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CQ Roll Call Memo Causes Eyes to Glaze Over

That music you hear is from a game of musical chairs happening at CQ/Roll Call. The staff is in the process of reorganizing, reconfiguring and re-trying to figure out what the hell they’re going to do next.

First off, they’re hiring. Or, more correctly, they’ve hired. From the all-editorial staff email:

“We are bringing a new editor aboard to handle technology, labor and education. I’m excited to announce that it will be Jill Smallen, a former editor with National Journal. Jill will oversee Ambreen Ali on the tech beat, tech EB editor Gautham Nagesh, labor and immigration reporter David Harrison and education reporter Lauren Smith. Up until about a year and a half ago, Jill worked at NJ for two decades, most recently as a managing editor at National Journal magazine, where she handled congressional coverage. Before that she was senior managing editor at Congress Daily. She’ll join us on April 9.”

So congratulations to Jill and those she will oversee for getting mentions in the memo.

There are a bunch of other staff shake-ups, but all just rearranging and reorganizing.

The email opens:

“I’m happy to announce some changes in our policy teams, with a slightly different configuration and a couple of personnel shifts, all of which we expect will strengthen our coverage and better position us for the future.

The new lineup will take us from four policy domains to five so that the assignment editors can specialize more intensively in their respective areas, and better coordinate news coverage with our specialty publications and Executive Briefings. In this structure, the vertical and EB editors will report to the domain editors while Anne Hoy will continue to oversee the verticals and EBs from a product-suite standpoint. She’ll work with the business side and with editorial operations to make sure the products run smoothly, set publication schedules and generally monitor the progress and success of this growing product line. Anne will also continue to oversee the CQ leadership team (Alan Ota and Rich Cohen) as well as our new legal affairs/judiciary reporter, John Gramlich, who started today.”

Yeah, I know, my eyes glazed over too.

Congratulations to everyone at CQ/Roll Call, or I’m sorry. Not sure which applies to you, but whichever it is, there you go. At least you all still have chairs now that the music stopped. At least in this round.

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Ali Shifts from Congress.org to Roll Call

Ambreen Ali, advocacy reporter for Congress.org, announced via Twitter this afternoon that she’s joining Paul Singer‘s team at Roll Call:
@ambreenali: It’s more or less official. I’m shifting to @rollcall to cover grassroots influence on Capitol Hill for @singernews‘ team. So excited!

But Ali’s move is more than just a beat revision.  Sources inside CQ Roll Call tell FishbowlDC that the personnel shifts are symbolic of a greater organizational restructure that may eventually fold Congress.org into Roll Call.

Ambreen Ali to Congress.org

Late this afternoon, CQ-Roll Call’s Mike Mills welcomed Ambreen Ali to the group as a full-time reporter for Congress.org. Ali, previously a White House stringer for Bloomberg will be covering “Capitol Hill with an eye on what activists and advocacy groups are doing as well as how legislation is coming together.”

A memo to staff about Ali’s new gig said, “Having a reporter in the Capitol dedicated to advocacy issues and to consumer-level coverage of Congress is another important point of distinction for us.”

See the full memo after the jump.

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