The show was created in the wake of the Middle East uprisings — many of which were powered by social media (despite Malcolm Gladwell‘s assertions to the contrary) — with the intention of becoming both a curator and focal point in the energetic Middle Eastern online dialogue.
It also aims to capitalise on the 2500% uptick in traffic the Al Jazeera websites saw that month, and make further inroads where the cable channel — still only carried on three stations nationwide — has yet been able to reach.
Presumably Hillary will be watching.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a co-host of the show last week, and got to take a look behind the scenes at the network’s most fun new show.
Unlike the rest of Al Jazeera English, which has its HQ on K Street, The Stream is broadcast from the Newseum.
Upstairs, the Stream offices share a floor with the Newseum tech department, which we are told can come in very handy from time to time.
Lest you accuse AJE of not having a sense of humour behold this velour Elvis, which greets you when you exit the elevator.
Ahmed at his desk. As you can see everyone is still settling in. (Also, settling in? Evil D.C. allergies.)
Co-host Derek Ashong. He recently re-located to D.C. for the show. He also hosts a radio show on Oprah's radio network.
2 1/2 hours before the show goes live there is an editorial meeting to go over stories and segments.
The studio control room is located on the opposite side of the building from the studio and down one floor. They make the magic happen.
Tip from the Al Jazeera make-up room: Preparation H (when used VERY sparingly) can help stave off wrinkles and double chins.
The couch. The show hopes to capture a energetic yet casual vibe (you can see the coffee cups in the far left corner.)
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