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U.S. News Expands Online Opinion Section

From the release:

    U.S. News Media Group, in further extending its online offerings and commitment to news analysis and service journalism, today unveiled an expanded Opinion section at www.usnews.com/opinion. The overhauled Opinion section presents viewpoints covering the ideological spectrum, including new blogs, a daily array of op-ed columns, and interactive features for readers.

    Anchoring the revamped Opinion page is the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, which features provocative, entertaining, and insightful commentary and analysis on politics, foreign affairs and other topics. A half-dozen U.S. News writers contribute to TSJ:

  • Michael Barone: A well-known political commentator and U.S. News senior writer, Barone is principal coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics.

  • Robert Schlesinger: The U.S. News deputy editor in charge of opinion content, Schlesinger has also written for the Boston Globe, the Hill, the Washington Monthly, and Salon.com, among other publications and is the author of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters.

  • Sam Dealey: A U.S. News contributing editor, Dealey has written for a variety of publications, including Time, GQ, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Bonnie Erbe: A U.S. News contributing editor, Erbe hosts PBS’s weekly news analysis program, To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe.

  • John Aloysius Farrell: A U.S. News contributing editor, Farrell is an award-winning Washington reporter who has written for the Boston Globe and the Denver Post, and is the author of Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century.

  • Morgan E. Felchner: The U.S. News deputy editor in charge of political coverage, Felchner was previously editor of Campaigns & Elections and the Voting in America book series.

The magazine will also do like every other publication on the planet and add these unoriginal features:

    “Two Takes” — opposing opinions on a relevant topic. …

    “Public Opinion,” a daily question posed to readers. …

    “Blog Buzz,” a round up of the day’s most popular blog topics; …

    “Data Points,” a collection of data on a topical issue; as well as cartoons and quotes about current events and featured reader comments.

Morning Reading List, 01.18.08

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Good morning Washington. Today in D.C. history, Marion Barry said “bitch set me up.”

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  • You think Ben Bradlee could take Robert Novak in a street fight.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “The Washington Post Co. has appointed the chief executive of Xerox Corp. to its board of directors. Ann Mulcahy, who has received national attention for turning around Xerox since she took the helm in 2001, will take the 11th post on the board of the D.C.-based company.”

  • Today is Jeff Marn’s last day at Foreign Policy magazine. He is joining the Washington, DC office of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

  • Radar reports that Susan Estrich, ” the Harvard law professor who managed Michael Dukakis’s 1988 presidential bid straight into the ground’, is becoming chief of counsel to L.A.-based business-litigation firm Quinn Emanuel.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Check out E&P’s “Monthly Top 30 Most Popular Newspaper Sites

  • The Dirksen Congressional Center annonced, “The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. A total of up to $30,000 will be available in 2008. Awards range from a few hundred dollars to $3,500. The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research.” All proposals must be received no later than February 1, 2008.

  • Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, the author of The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy, is the guest of a brown bag lunch discussion held by the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 22nd 2008 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Sign up here.

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “There has been no shortage of drama in either party’s early presidential primaries, but in the public’s view the Democratic contest has been far more compelling. Four-in-ten Americans (40%) say they find the Democratic primary race very interesting, nearly double the proportion describing the Republican race as very interesting (21%).”

  • The AP reports, “The state of New Hampshire is getting out of the business of issuing identification cards to members of the news media. The man who handled the chore — Jim Van Dongen of the state Department of Safety — says the decision is based on the proliferation of online and specialty news outlets and technology that allows just about anyone to call himself a journalist. Van Dongen says that put him and his bosses in the uncomfortable position of issuing cards to all comers or having to decide who is a legitimate journalist. News organizations now will have to issue their own identification cards for events that require them.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “How much should a company’s culture reflect its chief executive, especially one who prides himself on being a blunt and innovative — some might say abrasive — businessman? If you’re new Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell, the answer seems to be: A lot. At least that was the feeling workers got Wednesday with the distribution of a new employee handbook, a document that’s nothing like the mind-numbing, lawyered gobbledygook in most corporate manuals.”

  • Daniel Finkelstein writes “an open letter to readers of The New York Times” saying, “I understand that your newspaper of choice has asked William Kristol, the conservative commentator, to provide an opinion column for the paper. Since I am the op-ed editor of what you Americans call The Times of London, I have followed the controversy that the appointment has caused with great interest. And with my mouth wide open.”

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “ABCNEWS.com achieved record-high unique visitors in December 2007. The site had 16.9 million uniques, an increase of 53% compared with the same time last year, according to ABC=92s measurements. The site also garnered 153
    million page views, up 24% from the previous year”

  • FNS:The Most Quoted Show, Again

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, January 13, 2008. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.714 million total viewers”

  • A CNN release announced, “As the nation honors the 79th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 21, CNN delves deep into race and politics as it broadcasts the latest Democratic presidential primary debate from Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a live Anderson Cooper 360º special about the influence of race upon politics in America. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m, CNN will host the two-hour debate with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, live from the Palace Theater. CNN’s lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will serve as moderator for the debate, and CNN correspondents Joe Johns and Suzanne Malveaux will serve as panelists questioning the candidates.”

  • FOX News Channel announced, “FOX News Channel (FNC) will provide live coverage of the Nevada Caucus and South Carolina Republican Primary on Saturday January 19, 2008. Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief, Brian Wilson, will host a special Nevada Caucus edition of Weekend Live from 3-5 PM ET. Managing Editor Brit Hume, will anchor You Decide 2008 South Carolina Republican Primary coverage from 6:30-9 PM. A special edition of Hannity & Colmes will follow. FNC’s daytime and primetime coverage will include reports from a team of anchors including Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum. FNC correspondents will be reporting live from both states, including Major Garrett, Steve Brown and Anita Vogel in Nevada, and Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron, Wendell Goler and Molly Henneberg in South Carolina. Overall analysis will be provided by The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes, National Public Radio’s Juan Williams; Roll Call’s Mort Kondracke; The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and U.S. News & World Report’s Michael Barone.”

  • A CNN release announced, “On Saturday, Jan. 19, you can watch CNN’s live coverage of the Nevada caucuses from noon-3 p.m.* Later that evening from 7:00-10:00 p.m., the Best Political Team on Television will return with results from the South Carolina Republican primary. On Monday, Jan. 21, the CNN/Congressional Black Caucus Institute Democratic primary debate will air live from 8:00-10:00 p.m. out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Wolf Blitzer moderates; CNN correspondent Joe Johns and White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux serve as panelists. Anderson Cooper will follow the program with post-debate analysis, and then at 11 p.m., he and Soledad O’Brien will present a new special on race and politics. And, don’t forget, throughout this weekend and every weekend until Super Tuesday, you can watch the candidates uninterrupted and unmediated during Ballot Bowl! Ballot Bowl brings you the candidates’ significant live events in their entirety rather than in sound bite form. Here’s the schedule: Saturday: 3:00-6:00 p.m. (immediately following the Nevada caucuses coverage) Sunday: 1:00-3:00 p.m. AND 4:00-6:00 p.m.”

  • AJR reports, “The media’s addiction to polls and to predicting the future is obviously not new. Critics have railed against it for years. The compulsion to be ahead of the game even caused the television networks to make the wrong call on the 2000 presidential election. You’d think that humiliation was so huge that it would serve as a cautionary whale (hat tip to ‘Juno’ for that great line) as well as a cautionary tale for the political punditocracy. But no.”

  • Yesterday, “CREW and Media Matters for America sent a letter to CNN’s U.S. President Jonathan Klein, asking that former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed, a proven liar with a deep bias against one of the major Republican candidates, no longer be afforded the opportunity to be a part of CNN’s self-proclaimed “best political team on television.’ Most recently, Reed provided commentary as a ‘Republican strategist’ during the New Hampshire presidential primary.”

  • Media Biz reports, “Are we in a recession or not? Well, investors in the big five media conglomerates seem to think so. Shares of my parent company Time Warner (TWX) are down nearly 5 percent. And it’s not alone. News Corp. (NWS) has fallen 7 percent this year. Walt Disney (DIS) is down nearly 8 percent in 2008. Viacom (VIAB) has shed 9 percent of its value while its former corporate sibling CBS (CBS) has plummeted 14 percent. CBS, Time Warner, Disney and News Corp. are all trading near 52-week lows, and each stock is down between 15 percent and 20 percent for the past three months. Viacom, 2007′s best-performing media stock, has held up slightly better over the past few months thanks to a rebound in ratings at the company’s cable networks, as well as strong box office performance from its Paramount and DreamWorks movie studios. Viacom’s stock is about 20 percent above its 52-week low.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN Correspondent Zain Verjee was hit in the back by a tear-gas canister while covering the protests in Kenya yesterday. Verjee was fired on by Kenyan police, in what she called an ‘unprovoked’ attack.”

  • Jon Stewart took MSNBC and the entire media to task last night on A Daily Show for their focus on, ‘America’s favorite fight starter: Race!’” For more, click here.

  • TVNewser reports, “As part of day-long coverage related to issues of race in America, CNN will present a Democratic candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, SC this Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day. So far three candidates have met the criteria to attend: Sen. Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama. A CNN insider tells TVNewser, ‘it still remains possible’ for Rep. Dennis Kucinich to meet the criteria of having 5% support in national polls.”

  • A tipster writes in, “Will the media matters campaign against Chris Matthews yield anything? Yes. A spike in ratings among the media. Let’s just admit it. HRC is never going to receive fair, objective coverage. There’s just too much history. Matthews is just more honest about it than others. We should give him an award.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Tech Crunch reports, “Social travel site WAYN is allegedly in talks with AOL over a possible $200m sale to the consumer portal giant. A spokesperson for the UK startup denied that any sale talks are taking place.”

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “It’s good to see Upton Sinclair back in the news again amid the raves (which I don’t quite share) for the new film ‘There Will Be Blood,’ very loosely based on his 1927 novel ‘Oil!’ Even though Sinclair earned a nod in many of the articles and reviews of the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, few have commented on the original source material.”

  • The Boston Phoenix’s Steven Stark writes, “If the surprise results in New Hampshire had an unanticipated benefit, it is this: they exposed the myth, once and for all, that the Internet has made political reporting and analysis far better than it once was. Alas, the opposite is true.”

  • Media Shift’s Mark Glasser asks, “Major media sites have started to get the religion of audience participation, but there’s been one big hitch: How do you harness the audience’s knowledge and participation without the forums devolving into a messy online brawl that requires time-intensive moderation?”

  • Chris Mooney writes, “As a journalist and especially as a blogger, I sure picked a hell of a time to move to Los Angeles. No sooner did I settle here late last fall than my fellow writers in the film and television industries went on strike. I’ve never done their kind of writing in a professional capacity, but the more I’ve engaged with the issues at the center of the current dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the more I’m convinced that bloggers could soon find themselves making similar complaints against their own employers.”

  • Don Wycliff writes, “I don’t know whether YouTube.com is considered part of the ‘news media’ yet, but in the midst of the Obama-Clinton hoo-hah of the last several days the popular video Web site has performed perhaps the most basic and indispensable function of journalism: to serve, in the words of journalism educators Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman, as the ‘custodian of fact.’”

  • InternetNews.com reports, “Call it a photo finish. A split decision. Too close to call: The leading online tracking firms are split over which Web property garners the most traffic. According to comScore, Yahoo — perennially ranked as the most visited destination on the Web — held onto its lead in December, staving off surging Google for at least another month.”

  • Journalism.co.uk reports, “The editor of The Sun newspaper told a Lords’ Committee the internet edition can’t yet replicate the economic operations of the newspaper.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Google’s expanding lobbying operation scored two significant victories last year: It convinced federal regulators to approve its $3.1-billion purchase of online ad company DoubleClick Inc., and to partially open new wireless airwaves so the company could more easily make its products available on them. Though D.C. veterans say Google has a long way to go before its lobbying clout matches its market valuation, the company is no longer viewed as a wide-eyed Washington freshman.”

  • Business Courier reports, “A social networking Web site that will focus on the 2008 elections was launched Wednesday by E.W. Scripps Co. RedBlueAmerica will serve as a free public forum for user-generated content, including blogs, personal profiles and videos, Scripps said in a news release. It will also offer political news, e-mail service for subscribers, a daily public opinion poll and a feature called ‘Truth or Not’ that will examine ‘the veracity of factual claims made by high-profile newsmakers and others,’ according to the release.”

  • MediaShift reports, “Major media sites have started to get the religion of audience participation, but there’s been one big hitch: How do you harness the audience’s knowledge and participation without the forums devolving into a messy online brawl that requires time-intensive moderation?”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Howard Mortman writes in the Weekly Standard, “Here’s an odd little Hillary Clinton proposal: She wants a government blogging team. At first blush, the idea could cut either way–nutty or silly. We might even call it ridiculous, if we weren’t busy laughing at it.”

  • Alex Kingsbury, associate editor for U.S.News & World Report, was featured Tuesday night on NBC Nightly News as part of a story about gender bias in college admissions, which cited a U.S. News June 2007 special report ‘Admittedly Unequal.’”

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    BOOKS

  • The Patriot Ledger reports that Roy Harris Jr., “a former Wall Street Journal reporter and now an editor at CFO magazine” wrote “Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism,” released yesterday, “is the first comprehensive chronicling of the human dramas, large and small, behind the coveted award.”

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    JOBS

  • Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a Technology Writer.

  • The Map Network, a NAVTEQ Company is looking for a Advertising Sales Executive, DC.

  • Platts is looking for a Senior Writer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Associate Producer, Social Media.

  • The Daily Progress is looking for a Public safety reporter.

  • AARP is looking for a Deputy Editor.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for an Online Coordinator.

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education is looking for a Magazine Editor.

  • Defense Daily is looking for a Reporter.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 12.07.07

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    Good morning Washington. It’s Friday and you wanna know what? We like you (and won’t you please learn to like Tony Cord, too?)

    Today, Johnny Bench turns 60, Larry Bird turns 51 and T.O. turns 34. And, 220 years ago today, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. But Delaware, schmelaware: You want to know who’s really original? John C. Flood (the original). John C. Flood (John C!).

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  • Who throws the best parties? It’s a toss up between the Dems and GOPers.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • The AP reports, “Newspaper publishers, entering 2008 with some of the worst economic conditions in many years, said Wednesday they hope to bring even more readers — and ad spending — to their Web sites with expanded offerings of news, advertising and video.”

  • Dan Froomkin isn’t a fan of the “sycophantic tone” of the Politico’s recent interview of Dick Cheney.

  • Foreign correspondent may teach journalism seminar

  • News Corp. Duo Set To Lead Dow Jones As Zannino Resigns

  • B&C reports, “It didn’t take long for Tribune to take the Federal Communications Commission to court over its decision to grant temporary waivers for the company’s newspaper-broadcast cross-ownerships in five markets.The company filed suit in the D.C. Court of Appeals Wednesday, saying the decision was ‘contrary to law, arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, and not supported by substantial evidence.’”

  • Romenesko reports, “Romenesko asked the Wall Street Journal’s PR people about a tipster’s report that about 20 newsroom staffers are being offered buyout packages. Dow Jones PR director Robert Christie says in an e-mail: ‘I can confirm that WSJ is doing some optional buyouts and a bit of restructuring in the news department.” He adds that he doesn’t have an exact number. News Corp.’s buyout of Dow Jones is expected to close by the end of 2007.”

  • Interview: Tom Curley, CEO, Associated Press; Portals, Local Content–’The Mother of all Battles’”

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    TV

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, December 2, 2007. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.040 million total viewers,” 39 percent more than second place ABC ‘This Week”, a 58 percent advantage over third place CBS ‘Face the Nation”, and a 239 percent lead over FOX “News Sunday.”

  • Watch Wolf Blitzer shake his rump like a rump shaker.

  • Dobbs, Schieffer, Stephanopoulos To Speak At TRS

  • From DCRTV: “Univision has appointed Bert Gomez as its vice president of federal government relations. He comes from the same gig at RJ Reynolds…..”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the November 2007 sweep, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. The last time ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ in a November sweep in both Total Viewers and A25-54 was November, 2000. ‘Nightline’ also posted its best November Sweep since 2004 in both Total Viewers and the Adults 25-54 demo.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ABCNEWS.com saw record high unique visitors in November 2007. The site garnered 16.3 million uniques, an increase of 28% versus the same time last year, according to ABC’s measurements. November 2007 uniques were also the highest month on record for ABCNEWS.com. ABCNEWS.com had 148.1 million page views, up 7% from the previous year.”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, December 2, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’ This is the seventh time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers and the fifth time this season in the key Adults 25-54 demographic. In addition, ‘This Week’ is the only Sunday discussion program to increase in the fourth quarter among Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers while the competition was down.”

  • Check out the latest Green Room Girl photo.

  • A release announced, “‘On numerous newscasts yesterday, the indictment of Norman Hsu warranted only brief mentions,’ said L. Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center and co-author of Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will. ‘Those that did mention it downplayed Hillary Clinton’s connection to Hsu and made her appear contrite for returning contributions that were, according to prosecutors, obtained by fraud.’”

  • TVNewser reports, “The Center for Constitutional Rights took their case all the way to the Supreme Court today. But getting their message through the media was a little more daunting. The group backed this ad featuring Danny Glover and the mock shredding of the U.S. Constitution. The CCR apparently hoped it would air on cable news networks prior to today’s arguments related to a Guantanamo Bay detainee case. FNC, for one, turned them down.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The NYTimes’ Jacques Steinberg says Nightline is on a ratings roll, and it’s not just beccause the WGA strike has sent Leno and Letterman into reruns.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Insiders tell TVNewser another series of layoffs is expected to hit NBC News and MSNBC beginning as early as today. A source close to the news division has confirmed the total number is expected to be around 20 staffers. Half are expected to come from NBC News the other half from MSNBC.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • CBS’s Public Eye reports, “Former White House aide Dan Bartlett has drawn a MediaLand of attention for an interview he did with Texas Monthly, disputing the notion that the media wasn’t aggressive enough with pre-war reporting.”

  • Media Life reports, “The U.S. ad economy may be struggling but globally the media business is in a major boom, reflecting the growth of media economies of emerging nations such as China. That’s the finding of GroupM, the media and advertising conglomerate, in its latest ad spending forecast.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Come meet Michael Barone, principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, at the Potomac Yards Barnes & Noble on December 12 at 7 pm.

  • Mother Jones moves to augment its investigative output and Web presence with a new seven-member Washington bureau.”

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    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • An interview with Ann Compton in New York Social Diary.

  • “The policy debate over the Iraq war and 2008 Presidential campaign were the leading stories in the third quarter of 2007. But three other subjects, each suggesting a threat to the nation’s well-being, also grabbed the media’s attention according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • The new Press Secretary for Sen. Maria Cantwell is Ciaran Clayton, the former communications director for Rep. Brian Baird.

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    JOBS

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Associate Art Director.

  • American Council on Education is looking for a Public Affairs Coordinator.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. is looking for a Researcher-Reporter.

  • Army Times Publishing Co. is looking for a Deputy News Editor.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an Associate Editor for Top Health Online Daily.

  • E&ETV is looking for a Production Assistant.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Barone Joins AEI

    Michael Barone, coauthor of the Almanac of American Politics, will join AEI as a resident fellow. Barone is also a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report and a contributor to the Fox News Channel.

    U.S. News Toasts Brian Kelly

    Journos (and the people that love them) headed to Sesto Senso last week to toast new U.S. News Editor Brian Kelly. Old pals and current friends (like Fox’s Major Garrett, Michael Barone, David Maraniss, Kelly’s old publisher Bill Regardie, USNWR Publisher Bill Holiber, and his Amazon book coauthor Mark London) stopped by.

    Among the many USNewsers there were Paul Bedard and Kelly’s newly appointed managing editors, Margie Mannix, Ryan Thornburg and Tim Smart.

    Kelly gave a little thank you chat but mostly left attendees to mingle over good red wine, pizza, cheese and other finger foods.

    Earlier in the day, Kelly held his first full staff meeting since becoming the top editor. There, Kelly and Holiber described, what one source called, “a pretty decent plan to move the magazine a little more into our trademark ‘News U Can Use’ franchise: education, business, health and politics, of course.”

    They suggested that the staff cutting, after five years, was at an end (but hasn’t that been said before?). They also said that their website was really starting to hit its stride, but the print folks will have to write more to fill that hole. They suggested that USNWR might soon see a big magazine promotion. And they said that the magazine is in its best financial shape in 10 years.

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