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The Washington Post’s Plans with Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Kindle

ICYMI - The Washington Post is using owner Jeff Bezos‘ Amazon product the Kindle to aid in the newspaper’s needed growth.

On Monday, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone wrote:

“For the past few months, a group inside the Post has been working on a new application that will offer a curated selection of news and photographs from the daily newspaper in a magazine-style, tablet-friendly format. The application will come preinstalled on Amazon’s newly updated Kindle Fire tablet, expected to be launched later this fall with the larger 8.9-inch screen, according to people with knowledge of the Post’s plans.”

Stone writes that the app will initially be free for Kindle owners and require a paid subscription in a download later available for Apple and Android products.

The effort is being led by Kerry Lauerman, who joined The Post in July as a senior editor to lead a new mobile initiative. At the time of his hire, Post staff said in an announcement that, “Kerry’s strong editing skills, the vast range of his experience, and his time spent building new products and luring new readers make him especially well-equipped for an initiative focused on the fast-growing mobile readership. Kerry brings to our mobile ambitions the perfect blend of innovation and journalistic chops, as well as a collaborative spirit.”

For more on The Post’s foray with the Amazon Kindle dubbed “Project Rainbow,” click on over to Bloomberg Businessweek.

5pm Premiere for Bloomberg Politics’s ‘With All Due Respect’

Don’t forget, 5pm marks the premiere of the much anticipated launch of Bloomberg Politics’ “With All Due Respect,” to be hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. This evening’s program features a live interview with 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

On the eve of the show’s launch, the website for Bloomberg Politics also launched. Visit it here.

The program, which is filmed and produced out of New York, will host a DC viewing party tomorrow, and we’ll make sure to update you on it come Wednesday.

In recent months, Bloomberg Politics has been on an impressive hiring spree, adding Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, Slate’s David WeigelEsquire’s Mike Nizza, ABC News’ Tom Johnson, and “The Daily Show’s” Pat King to its roster. The program will be taped and produced out of New York City.

“With All Due Respect” premieres tonight at 5pm on Bloomberg TV and will be streamed on the Bloomberg Politics homepage.

Peter Canellos Named Executive Editor of POLITICO

POLITICO’s Dylan Byers reported early Monday morning that Peter Canellos has been named executive editor of the Rosslyn-based political news outlet.

The announcement was made by Susan Glasser, who in September was promoted from editor of POLITICO Magazine to POLITICO’s editor, following the resignation of executive editor Rick Berke earlier that month.

Canellos, who announced his departure from the Boston Globe in mid-September, was named editor of the its editorial page in 2009, and prior to that served as the outlet’s Washington bureau chief.

For more from Glasser’s Monday morning memo to staff, click on over to POLITICO.

HuffPost Hires Star McClatchy Intern Ali Watkins

HCvevMFR_reasonably_smallThe Huffington Post announced Wednesday that Ali Watkins will join its DC bureau as a political reporter.

The 2014 Temple grad’s name may ring as bell. As an intern for McClatchy this past Spring, she was part of the team that broke the story that the CIA spied on computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim made the announcement to staff in a memo this afternoon. In it, he said, “We knew Ali would be a fantastic hire back when she was a college senior and worked on the McClatchy team that broke the news that the CIA was spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee over the panel’s torture report. Ali is a 2014 graduate of Temple University, where she excelled not only in journalism, but as a rower and triathlete as well. Ali will continue her focus on national security and the intelligence community, while covering general politics and Congress as well.

Watkins starts October 20.

WaPo’s Chris Cillizza on Katharine Weymouth Departure: ‘It’s the end of an era’

Today marks a significant day at The Washington Post: the first since 1933 that someone from the Graham or Meyer family is not a part of its leadership. Tuesday was Katharine Weymouth‘s final day as publisher and CEO of The Washington Post after the August 2013 sale of the company to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

“The Fix’s” Chris Cillizza writes:

“It’s the end of an era — both for the Post and for journalism.  And it’s one I am forever thankful to the Grahams for — not only for what they did when they owned the company but in their decision to sell it in hopes of preserving what has always made it great.”

For more, click here.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Dodges Questions on Prospect of Replacing Eric Holder

perezLabor Secretary Thomas Perez, a potential replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder who on Thursday announced his plans to step down, joined HuffPost Live today to discuss Holder’s legacy and paid maternity leave, among other topics.

“I think Eric Holder will go down as one of the best Attorney Generals in the history of the department,” said Perez, in conversation with HuffPost’s Marc Lamont Hill. “And I say that because he put the ‘J’ back in DOJ…His work on behalf the defense of the Marriage Act – history will write that he was the Thurgood Marshall of that aspect of the movement because without his leadership, we would not have seen the movement in this. You look at that issue at LGBT equality – we’re moving a warp speed… and Eric Holder played a huge role there.”

One topic Perez wasn’t willing to delve into was whether he might succeed Holder as Attorney General. The Labor Secretary dodged each of Lamont Hill’s questions about the prospect. Watch him tip toe around the idea after the jump. Read more

Heads Up: Bloomberg Politics to Host ‘With All Due Respect’ Viewing Party

Bloomberg Politics will host a viewing party for “With All Due Respect,” its long-awaited television show hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, on Tuesday, October 7th at 5 pm. The program debuts the day prior and will air daily at 5 pm on Bloomberg TV and online.

In recent months, Bloomberg Politics, which next week will also launch its website www.bloombergpolitics.com, has been on a hiring spree, picking up Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, Slate’s David WeigelEsquire’s Mike Nizza, ABC News’ Tom Johnson, and “The Daily Show’s” Pat King. The program will be taped and produced out of New York City.

For those who missed the invite but don’t want to miss, send a suck up email to Bloomberg News’ Emma Angerer.

We’ll see you there.

Bloomberg Politics - Launch Party Invitation 10.7.14

Kal Penn Named Special Correspondent of Fusion’s ‘Midterm Mayhem’

Fusion_TV_2013_logoFusion today announced that actor, producer, and former associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement Kal Penn will join its midterm election coverage as a special correspondent with the launch of “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown.” In addition to its television broadcast, the program will be live streamed.

“It’s definitely possible to be entertaining while having conversations about things that actually matter in the democratic process,” said Penn in a release. “Our political debates generate a lot punchlines and crazy segments, and that’s fun, but we’re hoping to offer some smart, engaging, and entertaining reporting without obsessing over the lowest common denominator. We hope to inspire people to get off the sidelines, get engaged, and wake up on election day and actually vote.” Read more

CNN Politics Digital’s Latest Hire: WaPo’s Jeff Simon

jjs_picWord on the street is The Washington Post’s Jeff Simon is headed to…you guessed it…CNN Politics Digital.

Simon will serve as a video producer and shared with FishbowlDC: ”I’m grateful to The Post for the opportunities they’ve afforded me over the past 18 months. But I could not be more excited to join Ed, Rachel and the incredible digital politics team at CNN.”

For The Post, Simon covered competitive Senate races and Capitol Hill politics. He joins this month’s hires to CNN Politics Digital including Ashley Codianni, Eric Bradner, and Zach Wolf.

POLITICO Pro Hires to Labor, Health Care, Trade Verticals

PoliticoProPOLITICO Pro editor Marty Kady announced Friday afternoon new hires to its Pro verticals, including:

  • Mike Elk as a labor reporter, from In These Times.
  • Rachana Pradhan as a health care reporter, from Inside Health Policy.
  • Victoria Guida as a trade reporter, who most recently served as an associate editor at Inside U.S. Trade.

With the launch of Pro Labor and Employment this fall, POLITICO’s subscription service will operate 14 topical verticals.

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