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In the Newsroom

Updates for NBC Washington, CNN @ 11am, and WTOP Mornings

announcementLots of internal news coming out of our top news orgs recently. Here’s some more to round out the week.

NBC’s Alex Wallace will head the network’s Washington bureau according to a memo sent out by NBC Prez Deborah Turness. In it, Turness said, “As SVP News, Wallace will become the General Manager/360 Leader for ‘Nightly News‘ and ‘Meet the Press,’ and will lead all our editorial and political coverage out of the DC bureau.”

CNN today announced changes to its weekday programming lineup. Starting Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, John Berman and Michaela Pereira will co-anchor CNN’s 11am hour of dayside programming. Berman and Pereira will continue to anchor “Early Start” and “New Day,” respectively.

And over at WTOP, starting Monday, Jan. 20, Joan Jones will join Mike Moss to co-anchor WTOP mornings from 5 – 10am.

Liz Seymour Named Executive Features Editor of Wash Post

promotionsLiz Seymour was named Executive Features Editor of The Washington Post, overseeing all of its features sections, including daily and Sunday Style, Sunday Arts, Food, Travel, Local Living, Weekend, KidsPost and the magazine.

According to Wash Post comms, this newly created position is designed to assure that writers and editors in all features sections work together seamlessly.

Seymour joined the Post nearly 15 years ago as an education reporter in the Loudoun bureau. In 2009, Liz started and has since served as editor of the Local Living section. In 2012, she also became editor of Weekend and the Going Out Guide. Prior to the Post, she was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times and, earlier, The Detroit News.

Congratulations are in order for Seymour. Join us in offering them!

Jonathan Strong Named Washington Editor for Breitbart News

bnnBreitbart News Network today announced Jonathan Strong as Washington Editor. In this role, Strong will direct all of Breitbart’s political coverage including Big Government while helping the organization continue its aggressive expansion.

Most recently, Strong was a political reporter for National Review, and prior to that covered the House of Representatives for Roll Call, politics for the Daily Caller and environmental issues for Inside EPA.

Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow believes the addition of Strong is a turning point for Breitbart’s political coverage, “As we look to this year’s mid-term elections and the 2016 Presidential campaign, having someone with Strong’s experience and judgment to work with reporters like Matthew Boyle, Kerry Pickett and Tony Lee will bring a new dimension of focus and quality to our already effective political coverage.”

Current Washington Editor Michael Flynn will serve as the Political Director of a new Super PAC called the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, while remaining a contributor.

Join us in offering Strong a big Fishbowl congrats in this new endeavor!

Jonathan Allen to Join Bloomberg News

A memo received from Bloomberg News earlier today announced that Jonathan Allen will join Bloomberg’s Washington bureau coming from POLITICO where he served as White House bureau chief. In this role, he’ll cover the White House and report on the 2016 presidential campaign.

Next month, Allen’s book with co-author Amie Parnes, “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,” hits bookstores. HRC is a behind-the-scenes look at Clinton’s time at the State Department based on dozens of interviews with Clinton insiders and others.

Join us in congratulating Jonathan on his new role.

Tammy Bruce to be Featured Columnist for Wash Times

Nationally-syndicated conservative talk show host and author Tammy Bruce will be penning an exclusive weekly column for The Washington Times, the Times announced today. Ms. Bruce is self-described as a “gay, gun-owning, pro-death penalty, Independent conservative.” She plans to spark a new and lively debate on current events which, she promised, will “astound the way the establishment thinks.”

“Ms. Bruce brings a unique depth to our stable of opinion columnists. I’m certain that Tammy will live up to The Washington Times prevailing principle to challenge conventional wisdom and bring a fresh take on current events. The Washington Times is delighted to be working with her,” said John Solomon, Wash Times Editor and VP of Content and Business Development.

Ms. Bruce is a well known advocate for both free speech and Second Amendment rights. Her positions on these issues were established in part from her experience as a radio talk show host. The “Tammy Bruce Show” premiered in 1993 in LA and was nationally syndicated in 2005, reaching more than 200 affiliates. In an effort to gain more freedom over her program, Ms. Bruce took her radio show independent in 2009. It is now exclusively available online and via podcast. Tammy Radio is one of the Top 5 radio programs on the worldwide internet radio hub TalkStreamLive.

NYT D.C. Bureau All Shook Up

David Leonhardt is out as The New York Times DC Bureau Chief and Carolyn Ryan is in, according to Dylan Byers:

Leonhardt, who was appointed bureau chief shortly after Jill Abramson became executive editor, served in that position for just two years. A Pulitzer Prize-winning economic columnist, Leonhardt was seen as a gifted writer with little editing experience, and thus an unnatural fit to lead the Times’ bureau.

Leonhardt is now expected to oversee a column that will focus on data and polling, effectively replacing Nate Silver, the famed statistician who decamped to ESPN earlier this year. One source described Leonhardt as the paper’s “next Nate Silver,” another as “the new Nate.”

A memo from Executive Editor Jill Abramson also details “an early morning news tip sheet that sets up the Washington day for our readers, much as the popular New York Today report does for our readers in the metropolitan area.” Carl Hulse will be the Managing Editor of the tip sheet and also Chief Washington Correspondent. Former Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger will now cover cyber warfare and national security. Both Leonhardt’s column and Hulse’s tip sheet have yet to be named. All of these changes will be effective December 15th.

Full memo after the jump.

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CQ Roll Call Restructure Part Deux

An internal memo from Managing Editor Keith White on the restructure at CQ Roll Call reveals more changes. We already reported on David Rapp‘s promotion to the newly created Chief Content Officer position, but it seems there’s much more to the restructure as well. The unifying theme is a regrouping of resources based on function as opposed to separate business focuses. We also previously reported that VP of Marketing Valerie Voci had been moved to an advisory role. The memo reveals that this is a temporary position, as Voci will be leaving CQ Roll Call shortly to “return to running her own business.”

Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement Peter Anthony has been named Chief Product Officer, overseeing a new combined product and IT team. Anthony will be tasked with developing and designing new products for CQ Roll Call, and identifying new potential markets for new and existing products. Former CTO Dennis Arndt will be advising Anthony, as well as other company leadership, in his new roll.

Meg Hargreaves has also been named Chief Retention Officer and Rick Rockelli is the head of a new, unified Sales and Circulation Marketing team. Read the whole memo after the jump.

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CQ Roll Call Restructure, Rapp Upped

CQ Roll CallCQ Roll Call is restructuring staff to take a more aggressive approach to producing digital content, according to sources inside the pub. The marquee change is the creation of a new position, Chief Content Officer, and the promotion of Roll Call Editor David Rapp to fill the role. Rapp will be the top dog in the newsroom, overseeing content across all of CQ Roll Call’s platforms, with an emphasis on engaging consumers and coordinating Roll Call’s public-facing political coverage with CQ’s professional services.

Rapp moved to Roll Call a year ago from  BGOV, though he did work at CQ prior to that as editor and senior vice president.

Also as part of the reshuffling, Chief Technology Officer Dennis Arndt and Vice President of Marketing Valerie Voci will be moved to advisory roles. There should be more news on the changes at CQ Roll Call coming, so stay tuned for updates.

Inside the Newsroom: CNN New York Bureau

Last weekend, FishbowlDC went to New York City (New York City!?) and got a tour of CNN’s New York Bureau. Here are some photos from the trip. What’s that you say? You wanna see pics of your newsroom up here on FishbowlDC? Well, by all means! Send your behind-the-scenes shots to fishbowldc@mediabistro.com, and we’ll slap em up here in a later post!

 

DC Journo-Land: It’s Not All Meanness and Backbiting

Happy Birthday Stephanie!It sure does get depressing here in the FishbowlDC offices, a.k.a. the patio in front of the Starbucks at 18th and Columbia (Free Wi-Fi y’all!). Forget that it’s so so cold, and that the darkness comes at 5:00 PM these days -sometimes the beat can just get you down. DC journos are known for their bitchy backhanded party banter, cryptic texts, and scathing online ripostes, and it can be quite an emotional drain to cover it all.

But then there are moments that make it all worthwhile. Moments that remind you, “Hey we may all hate each other a little, but in the end, we’re all so screwed up that no one can love us but the people we work with.”

And we do love each other. And it just warms my heart.

Exhibit A is this touching birthday video for CNN’s Stephanie Kotuby, starring colleagues Vaughn Sterling and Jill Chappell, set to the music of the late, great Lou Reed. Click, watch, and be merry. And Happy Birthday Stephanie!

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