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“This is Tumblr’s moment. It’s almost equivalent to when Truman realized that he could address the nation directly on television to make a presidential address – here’s a new form of media to reach an audience.”—
Gregory Galant, as quoted in For pols, Tumblr is trending - Kevin Cirilli - POLITICO.com
OK this may be a bit of an overstatement but it’s nice to see Tumblr’s significance in the political space acknowledged outside of the election media frenzy. Watch this space, more good things to come!
Does Politico have gender issues? Let's look at the numbers.
- 25 the number of female reporters and editors that have left Politico since January 2011, a turnover rate over 70 percent, according to Washington Post media commentator Erik Wemple. During that same period, 17 men left the paper, a turnover rate of just 34 percent.
- three the number of co-bylines top editor Jim VandeHei has shared with women since the paper launched. This is a particularly low number, considering that nearly all of his pieces—156 in total since Politico launched five years ago—are co-bylined pieces. Fellow editor John F. Harris has a similar track record, with 120 of his pieces co-bylined and just nine calling on female reporters. Be sure to read Wemple’s piece on the matter: It exposes the cultural problems the publication, which recently called out female New York Times editor Jill Abramson for her “brusque” manner, has with women. source