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NJ Bids Farewell to Posner With Obit

NJ‘s Mike Magner writes an obituary today on veteran Hill reporter Mike Posner, who died last week of leukemia. He was 79.  Posner most recently worked for CongressDaily which became National Journal Daily last year.

Magner affectionately writes that “Poz” was “known as much for his crumpled clothes as much as for his good humor and relentless reporting skills…” and quotes former colleagues such as ex-CongressDaily Editor Lou Peck and George Wilson, both of whom knew Posner well.

Note: Memorial contributions may be sent to Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, 5255 Loughboro Rd. N.W., Washington, D.C., 20016.

Read the full obit here.

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Five Journos Bid Farewell in Senate Press Gallery


The Senate Press Gallery held a small soiree Wednesday afternoon for five journalists who are retiring (or who took bailouts).

A white sheet cake was decorated with their names on it and two garbage cans full of ice and beers were part of the offerings. Those being celebrated include: Congress Daily’s Dave Hess, Lou Peck, Keith White, Mike Posner, and Susan Milligan of The Boston Globe, who, reports HuffPost Hill, is going on sabbatical.

Noted one scribe who attended noticed that the back table in the gallery had been piled with tasty food and drinks all day in prep for the party.

NJ Circulates Survey – Major Changes Being Discussed

survey.jpgNJ has circulated an online customer survey suggesting that big changes are being bandied about at CongressDaily, including possibly merging the publication’s content with other reporting NJ produces. The survey, said a subscriber who took it, also suggested that NJ could be considering a name change for CongressDaily.

One question involved CQ’s bill tracking service that is a longtime favorite to a variety of Capitol Hill publications and lobbyists around town. The gist: ‘What if we could could do CQ Bill Tracker and give it to you cheaper?’

NJ declined to comment.

As previously reported by FBDC, major change is happening at CongressDaily these days with the recent departures of top tier editors Lou Peck and Keith White and Jason Dick serving as acting editor.

CongessDaily alumni are abuzz, getting in touch with old pals to find out what’s next. “My understanding is that they are taking a serious look at what CongressDaily is and trying to figure out what to do with it,” said the Capitol Hill publication subscriber.

The survey was 25-30 questions and took approximately 10 minutes to finish.

CongressDaily’s Peck and White Out, Dick In

Times are changing at CongressDaily. Founding Editor-in-Chief Lou Peck and Editor Keith White are out. Managing Editor Jason Dick is the acting Editor.

Sources behind the scenes say the change is a good one. While some are shocked by the decision, others saw the writing on the wall and see the shift as something that is going to “invigorate” the publication.

David Miller, spokesman, told FishbowlDC: “Both worked for the publication for many years — Lou was CongressDaily’s founding editor — and their efforts were instrumental in making CongressDaily the success it is today. We deeply appreciate their many contributions.”

Condon Joins Congress Daily

Email from Lou Peck, editor in chief of Congress Daily, sent today:

    We’re very pleased to announce that George Condon will be coming aboard early next year as our new White House correspondent. George is a veteran of more than 30 years with Copley Newspapers, starting out as a California-based political reporter in 1978 and then joining Copley’s Washington bureau in 1982. He became bureau chief in 1984, and ran the bureau for a quarter of a century in addition to covering the White House and national politics. (If you’ve read today’s New York Times, you may have noticed George quoted in the story about the regrettable cutbacks in many Washington newspaper bureaus — the Copley bureau recently fell victim to this trend.) In 2006, George oversaw the coverage that led to the Copley bureau and the chain’s flagship newspaper, the San Diego Union, being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting — for uncovering the corruption that led to the conviction and imprisonment of former Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham of California. George subsequently co-authored a book on the Cunningham case. Given the intense level of activity certain to surround a new — and history-making — presidency next year, we’re delighted to have someone of George’s experience and expertise in-house. We’ll see that he is introduced to all of you once we get back from the Christmas recess. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming him.

CongressDaily Movement

The below email was sent Monday by CongressDaily’s Lou Peck to the CongressDaily staff.


    As many of you know, there have been ongoing discussions since Charlie Mitchell’s departure last month about how best to structure the editing/management staff as we look forward to a new Congress — while facing an increasingly competitive marketplace. I wanted to briefly share with you some decisions that have been reached so far.

    **Effective February 1, I will assume the title of editor in chief of CongressDaily, and Keith White will be taking over the title of editor. I should note that this particular change has been in the works for several months. It reflects the fact that Keith — over the past two to three years — has taken on the primary responsibility of overseeing day-to-day operations at CongressDaily, while my job has been increasingly focused on longer-term editorial, business and administrative issues at CongressDaily, as well as fulfilling my current role as editor in chief of Technology Daily.

    **The above move leaves open Keith’s current title as executive editor, and Dave Morris will assume that title — as well as some changed responsibilities — in the coming weeks. As a major part of his new duties, Dave will be taking over the day-to-day supervision of the reporters in the “political unit” who were overseen by Charlie during the past several years. In addition, Dave will take on day-to-day supervisory responsibility with regard to the CongressDaily Web site. The National Journal Group Web site is about to undergo an upgrading affecting CongressDaily and all other NJG publications, and that will be discussed in detail at this coming Friday morning’s staff meeting. We will also be hiring another staffer in the coming weeks who will be devoted to Web production, thereby enhancing our capabilities with regard to the CongressDaily Web site.

    As the veterans on staff are aware, Dave arrived at CongressDaily in mid-2004 as AM managing editor (not counting a stint as a freelancer in early 2003) after a journalistic career that has included the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, and ABC News. During the past two and a half years, Dave has been responsible for numerous initiatives at the AM edition — and the result has been both more and better content and increased operating efficiency. Working closely with the other CongressDaily editors, I look forward to Dave’s applying that sense of innovation to the Web — a platform which, as all of you well know, is taking on vastly increased importance in all sectors of journalism.

    **With Dave being elevated to the executive editor’s slot, Jason Dick will be promoted to AM managing editor. In his current role as deputy managing editor, Jason — whose previous life with National Journal Group includes a stint as an editor at Greenwire in the late 1990s — has been Dave’s second in command for the past two and a half years. He has performed in an outstanding manner, where — in addition to his role of making sure that the AM is “put to bed” every night — he has become increasingly involved in developing content and overseeing the reporting staff. Consequently, many of you already have had the chance to get to know Jason — and to observe first-hand why his promotion is so well-deserved. In the coming weeks, in conjunction with Jason, we will be searching for someone to assume his current duties as deputy managing editor.

    Let me also note that Senior Editor Rick Sia and PM Managing Editor Jack Deutsch will be taking on additional responsibilities as part of this restructuring. Rick — who, over the past year, has developed a number of outstanding packages for the Web site featuring in-depth CongressDaily reporting and other content — will work closely with Dave on future such packages. In addition, I’ve asked Rick — who will continue to oversee our defense and homeland security reporting — to play an expanded role in identifying enterprise stories that can be pursued by all members of the reporting staff. A number of you have expressed the desire to do more in-depth reporting, and I firmly believe the publication would benefit from this. And there is no better person than Rick, with his extensive background in investigative reporting, to play a key role in this effort. Meanwhile, Jack, in addition to continuing to oversee the PM edition, will play an expanded role in late afternoons each day — as he works with Jason to help to frame coverage for both the next day’s AM and PM editions. Jack brings to the table many years as both a reporter and editor focused on Capitol Hill, and we look forward to taking increased advantage of that experience.

    In closing, let me apologize for having to pass along the above information via e-mail rather than in person. But, as you know, getting everyone together when Congress is in session is not an easy task, and I wanted to bring you up to speed as soon as possible.

    As noted above, we will be having a meeting Friday morning at our satellite offices at Fairchild to discuss the new Web site, and I’d be happy to talk further at that time about our new plan of organization. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to give Keith White or me a call if you have any questions. And please join me in congratulating Keith, Dave and Jason on their new titles.



Some context: White is a former reporter for Gannett News Service. Morris was in charge of exit polling at AP and was with Bloomberg. Dick worked at Greenwire before joining CongressDaily several years ago.