Robert Michael Poole
Global Chief Editor, Culture+Travel / Head of Asia at Blouin Artinfo
- Within 23 wards, Tokyo, Japan
Robert Michael Poole's Overview
- Head of Asia and Global Chief Editor, Performing Arts / Travel at ArtInfo at Louise Blouin Media
- Culture, Entertainment & Travel Writer at Associated Press, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Japan Times etc.
- Japan Chief Editor at CNN/ CNNGo, Turner Broadcasting
Robert Michael Poole's Summary
Experienced editor, journalist with experiencing building and developing media companies and teams. Widely traveled with education and business experience in various countries.
Built the Japan and Korea offices of BLOUIN ARTINFO/ Louise Blouin Media. Manage and oversee the Performing Arts coverage of all 20 bureaus, including the US, Europe, Asia and South America, in 11 languages. Built a team of 35 specialist writers, handling music, film, theatre and dance. Head of Travel for all 20 bureaus.
Worked as Japan Chief Editor for CNN's travel website CNN Go/ Turner Broadcasting, overseeing its development into a leading bilingual media in Japan. A regular editor, producer and writer at Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Associated Press, Huffington Post, Japan Times newspaper etc., focusing on culture, entertainment, celebrity interviews, music (K-Pop & J-Pop) and travel.
Graduated with a BA in Music Management from Buckinghamshire University in the UK in 2003 and Master of Asian Studies from Lund University, Sweden in 2005 including an extensive research period at the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo. Lived and studied in Finland, Russia and Denmark, with experience traveling, researching and reporting in nearly 70 countries worldwide.
Has also contributed to the likes of BBC, Al-Jazeera, Sky News, Le Monde, AFP, CNN International, NPR Radio, ITN News, Australian Radio 2UE, KWQC News as a reporter on the ground.
As a travel writer, contributes to United Airlines - Hemispheres Magazine, American Airlines - American Way, Emirates Airlines - Open Skies, Cathay Pacific - Discovery Magazine, Malaysia Airlines - Going Places, Garuda Indonesia and various other in-flight media.
Specialties: Journalism, editing, team management, CMS systems.
Robert Michael Poole's Experience
Head of Asia and Global Chief Editor, Performing Arts / Travel
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Publishing industry
November 2012 – Present (1 year 11 months) Tokyo, Japan
Managing and covering the Performing Arts scene around the world, co-ordinating 19 bureaus on Theatre, Opera, Music, Film & Dance. Built up a team of 35 leading specialist writers writing in 11 languages. Oversee commissioning, translation, accreditation for major events, image sourcing and CMS system training.
Set up, built and lead the Japan & Korea BLOUIN ARTINFO offices, operating in Korean, Japanese and English languages. As Head of Asia, oversee the output of bureaus in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, the Middle East and Australia. Overseeing all editorial output, including setting up a partnership with Huffington Post Japan. Established a registered Japan subsidiary office as Director.
As Head of Travel, oversee all aspects of www.cultureandtravel.com, including a thorough redesign of the site, producing and assigning content to our global team of writers, and contributing stories from my own travels.
Culture, Entertainment & Travel Writer
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Broadcast Media industry
May 2008 – December 2012 (4 years 8 months) Tokyo, Japan
Freelance writer, editor and contributor to Associated Press TV, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Japan Times, CNN, Interview Magazine, Huffington Post etc.
Arranged, produced and/or edited TV interviews with high-profile celebrities for Associated Press.
Arranged and conducted interviews with Japan's leading music and entertainment figures, many speaking to English media for the first time, resulting in The Japan Times most popular online articles.
Travel articles for CNN and various inflight media (United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, Air New Zealand etc).
Notable interviews include;
Tokio Hotel (German rock group)
Ayumi Hamasaki (Japanese singer)
Kim Tae Hee (Korean actress)
Girls Generation (K-Pop group)
Aya Ueto (Japanese actress)
A.I. (R&B singer)
Def Leppard (U.K. rock group)
Erika Sawajiri (Japanese actress)
Mao Asada (Ice-skater)
Morning Musume (J-Pop group)
BoA (Korean singer)
Anna Tsuchiya (Model/ actress/ singer)
Crystal Kay (J-Pop singer)
Alan Dawa Dolma (Chinese Tibetan pop singer)
2NE1 (K- Pop group)
Meisa Kuroki (Actress/ model/ singer)
Japan Chief Editor
Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; TWX; Broadcast Media industry
May 2010 – March 2011 (11 months) Tokyo, Japan
Built and managed a stable of 40 freelance writers, photographers, translators and interpreters throughout Japan.
Managed editorial, translation and expense budgets for Tokyo/ Japan.
Conceptualized, assigned, edited, copy edited, loaded and posted five feature articles per week.
Researched stories from 40 news resources in English and Japanese daily to write, edit, load and produce a further two stories every day for CNN Go for a total output of 15 stories per week.
Worked within Drupal CMS and helped develop usability through extensive use and feedback to development team. Work with Adobe for creating article images.
Managed the localization of CNN Go Tokyo into Japanese language.
Taken initiative to find, hire and train interns on CNN/ Turner's editorial standards and practices.
Assisted the arrangement and booking of CNN TV shows such as TalkAsia and CNN Go TV.
My work has also been featured on CNN International’s home page (www.cnn.com) and has been picked up by Japan's national TV media, major newspapers and magazines.
Robert Michael Poole's Languages
English(Native or bilingual proficiency)
Japanese(Limited working proficiency)
Robert Michael Poole's Skills & Expertise
- Media Management
- Artist Management
- Public Relations
- Feature Articles
- New Media
- Social Media
- Copy Editing
- Social Media Marketing
- Talent Management
- Digital Media
- Social Networking
- News Writing
Robert Michael Poole's Education
MA Asian Studies, Feminism & Music
2006 – 2006
MA Asian Studies, Feminism & Music
2004 – 2006
Japanese Language and Business
2003 – 2004
BA, Music Industry Management
1999 – 2003
International Business & Trade
1999 – 1999
Robert Michael Poole's Additional Information
Travel, hospitality, entertainment and culture.
- Groups and Associations:
Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ)
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