks.

More specifically, for the first nine months of 2014, Duke’s byline attracted a staggering 300 million desktop page views. His most notable recent CNN item was a September 18 report, with Susan Candiotti, that Yorkville Endoscopy clinic workers told investigators they saw and heard Joan Rivers‘ personal doctor take a selfie with the unconscious entertainer.

Although Duke was spared in the latest round of CNN layoffs, the journalist – who had been with CNN since 1989 – decided it was time to leave. As of this week, he is the Los Angeles-based national correspondent for revamping AMI website Radar Online.

“Last month, there was an event that really told me this was the time to leave,” Duke tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “We had an internal “huddle” [meeting] for CNN Digital, which was both a pep talk and an update on business affairs. In the executives’ statements and voices, I just picked up panic and chaos.”

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HuffPost Partners with Leo Burnett

huffington postThe line between editorial and advertising continues to be blurred. Recognizing that, The Huffington Post has decided to just go ahead and cut to the chase by partnering with ad agency Leo Burnett.

Under the deal, staffers at HuffPost Partner Studio — the company’s in-house sponsored content team — will meet with Leo Burnett staffers to create ads, which will be used by the agency’s clients. The ads will also be featured on HuffPost and other AOL sites.

A recent survey found that 75 percent of US marketers intend to increase their content marketing spend, but that 70 percent found content creation a key challenge,” said Jimmy Maymann, HuffPost’s CEO, in a statement. “This partnership between The Huffington Post and Leo Burnett answers that clear market need. Together we will be able to offer brands a unique combination of award-winning creative talent and unparalleled expertise in developing, distributing and amplifying highly shareable brand content.”

Feel the excitement!

Country Living and HuffPost Add to Teams

A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving Country Living and The Huffington Post. Details are below.

  • Charlyne Mattox has been named Country Living‘s food & craft director. She most recently served as Real Simple’s senior food editor. While at Real Simple, Mattox was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award for Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication. She begins October 20.
  • Ali Watkins is joining HuffPost Politics as a reporter covering national security and politics. Watkins comes to HuffPost from McClatchy DC. She also starts October 20.

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