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Huff Post’s Michael Grass to Join Government Executive as Senior Editor

This afternoon, Atlantic Media has announced the hire of Michael Grass as senior editor of its state and local brand – Government Executive. Well known in DC as a founding co-editor of, Grass was most recently with The Huffington Post where he covered local DC, Maryland, and Virginia news. Prior to that, he was an editor at the Washington City Paper, managing editor of the New York Observer’s, and local editor of the Washington Post Express.

EVP and editor-in-chief of Government Executive Media Group Tom Shoop said of Grass, “His pedigree in digital journalism and passion for state and local issues makes him the perfect person to launch our state and local coverage.”

Set to launch Summer 2014, the state and local initiative will be in digital and for mobile and incorporate events.

Click through for the full announcement. Read more

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Nextgov Names Camille Tuutti Executive Editor

tuuttiEVP and Editor in Chief of Government Executive Media Group Tom Shoop announced today in a release that former editorial director of FedScoop Camille Tuutti has been named executive editor of Nextgov. In this role, Tuutti will “lead the development and execution of Nextgov’s growth strategy” and Nextgov Prime, a November 2014 2 day event focused on “Embracing Gov2020: The Art of the Possible.”

A product of Atlantic Media’s Government Executive Media Group, Nextgov is currently seeking nominations for its 2014 Bold Awards program, which “celebrates individuals and teams in government who have leveraged technology to advance government.”

Government Executive Names Katherine Peters Deputy Editor

Government Executive EVP and Editor in Chief Tom Shoop announced to staff in a late morning memo today that Katherine Peters will join the media group as deputy editor. Peters was most recently a senior defense correspondent and launched Government Executive’s homeland security beat in print and online.

See the full announcement, after the jump. Read more

Government Executive Media Group Names President and EVP/EiC

PrintEarlier today, National Journal Group CEO Tim Hartman named Constance Sayers Witherspoon president of Government Executive Media Group and Tom Shoop its executive vice president and editor in chief. Owned by Atlantic Media, the group comprises Government Executive, Defense One, and Nextgov, among other topically focused news outlets.

In 2013, Sayers Witherspoon was named publisher of Government Executive Media Group. Shoop has served as editor in chief of since 2007.

Read the full announcement after the jump.

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Atlantic/NJ Poll of Prominent Journos Says Journalism Hurt By Internet; Obama Coverage “Right”

The Atlantic and National Journal turned to the big dogs to get a read on the state of traditional journalism.

They polled 43 prominent journalists on whether journalism has been helped or hurt by the Internet- 65 percent said it has been hurt more, while 34 percent said it has been helped more.

On the coverage of President Obama- of 45 respondents, 71 percent say it has been “about right,” 22 percent say it’s been “too easy” and 7 percent say it has been “too tough.”

Those polled include: Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Carl Cannon, Tucker Carlson, Jonathan Chait, Roger Cohen, Steve Coll, Sam Donaldson, Bob Edwards, James Fallows, Howard Fineman, Frank Foer, Ron Fournier, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jeff Greenfield, Glenn Greenwald, David Gregory, Mark Halperin, Christopher Hitchens, Al Hunt, Mort Kondracke, Jim Lehrer, Ruth Marcus, Joshua Micah Marshall, Chris Matthews, Jane Mayer, Doyle McManus, John Micklethwait, Dana Milbank, Markos Moulitsas, Katherine McIntire Peters, Todd Purdum, Cokie Roberts, Eugene Robinson, Tom Shoop, Roger Simon, Scott Simon, Ray Suarez, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Leon Wieseltier, Juan Williams, Judy Woodruff, Fareed Zakaria.

Read the rest of The Atlantic/NJ’s findings here.

New Hires at Government Executive Mag

Government Executive Magazine has hired CQ’s Aliya Sternstein and District transplant Alex Parker. The hires were announced in a memo from Gov Exec Editor Tom Shoop:

I’m very pleased to announce that two talented journalists will be joining the editorial team as staff correspondents:

Aliya Sternstein is our latest addition to the Nextgov team, filling a newly created position. She comes to us from Congressional Quarterly, where she’s been writing about food and product safety and agricultural issues for CQ’s suite of publications. Before that, she was a senior writer at National Journal’s Technology Daily, where she also created a column focused on e-government issues. Prior to that, Aliya was a senior reporter at Federal Computer Week, where she wrote both daily news stories and magazine features. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Aliya will focus on covering the Obama administration’s use of technology, involving issues of transparency, collaboration and participation by the public. She starts Monday, March 30.

Alex Parker will be on the GovExec side, filling the slot recently vacated by Brittany Ballenstedt on the workforce management beat. He was most recently at the Toledo Blade, where he covered the intersection of federal, state and county government for the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper. Before that, he cut his journalistic teeth as a crime and government reporter at the Lorain (Ohio) Morning Journal. Alex also has completed internships at the Bureau of National Affairs here in Washington and the Atlantic when it was still in Boston. He is a 2004 graduate of Oberlin College. Alex starts Wednesday, April 8.

I feel very fortunate that at this moment in the history of our industry, we are able to replenish and grow our staff with reporters and writers of the caliber of Aliya and Alex. Please join me in welcoming them to the team.


Morning Reading List, 12.17.07


Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Chris Matthews and Bill Safire and, on this day in 1989, “The Simpsons” premiered (hat tip: MicCheckRadio).

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:


  • Most of you have “computer problems” more than a few times a month.


  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “Downie’s memo looks like a Pulitzer-submission list, doesn’t it? Everything he mentions in the memo is likely to be nominated, I would think.”

  • USAToday ends Hawaii printing, distribution.

  • The Business and Media Institute reports, “Newspaper makes outrageous claim 600,000 born annually with brain damage due to fish-eating mothers. Despite industry evidence, USA Today won’t correct.”

  • A Semi-Nude Minor? In The Times?

  • Deb Howell catches up on complaints.

  • Fox Business Network profiles the Politico. Also, check out their Christmas Carol Contest.

  • Thoughts on the City Paper, Chicago Reader layoffs.

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch on Thursday predicted a U.S. recession, commented on the writers strike, took shots at Hillary Clinton and the Financial Times and joked about the importance of his newly acquired Wall Street Journal not getting scooped — and all that within a couple of hours.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The New York Times Co. may suffer if News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch aggressively challenges its flagship newspaper by cutting the Wall Street Journal’s cover price and boosting its national distribution, the Financial Times said in its ‘Lex’ column.”

  • Fortune reports, “As Rupert Murdoch claims his hard-won prize The Wall Street Journal, his News Corporation conglomerate is planning an unprecedented newspaper advertising campaign that at least two newspapers that usually have little in common — the Financial Times and the China Daily — have so far declined to run.”

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  • SRN News’ Linda Kenyon, running for re-election for the Senate Radio and TV Gallery Committee, wants to know if you have the balls to re-elect her.

  • A NBC release announced, “Monday, December 17, ‘NBC Nightly
    News with Brian Williams’ will debut a new, very special announcer who will introduce the program and Williams nightly. The announcer, who has a rich, extensive, award-winning theatrical career for nearly forty years, will be revealed Monday night at the end of the program, allowing viewers the chance to submit their guesses throughout the broadcast at

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for December 2-7, shows, “Thanks to Mitt Romney’s big speech on his Mormon faith, the presidential race was the biggest story of the week in the talk universe last week.”

  • Denver Business Journal reports,John Malone’s Discovery Holding Co. and a part of private media giant Advance/Newhouse have agreed to convert their combined ownership of Discovery Communications television holdings into a single, publicly traded business, the companies announced.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Despite a grilling from a Senate committee yesterday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said he would not postpone a Dec. 18 vote on a controversial media-ownership rule.”

  • Citizens United filed a complaint against the FEC in Disttrict Court. Check out the official complaint here.

  • His Extremeness points out, “Des Moines Register editor Carolyn Washburn, who moderated the recent Republican and Democratic presidential debates to such dismal failure, gives her side of the disasters in a Register piece.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Channel won the head-to-head-to-head Iowa GOP debate simulcast by a significant margin on Wednesday. FNC had more total viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined. In the A25-54 demo, FNC had slightly less than the two other nets combined.”

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  • A TNR Editor’s Covert Conversation With Scott Beauchamp

  • Do Political Bloggers at Newspaper Sites Now Drive 2008 Campaign Coverage?”

  • The Times reports, “Google is to go head-to head with Wikipedia, the web’s largest reference work, setting up a clash between two of the web’s biggest brands.”

  • A release announced, “MySpace, the world’s most popular social network, today announced the results of the new ‘Impact Presidential Poll,’ the first monthly results in a series of political polls to be conducted exclusively of the MySpace community leading up to the 2008 general presidential election. The Impact Presidential Poll unveils the political views and engagement of the ‘MySpace Generation,’ providing an early view into the perspective of America’s young adults.”

  • Layoffs at”

  • Silicon Alley Insider reports, “Now that another round of surgical layoffs is done, the new buzz in Dulles is whether AOL investor Google will exercise its right to force Time Warner to take AOL public or buy its AOL stock back (with the choice between the two being Time Warner’s).”

  • Concurring Opinions writes, “So, Lawrence O’Donnell seems to have an interesting set of beliefs about Mormons and Romney. His discussion is a little disjointed, but as far as I can tell from his interview, his Hewitt interview, and his Huffington Post column, his beliefs can basically be distilled into some major ideas.” Check out O’Donnell’s post here.

  • White House reporter Connie Lawn’s latest blog about Wounded Warriors Week is up at

  • In response to Nora McAlvanah’s suggestion that Des Moines Register debate moderator Carolyn Washburn “is a dead ringer for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” one reader counters with Ginsburg and Amy Klobuchar.

  • A reader writes in, “Correction about Lucy Kafanov’s ‘reporters blog’ at The NewsHour — many NewsHour reporters and online staff members post to that blog. They share it, covering different candidates.”

  • “You can now sign up for the twice-weekly video Note via iTunes. Go to the ABC News section in iTunes, where you can subscribe to The Note podcasts (and Politics Live, in addition to plenty of other great ABC segments), for free.”

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  • From Mike Allen’s Playbook: “The White House press office said goodbye yesterday to Ryan Graham, who’s always good karma.”

  • WTOP reports, “The top spokesperson for the District’s troubled Department of Transportation is stepping down just as the agency is preparing for its most difficult time of the year. Erik Linden is leaving government service after five years and two administrations.”

  • FCW reports, “Earlier this week, an FCW competitor, Government Executive, went through something of a organizational reorg this week. Long-time editor Tom Shoop this week was named as the editor of Government Executive. Tim Clark, the long time editor and president, will stay on as editor in chief, ‘providing guidance to the management team and representing Government Executive toward the federal government and contractor communities.’ Apparently it has not been decided whether Shoop will continue Go Exec’s Fed log, which is immensely readable and almost always interesting.”

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  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Senior Producer, Weekend Live, a Production Assistant, an Associate Producer and a Package Producer.

  • CEO Update is looking for an Editor-in-Chief.

  • Golden Living is looking for a Public Relations Specialist.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Newsroom Technology Manager.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is looking for a Science Writer.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Reshuffling At Government Executive

    Government Executive Group Publisher and Executive Director Steve Vito has been named president of Government Executive.

    Vito has spent seven years at Government Executive and previously served as associate publisher of BYTE Magazine and publisher of PCResource and Federal Computer Week.

    Executive Editor Tom Shoop will become editor of Government Executive and current editor and president Tim Clark will stay on as Editor in Chief.