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Journos Find New Paths: Roll Caller Jumps Ship, Fox News Sunday Producer Makes a Move

Ryan Teague Beckwith is leaving Roll Call for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome to take on their political coverage. As many know, CQ Roll Call faced some 30 layoffs this week. Most involved business side employees, but Washington’s longtime Capitol Hill journalist, Richard E. Cohen, was shockingly in the mix. Beckwith came to Roll Call in June of 2009. In April of 2011 he was named Features Editor after Debbie Bruno (a.k.a. Bebbi Druno) left. Among Beckwith’s claims to fame is that he has a fan in Big Boi from Outkast, who follows him on Twitter, and remarked that it was “because u give real facts.”

In other job moves, Alex Finland, a producer for Fox News Sunday, is departing to go to work for Craft Media.

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Ex-Roll Call Editor Who Charged Questionable Racial Hiring Practices Chats With Poynter at 11 a.m.

Heads up Roll Callers. Your former colleague Debbie Bruno, now a freelancer who lives and works in Bejing, is on tap to chat live online with Poynter at 11 a.m. That’s 11 p.m. China time.

The topic: Diversity hiring in the newsroom.

“Might be interesting. Might be a snooze,” she tells FishbowlDC.

We have a hunch it’s not going to be a bore. The flap between Bruno and Roll Call began late last month when she wrote a column revealing that she was told to hire interns based on their race. Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills denied the charge. Bruno maintained that she was telling the truth and said current Roll Callers support her coming clean about it.

Read more about today’s roller coaster ride chat here.

Fmr. Roll Call Editor Fires Back from Beijing

We brought you the news yesterday of former Roll Call Features Editor and Intern Coordinator Debbie Bruno, who wrote a controversial op-ed for The Christian Science Monitor in which she recalls questionable hiring practices. She said she was told to hire interns based on race.

Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills shot back at her late Wednesday afternoon, saying, Bruno was “wrong” and was doing a disservice her former colleagues. (See his full quote in the link above.)

Late last night, we reached Bruno in Beijing, who had this stinging response for Mills: “I’ll give Mike Mills the benefit of the doubt that he just didn’t know about the order,” she wrote by email. “But it’s been heartwarming to hear from so many current and former Roll Callers, who don’t feel I’ve done them a disservice at all. I guess they appreciate the truth.”

But some Roll Call staffers are less than thrilled about the op-ed and are chalking Bruno’s deed up to an ex-editor trying to burn as many bridges as possible. On that note, Bruno joked over email, “And now I’m going to go get a tattoo of a burned bridge on my arm.”

Ryan Beckwith Named Roll Call Features Editor

Ryan Beckwith has been named the new Features Editor. The slot became vacant last month when former section editor Debbie Bruno (whom we affectionately called Bebbie Druno) departed.

We trust that we will come up with an equally creative nickname for Beckwith, but these things take time.

Congratulations to the new editor. We hear he has big, “Congress-focused” plans for the section and we wish him well with it.

See Editor Scott Montgomery‘s memo…

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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


Dealing with ‘Tinkerbell’

“6 yr old wrote note to Tinkerbell, left by bed: asked Tinkerbell to write back. Somehow, her mom got Tink to do this.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a morning tweet. He added, “Thing is, when a 6 yr old writes to Tinkerbell & gets a reply, she will write again expecting a reply.”

Roll Call‘s Beckwith fills in for Bruno

“My first day on the job as @brunodebbie’s temporary replacement for @rollcall. So far, much less dancing on tables.” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Beckwith in a Monday tweet. Debbie Bruno has left the publication.

Be CAREFUL of all caps

“Typing in all capital letters is perceived to be shouting, so only do it when addressing foreigners or the elderly. #GreatestHits” — Fake AP Stylebook in a Monday tweet. Are you listening HuffPost/AOL’s Jason “I LOVE MY ALL-CAPS PHRASES” Linkins.

FNC’s Perino is talking male hair trends

“Disturbing trend of men’s hair dye. Guys should have a pro do it. Otherwise looks like a fisher price character’s helmet hair.” — Dana Perino, FNC Contributor, and former Press Secretary in President Bush’s White House.

Reporter wants more Zzzz’s

“Getting older: I can do one most-of-the-night vigil w/a sick kid, but two *kicks my butt. #yawn.” — Agence France-Presse’s Olivier Knox in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I feel zombified this morning.” — Metro Weekly‘s Randy Shulman in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Watch out…

“Weather Alert: A Tornado Watch is in effect for the Washington Region until 10am” — NBC Washington in an early Tuesday morning tweet.

Weather, wildfire outrage

“Ok DC area, I know we have had some crazy weather warnings but this has to be a first for me…severe weather alert warnings for WILDFIRES?” — Kat Aragon, CNN makeup artist, in a Monday night tweet.

Uh oh. Simon wants to move again?

“Superficial but… Two days in Cairo makes me want to return. For a city of 22 mln pple it has charm, and a sense of post-Mubarak optimism.” — WaPo India Bureau Chief Simon Denyer in a Tuesday morning tweet. In January he left Washington for New Delhi after leaving Reuters as D.C. Bureau Chief.

Another Roll Call Resignation; Bruno Exits

Add another one to the Roll Call‘s recent and growing list of departures.  FishbowlDC has learned that Features Editor Debbie Bruno is leaving the publication.   Sources tell us Bruno doesn’t have a new destination yet but is taking some time to decide her next move.

Lovingly referred to as “Bebbie Druno” by FishbowlDC, Bruno has been with Roll Call since 2008.  Prior to that she was a senior editor at Legal Times and a senior editor at Moment, a bi-monthly Jewish magazine.

Roll Call Editor Starts Dust-Up Over Dust Story

A note from the Roll Call Features Editor – her name sounds achingly similar to Bebbie Druno -  to FishbowlDC late Monday:

“Fishbowl clearly likes to pick on Roll Call when it has nothing else in the works. Betsy Rothstein clearly has no clear sense of the difference between “news” and a feature story. But then again, why would she?”

Memo to Druno: You’re so right. People in Washington (and around the world, for that matter) are dyyyying to read about dust at the National Postal Museum. It’s a compelling feature and the story will gather no dust. Your keen eye for features is blinding. When the dust settles, I think every Monday should be a day to dust off our copies of Roll Call’s “Around the Hill” and see what must-read features you have to offer. P.S. I’m glad you decided to not make this personal. I wouldn’t want our camaraderie to bite the dust.

Update: Bebbie had more to say. She writes in, “What are you, in eighth grade? You make fun of someone’s name? That’s the best you’ve got? Oh, right, all the jokes about dust. At least we understand the difference between its and it’s.”

Memo #2 to Druno: Bebbie, I’m coughing up dust balls reading your sharp e-mails. I stand by my original point – that this is the type of story one would see only in Washington. The reporter wrote what she had to deal with – um, dust – just fine. It’s (stands for it is) the topic I was criticizing. And actually, I think an eighth grader could have come up with a better story idea than the one you cleared for print. What have you got  against eighth graders anyway? — Yours Truly, your BFF.

The Fishbowl Interview With Emily Heil

Emily Heil.jpg Say hello to Emily Heil, who writes the must-read, polished Heard on the Hill gossip column with Elizabeth Brotherton for Roll Call. It’s always great to see Emily at a party and watch her hard at work. And personally, I enjoy the fact that she has the good sense to see merit in covering lawmakers’ facial hair. Speaking of hair, be sure to read her comical “Most Embarrassing Career Moment” after the jump.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Champagne

How often do you Google yourself? Almost never-it’s too scary.

Who is your favorite working journalist? My husband, Eric Hoover, a reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? I saw “Twilight” and I confess I’ve read the whole series. Neither is my “type,” but I wouldnÂ’t kick Robert Pattinson out of my coffin.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Both. Over champagne and mooseburgers.

When did you last cry and why? Yesterday. RIP, Corey Haim.

What word do you routinely misspell? Anything that’s i-before-e. I guess it’s my last name that makes me want to reverse it.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Whatever’s the Blackberry default. Exciting, I know.

What swear word do you use most often? Fracking. Eric Massa and I have at LEAST one thing in common.

What word or phrase do you overuse? See above!

What TV show do you have to watch? Lost. Don’t bother calling me on Tuesday nights.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I love a bargain: eBay, Filene’s, and vintage stores.

More funny, fracking details about Heil after the jump…

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Roll Call Changes

An internal notice, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Several staff shifts to announce: First, Jessica Brady is moving from the Features position to the Leadership Team to help cover the Senate. She will work with Erin Billings and provide spot news coverage for the Web, as well as in-depth stories for the Web and paper. Ali McSherry will move full time into the Features role, promising even more Mug Shots for our thirsty readers. Ali will be working with Debbie Bruno. Finally, Tim Taylor has expressed a desire to learn the ins and outs of newspapering, and will move into the editorial assistant position to work with Debbie on features and other story assignments, and to work with the copy and production teams. These changes will formally take effect when the lame-duck sessions ends, but we are hoping to have people in their new roles by the week of Dec. 15.

Changes At Legal Times

An internal email from Legal Times Editor in Chief David Brown:


    I’m pleased to announce two promotions in the newsroom that are effective immediately.

    Elizabeth Engdahl, who just celebrated year 20 at Legal Times, will become the paper’s Deputy Editor. In this new role, Liz will retain her responsibilities for national opinion coverage and our special reports and will now begin working with Scott and Jennifer on copy desk issues. She also will work more closely with me to develop Web-related content around our special reports and Points of View. Liz, as many of you know, is an exceptionally thoughtful, meticulous, and dedicated editor, and I’m very glad to have her assuming one of the most senior positions in the newsroom.

    In addition, I’d like to make official what some of you probably already suspected: Debbie Bruno will move from special reports editor to senior editor and will manage our business of law and lobbying coverage. Debbie joined the paper in 2004 and has done an outstanding job on our special reports. She brings to the position knowledge and contacts in the legal world, a sharp eye for copy, and enormous enthusiasm for the work that we do. I think that she will be a terrific editor and mentor for our legal business and lobbying reporting team.

    Please join me in congratulating Liz and Debbie on their new positions.

    - David