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Atlantic Cities, Politico Mag Both Launch Year-Long Tech/Infrastructure Series

It seems “urban reinvention” is all the rage these days. Both The Atlantic Cities and Politico Magazine announced separately today that they are launching year-long reporting projects to cover technological innovations in American cities.

Atlantic Cities, a standalone site from Atlantic Media that focuses on innovation and urban issues, will launch a series focused on transportation called “The Future of Transportation.” The nine-month special series is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and led by Cities editors Sommer Mathis and Eric Jaffe, and will “examine the full extent of America’s transportation challenges and explore how U.S. cities are reinventing the way we navigate them.”

The series will be presented in three parts, starting with “The Perfect Commute,” then “The Smartest Trip,” and finally “Design in Motion.” The introduction to “The Future of Transportation” series went live today, including an overview of the history of American commuting.

Politico Magazine’s series  ”What Works,” is presented by JPMorgan Chase and “spotlights a new city each month and the policies, strategies and technologies that are transforming each city.” They will also take “What Works” live throughout the year with a series of events on the transformation of America’s cities to be held in different locations across the country, culminating in a year-end conversation with thought leaders and policymakers in Washington.

The debut feature, online today, explores the reinvention of Pittsburgh, fueled in part by the growth of a homegrown robot industry.

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Morning Chatter

Anonymous Rant: “When will you note the obvious: that there is nothing remotely new or surprising in ‘This Town?’ Everything is exactly as it appears, and on closer inspection, no more interesting. Tammy Haddad aided a charity to advance her own interests — like everyone else. Andrea Mitchell is married to someone famous and hasn’t broken news in years; Bardella pathetic; The White House passes along Issa gossip but no oppo research; speculation and no reporting on why Jarrett gets security detail; Reid is blunt; Hillary once used the F word while stating the obvious — that the WHCD doesn’t matter; Most of this well-reported years ago, and the rest of no interest to anyone, even inside Washington. (You might be right, Anonymous. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s This Town may not be the book for you. But I didn’t know all those details on Kurt Bardella or Rep. Darrell Issa, the purported car thief. And I never tire of hearing more about how D.C. publicity/mob boss Tammy Haddad operates, insider details on NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer‘s ever important birthday party (that we were surprisingly invited to), a politician cussing out the WHCD or how this town sometimes runs on the fuel of dripping self-importance.)

Um, seriously Howie: “Buncha?”

“Twitter needs a way to tell you that you have direct messages. How hard can that be? Just discovered buncha old ones.” — Fox News and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz. Best response: “Do you not speak to anyone ever?” — HyperVocal and Sirius XM’s Slade Sohmer.

Journo backs Spitzer (well, sort of)

“Love Eliot Spitzer. Bought a flat screen with the page view bonus I got from posting pix of his hookers. Would vote him for anything.” — Guardian‘s Jim Newell.

Scolded.

“I hardly ever respond to trolls, but there’s an amazing comment on my instagram saying I need to ‘start acting like a senators daughter.’” — Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain. Funniest response: “Wait, did I miss a nip slip or something?” — Christopher Ortiz, co-founder of Newscastic and editor of StuffJournalistsLike.com.

WCP editor wants Leno to vanish

“Wish there was a way to program TV to immediately change channel away from NBC as soon as news ended so Jay Leno just vanished.” — Washington City Paper Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.

Heartwarming thought of the morning

“Chatted with two young journalists today. Smart, passionate, curious. That they could do anything – and chose journalism – is wonderful” — Paul Brandus, West Wing Reports.

Editor is crazy for cranberries

“Why doesn’t @OceanSprayInc make their own line of yogurt? I would buy all the cran-orange yogurt. Or cran-raspberry or cran-grape or just plain cranberry yogurt! Seriously @OceanSprayInc, you are missing out on a huge opportunity here.” — Atlantic Cities Sommer Mathis.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC this morning: “Evidently TWT never tires of doing the same things with the same people and expecting a different result.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:10 a.m.

 

 

Morning Chatter

NOTHING SHORT OF WEINERLICIOUS: “Weiner draws crowd at 72nd and Broadway.” And this: “It’s just a couple of dick pics’ Weiner intern tells voter at UWS subway stop who won’t sign candidates petition.” NYT political reporter Michael Barbaro.

Aspen airport employees know their travelers

“Mix of sympathy & shame for Aspen airport employees who are good natured enough to ask, over and over, if we had any good ‘ideas’ while here.” — Sommer Mathis, Editor, The Atlantic Cities, while traveling to Aspen for the annual ideas festival.

Journo Love

WAPO‘s NIA MALIKA HENDERSON: “@AprilDRyan Great coverage girl!”

American Urban Radio Networks’ APRIL RYAN: “@niawapo thanks girl”

Complaining while working

“14 tabs open at 5:45. This is crap.” — Lisa Rowan, vintage blogger.

Journo finds herself in Metro hell

“Dupont escalator just stopped while I was on it. Collective groan from everyone there. I hate Metro.” — CQ Roll Call’s Emily Cahn.

The Observer 

“Egypt’s ‘General Sisi’ has a very bad name for a general.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is there a word for always buying new clothes that have stains on them?” — NYT Communications Associate Jordan Cohen.

Non-Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between HuffPost’s Sam Stein and FNC media critic Richard Grenell.

STEIN: “IRS investigation didn’t focus on Tea Party themselves, it focused on their specific BOLO section.”

GRENELL: “Liberal journalist spin.”

GRENELL: “Shorter Sam: the IRS only harassed conservatives?!?”

STEIN: “The temptation to respond to @RichardGrenell’s twitter bait is great. But I must resist.”

Think you’re having a bad day? “Baltimore police say a man shot his wife and another woman left bound in a bedroom chewed through ropes to escape.” — ABC7 news alert.

Belated Happy Birthday Shout-Out to… WaPo writer and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart. Malika Henderson refers to him as the “most well-dressed human being in all of DC.”

Photoshop expertise by Austin Price.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Weekend understatement: “A Saturday free of news crises. #priceless” — USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

WHCD Prom Week begins with wrenching choice

“Okay I have two options for the WHCA dinner this Saturday and not one gown in hand. Oh No! I hope to have the one today. cross fingers.” — American Urban Radio’s Washington Correspondent April Ryan.

In a word: disturbing

“My mother is drunk texting me. So I guess I’m at the stage of life where that happens.” — Townhall Managing Editor Kevin Glass. Just out of curiosity, who else out there is in this “stage” with his or her mother?

The Eavesdropper

“Haha guy on this awful date literally just said ‘I love sandwiches.’” — BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.

Driver splits from motorcade in Jerusalem

“We have the worst motorcade driver in recorded history here in Jerusalem. We are actually no longer in the motorcade.” — NBC News cameraman Jim Long, who was in Tel Aviv this weekend on travel with Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Parents advised to avoid press

“Were told Boston suspects’ parents would give us an interview. Then they canceled, saying were ‘advised’ not talk to press for a few days.” — ABC News Moscow correspondent Kirit Radia.

Important Q to Ponder:  “Would WaPo’s Boston coverage be as good if Brauchli was still in charge?” — D.C. resident and avid tweeter Kevin Reiss, referring to Blanched Marcus Brauchli, WaPo‘s previous Executive Editor. The current executive editor is Marty Baron, former editor of The Boston Globe.

Online brawling

“Your right. I should delete you, asshole.” — Seattle’s Scott Omli to Townhall‘s Derek Hunter, who replied, “It’s you’re and you blocked me, so why are you still tweeting me?”

Tagg feels pinch of sequestration

“Waiting in an airplane at Logan. Captain said FAA said we have to wait an extra hour to leave because of sequestration. It begins.” — Tagg Romney, son of Mitt.

Words of wisdom from a TV journo’s obviously religious wife and a journo tries to put herself in shoes of the Suspect #2… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Photo credit: Jonathan Ernst for NYT.

Oh, what a concidence! “A photo of Jonathan Weisman interview [Sen.] Claire McCaskill [D-Mo.] alongside a Jonathan Weisman story about Claire McCaskill.” — Politico Jake Sherman puts two and two together in a morning observation. In his piece, Weisman writes that Republicans like Karl Rove are out for blood to make sure she loses. He writes, “In their advertisements, Ms. McCaskill’s face is sometimes bloated, sometimes goofy, sometimes exhausted.”

“Bliss…they’d have to give Joe and I an extra hour.” — MSNBC’s Al Sharpton on this morning’s “Morning Joe” on the remote possibility that Mitt Romney could pick Rick Santorum as a running mate. He’s referring to the extra time he and host Joe Scarborough would need to discuss the pick.

Journo’s ‘pretty toes’ get noticed

“Was hit on while getting on the bus. His line: ‘Can I call you sometime? You have pretty toes.’ Um.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“Thanks Yolanda.” — Current TV’s David Shuster who retweeted @JesyQ: “I miss you David but glad you’re happy where u are. You were one of the best MSNBC contributor/journalist. IMO”

Um, and another thing: “Bartenders of Earth: Stop putting limes on bourbon-based mixed drinks. Thank you for your cooperation.” — Sommer Mathis, Editor, The Atlantic Cities.

Dressage: Is it a joke?

“Finally watching dressage. This is a ‘sport’? Chess is more athletic than this.” — Politico White House reporter Byron Tau.

Deep thoughts with Stephen Tschida

“Have you ever thought about all those people you read about who are dead and think wow I’m alive right now. Just hope it lasts a while.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo distracted by noise

“That thing when the protest outside your office gets so loud you can’t concentrate. They even have a lute player?” — The Atlantic‘s Sommer Mathis.

Male editor perplexed by Girl Scout cookies

“Same Girl Scout cookies my whole life known here in MidAtlantic/Northeast as Samoas are called Caramel deLites elsewhere? Very confusing.” — Kiplinger Assoc. Editor Ken Bazinet.

Fake Jim V has an announcement

“Giving up Drudge for lent” — Fake Jim VandeHei.

TWT writer baits Politico scribe

“@jonallendc I bet @jakesherman has never shot a gun. Other than water.” — TWT Senior Editorial writer Emily Miller to Politico‘s Jake Sherman. Ouch, Fast Break Sherm, are you just going to take that? Sherman was covering a political fundraiser at the Scottsdale Arizona Gun Club yesterday. He explained on Twitter, “Rep. David Schweikert got his wife a gun for Christmas.” He wrote to Miller and colleague Jonathan Allen, “No comment.”

Whitney-itis

“We’re drinking a bottle of $200 wine. Why? Because it’s a Tuesday night and it’s been a bad, bad day.” — DCGOPGirl, who was struggling last week when her Ambien wasn’t working.

Quote taken wildly out of context

A follower to Big Journalism Editor and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch writes: “This is true. I’m a lefty Canadian and I agree, transvaginal ultrasounds aren’t a punishment. It’s a safety thing.”

Washingtonian Bleeds Web Editors

Want to be the Web Editor at Washingtonian these days? Fine. But it’s a risky career move. In the last 24 months, they’ve had three — most recently Kyle Gustafson, who lasted about five and a half months, before that Sommer Mathis, who fled to The Atlantic after just four months and Alyssa Rosenberg, who is now at Think Progress. Gustafson recently told TBD, “They’re all wonderful people and I wish them well,” he says. “It wasn’t working out for either party.”

We reached out to Editor Garrett Graff on the matter. Surely the Editor of the magazine might be able to shed some light? Oh, but not so fast. He apparently doesn’t comment on matters pertaining to the magazine. This is the second issue that Graff has refused to comment on this week — the first was why a sentence involving where Rob Lowe‘s son, Matthew, resided while in Washington (psst… with a lobbyist) was mysteriously stricken from Carol Joynt‘s Capital Comment blog this week.

But Reason Mag’s Associate Editor Mike Riggs had an interesting take on what’s happening there. It involves Meth and foil.

Washingtonian’s Mathis Heads to The Atlantic

Well, that was fast.

After jumping off the TBD Titantic for Washingtonian in early March, Sommer Mathis is making yet another leap for The Atlantic, where she has been named Editor of The Atlantic Cities.

The new stand-alone site, the latest expansion of Atlantic Digital, will be the primary hub for the work of the Atlantic‘s Richard Florida, an economist and a professor who was named senior editor of the magazine in March. Florida’s focus on the vital role that cities play around the world in economic “growth, prosperity, and personal happiness.” Expect the launch in September.

Mathis was online editorial director at Washingtonian. She was a news editor at TBD. Before that she was Editor-in-Chief of DCist for three years.

Congratulations to Sommer on her new position.

Mathis to Washingtonian, Wescott to Politico

It’s the new in thing to announce job changes on Twitter.

Earlier today Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff announced the news that Sommer Mathis, formerly of the website formerly known as TBD, is moving over to Washingtonian. In other former TBD news, Jay Wescott, staff photographer, announced his own news that he’s going to work for Politico.

Graff tweeted earlier today: “I’m excited to say @sommermathis will be joining @washingtonian, the 2nd @DCist editor we’ve had lead our site (1st was @candrews).” (He was referring to Catherine Andrews, who is now Senior Digital Media Manager at Home Front Communications.)

Mathis is going to take the weekend to unwind. “And now, off for a celebratory long weekend at a fancy spa! See you next week when I’ll be 1000% more relaxed,” she wrote some four hours ago on Twitter.

Congratulations Sommer and Jay!

TBD Continues Up Front Correction Policy

The TBD story by Kevin Robillard is about a controversial bar — not a turtle. “The short, brilliant life of the Thirsty Turtle,” the alluring tweet from TBD‘s Sommer Mathis reads.  The bar frequented by University of Maryland students recently closed the night after a stabbing.

Continuing with its bold correction policy, atop the story in bright red, is a correction, a whopping one at that: An earlier version of this story misidentified the man charged in relation to the stabbing. He is Leonardo Alonso Ramos. TBD apologizes for the error.

Greatest line: “I got 2 hook ups in the same night at turtle my first time ever going there…and then they were my first 2 of many random hook ups there…i will miss you turtle.”

Why the bar closed (apart from the stabbing)…

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