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The Atlantic Names Alexis Madrigal Deputy Editor of TheAtlantic.com

The Atlantic today announced the promotion of Alexis Madrigal to the newly created role of Deputy Editor of TheAtlantic.com. Madrigal, who’s covered science and technology for The Atlantic since 2010, will also oversee social media and The Atlantic’s newsletter strategy.

In addition to his promotion, Dr. James Hamblin was named a senior editor. Julie Beck will replace Hamblin as editor of its Health channel and Kathy Gilsinan will join the Global channel as an associate editor from World Politics Review.

Atlantic Media Launches ‘State & Local’

GovExec_S&LAtlantic Media today launched its expansion from federal government current events coverage for Government Executive to city, county, and state government news and analysis. The new line of focus will include coverage of technology, health care, citizen services, infrastructure, security, transportation, and finance.

Government Executive’s state and local coverage is led by Michael Grass, who was hired in May following an April announcement of the intended news coverage expansion.

“As I’ve been talking with local government practitioners across the country, so many are innovating and serving their residents in new and exciting ways,” said Grass. “Government Executive State & Local will amplify these success stories.” Read more

Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox Offers Look at President Obama’s ‘Secret Schedule’

whitehouseWhile much – or some – of the President of the United States’ daily schedule is listed online for public consumption, his private schedule, detailing a more minute-by-minute look at Obama’s day, was the focus of a recent piece by Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox.

“It’s a document so closely held that Obama aides, like their counterparts under George W. Bush, are expected to dispose of it at day’s end in ‘burn bags’ typically reserved for documents so sensitive they cannot be consigned to mere shredding,” wrote Knox.

The private schedule is delivered in hard copy form at 7am to the desks of senior aides and includes a disclaimer showcasing the sensitivity of the document – “This schedule contains sensitive information and is provided for your information only. It may not be distributed, forwarded, or printed without the express written permission of the Director of Scheduling.”

For more on the veiled secrecy of President Obama’s private schedule, click on over to Yahoo News.

NYTimes Editorial Board Supports SCOTUSBlog Press Credential

SCOTUSBlogThe New York Times Editorial Board yesterday threw support behind the SCOTUSBlog live feed securing a press credential to cover the Supreme Court.

The Senate Standing Committee of Correspondents denied SCOTUSBlog’s April request for credentials, which are recognized by the Supreme Court, because its founder Tom Goldstein‘s firm argues before the Court. The committee says that ‘violates its rule against lobbying the federal government’ and that ‘the site is not independent from Mr. Goldstein’s firm.’ Read more

After Traffic Up 50% at National Journal for Jan-May, June Boasts Highest Traffic of 2014

June marked the highest traffic month of 2014 for National Journal, garnering more than 3.3 million monthly unique visits to the site, the same month the magazine debuted its redesign. In early June, we wrote that during the first five months of 2014, traffic was up 50% compared to the same time last year.

Also significant for NJ, it added several new writers in the recent months, including Emily Schultheis, Alexia Campbell, Rachel Roubein, Zach Cohen, Nora Caplan-BrickerMichelle Cottle, Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Daniel Libit, and Ethan Epstein.

“The new magazine adds another dimension for us: We have great in-the-moment journalism and extraordinary long-form journalism too, a mix that is driving influential readers – and top-flight journalists – to National Journal,” said NJ Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve in a press release.

NBC News Team Safe and Unharmed After Caught in Crossfire in East Jerusalem Today

niPSLRwgAn NBC News team including foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin was caught in crossfire today in East Jerusalem. Mohyeldin is a former desk assistant at the NBC News DC bureau and a graduate of American University.

He posted video of rubber bullets fired and stun grenades thrown in the direction of Palestinian protesters and his team wearing gear labeled ‘press’ by Israeli forces to Instagram. NBC reports that Mohyeldin and his team are safe and unharmed. Read more

Supreme Court Rulings Ignite ‘Running of the Interns’

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 17.58.17BuzzFeed Politics and Benny Johnson win the day with this afternoon’s post on the annual tradition in DC known as the “Running of the Interns.” Since cameras and recording equipment are banned within the Supreme Court, TV network interns run from where the ruling is given in printed form to where their respective news outlet is located.

Click on over to BuzzFeed for the good, the bad, the ugly, and the stylish (!!) of this morning’s “Running of the Interns.”

Silicon Valley Tech-Like Amenities in HuffPost DC Newsroom

20140619_142634Looking for a newsroom environment with a fully stocked kitchen, beers on tap, meditation room, nap room, AND yoga studio? Probably not gonna happen. Unless you work at the DC bureau of The Huffington Post!

When I first heard about The Huffington Post’s DC digs, I wanted to call their bluff. How could the home of HuffPost Politics – the number one trafficked politics site – have all the amenities of a booming Silicon Valley tech giant?

I recently had the opportunity to tour the HuffPost DC bureau to see if the rumors were true. Spoiler alert – they were. Read more

Bill Clinton Tells Bloomberg TV’s Willow Bay ‘I Don’t Know’ if Hillary will Run for President

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 15.14.05Bloomberg Television’s Willow Bay sat down for a live conversation with former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver today on the topics of the U.S. economy, income inequality, education initiatives, and immigration, among others.

On whether Hillary plans to run for president in 2016, Bill Clinton’s response: “I don’t know.”

OK.

He went on to say that, “I’m for whatever she wants to do….If she were to run and become president, the last thing she needs is for me to be under foot. I would be — she’s the ablest public servant I’ve ever known. I would help. Whatever I was asked to do, I would do. I believe — just like I do for President Obama, just like I did for President Bush. I think that’s — you’ve been a former president, you need to show up when you’re summoned.”

Yesterday, “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory interviewed 42 – to air in full on his Sunday show – and asked whether wealth among politicians puts them out of touch with society. Clinton expressed that policies, not wealth, is what’s most important.

Click through for Clinton’s full conversation with Bay on the possibility of a 2016 presidential run for Hillary Clinton and tune in to “Meet the Press” this Sunday for Gregory’s interview with the former president.

More than $850,000 Earned Inside the Beltway by Knight News Challenge Recipients

93a7f5df-a232-46b2-8ff8-0df935179202On Monday, the Knight Foundation announced the recipients of the Knight News Challenge, several of whom are located inside the Beltway. In total, the foundation – in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Mozilla Foundation – awarded $3,466,000 to 19 winners who best answered ‘How to strengthen the internet for free expression and innovation?’

Winning themes fell into three categories, including Access, Transparency, and Safety. In the category of Transparency, the New America Foundation was the recipient of two awards valued $350,000 and $300,000. The Journalism Development Network won $200,000 for its Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

Salak Telesytems’ Poking the Bear project was one of 10 recipients of inaugural prototype funding of $35,000.

For a full list of winners, click on over to the Knight Blog.

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