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6 WaPo Hires and Promotions in 36 Hours

The Washington Post has announced 6 new hires and promotions over the last day and a half. The shuffling of reporting talent comes a little less than a month after Executive Editor Marty Baron announced the paper would be making “impressive investments” in the paper’s online resources and expanding its Sunday magazine. The pace of hiring at the paper, which was already brisk, has increased even more since then.

Here’s a rundown of the newest additions and adjustments to the WaPo family:

Jason Millman is joining Wonkblog from Politico. He has also worked at Thompson Publishing Group and The Hill, and will be covering healthcare.

Emily Badger is also joining Wonkblog. Badger, a former WaPo Sports intern-turned-freelance-writer,  was most recently at The Atlantic Cities blog. She will be covering urban policy.

Monica Hesse,  a writer for the Style section and the author of two young adult books, will become an enterprise reporter at the National desk.

Lenny Bernstein will be launching a new health and wellness blog. He previously wrote a fitness column and worked as an editor on the National, Local and Sports desks.

Colby Itkowitz is joining WaPo to help Al Kamen report and write In the Loop. She was most recently Washington correspondent for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

And Alyssa Rosenberg will be joining the Opinions section as a pop culture blogger. She joins The Post from, where she has been the Features Editor and has her own blog on culture.

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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.”

Cheaters Never Prosper, WaPo Reports

The Washington Post’s Monica Hesse brings us a most entertaining (if it can be that) story about cheating 2009 style. This means sexting. It also means not being fooled if you see that your significant other has texted the same number 300 times.

But no article published in Washington D.C. could be complete without mentioning at least one politician on Capitol Hill. Hesse reports that Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) extramarital affair was discovered because of a text message.

Hesse writes, “Cheaters never have a bat phone. They never seem to realize how nakedly traceable their actions are.”

Take a lesson Mr. Ensign.

Morning Reading List 11.05.09

Washington City Paper presents “Fisticuffs at the Washington Post,” starring Andrew Beaujon as Marcus Brauchli, Jason Cherkis as Chris Richards, Erin Niedowski as Lynn Medford, Erik Wemple as Manuel Roig-Franzia, Amanda Hesse as Monica Hesse and Mike DeBonis as Henry Allen.

Happy belated birthday to Christie Findlay and Kevin McVicker! Good morning FishbowlDC! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



WSJ launches a San Fran edition today.

Washingtonian: Having taken a beating for trying to set up evening salons where reporters could mingle with corporate types who’d pay big money for the privilege, The Washington Post now is attempting a more benign way to raise revenue: wine tastings — with reporters as guests.


Fox News’ Glenn Beck has appendicitis.

Changes at CNN.

More reality shows… Bravo’s in DC to recruit contestants for “Top Chef.”


TVNewser’s Twitter list picks.


Looks like there are layoffs to come at Time Inc. Layoffs were the topic of convo on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu earlier today.


On Election night, Twitter seemed to beat cable for insight and analysis.

And Election night ratings via TVNewser.


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on year one.

ABC’s Jake Tapper on President Obama, Air Force One and Twitter on Politico‘s podcast.


Politico: John W. Mashek, a political reporter who covered every presidential election from 1960 to 1996, died of a heart attack Tuesday. “He was one of the great political reporters of the last quarter-century,” said Jerry Seib, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, on Dumbarton Street between 27th and 28th Sts., N.W., in Georgetown.


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Morning Reading List, 08.18.08


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Morning Reading List, 08.03.07

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  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, July 29 in all categories.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Regulatory approval for the pending buyout of Dow Jones & Co. by News Corp. may not be easy, a Federal Communications Commission official warned Wednesday.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Five people just signed on for what may be the most thankless task in journalism: making sure that Rupert Murdoch plays fair with his new acquisition, The Wall Street Journal.”

  • CQ’s Weekly Trivia.

  • >”More GOPers Join YouTube Debate”

  • In Public Eye’s second installment of a conversation with Josh Rushing, they “talked about American media, Pat Tillman, Jon Stewart and how, when you really think about it, Qatar is a little like Delaware.”

  • E&P reports, “The new Washington, D.C.-based Politico publication and and, in an article by Alicia Shepard posted last night, examines the editorial pages of more than 50 newspapers and found that more and more have been calling for a troop withdrawal or other change in direction in Iraq.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Young conservatives looking to get into mainstream journalism face a very difficult path according to veteran journalist Bob Novak.”

  • Howie Kurtz looks into John Edwards and News Corp.

  • E&P reports, “JetBlue Airways and The New York Times have announced the launch of ‘Times on Air,’ an exclusive in-flight video magazine.”

  • AP reports, “AOL continued to lose subscribers and advertising growth slowed, signaling trouble for the online media company’s recent shift in strategy.”

  • In Fox News, Giuliani Finds a Friendly Stage

  • The Huffington Post announced that in partnership with Yahoo! and Slate, a date has been set “for the first-ever online-only presidential candidate mashup. The event is set for September 12. It will be moderated by Charlie Rose, and all eight Democratic candidates have agreed to take part (we are in discussions with the Republican campaigns for a GOP candidate mashup to follow later in the year).”

  • reports, “An interesting news aggregation site has launched, with some non-obvious-yet-blue-chip names behind it: is a new aggregation site which mixes human/editorial curation with algorithm-driven methods.”

  • A tipster tells us that Charlie Gibson is in DC “doing interviews for the Billy Graham special (which airs August 10 on 20/20) and for a political series slated to air on World News later this fall.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Katie Couric Denounces Hillary-Cleavage News as ‘Disgraceful’, a ‘New Low’”

  • The Washington Post announced, “Monica Hesse is joining the Style staff as a two-year intern. During her summer here, she has used her boundless curiosity for matters both mundane and unusual to report with zeal and write with zest. Working with Ann Gerhart on the features side, she has revealed a world of secret Girl Scouts, bad Samaritans, Netflix cheaters, five-second rulebreakers and conflicted Janeites. She’ll continue to explore human behavior, with a particular interest in how we wield the digital tools of our age.”

  • reports, “Time Inc. will roll out online social networking to some of its weekly magazine sites by the end of this year or early ’08, following Sports Illustrated’s success in that area, said John Squires, executive vp, Time Inc.”

  • A reader writes in, “Re: your Who’s Right? post. Roll Call’s coverage of the Stevens story has been picked up and cited by The Washington Post, US News & World Report, Politico, and the San Francisco Chronicle. My guess? Roll Call’s the one to trust on this story!”

  • David Ignatius writes about “The Path That Led To Murdoch”

  • The Pew News Interest Index found, “An overwhelming majority of the public (87%) says celebrity scandals receive too much news coverage.”

  • Variety reports, “Cable TV’s record number of original series this summer is paying Nielsen dividends. Ad-supported cable, as a category, averaged its best-ever audience share in July with 62.6%, while broadcast nets hit a record-low 28.1%.”

  • “American University’s Center for Social Media and Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property are undertaking a multifaceted project. ‘Copyright and Fair Use in Participatory Media,’ to promote standards for the use of copyrighted materials in user-generated media that is broadcast over the internet. This project builds on the two organizations’ success in helping to establish ‘best practices’ for fair use by documentary filmmakers.”

  • E&P reports, “At a recent press conference at Camp David, President George Bush insulted BBC political editor Nick Robinson, the Daily Mirror reports.”


  • Revolution Health Group is looking for a Marketing Copywriter and a Web Producer.

  • A Full Service Advertising Agency in Washington DC is looking for a Graphic Designer/Art Director.

  • Daily News-Record is looking for a Feature writer.

  • Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter.

  • NAIFA is seeking an Experienced Print and Web Editor and an experienced Web & Graphics Designer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Managing Editor and an Associate Producer, Social Media
    & NPR Programs

  • Penton Media is looking for an Editor.

  • SmartBrief is looking for a Copy desk chief.

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