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Yahoo! News Offers Socially-Enhanced Experience During 2012 Elections

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Social Experience #HashOut to Connect Yahoo!'s Audience with Maria Shriver, Donna Brazile, Abby Huntsman, Damon Lindelof, and more</b> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <b>Convention Coverage Video Programming Announced, Anchored by LIVE Version of "Newsmakers" from Yahoo! News and ABC News</b> </p>

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Yahoo! News Offers Socially-Enhanced Experience During 2012 Elections09:30 EDT Tuesday, August 14, 2012 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Today, Yahoo! News, the #1 site for online news[i], announced programming efforts for its elections hub, The Ticket (http://news.yahoo.com/ticket/) during the final months leading up to the U.S. Elections on November 6 including #HashOut, a social program focused on sparking debate, a new election night control room, and six new video shows dedicated to convention coverage. These new programs aim to drive dynamic conversations about the political and economic issues facing the nation, offer an expanded view from the convention floor, and deliver even more first-source reporting from the campaign trail, inside the Beltway, and beyond. Building on the success of Yahoo!'s multi-faceted election coverage thus far, these new initiatives are designed to further engage and activate Yahoo! News' audience of more than 80 million users[ii]. “Our ambitious election program has informed and engaged audiences about the issues that matter,” said Robertson Barrett, Vice President of News & Finance at Yahoo!. “As we continue that mission, we're also thrilled to host our first-ever event at this year's national political conventions, deliver even more premium content, and provide our audience with the most exciting, comprehensive, and immersive election night experience online.” The second phase of Yahoo!'s 2012 election program includes engaging social experiences:#HashOut: The first talk show conducted over social media, #HashOut is a new way to talk about the news. This new Yahoo! News editorial driven social engagement program, launching next week, aims to ignite a daily debate about politics, current news, and buzzing topics between the Yahoo! audience and a panel of political influencers, industry thought leaders, Yahoo! experts, and journalists. Each weekday, the Yahoo! News Twitter (@YahooNews) feed will pose a question to all of its followers. Three curated answers will be published the following day on the Yahoo! #HashOut page and the Yahoo! community will vote on the answer they think is best. Notable #HashOut participants include American Tax Reform Founder and President Grover Norquist, Princeton professor and former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Lost” writer and producer Damon Lindelof, and New York Times Magazine Editor Hugo Lindgren. See additional participants at end of release.Election Control Room: Yahoo! News will deliver timely and relevant content with rich social engagement during key election events, through a modern, fluid, and responsive platform that puts the user in control. The control room will provide users a personalized, engaging experience with access to Yahoo! News' comprehensive elections and campaign coverage. Features will include live streaming video, maps of all House, Senate and Governors races as well as the Presidential race results down to the county level, live blogging, and more. Video programming covering the conventions will kick off August 27 with several shows dedicating special coverage to the conventions.See them on Yahoo! News at http://news.yahoo.com/ticket/:“#HashOut: On Location”: Hosted by New York Times best-selling author Baratunde Thurston, the show is a fast-paced program that will give convention-goers and journalists an opportunity to weigh in on newsworthy questions posed by #HashOut. Shot on and around the floor of each convention, Thurston will interview some of the more colorful convention-goers (and notables), posing a #HashOut question of the day. (Yahoo! Studios) “Just Explain It: Political Edition": Hosted by David Chalian, Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo! News, the show will provide in-depth analysis of key election issues like immigration, medicare, and taxes. The show will run Tuesday through Thursday from the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention. (Yahoo! Studios) “Just Explain It: Historical Moments”: Hosted by Jeff Greenfield, veteran political journalist and columnist for Yahoo! News, this show will offer the best-selling author's unique perspective on the most memorable moments of national political conventions throughout United States history. (Yahoo! Studios) Live Convention Coverage: Co-hosted by Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian and ABC News political director Amy Walter, this dynamic LIVE coverage will recap convention highlights in a roundtable discussion with ABC News anchors and correspondents including Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, “World News” Weekend Anchor David Muir, Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Senior Washington Editor Rick Klein, Political Contributor Matthew Dowd, and Yahoo! News' White House correspondent Olivier Knox, senior political reporter Holly Bailey and senior political reporter Chris Moody. A live blog during the conventions will be anchored by Yahoo! News' Chris Suellentrop. Veteran political reporters Jeff Greenfield and Walter Shapiro will participate along with pundits, writers, and users weighing in on the events as they happen. (Yahoo! Studios & ABC News) “Newsmakers Live”: Co-hosted by Yahoo! News and ABC News,Yahoo! will stream a LIVE version of the successful Yahoo! News and ABC News original video program “Newsmakers” at the upcoming Republican and Democratic national conventions. In Tampa and Charlotte, reporters from Yahoo! News and ABC News will moderate a discussion with the architects of the Romney and Obama campaigns before an audience of political influencers. This special event will be streamed on Yahoo! News and ABCNews.com, and will include social elements to further engage the audience at home and provide them with a front row seat to the discussions. (Yahoo! Studios & ABC News) “Who Knew?: Convention Edition”: The Yahoo! News original program “Who Knew?” will provide two special episodes that explain long-held convention traditions. These convention editions of “Who Knew?” will explore topics like: “Why Do We Have Conventions?” and “What is the Role of The Electoral College In Deciding Elections?” (Yahoo! Studios) Under the leadership of newly-appointed Editor-In-Chief Hillary Frey and Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian, Yahoo! News has delivered on the goals set forth in phase one of the Elections program. The elections team has delivered on its commitment to expand their original coverage and reporting from key primary states and the campaign trail. Yahoo! News also made a series of high-profile new hires including Virginia Heffernan, contributors Walter Shapiro and Jeff Greenfield, and Yahoo! News' first-ever White House correspondent, Olivier Knox. The team scored news-making interviews with all the major GOP contenders and Yahoo! — along with premier content partner ABC News — co-hosted the most watched GOP primary debate of the election season. Nearly 90 percent of the nation's online voting age adults visit Yahoo! each month – more than any other media company – and Yahoo! is committed to going beyond the campaign rhetoric to focus on where the candidates really stand on critical issues and how they will impact real people across the country. About Yahoo! Yahoo! (Nasdaq:YHOO) is focused on creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. Yahoo!'s unique combination of Science + Art + Scale connects advertisers to the consumers who build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.net) or the company's blog, Yodel Anecdotal (yodel.yahoo.com). Yahoo! is the trademark and/or registered trademark of Yahoo! Inc. #HashOut Panelists:   Margaret Atwood     The author of "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Oryx and Crake" and the inventor of www.fanado.com.   Henry Blodget The CEO and editor of The Business Insider.   Donna Brazile The vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention and a political strategist.   Tucker Carlson The co-founder and editor in chief of The Daily Caller.   David Chalian The Washington bureau chief for Yahoo! News.   Rob Delaney A comedian and writer who lives in Los Angeles.   Hillary Frey The editor-in-chief of Yahoo! News.   Jeff Greenfield A Yahoo! News political columnist and the host of "Need to Know" on PBS. He has covered politics for CBS, CNN, and ABC.   Dan Gross An editor and columnist for Newsweek/The Daily Beast.   Mary Katharine Ham The editor-at-large at HotAir.com. She appears frequently on The O'Reilly Factor.   Chris Hayes The host of MSNBC's “Up w/Chris Hayes,” the editor at large of The Nation, and the author of "Twilight of the Elites."   Virginia Heffernan The national correspondent for Yahoo! News.   Anna Holmes A contributor to Yahoo! News and the founder of Jezebel.com.   Abby Huntsman A host for HuffPost Live at The Huffington Post.   Mike Kinsley A columnist at Bloomberg View, the founder of Slate, the former editor of The New Republic and Harper's, and the former editorial and opinion editor of The Los Angeles Times.   Rick Klein The senior Washington editor for ABC News, and an on-camera and off-camera political reporter and analyst.   Damon Lindelof The writer/producer of “Lost,” the new “Star Trek” films, and “Prometheus.   Hugo Lindgren The editor of The New York Times Magazine.   Ryan Lizza The New Yorker's Washington Correspondent and a CNN Contributor.   Alexis Madrigal A senior Editor at The Atlantic.   Cynthia McFadden The co-anchor of ABC News' “Nightline.”   Tim Miller The deputy communications director at the Republican National Committee.   Terry Moran The co-anchor of ABC News' “Nightline” since 2005, after serving as the network's chief White House correspondent for six years during the Clinton and Bush administrations.   Craig Newmark The founder of Craigslist as well as a speaker, philanthropist, and self-described nerd.   Grover Norquist The president of Americans for Tax Reform.   Lizzie O'Leary A correspondent for CNN.   Susan Orlean Author, staff writer at The New Yorker, chicken wrangler.   Michelle Rhee The founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, a bipartisan grassroots movement working to improve public education.   Walter Shapiro A Yahoo! News columnist following the 2012 presidential election; he is also a special correspondent for The New Republic.   Choire Sicha The editor of The Awl.   Maria Shriver A mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, and a six-time New York Times best-selling author.   Gary Shteyngart The author of "The Russian Debutante's Handbook," "Absurdistan," and "Super Sad True Love Story."   Anne-Marie Slaughter A professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton. She has served as director of policy planning for the Department of State.   Ben Smith The editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed.   Jake Tapper The senior White House correspondent for ABC News.   Baratunde Thurston A comedian, the best-selling author of “How To Be Black,” and the founder of Cultivated Wit.   Bill Weir A “Nightline” anchor, an ABC News reporter, and the host of Yahoo!'s “This Could Be Big.”   [i] comScore, June 2012 [ii] comScore, June 2012 Yahoo! NewsCarolyn Clark, 917-324-7206carolync@yahoo-inc.com