Kirsten Browning on Muck Rack

Kirsten Browning

Los Angeles
Covers:  travel, international affairs, politics, violence against women, china, pop culture, new media, minority issues, subsaharan africa
Doesn't Cover: fashion

Producer of two documentaries. Muck Rack writer on the media beat. Today Show and Scripps alum.

Kirsten Browning's Biography

I’m a sojourning journalist with an eclectic background in sports, science and music. In the past I’ve been a news anchor for both TV and radio, a documentary producer (both independently and for PBS), a Today Show rookie, a print reporter on Capitol Hill, a proud alum of the illustrious E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and a sports blogger.

Still, I have never stopped being a writer ...

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What was your first job as a journalist?

I was a copy editor. My first love affair has always been with words (and the correct spelling of them).

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes. What? So I'm nostalgic. My laptop's faster, admittedly.

How is social media changing news?

Two key ways: it compels journalists to work faster to get information while underscoring the importance of accuracy & vetting.

Friday reads - Muck Rack — "Now his legacy will forever bear a Hasterisk," quips Fusion's Ted Hesson, as former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on was just indicted on federal charges of reporting evasion and lying to the FBI (7,700 shares and rising). "DOJ says Former Speaker Hastert sought to illegally hide $3.5 million in payments to victim of 'prior ...

Goldenberg joins Guardian US — Guardian US welcomes Kira Goldenberg on Monday as deputy opinion editor. Goldenberg was most recently the associate editor of Columbia Journalism Review. "Super-excited to announce that @kiragoldenberg is joining @GuardianUS as the deputy opinion editor!" tweets opinion editor Megan Carpentier, adding this very appropriate gif. Goldenberg responds, "i would like to ...

#MuckedUp chat: Going freelance — Going freelance is a bold move, most people will tell you--and when you break down the origins of the word, that reaction makes even more sense: once upon a time, freelancers were independent knights with no official allegiance and whose weapon of choice was the lance. So, it's easy to ...

Featured journalist: Vanessa Hua — Today's featured journalist is Vanessa Hua, an award-winning freelance writer and editor whose beats include technology, science and health, to name just a few. Hua's work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker online, FRONTLINE/World, PRI's The World, The Atlantic, re:form, and numerous other places.

Headlines after the holiday — "Alternate hed: Why You Shouldn't Use Snapchat," tweets Columbia Journalism Review's Sarah Grieco, after reading the popular Bloomberg News interview of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel (at 1,400 shares for now). Not everyone was as put off by the Q&A, of course--Washington Post's Wesley Lowery announces, "Snapchat is the future of everything."

New York Times nets Tim Herrera — Washington Post social media producer Tim Herrera is coming home to New York, newly snapped up by the New York Times only a year after joining the Post's ranks. Did we say New York Times? More like New York Tims, now, right? His last day as a Postie will be May 27.

All the news and then some — "To the end, Letterman goes for laughs instead of tears," tweets Daniel E. Slotnik with the New York Times, post-reading Dave Itzkoff's piece on another Dave--David Letterman--and his last night hosting the Late Show after a 33-year run in late-night television(at 13,000 shares and rising).

CBS names London correspondent — Going national while simultaneously moving abroad, Jonathan Vigliotti joins CBS Newspath as a foreign correspondent based in London. Vigliotti joins from NBC New York, where he was a reporter. "After three amazing years at WNBC, it's time for a new adventure," he posts via Facebook.

Thrillist names senior cities director — Grant Marek has just been upped to Senior Cities Director at Thrillist, heading up the publication's Cities vertical as well as all 39 cities under its umbrella. Marek was most recently West Coast senior editor there. "Shout out to my role model @Grant_Marek who is moving up to Senior Cities Editor at @Thrillist!!!!"

#MuckedUp chat: Couples therapy for PR professionals and journalists — Let's be honest. Sometimes the PR/journalist dynamic can feel as strained as a relationship on the rocks. Like a bickering couple, we may not see eye to eye. Perhaps our goals seem at odds. Or our backgrounds may be completely different. Or we're simply not communicating on the same wavelength.
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