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Drastic Changes at CQ Roll Call Ahead of CQ Now Launch

Just over a month after David Ellis signed on as VP of News at CQ Roll Call, the former editor at large at Bloomberg’s Washington bureau announced his first newsroom changes.

In a confidential memo (Subject Line: A confidential FYI from David Ellis) sent to staff this morning and forwarded to FishbowlDC, Ellis announced changes in advance of the late-April launch of CQ Now, described as a “daily gateway to the latest intelligence about the inner workings of Capitol Hill.”

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Breitbart California Boosts Golden State Conservatism

breitbartToday, the Breitbart News Network announced the launch of Breitbart California, with Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak serving as Editor and Jon Fleishman as Politics Editor. In February, Breitbart News launched similar verticals covering London and Texas.

“For years, California has been written-off by conservatives as too far past the point of return, but the truth is every single day there are stories worth telling about the successes of the conservative movement in California and the failures of the left-wing establishment,” said Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon. He also cited the rise of San Francisco libertarians and the success of San Diego Republicans as evidence of a conservative renaissance in the state.

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Journo Professors Score ‘Summer Internships’ at USA Today, WaPo

Jerry Bembry, a journalism professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore, and Yolanda McCutchen a journo professor from Howard University have been named “Back in the Newsroom” fellows at USA Today and WaPo, respectively. The fellowships start this summer.

The fellowships are designed to be a sort of “summer internship” for professors, and are part of a larger program run by the International Center for Journalists that seeks to help journalism educators from historically black colleges and universities see firsthand the new skills needed for students to succeed in today’s newsrooms. Five professors were chose all together, and  the Los Angeles Times, CNBC, and WSJ are also hosting fellows.

In addition to helping the professors update their skills and curricula, the program is also intended to improve diversity at leading U.S. newsrooms by forging pipelines to promising students.

WJLA’s Natasha Barrett Leaving for Hometown ABC Affiliate

barrettWJLA’s Natasha Barrett will soon become the weekend anchor and consumer reporter at the ABC affiliate in her home town of Houston. Currently, Barrett contributes live reports to ABC 7 News at 5 and 6 pm and hosts the daily talk show, “Let’s Talk Live,” at 11 am on NewsChannel 8.

According to a memo sent out by ABC7′s General Manager Bill Lord, “Natasha has done a little bit of everything for us at WJLA and it all added up to a whole bunch of something good. Reporting, anchoring, hosting, consumer reporting, cooking segments, alpaca wrangling and much, much more. Did I mention how proud she was of her on-air alcohol consumption on Let’s Talk Live? Does anyone supervise that show? All that plus the smiling face and upbeat personality that charmed us all. Natasha has been a great friend to everyone here and we will all miss her. Please join me in wishing her a bon voyage. Her last day here will be March 28th.”

Lord confirmed that the outlet won’t fill her role per se but does have a new hire in mind. We’ll make sure to update when we learn the news.

In the meantime, congratulations to Natasha on her new gig!

David Frum Named Senior Editor at The Atlantic

Veteran political commentator and author David Frum is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor beginning March 31, editor-in-chief James Bennet announced yesterday. In his new role, Frum will write for the website and magazine and participate in Atlantic events.

Frum is the author of eight books, two of which are New York Times bestsellers. He most recently authored the e-book “Why Romney Lost” (published within 48 hours of the 2012 election), and Patriots, a political satire.

Frum has worked for the Wall Street Journal editorial page, Forbes magazine, Manhattan Institute and American Enterprise Institute. In the 1990s, he was a regular contributor to the Weekly Standard and from 2003 and 2008, he wrote a daily blog for National Review. Between 2009 and 2012, he edited a group blog, FrumForum.com, dedicated to the reform and renewal of political conservatism, which was hosted by the Daily Beast/Newsweek from January 2012 until May 2013.

Anthony’s Explosive Exit From CQ Roll Call

The CQ Roll Call newsroom is buzzing today over the dramatic departure of Chief Product Officer Peter Anthony. Apparently monitors were smashed and desks overturned as Anthony ripped off his clothes with Hulk-like rage and stormed about the office! Okay, we made that up.

But one source did describe the situation as a “firestorm,” and staffers confirm that the decision was his and effective immediately. No word on what triggered the dust-up, but rumor has it budgets could be to blame.

Anthony was just recently appointed to his position in a big re-org last November. Previously he served as Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement.

TNR Names Jason Zengerle Senior Editor

ec814ca8-b81a-4d06-ab3c-e9cc84564510.imgJust four months after joining the not-so-old Politico Magazine as a senior staff writer, Jason Zengerle will join The New Republic as a senior editor.

In a TNR press release, Editor Franklin Foer says of Zengerle that, “Jason is a master of his craft…His pieces are unfailingly deep and almost always manage to stir conversation.”

Prior to Politico Magazine, Zengerle was a contributing editor at New York magazine and GQ. Zengerle spent the first 12 years of his career with TNR, so to hear of his return isn’t too surprising.

Also announced today is the addition of two new staff writers, Alice Robb and Danny Vinik. Robb, previously a fellow at The New Republic, will write about academia. Vinik, coming from Business Insider, will report on economic policy and politics.

Join us in offering a FishbowlDC congrats to Jason, Alice, and Danny!

Ryan Cooper Joins The Week

announcementToday, The Week announced Ryan Cooper will be joining TheWeek.com as a national correspondent, beginning February 18th.

Ryan is currently the web editor and a frequent writer for The Washington Monthly and contributes to The Washington Post and New Republic.

Last month, conservative writer and thinker Michael Brendan Dougherty joined The Week as a senior correspondent. In December, Damon Linker joined TheWeek.com in the same role and John Aziz joined the website as a business and economics correspondent.

Join us in offering a huge Fishbowl congrats to Cooper in his new gig!

WaPo To Launch Initiative Focused on Real World Impact of Public Policy

The Washington Post today announced it plans to launch a new initiative focused on explaining the real-world impacts of public policy led by Jim Tankersley, an economic policy correspondent for the outlet. The yet-to-be-named project will launch in spring of 2014 and will join Wonkblog and The Switch to round out the Post’s policy coverage.

The announcement comes days after Wonkblog tweeted that Ezra Klein would be leaving the Post.

The Post will be hiring a staff of new writers and data experts to join Tankersley as the project’s core contributors, and will also feature contributions from current staff members throughout the newsroom such as Eli Saslow, Monica Hesse and David Fahrenthold.

According to Greg Schneider, WaPo business editor,

“The new initiative will harness one of the Post’s great historical strengths: storytelling. It will combine top-shelf writing, razor-sharp data analysis and rich human drama to explain and illuminate complicated policy topics for our audience…The site will feature a steady stream of data-driven, narrative stories, with words, photographs and video; vibrant graphics that explain complex trends; and a variety of frontier-pushing approaches to engage readers in conversations about how to solve America’s biggest problems. In other words, we will tell stories with real people, we will tell stories with numbers, and we will tell stories with our users’ help.”

Reuters to Hire 50 in 2014 According to Memo

note_24539-1A memo sent out today by Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler announces that the news agency will hire 50 people in 2014. This comes after the outlet let go 5% of its staff late last year. No word yet if the outlet will revisit hiring former employees. Memo below.

Colleagues –

I’m pleased to share the good news that I’ve been able to approve 50 new hires for 2014. These positions, which will be filled during the course of the year, reflect the recommendations of bureau chiefs, EICs and regional editors. The new hiring will help us fill gaps, increase our strength on some high-priority beats, and help us continue to expand our presence in key emerging markets. The roles are spread across text and visuals, and you’ll see postings for nearly all of them as they become available to be filled.

Best regards,
Steve

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