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Posts Tagged ‘Dana Liebelson’

Afternoon Reading List 06.25.13.

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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Fmr. Sen. Bill Frist Becomes a Columnist

TheWeek.com is expanding its roster of columnists for The Bullpen, the site’s opinions section, with Washington “influencers.”

Just yesterday morning, they debuted new columnist Bill Frist’s first piece.  The former U.S. Senate Maj. Leader will be writing regularly for the site. Here’s Frist’s first shot at it. It’s on child poverty. Frist’s hire comes on the heels of Bullpen columnist Dana Liebelson’s. Liebelson is a fellow for the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), and an alum of a number of advocacy organizations in the District, including the International Center for Journalists, Rethink Media, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Change.org. (She also plays in the D.C.-based indie rock band Bellflur.)

These hires follow that of Paul Brandus, who joined on at the end of 2011. Brandus founded West Wing Report in 2009.