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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

TIME Magazine Cover Asks ‘Was He Worth It?’

Here in the Fishbowl, once a week we feature a weekly or monthly magazine cover and this time around we’ve chosen TIME magazine, which led with the most popular story of the week - Obama’s decision to swap five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

In the issue, TIME explores the cost of swapping Bergdhal, Taliban incentive to capture more Americans, and a skeptical Congress.

Check out the June 16 cover and accompanying cover story, “WAS HE WORTH IT? - The cost of bringing Sgt. Bergdahl home.”

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Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesIn the latest installment of “Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened up to PEOPLE magazine on becoming a grandmother and a 2016 run for president.

“I know I have a decision to make…But part of what I’ve been thinking about, is everything I’m interested in and everything I enjoy doing – and with the extra added joy of ‘I’m about to become a grandmother,’ I want to live in the moment. At the same time I am concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world,” says Clinton in the June 16 issue of PEOPLE.

The former Senator and First Lady gave those comments in her “first at-home interview since the end of husband Bill’s presidency in January 2001.”

And it’s all about firsts in this media blitz for Clinton. Read more

One of the Few Fashion Writing Jobs in DC

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Photograph by Rodney Bailey via Washingtonian.com.

Looking to work in the fashion industry in DC? Your options are very, very limited. Aside from the few “luxury” PR firms that bill themselves as being a part of the fashion industry, the pickings are slim.

But one place where the work is legit is at Washingtonian magazine, under the direction of Kate Bennett.

Bennett, who serves as the fashion editor of the Washingtonian brand as well as editor in chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian MOM, is looking for an assistant fashion editor to write print and online fashion, beauty, and style pieces. Bennett’s new deputy will also manage and style photo shoots, including the spring and fall fashion sections, high-scale productions for Bride & Groom, and the December magazine Gift Guide.

We spoke with Bennett, who herself exemplifies what you would think of an actual fashion editor, on the good, the bad, and the ugly pretty of Washingtonian’s Assistant Fashion Editor position. Click through for more on the position from Bennett herself and to apply. Read more

National Journal Internal Memo Announces 50% Increase in Readership, 6 New Hires

NJlogoThis afternoon, an internal memo sent at the National Journal, announced a 50% increase in readership compared to this time last year as well as six new hires.

Additions to the newsroom staff include Emily Schultheis as a political reporter coming from POLITICO, Alexia Campbell as a bilingual reporter from WaPo’s investigative team where she interned, Rachel Roubein coming from the Carroll County Times, Alex Laughlin supporting National Journal’s social media, Zach Cohen as a web producer, and Nora Caplan-Bricker, who joined the outlet in May.

National Journal is also looking for a Washington editor to lead its White House and Hill coverage.

Read the full memo from Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve after the jump. Read more

Bloomberg Businessweek Welcomes Allison Hoffman and Josh Eidelson

Eidelson Headshot Fence AllisonHoffmanPhotoBloomberg Businessweek today announced the hires of Allison Hoffman and Josh Eidelson to the magazine this month. Hoffman will serve as an associate editor, editing and writing stories for the magazine’s Politics & Policy section and for Businessweek.com. Eidelson will be a reporter, writing for the magazine and website.

Hoffman was most recently with Tablet, where she edited the News & Politics section. Prior to that she was a metro reporter at the LA Times; a reporter for the AP in San Diego; and a fact checker at the New Yorker.

Eidelson joins Businessweek from Salon, where he reported on politics, policy, and labor issues. Prior to that, he was with The Nation.

POLITICO Lands Exclusive for Hard Choices Benghazi Chapter

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesHillary Clinton‘s forthcoming Hard Choices is again back in the spotlight after POLITICO exclusively obtained “Benghazi: Under Attack,” the chapter that chronicles the September 2012 events in Libya that led to the death of four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“Those who exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country,” writes Clinton in the 34 page chapter.

POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman explains that, “Her tone is less defensive than defiant: Clinton takes responsibility for the ‘horror’ of the loss of life in Benghazi, but puts it in the context of ‘the heartbreaking human stakes of every decision we make’ — and she accuses adversaries of manipulating a tragedy for partisan gain.” Read more

The Bushes Go All ‘Game of Thrones’ on Newsweek Cover

Here in the Fishbowl, once a week we plan to feature a weekly or monthly magazine cover and this week we’re going all “Game of Thrones” on you. Newsweek’s latest cover portrays George H. W. Bush, along with George W. and Jeb in a GoT-esque setting, exploring whether the Bushes can become America’s next political dynasty.

Check out the below cover and the accompanying cover story, Can Jeb Bush Win at the Game of Thrones?

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NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Making Her Career

Andrea_Mitchell_Twitter_profile_headshotNBC’s Andrea Mitchell recently sat down with Washingtonian magazine to discuss the start and growth of her career and the personal toll of emotional stories.

Mitchell, who was pursuing a degree in English at the University of Pennsylvania where she was also a violinist, covered politics for campus radio and went on to intern at a local NBC affiliate.

“I was swept up in civil rights, the Vietnam War,” she says in the magazine’s June issue. “It was a great time to be a budding journalist.”

On “Staying human” : “My first major story—the massacre in Jonestown, Guyana—introduced me to true evil. Only after I got out of the taxi from the airport, walked onto my front porch, and started crying did the enormity finally hit me.”

Check out the full Q&A here.

Forbes Names Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton to 100 Most Powerful Women List

Forbes-Magazine-Logo-FontbetterForbes has released its list of the 100 Most Powerful Women, and as expected, DC was represented quite nicely.

Number 2 on the list is Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve. Managing director of the IMF Christine Lagarde came in at number 5. 2016 Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama came in at 6th and 8th, respectively. Greta Van Susteren rounds out the list at 100.

For a full list of the 100, click here.

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