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POLITICO All-Staff Meeting Described as ‘Cult-Like’

Hundreds of POLITICOs came together at Tuesday’s all-staff meeting at The Hamilton coined “Politico Presents: Where we are and where we’re going” and since, we’ve received mixed reactions from those in attendance. While some left energized and excited for POLITICO’s future, others described the ‘event’ as a “cult-like” experience.

The meeting, first reported by The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone, featured insight to the outlet’s European expansion in partnership with Axel Springer from editor-in-chief John Harris, CEO Jim VandeHei, and publisher Robert Allbritton.

In true POLITICO form, VandeHei interviewed Allbritton, who connected with staff by sharing stories of what he likes to do in his spare time: fly his new private plane. He also recalled childhood play dates at the White House with the daughter of President Jimmy Carter.

Mike Allen served as emcee. COO Kim Kingsley unveiled floor plans for its new Arlington office space. And recently named editor Susan Glasser spoke about other recent newsroom hires and displayed plans for an upcoming website redesign. Before dispersing to an open bar, Glasser moderated a panel consisting of Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, John Bresnahan, and new hire Michael Grunwald on their predictions for 2016.

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The highlight for many though was a stylish new piece of wearable swag attendees walked away with.

We highly anticipate seeing this t-shirt worn proudly by the Kool-Aid sipping staff of the Rosslyn-based political news outlet. There’s no better way to subtly declare plans for world domination than fitting your army in a stylish new work sponsored gym shirt.

It just leaves us wondering…where can we get one?

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NYTimes Launches ‘First Draft,’ a Weekday Morning Political Briefing

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Today, The New York Times launched “First Draft,” a weekday tip sheet focused on politics and Washington distributed via email around 7am and updated with content throughout the day.

FishbowlDC spoke to NYTimes chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse, who said that “First Draft” is “more of a supplement to our broader political coverage.”

“Our main approach right now is that its going to have more original content from us – even different from that day’s paper. New matieral that hasn’t serviced elsewhere,” said Hulse. “We have so many reporters here…our people are very active. We just want to fully utilize the reporting tools that we have.” Read more

HuffPost Names Attendees of Off-the-Record Meeting with President Obama

The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone named a group of reporters and columnists President Barack Obama met with – off-the-record – prior to his Wednesday night statement on ISIS.

“The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, a source familiar with the meeting told The Huffington Post.”

The New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker first reported on Saturday the meeting’s happening, not naming those in attendance, and clarifying that “people unaffiliated with The Times” contributed to his report.

For more, click on over to The Huffington Post.

Two More POLITICOs Join CNN Politics Digital

cnndigital‘Three reporters in the same day? Really?’ is probably what’s being thought right now by someone at POLITICO.

Earlier today we wrote about POLITICO Pro trade reporter Eric Bradner joining CNN Politics Digital as a reporter for its breaking news team. Well just hours later, HuffPost’s Michael Calderone reports two more POLITICO-ers are set to join CNN.

Steven Sloan has been named assistant managing editor for enterprise reporting for CNN Politics Digital while Jedd Rosche was named breaking news editor. Sloan served as POLITICO’s Congress editor and Rosche was the outlet’s deputy breaking news editor.

Sloan and Rosche, in addition to Bradner, join CNN executive director of Politics Digital Rachel Smolkin, who was – in July – also hired from POLITICO.

POLITICO’s European Aspirations

In a follow up email to staff after executive editor Rick Berke announced his resignation, POLITICO president Jim VandeHei spoke of “very big plans for expanding POLITICO here and elsewhere.” On Monday, The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reported those plans are in Brussels, Belgium.

“On Monday morning, Politico CEO Jim VandeHei told senior editors that the company’s plans for Europe are ‘much bigger than anyone is thinking’,” wrote Calderone via a politico familiar with the Rosslyn-based political news outlet’s plans.

Rumors of a European expansion are not new either. In June, BuzzFeed reported a Brussels-based venture similar to POLITICO’s expansion to New York with Capital New York.

Read more from Calderone here.

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.

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