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June 16, 2013
Patrick Gavin
Politico Reporter
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Patrick received a B.S. in political science from Trinity College in Connecticut in 2000. He taught English and history for three years at the Princeton Day School. In 2003 he joined the Brookings Institution as a writer and media relations officer. In 2005 he became an editor for mediabistro.com’s “Fishbowl: DC,” while working as a columnist for the Washington Examiner’s “Yeas and Nays” column. He joined Politico in 2009. He is married, has two children and lives in Washington, DC.

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Info: Our guest is Politico reporter Patrick Gavin. He discusses the increased use and potential impact of television on internet websites, including Politico. He comments on postings from a wide variety of websites including the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, InfoWars and The Blaze. He explains that the ultimate goal for many websites is to make a profit by adding value to the site, increasing web hits, and selling additional advertising. Gavin says that goal must be balanced against the costs of production which include in some cases staff and studio time. He says that Politico benefits from certain economies of scale because they are associated with a local Washington, DC television ownership group, Albritton Communications. He talks about his years as a teacher and suggests that this experience gave him some credibility in his early days in Washington, DC. He suggests that journalism is more “exhausting” than it has ever been before. He says with the constant need to update, demands on a journalist’s time can be overwhelming. This may cause some reporters to “burn out” earlier in their careers.

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