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“Laid Off and Looking”

Tuesday, February 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Wall Street Journal has an innovate blog that follows eight MBAs caught in the financial crisis as they look for new work.

The Journal continues to use its online operations to adapt to the new media world with a rapid deployment of storylines, news silos and features like this one that grab whole segments of readers based on their personal stories. Why every major paper isn’t this innovative is puzzling. Only by taking such risks and rapdily trying new features can they hope to survive.

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Young Evangelicals and Politics

Tuesday, February 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

According to a Zogby poll, 28% of Evangelicals aged 18 to 29 voted for Barack Obama. Four years earlier, only 14% of Evangelicals in that age cohort went for John Kerry.

Even though it was an online poll, that’s a major shift in a key demographic so yesterday I spent some time asking two leading Evangelicals who work with young men and women what had happened.

Dr. Albert Mohler is the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the transcript of our conversation is here.

John Stonestreet is the executive director of Summit Ministries, and the transcript of our conversation is here. (I’ll be speaking at Summit’s adult conference on March 1.)

The educators hit some very similar notes, and the challenge for the church going forward is to realize that the old models of raising young people to understand the world are simply broken.

If you comment on these conversations, send me the link: hugh@hughhewitt.com. If Dr. Mohler is correct, the conversation about young evangelicals and politics is going on with great intensity within the age demographic and in a way that is only partially visible to older evangelicals, even those who are moderately well-wired into the community.

UPDATE: Rich Brodenr comments.

The Man Who Would Be Tennessee’s Governor

Tuesday, February 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Congressman Zach Wamp wants to Governor Zach Wamp, and he’s making sure the Volunteer State’s bloggers are up to speed on his positions. (HT: Instapundit.)

With every cycle the candidates’ focus on new media grows exponentially.

Well, at least among the smart ones. Finding a campaign manager and a media firm used to be the first steps to getting serious. Now a new media expert must be part of the team. Among the best on the GOP side: All, Almacy, Neppell and Ruffini.

Speaking of Tennessee, Senator Lamar Alexander will be on today’s program with an update on negotiations –if any– on the stimulus package.

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