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Bezos Introduces New Kindle App for WaPo

amazon_jeff_bezosJeffrey Bezos has finally brought Amazon and The Washington Post together. The two companies will collaborate for the first time since the Amazon founder bought The Post for $250 million a year ago.

Kindle owners will be receiving a full 6-month digital subscription to The Washington Post for free. For another six months, users will have to pay $1. It’ll then turn into a monthly subscription. According to gizmodo.com, ”the monthly rate is still under discussion, but Post officials said it would most likely be between $3 and $5 a month.”

The app’s focus will be on national and global news, rather than local and regional, and will feature two editions each day at 5 am and 5 pm.

For now, the app is exclusively for Kindle owners and will be automatically added to certain Kindle Fire tablets as part of a software update. However, a version of the app will be available for Andriod and iOS operating systems next year.

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Bachmann tells WaPo: Immigrants Given New Protections May Become ‘illiterate’ Democratic Voters

Twitter exploded today when, according to Robert CostaMichele Bachmann told The Washington Post that immigrants given new protections by President Obama may become “illiterate” Democratic voters. Costa shared Bachmann’s comments tweeting:

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Iran Plays Down Hopes of Journalist’s Release

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Despite a brief sense of optimism last week following reports that Washington Post correspondent, Jason Rezaian, could be ‘freed in less than a month,’ it appears these hopes were premature.

According to Reuters, a senior Iranian official has dismissed reports that the release of the Iranian-American journalist from his detention in Tehran is imminent.  Rezaian, who has been detained since July 22, is being held without charge.

Analysts say Rezaian is being used by Iranian hardliners to impede the Rouhani administration’s negotiations with the West over its nuclear program.

Rezaian is one of 36 journalists said to be imprisoned in Iran, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Job Moves at WaPo

washingtonpost130Some post-election changes at The Washington Post. Greg Jaffe and Steve Mufson will now cover the White House. Previously, Jaffe worked as a Pentagon reporter there, while Mufson covered the energy industry (particularly China). Herman Wong, who previously worked on social media at Quartz, will be joining the Post’s social media team.  Last but not least, Peter Holley is now a reporter on the general assignment desk at the Post. Holley was an associate editor at Houstonia magazine.

We, here at FishbowlDC, wish them good luck in their new roles.

Ryan Cooper Joins The Week

announcementToday, The Week announced Ryan Cooper will be joining TheWeek.com as a national correspondent, beginning February 18th.

Ryan is currently the web editor and a frequent writer for The Washington Monthly and contributes to The Washington Post and New Republic.

Last month, conservative writer and thinker Michael Brendan Dougherty joined The Week as a senior correspondent. In December, Damon Linker joined TheWeek.com in the same role and John Aziz joined the website as a business and economics correspondent.

Join us in offering a huge Fishbowl congrats to Cooper in his new gig!

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.

Garance Franke-Ruta Joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor

Garance Franke-Ruta joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor the company announced today. In her new role, Franke-Ruta will work with Yahoo News’ team of reporters to further develop and grow original content and political news coverage.

Franke-Ruta was most recently with The Atlantic where she was a senior editor covering national politics.

“Garance has the creativity, passion and experience that Yahoo News needs to break news and create conversation with our political coverage,” said Megan Liberman, editor in chief of Yahoo News, in today’s announcement. “She also happens to be one of the smartest and most social media savvy political journalists in the business. I am delighted to have her guiding our Washington bureau.”

Franke-Ruta has also worked at The Washington PostThe American Prospect, the Washington City PaperThe New Republic and National Journal magazines. She was named one of the top 140 Tweeters of 2013 by TIME magazine and in 2012 led the Atlantic politics team, editing coverage that contributed to TheAtlantic.com receiving the 2013 National Magazine Award for Best Website.

Yahoo recent hires include tech columnist David Pogue, Yahoo News editor in chief Megan Liberman, national political columnist Matt Bai, and the addition of Katie Couric as Yahoo News’ Global Anchor.

Liz Seymour Named Executive Features Editor of Wash Post

promotionsLiz Seymour was named Executive Features Editor of The Washington Post, overseeing all of its features sections, including daily and Sunday Style, Sunday Arts, Food, Travel, Local Living, Weekend, KidsPost and the magazine.

According to Wash Post comms, this newly created position is designed to assure that writers and editors in all features sections work together seamlessly.

Seymour joined the Post nearly 15 years ago as an education reporter in the Loudoun bureau. In 2009, Liz started and has since served as editor of the Local Living section. In 2012, she also became editor of Weekend and the Going Out Guide. Prior to the Post, she was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times and, earlier, The Detroit News.

Congratulations are in order for Seymour. Join us in offering them!

Solomon Highlights Conflict of Interest in Post Reporting of CIA

Microphones At Press ConferenceWord on the street (like actually the street) is that journalist and media activist Norman Solomon is planning a presser outside The Washington Post offices to highlight the newspaper’s refusal to disclose conflict of interests in reporting on the CIA.

More than 30,000 people have signed a petition urging the Post “to be fully candid with its readers about the fact that the newspaper’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA.” Solomon is in the process of delivering the petition to the Post. After doing do, he will be available for comment in front of the building, located at 1150 15th St. NW.

To set up an interview with Solomon, contact Stephen Kent at skent@kentcom.com or 914-589-5988.

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State.