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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Baring Beauty or Brains? Debate Over "Earthquake" Comment Splits Feminist Activists | Herald de P...

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.

Tuesday ledes to read — "Bailing out Greece on Indiegogo!" Julie Xie with the Boston Globe trumpets on Twitter, which is about as simply as you can put it. "Someone is trying to crowdfund a Greece bailout, and donations surging," further explains Bloomberg's Joe Weisenthal (the total shares on social media are surging, too).

Thursday threads — "#Robertscare," tweets National Journal's Lucia Graves, and colleague Rebecca Nelson adds, "And John Roberts saves Obamacare-again." True enough, the Supreme Court has just ruled that President Barack Obama's health care law is indeed allowed to provide nationwide health subsidies to help the poor. "WHAT OBAMACARE RULING MEANS: Preserves centerpiece of Affordable Care Act, which survives ...

Farewell and adieu to you, Circa — Muck Rack would like to extend our condolences to and express our tremendous admiration for the staff of Circa, whom we've recently learned are shuttering their doors. This scrappy news app and its team set out to improve the experience of reading news on mobile devices, and in the process ...

Wednesday worldwide — "The greatest enemy of anti-Muslim fear-mongering and tribal bigotry is . . . . reality," reveals The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald, summarizing the gist of a New York Times tally showing homegrown radicals are more dangerous to U.S. than jihadis (at 10,500+ shares and counting). "Since 9/11, white supremacists and non-Muslim extremists have been ...

Journo job moves for Wednesday — Some noteworthy moves this morning: The Associated Press will soon welcome Sergio Bustos (at right) as a political writer based in Florida. Bustos is finishing up as the political and Sunday editor for The Miami Herald. Jasmin Rosemberg is now Variety's style editor. Rosemberg previously served as interim events editor there.

Tuesday trends and talk — tweets "In the span of a week, the Confederate battle flag has gone from ubiquitous, to unacceptable. Astonishing," reacts The Atlantic's Yoni Appelbaum, once CNN broke the news that Wal-mart would stop selling Confederate flag merchandise (at about 50,000 shares and showing no sign of stopping).

#MuckedUp chat: Covering transgender issues with accuracy and respect — From actress Laverne Cox on the cover of TIME to Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair fanfare, transgender issues have earned a place at the very forefront of news coverage, and with good reason. Journalists who mean well, however, often get it wrong, committing every sin from obsessing over an individual's transition ...

Featured journalist: Sachin Trivedi — We'd like to start the week off right by highlighting the work of Sachin Trivedi, an entertainment reporter for the International Business Times. With a focus on TV shows and movies, Trivedi enjoys "interviewing actors and directors to help them reach a large audience." In his opinion, being a journalist represents the "power ...

NYT's Bill Carter joins CNN on media — Former New York Times media reporter Bill Carter has ended his short-lived retirement to join CNN as a contributor. Carter will provide analysis on media across CNN's platforms. Carter previously served as a reporter on TV for the Times for more than 25 years.

Final reads from Friday — "Take down the flag. Take it down now. Move forward. Abandon this charlatanism. Move forward. Do it now," urges The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates in his post arguing the Confederate flag Dylann Roof embraced also endorses the violence he committed (an argument that deserves every one of its 137,000+ shares so far).
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