Feb 3, 2009

Politico hires Cloud, and other online news

The lead story on Politico this morning was about a classified report from the Joint Chiefs of Staff urging a new military strategy in Afghanistan. Although the subject matter is fascinating and important, the byline also caught my eye: David S. Cloud, former military correspondent for the New York Times.

Politico picked him up as part of a strategic shift in coverage, given that the campaign is over and the actual governing has begun. Cloud will lead the foreign policy coverage for the political website.

In the same vein, Politico hired Josh Gerstein, formerly of the New York Sun, to cover legal affairs.

Indeed, websites appear to be bolstering their political coverage with successful traditional journalists. Talking Points Memo recently hired former Time and Newsweek reporter Matt Cooper to oversee its Washington-focused blog.

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