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Roll Call Asks Readers to Choose Upcoming Coverage

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Have a suggestion for which House and Senate races Roll Call should cover in the run up to the midterm elections? Perfect! Because they have a poll for you to help guide their coverage.

“Unfortunately, there are still a few races we haven’t covered yet from the ground — and we’re running out of time,” writes Shira T. Center, Roll Call’s politics editor. ”We’d like help from you, our readers, to pick two of Roll Call’s final campaign stops this cycle.”

The outlet has asked readers to choose whether Alexis Levinson will cover the Senate race in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, and North Carolina and if it’s sending Emily Cahn to California’s 52nd, Colorado’s 6th, Nebraska’s 2nd, New Jersey’s 3rd, New York’s 11th, or Minnesota’s 8th.

Interesting approach. Vote here.

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Team ‘Press Pass’ Prevails at National Journal’s Political Pursuit

Winning team "Press Pass"

Winning team “Press Pass”

Last night at the Newseum, National Journal hosted its sixth annual Political Pursuit, a “game show” on political trivia with members of Congress, the press that cover them, and political “insiders.”

The evening was co-moderated by National Journal Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve and Hotline Editor-in-Chief Scott Bland. Team “Press Pass” won the night with 290 points and consisted of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Center, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. Read more

National Journal Hotline Hosts Sixth Annual Political Pursuit

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 15.46.49National Journal Hotline’s Political Pursuit is back for the sixth year with a line up sure to be entertaining.

The “game show” will be hosted by NJ editor in chief Tim Grieve and Hotline editor Scott Bland and features a slew of members, press, and insiders well-known throughout town. Teams compete against each other and by the end of the night, one will prevail as the political expert among the competition.

Until this year, the game was held in April as a kick-off to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend but is now slated for July 9 at the Newseum. Tickets are free, but will go fast. So if you’d like to be there, get yours now (here) before they’re gone.

The contestants:

Members – Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Deloitte’s Hon. Tom Davis, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

Press – Bloomberg News’ Greg Giroux, NYTimes’ Jonathan MartinRoll Call’s Shira T. CenterWaPo’s Paul Kane, and LATimes’ Mike Memoli.

Hotline Insiders – The Polling Company’s Kellyanne Conway, IMPACT Strategies’ Angela Rye, Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, Purple Strategies’ Margie Omero, and SKDKnickerbocker’s Doug Thornell.

The event is underwritten by the Beer Institute and Volkswagon of America.

Roll Call’s ‘Hill Navigator’ Advises How To Land Political Reporting Jobs

hillNavigator-header-logoRoll Calls’s Rebecca Gale today posted a beginners guide to landing political reporting jobs, just in time as Washington sees an influx of college graduates and interns on the pursuit of just that.

The question comes from Ben, a junior at Fordham University, hoping to eventually land a career in political journalism. He asks the ”Hill Navigator,” Roll Call’s column that explores career advice and office etiquette for Congressional staff, how valuable graduate journalism school is and what steps he should take to get more involved with political publications.

Roll Call Politics Editor Shira T. Center chimes in with advice for the aspiring reporter based on her professional experience. Key themes – write, network and persist.

On journalism graduate school, Center says, “Every program is different, but in short, I’m not a fan unless you’re making a career transition, have minimal journalism experience, or plan to use it to acquire very specific skills. For example, coding, video editing and production are an added value for a young journalist’s résumé…Otherwise, if you have strong journalism experience, graduate school might not be a sound investment. Unlike your friends at business school, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to pay off those loans on your scribe’s salary.”

Looking to land your first political writing gig or for a chance to reminisce? Click on over the Roll Call’s latest “Hill Navigator.”

Roll Call‘s Shira Center Begins Harvard Fellowship Today

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Roll Call politics editor Shira T. Center has been named one of the Harvard Institute of Politics’ Resident Fellows. As such, she will be away for three months in Cambridge to teach study groups on Gender, Politics, and the Media. While she’s away, Center will continue to work part time for Roll Call, mostly in the mornings. Political reporter Kyle Trygstad will also be filling in as an interim politics editor.

“I was introduced to the idea of doing this a year ago when my boss, Christina Bellantoni, was a fellow in 2011.” Center told us. “Then a year ago, (former deputy chief of staff for Eric Cantor) John Murray invited me up to speak during one of his study groups. I was really impressed by the program and by the people there.”

Shira’s study groups will be not for credit and open to anyone in the Harvard community, including graduate and undergrad students. She plans on having some special guest speakers, though she couldn’t tell us who exactly.

“I will say that I plan to have a variety of fellow journalists, some political operatives and an elected official or two.”

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How Do You SOTU?

SOTUSure, you can watch the big speech on plain old TV tonight if you want to, but that is by no means the only way to get your SOTU fix this year. Here’s how the political media are covering their “Super Bowl” tonight:

The Atlantic and National Journal will be hosting a State of the Union Congressional Debrief on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.  Molly Ball and Steve Clemons of The Atlantic and Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media will be joined on stage by members of congress for a discussion and expert analysis of the President’s speech.  Speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

CNN will start coverage at 7 PM with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. Guests include Jon Favreau and Karen Hughes. Throughout the night, Jim Scuitto will be reporting from Iran, Tom Foreman will subject Obama’s claims on economic inequality to a “Reality Check,” and Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, IA. Jake Tapper will lead the post-speech coverage, followed by John King. And of course, Peter Hamby will be live streaming his Politi-cast during the SOTU and the responses at CNN.com.

TIME will stream its first-ever live webcast on the President’s speech and GOP response starting Tuesday at 8:30PM at TIME.com. The coverage will be anchored by TIME Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and joined with analysis from Michael Scherer, Bobby Ghosh, Rana Foroohar, and Callie Schweitzer.

Al Jazeera American begins coverage at 6 PM  with Tony Harris, Ali Velshi, David Shuster and Richelle Carey. Guests will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. AJA social editors will live blog the speech at http://alj.am/SOTUJohn SeigenthalerJoie Chen and Ray Suarez take over coverage at 7 PM. Coverage continues at midnight with “America Tonight.”

Roll Call will be hosting a watch party here starting at 8:40 PM. Political Editor Shira T. Center will moderate a Google hangout that features Senior Editor David Hawkings and Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni to preview President Obama’s address. After the speech, Bellantoni will take you live inside Statuary Hall to get instant reactions from members. Center and Hawkings will join the conversation to talk about the implications of the president’s address.

Politico will start coverage at 8:30 PM with Mike Allen, John F. Harris, Anna Palmer, Manu Raju via live stream here. You will also be able to submit questions to POLITICO’s Facebook page after the speech using Facebook’s Q and A feature, for answers from POLITICO Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand. They will also host an event the day after SOTU presented by the Innovation Alliance at 8 AM at the Capitol Hilton. Guests to be announced.

Huffington Post will live stream a speech from Rosanne Barr at 11 PM at HuffPost Live, immediately following the Tea Party response.