From Editor & Publisher’s Nu Yang:
As a newspaper, The Washington Post is no stranger to forming meaningful conversations, and in 2010, the paper created Washington Post Live (washingtonpostlive.com). The program hosts 20 to 25 live conferences a year revolving around top issues of the day. Most events are held in Washington, although conferences have also taken place in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Denver and Paris. According to general manager Robert Bierman, conferences bring in hundreds of attendees and reach thousands more through live-stream and archived video clips. Events are free and open to the public.
“The Post newsroom develops editorial direction and content, and our editors create a special section for the newspaper and site,” Bierman said. “The forums feature Post journalists, top-level government and business leaders and subject matter experts to talk about a variety of issues—everything from health and technology to business and education.”
Named general manager in May, Bierman is responsible for growing the business and managing operations, evaluating and coordinating the business resources needed to produce the event (audience promotion, logistics, sponsorship sales), and ensuring each project is considered a success by their participants, speakers and sponsors.