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Politico confirms Mike Elk is no longer with the company

Politico finally commented on the employment status of labor reporter and union advocate Mike Elk today, confirming that he is no longer employed there. In a statement, Politico said Elk’s departure was unrelated to his drive to unionize the Arlington-based political news outlet.

Mike Elk no longer works at POLITICO. As a long-standing company policy, we do not and will not comment on the specifics of personnel matters. We can say that Mike Elk’s recent departure has nothing to do with his union activities. POLITICO employees have been, and continue to be, free to engage in or refrain from union activities.

The Huffington Post first confirmed details of Elk’s departure.

Politico’s statement is the latest salvo in a multi-day back-and-forth over whether Elk remains on the payroll. Read more

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First Look Media and Glenn Greenwald contribute to Chelsea Manning’s legal defense fund

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First Look Media, the news organization established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, announced Wednesday a matching fund campaign dedicated to the legal defense of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in August 2013 after leaking U.S. government documents to Wikileaks.

Through the initiative, First Look Media’s Press Freedom Litigation Fund will match $60,000 in donations to Manning’s legal defense. The money comes jointly from First Look Media, which will contribute $50,000, and one of its most prominent journalists, Glenn Greenwald, who is personally contributing $10,000.

In a post for The Intercept, Greenwald explained the origins of the campaign:

“Whatever else one thinks of Manning, she should not face limits in her ability to pursue her legal rights with full zeal, nor should her already difficult circumstances be exacerbated by worries over how to pay legal fees,” Greenwald wrote. Read more

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Boston Globe Future

Inside the upcoming life sciences newsroom from Boston Globe Media

Shortly after Rick Berke resigned from his post as executive editor of Politico in September, he was contacted by Boston Globe Media, which made him a compelling offer: Did he want to build a newsroom from the ground up?

“How often do you have an opportunity to pursue important, high-end journalism as well as create a new publication, a new news organization, from nothing?” Berke asked. “I couldn’t not do it.”

He talked to Boston Globe Media for months before he finally accepted the opportunity, becoming executive editor for an as-yet unnamed news organization focused on the life sciences. Since then, he’s been busy honing the vision and hiring for a newsroom he projects will have “dozens” of staffers and a presence in both Boston and Washington, D.C. Read more

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Career Beat: Javier Zarracina is graphics editor at Vox

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

  • Alexandra Manzano is now deputy social media editor for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was social media editor at The Oregonian. (@AliManzano)
  • Javier Zarracina is now graphics editor at Vox. Previously, he was graphics and data editor at the Los Angeles Times. (Email)
  • Raúl Martinez is now corporate creative director at Condé Nast. Previously, he was design director at Vogue. (Media Moves)
  • Sarykarmen Rivera is now news anchor at WVEA-62 in Tampa. Previously, she was interim news anchor there. (Media Moves)
  • Kathy Kiely is now Washington news director at Bloomberg Politics. Previously, she was managing editor at the Sunlight Foundation. (Politico)
  • Chris Bodenner will be a senior editor at The Atlantic.
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Tucker Carlson: Media treated email flap like ‘fall of Baghdad’

Tucker Carlson, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, has weighed in on the vulgar email his brother, Buckley Carlson, accidentally sent a spokesperson for New York mayor Bill de Blasio.

In an interview with Real Clear Politics, Carlson said he refused to criticize his brother in public when asked for comment by various media organizations and wouldn’t do so even if “my brother committed a mass murder.”

He’s my brother. Period. Under no circumstances will I criticize my family in public. Ever. Ever. That’s the rule, and I’m not breaking it.

Carlson also called BuzzFeed, the outlet that broke the story, “crap the kids like” and told Real Clear Politics he doesn’t read it.

He recalled responding to inquiring reporters by telling them his brother “meant it in the nicest way,” in an effort not to engage their questions. Read more

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Career Beat: Kevin Krolicki named Washington bureau chief at Reuters

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

  • Kevin Krolicki has been named Washington bureau chief at Reuters. Previously, he was Japan bureau chief there. (Poynter)
  • Michael Oreskes is now senior vice president of news and editorial director at NPR. Previously, he was vice president and senior managing editor of The Associated Press. (Poynter)
  • Amy Gardner is now senior local politics editor at The Washington Post. Previously, she covered the White House there. (Washington Post)
  • Dakarai Turner is now a reporter and multimedia journalist at WMAR in Baltimore. Previously, he was a reporter at WLTX. (TV Spy)
  • Julie Shapiro is now news editor on the global continuous publishing desk at Time. Previously, she was news editor at DNAinfo.
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Scott Rothrock named chief technology officer at Politico

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Politico announced the appointment of Scott Rothrock to the position of chief technology officer Thursday.

Rothrock, formerly vice president of engineering for business intelligence company Appfluent, has also worked at The Washington Post, AOL, Cox and Verizon, according to the release:

At POLITICO, Rothrock will be integral in creating a system of integrated Web platforms to connect the core POLITICO properties to the states and European versions. He’ll also work closely with stakeholders across the company in developing innovative ways to increase the engagement of our users. Rothrock will oversee product and information system design, development and execution; engineering; project management, product design; user experience; and IT operations.

Rothrock replaces Ryan Mannion, who left Politico for the digital magazine Ozy in June.

Rothrock joins Politico in advance of the outlet’s planned April expansion into Brussels, its base of operations for a separate political news organization focused on Europe. Read more

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Career Beat: Annie Karni joins Politico

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

  • Glenn Thrush has been named chief political correspondent at Politico. Previously, he was a senior writer for Politico Magazine. Annie Karni will cover Hillary Clinton at Politico. Previously, she was a reporter at the New York Daily News. (Poynter)
  • Reza Aslan will host a series for CNN. He is a religious scholar. W. Kamau Bell will host a series for CNN. He is a comedian. (TV Newser)

Job of the day: YES! Magazine is looking for a staff editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Glenn Thrush named chief political correspondent at Politico

Glenn Thrush has been promoted to Politico’s chief political correspondent and will take a major role in the outlet’s coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a memo sent to staff Tuesday from editor Susan Glasser.

Thrush, a senior staff writer at Politico Magazine, will immediately “begin filing news, scoops and more in the news cycle as well for us,” according to the memo. He will also be the host of “Off Message,” a podcast dedicated to offering “a smart, unvarnished take on 2016.”

Before coming to Politico, Thrush worked at Newsday and Bloomberg, according to his bio on Politico. He has covered the White House, the Sept. 11 attacks and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, New York and the New York Observer. Read more

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Career Beat: Nathan Brown named general manager of video at HuffPost Studios

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

  • Nathan Brown is now general manager of video at HuffPost Studios. Previously, he was general manager of video and TV for Complex Media. Roy Sekoff is now president and chief creative officer of HuffPost Studios. Previously, he was president of HuffPost Live. (Email)
  • David Firestone will be managing editor of FiveThirtyEight. Previously, he was special projects editor of The New York Times editorial board. (Poynter)
  • Leon Wieseltier is now the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was literary editor of The New Republic. (Politico)
  • Rich Battista will be president of People and Entertainment Weekly. He is CEO of Mandalay Sports Media. (Time Inc.
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