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James and Deborah Fallows Document Small Town America

20140416_191350Last night at Sixth & I Synagogue, The Atlantic presented “American Futures,” a conversation with Atlantic National Correspondent James Fallows and his wife, author Deborah Fallows, about their travels across America in a propeller-driven plane documenting small towns.

In the current issue of The Atlantic, James documents his case “for why cities work when Washington doesn’t,” through conversations with mayors, librarians, and YMCA employees – among others -in cities including Greenville, SC, Burlington, Vt., and Sioux Falls, SD.

“We’re looking for places that were not in the first tier for national media attention,” said James. “Not East Coast or West Coast cities where most of the news is or where most of the talent tend to migrate.”

The Fallowses, who solicited destinations online, received more than 1,000 suggestions of small towns for which to visit that were experiencing dramatic economic, cultural, and social changes. For more on their journey across America, click here.

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Matthew Shaer to Smithsonian Mag

MatthewShaerSmithsonian magazine is announcing today that they have brought on New York magazine contributor Matthew Shaer as a staff writer. Shaer is a fiction writer as well as a journalist and his work has also been published in GQ,Harper’s, Mental Floss, Fortune and Foreign Policy. He and his wife, an art historian, currently live in Durham, North Carolina. They’ll be moving to the D.C. area this summer. Matt’s first day on the job is scheduled for May 5.

Atlantic Cover: Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Here’s your long read of the day folks: BBC’s Katty Kay and ABC’s Claire Shipman‘s revealing and thoroughly interesting look at “The Confidence Gap”:

“Katty got a degree from a top university, speaks several languages, and yet had spent her life convinced that she just wasn’t intelligent enough to compete for the most-prestigious jobs in journalism. She still entertained the notion that her public profile in America was thanks to her English accent, which surely, she suspected, gave her a few extra IQ points every time she opened her mouth.

Claire found that implausible, laughable really, and yet she had a habit of telling people she was “just lucky”—in the right place at the right time—when asked how she became a CNN correspondent in Moscow while still in her 20s. And she, too, for years, routinely deferred to the alpha-male journalists around her, assuming that because they were so much louder, so much more certain, they just knew more. She subconsciously believed that they had a right to talk more on television. But were they really more competent? Or just more self-assured?”

Read the whole thing here.

National Journal Asks Why Washington Women Leaders Make Less

natjoDays after President Obama spoke on narrowing the gender pay gap, National Journal issued its 2014 Salary Survey, asking “Why Do Washington’s Women Leaders Make Less?

“Yet even as the government takes steps to reduce the pay disparity nationwide, the gender gap remains a reality at the highest-paying jobs at Washington’s top trade associations, professional societies, think tanks, labor unions, and public-interest groups,” writes National Journal Congressional Correspondent Shane Goldmacher in the cover story. “Men overwhelmingly hold more of the top jobs—and they’re better paid for their efforts.”

Out of 644 CEOs at not for profits with a Washington presence, only 22% were women, who were typically paid less than their male counterparts. The survey also states that, “No women were among the 25 highest-paid executives on the list; only five women landed in the top 50; and just 13 women were in the top 100.”

Read the article in its entirety here.

Capitol File Formally Welcomes Thorp and Jacobs at Eno

Tuesday night, Capitol File hosted a cocktail party to welcome two new-ish additions to the glossy, Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp and Publisher Suzy Jacobs. The evening took place at Eno, the also new-ish wine bar next to the Four Seasons in Georgetown. Fun people. Delicious food and drink. Great night.

Here’s how it went down.

603 - Step out of café tu-o-tu and immediately bump into Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki and Maha Hakki. Have been seeing a lot of them lately. Super sweet.

605 - Walk into Eno. Immediately offered champagne. Why not?

6:10 - Assess the situation. This place is awesome. How have I not heard of it? Beautiful exposed brick. A chandelier made out of a wine barrel. Contemporary yet comfortable furniture. What’s not to love?

618 - Staff offers to refill my champers. I’m 3 sips in and good for now.

20140408_1817236:22 - Make my way upstairs, to no joke, the most delicious charcuterie spread I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

6:31 - Introduced to the Four Seasons’ Director of PR, Liliana Baldassari. Probably a good person to know.

7:17 - Welcome my third glass of champers over conversation with Associate Publisher Meredith Merrill. Congratulate her on a successful event. I’d say there’s a good 75 people who have walked through the doors to welcome Thorp and Jacobs.

20140408_2027567:46 - Finally meet Suzy after completely forgetting that this was a party to welcome her and Elizabeth.

8:01 - Depart for the Internet Association Gala After Party at Carnegie Library. Post TK.

In attendance: Capitol File’s Elizabeth Thorp, Suzy Jacobs, Laura Mullen, and Amy Moueller; Almus Thorp; CNN’s Edie Emery; Danielle Tergis; Revamp’s Daniel Swartz; Todd Flournoy; Alfredo Flores; the Four Seasons’ Liliana Baldassari; Dannia Hakki; and Maha Hakki.

DC Magazine Celebrates Men of Style, Snubs FishbowlDC

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Last night at Carnegie Library, DC Magazine hosted its annual Men of Style party, recognizing the most stylish men in the region. Neither FishbowlDC Editor Patrick Tutwiler or myself were recognized. WTF?!

Those who were recognized in the April issue  include Michael Beckerman, CEO of the Internet Association; Jonas Singer, co-owner of Blind Dog Café; Gregory O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC; Rich Dinning, senior general manager of Tyson’s Galleria; Philippe Lanier, head of strategic finance for Eastbanc; Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton; and Eric Burka, managing principal of Streetsense.

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GovExec Expands Event Staff

Government Executive Media Group (GEMG), which includes Government Executive magazine, NextGov, and Defense One, is hiring more event staff ahead of their next Excellence in Government conference. Kelly Olson, Senior Director of Events for GEMG, announced today the hiring of Frank Konkel as Editor for Events. In this role, Konkel will oversee content production for the conference, which is themed “The Agency of the Future.“

Konkel comes to Government Executive Media Group from 1105 Media’s Federal Computer Week, where he reported on the government’s use of technology, including policies, management strategies and oversight.

TheAtlantic.com Has Best Month Ever

The AtlanticIt seems Q1 has been kind to The Atlantic this year. The mag today is touting what it says are record numbers across its digital properties. According to an announcement by newly minted co-Presidents James Bennet and Bob Cohn, March was “the best month of traffic in the history of the site”:

During March 2014, TheAtlantic.com attracted 16.6 million unique visitors, an increase of 34% year over year. Thecurrent magazine cover story, “The Overprotected Kid” by national correspondent Hanna Rosin, is also setting records for a single story at TheAtlantic.com – with more unique visitors, and more social shares, in its first two weeks online than any previous piece on the site. The Atlantic’s three sites – TheAtlantic.com, Atlantic Cities and The Wire – now reach nearly 24 million unique monthly visitors.

Bennet and Cohn also said that advertising revenue across all platforms was up 39% over this same time last year, and that print circulation had increased from last year. Read the whole announcement after the jump…

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NJ Cover: The Putin Problem

From the National Journal cover story this week by Michael Hirsh:

While one of the main criticisms of the Bush administration was that it was overstocked with Cold Warriors who did not understand the nature of transnational terrorism after 9/11, some critics suggest that the Obama administration has the opposite problem: It is top-heavy with counterterrorism and counterinsurgency experts who didn’t pay sufficient attention to traditional state-on-state conflict, and especially Russia.

Read the whole thing here.

May 4th a Good Day for McHale-Watching

Comedian Joel McHale tells DC Mag in their April issue that Georgetown is a “magical little neighborhood,” and says that he plans on sightseeing with his family when he comes to town to host the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 3rd.

“I’m solely focused on this event,” he told the magazine. “But I’m bringing my family and my children. I’ll be able to tour around the day after.”

When asked how he plans on greeting the President for the first time, McHale jokes, “I’ll probably bow and say, ‘Good evening,’ Your Majesty.’”

The star of “Community” and “The Soup,” McHale was selected February 14th as the host for the dinner. Check out the rest of the interview in your nearest copy of DC, or visit the online version.

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