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Ex-Politico’s Karin Tanabe: ‘I was Terrified’

Ex-Politico staffer Karin Tanabe revealed last night that there will be a sequel to her fictional book The List. “There’s got to be a sequel,” she said at a party celebrating the publication of her first book.

Though The List is a kind of fictional tell-all about Tanabe’s tenure at Politico, several current staffers still showed up to offer congratulations. Former employees showed up as well, including Kendra Marr Chaikind, who was fired from the publication in 2011.

“I wrote it really fast in secrecy,” Tanabe said in a short speech to the room of 70-ish attendees. She started it in the summer of 2011 while still working at Politico. “I was terrified,” she said.

Tanabe acknowledged other Politico “survivors” in the room (some of whom could be heard trading jokes about Politico) and said her book is about “paying homage” to reporters working in today’s new media environment. Of new media, she said, “It’s easier to make your career but also break your career.”

At one point, what appeared to be the cast of D.C. Housewives swooped in and had their photo snapped by the photographer. Among the women (and wearing all sorts of furs and leathers) were… Read more

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Politico Announces Four New Hires

As Politico loses two significant employees in the past two weeks — reporter Andy Barr and Deputy Managing Editor Erika Compart — today they announce the hiring of four new employees. They include Elizabeth Breckenridge, Director of Administration, Josh Boak, an economics reporter, and two new lobbying reporters David Levinthal and Anna Palmer.

See the memo from Asst. Managing Editor of Partnerships Beth Frerking after the jump…

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Politico’s Deputy Managing Editor Quits for Public Affairs Job

Erika Compart, Politico‘s Deputy Managing Editor, left her job last week to go to work for the Public Affairs Council. She came to Politico in 2007 as Copy Desk Chief. She rose to Deputy Managing Editor in 2008. She had 14 years experience working for various news outlets. She will be the Council’s Communications and Editorial Director.

Prior to Politico, Compart was an editor, translator and reporter for Agence-France-Press and before that, a news editor for U.S. News & World Report. The world Compart is entering is not political. The organization is non-partisan and non-political, says a release, and oversees 600 companies and non-profits worldwide. Their purpose involves enhancing the practice and professionalism of the industry.

Compart lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Andrew Compart, a journalist who works for Aviation Week, and their son.

Congratulations and best wishes to Compart.

Politico Proud as Peacocks Over 76-Pager

2395934554_838b3a11d9.jpg Politico reached its largest issue yet today in three years with a 76-page “Welcome Back to Congress” issue. The previous high was 64 pages. Today’s publication had a total of 43 and one-third ad pages.

The excitement within the paper began last night with a tweet from Congressional Bureau Chief Martin Kady, saying, “Who says print is dying? Politico has a 76 page paper tomorrow — our largest ever.”

Editor-in-Chief John Harris seconded Kady’s comment. “It definitely was a herculean effort on the editorial and production side,” he told FishbowlDC this afternoon. “Oddly enough our printer is in New Jersey. Because this was so much bigger than our standard issue, it really required people in the newsroom to be much more organized.”

Harris pointed in particular to Managing Editor Bill Nichols and Deputy Managing Editor Erika Compart for pulling this off. “I was amazed at how untense it was,” he said. “It really went off without a hitch.”

Harris said Compart had to run a tight ship with newsroom staff and not tolerate any lagging deadlines. “She had to be tough…especially where VandeHei and I are the worst offenders, wanting to make late changes,” he said, referring to his other newspaper half, Executive Editor Jim VandeHei.

The editor took a moment to take a stab at competing Capitol Hill publications, saying, “Our news team is producing such a first-class product, and in my mind, superior product against our Washington competition. Advertisers must agree because they are voting with their feet by coming to us.”

Politico Behind the Scenes

boardroom.jpg Howard Kurtz got a rare behind-the-scenes look at how Politico operates for Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN. Cameras were allowed into the conference room as Politico planned its health care coverage.

Those at the filmed meeting included: John Harris; Jim VandeHei wanted everything tightly focused on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): “If we can really rope it around her and around the final 72 hours…” he said, noting that WaPo would be thinking much more broadly on coverage; Craig Gordon, the editor in charge of White House coverage, weighed in; Jonathan Martin suggested a story on “Dead Men Walking,” those lawmakers who would effectively be signing death papers by voting for the bill; Eamon Javers appeared to be amused by others remarks, but never spoke during the segment.

Something viewers may not know: Participants in the brainstorming meeting change from meeting to meeting. The meeting happens every few weeks and is a mix of top editors and selected reporters.

Something else viewers may not know: CNN chose not to show the other side of the table or any of the comments that came from that side of the room. Those journos included: Danielle Jones, Managing Editor, Online; Erika Compart, Deputy Managing Editor; Pia Catton, Features Editor; and Carol Lee, White House Correspondent.

“Some of those stories were very solid,” assessed Kurtz after the meeting. “But they also offered an embarrassment” this week. Kurtz explained that Politico posted a leaked memo on health care and didn’t say it came from Republican sources. They took it down. He scolded, “A better rule of thumb would have been to verify it first before publishing.”

An armchair suggestion: Story meeting participants may want to get all itches and scratches out before they go on film. While some slouched (perfectly fitting for such a meeting) some scratched too much as cameras rolled up close.

Next week: More Politico as Kurtz interviews VandeHarris.

Come to your own conclusions. Watch CNN’s video here. Please note, the picture (above) is a depiction and not the actual room where the Politico meeting transpired.