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TWT Launches Magazine for Black Conservatives

Well they’re just gunna try a little bit of everything over at The Washington Times, aren’t they?

Today the paper announced they will launch a magazine for black conservatives, the American CurrentSee. (We guess that’s a pun?) Ben Carson -the neurosurgeon  whose jeremiad against political correctness and healthcare reform at the National Prayer Breakfast last year made him famous in conservative circles -will be the publisher of the new digital weekly. Conservative columnist and radio host  Armstrong Williams will serve as executive editor. Fox News’ Juan Williams will also contribute to the first issue, which comes out March 30th.

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Longtime TWT, Washington Star Sports Reporter Dies

Dick Heller, a native Washingtonian who wrote about District sports for more than 5 decades has died. Heller wrote for The Washington Times as well as the Washington Star and the Alexandria Gazette. He was also pivotal in a key Appeals court case regarding freedom of speech. From the WaPo obit:

In 1977, when the University of Maryland had one of the top men’s basketball teams in the country, The Washington Post published a story highlighting the players’ dismal academic records. Mr. Heller, then a columnist at the Star, went a step further, publishing the names of four players, with their photographs prominently displayed.. .Six members of the team sued Mr. Heller and the Star… for invasion of privacy, publishing confidential university records and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The players asked for $72 million in damages.

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Hey Isn’t That…

…a PRINT copy of The Hill on Obama’s desk? How quaint!

(Photo Credit: Pete Souza)

David Eldridge Leaves TWT for Roll Call

In a letter to staff, Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni announced yesterday the hiring of David Eldridge away from The Washington Times, where he had been assistant editor on the politics desk.* She also announced several promotions and newsroom re-organizations.

Eldridge, who starts his new gig on March 31st, will now serve as Roll Call‘s House editor. He will work with Emma Dumain, Dan Newhouser, and Matt Fuller on the “218″ blog, and be their main point of contact for short and long-term projects. He comes to Roll Call amidst a transition for the paper. Bellantoni herself started a mere 8 weeks ago, and a major re-org had already happened right before she arrived. That blueprint was augmented somewhat by the sudden departure of Peter Anthony last week, and now, with a flurry of promotions and the hiring of Eldridge, Bellantoni is attempting to right the ship.

Eldridge is leaving an arguably more troubled paper, also in the midst of major renovation. TWT Editor John Solomon has been trying to reinvent his conservative daily as a multimedia investigative enterprise since he was brought on last summer.

There were more adjustments and promotions announced yesterday as well, though they are a bit too numerous for us to regurgitate here. For more detail on the latest Roll Call re-org, check out Bellantoni’s letter to staff, after the jump.

*Update 2:49: This post previously said that David Eldridge was most recently the managing editor of TWT‘s website. That was inaccurate. Though he was once the managing editor of the website, he is now assistant editor on the politics desk. The current managing editor of the site is Ian Bishop.

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Afternoon Lede Check, 3.18.14

A man was shot and killed when he fires on officers; the U.S. suspends consular relations with Syria; and a Navy Yard review suggests DOD handed out too many security clearances.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Meredith Shiner Out at Roll Call

It seems that this might be the beginning of another hemorrhage at Roll Call. We reported two days ago on the explosive exit  of Chief Product Officer Peter Anthony. Now, in an email to sources, Congressional writer Meredith Shiner announced her departure from the org.* She warned people that while her CQ Roll Call email address will remain open for another month, any emails sent there could and probably would be reviewed internally and that no one should have any expectation of privacy. Shiner joined Roll Call in 2011 after nearly two years at Politico.

*Update 7:12 p.m. : Meredith wrote us to say that her departure was not sudden. We’ve edited the post to reflect that. Her full e-mail to sources after the jump, plus the announcement from Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni after the jump…

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WaPo‘s Unnamed Tankersley Project Beefs Up

Jim Tankersley‘s unnamed data-driven story-telling project at WaPo (let’s call it “Project Y”) has brought on two new faces ahead of its early spring launch.

Jeffrey Guo is coming on as a number-cruncher and chart-maker. And Ryan McCarthy has been hired as an assistant business editor with responsibility for Project Y as well as Wonkblog. Guo is coming off of a yearlong fellowship as a reporter and researcher at the New Republic, while McCarthy most recently served as deputy editor of Reuters.com.

McCarthy starts March 31st and Guo will start April 7.

TWT Hires News Biz Pro as GM

The Washington Times continued apace with their efforts to restock and revamp their paper today, announcing the hire of David Dadisman as General Manager.  Dadisman comes to TWT after three years as Publisher and General Manager of The Daily Herald in Everett, Wash., a unit of the former Washington Post Co.

Dadisman is the first business hire to be made public recently, after a string of op-ed writers, columnists, and radio personalities were brought on at the paper over the past several months.

He has been in the newspaper business for more than 30 years, including a stint from 2001 to 2010 as Vice President of Circulation at WaPo.

CQ Roll Call Snags Ellis, Ups Ives

CQ Roll Call filled two top editorial posts today, naming David Ellis of Bloomberg News as CQ Roll Call’s VP of News, and promoting Director of Legal Products Benton Ives to Editor-in Chief of CQ Weekly.

Ellis is currently the editor at large at Bloomberg’s Washington Bureau, where he has written about government transparency and whistleblowers at the Justice Department. He previously worked for Moneywise in the UK, as well as TIME and People.

Ives started his career at CQ in 2002, and had served as an Editorial Assistant and Economics Editor before becoming Director of Legal Products. He also helped set up and run a partnership between CQ Roll Call and Thomson Reuters, covering securities, banking, energy and immigration.

Ellis’ first day is Monday, March 17, and Ives starts his new position on Monday, March 24.

Al-Monitor Expands Capitol Coverage with ‘Congress Pulse’

Al-Monitor has hired The Hill‘s Julian Pecquet as their Congressional correspondent, it was announced today. Pecquet will oversee the website’s new ‘Congress Pulse’ section, which will focus on the relationship between Congress and the Middle East.

Pecquet previously ran the Global Affairs blog at The Hill and has also covered the War on Terror in Africa and healthcare reform.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Al-Monitor as it cements its reputation as the must-read site for Middle East news and analysis for readers the world over,” he said. “Congress, of course, continues to play a central role in events shaping the region, and I look forward to the opportunity to cover its players as they influence global events.”

Check out Congress Pulse here.

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