Mother Jones Adds 7

A newsroom expansion that comes thanks to an influx of donations

As newsrooms from The New York Times to ProPublica to Mother Jones benefitted from an influx of subscriptions and donations that were inspired by the 2016 election, a question arose: what would newsrooms do with those extra funds? For ProPublica, the answer was jobs. For Mother Jones, the answer is jobs.

The publication announced today the hire of seven new staffers, made possible by record donations that followed the election. “We are incredibly grateful for the surge of reader support that has allowed us to expand our newsroom at such a crucial time for investigative journalism,” said CEO Monika Bauerlein in a statement.

Among the new hires is Ari Berman, who has long covered voting rights and voter suppression issues at The Nation. As he joins MoJo, Berman will retain his role as a fellow at The Nation Institute. Jamilah King is joining from Mic, where she has been a senior writer, and will grow Mother Jones’ race and justice coverage.

Dan Friedman, who had been previously been a weekend editor at The Washington Examiner and a Washington correspondent for the New York Daily News, is now a reporter taking on the foreign influence and national security beat.

The publication also gets a new senior news editor in Amanda Silverman, who had been story editor at Foreign Policy, and a director of audience in Julia Chan, who had been a digital editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Mother Jones also announced the first two filmmakers who will be part of a new documentary film residency, Al Kamalizad and Mark Helenowski. The pair will collaborate with newsroom reporters and editors on film projects.

On Twitter, editor in chief Clara Jeffery described the hires as representing a “major investment in journo firepower,” a “major investment in beats—voting rights, racial justice, foreign influence, corruption—critical in Trump era,” and a “commitment to new forms documentary film and audience engagement.”