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DorobekInsider: CQ sells, but Governing does not… and Governing’s publisher exits

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We told you earlier this week about the Economist Group, the parent company of Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, buying Congressional Quarterly. And we told you to watch what happened with Governing magazine, which covers the state and local market.

In fact, we are learning that Governing ended up not being part of the Roll Call-CQ sale at all. Apparently Florida-based Times Publishing Company, which owns the St. Petersburg Times and used to own CQ, has put Governing back up for sale as a stand-alone product. And, in fact, we have confirmed that Governing’s publisher, Beth Bronder, has left, and that Peter Harkness, the founder and former publish of Governing, is taking the helm. (Read his bio from the Center for State & Local Government Excellence.)

Apparently the Economist Group was not interested in Governing. Governing covers the state and local market, which, given the troubles facing state and local governments right now, it will surprise nobody that it is not the best market right now. Most states are running in the red, California being the most glaring example. That being said, the state and local market seems to work on a counter cycle with the federal government — and it is a difficult market to enter given that there are 50 states and the District of Columbia, then you add counties and cities and tribal entities… it represents big bucks, but… it is also so diffused.

The state and local market is also dominated by an 800-pound gorillaGovernment Technology magazine. The challenge is that… well, Government Technology does a really good job covering the state and local market. It is very readable, almost always interesting, well edited, well published, well established… FCW tried to take on Government Technology twice with a publication called Civic.com, and GCN tried twice with a publication called State & Local. Neither are around today.

So… who might buy Governing? Chances are both Neil Vitale’s 1105 Media and David Bradley’s Atlantic Media Group, which owns Government Executive, might both be interested… if the price is right.

The question is where will Bronder will end up. Bronder is very well respected. She was named Governing’s publisher in May 2008.

We’ll be keeping an eye on it.

Written by cdorobek

July 24, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Posted in press

DorobekInsider: Welcome Scott Carr, the new producer for Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief

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Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris has a new producer — welcome Scott Carr.

Here is the note sent out by Lisa Wolfe, Federal News Radio’s program director.

Please join me in welcoming the newest team member to Federal News Radio 1500 AM.

Scott Carr is the producer for the Daily Debrief. He comes to us from StateGovernmentRadio.com in Raleigh, NC, where he spent 6 years working in the roles of Managing Editor, anchor and reporter.

His former station’s mission matches exactly the mission of Federal News Radio; a service to government executives and contractors.

Scott’s radio news background is impressive and extensive. He was the Program Director, anchor and reporter for WIBX-AM 950 in New York, and News Director, reporter and anchor for WRCK also in New York.

I know Scott will be a tremendous asset to the afternoon show and the station as a whole. Not only is he one smart cookie, he is a genuinely nice person.

I too am thrilled to have him on board.

I also want to thank Emily Michelle Marie Anuet Jarvis — yes, she has five names — and Phil Vogel. These are two remarkable young people — and I mean that in the most positive sense — that have people have been filling in until Carr arrived. It has been a real pleasure working with them. While they may be in their 20s, they both have a real excitement for their work — and they had to deal with me, which is no small task. Often, the work ethic of young people is maligned. If these two outstanding young people are any example, the future of this country is in very good hands. I have told them this privately, but… I wanted to do it publicly as well.

You can reach Scott at scarr at federalnewsradio.com.

Written by cdorobek

July 24, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Posted in Federal News Radio