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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.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s First Interview with POLITICO’s ‘Open Mike’

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 13.05.53Not surprisingly, POLITICO is the first outlet to do an interview with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest in his first day in the role for its “Open Mike” series. A teaser for the conversation between Earnest and POLITICO’s Mike Allen is out and answers the question as to what Twitter handle Earnest plans to use and how the White House press office has responded to technology advancements.

For the “Open Mike” teaser, click through the jump, and stay tuned for the full interview later today. Read more

BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings Remembered One Year After Car Crash

heres-the-late-michael-hastings-10-essential-tips-for-young-journalistsToday marks the one year anniversary since BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles. The former Rolling Stone contributing editor‘s novel The Last Magazine was posthumously published this week by Blue Rider Press.

The highly regarded journalist was the recipient of a George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, published June 22, 2010. Two years later, Hastings wrote for Rolling Stone about Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, asking whether the Pentagon would leave him behind. Eleven days before his death, he penned an op-ed for BuzzFeed on “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans.”

Click on over to the Post for James Rosen‘s review of The Last Magazine, by Michael Hastings, and to BuzzFeed, for an excerpt of the book.

OZY Media Snags POLITICO CTO Ryan Mannion

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.47.11OZY Media announced that as of September, POLITICO’s Chief Technology Officer Ryan Mannion will serve as its Head of Product. Founded last September by veteran broadcast journalist Carlos Watson and Samir Rao, OZY is based in Silicon Valley, where Mannion will relocate.

“Ryan knows better than anyone how to build a premium product and with his help, OZY will soon offer not just addictive content and elite design, but also game-changing technology so that we look even smarter, fresher and different than everyone else out there,” said Watson, founder and CEO of OZY.

OZY recently brought on former CNN Middle East correspondent and White House speechwriter Aneesh Raman; creative director Dwayne Shaw from Entertainment Weekly; former Tokyo bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report Steven Butler; and Emily Cadei who was with CQ Roll Call.

Monica Crowley Named Online Opinion Editor of The Washington Times

6_162014_crowley-mheadshot8201_s640x664The Washington Times yesterday named FOX News contributor Monica Crowley as its online opinion editor. In this role, she will oversee all online opinion content and will write original content for The Times. She’s slated to start Monday, June 23.

John Solomon, editor and VP of content and business development at The Times said, “Monica is the quintessential 21st century thought leader, able to communicate her conservative values in all mediums in the most cogent way.”

In 2002, she began hosting “The Monica Crowley Show” on WABC Radio in New York, and in 2006, the program became nationally syndicated. She served as a foreign policy assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994. She is the author of four books including In What the (Bleep) Just Happened…Again?, Nixon Off the Record, and Nixon in Winter.

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