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Kirsten Browning

Los Angeles
As seen in: Freelance
Covers:  travel, international affairs, politics, violence against women, china, pop culture, new media, minority issues, subsaharan africa
Doesn't Cover: fashion

Writes the @MuckRackDaily & runs #muckedup chat. Creator of #100helpfuldays. I can haz media tips?

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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How to Pitch Kirsten Browning

By email, although I don't mind terribly much if I'm pitched by Twitter, as well.

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.

Today in political posts — In politics, a new poll shows most Republicans are embarrassed by the GOP campaign right now and at least 35 percent of all voters are afraid of a Hillary Clinton presidency. "According to an NYT poll, both Trump and Hillary terrify large numbers of people," Matthew Herper with Forbes breaks it down.

Wanted: a new word for 2016 — What with all the Trump bloopers and Clinton controversies getting so much media time, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson must have worried he had been forgotten. That's no longer a concern. Because Johnson apparently doesn't know what Aleppo is (that link alone is at 4,000+ shares so far).

Featured journalist: Arthur Zaczkiewicz — Today we'd like to introduce you to Arthur Zaczkiewicz, executive editor of strategic content development at Women's Wear Daily. This New York-based journalist first got his start in news as writer and reporter for Ulster Publishing's New Paltz Herald, entering the field "Because it involves making sense out of seemingly senseless things."

Featured journalist: Joanne DiBona — Today we're pleased to spotlight the work of Joanne DiBona, freelance journalist and contributor to USAToday 10Best. An award-winning travel writer and photographer, she is a "small cruise ship/ soft adventure expert." Once the Director of Communications for the San Diego Tourism Authority, DiBona began her journey in journalism in 2010.

Pointers from the press — Washington Examiner teamed up with Echelon Insights recently to take a poll of Washington elite, and at least among their kind, Trump isn't doing so well: D.C. insiders overwhelmingly favor Clinton in the election-like, by 40 points. On the other hand, these insiders also say it will be "business as usual" in Washington ...

Regrets from a replier-of-all — It can get gloomy on the political beat, so imagine our initial delight when we realized we'd received the dubious honor of being cc'd on the beginnings of an actual, bonafide Reply-all Emailgate. We've secretly always wanted to be trapped in one of those hellish threads, ever since we read of Columbia ...

Mashable taps two new top editors — Say hello to two new additions to Mashable's masthead: Anne-Marie Tomchak (at immediate right) will soon be UK editor there and Jerico Mandybur (far right) is the newly anointed Australia editor. Currently finishing up at BBC News, Tomchak is already well known for launching BBC Trending.

Journo job moves for Thursday — ICYMI from yesterday's edition, here's this week's top career news: Mashable welcomes Anne-Marie Tomchak as UK editor there and Jerico Mandybur (far right) as Australia editor. Read all about it here. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry: Oscar E. Garcia is the next news director of KIII-TV in Corpus Christi.

Can tonight top last night? — "Revenge is best served on live national TV," writes Politico's Glenn Thrush while offering 5 key takeaways from Ted Cruz's convention stunner last night (at 4,200 shares so far, and in which Thrush introduces the image of a "jut-jowled" Trump). And by stunner, we mean the way Cruz faced off against a chorus of boos as he refused to ...

The Convention begins — "Whole campaign basically a war on parody industry," declares Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall, and he could have been referring to any of the news that came out of the first day of the Republican National Convention -- although in this case, it was the reveal that Omarosa was named Trump's director of ...
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