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Add MJ Lee to List of POLITICO Departures, Joins CNN Digital Politics

20140813js_mj_lee_005You can add MJ Lee to the growing wave of POLITICO reporters and editors who’ve been poached by CNN Digital Politics.  For those of you counting, Lee makes 5… Rachel Smolkin, Steven Sloan, Jedd Rosche and Eric Bradner all switched teams this fall.

“It’s as if Rachel built an arc and we’re following her two by two,” said a former POLITICO staffer turned CNNer who asked to remain anonymous.

But they’re not just flooding (pun intended) to CNN. MJ is the fourth POLITICO exit announced this week.  Alex Burns, Gregg Birnbaum and Dan Berman all jumped ship for gigs at new outlets in the past few days.  Sounds like a trend.  As for MJ, her hire was announced today via internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC.  See the note from Rachel Smolkin and CNN Money’s Lex Haris after the jump. Read more

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CNN Digital Politics Hires Metzler from U.S. News

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The digital hiring spree in CNN’s Washington bureau continues today with news that Rebekah Metzler will exit U.S. News & World Report for a gig at CNN. Currently a senior news editor, Metzler will take the role of breaking news editor for CNN Digital Politics.

For those of you counting, Metzler is CNN Digital Politics’ 200,698th hire in the past two months. I kid. But it seems that way, no?

Since poaching Politico‘s Rachel Smolkin and naming her executive editor this summer, the network has really been bulking up their digital team. You may recall that in addition to Smolkin, CNN snagged three more from Politico – Steven SloanJedd Rosche and Eric Bradner.  They also made big name hires like Chris Moody from Yahoo!, Ashley Codianni from Mashable and Stephen Collinson from AFP, as well as reporters and digital producers from WaPo, The Hill and C-SPAN.

Yahoo’s Chris Moody to CNN

cnndigitalCNN’s Rachel Smolkin started off Monday with some big news for the Washington bureau and network. In its effort to further grow CNN Politics Digital, it has swooped up Yahoo’s Chris Moody as well as The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe and The Washington Post’s Jeff Simon.

Moody is slated to join just before the midterm elections on October 27 and Jaffe will just after. For Simon, he returns to CNN after joining The Washington Post from the network in 2013 as a video producer.

See Smolkin’s announcement after the jump. Read more

RIP CNN’s Political Ticker

CNN’s executive director of CNN Politics Digital Rachel Smolkin today announced the end of the CNN Political Ticker after eight years of political coverage to the site.

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Smolkin wrote in the Ticker’s final post, which will cease to exist come Wednesday:

“The Political Ticker blog died of old age on Oct. 13, 2014, after eight years of faithful service to CNN’s readers.”

“The Ticker began quietly in October 2006, fueled by a realization that a blog could capture and influence the political conversation. It hit 1 million page views during CNN’s 2006 election coverage a month later, and in its heyday became one of the most trafficked forums in political media.”

“But over the next seven years, the Ticker remained static as the media landscape transformed around it. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram allowed political journalists to reimagine their storytelling, and the media world placed new emphasis on writing with personality and edge.”

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CNN Politics Digital’s Latest Hire: WaPo’s Jeff Simon

jjs_picWord on the street is The Washington Post’s Jeff Simon is headed to…you guessed it…CNN Politics Digital.

Simon will serve as a video producer and shared with FishbowlDC: ”I’m grateful to The Post for the opportunities they’ve afforded me over the past 18 months. But I could not be more excited to join Ed, Rachel and the incredible digital politics team at CNN.”

For The Post, Simon covered competitive Senate races and Capitol Hill politics. He joins this month’s hires to CNN Politics Digital including Ashley Codianni, Eric Bradner, and Zach Wolf.

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Fishbowl Five with CNN’s Rachel Smolkin

Rachel SmolkinIn July, CNN announced the hire of Rachel Smolkin as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. Smolkin came to CNN from POLITICO where she served as managing editor of news.

At the time of her hire, managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley said that Smolkin was brought on to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

FishbowlDC recently chatted with Smolkin, who’s almost two months in, on CNN’s latest hires, coverage for the midterm elections, and of course, her CNN work crush.

 
FishbowlDC: You’re on a hiring spree at CNN – what key journalistic qualities are you looking for in building your digital politics team?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I am so excited to build this great team. We’ve made terrific hires already, with many more to come. I’m looking for smart, original thinkers who want to create memorable work and experiment with their storytelling; for beautiful writers and sharp editors of both text and video; for journalists who can spot news but also know how to separate themselves from the pack. I want to bring together people who are eager to work as a team and to take full advantage of the amazing platform that CNN offers.”

 
FishbowlDC: We’re headed into midterms and you were with POLITICO, one of the biggest names in political news. What drew you to CNN?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I loved the idea of creating something new — a political news start-up, backed by the incredible talent and resources of CNN. The digital space is getting more crowded, and that’s challenging us as journalists to keep innovating. The most powerful, most beautifully told stories are still able to break through the clutter — and those should be a combination of the best traditional and emerging storytelling techniques in text, video and social media. In just a few weeks, we’ve already launched Peter Hamby’s Hambycast, and we’re looking forward to more exciting coverage in the weeks and months ahead.” Read more

CNN’s Latest Hire is AFP’s Stephen Collinson

10414dfc3e2a6748e0d2ae5c2b384484CNN’s Rachel Smolkin announced to staff Wednesday evening that Stephen Collinson will join the network as a senior enterprise reporter. Collinson currently serves as AFP’s White House correspondent.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Stephen Collinson to CNN as a senior enterprise reporter,” Smolkin told FishbowlDC of Collinson’s hire. “He is a beautiful writer who brings tremendous experience covering politics, the White House and international affairs — and he’s a terrific addition to our fast-growing team.”

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.

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