FishbowlNY TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser GalleyCat SocialTimes

Internal Memo

ICYMI – POLITICO’s Todd Purdum and Dylan Byers to Relocate to LA

According to an internal memo (via NYMag) from POLITICO Managing Editor Rachel Smolkin, two of the outlet’s top talent – senior writer Todd Purdum and media reporter Dylan Byers - are relocating to LA. Purdum’s wife, former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, recently took a position with Warner Brothers leading its communications. Byers is said to be relocating with his fiancé.

Smolkin squashes any notion of an expansion to California, as it recently did in New York when its parent company Albritton Communications purchased Capital New York.

We’re not sure we believe you, Ms. Smolkin.

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.

Read more

Internal Memo: March Proves Record-Breaking Month for CNN Digital

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.51.59As March comes to a close, CNN has been getting some flak for their wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But while that mystery has dominated their television programming, other big stories are also getting play online. Along with the ironically ubiquitous missing plane, the tense situation in Ukraine, the Oscar Pistorius trial, and the recent landslide in Washington state have all kept CNN readers glued to computers and mobile devices.

A recent memo from CNN President Jeff Zucker highlights the network’s successes for March as the best month ever for page views and video streams across domestic and international desktop sites and mobile web traffic.

The whole internal memo after the jump…
Read more

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.”

Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein Relocates to LA

Atlantic Media Editorial Director Ron Brownstein is temporarily relocating to LA for two years (and we’re all jealous). There, he’ll continue to oversee the reporting and direction for National Journal‘s integrated reports on the changes remaking America, The Next Economy Project and the Next America project. His move will allow him to do more on the ground reporting in LA and from other parts of the country as well as increase Atlantic Media‘s presence out west.

A memo from National Journal President Bruce Gottlieb to staff outlined Brownstein’s role with Atlantic Media as he prepares for the move next month. See said memo below.

I write today with some exciting news about Ron Brownstein, our editorial director for strategic partnerships at Atlantic Media. Beginning in mid-February, Ron and his wife, Eileen McMenamin, will temporarily relocate to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, Ron will continue to perform the unique combination of roles he has held for the last seven years. Ron will continue to supervise and provide overall editorial direction for National Journal’s flagship integrated reports on changes remaking America: the Next Economy project, focusing on how average families are navigating the changing economy; the Next America project, examining how growing diversity is changing the national agenda; and the 50 Innovators project, identifying grassroots problem-solvers making progress on the big challenges facing the country. He will also continue to work with our sister publications, Quartz and Atlantic Cities, on their own special projects. Finally, Ron will continue to write his weekly column in National Journal, contribute full-length feature pieces to National Journal and The Atlantic, and provide analysis for Quartz.

From Los Angeles, Ron will lead our efforts in raising Atlantic Media’s presence on the West Coast. Ron will contribute more original reporting to the Next Economy and Next America projects and will look for new partners to help us launch additional integrated reports on other large-scale trends reshaping America. Ron will return to Washington for several days bi-monthly.

When I asked Ron why he wanted to return to California, he told me it seemed a logical outgrowth of his work here atNational Journal and Atlantic Media. “In the past few years, I’ve increasingly devoted my time to studying the underlying economic and demographic trends reshaping American life,” he said. “This move offers a great opportunity to get closer to the impact of those trends on the ground. California embodies all of the promise—and challenge—of our new economic and demographic realities. And it’s also a great jumping off point for spending time across the West, which offers a perspective we often don’t hear clearly enough in Washington. For me this is the best of both worlds: a chance to refresh my understanding of what’s happening in America while continuing to work with great colleagues at Atlantic Media. I’m tremendously grateful to David Bradley and everyone else here for providing me this opportunity.”

Then he added one more thing: “Plus, as the song says, we love LA.”

For Ron, this move will be a homecoming. After serving as National Journal’s White House and political correspondent in the early 1980s (or, as he puts it, sometime in the Jurassic period), he moved to Los Angeles in 1986. There, Ron wrote his bookThe Power and The Glitter, a history of the relationship between Hollywood and Washington.  He then joined the Los Angeles Times and, after a few years, returned to Washington as national political correspondent and columnist. Ultimately, Ron spent 17 years with the Los Angeles Times, twice being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns. Ron rejoined Atlantic Media in 2007.

Ron’s wife Eileen, whom many of you know, has exciting plans for the move as well. Eileen has spent the past five years as vice president for communications at the Bipartisan Policy Center, building its communications staff, creating a robust events division and raising its visibility in the national debate on issues. In California, Eileen will launch her own media consulting firm, working with public and private organizations to raise their national profile.

Ron and Eileen will spend two years in Los Angeles before returning to Washington in spring, 2016. Ron will cover the 2016 presidential primaries for National Journal and Atlantic Media from his base in Los Angeles (something, he reminded me, he did for the Los Angeles Times in the 1992 campaign, when he wrote some of the path-breaking articles about a long-shot named Bill Clinton). He and Eileen will then be back in Washington for the national conventions and general election.

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.

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.

John Cranford Retires from CQ Roll Call

John Cranford, a long time DC hand who has covered economics and politics for 30 years, is retiring from his job as editor of CQ Weekly, according to an internal memo from Roll Call editor David Rapp. Cranford is leaving the pub to pursue a life-long dream of touring the country’s baseball stadiums.

Cranford worked for the Montgomery County Sentinel before joining CQ in 1984 as a news editor overseeing economics and agriculture. He also worked as tax and economics reporter, copy desk chief, and assistant managing editor, among other positions. He left for Bloomberg News in 1996 to serve as the Economy Team Leader, helping the organization establish its foothold in Washington and reorganizing the European economic desk in Frankfurt, Germany.

In 2003, he came back to CQ and has edited the Weekly ever since. He will leave at the end of the month, but is expected to contribute to the 2013 CQ Almanac due out early next year.

Read the full memo after the jump.

Read more

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>