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FP Launches “Wikileaked” Blog

Last week Foreign Policy launched “Wikileaked,” a  new blog that will mine the secret documents released on the WikiLeaks website for original articles and daily blog posts by columnists such as Tom Ricks and David Hoffman.  In a memo announcing the new blog, FP’s Susan Glasser said, “We’re planning to keep reading the secret cables — and putting it all in one place over the next few weeks (and perhaps months) — as WikiLeaks dribbles out secret and sensitive documents on everything from the dating habits of world leaders to the prospects of political reform in Zimbabwe.  And we’ll keep on it as long as there are still interesting and important documents to discover.”

Here are a few recent headlines from the new blog:

Al Jazeera gets WikiLeaked
Who will al Qaeda back in the 2012 elections?
Guinea’s stage-managed coup

But as Levar Burton would say, “you don’t have to take my word for it.”  Check out Wikileaked here.

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Pulitzers Announced, WaPo Wins Big

The Pulitzer board released the names of prize winners today.

WaPo reels in several awards:

International ReportingAnthony Shadid . The prize was for his reporting on the lasting scars and legacies in Iraq of the American invasion and occupation. Shadid won the 2004 Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage of the impact of the U.S invasion on Iraq’s people. Shadid left WaPo in 2009.
Feature WritingGene Weingarten. He won for “Fatal Distraction”, a report on parents who accidentally leave their children in cars, often resulting in death.
CommentaryKathleen Parker. The prize was for her twice-weekly column that runs in WaPo and 400 other newspapers.
CriticismSarah Kaufman. The prize was for what WaPo calls her “refreshing, original and conversation-kindling critical essays on dance”.

WaPo’s contributing editor David Hoffman, a former assistant managing editor for foreign news, won a Pulitzer for his book The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy

WaPo was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its reporting on the Fort Hood massacre, a rampage against the U.S. Army carried out by one of its own officers, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan.

National ReportingMatt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff

Hank Williams received a posthumous citation for his “craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life”.

To see all the award winners from around the nation and to read the winning pieces visit here.


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WaPo Taps NYT‘s Doug Jehl for Foreign Editor Post

WaPo has snagged Doug Jehl to replace David Hoffman as Foreign editor. Jehl is currently the deputy Washington bureau chief for NYT.

Internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC below:

We’re pleased to announce that, after an intensive search, we are naming Doug Jehl to the post of Foreign Editor, replacing the irreplaceable David Hoffman when he steps down at the end of the month. Doug comes to us from the New York Times, where he is a deputy Washington bureau chief overseeing national security issues. Last year, he led members of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Doug has a deep knowledge of both intelligence, military and terrorism issues, but also has extensive experience as a foreign correspondent. He has spent much of his career reporting from the Middle East and on terrorism around the world. He was among a team from the New York Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for his reporting from Saudi Arabia during the months after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Doug began his career at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered two
presidential campaigns, the environment, the war on drugs, and was a White House correspondent from 1991 to 1993. He has also been in the trenches for numerous, defining conflicts, from Panama to the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Israel, Lebanon, as well as Afghanistan during the early stages of the war.

We believe Doug will bring intellect, creativity and breadth to our foreign report, whether we’re aggressively pursuing news or staking out key areas of enterprise. Kevin Sulllivan will be a key partner of Doug’s in leading the staff, bringing his extensive knowledge of The Washington Post and our correspondents in the field, earned from his own successful tours in Tokyo, Mexico and London.

Our commitment to foreign news is unwavering and we hope our new team will help this talented staff flourish and distinguish itself in coming years.

Doug will join us at the end of the month, and have a brief overlap to learn the ropes from David, before he transitions into a new role as contributing editor to The Post.

Marcus Liz

Morning Reading List 06.24.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



NYT: After months of bitter struggle that included a threat to shut down The Boston Globe, the New York Times Company and the paper’s largest union reached a tentative contract settlement on Tuesday night, with employees agreeing to significant cuts in wages, benefits, and job security.

WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth spoke Saturday at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s commencement- the school also honored Roxana Saberi with its Medal for Courage. Weymouth said, “I believe firmly that great journalism – the need for good old-fashioned beat and enterprise reporting — has never been more important. Certainly no one would argue that there isn’t enough news to report anymore. Nor do I believe that people’s interest or engagement in the news has changed. What has changed is the number of voices out there, the role that media plays in our lives and the business model that has supported journalism. This is a time of great transformation — but it’s also a time of great anticipation and creativity.” Read her speech here.


Playbook reports this morning that there are “so many technicians and journalists are on the grounds that the Secret Service ran out of laminated “PRESS” passes and was giving “TOUR” tags to reporters.”

See how cable news ratings increased with coverage of Iran- Fox News ranked third in all of cable in primetime last week.

“Real World” is coming to DC, as you’ve heard, but there are major cuts coming to MTV.


The Iran election has increased new traffic to Twitter. Hitwise notes traffic to rose 13% June 12 compared with the previous Friday and was up 23% June 17 versus the prior Wednesday. (h/t WebNewser) has announced it is producing a daily half-hour program about the crisis in Iran. “Nightline: Iran in Crisis” will be broadcast at 11:30am and available on the Nightline section of and on ABC News NOW, the network’s 24-hour digital channel.


Roxana Saberi is working on a memoir of her arrest, sentence and release in Iran, to be published by HarperCollins in March 2010, according to the AP.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is penning a memoir expected out in spring 2011, a few months after former President George W. Bush’s book comes out, the AP points out. In an interview with the AP, Cheney said, “I want my grandkids, 20 or 30 years from now, to be able to read it and understand what I did, and why I did it.”


We seriously did not believe this when we first heard it, but now there’s video proof. Remember Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, an American icon? Just in time for the moon-landing anniversary, he’s teaming up with Snoop Dog and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, “Rocket Experience.” You have to see this for yourself at FishbowlLA.


Peter Osnos asks on The Daily Beast, “Does the Press Love Obama More Than Reagan?” Osnos checks in with ABC’s Sam Donaldson and WaPo’s Lou Cannon and David Hoffman.

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JOBS after the jump…

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Help Wanted at WaPo Foreign: Hoffman Out

Internal WaPo memo announcing open post left by Foreign AME David Hoffman:


After a storied career that has both epitomized and shaped our journalism, David Hoffman has decided to move on. Newcomers may know David only as the tireless, driven, knowledgeable and slightly intimidating AME for Foreign.

And that he is. He has masterfully led one of our premier staffs for the past four years, through wars, floods, terrorist attacks, nuclear threats, plane crashes, elections, revolutions and a wide range of enterprise. Under David, the staff has thrived and raked in acclaim and awards. He’s an insightful editor and a steady, calm voice for correspondents engaged in what’s often high-wire, high-impact journalism in difficult and dangerous places.

David came to The Post from Knight-Ridder in 1982, covering the Reagan White House through the summits with Gorbachev, the 1984 election campaign and the Iran-contra scandal. David was as tough and serious a reporter as he is an editor. He recounts that on the eve of an interview he, Lou Cannon, and Juan Williams had with Reagan, the president made a note of it in his diary: “3 journalists who usually kick my brains out.”

In 1988, David covered the first two years of the first Bush White House.He was later The Post’s correspondent in Jerusalem, and by 1995 had moved on to Russia for the last, wild years of the Yeltsin era. On returning to Washington, he became foreign editor and then AME, and he helped lead our coverage of the Afghan and Iraq wars. In recent years, he’s been an early, ardent champion of global, thematic enterprise journalism.

Although David has many ideas and offers that will keep him busy, including possibly another book, he will remain affiliated with the paper as a writer. We’re delighted with that, and you can expect to see his byline return to our pages.

With David stepping down as AME, we’re looking for someone to take over Foreign. This coverage is and will remain central to The Washington Post.

Our readers’ interest in world affairs has never been higher. Whether it’s coverage of the Iraq and Afghan wars, the emergence of new powers like China and India, the challenges posed by North Korea and Iran, or the cultures and forces that define our age, The Post is committed to foreign news. Nothing of consequence that happens in the world doesn’t somehow end up getting played out or played back in Washington.

If you are interested, or have thoughts or input to make about potential candidates, please see one of us by June 17.

Marcus Liz

June 3, 2009

WaPo Seeks London Bureau Chief

David and Kevin, if no one at WaPo wants this gig, I’m all yours…

The WaPo memo announcing the open position:

This summer, Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan will be returning home after a remarkable overseas tour, including the last four years as our co-bureau chiefs in London. We are beginning the process of looking for a successor.

As Kevin and Mary so ably demonstrated, London is at the center of our global enterprise ambition. In recent years, they launched major reporting efforts on the digital revolution, on global trends in religion and spirituality, and on the burdens of women in the Third World. They jumped on breaking stories from terrorist attacks to the Danish cartoons to the economic meltdown. And they never ceased to entertain us with leading-edge coverage of culture and life from Buckingham Palace to Birmingham.

We are looking for a correspondent with proven enterprise skills, capable of a penetrating investigation one week and a Style centerpiece the next. We seek someone quick and fluid on news, agile with many different topics, and flexible enough to travel widely. Ireland is a regular part of the beat. We expect a correspondent to be ready to run for Heathrow — and destinations worldwide.

London is a major financial center, and at least in the near term, we envision this correspondent leading our coverage of the recession and its many ripples across the globe. The job demands relentless focus on major topics of the day, as well as an eye for the enlightening and surprising.

We would like to get a new correspondent on station in late summer.

Those who are interested, even in an exploratory way, should contact David Hoffman or Kevin Sullivan (after May 4) by May 11.

Morning Reading List: 02.11.09

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We’re dropping the “Muesli”… just join us after the jump!

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