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Posts Tagged ‘David Bennahum’

A New Game: Dressing up Santorum

Punch! goes live this morning. It’s an interactive, satirical app around pop culture founded by Radar‘s Maer Roshan and Daily Candy‘s Dany Levy, along with David Bennahum.

Among the games they created: Santorum as a Barbie doll. Users can dress him up with different items of clothing. Don’t worry, so far it’s legal. You may want to watch playing with the underwear-clad Santorum in the newsroom.

The Punch! App is available for free from the App Store here.

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Washington Independent: An Update

Yesterday, we reported that “We hear that the Center for Independent Media (including its flagship publication, the Washington Independent) is not renewing the contracts of many of its staff writers, as a cost cutting measure. Instead, writers can continue to write for the publications on a freelance basis.”

We heard from both CIM brass and staffers following that post and their feedback fell along (expected) staffers-think-things-aren’t-going-well-while-the-higher-ups-maintain-that-everything-is-rosy lines.

So, some updates…

Brass says…It’s not hard times for CIM and that they are in the process of hiring two more editors and four more reporters in DC. “We’re actually reorganizing, which means some people are going and some people are coming,” CIM CEO David Bennahum told FishbowlDC.

Staff says…It is hard times for the Washington Independent and that cuts are being made on all of the state sites. But Bennahum said that, when all is said and done, their budget will remain what it was: $4 million.

Alas, it remains a “wait and see” situation.

Spencer Ackerman will remain at the Washington Independent on a full-time basis. Staffers Mary Kane, Mike Lillis and Daphne Eviatar will likely contribute to the site on a freelance basis.

Sridhar Pappu is not expected to continue with the Washington Independent and the statuses of Suemedha Sood and Matthew Blake are unknown.