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Posts Tagged ‘Dianna Heitz’

POLITICO Promotes Rachel Van Dongen to Deputy Managing Editor

Rachel Van Dongen, POLITICOAn internal memo from POLITICO managing editor Rachel Smolkin this morning announced Rachel Van Dongen‘s promotion to deputy managing editor. Van Dongen was most recently Congress editor and deputy politics editor.

In her new role, she will work closely with Smolkin and alongside deputy managing editor Laura McGann. POLITICO’s Gregg Birnbaum, Dianna Heitz, Laura McGann and Nirvi Shah also serve in the role of deputy managing editor.

Van Dongen’s outstanding deputy, Steven Sloan, will lead the Congress team going forward.

See the full memo, after the jump. Read more

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A Funny Way to Give Props to Politico Reporters

This is the kind of thing that’s only going to get better with time.

Starting back in November, Politico began an undercover employee recognition program that consists of an internal memo that gives “props”.  And while almost everyone and their brother can be individually mentioned, the people responsible for keeping the site running gets mentioned en mass (those geeks they affectionately call “the POLITICO web team”). In other words, this is a way to thank people who are not in the top tier of Politico‘s clutches and who, in many cases, you’ve never heard of ever.

Our absolute favorite props: “Several anonymous sources have also given props to Adam Mowder and Andy Glass for always changing the heavy water bottles in the back of the newsroom on a regular basis, that is no easy feat!” (According to intricate FishbowlDC research, those water bottles weigh approximately 3/4 of Glass’s entire body weight.)

Just before Christmas, management sent out an official “Props to POLITICOS” email to staff. “Props to POLITICO’s is off to a great start,” whoever is honcho-ing this operation began on a ringing note of enthusiasm. “We received several nominations the first two months and cannot wait to see what next month brings!  Keep the props coming and send your notes to propsPoliticos@politico.com.”

We changed the above email slightly as to not destroy the entire “props” operation before it even gets off the ground. But you’ve twisted our arms. We’ll highlight the rest of our favorites for November and December… Read more

Fishbowl5 With Politico Mouse

Today we try an unconventional interview with Politico Mouse, the rodent who opened a Twitter account from Politico‘s newsroom and writes about his daily escapades foraging for food in Allbritton’s mice-infested offices in Arlington, Va. He has been under Mike Allen‘s desk and says it’s fruitful. He’s a go-getter. He puts in time in meetings searching for morsels. A few things he has told us: He is a male reporter who works for Politico. His colleagues can’t figure out who he is (and some don’t care to).

In short, we take this with a comical grain of salt and so should you.

Arranging the interview wasn’t easy as Politico Mouse has excuses: “Sorry it takes me so long to respond; Mike Allen finally moved his office and some crumbs that I hid in there got lost.” And this one: “Fair warning: there’s a catered meeting going on right now and I plan to be busy afterward.”

Let’s get started…

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Politico’s First Ever Deputy Web Editor Out on Town to Celebrate

Heitz with boyfriend Jon Rubin

Politico‘s Dianna Heitz was spotted celebrating her promotion with colleagues last night. The party transpired at Politico‘s “official” bar, Continental Bar & Billiards in Arlington.

On Monday afternoon, an email with the subject line “Diann-a-might,” went out from Danielle Jones to webteam: “Guess what: Dianna Heitz today became POLITICO’s first Deputy Web Editor. She has been great at everything she has done here so far – from web producing to writing and editing – and we’re delighted that she will even more frequently have her hand on the site’s steering wheel, a job at which she’s already excelling. Please join me in congratulating Dianna for soaring to new Heitz (sorry, I had to do it – it’s tradition.)”


Politico: Heitz Upped, Lozano and Aleem Added

Politico senior web producer Dianna Heitz is taking on a new role as assistant editor for the website. Additionally, Politico has added two new members to their web team – Alicia Lozano and Zeeshan Aleem. Lozano joins Politico after serving as an online desk assistant for PBS Newshour and Aleem has worked at BBC News, The Atlantic, The Independent and The American Prospect. He has also written about politics and foreign policy for the Huffington Post and AOL News.

Don’t You Just Hate When That Happens…

Looks like everyone on Politico’s web team got the purple memo this week. Web producers Dianna Heitz, Steve Hagenbuch, Ariel Alexovich, Jacqueline Klingebiel and Becca Milfeld all showed up to the office in grape.