The Monthly, Journalist Creation Machine

Something you might not know about the Washington Monthly is how many people got their start working for us. Here’s a partial list, in no particular order:

  • Taylor Branch, journalist and author of America in the King Years
  • Kate Boo, journalist and author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  • Steve Benen, blogger and producer for the Rachel Maddow Show
  • Kevin Drum, blogger and writer for Mother Jones
  • James Fallows, journalist and blogger for The Atlantic
  • Michelle Cottle, journalist for The Daily Beast
  • Timothy Noah, journalist and blogger for The New Republic
  • Nicholas Confessore, journalist for the New York Times
  • Joe Nocera, writer and columnist for the New York Times
  • Jonathan Alter, MSNBC contributor
  • James Bennett, editor of The Atlantic

…among many, many others. I can tell you from personal experience, not many places bother with trying to train new journalists, writers, and bloggers at all, let alone trying to teach them good and true. Will you kick in a few bucks to help us stay around?

Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is national correspondent for the Week, and a former web editor for the Washington Monthly.