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PBS NewsHour Names ABC’s Sara Just Executive Producer

Sara JustPBS NewsHour today announced that 25+ year ABC News-er Sara Just has been tapped to serve as the program’s executive producer and SVP of NewsHour Productions LLC. Just is currently Washington deputy bureau chief at ABC News and senior Washington producer for “Good Morning America.”

“I look forward to leading the PBS NewsHour, a cherished and trusted brand for journalism,” said Just in a NewsHour announcement. “I am honored to play a role in its journalistic legacy and bring that to the next generation as well…There is an ever-growing audience hungry for thoughtful, in-depth reporting and PBS NewsHour will continue to be an essential guide for understanding our complex world. We will create vital, engaging content for all audiences — on any platform or device.”

Just succeeds Linda Winslow, who’s retiring from the program after serving as its executive producer for more than nine years.

For more, click on over to The New York Times.

Susan Glasser Names WaPo’s Eva Rodriguez Senior Editor of POLITICO Magazine

Screen-Shot-2013-11-14-at-9.15.52-AM-2POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser today announced to staff in a noon email that The Washington Post editorial writer Eva Rodriguez will join the magazine as senior editor.

Prior to her seven years at the Post, Rodriguez was the Washington bureau chief for BusinessWeek and spent 10 years with the Legal Times.

Glasser’s email:

From: Susan Glasser
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00 PM
Subject: A new editor at the Magazine

Dear Politicos — We’re delighted to announce that Eva Rodriguez will be joining the Magazine as our senior editor. Eva comes to us from the Washington Post, where she’s spent the last seven years wearing many hats from politics editor and deputy at the Style section to editorial board member. She’s also been editor in chief of Legal Times, DC bureau chief for BusinessWeek and an editor in the Washington bureau of the New York Times — a wide-ranging experience that gives her fluency in so many of the subjects that the Magazine aims to tackle. She also just loves to work with writers. Eva is mother of two college-sophomore twins and lives in Takoma Park with her partner Debra, and we can’t wait to welcome her in mid-August.

Journalism Census Depicts Slight Shrink in Newspaper Staff

header_logoThe American Society of News Editors and the Missouri School of Journalism’s Center for Advanced Social Research Archives yesterday announced the results of its newsroom census. In 2013, there were 36,700 full-time newspaper journalists at 1,400 daily U.S. newspapers, down approximately 3.5 percent compared to 2012.

“Producing the employment census each year is a significant effort on the part of ASNE, but as the leaders of America’s newsrooms, we feel it’s essential to keep this data front and center,” said ASNE president David Boardman in the census results announcement. ”We remain committed to doing all we can to help our newsrooms, and our news reports, better reflect the diverse nature of the communities we cover.”

The census found that approximately 4,900 (13.34 percent) of said journalists are racial and ethnic minorities, a 200 person (approximately 1 percent) increase from 2012. ASNE also reports that “63 percent of the news organizations surveyed have at least one woman among their top three editors.”

For more, click here.

FCC Approves Sale of WJLA, News Channel 8 to Sinclair Broadcast Group

sinclair_allbrittonThe FCC yesterday approved the sale of Allbritton Communications, owner of WJLA and News Channel 8, to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal was announced in July 2013 pending FCC approval for $985 million.

According to TVSpy, with the acquisition, ”Sinclair owns, operates, programs or provides sales service to 162 stations in 78 markets. Sinclair stations now reach nearly 40 percent of US television households.”

POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton, who’s family owned Allbritton Communications for nearly four decades, tweeted:

In an interview for POLITICO, he touted the successes of POLITICO - not WJLA or News Channel 8 - and supported the future of Internet-based communications. Read more

AP Makes Changes Within Its Video Leadership

Vaughn Morrison

Vaughn Morrison

Denise Vance

Denise Vance

The Associated Press today announced several changes within its video leadership. Denise Vance, deputy director of U.S. video, will be head of U.S. video and radio, and Vaughn Morrison, a former CNN and Fox executive, was named earlier this month head of U.S. video production. Both are based in DC.

The announcement also named Derl McCrudden, previously head of video newsgathering, head of international video news for The Associated Press. He is based in London.

Debora Gorbutt, head of video content development, will now have a hand in the AP Middle East Extra, a new video service offering video content centered on news most relevant to the region.

For the full announcement, click here.

Atlantic Media’s ‘Defense One’ Plans to Double Editorial and Business Staff

PrintDefense One today announced that it plans to more than double its number of dedicated staff with the addition of 11 new full-time editorial and business employees. The announcement comes days after the Atlantic vertical celebrated it’s one-year anniversary, in which it already doubled its staff from three to six and experienced record monthly traffic of 800,000 page views and nearly 600,000 unique visitors during its first year.

As part of the expansion, executive editor Kevin Baron plans to hire three new beat reporters as well as two regular contributors. The U.S. defense and national security-focused brand will also add a general manager, associate publisher and events director along with dedicated sales and marketing persons.

“We’ve seen in the last year a tremendous appetite for the kind of journalism, ideas commentary, and events that has become the hallmark of the Defense One brand,” said Baron. “We did what we came to do in year one, and now this investment will enable us to expand our reporting on the national security community.”

Tim Hartman, CEO of National Journal Group that oversees Defense One, will lead the effort.

CNN’s Jake Tapper Speaks to WSJ Reporter in Gaza on Strike that Left 4 Children Dead

On this afternoon’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” the CNN host spoke over the phone with The Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent Nick Casey for what proved to be a very intense interview.

Casey was located near where a recent strike took place in Gaza that left several dead, including four children.

“Their names were Ismail, Mohammed, Zw-Karia, and Ahed,” Tapper said during the program. “They were 8 years old, 10, 10, and 11. One moment they were playing soccer on a beach. The next, they were dead. Forget for a moment what you think of Hamas or the Netanyahu government. Forget the questions you have about the tactics or the prospects of peace. Just think for one second about four little boys going to the beach to play soccer and being killed. Killed by the Israeli Military…And while you’re thinking of these Palestinian boys, maybe also take a moment to think about the Israeli children killed by Palestinian terrorists in this conflict. Say for instance, the kidnapped three teenage boys, one of them with American citizenship. Is there room in your heart for all seven of these boys, Jewish and Palestinian alike?”

See Tapper’s interview with Casey, below.

NPR’s Margaret Low Smith Named President of AtlanticLIVE

md2qtgdoloqe8n04c95kNPR’s Margaret Low Smith was named VP of The Atlantic and president of AtlanticLIVE, its events division. In this role, she’ll oversee all aspects of AtlanticLIVE and lead Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and head of LIVE content, and Emily Akhtarzandi, the LIVE sales team’s managing director of business development. Smith replaces Elizabeth Baker Keffer, founding president of AtlanticLIVE, who left for the Chicago-based investment firm BDT & Company in February 2014.

For NPR, Smith ran a division of nearly 400 journalists as its senior vice president for news since early 2011. Read more

Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson to Join NBC News as Network Correspondent

HallieJacksonAn internal note from NBC News SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi announced that Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson will join the network as a correspondent. Jackson covered political and national events in Washington, D.C. for 26 Hearst affiliates since 2012.

Verdi highlighted her ability to work in digitally-integrated environments across platforms in his memo to staff, after the jump.

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Sarah Gilbert Set to Rejoin NPR’s ‘Weekend Edition’

Sarah GilbertNPR’s “Weekend Edition” announced a new hire this morning. Sarah Gilbert will rejoin the show as supervising senior editor, which she originally joined in 2012 before leaving for ”Marketplace” in 2013.

Side note: With Gilbert’s return, “Weekend Edition’s” staff now consists of three Sarah’s, including Supervising Senior Producer Sarah Oliver and Producer Sarah Handel.

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