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Fresh from Ferguson Fellowship, Beacon eyes new projects

Earlier this year, The New York Times profiled Beacon, a crowdfunding platform for journalists. The writer wondered: With all the hand-wringing in the news industry about asking readers to pay for content, would they ever sponsor a journalist?

Now, just a few months later, that question has been answered. As of this week, Beacon readers have raised $41,074 in partnership with The Huffington Post for a reporter covering the ongoing story of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. The recipient of the funding, Mariah Stewart, has been catapulted from her job as a bra fitter at a nearby mall — she’s since put in her two weeks notice — to the front lines of a national story.

The last few months have been big for Beacon, too.… Read more

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Career beat: Jonathan Greenberger is DC bureau chief for ABC News

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Robert Lopez will be communications director for California State University, Los Angeles. Previously, he was an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. (LA Observed)
  • Robin Sproul will be vice president of public affairs for ABC News. Previously, she was Washington bureau chief there. Jonathan Greenberger will be ABC’s Washington bureau chief. He is executive producer of “This Week.” (ABC News)
  • Rebecca Nelson will be a staff correspondent at the National Journal. Previously, she was an assistant editor at The Washingtonian. (Fishbowl DC)
  • Dennis Rodkin will run a nursery in California. Previously, he was a reporter at Crain’s Chicago Business. (Crain’s)
  • Michael Wright will be CEO of DreamWorks Studios.
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Alexia Campbell and Reena Flores wrote Thursday about trying to cover Ferguson for National Journal with “How Police Are Keeping Journalists From Doing Their Jobs in Ferguson.” On Wednesday night, Flores and Campbell tried to get to protests but were threatened with arrest by police.

I had never witnessed police treat journalist like this in the four years I worked as a crime reporter in South Florida. Some officers have tried to keep me away from crime scenes, but never stopped me from covering a story altogether.

It was also the first time I had ever felt afraid of a police officer. Flores and I felt far more afraid of them than we did of any protesters.

Alexia Campbell and Reena Flores

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National Journal bets on longform content with magazine redesign

“Print is not for everything anymore,” Richard Just said in an interview with Poynter. Just is the editor of National Journal magazine, which relaunches with a new print design Thursday.

So what’s print for? “It’s for longform, it’s for things that are beautifully crafted, it’s for things that reflect months and months of reporting,” Just said. He came to National Journal in March after stints at the tops of Newsweek’s and The New Republic’s mastheads, and National Journal Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve said that Just has been tasked with bringing the magazine to a place “where it can compete with the best magazines in the country.”

The first issue of the rethought magazine features six long features (including a buzzy interview with former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer), as well as a new front-of-book section called The Inner Loop, featuring three 1,000-word “storytelling” features about politics and policy.… Read more

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National Journal eliminates comments from non-members

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As of Friday, National Journal Editor-in-Chief writes, “we’ll join the growing number of sites that are choosing to forgo public comments on most stories.”

Comments are currently disappointing, he writes: “For every smart argument, there’s a round of ad hominem attacks—not just fierce partisan feuding, but the worst kind of abusive, racist, and sexist name-calling imaginable.”

Comments sections will stay “open and visible to National Journal’s members” and “Our reporters and editors will remain extremely active and accessible on Twitter, where the discourse is abbreviated but usually civil,” he writes. You can also email your thoughts, and occastionally NJ will open up comments sections on stories “where the unique perspectives and ideas and suggestions of individual readers can add immeasurably to our journalism.”

Last year The Huffington Post changed its commenting policy, requiring a Facebook login to post.… Read more

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Richard Just named editor of National Journal magazine

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Richard Just is the new editor of National Journal’s magazine, the publication announced Tuesday.

Just will oversee the print edition of National Journal, which “isn’t found on newsstands, but is distributed through a membership model aimed at Washington’s elite,” Michael Calderone reports in The Huffington Post. Just told Calderone he plans to “make National Journal the non-ideological magazine about politics and policy.” Calderone continues:… Read more

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National Journal’s Ben Terris heads to WP’s Style

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Ben Terris, National Journal writer, announced on Twitter that he is joining The Washington Post’s Style section:

Washington Post Style Editor Frances Sellers and Eva Rodriquez, Style deputy features editor, said in a statement:

Ben comes to us from National Journal where in three years he rocketed from writing spot news to covering the conservative freshman class of 2010 and recently distinguished himself with a series of insightful political feature stories.

Terris has big shoes to fill; he succeeds Jason Horowitz, who joined The New York Times and whose stories at The Washington Post included the relevation of young Mitt Romney’s bullying of a student who he and his friends thought was gay.Read more

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National Journal copy editor not a millionaire

Tonia Moore is not a millionaire. The National Journal copy editor incorrectly answered a question about the origin of Universal Studios’ name on an episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” broadcast Friday, ending a run that began with a show broadcast the day before.

In a phone interview, Moore said the taping — originally scheduled for Oct. 31 in New York — was rescheduled for early November after Hurricane Sandy hit. Moore took a week off work to be in New York for the taping. “I know the timing’s awful” given the election, she said she told her boss, who “stressed (repeatedly) that I had to be at work on Nov. 6 no matter what,” she wrote in an email.… Read more

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Ron Fournier: Story about son ‘was the hardest article I’ll ever write’

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After he wrote about interviewing presidents with his son Tyler, Ron Fournier heard from lots from people whose kids also have Asperger’s syndrome. But he was surprised by how many people who reacted were “Parents seizing on the story as a reminder to strike a work-life balance.”

“I read every word of your story,” wrote Rich Matthews, a former colleague of mine at the Associated Press. “And the whole time I said to myself, “Am I a good dad?” How do my kids feel when they are looking me in the eye talking to me and I’m reading ‘an important’ e-mail on the Blackberry?”

Reached by phone, Fournier says the story “easily was the hardest article I’ll ever write, and one of the reasons was I’m not used to writing in the first person.” But it “wasn’t the voice but the subject matter” that gave him the most trouble.… Read more

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CBS News, National Journal announce election season partnership

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The partnership establishes a joint team of political reporters to follow presidential candidates throughout the 2012 election season, says a release. “The new team will report for CBS News, cbsnews.com, and nationaljournal.com, providing coverage from the field with online dispatches, video and social media updates. Reports will appear on both organizations’ Web sites.”… Read more

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