The Washington Times and longtime political reporter and editor Joseph Curl on Thursday announced a project called the RightRead, designed to give readers a rapid intelligence sheet on the day’s most important political, policy and cultural news events.
The project includes a web portal that can be checked throughout the day for the most important headlines and stories at www.washingtontimes.com/rightread or www.rightread.com. In addition to headlines, it will include some of Mr. Curl’s own original reporting and analysis in addition to links of important news and analysis from around the world. The newspaper said the portal’s brand promise is “Get Right with the News in Five Minutes or Less.”
Also launching is a morning RightRead email tip sheet highlighting the events, stories and commentary that Mr. Curl thinks will set the day’s agenda. He will also be sending an email out nightly to TV and radio producers and key influencers with an early look at the Times’ best stories and commentary for the next day.
“Joe is one of Washington’s most accomplished political journalists, whose impeccable news judgment, vast Rolodex and sharp interview skills are certain to create a new must-read product in Washington,” said Larry Beasley, president and chief executive officer of The Times. “From his days covering the White House to his time as a top editor at the Drudge Report, Joe has demonstrated he can spot, report and explain the most important news of the day for an audience that is often busy and has only a few minutes to make sense of fast-moving developments.”
“We believe Joe has created a tip sheet that must be checked throughout the day for the world’s most important stories, his own unique analysis and exclusive interviews,” said John Solomon, Editor and Vice President of Content for the Times. “We believe people will want to ‘get right’ with the news four or five times a day with Joe’s help.”
Mr. Curl said he hopes his email and Web products will help frame the news of the day for busy Americans, giving them analysis, insight and an easy-to-read cheat sheet for breaking news.
“I plan to read hundreds of news stories so you don’t have to,” he said. “Each day there’s a blank canvas to paint with the day’s stories. My experience covering campaigns, reporting at the White House and editing under the master aggregator Matt Drudge has endowed me with the skills to paint that canvas. I look forward to giving RightRead readers news that they can use in a format and at a speed that meets the needs of their busy everyday lives,” Mr. Curl said.
Additionally, Mr. Curl will be debuting a new newsmaker interview series called “The Sunday Counterpunch,” designed to highlight an individual news figure left off of the Sunday shows, who will respond to the talk show fodder. He can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.