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WaPo Overnight News Team, Assemble!

The Washington Post announced today that they have assembled an overnight news team to ”enliven, expand and diversify the news offered to readers overnight and into the morning hours.” In other words, these folks are gunna stay up all night so you crazy news junkies have something to read at 4:00 in the morning. Fred Barbash was hired from Reuters in January to lead the team. And while some of the group are already in house, others will be joining in the coming weeks.

Here’s the team:

Lindsey Bever will be on national news. She is a recent Columbia Journalism School graduate, where she earned a Masters in Digital Media. Prior to that, she spent more than three years at the Dallas Morning News.

Terrence McCoy will be on foreign news. He joins the Post from the Miami New Times and was a 2013 finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

Soraya Nadia McDonald will be on entertainment, culture and the arts. She is currently an assistant systems editor at the Post, and has also written on pop culture. She previously worked as a sports writer for the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, CA.

Gail Sullivan will be on business news. She comes to WaPo from CQ Roll Call, where she covered banking and finance for the Washington Banking Briefing. Before that, she was a crack researcher and fact-checker at CQ Roll Call, and wrote for CQ Weekly Magazine.

The photo editor will be Nick KirkpatrickHe has been a freelancer and contractor for the Post and will now be full time. His other clients have included The Los Angeles Times and Al Jazeera English.

And the graphics editor will be Pam Tobey. She joins the overnight team from the dayside Presentation Desk’s Information Design graphics team at the Post. She began her career at WaPo 29 years ago, and has worked on the print side creating information graphics, illustrations and other visuals.

The overnight team is expected to kick into full gear next month. Congratulations to you all on the new gigs!

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WaPo Planning ‘Impressive Investments’ for 2014

WaPo will hire five more politics reporters early this year, Executive Editor Marty Baron announced today. It’s all part of a plan to beef up their digital presence for 2014 and prepare to take on a slew new digital competitors in the news realm -including former colleague Ezra Klein.

Baron cited the recent hires of Adam Kushner, Fred Barbash, Jim Tankersley, Helena Andrews and a bevy of younger guns who will contribute to “The Fix” (all of which we reported here at FBDC), as evidence of the paper’s renewed commitment to digital. He also announced plans for developing “verticals” -or areas of specialization within the website, a “long-planned website overhaul,” and the creation of an overnight breaking news desk.

Print wasn’t left out of the picture either. This spring, Baron says WaPo will be expanding their Sunday magazine -both in dimension and in number of pages -and adding a Sunday Style and Arts section.

Read the full memo after the jump…

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First Day at WaPo for Barbash and Fuller

Fred Barbash and Jaime Fuller both report today for their first day of work at WaPo. Fuller, formerly of The American Prospect, was hired January 6 as part of the Politics team. Barbash was also hired earlier in the month from Reuters to take over the overnight desk. This is actually a return to the Post for him -he served in several different positions at the paper from 1974 to 2006. Congrats to both of them from FishbowlDC!

Reuters’ Fred Barbash Back to WaPo

Reuters editor Fred Barbash will return to WaPo to take over their overnight desk, Talking Biz News reports. Barbash held several positions at WaPo from 1974 to 2006, before leaving to work at Politico. He then went to CQ Roll Call, then Reuters, where he has been editing White House and Congressional coverage for the past year. Chris Roush has the story:

Barbash had joined Reuters in May 2012 as editor overseeing domestic policy. His departure is not related to the buyouts that occurred at the Washington bureau of Reuters at the end of 2013 that trimmed its journalism ranks considerably…

…Previously, he had been managing editor of CQ Weekly, the magazine about Congress published by CQ Roll Call, a division of the Economist Group. Before that he was a senior editor at Politico, where he was creator and moderator of The Arena, a popular forum for debate on national policy and politics.

Barbash was the Post’s national editor, London bureau chief, and deputy metro editor (not in that order) and reporter on a variety of beats, including the Supreme Court.

Read the WaPo press release here.

CQ Weekly Gets New, Ripe Editor

CQ Roll Call has handpicked John Cranford to be the new editor of CQ Weekly, a spot left vacant by Fred Barbash, who recently left for Reuters. Cranford’s previous role there was as a story consultant and line editor. He first came to CQ in 1984.

“I’ve been around the CQ newsroom since the days of the Daily Monitor and when the only color in the Weekly was CQ Green, so I’m excited to take the magazine helm,” Cranford told FishbowlDC.  “I’ve actually done this before, in 2003-2004, and I guess I can’t resist coming back.”

Cranford’s first day back was Monday.

Editorial Director Mike Mills announced the news in a recent memo. Also: See Cranford on his hog…

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Reuter’s Hires CQ Roll Call’s Barbash

Reuters has hired Fred Barbash away from CQ Roll Call to be the Domestic Policy Editor. He comes to Reuters from CQ Roll Call where he was Managing Editor of CQ Weekly for two years.

Barbash has certainly made the rounds in this town. He has worked at WaPo, Politico, CQ Roll Call, the Medill School of Journalism and now Reuters.

Congratulations to Barbash!

By the way, CQ Roll Call will be looking to replace him…

See the respective memos after the jump…

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CQ Weekly: The Cover

This week’s CQ Weekly cover story by Richard E. Cohen and the publication’s editor Fred Barbash examines how Newt’s record will fare under a harsh campaign spotlight. They address important questions like the following:

“If he was that great as Speaker, why did his colleagues try to oust him? Why did Americans give him approval ratings in the 30 percent range during his time in office? And why do so many politicians and political scientists, when asked when politics got so poisonous, mention Gingrich?”

Also in the issue: CQ‘s John Donnelly reports on how deep cuts in spending would force tough choices on the Pentagon but leave the U.S. military with some of its biggest budgets ever; CQ‘s John Reichard reports on how President Obama‘s new pick to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, Mairlyn Tavenner, may have a gentler Senate ride than her predecessor.

Look for the stories online later in the week.

CQ-Roll Call Adds, Shifts, but Still no Outside “Change Agent” as Management Recently Asserted

Roll Call-CQ Editorial Director Mike Mills lays out the new landscape for the publication in an e-mail to staff.

It’s lengthy, so here’s the summary:

- Announcements to come regarding expanding the pub beyond the Beltway to let people know “what’s really” happening in Congress.

- David Hawkings leaves Managing Editor post at CQ Weekly to become editor of new free e-mail newsletter called The CQ-Roll Call Daily Briefing.

- Fred Barbash replaces Hawkings as CQ Weekly’s Managing Editor.

- Steve Gettinger returns to CQ as deputy managing editor of CQ Weekly. He’ll work alongside Barbash.

So far, still no “change agent from the outside” addition as Mills said he wanted at the time of Roll Call Editor Charlie Mitchell‘s resignation. We’ll keep you posted.
Read the internal memo after the jump…

> Clarification: Mills has said he would find an “outside change agent” for the position of Roll Call Editor. This does not apply to CQ publications despite the operation being called CQ-Roll Call. According to Mills, Roll Call, CQ Weekly and CQ Today will remain separate and distinct — they are not merging into CQ-Roll Call.

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CQ-Roll Call Snags Politico Senior Editor

CQ-Roll Call has hired Fred Barbash, a senior editor at Politico. Before that, he worked as an editor and writer at WaPo. He joins CQ-Roll Call as deputy managing editor of CQ Weekly.

Barbash starts next month.

Politico’s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei remarked, “Fred is a terrific editor – and a terrific guy. As an editor and professor, he has shown great passion and skill for training reporters so he will be great in his new leadership role at CQ. We wish him all the best.”

Read the internal memo from CQ-Roll Call Executive Editor Susan Benkelman after the jump…

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John Harris, the Jokester

harris-5.jpeg In an internal memo to Politico staff, Editor John Harris announces, with some degree of gravity, two new hires.

At the top of the memo, he jokes that the announcement, a welcome e-mail regarding two new Politico editors, is “more serious than it sounds” in that without such an announcement, the publication could be “slapped with fines and surcharges” if Politico personnel policies are hit with an audit.

All joking aside, the new hires are Matt Negrin and Jessica Taylor. Negrin,a Boston University grad who edited the student newspaper, will report on Obama’s White House. He has worked in D.C. for the Boston Globe and New Hampshire’s Union Leader, among a host of other resume building jobs.

Taylor, meanwhile, will work on the upcoming unveiled 2010 campaign page. She was research director the 2010 edition of the “Alamanac of American Politics” and was a staff writer and online producer for NationalJournal.com. Like Negrin, Taylor also edited her student newspaper at Furman University in South Carolina.

See Harris’s internal memo after the jump…

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