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Meredith Shiner Out at Roll Call

It seems that this might be the beginning of another hemorrhage at Roll Call. We reported two days ago on the explosive exit  of Chief Product Officer Peter Anthony. Now, in an email to sources, Congressional writer Meredith Shiner announced her departure from the org.* She warned people that while her CQ Roll Call email address will remain open for another month, any emails sent there could and probably would be reviewed internally and that no one should have any expectation of privacy. Shiner joined Roll Call in 2011 after nearly two years at Politico.

*Update 7:12 p.m. : Meredith wrote us to say that her departure was not sudden. We’ve edited the post to reflect that. Her full e-mail to sources after the jump, plus the announcement from Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni after the jump…

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WaPo‘s Unnamed Tankersley Project Beefs Up

Jim Tankersley‘s unnamed data-driven story-telling project at WaPo (let’s call it “Project Y”) has brought on two new faces ahead of its early spring launch.

Jeffrey Guo is coming on as a number-cruncher and chart-maker. And Ryan McCarthy has been hired as an assistant business editor with responsibility for Project Y as well as Wonkblog. Guo is coming off of a yearlong fellowship as a reporter and researcher at the New Republic, while McCarthy most recently served as deputy editor of Reuters.com.

McCarthy starts March 31st and Guo will start April 7.

TWT Hires News Biz Pro as GM

The Washington Times continued apace with their efforts to restock and revamp their paper today, announcing the hire of David Dadisman as General Manager.  Dadisman comes to TWT after three years as Publisher and General Manager of The Daily Herald in Everett, Wash., a unit of the former Washington Post Co.

Dadisman is the first business hire to be made public recently, after a string of op-ed writers, columnists, and radio personalities were brought on at the paper over the past several months.

He has been in the newspaper business for more than 30 years, including a stint from 2001 to 2010 as Vice President of Circulation at WaPo.

CQ Roll Call Snags Ellis, Ups Ives

CQ Roll Call filled two top editorial posts today, naming David Ellis of Bloomberg News as CQ Roll Call’s VP of News, and promoting Director of Legal Products Benton Ives to Editor-in Chief of CQ Weekly.

Ellis is currently the editor at large at Bloomberg’s Washington Bureau, where he has written about government transparency and whistleblowers at the Justice Department. He previously worked for Moneywise in the UK, as well as TIME and People.

Ives started his career at CQ in 2002, and had served as an Editorial Assistant and Economics Editor before becoming Director of Legal Products. He also helped set up and run a partnership between CQ Roll Call and Thomson Reuters, covering securities, banking, energy and immigration.

Ellis’ first day is Monday, March 17, and Ives starts his new position on Monday, March 24.

Al-Monitor Expands Capitol Coverage with ‘Congress Pulse’

Al-Monitor has hired The Hill‘s Julian Pecquet as their Congressional correspondent, it was announced today. Pecquet will oversee the website’s new ‘Congress Pulse’ section, which will focus on the relationship between Congress and the Middle East.

Pecquet previously ran the Global Affairs blog at The Hill and has also covered the War on Terror in Africa and healthcare reform.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Al-Monitor as it cements its reputation as the must-read site for Middle East news and analysis for readers the world over,” he said. “Congress, of course, continues to play a central role in events shaping the region, and I look forward to the opportunity to cover its players as they influence global events.”

Check out Congress Pulse here.

FBDC Tweeterboard: DC Pubs

Last week, we investigated the social standing of DC’s local broadcast talent. Now let’s take a look at local publications. FishbowlDC tallied the Twitter followers of the top 25 online and print publications -including blogs, magazines, newspapers, and weeklies -produced here in the District, or nearby. Here’s how it all shook out:

Top 10 DC Publications

1.) Washington Post 2,553,417
2.) USA Today 974,459
3.) Politico 694,431
4.) The Atlantic 444,548
5.) Foreign Policy 433,635
6.) The Hill 419,142
7.) West Wing Reports 195,436
8.) Roll Call 163,609
9.) Daily Caller 132,141
10.) Washington Times 126,218

Check out 11 – 25 after the jump…

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TWT Expands Stable of Conservative Voices with Addition of O’Donnell

In what appears to be an effort to staff their paper with outspoken conservative voices that appeal to a Tea Party audience, The Washington Times announced today that former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is being brought on as a columnist.

This follows the recent hirings of Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, defense hawk Cliff May, and radio hosts Tammy Bruce, Steve Deace, and Rusty Humphries. The spate of new hires also illustrates TWT Editor John Solomon‘s commitment to transforming the Times from a conventional paper into a multi-platform brand. In addition to her column, O’Donnell will serve as a commentator for TWT‘s nascent radio and video efforts. DeLay is also hosting an on-demand radio show, and Bruce, Deace, and Humphries will all contribute to online efforts as well as to the paper.

O’Donnell, of course, made a name for herself during her ultimately unsuccessful 2010 run for a Delaware Senate seat. She managed to defeat long-serving establishment Republican Rep. Mike Castle in the primary, but lost to Democrat Chris Coons in the general by a wide margin. She has since been a contributor on CNN and Fox News.

 

Lanny Davis, Christine O’Donnell Star in TWT Idol at CPAC

Sources at The Washington Times tell Fishbowl DC that this week will be a big one for one lucky young journalist at CPAC. If they have the interviewing chops to impress TWT writers and editors, that is.

TWT will be holding an “American Idol” style competition at CPAC on Thursday and Friday that will pit 14 aspiring journalists from universities across the country against one another for a chance at the ultimate prize for any young conservative: a  PAID internship at TWT. 

The 14 young sprites will take turns interviewing four victims guests on stage in front of a panel of Times’ judges, and the best interviewer will ultimately get the internship.

Guests interviewees  include: former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, TWT Opinion Editor David Keene, columnist Tammy Bruce, and former Clinton White House adviser Lanny Davis.

The judges will be: TWT Managing Editor Chris Dolan, Law Enforcement Correspondent Kelly Riddell, Senior Political Correspondent Ralph Hallow, Managing Editor Ian Bishop, Columnist Emily Miller, and Columnist Armstrong Williams.

 

Update 4:17: A previous version of this post stated that the internship at TWT won’t be paid. In fact, it will be a paid position.

WaPo Content to be Translated and Distributed via China-based Wide Angle Media

Starting April 1, Washington Post financial, business, and medical news will be translated into Chinese and distributed online through the China-based Wide Angle Media, Ltd.

“As China and the U.S. are the world’s two leading economies, it’s important for our readers to have ready access to breaking business, economic and medical news from the USA,” said Carla Zhou, president of Wide Angle Media, in an announcement. “This arrangement with The Washington Post will mean our readers will have a reliable source of high-quality stories and information delivered in a timely manner.”

Stories from The Post will be published online via Wide Angle Media’s network of websites and social networks, and will be accessible on mobile devices, traditional news websites, and via social media. It’s estimated that Wide Angle Media’s daily global audience tops 3,500,000 regular users.

 

The Hammer, Tom DeLay, to Write and Talk for TWT

Tom DeLay, the powerful former Majority Leader and reality TV star, will contribute a weekly column to The Washington Times and also serve as an on-air personality for TWT‘s new radio venture. From the press release announcing the hire:

Starting this week, DeLay will appear on a weekly on-demand radio show with Andy Parks, who separately hosts “Live from The Washington Times” on WRC 1260 AM on weekdays. DeLay’s 30-minute program will be streamed on the Kaliki-based, on-demand radio network that was recently established in partnership with the Times.

DeLay will elaborate the themes he develops on air into a weekly column.

DeLay, of course, was the all-powerful majority leader of the Republican caucus in the House during the Bush years, before resigning his leadership position after being indicted in a campaign finance scandal. He was convicted on charges of violating election laws, but was later acquitted due to insufficient evidence.

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