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Friday WHC Weekend Guide – 8 Parties, One Night

Yesterday we gave you a rundown of what’s to come the Thursday before White House Correspondents’ Weekend. Now we’re back with everything taking place on Friday -a full-on cluster of eight events taking place throughout the city. Just keeping track of all of them has been a hassle!

Check out the list, after the jump.

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The Hill Gets a New Publicity Team

If you’re a reporter covering the media you may have noticed new pitches flowing in for The Hill from Elizabeth Luke at High10 Media, a New York-based communications agency that also reps The Hollywood Reporter, Norman Lear‘s People for the American Way, NatGeo Network, Time Inc., Adweek, A&E Networks and Simon Cowell. The Hill has notoriously not had a publicist in a good while ever since Tricia Barba left the role in 2011 after about a year. Before Barba, they went years without a publicist. In January 2012 they brought on Megan McCourt as an editorial assistant to handle social media.

Now they’re giving High10 Media a try.

It’s hardly surprising that the publication would secure a New York-based firm considering The Hill‘s hands-on owner, Jimmy Finkelstein, resides in Manhattan. But what is a little confusing is that they’re not actually letting Luke autonomously speak to the media. When I asked her questions about whether she will serve in an actual role of spokeswoman, ironically she never replied, despite saying repeatedly in her emails, “Feel free to contact me with questions.” Editor Hugo Gurdon also did not reply to simple, basic questions we sent yesterday.

So who is actually speaking for The Hill? That would be High10 Media CEO Lisa Dallos, who said Tuesday morning that she would be handling my questions, but had to talk later because she was on an airplane. She explained quickly by email, “We were retained by The Hill to help promote its editorial and business interests — stories, events, special reports, and so forth. We work very closely with the client, in terms of what gets promoted. Elizabeth is part of the HIGH10 team working on the account.” On the subject of Luke, she said, “Elizabeth works with me, I run High10 Media, I oversee all the work with The Hill. I am the one to speak to.”

I told Dallos that Luke not being able to talk seems fishy. She replied, “Funny u think this is fishy. This would be a lot better if I could talk with you when I land.” She added, “It is very straightforward and not complicated. I am the CEO of company and lead work on all our clients Elizabeth as well as other members of the high 10 team work collaboratively to fulfill our clients needs.”

Luke seems qualified to answer questions and Dallos said I could call her or Luke anytime. Before joining High10 Media, Luke spent three years at Nielsen, most recently as a corporate communications analyst. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Communications. While it appears that Luke will not serve as an actual spokeswoman for the publication, Barba’s role also did not involve commenting on the record to reporters.

In a morning phone interview with Dallos, she said she’d be handling all questions related to the editorial and business sides of the publication. “Any of those questions feel free to call me,” she said. “I think the hope to have a coordinated communication effort under the guidance of Hugo and that we would be able to properly disseminate information to media on multiple subjects, whether it’s breaking news, evergreen and on announcements of whatever kind, both on the business side and the editorial side.”

So far, Luke typically sends out one email a day featuring a story they mark as “Breaking News.” Luke’s email intro on most pitches is as follows:

Good morning, I represent The Hill at High10 Media and am sharing this breaking story with you (link and text below) because it aligns with your beat and I thought you and your readers might be interested.  If you decide to cover this story, please link to the article and credit to “The Hill.”  Feel free to contact me with questions.  Thank you!

But maybe don’t take that second to last line too seriously. That’s not exactly true.

The Hill Makes Senior Management Changes

From Jimmy Finkelstein, chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.:

    To the Staff

    I’m very pleased to be able to tell you about senior management changes at The Hill that I am announcing today. They reflect the great success that the newspaper, websites, etc have been enjoying for the past number of years.

    All of you are part of that success, and I wanted to let you see the announcement before it goes out. I also wanted to thank you for your efforts and effective work.

    Warm regards,
    Jimmy Finkelstein
    Chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing Corp


    James A. Finkelstein, Chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., has announced three key promotions in the company’s senior management.

    Francine McMahon
    , Associate Publisher of The Hill, has been promoted to Publisher and Executive Vice-President. McMahon joined The Hill in 1997. Ms. McMahon previously worked at The Weekly Standard, Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly.

    “Francine’s accomplishments have been remarkable,” Mr. Finkelstein said. “She has been with The Hill from almost the very beginning and, under her leadership, the company’s revenues have increased dramatically. Her efforts have been instrumental in establishing The Hill and THEHILL.COM as the premier sources for information for Congress and for those interested in Congress.”

    Hugo Gurdon, Editor in Chief of The Hill newspaper, has also been promoted to Executive Vice-President, a position in which he will oversee the company’s rapid expansion in a variety of new media. Gurdon will also remain in charge of the newspaper’s editorial content and production.

    Mr. Gurdon arrived at The Hill in 2002 after more than two decades in journalism, having previously worked at The Daily Telegraph (UK) and National Post (Canada). When Gurdon joined The Hill, the newspaper was published only once per week. Now, while Congress is in session, The Hill publishes four times a week. On the Web, Gurdon has already helped make THEHILL.COM the most highly trafficked Web site serving Capitol Hill and will be launching a new Web site in the next month.

    “Hugo is one of the finest editors you’ll find anywhere,” Mr. Finkelstein said. “He has not only made The Hill the most important publication on the Hill, but has also made THEHILL.COM the preeminent Web Site covering Congress.”

    Sheila Casey has been promoted from Chief Financial Officer to the post of Chief Operating Officer. In her new role, Casey will oversee the day-to-day operations at The Hill’s headquarters in Washington D.C.. Casey joined The Hill in 1997. She has previously worked at Grant Thornton.

    “Sheila has done a brilliant job as the company’s CFO,” Finkelstein said. “As The Hill and Capitol Hill Publishing diversifies into multiple new platforms, Sheila will be responsible for overseeing, managing and coordinating efforts across all of the company’s endeavors.”

    Mr. Finkelstein noted that while the company’s performance has been impressive in the past few years, The Hill and Capitol Hill Publishing are on the threshold of far greater growth.

    “In the last three years, revenues at Capitol Hill Publishing have more than doubled,” Mr. Finkelstein said. “With the launch of a variety of new initiatives under our new leadership structure we are confident that we will continue this growth.”