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Alex Halperin – News Editor, Salon.com

With the hysteria of election season behind us, perhaps it is time to remember that there’s more to life than politics. While election coverage consumed nearly all forms of American media, few outlets were more inundated with political fervor than progressive news websites.  Salon.com is a prime example. But now, with no more polls to analyze or campaign tactics to critique, Salon’s recently appointed news editor,  Alex Halperin, is poised to move forward.
“We’ve been covering the election pretty closely, of course. Salon is a progressive news site so we want to cover the wide range of topics that are of interest to progressives,” he said. “Our goal is to broaden the number of stories that Salon is able to cover.”
Halperin joined Salon in June 2012, and considering his varied experiences in journalism, he is exceptionally well-equipped to help diversify the website’s coverage.
He always knew he wanted to be a journalist. In 2001, he received his undergraduate degree in English from McGill University. He then went to Columbia University and received a master’s in journalism in 2003. His first professional experience took him overseas as an intern for  The Cambodia Daily. Upon returning to the U.S., he worked as a reporting assistant at  Dow Jones for about a year until he became a reporter for  BusinessWeek.com, primarily covering biotech and investing.
In 2007, he won The Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship, which took him back abroad. “I spent a year traveling around, mainly East Africa, writing business stories,” he said.
Prior to joining Salon, he was a senior associate editor at  Gerson Lehrman Group and a freelance writer for several outlets including  Washington Post MagazineFortuneSlateTheAtlantic.comGlobalPost and  The Christian Science Monitor. He was also a senior non-fiction editor for  Guernica.
Halperin’s broad-based career in journalism exposed him to the international media industry and the people behind it. This aspect of journalism, the human component, is what he finds particularly impactful.
“I’m always impressed by the people I’ve worked with who were very dedicated to finding good stories and telling them as truthfully and engagingly as they can, and I also find inspiration in the people who are willing to share their stories with us,” he said.
Halperin, like most journalists today, considers social media an invaluable way to engage the new media landscape. “Twitter is an important tool for promoting our work and for getting a stronger sense of what else is out there. Similarly with Facebook and some of the smaller platforms as well,” he said.
As Salon’s news editor, Halperin will apply his expertise to the ever-evolving world of Internet media and its inherent challenges. He is more than ready to do so.
“Like many, many professions, journalism has been upended by the Internet. The Internet presents a lot of opportunities for new types of journalism and new ways to explore information at the same time,” he said. “But like with other professions, nobody has quite mastered what the business models of the future are going to look like, but I would say that it’s exciting and a little scary.”
As a keen participant in online media with an eclectic background in journalism, Halperin offers a fresh and well-informed perspective to help Salon expand its progressive news coverage in the future.
Pitching Tips
Halperin asks that PR professionals display a familiarity with Salon specifically.
“I’m open to pitches, but the only ones I respond to are people who are familiar with Salon. I would say that anyone who’s sending me pitches who is not familiar with Salon is wasting their time,” he said.
Halperin prefers to be contacted via email and can be found on Twitter at  @alexhalperin.

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