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Meredith Shiner Out at Roll Call

It seems that this might be the beginning of another hemorrhage at Roll Call. We reported two days ago on the explosive exit  of Chief Product Officer Peter Anthony. Now, in an email to sources, Congressional writer Meredith Shiner announced her departure from the org.* She warned people that while her CQ Roll Call email address will remain open for another month, any emails sent there could and probably would be reviewed internally and that no one should have any expectation of privacy. Shiner joined Roll Call in 2011 after nearly two years at Politico.

*Update 7:12 p.m. : Meredith wrote us to say that her departure was not sudden. We’ve edited the post to reflect that. Her full e-mail to sources after the jump, plus the announcement from Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni after the jump…

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Anthony’s Explosive Exit From CQ Roll Call

The CQ Roll Call newsroom is buzzing today over the dramatic departure of Chief Product Officer Peter Anthony. Apparently monitors were smashed and desks overturned as Anthony ripped off his clothes with Hulk-like rage and stormed about the office! Okay, we made that up.

But one source did describe the situation as a “firestorm,” and staffers confirm that the decision was his and effective immediately. No word on what triggered the dust-up, but rumor has it budgets could be to blame.

Anthony was just recently appointed to his position in a big re-org last November. Previously he served as Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement.

CQ Roll Call Restructure Part Deux

An internal memo from Managing Editor Keith White on the restructure at CQ Roll Call reveals more changes. We already reported on David Rapp‘s promotion to the newly created Chief Content Officer position, but it seems there’s much more to the restructure as well. The unifying theme is a regrouping of resources based on function as opposed to separate business focuses. We also previously reported that VP of Marketing Valerie Voci had been moved to an advisory role. The memo reveals that this is a temporary position, as Voci will be leaving CQ Roll Call shortly to “return to running her own business.”

Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement Peter Anthony has been named Chief Product Officer, overseeing a new combined product and IT team. Anthony will be tasked with developing and designing new products for CQ Roll Call, and identifying new potential markets for new and existing products. Former CTO Dennis Arndt will be advising Anthony, as well as other company leadership, in his new roll.

Meg Hargreaves has also been named Chief Retention Officer and Rick Rockelli is the head of a new, unified Sales and Circulation Marketing team. Read the whole memo after the jump.

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WHCA Limits CQ Roll Call Dinner Tickets; Patricia Arquette Will Be Their Guest

Somewhere, someplace is an archery range with FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry‘s face as the bull’s-eye.

CQ Roll Call White House Correspondent Steven Dennis let his White House Correspondents’ Association membership lapse. He renewed it, but decisions had been made. The publication isn’t getting all the seats it wants this year. It’s a better deal than some pubs, which got shut out entirely. Still, this year there will be one table for CQ Roll Call. No extra tickets possible. Pretty strange considering CQ Roll Call has purchased tables at the WHCD for the past 20 years. A recent exchange between the publication and Henry, this year’s president of the WHCA and once the HOH writer for Roll Call, made it clear that the answer was no and that the seats had sold out.

We asked CQ Roll Call to comment on the matter.  Read more

Author Wants Sen. Rockefeller To Read Her Book

CQ Roll Call‘s Rebecca Gale celebrated the official launch of her new novel Trying at The Science Club last night. Though the venue was a bit cozy and broiling (i.e. perfect for a hot yoga class), plenty of Gale’s newsroom colleagues and friends showed up to offer support.

Asked if there was one journalist Gale would want to read her book, she named co-worker Neda Semnani. “She gives great book reviews,” Gale said, adding that Semnani, who co-writes the Heard on the Hill gossip column, would offer an “honest assessment” of the book.

Gale also named her former boss Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) as someone who should read it. “He would love it,” she said. (That’s somewhat intriguing, considering the book is a love story involving government secrets. Hmm…)

There were plenty of finger foods and bevys at the soiree, much of which was unidentifiable at first glance. But the best part was the tiny cupcakes, decorated with little edible versions of Gale’s book.

The cupcakes, we’re told, were enjoyed by CQ Roll Call Publisher Peter Anthony‘s two young boys, who were told upon entering by Anthony to “stand right here” against a wall… Read more

Beauty & the Geek Enters Phase III

CQ Roll Call has entered another phase of merging. At the upcoming Republican and Democratic Conventions, the publications will be joined at the hip. Well, sort of. It’s more like one of CQ‘s legs is being temporarily lobbed off and will be reattached back in Washington. Roll Call will produce a convention edition Monday through Thursday. CQ reporters covering the convention will write for Roll Call. As CQ and Roll Call merge their newsroom operations for the convention, welcome to Phase III of the publications inching closer to a full editorial merger.

Back in March news of the merger was heating up and internal meetings were happening in full force. Not with reporters, mind you. But with brass and the business end of things. A large blockbuster meeting with newsroom staff came later. At the time, the Roll Call mentality was that they are the hipper, cooler publication and CQ was the wonkier of the two. The current sentiment is most everyone just wants to make the best of it — whatever happens. So if the beauty was heavily flirting with the geek back in March, now he’s getting to third base.

Come convention time, Roll Call will appear in every delegate hotel in partnership with the NYT. In addition, a special CQ Weekly will be inside the delegate welcome bags on Sunday. The parties, however, sponsored by RIAA and Auto Alliance, will be hosted by both CQ and Roll Call.

“CQ Roll Call will publish a special edition of CQ Weekly, as well as a convention-edition Roll Call, distributed Monday through Thursday at both the Republican and Democratic conventions,” said CQ Roll Call Publicist Rebecca Gale. “The convention-edition of Roll Call will be a product of both the CQ and Roll Call newsrooms. David Hawkings‘ CQ Roll Call’s Daily Briefing newsletter will publish each afternoon.”

It is still unclear how the two pubs will fully merge in terms of day-to-day operation and editorial decisions. We’re told anyone who tells us they know for certain is being disingenuous as details are still under discussion and under wraps. Hence the high sensitivities. We are being told that editorial layoffs are unlikely.

The history of the merger is well cemented… Read more