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Mediaite Writer Lives Near ‘Goat’ Park


Mediaite‘s D.C.-area writer Michael Triplett had unusual things on his mind today as he published a column about TBD’s goat story.

Namely, how did that goat head end up in the park near his home just outside Shirlington (that’s Virginia for those who don’t venture outside the Beltway)? “It worries me a little, although I actually think it’s fascinating,” Triplett told FishbowlDC. The head was found in Barcroft Park near Shirlington.

Triplett praises TBD on the goat find, but questions the new Allbritton venture for not positioning more reporters in Anacostia and Landover – …”If the goal of TBD is to by hyperlocal and cover life in the region, it needs to look beyond one-square mile of the Logan Circle Whole Foods,” he writes.

He also ridicules…

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DCist In Search of New Editor, Mathis Leaving for TBD


Sommer Mathis is leaving DCist to take a position with TBD in June. Read her letter here. As you will see, she highly recommends her job: “This is hands down the greatest job I have ever had, and I’m positive whoever takes the reins after me will love it just as much as I have,” she wrote.

This is on the Web site front and center today:

“Our beloved editrix is moving on to a new job, and DCist is looking to hire a new senior editor. This is a paid, full-time position. As the Gothamist main office is in NYC, the new DCist editor will work from home.”

Read the full post here.

WaPo Experiments With Local Blog Network

blogging.jpg Announced on yesterday: “Introducing the Local Blog Network This week marks the start of an experiment with new content on All Opinions Are Local.

A group of independent bloggers from around the region have agreed to come together in this space to share their thoughts and insights on important local issues. Some of what they provide will be original to this blog, some of it will be excerpted from postings on their home sites, and all we know for certain is that how it fits together will evolve over time.

We’ll find out what works in the pursuit of our larger goal: enlivening this space as a forum for people outside The Post to discuss and debate questions of local interest. To that end, the bloggers won’t be the only voices you hear in All Opinions Are Local. We will continue to mix in commentary by readers, and we hope that some cross-pollination will occur — readers talking back to bloggers, bloggers to readers. We encourage anyone who wants to take part in this conversation to make submissions and post their comments. And if you have ideas for this blog or feedback about how we’re doing, send us a note.

The inaugural members of our Local Blog Network are: David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington, Kenny Burns of Maryland Politics Today, Paige Winfield Cunningham of Old Dominion Watchdog, Peter Galuszka of Bacon’s Rebellion, Dan Malouff of BeyondDC, Christopher ‘Topher’ Mathews of The Georgetown Metropolitan and Sommer Mathis of DCist. Click on their names to learn a little more about them, and remember that what will appear here is just a sample of their work. If you like what you see, we strongly encourage you to spend some time getting to know their home sites, as well.”

Michael Larabee Letters and Local Opinions Editor Sarah Lovenheim Web Editor and Producer

The Hill’s Jeff Young Bids Farewell and Prepares for Bloomberg

Celebration-Drinks-600.jpg Scribes and friends gathered Tuesday night at Post Pub for The Hill’s health care guru Jeff Young‘s going away party.

A list of those who turned up last night: Young’s brother, Tim, his girlfriend, Sommer Mathis (who writes the DCist). Only co-workers and former co-workers were invited. (Full Disclosure: I worked with Young for many years and was invited to the soiree. So this post is going to be free of snark because I don’t have a bad thing to say about the guy.)

Jim Snyder, Roxana Tiron, Ian Swanson, Alex Bolton, JT Rushing, Jordan Fabian, Kevin Bogardus, Walter Alarkon, Kim Hart, Sean Miller, Emily Goodin, Sam Youngman, and Silla Brush. Representing The Hill’s alumni were Greenwire’s Mike Soraghan and The Atlantic’s Chris Good. Remarked Young: “My once-and-future colleague Patrick O’Connor broke my heart — not for the first time — by failing to show up and there’s a special place reserved in hell for Jared Allen, who brushed it off to go play sports or something.”

Young reflected on his time at the newspaper.
“It’s been a hell of a ride these past five years, capped off the a year-plus of health care reform insanity,” he wrote to FishbowlDC. “Mostly, there are some people I’m going to miss when I’m gone. (On a smaller scale, I’m really going to miss my Mac and will have to suffer Windows for the first time in years.)

“At the same time, there are only two people left in this news room, not counting Hugo [Gurdon] and Bob [Cusack], who’ve been here longer than I have. That alone might be a sign that it’s time to try something new. I’m also very excited about what we’ve got cooking at Bloomberg and I can’t wait to get started.”

We wish Young the best in his new job.

Hottest Media Types: The Day After…

hottestmedia.gifBoy was yesterday exhausting.

Less than 24 hours after we announced the nominations for FishbowlDC’s Fourth Annual Hottest Media Types competition, we’ve already got the haters…

  • Anonymous tip: “[redacted] is underrepresented in the FEMALE OFF-AIR hotties! [redacted] deserves the recognition, but there are about 5 other [redacted] ladies who should be on the list!) (ed. note: “Yawn”)

  • Twitter: “with no one from NMS on fishbowl’s Hottest Media Types – male or female – it is clearly flawed and will not be taken seriously”

  • DCist: “DCist Not Hot Enough for Fishbowl DC List” (We love DCist and Sommer Mathis is totally cute, but as we noted before, if you don’t get nominated, you’re not in the hunt and no DCist nominations came in…probably because they’re too normal to nominate themselves).

  • Angela Valdez makes a good point about diversity in one of our categories, but again: We’re beholden to the nominations that come in (and as DCist points out “there are also an awful lot of white guys who work in media in D.C. and who are vain enough to nominate themselves.”)

  • Michael Calderone jokingly notes that — the horror! — our FishbowlDC Hottie nominations didn’t give the Politico its weekly self-esteem boost. Truth be told: Only Jonathan Martin was nominated and, well, that kind of hotness would just unfair to his “competitors.”

    …but there’s always FamousDC to make us feel good about ourselves.

    Also, people are already offering their own endorsements.

    We’re working on changing the pictures of all you “Oh My God, That Picture Of Me You Posted Is Dreadful!!!” people (seriously: there are tons) and voting will begin today.

    And, yes, you can vote more than once.

    Polls will be posted later…

  • Jenny 8. Lee Fires Washington Up

    The NYT’s Jenny 8. Lee (you know, her) recently blogged about WMATA’s recent ad campaign that boasts about Washington’s smaller rats (compared to New York City, presumably):

      Washington’s system may be rat-free, but its subway map also has all the sophistication of Fisher Price.

    Oh. Snap.

    DCist’s Sommer Mathis calls her “Jennifer ‘I probably shouldn’t make pathetic attempts at insults with a middle name like’ 8. Lee.” But Gawker says, “Dear D.C.: Whatever, Our Rats are Better Than Yours.”

    DCist Turns Pro!

    It’s a big day for Editor Sommer Mathis is now a professional blogger (meaning she can get rid of that pesky day job and devote herself to the blog full-time).

    Congrats to both Mathis and DCist generally, which continues to excel as a top-notch local blog.