New news outlet embraces “advocacy journalism” — The term “advocacy journalism” is not one that most reporters want attached to their names. Politico’s Patrick Gavin reports that the founders of a new outlet, however, embrace the term. David Darg and Bryn Mooser (we assume that’s his real name) partnered with actors Ian Somerhaider and Sophia Bush to launch RYOT.org, which calls its readers into political advocacy after reading news stories. A story about a surfer’s “insane trick,” for instance, encourages readers to “check out the Surfrider Foundation,” an organization that works to protect beaches for surfers. Darg said the model is “maybe a little radical” but he thinks the younger generation will embrace it, while older generations “may be a bit stuck in their ways.” So far, traffic to the site has been growing much faster than Darg and Mooser expected.
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Quotes of the Day
SO FORGET ABOUT INTERVIEWING BOB WOODWARD? “I’ve never really understood the people who get a nasty phone call and get on TV and talk about it. It’s part of the job. You do a story that they don’t like, you’re going to get yelled at, you listen to them or you yell back and then you move on.” — CNN’s Jake Tapper, whose show, “The Lead,” debuts today at 4 p.m.
Journalist encounters swarm of ladybugs
“I like/admire ladybugs, but why do I suddenly have 500 of them swarming inside one of my windows? One use for a leafblower: shoo ‘em out.” — The Atlantic‘s James Fallows.
Liberal profanity at CPAC
“CPAC 2013 Unfiltered: ‘what a piece of shit’; ‘he’s a douche’; ‘she can blow me’; ‘no fucking way’ #liberaluseofprofanity” — Roll Call HOH writer Warren Rojas.
Journo watchdog complains about CPAC shuttle
“How many people have been stranded by the horrid CPAC 2013 shuttle service? Must have been set up by a liberal.” — Accuracy in Media’s Don Irvine.
Martin strikes out at Levin over Lil Wayne
“I see TMZ’s Harvey Levin deleted his tweet saying Lil Wayne was being given his ‘last rites.’ Talk about poor sourcing. Unbelievable!” — CNN and Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.
And a WaPo Express columnist defends TMZ
“Anyways, I hope Wayne is fine, obviously. But acting like TMZ doesn’t break news with regularity is pretty illogical.” — WaPo Express‘ Clinton Yates.
“Interesting what the CPAC pols are getting defensive about: being crazy, being bigoted, being out of touch. Too close to home?” — Marketing writer Deborah Brody.
News after our own hearts
“Just got news that my brother-in-law changed his name to Goldfish. GOLDFISH.” — @mastodfow.
Important Q to Ponder: “OK all you Rhodes scholars, I get it. I misspelled CYPRUS. Should I gouge out my eyeballs?” — Politico‘s Ben White. Please, Ben, no. This is disturbing.
And speaking of gouged eyeballs… “Actual thing said at Saturday night party: ‘That was so kind of you to like my picture on Facebook.’ – Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.
“Reactions to learning of tonight’s dinner plans: 1. I should wear some real clothes. 2. I should comb my hair.” — Vintage blogger Lisa Rowan.
Try to wrap your head around this… Read more
Khimm joins WaPo from Mother Jones, where she covered Congress, politics and domestic policy. Previously a staff member at The New Republic, she has also contributed to the Economist, Newsweek, Slate, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal Asia, the Christian Science Monitor and Los Angeles Times.
Kliff is leaving Politico to shack up with Ezzy and friends. At Politico she covered how federal regulation, Congress and lobbying affect the implementation of health care reform. She also was an author of Politico Pulse, a daily health policy briefing. Prior to Politico, Sarah was a staff writer at Newsweek, reporting on issues at the intersection of health policy and politics.
And last but not least is Brad Plumer, previously an associate editor at The New Republic, where he reported on the environment and energy issues and wrote TNR’s green blog, The Vine, for three years. Before that, he was an assistant Web editor at Mother Jones.
Only time will tell if four’s really a crowd. Until then, congrats to Suzy, Sarah and Brad. They begin later this month.
We really feel for WaPo‘s Ezra Klein this week. He’s vacationing in North Carolina’s pristine Outer Banks along with another FishbowlDC favorite, Slate‘s Dave Weigel. But Klein’s having trouble in that he’s itching to work. No live shots. No “Thank you Rachel for having me on.” A significantly diminished number of tweets. Someone else filling in for him on his blog. And a someone who doesn’t even work for WaPo? Klein confessed on Twitter on Thursday: “Concerned I’ve become the sort of person for whom not working is, after a few days, more stressful than working.”
Brad Plumer, an associate editor at The New Republic, is the someone subbing for Ezzy while he’s gone. His birth name is actually Bradford Plumer, which has an entirely different ring to it that we rather enjoy. He reports on Congress for the magazine.
Weigel, meanwhile, was also getting wigged out. He wrote on Twitter that he had rationed himself one hour of online time daily. Looks like he surpassed that. “Vacation plan of spending an hour online answering email instead of creating horrible auto-response email seems sound,” he wrote. “Back now to beach.”
Have a great weekend boys! We can hardly wait for your return.
After an earlier FishbowlDC post, some folks wondered whether Elspeth Reeve, the New Republic fact-checker and wife of Scott Thomas Beauchamp, had left the magazine.
Indeed she has, FishbowlDC has learned, but not for any sinister reasons. Her year-long internship had expired and she is currently working as a research assistant for Mike Grunwald
Of the two other reporter-researchers, Isaac Chotiner left for the Huffington Post and Brad Plumer was promoted to assistant editor.