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CQRC Names Benkelman Editorial Director

Back in September, amid the turmoil of CQRC’s transition pains, layoffs, resignations and more, Susan Benkelman took the helm as interim Editorial Director. She had stepped in for Mike Mills, who resigned after pissing off much of the newsroom for a job as Chief Content Officer at Society for Science and the Public. Well, now it’s official. CQRC has given Benkelman the post. She will hire both the new editor of Roll Call and her replacement at CQ.

“Susan is an outstanding news person and a fine editor,” said Scott Montgomery, outgoing Editor of Roll Call who recently left for a job at NPR. She understands the information needs of the CQ Roll Call audience as well as anyone in town.”

An anonymous source gushes about her to an extent that makes us a little uncomfortable, but here it goes: “Susan rose through the ranks at CQ. She’s the natural fit to take the lead as Editorial Director.  People at CQ and Roll Call know her to be a fantastic story editor. She works well with reporters; she knows what CQRC needs to be to succeed in the future.”

A common sentiment from the newsroom: “She is a much better fit for the job than Mills.”

Benkelman, formerly Executive Editor at CQ, has clocked in her time at CQRC. She first joined CQ in 1997 as Social Policy Editor, overseeing coverage of health care among other topics.

See the internal memo…

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CQ Roll Call: The 411 on Mike Mills, a New CFO, and Other Changes

At around 11:30 a.m. CQ Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills called an all-newsroom meeting. Highlights: Mills is out and off to a new job at the Society for Science and the Public. Vinay Shah is the new CFO. Lastly, Rick Rockelli has been promoted to SVP and Chief Revenue Officer.

And the hunt for a new Editorial Director is on.

Here’s the internal memo…

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Editorial Director Mike Mills Out at CQ Roll Call

With changes at the bottom, middle and everywhere in between, come changes at the top. CQ Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills is out, which should make a slew of current and former journalists there ecstatic as he has been described to us as “the devil” and other similar descriptions by multiple sources. To put it mildly, the newsroom wasn’t pleased when Editor Charlie Mitchell was forced out in September of 2011 and Mills was viewed as largely to blame.

Mills has a new job lined up and, at least surfacely, is leaving on good terms. They’re saying he’ll be missed by newsroom, where he did some “fantastic things” in bringing the company together.

Who’s on their way in? A new CFO, and new head of sales. The CFO is an Economist guy.
The new head of sales is an internal promotion for Rick Rockelli.

Until Mills’ replacement is found, Susan Benkelman and Scott Montgomery will head up the newsroom, which should undoubtedly please reporters living in unpredictable times. The company laid off some 30 employees on the business end of the publication earlier in the week in addition to a small number of editorial employees. Benkelman and Montgomery are well-liked and respected editors. Keith White is confident they will do a good job as the company hunts for a new editorial director.

CQ Weekly Gets New, Ripe Editor

CQ Roll Call has handpicked John Cranford to be the new editor of CQ Weekly, a spot left vacant by Fred Barbash, who recently left for Reuters. Cranford’s previous role there was as a story consultant and line editor. He first came to CQ in 1984.

“I’ve been around the CQ newsroom since the days of the Daily Monitor and when the only color in the Weekly was CQ Green, so I’m excited to take the magazine helm,” Cranford told FishbowlDC.  “I’ve actually done this before, in 2003-2004, and I guess I can’t resist coming back.”

Cranford’s first day back was Monday.

Editorial Director Mike Mills announced the news in a recent memo. Also: See Cranford on his hog…

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Ex-Roll Call Editor Who Charged Questionable Racial Hiring Practices Chats With Poynter at 11 a.m.

Heads up Roll Callers. Your former colleague Debbie Bruno, now a freelancer who lives and works in Bejing, is on tap to chat live online with Poynter at 11 a.m. That’s 11 p.m. China time.

The topic: Diversity hiring in the newsroom.

“Might be interesting. Might be a snooze,” she tells FishbowlDC.

We have a hunch it’s not going to be a bore. The flap between Bruno and Roll Call began late last month when she wrote a column revealing that she was told to hire interns based on their race. Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills denied the charge. Bruno maintained that she was telling the truth and said current Roll Callers support her coming clean about it.

Read more about today’s roller coaster ride chat here.

Fmr. Roll Call Editor Fires Back from Beijing

We brought you the news yesterday of former Roll Call Features Editor and Intern Coordinator Debbie Bruno, who wrote a controversial op-ed for The Christian Science Monitor in which she recalls questionable hiring practices. She said she was told to hire interns based on race.

Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills shot back at her late Wednesday afternoon, saying, Bruno was “wrong” and was doing a disservice her former colleagues. (See his full quote in the link above.)

Late last night, we reached Bruno in Beijing, who had this stinging response for Mills: “I’ll give Mike Mills the benefit of the doubt that he just didn’t know about the order,” she wrote by email. “But it’s been heartwarming to hear from so many current and former Roll Callers, who don’t feel I’ve done them a disservice at all. I guess they appreciate the truth.”

But some Roll Call staffers are less than thrilled about the op-ed and are chalking Bruno’s deed up to an ex-editor trying to burn as many bridges as possible. On that note, Bruno joked over email, “And now I’m going to go get a tattoo of a burned bridge on my arm.”

Former Roll Call Editor Spills Beans About Questionable Racial Hiring Practices

UPDATE: Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills Responds.

Roll Call’s former Features Editor Debra Bruno (a.k.a. Bebbie Druno) is bound to burn a few bridges today with a story in the Opinion Pages of The Christian Science Monitor about hiring practices at CQ Roll Call. As the former internship coordinator, Bruno, now a Beijing-based journo, had memories of conducting Facebook searches to better inform her about a potential intern’s race.

An excerpt:

“Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on affirmative action, I recall how at Roll Call newspaper, I was told that one of our three interns had to be from a racial minority. Diversity is important, but giving someone an advantage beyond his experience degrades the applicant and the hirer.”

In her piece, Bruno says CQ Roll Call‘s current Editorial Director Mike Mills denies such a practice existed, but she claims it did — first in 2009 and again in 2010.

We reached out to CQ Roll Call for comment and are awaiting their response. UPDATE: At 3:30 p.m. the publication’s publicist replied with a quote from Mills. He said, “Ms. Bruno is wrong. Our policy is to strive to bring in as many candidates fromdiverse backgrounds as possible, not to tip the scale in anyone’s favor. Her allegation does a disservice to the many employees who were hired during her tenure.”

Bruno also found a way to find humor in a practice she despised… Read more

New look for CQ Roll Call‘s Congress.org

CQ Roll Call launched a revamped version of its site Congress.org today.

The site used to be a simple way for people to write their representatives. Now there’s up-to-date information on what’s happening on Capitol Hill, making it easier for readers to get up to speed on an issue and write their congressman instantly. Fun times for members of Congress, right?

“Already, people rely on the site as their primary communication tool for emailing Members of Congress, this is an additional benefit we can provide using CQ Roll Call content,” Editorial Director Mike Mills said in a press release.

Manned by Ryan Teague Beckwith and David Hawkings, the site is formatted like a standard vertical blog with roughly five posts per page. “The new site has a sleek look and feel for news, while retaining the award-winning Capwiz software that sent over 25 million messages to Congress last year,” Mark Walters, SVP and Group Publisher of CQ Roll Call, said.

The only oddity so far is the current survey featured on the right side of the site. It asks, “Which American industry is promising to deliver ‘more choices, fewer calories, smaller portions’?” You can select an answer and it will display the results, but it doesn’t tell which answer is correct and leaves you hanging and yearning for more.

CQ Roll Call Hosts Dark Sounding Event

“Finite Spectrum Infinite Demand” is not the name of a conference. It’s a Black Sabbath album. Or at least it should be.

On Wednesday CQ Roll Call is teaming up with LightSquared, Information Technology  and Innovation Foundation to host an forum on wireless demands.  WHAT: “CQ Roll Call’s veteran technology reporter Keith Perine will moderate a panel discussion with some of the most knowledgeable and influential government and industry officials at the epicenter of this issue. WHO: “Congressional leaders, academics and industry stakeholders. Newsmaker interviews led by CQ Roll Call’s Editorial Director Mike Mills. Speakers and panelists include: Rob Atkinson, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation; Congressman Cliff Stearns; Rebecca Murphy Thompson, Rural Cellular Association; Former Congressman Rick Boucher, Internet Innovation Alliance; Harold Feld, Public Knowledge; Rick Kaplan, FCC; and Chris Riley, Free Press.”

The event will take place at The Columbus Club at Union Station from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. It’s free, but registration is required. Sign up here.

New CQ EA Will Tweet 4 Work

Congrats to Rebecca Shabad who just landed an editorial assistant gig at CQ.  A spring grad from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Rebecca has been producing video stories and writing for Patch.com in New York state since graduation. She begins her new job Monday.

Fun fact: Shabad landed the role after tweeting her resume to Mike Mills over the summer.

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