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Posts Tagged ‘Ed O’Keefe’

CNN Prepares For Digital ‘Reboot’

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CNN.com will be getting a facelift come January, Capital New York reports. Although the redesign is not finalized, one addition that is certain is a live “ticker” on the site with scrolling headlines, much like the one already on CNN TV.

“The real difference in our approach has been to get a television operation to think digital first,” O’Keefe tells Capital. “We have this enormous audience, we reach just about everyone you could potentially want to reach. But if CNN is going to make the full-scale transition to digital in general, not just CNN Politics or CNN Money, you have got to think about where the audience is, rather than constantly trying to drive them back to you.”

The site is also taking the lead of the popular politically-focused “Hambycast” for other digital series. Reports Capital:

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Weekend Show Preview – 10.12.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and Univision’s “Al Punto;” Barham Salih, former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS;” and Bill O’Reilly and Bill Press on FOX News Channel’s “Mediabuzz.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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CNN Politics Digital’s Latest Hire: WaPo’s Jeff Simon

jjs_picWord 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.”

For The Post, Simon covered competitive Senate races and Capitol Hill politics. He joins this month’s hires to CNN Politics Digital including Ashley Codianni, Eric Bradner, and Zach Wolf.

Fishbowl Five with CNN’s Rachel Smolkin

Rachel SmolkinIn July, CNN announced the hire of Rachel Smolkin as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. Smolkin came to CNN from POLITICO where she served as managing editor of news.

At the time of her hire, managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley said that Smolkin was brought on to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

FishbowlDC recently chatted with Smolkin, who’s almost two months in, on CNN’s latest hires, coverage for the midterm elections, and of course, her CNN work crush.

 
FishbowlDC: You’re on a hiring spree at CNN – what key journalistic qualities are you looking for in building your digital politics team?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I am so excited to build this great team. We’ve made terrific hires already, with many more to come. I’m looking for smart, original thinkers who want to create memorable work and experiment with their storytelling; for beautiful writers and sharp editors of both text and video; for journalists who can spot news but also know how to separate themselves from the pack. I want to bring together people who are eager to work as a team and to take full advantage of the amazing platform that CNN offers.”

 
FishbowlDC: We’re headed into midterms and you were with POLITICO, one of the biggest names in political news. What drew you to CNN?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I loved the idea of creating something new — a political news start-up, backed by the incredible talent and resources of CNN. The digital space is getting more crowded, and that’s challenging us as journalists to keep innovating. The most powerful, most beautifully told stories are still able to break through the clutter — and those should be a combination of the best traditional and emerging storytelling techniques in text, video and social media. In just a few weeks, we’ve already launched Peter Hamby’s Hambycast, and we’re looking forward to more exciting coverage in the weeks and months ahead.” Read more

Mashable’s Ashley Codianni to Join CNN Politics Digital

ashley codianni photoAshley 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.

Weekend Show Preview – 9.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include James Brown, host of “The NFL Today” on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on “FOX News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” and TMZ’s Harvey Levin on FOX News’ “Media Buzz.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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POLITICO’s Eric Bradner Latest to Join CNN Politics Digital

7c9294a3546ebef1fb6a08857121b047Eric Bradner, a trade reporter for POLITICO Pro, is set to join CNN as a reporter on the CNN Politics Digital breaking news team, we’ve learned. He joined POLITICO in August 2013 from the Evansville Courier & Press where he was the Statehouse bureau chief.

Bradner told FishbowlDC, “I’m excited about the move and about CNN’s vision for its digital politics team. This is a chance to play a role in building something special, right from the start. As a guy who came up in newspapers, it’s also a tremendous opportunity to learn a ton about video and social media alongside some really talented people. I can’t wait to get started.” Read more

Zach Wolf Named Managing Editor of CNN Politics Digital

rRRQ0XAqCNN executive director of Politics Digital Rachel Smolkin today announced to staff that Zach Wolf will join her as managing editor of CNN’s digital political endeavors. Smolkin joined CNN in August from POLITICO where she served as managing editor for news.

“As we launch an innovative new era for our political coverage, Zach brings a very special blend of talents: a keen eye for news, a deep knowledge of video journalism in both the broadcast and digital spaces, and a sophisticated understanding of the Washington bureau’s awesome news-gathering operation,” wrote Smolkin in an email to to the DC bureau.

Wolf joined CNN in July 2013 as a senior planning editor. Prior to that he was the deputy political director for ABC News.

See Smolkin’s full note to staff after the jump. Read more

CNN Digital Restructure Underway

cnndigitalOn Wednesday, CNN informed more than a dozen DC-based politics reporters that their positions would soon be eliminated. Fifteen politically-focused digital positions in Washington have also been posted on its careers page, and those as part of the layoff were encouraged to apply. Capital New York reports that, “the number of new positions added will be greater than the number of positions eliminated.”

“The reorganization of CNN Politics is a recognition of the shifting landscape of media, and positions CNN to disrupt rather than be disrupted,” said CNN spokesman Matt Dornic.

The network emphasized that the reorg was not about cost-cutting or downsizing, but rather, about evolving, in its effort to create “a brand new re-imagined digital politics product.”

In June, CNN announced plans to drastically grow its digital political coverage, shortly after hiring NowThis News’ Ed O’Keefe in May as VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital.

“What we really need to do now and plan to do in 2016 is hyper-focus on the audience we want to reach…We want the names and the reporting that [are] absolutely essential for the influence makers in Washington,” said O’Keefe in a piece by Erik Wemple for The Washington Post in early June.

POLITICO’s Rachel Smolkin to Join CNN as Executive Editor of CNN Politics Digital

Rachel SmolkinAn email to CNN staff this morning announced that POLITICO managing editor for news Rachel Smolkin is headed to the network to serve as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. In this role, she’ll lead CNNPolitics.com across all platforms in an effort to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

In lieu of a press release, CNN lately has been doing a Q&A with new hires. Check it out to hear from Smolkin on the best career advice she’s ever received, what drew her to politics, and the biggest challenge of covering Washington.

Smolkin’s last day at POLITICO is slated for August 8 and will start with CNN in mid-August. Prior to POLITICO, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.

See managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley‘s email to staff after the jump. Read more

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