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National Geographic Kids Dives into Fiction with New Imprint, New Book Series

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:17

New series hailed by J.J. Abrams as “A fun, exciting and action-packed ride that kids will love”

WASHINGTON (Feb. 16, 2018)— After celebrating a landmark 130 years of exploration, science and superb storytelling, National Geographic today announced its next big endeavor: children’s fiction.

A longtime leader in the children’s nonfiction world, National Geographic Kids Books will bring the same caliber of engaging, educational storytelling to the fiction world starting this fall, publishing under a new imprint called Under the Stars. Under the Stars will create fictional stories based on the research and adventures of National Geographic’s leading scientists, photographers and journalists. Publishing one fictional book series per year, the imprint will focus on one or more core National Geographic subjects, including geography, history, space, STEM, exploration and world cultures.

Under the Stars is already off to a buzzworthy start with its first title, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret.” Part of a seven-book series, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret” by Trudi Trueit (on sale Sept. 4, 2018; ISBN: 978-1-4263-3159-6; ages 8-12; $16.99) is filled with real-world science, code-breaking and a gripping narrative that follows 12-year-old Cruz, along with a diverse group of his fellow students, as he plunges into a world of critical missions while also having to turn in his homework on time.

The story has received advance praise from LeVar Burton (“Reading Rainbow,” “LeVar Burton Reads”), author T.A. Barron (the Merlin Saga) and director, producer and screenwriter J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars VII” and “IX,” “Star Trek,” “Alias,” “Lost,” etc.), among others. To date, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret” is slated to publish simultaneously in nine languages, with other translated editions to be added regularly. Beyond publishing, the series will serve as National Geographic’s first global franchise to include consumer products, family entertainment centers, family travel and education.

“We’ve spent the last few years developing riveting fictional stories like ‘Explorer Academy’ for this new imprint,” said Erica Green, National Geographic Kids Books editorial director. “We hope the characters in these books will offer inspiration, by helping kids and adults alike ultimately want to explore and protect our planet. Each book published through Under the Stars will be steeped in fact and real-world investigation and will showcase characters and illuminate situations that embody our remarkably talented explorers and how they interact with the world.”

Like the Explorer Academy series, all other Under the Stars books will be primarily aimed at the middle grade (kids ages 8-12), with an emphasis on self-expression and an overarching message of the power of curiosity. Each book will work as a stand-alone publication, but will also be part of a transmedia experience, conceived and produced such that the characters and narrative arcs work on various platforms from print, to digital, to screens of all sizes.

“We hope to use these books to continue to carry forth our founders’ commitment to quality, innovative storytelling and bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration,” said Jennifer Emmett, senior vice president of content for National Geographic Kids.

To get early access to the first chapter and learn more about Explorer Academy, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorer-academy/.

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Media Contact

Caitlin Holbrook  |  (202) 912-6714  |  caitlin.holbrook@natgeo.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Nat Geo Exclusive Video: Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:27

** Media Alert **

Exclusive: Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.

Video Available  

On February 6, SpaceX made history with the largely successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket—and National Geographic was there, right alongside SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

In preparation for the second season of MARS, which is returning to Nat Geo this fall, a camera crew followed Musk and his team on the day of the launch, capturing their reactions as the rocket rumbled to life.

“Holy flying f–k, that thing took off,” Musk exclaimed. Moments later, he and SpaceX staffers ran out the door of the launch control center and turned their gazes upward. “Look at that! That’s unreal!” Musk cried out.

For the full story and video, click HERE.

For press inquiries, contact:

Jennifer DeGuzman, jennifer.deguzman@natgeo.com, (212)-656-0713

 

National Geographic Traveler and Your Shot Launch Cover Photo Competition

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:05

Photographers encouraged to submit photos depicting a life-changing trip for the cover of Traveler’s June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue

WASHINGTON (Feb. 12, 2018)—Today, National Geographic Traveler magazine and Your Shot, National Geographic’s online global photo community, launched a special assignment, “The Trip That Changed My Life.” One photo submitted as part of this assignment will be selected for the cover of the upcoming June/July 2018 issue of Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine. Photographers of all levels are invited to ignite their inner explorer and submit photos from a trip that had a profound impact on their life. The assignment is open now and entries must be submitted by March 5, 2018, at natgeo.com/travelercover.

A panel of judges will select one photo from the Your Shot assignment to grace the cover of Traveler, and the photographer will be interviewed by Traveler Editor-in-Chief George Stone for the issue.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has published the world’s best photography and ground-breaking storytelling, and for 34 years Traveler has presented the world’s best destinations,” Stone said. “This competition will deliver those superlatives and reveal one more: A rising-star photographer with the passion and talent to create a spectacular image of an unforgettable experience. We can’t wait to see these amazing images and hear stories of trips that changed lives in our National Geographic community. Let the clicking begin!”

The contest will be judged by Stone, Traveler Director of Photography Anne Farrar and National Geographic Travel and Adventure Associate Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath. The judges will look for images that capture the best of the world, including iconic destinations, beautiful places and epic vistas that invoke the spirit of exploration. Photos should demonstrate a strong sense of place that has readers wishing they were in the picture, just as National Geographic showcases the farthest reaches of the earth through photography. Please note, images should ideally be vertical and must be able to accommodate the Traveler logo.

Photographers can visit natgeo.com/travelercover to submit their best photo via National Geographic Your Shot. The final cover will be revealed in May, and the “Epic Summer” issue of Traveler will be on newsstands May 29, 2018.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick | (202) 912-6762 | hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com

Meg Calnan | (202) 912-6703 | meg.calnan@natgeo.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

 

Gary E. Knell Named to Succeed Declan Moore as New CEO National Geographic Partners

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:00

Los Angeles, CA  –  February 9, 2018 – The Board of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) and the National Geographic Society, announced today that Gary E. Knell, who since 2014 has served as President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, will succeed Declan Moore as the new CEO of National Geographic Partners effective March 1.

Moore, who has been CEO of National Geographic Partners since its formation in 2015, led the integration of the organization’s consumer-facing assets into 21st Century Fox (21CF) as part of the two companies’ expanded joint venture. In that time, Moore aligned National Geographic’s programming, publishing and digital strategy more closely around its historic mission to support premium storytelling about science, adventure and exploration. Under Moore, National Geographic grew its global television footprint to 450 million homes, expanded its digital infrastructure and cross-platform storytelling, cemented its status as the world’s leading social media brand, and carried a record number of travelers on Nat Geo Expeditions. Moore began his career at National Geographic in 1995. He previously served in many capacities there, including President of Publishing and Travel and Chief Media Officer.

In his new role as CEO of National Geographic Partners, Knell will oversee all of National Geographic’s global storytelling assets, including the television, magazine, print and digital operations, licensing and travel expeditions. As CEO of the National Geographic Society, Knell was responsible for the Society’s nonprofit and educational activities globally, and until the formation of National Geographic Partners, oversaw the organization’s print and digital platforms, travel and consumer products. Knell presently serves as Chairman of National Geographic Partners, and has also held various board positions at National Geographic since 2003.

21CF President Peter Rice said: “Declan has been a tremendous champion of National Geographic, and his steady leadership in the founding of National Geographic Partners has created a foundation for it to thrive as one of the world’s most iconic media brands for years to come. Gary is ideally situated to build on that momentum. Nobody understands National Geographic better than Gary, and his breadth of media experience, strategic mindset and global perspective make him the perfect leader of the organization at this exciting time of transformation.”

Jean Case, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of National Geographic Society and member of the Board of National Geographic Partners added: “I have tremendous respect for Gary’s outstanding leadership. His passionate commitment to science, exploration and storytelling – combined with his deep expertise in media and his love of the National Geographic brand – makes him ideally suited to lead National Geographic Partners to its next level of success. I also want to express my gratitude to Declan for his extensive contributions to National Geographic Partners and Society.”

Knell said: “I’m thrilled to build on the enormous momentum that’s already been generated by Declan and his team at National Geographic Partners, and to continue to leverage National Geographic’s full portfolio of amazing assets to drive positive change through the best in science, exploration and storytelling. At the Society, we’ve succeeded in developing an impact-driven agenda for the most pressing issues facing the planet, and are well positioned to continue to execute on that ambition thanks to the fantastic leadership team we’ve put in place.”

Moore said: “I’m grateful for the 23 years I’ve dedicated to this extraordinary organization, and am so proud of the teams, the businesses and the brands that we have developed and nurtured in that time. It’s been immensely rewarding working so closely with Peter and Gary and am happy to be leaving NGP in their extremely capable hands. I know that the work we’ve done to scale and modernize National Geographic Partners has positioned the brand for tremendous future success.”

Before coming to National Geographic Society, Knell was president and CEO of National Public Radio. Under his leadership, Knell leveraged the organization’s extensive network of member stations to drive cross-platform journalism and cultural programming, grow philanthropic and corporate underwriting support and draw new audiences to NPR’s distinct offerings. Knell’s career in media spans nearly three decades, including 22 years at Sesame Workshop. During Knell’s 12-year tenure as CEO, Sesame expanded its revenue base, worldwide audience and global recognition. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Knell was managing director of Manager Media International, a print and multimedia publishing company based in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. He also has served as senior vice president and general counsel at WNET/Channel 13 in New York, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Governmental Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C., and worked in the California State Legislature and Governor’s Office.

About 21st Century Fox:
21st Century Fox is the world’s premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic, STAR India, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more than 300 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and a 50% ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group. The Company also holds a 39.1% ownership interest in Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves 22 million customers across five countries. For more information about 21st Century Fox, please visit www.21CF.com.

About National Geographic Partners:
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About National Geographic Society:
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Media Contacts:
Jonathan Bing
Jonathan.bing@fox.com
(310) 369 – 1274

Laura Nichols
Laura.nichols@natgeo.com
(202) 912 – 6743

Kelsey Flora
Kflora@ngs.org
(812) 219 – 5133

Media Alert: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Spokesperson Available on the Ground

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:37

** Media Alert **

Why This Week’s Big Rocket Launch May Make History

If all goes to plan, the newest member of SpaceX’s fleet could become the most powerful rocket since the one that sent humans to the moon.

Spokesperson Available  

On February 6, SpaceX will aim to make history with the Falcon Heavy rocket — and they are looking to do it in a most peculiar way. The Falcon Heavy will soar into space carrying a cherry-red Tesla Roadster blaring David Bowie into a sun-centered orbit near Mars.  

What makes this rocket launch unique?

If successful, the Falcon Heavy will become the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two, capable of launching more than 140,000 pounds of cargo—and one day perhaps passengers—into low-Earth orbit. 

Click HERE to read more.

**National Geographic’s space expert, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews.

**National Geographic’s science and space expert, Michael Greshko, is available for interviews on the ground, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center.

 

For Press Inquiries Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724 

NAT GEO EXCLUSIVE: LASER SCANS REVEAL MAYA “MEGALOPOLIS” BELOW GUATEMALAN JUNGLE, Images & Spokesperson Available

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 16:06

** Media Alert **

NAT GEO EXCLUSIVE: LASER SCANS REVEAL MAYA “MEGALOPOLIS” BELOW GUATEMALAN JUNGLE

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought. 

 Spokesperson & Visuals Available  

National Geographic has exclusively reported a major breakthrough in Maya archaeology. Researchers, including three National Geographic Explorers, have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala. The results suggest that Central America supported an advanced civilization that was more comparable to sophisticated cultures such as ancient Greece or China. 

 So, how did they make this revolutionary discovery? 

Using a technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization that was far more complex and interconnected than most Maya specialists had supposed.  

For the full story, click HERE.

  For the drop box of images and usage requirements, click HERE.

 See how LiDAR is rewriting the history of the Maya in “Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings,” a one-hour National Geographic Special, premiering February 6 on the National Geographic Channel. 

**National Geographic Explorers, Albert LinFrancisco Estrada-Belli and Thomas Garrison are available for interviews.

 

For press inquiries contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Exclusive: 99 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Found Trapped in Amber, Images & Experts Available

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 20:12

** Media Alert **

Exclusive: Dinosaur-Era Bird Found Trapped in Amber

Exclusive Images & Spokesperson Available  

Remains of a 99 million-year-old bird encased in amber have been found in Myanmar. While previous specimens in Burmese amber have been more visually spectacular, none of them have contained as much of the skeleton as this juvenile bird, which features the back of the skull, most of the spine, the hips, and parts of one wing and leg. 

Although there have been previous specimens in Burmese amber that are more visually spectacular, none of them have contained as much of the skeleton as this juvenile bird, which features the back of the skull, most of the spine, the hips, and parts of one wing and leg. 

This discovery, supported in part by the National Geographic Society, adds an important piece to the fossils found from the Cretaceous period. The team hopes to one day have a whole growth series of enantiornithine birds in Burmese amber.

For the full story, click HERE.

**National Geographic science expert, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

**National Geographic Explorer, Lida Xingis available for interviews out of Beijing. 

 

For Press Inquiries Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Exclusive: Search Resumes for Hidden Chambers In King Tut’s Tomb, Images & Spokesperson Available

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:29

** Media Alert **

Nat Geo Exclusive: Search Resumes for Hidden Chambers In King Tut’s Tomb

Two previous investigations disagreed about what’s behind the tomb walls. Now scientists are launching an all-out effort to solve the mystery.

Exclusive Visuals & Spokesperson Available

National Geographic has had the unique opportunity to be the only journalists inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb while it is being scanned.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced today that a third round of ground penetrating radar (GPR) scanning is underway inside the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun in hopes of answering a question that has long intrigued and stumped researchers: Are the walls of the famous tomb hiding other chambers—perhaps another royal burial concealed for more than 3,300 years?

If the results confirm the existence of voids beyond the walls, it will mark the beginning of an even more exciting scientific pursuit to determine what—or who—rests beyond Tut’s tomb.

For the full story, click HERE.

**National Geographic Archaeology expert, Kristin Romey, is available for interviews remotely from Egypt.

 

For Press Inquiries:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Statement from Declan Moore, CEO, National Geographic Partners regarding the termination of former Deputy Director of Photography Patrick Witty

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 23:53
At National Geographic Partners, we take seriously any allegation of sexual harassment. The questions and concerns raised by women inside and outside of our company about Mr. Witty’s behavior were investigated immediately and thoroughly by our Human Resources team and resulted in his termination.   While we received no complaints that Mr. Witty had violated our policies by engaging in harassing conduct during his employment with us, there was enough credible information brought to our attention by many women regarding past inappropriate behavior that we felt his conduct did not meet our business standards of conduct. We believe that Mr. Witty’s continued employment would not serve our commitment to a safe and appropriate working environment for our employees.    We have initiated the additional step of hiring an independent investigator to complete our review of this matter and to ensure that our managers are following the policies we have in place to safeguard our employees. We have already scheduled mandatory company-wide harassment training for both managers and non-managers and we are taking other internal steps to reinforce a safe and respectful workplace.

National Geographic Nominated for Six National Magazine Awards

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 22:52

National Geographic Partners has earned six nominations from the 2018 National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media. The nominations include:

The annual National Magazine Awards are administered by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Winners will be announced in New York on March 13.

Read the full story here.

Media Alert: Rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Coming—First in 35 Years, Spokesperson Available

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:17

** Media Alert **

Rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Coming—First in 35 Years

Spokesperson Available 

The cosmic trifecta of a supermoon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse hasn’t been seen anywhere on Earth since December 1982. 

Ahead of the cosmic three-for-one deal on January 31st, National Geographic has published a sky-watchers’ guide that will help readers find the best viewing locations and learn what actually makes the moon turn red. This Wednesday, there will be a super-size full moon as well as a  total lunar eclipse and because of the position of the moon, it will take on a slightly reddish tone — more commonly referred to as a ‘blood moon.’

According to eclipse experts, the event marks the first time anyone on Earth has seen this celestial trifecta in 35 years — and the first time it’s been seen in the Americas in 150 years.

For the full story a click HERE.

**Victoria JaggardNational Geographic astronomy and space expert, is available for interviews today through January 31st out of Washington, D.C.

**Andrew Fazekas, aka the Night Sky Guy, is available for interviews today through January 31st out of Montreal, Canada.

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic, Pop-Up Magazine and The Seattle Symphony Partner for Live Event in Seattle This Spring

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 18:01

National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine, presented by The Seattle Symphony, will be held April 30, 2018 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Tickets will be available to the public on Jan. 25, 2018 

WASHINGTON (Jan. 25, 2018)—National Geographic and Pop-Up Magazine, the internationally renowned “live magazine,” along with the Seattle Symphony, have announced a one-night-only special event at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Monday, April 30, 2018. National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine is an unforgettable evening of live journalism, featuring acclaimed storytellers from the worlds of film, print, audio, photography and more. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PST  at seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/calendar/2017-2018/nat-geo/pop-up.

Pop-Up Magazine works with Oscar-winning filmmakers, New York Times bestselling authors, popular radio and podcast voices, and internationally known artists to perform thrilling stories at large theaters across the nation. This unique, collaborative edition of Pop-Up Magazine is produced specifically for fans who share National Geographic’s legendary fascination with the world around us, and will feature a mix of multimedia stories from Pop-Up Magazine and National Geographic contributors accompanied by an original live score performed by Magik*Magik Orchestra.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us through ground-breaking storytelling from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “The partnership between National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine is an excellent opportunity to go further and bring the stories that have graced the pages of National Geographic magazine to a live, multimedia platform for curious and engaged people.”

“We’re excited to be partnering with National Geographic. The people who attend National Geographic Live events and Pop-Up Magazine shows are creative and curious about the world. Our show at the Seattle Symphony will bring them all a fun, fascinating night,” said Douglas McGray, Editor-in-Chief of Pop-Up Magazine.  

For more information on National Geographic + Pop-Up Magazine, please visit seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/calendar/2017-2018/nat-geo/pop-up.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick / National Geographic / hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com / Tel: (202) 912-6762

Victoria Chow / Pop-Up Magazine / victoria@popupmagazine.com / Tel: (917) 671-8779

Jen Rice / Benaroya Hall / rice1234@yahoo.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Pop-Up Magazine Productions

Pop-Up Magazine Productions brings unforgettable multimedia storytelling to major theaters across the nation with the acclaimed live event, Pop-Up Magazine, called “a sensation” by The New York Times and “beautiful” by the Los Angeles Times. Renowned writers, photographers, radio and podcast producers, and filmmakers perform new, true stories onstage, accompanied by a live band and original score. Pop-Up Magazine Productions also publishes The California Sunday Magazine, the national magazine featuring ambitious reported features and photography from across California, the West, Asia, and Latin America. The California Sunday Magazine, founded at the end of 2014, has been named a finalist for seven National Magazine Awards, including 2017 Magazine of the Year, and won three, including the National Magazine Award for Design and the National Magazine Award for Photography two years in a row. For more information visit popupmagazine.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About The Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Since 2011 the Seattle Symphony has been under the leadership of Ludovic Morlot who will step down as Music Director following the 2018-2019 season and be succeeded by current Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard. The Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year.  The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received three Grammy Awards, 23 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND SPRINT LAUNCH “CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION” TO FUEL THE GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES OF TOMORROW

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 00:49

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND SPRINT LAUNCH “CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION” TO FUEL THE GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES OF TOMORROW

Winner of the CHASING GENIUS challenge to receive $25,000 to turn their idea into a catalyst for change

(WASHINGTON, D.C. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan.– January 24, 2018) – Because transformative ideas can come from anywhere, and anyone, National Geographic, presented by Sprint, is announcing “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation.” This new CHASING GENIUS challenge is aimed at inspiring innovative ideas focused on wireless connectivity and the network of the future.

Advancements in wireless technology enable people to connect around the globe, sharing new ideas, information, and solutions that can change the world. Through the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge, National Geographic and Sprint will inspire innovative ideas for using wireless connectivity to make positive change, and award the winning idea $25,000 for further development.

The CHASING GENIUS platform, launched by National Geographic last spring, brings together a community of active, aspirational, socially conscious consumers who want to make a difference in the world. Through the platform, challenges are presented to the community in an effort to foster and grow innovative ideas around some of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Through the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge, Sprint and National Geographic will tap into this community and ask them to share ideas to create a better world.

“We were so impressed by the response to our first CHASING GENIUS challenge announced last fall, that we wanted to continue to use this platform to connect with our audiences and help them drive change in the world,” said Brendan Ripp, Executive Vice President, Brand Partnerships, National Geographic.

“Imagine a world where everyone, no matter their background or where they live, has access to high-speed, affordable connectivity,” said Dr. John Saw, Chief Technology Officer, Sprint. “That’s what this is all about. We’re thrilled to work with National Geographic to support this platform and provide people with a reason to explore their curiosities, share their ideas, and work to make the world a better place.”

Interested participants can learn more and apply at www.natgeochasinggenius.com. To enter, consumers are asked to create and submit one-minute videos describing their “CHASING GENIUS” idea and the solution it provides. The submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria: innovation, creativity, viability and inspiration. Members of the CHASING GENIUS Council will determine the finalists and the CHASING GENIUS community will cast their votes to choose the winning idea. The winner will receive $25,000 to take their idea further.

The CHASING GENIUS Council represents a mix of expertise and influence. Members include top scientists, entrepreneurs, storytellers, visionaries, explorers and creators who know what it means to think outside the box, and are driven by a passion and a purpose to make the world a better place. The Council includes:

ERIC BERKENPAS

ENGINEER

As the Sr. Director of Exploration Technology at Nat Geo, Eric leads a team of engineers that develop specialized equipment to help media groups, researchers, and explorers meet their technology needs in the field. Eric has helped develop a camera that can film from the deepest locations in the ocean; a camera system for collecting video, audio, and other data from wild animals; and some of the first aerial photographic drones used by Nat Geo.

VICTORIA JAGGARD

EDITOR, JOURNALIST

Victoria Jaggard serves as the lead editor for science and innovation news for National Geographic online, primarily covering astronomy, paleontology, and technology. A graduate of Lehigh University, Jaggard has also worked as a reporter and editor for Smithsonian and New Scientist magazines. During her career, she has chased tornadoes in Colorado, witnessed the last space shuttle launch in Florida, and dug up fossils in Wyoming.

TAN LE

INNOVATOR, ENTREPRENEUR

Tan Le creates innovations that extend and improve the way our brains are studied and understood. She is founder & CEO of EMOTIV which aims to advance neurotechnology, broaden participation in brain research, and create a new worldwide platform for sharing brain data. An emerging National Geographic Explorer, Tan’s work is dramatically accelerating the pace of brain research, and her mission entails giving everyday citizens the tools to better understand how their own brains function.

Dr. JOHN SAW

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

John Saw, Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer at Sprint, responsible for technology development, network planning, engineering, deployment, and service assurance of the Sprint network, as well as device development and engineering. Dr. Saw has more than 20 years of wireless industry experience and in 2017 was appointed to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai.

ALBERT YU-MIN LIN

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, ENTREPRENEUR, EXPLORER

Albert Yu-Min Lin is a research scientist and engineer focused on technology-enabled exploration and what he calls the human frontier. A National Geographic Emerging Explorer based at the University of California, San Diego, he develops methods that combine satellite imagery, crowdsourcing engines, machine learning, VR, drones, ground-penetrating radar, and other tools to push the boundaries of conventional science and take him into some of the most remote and unexplored places in the world.

Each step of the journey can be experienced through www.natgeochasinggenius.com and across National Geographic’s social platforms. The deadline for the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge submissions is March 5, 2018. The winner will be announced on March 21, 2018.

CHASING GENIUS is inspired by National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated series, Genius which will once again be supported across National Geographic platforms including the May cover of National Geographic magazine, travel, social, digital, and other platforms. Season two, premiering April 24th, will chronicle the life of another renowned mastermind and tell the untold narrative of the person behind the genius — this time, focusing on Pablo Picasso.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Challenge begins on January 23, 2018 at 10:00am ET and ends on March 21, 2018 at 5:00pm ET. Open to legal U.S. residents and D.C. who are 18 years or older. Void where prohibited by law. See Official Rules for complete prize description and full details.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

 

National Geographic Celebrates 130 Years of Exploration

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:36

** Media Alert **

National Geographic Celebrates 130 Years of Exploration

Images & Videos Available

On January 13, 1888, members of D.C.’s scientific and intellectual circles gathered to consider organizing a society “for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.” Ten months later, the first issue of National Geographic magazine was sent to 200 members. More than 13,000 grants followed, funding the ground-breaking work of Explorers like archaeologist Hiram Bingham, Arctic explorer Robert Peary, primatologist Jane Goodall and oceanographer Sylvia Earl.

Check out this video chronicling 130 years of National Geographic covers in under two minutes. 

To honor our anniversary, National Geographic has launched a monthly digital series that will uncover rare artifacts from the Nat Geo vault. This month, the series reveals a video and images of a 115-year-old expedition to the North Pole

Also check out this video focused on our history, touching on various accomplishments as we look to the future. 

For anniversary content, please see below:

See 130 Years of National Geographic Covers in Under 2 Minutes

115 Years Ago, This Arctic Expedition Ended in Disaster

9 Photographs That Have Made History

130 Years of National Geographic

National Geographic Interactive Timeline

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Travel Names the Best Small Cities in the U.S.

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:39

February/March Issue Utilizes Data-Driven Research to Spotlight 29 Urban Destinations 

WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2018)—National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine, today unveiled its 29 “Cities on the Rise” based on both a unique set of metrics as well as expert picks from its editors. To identify these rising small cities, Traveler worked with global destination branding advisors Resonance Consultancy in developing a Small Cities Index, a survey that drew from statistics and social media mentions to determine which cities rank highest in a variety of distinctive, fun categories including green spaces, coffee shops, live music and even Instagrammable moments. The results are in the February/March 2018 issue of Traveler magazine, available now on newsstands and online at www.natgeo.com/bestsmallcities.

“At Traveler we’re passionate about tales of urban renewal, about communities that have collaborated to improve their main streets, about smart cities that have pursued development policies that produce happiness. In this article, we report on authentic small cities that each embody a surprising superlative,” says George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “Happy places for locals are also rewarding places for travelers. Our index of small cities on the rise is based on unconventional metrics that we think produce happiness: green spaces, coffee shops, breweries, music venues, Instagrammable moments and puppies!”

Traveler’s 29 Best Small Cities in the U.S. are categorized by 10 key superlatives that influence both residents and visitors alike. Here’s the 10 categories and related features the index factored in:

  • Most Hipster Friendly (coffee shops, tattoo parlors, record shops, vintage stores)
  • Musically Grooviest (music venues, live music, instrument stores)
  • Most Instagrammed (hashtags)
  • Most Artsy (art galleries, art supply stores, art schools)
  • Best Groomed (barber shops, hair salons, hair removal services, cosmetic dentists)
  • Meatiest (butchers, delis, steakhouses)
  • Most Dog Friendly (pet sitting, pet stores, pet groomers, dog friendly restaurants)
  • Sudsiest (breweries)
  • Most Caffeinated (coffee shops)
  • Greenest (parks)

The results in each of these areas were then broken down by population sizes: 40,000-100,000, 100,000-200,000, and 200,000-600,000. Through Resonance Consultancy’s algorithm, Traveler surfaced the cities that ranked the highest for each population size and identified “trending” cities that didn’t top the list this year, but look to be climbing their way up. The Small Cities Index is based on Resonance Consultancy’s World’s Best Cities program, which is housed on BestCities.org and features a “Choose Your Perfect City” tool based on this data, as well as extensive city profiles on their top 100 cities.

“Every city is unique,” says Resonance Consultancy President Chris Fair. “Our approach to analyzing millions of consumer-generated ratings and reviews to create indexes such as these is an innovative new approach to revealing the characteristics that differentiate one place from another. We’re excited to be working with National Geographic to share this data and its insights with travelers around the world.”

The 29 Best Small Cities are:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (Sudsiest)
  • Anchorage, Alaska (Trending- Most Caffeinated)
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan (Greenest)
  • Annapolis, Maryland (Trending- Dog Friendly)
  • Asheville, North Carolina (Most Artsy, Sudsiest)
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Best Groomed)
  • Boulder, Colorado (Hipster Friendly, Musically Grooviest, Most Caffeinated, Sudsiest)
  • Charleston, South Carolina (Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy)
  • Columbia, South Carolina (Best Groomed, Meatiest)
  • Greenville, South Carolina (Meatiest)
  • Hagerstown, Maryland (Best Groomed)
  • Healdsburg, California (Trending- Greenest)
  • Hickory, North Carolina (Hipster Friendly)
  • Honolulu, Hawaii (Musically Grooviest, Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (Trending- Most Artsy)
  • Lakeland, Florida (Most Dog Friendly)
  • Louisville, Kentucky (Trending- Meatiest)
  • Madison, Wisconsin (Greenest)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (Trending- Hipster Friendly)
  • Newport, Rhode Island (Trending- Best Groomed)
  • Olympia, Washington (Most Caffeinated, Greenest)
  • Omaha, Nebraska (Trending- Musically Grooviest)
  • Pensacola, Florida (Most Dog Friendly)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Trending- Sudsiest)
  • Portland, Maine (Most Instagrammed)
  • Rapid City, South Dakota (Trending- Most Instagrammed)
  • Reno, Nevada (Meatiest, Most Dog Friendly)
  • Santa Cruz, California (Musically Grooviest)
  • Spokane, Washington (Hipster Friendly, Most Caffeinated)

National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 15 international editions. The National Geographic Travel digital group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, itineraries and more with its @NatGeoTravel community of over 40 million – making it the most followed travel brand on social media.

To learn more about each destination, visit www.natgeo.com/bestsmallcities.

Press images are available here:
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National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Meg Calnan

202-912-6703

meg.calnan@natgeo.com

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES 2018 YEAR OF THE BIRD CAMPAIGN, A YEAR-LONG EFFORT DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING AND PROTECTING BIRDS

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:00

National Geographic, National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International, and more than 100 organizations join forces for 12 months of storytelling and science to examine how our changing environment is impacting birds around the globe

Campaign to include simple but meaningful actions that anyone can take for a healthy planet filled with the beauty of birds

  “If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big environmental problems in the world.”

Thomas E. Lovejoy, Tropical Conservation Biologist and National Geographic Fellow

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2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdLife International will join forces with more than 100 other organizations and millions of people around the world to celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.

This effort aims to heighten public awareness of birds because of their wonder and beauty—and because they symbolize nature’s interconnectedness and the importance of caring for our shared planet. To get started, visitors to BirdYourWorld.org will discover simple but meaningful steps that anyone can take to help birds each month and join a pledge to participate.

Through 12 months of storytelling, science research and conservation efforts, Year of the Bird will examine how our changing environment is driving dramatic losses among bird species around the globe and highlight what we can do to help bring birds back.

Participating organizations include nonprofit and conservation groups, state and federal agencies, zoos, nature centers, and ornithological societies that are working together to raise the visibility of birds and inspire action through #BirdYourWorld throughout 2018. The campaign will also utilize National Geographic’s portfolio of media platforms reaching millions of people around the world with engaging bird content that will educate, inspire and raise awareness about the challenges that birds are facing and what people can do to help.

Content and activities will include:

  • Magazine Features: Twelve feature stories in National Geographic magazine throughout 2018. National Geographic Traveler magazine will also feature print and digital articles to help savvy travelers discover birds of the world.
  • Books: Two new National Geographic books focused on birds: Birds of the Photo Ark, with charismatic bird portraits by Joel Sartore and evocative text by Big Year birder extraordinaire Noah Strycker, publishing March 6, 2018. And The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photography From National Geographic will release 23, 2018. The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America published Sept. 2017.
  • National Geographic Kids Content: National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America, Second Edition, will publish March 13, 2018. And Fly with Me: A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple, and Jason Stemple, publishing Oct. 16, 2018. Visit com/year-of-the-bird/ to find out more.
  • Migration Maps: A supplemental migration map in National Geographic magazine, as well as a dynamic digital map of bird migration, powered by data from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, launching in March.
  • Digital and Social Media: A robust #BirdYourWorld digital campaign and special Year of the Bird offering of infographics, videos, photo galleries, species profiles, short-form articles, and a social video series that will take viewers birding with filmmaker Bertie Gregory.
  • Television: Nat Geo WILD celebrates the Year of the Bird with specials “Planet of the Birds” and “Dino Bird” premiering on Friday, Jan. 19.
  • Museum Exhibition: An exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., featuring photos from iconic photographer Stephen Wilkes documenting four ancient bird migrations across the globe.
  • Thought Leader Event: An event at National Geographic headquarters gathering scientists and conservationists to explore the challenges and solutions for conservation and policy, all through the lens of birds.
  • Prints: Additionally, in honor of the Year of the Bird, National Geographic is offering a curated selection of prints for the home or office. Detailed artwork and stunning photography from the National Geographic archives and the National Geographic magazine is available in partnership with Art.com. The collection of framed and unframed prints represents beloved bird species around the world and makes a great gift for any bird enthusiast. Click hereto see the bird prints. 
  • Travel: Three new birding expeditions to Central and South America led by renowned birding experts, bird-focused programming at many members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection, and designated Year of the Bird ambassadors on select voyages aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet.
  • Educational Resources and Events: A number of resources for educators and family-friendly events.
  • Research Grants: National Geographic Society grants building on 130 years of grantmaking history that advance scientific understanding and fill critical knowledge gaps on species, including birds.
  • Monthly featured content: Showcasing inspiring work by BirdLife International, Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

 

National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology brings together scientists, technology, and bird enthusiasts from around the world to improve the understanding and protection of birds and nature. For the Year of the Bird, the Cornell Lab will release new animated maps of bird migration and invite the public to contribute to the Great Backyard Bird Count and two Global Big Days aimed at finding as many bird species as possible in 24 hours. The Lab also invites people all of all ages to delve into the world of birds with the free Merlin Bird ID app, live Bird Cams, online Bird Academy, BirdSleuth K-12 curriculum, books from the Cornell Lab Publishing Group, and more. Visit AllAbout Birds.org.

 

BirdLife International

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. Together we are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country (including Audubon in USA) – and growing, with almost 11 million supporters, 7,000 local conservation groups and 7,400 staff. BirdLife strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife is driven by our belief that local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally through our global Partnership, are the key to sustaining all life on this planet. This unique local-to-global approach delivers high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people. BirdLife is a nonprofit conservation NGO. Find us at www.birdlife.org on Twitter (@BirdLife_news) and Facebook.

 

CONTACTS

Nicolas Gonzalez, National Audubon Society, ngonzalez@audubon.org, (212) 979-3100

Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Ornithology: PEL27@cornell.edu, (607) 254-2137

Shaun Hurrell, BirdLife International, shaun.hurrell@birdlife.org, (+44) 1223 747555

Ann Day, National Geographic, ann.day@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6712

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER GUEST EDITORS TO CELEBRATE 130 YEARS OF THE MAGAZINE

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:39
  • Twelve notable British figures will guest edit the UK issue of the much-loved magazine in 2018
  • World’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes edits the January issue
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Mo Farah, Lily Cole, Archie Panjabi, Katie Piper, Dr Maria Balshaw CBE and Brian Cox to lead issues later in the year
  • The 2018 project will mark the 130th anniversary of the world’s most read magazine, National Geographic

(LONDON – December 15, 2017) – National Geographic today announces an ambitious new project, to create a unique Guest Editor programme exclusively for the UK National Geographic Magazine.

Working in collaboration with Global Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg and the editorial team, twelve notable British figures, each respected leaders in their fields, will explore topics of such as sustainability, technology, environmentalism and human ingenuity, working with National Geographic to use the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world.

Beginning in January 2018, with the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an initial eight Guest Editors have been announced including Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Mo Farah, Lily Cole, Archie Panjabi, Dr Maria Balshaw, Katie Piper and Brian Cox. Further announcements are due next year.

National Geographic is the most read magazine in the world, with the UK having the highest circulation for any edition, outside of North America. Each Guest Editor will curate and create a range of features for the UK magazine, along with exclusive content for NationalGeographic.co.uk.

We have entered an exciting new phase for National Geographic, building on our 129-year heritage, to allow us to go further in expanding our renowned storytelling capabilities and supporting the growth of the non-profit National Geographic Society”, said Susan Goldberg, Global Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Magazine. “This is the first time that we have had a Guest Editor project for any of our 35 editions around the world, and I am thrilled to be collaborating with some of Britain’s finest as we aim to empower our UK readers to navigate the world, providing authoritative, unbiased content that addresses today’s complex issues.

The UK has always had and a strong affinity with National Geographic”, said Deborah Armstrong, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Partners, Europe & Africa. “From renowned conservationists such as Dr Jane Goodall, to the 200 active explorers we have working in the UK today, Brits have played an important part in our history. Our Guest Editor programme is the perfect way to commemorate our 130th year as we continue in our mission to encourage exploration and find new ways to better understand the world in which we live.

January Issue – Sir Ranulph Fiennes:

A man who likes to be first, former SAS soldier and pioneer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, conquers the previously unknown challenge of being guest editor for the January issue. Having spent the last 50 years exploring the planet, who better to launch this ambitious project than the “world’s greatest living explorer” (Guinness Book of World Records). He was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles by surface; the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans and the early 1990s saw him complete the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent.

By way of introduction to the National Geographic readers, Fiennes’ editor’s letter talks about his relationship with the much-loved magazine and how the magazine was a great source of inspiration for him in his early life.

“As a child, growing up in South Africa, and later at school in England, I remember happily browsing through back issues. Now, at the age of 73, I wonder how much the articles I read back then sparked my young imagination; whether perhaps they inspired my later expeditions in any way.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer.

Despite being the only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface (more people have been on the Moon) and to have visited almost every type of habitat in the world, Fiennes reveals that the polar expeditions have challenged him the most. He is therefore delighted to include an article documenting the Pristine Seas exploration of Nunavut, in northern Canada in the upcoming January issue. North of Greenland and Ellesmere Island, this is a place that has been named the Last Ice Area. Climate projections suggest that by 2040, summer sea ice will disappear from everywhere in the Arctic except here, making it an invaluable haven for wildlife that depends on the sea ice for survival – bowhead whales, seals, narwhals and polar bears.

In a fascinating and insightful interview feature, titled “Exploring the Unknown,” Fiennes reveals what he believes is the crowning achievement of his career; how he constantly craves new challenges and how he is planning yet another expedition!

National Geographic:

Across the full National Geographic media portfolio, the brand reaches millions of consumers of all ages across 172 countries each month.

With over 55 million readers, published in 35 language, National Geographic Magazine is the most read magazine in the world. Published by National Geographic Partners, the role of trusted long-form journalism is as important as ever, providing a spotlight for the important stories that define our time and matter most to a new generation. With each issue, National Geographic magazine strives to captivate millions of curious readers every month with world-class, award-winning photography and reporting that will inspire them to make informed decisions and drive positive change.

Furthering the knowledge and understanding of the world is the core purpose of National Geographic. With the very definition of entertainment with a purpose, National Geographic returns 27% of proceeds made to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation, and education. This unique partnership creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and exploration that inspires people to act, enlightens their perspective, and often provides the spark to new ideas and innovation.

***The January issue, guest edited by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, will be available on shelves on 3rd Jan***

www.nationalgeographic.co.uk

IMAGES HERE

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Biographies (in alphabetical order):

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE
Maria Balshaw succeeded Sir Nicholas Serota as Director of Tate on 1 June 2017. Previously, as Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries, Maria was responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery. Maria was also Director of Culture for Manchester City Council from 2013-2017. She is a board member of Arts Council England and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015.

Lily Cole
Lily Cole spends her time on art and activism. As an advocate for socio political and environmental issues, Lily has employed technology, writing, filmmaking and public speaking as means to build awareness and encourage dialogue. Lily was awarded a First Class BA in History of Art from Cambridge University in 2011. In 2013 she co-founded Impossible.com: a technology company that uses technology to solve social and environmental problems. Lily is a patron of the EJF and has worked significantly with WWF. She writes often for national and international press. ‘Impossible Utopias’, originally is Lily’s first book. Lily has worked with notable photographers and artists from Steven Meisel to Gilliam Wearing. She was the youngest model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, and was listed by French Vogue as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Lily began working as an actress when she was 6 years old, then returned to film when she was 16 in Marilyn Manson’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. In 2009 she played the female lead in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Since then she has made over fifteen films with directors including Sally Potter, Shekhar Kapur, Roland Joffe, Mary Harron and Rian Johnson; performed at the Globe theatre and The Old Vic theatre. Lily wrote and presented a six-part TV series on contemporary art for Sky Arts, shoots photography and has directed several short films.

Brian Cox
Brian Cox is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science. He has worked primarily in the study of diffractive scattering at the H1 experiment at DESY in Hamburg, the D0 experiment at Fermilab, Chicago, and is currently a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN.  He was the co-spokesperson for the FP420 R&D project at CERN between 2004 and 2009. He is active in the public and political promotion of science, and is known to the public for his documentary work on BBC television. He was a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 2005 – 2013, is a Fellow of The Institute of Physics, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and holds a British Association Honorary Fellowship. He received an OBE for services to science in 2010, the President’s Medal from the Institute of Physics in 2012 and the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize in 2012.

Sir Mo Farah
Sir Mo Farah is Britain’s greatest-ever distance runner and is a multiple Olympic, World and European Champion, with 10 World and Olympic gold medals to his name. Mo’s achievements are a far cry from his humble beginnings in Somalia. He arrived in London at the age of 8, speaking very little English, and grew up in West London. He began running at school when spotted by his PE Teacher, who saw potential in the young pupil – although Mo initially wanted to become a player for Arsenal football club! Following a successful junior career, he won his first double European Championship medals in 2010, followed by his first World Championship gold medal in 2011. He subsequently shot to fame at the London 2012 Olympic Games, when he won double Olympic gold – competing in the 5k and 10k – something he would later go on to repeat in at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. In August 2017, Mo bid goodbye to major track championships in front of his home crowd at the London Stadium, where he was the only British athlete to win individual medals, securing a gold medal for the 10,000m and a silver medal for the 5,000m. He is now moving his focus onto marathon running, and will compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018. Mo is a dedicated family man and, after several years living in the US, he is returning to live in London with his wife Tania and their four children Rhianna, Aisha, Amani and Hussein.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was, with Charles Burton, the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and, with Mike Stroud, the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation,3½ months after a massive heart attack. In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £18 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest, raising a total of £6.3m for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Coldest Journey in 2014 raised £1.3 million for Seeing is Believing. In 2015 he successfully completed the Marathon des Sables raising over £2 million for Marie Curie. He has written 23 books, Cold came out in 2013, Agincourt was published in September 2014, Heat October 2015 and his latest book Fear in 2016.

Susan Goldberg
Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners, and Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine

Susan Goldberg is Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor In Chief of National Geographic Magazine. As Editorial Director, she is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. She was named Editorial Director in October 2015 and Editor in Chief of the magazine in April 2014. She is the 10th editor of the magazine since it was first published in October 1888. Under her leadership in 2017, National Geographic was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its issue about gender and the magazine received numerous other awards for photography, storytelling and graphics. In 2016, National Geographic magazine won a National Magazine Award for best website; in 2015, it won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2015, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing.

Before her employment at National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. She started at Bloomberg in 2010. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine; in 2017, Washingtonian again selected Goldberg, naming her among the most powerful women in Washington across professions.

Dame Ellen MacArthur
Dame Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age. Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010, which works with education, business and government to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Foundation has published seminal reports featuring analysis by McKinsey & Company on the economic opportunities associated with this regenerative approach, and in 2016 and 2017 the Foundation launched two systemic initiatives to transform the plastics and textiles industries to adopt circular economy principles. Dame Ellen acted as Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Meta-Council on the circular economy until 2016, and sat on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform between 2012 and 2014. She received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008, three years after having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

Archie Panjabi

Archie Panjabi is an Emmy Award winning British actress as well as a campaigner and philanthropist. Best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East which won a BAFTA for Best Film. She then went onto star in the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated international hit Bend It Like Beckham. She appeared in John Le Carre’s The Constant Gardener, which was nominated for 10 BAFTAS and won an Oscar and went on to work alongside Angelina Jolie in the gut wrenching A Mighty Heart.  Archie then went on to star in the BAFTA winning Netflix/BBC series The Fall, opposite Gillian Anderson as well as Shetland.  She recently starred on the American TV hit Blindspot and in the International blockbuster earthquake movie San Andreas opposite Dwayne Johnson. The New Year will see Archie lead the highly anticipated 6 part drama Next Of Kin on ITV.

Archie is the Rotary Global Ambassador for the We Are This Close Campaign to eradicate polio in partnership with UNICEF and The Gates Foundation. At the United Nations, she has spoken about her experiences of Polio victims in Mumbai where she lived as a child. Archie fronted the Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women Campaign, which eventually brought about several policy changes in support for victims of violence. She also participated in The Women of the World Summit in New York and London and was a guest speaker at the Harvard University prestigious Artist in Residence Program.

Katie Piper

Katie Piper is a best-selling international author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner. Katie made the decision to share her story in a remarkable film for the Cutting Edge strand on Channel 4 called ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’ which was watched by over 3.5million viewers and nominated for Best Single Documentary at the BAFTA Television Awards in 2010. In 2009 she set up a charity The Katie Piper Foundation to help people with burns and scars to reconnect with their lives and their communities. Simon Cowell supported Katie by becoming the patron and remains actively involved to date. The charity’s vision is a world where scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well-being.In addition to her charity commitments, Katie also presents a number of TV shows which are shown on C4 in the UK and in a number of countries around the world.  Katie has also written five books, two autobiographies ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Beautiful Ever After’, an affirmations book called ‘Start Your Day With Katie’ , a self help booked called ‘Things Get Better’ and her most recent book, published in December 2016,  ‘Confidence: The Secret’. This quickly became a #1 Bestseller on Amazon.

 

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