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Know Your News Source: Politico

Originally founded in 2007 by John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei from The Washington Post, Politico has grown to attract tens of millions of unique visitors to its sites each month. Notable journalist Mike Allen was the company’s first hire and a chief contributor for much of the publication’s history. Known early on for always having video cameras while covering political campaigns and for having their journalists promote their work on other platforms, Politico eventually become more acclaimed for its long-form stories and news analysis. While readership and revenues continue to grow, there are signs of internal discord. Co-founder VandeHei and Allen announced that they would leave Politico following the 2016 presidential election. Allbritton was named the new CEO in Vandehei’s stead, before the investment banker Patrick Steel eventually took over as CEO.

Politico emphasizes scoops and investigative journalism, while maintaining a higher level of production and content than other similar publications. It brought an aggressive style to journalism, while endeavoring to cover serious topics of the day. At different times, Politico has been accused of having a conservative bias and a liberal bias, in large part due to its wide-ranging contributors and political topics. This approach was only accelerated when, in 2013, the news organization hired Susan Glasser to bring in more opinions from “prominent outside voices” and more “long-form storytelling.”

Indeed, one of our favorite parts about Politico is that it offers platforms for both short-form and long-form journalism. Been out of the loop for a while and looking to catch up on current events? Check out the main news website for Politico. Looking to do a deep-dive into a topic of personal or professional interest? Check out Politico Magazine for more of these long-form storytelling pieces.

The Magazine also has a bimonthly print edition, while Politico has a print newspaper in DC and Manhattan while a circulation of around 30,000 readers. By comparison, the website sees roughly 26 million visitors each month.

Know Your News Source: The Baffler

The Baffler, founded in 1988 by Thomas Frank and Keith White, is a cultural, political, and analytical magazine. Per their website, The Baffler is, “America’s leading voice of interesting and unexpected left-wing political criticism, cultural analysis, short stories, poems, and art.” They publish four print issues each year, but they also produce daily online content. Print issues are available in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The Baffler’s first motto was: “the journal that blunts the cutting edge.” This is illustrative of the publication and tone; the journal is known for its hard-hitting critiques of business culture and neoliberalism, exposing the inner workings of various industries. One of The Baffler’s most famous articles, “The Problem with Music,” written by producer Steve Albini, sought to expose the hypocrisy within the music industry during the heyday of indie, garage, and punk rock.

Though The Baffler relies heavily on social and political analysis and critique, their weekly online stories cover current and breaking news events. Their regular subjects include: “Silicon Valley snake-oil, the deadening weight of consumer capitalism, our faithless media, and the redemptive promise of people claiming control of their own lives.” The journal is, as noted above, heavily left-leaning in its coverage and analysis.

For those who like to listen to their news and cultural commentary, The Baffler has an answer. They produce two podcasts: “Whale Vomit,” by Amber A’Lee Frost and Sam Kriss, and “News From Nowhere” by Corey Pein. The magazine also organizes literary events and debates with current and former contributing editors.

Know Your News Source: The New Republic

Founded in 1914, The New Republic was created as a progressive opinion journal. They promote novel solutions for modern critical issues, providing breaking news coverage, opinion pieces, and facilitating news-related and political debates. The New Republic, since the publication’s outset, has attempted to achieve a balance between humanitarian progressivism and intellectual scientism; the magazine has undergone several political shifts, ultimately landing on a left-leaning liberal voice.

Within America, The New Republic takes a largely modern liberal stance on both fiscal and social issues. According to Franklin Foer, a former editor, the publication invented the modern usage of the term, “liberal,” and one of the magazine’s greatest contributions is the facilitating of an ongoing conversation of what it means to be liberal. In recent decades, the magazine has covered a range of important social and political developments—everything from the Earned Income Tax Credit program to universal health care. Editors and writers have, historically, fought verbally against ideas such as supply-side economics and neoliberalism.

The New Republic, however, does not only cover issues traditionally viewed as liberal. Editors of the publication understand the need for ongoing dialogue, believing strongly in the power of dialectic inquiry. To that end, the magazine staffs several conservative writers in an attempt to localize political debate and social conversation.

The New Republic utilizes ambitious journalism, trenchant argument, and innovative storytelling to inspire the next generation of decision makers through conversations in print and online. Notable contributors have existed throughout the publication’s existence. They include: W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Philip Roth, Camille Paglia, Hanna Rosin, James Wood, and Joseph Stiglitz, among others.

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