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Ex-Fishbowler Garrett Graff Leaves Washingtonian

Michael Calderone broke the news today that Washingtonian Editor-in-Chief -and more significantly, former FishbowlDC Editor -Garrett Graff is leaving that magazine after 5 years in the top editorial spot.

Graff also told City Paper that he doesn’t yet have concrete plans on what’s next, but that he is “looking forward to a new challenge, wherever that may lie.” He says that he will probably spend a good part of his time finished up his third book -a history of the Cold War -for Simon and Schuster.

Graff edited this blog from January 2005 to May 2006, when Patrick Gavin took over. His life after Fishbowl includes a long-running stint at Georgetown University where he teaches classes on digital media, several published books, and the gig at Washingtonian starting in 2009.

Senior Editors Sherri Dalphonse and Kristin Hinman will serve as co-editors for the mag for now while Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams searches for a new editor.

Read Williams’ memo announcing the news after the jump…

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Birdy Chatter: Meredith Shiner and Patrick Gavin Make Moves

FBDC alum and current Daily Caller gossip maven Betsy Rothstein has some interesting tidbits:

Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner, who recently resigned from the publication, is in serious talks to go to work for Yahoo! News. The deal has not yet been finalized.

Also…per a tweet by Michael Calderone of HuffPost, Patrick Gavin has resigned from Politico. He is moving on to new ventures which he is not yet disclosing. He declined to comment.

We also hear from a little birdy that, after five years, P-Gav’s last day at The Politico will be May 1st. His next moves are’t finalized yet, but should be soon.

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Where Are They Now? New York Times Edition

The New York TimesHuffPo’s Michael Calderone wonders if the The New York Times has a retention problem. The answer: “Good Lord, Yes!”

In just the last few months, he notes, the list of former high-profile Timesmen and women has swelled to include:

Nate Silver (now at ESPN/ABC), Brian Stelter (CNN), Matt Bai (Yahoo News), Megan Liberman (Yahoo News), David Pogue (Yahoo News), Jeff Zeleny (ABC), Susan Saulny (ABC), Lisa Tozzi (BuzzFeed), Judy Battista (NFL/NFL.com), Howard Beck (Bleacher Report), Rick Berke (Politico), and Eric Wilson (InStyle)

From Calderone’s article:

The Times has long enjoyed a position atop the media pecking order and the cachet of working at the “Paper of Record” remains both a draw for recruiting talent and keeping it. But it’s no longer the case that the Times can rely on prestige alone as talent fields competitive offers from both TV networks and also online sites that can pay significantly more money, provide greater journalistic freedom and offer multi-platform visibility — or some combination of the three.

Read the whole thing here.

 

Afternoon Reading List 10.22.13

morningreadinglistresized1. No stone unturned: In what we horribly call a “longread” these days, the Washington Monthly has a really fascinating story out today about a woman who declared that she’d been gang raped in Iraq. The story takes you from the beginning of the ordeal to the absolute bitter end. The reporter, Stephanie Mencimer, admits her own involvement in a film in which the woman appears. She also admits to writing a number of sympathetic stories on the woman for Mother Jones, her former employer. At one point she says her former editor there “cringed” and not so subtly tried to talk her out of writing this piece, but she wasn’t persuaded.

Why you should read it: The story explores every possible angle and makes you ultimately question nearly every person involved. She shows how lawmakers and the media came to the woman’s defense and didn’t bother to follow through on the wildly unexpected conclusion to the ordeal. Stop whatever you’re doing. If any story deserves a prize it’s this one. Read the story here.

2. The firing of AP’s Bob Lewis: This story by HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone gives a full overview of the firing of the AP reporter for misreporting news relating to gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe.The story includes an interesting detail by reporting the reaction of McAuliffe’s communications director, who said the campaign did not request for any action, such as a dismissal, to happen.

Why you should read it: It’s free of opinion. How many stories are free of that these days? Read the story here.

Afternoon Reading List 08.15.13.

HuffPost‘s contingency plans? NYT had some trouble with their website yesterday. In fact, the entire website was down for several hours. As The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher reports, NYT staff editor Juliet Lapidos took the opportunity to take a jab HuffPost, tweeting “How is the Huffington Post handling the NYT outage? Do they have contingency plans?” This struck a nerve in HuffPost’s Sam Stein, who fired back with a tweet of his own. The exchange eventually devolved into an ordeal among TNR’s Marc Tracy and HuffPost’s Michael Calderone. Lapidos eventually apologized by tweeting “Did not mean to wound. It was just a dumb joke.” Stein immediately forgave her, writing that it’s all “water under the bridge.”

Why you should read it: Just seeing Stein’s childlike retort makes reading this worth it.

The world without NYT Also spawned by NYT’s online troubles was a hilariously satirical piece by WaPo’s Alexandra Petri. Following the lede of “OH MY GOD, THEY’VE DONE IT, THEY’VE ACTUALLY DONE IT,” Petri writes that “chaos erupted in the streets.” Petri also describes NYT digital subscribers who didn’t know what Paul Krugman was thinking and wondered if skinny jeans were still in style. They “became baffled and disoriented when they were allowed to read the entire paper without a notice popping up in the lower corner of the screen to tell them they had reached their article limits.” The piece closes with a desperate plea to read WaPo, which “is a lovely paper, with lots of award-winning video content, available in print in online editions!”

Why you should read it: Petri does an excellent job satirizing NYT culture. Also there’s a picture of a groundhog.

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Journalists and Their Animal Twins

We’re taking Separated at Birth to new, deeper and ridiculous heights today. We liked BuzzFeed‘s rendition of this with members of Congress so much that we decided to steal the idea for our own fishy purposes. Enjoy!

10. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and a Wooley sheep.

9. Slate‘s Dave Weigel and a sloth.

8. Katrina vanden Heuvel and an Afghan breed of dog.

7. Breitbart NewsMatthew Boyle and a chipmunk. Hey, they don’t call those chipmunk cheeks for nothing right? We’re talking about the chipmunk, of course.

6. HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone and these exaggerated versions of his dark eyes in some cool cats we found online.

5. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and a blonde Afghan breed of dog.

4. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and a dog with reading glasses.

Don’t miss the top three…

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It’s Official: Hounshell to Politico, Where He’ll Be Glasser’s Deputy

It’s a done deal.

Blake Hounshell, who resigned from FP last week, is going to work for Politico as his former boss’s deputy. That’s right, Susan Glasser was his boss at FP. She, too, recently resigned to go to work for Politico to head up an aggressive longform journalism operation.

HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone got his paws on the memo first from Editor-in-Chief John Harris. FishbowlDC first hinted at the news a few days ago. “He’s a wonderful editor, a nonstop ideas machine — and a round-the-clock tweeter: basically the perfect metabolism for POLITICO,” said Glasser in the memo.

Hounshell begins his new job Monday.

See the full memo.

Sh*t Politico’s Jim VandeHei Says

When the ubiquitous Mike Allen was asked two years ago on MSNBC about his sleep patterns, he quoted his boss, Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei.

“Jim Vandehei says to be healthy, wealthy, and wise you need six hours a night, so I try for at least that,” Allen said. Sage advice, indeed. But what else does VandeHei say? Luckily, a new Q&A with him published in PaidContent is chock-full of Vande-isms.

For example…

On Politico staying relevant in the media realm:

“Anyone who thinks that because they have success today, they’ll have success tomorrow I think is a fool.”

There’s definitely more…

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Afternoon Reading List 05.29.13

Who is Michele Bachman, anyway? — An “exponent of the anti-tax Tea Party movement”; a “conservative firebrand and a favorite of tea party Republicans”; “Tea Party Darling.” These are just a few of the ways Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) has been described by the press. In a listicle rivaling Buzzfeed, Politico’s Patrick Gavin listed 13 of the descriptions, citing everyone from Matt Drudge to WaPo and Bloomberg. Gavin himself calls the congresswoman “one of the more colorful characters in Congress.”

Reporter let go for being ‘painful to watch’ — Think you’re having a bad day? In an internal email sent to staff, CBS Harrisburg news director David Baer said Kirk Wilson, a reporter for the station, had resigned. But, as Mediaite’s Andrew Kerill reported, Wilson says he was forced out because Baer said he was “painful to watch.” Originally trying not to share the detail of his split with the station, Wilson, after learning what was being said, took to Facebook to set the record straight. “The news director told me I didn’t meet the reporting standards of SBG TV,” Wilson said in the post. I was “painful to watch,” neither me nor my stories were conversational. I’ll stop there. It got worse.” He went on to describe his stop at a convenience store on his way home the day he was let go. The clerk recognized him as a reporter from the station, and after Wilson told her that he wasn’t with the station anymore, she was heartbroken. “She said to me, ‘You’re my favorite reporter. I think I’m going to cry.”

Molly Ball, Maggie Haberman considered for NYT posts — Last week, NYT announced the hire of Politico’s Jonathan Martin as a national political correspondent for the newspaper. HuffPost’s Michael Calderone reported that, along with Martin, the Times was also considering The Atlantic’s Molly Ball for the storied position, according to sources. Ball is a former reporter at Politico. Haberman, for her part, reportedly extended her contract with Politico following the 2012 election and will be staying with the publication.

 

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