HuffPost Live Needs You!

HuffPost Live Needs You!

By Arianna Huffington 

HuffPost Live, our new live streaming network, is launching August 13. One of our goals is to create the most social video experience possible. And that’s why we’re putting you, the HuffPost community, front and center in everything we do, including having you join us live on the air — an integral part of the dynamic, ongoing conversation that is the heart and soul of HuffPost Live.

The news is no longer about a few people telling everyone else what happened — it’s about everyone telling everyone what’s happening right now. And now. And now…

This shift from presentation to participation is what fuels HuffPost Live. It took the Huffington Post six years to reach 100 million comments — all pre-moderated to ensure a non-toxic atmosphere. And that was amazing. But just six months later, we had reached 150 million comments — and we are now on track to hit 200 million after just another three months. The HuffPost community is growing exponentially and HuffPost Live will take it to another level.

Drilling into our stats, we saw that 70 percent of all comments being left on our site are responses to other comments. So you are not just commenting on HuffPost. You are having conversations — and forming communities around your passions and interests.

We decided to double down on engagement and make those conversations the focus of HuffPost Live. It became the North Star that we followed in making every subsequent decision — from our editorial approach, to the hiring of our hosts, to our tech platform, to our design, to how we’ve decided to launch the new network.

We realized that merely flipping a switch and unveiling HuffPost Live would contradict our “community-first” approach — it would feel too traditional and top-down.

So our launch will be in two phases. Phase one, which we have dubbed “HuffPost Live 3, 2, 1…” starts today. It will allow us to reach out to our community members and begin a dialogue with you about what kind of network you want to be part of, as well as what kinds of stories you want to talk about. The goal is to have you be real partners in what we are building.

HuffPost Live is built on a platform that includes many innovative features that we would like you to learn about before we go live. That way, when we move to phase two — the launch of the network on August 13 — you’ll be as prepared as our hosts and producers.

We also want to find out which of our community members want to join us live on the air (we hope all of you will!). The first step is going to our “3, 2, 1…” section and recording a video sounding off on what you are passionate about, what ticks you off, or what topics you’d like to see us cover. The most engaging submissions will be posted on the “3, 2, 1…” page — and those who left them will be invited to become regular guests on HuffPost Live.

The “3, 2, 1…” section will also feature lively conversations led by HuffPost Live’s new hosts, behind-the-scenes footage of the HuffPost Live production team — including a continuous 24/7 video feed showing the new HuffPost Live studio and newsroom being built in New York — and a countdown clock ticking off the seconds until our August 13th launch.

HuffPost Live aims to be as disruptive and groundbreaking in video as HuffPost has been in the way news is delivered, consumed, and engaged with. But we can’t do it without you. So check out “HuffPost Live 3, 2, 1…,” sign up, and join the conversation.

Meanwhile, here’s an FAQ about HuffPost Live:

What is HuffPost Live?

A live-streaming network that uses the HuffPost universe — the stories, editors, reporters, bloggers, and community — as its real-time script.

When is it on?

Always. At launch, HuffPost Live will live-stream 12 hours of original programming, 5 days a week — with highlights showing overnight and on weekends.

What hours will it be live?

HuffPost Live will be live Monday through Friday, 10 am until 10 pm ET.

When does it launch?

August 13.

Who will be the hosts/on-air talent?

At launch, we will have a rotating team of 8-12 hosts, each of whom will work overlapping shifts. We’ve hired a group of smart, dynamic, social media-savvy people who both have something to say, and are equally — if not even more — interested in hearing what the HuffPost community has to say. They include: Marc Lamont HillAbby HuntsmanAlicia MenendezMike SacksAhmed Shihab-EldinJacob Soboroff,Janet Varney, and Josh Zepps.

What kind of shows are you going to feature? What will your lineup be?

There won’t be any shows in the traditional sense. Our programming will be built around segments spotlighting the biggest, hottest, most engaging stories HuffPost is covering at any given moment and using them as the jumping-off points for conversations, commentary, and comedy. These segments will be as long — or as short — as they need to be. We won’t be limited by the usual time constraints of TV.

Instead, HuffPost Live will emulate the online experience. No one looks at their watch and thinks, “It’s 10 a.m., time for some celebrity news, I think I’ll log on to HuffPost!” Instead, readers come to our site to catch up on what’s happening in the world and wind up getting caught up in the wide array of compelling stories we offer. You may start with a story on the upcoming presidential debate, then find yourself drawn to some celebrity news, followed by the latest viral comedy video and a segment on the benefits of napping.

What about guests? Will you be featuring familiar talking heads?

We’ll take advantage of new media technologies to bring different voices to the conversation. We won’t find our guests using a traditional Rolodex. We will reach out via social platforms, see who is tweeting and Facebook posting something interesting on our chosen topics and contact them, asking if they want to come on HuffPost Live and expand on what they said.

And location doesn’t matter. Anyone with a smartphone or tablet can instantly join us live. Picture a conversation about parenting with mothers in Kazakhstan, Kenya, and Kentucky, talking to us and to each other and to our users live via Skype or Google Hangout.

This is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article on The Huffington Post.