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March 30, 2010

A Job. A Real Live Arts Journalism Job (and maybe a cool one)

Steve Buttry, one of the more interesting thinkers in re-imagining journalism, writes to send word of a real live arts journalism job at a new online publication launching in Washington DC. He says: "We're planning on a strong A&E staff and are looking for the right person to lead our A&E effort."

Until recently Buttry was a top editor at the Cedar Rapids Gazette in Iowa. His work was featured in last fall's Arts Journalism Summit at USC. His new effort is a startup and features some impressive backers:

It's a new digital startup (new enough that we don't have a name yet) that will be launching this year, covering local news in the Washington metro area.
Jim Brady, former executive editor of, is leading this operation for Allbritton Communications, owner of Politico and several television stations, including WJLA and News Channel 8 in Washington. Jim is a leader and pioneer of digital journalism and I am delighted and honored that he has invited me to join this effort. My staff, colleagues and I will work to turn some of the ideas I presented here, especially in my Complete Community Connection and mobile-first strategy posts, into real, thriving business practices.
Also involved is Erik Wemple.

Wemple comes to Allbritton after eight years as editor of Washington City Paper...

Said Wemple: "I am greatly honored to have this opportunity in front of me. We're talking about a massive investment in local newsgathering, plus an amazing assemblage of Web talent. Our goal will be to deliver a product that lives up to the company's commitment."
Allbritton Communications Company operates eight television stations in seven broadcast markets, including Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, DC.  Allbritton Communications also owns and operates the political newspaper and website POLITICO and
For more information, contact Erik at
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