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Kendrick Meek embarks on journalism career

The former congressman who was defeated in his bid for Senate has joined the website Politic365 as chairman of its editorial board. The online site says Meek will "guide the publication’s growth and development of news, perspective and commentary for American decision leaders, focusing first on communities of color.

Meek says the publication "will play a leading role in delivering information that stimulates politics– policymaking, campaigning, voting and civic participation."

"My experience as a policymaker helps me understand the backstory beyond the spin," said Meek, whose press release announcing the pick included quotes from Bill Nelson, Nancy Pelosi and assistant Democratic leader Rep. James E. Clyburn.

The site has promotion and publication agreements with all five of the national organizations representing state and local black elected officials - the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, National Conference of Black Mayors, National Organization of Black County Officials, and the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. 

It's minority-owned and operated and upon becoming chair, Meek acquired an ownership interest.

"This is a very exciting time for online journalism," he said. "History is being made every day, and it’s vital that this history be recorded from the perspectives of all Americans, including those who traditionally haven’t had a sufficient voice at the political table.

Lesley Clark

[Last modified: Thursday, May 12, 2011 9:20am]

    

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