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Boehner Finally Gets to Cry in Peace

There were many tears on the House Floor Wednesday as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) offered her resignation from Congress. So many, in fact, that no one’s emotions stood out as unusual — among the criers was, of course, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has been known to shed a tear or two. In this story by Roll Call‘s Jason Dick, we see he had a gavel in one hand, a tissue in the other.

“Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), an emotional man known for his public weeping, was joined in tears by others as he wielded the gavel in one hand and a tissue in the other. For a few fleeting moments, last year’s partisan warfare never happened. Virtually everyone wanted to kiss Giffords as she made her way through the chamber, to the well, and onto the dais to hand-deliver her resignation letter to Boehner. Everyone felt connected to her.”

Roll Call Swipes Another NJ Reporter

In two week’s time, Roll Call has managed to snag yet another reporter from NJ. After recently stealing NJ‘s Dick (as in Jason Dick), they’re now acquiring Humberto Sanchez, who will be signing onto Roll Call‘s leadership team as a Senate reporter. He starts on July 11. (You’ll have to forgive us. We’re going through Weiner withdrawal.)

See the internal memo…

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Roll Call Takes NJ’s Dick

In other penis-related surname news, Jason Dick is moving to Roll Call.  Most recently the editor of National Journal Daily, Dick will join the publication’s senior leadership team as House Editor.  AT NJ,  he’s being replaced by Matthew Cooper.

In a memo announcing the hire, Roll Call Editor Scott Montgomery said, “Jason is the ideal editor to guide our coverage of House leadership, working closely with Senate Editor Emily Pierce to continue to sharpen Roll Call’s report on the people, politics and pressures of Capitol Hill.”

Jason began his journalism career with National Journal’s environmental news daily back in 1998. Since then, he has held various positions in the company, including assistant managing editor of CongressDaily and managing editor of CongressDaily’s AM edition.  Jason’s first day with Roll Call is June 27.

NJ Parties Like the Pink Panther

It was Night 4 of NJ‘s flurry of launch parties at the rented space on E St. Thursday night was thought to be the mother of parties so far. The room was packed. So much so, that partygoers periodically slipped out into the cool air when they couldn’t take the crowding. Or, when they hoped to flee the towering wine-drinking man in blue linen who pawed some female guests (he wasn’t with NJ and appeared to be a straggler who wandered in off the street. At least one woman pushed him away).

Guests enjoyed cocktails, fancy hors d’oeuvres and the sounds of a live jazz band. They complained of too few bathrooms and a sweltering indoor temperature.

The dimly-lit warehouse space was enveloped in red velvet curtains. NJ Daily Editor Jason Dick loosely bragged that he had attended party after party and wasn’t tiring of it.”This is how we roll,” he joked. “I take my cues for living from the old Pink Panther movies with the martinis.

“It’s a little bit more fun than I anticipated,” he said, referring to the new web site launch and subsequent parties. “We started this back in February and it was hard to see where it was going. We’re all working as hard as we ever have. There’s a lot more steam in our strides.”

NJ brass did their best to squash talk of a NJ-Politico rivalry. But partygoers chattered about it. “For me, Politico is a start, but I’m not going to get a lot of substance out of it,” said a guest. Others felt the party logo looked too much like Politico. Dick dismissed the so-called feud, saying there much less animosity and more friendship than people know. “I have a lot more friends than enemies at Politico,” he said. He laughed, saying people had tweeted earlier in the week about whether NJ and Politico were going to “meet in a parking lot with knives and guns.”

Fournier said he was “excited” about the launch but just as excited to make it an early night and get home to his wife and child.

Many a journo turned up. Find out who and see more pictures after the jump…

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CongressDaily Hires New Tax and Trade Reporter

Jason Dick, Editor of CongressDaily, sent out this memo yesterday, announcing the new hire of Kelsey Snell, a new tax and trade staff writer.

Snell was most recently at NPR, where she was completing projects for “Weekend All Things Considered” and working on the national desk.

She begins on Sept. 27.

Read the full internal memo after the jump…

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NJ Circulates Survey – Major Changes Being Discussed

survey.jpgNJ has circulated an online customer survey suggesting that big changes are being bandied about at CongressDaily, including possibly merging the publication’s content with other reporting NJ produces. The survey, said a subscriber who took it, also suggested that NJ could be considering a name change for CongressDaily.

One question involved CQ’s bill tracking service that is a longtime favorite to a variety of Capitol Hill publications and lobbyists around town. The gist: ‘What if we could could do CQ Bill Tracker and give it to you cheaper?’

NJ declined to comment.

As previously reported by FBDC, major change is happening at CongressDaily these days with the recent departures of top tier editors Lou Peck and Keith White and Jason Dick serving as acting editor.

CongessDaily alumni are abuzz, getting in touch with old pals to find out what’s next. “My understanding is that they are taking a serious look at what CongressDaily is and trying to figure out what to do with it,” said the Capitol Hill publication subscriber.

The survey was 25-30 questions and took approximately 10 minutes to finish.

CongressDaily’s Peck and White Out, Dick In

Times are changing at CongressDaily. Founding Editor-in-Chief Lou Peck and Editor Keith White are out. Managing Editor Jason Dick is the acting Editor.

Sources behind the scenes say the change is a good one. While some are shocked by the decision, others saw the writing on the wall and see the shift as something that is going to “invigorate” the publication.

David Miller, spokesman, told FishbowlDC: “Both worked for the publication for many years — Lou was CongressDaily’s founding editor — and their efforts were instrumental in making CongressDaily the success it is today. We deeply appreciate their many contributions.”

Take That Tucker, From CongressDaily

Remember this gem from Tucker Carlson and Ana Marie Cox‘s online chat a few weeks ago on

Annapolis, Md.: Last week during the WHCD, there was some debate about where the term “nerd prom” originated from. For years, this has been a term used by comic book nerds for the annual San Diego Comic Book Convention. My question is this: as a group, who is nerdier? Washington, D.C. media nerds or comic book nerds?

Tucker Carlson: The fashionable answer would be: One group wears thicker glasses, but basically they’re equally nerdy.

But let’s be honest: That’s ridiculous. Nobody’s dorkier than comic book nerds. Even reporters for Congress Daily.

Ana Marie Cox: I feel a little bad about the inadvertent (I swear, a friend mentioned it to me and then I, uhm…) lifting of #nerdprom. And because I KNOW Congress Daily reporters, well.. I think maybe we should consider them Nerd Prom East and Nerd Prom West? I, for one, would enjoy attending both. And I think you’d find a surprising amount of overlap in the interests of the groups.

Well, someone at CongressDaily hasn’t forgotten. And that someone is AM editor Jason Dick, who threw a party at his house this weekend just to prove Tucker wrong.

We weren’t invited (so clearly it wasn’t that cool of a party), but we hear the majority of CongressDaily reporters and a bunch of their editors, among others just let loose. Guests were instructed to bring some form of junk food- the junkier, the better. The best beer served was Natural Light. Also up for grabs- Schlitz, Schafer’s (sounds like some reporters were re-living their college years).

A handful of reporters, who shall remain nameless, experimented with pop rocks and coke (as in a generic form of coca-cola, Tucker) to see if we would explode like the urban myth suggests.

The “nerd” who passes this tidbit along says, “So see? We’re all pretty cool.”

Christian Bourge makes a guest appearance at Jason Dick‘s junk food party.

Photos of the junk food loot after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 11.26.08

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This Week In Pool Reports

You can’t tell us a drunk, unnamed screech owl does not provide amusing imagery.

  • “After the travel pool left the Inn at Perry Cabin we waited a short time to join the presidential motorcade leaving the Cheneys
    residence. White House aides informed us that Maryland Crab Cakes were served at lunch, an important distinction for some of the local correspondents in tow. The president and pool left St. Michaels a little ahead of schedule. Pool landed at Fort McNair around 2:30 p.m., and returned to White House around 2:50 p.m., when Lid was called.” — Jason Dick, CongressDaily

  • “Short helicopter ride from the Beltsville Secret Service facility across the Chesapeake Bay was uneventful save pooler’s memories of untold hours on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge dreaming of salt water taffy or crab cakes while stuck in traffic. A sizable crowd met President Bush at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Before discussing the executive order he would soon sign, the president pointed out to the crowd of fishing enthusiasts, journalists, bystanders and girl scouts that First Lady Laura Bush had skipped the event and had headed to the St. Micheal’s weekend home of Vice President Dick Cheney ahead of their later scheduled lunch. ‘I guess you could say she’s the taster,’ Bush said, to laughter.” — Dick

  • “Bush told the crowd he would be heading out to do a little fishing, because, referring to Cheney, ‘The Secret Service won’t let me go hunting with him,’ likely referring to Cheney’s infamous 2006 hunting accident, when he shot his friend Henry Whittington in Texas while quail hunting.” — Dick

  • “After a short helicopter ride to the Secret Service training facility in Beltsville, Maryland, and a swift motorcade to the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge grounds, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush took a brief tour of the Patuxent Research Refuge before connecting at about 8:45 a.m. with the travel pool at Cash Lake and meeting a screech owl. The screech owl was tended to by Glenn Olsen, the veterinary medical officer at the research center. The screech owl, looking a bit sleepy and wary of the dozens of visitors and cameras, has no name, your pool was informed. The reason? He’s a research animal and they don’t get names here at the Patuxent facility. He is also not endangered and is quite common in the eastern United States, the president was informed by Olsen. The reason for the nameless screech owl’s apparent drowsiness, we were informed, is he is primarily a nocturnal creature, prompting Bush’s first early morning quip for the pool: ‘Like the press corps. They sleep by day and fly by night.’” — Dick

  • “Bush is lunching with biz leaders at the Whole Hog Cafe. They are in a back room around a big table. Bush had what appeared to be a heaping plate o’ barbecue. Pool was shown in very briefly at the top. ‘I’m looking forward to some good northwest Arkansas barbecue,’ the president said. And ‘the longer you take my picture, the less time I have to eat it.’ As we were getting the old heave-ho, the president added his usual admonishment to ‘stop off at the counter and buy something. Put some money in the local economy.’ — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle