You would be forgiven, dear reader, if you had never heard of OZY Media, a digital news and culture magazine founded by MSNBC and Air America host Carlos Watson. The Silicon Valley-based pub has some high profile backers – business executive (and widow of Steve) Laurene Powell Jobs and Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, for example -but has yet to make much of a splash on the East Coast. But that might be changing soon. OZY is making new hires with an eye towards increasing their presence in DC ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
Steven Butler, who currently works in DC as the Foreign Editor for Knight Ridder Newspapers, is the most recent example. He will come on board as a Senior Editor, and will join a team that already includes former White House speechwriter and CNN war correspondent Aneesh Raman, former CQ Roll Call writer Emily Cadei and former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin -all of whom are based in DC.
OZY is aimed at the so-called “Change Generation,” which they describe as “a global, age-agnostic, educated and curious audience that, aside from just knowing about the daily news, wants to learn about the topics and people of tomorrow.” The site covers everything from politics to foreign and national affairs, technology, arts and culture. They also host a live event series, “OZY Across America,” which came to DC this past March.
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