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Fab or Fug?

As White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend barrels on, we’re going to be bringing you samples of things we find exceptionally fashion-conscious or choices that went horribly wrong.

This morning we begin with rings worn last night by Roll Call HOH writer Neda Semnani. We bumped into her at Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s swank abode and at the Funny or Die/Atlantic/NJ party. We still have no idea how to pronounce her first name — we’re going to hound her or her HOH partner in crime, Warren Rojas, later for lessons.

Meanwhile, those rings. The turquoise ring on the left was given to her by her late mom when she got to Greece after marrying Neda’s stepfather. The white flower ring is from her Aunt Roshank (no one has normal names in Neda’s family, what can we say?). Neda tells me jewelry carries special meaning for her. For example, the turquoise ring is her “truth serum” ring. When she wears it, she says, “I am exactly who I am going to be.”

Our verdict: Fab. The rings looked beautiful with her dark gray dress.

Sarah Stillman Wins Michael Kelly Award

Freelancer and visiting scholar at NYU Sarah Stillman is this year’s recipient of the Michael Kelly Award for her story, published in The New Yorker, on the mistreatment of foreign contract workers at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media Company, announced the news today. Read the story here.

The judges also recognized four journalists from other organizations as finalists: Rukmini Callimachi of the AP, Kathy Dobie of Harper’s, and A.M. Sheehan and Matt Hongoltz-Hetling of the Advertiser Democrat (Norway, Maine). The winners and finalists were honored at a dinner last night in Washington at Atlantic Media Company headquarters.

The $25,000 award is given annually to a journalist whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly‘s career: “the fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” Kelly, who was the editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and National Journal, was killed while covering the war in Iraq in 2003.

In “The Invisible Army,” Stillman tells the story of 10 Fijian beauticians who were recruited for lucrative jobs in a posh Dubai salon, only to end up in Iraq giving manicures and massages to U.S. soldiers.

“Through their mistreatment, Stillman exposes the larger scandal of thousands of foreign workers on U.S. military bases reduced to something like indentured servitude,” said the Kelly Award judges in a statement. “Working as a freelance reporter without a contract, Stillman spent more than a year reporting the story, traveling to four countries, six military bases, and two war zones.”

Atlantic Media Brings on ‘Extreme Talent’

Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley announced today that Andy Sareyan is joining the company as Executive Veep of Atlantic Media Company and President of National Journal Group. In a release they call Sareyan “one of the country’s most accomplished media executives.”

Among his tasks will be to work alongside NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier, Editorial Director Ron Brownstein and Magazine Editor Charles Green to expand the publication’s agenda, which includes “transitioning from a subscription model to a full-service membership model.” He sees potential: “They already have a world-class editorial team that creates products read by some of the most influential people in America. It’s hard to imagine a stronger base for growth.”

Sareyan was most recently President of Consumer Brands at the Meredith Corporation, which publishes Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Parents, Fitness, More, American Baby, Traditional Home, and Midwest Living. Before joining Meredith, he spent 18 years in a number of leadership roles at Time Inc.

Bradley summed up his new hire, saying, “At least by ambition, Atlantic Media recruits for two qualities – force of intellect and a spirit of generosity. With Andy, we get both – and an animating gift of leadership. Andy is extreme talent arriving at the company at an hour of extreme growth. We are at that uncommon moment when every brand is growing rapidly. Andy’s assignment is to grow us faster still.”

NJ “Membership” or New Volkswagen Jetta?

If you think a recession is the wrong time to jack up subscription rates, you aren’t thinking like David Bradley and National Journal.  According to information obtained by FishbowlDC, NJ readers are going to have to dig a lot deeper to keep up with the newsgroup’s transition from a subscriber to membership business model beginning in January of 2012.  Subscriptions, which currently hover around $7,000 annually, will cease to exist next year.  They’ll be replaced by “memberships” listed at the bargain price of a new Volkswagen  Jetta… or $25,000.  Ouch!
So what will this costly contribution get you?  All-inclusive access to member services – from their journalism and meetings to weekly pass-throughs.  Hmm.  But not everyone will cough up 25K bones for NJ’s bourgeois membership. The group’s sales team is currently peddling a “preferred rate” of $15,000 to early charter partners.

Jose Andres to Cook for Bradley Cocktail Hour

If you’re going to The Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s cocktail hour at his splendid Kalorama home on Friday night you’re in for exquisite snacking. Chef Jose Andres of Minibar fame will be responsible for the menu. Andres is not responsible for the dinner that follows the happy hour. That will be catered Spanish-style fare with commentary by The Atlantic‘s Senior Food Critic Corby Kummer.

Last year, cocktail hour was essentially held in Bradley’s driveway with partygoers leaning on a couple of shiny Audi’s.

The Atlantic’s Bradley is Feeling Particularly Merry

Atlantic Media Company owner David Bradley is really getting into the Christmas spirit this year. He has invited all NJ staffers who received the buyout to the annual Christmas party.

And there is a wave of stunned amusement in the ranks. One ex-employee remarked, “Well, it was a little unusual but I think it was a nice gesture.” The individual said anyone who had taken the buyout had received an invitation, which means some 40 to 50 people.

The former employee said, “No, I don’t think I’m going to go.”

The invitation wasn’t formal. It was a note of appreciation that said, “If you’d like to come to the Christmas party please give us a call.” Bradley’s annual Christmas party is typically held at a hotel — word has it there’s not enough room in the conference room to fit all those warm bodies.

Atlantic Media Company’s VP, Head of Corporate and Strategic Communications Linda Douglass had this to say about Bradley’s invitations to those who received the buyouts:It’s an invitation to people who worked together for many years to celebrate the holidays with old friends.”

Rahm, Spike, Hitchens, Amanpour, Williams, Edwards to Show to The Atlantic Ideas Forum


The Atlantic, in conjunction with the Aspen Institute and the Newseum, will host its second annual Washington Ideas Forum in Washington from September 29 through October 1, 2010.

Confirmed newsmakers: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Ahmed Chalabi, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, filmmaker Spike Lee, authors Elizabeth Edwards, Christopher Hitchens and Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Craigslist’s Craig Newmark, and The Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein.

Participating journalists: include ABC’s “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour and Diane Sawyer, NBC’s Brian Williams, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, CNN’s John King, FNC’s Chris Wallace, CNBC’s Erin Burnett, NYT’s David Rohde, the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson and Atlantic Media’s James Bennet, Ron Brownstein, James Fallows and Jeffrey Goldberg.

“This is an opportunity for influential Americans to hear important thinkers and policymakers as they are interviewed by American’s leading journalists. It is a unique celebration of thought and dialogue,” said David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media.

Leading journalists will interview policymakers; breakout sessions planned. More on press credentials after the jump…

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Is Politico’s VandeHei Playing Nice With NJ?

This would be a new leaf.

In a Business Insider piece published late Wednesday, the headline blares the absurdity of love flowing between Politico and NJ. In recent months, both publications have stolen employees from each other, and there’s chatter that NJ is mimicking the model of Politico, a publication that NJ knocks. The war appears to be intensifying.

Politico Editor Jim VandeHei Sends Best Wishes To The New National Journal Team That’s Trying To Kill Him

VandeHei’s quote:

It’s a great age for Washington journalism, and I wish the NJ gang luck with their launch,” Jim VandeHei, Politico’s executive editor, said in an email, responding to a question about whether Politico is worried about losing readers and scoops to National Journal’s newly-assembled all-star team.

Meanwhile, David Bradley, publisher of Atlantic Media Company, which owns, NJ, is not returning the love. He previously told the New York Observer: “They are going to be at the more racy, tabloid end of the spectrum … That seems to be the position they have chosen. I think we’ll be more of the authoritative end.”

Is VandeHei turning over a new Zen leaf of wishing competitors well?

Stay tuned…

Read the full Business Insider story here.

Funnyman Cooper Leaps Back into Journalism

mtp-cooper-rove.jpg Had Matt Cooper ever really left?

It was only a matter of time until Cooper, who left journalism in late 2009 for a brief foray into a senior advisory position for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, would return. In December 2009 he had been working for The Atlantic and Talking Points Memo. At the time, he described it as a “short break.”

Now he’ll be NJ‘s Managing Editor, where, says Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier, he’ll lead a “major beat team to be determined.”

As mentioned in Politico‘s Playbook by Mike Allen this morning, Fournier suggested in his internal memo that Cooper’s new coworkers ask him to do his Bill Clinton imitation (Cooper was named Washington’s funniest comedian back in 1998.)

But for now, no funny stuff. Cooper said he’s relieved to not be competing against some at NJ. He gave his former boss, Atlantic Media‘s Publisher David Bradley, a giant shout-out. “Ron Brownstein and Ron Fournier aren’t just old friends,” he said in an NJ statement. “They’re the best of the best journalists. I’m so happy to be working with them rather than competing against them. And it’s great to be back working for David Bradley, a great owner who has turned the Watergate into a citadel of journalistic integrity and reinvention.”

Congrats to Cooper!
Read the internal memo after the jump…

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Brownstein Gets Otherworldly Compliment of the Century

Finally – a press release that doesn’t put us to sleep.

“Ron Brownstein is smarter than the human species was meant to be,” said David Bradley, owner and chairman of the Atlantic Media Company. “The power of his mind – an extraordinary analytic skill – is simply in a class by itself. The bet here is that pairing Ron Brownstein with Ron Fournier (faster than the human species) will create incomparable journalism for the nation’s capital. What’s better than that?”

No, Brownstein isn’t becoming a martian. This quote comes in an announcement today from Atlantic Media stating that Political Director Ronald Brownstein will take on the added role of Editorial Director of the National Journal Group. He will advise Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier on long-term editorial strategy.

Fournier admits his jealousy of Brownstein’s mind. “For years, I’ve jealously admired Ron’s ability to analyze issues and write them in ways that reset the way Washington looks at politics and policy,” said Editor-in-Chief Fournier.

Brownstein will continue to write his weekly column on politics and policy for National Journal magazine and contribute articles to National Journal, the Atlantic and other Atlantic media publications.