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It’s Official: POLITICO’s Headed to Brussels

POLITICO revised logoA 12:44pm email from POLITICO president Jim VandeHei confirmed expansion to Europe, joining with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to cover European politics and policy. The new media company will be headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

“Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” wrote VandeHei to staff. “We can tell you this is a 50-50 joint venture with Axel Springer and will cover not just Brussels but European politics and policy more broadly. There is a lot more to this new venture, and we will keep you in the loop as this proceeds.”

VandeHei hinted at the news in a follow up email to staff Sunday night after executive editor Rick Berke announced his resignation, saying there are “very big plans for expanding POLITICO here and elsewhere.”

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

POLITICO’s European Aspirations

In a follow up email to staff after executive editor Rick Berke announced his resignation, POLITICO president Jim VandeHei spoke of “very big plans for expanding POLITICO here and elsewhere.” On Monday, The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reported those plans are in Brussels, Belgium.

“On Monday morning, Politico CEO Jim VandeHei told senior editors that the company’s plans for Europe are ‘much bigger than anyone is thinking’,” wrote Calderone via a politico familiar with the Rosslyn-based political news outlet’s plans.

Rumors of a European expansion are not new either. In June, BuzzFeed reported a Brussels-based venture similar to POLITICO’s expansion to New York with Capital New York.

Read more from Calderone here.

POLITICO’s Rick Berke Emails Staff: ‘I have resigned as Executive Editor’

In an email to staff Sunday evening and after less than a year at the Rosslyn-based political news outlet, Rick Berke has resigned as executive editor of POLITICO.

“While our overarching goals are similar, Jim, John and I have agreed to disagree over the strategy for achieving those goals,” wrote Berke, referring to POLITICO president and CEO Jim VandeHei and editor in chief John Harris. “There is no acrimony and no drama – simply an acceptance by the three of us that the dynamics were just not there for us to function seamlessly.”

After highlighting accomplishments during his tenure, Burke went on to add that, “I saw a clear path to help them take Politico to the next level, but as time went on, it became clear that our strategies were diverging.”

Berke’s departure as executive editor comes five weeks after Rachel Smolkin, former managing editor for news of POLITICO, left to join CNN as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital.

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

Morning Joe Razzes Politico’s VandeHei

Unknown-2images-2It’s a real cozy relationship between MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Politico. This morning, the show’s co-hosts Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough continued to needle Politico President and CEO Jim VandeHei about his new title.

“I can feel the power sitting one seat away from him and I’m melting,” cooed Brzezinski.

Meanwhile, Scarborough promo-ed the segment saying they didn’t want to go to VandeHei but “Mike Allen wasn’t available.”

Ouch!

The Mysteriously Misspelled Word: ‘Eidtor’

Unknown-6It’s one thing to ignore a gnat buzzing around in your ear. It might even be reasonable to smack yourself in the head to rid yourself of such an irritation. But when our resident phone enthusiast, reporter Evan Gahr, took to Twitter on Friday to inform Politico‘s media duo Dylan Byers and Hadas Gold that there was a typo in the word “editor” on the blog, his peskiness was met with silence.

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This is how the error looked well after Gahr’s bender about it.

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Not one to be ignored…Gahr proceeded down another avenue. Read more

Politico’s VandeHei Memo: ‘Celebrate failure, Don’t Overlook Boneheaded Moves’

images-1I’m starting to get a real kick out of these Politico internal memos.

For three years I’ve been reading these things. The first 25 were revelatory. The next 25 made me cry. And recently Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris told staff that the entire city of Washington, D.C. was in awe of them on account of their exemplary government shutdown coverage.

This morning’s 8:32 a.m. memo is from President and CEO Jim VandeHei.

Subject line: “The POLITICO Culture” (And yeah, it’s good.)

The mission statement (or whatever one calls this) is complete with bold promises to staff, encouragement for managers to praise reporters quickly and only when deserved and take them on “retreat” if necessary. One thing is abundantly clear: VandeHei detests drama. We’ll bold the important (and comical) lines to make digestion easier. Read more

Big Get: NYT’s Berke To Politico

berke100This just in…

NYT‘s Rick Berke joins Politico as Executive Editor, which was Jim VandeHei‘s old position before he got the fancier title of President and CEO.

See the sentimental memo NYT‘s Jill Abramson via Politico‘s Dylan Byers here.

Politico’s VandeHei Razzed For Big New Title

chocolate-and-blue-swirl-vase_8-beautiful-vases-for-your-homeEven though Jim VandeHei, the new President and CEO of Politico, isn’t on the journalism wing of things anymore, it didn’t stop him from appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today and discussing politics and the shutdown.

This was his first encounter with the Mika Brzezinksi, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist since the Sunday evening announcement of his new title. His former position at Politico was Executive Editor.

After Geist made the big announcement, Mika cooed, “So powerful, fancy.” Geist asked, “Do you have, like, expensive rugs in your office now and vases?”

VandeHei took the heat in stride, saying, “My office, it reeks of rich mahogany, yes. I’m going to start speaking in a deep voice [he said, faux deepening his voice]. Clean up my language a little bit.”

Politico’s New Prez and CEO: Jim VandeHei

images-5When you read through the lengthy internal memos and formal press release on Jim VandeHei‘s ascendance to President and CEO of Politico and Capital New York, you quickly see they’ve got something for everyone: romance (he and Publisher Robert Allbritton are “of one mind” with each other; gumption (he is part of the best journalistic “dream team” in America, says Allbritton) and a menacing quality with a religious twist (VandeHei writes, “The days of untouchable incumbents in media are over – this is the era of abrupt change. We have no choice but to keep delivering the goods, better, faster and more efficiently. Or someone will do unto us what we have done unto others.”)

So no more double bylines with Mike Allen (a.k.a. Mikey)? Say it isn’t so.

But it is. VandeHei’s going corporate and will work alongside COO Kim Kingsley and Chief Revenue Officer Roy Schwartz to run the business side of both publications. He’s replacing Fred Ryan, who stepped down last month. Not to worry, there are the expected effusive thank you’s to Ryan as well as the nod from Ryan that VandeHei is absolutely the right man, the only man for the job.

See the memos. Politico‘s Hadas Gold released the announcement last night on the publication’s media blog. The news is still leading the blog today.

You’ve gotta hand it to Politico in that their memos are hilarious in their bravado and  unrivaled prowess to douse one another in praise. They never hesitate to express an explosive self-confidence and desire to take over the media world on this planet and every other. We’ve cataloged our Top 10 Favorite Lines after the jump… Read more

NYT Smacks Politico: Jill’s Revenge?

It’s tricky to write a story about a new competitor and not come off as a tad defensive and afraid.

The NYT, which has “obsessively” covered every “twitch and shiver” of Politico‘s existence, has a piece out by Leslie Kaufman that appears to be some sort of preemptive strike against the new Robert Allbritton publication – CapitalNY – that claims to be taking aim at the powerful and complex New York media machine that includes the NYT.

To be sure, the story, which published Sunday, adopts a snide tone against Politico. Kaufman describes Allbritton Communications as “the cash-rich media company that owns Politico, which obsessively covers every twitch and shiver of Washington.”

Every inch of the story oozes with the notion that Allbritton – like the failure spinoff pub TBD – may have bitten off more than he can chew. “Is this Jill’s revenge?” asks a Washington media insider on condition of anonymity and referring to NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson. “She was clearly outraged at that Politico piece on her controversial management style. What better way to hit back than to order up a condescending piece about their new pet project. What’s weird is the purpose seems so transparent.” That story, published in April, can be found here.

The downside of the piece: the NYT‘s smacks the newly owned operation down before they’ve even had a chance to find their sea legs. The upside: People like an underdog, they may want a scrappy pub like CapitalNY to show up the NYT.

On an amusing note, they spelled Politico Dylan Byers‘ surname like this: “Byars.” The mistake was corrected by 8:45 a.m.

And something else: The writer explains that Byers jumped in to help CapitalNY “post news” but never explains that he and CapitalNY writer Joe Pompeo beat the NYT on the story of Rick Stengel leaving TIME for the State Department. This story, like the one they published last week, fails to credit Politico/CapitalNY for that story, although sources tell us that the NYT astonishingly explained to them why they wouldn’t be crediting them. Byers and Pompeo contacted NYT Media Desk Editor Bruce Headlam on the matter. Bruce replied to Pompeo’s emails and took Byers’ call.

See our catalog of insults after the jump… Read more

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