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Posts Tagged ‘The Huffington Post’

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.

The Huffington Post’s Got Talent

The call for reader-viewer entries went out Monday. And today, as the informal search for the best Arianna Huffington impression continues, various staffers are also taking their best shot.

In the mash-up above, HuffPo food and culture writer Joe Satran proves that a blonde wig  head of borrowed female hair and name-dropping can go a long, hilarious way towards compensating for loose mastery of the sing-song cadence and heavy Greek accent. Satran starts from the anecdotal vantage point of talking to Larry Ellison while on David Geffen‘s yacht and ends with a brainwave about a third life-metric. Well done.

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‘Senior Penis Reporter’ a Clue in Today’s HuffPo Easter Egg Hunt

Not the best title in today’s fragmented Fifth Estate world. However, it still beats [pun not intended] junior penis reporter or an internship on the vagina breaking-news desk.

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Hey… Don’t start writing that angry email to FishbowlNY! We’re simply passing on the fact that “senior penis reporter” was one of the clues for today’s Huffington Post New York office Easter egg hunt.

Each clue pointed to the location of an egg. Eggs containing these clues were worth two points; empty eggs, one point; and there were also two “special” eggs worth five points each to the finder.

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The Huffington Post Might Start Charging for Content

Would you pay for access to The Huffington Post? That question is currently rattling around inside the head of Jimmy Maymann, HuffPost’s CEO. Speaking at The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit, Maymann admitted that a subscription system could be coming to all 7 billion HuffPost sites sometime in the future.

“I do believe in paid journalism,” said Maymann. “I do believe there are things that users should pay for. I do believe investigative reporting, things that are unique. There should be value on it.”

As for what that payment system would look like, Maymann indicated that the metered approach — like The New York Times uses — would be best.

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The Dalai Lama to Appear on HuffPost Live

Dalai Lama GThe Dalai Lama is getting his Huffington Post on. The spiritual leader is going to take part in a HuffPost Live interview tomorrow, Wednesday February 26, at 11 am ET.

The conversation will be live-streamed across all of the HuffPost’s sites, including its international editions. Willow Bay, a senior editor at HuffPost, will be asking Lama (is that his preferred moniker? Maybe Big D? We have no idea) questions about all sorts of subjects, including mindfulness, technology’s impact on our culture, and more.

Let’s just hope the segment doesn’t include Lama side boob.

You can watch the live interview here.

ABC News Drops the ‘Macho’ from Sochi Article Headline

ABCNewsLogoLet’s start with a dictionary definition of “macho” when used as an adjective:

Having or characterized by qualities considered manly, especially when manifested in an assertive, self-conscious or dominating way.

Now, let’s bring in another word – “awful.” Per some intrepid efforts today by Think Progress senior editor Annie-Rose Strasser and The Huffington Post, that’s the adjective ABC News correctly, subsequently opted for after having altered its “Women Olympians Getting Hurt on Macho Sochi Slopes:”

A spokesperson from ABC News informed The Huffington Post in an email that the headline has been changed, adding, “We completely agree that it was an awful headline.”

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HuffPost Reaches One Billion Video Views

HuffPost Live, the video site from Huffington Post, has reached a major milestone: One billion video views. The site also grabbed a record high 111 million video views and 22 million unique visitors in January. That’s a jump of 226 percent and 126 percent, respectively, compared to last year.

Roy  Sekoff, president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, said that he was pleased with the numbers because it showed that if you produce quality content, the visitors will follow.

“I’m especially proud that we have been able to tally so many views while simultaneously producing high-quality, award-winning work,” he said, in a statement. “That’s the one-two punch we envisioned when we first pitched HuffPost Live — so to see it coming to fruition is deeply satisfying.”

It’s unclear if Sekoff was referring to the video of a testicle-eating fish when he mentioned “high-quality, award-winning work,” but he probably was.

Huffington Post Launches Brazil Site

The Huffington Post has expanded its empire for the 12 billionth time, with the launch of Brazil Post. The site — HuffPost’s 10th country extension — went live today.

To launch Brazil Post, HuffPost partnered with Abril Group, one of Brazil’s biggest media companies. Brazil Post’s editorial director is Ricardo Anderáos, and its editor-in-chief is Otávio Dias.

“Through a mix of original reporting and opening up our blogging platform to voices both new and well-known, we will not only tell the stories of the news and events shaping Brazil but also capture the spirit of its people,” wrote Arianna Huffington, in a note announcing the new site.

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