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Mr. Dave Says Hello

I dunno about you, but I almost never read posts or editorials from various gasbags when they’re introducing themselves to their new readerships. They’re usually a lot of expended wind in the service of pompous talk about their publication’s larger mission, blah blah blah.

But not this one. I’ll try to make this short and sweet and to the point.

Many of you know me from my regular Thursday FDL posts, and others know me from my long-running blog Orcinus. I’m a longtime journalist, winner of a National Press Club distinguished-online-journalism award, and have been blogging since early 2003; I’ve also won a couple of Koufaxes. And I’ve authored three books.

A couple of weeks ago, Jane and Pach and I began talking about FDL’s need for a front-page editor, and I suggested myself for the job. (Positively Cheneyesque, I know.) I’ve been looking to work in a medium I actually believe in for awhile now, and I especially believe in what the folks at Firedoglake have been doing. The journalists among us know what I’m talking about — this site has become the classic example of what Internet journalism can be but isn’t often enough.

What Jane has needed is someone to provide editorial guidance for the site while freeing her to do what she does best. In Jane’s case, that’s two things, actually; The first is writing — I think we all know what an insightful and witty voice she brings to the blogosphere; and the second is that she makes things happen. For those of us motivated by the desire to make a difference, that’s a supreme talent, and one I hope I can play a role in enabling.

Among the things Jane makes happen is that she brings a lot of amazingly talented people together, and FDL is living testament to that. I’m a little awestruck by the talent I’ll be working with here, but terribly excited about it, too.

I’m going to be working a lot behind the scenes to make them all be the best they can be. Some of us will be posting meaty and detailed pieces with substantive reporting and analysis. Some of us will be chiming in with the latest and freshest news and opinions and snark. It will all be a mix that we hope you’ll find engaging, entertaining, and enlightening.

There’s obviously an awesome array of talent working here. I’m hoping my efforts make FDL more readable, more cohesive, more up-to-the-minute, and more fun.

So enough about me. On with the doggies.

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David Neiwert

David Neiwert

David Neiwert is the managing editor of Firedoglake. He's a freelance journalist based in Seattle and the author/editor of the blog Orcinus. He also is the author of Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, June 2005), as well as Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America (Palgrave/St. Martin's, 2004), and In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest (1999, WSU Press). His reportage for on domestic terrorism won the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000.