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Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Castro’

Despite Pay Wall, Washington Biz Journal Was Hot on Kucinich Olive Pit Story

Those pesky pay walls can make it difficult to see who did what and when.

Washington Business Journal reported the story of Rep. Dennis Kucinich and the apparently giant enough to hurt his tooth olive pit on Jan. 21, a full five days before Gawker on Jan. 26, which cited a pdf from Courthouse News Service. The story was written by their InnerLoop columnist Melissa Castro.

They sent me a link that links to an entirely different story, but blissfully there was also a cut and paste. Read an excerpt of her story after the jump. Kucinich doesn’t comment for hers, either. But she does get an Ohioan in the newsroom to brave a comment (anonymously…).

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WBJ’s Castro Pops the Question

It’s a sweet, sweet day for lesbian love at the Washington Business Journal.  In today’s WBJ “Editor’s Notebook” Melissa Castro examines the harsh realities of the gay marriage issue in Virginia and Maryland and its implications on business in those states.  But Castro doesn’t end her piece with a profound vision for the future of business, gay marriage or the states – instead she takes the opportunity to pop the question:

“In the meantime, I almost forgot to ask the most pressing question of all: Jami — will you marry me?”

Congrats to Jami and Melissa!  We wish you gals all the happiness in the world.  Read Castro’s piece and proposal here.

WBJ Announces Newsroom Changes

Just before the WBJ‘s “Book of Lists” bash last night, Editor Douglas Fruehling announced some changes to the Biz Journal‘s newsroom.

“Working the Room” and “Back Page” writer Jen Nycz-Conner will continue that role but has also taken on the role of media strategy manager aka “buzz generator-in-chief.” Associate Editor Tim Burn will become the BizSmarts editor and writer. Commercial real estate staff reporter Melissa Castro is will transition into a new role as senior staff reporter for features and “Inner Loop.” Vandana Sinha who has covered biotech, energy and environment will now focus on Web and evening editing. Staff reporters Tierney Plumb and Sarah Krouse are teaming up to cover all of the commercial real estate in the region.

Though it was not mentioned in Fruehling’s note, FishbowlDC confirmed that technology reporter Darlene Darcy is no longer with WBJ.

The entire staff memo is available after the jump.

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Washington Biz Journal‘s Prom Night

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Washington business leaders packed the National Building Museum last night for WBJ‘s annual “Book of Lists” fete. Dubbed “prom night” by WBJ‘s staffers, the glam, Mardi Gras-themed gala boasted six open bars, catering by Jose Andres, photo booth, and a head spinning number of opportunities to pass a business card.

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WBJ Publisher Alex Orfinger spent most of the evening greeting guests like Mark Ein and Winston Lord at the event’s entrance. Inside, FishbowlDC caught up with editor Doug Fruehling and Jen Nycz-Conner (pictured above) as well as Ann Curry-lookalike, reporter Melissa Castro. And though we didn’t sample the “Listini,” a mix of Smirnoff Cranberry, Chambord, Sierra Mist and cranberries, we’re pretty sure it did the trick for most guests.

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For more on the “Book of Lists,” click of here and check out the WBJ team getting down to business (after party at the Irish Channel) after the jump.

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