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AP’s Senior Nat Sec Reporter Lara Jakes Heads to Foreign Policy

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.11.08 PMThe Associated Press’s award-winning national security reporter, Lara Jakes,  is heading over to Foreign Policy to be the magazine’s new deputy managing editor, FP’s editor and CEO David Rothkopf announced in a staff memo last week.

Jakes is leaving her current post as senior national security correspondent after spending more than a decade covering national security, conflict and diplomacy for the AP. She’s worked in Washington covering the Pentagon,  Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State as well as working as a correspondent and bureau chief in Iraq. She’s earned several awards for her work including first place recognition for AP team coverage in 2009, as well as receiving a homeland security fellowship at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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Freelancing 101Starting December 1, learn how to manage a top-notch freelancing career! In this online boot camp, you'll hear from freelancing experts on the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. Register now!

FOX News’ Lea Gabrielle Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine

OJSAXizbFOX News’ Lea Gabrielle, correspondent for “Shepard Smith Reporting,” was featured in the December 2014 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine.

In the piece, Gabrielle reflects on her career in the military and journalism, as well as her roots in the DC-area. The Alexandria, VA native (and total babe) is a former intelligence operations officer and U.S. Navy fighter pilot of 12 years. Gabrielle, who previously worked for NBC News in Washington, is celebrating her one year anniversary with FOX News Channel.

Below is Bailey Lucero-Carter‘s Q&A with Gabrielle from this month’s edition of Northern Virginia Magazine. Enjoy!

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Dan Berman Will Join National Journal; Ben Pershing Promoted

National JournalDan Berman will be joining National Journal as an assistant managing editor, announced Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve today in a staff memo.

Berman most recently worked as the White House editor for POLITICO, and will now oversee coverage of Congress, the White House and policy for NJ.

“This is a great hire for us,” said Tim Grieve in the staff memo. “I know Dan’s skills first hand: He worked hand-in-hand with me in creating Politico Pro, first as Energy Editor and then as Deputy Managing Editor. In those roles, he was an energetic advocate for and creator of high-quality, high-impact journalism. And Dan has continued to be that kind of editor even as he’s grown through different positions in his post-Politico Pro life — first as Politico’s Money and Politics Editor and now as its White House Editor.”

Additionally, Grieve announced the promotion of Ben Pershing to editor of National Journal Daily.

“Dan will work very closely with Ben Pershing, who is taking on a big new role as Editor of National Journal Daily,” continued Grieve. “As many of you have heard, Sophie Yarborough is leaving us this month to take a new position at The Washington Post. We have asked Ben to take on the role of Editor of NJ Daily to lead the effort to reimagine the publication for a new era. Ben is a natural for this. He has worked wonders with our Congress team since arriving at National Journal earlier this year, and he’s a veteran journalist with a deep understanding of Congress and the kind of reporting that will have an impact inside the Capitol and around the country.”

Cillizza On the Vilification Of Chris Hughes

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Amid all the bashing of The New Republic owner, Chris Hughes, following a wave of massive shake-ups at the magazine last week, The Post’s Chris Cillizza took a moment yesterday to remind everyone that Hughes is not, in fact, the worst person in the world.

A lot has been said about the moves. Everything from eulogies for The New Republic to Daniel Snyder comparisons have been launched in a shaming campaign against the magazine’s owner. But as he wrote yesterday afternoon on “The Fix,” Cillizza poses the question: “Have we gone overboard in the “Chris Hughes is the worst person ever” sweepstakes? And, if so, why?”

The answer he seems to give is ‘yes,’ highlighting several key issues as to why. Firstly, Cillizza points out that people love Frank Foer and hate Chris Hughes. The former roommate of Mark Zuckerberg has cast himself as “the Montgomery Buns figure,” while Foer would inevitably play the role of “the forever-altruistic Ned Flanders.”

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The List of TNR Resignations Grows Amid Shake Up

It’s been a really, really bad week for The New Republic.

Following the resignation of Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier on Thursday, a slew of senior and contributing editors took to Twitter to announce that they would be following suit.

The shakeup comes a month after new leadership took over the progressive magazine.

The new CEO, Guy Vidra, former general manager for Yahoo News, and publisher/editor-in-chief, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, reportedly wanted to take TNR in a new direction that didn’t align with the editors’ vision for the publication. The disagreement ultimately led to Foer and Wieseltier’s resignations…and now plenty of others. Read more

Franklin Foer To Leave The New Republic

The New Republic 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on November 19, 2014.

Foer speaking at the Centennial Gala. Courtesy of New Republic.

Franklin Foer, editor of New Republic, sent out a staff email today announcing his resignation from the magazine.

Comrades,

The New Republic has been one of the great loves of my life–a set of ideas, a history, a collection of people I revere. I grew up here, made my best friends here, and learned so many profound lessons about the world in the process.

Part of the joy has been the struggle: We’ve fought to preserve an institution that was perpetually imperiled. It’s been hairy at moments, no doubt, but also exhilarating and immense fun. I’ve had an especially wonderful time these past two and half years. We’ve published essays and journalism that have actually, in moments, changed the world, or at least people’s opinions about the world. Read more

A Century of The New Republic

The New Republic 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on November 19, 2014.

Keynote speaker, President Bill Clinton

The New Republic celebrated 100 years of powerful, innovative and thought-provoking journalism on Wednesday night, with a guest list that can be described in equal terms. From keynote speaker, President Bill Clinton, to speeches from the publication’s Chris Hughes (owner, publisher and editor-in-chief), Frank Foer (editor), and Leon Wieseltier (literary editor), even a performance from Grammy-winning jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis, the evening was filled with a spirit of cultural and civic optimism.

Not to diminish from the rest of the evening, but the former president’s speech was certainly the highlight of the gala and was nothing short of captivating. Touching on everything from the early 20th Century and the World Wars, the human genome, income inequality, immigration, education, to “identity politics” (i.e. ethnic/religious bigotry) of ISIS, Russia, and Boko Haram; he was somehow able to tie it all together, as only he could.

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Megan Boone On Capitol File Cover

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 1.13.45 PMCapitol File released its new holiday issue today with Megan Boone, star of NBC’s hit drama The Blacklist and total babe, on the cover!

Inside the annual holiday issue, Boone reveals why she enjoys living on the East Coast and dating in New York City, talks James Spader’s iconic fedora hat, shooting in Washington and of course, Capitol File’s Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Thorp couldn’t resist asking the actress for a few insights into this season of The Blacklist.

There’s also a great profile on the fabulous Bob Schieffer on the 60th anniversary of Face the Nation and his legendary tenure at CBS. Editor at Large from The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, penned the Schieffer piece.

A little birdie told us that Megan is coming to town for a Capitol File holiday soiree…fingers crossed we get an invite.

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Jim Sciutto: The Hot Dad

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Washingtonian MOM came out with its winter edition this week, and guess who got the nod for their “The Hot Dad” segment? None other than CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent and father of two boys, Jim Sciutto.

FishbowlDC asked his wife and ABC News’ Asia correspondent, Gloria Riviera, what do you think of Jim being a “hot dad”?

“I think it’s super fun! In a lighthearted way it captures the juxtaposition so many working fathers are living everywhere. It may be more extreme in a place like DC, but fundamentally it’s the same all over. By day, a father spends his work day furrowing his eyebrows and holding forth. When off the clock, he’s at the beck and call of the latest Lego project. I also simply love that a magazine devoted to moms takes a moment to celebrate the dads as well.”

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Issuses with Zakaria’s WaPo Columns ‘Problematic’

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The Washington Post is likely to add editor’s notes to five columns by Fareed Zakaria following a report by plagiarism watchdog Our Bad Media. The report encourages The Post to correct six columns in which Zakaria used material from other sources without “proper attribution.”

Last week, Our Bad Media reported seven additional columns of Zakaria’s that required correction, which Newsweek eventually modified.

The Post’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told POLITICO in an email on Monday, ”Five of the six cases cited in the latest anonymous posting strike me as problematic in their absence of full attribution. This is unfair to readers and to the original sources. We will take a fuller look over the next day or two, but we probably will attach messages to the archived editions of the five original columns.”

“All these examples predate August 2012, when Fareed acknowledged similar problems in a column for Time magazine,” Hiatt continued. “At that time he said that he was overextended and that he would simplify his schedule to put more priority on his column and to make sure no such problems recurred.”

 

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