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Posts Tagged ‘John Dineen’

CQ Roll Call Promos Keep on Coming

A memo from David Rapp outlines more promotions at CQ Roll Call:

Dave Meyers will be coming back to the 7th floor as VP of Content Development. Dave will lead a team that will work across departments in editorial to develop features and functionality that heighten our engagement with readers, and to take on a project management role for new editorial projects. 
Tom Whitmire will become director of web and online development, reporting to Dave. Tom has been the unsung hero of‘s growth since the redesign of 2010, but particularly so over the past year. His strategic mindset and technical aptitude have been essential in our ability to conceive, develop and execute new ideas.
Full memo after the jump…
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CQ Roll Call Names Dineen Veep of Digital Strategy

CQ Roll Call Editorial Director Susan Benkelman sent out a really exciting internal memo to staff this afternoon announcing that John Dineen is returning to the newsroom from the business side to head up digital. His new title: VP for Digital Strategy and Delivery.

The memo, sent to us by one of our reporter spies, is LONG and will make your eyes glaze over. The important news is above.

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CQ Roll Call’s ‘Chris’ Memo

CQ Roll Call‘s Executive Editor for Publications John Dineen has a very important announcement today about two male employees named “Chris.” Both Chris’s are stepping into new roles: Chris White moves from copy and production to deputy editor responsible for member profiles. Steer clear of him if you don’t want to get sucked into writing profiles. More noteworthy, White is a stand-up comedian who recently recorded his second album at DC Improv. Not to be shortchanged is Chris Nehls, who recently joined the publication as a part-time researcher. He was an assistant college prof at Providence College, University of Central Arkansas and Hampden-Sydney College.

The memo is moderately exciting. Read only if suffering from serious boredom…

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And on the 8th Day…

…God poached a CQ Roll Call staffer. We tallied up last week a total of nine resignations at the newsgroup in the past 60 days.  Unfortunately for CQRC, the count hit double digits when Scott Ferrell announced his divine departure on Friday.

The good news:  the award-winning photographer wasn’t poached by Politico, Bloomberg or National Journal.

The bad news: now even God is getting in on the action and recruiting staffers away from CQRC.

According to an internal memo memo by John Dineen, Ferrell is taking a full-time position as a pastor with his church in Warrenton.  Congrats to Ferrell and say a few prayers for FishbowlDC – we need all the help we can get!

Another CQ Departure…

It seems the staffing hemorrhage at CQ Roll Call just can’t be plugged.  We’ve lost count of how many departures have been announced in the last few months but whatever the number, add one more.  Executive Editor John Dineen told staff today that CQ‘s first video producer, Andrew Satter, is packing up his editing suite and heading to the Center for American Progress where he accepted a multimedia producer gig.

Satter joined the Politics team in November of 2007 from the Arizona Daily Star.  His last day is Friday, July 15th.  Congrats to Andrew!

CQ Switches Up Its Legislative Tracking Team

CQ Executive Editor John Dineen has announced the promotion of two and the addition of three reporters to the Legislative Tracking Team. But more interesting than that news is that the fact that one of those scribes spent five summers climbing inside a big fuzzy animal costume playing characters like Tigger at Disney World. That would be Jason Barrett. Also noteworthy is Alexander Hart, who during his study abroad at the London School of Economics, became so lonely for U.S. politics that he began a Congress blog by relentlessly watching C-SPAN.

See the internal memo…

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Bloomberg Steals CQ’s Duggan

House Action Reports editor Loren Duggan has been lured away from his post at CQ to join Bloomberg News. In a memo announcing the loss, John Dineen said “with Loren’s departure, we are losing someone who has been willing to take on any task and one of our true students of the House and its procedures.”

During Dugan’s decade at CQ he has been part of the Legislative Action editing team, product integrity editor, and served as both editor and analyst for BillTrack. Loren was named editor of House Action Reports early last year.  His last day at CQ is March 25th.

Congrats to Loren!

CQ’s Fruit is Breathtaking

If you did your Christmas shopping at Walgreen’s on the evening of December 24th, you might work for CQ.  At least that’s what John Dineen‘s December 23rd memo suggests.  According to Dineen, while a lot of people go on vacation or do their holiday shopping, CQ was “grinding out stuff on Congress like a machine,”  “working endless hours,” and are now “ready to collapse in a heap.”  The result?  Breathtaking fruit…or something like that.  Read the exhausting memo below and then take some time off.

To the CQ staff:

As the 111th Congress comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to take stock of what our collective teams have done in the past several weeks, a time when a lot of people get to start winding down, go on vacation, do their holiday shopping. The CQ staff, instead, has been grinding out stuff on Congress like a machine with no off switch. Anyone who follows our products can see the fruits of this work, and it is breathtaking.

We’ve continued to churn out action alerts, news stories, explanatory graphics and analytical takes on congressional actions, and what’s behind them, deep into the night and early in the morning, as the time stamps on indicate. We’ve sent CQ Todays to Capitol Hill and other subscribers every day. We’ve done 49 issues of the Weekly, though our publishing schedule requires only 48. Our legislative action and information staffs are ready to collapse in a heap (and Neda, your hair looks very nice) but won’t give up until the last gavel falls. The news team has produced an excellent stream of stories on everything from appropriations to the START treaty, and in every format from heads ups to narrative stories in the magazine. Our vertical publications arrive in our inboxes each day without fail, even as others appear to be winding down. Our desk and operations staff have worked endless hours to keep this enterprise working.

We have a staff that has us in awe every day, and we can’t thank you enough for a terrific job. We hope you get to enjoy your holidays, and that the recess, though it will be over all too quickly, will bring you all much-needed time to catch your breath.

John and Susan

Bloomberg Poaches Another from CQ-Roll Call

Earlier today we reported that Roll Call‘s Dan Parks was leaving the newsgroup for a job with Bloomberg – now we’ve learned that he’s not alone.  After nearly 11 years with CQ, Kimberly Hallock is departing for an online editor role with Bloomberg News. John Dineen announced Hallock’s exit late Friday evening saying,   “Kimberly’s dedication to excellence and tireless work ethic will be missed by all of her colleagues.”

Over the course of her time with CQ, Hallock served as deputy editor, deputy managing editor and most recently, managing editor for Legislative Information.  Memo announcing her new gig after the jump.

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Bicknell Returns to CQ

John Bicknell is returning to CQ to take the post of deputy editor for their Member Information and Research team, managing CQ members products and Politics in America.

A memo from John Dineen today, announced Bicknell’s return saying:

John left CQ on Jan. 15 to try other career options. Having done that, John rejoins us today.

In the past, Bicknell served as night editor of the CQ Daily Monitor, deputy managing editor of CQ Today and daily news, deputy editor for commerce and industry, deputy editor for defense and foreign policy, editor for social policy, editor of Homeland Security and editor for defense and foreign policy.