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Dana Liebelson Joins HuffPost Politics

photo.jpgDana Liebelson is joining The Huffington Post’s politics team. Liebelson has worked as a reporter for Mother Jones and contributed to The Week and Marie Claire.

“At HuffPost, she’ll focus on tech policy and politics but won’t limit herself to any particular topic, continuing with the remarkable breadth she’s shown so far in her career,” wrote Amanda Terkel, HuffPost politics managing editor, in a memo announcing the news.

Liebelson joins HuffPost’s Washington bureau in October.

Arianna Celebrates Major HuffPost Milestone

For Arianna Huffington, a comScore traffic report can sometimes be much more than a simple amalgamation of numbers. Per a memo circulated today to staff, it is also in some instances a flashpoint for a wave of prideful memories about how her company started and has grown.

HuffPosters,

Huffington-Post-150x150Today I’m delighted to share the news of a major HuffPost milestone: in August we reached 115 million global unique visitors – the first time we’ve surpassed 100 million UVs on comScore – making us the #1 news site in the United States. (Our internal numbers, at 368 million UVs, are of course much higher) So much for the dog days of summer! August was also the fourth consecutive month HuffPost was recognized as the largest publisher on Facebook – with more than double the social actions of the second-largest publisher. In every significant growth area of the media business – social and mobile and video and native and global – HuffPost continues to lead the way.

I have to say, this news made me a lot more emotional than a comScore stat usually does. It’s the same feeling I get when I walk into our newsroom and see how a group of five has become a teeming team of hundreds – or when I visit one of our 11 flourishing international editions. It’s a lump-in-the-throat combination of gratitude and amazement; of satisfaction at what we’ve accomplished and surprise at how fast it all happened; of nostalgia for the early days when we celebrated every small spike in traffic and a delight in knowing that our best days, without question, still lie ahead.

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HuffPost Adds Donte Stallworth, House Beautiful Names Design Director

A couple Revolving Door notes this morning, including The Huffington Post and House Beautiful. Details are below.

  • The Huffington Post has announced that Donte Stallworth — yes, the former football player — will be joining as a politics fellow. He’ll be based in DC and will cover national security. Really.
  • House Beautiful has named Eleftherios Kardamakis design director. He most recently served as a freelance creative director for Redbook.

BuzzFeed and HuffPost Add to Teams

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

    • BuzzFeed has hired Noah Chestnut as news app product lead. He most recently served as director of labs at The New Republic. Capital New York reports Chestnut will be tasked with overseeing a new news app for BuzzFeed.
    • HuffPost has hired Ben Walsh as a business reporter. For the past three years, Walsh has served as an online editor and business writer for Reuters.

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.

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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