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Silicon Valley Tech-Like Amenities in HuffPost DC Newsroom

20140619_142634Looking for a newsroom environment with a fully stocked kitchen, beers on tap, meditation room, nap room, AND yoga studio? Probably not gonna happen. Unless you work at the DC bureau of The Huffington Post!

When I first heard about The Huffington Post’s DC digs, I wanted to call their bluff. How could the home of HuffPost Politics – the number one trafficked politics site – have all the amenities of a booming Silicon Valley tech giant?

I recently had the opportunity to tour the HuffPost DC bureau to see if the rumors were true. Spoiler alert – they were. Read more

POLITICO Promotes Rachel Van Dongen to Deputy Managing Editor

Rachel Van Dongen, POLITICOAn internal memo from POLITICO managing editor Rachel Smolkin this morning announced Rachel Van Dongen‘s promotion to deputy managing editor. Van Dongen was most recently Congress editor and deputy politics editor.

In her new role, she will work closely with Smolkin and alongside deputy managing editor Laura McGann. POLITICO’s Gregg Birnbaum, Dianna Heitz, Laura McGann and Nirvi Shah also serve in the role of deputy managing editor.

Van Dongen’s outstanding deputy, Steven Sloan, will lead the Congress team going forward.

See the full memo, after the jump. Read more

FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren Talks Hillary Clinton Interview Prep Ahead Tonight’s Special

FOX News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren posted a video to her Facebook page late this afternoon previewing tonight’s joint interview by her and Bret Baier of Hillary Clinton on the former Secretary of State’s Hard Choices. In the video, Van Susteren calls out people’s surprise of Clinton agreeing to sit down with FOX and recalls the many times Clinton has sat down with the network in the past.

The half-hour interview will air live later this hour from 6:45 – 7:15 pm, closing out Baier’s “Special Report” and opening Van Susteren’s “On the Record.”

Hear from Van Susteren herself in the below video.

 

Internal Memo Outlines POLITICO’s Plans for New Digs

An internal memo from POLITICO COO Kim Kingsley this afternoon announced that after a long search for new office space, the powers that be decided to relocate within its current building, to the 8th and 9th floors. While the deal is not yet final, they’re far enough along in the process to make an announcement to staff.

POLITICO occupies the 6th and parts of the 7th floors at 1100 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington. The new space is expected to be 60,000 square feet and have two-connected and private floors and a large outdoor private terrace.

If all goes according to plan, they’ll make the move late Spring 2015.

Check out the full memo after the jump. Read more

Monica Crowley Named Online Opinion Editor of The Washington Times

6_162014_crowley-mheadshot8201_s640x664The Washington Times yesterday named FOX News contributor Monica Crowley as its online opinion editor. In this role, she will oversee all online opinion content and will write original content for The Times. She’s slated to start Monday, June 23.

John Solomon, editor and VP of content and business development at The Times said, “Monica is the quintessential 21st century thought leader, able to communicate her conservative values in all mediums in the most cogent way.”

In 2002, she began hosting “The Monica Crowley Show” on WABC Radio in New York, and in 2006, the program became nationally syndicated. She served as a foreign policy assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994. She is the author of four books including In What the (Bleep) Just Happened…Again?, Nixon Off the Record, and Nixon in Winter.

For more, click here.

CQ Roll Call Launches The Container on Transportation Policy and Regulation

Tom CurryCQ Roll Call today announced the launch of The Container, its new transportation policy and regulation vertical and the third in its Policy Pulse blog collection. The site will be led by former MSNBC.com political correspondent Tom Curry.

From railroad safety to car-sharing services and tolls on highways, The Container will, “track the latest twists and turns in the efforts by Congress to replenish the depleted Highway Trust Fund, or find an alternative way to pay for highways and other infrastructure,” said Curry in a release.

The Policy Pulse blogs on RollCall.com launched in May with Technocrat and grew this month to include its new defense vertical Five By Five, led by Tim Starks.

For more, click here.

Huff Post Live Explores Pop Culture’s Obsession with the Vice Presidency

h-VP-348x516Thanks to shows like “VEEP” and “House of Cards,” many Americans outside of Beltway are finding themselves fascinated with politics, Washington, and the Vice Presidency.

On Friday, June 13 at 12 noon, HuffPost Live will bring together a panel of experts to explore how the role of the VP has assumed more power in recent administrations and pop culture’s recent obsession with the position.

Sitting down with Huff Post’s Josh Zepps - one of the founding hosts of the “Live” series – will be former chief-of-staff to VP Gore and VP Biden, Ron Klain; Vice Presidential historian Joel K. Goldstein; Executive Producer of “VEEP,” Frank Rich; and Vice Presidency scholar Joel Goldstein.

Ask your questions and watch the segment here.

RTDNA Announces 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award Recipients

5390b7c0-2c28-43ac-b4af-54b8ac110342The Radio Television Digital News Association today announced the winners of the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best reporting by radio, television, and online news organizations. For the second consecutive year, The Washington Post received the Overall Excellence Award in the large online news organization division as well as a Feature Reporting award.

ABC News earned five Murrows, including both Overall Excellence in Television and Overall Excellence in Radio. National Public Radio won the award for best network radio website for the sixth year in a row, as well as awards for Investigative Reporting and News Series.

The association named 98 national Edward R. Murrow awardees in 13 categories and received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, 500 more than in 2013. National awards will be presented in New York City on October 6.

For a full list of recipients, click through to RTDNA.

The Atlantic Welcomes Denise Kersten Wills and Sophie Gilbert as Senior Editors

Sophie Gilbert

Sophie Gilbert

The Atlantic today announced the addition of two new senior editors – Sophie Gilbert, as senior editor of the iPad app The Atlantic Weekly, and Denise Kersten Wills, as senior editor of the magazine.

Gilbert was most recently the arts editor at Washingtonian and has written for The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Slate. In 2007, she moved to the US from London to pursue a masters in magazine journalism at NYU while interning for Vogue and Slate.

Denise Wills

Denise Wills

Wills joins The Atlantic from POLITICO magazine – which she helped launch in late 2013 – serving as a senior editor. Prior to that, she spent five years as an editor at Washingtonian and was a staff correspondent for Atlantic’s Government Executive magazine from 2004 – 05.

Washingtonian Names Michael Schaffer New Editor

06062014-schafferWashingtonian today announced the hire of Michael Schaffer as its 4th editor in the magazine’s 49-year history. Schaffer was most recently with The New Republic where he served as editorial director and prior to that was editor of the Washington City Paper. 

Schaffer replaces former FishbowlDC-er Garrett Graff, who served as editor of Washingtonian for the past five years. In April, a memo from publisher Cathy Merrill Williams announced that she and Graff agreed he would leave this month.

Schaffer is set to start in July. Check out the full memo, after the jump. Read more

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