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Jared Keller

Brooklyn, NY
Covers:  digital technology, digital media, media, gadgets, social media, technology
Doesn't Cover: marketing, apps

Director of programming, PolicyMic

Jared Keller's Biography

I'm the director of programming at PolicyMic, a news and analysis startup. Before that I was a digital editor at Al Jazeera America, social media director for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek, and an associate editor at The Atlantic.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

I was an associate writer at National Journal's The Hotline for the summer, aggregating political news.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I learned to type on one.

How is social media changing news?

Everything is faster and voicier. Mistakes are made more often and vetted just as easily.

What Daredevil Gets Right About Being Blind -- Science of Us

Tocqueville Was Right: Americans Are More Optimistic Than Citizens of Other Wealthy Nations

theatlantic.com — For centuries, visitors to the United States have been struck by the boundless optimism of its people. Recent research bears out the stereotype, confirming that Americans really are more hopeful about the future than their peers in other wealthy nations. But it also suggests that American optimism may now be waning in the face of contemporary political and economic challenges.

In One Tweet, Elizabeth Warren Perfectly Sums Up Why We'll Miss Jon Stewart

mic.com — Jon Stewart, the beloved satirist and host of The Daily Show, announced during a live-taping on Tuesday that he ending his 16-year run on late-night's best news desk. Stewart's particular brand of fake news and incisive political commentary captured television audiences and inspired a host of spin-offs, as well as the careers of brilliant comedic minds (and former Daily Show correspondents) like Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver.

NASA Just Spotted a Smiley Face in Space - And What's Causing It Is Mind-Blowing

mic.com — The universe is smiling on you today. This unusual photo, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and posted online by NASA on Monday, shows a cluster of galaxies that looks, oddly, like a smiley face. At first, this may seem like an optical illusion: After all, the human brain is wired to see human faces in everything, a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia.

No, Smoking Marijuana Doesn't Make You More Likely to Crash Your Car

mic.com — After Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2013, the legislation's opponents and health officials conjured up the specter of stoned drivers turning America's highways into death traps. They warned that increased pot use related to decriminalization would lead to an increase in traffic fatalities due to " drugged driving."

The Handwritten Love Letter Is a Dying Art - Here Are the Wonderful Things We're Losing

mic.com — The evidence of my earliest forays into romance are in a manila envelope on the bottom of my old desk, squirreled away in a corner of the bedroom in the house I grew up in.

AC/DC Used a Teleprompter For Their Own Song at the Grammys

mic.com — I'm just going to leave this here: Everything is a lie. Jared Keller Jared Keller is the director of news at Mic. A former associate editor at The Atlantic and social media director for Bloomberg Digital, he has also written for Aeon, Al Jazeera America, Outside, Pacific Standard, and The Verge.

Marvel's All-Female 'Avengers' Comic Is Here and It's Glorious

mic.com — Brace yourself: Marvel Comics is putting together the female supergroup of the century. On Friday, the company announced A-Force, a new monthly series centered on an all-female manifestation of the Avengers, featuring fan favorites like She-Hulk, Medusa, Dazzler and Nico Minoru, among many others. The cover also features top female characters like Phoenix, Wasp and Elektra.

The West Constantly Expects All Muslims to Denounce Terror. Here's What That Looks Like

mic.com — There's a template to how Western countries respond to Islamic terrorism. First comes the manhunt for suspects and the trickle of gruesome details about the latest disaster. Then comes the powerful calls for solidarity in the face of terror, an affirmation of our freedoms and values that militants would seek to destroy.

Incredible Dashcam Footage Shows TransAsia Flight Crashing Over Highway

mic.com — A commercial plane belonging to Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways crash-landed in a river in Taipei after clipping a bridge shortly after takeoff, the Associated Press reports. The plane had 53 passengers and five crew Flight GE 235 from Taipei to Kinmen crashed at about 10:45 a.m.
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