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The digital hiring spree in CNN’s Washington bureau continues today with news that Rebekah Metzler will exit U.S. News & World Report for a gig at CNN. Currently a senior news editor, Metzler will take the role of breaking news editor for CNN Digital Politics.
Since poaching Politico‘s Rachel Smolkin and naming her executive editor this summer, the network has really been bulking up their digital team. You may recall that in addition to Smolkin, CNN snagged three more from Politico – Steven Sloan, Jedd Rosche and Eric Bradner. They also made big name hires like Chris Moody from Yahoo!, Ashley Codianni from Mashable and Stephen Collinson from AFP, as well as reporters and digital producers from WaPo, The Hill and C-SPAN.
CNN’s executive director of CNN Politics Digital Rachel Smolkin today announced the end of the CNN Political Ticker after eight years of political coverage to the site.
Smolkin wrote in the Ticker’s final post, which will cease to exist come Wednesday:
“The Political Ticker blog died of old age on Oct. 13, 2014, after eight years of faithful service to CNN’s readers.”
“The Ticker began quietly in October 2006, fueled by a realization that a blog could capture and influence the political conversation. It hit 1 million page views during CNN’s 2006 election coverage a month later, and in its heyday became one of the most trafficked forums in political media.”
“But over the next seven years, the Ticker remained static as the media landscape transformed around it. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram allowed political journalists to reimagine their storytelling, and the media world placed new emphasis on writing with personality and edge.”
Word on the street is The Washington Post’s Jeff Simon is headed to…you guessed it…CNN Politics Digital.
Simon will serve as a video producer and shared with FishbowlDC: ”I’m grateful to The Post for the opportunities they’ve afforded me over the past 18 months. But I could not be more excited to join Ed, Rachel and the incredible digital politics team at CNN.”
Here are this week’s top 5 stories across the site.
From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.
Ashley Codianni, Mashable’s director of news video and the person who brought the DC version of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets,” will soon reunite with her former NowThis News colleague Ed O’Keefe as a senior producer and digital correspondent for CNN Politics Digital.
“The indomitable Ashley Codianni is a social force,” O’Keefe told FishbowlDC of her hire. “Her work defines mobile + social + video, and is a huge credit to Mashable’s dedication to social news. We welcome her exceptional vision and delightfully creative mind to our reimagined CNN Politics team.”
Codianni earned major street cred when she repurposed Kimmel’s series of celebrities reading critical tweets of themselves for Washington with Congressmen and Congresswomen on Capitol Hill. In case you missed, check it out here.
On Wednesday morning, Yahoo published this piece on Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). The headline is “What is it like to be a Muslim in Congress?” It’s no secret that Ellison is one of the only two Muslims in the U.S. Congress. The other is Andre Carson (D-Ind.). He’s an interesting character. Young, extremely liberal, African-American, and he’s in the middle of Ramadan. During the holiday, observing Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, which can be a drain on Ellison. He tells Yahoo that he limits his physical activity during the day while celebrating the month.
On top of all that, he plays guitar. Yahoo made sure to get video of Ellison jamming in his office. While he cranks out a little “This Land is Your Land,” ABC’s Jeff Zeleny, who conducts the interview, awkwardly watches on.
It’s rare that we get to see members of Congress cut loose like this so, it’s refreshing. Except for Yahoo, this isn’t such an original idea. Read more
What happens when BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith‘s mom attempts to talk Twitter with him? This. Come on, @BuzzFeedBenMom, fire back!
My mom complains, re twitter: “I’m only aligned with you, but they send me all these other twitters”
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) May 26, 2013
In a similar vein, Ashley Codianni of NowThisNews cracks on her grandmother.
Panic’d phone called from grandmother, “Ashley! Have you heard of internet memes?!”
— Ashley Codianni (@AshleyCodianni) May 26, 2013
Note to readers: This is not Codianni’s actual grandmother.
By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein
National Journal‘s pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner “Making News” party Friday could easily go down as one of this year’s nicest, most well-planned parties in the coolest warehouse space we’ve seen in awhile. And maybe it will if attendees forget that for a large portion of it, the restroom for hundreds of guests was out of order.
That’s right. There was one toilet available for the entire warehouse full of partygoers, and the top floor, which contained the toilet, was for V.I.P.’s only.
“That’s hood,” one attendee waiting outside the restroom remarked about the potty problem. “Poopgate, drink slowly,” said another, explaining that one employee advised him to pace himself. When Fox News’ Peter Doocy approached the first-floor restroom area, he was told he could not enter. “How long do you think?” he asked the woman standing guard. “Alright, I’ll let it go.” (We sincerely hope he held it in, not let it go.) Another partygoer cracked, “All these people are going to have to piss on themselves. This might be the shortest party ever.”
The attendant said she had people requesting buckets and cups.
The party took place at the two-story bar in Georgetown called The Powerhouse. It was on the bottom floor where they stationed event workers in front of the hall leading to the restroom, alerting guests from about 10 p.m., when the party started, to about 11:30, that the toilets weren’t working. Only that one VIP restroom upstairs was available. But without one of the exclusive red wristbands, how were most of the guests going to relieve themselves?
“If it gets too bad we’ll have to open up the VIP area,” said NJ Communications Director Ben Fishel at the time.
At one point a team of men carrying what looked like… Read more