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WaPo Partnering With The Texas Tribune

Earns Washington PostYou know what they say, everything’s bigger in Texas…

Starting in January, The Washington Post will be teaming up with The Texas Tribune for a partnership that will include the sharing of editorial content, collaboration on events and more.

The announcement came in a newsroom memo this morning from Martin Baron:

I’m delighted to announce a new partnership with The Texas Tribune, the nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that has earned its reputation for ambitious journalism and digital innovation.

Under the partnership, which begins with the new year, we’ll get exclusive outside-of-Texas access to Texas Tribune stories for both our website and our newspaper. Texas Tribune reporters will contribute to The Fix, Post Politics, GovBeat and other venues on our site. They will also contribute to our videos, and Texas Tribune’s weekly politics video series, the Texas Political Roundup, will run on PostTV.

Texas Tribune’s new Washington, D.C., bureau chief, Abby Livingston, will work out of our newsroom. We look forward to her becoming a major contributor to the partnership.

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Boston Globe’s Stephen Heuser to Lead Politico’s New Policy Project

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 3.20.30 PMBoston Globe’s Ideas section editor Stephen Heuser is heading to Politico where he will head up “The Agenda,” the site’s new policy project, Susan Glasser wrote in a staff memo.

Heuser, a Yale grad and longtime Globe staffer, will work alongside Michael Grunwald,  The Agenda’s editor-at-large.

“We envision it as wonkery with a purpose: smart, timely, original and relevant to the policy debates that are actually on Washington’s agenda, or should be,” Glasser said.

The project is expected to launch at the beginning of next year.

 

Pulitzer Winner And WaPo Photojournalist, Michel du Cille, Dies At 58

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Three time Pulitzer winner and Washington Post photojournalist, Michel du Cille, tragically died yesterday while on assignment in Liberia from an apparent heart attack.

The photographer, who won two Pulitzers with the Miami Herald in the 1980s and one with the Post in 1988, had recently been documenting the ravages of Ebola in Liberia.

The 26- year veteran of the newspaper never shied away from covering the more dangerous, war-torn regions of the world. From Sudan and Afghanistan to the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s, and finally returning to west Africa to cover the Ebola outbreak, Mr. du Cille selflessly put himself in harms way to shed light on the struggles of his fellow human. He was a true journalist and will be missed.

#FreeJason Update: Imprisonment Taking ‘Fearsome Toll’ On WaPo Reporter

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141 days later, The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian remains detained in Iran’s infamous Evin prison.

A troubling report today from the Post, however, claims that the conditions of his confinement have been ”taking a fearsome toll” on the health of the Tehran correspondent.

According to his employer, Rezaian has been forced to sleep on the floor of his cell, suffering back pain and chronic eye infections that his family fear will result in permanent damage to his vision. The journalist has also been suffering from groin inflammation that is “so painful that he sometimes has trouble standing.” He has yet to receive treatment for any of these ailments.

Furthermore, the psychological toll of solitary confinement have been exacerbated by Sunday’s news that the Iranian government has filed formal charges (despite any specificity).

#FreeJason

POLITICO, Axel Springer Acquire European Voice

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POLITICO and Axel Springer, owners of the POLITICO joint venture in Europe, have announced today the acquisition of Brussels publication, European Voice.

The English-language newspaper will rebrand itself as POLITICO in the Spring of 2015 and will be led by new appointed excutive editor, Matthew Kaminski.

The joint venture also announced that owner/publisher of European Voice, Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, will become managing director of POLITICO’s European operation, in charge of business operations.

POLITICO’s European editorial operations will include more than 30 journalists with headquarters in Brussels and reporters in major capitals, with a new website, POLITICO.EU.

Thirty-Three Years Later, Jonathan Yardley Retires From WaPo

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After thirty-three years and four months, Jonathan Yardley bid adieu to The Washington Post in an opinion article on Friday.

The literary critic wrote over 3,000 reviews while working for the Post and its Sunday supplement, Book World.

In his farewell piece, Yardley says that he achieved his collegiate dream of working for The Washington Post, “I had wanted to work for The Post from the day I left the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in June 1961, and though it took me two full decades to get here it was — for me, at least — worth every minute of the wait.”

He admits that he never finished James Joyce‘s massive novel, and every English major’s worst nightmare, ”Ulysses,” but promised to give it another go in retirement.

“Ave atque vale. Hail and farewell. It has been a privilege and a joy to write for you, and I will miss you every day,” he signed off.

Ave atque vale to you too, Jonathan. You will be missed.

Iran Extends Detention of Washington Post Reporter

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It appears Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tehran, will not be released from his incarceration in Iran any time soon. According to Al Jazeera, the journalist’s detention has been extended up to 60 days. Although Rezaian is a dual citizen of the US and Iran, the Iranian government does not recognize his American passport.

While Rezaian has been accused of espionage by conservative media in Tehran, officials in Tehran have continued their silence on any clear charges.

“The key thing to remember is that he should never have been arrested and imprisoned in the first place, and he should be released immediately, ” the Post’s Execitive Editor, Martin Baron, said. ”There was no legitimate reason for him to be held without charges or explanation for more than four months. We again urge the Iranian authorities to give him his freedom and allow him to reunite with his family.”

#FreeJason

CQ Roll Call Acquires Federal News Service

Earlier today, CQ Roll Call announced the acquisition of the Federal News Service (FNS) business from The Dolan Company. FNS is a DC-based company, founded in 1985 and purchased by The Dolan Company in 2010, that provides verbatim transcripts, in real time, on their website, www.fednews.com.

CQ Roll Call Executive Vice President and Managing Director Keith White stated, “there are primary sources of information that have not yet been digitized, not yet made available to those who are serious about understanding and influencing policy formation,” he continued, “This acquisition will allow us to expand that body of coverage, giving the world increased access to what policy makers say as they vote, amend, argue and more. And this would not have been possible without our long-term partners, ASC.”

The addition of FNS transcription products to CQ Roll Coll will allow for coverage of more speeches, hearings, interviews and newsworthy events. An official press release from CQ Roll Call read, “On-demand transcription services also will be expanded, solidifying CQ Roll Call’s position in Washington as the best source for quick and accurate transcripts for every type of event. Current FNS clients will see no interruption in coverage, as CQ Roll Call will maintain the FNS websites along with all currently available information.”

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Four-Year-Old Vox Media Worth $380 Million

Vox Media, publisher of Ezra Klein’s start-up Vox.com, along with The Verge, SBNation, Eater, among others, just closed a $46.5 million investment deal with General Atlantic, a New York-based firm. The 4-year-old digital media company is now valued at an estimated $380 million, The New York Times first reported.

“The GA investment is an important milestone. We should all take pride in knowing how far we’ve come and have confidence in our ability to go so much farther. The investment doesn’t change anything. It’s about accelerating our momentum,” Vox Media Chairman and CEO Jim Bankoff said in an email published on LinkedIn.

Vox Media’s seven publications together receive a total of 150 million unique visitors each month, according to internal numbers. Meanwhile, Buzzfeed.com, which receives about the same monthly unique visitors, was valued at about $850 million in August, according to CNBC. Both digital companies have far larger audiences than brands like BBC, Bloomberg and The Atlantic.

 Vox.com–which hasn’t even been around for a year-reportedly has a monthly audience of 20 million.

“Big, valuable audiences gravitate toward media brands like ours because they are produced by digitally focused talent for digitally focused consumers,” Bankoff said. ”There has never been a greater consumption of media than there is now. It’s all working in our favor.”

Vox Media’s deal with General Atlantic comes as more and more venture capitalists are investing in media platforms like Buzzfeed,  Business Insider, Vice, PandoDaily and other flourishing digital media companies.

NYT Scoops Up Former NPR Exec Kinsey Wilson

NPR’s former vice president and and chief content officer, Kinsey Wilson, who was ousted in October, will be the first ever editor for innovation and strategy at The New York Times. Wilson, who has served in top roles at other major national media publications like USA Today, Newsday and Congressional Quarterly, will take on a newly created position that focuses on expanding the Times’ mobile and digital strategy. He starts his new role in February.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 12.15.18 PM ”He will be the newsroom’s main liaison on digital matters to the business side of The Times Company,” the Times said in a statement. 

Wilson, who led and transformed NPR’s digital strategy over the last six years, was let go last month as part of a major reorganization at the organization.

“Over the past 20 years Kinsey has been a pioneer in digital journalism and directed news organizations at the highest level. During his time at NPR he oversaw the network’s worldwide news-gathering, programming and digital operations,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times wrote in a memo obtained by CapitalNewYork. He drove the development of the NPR One mobile app, which pioneered a new, personalized digital listening experience. Before joining NPR, Kinsey led USA Today’s digital news strategy and, as executive editor, helped oversee its daily news operations. Before that — starting in the mid-1990s — he played a lead role in developing Congressional Quarterly’s early online strategy. Kinsey was also a reporter for seven years at Newsday. On a personal note, I’ve known Kinsey for more than a decade, and he will be a wonderful colleague.”

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