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Steve Shepard to Help Launch New Politico Vertical

politico-logo-2013Politico is expanding its subscription offerings with the launch of Campaign Pro, which is described as ”a vertical aimed at political, PAC and campaign professionals.” To help the debut along, Steve Shepard is leaving his spot as editor of National Journal’s Hotline, where he had been for the past five years, to join Politico.

Along with Shepard, others working on Campaign Pro include Mike Zapler (Politico’s politics editor); and political reporters Reid Epstein, Emily Schultheis, Juana Summers and Ellie Titus.

In a memo to staffers, Politico’s executive editor and Capital New York’s president Jim VandeHei and Politico’s deputy editor-in-chief Danielle Jones could barely hold back their excitement about the new vertical:

This is a great example of how our business model works. We can produce a product that is absolutely essential to a paying audience – and then utilize that team and coverage to write even stronger, better informed stories for our broader audience on the main site.

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Bloomberg Businessweek on the Franchising of Politico

CapitalProLogoFor major U.S. media markets such as Chicago and Los Angeles, there’s a lot riding on the Allbritton Communications purchase and re-branding of Capital New York. Per a feature article by Bloomberg Businessweek staff writer Felix Gillette, success here could pave the way for circa-2015 sites like Capital Chicago and Capital Los Angeles:

If the experiment succeeds, the Politico colonization will spread to other cities. “Essentially, this is the first experiment of taking Politico and exporting it somewhere else,” says [Politico/Capital New York CEO Jim] VandeHei.

Gillette shares some interesting numbers. Politico’s monthly Web traffic is, as one would expect, currently much more substantial than Capital New York’s (five million to 184,000). The more capitally important stats are those of Politico Pro, the subscriber service launched two years ago by Allbritton in D.C.

That’s where Capital New York is headed after the site’s Pro services free-trial period ends January 31. According to Gillette, around 80 full-time staffers deliver Politico Pro content and event streams to a base of 1,300 subscribing D.C. companies.

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Jim VandeHei Named President, CEO of Politico And Capital New York (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Politico co-founder and executive editor Jim VandeHei will take over as president and CEO of Politico and Capital New York, Allbritton Communications Company chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton announced in a memo Sunday evening. The move follows Fred Ryan’s decision last month to step down as CEO and president of Politico and president and COO of ACC. NYT In a telephone interview, VandeHei, who until the move held the title of Politico executive editor, said, “I really want to dedicate my energy and whatever talents I have to figuring out a profitable future for journalism.” His longtime colleague John F. Harris will remain Politico’s editor-in-chief. USA Today Politico launched in 2007. Harris and VandeHei initially proposed the idea for a website aimed at national politics to their bosses at The Washington Post, and when they demurred, Allbritton decided to back the venture. Politico rapidly became a major new-media success, attracting a large audience and becoming a go-to place for inside Washington news. It became known for its speed and aggressiveness, determined to outdo its rivals — “win the morning” in Politico-speak — and drive the capital conversation. HuffPost / The Backstory Allbritton’s decision in May to sell the company’s TV stations in order to focus on Politico and make new media investments marked a generational shift for the family-owned media company. In July, it was reported that Sinclair Broadcast Group agreed to pay nearly $1 billion for the stations, with the sale expected to close next year.

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$1,000 Per Year Subscription Fee Coming to Capital New York

Would you pay $1,000 per year for access to a website? We would. If at the end of each year the same site sent us a check for $1,000 and a note reading “Next year, try not to be so stupid.” Regardless of our thoughts, Capital New York’s new ownerPolitico co-founder and publisher Robert Allbritton — plans to charge $1,000 per year, or $99 per month, for access to a premium version of the site.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Jim VandeHei, Politico’s co-founder, executive editor and new president of Capital, says the fancy Capital New York will be worth the price:

I anticipate the skepticism and appreciate it. If you’re producing something that has to be read by a media executive or a politician, they’re going to pay for it — that’s the big challenge.

It’s certainly a challenge. Charing $1,000 a year for access to a site is so ridiculous that it almost seems like it’s a joke. But then again we’re not a media executive or a politician, so maybe we’re just not seeing the appeal of flushing $1,000 a year down the toilet.

Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton Buys Capital New York

Robert Allbritton, the founder and publisher of Politico, has purchased Capital New York, the news site dedicated to this great city. Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran, who founded Capital New York in 2010, will continue to run the site as co-editors. Politico’s co-founder and executive editor Jim VandeHei will serve as president of Capital New York.

Allbritton has plans to expand Capital New York now that he owns it. He will hire over two dozen staffers and revamp the website at some point later this year.

“I have very big ambitions for Capital: to do in New York what we did in Washington with Politico,” Allbritton said in a statement. “I believe powerfully that nonpartisan publications with an intense focus on a specific set of topics can break though quickly, editorially and financially. I’m excited to take the impressive work Benson and McGeveran did with Capital to the next level.”

Politico is Expanding

Politico is growing. The New York Times reports that the paper is increasing its Politico Pro subscription service, and since it is doing that, it’s looking to hire about 40 new staffers, 20 on the editorial side and 20 on the business side. Jim VandeHei, executive editor of the paper, told the Times that reporters and editors are being sought because Politico wants to expand its economy and military coverage.

A five-person subscription to Poltiico Pro runs a hefty $8,500, so if more people are willing to pay for the service then things must be going well at the company. But here’s something odd: VandeHei said that hiring has been difficult because there are so many other publications around DC stealing away talent.

“The thing about the Washington journalism market that’s different from the rest of the country is that it’s a pretty robust market,” said VandeHei. “We’ve been hiring in the last three or four years. It’s not like tons of people are running around Washington looking for work.”

If you’re an unemployed writer living in the DC metro area, consider that your cue to apply.

Politico Reporter Fired for Plagiarism

According to our sister site FishbowlDC, Kendra Marr, a transportation reporter for Politico, has been fired for plagiarism. Marr was let go by Politico after a New York Times reporter came to the site’s Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei with evidence of Marr lifting passages from other publications and presenting them as her own.

According to a Politico memo, Marr’s mistakes were in failing to cite sources:

There were instances of language and ideas published in at least seven of her Politico stories that borrowed without attribution from work that had been published previously in other publications. As we say in the editors’ note, we have found no cases of invention of scenes and quotes. Even so, these examples represented a lapse of our standards that we could not defend or tolerate.

FishbowlDC broke this story last night, so for more details please click through.

Politico Pro To Debut In February

This morning Politico announced plans to launch their subscription-based news service, Politico Pro, in February.  According to an official press release, Politico Pro will offer users “high-impact, high-velocity reporting on the politics of energy, technology, and health care reform.”  The new reporting venture will be fueled by the work of 40 journalists, much like the original Politico staff was organized during its inception in January 2007.

Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei believes this new project will provide subscribers with the no-nonsense content they are looking for:

“Political and policy professionals want someone to cut through the clutter, tell them what really matters and tell them first.  We have a proven track record for doing just that – and Politico Pro will build on it.”

Politico Pro editor-in-chief Tim Grieve has just begun to fill out his team, however some key positions are already in place.

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Pulitzer Expands Online Focus With New Board Member, Politico Co-Founder VandeHei

vandehei pic.jpgLess than a week after announcing changes to its entry requirements making it easier for online writers to win awards, the Pulitzer Prize Board has announced a new appointment: Jim VandeHei, the co-founder of one of the most successful new media launches in recent years, Politico.com.

VandeHei, who is also Politico’s executive editor, is “the first representative of a primarily online news organization” to serve on the board, the Pulitzer committee said today. But he also has a print background. Before founding the Washington, D.C.-based site in 2007 with John F. Harris and Allbritton Communications, he worked for Roll Call and The Wall Street Journal — among other D.C. pubs — covering Capitol Hill.

It will be interesting to see if this new focus on online news will lead to Pultizers for online writers next year. Seems like they have a better chance now than ever before.

Previously: Online Writers Now Have Greater Shot Of Winning Pulitzer, Four Questions For Politico’s Jim VandeHei

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Good Riddance To The Mainstream Media? Not Quite Yet

The New York TimesDavid Carr stole the show at last night’s Intelligence Squared debate on the merits of the mainstream media, when he pulled out a print out of fellow debater Michael Wolff‘s Web site Newser all full of holes. Carr had cut out every story on Newser that came from the main stream media to prove his point: new media couldn’t exist without venerable mainstream pubs like the Times.

Ultimately, Carr’s side — debating against the proposition “Good Riddance to the Main Stream Media” — won the night, with 68 percent of the audience agreeing that we should not, in fact, say good riddance to the MSM. But Carr and his mainstream-representing colleagues, Phil Bronstein from the San Francisco Chronicle and the Nation‘s Katrina Vanden Heuvel, may have just lucked out. Their argument for maintaining the mainstream media seemed to simply boil down to the fact that there are some good things about it that need to be preserved, and new media is taking the best and claiming it for itself. Also, without the mainstream media, where would the debaters all work?

(More video and pictures after the jump)

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