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Mother Jones is on the Lookout for Fearless Reporters

MotherJonesMother Jones, the independent, nonprofit newsmagazine, has always been about holding those in power accountable for their actions. Since its inception in 1976, this fearless pub has done just that. Remember Mitt Romney’s infamous ‘47 percent‘ video? That was uncovered by David Corn, MoJo’s Washington D.C. bureau chief.

So how can freelancers get their foot in the door at this National Magazine Award-winning pub? Well, it helps to know what the editors are (and aren’t) looking for:

The mag prides itself on strong reporting, so those sending a query need to demonstrate the reporting opportunities and highlight any reporting that has already been done for the story. “I can’t emphasize the reporting bit enough,” explained [senior editor Nick Baumann]. Freelancers should also keep in mind that the editors will judge how well you write based on the pitch — so make sure you nail the voice of the piece in your query. “Just like you want to surprise the reader, you want to surprise us. Surprise the editors,” said Baumann.

To hear more about Mother Jones, including what mistakes to avoid when creating your submission, read: How To Pitch: Mother Jones.

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Mother Jones’ Gilson Indelicately Ravages New Yorker Profile

The New Yorker’s profile of Sonic Youth’s illustrious, astronaut-like Kim Gordon by Alex Halberstadt (Salon, WaPo) seems to have landed like a carlessly tossed bag of wet cement for Mother Jones’ Senior Editor Dave Gilson. He took to Twitter last night to trash the piece, tweeting the “eye-roll inducingest similes and comparisons” — 18 of them — in ascending order as if he’d been interviewing for a job at Buzzfeed.

Among the lines that made Gilson cringe like a trifling entomophobe in a field of 17-year cicadas:

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Crawford Commemorates Mother’s Day – To celebrate Mother’s Day, Craig Crawford is giving his readers the chance to vote for “Favorite TV Mom.” Crawford has an extensive list of 15 different TV Moms. Some are timeless, like Edith Bunker from All in the Family and Marion Cunningham from “Happy Days.” Others are a little less conventional, like Marge Simpson and Nancy Botwin from “Weeds.” Vote now at www.craigcrawford.com.

Cicada Nation – Yes, the cicadas are coming. Yes, people will freak out. No, it’s not the end of the world. Just don’t mention that to Mother Jones, which lists their story on the political history of cicadas as the “Top Story” in their Political Mojo newsletter. While everyone seems to be talking cicadas these days, it’s hardly a POLITICAL news item.

Major Garrett Continues to Battle Illness – Earlier this week, CBS’s Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett announced on Twitter that he was feeling a little under the weather. Even Twitchy noticed.

Double pneumonia sounds pretty hardcore. Since it’s been a few days, we reached out to Garrett, who tells FBDC, “I’m on the mend. I’m taking more drugs than Elvis but doing fewer shows. I also have a sinus infection with the reach and aggression of the 19th century British Navy. Between the twin maladies, I feel older than 50 and slightly younger than Yoda.” Rest up, Major. And if you just read this, you might want to Lysol your computer. Just to be safe.

MoJo Scribe Heads South

Mother Jones’ National Security Correspondent Adam Weinstein is leaving DC and heading South to “warmer environs and extended family” in South Florida. Weinstein made the announcement via Twitter on Monday morning, making sure to include that it was NOT an April Fool’s prank.

Weinstein writes, “I’ve been proud to be a part of MoJo’s ass-kicking, and you’ll still see my occasional byline there.” He went on to tweet that he would also be writing for Columbia Journalism Review as their new “Florida-Georgia correspondent.”

In addition to those new duties, Weinstein vows to put more effort into his Tumblr, which is http://adamweinstein.tumblr.com

More JournoList Leaks: Members Plot to Bury Rev. Wright Story

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President Obama’s former pastor – Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

It’s now fairly obvious that the Daily Caller has in its possession the full archive of JournoList – Ezra Klein‘s defunct internet group for liberal members of the media. The list-serv that cost WaPo’s Dave Weigel his job is again in the headlines after the Caller published more emails from the group – this time for somewhat more troubling reasons and with a larger cast of characters. The list of players in this round includes Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman, Guardian’s Michael Tomasky, Baltimore Sun’s Thomas Schaller, Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones, Slate contributor David Greenberg, columnist Joe Conason, Grist’s David Roberts, and the Nation’s Chris Hayes, Katha Pollitt and Richard Kim.

The latest leaks showcase members plotting to kill stories about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright during the 2008 elections and in some cases, strategically turn the story against Conservatives. One such example is a suggestion made by Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman to simply call Obama’s opposition “racists”:

“If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them – Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares – and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.”

Later, Chris Hayes of the Nation urged MSM members of JournoList to ignore the Rev. Wright issue all together:

“I’m not saying we should all rush en masse to defend Wright. If you don’t think he’s worthy of defense, don’t defend him! What I’m saying is that there is no earthly reason to use our various platforms to discuss what about Wright we find objectionable.”

The response to the Daily Caller’s latest in the JournoList saga has again been overwhelming from both sides of the aisle but my position is that of the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan who said in a post, “I’m glad Journo-list is over. It should never have been begun. I know many of its members are good and decent and fair-minded writers. But socialized groupthink is not the answer to what’s wrong with the media. It’s what’s already wrong with the media.”

Daily Caller story here and Sullivan’s post here.