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FishbowlDC’s Mediabistro cousin AllTwitter has just announced the Top 20 Biggest Brands on Twitter, based on number of followers. That got us thinking, how would the DC media orgs rank up? Below we’ve compiled the most recent follower stats for the biggest brands in DC Journo-Land.
Here are the top take-aways: 1) WaPo has more followers than all other DC-based papers combined; 2) The 44 year old National Journal hasn’t yet cracked 100k, while 4 year old Daily Caller has more than 124k; 3) CNN has, far and away, the most followers out of any news org -Anderson has more followers than FOX and MSNBC combined; 4) Brian Williams doesn’t tweet, but has almost 200k followers; 5) CBS News personalities have some serious work to do in terms of online branding -even FishbowlDC has more followers than Scott Pelley.
Washington Post: 2,290,181
USA Today: 862,012
Washington Times: 118,615
Washington City Paper: 37,186
The Hill: 391,327
Roll Call: 158,259
Daily Caller: 124, 629
National Journal: 75,524
Washington Examiner: 15,130
Cables and Networks after the jump…
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.
Sources tell FishbowlDC that a slew of journos at TWT are being made to reapply for their jobs (a la National Journal 2010 restructure). The same positions are also being offered to outside applicants. A look at the “Careers” section of their website shows that the publication has recently posted 23 job openings, including Capitol Hill Reporter, Energy, Environment and Regulation Reporter, Military Correspondent, and Universal Desk Layout Editor.
When asked about the reorg, Editor John Solomon said, “It’s the outgrowth of some savings and revenue growth we enjoyed this year. Focus is on creating a platform agnostic universal editing desk, a new national security team and a new multimedia enterprise team.”
Radley Balko, a well-regarded criminal justice reporter and author, will write an opinion column for The Washington Post, according to an announcement from Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor, and James Downie, Digital Opinions Editor. The column will focus on criminal justice, the drug war, and civil liberties. Balko comes to WaPo from The Huffington Post, and has previously worked as a senior editor at Reason magazine, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute and an opinion columnist for FoxNews.com. He has also written a book and was named 2011 Journalist of Year by the Los Angeles Press Club.
Balko starts work at WaPo in January. Join us in congratulating him on his new job!
Read the full announcement after the jump.
Hugo Gurdon, EIC of The Hill, announced today the addition of two new editors to the rag’s roster. Most notable, Jessica Taylor of NBC News/MSNBC will join The Hill as campaign editor on January 2nd. In an internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC, Gurdon praised Taylor’s experience noting that she’s worked for CBS News, the Rothenberg Political Report, National Journal, Politico, and the Almanac of American Politics. In her new role, Jessica will be charged with “overseeing and elevating [The Hill's] campaign coverage in print and online.”
In addition, Tristan Lejeune will join the pub next Monday as an assistant editor on the news desk. Tristan has served as an editor at Source Media, The Daily Progress and the Lynchberg News & Advance.
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