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Atlantic Media Launches ‘Defense One’

Defense One, Atlantic Media’s new site catering to those involved (or just interested) in the national security and defense world, went live this morning. If that’s your idea of fun, then you’ll likely find something worthwhile.

Content on Defense One is broken into five categories: global threats, politics, management, technology and ideas. There are no paywalls, so everyone is free to browse as much as they want.

Kevin Baron, executive editor of the new site, writes in a letter that Defense One, “Will be a news and conversation destination for the national security leaders, influential professionals, stakeholders and citizens who are navigating that change.” In other words, don’t expect any think pieces proclaiming that Iceman was more pivotal to Maverick’s success than Mav overcoming the shadow of his father’s career and properly processing his father’s death. But do us a favor, if you do come across that, email us.

Here’s the rest of Defense One’s editorial team:

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What Were Journalists Doing When the Osama bin Laden News Broke?

The death of Osama bin Laden is major news — and media outlets won’t let you forget it. “What were you doing when Bin Laden was killed?” is now replacing “What were you doing when Kennedy was assasinated?” in the media.

At National Journal, Gwen Ifill writes that:

My flight from Seattle had just touched down at Reagan Washington National Airport late on Sunday night when I turned on my BlackBerry. It immediately began buzzing with an alarming stream of e-mails and tweets.

She also puts together what other major journalists were doing when the news broke. Here are a few of the stories:

Washington Week regular Jeff Zeleny was watching The King’s Speech on pay per view at home. Helene Cooper was watching a DVR of the royal wedding. (Lots of anglophiles in the media!)

Another Times reporter David Sanger was in Brussels for a NATO story. NPR’s Tom Gjelten was on a late-night run to the drug store. Our favorite: James Kitfield of National Journal was in a Houston hotel room sipping from a glass of brandy. Coincidentally, so was FishbowlNY.

Just kidding. We were watching the Royal Wedding on DVR, too. We’re not that cool.

Update: Dylan Byers reports on what the top CNN journalists were doing when the news broke for Adweek: it turns out that they are some serious hockey fans. Wolf Blitzer was watching the Washington Capitals playoffs on TV when the story broke, and John King and Ed Henry were at the game. Apparently “Ed Henry went to the White House and had to borrow a jacket from someone.”

Abrams Talks PR v. Journalism|Kitfield Wins Third Defense Reporting Prize|Google Won’t Buy A Paper|AP Offers Buyouts|A Thrillist.com Party In Pictures


PRNewser: Dan Abrams, CEO of Abrams Research, spoke about the similarities between publicists and journalists at the Media Relations Summit earlier this week.

FishbowlDC: National Journal staffer James Kitfield won his third Gerald R. Ford Prize for Defense Reporting. In 1995, he became the first person to win the award more than once.

Financial Times: Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in an interview the company was thinking about buying a newspaper, but instead it will likely only help media companies make their Web sites better.

Editor & Publisher: The Associated Press is offering buyouts to over 200 veteran employees who are close to retirement.

Random Night Out: Pictures from last night’s Jamaican-themed party hosted by Thrillist.com.