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Restructuring for Federal News Radio Staff

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Emily Kopp

Emily Kopp, co-host of Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive,” will transition to a reporter/anchor position beginning September 2, contributing to the program she hosted with Tom Temin and “In-Depth” with Francis Rose.

In addition, morning digital writer/editor Shefali Kapadia will move into a radio producer role for “Federal Drive.”

“By making these shifts, we are able to optimize the incredible talents of our people – brining more depth to our presentation. The end result will be more news stories told in a variety of ways for air and online,” said Lisa Wolfe, FNR program director in a release announcing the restructuring. “Tom Temin’s broadcasting abilities are so polished he will shine as the solo anchor of the Federal Drive.”

“Federal Drive” airs weekday mornings from 6 – 9 am and “In-Depth” weekday afternoons from 4 – 7 pm on 1500AM.

Joe Scarborough Asks How 9-Year-Old with Uzi at Range Killed Man

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.14.53Yesterday at an Arizona shooting range, a 9-year-old lost control of an Uzi, subsequently killing a 39-year-old instructor, Charles Vacca.

Today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough went off on how this even happened.

“A man is dead and they’ve ruined a little girl’s life,” Scarborough passionately stated. “I say this as a father of an eleven year old girl. Who would put an uzi in the hands of a nine-year-old girl? What is wrong with these people? What is wrong with this culture?…What right is advanced by doing that?” Read more

Afternoon Lede Check – 8.26.14

Israel, Hamas agree to extended cease-fire in Gaza (The Washington Post). ISIS demands $6.6M ransom for 26-year-old American woman (WJLA). Police: 1 suspect in custody in McDonald’s shooting in Woodbridge (FOX 5).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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WaPo, Center for Public Integrity, CFR Named Finalists for 2014 Online Journalism Awards

Screen-Shot-2014-08-26-at-12.38.02-PM-300x137The Online News Association yesterday announced finalists for the 2014 Online Journalism Awards in categories that include data journalism, digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, and technical innovation.

Among the finalists is the Center for Public Integrity in six categories, The Washington Post in three categories including for General Excellence in Online Journalism (Large) against NPR.org, and the Council on Foreign Relations in the Explanatory Reporting (Small) category.

Winners will be announced at the 2014 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Chicago.

For a full list of finalists, click here.

Atlantic Media Owner David Bradley Aided Efforts to Free Peter Theo Curtis

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Freed American journalist Peter Theo Curtis

Chairman and owner of the Atlantic Media David Bradley helped in the release of American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, kidnapped along the Syrian border in Antakya, Turkey in October 2012.

On Sunday, Al Jazeera America first reported that Curtis was released from captivity by Jabhat al-Nusra to the UN, facilitated by Qatar.

According to a Washington Post, “Bradley said he became involved in the case after meeting a cousin of Curtis’s, Amy Rosen, at a benefit dinner last year in New York. Rosen appealed to him to help find the missing man, and Bradley agreed. Key members of the team he put on the project included his general counsel and a Syrian researcher who could monitor jihadi Web sites and translate Arabic.” Read more

Philip Klein Promoted to Commentary Editor of Washington Examiner

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Philip Klein

Washington Examiner editorial director Hugo Gurdon today announced that senior writer Philip Klein has been promoted to commentary editor. Klein has been with the Examiner since 2011 and begins his new role tomorrow.

In addition, freelancer David Freddoso will return to the Examiner as a contributing editor for the commentary section, overseeing columnists and staff writers for the Beltway Confidential blog.

Opinion editor Charles Hoskinson was also named a senior writer, to cover national security.

Turner Offers Voluntary Separation Plan; ‘Will also undertake additional reductions in staffing’

sidebar_contact_us_1Anxious employees at CNN, including those in DC, have been bracing for the worst amid hints of massive layoffs slated for the outlet. Today, Turner sent out an email to staff across all of its brands offering a Voluntary Separation Program to employees 55 and over who have worked for Turner for 10+ years.

Capital New York reported last week that Turner CEO John Martin explained his “Turner 2020″ plan in a memo, saying, “A core team of our colleagues has looked at the purpose, structure and fit of literally every department in the company—more than 700 in all…Division leaders now are reviewing the working groups’ reports on their respective areas of oversight. Over the coming weeks, they will work with me to finalize the organizational changes we will implement.”

CNN president Jeff Zucker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that, “we are going to have to do what we do with less.”

Today’s memo, sent by Turner’s chief human resources officer, confirms measures beyond the voluntary buyouts are to be expected.

See the full memo after the jump. Read more

Hey, Isn’t That…CNN’s Stylish S.E. Cupp

10599247_10100895257624556_14563123357480063_nIn the September Style Setter issue of Washingtonian magazine, CNN “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp is recognized for and shares her on and off camera style.

The Conservative political commentator dons an Alice and Olivia sequin dress, and is pregnant with a baby boy, due in December.

Cupp describes Washington fashion as “preppy” and says of hers: “I dress how I dress. So whether I want to wear ‘boring’ pearls or ‘edgy’ leather boots, I’ve stopped trying to dress for other people.”

Also featured in the glossy, former special assistant to President Obama Reginald Love, Health and Human Services’ Melissa Burgos, and Groundswell cofounder and CEO Will Byrne.

Check out the full spread, here.

The Washington Post Launches ‘Get There’ Personal Finance Vertical

The Washington Post today announced the launch of a personal finance resource, “Get There,” to be managed by personal finance reporter Jonnelle Marte. On the site, Post reporters and contributors and industry experts will explore saving, spending, and investing for the long-term financial benefit of readers.

“We’ll figure out how the latest policy shifts affect your pocketbooks and explain it to you in plain English,” Marte writes in a welcome message. ”And we will offer fare for investors of all stripes — from those struggling to balance the household budget to those managing ample portfolios.

“Get There” will feature content from WaPo’s Michelle Singletary, Barry Ritholtz, Danielle Douglas, and Martha Hamilton, among other industry experts.

For today’s launch, Marte published three pieces that focus on retirement.

‘Meet the Press’ Guest Host Chris Jansing’s Thank You to Staff

Screen-Shot-2014-08-24-at-9.58.45-PMNBC News senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing yesterday guest-hosted “Meet the Press,” and afterward sent a thank you to staff for their support.

“I can’t tell you how your support calmed my nerves and made my prep as good as it could be,” Jansing wrote in the email.

In May, NBC announced that effective in June, Jansing would relocate from New York where she hosted “Jansing and Co.” on MSNBC, to DC for a promotion as senior White House correspondent. Back in Washington covering the White House for less than two months, she’s already guest hosted the network’s most iconic news program.

Last Sunday, Andrea Mitchell guest-hosted “MTP,” days after David Gregory was ousted as moderator, to be replaced Sept. 7 by Chuck Todd.

Click through for Jansing’s thank you to “MTP” staff. Read more

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