POLITICO is an American political journalism company based in
Arlington County, Virginia
Arlington County, Virginia , that covers politics and policy in the
United States and internationally. It distributes content through
television, the Internet, physical newspapers , radio, and podcasts .
Its coverage in Washington, D.C., includes the U.S. Congress,
lobbying, media and the presidency.
* 1 History
* 1.1 Origins, style, and growth
* 1.5 State editions
* 1.6 Global expansion
* 1.7 Controversy
* 2 Ownership, distribution and content
* 3 Influence
* 4 References
* 5 Further reading
* 6 External links
ORIGINS, STYLE, AND GROWTH
John F. Harris and
Jim VandeHei left
The Washington Post
The Washington Post to become
Politico's editor-in-chief and executive editor, respectively. With
the financial backing of Robert L. Allbritton , the pair launched the
website on January 23, 2007. Their first hire was Mike Allen , a
writer for Time . Frederick J. Ryan Jr. served as Politico's first
president and chief executive officer .
From the beginning, journalists covering political campaigns for
Politico carried a video camera to each assignment, and they were
encouraged to promote their work elsewhere. By 2008, Politico
received more than three million unique visits per month.
In September 2008,
The New York Times
The New York Times reported that
expand its operations following the 2008 presidential election: "fter
Election Day, will add reporters, editors, Web engineers and other
employees; expand circulation of its newspaper edition in Washington;
and print more often." Between the 2008 and 2012 elections,
Politico’s staff more than tripled in size. Notable additions
included two political commentators,
Michael Kinsley and Joe
Scarborough , as opinion writers.
Politico began to focus more on long-form journalism and
news analysis. This shift in coverage received further support in
June 2013 with the hiring of Susan Glasser to oversee “opinion from
prominent outside voices” and “long-form storytelling.” In
September 2014, Glasser was tapped to serve as Politico’s new
editor, following the resignation of Richard Berke the previous month.
In October 2013, VandeHei was named Politico’s new chief executive.
Under his leadership,
Politico continued to grow. In 2014 alone,
Politico expanded revenues by 25%. By 2016,
Politico had nearly 500
Amidst reports of tensions, VandeHei and Allen announced that they
Politico after the 2016 presidential election .
Allbritton was named as CEO in Vandehei's stead. In April 2017,
Politico announced that investment banker Patrick Steel would succeed
as Allbritton as CEO, effective May 8.
On June 25, 2007, Mike Allen launched Playbook, a daily
early-morning email newsletter. Within a few years, the newspaper
had attained a large readership amongst members of the D.C. community.
By 2016, over 100,000 people – including “insiders, outsiders,
lobbyists and journalists, governors, senators, presidents and
would-be presidents” – read Playbook daily. Multiple commentators
credit Allen and Playbook with strongly influencing the substance and
tone of the rest of the national political news cycle.
Daniel Lippman joined
Politico in June 2014, in large part to assist
Allen with Playbook. Upon Allen’s departure in July 2016, Anna
Palmer and Jake Sherman joined Lippman to assume Playbook-writing
duties. In March 2017,
Politico announced the creation of a second,
mid-day edition of Playbook – entitled “Playbook Power Briefing”
– written by the same people who authored the morning edition.
As of 2017, a weekly sponsorship of Playbook costs between $50,000
Politico Pro launched in 2010. With roughly 100 reporters at its
Politico Pro provides in-depth coverage of over a dozen
major topic areas. The service charges its readers by topic area,
with the costs running well over $1,000 per topic per year. Despite
the paywall in place,
Politico Pro has a 93% subscription renewal
rate, and it provides one fourth of Politico's overall revenue.
Access to the main site and the Playbook remained free of charge.
In November 2013,
Politico Magazine, which is
published online and bimonthly in print. In contrast to Politico's
focus on "politics and policy scoops" and breaking news, Politico
Magazine focuses on "high-impact, magazine-style reporting,", such as
long-form journalism . The first editor of
Politico Magazine was
Susan Glasser, who came to the publication from Foreign Policy
After Glasser was promoted to become Politico's editor, Garrett Graff
was named as editor, followed by Stephen Heuser. In December 2016,
Blake Hounshell was named the new editor-in-chief of the magazine.
Along with a targeted free audience of roughly 30,000 readers,
Politico Magazine is available via subscription for $200 per year.
Politico Magazine is also accessible online. The
Politico, February 15, 2007
In September 2013,
Politico acquired the online news site Capital New
York, which also operated separate departments covering Florida and
New Jersey. In April 2015,
Politico announced its intention to
rebrand the state feeds with the
Politico name (
Politico New Jersey, and
Politico New York) to expand its coverage of
In September 2014,
Politico formed a joint venture with German
Axel Springer SE to launch its European edition, based in
Brussels . In December 2014, the joint venture announced its
acquisition of Development Institute International, a leading French
events content provider, and
European Voice , a European political
newspaper, to be re-launched under the
Politico brand. Former Wall
Street Journal editorial board member
Matthew Kaminski is the
executive editor of the European edition.
Politico Europe debuted in
print on April 23, 2015.
In a 2007 opinion piece, progressive watchdog group Media Matters for
Politico of having a "Republican tilt." Despite these
accusations, a 2012 study found that the percentage of Politico
readers that identify as Democrats – 29% – is the same as the
percentage that identifies as Republicans .
In November 2016,
Politico editor Michael Hirsh resigned after
publishing the home address of white nationalist
Richard B. Spencer on
In April 2017,
Politico Magazine published an article purporting to
show long-term links between U.S. President
Donald Trump , Russian
Vladimir Putin and the Jewish outreach organization
Chabad-Lubavitch . The article was widely condemned, with the head of
Jonathan Greenblatt saying that it "evokes
age-old myths about Jews".
OWNERSHIP, DISTRIBUTION AND CONTENT
As of 2017,
Politico averaged 26 million unique visitors a month to
its American website, and more than 1.5 million unique visitors to its
The print newspaper has a circulation of approximately 32,000,
distributed for free in Washington, D.C. and Manhattan. The newspaper
prints up to five issues a week while Congress is in session and
sometimes publishes one issue a week when Congress is in recess. It
carries advertising, including full-page ads from trade associations
and a large help-wanted section listing Washington political jobs.
Politico is a partner with several news outlets that co-report and
distribute its video, print and audio content. Partners include CBS
Allbritton Communications 's ABC station WJLA and cable
NewsChannel 8 , radio station
WTOP-FM , and Yahoo! News
Multiple commentators have credited Politico's original
organizational philosophy – namely, prioritizing scoops and
publishing large quantities of stories – with forcing more
established publications to make a number of changes, such as
increasing their pace of production and changing their tone.
Among the journalists who have worked for
Politico are Mike Allen ,
John Bresnahan, Carrie Budoff Brown, Alex Burns ,
Dylan Byers , Josh
Gerstein, Andrew Glass, Susan Glasser, Darren Goode,
Maggie Haberman ,
James Hohmann, Anna Palmer,
Manu Raju , Daria Knight,
Lois Romano ,
Jack Shafer , Jake Sherman, Ben Smith , Eli Stokols
Glenn Thrush ,
Kenneth Vogel , and Ben White .
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