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Seriously disturbing

“yo dudes — pls, PLEASE, do NOT text WHILE urinating then have the GALL to NOT wash your hands. #notcoolatall”
–A Facebook post Thursday night from Jose Antonio Vargas , a senior contributing editor at HuffPost in Manhattan. He’s a former WaPo reporter.

Page is unofficial welcoming committee for Simon

“@Politico welcomes back Roger Simon. So do the rest of us:”
USA Today‘s Bureau Chief Susan Page on Roger Simon‘s return to Politico.

WaPo Blogger hasn’t lost mind yet, but give him time

“Don’t think I have Alzheimers, yet at some point today I lost two books, a notebook, headphones, and 2 USB cords.”
WaPo blogger Dave Weigel


HuffPost Editor Produces 90-Minute Documentary

jose.jpg A documentary based on a year-long WaPo Style series by Jose Antonio Vargas premiers at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. The film is called, “The Other City.”

Vargas joined HuffPost last summer as the Technology & Innovations Editor. He wrote and co-produced the documentary. Sheila Johnson (BET co-founder) produced the film; Susan Koch, a D.C. native and veteran filmmaker, directed it.

Vargas, who covered the ’08 presidential campaign for WaPo’s Style, also wrote about HIV/AIDS in D.C. The series led to the film set to release next month.

The doc tells the stories of ordinary people with AIDS: J’Mia, 28-year-old mother of three who struggles to look for housing; Ron, a former heroine addict who runs a needle exchange program in Anacostia; Jose, who was infected when he was 17 and works as an outreach worker with young immigrant Latinos in D.C. The film captures Joseph’s House, a home for terminally ill, HIV-infected men and women in their last weeks of life.

“Writing about HIV/AIDS, for me, is exploring subjects and themes that we’re all too quick to isolate and simplify,” Vargas told FishbowlDC. “Sex and drugs, race and class, identity. To me, ‘The Other City’ is America’s underclass told through a virus.”

He said the film wasn’t easy emotionally to make. “AIDS is a very complex issue,” he said. It’s about sex, about drugs, about race and class and identity. And it was heartbreaking to write about HIV/AIDS, when I first started reporting on it when I was a summer intern for WaPo back in 2003. And it was heartbreaking going through the film process, too. But the upside is we’re telling stories that often get neglected on film, nearly 30 years after we first heard of HIV.”

Vargas said the film incorporates all of his journalism skills.
“Premiering at the Tribeca Film Fest is really an honor, especially with a documentary that, I hope, captures what I’m about as a journalist — and, more importantly, shows a DC that’s far from the Capitol Hill-Dupont Circle-Georgetown mindset. The goal, for me, is to be a multimedia journalist: writing stories, curating online content, figuring out how video/film works. After about 10 years working in daily newspapers (first at SF Chronicle and then at WaPo), I wanted to tell stories in different ways – not just in text, but on film. This is a first step for me.”

Learn specifics about the screenings and watch a trailer after the jump…

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HuffPost Editor Spotted in WaPo Newsroom

jav-1.jpgCurious readers were wondering what Jose Antonio Vargas, the Tech and Innovations editor of HuffPost, was doing in the WaPo’s newsroom today.

A WaPo insider informed: “He was going to the Deborah Howell memorial with his former colleagues.”

Previously Vargas was a national political reporter for The Washington Post.

AU Hosts Alums Plus Some for Media Panel

What do NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory and Congress Daily’s Erin McPike have in common? Both are American University alum and both participated in an “American Forum” panel last night at their old stomping grounds.

HuffPost’s Jose Antonio Vargas, Mother Jones’s and’s David Corn, and The Winston Group’s David Winston rounded out the panel, which discussed President Obama’s connection to youth.

“I can tell you editors look down on covering young people,” said Vargas. “We want the information. Give us the content.” Corn pointed out that focusing on important issues – no matter how noble – simply doesn’t grab eyeballs and ears – something even more critical in the survival of the fittest media landscape. “Anything involving Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, sex,– hopefully all three — goes through the roof,” joked Corn about the stories that reel in readers and viewers.

When moderator Jane Hall pressed Gregory to weigh in on whether Obama is overexposed, Gregory joked “I don’t like to say ‘overexposure’ because I am in the business of overexposure.”

Photo of Gregory, Vargas and Hall courtesy of AU.

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Friday Fun: No Way! Jose?

Ba ha! Check out this video from the WaPo “Careers” site. Yep, that’s HuffPo’s Jose Antonio Vargas starring in a “we love WaPo more than Christmas” recruiting video. My favorite part? When Vargas says “I can confidently say, there is nowhere else [in terms of a news agency] that I’d rather be.”

Maybe he got HuffPo and WaPo confused…


WaPo‘s Vargas to Launch HuffPo Tech Section

HuffPo announced that they have hired Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and national reporter at WaPo.

In his new position as the Technology and Innovations Editor, Vargas will launch HuffPo’s Tech section in September.

>>UPDATE: After the jump, national editor Kevin Merida‘s memo to WaPo, announcing Vargas’ departure…

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Sasha’s Send Off From Print To Glossy

Last night at Poste, friends of Sasha Issenberg gathered to celebrate his move from The Boston Globe to the magazine Monocle. He starts today as a Washington correspondent.

We, unfortunately, weren’t able to make it, but hear these folks did: Peter Canellos, Lisa Wangsness and the Boston Globers, Jay Newton-Small, Jill Zuckman, Kelly O’Donnell, Athena Jones, Lisa Lerer, Bonney Kapp, Tracy Sefl, Mark Salter, Sunlen Miller, Jose Antonio Vargas, Ana Marie Cox, Juliet Eilperin, Mike Madden, Mark Paustenbach, Scott Mulhauser, Brian Weiss, Perry Bacon, Anne Dickerson, Christina Bellantoni and Jonathan Martin.

Also spotted at a nearby table… tennis’ Martina Navratilova.

WaPo Journos Lunching With Ravindran

Don Graham has been holding journo lunch meetings for Vijay Ravindran, WaPo’s chief digital officer. According to Washingtonian, the lunches are being held to ramp up the former Amazon exec. on the business of news.

WaPo’s Liz Spayd, Joel Achenbach, Dana Milbank, Ian Shapira, Jose Antonio Vargas, Mike Wilbon, Jason LaCanfora, Dan Steinberg, Stephen Hills and David Plotz of Slate met with Ravindran at the last luncheon.

Most surprising is the one person that hasn’t hit Graham’s lunches… Check out Washingtonian’s Capital Comment blog for the full scoop.

Morning Reading List, 01.05.09


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Morning Reading List, 12.29.08

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