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Don’t Just Try Out for ‘House of Cards,’ Walk the Set and Meet the Cast

As if trying out to be an extra on “House of Cards” wasn’t enough for the ultimate fan, the star of the Netflix series and Capitol File covergirl Robin Wright has teamed up with global charity auction site Charitybuzz to offer one lucky fan (and a guest) the chance to tour the show’s set in Baltimore, Maryland. The winner +1 will get a behind-the-scenes look into the hit Netflix series as the actors film and to meet Wright, who portrays Claire Underwood on the series.

There are six days left in the auction (it ends July 1) and its valued at $2,500. The top bid is currently set at $2,050. Proceeds support the ACLU of Southern California, and organization that works to defend the Bill of Rights.

Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning experiences that span the best of pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity.

On Monday, we wrote about another Charitybuzz auction, that being an original Capitol File cover by artist Peter Max to benefit the Humane Society of the United States.

Bethesda Magazine Hires Cindy Rich to Focus on Health Section of Magazine

bethesdaIn internal memo at Bethesda Magazine today announced the hire of Cindy Rich, formerly of Washingtonian magazine. This is the second time the Maryland glossy has hired a Washingtonian alum this year; in May, former Washingtonian senior editor Mary Clare Glover went there to replace editor Lisa Shroder.

Here’s the internal email from Glover that was sent to staff today announcing Rich’s hiring:

Steve and I are very excited to announce that we have hired Cindy Rich as a senior editor. For the past three years, Cindy has been director of communications at the National Center for Children and Families, a Bethesda-based nonprofit. Before that, Cindy was a senior writer for Washingtonian magazine, where she wrote in-depth stories about such topics as health, children, families and crime. Her writing has won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and was also named in the Best American Essays anthology and recognized by the Easter Seals.

At Bethesda Magazine, Cindy will edit the Health section of the magazine, among other stories, and will also write long-form features and oversee the Welcome Guide. A Kensington native, Cindy knows the Bethesda area well. She and her husband, Chris, a Montgomery County Public Schools teacher,  live in Rockville with their daughter. She will start August 4.

Capitol File Summer 2014 Cover by Artist Peter Max to Benefit the U.S. Humane Society

Capitol_File_DC_600x720The Summer 2014 issue of Capitol File is out just two days after the official start of summer, much to the liking of Washingtonians with a fine art palate. The magazine’s parent company – Niche Media – teamed up with Peter Max, who created an original Capitol File cover to be auctioned on Charitybuzz to benefit the Humane Society of the United States.

In addition to Niche Media’s DC magazine, Max commissioned covers for Boston Common, Gotham, and Hamptons, including several other of its publications.

The one-of-a-kind auction item is a 20 x 24 inch hand-embellished work on paper. After three bids, it’s currently listed at $1,750 for a piece valued at $9,800 and goes through August 6. Twenty five limited-edition 18 x 24 inch signed posters are also available to those who make a $250 donation to the Humane Society of the United States.

For a full look at the cover, check newsstands starting today, or click here for auction information.

 

Crowds Gather on Capitol Hill to Celebrate NJ Redesign

Yesterday we wrote about National Journal print magazine redesign, to be celebrated with free breakfast and issues on Capitol Hill this morning. Across from the Capital South Metro entrance, NJ served Capital Chicken and Waffles, and by the Union Station Metro, Mama’s Donut Bites, along with coffee and copies of the magazine. The print edition was also distributed Thursday morning on K Street outside the Farragut North and McPherson Square Metro stations.

Check out the scene, after the jump. Read more

TIME Cover Explores ‘The End of Iraq’

Here in the Fishbowl, once a week we try to feature a weekly or monthly magazine cover. Yesterday we previewed the National Journal redesign, which was celebrated on Capitol Hill and K Street today (more on that TK).

Well this week, we’d also like to highlight TIME magazine, on newsstands tomorrow.

In it, TIME’s Michael Crowley writes, “So begins another Iraqi civil war, this one wretchedly entangled with the sectarian conflict that has already claimed more than 160,000 lives in Syria. Poised to join the fighting is Iran, whose nearly eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s cost more than a million lives. To Americans weary of the Middle East, the urge is strong to close our eyes and, as Sarah Palin once put it so coarsely, ‘let Allah sort it out.’ President Obama has kept a wary distance from Syria’s civil war and the turmoil of postwar Iraq. But now that the two have become one rapidly metastasizing cancer, that may no longer be possible.”

Check out the June 30 cover and accompanying story, “The End of Iraq.”

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First Look: National Journal Redesign, to Serve Chicken and Waffles on Capitol Hill

National Journal 6_21 coverTomorrow, National Journal is set to celebrate the redesign of its print magazine, and we’ve got what’s slated for the cover (to the left, to the left).

Earlier this month, we wrote of a 50% increase in the outlet’s readership as well as six new hires and included an internal memo that previewed a redesign for the print magazine.

“In three weeks, we’ll launch the new, totally re-imagined National Journal magazine, packed with a fantastic collection of long-form pieces from great National Journal bylines including Marin Cogan, Tim Alberta and Peter Beinart and new-to-us voices such as Simon van-Zuylen Wood and Michael Gerson,” wrote editor in chief Tim Grieve to staff.

And tomorrow morning from 8 – 10 am, be on the look out near the Capital South Metro for free Capital Chicken and Waffles and by the Union Station Metro for free Mama’s Donut Bites along with coffee and copies of the magazine. The print edition will also be distributed Thursday morning on K Street outside the Farragut North and McPherson Square Metro stations.

BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings Remembered One Year After Car Crash

heres-the-late-michael-hastings-10-essential-tips-for-young-journalistsToday marks the one year anniversary since BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles. The former Rolling Stone contributing editor‘s novel The Last Magazine was posthumously published this week by Blue Rider Press.

The highly regarded journalist was the recipient of a George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, published June 22, 2010. Two years later, Hastings wrote for Rolling Stone about Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, asking whether the Pentagon would leave him behind. Eleven days before his death, he penned an op-ed for BuzzFeed on “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans.”

Click on over to the Post for James Rosen‘s review of The Last Magazine, by Michael Hastings, and to BuzzFeed, for an excerpt of the book.

TIME Creates Search Tool for Each of Hillary Clinton’s Books

TIME this morning launched “The Searchable Guide to Every Word in Hillary Clinton’s Books” for anyone interested in doing a side by side comparison of specific words from 1996′s It Takes a Village, 2003′s Living History, and this year’s Hard Choices.

Given the nearly two decade span of the publications of her books, comparing certain words and names is irrelevant, not to mention the lack of context the search offers. That said, the tool is quite interesting. Click on over to TIME to search for yourself!

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The Atlantic Welcomes Denise Kersten Wills and Sophie Gilbert as Senior Editors

Sophie Gilbert

Sophie Gilbert

The Atlantic today announced the addition of two new senior editors – Sophie Gilbert, as senior editor of the iPad app The Atlantic Weekly, and Denise Kersten Wills, as senior editor of the magazine.

Gilbert was most recently the arts editor at Washingtonian and has written for The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Slate. In 2007, she moved to the US from London to pursue a masters in magazine journalism at NYU while interning for Vogue and Slate.

Denise Wills

Denise Wills

Wills joins The Atlantic from POLITICO magazine – which she helped launch in late 2013 – serving as a senior editor. Prior to that, she spent five years as an editor at Washingtonian and was a staff correspondent for Atlantic’s Government Executive magazine from 2004 – 05.

Washingtonian Names Michael Schaffer New Editor

06062014-schafferWashingtonian today announced the hire of Michael Schaffer as its 4th editor in the magazine’s 49-year history. Schaffer was most recently with The New Republic where he served as editorial director and prior to that was editor of the Washington City Paper. 

Schaffer replaces former FishbowlDC-er Garrett Graff, who served as editor of Washingtonian for the past five years. In April, a memo from publisher Cathy Merrill Williams announced that she and Graff agreed he would leave this month.

Schaffer is set to start in July. Check out the full memo, after the jump. Read more

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