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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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Politico’s plan to launch a gossip column in the gossip-saturated capital

Monday is the first day for Kate Bennett, Politico’s new gossip columnist. When Politico editor Susan Glasser announced Bennett’s hire earlier this month, she promised “a great read multiple times a week” in the mold of Diana McLellan, whose column “The Ear” was called a “must-read” in her New York Times obituary.

But how to make a gossip column stand out in a city where juicy scooplets suffuse the news reports of many outlets, from the pages of The Washington Post to the insider-focused coverage of Fishbowl DC?

For Glasser, it’s simple: The column must contain original reporting, eschewing phony grip-and-grins and cocktail parties put on primarily so journalists can record them. Rather, it should be a chronicler of Washington’s “tribal rituals,” pulling back the curtain on the ways the capital’s power brokers interact. Read more

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Career Beat: Noam Scheiber named labor reporter at The New York Times

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

  • Noam Scheiber is now covering labor at The New York Times. Previously, he was a senior editor at The New Republic. (Politico)
  • Rachel Van Dongen will “lead a new initiative” at The Washington Post’s national desk. Previously, she was a deputy managing editor at Politico. (Poynter)
  • Claudia Wallis is now managing editor at Scientific American Mind. Previously, she was associate dean of strategic communications at Columbia University. (Mediabistro)

Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for an immigration reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Politico’s Rachel Van Dongen leaves for The Washington Post

Politico deputy managing editor Rachel Van Dongen is leaving for The Washington Post, where she’ll “lead a new initiative for the National desk,” The Washington Post announced Thursday.

Van Dongen left the Post to join Politico in 2011 as the news organization was staffing up to cover the 2012 campaign. At Politico, Van Dongen coordinated coverage for some of Washington’s biggest stories, according to the Post, including “the government shutdown, the debt ceiling wars, sequestration and other episodes of Congressional drama.”

In her previous stint at The Post, Van Dongen oversaw The Fix and Post Politics blogs, according to the announcement.

Van Dongen’s is one of several senior-level editors that have left Politico in advance of the 2016 presidential election. Deputy managing editors Laura McGann, Dianna Heitz and Gregg Birnbaum have all departed within the last eight months, followed in some cases by other Politico journalists. Read more

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Which news organizations let their reporters swear?

NPR standards editor Mark Memmott issued a terse reminder this morning — packaged with a wry headline — to bleep out swear words in their entirety:

If a word needs to be bleeped, no part of it should be heard. We don’t try to give listeners a hint by including a bit of the word’s start or end.

The post, titled “Bleep The Whole @#$%&*! Word,” links out to NPR’s profanity standards, which state that “language that depicts or describes sexual or excretory activities or organs is indecent or profane.” There are some exceptions: If the profanity is newsworthy or aired after 10 p.m., it might be permitted.

With his post, Memmott becomes the third standards referee to raise the issue of profanity in recent weeks. Read more

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Career Beat: Teri Hayt named executive director at ASNE

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

  • Dashiell Bennett will be news editor at Bloomberg Markets. Previously, he was news editor at The Atlantic. (@TheStalwart)
  • Kate Bennett will be a gossip columnist at Politico. She is fashion editor at Washingtonian. (Email)
  • Teri Hayt will be executive director of the American Society of News Editors. She is executive editor of GateHouse Media Ohio (Email)
  • Pamela Padilla is now a multimedia journalist for KDEN. Previously, she was Web editor for KXTX. (Media Moves)
  • Chelsea Manning will be a columnist for Guardian U.S. Previously, she was an Army intelligence analyst. (NPR)

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

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Career Beat: Dorie Greenspan named food columnist at The Washington Post

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

  • Dorie Greenspan is now a food columnist for The Washington Post. She is the author of 11 cookbooks. (Washington Post)
  • Hilary Krieger will be enterprise editor for CNN Politics Digital. Previously, she was deputy White House editor for Politico. Daniella Diaz will join the digital production team at CNN Politics Digital. Previously, she was a Web producer at Politico. (Poynter)
  • Kevin Conroy is now chief strategy and data officer at Univision Communications Inc. Previously, he was president, UIM and enterprise development. (Media Moves)
  • Kate Glassman Bennett will be a gossip columnist at Politico. Previously, she was an editor at Washingtonian. (Fishbowl DC)

Job of the Day: The (Brunswick, Maine) Times Record is looking for a publisher. Read more

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CNN Politics Digital continues to staff up

CNN Politics Digital continues to siphon talent from Politico, announcing Monday two new hires from the site.

In a memo to staff Monday, CNN Politics Digital Executive Editor Rachel Smolkin announced former Politico deputy White House editor Hilary Krieger will be the outlet’s enterprise editor. In her new job, Krieger will help “shape and edit” enterprise coverage from her colleagues and create a global affairs and national security beat. Daniella Diaz, formerly a Web producer at Politico, will join the digital production team headed up by Politico alum Dianna Heitz.

The two moves are the latest in an exodus from Politico to CNN. In January, The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reported that Heitz became the sixth Politico journalist to make the move in the last half-year. Read more

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Charlie Mahtesian named senior politics editor at Politico

Charlie Mahtesian, currently politics editor at NPR, is rejoining Politico as the outlet’s senior politics editor, according to a Friday morning staff memo from Politico editor Susan Glasser.

At Politico, Mahtesian will be responsible for supervising Politico’s coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign and help lead the outlet’s editorial team.

Mahtesian was previously national politics editor at Politico before he left in 2013 to coordinate NPR’s online political coverage.

Glasser also announced a number of appointments:

  • Mike Zapler, formerly politics editor at Politico, will be congressional editor.
  • Nahal Toosi, deputy politics editor at Politico, will be a foreign policy and national security reporter there.
  • Tarini Parti will be a money and politics reporter at Politico.

Here’s the memo:

Dear Politicos — Breaking news this morning: Charlie Mahtesian is returning to Politico, to the job for which he was born: senior politics editor.

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Career Beat: Ariel Foxman named editorial director of InStyle and StyleWatch

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

  • Ariel Foxman is now editorial director of InStyle and StyleWatch. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of InStyle. (Time Inc.)
  • Mark Josephson is now vice president and publisher of Midwest Living. Previously, he was chief sales officer at Readers Digest Association. (Email)
  • Pam Coulter is now White House correspondent at CBS Radio News. Previously, she was a correspondent there. (Fishbowl DC)
  • Rachel Israel is now executive vice president at Guardian Labs. Previously, she was executive director of strategic planning at Mindshare. (The Guardian)

Politico is looking for a technology editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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