NPR congressional reporter Juana Summers is moving to Mashable, where she will be the site’s first politics editor. Summers, who starts at Mashable in August, has been at NPR for a little over a year. Before that, she spent four years at Poltico reporting on the 2012 Republican primaries and general election, veterans issues and defense policy.
Executive editor Jim Roberts outlined Mashable’s plan for election coverage in an announcement, stating:
I’ve been involved in campaign coverage for 20 years, and I have seen how easy it is for that coverage to be dulled by monotony. At Mashable, I want us to cover the campaign in ways that will constantly surprise people. I want us to tell the stories other outlets may overlook, and I want to present them in a way that I haven’t been able to do before.
Summers echoed Roberts’ comments about the state of election coverage, saying in the announcement, “While nearly every news organization is taking a bite of this election, so much political coverage is unremarkable and fails to engage audiences. I look forward to making Mashable the destination for smart, authoritative, fun and innovative coverage of the campaign across all platforms.”
We will see what effect the site’s experimentation with form, its social media and digital roots, and the Summers-led political team will have on election coverage over the next 481 days.