Long-time WTOP web writer (and producer/director of awesome metal doc Welcome to Deathfest) Alicia Lozano has been named the editor of a new entertainment section on the station’s webpage. She will focus on managing the section and creating original digital content as well as on-air contributions.
The section is the latest in WTOP’s online expansion, following the launch of the Living and Technology sections in November of 2012 and August of 2013, respectively.
“As WTOP evolves into a Digital News Operation, we are continuing to dedicate resources to original digital content that will feed not only our website but also our radio and mobile platforms,” Director of Digital Media John Meyer said. “The Washington area is rife with local stories concerning the arts, music, movies and more. Our entertainment section will bring these stories to life online and on-air.”
The Atlantic‘s pop culture and politics blog, The Wire, announced yesterday the hiring of two new staffers. Tim Carmody will become a Contributing Editor covering technology, and David Sims a Staff Writer covering entertainment. Carmody has previously written for sites like The Verge and Wired and Sims comes to The Wire via the AV Club and The Chief-Leader.
In the announcement, General Manager Andrew Golis said that the addition of Carmody and Sims is part of an effort to double The Wire’s staff over the next year. The Wire was relaunched and rebranded at the end of last year as a standalone brand, dropping any overt reference to Atlantic Media. They also revamped their website to give it a more mobile-first responsive design. Now they are attempting to expand the site and become a destination for socially driven cultural news.
In addition to new hires in the DC bureau, they will also be putting together a dedicated staff in New York that will collaborate with the DC staff to work on social distribution, product and design. Look for news of more hires in the near future.
Web Technology Director Matt Bowen will be leaving U.S. News & World Report, FishbowlDC has learned. The move comes just a few weeks after the roll-out of a new content management system for the website and the surprising revelation that U.S. News would no longer be hosting any online archives of articles dated before 2007. Both Bowen and U.S. News say that neither of these issues factored in to his decision to leave.
Rather, Bowen says that he is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
“I got a great opportunity at a DC nonprofit and made a personal decision (and it was entirely my decision) to leave U.S. News this spring,” he told FishbowlDC in an email. “I’ve had a wonderful three years with the company and am really proud of our successes.”
And U.S. News Communications Manager Lucy Lyons stressed that Bowen is leaving on good terms.
“Matt is an absolutely wonderful coworker, and it has been an incredible year working with him. He has been a dedicated team member, and he has contributed immensely to our work. We wish him all the best,” she said.
The decision to get rid of the online archives has caused some consternation among outside bloggers and former employees of U.S. News who now no longer have easy access to their past work. But Lyons says that that decision was made by management, not by the tech department.
Earlier this month, Dylan Byers observed that the National Review Online newsroom was enduring a sudden exodus. Though their political reporting had been praised during the government shutdown in October of last year, by February of this year, many had left for better opportunities. Of the reporters who covered the shutdown, for example, the only one left was Betsy Woodruff.
Well now, even Betsy is saying farewell to the National Review. The Washington Examiner announced yesterday that Woodruff would be coming on board as a Political Writer, reporting on the Senate and House elections this fall. She will also help out on Capitol Hill, and write pieces on political and popular culture that will appear every week or so online and in the Examiner magazine.
National Review‘s Editor Rich Lowry told Byers that he would be hiring more staff soon. But we wonder if he’ll have any time for interviews. At this rate, before long he’ll be busy writing and editing every story on the website by himself.
In a great slide-show feature today, Al-Monitor has compiled a list of 16 female journalists to watch who are reporting from the front lines in the Middle East. They asked each of them what it’s like to be a female journalist in one of the most dangerous regions in the world and whether gender has played a role in their reporting.
Check out the whole list here.
The Washington Post announced today that they have assembled an overnight news team to ”enliven, expand and diversify the news offered to readers overnight and into the morning hours.” In other words, these folks are gunna stay up all night so you crazy news junkies have something to read at 4:00 in the morning. Fred Barbash was hired from Reuters in January to lead the team. And while some of the group are already in house, others will be joining in the coming weeks.
Here’s the team:
Lindsey Bever will be on national news. She is a recent Columbia Journalism School graduate, where she earned a Masters in Digital Media. Prior to that, she spent more than three years at the Dallas Morning News.
Terrence McCoy will be on foreign news. He joins the Post from the Miami New Times and was a 2013 finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Soraya Nadia McDonald will be on entertainment, culture and the arts. She is currently an assistant systems editor at the Post, and has also written on pop culture. She previously worked as a sports writer for the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, CA.
Gail Sullivan will be on business news. She comes to WaPo from CQ Roll Call, where she covered banking and finance for the Washington Banking Briefing. Before that, she was a crack researcher and fact-checker at CQ Roll Call, and wrote for CQ Weekly Magazine.
The photo editor will be Nick Kirkpatrick. He has been a freelancer and contractor for the Post and will now be full time. His other clients have included The Los Angeles Times and Al Jazeera English.
And the graphics editor will be Pam Tobey. She joins the overnight team from the dayside Presentation Desk’s Information Design graphics team at the Post. She began her career at WaPo 29 years ago, and has worked on the print side creating information graphics, illustrations and other visuals.
The overnight team is expected to kick into full gear next month. Congratulations to you all on the new gigs!