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Posts Tagged ‘Meredith Artley’

Zach Wolf Named Managing Editor of CNN Politics Digital

rRRQ0XAqCNN executive director of Politics Digital Rachel Smolkin today announced to staff that Zach Wolf will join her as managing editor of CNN’s digital political endeavors. Smolkin joined CNN in August from POLITICO where she served as managing editor for news.

“As we launch an innovative new era for our political coverage, Zach brings a very special blend of talents: a keen eye for news, a deep knowledge of video journalism in both the broadcast and digital spaces, and a sophisticated understanding of the Washington bureau’s awesome news-gathering operation,” wrote Smolkin in an email to to the DC bureau.

Wolf joined CNN in July 2013 as a senior planning editor. Prior to that he was the deputy political director for ABC News.

See Smolkin’s full note to staff after the jump. Read more

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POLITICO’s Rachel Smolkin to Join CNN as Executive Editor of CNN Politics Digital

Rachel SmolkinAn email to CNN staff this morning announced that POLITICO managing editor for news Rachel Smolkin is headed to the network to serve as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. In this role, she’ll lead CNNPolitics.com across all platforms in an effort to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

In lieu of a press release, CNN lately has been doing a Q&A with new hires. Check it out to hear from Smolkin on the best career advice she’s ever received, what drew her to politics, and the biggest challenge of covering Washington.

Smolkin’s last day at POLITICO is slated for August 8 and will start with CNN in mid-August. Prior to POLITICO, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.

See managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley‘s email to staff after the jump. Read more

CNN Names Samantha Barry Senior Director of Social News

RvsetKiKJust in time for midterm coverage, CNN has named Samantha Barry its new senior director of social news. Originally from Ireland, Barry is a former media trainer for the U.S. Department of State and was most recently in London with BBC World News where she advanced its TV and digital news coverage through social platforms.

In her new role, Barry will manage the social teams in DC and at all of the CNN bureaus and work closely with VP of CNN Politics Ed O’Keefe as he pushes his editorial strategy of social-mobile-video. She’ll be based in New York and report to Meredith Artley, VP and managing editor of CNN Digital.

Rather than a traditional press release of the announcement, CNN issued a Q&A with Barry, referred to internally as “Sam.” Check it out after the jump. Read more

CNN’s Peter Hamby Joins Digital Team

This just in….

CNN’s Peter Hamby is joining the digital team as a national reporter.

“Peter is a scrappy and well-sourced reporter and a swift writer with a big social fan base,” said Meredith Artley, managing editor of CNN Digital in a statement.

See the internal memo on “Hamby.” In it, they praise his “swift and mad” writing skills. Read more

Perez Named Editorial Director for CNN Digital

CNN.com Managing Editor Meredith Artley announced today that Manuel Perez has been named Editorial Director for CNN Digital.  Manuel has been with the CNN Digital team since 2001, serving first in the network’s DC bureau as a writer/editor and now Atlanta where he manages the daily coverage priorities and editorial content across CNN’s digital platforms. Prior to CNN, Manuel was a reporter at WaPo and New York Newsday, where he was part of team that won a Pulitzer for breaking news coverage.

In an internal note about his promotion, Artley referred to Perez as “a reporter’s editor.” Noting that he is “a source of clarity, strength and calm in the face of surprises and challenges that arise as a natural part of what [they] do.” In his new role, Manuel will directly oversee CNN’s written word storytelling within CNN Worldwide and on to outside clients via the wire and digital platforms.

The FishbowlDC Interview With CNN’s Dot Com Maven Meredith Artley

Say hello to CNN.com’s Managing Editor Meredith Artley. Today we’ve abandoned the traditional Fishbowl interview for a relatively more serious peek into a major network’s online world. Artley was in town recently for a journalism conference. We met up with her at Founding Farmers to drink bacon martinis and yak about a range of topics that included how journos ingest their news these days, which news sites are must reads and whether it’s goofy or chic for couples to sit on the same side of a booth in this country (she thinks it’s making a comeback).

How long have you been at CNN? Two years and change.

What was your first job in journalism? Intern at Cox Broadcasting on North Capitol!

Living in Atlanta. Blessing or a curse? I love it here. The people, parks and pace are all great. Atlanta has this real funky, creative side that I never heard about til I moved here.

What is something fun and something tedious about your job? Email.

What’s your New Year’s resolution for CNN.com? We have a lot of content pulsing through our site every day. We don’t need more, we need to make what we have as good as it can possibly be. So a big theme of the year, as the whole CNN Digital team knows from our staff huddles, is that we are focusing on craftsmanship of every piece of journalism we do. It’s all about the storytelling.

I understand that Opinion is one of the fastest growing sections on your site.  For a network that prides itself in staying center, do you find it odd that your readers are gravitating toward that section? I don’t find it odd that audiences are flocking to intelligent perspectives on some of the hottest topics of the day.  Our opinion section is not only one of our fastest-growing sections, but it’s our most social in terms of shares and retweets. And that’s saying a lot, since CNN has more followers and friends than any news org out there.

There’s been a recent debate in online media circles about the censorship of comment sections.  Where do you stand on the issue and how do you address inappropriate commenters on your site? Open it up, baby. It’s a community moderated world. We trust our audiences, and we use every piece of technology we can to give a space for our smart commenters to tell the trolls to buzz off. We fight the good fight to create a fast-flowing discussion on nearly every piece of content we generate. We often join in those conversations as CNN staff. And every day, the best of those comments become content in their own right, via our daily “Overheard” column.

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