At Slate, Jack Shafer simultaneously boosts his curmudgeonly critic credentials and pays a compliment to the new leader of Allbritton Communications’ planned local news site in D.C.:

Who doesn’t adore Jim Brady, the former executive editor of the Washingtonpost.com? Even I like him, and I don’t like anybody.

More to the point, though: Who doesn’t love reading Q&A’s with the adorable Jim Brady? You can read mine—conducted before news of the new venture broke, but with plenty of his insights about building audiences on the Web—here. Congratulations to Brady on his new gig.

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Greg Marx is an adjunct lecturer at The Medill School and a facilitator with The OpEd Project. She served as an editorial board member, columnist, library director, and No. 2 in the features department of the Chicago Sun-Times.