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WaPo Digital Revamp Continues: Taylor Swiped from BI; Rucker Promoted

WaPo has promoted Philip Rucker from White House correspondent to national politics reporter and has hired Adam Taylor away from Business Insider to contribute to its “WorldViews” foreign affairs blog.

Taylor had been an editor at BI since 2010. His addition to “WoldViews” is part of WaPo editor Marty Baron‘s plan to develop “verticals,” or areas of specialization, within the WaPo website to allow readers to browse content by subject matter.

Rucker’s promotion comes after 8 years of writing for WaPo, and in a memo from Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut, and Steven Ginsberg announcing the move, he is described as a reporter who “files often and at all hours for our digital platforms, and  an enthusiastic user of social media.”

Both hires are in keeping with Baron’s efforts, announced Wednesday, to prioritize “digital transformation” at the paper. In recent weeks, WaPo has also given gossip column “Reliable Sources” as stronger digital presence, adding two young writers (Emily Heil and Helena Andrews) and a staffer to produce online video. They’ve also hired National Journal‘s Adam Kushner to start up an online magazine and tasked Jim Tankersley with heading a data-driven digital initiative focused on policy analysis.

All these changes come as WaPo repositions itself to compete with a number of new digital news ventures including Walter Mossberg‘s and Kara Swisher‘s Re/code, Nate Silver‘s new FiveThiryEight, and the as-of-yet untitled effort announced Sunday by former Wonkblogger Ezra Klein.

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New Reliable Source Team Unveiled!

Hooray! WaPo has officially introduced Emily Heil and Helena Andrews as the new team behind the Reliable Source gossip column and blog. FishbowlDC has been anxiously awaiting this moment ever since last November, when we first learned of Emily’s new gig at one of Janet Donovan‘s fancy dinner parties. News of Helena’s selection followed shortly thereafter. Check out the video below to hear from the dynamic duo themselves -and join us in sending them a big FishbowlDC congratulations!

Helena Andrews Joins Heil at WaPo’s R.S.

The Reliable Source has another new voice! Helena Andrews will join Emily Heil at R.S. starting in January, according to a statement from WaPo Style editor Frances Sellers. Helena has been at The Root most recently, where she writes a weekly pop culture column, and she has been a contributing editor of the online women’s magazine xoJane. She also chronicled her roaring late twenties in Washington, with a collection of essays “Bitch is the New Black,” published by HarperCollins in 2010.

Separately, it was announced that current R.S. columnist Roxanne Roberts will return to writing full-length feature stories for the Style section.

Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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WaPo’s Heil At Helm of Gossip Beat

EmilyH007_052910It’s a natural fit.

Before going to work for WaPo on Al Kamen‘s “In the Loop” column, Emily Heil worked at Roll Call where she covered features as well as wrote HOH, the publication’s Capitol Hill gossip column. Before that, she covered the gossip beat for The Hill with a column that no longer exists called “Under the Dome.” 

And now that Amy Argetsinger is pregnant and moving on to a more family friendly beat, Heil is sliding into gossip once again as she replaces Argetsinger at “Reliable Sources.”

Rest assured, with Heil soon at the helm, things are bound to improve. It’s WaPo — so they won’t let her take that many risks — but up is the only direction things can go.

See the internal memo sent around by WaPo‘s Jen Crandell. Read more

WaPo’s Heil Has License to Drive

Friday afternoon, WaPo’s Emily Heil had a big announcement. She took to Twitter to let everyone know that she got her driver’s license. She triumphantly tweeted, “Look who just got her big-girl license! I aced the eoad [sic] test. No more getting laughed at by bartenders for having a learner’s… Thanks, DMV!”

What the hell took her so long? Heil just gives us this advice: ““Most Fishbowl readers are far too savvy to need this advice (obviously, I’m not!), but… people, do NOT let your licence expire!”

 

Separated at Birth: WaPo’s Emily Heil

This match is uncanny. It’s famed singer Carly Rae Jepson and WaPo “In the Loop” writer Emily Heil.

Call and bug her maybe?

 

WaPo Unveils ‘In the Loop’ Blog

WaPo‘s “In the Loop” column is officially evolving. Today they launch the blog, an extension of Al Kamen’s column, which runs Wednesdays and Fridays. As he puts it, “Today we launch the ‘In the Loop’ blog to intensify the pain.” Along with Kamen’s usual antics, it will feature Emily Heil, who joined the publication this summer from Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill.”

They began publishing posts just before 7 a.m.

Regular features to expect:

  • Quote of the Week from a bizarre or mangled speech
  • RSVP for a fun or strange fundraiser or other event
  • Travel and Leisure section about government officials’ junkets
  • On the Run/Revolving Door, to track who’s leaving government to cash out on K Street or to another venture.

In today’s blog launch, Kamen and Heil ask readers for a phrase that will define President Obama‘s presidency. Examples from prior presidents: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” or “Ask not what your country can do for you” or “I did not  have sexual relations with that woman.”

Visit the blog here.

Journos Teach the Art of Interviewing

Jamie Dupree of Cox Media, WaPo‘s Emily Heil, Politico’s Reid Epstein and Ryan Teague Beckwith of Roll Call will be speaking about “The Art of Interviewing” at a panel at Georgetown University’s master’s of journalism program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15th.

The panel is aimed at Georgetown students, but it’s open to the public. RSVP to sfk9@georgetown.edu. The event will be at the school’s Clarendon Campus, just across from the Clarendon Metro stop at 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.

 

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Roll Call Adds New, Deep Voice to HOH

For the past 13 months, Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” column has rotated reporters in and out like pay-per-hour guests at a Daytona Airport Travelodge.   In July of 2010, Emily Heil checked out for a gig in Features, leaving Beth Brotherton with newbie Ali McSherry.  After Brotherton dropped a few bucks on the nightstand this February, McSherry spent long, cold nights alone at Hotel HOH until she too packed her bags in March.  Because McSherry’s departure left the column at 0% occupancy, Heil returned for a few cheap thrills until Neda Semnani arrived in May.  You get the point.

But Semnani’s solo summer is soon coming to an end when “Heard on the Hill” welcomes lucky number 5 to its roster of writers since last year.  The new voice of HOH isn’t exactly what you’d expect – partly because it sounds like John Stanton (deep and low) saying things like ‘duck confit,’ ‘pomegranate reduction,’and ‘foie gras.’  But mainly because, at first blush, Warren Rojass CV doesn’t scream Cap Hill gossip columnist.

Currently the Dining Editor at Northern Virginia Magazine, Rojas will walk away from five years of free meals and booze to join HOH next week. Scratching your head yet?  Yeah, thought so. But despite the fact that he’s spent half a decade mingling with the region’s culinary culturatti, I’m betting big on Rojas. Prior to his 60-month food coma, Warren spent nearly seven years at Tax Analysts where he worked as an investigative and Cap Hill reporter for the organization’s publication, Tax Notes.

“I never aspired to be the world’s best tax reporter,” said Rojas.  “When I left for Northern Virginia Magazine, I was completely burnt out on tax policy.  But I’ve missed the investigative side of that position.”

Rojas won’t completely dismiss his foodie foundation for the new job.  In addition to HOH, he’ll pick up restaurant reviewer duties for the paper – a somewhat perfect synthesis of his eclectic experience.  As for “Heard on the Hill,” Rojas says it’s all about accountability.

“We’re going to shine a light on each individual Member of Congress,” Rojas told FishbowlDC.  “It shouldn’t come as a surprise when a member self destructs on Facebook or if their Twitter feed explodes.”

Warren Rojas begins at Roll Call next week. Until then, he’s keeping a low photo-less restaurant reviewer-style profile but you can follow him on Twitter here.

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