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BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith Reviewing Editor’s Work Amid Plagiarism Accusations

BuzzFeedLogoOn Thursday, Washington and national media hit the ground running amid accusations that BuzzFeed viral politics editor Benny Johnson plagiarized writings.

Gawker report was based on a WordPress dedicated to the accusations titled “Our Bad Media” and included an email from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith to Gawker defending Johnson’s work.

In the email, Smith said, “We’re grateful to @blippoblappo and @crushingbort for pointing out these serious failures to properly attribute two quotations and to credit a source in a third post. We’ve corrected the posts…Benny Johnson is one of the web’s deeply original writers, as is clear from his body of work.”

Since yesterday’s initial post to “Our Bad Media,” several more instances were raised on the site. Smith today told Poynter that BuzzFeed is currently reviewing the viral editor’s work, describing a post with “three serious instances of plagiarism.”

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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

POLITICO Pro Announces Several New Hires, Moves and Promotions

POLITICO Pro editor Martin Kady today announced to staff in an email several new hires, moves and promotions within the POLITICO Pro division, which now includes 13 policy verticals.

New hires include Mary Beth Marklein, a former higher education reporter for USA TODAY, as Pro Education editor; Chase Purdy as a reporter for Pro Agriculture; Jen Judson who joined Pro Defense on July 14; and Patrick Temple-West, who joins the Financial Services team.

In new roles are Maggie Chan as senior pro editor and Kyle Cheney, transitioning to the Campaign Pro team from the health care team.

See the full announcement, after the jump. Read more

ICYMI – Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Daniel Malloy Raps About Georgia Runoff

Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Washington correspondent Daniel Malloy posted a rap explaining the day’s Georgia runoff to readers. No thank you.

“Yo, wake up Georgia, it’s Election Day.
Put in Malloy rap volume two, press play.
Get out and vote, so your voice becomes a yell,
’cause runoff turnout gonna be low as hell.”

Introducing, this week’s Worst of the Web.

Benny Johnson Learns Why You Should Not Photograph DC’s 7 Ugliest Gov. Buildings

U.S._Department_of_Labor_headquartersOn Wednesday, BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson shared with readers photographic evidence of “The 7 Ugliest Government Buildings In Washington, D.C.” Major themes throughout: marble cement everything, thriving dying tree-lined entry ways and sitting areas, and beautiful ugly art.

Well today, Johnson followed up on his original post to explain why you should not take photos of DC’s seven ugliest buildings after being confronted by police and told to leave at six of the buildings he visited, even though he stood on public sidewalks in close proximity to tourists and employees.

At the Department of Energy, Johnson recalled, “The four armed guards prevented me from moving or getting on my bike. After calling my boss, and discussing with the guards, I was given my camera back. ‘Be smarter next time,’ he [an officer] said, ‘and don’t take any more photos here’.”

Johnson reached out to spokespeople for each building and heard back from several, all of who’s answers contradict what went down. Read the full story, here.

Atlantic Media’s Defense One Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Since Launch

birthday2Defense One celebrated its one-year anniversary this week and executive editor Kevin Baron highlighted in an internal memo late Thursday its rapid growth, events and breaking-news coverage over the past year.

In just one year, the Atlantic Media defense and national security brand has experienced record monthly traffic of 800,000 page views and nearly 600,000 unique visitors, doubled its staff from three to six, and secured Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to headline its Defense One Summit, which will return this November.

Click through for the full memo, after the jump. Read more

The Atlantic Announces Record Growth for Newsstand Sales and Website Traffic

Atlantic president and editor-in-chief James Bennet and president and COO Bob Cohn yesterday announced record growth for newsstand sales and website traffic for The Atlantic. Over last year, two of this year’s issues have more than doubled 2013 sales while five issues are up 25 percent.

Ta-Nehisi Coates June cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” set a single-day audience record for a magazine story on TheAtlantic.com. Read more

CQ Roll Call Launches Fifth Policy Pulse Blog – Energy Xtra

Energy_Xtra1CQ Roll Call announced today the launch of Energy Xtra, the fifth Policy Pulse blog on RollCall.com to be led by Randy Leonard.

The new vertical will focus on energy debates related to renewable generation, efficiency, electric reliability, infrastructure, nuclear developments, coal technology, and implications of the ongoing oil and gas boom.

Leonard has covered energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill for the past year and written energy stories for The New York Times, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.

Energy Xtra joins HealthopolisThe ContainerFive By Five and Technocrat on the Policy Pulse roster.

Former Senate Hopeful Liz Cheney Talks ‘Farting’ on Wyoming Campaign

At today’s POLITICO Playbook Lunch with Dick, Lynne, and Liz Cheney, seated next to her parents, Liz recalled a story from her Senate campaign that left a foul look on some faces. At a Wyoming parade, Liz recalled a ‘briefing’ she had with the children of her extended family set to pass out candy on rules of behavior.

Topics addressed: No farting, which she referred to as, “A good life lesson.”

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Roll Call’s Hill Navigator Pens ‘Ultimate Capitol Hill Internship Guide’ eBook

HL-Intern-Guide-Cover(550x700)July 14 marks the publishing debut of Roll Call’s first eBook. Available for download today, the “Ultimate Capitol Hill Internship Guide” by Roll Call’s Hill Navigator Rebecca Gale.

For those who aspire to intern or are interning in the House or Senate, Gale penned and collected her advice on how to be the “Best Intern Ever.”

Editor in Chief Christina Bellantoni said today in a message to staff, “I especially love showcasing something critical to Roll Call’s mission — coverage of the people who work inside the Capitol. Today’s interns could be tomorrow’s legislative assistants and the next decades chiefs of staff, all core Roll Call readers.” Read more

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