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...

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.

Friday headline news — "Is this still America?" wonders Omar Gallaga with the Austin American-Statesman, after learning that even Paramount has refused to allow theatres to show older film "Team America" (which skewers former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il with puppetry rather than bullets) in place of canceled flick "The Interview" (12,500 shares and rising).

HuffPo UK's Hasan to Al Jazeera English — Huffington Post UK's Mehdi Hasan will move to the U.S. to host a new weekly show on Al Jazeera English. Currently HuffPo UK's political director, Hasan will broadcast from Washington D.C. "So, I made a pretty big life-changing, career-changing, country-changing decision. Wish me luck (!)" Hasan requests.

Question of the Day — Friday's question asked: What intriguing artifact was recently uncovered in Boston? That would be a time capsule buried by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere in 1795. Congratulations to Amy B. Wang of the Arizona Republic for being the very first to answer that correctly!

Business Insider names front page editor — Business Insider welcomes Bryan Logan in January as their new front page editor. You'll recognize Logan from his work as News and Digital editor, writer and producer for KFI AM 640, the #1 talk station in Los Angeles, as well as his role as weekend news anchor for KPBS in San Diego.

All things media this Monday — Newsroom screenwriter Aaron Sorkin climbs up on a new soapbox to chastise journalists for helping the Sony Hackers (10,500+ shares). "If a thug stole a woman's purse and dumped its contents on your desk, would you write about it? That's the Sony hack," reflects Bloomberg View's James Greiff.

Featured journalists: Bridie Jabour and Katharine Murphy — Today we would like to take time to recognize Bridie Jabour and Katharine Murphy, the Guardian Australia journalists who have been tirelessly liveblogging the hostage crisis in Sydney. Jabour is a reporter while Murphy serves as deputy political editor for the Guardian's Sydney-based online presence.

Deadspin EIC named Gawker exec editor — Gawker has moved up Deadspin's editor-in-chief Tommy Craggs in a big way, naming him executive editor over all eight of their flagship titles. Evidently the recent reshuffle was triggered by a conversation about Gamergate, of all things. "Big shake-ups at Gawker, in a good way. The much-admired @tcraggs22 ascends," tweets The Daily Briefing's Dan Diamond.

A supermodel-sized bombshell — "If Beverly Johnson isn't the final nail in Bill Cosby's coffin, what will be?" asks Huffington Post's Lauren Duca, after the pioneering black supermodel confesses to Vanity Fair, "Bill Cosby drugged me. This is my story" (a story that's garnered a staggering 50,000+ shares). Why is this confessional any different from the ones previous?

Headlines to heed — "Thanks to @ScottWalker (and @jessieopie), I plan to start saying a hearty 'Molotov!' to all my Jewish friends," announces Fast Company's Jeff Chu, after learning that Wisconsin's Gov. Scott Walker mistakenly signed a letter to a Jewish constituent "Thank you again and Molotov" (2,500+ shares and rising).

Spotlight newsroom: Post-Standard — Today we shine the spotlight on the Syracuse Post-Standard, the major daily newspaper servicing the greater Syracuse, New York, metro area. The journalist with the highest following there is Geoff Herbert, Entertainment Reporter, followed by Sean Kirst, Columnist; Michelle Breidenbach, Politics Reporter; Teri Weaver, State Government Reporter; Stephen Bailey, Syracuse Football Beat Writer; and Katrina Tulloch, Entertainment Reporter.
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