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Atlantic Media’s ‘Defense One’ Plans to Double Editorial and Business Staff

PrintDefense One today announced that it plans to more than double its number of dedicated staff with the addition of 11 new full-time editorial and business employees. The announcement comes days after the Atlantic vertical celebrated it’s one-year anniversary, in which it already doubled its staff from three to six and experienced record monthly traffic of 800,000 page views and nearly 600,000 unique visitors during its first year.

As part of the expansion, executive editor Kevin Baron plans to hire three new beat reporters as well as two regular contributors. The U.S. defense and national security-focused brand will also add a general manager, associate publisher and events director along with dedicated sales and marketing persons.

“We’ve seen in the last year a tremendous appetite for the kind of journalism, ideas commentary, and events that has become the hallmark of the Defense One brand,” said Baron. “We did what we came to do in year one, and now this investment will enable us to expand our reporting on the national security community.”

Tim Hartman, CEO of National Journal Group that oversees Defense One, will lead the effort.

CNN Names Elise Labott Global Affairs Correspondent

b20720d653e07e54d5f77d41b24f8312An internal memo sent last hour by CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist to staff announced that Elise Labott was named global affairs correspondent with the network. She has been with CNN for 14 years, as a State Department producer and later a foreign affairs reporter.

See Feist’s memo after the jump. Read more

Financial Times Names Megan Murphy Washington Bureau Chief

Megan Murphy FT Staff.Financial Times today announced the appointment of Megan Murphy as Washington bureau chief, to lead FT’s coverage of US politics, effective January 1, 2015. She will relocate from London to Washington this fall.

Murphy currently leads fastFT, a service that delivers market-moving news around the clock. She joined FT in December 2007 and has covered law courts, investment banking and media. Prior to FT, she was a legal affairs correspondent at Bloomberg News.

Murphy succeeds Richard McGregor, who will transition to longer-term projects.

MPAA Names Joanna McIntosh EVP for Global Policy and External Affairs

jkmokFormer Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, today announced that Joanna McIntosh has joined the association as EVP for global policy and external affairs.

McIntosh previously served as VP of federal government relations at Verizon in DC, joining in 2005 after serving as the general counsel for the 2004 G8 Summit that President George Bush hosted in Sea Island, Georgia. She also served as VP of international relations for AT&T, where she worked with the executive branch and foreign governments to promote U.S. investment abroad and reduce foreign regulatory costs on U.S. companies overseas.

NPR’s Margaret Low Smith Named President of AtlanticLIVE

md2qtgdoloqe8n04c95kNPR’s Margaret Low Smith was named VP of The Atlantic and president of AtlanticLIVE, its events division. In this role, she’ll oversee all aspects of AtlanticLIVE and lead Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and head of LIVE content, and Emily Akhtarzandi, the LIVE sales team’s managing director of business development. Smith replaces Elizabeth Baker Keffer, founding president of AtlanticLIVE, who left for the Chicago-based investment firm BDT & Company in February 2014.

For NPR, Smith ran a division of nearly 400 journalists as its senior vice president for news since early 2011. Read more

David Perla to Join Bloomberg BNA Legal as President

David Perla HeadshotDavid Perla was today named president of Bloomberg BNA Legal, effective July 21. In this role, he will grow its legal, legislative, and regulatory news and analysis and the Bloomberg Law legal and business intelligence research system.

Perla most recently served as chairman and CEO of Matterhorn Transactions, a Web-based legal and financial information services provider, and as co-founder and managing director of 1991 Ventures. He is a co-founder and former co-CEO of Pangea3, a legal process outsourcing provider.

Roll Call’s ‘Hill Navigator’ Advises How To Land Political Reporting Jobs

hillNavigator-header-logoRoll Calls’s Rebecca Gale today posted a beginners guide to landing political reporting jobs, just in time as Washington sees an influx of college graduates and interns on the pursuit of just that.

The question comes from Ben, a junior at Fordham University, hoping to eventually land a career in political journalism. He asks the ”Hill Navigator,” Roll Call’s column that explores career advice and office etiquette for Congressional staff, how valuable graduate journalism school is and what steps he should take to get more involved with political publications.

Roll Call Politics Editor Shira T. Center chimes in with advice for the aspiring reporter based on her professional experience. Key themes – write, network and persist.

On journalism graduate school, Center says, “Every program is different, but in short, I’m not a fan unless you’re making a career transition, have minimal journalism experience, or plan to use it to acquire very specific skills. For example, coding, video editing and production are an added value for a young journalist’s résumé…Otherwise, if you have strong journalism experience, graduate school might not be a sound investment. Unlike your friends at business school, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to pay off those loans on your scribe’s salary.”

Looking to land your first political writing gig or for a chance to reminisce? Click on over the Roll Call’s latest “Hill Navigator.”

CNN Plans to Drastically Grow Digital Politics Coverage

cnndigitalAs the nation gears up for the 2016 presidential election, CNN is preparing to lead in politics coverage.

In May, we wrote that CNN hired Ed O’Keefe as VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital, a new role for the network. In just a matter of weeks, it looks as if his and the network’s vision, are clearly defined.

“If you’re a top talent in D.C., expect to get a call from CNN politics,” the former editor in chief of NowThisNews told The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple.

While CNN’s politics reporters currently total around 20, in the short term, that number is expected to double.

“What we really need to do now and plan to do in 2016 is hyper-focus on the audience we want to reach…We want the names and the reporting that [are] absolutely essential for the influence makers in Washington,” said O’Keefe in Wemple’s piece published late Tuesday afternoon.

For the full story, click on over to The Post.

One of the Few Fashion Writing Jobs in DC

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Photograph by Rodney Bailey via Washingtonian.com.

Looking to work in the fashion industry in DC? Your options are very, very limited. Aside from the few “luxury” PR firms that bill themselves as being a part of the fashion industry, the pickings are slim.

But one place where the work is legit is at Washingtonian magazine, under the direction of Kate Bennett.

Bennett, who serves as the fashion editor of the Washingtonian brand as well as editor in chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian MOM, is looking for an assistant fashion editor to write print and online fashion, beauty, and style pieces. Bennett’s new deputy will also manage and style photo shoots, including the spring and fall fashion sections, high-scale productions for Bride & Groom, and the December magazine Gift Guide.

We spoke with Bennett, who herself exemplifies what you would think of an actual fashion editor, on the good, the bad, and the ugly pretty of Washingtonian’s Assistant Fashion Editor position. Click through for more on the position from Bennett herself and to apply. Read more

National Journal Internal Memo Announces 50% Increase in Readership, 6 New Hires

NJlogoThis afternoon, an internal memo sent at the National Journal, announced a 50% increase in readership compared to this time last year as well as six new hires.

Additions to the newsroom staff include Emily Schultheis as a political reporter coming from POLITICO, Alexia Campbell as a bilingual reporter from WaPo’s investigative team where she interned, Rachel Roubein coming from the Carroll County Times, Alex Laughlin supporting National Journal’s social media, Zach Cohen as a web producer, and Nora Caplan-Bricker, who joined the outlet in May.

National Journal is also looking for a Washington editor to lead its White House and Hill coverage.

Read the full memo from Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve after the jump. Read more

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