The secret is out: I’ve joined NowThis News

For the past several months, I’ve been working with a NY-based stealth startup.

Now the secret is out: I’m the general manager of NowThis News, a soon-to-launch mobile, social video news network.

From a work standpoint, nothing is more exciting than building, launching, and leading a superb company, especially a trailblazer.

As more and more people get their news from social and mobile outlets, I’m a big believer in the NowThis News concept.

Our plan: showcase original hot topic news videos customized for consumption via social networks and mobile devices.

NowThis News’s strategic partner is the hit social news outlet BuzzFeed, where NowThis News videos will also be showcased.

Our NowThis News team preparing for launch.

I’m working with a phenomenal team, including founders Ken Lerer, Eric Hippeau, and Brian Bedol; Editor-in-Chief Ed O’Keefe, Managing Editor Katharine Zaleski, Production Chief Steven Belser, CTO Theo Burry, Social Editor Drake Martinet, Head Writer Colleen Werthmann, and many more: Yosef Johnson, Elizabeth Sargent, Katie Quinn, Win Rosenfeld, Cyrus Moussavi, Betsy Rate, Matt Drake, Kylie Sobel, Jeff Petriello, Sadie Bass, Jason Dunne, Lainie Frost, Sara Kenigsberg, Brian Johanson, Nilo Tabrizy, and Sam Stringer.

Our team includes veterans of ABC News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, NBC News, PBS, VICE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, AllThingsD, Newsweek/Daily Beast, Al Jazeera, Slate, MTV, and HBO.

You can learn more about NowThis News from these press reports: Fortune, American Journalism Review, Fast Company, Forbes, TVNewser, Columbia Journalism Review, CapitalNY, AllThingsD, Mashable, TheWrap, BrandChannel, LostRemote, BetaBeat, Poynter, Journalism.co.uk, and SiliconBeat. Also, here’s the most comprehensive review of NowThis News’s mobile app: Mashable.

NowThis News will debut in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned.

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Sunrise at the MLK Memorial

I snapped this photo recently just as the sun was rising on the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington.

MLK is an idol of mine.

I’m proud and impressed that my mother and my grandmother knew him, worked with him, and supported his fight for civil rights.

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Dazzling: Beyonce rocks Atlantic City

Tanya and I made a snap decision to go a Beyonce concert in Atlantic City a few days ago – what turned out to be a great call. The show was phenomenal. Tanya finessed her way to the foot of the stage and snapped hundreds of pictures. I was close, too. I took lots of pictures, including this one. Here’s a link to the best of my concert photos.

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Springsteen tour’s new onstage gadget: Apple’s iPad

Here’s another first for Apple’s iPad: It now has a working onstage role in the concerts of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

When their 2012 tour launched this month – their first tour since 2009 – I noticed E Street Band keyboardist Charles Giordano ditched his usual thick binder of sheet music of the band’s songs, replacing it with an iPad display of the band’s music.

The iPad is seen in these photos from their recent Atlanta and Greensboro shows.

May the iPad help Springsteen and the E Street Band rock on forever.

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Bruce Springsteen re-Tweets photo I snapped

Two nights ago, I took my daughter, Zoe, to a big-time concert: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  This was her first time at a performance by The Boss, who I’ve seen in concert dozens of times.  I was thrilled to take Zoe to the show (in Greensboro, near where she goes to school, High Point University).  We had super seats – front row on the side of the stage (bought at the last minute at face value).  The concert was phenomenal.  I’m usually a dreadful photographer, but it was hard to take a bad picture being so close to the stage.  After the concert, I uploaded a few of my photos to Twitter and, much to my surprise, Springsteen’s official Twitter page re-Tweeted and showcased one of my pictures, blasting the photo to his more than 150,000 Twitter followers.  The picture shows Springsteen dancing with a young girl he plucked from the audience during his song “Dancing in the Dark.”  To the right is a screen grab of Springsteen’s Twitter page featuring my picture, with more photos below of the duo dancing just a few feet away from me.

A few more photos from the concert and Springsteen’s hand-written set list:

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Flashback: 1991 Soviet press credential

In 1991, I obtained this USSR government-issued press credential in Moscow just after the botched coup attempt to oust Mikhail Gorbachev as the Soviet leader. CNN President Tom Johnson and I teamed up with our Moscow-based colleagues to snag the first post-coup interviews with Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and other Soviet leaders, including the foreign minister, defense minister, and the KGB chief. Great fun.

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Poll Position: Upstart update

Four months into the life of my Poll Position newco, we’re making news and generating news big-time – so much so virtually every major news outlet has reported on our poll results.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.  And follow Poll Position on Twitter and Facebook:

http://PollPosition.com

@PollPosition

http://Facebook.com/PollPosition

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Poll Position debuts

My Poll Position company launched yesterday.  Here’s the announcement:

News, polling veterans team up to launch

hot topic social media company

Poll Position debuts, releases news-making national survey results

Atlanta, Sept. 14 – Today marks the launch of Poll Position, a unique hybrid news, polling, and social media company.

Poll Position’s mission: to engage, enlighten, and entertain users by providing exclusive hot topic scientific poll results and giving everyone an opportunity to vote and comment via online companion polls.

Award-winning news and polling veterans founded and lead Poll Position.  The company’s co-founder and CEO is Eason Jordan, who worked for 23 years with CNN, where he served as chief news executive.  Co-founder Jeff Shusterman, president of Majority Opinion Research, plays a leading role in the company’s polling.  Former CNN vice president Larry Register is a key member of the Poll Position team.

Among the key poll findings at PollPosition.com:

  • RICK PERRY: Only 29% of Americans share Rick Perry’s view that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.
  • BARACK OBAMA: A plurality of Americans prefers President Obama not be the 2012 Democratic presidential nominee, although 52% of Democrats stand by him.
  • MITT ROMNEY, JON HUNTSMAN: Only 35% of Americans and 45% of Republicans say they would ever vote for a Mormon to be president.
  • UNEMPLOYED: Seventy-eight percent of Americans say they know someone who is unemployed.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Only 34% of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan has been worth the cost in U.S. lives and financial expense.
  • U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: Sixty-four percent of Americans say they would be okay with the financially-strapped Postal Service ending Saturday mail delivery.
  • FIRED BY PHONE: Seventy-one percent say it’s never appropriate for a boss to fire an employee over the phone.
  • HEART ATTACK-PROOF VEGAN: Sixty-three percent say they’d rather risk having a heart attack than make themselves heart attack-proof by becoming a vegan.

The national polls were conducted in recent days, surveyed more than 1,000 adults, and have a margin of error of ± 3%.  Poll details, including survey crosstabs, can be found at PollPosition.com.

Contact: Larry Register, LR@PollPosition.com

Website: http://PollPosition.com

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Getting Cozy with a Monstrous Snake

One of the highlights of Tanya and my 2006 trip to Vietnam and Cambodia: making a new friend at a snake farm outside of Ho Chi Minh City.

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My U2 Photos – Top 20

U2's recently-completed 360 World Tour was historic. Performing 110 shows for 7,268,430 fans, it was the top-grossing concert tour of all time – $736 million. This photo shot in Dublin. All photos by yours truly.

Over the past two years, I had a blast seeing my favorite band perform in Dublin, Chicago, DC, Atlanta, NY, Miami, Nashville, and Pittsburgh.  Each show had its magical moments.  Highlights included seeing U2 perform in its native Ireland; with Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and the Black Eyed Peas at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary concert; and with a blind guitarist/fan who was plucked from the audience for an impromptu, emotional show-closing tune.  The biggest thrill of all: experiencing the shows with loved ones.  Of the countless photos I took at the concerts, here are my 20 favorite:

 

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