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POLITICO’s Election Night Coverage

POLITICO revised logoPOLITICO is gearing up for Tuesday’s midterm elections, with its coverage billed “POLITICO LIVE 2014,” to be anchored via live stream by chief White House correspondent and “Playbook” editor Mike Allen. Programming will launch at 8 pm, with an hour to feature analysis by John Harris, Susan Glasser, Maggie Haberman, and Glenn Thrush, among others, including Manu Raju in Kentucky and Anna Palmer in Louisiana.

The Rosslyn-based political news outlet will continue its online election night coverage at the top of every hour, with streams of victory and concession speeches in key races, and county-by-county election results on a dedicated page in its “Election Central.” POLITICO has also created a Twitter list, comprising tweets from 33 of its political reporters.

Allen’s “Open Mike” series recently added exclusive interviews with DNC CEO Amy Dacey, RNC chief-of-staff Mike Shields, and DGA executive director Colm O’Comartun.

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‘Women Rule’ Explores How Women Run – Power, Perception, and Reality

myersThis morning, POLITICO, Google, and The Tory Burch Foundation launched the 2014 Women Rule series with an event on How Women Run: Power, Perception and Reality. The event addressed how politically powerful women are portrayed in popular culture and featured Beau Willimon, creator of “House of Cards;” Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.); Leticia Van de Putte, State Senator (D-Texas); Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief, ELLE Magazine; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.); Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of the polling company, Inc. & Woman Trend.

On a scene from “House of Cards” in which Claire pulls a bill from the floor…
“Of course there was a version we would have loved to have write, that she completely succeeded, and that everything changed, and there was tons of reform, but that’s not really commensurate with the way the show works,” said Willimon, during his conversation with POLITICO senior Washington correspondent Anna Palmer. “We wanted to see what would happen if an issue completely important to Claire was something she had to sacrifice in part in order to achieve a higher summit of power.”
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Politico Steps Up Their Video Game

Politico is doubling down on their video production efforts with the debut of a new, snazzy “Driving the Day” video series featuring Anna Palmer, Manu Raju, Alex Burns, and Jake Sherman. Much of the Washington-based media, including The Hill, WaPo, USA Today, and Politico have already made forays into digital video -with middling results. Poor audio quality, along with on-screen talent better suited for print have been hallmarks of the online political video genre. But Politico‘s latest venture -complete with theme music and cable net-style intro sequence -is a marked escalation in production values over their competitors.

It’s no surprise that the political media would be eager to put their talent in front of cameras. It’s good business. Indeed, Politico pioneered a web-to-cable strategy that is largely credited with their meteoric rise to prominence. The website is housed in the same Arlington office building as fellow Allbritton Communications property WJLA ABC 7, and was able to take advantage of the station’s satellite hook-up to feed their reporters remotely onto the cable news channels.* The result was an explosion in name recognition for the brand as well as for the stable of reporters who could easily offer analysis on MSNBC or CNN without those networks having to do the work of bringing them in-studio.

Now, all the other DC pubs are following suit and web videos are a part of the strategy -essentially serving as sophisticated cable news audition videos for print talent. But Politico is still at the leading edge. Palmer, Raju, Burns, and Sherman are hardly as television-ready as say, Patrick Gavin -who was one of top contenders to replace Howie Kurtz on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” but Politico clearly believes in them enough to give them a platform to develop their skills.

*Update, 2.19.14, 8:26 PM: It should also be noted that Politico had a partnership early on with “Face the Nation” and CBS News which resulted in John Harris, Jim VandeHei, and other Politico personalities making many appearances on that network prior to and coinciding with appearances on cable channels. 

How Do You SOTU?

SOTUSure, you can watch the big speech on plain old TV tonight if you want to, but that is by no means the only way to get your SOTU fix this year. Here’s how the political media are covering their “Super Bowl” tonight:

The Atlantic and National Journal will be hosting a State of the Union Congressional Debrief on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.  Molly Ball and Steve Clemons of The Atlantic and Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media will be joined on stage by members of congress for a discussion and expert analysis of the President’s speech.  Speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

CNN will start coverage at 7 PM with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. Guests include Jon Favreau and Karen Hughes. Throughout the night, Jim Scuitto will be reporting from Iran, Tom Foreman will subject Obama’s claims on economic inequality to a “Reality Check,” and Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, IA. Jake Tapper will lead the post-speech coverage, followed by John King. And of course, Peter Hamby will be live streaming his Politi-cast during the SOTU and the responses at CNN.com.

TIME will stream its first-ever live webcast on the President’s speech and GOP response starting Tuesday at 8:30PM at TIME.com. The coverage will be anchored by TIME Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and joined with analysis from Michael Scherer, Bobby Ghosh, Rana Foroohar, and Callie Schweitzer.

Al Jazeera American begins coverage at 6 PM  with Tony Harris, Ali Velshi, David Shuster and Richelle Carey. Guests will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. AJA social editors will live blog the speech at http://alj.am/SOTUJohn SeigenthalerJoie Chen and Ray Suarez take over coverage at 7 PM. Coverage continues at midnight with “America Tonight.”

Roll Call will be hosting a watch party here starting at 8:40 PM. Political Editor Shira T. Center will moderate a Google hangout that features Senior Editor David Hawkings and Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni to preview President Obama’s address. After the speech, Bellantoni will take you live inside Statuary Hall to get instant reactions from members. Center and Hawkings will join the conversation to talk about the implications of the president’s address.

Politico will start coverage at 8:30 PM with Mike Allen, John F. Harris, Anna Palmer, Manu Raju via live stream here. You will also be able to submit questions to POLITICO’s Facebook page after the speech using Facebook’s Q and A feature, for answers from POLITICO Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand. They will also host an event the day after SOTU presented by the Innovation Alliance at 8 AM at the Capitol Hilton. Guests to be announced.

Huffington Post will live stream a speech from Rosanne Barr at 11 PM at HuffPost Live, immediately following the Tea Party response.

3 Press Club Events

The National Press Club has a trio of events coming up that you might find interesting. Check em out:

1) January 11 - James Carville and Mary Matalin – Love & War: 20 Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

WHAT: James Carville and Mary Matalin discuss their new book LOVE & WAR. Must purchase tickets online ($5.00 members/ $10.00 general).
WHO: James Carville, Mary Matalin, and the National Press Club
WHERE: The National Press Club, Ballroom, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2014; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

2) January 13 - Ms. Quote: Why Are Women Missing From the News?

On Monday, Jan. 13, a panel at the National Press Club will explore these issues and strategies for change. Panelists include Matt Winkler, editor-in-chief Bloomberg News, Sally Buzbee, AP Washington bureau chief, Ken Strickland, NBC Washington bureau chief, Ruth Marcus, Washington Post op-ed columnist, Anna Palmer, Politico senior Washington correspondent, and Jill Zuckman, managing director SKDKnickerbocker. Linda Kramer Jenning, Georgetown University journalism instructor and Washington editor of Glamour, will moderate the panel.

WHAT: Expert panel on women in the news. Must purchase tickets online ($10.00).
WHO: Bloomberg News, AP, NBC, Washington Post, Politico, SKDKnickerbocker, Georgetown University, Glamour Magazine
WHERE: The National Press Club, Conference Rooms, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2014; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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Morning Chatter

“He’s a pioneer.”BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, who he’s interviewing for “BuzzFeed Brews” tonight in New York City for 45 minutes. Asked what new things we’ll learn tonight, if anything, Smith told MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this morning, “That’s kinda up to Anthony. I think there are a lot of questions…about how his email-mate is enjoying her 15 minutes.” He’s referring to Sydney Elaine Leathers, who recently shot a masturbatory porn video. Valid Q: Will Weiner ever watch it?

Cantankerous Jay Rosen compares FNC’s Ed Henry to a dog

“Ed Henry is hilarious! So transparent. Like a cellophane puppy dog desperate for a pat on the head. (If you’re watching WH press conference)” — Blogger, prof and fantastically smug Jay Rosen.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:48 a.m.

Journo vexed by computer mishap

“Not good tech backup plan: LONG wait at @westelmgeorgetown. Internet down. No plan for when this happens?” — Politico‘s Anna Palmer.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo’s Clinton Yates and nbcwashington.com Contributor Chuck Thies.

YATES: I just don’t consider phone use selfish.

THIES: @clintonyates, YOU don’t. But if it diminishes the experience of a nearby moviegoer, it is polite to refrain. #MyFartsDontSmell

Travel Bitches

“@united flight delayed due to lack of ice and beverages. It’s a 75m trip. Who the f cares? Can’t wait for @USAirways to join OneWorld.” — Reason Magazine’s Preston Cornish.

The Adviser

“Seriously @KrisJenner? You might wanna chill on this one when @KimKardashian’s claim to fame is a sex tape. Just keep it moving.” — TV One morning host and syndicated columnist Roland Martin.

Pssst Politico…NJ’s ‘Influence Alley’ Has Arrived

NJ has officially launched “Influence Alley,” a new digital community for news and analysis on the people, relationships,  companies, and finances that make Washington’s influence industry run. At the helm of the feature is former Politico reporter Chris Frates.

Things could get ugly. Some may recall the dust-up that occurred when Frates first moved to NJ in June and allegedly inappropriately used a list of Politico subscribers. Frates and NJ disputed the theft claim by Politico but still agreed to pare down the list. Another stinging detail: Politico‘s own lobbying blog is called “Influence” and is run by Anna Palmer and Dave Levinthal.

A media observer told FBDC, “I notice a pattern here: Politico has a real good idea, executes it well, so NJ copies them and executes it, well, not as well.”

Frates will essentially do just what he did at Politico – as described in an NJ release, he’ll report on fundraising efforts, advocacy campaigns, talent acquisitions, media buys, the revolving door between Capitol Hill and K Street, and all the news that lands at the intersection of money, politics, and policy.

Not surprisingly, NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier has high hopes for the new blog. “Anyone looking to be successful at their work in D.C. – or simply to understand why and how the levers are pulled here – needs the kind of insight and reporting that Chris Frates is producing at ‘Influence Alley,’” he said.

To sign up for the “Influence Alley” email newsletter visit here. Follow on Twitter: @InfluenceAlley.

UPDATE: Another “media observer” wanted to weigh in with an opposing view this afternoon. “Roll Call had a full-fledged special lobbying section before Politico existed and NJ magazine has covered lobbying for many years. And Legal Times long ago dubbed their lobbying coverage ‘Influence’ and I believe used the influence.biz URL. The point is that everyone copies everyone in this world, and the idea that Politico broke so much ground here is kind of silly.”

Politico’s Laura McGann Moves Managing Finesse to Lobbying and Campaign Finance

Politico‘s Congressional Bureau Chief Laura McGann is heading up a brand new team that centers on lobbying and campaign finance. Some may also know her work from Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, where she was prior to Politico. She’s also the former founding managing editor of The Washington Independent and worked at TPM.

On an unusual note, she has a dog named FOIA.

So far McGann’s team members are Ken Vogel, Robin Bravender, Anna Palmer and Dave Levinthal.

The search is on to fill McGann’s former position.

See the internal memo from Managing Editor Bill Nichols.

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Roll Call Loses Heil to WaPo

Roll Call is losing one of their finest reporters to the Washington PostScott Montgomery announced to the newsroom tonight that Emily Heil is leaving the publication after more than four years to join WaPo’s national staff, where she will work with Al Kamen on the “In the Loop” column.

In an email announcing her departure, Emily said “It’s been an honor to be part of Team Roll Call. More than colleagues, you have been fierce friends, co-conspirators, mentors, sounding boards, and inspirations.”

Heil joined Roll Call in early 2007 to take over the “Heard on the Hill” franchise. She penned the column for three and a half years with Anna Palmer as a co-pilot and later, with Beth Brotherton.   Congrats to Emily and to WaPo!

Politico Announces Four New Hires

As Politico loses two significant employees in the past two weeks — reporter Andy Barr and Deputy Managing Editor Erika Compart — today they announce the hiring of four new employees. They include Elizabeth Breckenridge, Director of Administration, Josh Boak, an economics reporter, and two new lobbying reporters David Levinthal and Anna Palmer.

See the memo from Asst. Managing Editor of Partnerships Beth Frerking after the jump…

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