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Roll Call Editor to USA Today

-1Roll Call lost its managing editor to USA Today this week. Thursday was Katie Smith‘s last day on the job. She was employed there for eight years. Smith wrote a lengthy, heartfelt farewell note to colleagues. Sounds like she wore a lot of hats at the publication. She wrote, “It’s been an honor to bake for you, learn from you, and properly punctuate your copy. I could not have asked for a better first job or for better co-workers along the way.” She hopes her letter falls somewhere in between “overly sentimental and completely brilliant.”

Let’s see how she did. Read more

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Despite Power Outage, CQ Roll Call Powers On

Let there be light!  And so there was at CNN’s Washington bureau as of one hour ago…but the blackout at CQ Roll Call rages on.  Thanks to Pepco, both newsgroups were without power since Tuesday afternoon.

So you might be wondering, how exactly does a newsroom function when their utility company doesn’t?  Luckily, we have the answer in the form of an internal memo from Roll Call Editor Scott Montgomery and Publisher Mark Walters.  The congratulatory message walks through the trials and tribulations their team overcame to put out Wednesday’s paper on time.

Although we think their figurative lights are out from time to time, we must applaud their heroic response to this literal blackout.  Novella Memo after the jump.

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Roll Call’s National Account Manager Walks Out

On Friday, Kelly Lindner, their National Account Manager, walked out after 17 years. The scene was tense and she did not leave amicably. She is the 11th woman to leave in recent weeks.

The publication maintains that the departures have nothing to do with gender. Some top women presently at Roll Call on the editorial side include Christina Bellantoni, managing editor Katie Smith, and Politics Editor Lauren Whittington. There have been four new female hires in the past month: Shira Toeplitz (returning from her year abroad at Politico), Janie Lorber, Amanda Becker and Cyra Master.

“While we don’t comment on individual personnel matters, CQ Roll Call continues to recruit the best talent in the business, and we encourage ambitious, hard-working men and women to apply and work for us,” said Rebecca Gale, Director of Promotions and a relatively new hire who started with CQ-Roll Call in January.

The Departed:

Laurie Battaglia
Jen Yachnini
Jennifer Bendery
Erin Billings
Ali McSherry
Elizabeth Brotherton
Debbie Bruno
Kate Hunter
Jackie Kucinich
Monica Sweet

Correction: The above has been corrected to reflect that Kelly Lindner is National Account Manager, not VP of Sales & Events, a role which she previously occupied.

Roll Call‘s Kurtz to E&E, Smith Upped

Charlie Mitchell announced just moments ago that Roll Call Managing Editor Josh Kurtz has accepted a new gig as editor of Environment & Energy Daily, E&E’s publication that covers Congress. Taking over for Kurtz at Roll Call will be Katie Smith, the pub’s current deputy managing editor. Memo from Mitchell below:

Folks, I’m sad to announce that Josh Kurtz will soon be leaving us to take over as Editor-in-Chief at E&E Publishing, where he will run a series of environmental newsletters. Josh has had an extraordinary run at Roll Call, as Politics Editor, Senior Editor and Managing Editor (Operations). He is always first to volunteer for a tough job, he always offers a sympathetic ear, and his advice has been invaluable to me. And, “Politics and Poker” is one of my favorite reads, particularly when Josh is zapping politicians from our homestate of New York. Josh’s last day at Roll Call will be Aug. 19.

But with the sad news comes some very good news: I am promoting Katie Smith to Managing Editor (Operations). Katie has excelled in her roles as Copy Editor, Copy Chief and most recently Deputy Managing Editor. She will oversee the copy and production teams, and the website, and continue to serve as a valuable adviser on website redesign and other issues. Simply put, Katie makes sure we’re right and demands excellence in all that we do.

Please join me in wishing Josh all the best in his new endeavor. We will soon pick a time for the traditional sendoff.

And join me in congratulating Katie on a job well done and a well-earned promotion.

Charlie Mitchell
Roll Call Newspaper

Update: We’ve changed our post to reflect Josh’s actual title. Charlie Mitchell’s memo incorrectly stated that Josh would be the EIC of E&E Publishing. Meanwhile, E&E EIC Kevin Braun jokingly corrected our mistake saying, “That’s my gig. I’m sure some folks would like to see me replace myself, but I’m not quite there yet.”

Changes at Roll Call: Kurtz, Parks, Smith and Savener Upped!

In a memo to staff, Roll Call Editor Charlie Mitchell announced changes to the paper’s editorial structure that will “enhance the editors’ ability to guide the news team, improve the editorial work flow and recognize the outstanding contributions of several key players.”

According to the memo, Dan Parks has been named Managing Editor (News) and Josh Kurtz has been promoted to Managing Editor (Operations). Deputy Copy Chief, Matt Savener will become Roll Call‘s new Copy Chief and Katie Smith is assuming the title Deputy Managing Editor.

The full memo after the jump.

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Morning Reading List, 09.30.08


Good morning Washington.

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Taking Out The Trash, 03.06.07

  • Working in jammies is oh so very appealing.

  • More reporters embrace an advocacy role

  • An NBC release announced that Alexandra Wallace has been named executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” making Wallace the first woman to lead a weeknight network evening newscast in a decade. She will continue to serve as NBC News Vice President.

  • Cousin TVNewser reports that CNN & MSNBC are covering the Walter Reed story “more than twice as much as FNC.”

  • Katie Smith, formerly the Production/Copy Editor at Roll Call, has been promoted to Copy Chief.

  • PC World has The 50 Most Important People on the Web. “Despite what Time magazine would have you believe, you are not the most powerful or influential person on the Web.”

  • TNR’s Jonathan Chait questions the placement of this Washington Post story. Front page material?

  • Modern Luxury is hiring a senior editor for DC Magazine.

  • David Greenberg has the “Trial and Error” of the Scooter Libby trial.

  • Check out the new blog, Front Lines, written by Marshall Young, who is a private security contractor based in an undisclosed location in Iraq, well outside the Green Zone.

  • Conde Nast Media Group came another step closer to launching Conde Nast Portfolio, by signing a multiplatform communications program with CIT called Behind the Business, which will deliver profiles on business luminaries in Wired, Conde Nast Portfolio, Golf Digest and The New Yorker. Webcasts featuring the live interviews will be available on CIT’s Web site, beginning April 9, 2007 and thereafter on demand.

  • Has anyone else noticed that the Politico is now using stories from the Des Moines Register, The State and the Las Vegas Sun?

  • And why have no Politico’rs appeared on “Face the Nation” since February 9? Is that relationship over?

    >UPDATE: DCRTV has a theory:

      Perhaps it’s because the Politico’s owner, Allbritton, which also owns DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA, has moved ABC’s “This Week” from 9 AM to 10 AM, to directly compete with CBS’s rival “Face” on WUSA…..

    >UPDATE: The relationship may not be as split as we thought: A reader writes in to point out that Josephine Hearn was on “Face” February 18.

  • PR Week has an interview with Editor in Chief John Harris.