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POLITICO’s Women Rule Series Announces 2014 ‘Women Who Rule’ Awards

WomenRuleLogoLowResPOLITICO, Google, and the Tory Burch Foundation’s “Women Rule” series on Tuesday announced its 2014 “Women Who Rule” awards to recognize women who are leading change in policy, politics, and their communities in unique and innovative ways.

The awards will honor three women who have led quantifiable change in media, technology, and business as well an under 30 female leader recipient.

“We designed the awards to acknowledge and celebrate women leveraging their power to create change across the country,” said Kim Kingsley, chief operating officer for POLITICO. She went on to say that the awards offer an opportunity to engage more women who are making a difference.

Award recipients will be acknowledged in DC later this year and nominations will be accepted through October 17, 2014.

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Internal Memo Outlines POLITICO’s Plans for New Digs

An internal memo from POLITICO COO Kim Kingsley this afternoon announced that after a long search for new office space, the powers that be decided to relocate within its current building, to the 8th and 9th floors. While the deal is not yet final, they’re far enough along in the process to make an announcement to staff.

POLITICO occupies the 6th and parts of the 7th floors at 1100 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington. The new space is expected to be 60,000 square feet and have two-connected and private floors and a large outdoor private terrace.

If all goes according to plan, they’ll make the move late Spring 2015.

Check out the full memo after the jump. Read more

Women Ruled Zentan for 2014 Series Launch

10001385_748690051810766_1034168253_nLast night, POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation kicked off the “Women Rule” series for 2014 at Zentan. The cocktail reception brought together participants from last year’s series and invited them to share their aspirations for the coming year. The event also featured Zentan’s Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen, a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

The first “Women Rule” event is scheduled for late March in DC – more details are expected soon. The series will also host events in New York City and San Francisco this year, capping off with an end-of-year conference in Washington.

1904150_748690041810767_1961860382_nIn attendance: CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, Erin McPikeMichelle Jaconi, and Kristen Holmes; NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin and Kasie Hunt; MSNBC’s Karen Finney; Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus: Larry King’s producer Carrie Stevenson; WJLA’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji; Time’s Jay Newton Small; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta; InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle; BitchesWhoBrunch.com’s Cori Sue Morris (since it’s the weekend, wa-la, bitcheswhobrunch.com!); Emily’s List’s Marcy Stech; SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman; Kim Oates from the House Radio-TV Gallery; Brunswick Group’s Su-Lin Nichols; the White House’s Tara McGuinness; Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran; Komen’s Kiki Ryan; Kate Bake’s Katelyn Sornik; Tracy Sefl; Gloria Dittus; and Mindy Finn.

1528463_748689968477441_335092248_nAs well as sponsors, including POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley, Lois Romano, Beth Lester Sidhu, Christine Delargy, Jessie Niewold, and Peter Cherukuri; the new head of the Tory Burch Foundation Bari Mattes (her first week in the position!); and Google’s Jesse Suskin, Sam Smith and Mistique Cano.

Photos by Rod Lamkey Jr.

Politico’s New Prez and CEO: Jim VandeHei

images-5When you read through the lengthy internal memos and formal press release on Jim VandeHei‘s ascendance to President and CEO of Politico and Capital New York, you quickly see they’ve got something for everyone: romance (he and Publisher Robert Allbritton are “of one mind” with each other; gumption (he is part of the best journalistic “dream team” in America, says Allbritton) and a menacing quality with a religious twist (VandeHei writes, “The days of untouchable incumbents in media are over – this is the era of abrupt change. We have no choice but to keep delivering the goods, better, faster and more efficiently. Or someone will do unto us what we have done unto others.”)

So no more double bylines with Mike Allen (a.k.a. Mikey)? Say it isn’t so.

But it is. VandeHei’s going corporate and will work alongside COO Kim Kingsley and Chief Revenue Officer Roy Schwartz to run the business side of both publications. He’s replacing Fred Ryan, who stepped down last month. Not to worry, there are the expected effusive thank you’s to Ryan as well as the nod from Ryan that VandeHei is absolutely the right man, the only man for the job.

See the memos. Politico‘s Hadas Gold released the announcement last night on the publication’s media blog. The news is still leading the blog today.

You’ve gotta hand it to Politico in that their memos are hilarious in their bravado and  unrivaled prowess to douse one another in praise. They never hesitate to express an explosive self-confidence and desire to take over the media world on this planet and every other. We’ve cataloged our Top 10 Favorite Lines after the jump… Read more

Women on the Rise at Politico?

Are women on the rise at Politico? If you recall, in a recent interview with TNR, Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Isaac Chotiner got in a verbal dust-up on the matter when Chotiner uttered the phrase “overt sexism” and suggested that Politico has a female problem. “I think women would find the premise deeply condescending,” VandeHei shot back at him, saying no one who presently works at Politico would make the charge. And the facts are what they are. Even if you argue this may just be for appearance sake, there are a lot of females in high-ranking roles.

In recent months Politico has been a steady procession of men out of leadership posts. With what looks to be a substantial overhaul of Politico management, the winners are all women. Tim Grieve, who had repeatedly been accused of treating women unfairly, is out and now at National Journal, where his new colleagues say he couldn’t be nicer; Craig Gordon, the highest ranking male outside of VandeHarris is gone as of today — he’s off to Bloomberg News, where he’ll be Deputy Managing Editor. Females in high-ranking roles at Politico include Susan Glasser, who they’ve hired to run a longform magazine project and one their newest hires, Denise Kerston Wells, who they snagged from Washingtonian, to be a senior editor for the longform project. Danielle Jones, meanwhile, is the highest ranking woman in editorial who beat out Gordon and Grieve for job, Kim Kingsley is the COO and Rachel Smolkin, who will take over for Gordon.

We asked Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris if this has been a concerted effort combat the rap and put women in top roles and will report back if he replies.

See the extremely complimentary memo from Politico on Gordon as well as Bloomberg‘s announcement… Read more

WaPo’s Limp Citation for Roll Call

A memo to WaPo: Next time you want to give credit to a paper for breaking a story, how about doing it in the first couple of graphs? How about doing it at all?

On Friday morning at 9:58 a.m., Paul Farhi wrote about the flap over Politico yanking a video on its “about” page because Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office got its knickers in a twist about the potential lack of ethics involving a video of his staffer on a page where they’re selling Politico.

The story is well-written and cites Politico Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley. But why does it take Farhi eight flippin’ graphs to mention the story and publication that broke it in the first place, which was Roll Call on Thursday at 4:58 p.m.? He writes,

“Roll Call, a Politico competitor, reported Thursday that senate ethics rules prohibit senators and their staff from making endorsements. The publication reports Holmes said he didn’t realize that the video would be used as an ad. He received a written request for a video interview from Politico’s director of marketing, who said the video would be ‘a profile of you first — and how you use Politico second.’”

Farhi told FishbowlDC by email: “I was not aware that Roll Call had broken the story until I got your email (I’m assuming you’re correct, btw). I was first alerted to the story yesterday by a colleague, who didn’t mention where he’d seen or heard about it. I reported it out and filed something short about it late last night. I DID notice that Roll Call had done some fine reporting on this and credited them accordingly.”

Psst…Farhi! Google is your friend.

We also reached out to Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner, who broke the story, for comment.

UPDATE: WaPo‘s Erik Wemple also writes about the Politico-McConnell debacle — because why shouldn’t two media reporters from the same publication delve into the same story? He cites Shiner by name five graphs into a pretty lengthy post.

Politico Reporter Re-Elected to Executive Committee

Politico’s Manu Raju has been re-elected to serve on the Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents. The committee is “one of four Congressional/Press Media Galleries that issue press credentials to bona fide correspondents.” Kim Kingsley, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Politico, emailed the staff on Wednesday, saying, “Gang, I’m delighted to announce that Manu Raju has been reelected to the Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents. Manu has been representing reporters’ interests on Capitol Hill as a committee member for more than a year. He continues to prove why he is such an outstanding POLITICO — and we are very proud of his efforts. Please join me in congratulating Manu.”

 

Politico Offers ‘Enhanced’ Maternity Leave

Politico, known for working its employees to the bone, is making life easier for new parents in its midst. Announced this morning in an internal memo, COO Kim Kingsley tells staff that the maternity policy has changed. Employees with primary care of a “newborn or newly adopted baby” may now take up to 12 fully-paid weeks off. Originally, staffers had to take advantage of the Family Medical Leave Act and use their own vacation/sick time for time off if they wanted to be paid.
See the internal memo… Read more

Politico Creates Full-Time Marketing Unit

Politico is creating a full-time marketing unit. The new head of it will be Sara Olson, who has received a major promotion to the post of VP of Marketing. “It’s no secret that all of us think the world of Sara,” said COO Kim Kingsley in an internal memo, who adds that Sara has never failed at any assignment.
Note to Sara: Not to worry, expectations will be on full tilt.
See the memo, which mentions that the publication had 6,000 TV and radio bookings in 2012… Read more

Layoffs at Politico? HuffPost, Please.

When HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone left in Politico in March of 2010, no love was lost on either end. The whys of that are hard to decipher — he broke news and worked at a feverish pace as most reporters there do — but the fit was never a good one. Which may help explain his rollout of anti-Politico stories in recent months, the latest of which has Politico laying people off, even though the decisions appear to be nothing of the kind. In June of last year, Calderone wrote a lengthy insiders piece on his former employer. In it, he reported on the “stressful, hamster wheel” environment in which a “handful of reporters receive preferential treatment from company leadership, while the majority are left drifting in a far off galaxy.”

In his most recent story on Politico, Calderone reported that two people have been let go in recent days — Photo Editor Jay Westcott, who opted to go public with the news on Facebook and Twitter and Jess Kamen, a technology reporter. These things are usually quiet matters. But there’s nothing quiet about Westcott, who also went public last September about his split from his fiancé, Madeline Marshall, also a Politico employee, and told his Facebook pals about his heartbreak. After she changed her status to “single”, Westcott snapped, “I took that picture. Take it down.” Eventually he seemed to come to his senses when he wrote, “I am devastated. I have to get off Facebook.”

So two people were shown the door. As Politico’s Editor-in-Chief John Harris eventually told Calderone for his story, Publisher Robert Allbritton has given them the green light to expand and bring on 30 new hires in 2013 — does this sound like a season of layoffs? To be sure, the word “layoff” is a loaded one and HuffPost, a Politico competitor, was sure to use it in their headline. The word, like it or not, denotes a company that’s struggling. On Sunday, WaPo media writer Erik Wemple also questioned Calderone’s use of the word. “Here’s one instance in which terminology matters a great deal,’ he wrote. “‘Layoffs,’ after all, sends a signal that the organization is shrinking, unable to meet its budgets with current staffing levels. If that’s the case here, it’s a giant story…” If not, he added, it’s a “far less consequential story.”

But Politico, struggling? WaPo recently made big offers to Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman. Both rejected them to stay.

In Wemple’s story we learn that Politicos such as Harris, Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Haberman, Danielle Jones and Kim Kingsley have all signed multi-year contracts, crushing any impression that an exodus is underway. “He got played by bad sources because a few junior people left,” a media observer explained. “Politico has people come and go every week, so some variation of his dumb and naïve story could run most months.”

Asked to comment on whether he holds any ill will against his former employer and whether “layoffs” was a proper word to use, Calderone remarked to FishbowlDC… Read more

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