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CNN to Makeover Studio B

Today CNN’s DC Bureau bids farewell to Studio B.

In a memo from Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, CNNers learn that programs like “The Situation Room” will no longer be broadcast from that studio — at least not until the makeover is complete. In the meantime, Wolf Blitzer moves to the Red Conference Room on the eighth floor. The changes will take eight months. The end result will hopefully resemble the photograph above.

Feist wrote, Today’s broadcast of The Situation Room will be the last from Studio B.   The set is going dark tonight — the first step in the long process to renovate the bureau’s main studios.”

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CNN Announces Shifts for Two Longtime Journos

As we move in to 2012, CNN’s Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist announces new positions for two “key leaders” of CNN Politics.

Mark Preston becomes CNN Political Director.  In this role, a release states, “Mark will be CNN’s primary contact with political campaigns at both the state and national level. His work is integral to organizing critical CNN events such as presidential debates and forums.  He will help set editorial direction for CNN’s programs during the election season, including primary and election nights. Mark is also one of the great political reporters in Washington and we will continue to lean on Mark’s reporting and analysis both on TV and online throughout the coming campaign.  Mark will report to Eric Sherling.”

Paul Steinhauser, meanwhile, becomes CNN Political Editor and supervising producer of the CNN Political Unit.  “He will be responsible for overseeing CNN’s political newsgathering operations. As the leader of the political beat, Paul will be responsible for assigning and managing CNN’s political coverage team including correspondents, producers, desk editors, polling, research, and the CNN Political Ticker. Paul’s proven leadership and keen political analysis will be invaluable as CNN heads into this historic election year. Paul and the Political Unit will report to Edith Chapin.”

More Debate Details…

CNN D.C. Bureau Chief Sam Feist does a media walk-through.

Notes about tonight’s CNN/Heritage GOP Presidential debate:

  • There will be 3 commercial breaks.
  • While we prefer Gingrich vast intelligence sandwiched between Perry and Romney considering he’s the frontrunner,  the order is as follows…L to R on stage: Santorum, PaulPerry, Romney, Cain, Gingrich, Bachmann, Huntsman.
  • 2500 attendees total.

How Much Klout Do You Have?

Beltway journalists’ obsession with Twitter has made “Klout me” the new “Google me.” We sometimes like to think of ourselves as ahead of the curve.

For those unfamiliar with Klout, it’s an online tool that measures how important you are in the Twittersphere on a scale of 1 to 100. Your level of importance (“Klout”) is determined by how many people are responding to and sharing your tweets. The more engaged people are with your content, the higher your score. Klout also shows what topics you’re most invested in, who you influence (meaning, who’s reacting to and sharing the messages you tweet) and who’s influencing you.

In voyeuristic fashion, we went ahead and checked the Klout on a sampling of Washington journos.

Dylan Byers: The new media reporter at Politico working with Ben Smith on his revamped blog. His Klout score is 57. The topics he deals in most on Twitter are pretty straightforward. They include: New York City, advertising, and family (aww). He influences Adweek‘s David Levine and Politico‘s Eliza Krigman. On the flip side, Think Progress and NYT‘s Brian Stelter shape his Twitter world.

Nia-Malika Henderson: National political reporter for WaPo. Some of her favorite Twitter topics are moms, Henderson, and Barack Obama. Who she influences most: MSNBC Al Sharpton‘s “Politics Nation” and “The Bill Press Show.” Those who influence Henderson are entirely exclusive to WaPo reporters, except CNN’s Sam Feist.

NJ‘s Major Garrett: Congressional Correspondent for NJ and, according to Klout, a New England Patriot’s fan. That’s the second thing he’s most engaged in on Twitter. Others are major league baseball and conservative politics. Garrett influences Wofford College and NJ‘s Chris Frates. He’s influenced by Slate‘s Dave Weigel and The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball. His Klout: 56. UPDATE: Major questions Klout’s validity. He writes in, “I AM NOT A NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FAN…..I have never tweeted anything about the Patriots. I am a San Diego Chargers fan and San Diego Padres fan and fan of my alma mater, the University of Missouri and have tweeted frequently about them, but never, ever, ever the Patriots. Klout is seriously missing a klue.”

Current TV’s David Shuster: Former MSNBC anchor, current Current TV contributor/Keith Olbermann sub. He’s got a Klout score of 48 and an incredibly random group of topics he tweets about. Included are libraries, mother nature and religion and spirituality. Oh, and tea. Strange bedfellows: He influences WaPo‘s Ezra Klein but is shaped by Olbermann and FNC’s Bret Baier.

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart: Editorial writer at WaPo and high flying with a Klout score of 60. Some things he likes to tweet about: Rick Perry, LGBT and Africa. Find the common link. He influences 12,000 people, but no big names at the top. However, he pays a lot of attention to MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis and The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: MSNBC anchor. She likes to tweet about food, coffee and photography. The people she most influences appear to be just a bunch of fans but her tweets are influenced by Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Politico. Her Klout score is up there at 63.

Dave Weigel (couldn’t do it without him): Political reporter for Slate. His Klout is scored at an impressive 75. Some topics he deals in most on Twitter include earthquakes, Sarah Palin and job search. Sadly, the person he influences most is an account dedicated to Weigel: @Weigelisbored. The top three people who influence him are Politico‘s Smith and Jonathan Martin and new addition to Slate, Matthew Yglesias.

To be fair, we Klouted ourselves, too…

FishbowlDC: Yours truly. Our Kout score is a respectable 54. A few topics we apparently like to tweet about: Coma, guitar and Barbara Walters. Who’s paying attention to us: Sirius XM’s Julie Mason, FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt. Our biggest influences are, who else? Dave Weigel, Chuck Todd, Ezra Klein and Chris Hayes.

– EDDIE SCARRY

Layoffs in CNN’s Washington Bureau

Approximately a dozen CNN employees in the Washington D.C. bureau have been laid off. We understand that new editorial positions are being created across all CNN programming. The network’s Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist sent a note to D.C. staff late this afternoon.

Our sister site TVNewser broke the news. Read more about company-wide layoffs here.

How it affects Washington…Feist wrote, “As these changes take place, we must also recognize the contributions of a number of people leaving CNN Washington. Some members of the Live Unit will be leaving. Earlier today, Jack Womack detailed changes taking place in Image + Sound and some of those changes will also impact our Photojournalist staffing in Washington. Separately the CNN Library is centralizing some of its core functions to Atlanta, which will impact some Library positions in Washington.I realize that these transitions can be very difficult and create many questions. However,we believe that the changes we are making here in Washington and across CNN will make us even stronger going forward.”

See Feist’s complete memo…

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CNN Names Sherling Director of Washington Programming

CNN has named Eric Sherling director of Washington programming. Sam Feist, CNN Washington Bureau Chief and Senior VP, announced the news today. Sherling rejoins CNN after serving as executive broadcast producer of Good Morning America at ABC News.

In this role, he will oversee Washington political programming. This means everything from The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to John King, USA to State of the Union with Candy Crowley and Reliable Sources. Sherling will also play a lead role in CNN’s special campaign coverage that includes debates, primary nights, and Election night programming.

“We are delighted to welcome Eric back to Washington and to the CNN family,” said Feist. “His experience speaks for itself. He’ll be an invaluable asset as the network heads into the 2012 election cycle.”

His past is full of awards: Sherling first joined CNN in 2000 as a producer in the network’s Atlanta headquarters and rose to become executive producer of Wolf Blitzer Reports in Washington. He served as supervising producer of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer when it launched in August 2005, later becoming executive producer of that program. Sherling began his career in television news as a producer at WTVQ in Lexington, Ky. and WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla. Sherling earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Ithaca College and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

CNN’s New Guard Greets Fox Newsers

A peculiar welcome wagon awaited Brit Hume and Karl Rove outside Fox News’ Washington bureau on Wednesday night.  Before they could enter the studios for their respective hits, both Fox Newsers were forced to pass by some 200 guests of CNN’s New Guard fete.  Awwwwkward.

“Rove looks like he could use a drink,” remarked one party goer.  “Call him over,” suggested another.

But unfazed by the clinking of glasses and rumble of voices, neither FNC personality gave more than a glance at the crew who had congregated on the patio of Johnny’s Half Shell, right in front of Fox’s North Capitol Street headquarters.

Sipping vino and noshing the night away, under glowing CNN logos were ‘new guarders’ such as DOD’s Doug Wilson, UN Foundation’s Heather Wong, Wally Adeyemo from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, W.H. Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, State Department new media guru Alec Ross, CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf, Doug Heye, Ayotte press secretary Jeff Grappone, Reid communications director Adam Jentleson, Jen Psaki, Thune’s Kyle Downey, Duke University’s Ronnie Chatterji, Rand Paul spokeswoman Moira Bagley and Becca Glover from Rep. Issa’s press shop.  They mixed and mingled with CNN’s Sam Feist, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Edie Emery, Megan Grant, Donna Brazile, Jill Chappell, Sarah Baker, Jen Scoggins, and media types such as The Hill’s Judy Kurtz, Kelly DiNardo, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, and soon-to-be Roll Call’s Abby Livingston.

At the end of the evening CNN bid their guests farewell with a gift: network-branded umbrellas, in case of rain.

Jaconi Leaves “John King, USA”

Not everyone is making the move to John King, USA’s new time slot when the show transition’s from 7 p.m. to 6 o’clock next week.  FishbowlDC has confirmed that Michelle Jaconi, the show’s executive producer, will not be joining King in the earlier hour.  Sources say that King has a candidate in mind to fill the vacancy but CNN brass has yet to confirm the name of a new EP.

As for Michelle, she’s not going anywhere.  When asked for comment on Jaconi’s future with the network, a spokeswoman said only, “An announcement will follow shortly for both Michelle’s new role and a new executive producer for JK, USA.”  But as we understand it, the bubbly producer is gunning for a brand new gig to work alongside Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.   (Pictured left: Jaconi with Feist)

CNN to Host “The New Guard”

Tomorrow evening CNN and DC Bureau Chief Sam Feist will celebrate Washington’s next generation of newsmakers at their New Guard cocktail party.  Hosted at Johnny’s Half Shell, the invite-only event will serve as an opportunity for the city’s rising stars  to rub elbows with the network’s on-air talent, bookers and producers.  Held in 2009, the last New Guard fete brought out a slew up up-and-coming journos, Hill staffers and pols like Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

If you are looking to increase your television presence and were lucky enough to land an invite, tomorrow night’s cocktail is a must-attend.  The event will be held tomorrow – Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from 6.30-8.30 pm.

Athena Jones to CNN

Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist announced this morning that Athena Jones will join CNN as a general assignment reporter, appearing on programs across the network.  Most recently a White House producer for NBC News, Jones also covered the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns during the 2008 election cycle for NBC and the National Journal. Prior to her time at NBC, Jones served as a freelance producer for CNN.  She also worked as an international correspondent from Chile and Argentina  for Reuters and Bloomberg News.

Jones begins in her new position immediately.  Congrats to Athena!

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