HuffPost’s Birmingham “Adventure”


Journalists with leading news website Huffington Post – now re-branded as HuffPost – marked their week-long newsroom relocation to Birmingham with a visit to the Press Club.

Editor-in-chief Polly Curtis (left) is pictured here, outside the Press Club’s base in St Paul’s Square, with colleague Louise Ridley (centre), Press Club directors Llewela Bailey, Bob Warman and Marc Reeves, and Steve Gracey, senior media relations manager with HSBC UK, who are overall sponsors of the Press Club.

HuffPost was founded in the US in 2005 and launched itself in the UK in July 2011.

It moved its 45-strong newsroom to Birmingham to “step away” from the London media bubble – and to tell the “real story” of the UK. Setting up a base in the Bull Ring, it sent its journalists out into the city – and invited the public to get in touch with their own stories.

Polly, previously digital editor at The Guardian and director of media at the British Red Cross, is one of the most respected online journalists in the UK. She is only the third editor of the UK website since its launch in 2011, when it had a team of six.