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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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Career Beat: Randy Archibold named deputy sports editor at The New York Times

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

  • Randy Archibold will be deputy sports editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was Mexico bureau chief there. (Email)
  • Justin Green will manage social media and engagement at IJReview. Previously, he was online editor at the Washington Examiner (IJReview)
  • Andy Lack is now chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. Previously, he was CEO and director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. (Poynter)
  • Bryan Bender will be national security editor at Politico. He is a national security reporter at The Boston Globe. (Dan Kennedy)

Job of the day: Inside Higher Ed is looking for a higher education management and finance reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) Read more

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Bill O’Reilly to NYT reporter: ‘I am coming after you with everything I have’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Bill O’Reilly threatens jounalist

    In an interview with The New York Times Monday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly warned reporter Emily Steel there could be consequences for inappropriate coverage surrounding disputed claims about his reportage of the Falklands War. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.” (The New York Times) | Politico's Dylan Byers followed up with Steel, who told him "the story speaks for itself." (Politico) | Here's Steel's tweet. (@emilysteel) | O'Reilly continued defending his coverage Monday and sought to end the controversy. (CNN Money) | Meanwhile, the author of a New York Times story that O'Reilly cited in his defense said the anchor "cut out an important phrase" while reading it on air.

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