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Veteran Editor Joins The Washington Continent, Redding News Review

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July 16, 2007, 10 a.m. - Longtime writer, editor and public relations practitioner Marlene L. Johnson has joined Redding Communications, Inc. new online newspapers, The Washington Continent and black news leader Redding News Review.

Johnson, who has worked as a reporter for the Associated Press and an Assistant Metro Editor for The Washington Times, will be joining both the nonpartisan Independent publications as Executive Editor, effective next week, said RCI CEO Robert Redding Jr.
 
"We are proud to have such an outstanding journalistic professional at the top of both our news organizations," Redding said. "I know, from our conversations, her commitment to the independent cause of nonpartisan journalism will sharpen RCI's growing portfolio of online news properties." 

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In part of a statement, to be released on The Continent's first scheduled day of publication at the end of the month, Johnson writes:
 
"We are outspoken, bold, honest and visionary. The interests of the people, not the politicians, is our mission."

After spending almost a decade at The Washington Times, Johnson retired from her position as Assistant Metro Editor in 2004 to obtain a Master of Arts in Religious Studies at Howard University School of Divinity.
 
She will be working with a combined staff of more than half a dozen reporters in her new job.

"I am honored to be a part of this dynamic venture that is infused with Rob's journalistic vision and energy," Johnson said.  

The soon-to-be launched Washington Continent, a general interest, continuously updated Web site covering politics in and around Washington, D.C., became an active URL on late July 3, 2007, according to its news release. The Continent is scheduled to begin fully covering politics "from a nonpartisan, independent perspective" on July 30, 2007. 
 
Redding News Review, in contrast, is a more established, leading black news Web portal with up-to-the-minute credible, competitive and consistent coverage. It has attracted more than half a million readers a year. Founded March 2002, Redding News Review's editorial mission is to expose the partisan political nature of government while bringing attention to black issues ignored or buried by mainstream media.
 
The site, which features links to both mainstream and black publications, has been credited for influencing news coverage by Editor & Publisher, Upscale magazine, Rolling Out, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Times newspapers. Its content is also heard weekly on XM Satellite Radio and has been seen on the Fox News Channel.

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