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Memo Reveals Internal Details on Politico Pro

Politico is rolling out details of its new operation Politico Pro, describing it as an effort to mix politics and policy. They’re still in the hiring process, so if that’s of interest, read on.

On Sunday afternoon, Politico Pro Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve sent a lengthy note to staff unveiling details on the new venture. “I want you all to hear the news from me first,” he wrote.

The memo is heavy on complimentary prose about staff, saying, among other things, that the new operation will encompass “the best journalists in the business” who will cover the new product with the same “high-impact” and “high-velocity” as Politico.


* Some of the content will be for Politico Pro subscribers only.

* The launch will happen in early 2011.

* Dan Berman (who was hired away from E&E) is heading the Energy reporting team.

* Kim Hart (who was hired away from The Hill) will be Tech Editor. Grieve said she was put into place Dick Cheney style, meaning he asked her to help find the best person to head the team and it ended up being her.

* Politico Pro will have its own copy desk and web team. LaRonda Peterson was snagged from Politico‘s copy desk.

* When the team is complete, there will be 40 editorial employees. Some have been hired, but there are still more hires to come.

Read Grieve’s full internal memo after the jump…

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Politico Acquires Another Blogger From The Hill

We’re hearing word that Tony Romm , The Hill‘s Briefing Room blogger, resigned Friday morning. He gave his two-weeks notice, but apparently that didn’t go over so well. Romm, we’re told, was asked to leave by close of business today. He is headed to Politico. (A Hill employee remarked over e-mail, “Happy hour may not happen.”)

Most recently, Politico lured away The Hill‘s Kim Hart, who wrote Hillicon Valley. She will be writing for a tech blog at Politico.

Awkward Seating Chart at WHCA Dinner 101

Awkward mike-mark-2.jpg On May 1 political Washington will convene for the biggest, flashiest event of the year: the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Arranging seating charts can’t be an easy task. So we’ve put together some of the most awkward, hazardous seating options so everyone can be on the lookout. Granted, not everyone we’ve placed here will necessarily have a ticket to the hot event. But then again, you never can tell… (Above are: BFF’sPolitico’s Mike Allen and NYT’s Mark Leibovich.)

MSNBC: President Phil Griffin and hosts Keith Olbermann and Donny Deutsch. (Deutsch was canned last week for putting Olbermann in a segment called “America the Angry.”) Former Host David Shuster, who recently disappeared from MSNBC after he applied to CNN, should sit there as well.

ABC: Jake Tapper and soon-to-be ‘This Week’ Host Christiane Amanpour. We’re sure they’d both be more than cordial. But awkward? Indeed.

CNN: Larry King and Pamela Anderson. King recently had Anderson on the show and pressed her on whether she’d date her “Dancing With the Stars” partner Damian Whitewood if he wasn’t already seeing someone. It’s a highly awkward pairing all in all, with a suspender-clad King with his slicked by hairdo and Anderson, with, of course, her gazongas. Where else is King supposed to look? “You’re a seductive, sexy person,” King recently told her.

FNC: Brit Hume and Tiger Woods (they can chat about Buddhism). Also…Bill O’Reilly and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). (In March, Frank went on O’Reilly’s show. O’Reilly called him a “coward”. To which Frank replied, “Bill, here’s the problem with going on your show. You start ranting. And the only way to respond is almost to look as boorish as you.”)

CBS: CBS News anchor Katie Couric and former Alaska Gov. and FNC Contributor Sarah Palin. Topics they could discuss: newspapers they read, and SNL Host Tina Fey should show up and say hello.

Washington Examiner: Reporter Tara Palmeri and actor Sean Penn. (Palmeri got thrown out of a Haiti-themed event last month when she posed a question to the actor based on a comment he had made saying that he wished rectal cancer on his enemies.) Topics they could discuss: rectal cancer, temper issues, press conference etiquette and more…

WaPo: Sally Quinn and the various reporters at the paper who badmouthed her column that was recently cut.

The Hill: Editor-in-Chief Hugo Gurdon and Kim Hart (the Hillicon Valley blogger who just left The Hill for Politico). Let’s throw in Politico’s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei for good measure. New boss, old boss kind of situation.

The Daily Caller: Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart (Some may remember back in the day when Carlson hosted CNN’s “Crossfire” when Stewart came on the show and called him a d–k.) Here’s the exchange between Carlson and Stewart. Carlson: “I do think you’re more fun on your show.” Stewart: “You’re as big a d–k on your show as you are on any show.”

Roll Call: Reporter Shira Toeplitz and Editor Charlie Mitchell. Toeplitz is the first member of Roll Call’s editorial staff to leave the publication for Politico, where she starts next month. Let’s throw in Politico’s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei for good measure. Everyone should get acquainted. In case anyone’s confused, VandeHei is now table hopping and will soon join his bosom buddy, O’Reilly.

NJ: NJ’s top-tiered editors, reporters and recently canned magazine columnists as they figure out who is expendable in the upcoming reorganization. For prime discomfort, the two members of the task force (who helped decide that the publication needs to make changes and lose eight members of the editorial staff) should be seated with the rest. The third, Shane Harris, now works at Washingtonian.

HuffPost: Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington and WaPo columnist George Will, both of whom are regulars on the ABC “This Week” roundtable. Could Will glare at Huffington more? The pair disagrees on pretty much everything under the sun. Could they make it through dinner without a food fight?

Politico: Mike Allen and NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, who just wrote an 11-page profile on the scribe that has made Allen the talk of the town in good, bad and weird ways. Topics they could discuss: Allen’s hoarding problem, where he lives, and what his father did for a living.

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Roundtable from hell: ABC’s Jake Tapper and Christiane Amanpour along with
Arianna Huffington and George Will.

Note to readers: Yes, we’ve photo-shopped the faces and placed them on the bodies of dinner party guests (A major shout-out to MS for your talent.).

See more awkward pairings after the jump…

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Politico’s Many Hires and Changes

Politico sent out an internal memo to staff early this morning announcing new hires and changes at the publication.

In a nutshell:

Hillary Frey: New media and style editor. Formerly of the New York Observer.

Maggie Haberman: Joins political team. Formerly of the New York Post.

Kim Hart: Policy and technology reporting. Formerly of The Hill.

Scott Wong: Joins congressional team. Formerly of The Arizona Republic.

Two new health care reporters: Sarah Kliff (formerly of Newsweek) and Jennifer Haberkorn (formerly of TWT).

Read the full internal memo from VandeHarris after the jump. More change ahead as Chris Frates resumes being a lead lobbying reporter. •Two former interns hired. •The publication is looking to hire more editors to “lighten the load of core editors.” Read on…

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Politico Poaches The Hill’s Hart

Tech writer Kim Hart who left WaPo six months ago to launch Hillicon Valley at the The Hill is making moves again. Sources tell us that she was recently poached by Politico.

FishbowlDC obtained the following memo from The Hill‘s Hugo Gurdon:

I am sorry to tell you that Kim Hart has decided to make a career move and will be leaving The Hill. I am grateful to her for her work over the past six months, helping to launch Hillicon Valley. The blog is already a big success and will continue to succeed and grow. I shall be hiring a top notch reporter to fill the gap that Kim leaves behind. I am sure you join me in wishing Kim well in her future endeavors. Thanks, Hugo

The Hill’s Jeff Young Bids Farewell and Prepares for Bloomberg

Celebration-Drinks-600.jpg Scribes and friends gathered Tuesday night at Post Pub for The Hill’s health care guru Jeff Young‘s going away party.

A list of those who turned up last night: Young’s brother, Tim, his girlfriend, Sommer Mathis (who writes the DCist). Only co-workers and former co-workers were invited. (Full Disclosure: I worked with Young for many years and was invited to the soiree. So this post is going to be free of snark because I don’t have a bad thing to say about the guy.)

Jim Snyder, Roxana Tiron, Ian Swanson, Alex Bolton, JT Rushing, Jordan Fabian, Kevin Bogardus, Walter Alarkon, Kim Hart, Sean Miller, Emily Goodin, Sam Youngman, and Silla Brush. Representing The Hill’s alumni were Greenwire’s Mike Soraghan and The Atlantic’s Chris Good. Remarked Young: “My once-and-future colleague Patrick O’Connor broke my heart — not for the first time — by failing to show up and there’s a special place reserved in hell for Jared Allen, who brushed it off to go play sports or something.”

Young reflected on his time at the newspaper.
“It’s been a hell of a ride these past five years, capped off the a year-plus of health care reform insanity,” he wrote to FishbowlDC. “Mostly, there are some people I’m going to miss when I’m gone. (On a smaller scale, I’m really going to miss my Mac and will have to suffer Windows for the first time in years.)

“At the same time, there are only two people left in this news room, not counting Hugo [Gurdon] and Bob [Cusack], who’ve been here longer than I have. That alone might be a sign that it’s time to try something new. I’m also very excited about what we’ve got cooking at Bloomberg and I can’t wait to get started.”

We wish Young the best in his new job.

The Hill Scores Hart from WaPo

Nice hire by The Hill! In an internal memo obtained by FBDC, The Hill‘s Hugo Gurdon announced to his staff today that WaPo‘s Kim Hart will be joining the pub to cover the intersection of technology and politics.

Hart currently covers technology at WaPo and pens a weekly column called “The Download.”

Gurdon’s memo after the jump.

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Morning Reading List, 03.28.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Permanent reporter’s notebook? Hmm… no. Most of you go for whatever’s around and available.

  • An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” was “the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers” for the week of March 19-23. Averaging 8.35 million Total Viewers “World News” outperformed NBC’s “Nightly News” by 260,000 Total Viewers for the week. “This also marks the sixth time in seven weeks the ABC broadcast has ranked first among Households.”

  • An NBC release announced that “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” “outperformed ABC and CBS in the key demographic adults 25-54 during the week of March 19-23.” For the week, “Nightly News” delivered 2.447 million among adults 25-54, 1% more than ABC “World News” and 7% more than CBS “Evening News.”

  • E&P reports, “The percentage of minority journalists working in U.S .newsrooms decreased slightly to 13.62% this year from 13.87% a year ago, according to the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ annual survey, which included full-time online journalists for the first time.” ASNE has more.

  • Jay Rosen talks to Leonard Witt about his’s first experimental project. And The Huffington Post is joining in on the fun.

  • Tonight, will pre-parties be the new post-party?

  • UMD’s Diamondback announced, “The governing board for the university’s independent student publications elected chief news editor Kevin Litten as The Diamondback’s next editor in chief during its monthly meeting.”

  • The PEJ News Coverage Index shows that the fall out over Alberto Gonzales was the biggest story for the week of March 18-23, 2007.

  • The News Observer looks into TNR’s Alex Heard‘s accusations of David Sedaris “flubberizing the truth for comic effect,” in an expose titled “This American Lie.”

  • The AP reports,Barack Obama has picked up the endorsement of Sheila C. Johnson, the ex-wife of media pioneer Robert Johnson, who is backing rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid.”

  • TNR announced the finalists in the Ira Glass contest. The winner will be announced today.

  • American Enterprise Institute is looking to fill two positions — a web editor and a director of book marketing.

  • TVNewser reportsChris Wallace ripped Keith Olbermann on the nationally syndicated Mike Gallagher Show Friday.” Nice.

  • A reader notes, “Isn’t there just a smidge of irony that Dobbs is speaking about the ‘War on the Middle Class’ at one of the most expensive universities in the country ($50,000/year if I’ve heard right)?”

  • Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein spoke at UT Austin last week on “The Legacy of Watergate: Why It Still Matters.”

  • E&P reports that Woodward and Bernstein’s Deep Throat notes went on public display Friday at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Glen Greenwald questions the relationship between Drudge and the Politico “poisonously joined at the hip.”

  • Lost Remote reports that Verizon’s IPTV network FiOS “will take the wraps off a local TV channel called FiOS1 later this week in the D.C. area. It’s Verizon’s first ‘owned and operated TV channel in the country,’ and it will carry local news, weather, traffic and sports programming — including live college games.”

  • A tipster tells updates us on Chuck Babington: “You probably already know, but he’s leaving the Post to cover Congress for AP. No plans yet on a replacement, but Kim Hart is still editing and we expect Alan Sipress may step in.”

  • Carl Sessions Stepp looks at the contradiction of young journalists: “They value what papers do but find them often dull, out of touch and sluggish. They have passion for their craft but are positioning themselves for a future that may leave newspapers behind.”

  • YouTube announced the winners of its inaugural awards, “paying tribute to the wannabe stars who have used the site as a launching pad to fast fame.”

  • Carl Howe writes on “Why Print Journalism Will Never Really Die.”

  • WWD reports, “After more than a decade at Dennis Publishing, The Week publisher Carolyn Kremins is returning to Condé Nast as the vice president and publisher of Cookie.”

  • Variety reports that The Onion “is launching a video newscast dubbed Onion News Network, or ONN, a 24-hour fake news net marketing itself as, ‘faster, harder, scarier and all-knowing.’”

  • Check out the 2006 IRE Award Winners.

  • Raw Story Media is looking for a full-time correspondent.

  • Gannett News Service is seeking a Congressional Editor.

  • The Center for Public Integrity is hiring an editorial assistant for major investigative journalism project.

  • The Daily Progress is seeking a copy editor/page designer.