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CQ Roll Call Restructure Part Deux

An internal memo from Managing Editor Keith White on the restructure at CQ Roll Call reveals more changes. We already reported on David Rapp‘s promotion to the newly created Chief Content Officer position, but it seems there’s much more to the restructure as well. The unifying theme is a regrouping of resources based on function as opposed to separate business focuses. We also previously reported that VP of Marketing Valerie Voci had been moved to an advisory role. The memo reveals that this is a temporary position, as Voci will be leaving CQ Roll Call shortly to “return to running her own business.”

Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement Peter Anthony has been named Chief Product Officer, overseeing a new combined product and IT team. Anthony will be tasked with developing and designing new products for CQ Roll Call, and identifying new potential markets for new and existing products. Former CTO Dennis Arndt will be advising Anthony, as well as other company leadership, in his new roll.

Meg Hargreaves has also been named Chief Retention Officer and Rick Rockelli is the head of a new, unified Sales and Circulation Marketing team. Read the whole memo after the jump.

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Mort Kondracke: The Blogger?

CQ Roll Call is expanding its online coverage with the launch of five new political blogs. The authors: Mort Kondracke, Stuart Rothenberg (the Rothenblogger), Taegan Goddard, David Hawkings, and David Drucker.

Goddard previously had a contract with CQ Roll Call regarding his Political Wire blog. This, however, is for his Wonk Wire blog. Kondracke, who spent two decades as Roll Call‘s Executive Editor and retired in early 2011, will write Pennsylvania Avenue, a blog covering the policy intersection of the White House and Congress.

“Roll Call continues to evolve in the hands of our editor, David Rapp,” said Keith White, Managing Director and Executive Vice President, CQ Roll Call in a release.  “Under his leadership, we’ve seen fantastic results – many sites experience a drop in traffic following an election year, but Roll Call has seen a dramatic increase.”

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Editorial Director Mike Mills Out at CQ Roll Call

With changes at the bottom, middle and everywhere in between, come changes at the top. CQ Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills is out, which should make a slew of current and former journalists there ecstatic as he has been described to us as “the devil” and other similar descriptions by multiple sources. To put it mildly, the newsroom wasn’t pleased when Editor Charlie Mitchell was forced out in September of 2011 and Mills was viewed as largely to blame.

Mills has a new job lined up and, at least surfacely, is leaving on good terms. They’re saying he’ll be missed by newsroom, where he did some “fantastic things” in bringing the company together.

Who’s on their way in? A new CFO, and new head of sales. The CFO is an Economist guy.
The new head of sales is an internal promotion for Rick Rockelli.

Until Mills’ replacement is found, Susan Benkelman and Scott Montgomery will head up the newsroom, which should undoubtedly please reporters living in unpredictable times. The company laid off some 30 employees on the business end of the publication earlier in the week in addition to a small number of editorial employees. Benkelman and Montgomery are well-liked and respected editors. Keith White is confident they will do a good job as the company hunts for a new editorial director.

More Biz-Side Layoffs at CQ Roll Call

The business side of CQ Roll Call continues shedding itself of baggage deemed unnecessary to their mission. This week alone, they’ve laid off five people, four of whom were on the marketing team. The two remaining on staff have been sent over to advertising. More change is on the way. Internal sources tell us the editorial department is not expected to be affected outside of a few people shifting positions. However, no one wants to make hard and fast promises on that front.

“Guess they learned their lesson from 2009 when they decided to bring everyone into a room and announce that a shitstorm of layoffs were coming,” a source highly familiar with internal happenings told us. “They’re just going to let this drip down like a leaky toilet.”

This afternoon Executive VP Keith White released a memo to staff explaining in generalized terms the intricacies of what is happening. The gist of the extremely wonkalicious memo that could send you into a coma: They’re eliminating certain business positions to free up financing for other priorities.

See the memo…We’ve highlighted lines that you need to read in between. In the next two weeks, says White, there will be “additional change” (i.e. layoffs).

CQ Roll Call Hires New VP of Marketing

Well. Well. Well. On the day that CQ Roll Call got rid of their VP of Marketing, Bill Kiniry, they announce a new VP of Marketing! What primo timing. It’s Val Voci, who has been working in “integrated marketing” for the publication, which works out perfectly for the sake of the memo because they announce a new “centralized marketing department.” Get it? Integrated? Managing Director Keith White even praises Kiniry, whom he let go today, and wishes him well at WaPo.

Cue up “We are family.”

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Double Your Trouble With Two Keith Whites

What are the chances?

Those working at the offices of CQ Roll Call may want to bone up on their creative nicknaming skills, especially with the recent hire of Keith White as Managing Editor of daily news. This is the second Keith White at the publication. The first is Managing Director Keith White.

The new Keith White comes to CQ Roll Call from The Hill, where he was responsible for the Monday edition.

Whiles sources tell us they don’t really look alike, they are both white guys.

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Updated: The CQification of Roll Call

If the top brass at CQ Roll Call has its way, Roll Call may soon be no more. At least not in its current form. For at least the past six months plans have begun to roll the two publications into one. A team is in place redesigning both the print and online products. Employees from the business and ad sides of the publication have all been briefed.

The reporters? Not so much.

A possible press release is expected this week. We’re beating them to it.

We’ve reached out to Roll Call PR for comment and will post something when and if they have anything to say. (Updated below…)

Discussions about a possible merger have been ongoing, but we’re also hearing that the idea of something concrete happening is still not set in stone nor has a definitive deadline been set. But then again, brass communicates what it wants to whom it wants to.

When we privately surveyed Roll Call reporters, both past and present, they knew largely nothing about it. Culturally, many Washington newsrooms are run like this, but Roll Call in particular operates under a “reporters are always the last to know” policy. Roll Call editors were briefed within the past few weeks. So far, no word on potential layoffs.

FishbowlDC has learned that CQ Roll Call, presumably the new name of this merged publication in the works, showed the new product to a focus group who, our spy tells us, “shat all over it.”

Roll Call reporters who heard an inkling of the news are not thrilled about the potential merger. They see CQ as the “boring” publication. They roll their eyes at the wonkier pub. Meanwhile, there’s a certain edge of competitiveness — we’ve heard of at least one instance where CQ tried to steal a Roll Call scoop. “The whole thing about RC is, we don’t do substance it’s all about the personalities and conflicts and CQ is all substance,” said one reporter on condition of anonymity. Undoubtedly if the big plan drops, the newsrooms will be forced to learn how to live together in a newly meshed lifestyle — kind of a like a nerd and a beauty queen.

Stay tuned…

UPDATE: Keith White, Executive VP of CQ Roll Call, issued a statement to CQ Roll Call staff in response to our story. Take note of his careful, precise wording. Nowhere does he say that the publications are not folding into one, abandoning Roll Call as it now stands. But he says the “notion” that they are doing away with the Roll Call brand is “preposterous.” Which was never the news is the first place. See the well-scripted non-denial denial after the jump…

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CQRC’s White Makes Mills Manhattans, Sips Shame

CQ Roll Call Managing Director Keith White sipped a tall glass of shame (shaken, not stirred) Friday afternoon after his beloved Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.  Making matters worse for White was a friendly bet he’d made earlier in the week with Editorial Director Mike Mills, a Tigers fanatic.

Because those damn Yankees lost to Detroit, White was forced to mix and serve up a nice Manhattan for Mills in the comfort of the winning office.  Oh the shame…

The email that started it all after the jump.

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Rashbass Shuffles CQ Roll Call Ad Group…Again

When CQ Roll Call’s Laurie Battaglia was fired in February, the Economist Group positioned her departure as a job elimination due to their strategy to separate the advertising department from circulation sales.  In a memo to staff, Economist Group CEO Andrew Rashbass announced that Publisher Mark Walters and the organization’s ad folks would be reporting to Paul Rossi at the group’s parent company.  But Rashbass’s strategy was either short-lived or just an excuse to show Battaglia the door because the organizational hierarchy is right back to the way it was prior to her termination.

In an internal memo today, Rashbass shifted responsibility for Walters and his team back to CQ Roll Call, under new Managing Director Keith White‘s watchful eye:

“Dear all

I am delighted to announce that with immediate effect, Keith White will be responsible for all of CQ Roll Call. Since January, Mark Walters and the advertising side of the business have reported to Paul Rossi, EVP & Managing Director – Americas. Mark will now report to Keith. Keith also joins the GMC (Group Management Committee).

I should like to thank Paul for his help with CQ Roll Call advertising over the past nine months. He has provided his usual exceptional vision and inspiration and along with Mark and his team has reestablished our leadership in the DC advertising market.

Please join me in congratulating Keith on his promotion.

Best wishes,  Andrew”

The Hill’s New Hires

In a recent memo from The Hill‘s Editor Hugo Gurdon, we learn about a few new scribes in the newsroom.

“You will probably have noticed a couple of new faces in the office, and so I wanted to introduce them to you. Sam Baker has joined us from Inside Washington Publishers to work on the Healthwatch blog with Julian. And Niall Stanage arrived this week to work on the Monday edition with Keith White. Please join me in welcoming them both.