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.

AP editor to lead UGC startup's UK team — Fergus Bell just departed the Associated Press for the London team of SAM, the "Canadian-based curation platform billed as a 'CMS for tweets'." Previously the social media and UGC editor for the AP's international desk, Bell will lead the UK group as "Head of Newsroom Partnerships & Innovation," teaching journalists how to better use technology to ...

Ferguson on fire — "Heartbreaking: Aerial @AP video of #Ferguson burning, Washington Post's David Beard tweets, referring to this footage. Immediate reactions to last night's grand jury grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson were swift and, in some cases, furious. Paul Hampel with the St.

Trending at the top of the hour — "White House throws Hagel under the bus," BuzzFeed political reporter Rosie Gray summarizes the latest New York Times bombshell that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is said to be stepping down as defense chief under pressure (news that's earned 7,839 shares and rising).

Quartz brings in Backman on finance — Melvin Backman quietly joined Quartz this week as a market and finance reporter. You'll know Backman from CNN Money, where he was previously a markets and investing reporter. Breaking News editor Aaron Edwards responded to the news, "pardon me while I shamelessly shoutout the homie @MelvinBackman, who joined @qz this week *real lowkey like*."

Spotlight newsroom: Poughkeepsie Journal — Today the spotlight falls on The Poughkeepsie Journal, or as some of you affectionately call it, "PoJo." Founded in 1785, the Journal reportedly is the oldest paper in New York state. As for the most highly followed journalist there, it's music writer John Barry, followed by Phil Strum, Sports Reporter and Pro Wrestling Blogger; Nina Schutzman, Reporter; Sarah Bradshaw, Investigative ...

Journalism job moves for Thursday — Important career updates for today: Media critic Jack Shafer announced last night that he is leaving Reuters. Read our complete write-up here. The Washington Post introduces Chelsea Janes, the Post's newest sports reporter on the Nationals beat. Read all about it here. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry: Seth Robbins joins The Associated Press on Jan.

Press talk - Muck Rack — Here's something trending high (at 10,000+ shares) in our newsroom: People Magazine just named Chris Hemsworth "Sexiest Man Alive" for this year. "I've been robbed! Again!" laments Andrew Setters of WLWT Cincinnati. Although Daily Mirror's Melanie Edgar finds something sinister in this tradition: "On #InternationalMensDay apparently we get to subject men to same visual critique women face for the other ...

Controversies and calamities — "House of Cars: Uber's collapse has been stunning to watch," admits FiveThirtyEight's Chadwick Matlin, as Day 2 of the Uber saga dawns. A footnote from yesterday's stories spawns an all-out BuzzFeed investigation into its top New York executive for privacy violations (2,000+ shares).

Featured journalist: Traci Lee — Today we're pleased to highlight the work of MSNBC's Traci Lee, digital producer for The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart and Andrea Mitchell Reports. Also a contributor to NBC Asian America, Lee is committed to diversity in the media. She got her start in journalism, however, as an intern in DC for NPR News and Education Week, ...

Politico poaches TBT duo for new team — Politico is creating a new political enterprise team, and they've hired away two journalists from Tampa Bay Times to do it: TBT's enterprise editor Bill Duryea and writer Michael Kruse join the as-yet-unnamed team as editor and staff writer, respectively. "Couldn't be more excited to join @politico with @michaelkruse.
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