Beginning next month, Andrew Beaujon will join the Poynter Institute as a media reporter, filling out the void left when Jim Romenesko quit late last year. Mr. Beaujon is currently the arts and entertainment editor at TBD.com, a Washington D.C. news site.
Prior to TBD, Mr. Beaujon worked at Washington City Paper, Martha Stewart Living and SPIN. He is the author of Body Piercing Saved My Life, a nonfiction book about Christian rock.
Reached by phone this afternoon, Mr. Beaujon told the Observer that “just trying to live through” the changes in the industry fueled his interest in the media beat. Recently, he’s written about Dan Snyder’s legal battle with the Washington City Paper, staff buyouts at the Washington Post, and the local media ecosystem of Alexandria.
Mr. Beaujon said he pitched Poynter editors a blog/column that wouldn’t look much like Mr. Romenesko’s eponymous vertical. In between aggregated links, it will be a reported blog that “tells the stories of media.” It will also define “media” more broadly.
“I’m interested in community media, ethnic media, overseas media, blogs and online publications,” Mr. Beaujon said. “I try to cast a pretty wide net.”
He will work out of Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and two children.
“Unless I can get a space in Jeff Sonderman’s apartment,” he joked.