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Vox Reveals Secret Platform at Penn Station, Ruins Train Travel For Everyone

We have seen the face of explanatory journalism -and we don’t like it.

Dumb ole’ Ezra Klein and friends  have launched their dumb ole’ website, Vox.com, and it’s terrible. Why? Because they, in their wisdom, have gone and “explained” the best way to avoid having to stand in line when boarding an Amtrak train in New York’s Penn Station.

For anyone who has made the journey betwixt Washington and New York enough times, you know that there is a secret platform that permits hip travelers in the know to skip the boarding line altogether and walk directly to the train as soon as it arrives. Most people don’t know about this platform though -or at least they didn’t. Therefore it was a helpful way to avoid crowds, board early, and snag a good seat in the Cafe car.

But now, the helpful wonks at Vox have told the whole world about it, and every Tom, Dick, and Harry from Kalamazoo to Tallahassee will crowd onto said secret platform, rendering it absolutely useless to all the cool travelers who knew about it before.

Great. First Nate Silver ruins journalism with his quantitative analysis and meanness and anti-Krugmanery, and now Ezra is “explaining” the joy out life. Up next? The children at The Atlantic will start their own digital project devoted entirely to proving that David Blaine isn’t actually magic and that love is just chemical reactions in our brains.

Hooray for data-driven journalism.

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Sarah Kliff’s First Sunday Appearance as Vox Spox

Sarah Kliff was, until recently, a Wonkblogger at WaPo. Then she joined fellow WaPo ex-pat Ezra Klein over at Vox Media, but that site hasn’t quite gotten off the ground yet. Nonetheless, Kliff made her Sunday debut last week, representing her new employer on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

Sure, it’s just cable for now -but Vox has room to expand their Sunday morning footprint. With Mike Rogers retiring from the circuit, there’ll be a lot of airtime opening up soon…

Check out the whole segment here.

Kliff Ditches WaPo For Vox

This just in: Sarah Kliff announces via Twitter that she will be leaving WaPo to join up with Ezra Klein‘s new venture at Vox Media.

 

WaPo Digital Revamp Continues: Taylor Swiped from BI; Rucker Promoted

WaPo has promoted Philip Rucker from White House correspondent to national politics reporter and has hired Adam Taylor away from Business Insider to contribute to its “WorldViews” foreign affairs blog.

Taylor had been an editor at BI since 2010. His addition to “WoldViews” is part of WaPo editor Marty Baron‘s plan to develop “verticals,” or areas of specialization, within the WaPo website to allow readers to browse content by subject matter.

Rucker’s promotion comes after 8 years of writing for WaPo, and in a memo from Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut, and Steven Ginsberg announcing the move, he is described as a reporter who “files often and at all hours for our digital platforms, and  an enthusiastic user of social media.”

Both hires are in keeping with Baron’s efforts, announced Wednesday, to prioritize “digital transformation” at the paper. In recent weeks, WaPo has also given gossip column “Reliable Sources” as stronger digital presence, adding two young writers (Emily Heil and Helena Andrews) and a staffer to produce online video. They’ve also hired National Journal‘s Adam Kushner to start up an online magazine and tasked Jim Tankersley with heading a data-driven digital initiative focused on policy analysis.

All these changes come as WaPo repositions itself to compete with a number of new digital news ventures including Walter Mossberg‘s and Kara Swisher‘s Re/code, Nate Silver‘s new FiveThiryEight, and the as-of-yet untitled effort announced Sunday by former Wonkblogger Ezra Klein.

WaPo Planning ‘Impressive Investments’ for 2014

WaPo will hire five more politics reporters early this year, Executive Editor Marty Baron announced today. It’s all part of a plan to beef up their digital presence for 2014 and prepare to take on a slew new digital competitors in the news realm -including former colleague Ezra Klein.

Baron cited the recent hires of Adam Kushner, Fred Barbash, Jim Tankersley, Helena Andrews and a bevy of younger guns who will contribute to “The Fix” (all of which we reported here at FBDC), as evidence of the paper’s renewed commitment to digital. He also announced plans for developing “verticals” -or areas of specialization within the website, a “long-planned website overhaul,” and the creation of an overnight breaking news desk.

Print wasn’t left out of the picture either. This spring, Baron says WaPo will be expanding their Sunday magazine -both in dimension and in number of pages -and adding a Sunday Style and Arts section.

Read the full memo after the jump…

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Ezra Klein Vox on the Wild Side

Ezra KleinEzra Klein has finally found a new home. He announced yesterday a plan to strike out into the wild frontier of digital media and establish a news outpost aimed at revolutionizing journalism as we know it. Ambitious, no?

The new website, ominously named “Project X,” will be housed within the fast growing Vox Media empire. Vox, best known as the parent of The Verge, SB Nation, and Eater, is a small but potent little web company that clearly hopes to make a play for mainstream appeal with the addition of Klein to its roster.

“Early last year, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias and I began wrestling with a question that had bugged all of us for a long time,” Klein wrote in a post at The Verge yesterday, “Why hadn’t the Internet made the news better at delivering crucial context alongside new information? This year, we’re founding a new publication at Vox Media in order to do something about it.”

Klein says he intends to pursue a new form of journalism that better leverages communications technology and prioritizes contextual explanations over newness of information. And he will not be alone in his endeavor. Along with Bell, Dylan Matthews is coming on-board from WaPo, and Yglesias is joining from Slate. They are also currently looking to hire “writers who are obsessively knowledgeable about their subjects,” if you’re interested.

It now falls on Klein and his merry band of journalistic rebels to realize their vision for Project X, and to prove that it can be made into a sustainable -and profitable -model for reporting the news. And they better be ready to do it under the full glare of the public spotlight. After a high-profile courtship with the Post to fund the project that ultimately failed, and with such lofty stated ambitious, you can be sure this will be one of the most scrutinized media adventures of the year.

 

WaPo To Launch Initiative Focused on Real World Impact of Public Policy

The Washington Post today announced it plans to launch a new initiative focused on explaining the real-world impacts of public policy led by Jim Tankersley, an economic policy correspondent for the outlet. The yet-to-be-named project will launch in spring of 2014 and will join Wonkblog and The Switch to round out the Post’s policy coverage.

The announcement comes days after Wonkblog tweeted that Ezra Klein would be leaving the Post.

The Post will be hiring a staff of new writers and data experts to join Tankersley as the project’s core contributors, and will also feature contributions from current staff members throughout the newsroom such as Eli Saslow, Monica Hesse and David Fahrenthold.

According to Greg Schneider, WaPo business editor,

“The new initiative will harness one of the Post’s great historical strengths: storytelling. It will combine top-shelf writing, razor-sharp data analysis and rich human drama to explain and illuminate complicated policy topics for our audience…The site will feature a steady stream of data-driven, narrative stories, with words, photographs and video; vibrant graphics that explain complex trends; and a variety of frontier-pushing approaches to engage readers in conversations about how to solve America’s biggest problems. In other words, we will tell stories with real people, we will tell stories with numbers, and we will tell stories with our users’ help.”

Ezra Klein Leaving The Washington Post

heeb100_ezraklein_mattgoldeberg_2_750According to The Washington Post‘s Wonkblog Twitter handle, Ezra Klein is leaving the outlet.

And in a post last hour on POLITICO, “As early as this week, Klein is expected to announce a new venture — described in a memo to Post staffers as a new ‘news organization’ — that will look to staff more than 30 people on the editorial side alone.”

Click on over to POLITICO for the full story and we’ll update y’all when we find out where Ezra lands.

Which DC Journos Did Forbes Overlook?

We don’t know if you’ve checked out the Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 list -but it seems to us that DC got the shaft. Indeed the whole thing was almost entirely New York and California-centric. But what do you expect when all three judges- Shane Smith, Ben Sherwood, and Arianna Huffington -are based in New York?

Ezra Klein was the only full-time DC media personality that made it. Ugh, how extremely unoriginal. Not saying that Ezra shouldn’t have made it, but come on, there are about one bazillion journalists under 30 in this town. Surely the judges could have found a few more picks amongst them.

Well, that’s why we’re going to pick up where Forbes left off. We here at FishbowlDC are putting together a list of our own highlighting five DC media types that should have been considered for the 30 Under 30 list. And we need your help to do it, dear readers. If you know of some young person who is transforming journalism or entertainment, or innovating the media biz, let us know. Send nominations to fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com, or to our anonymous tip-line, if you prefer. Make sure to include their name, age, affiliation, and any information about why they should be on Forbes‘ list. We’ll post in the coming days with our final selections.

Thanks in advance!

 

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