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.

#MuckedUp chat: How to be a newsroom leader (or just work well with one) — The newsroom has to be one of the most chaotic workplaces. Aside from an emergency room or a war zone (and journalists have had to work in both locations, too!), it's hard to envision a place where good leadership and good management style is more needed. And yet, it isn't ...

Breaking some news this morning — "Harry Reid retires from the ring after three decades. 'These bruises are nothing,'" summarizes Mashable's Louise Roug Bokkenheuser, as Reid thanked supporters on YouTube (2,300+ shares as of this moment) but confirmed he won't seek re-election (10,700+ shares thus far). "I don't want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter," Reid told New York Times' Carl Hulse.

Fodder for the outrage machine — "It's really about ethnics in television journalism," quips freelance journalist Daniel Reilly, adding the hashtag #DeadlineGate, in response to a recent Deadline essay that claims the "ethnic casting trend" has reached its peak (a proclamation that has earned more than 8,500 hate-shares as of this morning).

Headlines that have us hooked — "Facebook: The modern-day paperboy," quips Fortune's Nin-Hai Tseng, in response to the news that Facebook may soon directly host news sites' content (which received 6,700 shares among media circles as of this morning). "Like all journalists, I'm thrilled to work with my new editor @finkd," jokes Business Insider's Steve Kovach.

Death of a founding founder — Today Singapore's "founding father" Lee Kuan Yew passed away at age 91, news that was shared among journalists more than 12,000 times over. "Socialism, Confucianism, pragmatism: How Lee Kuan Yew ran Singapore," summarizes WSJ's China editor Carlos Tejada. "Few people in history coulld claim to have had as much influence over a nation's ...

NPR anoints Oreskes news chief — NPR has named Michael Oreskes the next leader of its news division. Currently vice president and senior managing editor for the Associated Press, Oreskes' official role at NPR will be senior vice president for news and editorial director. "Congratulations @MichaelOreskes - new sr. vp of @nprnews. Welcome to #pubmedia from your friends ...

Politico adds to 2016 campaign team — Three more journalists have joined Politico's campaigns beat in preparation for the 2016 election: Theodoric Meyer, Elena Schneider and Annie Karni. Meyer joins from ProPublica, where he was a reporting fellow. Meanwhile, Schneider, previously a new assistant at the New York Times, is assigned to the House races beat.

News you need to know (and then some) — "There's nothing worse than doing the correction walk of shame. But this one is maybe more shameful than some others," tweets Globe and Mail's Gloria Galloway, after the Associated Press managed to momentarily confuse accused murderer Robert Durst with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst (which got gleefully shared at least 12,000 times by ...

Murmurs from the media — Playboy's interview with Dick Cheney conducted by James Rosen is truly something to behold (3,200+ shares as of this morn). Olivier Knox with Yahoo News laments, "I cannot un-read Cheney's China analysis in Playboy. 'We're into their knickers a long way and vice versa.'" On the subject of The Jinx, Columbia Journalism Review wonders where does journalism ...

NYT journalist lands at InsideClimate — Lynn Zinser has just linked up with InsideClimate News as audience engagement editor. Zinser took a buyout from The New York Times in December after 11 years as an editor, writer and producer there. "Happy to announce I joined the amazing team @insideclimate as an editor. Crucial topic, great journalists, huge year ahead!"
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