Mashable Announces Brian Ries as its Real-Time News Editor

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New Position Brings the Best of the Social Web Into Mashable’s Stories

Mashable, the leading media company for the Connected Generation and the voice of digital culture, announced today it has hired Brian Ries as the site’s first Real-Time News Editor. In this new role, Ries will be the point person in developing real-time responses to breaking news and developing stories, using live-blogging tools on as well as Mashable’s prime social media accounts.

Mashable was one of the first media companies to have a strong presence on networks like Twitter, giving its reporters and editors the ability to have live conversations with the Mashable community around the events and issues that matter most to them. The mission of the Real-Time News Editor is to build on that—to ensure that Mashable’s live news and news-based social content is immediate, urgent and engaging to its audience.

“At Mashable, we’re highly skilled at creating sharable stories and optimizing them for the social web. Now, a key focus for us is to bring the best of the social web to Mashable, and all our channels, in real-time,” said Jim Roberts, Chief Content Officer and Executive Editor. “Brian will be a great asset to lead us in this new chapter.”

Starting on February 24th, Ries will immediately take over as the main voice on Mashable’s Twitter account @Mashable. In this role Ries will continue to optimize Mashable’s engaging and highly shareable stories to its 3.8 Million Twitter followers. He will also work with editors and the social marketing team to develop strategic ways to grow its real-time social presence and engagement.

Ries joins Mashable from The Daily Beast where he was a senior editor. While there he managed the site’s live coverage and engagement strategy. He also wrote for Newsweek and the Daily Beast about the intersection of technology and human culture. Ries is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he studied political science.

He can be found on Twitter at @moneyries.

About Mashable:
Mashable is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable’s record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 14 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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