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WaPo to Move its HQ?


A new internal memo sent to WaPo reporters this morning from Katherine Weymouth says their headquarters may be moving. The memo was reported by Jim Romensko.

“I wanted to let everyone know we are actively exploring relocating our headquarters,” Weymouth wrote, adding later that the goal was to seek a more “modern” and “brighter” space to better reflect the future of the publication.

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Tammy Haddad…Garden Party…Social Maven…Blah Blah Blah

To read the latest Washington social scene story in Women’s Wear Daily would make a person think Washington is much more down to earth than it is. The gist is a refrain heard often around town: Those connected to any real power dislike attending the parties and most claim to be largely unimpressed by those they meet there.

While it’s true that many say this, it isn’t true that many mean it. Those who go and go relentlessly are there for a reason: to be seen. To be relevant. Because in Washington this stuff appears to matter.

Contrary to the story, parties here are not intelligent banquets of conversation for people to learn from one another. And stopping someone to “nudge” them to tweet about their thoughts is as self-absorbed as the banter that happens there. Somehow Tammy Haddad urging people to tweet is depicted as not self-absorbed. Huh?

The one dominating kernel of truth in the WWD story is that everyone feels the need to sufficiently suck up to her in tomes like this or dispel any notion that she is Party King in political Washington. A hard contender might be lobbyist Juleanna Glover. It’s not as if Haddad is known for being anything less than decent, even behind the scenes. No one deems her unkind. FNC’s Greta Van Susteren says Haddad’s parties are not snooty and have an “unscripted” feel and that she “enables all of us to do a better job.” But those who have attended the Garden Party year after year would beg to differ.

The story also fails to mention a current rumor snaking around Washington which has Haddad figuring prominently in NYT Mark Leibovich‘s forthcoming expose on the inner-workings of Washington. Will it be the first — and only — to knock Haddad down a notch? Some feel the fate of Washington reality falls squarely on Leibo’s shoulders.

If you want to know something new about Haddad it’s her increasing propensity to impose rules on the media. That famous Garden Party? It’s no longer a relaxed afternoon of free form mingling where most anyone in media could wander in wearing a sun dress or a decent blazer. Instead, reporters who go are penned in like pigs and the famous guests are shepherded to a VIP room away from the masses. It’s also true that Haddad picks and chooses the reporters she wants to cover her parties, often telling the rest they are off limits to the press. There’s nothing wrong with that necessarily — why shouldn’t she choose the reporters she wants? Why shouldn’t she shun those she doesn’t care for? But let’s not pretend a party is off record to all when it is to just some.

Whether Haddad is setting some new trend in socializing is highly debatable. She has been a social force for decades. She hosts her annual Garden Party and yes, this year the party moved location to the late WaPo Katharine Graham‘s former Georgetown home. Hardly earth-shattering. She hybrids all over the place — the piece fails to mention that she TamCammed for Politico, not just  The Daily Beast/Newsweek. As she was contributing to Politico she was flacking for NJ and avoided talking about it like the plague. Media observers have continuously found this to be an odd conflict of interest. In the story she’s just as evasive, saying,  “I will be reporting for someone for 2012, reporting or hosting a radio show. This election is going to offer lots of real hybrid reporting opportunities.”

But the Garden Party, the social maven, her power and so forth? Blah blah and more blah. It’s an old story at best.

Read the story here.


BREAKING: WaPo’s Martel Steps Down from Style

The controversial top editor of WaPo‘s Style section Ned Martel is stepping down from his post.

He just announced the news to Style staff. Sources tell us the news was expected by Style watchers who witnessed the storied features and arts section’s precipitous decline under Martel.

Martel was brought into the section in 2009 but things haven’t gone as smoothly with staff as top brass would have liked. He is not leaving the publication.


UPDATE: We’re getting overwhelming reports that Martel was pushed out by Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli. When Martel came on board, Brauchli teamed him up to run style with Lynn Medford. There are reports of the pair repeatedly clashing over the years. Brauchli has always denied publicly that Martel is problematic. Privately is another matter. “Ned is absolutely brilliant,” Brauchli told Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe in February of this year. “He has exactly the right idea of what Style should be.” But reporters past and present are telling us that Martel forced Robin Givhan out as well as a number of other Style writers who did not want to work for him because he has a rep for having a  “demeaning” management style. As we reported last week, Richard Leiby jumped ship for another section after working for Style for 20 years. According to an ex-Postie, it’s nearly impossible to get fired after you’re there nine months: “So typically they move you to horrible beats or some such until you quit. I wonder what they’ll do with him.”

What will they do with him? Well, we’re hearing strong reports that Martel is far from fired. In fact, he’s headed for something allegedly big and “exciting” at the Post that will surprise and impress people when announced. The announcement is expected within the next 24 hours.

Martel was first recommended to Publisher Katharine Weymouth by a close friend, NYT‘s Maureen Dowd.

We’ve reached out to Martel for comment. So far, he’s quiet as a mouse.

The Georgetown Dish Honors Sally Quinn

It’s been a rocky year for WaPo‘s Sally Quinn — losing the print column on entertaining and all. But losing something doesn’t mean awards aren’t possible. The Georgetown Dish rode in on its white horse this week and honored the longtime Washington scribe with its first-ever award for Literature and Style. They online gossip/socialite rag gave her the award Tuesday night at J. McLaughlin, an M Street boutique.

WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth gave high praise to Quinn, saying, “Sally, you all know, is a force to be reckoned with. She is widely credited with creating the Style section of The Washington Post. The section used to be known in that dismissive way as the “Women’s” section. And much as my grandmother blew up tradition when she refused to go nicely to the parlor with the women after a dinner while the men talked about serious things, Sally blew up the so-called Women’s section and made it a must-read for all of Washington.”

Read the full story here.

Guild Disappointed in WaPo’s Weymouth

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Members of WaPo‘s Newspaper Guild have written a letter to the publisher Katherine Weymouth expressing “disappointment” about her nearly “$500,000 bonus” and 10 percent pay raise”.

An exerpt:
Dear Ms. Weymouth,
As employees of the Washington Post and members of the Newspaper Guild, we were disappointed to hear that you accepted a bonus of nearly $500,000 at a time when the sacrifices made by so many people who work here – or used to work here – are still fresh.

Read the whole letter here.

> Update: We’ve been redirected to a more corporate level PR department for comment. We’ll keep you posted. Spokeswoman Ann Compton declined to comment.

WaPo Sets New Guidelines for Events

Yesterday afternoon, Marcus Brauchli notified WaPo staff that new guidelines for the newsroom’s participation in conferences and special events had been completed. Brauchli said:

The guidelines are important to upholding our journalistic independence and credibility, and when followed will help to ensure our integrity. They will be posted on The Source as part of our effort to overhaul and update our standards and ethics policies.

Created by Eric Lieberman and Milton Coleman, the guidelines were drafted in response to Katherine Weymouth‘s “Salon” debacle last summer.

See the memo after the jump.

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The After-Parties: Vanity Fair & Bloomberg

So just who made the cut at the highly exclusive Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party at the gorgeous residence of French Ambassador Pierre Vimont? It was impossible to get in if you weren’t on the list- Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford got turned away at first, but we saw him inside shortly after.

No pics allowed so we’ll list the guests for you… Celebs-wise we have Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington, Glenn Close and BJ Novak.

Journos: Katie Couric, Lara Logan, Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie, Dana Bash, John King, Charlie Rose, Graydon Carter, Rick Kaplan, Steve Kroft, Steve Chaggaris, Tammy Haddad, Bill Plante, Terry Moran, Jon Meacham, Andrea Mitchell, Richard Stengel, John Dickerson, Al Hunt, Michael Calderone, Roxanne Roberts, Amy Argetsinger, Edie Emery, David Gregory, Betsy Fischer, Maureen Orth, John Harris, Mike Allen, David Shuster, Jim VandeHei, Jake Tapper and Margaret Carlson.

Also Mayor Michael Bloomberg, David Axelrod, Jon Favreau, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Larry Summers, Mark Warner, Eric Holder, Desiree Rogers,

Morning Reading List 04.02.09

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Its day 73 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



A local media source tells DCRTV that WaPo’s Katherine Weymouth is “weighing” the possibility of ending Saturday publication of the paper and experimenting with an online edition one day a week. The source says Weymouth and a team of advisers have been studying online efforts by other publications, including the Post’s, for more than a year now and are attempting to decide whether to proceed with the one-day-a-week online-only experiment. Maybe “later this year.” Late last year, the Washington Times replaced its Saturday print edition with an online-only substitute.

FishbowlNY: At Michael’s in NYC yesterday, legendary newspaperman Ben Bradlee wasn’t about to buy into all the gloom and doom about the industry: “When I was editor of the Post, there was something like 7,500 papers and now there’s 1,200. But I don’t think it’s such a bad thing if there’s a few less papers — if they’re better.”

NYT’s Editor responds to VF Piece on Arthur Sulzberger in a letter to the editor. Bill Keller: “Last year readers paid The New York Times more than $600 million to buy our newspaper… it buys us time to answer the existential question of our business, which is how we assure that journalism continues to pay. I’ll bet on Arthur Sulzberger finding the answer to that question before Mark Bowden does.”


Fox News has 9 of the top 10 cable news programs in the first quarter of 2009, averaging more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined and claiming the number 2 spot in cable primetime. Here’s are the programs in order: The O’Reilly Factor (3,438,000 total viewers), Hannity (2,579,000), Glenn Beck (2,271,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,092,000), On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (1,977,000), The FOX Report with Shepard Smith (1,927,000), The O’Reilly Factor- repeat (1,457,000), America’s Newsroom (1,445,000) and Your World with Neil Cavuto (1,428,000).

Countdown with Keith Olbermann is in tenth place with 1,327,000 total viewers.

CNN, surpassed by MSNBC for the first time in weekday primetime ratings last month, plans to increase its workforce this year and invest in its Web site. CNN is hiring about 30 workers for its newswire service this year and plans to recruit more for international news.


Wanda Sykes- this year’s entertainment at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner- is getting her own late-night show on Fox.


UrbanDaddy is looking for an editor for a new email magazine.

Preservation Magazine is looking for a business manager.

Thompson Publishing Group is looking for a director of marketing.

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