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Birdy Chatter: Meredith Shiner and Patrick Gavin Make Moves

FBDC alum and current Daily Caller gossip maven Betsy Rothstein has some interesting tidbits:

Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner, who recently resigned from the publication, is in serious talks to go to work for Yahoo! News. The deal has not yet been finalized.

Also…per a tweet by Michael Calderone of HuffPost, Patrick Gavin has resigned from Politico. He is moving on to new ventures which he is not yet disclosing. He declined to comment.

We also hear from a little birdy that, after five years, P-Gav’s last day at The Politico will be May 1st. His next moves are’t finalized yet, but should be soon.

J.J. Gould Named Atlantic Digital Editor

Newly installed Atlantic co-presidents Bob Cohn and James Bennett announced today that  J.J. Gould will be the new editor for TheAtlantic.com. Cohn was formerly the digital editor, while Gould had been executive editor for the site.

Gould was previously an editor at the Journal of Democracy, and he has also written for The Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Moscow TimesThe Chronicle Herald, and The European Journal of Political Theory.

The move comes amid much reshuffling over at Atlantic Media. The departure of Bruce Gottlieb led to a game of musical chairs at the top of the masthead earlier this month, and just yesterday we reported that CTO Tom Cochran had left to go to the State Department.

 

State Department Steals Atlantic Media CTO

Tom Cochran, formerly the CTO of Atlantic Media, has a new job at the State Department. He will now serve as the Managing Director of the department’s Bureau of International Information Programs. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Cochran, as he previously worked in the White House as Director of New Media Technologies. There he led the team of people that created the “We the People” petition website.

“It’s bittersweet to leave such a great group of colleagues,” Cochran told co-workers in an email last week. “But I was presented with another terrific position in the Administration.”

Cochran’s hiring is part of an effort by the State department, according to TIME‘s Zeke J Miller, “to bring American foreign policy—in particular outreach to non-citizens—into the modern era.” Check out that story here.

The Atlantic’s Health Care Forum: Top Tweets and More

Health-Care-Forum-2014-HeroEarlier today, The Atlantic hosted its Health Care Forum bringing together “experts in medicine, public health, policy, and finance to examine the condition of the nation’s health care and prescribe policies for its improvement.”

The day featured conversations like “Building a Better Health Care System” with experts from the American Medical Association, WellPoint, and Brookings; “Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse” with Michael Botticelli, deputy director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House; and a one-on-one interview with between the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz, and AtlanticLIVE’s Editor-in-Chief Steve Clemons. LIVESTRONG CEO Doug Ulman, a three time cancer survivor, also sat for a post-lunch Q&A with Associate Editor Olga Khazan.

We followed the conversation on Twitter and pulled our favorite Tweet from each panel. Check out video coverage of the event via The Atlantic.

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National Press Club’s Pub Quiz is a Snooze

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Each month, the National Press Club holds a Pub Quiz - an evening of trivia, food, drink, and prizes – in the Reliable Source’s Truman Lounge for members and guests. What’s not to like, right? Right…FishbowlDC went last night, and here’s how it went down.

6:59pm - Abruptly end call with friend from home so as not to be late to the National Press Club’s Pub Quiz.

7:00 - Immediately regret ending said call.

My first thought is that I’ve come to the wrong gathering. This has to be either a nursing home bingo night or a sober mixer. Nope, it’s Pub Quiz.

7:03 - Introduce myself to the NPC’s Membership Secretary and confirm it’s cool for me to cover. It is, and I immediately stake my claim at a corner seat at the bar overlooking an eager crowd of 40 or so guests.

7:06 - Return to my seat (phone charger strategically placed to save my spot) after stepping away for a minute to two gentleman making my space theirs. Not. Gonna. Happen.

Introduce myself, let them know I was in fact sitting there, and am told they need this spot for their large group that’s soon to arrive. Still…Not. Gonna. Happen.

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(Sally) Field Day at the National Mall

Actress Sally Field was in our fair city on Saturday for International Women’s Day, and your FishbowlDC editor managed to snag a few minutes of her time to talk. Field was in town on behalf of Vital Voices to lead DC’s Global Mentoring Walk for Women -an initiative that encourages up-and-coming women around the world to develop relationships with more established women leaders.

“We find these women who have great visions,” Field told us right before the walk. “But they don’t have the skills -the miles in the saddle. Vital Voices brings women in who do have the miles in the saddle and they teach them things -business skills, communications skills, and so on.”

Field says the idea for the walks themselves emerged from the personal practice of one very accomplished women -Geraldine Laybourne. Laybourne is best known as the co-founder of the Oxygen Network, and as the woman who took Nickelodeon from a 5-person operation in 1980 to an $8 billion business in 1995. Her success made her an obvious go-to person for advice for other women, but she found she hardly ever had the time during the week to talk.

“So she said, ‘Let’s do it on Saturdays. Let’s just go walk and talk while we get some exercise.’ And they realized they were giving so much to each other, and they would go back to their lives and give it to others,” said Field.

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Fishbowl Five: Arwa Damon on the Syrian Civil War

Last night, CNN’s Arwa Damon received an award from Oxfam honoring her reporting on the Syrian Civil War. The network’s senior international correspondent has spent a decade reporting from some of the world’s most dangerous and fascinating places -including Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Thailand, and now Syria. Earlier in the week, FishbowlDC was able to get Damon to answer some questions for us about her work.

Q: In your reporting on Syria, you’ve been involved with some truly devastating situations. How do you keep from being overwhelmed by all the terrible things that are happening around you?

A: It is overwhelming and at times suffocating.  Seeing others’ pain – watching as they cope with the tirade of emotions that comes with the unbearable loss of a loved one – can leave you feeling utterly helpless.  The only thing we can do is try to the best of our abilities, knowing that we can never fully succeed, to portray that to our audience in hopes of raising awareness and generating change.  The hardest part about Syria is that the sense among myself and many of my colleagues is that we must have somehow failed, that we’re just screaming into a dark vortex.

I can’t even begin to recall how many times I have been asked a variation of the question: “What’s the point of talking to you? The world is mocking us, listening to us, watching the videos you shoot and what’s on YouTube and yet, still mocking us. How can no one care?” And I can’t answer it.  I can’t explain how the world can watch and do nothing.

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With Fornicola Hire, Federal News Radio Invests in Sponsored Content

WFED 1500 AM, better known as Federal News Radio, announced yesterday the hiring of Jason Fornicola as the station’s first ever Director of Custom Media. In the new position, Fornicola will be tasked with creating sponsored content for advertisers and placing it on air, as well as on the WFED website. The hire is indicative of a trend among DC publications -Politico and The Washington Times, for example -who are moving towards using sponsored content, also called “native advertising” or “custom media,” as a source of revenue.

Fornicola is not exactly new to WFED. He was formerly the Communications Specialist for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).  Since 2006, he has been the host and producer of “Inside Government,” AFGE’s award-winning weekly radio program on Federal News Radio.

Federal News Radio is targeted towards an audience of federal managers and contractors seeking news and information about the business of the federal government.  Its website, FederalNewsRadio.com, features local and national federal news, original content, blogs and audio archives of all its programming. Federal News Radio and its sister station WTOP are owned and operated by Hubbard Radio.

Hey Isn’t That…?

…every journalist in DC on “House of Cards” ????

FishbowlDC caught up with CNN’s Candy Crowley a few days back to chat a bit about her star turn in “HoC” But she was far from the only DC journo to mix it up with the Underwoods this season. We pinged a few more to see what the experience was like:

Morris Jones, News Channel 8

On being sworn to secrecy: “I’m in two different spoiler scenes and I had to sign a non disclosure agreement.  I guess if I revealed any details before the public release, I might be found floating in the Potomac!”

Scott Thuman, ABC 7

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On what question he would ask Frank Underwood: “Easy. Are you looking for a new press guy?”

Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News

On watching the first season: “The cast was a guest of Bloomberg’s at the White House Correspondents Dinner. I hadn’t seen the show and everyone kept coming up to the actors to talk about the season. So, I binged and basically watched the entire season on a transatlantic flight last summer. I then felt very dark inside.”

Major Garrett, CBS News

On which character he would interview: “President Garrett Walker…My first question: How could you despoil the regal name Garrett with such a weak and vacillating approach to the presidency?”

Catch a video from Nowthisnews.com featuring nearly* every journo who made a “HOC” Season 2 appearance, after the jump…

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Glenn Greenwald Live on HuffPost at 1:00PM

huffpost-liveTaking a late lunch? Might want to check this out:

Journalist Glenn Greenwald will speak to Huff Post Live today at 1:00 about the recent UK Court ruling that London police acted lawfully in employing an anti-terror statute to detain and interrogate his partner David Miranda for nearly nine hours at Heathrow Airport last summer. Greenwald will also discuss newly released top-secret documents that reveal how the US and UK governments targeted WikiLeaks and other activist groups.
The segment can be viewed here: http://huff.lv/1jGQb2C

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