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OZY Media announced that as of September, POLITICO’s Chief Technology Officer Ryan Mannion will serve as its Head of Product. Founded last September by veteran broadcast journalist Carlos Watson and Samir Rao, OZY is based in Silicon Valley, where Mannion will relocate.
“Ryan knows better than anyone how to build a premium product and with his help, OZY will soon offer not just addictive content and elite design, but also game-changing technology so that we look even smarter, fresher and different than everyone else out there,” said Watson, founder and CEO of OZY.
OZY recently brought on former CNN Middle East correspondent and White House speechwriter Aneesh Raman; creative director Dwayne Shaw from Entertainment Weekly; former Tokyo bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report Steven Butler; and Emily Cadei who was with CQ Roll Call.
This morning Politico‘s Editor-in-Chief John Harris sent a note to editorial staff about the CLICK section which has been in a state of major reorganization as of late with Patrick Gavin and Amie Parnes leaving the section and a number of other reporters in recent months leaving the publication altogether. In a nutshell, Harris says, the “leaner” section is becoming a blog because that’s how people prefer to get their “nuggets.” We’re not so sure. So far, it’s less like a candy store and significantly more bland — lots of white space and minimal color — just like the other blogs on the site. Today the blog screams Washington — as in red (yawn), white (yawn), and blue (yawn). But we’ll give it a chance, hope for improvements and see how it goes. Check out the new CLICK here.
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Lactose intolerance jokes are a crowd pleaser, unless you have it, right? (Then you’re in a gaseous state with flatulence and abdominal pain, as we read on WebMD.)
At Politico they are part of a series of inside jokes between Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Ryan Mannion, head of tech, who often jokes that he’s lactose intolerant. References appeared in an internal memo that VandeHarris dispatched this morning to staff thanking everyone for the good time had at their four-year-old birthday party last night.
But watch out for those delicious cupcakes, Harris warned. They were not soy-based or whole grain. Presumably, anyone with lactose intolerance is blowing up like a balloon right about now. So “hit the gym,” Harris advised.
Harris explained the inside joke to FishbowlDC: “We tend to have highly caloric stuff for parties around here, including last night,” he wrote in an email. “A few years ago, I told people at a newsroom celebration not to worry about indulging because the cup cakes were soy-based and only a 100 calories each. Several people took me seriously and ate three or four (they were actually designer cupcakes from Buzz Bakery in Alexandria and probably more like a thousand calories each.)”
As for Mannion, Harris explained, “Mannion, who runs our tech team, always reminds me that he is lactose-intolerant (he’s isn’t really or he would be in allergic shock by now) before eating one of the desserts and I always assure him we serve only healthy fare at POLITICO.”
See the memo…