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Former BuzzFeed Viral Politics Editor Benny Johnson to Join National Review

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Former BuzzFeed viral politics editor Benny Johnson dropped some post-plagiarism scandal career news today.

“Honored to be joining National Review as their Digital Director on Monday,” he posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

First reported in this morning’s POLITICO Playbook, National Review editor Rich Lowry told Mike Allen, “Benny made a terrible mistake. But he has owned up to it and learned from it. He’s a talented journalist, with obviously a lot to contribute. He knows he’s joining a storied institution at NR, and we look forward to his helping us carry on our mission across all platforms.”

 

Jen Bendery, Dannia Hakki, Gindy win Round 2 of FishbowlDC Superlatives

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Round 2 of the FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives came to a close, and with it, who’s been named the Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Biggest Troublemaker, and Best Hair.

 

HuffPost's Jen Bendery

In the category for Biggest Troublemaker, HuffPost’s Jen Bendery took the win with just under 50% of the votes over The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein, former editor of FishbowlDC; POLITICO’s Lauren French; The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin; The Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley; and Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle.

 

Moki Media's Dannia Hakki

Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki wins Best Hair, over Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett, CNN’s Erin McPike, former Fishbowl-er turned Mediaite’s Eddie Scarry, Benny Johnson, and WJLA’s Kris Van Cleave.

 

American Beverage Association's Chris "Gindy" Gindlesperger

And in the most voted for category of 2014 thus far with nearly 6,000 votes, American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger is the 2014 Hottest PR Person with more than 40% of the votes. Early on, it looked like it could be POLITICO’s Olivia Petersen, or former FishbowlDC editor – CNN’s Matt Dornic. As the competition progressed, Gindy bested Petersen and Dornic, as well as Moki’s Maha Hakki, Story Partner’s Lauren Culberton, and SKDK’s Doug Thornell.

 

Earlier today we announced Round 3 nominees. Voting goes until Friday, August 15, at 6pm. A full list of 2014 FishbowlDC Superlative winners will follow.

Round 2 Superlatives: HuffPost’s Jen Bendery, Moki’s Dannia Hakki, ABA’s Gindy Leading

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On Tuesday we’ll announce the third and final round nominees in the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives, and before we close out round 2, we’re here with an update of where things stand in the final 24.

HuffPost’s Jen Bendery is leading in the Biggest Troublemaker category, with nearly 50% of the votes. Former FishbowlDC editor turned Daily Caller-er Betsy Rothstein is in second, followed by POLITICO’s Lauren French.

Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki is winning in the Best Hair category, besting her bestie Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett. And CNN’s Erin McPike is in 3rd with an even 18%.

And so far the most cut throat category of 2014, for Hottest PR Person, American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger is in the lead with more than 40% of more than 5,000 votes, followed by POLITICO’s Olivia Petersen, and former FishbowlDC editor – CNN’s Matt Dornic.

Nothing is set in stone, at least until Tuesday, August 12, at 2pm. So vote for your picks while you can. Round 2 winners to be announced tomorrow, as will the nominees of Round 3.

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Round 2 of FishbowlDC Superlatives: Hottest PR Flack, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker

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We’re back with Round 2 of the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives, and today, we present the Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker categories.

Based on reader suggestions (don’t blame us, blame your colleagues) we have a slew of new nominees, including 6 of the hottest PR flacks that make your heart skip a beat when they reach your inbox, finest heads of hair throughout town, and troublemakers with a capital T.

Voting for Round 1 closes Thursday, so get your votes in while you can, here. Leading for Hottest TV Personality is FOX 5′s Steve CheneveyFuture/Former Boy Band Member is The Hill’s Kevin Cirilli, and Most in Need of a Reality Show is POLITICO’s Big Money author Ken Vogel.

We still have four more categories to announce - Sexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Cutest Couple, and Most #basic - so send yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com.

Voting for Round 2 lasts until 2pm on Tuesday, August 12 so have at it. And we’ll make sure to update you along the way. And stay tuned – Thursday we’ll announce the winners of Round 1.

 

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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 7.27.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

GalleyCat Our Interview with Arianna Huffington

TVNewser Peter Greste to Appeal Egypt Conviction

TVSpy Five Things I Learned About TV News Watching Fargo

FishbowlNY BuzzFeed is Totally Cool with Plagiarism

AllTwitter Why Visual Content Matters in the Social Age

Lost Remote New Series and Seasons Abound in this Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

FishbowlDC FCC Approves Sale of WJLA, News Channel 8 to Sinclair Broadcast Group

SocialTimes Five Social Media Campaigns: Brand Lessons from Around the World

AllFacebook Five Ways to Create Great Content for Facebook Pages

10,000 Words ’Bellingcat’ Kickstarter Seeks to Unite Investigative Citizen Journalists

Inside Mobile Apps Kamcord Expands Mobile Gameplay Recording Social Networking App

InsideFacebook Are Brands Shifting to Owned Media Instead of Facebook?

PRNewser Will the YouTube/Michelle Phan Lawsuit Change the Influencer Game?

AgencySpy Agencies Enter Legal Battle Over Campaign Credits

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Memo From BuzzFeed EiC Ben Smith – ‘We’ve decided to let Benny Johnson go’

BuzzFeedLogoA note to editorial staff sent Friday evening from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced that the website has parted ways with Benny Johnson – a viral politics editor – after identifying “40 instances of sentences or phrases copied, word for word, from other sites, many of them inappropriate sources in the first place.”

On Thursday, a WordPress titled “Our Bad Media” highlighted several accusations, later reported by Gawker. On Friday, several more instances were raised on the WordPress, prompting Smith to tell Poynter that BuzzFeed was currently reviewing Johnson’s work.

The below memo was shared with Fishbowl by BuzzFeed publicist Ashley McCollum.

Also, “Editor’s Note: An Apology To Our Readers,” from Smith.

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BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith Reviewing Editor’s Work Amid Plagiarism Accusations

BuzzFeedLogoOn Thursday, Washington and national media hit the ground running amid accusations that BuzzFeed viral politics editor Benny Johnson plagiarized writings.

Gawker report was based on a WordPress dedicated to the accusations titled “Our Bad Media” and included an email from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith to Gawker defending Johnson’s work.

In the email, Smith said, “We’re grateful to @blippoblappo and @crushingbort for pointing out these serious failures to properly attribute two quotations and to credit a source in a third post. We’ve corrected the posts…Benny Johnson is one of the web’s deeply original writers, as is clear from his body of work.”

Since yesterday’s initial post to “Our Bad Media,” several more instances were raised on the site. Smith today told Poynter that BuzzFeed is currently reviewing the viral editor’s work, describing a post with “three serious instances of plagiarism.”

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Benny Johnson Learns Why You Should Not Photograph DC’s 7 Ugliest Gov. Buildings

U.S._Department_of_Labor_headquartersOn Wednesday, BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson shared with readers photographic evidence of “The 7 Ugliest Government Buildings In Washington, D.C.” Major themes throughout: marble cement everything, thriving dying tree-lined entry ways and sitting areas, and beautiful ugly art.

Well today, Johnson followed up on his original post to explain why you should not take photos of DC’s seven ugliest buildings after being confronted by police and told to leave at six of the buildings he visited, even though he stood on public sidewalks in close proximity to tourists and employees.

At the Department of Energy, Johnson recalled, “The four armed guards prevented me from moving or getting on my bike. After calling my boss, and discussing with the guards, I was given my camera back. ‘Be smarter next time,’ he [an officer] said, ‘and don’t take any more photos here’.”

Johnson reached out to spokespeople for each building and heard back from several, all of who’s answers contradict what went down. Read the full story, here.

Washingtonian Wins the Summer with AT&T Best of Washington Party

photo4Last night at the National Building Museum, Washingtonian hosted its annual AT&T Best of Washington party, likely, the best event of the summer in DC. ‘Best of’ was Washingtonian’s first major event under the helm of its new editor, Michael Schaffer.

More than 60 of the magazine’s 100 Very Best Restaurants served samples bites from their menu, including 1789, Ted’s Bulletin, Toki Underground, BLT Steak, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Lyon Hall and STK, alongside libations including Pyrat Rum and Patrón Tequilas, among many, many, others (trust).

The soirée was themed “Madhatter,” and the “publisher’s reception” (aka VIP area) – sponsored by the American Beverage Association – offered guests dozens of costume hats to compliment attire. There was a maze, acrobatic performers and musicians, a BMW i8, and a Qatar Airways lounge featuring two of its fully-flat business class seats along with great music. Read more

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