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.

Around the world in headlines — "Okay, parody artists, time to write the N. Korea speech Bill Clinton was denied to give," prompts Politico's Jack Shafer, in response to Bill Clinton seeking the State Department's OK for paid speeches related to North Korea and Congo, among others (newly broken news at 1,800 shares and climbing).

Journo job moves for Friday — Your career moves to know this morning: Chiara Sottile of NBC News is bound for San Francisco to join their tech unit. Learn all about it here. First Draft News welcomes Alistair Reid as managing editor. Find out more here. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry: Nikki Schwab boards as U.S.

Strictly media matters — The Associated Press is suing over access to FBI records involving that fake news story. "Last year I filed a FOIA seeking records about the FBI posing as reporters to deliver spyware. Now the @AP is suing," elaborates AP's Raphael Satter. Get it, AP.

Today in tech - Muck Rack — Yesterday's big tech unveiling was Instagram's introduction of landscape and portrait formats (how long have you been waiting for that one, eh?). You must update the app to begin 'gramming in wide format, by the way. "I'm kinda not into the non-square Instagram pictures. Am I an IG hipster now?"

Honoring Alison Parker and Adam Ward — "Our industry is in shock and a profound state of sadness. Thoughts & prayers for Alison, Adam and their families," shares WFLA's Steve Andrews, in the wake of this morning's madness when 24-year-old TV reporter Alison Parker and her photographer 27-year-old Adam Ward were shot to death during a live interview.

Checking in on China (finally) — "The Onion on the Great Fall of China: Shoddy Chinese-Made Stock Market Collapses," tweets journalist Louisa Lim, sharing a link that, while a parody, still manages to tie together the current Chinese market crisis, Tianjin explosion and overall corruption there in one perfect post.
Aug 25, 2015

RT @muckrack: "The Onion on the Great Fall of China." - @limlouisa. More on the Chinese stock market in today's @muckrackdaily:…

Meet BuzzFeed's first trans reporter — BuzzFeed welcomes academic Meredith Talusan as its first transgender staff writer on the LGBT beat. "It's official! I'll be joining Buzzfeed as an LGBT Staff Writer focusing on #transgender issues!" Talusan tweets, sharing this gif. She later adds, "Okay you guys I've been stuck in academia and am still learning how to ...
Aug 21, 2015

RT @kimbui: Good on @Buzzfeed for hiring its first openly transgender writer.…

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Thursday headlines to heed — "I'm pretty sure this is Gawker Christmas," concludes Steve Cavendish of Washington City Paper, as Gawker makes the case that "family values" activist Josh Duggar had a paid Ashley Madison account, as well (gaining crazy amounts of traction at 55,000+ shares). "The hack sending shivers around the world.

Monday headline mash-up — "Will be hiding tomorrow's newspaper from kids," somberly resolves Washington Post's Todd Frankel, sharing sad news from his publication on the viral sensation "Route 29 Batman," a.k.a. Lenny Robinson, who was killed after his car broke down along a Maryland highway. A self-made success who spent his own money on bringing joy to children in hospitals, ...

Ledes to read - Muck Rack — "Jimmy Carter: 'I have cancer'," shares Jim Galloway at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, shortly after a statement from the Carter Center in which the former president said, "Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body."
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