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WaPo Starts to Literally Post Everything to Site

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 16.16.27In the age of information overload, there’s much – and often too much – that leaves us asking questions. A new project by The Washington Post is here to help.

PostEverything is the outlet’s attempt to answer questions by experts poised to do just that. The project is being led by Adam Kushner, who joined the Post in February 2014 from the National Journal where he served as executive editor.

As explained in its inaugural post, “What are some of the dumbest things people think about American foreign policy? Ask a political scientist. How do football teams draft prospects, what does it feel like to confess to atheism in a deeply religious place, is Russia really seeding Crimea with more Russian citizens, and how did university sexual-assault policies get to be so daft? Ask the people who are in a position to answer.”

Authors thus far include lawyer Zerlina Maxwell with If you’re not careful, you could be a trigger, too and CFR’s Elliot Abrams on Obama’s West Point commencement address.

For more, PostEverything!

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WaPo Digital Revamp Continues: Taylor Swiped from BI; Rucker Promoted

WaPo has promoted Philip Rucker from White House correspondent to national politics reporter and has hired Adam Taylor away from Business Insider to contribute to its “WorldViews” foreign affairs blog.

Taylor had been an editor at BI since 2010. His addition to “WoldViews” is part of WaPo editor Marty Baron‘s plan to develop “verticals,” or areas of specialization, within the WaPo website to allow readers to browse content by subject matter.

Rucker’s promotion comes after 8 years of writing for WaPo, and in a memo from Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut, and Steven Ginsberg announcing the move, he is described as a reporter who “files often and at all hours for our digital platforms, and  an enthusiastic user of social media.”

Both hires are in keeping with Baron’s efforts, announced Wednesday, to prioritize “digital transformation” at the paper. In recent weeks, WaPo has also given gossip column “Reliable Sources” as stronger digital presence, adding two young writers (Emily Heil and Helena Andrews) and a staffer to produce online video. They’ve also hired National Journal‘s Adam Kushner to start up an online magazine and tasked Jim Tankersley with heading a data-driven digital initiative focused on policy analysis.

All these changes come as WaPo repositions itself to compete with a number of new digital news ventures including Walter Mossberg‘s and Kara Swisher‘s Re/code, Nate Silver‘s new FiveThiryEight, and the as-of-yet untitled effort announced Sunday by former Wonkblogger Ezra Klein.

WaPo Planning ‘Impressive Investments’ for 2014

WaPo will hire five more politics reporters early this year, Executive Editor Marty Baron announced today. It’s all part of a plan to beef up their digital presence for 2014 and prepare to take on a slew new digital competitors in the news realm -including former colleague Ezra Klein.

Baron cited the recent hires of Adam Kushner, Fred Barbash, Jim Tankersley, Helena Andrews and a bevy of younger guns who will contribute to “The Fix” (all of which we reported here at FBDC), as evidence of the paper’s renewed commitment to digital. He also announced plans for developing “verticals” -or areas of specialization within the website, a “long-planned website overhaul,” and the creation of an overnight breaking news desk.

Print wasn’t left out of the picture either. This spring, Baron says WaPo will be expanding their Sunday magazine -both in dimension and in number of pages -and adding a Sunday Style and Arts section.

Read the full memo after the jump…

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NJ to Initiate Magazine Redesign In Wake of Kushner’s Exit

Adam KushnerEalier today, Politico reported that National Journal‘s executive editor Adam Kushner is leaving to start up a new Politico Magazine-esque digital venture at WaPo. Kushner was with NJ for just over three years, both in an editorial capacity and as a writer, covering topics including idealism in the Middle East, China’s world domination, and the recovery of New Orleans. He was also the leader in getting NJ‘s recent “Gay Washington” special issue together, and conducted their interview with Barney Frank.

FishbowlDC has now learned that editor-in-chief Tim Grieve will be leading the search for Kushner’s replacement as executive editor, and that the first task awaiting the new pick will be be a major magazine redesign. In the job description posted on the careers page of NJ‘s parent company Atlantic Media, the position is described as:

…a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – the chance to reshape and rebuild one of Washington’s most enduring brands for a new generation of readers. The executive editor will take the lead role in the redesign of National Journal’s magazine and then oversee all aspects of editing and producing it.

Kushner’s last day at NJ is February 12; he begins at WaPo on February 24th.

A Vodka-Laced Book Party

photo-27Freelance journalist and Stateless Media founder Peter Savodnik opened his up his sleek, spartan Columbia Heights apartment to a number of journalists this weekend to celebrate the release of his new book, The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union (Basic Books). The book hits the shelves Tuesday.

The party, sponsored by Top of the Hill Distillery in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Heritage Distilling Co. in Gig Harbor, Wash., grew more spirited as bottles and bottles of Topo and Heritage Vodka disappeared.

Freelancer James Kirchick, now back in Washington from Berlin, attended the festivities and promptly dropped his glass of vodka on the floor setting off a splash that reached all of my toes. He won’t soon hear the end of this.

A description of the book from the publicity department of Basic Books: “In this book Savodnik brings to light one of the most important, and perhaps the last-to-be-explored, dimensions of the Kennedy assassination— Lee Harvey Oswald himself. In order to do so Savodnik drew on new research and conducted in-depth and exclusive interviews with Oswald’s Russian associates, such as his ex-girlfriend, friends, and co-workers. Focusing on the almost three years he spent in Russia, Savodnik shows how Oswald’s original plan to abandon materialistic America for the promise of a country supposedly based on collectivism and camaraderie fell so short of his expectations and ultimately led to his return to home—and to Dallas.”

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Kushner to Perform Heart Surgery at NJ Group

Adam Kushner is joining NJ Group as the new Deputy Magazine Editor. He comes to NJ from Newsweek, where he is a senior editor.

In one of his more memorable complimentary quotes, NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier remarked that Kushner will essentially be performing heart surgery. “Adam will inject rigor and discipline to our analysis, ensuring that our reporters seize the heart of every story and not its capillaries. Under his guidance, National Journal readers won’t be left asking, ‘So what? Why does this matter?’ They’ll know what happened in Washington and why it’s relevant to their lives and work.”

Kushner is a New Orleans native and Columbia University grad. Before Newsweek, Kushner worked at TNR, where ultimately he was Managing Editor/Online.

Morning Reading List, 11.03.08

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Kushner Heading To Newsweek

Adam Kushner, managing editor at The New Republic online, is leaving the magazine to join Newsweek International up in New York.