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NPR Hires Tasneem Raja As Senior Digital Editor of ‘Code Switch’

rlUq6_aFTasneem Raja will be joining NPR as senior digital editor of Code Switch, announced Lynette Clemetson, director of editorial initiatives, and Carline Watson, executive producer of Culture and Identity Unit, in a staff memo this morning.

Tasneem currently works at Mother Jones as senior editor, focusing on data-driven journalism. Prior to Mother Jones, Tasneem had been a reporter for the Chicago Reader, as well as a part of the San Francisco- based non-profit news organization, Bay Citizen, which had partnered with the New York Times back in 2010.

She was named “one of the smartest people on Twitter” by Fast Company, and is ”a leading voice in the conversation on gender, race, and tech culture.” The graduate of UC Berkeley School of Journalism will be starting with NPR’s Code Switch in late January when she arrives in Washington.

Welcome to our nation’s capital, Tasneem!

#TBT Part Deux: Colbert Report’s First Episode

Colbert2In honor of tonight’s final episode of “The Colbert Report,” let’s take a look back at the episode that started it all…

“A new television show premieres, and changes the world…” said Colbert in the intros of his inaugural episode, more than 9 years ago.

Comedy Central will be running past episodes throughout the day, until a new episode of “The Daily Show” — followed by “The Colbert Report” finale. Colbert will be off the air until August or September, when he will return as the host of CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

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WaPo Partnering With The Texas Tribune

Earns Washington PostYou know what they say, everything’s bigger in Texas…

Starting in January, The Washington Post will be teaming up with The Texas Tribune for a partnership that will include the sharing of editorial content, collaboration on events and more.

The announcement came in a newsroom memo this morning from Martin Baron:

I’m delighted to announce a new partnership with The Texas Tribune, the nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that has earned its reputation for ambitious journalism and digital innovation.

Under the partnership, which begins with the new year, we’ll get exclusive outside-of-Texas access to Texas Tribune stories for both our website and our newspaper. Texas Tribune reporters will contribute to The Fix, Post Politics, GovBeat and other venues on our site. They will also contribute to our videos, and Texas Tribune’s weekly politics video series, the Texas Political Roundup, will run on PostTV.

Texas Tribune’s new Washington, D.C., bureau chief, Abby Livingston, will work out of our newsroom. We look forward to her becoming a major contributor to the partnership.

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FOX News’ Lea Gabrielle Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine

OJSAXizbFOX News’ Lea Gabrielle, correspondent for “Shepard Smith Reporting,” was featured in the December 2014 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine.

In the piece, Gabrielle reflects on her career in the military and journalism, as well as her roots in the DC-area. The Alexandria, VA native (and total babe) is a former intelligence operations officer and U.S. Navy fighter pilot of 12 years. Gabrielle, who previously worked for NBC News in Washington, is celebrating her one year anniversary with FOX News Channel.

Below is Bailey Lucero-Carter‘s Q&A with Gabrielle from this month’s edition of Northern Virginia Magazine. Enjoy!

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#TBT: Fidel Castro on Meet the Press

Fidel CastroHappy Throwback Thursday, mis amigos!

In the spirit of yesterday’s news out of Havana, NBC dusted off an old clip from their archives.

On April 19th, 1959, Fidel Castro appeared on “Meet the Press” in Washington, DC and was asked by host, Lawrence Spivak, about his feelings on the American people, ”to the people of the United States, sincerely, what I think about the citizens of the United States [is] that they are very nice and noble people…”

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Thursday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Mikvah Voyeurism Media Event at the National Press Club, 2 p.m.

— DC Black Film and Media Club presents “Though A Lens Darkly” at the West End Cinema, 6:45 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

The first credit card transaction was made in 1950.

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PBS NewsHour Partnering With OZY Media

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PBS NewsHour and OZY Media today announced a content and social partnership. Say what?

The nearly 40-year-old NewsHour, co-anchored for the past year by Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, is teaming up with the digital news mag OZY Media, launched in the fall of 2013, to promote each others content online, to also include OZY co-founder Carlos Watson joining Ifill on broadcast to discuss internet trends and highlights.

“PBS NewsHour sets the bar for quality reporting and Gwen has reached the pinnacle of respect in the world of journalism,” Watson said in an announcement. “In just over a year, we just reached 7 million unique visitors last month and are seen and heard by millions more through our partners. As we continue to grow, we’re thrilled to be working closely with PBS NewsHour and sharing a commitment to give our audiences a fun and fresh way to learn about what’s new and what’s next.”

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Boston Globe’s Stephen Heuser to Lead Politico’s New Policy Project

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 3.20.30 PMBoston Globe’s Ideas section editor Stephen Heuser is heading to Politico where he will head up “The Agenda,” the site’s new policy project, Susan Glasser wrote in a staff memo.

Heuser, a Yale grad and longtime Globe staffer, will work alongside Michael Grunwald,  The Agenda’s editor-at-large.

“We envision it as wonkery with a purpose: smart, timely, original and relevant to the policy debates that are actually on Washington’s agenda, or should be,” Glasser said.

The project is expected to launch at the beginning of next year.

 

So What Do You Do, Harriette Cole, Editor, Author and Media Coach?

Harriette-Cole-ArticleWords to Harriette Cole are the canvas of expression. She wants to see them used beautifully, sparingly and, probably just a smidge above all, responsibly. “I tell every one of my clients: show me rather than tell me. Whether you’re talking to the media or your staff or your boss,” she coaches, “when you can bring an image to life through your words, people listen.” Twenty years as a writer and editor — starting with a stint on Capitol Hill — and an A-list roster for her business baby, Harriette Cole Media, which includes media coaching services, symbolize her knowledge. But the accumulation of the knowledge itself is her greatest achievement.

When she was younger, modeling changed her world. Tall and slender with braids and glasses, Cole discovered the blessing of being sample size. But the marriage of her two passions (writing and fashion) ushered her into a world of editorial privilege at two of the most iconic brands in African-American media. Her professional purpose now, says Cole — former fashion editor at Essence and editor-in-chief of Ebony — is to inspire folks to step into their greatness and be their best, similar to that thunderbolt of confidence she got from her seasons of strolling the runway. “I have figured out lots of different ways to do that, from telling stories to helping people with the way they present themselves,” she says.

Here, she talks reinvention and grooming public figures to be media-ready.

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DC Media Dominates Mediaite’s 2014 ‘Very BEST in Media’ Awards

Mediaite-LogoMediaite released its 2014 “Very BEST in Media“ awards this afternoon, and without a doubt, the journalists of Washington won the day.

From CNN’s Jake Tapper being named “Best Cable News Host” for his show The Lead, to Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace as the “Best Sunday Show Moderator” — across the board, DC’s newspeople dominated the list.

As the website points out, the selections were not based on ratings or popularity, but who, in their opinion, ”did important, smart, or entertaining work, Nielsen be damned.”

Among the other honorees mentioned by Mediaite were CBS White House Correspondent, Mark Knoller, for “Best Media Twitter Account”; The Washington Post‘s T. Rees Shapiro for “Best Reporting”; and Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic for ”Best Print/Web Columnist.”

A big FishbowlDC congrats to all!

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