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Rajiv Chandrasekaran to leave The Washington Post

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor at The Washington Post, is leaving the paper to create a media company that will partner with Starbucks:

In a post on his Facebook page, Chandrasekaran writes that the new company will produce “nonfiction, social-impact content, some of it in partnership with the Starbucks Coffee Co.” The company will start with producing television and film projects around Chandrasekaran’s 2014 book “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice.”

Chandrasekaran has had several jobs at The Post, including national editor, assistant managing editor and Baghdad bureau chief, according to his website. Read more

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The New York Times will expand its comment section

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The New York Times intends to “expand and build” on its commenting system, providing readers with more stories to opine on, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday.

New York Times community editor Bassey Etim tells Sullivan the Times will double the number of stories open for readers to comment on “by the end of the summer,” and added that the paper will make attempts to “elevate and recognize” the quality of the conversation around its stories.

Several news organizations, including Reuters and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have ended or clamped down on commenting systems to stem the flow of invective from readers. Popular Science and The Huffington Post also cracked down on commenting, as has the Chicago Sun-Times. 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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Big time sports writer finds fulfillment covering small town team

Dave Kindred

Dave Kindred

In another life, Dave Kindred would have been winding down after covering the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl. February for Mr. Big-Time sports columnist usually meant getting prepped for the NCAA tournament with a column on the Duke-North Carolina game. Or perhaps depending on the year, he would be off to a far-away frozen location to report on the Winter Olympics.

However, in his current life, Kindred spent last Friday sitting on wooden bleachers at a girls high school basketball game in Central Illinois. With notebook in hand, he closely monitored and dutifully filed his report on the Morton Potters taking a 47-40 victory over Limestone.

“Canton and Washington are coming up,” said Kindred, full of anticipation on Morton’s next opponents.

Professional fulfillment comes in many forms during a person’s career. Read more

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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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How long will Brian Williams be out of the anchor chair?

Good morning. I’m subbing for Kristen today. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Brian Williams cancels Letterman appearance

    Over the weekend, "a source close to Williams" said the NBC anchor will not keep his scheduled appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman," the same show where he erroneously claimed he was aboard a helicopter that took enemy fire. (CNN) | On Sunday, Politico's Mike Allen suggested that appearing on the talk show might be a "high-profile, controlled way for Williams to clear the air." (Politico) | On Saturday, the embattled "NBC Nightly News" anchor announced he would take a hiatus from the show for "several days," adding that he planned to return and "be worthy of the trust" of his audience. (Poynter) | Meanwhile, media reporters and critics are contemplating the scandal's affect on Williams' career.

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Career Beat: Kat Stoeffel named deputy ideas editor at BuzzFeed

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

  • Kat Stoeffel has been named deputy ideas editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, she was associate editor at The Cut. (@doreeshafrir)
  • Diane Harris is now editor of Money. Previously, she was executive editor there. (Poynter)
  • Steven Sears is now chairman of the Red and Black board of directors. He is a senior editor and columnist with Barron’s. (Email)
  • Gilbert Cruz is now television editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was editorial director at Vulture.com. (Poynter)
  • Mohana Ravindranath is now a staff correspondent at Nextgov. Previously, she was a reporter at The Washington Post. (Email)
  • Rebecca Santana is now deep south correspondent at The Associated Press. Previously, she was Pakistan bureau chief there.
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Career Beat: The Economist gets 2 deputy editors

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

  • Tom Standage is now deputy editor at The Economist. Previously, he was digital editor there. Edward Carr is now deputy editor at The Economist. Previously, he was foreign editor there. (@tomstandage)
  • Ross Gagnon is now insights director at Forbes. Previously, he was a senior quantitative analyst for J.D. Power and Associates. (Email)
  • John Judis will be a senior writer at National Journal. Previously, he was a senior editor at The New Republic. (Email)
  • Brendan Banaszak is now director of collaborative news strategy at NPR. Previously, he was a producer there. Lynette Clemetson is now senior director of strategy and content initiatives at NPR. Previously, she was director of editorial initiatives there. John Stefany will be director of strategic projects at NPR.
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After 6 months in prison, Jason Rezaian will go on trial ‘soon’ in Iran

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The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian will face trial “soon” in Iran, Brian Murphy reported for the Post. Murphy writes that this news was first reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency, a state-run news outlet in Iran.

“We have yet to hear any accounting of any charges against Jason, who after six months in custody has still not been provided access to a lawyer,” said a statement from Martin Baron, the Post’s executive editor. “It is appalling and outrageous that Jason remains behind bars. A fair and just approach by Iran’s judiciary could only result in his immediate release.”

On Jan. 23, Stephen Kinzer wrote for Al Jazeera America about Rezaian and other cases of attacks on journalists around the world. Read more

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