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Jackie Kucinich Joins The Daily Beast

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John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast, announced on Monday that Jackie Kucinich, daughter of former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, will join the site as its new Senior Politics Editor.

Jackie is currently a politics reporter at the Washington Post, where she produces original video segments. She was originally hired to serve as co-anchor on the paper’s Web channel, PostTV.

“Jackie is a powerful, positive presence in D.C. circles. She’s covered Republicans in Congress and the 2012 presidential field, boasting an encyclopedic knowledge of all things politics,” said Avlon in a memo to staff. “She brings to the job a combination of enthusiasm and incisiveness that will help sharpen the voice of The Beast’s political coverage as we head into the 2016 presidential cycle — and boost our ability to break big news.”

Previously, Kucinich worked at USA Today and Roll Call. According to Avalon, She will work with Opinion Editor Will Rah at The Daily Beast to “anchor our D.C. team and ensure that The Beast remains non-partisan but not neutral in our politics.”

Good luck from FishbowlDC, Jackie!

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.

CNN’s Moody On The Border With King and Bachmann

In some non-Ferguson related news… CNN’s Chris Moody spent time with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman Steve King last week at the US-Mexico border. Chris discussed President Obama’s new executive order on immigration with the two staunchly opposed representatives.

King and Bachmann, whose districts are 1,000 miles from the border, have been adamant in their opposition to the President’s move, believing that it will encourage further illegal immigration. In July, the two visited a spot outside of Roma, Texas that overlooked the Rio Grande, where they supposedly captured footage of a pregnant woman crossing the river, as well as what they claimed were narcotraffickers.

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Chris at dinner with King and Bachmann. ¡Salud!

Returning to the location with Moody last week, King stated, ”It just occurred to me, the pregnant mother who was put off on the side here, she surely had the baby. That little baby is an American citizen. Last night Barack Obama gave that little baby’s mother amnesty. She now has amnesty. Lawless, unconstitutional amnesty.”

However, King and Bachmann must’ve chosen a slow traffic day when returning with CNN, because this time, they were unable to find any border indiscretions.

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MSNBC’s Karen Finney To Join Media Matters

7c923c012a044aa0b63973cfce8aca8eAccording to Dylan Byers of POLITICO, Karen Finney, former DNC spokesperson and MSNBC commentator, will join Media Matters For America as a senior fellow and consultant. The liberal watchdog group told POLITICO that Finney, “will write regular commentary pieces for Media Matters in addition to continuing her independent consultancy and other projects.”

Finney, who left MSNBC earlier this month, said, ”Media Matters does indispensable work exposing lies, misinformation, and vitriol from conservative media. I’m thrilled to be working with them.”

Finney previously worked in the Clinton White House as well as Hillary Clinton‘s first New York Senate race. She was also the first African-American spokeswoman for the DNC and has been an MSNBC commentator and guest host since 2009.

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.”

POLITICO Hires Katy Theranger As Talent Recruiter

katyPOLITICO has snagged Katy Theranger as a new talent recruiter. Katy has worked in three other recruitment positions before joining POLITICO in October.

On her LinkedIn profile, she writes, “POLITICO was created with a simple promise: to prove there’s a robust and profitable future for tough, fair and fun coverage of politics and government. To do this, we cling to a simple principle: always hire the most talented editors, reporters and newsroom staff and then set them loose on many platforms for modern media consumption: print, online, mobile, video and events. Hiring for positions across the organization!”

Good luck from FishbowlDC, Katy!

Cable Networks, PBS, Telelmundo, and Univision Broadcasting Obama Address Live

PBS NewsHourWith the major networks apparently too busy tonight with The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and The Biggest Loser, only PBS, Telemundo, Univision and the cable networks (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News) will be broadcasting President Barack Obama‘s speech on immigration live at 8 pm ET.

In addition to a special 8 pm broadcast of the President’s primetime address, PBS NewsHour will livestream the speech with commentary from New York Times columnist David Brooks and The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne.

Watch live in the box below. Enjoy.


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Bezos Introduces New Kindle App for WaPo

amazon_jeff_bezosJeffrey Bezos has finally brought Amazon and The Washington Post together. The two companies will collaborate for the first time since the Amazon founder bought The Post for $250 million a year ago.

Kindle owners will be receiving a full 6-month digital subscription to The Washington Post for free. For another six months, users will have to pay $1. It’ll then turn into a monthly subscription. According to gizmodo.com, ”the monthly rate is still under discussion, but Post officials said it would most likely be between $3 and $5 a month.”

The app’s focus will be on national and global news, rather than local and regional, and will feature two editions each day at 5 am and 5 pm.

For now, the app is exclusively for Kindle owners and will be automatically added to certain Kindle Fire tablets as part of a software update. However, a version of the app will be available for Andriod and iOS operating systems next year.

Politico Nets Tampa Bay Times’ Duo Bill Duryea and Michael Kruse for New Enterprise Project

POLITICO revised logo Award-winning Tampa Bay Times’ journalists Bill Duryea and Michael Kruse are leaving the Sunshine state and taking their talents to Washington.

Politico’s Susan Glasser sent out a staff-wide email yesterday announcing the new hires for the publication’s brand new enterprise project.

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“Bill is an incredible ideas-driven editor, and in addition to the team he’s built and runs day to day he has been an adept editor drawing from talent across the newsroom in Tampa, a model we are expecting he will follow here at Politico in working to develop great enterprise stories from across the staff,” Glasser said in the email.

Kruse will be the project’s senior writer with a focus on political enterprise going into the 2016 election season. He’s currently a staff writer for the Times’ enterprise team. He has received numerous awards for his work, which has also been recognized by a number of professional journalism organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society for Features Journalism and the Associated Press Sports Editors, among others.

“In Michael, we are adding a perfect first recruit for Bill’s team; this is a duo that has a great and proven record of producing award-winning journalism together,” Glasser said. “We’re thrilled at this big new development for Politico’s journalism, and can’t wait to welcome Bill and Michael to the newsroom. “

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