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Jared Keller

Brooklyn, NY
Covers:  digital technology, digital media, media, gadgets, social media, technology
Doesn't Cover: marketing, apps

Writer for hire. Contributing writer @PacificStand. Work in Aeon, The Atlantic, Businessweek, Entrepreneur, LARB, Maxim, Slate, Smithsonian, VICE and others

I'm the director of programming at PolicyMic, a news and analysis startup. Before that I was a digital editor at Al Jazeera America, social media director for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek, and an associate editor at The Atlantic.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

I was an associate writer at National Journal's The Hotline for the summer, aggregating political news.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I learned to type on one.

How is social media changing news?

Everything is faster and voicier. Mistakes are made more often and vetted just as easily.

How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem – Pacific Standard

psmag.com — If there was ever an example of how economic incentives can warp the institutions of justice, local jails are it. By Jared Keller At this very moment, nearly 450,000 Americans are sitting in county jails not because they've been charged with a crime, but because they simply don't have enough money to post bail.

‘The Night Of’ and the Enduring Power of Police Procedurals — Pacific Standard

psmag.com — Americans have long been obsessed with documenting gruesome histories of crime and violence, from the broadsheets of local papers to the the encyclopedic collection of Thomas McDade, the "Casaubon of crime literature" ( per the New Yorker's Casey N.

Graduate Assistants Are Officially University Employees. Why Aren’t Athletes? — Pacific Standard

psmag.com — An investigation finds that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially pressed to keep civilian programs and listening posts in Iraq after the U.S. troop pullout in 2011, but then her Department of State scrapped or slashed them at the behest of the White House and Congress.

The Department of Justice Will End the Use of Private Prisons in America — Pacific Standard

psmag.com — But it won't solve our country's incarceration problem. By Jared Keller The United States government just sounded a death knell for the prison-industrial complex. The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it plans on ending the continued use of private prison facilities after officials "concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government," the Washington Post reports.

The Secret to Donald Trump’s Success Isn’t What You Think

Clickbait Is Over - for Now

psmag.com — Here's why Facebook should stay out of the business of telling consumers what's good or bad. By Jared Keller At the beginning of August, Facebook made an unusually shocking announcement: The social networking giant and reluctant media institution declared that the company would crack down on the various types of "clickbait" headlines that "intentionally leave out crucial information, or mislead people, forcing people to click to find out the answer."

The Silver Lining to the DEA’s Rejection of Marijuana Re-Scheduling

psmag.com — Better data means better laws. By Jared Keller The push to legalize marijuana across the United States just suffered a major blow. On Wednesday, the Drug Enforcement Administration rejected the bid of two Democratic governors to re-schedule marijuana under federal drug control laws, NPR reports.

Your Kids Are Better Behaved Than You

thedailybeast.com — There's something terribly wrong with kids these days: a series of major surveys, conducted by the government every two years, suggest that they might just be the most well-behaved generation in recent memory.

The Slow and Complicated Return of Clemency

psmag.com — On Wednesday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 people, the most issued in a single day since 1900. By Jared Keller If you landed behind bars for a non-violent drug offense, President Barack Obama wants to set you free.

Sorry Donald Trump: Not All Publicity Is Good Publicity

psmag.com — The Republican presidential hopeful is the first candidate to tank at the convention in almost 20 years. By Jared Keller In July, Melania Trump was roundly criticized by major cable networks and newspapers for her alleged appropriation of Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic Convention speech for her own address to this year's Republican National Convention.
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Aug 27, 2016

Anyone want two tickets to @flumemusic tonight? Get at me

Aug 26, 2016

@RickPaulas Ziggy should be forever immortalized as a verb for perpetual awfuling

Aug 26, 2016

@RickPaulas It's fantastic in how dated some aspects are. I'm on season 2 now and hate Ziggy.

Aug 26, 2016

I am watching The Wire for the first time

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