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Roll Call Reporter Heads to MIT

At a goodbye and good luck gathering at Kushi Izakaya & Sushi restaurant the other night, Roll Call bid farewell to Janie Lorber, a general assignment reporter on the Lobbying and Influence Team. In an anonymous email, a well wisher called it a  “good luck gathering for productive Roll Call influence reporter who is moving on to a quality, stable future.” Lorber is off to MIT to earn an MBA.

See Editor David Rapp‘s full internal memo… he writes, in part, “She hopes to take her deep interest in journalism into the new world of social media. In other words, she’s going to build our future!”

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Roll Call’s Correction of the Year

If corrections could receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, Roll Call could win it with this one. The offending story by staff writer Janie Lorber posted on June 30 at midnight and involved Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) being owed $2M from her 2000 campaign.

Number of errors: 7

The correction at the bottom of the story reads:

The original version of this article contained several factual errors. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s title at RealNetworks was misstated; she was a senior vice president. The maximum value of her current credit card debt is $50,000, not $150,000. Her assets last year were at least, not almost, $1.1 million. The minimum net worth she reported during her first year in the Senate was $5.56 million, not $11.9 million. The correct figure covered the year before her swearing-in; the story implied it was for 2001. The value of RealNetworks’ stock in 2000 should have been described as reaching above $90. Since 2000, Cantwell’s campaign has repaid her a minimum of $58,500 in interest, not $94,000.

The upside: However embarrassing this was to the reporter and the editors, Roll Call came clean about the errors. They showed integrity by reporting their own mistakes, despite the unbelievable quantity.

Roll Call’s National Account Manager Walks Out

On Friday, Kelly Lindner, their National Account Manager, walked out after 17 years. The scene was tense and she did not leave amicably. She is the 11th woman to leave in recent weeks.

The publication maintains that the departures have nothing to do with gender. Some top women presently at Roll Call on the editorial side include Christina Bellantoni, managing editor Katie Smith, and Politics Editor Lauren Whittington. There have been four new female hires in the past month: Shira Toeplitz (returning from her year abroad at Politico), Janie Lorber, Amanda Becker and Cyra Master.

“While we don’t comment on individual personnel matters, CQ Roll Call continues to recruit the best talent in the business, and we encourage ambitious, hard-working men and women to apply and work for us,” said Rebecca Gale, Director of Promotions and a relatively new hire who started with CQ-Roll Call in January.

The Departed:

Laurie Battaglia
Jen Yachnini
Jennifer Bendery
Erin Billings
Ali McSherry
Elizabeth Brotherton
Debbie Bruno
Kate Hunter
Jackie Kucinich
Monica Sweet

Correction: The above has been corrected to reflect that Kelly Lindner is National Account Manager, not VP of Sales & Events, a role which she previously occupied.

Roll Call Hires Janie Lorber

And just when we started to believe ‘Roll Call‘  was synonymous with ‘resignation’…a hire.  Editor Scott Montgomery announced via internal memo this afternoon that the publication has hired Janie Lorber as  reporter for their lobbying and influence team.

A former intern (fall 2008)  for Roll Call, Janie spent the past two years as a news assistant in The New York Times Washington bureau, where she filed to the Caucus blog and the print newspaper from Capitol Hill and the campaign trail. She has written for The Times’ business and national sections, including a front page story last fall on the finances of the Republican operatives behind the Tea Party Express.  Lorber will start the new gig on April 1st.

Congrats to Janie!