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U.S. Press Freedom Tracker will keep tabs on the safety of journalists in America

A coalition of advocacy organizations including the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Index on Censorship have settled on a name for their forthcoming press freedom website, and a journalist to lead it. Peter Sterne, who has covered digital and print media for Politico since 2014, will spearhead U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a … Read More
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For a speedier D.C. news cycle, Politico is rolling out a second Playbook

The rhythm of Washington, D.C. has been thrown off in recent months as President Trump has refined his ability to create entire news cycles with a series of tweets dashed off before breakfast. So, Politico is trying something different. Today, as pundits chew over the latest twist in the Russia-Trump story, an email will arrive in the inboxes of political … Read More
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Politico becomes the latest newsroom to cut down on flabby stories

The Washington Post did it. The Wall Street Journal did it. Now Politico has become the third newsroom in recent months to remind reporters to avoid unnecessarily long stories. "Some daily stories have been running longer than they need to be, so we’re asking everyone to pay closer attention to story lengths to respect our readers," read a … Read More
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How a Politico reporter helped bring down Trump's Labor Secretary pick

The email went out Tuesday afternoon to Politico's newsroom. "I know it is a rather unusual request, but does anyone have a working VHS player that video team can borrow today?" The message, from video producer Beatrice Peterson, probably seemed innocuous at the time. But things cleared up that night when Politico published an exclusive: The ex-wife of President … Read More
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The best-read story of 2016? Take a bow, Nate Silver

Chartbeat has released its second annual ranking of the best-read digital stories of the year, as measured by engaged time, among 46 million client articles it tracked during 2016. Politics dominated, no surprise. And the top of them all was a 2016 presidential election forecast by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight. In fact, Silver's interactive opus registered more engaged time than … Read More
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Politico national editor Kristin Roberts is leaving

Kristin Roberts, Politico's national editor, is leaving for an as-yet unannounced job in journalism, she told Poynter Wednesday. "I have been incredibly lucky to be a part of Politico and have a chance to work with a group of exceptional reporters on an amazing story," Roberts told Poynter. "I have no doubt Politico's success will continue. What's next for me … Read More
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Politico founder publishes new manifesto for digital journalism

Wednesday is a banner day for digital media startups, as the founders of both Politico and The Huffington Post unveiled projects that have been under wraps for months. For Ariana Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post, it's launch day for Thrive Global, her much-anticipated wellness company. And Jim VandeHei, the former boss of Politico, picked today to sketch … Read More
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On Election Day, Politico reminds staffers to stay nonpartisan on social media

Politico on Tuesday joined the list of news organizations that have warned staffers against exhibiting their personal political beliefs on social media. In a staff memo, Editor-in-Chief John Harris told journalists "to remember that we are ambassadors for a news organization with a nonpartisan mission." "It's been an uncommonly emotional election season, with plenty of pointed fingers and frayed nerves, … Read More
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Matt Lauer's forum performance is a symptom of a larger problem

"Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" was long a popular segment on "Today." If only he'd been in, say, Jakarta rather than New York City Wednesday night, he wouldn't be suffering rebukes for artlessly questioning Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He also would have avoided becoming the brunt of a hashtag, "#LaueringTheBar," a pun that began trending on … Read More
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Washington Post dings 'unacceptable' tweet from Dave Weigel

The Washington Post this week reminded employees their online behavior is an extension of their professional lives after a tweet from reporter Dave Weigel drew pushback from readers on social media. The tweet, which also drew some amens, was launched Tuesday in response to the drubbing of Florida congressional candidate Dan Bongino, calling the defeated ex-Secret Service agent a … Read More
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How Politico is covering the 2016 political conventions

CLEVELAND — Mike Barnicle, the Boston newspaper columnist-turned-MSNBC analyst, held aloft his cellphone when asked over breakfast to explain the success of Politico, the 24/7 politics site and newspaper that was greeted with skepticism upon its 2007 launch. "They're first on this," Barnicle said, phone hovering over omelet. "They got here first and are still dominant. And this is a … Read More
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Carrie Budoff Brown will be Politico's new editor

Carrie Budoff Brown, the managing editor of Politico Europe, will be the next editor of Politico. She replaces Susan Glasser, who was named editor in September 2014. Before becoming managing editor of Politico Europe, Brown was a White House correspondent at Politico. In a memo, Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris called Brown "a star reporter turned accomplished editor." This was … Read More
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After nearly a decade, Playbook is being recreated for a new breed of smartphone users

When Mike Allen launched Playbook in 2007, he promised to deliver his agenda-setting newsletter to a D.C. crowd obsessed with Treos (remember those?) and BlackBerrys. That same year, Apple debuted the iPhone, an event that helped accelerate the shift to mobile news that Playbook finds itself retooling for as its whirling dervish author prepares to leave Politico. Read More
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POLITICO founder chides digital media caught in the 'crap trap'

Good morning. VandeHei's unbridled take on present, future Jim VandeHei, a co-founder of path-breaking POLITICO who recently exited amid strategic disputes with the boss, seems to be doing a lot of thinking out loud. The latest musings come in an op-ed where he argues that digital firms are on a fatal path of "producing trashy clickbait so they can … Read More
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Top POLITICO talent to exit amid company shakeup

Top talent at POLITICO — including co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei, Playbook founder Mike Allen, Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley and Executive Vice President of Expansion Danielle Jones — are departing the political news organization later this year, POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton announced in a memo Thursday. John Harris, POLITICO's other co-founder, will become publisher and retain his editor in chief title, … Read More
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