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The Hill Newspaper
The Hill
The Hill (2020-01-15).svg
TypeDaily newspaper (when Congress is in session)
FormatCompact
Owner(s)Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications Inc
Founder(s)Jerry Finkelstein and Martin Tolchin
PublisherPeter Greenberger
EditorBob Cusack[1]
Managing editorIan Swanson[1]
Photo editorGreg Nash
FoundedSeptember 1, 1994; 26 years ago (1994-09-01)
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters1625 K St., NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C., 20006 U.S.
CityWashington, D.C.
CountryUnited States
Circulation24,000 print (as of December 2012)[2][3]
ISSN1521-1568
OCLC number31153202
Websitethehill.com

The Hill is an American digital media company, based in Washington, D.C. which began as a newspaper publisher in 1994.[2][4] It is the largest independent political news site in the United States, is second in online political news readership behind CNN,[5] and as of 2018 it was the third most-tweeted U.S. news source.[6]

Focusing on politics, policy, business and international relations, The Hill's coverage includes the U.S. Congress, the presidency and executive branch, and election campaigns.[7] The Hill describes its output as "nonpartisan reporting on the inner workings of Government and the nexus of politics and business".[8]

The company's primary outlet is TheHill.com. The Hill is additionally distributed in print for free around Washington D.C. and distributed to all congressional offices. It is owned by Capitol Hill Publishing, which is owned by News Communications, Inc. It is currently owned and managed by James "Jimmy" A. Finkelstein.

History

Founding and early years

The company was founded as a newspaper in 1994 by Democratic power broker and New York businessman Jerry Finkelstein, and Martin Tolchin, a former correspondent for The New York Times.[9] New York Representative Gary L. Ackerman was also a major shareholder.[9] The name of the publication alludes to "Capitol Hill" as a metonym for the United States Congress and government generally.[10][9]

In 2012, James "Jimmy" A. Finkelstein assumed control of the organization.[2][1]

Digital distribution and print circulation

The Hill has grown to become the second most-viewed US political news site and the third-most Tweeted U.S. news source.[11]

In 2016, The New York Times reported that The Hill was "proceeding with ambitious expansion plans" to become a national brand publication, and its website traffic increased 126% over the prior year, and was above Politico's traffic for the period.[12]

Following the 2016 US presidential election, The Street reported that The Hill saw the largest increase in online political readership among political news sites, with an increase of 780%. CNN and Politico saw smaller increases over the period,[13] making The Hill "the fastest-growing political news site.[14] In 2017, The Hill was also cited by Twitter as one of the top 10 "most-tweeted" news sources.[15]

In 2019, The Hill was ranked second among all US news sites for political readership, second to CNN, and ahead of Capitol Hill competitors such as Politico.[16]

In 2020, it was again ranked second for online politics readership across all news sites, behind only CNN. It remained ahead of Politico, Fox News, NBCNews.com and MSNBC TV.[17]

Vending box for The Hill on K Street.

As of 2020, the newspaper claims to have more than 22,000 print readers.[2] The Hill is distributed for free in newspaper boxes around the U.S. Capitol building, and mailed directly to all congressional offices.

As of 2020, The Hill's YouTube channel had 1,100,000 subscribers, ahead of Politico, Axios, and Bloomberg Politics. In October 2020, The Hill's YouTube channel averaged over 1.5 million daily video views and more than 10 million per week; in September 2020 it received over 340 million video views.[18]

Features and editions

Hill TV

In June 2018, The Hill launched Hill.TV, a digital news channel. The channel features Rising, a daily morning news program hosted by Ryan Grim and Emily Jashinsky.[19] On October 30, 2020, then hosts Ball and Enjeti appeared on Useful Idiots and provided an assessment of the legacy of Donald Trump.[20]

In June, 2021, Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti left to form a new show, Breaking Points, with the intent that it be free from the corporate influence they felt from The Hill.[21] Ryan Grim and Emily Jashinsky, both frequent guest hosts, filled in on the first show after Ball and Enjeti left.[22]

Notable stories and awards

The National Press Club's annual Sandy Hume Memorial Award is named after staffer Sandy Hume, in recognition of his 1997 reporting in The Hill of an attempted Republican coup against then-speaker Newt Gingrich.[23]

In 2019, The Hill won the Society of Professional Journalists' First Prizes for Features ("Celebrities dive into midterms, hoping to thwart Trump") and Series ("How The Trump Tax Law Passed").[24]

In 2020, The Hill won the Society of Professional Journalists' First Prize for Features, for the story "Inside the Secret World of the CIA's Social Media Team."[25]

Staffing

As of 2021, Bob Cusack currently serves as the editor-in-chief, with Ian Swanson as managing editor.[2]

Masthead

  • James Finkelstein, Chairman[2]
  • Richard Beckman, President
  • Bob Cusack, Editor-in-chief
  • Ian Swanson, Managing Editor
  • Rory McCafferty, Senior Vice President, Digital
  • Sheila Casey, Chief Operating Officer

Past

Controversies

In 2017, The Hill hired John Solomon.[26] Solomon inserted material from advertisers into journalistic copy, leading to protests from The Hill's publisher.[27] Solomon's role was changed to opinion contributor.[28] In March 2018 he published a challenged conspiracy theory regarding Ukraine.[27] In September 2019, Solomon left The Hill.[26]

In January 2019, WarnerMedia's CNN claimed Finkelstein interfered in the editorial independence of the paper with respect to criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump.[26]

References

  1. ^ a b c Yingling, Jennifer (2014-07-28). "The Hill names Bob Cusack Editor in Chief". The Hill. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Who we are". The Hill. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "The Hill: 'An investment in the arts is an investment in economic growth'". Americans for the Arts Action Fund. February 2015. Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "New paper to vie for readers on Capitol Hill". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Best Summer on Record For CNN Digital". CNN Press Room. August 17, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ Fuller, Melynda (December 6, 2018). "'NowThis,' 'The Hill' Among Top 10 Most Tweeted News Outlets". MediaPost. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "New and Old Political Media Are Battling for Dominance in the Century's Wildest Election". AdWeek. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Contact Us". The Hill. July 18, 2018 [First published August 5, 2009]. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Mcfadden, Robert D. (November 28, 2012). "Jerry Finkelstein, New York Power Broker, Dies at 96". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Alicia Mundy (1996-12-02). "The In-Your-Face Race" (PDF). Mediaweek. p. 20. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "'NowThis,' 'The Hill' Among Top 10 Most Tweeted News Outlets". www.mediapost.com. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Fandos, Nicholas (2016-05-14). "Capitol Hill Newspapers, Once a Protected Class, Redefine Themselves (Published 2016)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Doctor, Ken. "Washington Post, New York Times are big winners of election wars". TheStreet. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Communicator, Capitol (2017-03-02). ""The Hill" Has Record Web Traffic in January". Capitol Communicator. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Lejeune, Tristan (2017-12-05). "The Hill named one of 2017's top 10 tweeted news outlets by Twitter". TheHill. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "CNN Digital Breaks Records, Sees Biggest Audience in History in 2019". Retrieved 2021.
  17. ^ "Best Summer on Record For CNN Digital". Retrieved .
  18. ^ "The Hill's YouTube Stats (Summary Profile) - Social Blade Stats". socialblade.com.
  19. ^ "Buck Sexton helps launch Hill.tv with debut of new daily morning show "Rising with Krystal & Buck"". Premiere Networks. 2018-06-21. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Useful Idiots, Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Election Day 2020 and the Future of Both Parties, October 30, 2020
  21. ^ "REVEALED: Why Krystal And Saagar Left The Hill". Retrieved 2021.
  22. ^ "Rising: June 1, 2021 - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2021.
  23. ^ "National Press Club Journalism Awards". National Press Club.
  24. ^ "List of Dateline Awards winners announced at dinner". Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter. 2019-06-12. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "Dateline Awards for work published, broadcast in 2019 announced online in historic first for SPJ DC Chapter". Society of Professional Journalists.
  26. ^ a b c Stelter, Brian; Darcy, Oliver (January 18, 2019). "Jimmy Finkelstein, the owner of The Hill, has flown under the radar. But he's played a key role in the Ukraine scandal". CNN Business. Retrieved 2019.
  27. ^ a b Jake Pearson, Mike Spies, J. David McSwane (2019-10-25). "How a Veteran Reporter Worked with Giuliani's Associates to Launch the Ukraine Conspiracy". ProPublica. Retrieved .CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  28. ^ Erik Wemple (2018-05-14). "The Hill's John Solomon moves to new spot as 'opinion contributor'". The Washington Post. Retrieved .

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