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Arianna Huffington Pitches The Value Of Sleep To Millennials

ahuff alleyArianna Huffington paid a visit to Alley NYC in Midtown yesterday for a short presentation about the importance of sleeping, logging off your electronic devices and following your passion. She’s got a new book for sale – Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder  — and these are just some of the ideas that she puts forward.

And her audience, a very receptive one, were largely millennials, who seemed to genuinely appreciate being told that, at some point, they can stop working and just go to bed.

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The Dodo, A New Site Focused on Animals, Taps Into Our Love For Our Fuzzy Friends

the dodo tweetThe Dodo is back from extinction. At least in digital form.

The new site, The Dodo has launched, “a community-driven destination that’s committed to understanding, celebrating and helping animals.” For this site, “anyone can be a contributor,” though there is also an editorial staff. According to the press release we received, contributors will have the power to create content, pull things from social media, and add items with the hashtag #thedodo.

And based on a glance at the site’s homepage, we’re talking about more than just cat videos and baby animal webcam footage. Topics covered include SeaWorld’s non-reaction to a dolphin hunt in Japan, issues with an Animal Planet program, and an oil spill in Trinidad.

OK, there is one cat video. But it’s a white tiger, so slightly different.

The site has got some big name backers, including Lerer Ventures and Sterling Equities, and counts among its contributors Arianna Huffington and the Dog Whisperer himself Cesar Millan.

But the question is whether there’s enough passion out there to sustain a site with an animal focus. We’ve seen fervor over animal rights wax and wane over the years. Dodo EIC and CEO Kerry Lauerman addressed that issue in an email to us.

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New York Magazine Interview Reveals Oprah’s Rebranding Secrets

This week New York Magazine published a revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey, reigning queen of reinvention. It specifically dealt with how she saved her OWN Network, which looked like a big bust as recently as mid-2012.

Oprah’s partnership with Arianna Huffington, which led to “HuffPost OWN”, wasn’t enough to immediately rescue the floundering ship, but OWN finally became profitable this summer as its ratings jumped more than 60%. Well-hyped interviews with Rihanna and Lance Armstrong helped, as did Tyler Perry‘s soap opera The Haves and the Have Nots, but many still wonder how she pulled it all off.

Here are some key revelations from the woman herself.

On dealing with “no”:

Oh, I hear that all the time.

 On the challenges of choosing the right people to manage OWN:

What didn’t feel right from the beginning was, “Who are we going to get to do this? Because I have a full-time job.”

When I first suggested [network presidents] Erik and Sheri, [the idea] was not welcomed with open arms…I’d never done cable, and they’d never done cable.

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Media and Social Network Leaders Open Up at ‘The Guardian’ Activate Summit

For those making and breaking recent headlines, The Guardian Activate Summit held at New York’s Paley Center for Media was a venue of choice on Thursday. Notable media and social network executives were there to discuss openness, social good initiatives, and describe new offerings.

Among those making appearances were Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, whose company just purchased SlideShare; Arianna Huffington, whose Huffington Post is the subject of recent sale rumors; and Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, the outlet that uncovered News Corporation’s wrongdoings. Nike’s recently unveiled sneakers designed for Olympians also debuted on stage. Below are key highlights.

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NY Women in Communications Invites You To Connect

If you ever got a terrific piece of career advice, here is your opportunity to share it.

New York Women in Communications has launched an interactive video series called “Connect with the Women Who Connect the World,” featuring journalists Katie Couric and Arianna Huffington, Internet executive Susan Lyne, marketing expert Mary Lou Quinlan, and CRT/Tanaka‘s chief creative officer Patrice Tanaka (pictured, who talks about her late-in-life adoption of ballroom dancing). Each has won a Matrix Award from Women in Communications.

Women interested in participating in the program are asked to record and submit a 25-second video sharing the best advice they have ever received.

A montage of the produced series will launch at The Matrix Awards on April 23, held during a luncheon at The Waldorf Hotel, where the 2012 Matrix Award honorees will be saluted. The organization plans to continue the series throughout the year to inspire the next generations of communications pros.

TechCrunch Reporters Speak Out About CrunchFund

TechCrunch's Michael Arrington

TechCrunch writers are speaking out about the news that TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is launching a $20 million venture capital fund, CrunchFund, news that has been met with criticism and confusion since it was announced.

Writer MG Siegler’s post “TechCrunch As We Know It May Be Over” warns AOL against bringing in their own EIC to replace Arrington, saying it would be a “a colossal fucking mistake” and says he’s letting “our readers, know before you find out via a press release.” Writer Paul Carr defends the site against a separate column in the Times that also questions the ethics of the launch. (TechCrunch’s Carr previously wrote a column criticizing the move though supportive of Arrington and the site.)

Both writers talk about the journalistic independence that TechCrunch reporters have, and it’s both interesting and insightful to read these two columns about the situation. But it would be better for TechCrunch if there was a more cohesive message coming from the company leadership on what’s happening.

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Twitter’s Biz Stone To Lead AOL Cause Program

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone announced on his blog today that he will be serving as AOL’s Social Impact Advisor.

Also announced today, the “30-Day Service Challenge,” a philanthropic program launched “to kick off the first official week of the new Huffington Post Media Group at AOL,” Arianna Huffington writes in a HuffPo post. The program will encourage people across the now-joint organization to give back to their local communities. There will also be additional coverage of companies and individual people who are doing good works.

Stone says his role at Twitter won’t change. And AllThingsD reports that Stone is getting AOL equity. Both that site and Mashable also suspect that this is a way for AOL to get some good PR after last week’s layoffs. True.

Arianna Huffington Outlines The Prospects For HuffPo and AOL

In an essay on The Huffington Post discussing the site’s merger with AOL, Arianna Huffington, HuffPo co-founder and now president and EIC of The Huffington Post Media Group, speaks to what is most important to the newly merged media outlet.

“By combining HuffPost with AOL’s network of sites, thriving video initiative, local focus, and international reach, we know we’ll be creating a company that can have an enormous impact, reaching a global audience on every imaginable platform.”

(As with The Daily, we wonder if that means new pitching opportunities for publicists. Note, the New York Times pinpoints the AOL sites that will likely disappear and the staff adjustments that will probably be made.)

Moreover, the acquisition gives AOL a jolt that it needs. Huffington also addressed that in a video she and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong recorded for AllThingsD.

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Kraft Event on Volunteerism Celebrates Dr. King

Kraft Foods and its partners the Points of Light Institute and the HandsOn Network are hosting America’s Sunday Supper this Sunday, January 16 at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

At the supper, there will also be a panel focused on volunteerism with guests including the Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington (left), Olympic medalist Carl Lewis, and Fox news correspondent Juan Williams (right). According to the press release announcing the event, it is in celebration of Monday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Dr. King’s “passion for service.”

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Rubensteins, Edelman, Siegel, Nadal on the Observer‘s Power 150 List

Four PR people crashed the New York Observer Power 150 List this year, a ranking dominated by extremely rich and powerful people in finance and politics, topped off with a healthy mix of media moguls and editors from all sides of the MSM wars including Anna Wintour, Henry Blodget, Tina Brown, Arianna Huffington, David Remnick, Nick Denton, Scott Dadich, (responsible for WIRED‘s app), and Dennis Crowley (Foursquare super Mayor)

The “purely subjective, data-free ranking” includes:

Howard Rubenstein (#17)–Founder of Rubenstein Communications, and godfather of New York PR

Steve Rubenstein (#78)–The “fresh-faced heir apparent” to the empire, credited as a force behind the restoration of the High Line

Peggy Siegel (#86)–Called the city’s “most notorious publicist” by the chatty, salmon-colored newspaper

Richard Edelman (#133)–Davos regular, and President and CEO of independent megafirm Edelman Public Relations.  We’re sure he’s enjoying his characterization as “one of the truly good guys in an industry not known for them.”

Also notable is the inclusion of MDC Partners Chairman Miles Nadal at #94.  Nadal joins the list for acquiring a string of interesting small and midsize marketing, social media and PR firms to bolt on to his growing advertising conglomerate.

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