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Remixing FDL: Shifting Gears In Our Rotation

One of the changes I’ve wanted to make since I came onboard as managing editor at Firedoglake last April was to make the blog more responsive to breaking stories, as well as more capable of breaking news on its own, while maximizing the premium, often meaty posts that help make it special. But doing so has meant shuffling a lot of our regular voices, so it’s taken some time and careful thought before coming up with a plan that I think will work.

Today, we’re kicking it off.

What you’ll see today will become the general rule of thumb for FDL on weekdays: A lot of fast, newsy (and yes, perhaps a tad snarky) posts from a rotation of three main morning-crew writers: Jane, Blue Texan, and me — mixed in with contributions from the excellent work being done by our affiliate blogs. Then, in the afternoons, the pace will slacken a bit and we’ll publish more of our patented meaty posts: thoughtful analysis, chats with key political, legal and academic figures, and an increasing emphasis as the afternoon turns to evening on policy and cultural analysis. Heading up the afternoons will be Christy, with Ian Welsh taking over as evening approaches. The regular contributors you’ve all come to know and love will be regular parts of the rotations in these times.

On weekends, the changes will be less dramatic. While the old favorites — Pull Up A Chair, Blue America, the Book Salons — will be largely unchanged, Ian will be ramping up and focusing the discussion of policy and news analysis, with breaking news added into the mix as it happens.

It will take a time to figure out where your favorite writers are appearing and when, but I hope what you’ll find most of all is that, once we find our rhythm, FDL will be a more fun, engaging, and insightful blog than ever.

Let us know what you think — both today, in the comments below, and throughout our transition via e-mail. There are always adjustments to make as we go along, and I’ll be hoping to hear from you about where we need to make them.

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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.