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HuffPost’s Ferguson Fellowship $40k Crowd-Funding Goal Met

Screen-Shot-2014-08-21-at-09.53.14In August, The Huffington Post joined with Beacon Reader, a crowdfunding platform for primarily freelance journalists, to launch the Ferguson Fellowship, a crowd-funded way to ensure coverage for the next year from the Missouri town where unarmed man Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson.

Asking the public to fund its coverage from Ferguson, Mo. drew criticism from several members of the media, including AdAge’s Simon Dumenco (via this article), The Guardian’s Alex Koppelman (via this tweet), and Jim Romenesko (via this post). HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim responded on HuffPost Live, saying, “Sure, the criticism is fair, but we are seriously investing in it…Either it was going to be this way, or we weren’t going to be able to have someone on the ground.”

In support of fellowship recipient Mariah Stewart, 633 backers have surpassed the $40,000 goal to enable Stewart’s coverage from Ferguson for The Huffington Post over the next 12 months. The goal was met Sunday, three days prior its deadline. A Huffington Post spokesperson told FishbowlDC the outlet did not contribute to the $40k goal in order to have it met before deadline. Read more

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HuffPost Responds to Criticisms on Crowd Sourced Ferguson Fellowship

Yesterday, The Huffington Post announced the creation of the Ferguson Fellowship, a partnership with the Beacon Reader to enable a citizen journalist to “monitor the activity of the local and county police forces once the national spotlight dims” and “learn the intricacies of public records requests in an effort to divine the funding sources and uses of military gear in the county.”

Today, HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim and HuffPost Ferguson Fellow Mariah Stewart went on HuffPost Live to respond to criticisms. HuffPost tells FishbowlDC that critics of the crowd funded fellowship – The Guardian’s Alex Koppelman (via this tweet), Jim Romenesko (via this post), and AdAge’s Simon Dumenco (via this article) – were invited on as guests by producers, but all declined.

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Changes At MSNBC

Ed Schultz will now host MSNBC’s 6pm hour, David Shuster with Tamron Hall will take over 3-5pm and Norah O’Donnell will move to the morning– more details on that will be announced at a later date.

TVNewser: While it’s status quo for the 10pmET hour on MSNBC, Ed Schultz will take over the 6pmET slot currently hosted by MSNBC’s David Shuster.

The announcement was made by Keith Olbermann at the end of his show with Schultz as his guest. Olbermann said “the new news hour” called “The Ed Show” would premiere Monday. “I’m just honored to be a part of the MSNBC lineup,” Schultz told Olbermann.

The news was first reported on Huffington Post earlier tonight. (Update: Salon’s Alex Koppelman appears to have had the news ahead of HuffPo, at 7:45pm).

Current 6pm host Shuster, who took over the hour in December when David Gregory was named moderator of “Meet the Press,” will take over anchoring from 3-5pmET and continue filling in for Olbermann.

Schultz, who has been a presence on cable news for years, is best known for his national progressive radio talk show. His Website intimated at the announcement with the blaring headline, “Ed will be on Countdown with Keith Olbermann tonight at 8pmET!”

Schultz had been on all short-lists for an MSNBC opening, but most had him on a list to host at 10pm. If he becomes a hit at 6pm, that could still happen.

The video from Countdown and the press release, after the jump…

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About Tonight…

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Where will you be watching tonight’s election results? We’ve asked all sorts of journos for their evening plans and they include an Atlanta hotel room, the Phoenix Biltmore, and Champs Sports Bar in Cincinnati.

Join us after the jump…

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Conservative Concerns On TWT’s Editorial Changes

Even though we thought that the Washington Times’ recent editorial changes were smart moves, not everyone agrees. Via Salon’s Alex Koppelman, we discover several conservative blogs upset with the paper’s changes.