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Posts Tagged ‘Chris Dorobek’

New Lineup for Federal News Radio

This morning Federal News Radio 1500 AM announced changes to both their morning and afternoon drive programming.

Afternoon anchor Amy Morris will join Tom Temin for “The Federal Drive” program airing weekday mornings from 6-10 a.m and Chris Dorobek, will now be the host of “The Dorobek Insider,” – a talk show airing weekday afternoons from 3-7 p.m.

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FishbowlDC Interview with Josh Rogin

Rogin headshot 1.jpg Say hello to Josh Rogin, staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine, who writes the daily online column The Cable, a look inside the foreign policy machine of the Obama administration. Before that he reported for Congressional Quarterly, Federal Computer Week magazine, and The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s leading daily newspaper. Hailing from Philadelphia, he’s a GWU grad and lived in Tokyo, Japan. Much to FishbowlDC’s delight (after reminding and threatening him), Rogin got it together and met our deadline.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Yuengling beer – good taste, not bitter, and from eastern Pennsylvania.

How often do you Google yourself? Never. I’m not interested in reading about the “other” Josh Rogin, former Wexler aide. He somehow got awarded all my U.S. airways miles and I’m still bitter. (true story)

Who is your favorite working journalist? E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post, who gave me my first DC internship years ago. He writes with a clarity that cuts through and convinces. A true gentleman and scholar.

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? Never saw either. I like True Blood on HBO, but from what I gather I’m more like Edward. He sparkles in the sunlight, drives a Volvo, and can read peopleÂ’s minds.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author Sarah Palin? Michelle Obama – Maybe I could get her to give me some tips on how to tone up my biceps.

When did you last cry and why? When I was run down on the street by a D.C. taxi cab and then issued a ticket for “reckless walking.” Adding insult to injury, Jim Bunning refused to sign my cast!

What swear word do you use most often? Asscrackistan.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? Senator Scott Brown – I figure he has the hunting, trapping, and fishing skills to keep us alive until the rescue team arrives.

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Gloves Off At FCW

Earlier on FishbowlDC: “Dorobek’s Gone…Is Federal Computer Week Dying?”

Federal Computer Week blogger/columnist Steve Kelman has caused quite a stir. First, he posted this entry, wondering about the future of FCW in the wake of Chris Dorobek‘s departure (we wondered about that, too…):

    Chris Dorobek’s departure as editor of Federal Computer Week leaves big shoes to fill. …

    The breaths of fresh air that have regularly emanated from FCW are all the more important as two of FCW’s main competitors in the federal marketplace — Government Executive and Federal Times, particularly the latter — have moved in the direction of a sort of Washington Post-light which ill-serves the federal community. Although they avoid the worst of the shrill tone and sometimes ignorant content of the Post’s articles on procurement and other aspects of government management, their news articles, especially in the past year or so, have more reflected the oversight/control/distrust themes of the general media and less the results/innovation/partnership themes more typical of FCW.

    This makes the decision about a new FCW editor very important. (John Stein Monroe, serving temporarily as editor, has long-standing plans to enter seminary in January.) I hope that Anne Armstrong, president of 1105 Government Information Group, will realize that FCW is now close to a unique voice in the government management world, a voice whose strong direction it is vital to maintain.

This sort of insurrection made Anne Armstrong, president of 1105 Government Information Group (FCW’s parent company) to write a response:

    If there is question in anyone’s mind whether blogs posted here are censored or edited, this should answer it. No, they are not. It’s not like Steve Kelman doesn’t have my phone number or email address. So, I have to assume the message is intended for a broader audience, but I’m not sure at whom it is directed.

    I posted an entry on FCW Insider last week bemoaning the campaign against federal workers arriving on schedule with the election. I’m already on record on this issue.

    FCW has a long history of providing accurate, responsible comment in our editorials. We believe Government Executive and Federal Times strive to do the same.

    The purpose of an editorial is to take sides and support a point of view or course of action. We are glad that Steve agrees, but we suspect many informed executives in the community occasionally disagree. It’s the nature of the debate.

    We acknowledge and value Chris’s contribution, but responsible comment preceded him and will continue after him. If you have a candidate for the job, by all means, send the resume over.

This prompted FCW’s John Monroe (who’s leaving in January) to write:

    Having an FCW blogger write about inside affairs at FCW is one thing. But Kelman took it one step further. He contrasted FCW’s coverage with that of its competitors — and proceeded to call out the competition by name.

    That makes us really uncomfortable.

Dorobek’s Gone…Is Federal Computer Week Dying?

Well-respected Federal Computer Week Editor in Chief Chris Dorobek announced his resignation today, sources tell FishbowlDC, a move that once source dubs “the latest and most serious blow to an editorial staff that has been hemorrhaging talent ever since the magazine was taken over by California-based 1105 Government Information Group in 2007.” (Read Dorobek’s FishbowlDC interview here.) Dorobek now heads to WFED, where he will be one of the anchors for their new afternoon drive-time show.

1105 purchased the respected trade pub in 2006 (and then later purchased Government Computer News, Washington Technology, FOSE, Defense Systems, Government Leader from The Washington Post Co.). This was followed by a consolidation of all the pubs here in Washington.

“Dorobek’s departure confirms the worst fears among employees when the consolidation took place, namely that 1105 intended to gut the newsroom and replace the quality content these magazines had put out for over 20 years and reduce them to nothing more than empty advertising shells,” said one former employee.

More after the jump…

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