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DorobekInsider: New sales hires for Federal News Radio 1500 AM and WTOP radio

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Federal News Radio 1500 AM and WTOP radio have two new sales executives — starting soon — and one has extensive experience in the federal experience.

Chris Forest, who has worked with Starbridge Media Group and the former PostNewsweek Tech Media (now part of 1105 Media Government Information Group), so he has a lot of experience in the federal market.

Here is the note that WFED/WTOP sales manager Ralph Renzi, sales manager for Federal News Radio 1500 AM and WTOP, sent out to staff:

Chris currently works with Starbridge Media Group as Senior Director of Sales. He has gained extensive “Federal” sales experience through positions with GovernmentVAR Magazine, Post Newsweek Tech Media (now 1105, GCN, and Washington Technology), and INPUT.

Chris graduated from The University of Richmond. He now lives in Northern Virginia. Chris and his wife have three children. And just like others in the building he is involved in coaching Little League and youth basketball.

Chris was highly recommended to us and is excited to contribute to our sales efforts.

Forest starts next week.

Also joining us on Dec. 1 is Allyson Cochran. Again, Renzi’s note to staff:

Please join me in welcoming Allyson Cochran to be our Sales Associate starting December 1st 2009.

Allyson joins us from the Food and Drug Administration where she was most recently involved in developing internal marketing and promotion strategies. In addition to her efforts in logo and brand awareness development for the groundbreaking Computational Science Center Initiative, Allyson played a significant role in the introduction of social networking software to the FDA.

In May, Allyson graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Administration in Marketing. While at UGA, Allyson was a member of the women’s lacrosse team, a brother of the Delta Sigma Pi Coed Professional Business Fraternity, and a Presidential Scholar during her final two semesters.

Allyson describes herself as “having a borderline obsessive passion for sports”. Her favorite teams are, the Baltimore Ravens and of course, the University of Georgia Bulldogs! Since returning to the Washington, DC area, Allyson keeps active in her community through volunteer coaching of anOBGC youth girls basketball team.

Allyson is an enthusiastic individual who is ready for the radio sales challenge at WTOP/WFED. Her competitive spirit, experience, and drive will contribute to our overall team success.


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November 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

DorobekInsider: GovExec exec Matt Dunie exits… and media notes

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Matt Dunie, who joined Government Executive as general manager back in April… and was then promoted to be president of the group over the Fourth of July week, has left the organization after only six months, the DorobekInsider has learned.

Details are sparse at the moment… and the departure has raised all kinds of questions… for example, why did Dunnie leave? What does this mean for Government Executive Media, which includes Government Executive magazine, and, the up-start government IT Web site. Government Executive, of course, is owned by David Bradley, the chairman of Atlantic Media Company. Bradley, of course, is extremely influential and is widely respected.

As I say, we don’t know much officially. Unlike when Dunie joined Government Executive last April or was promoted over the summer, there was no press release announcing his departure — or, frankly, who was taking over. In fact, Dunie’s bio is still listed among Atlantic Media’s leadership team on their Web site.

What people have been told is that Dunie was brought in to come up with a strategy for Government Executive — and that he did that and that he has a management team in place to carry out that strategy. Again, I don’t have anything to quote because there wasn’t even an internal e-mail sent around, I’m told.

That official cause seems to stretch credulity. With all due respect for Dunie’s skills — and I met with him several times and he seemed very smart — it seems difficult to believe that somebody with no prior experience in the government market was able to so alter Government Executive’s strategy in six months.

Dunie’s departure would seem to be good for Steve Vito, who was the leader at Government Executive. GovExec had left many people scratching their heads when Bradley hired Dunie as, essentially, Vito’s boss — and then Vito was shifted to a “strategic” role. Insiders say that Vito has told Bradley that he is not interested in going back in time. Vito currently works part-time for Government Executive.

So these changes could spur some changes within Government Executive — and, essentially, a new senior leadership team for the media organization.

They could, of course, put out a search to fill that post, but it is a very unique skill set. (Just ask the folks over at the 1105 Government Information Group, which went through an exhaustive search to find a group publisher before hiring Jennifer Weiss this summer.) There are only a handful of people who have a publishing background and have knowledge of this market, which is unique and takes a long time to know and learn.

And these are challenging times for publishers — even in this market. Government Executive seems unusually well positioned, thanks largely to decisions made by Vito who has made a conscience effort to reduce the organization’s dependence on print — and thereby have created new revenue streams from online, including creating NextGov, a whole Web site focusing on government technology. Yet publishers have to be very agile these days — and so it will be interesting to see who Bradley taps to lead Government Executive.

Eying Governing magazine

A few other publishing notes… First, apparently Atlantic Media/Government Executive have decided not to bid for Governing magazine. We told you about parts of the Governing story this earlier, but… Governing was owned by Congressional Quarterly. When The Economic Group’s Roll Call brought CQ, they did not buy Governing, a somewhat sleepy publication that covers the government state and local market. And so… Governing has been shopped around. Word is that Atlantic Media/Government Executive have decided that… well, the price wasn’t right. It is unclear who else might be bidding — Neal Vitale of 1105 Media is believe to be interested and, in fact, sent 1105 staff an e-mail recently saying that despite 20 percent salary cuts, the company could still buy properties — if the price is right. The question: Is the price right? Vitale is known for seeking good deals, but we hear there is a steep price tag on a publication that doesn’t make much money. That being said, 1105 has been interested in having a foothold in the government state and local market, which is overwhelmingly dominated by eRepublic‘s Government Technology. But if 1105 were to buy Governing, they could make a cogent argument that they are the most efficient way to reach the government market — at all levels.

Frankly, I haven’t heard about other bidders.

Editor’s note: Post updated to correct the spelling of Matt Dunie’s name.

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October 15, 2009 at 7:26 AM

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DorobekInsider: 1105 GovInfo names government IT vet Weiss as group publisher

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We have been hearing that she was in Falls Church, VA but that the official announcement hadn’t been made yet — it’s official now… 1105 GovInfo president Anne Armstrong has named Jennifer Weiss as vice president and group president. (Actually, Armstrong broke it on her blog.)

Weiss is a veteran of the government IT market. She worked for Government Computer News back when I was there way back in the day. She since went on to other non-government IT groups, but… she is back at it.

Weiss replaces Evilee Ebb, who left that post to join TechTarget… before that, the job was held by Jeff Calore, the publisher at Hanley Wood Business Media and previously served as 1105 GovInfo’s general manager. And she is married to Larry Rosenfeld, the co-founder and chief executive offier of Sage Communications. (Sage recently announced a merger with JDG Communications.)

The release from 1105 Media:

Jennifer Weiss Joins 1105 as VP, Group Publisher

(FALLS CHURCH, VA., August 11, 2009) — 1105 Government Information Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., announced that Jennifer Weiss is joining the company as Vice President, Group Publisher. She will be responsible for all print and online activities for Defense Systems, Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News (GCN), Washington Technology, Security Products, Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S), and Environmental Protection.

“We are very pleased that a knowledgeable and energetic publishing executive, with roots in the government market, will be joining our team,” said Anne A. Armstrong, President of 1105 Government Information Group. “Jennifer has deep experience in managing integrated media platforms and in adapting traditional publishing products to the new interactive, online marketplace.”

Weiss comes to 1105 after seven years at SourceMedia (formerly Thomson Media), rising from managing the insurance publications and products to serving as Vice President and Group Publisher of the Investment Advisor Group, which includes Financial Planning, On Wall Street, and Bank Investment Consultant magazines. During her time at SourceMedia, she worked to develop the custom business and to build their online business through webinars and other e-products.

Early in her career, Weiss spent six years at GCN, when it was part of Post Newsweek Tech Media, as District Sales Manager and later as National Sales Director of GCN State and Local magazine.

“I’m very excited about returning to the government market and being a part of these leading brands,“ said Weiss. “Technology has never been a more important contributor to the mission of government. I’m also looking forward to working closely with our partners to help them develop innovative and successful marketing programs.”

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August 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM

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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, 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.

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July 24, 2009 at 4:39 PM

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DorobekInsider: 1105 GovInfo promotes Rapp – and 1105 GovInfo promotes Rapp – and hires Corrin as DOD reporter

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The 1105 Government Information Group has hired a new reporter to cover the Defense Department and has promoted David Rapp, who was hired originally as the 1105 GovInfo editorial director. Rapp has been promoted to 1105 Government Information Group vice president of content.

First Rapp:

Insiders tell me that the title matches the role that Rapp is playing, which has a much wider scope as content increasingly isn’t just a print product anymore. Rapp is reorganizing the newsroom around content first — and secondarly on where that content goes, whether it be print or Web or even events. The new title puts Rapp on par with 1105’s VP of events and the still being sought VP of sales (group publisher).

And welcome to 1105 GovInfo’s new DOD reporter, Amber Corrin. Corrin most recently was at editor of the newsletter group of Hart Energy Publishing, according to her LinkedIn profile… before that, she was at AFCEA’s SIGNAL magazine. She started at 1105 on Monday.

I found this bio from when she was Signal:

Amber Corrin
Assistant Editor
Amber Corrin is SIGNAL’s assistant editor. Corrin is responsible for the production of SIGNAL Connections and writes the International Events and Chapter items. For SIGNAL Magazine, she compiles and edits the Chapter News, Progressions and International Calendar columns. She also covers AFCEA events.

Corrin has covered international affairs, foreign policy and consumer health for United Press International; she previously freelanced for the Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail, including ground reporting of the first post-Hurricane Katrina Mardi Gras and 9th Ward clean-up efforts in New Orleans. A graduate of West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, she helmed one of the nation’s premier college newspapers and has won awards for her editorial writing and for young veteran coverage.

[EDITOR’s CAVIAT: I write a column for Signal magazine, and, of course, I used to work for 1105 GovInfo. Take all of that for what it’s worth.]

Congratulations to both.

I hear there were other changes within the organization, but I haven’t been able to nail those down.

Written by cdorobek

July 22, 2009 at 6:28 AM

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DorobekInsider: The Roll Call-CQ marriage announcement

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DorobekInsider: The Roll Call-CQ marriage announcement

The worst kept secret in town is now official — Roll Call newspaper’s parent company, The Economist Group, today announced that it is buying the Congressional Quarterly group. Here is the AP story.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The owner of Roll Call is buying Congressional Quarterly in a deal that will bring two well-known publications covering Capitol Hill and Washington politics under the same corporate umbrella.

Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed.

Read slightly more here.

Here is the release:

Roll Call Acquires Congressional Quarterly

New CQ-Roll Call Group to be Leading Provider of Comprehensive Information on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Roll Call Group today announced it has agreed to acquire Congressional Quarterly from the Times Publishing Company. Under the terms of the agreement, Roll Call, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Economist Group, will purchase CQ to form a new company to be known as the CQ-Roll Call Group.

“We are delighted to welcome Congressional Quarterly to Roll Call,” said Laurie Battaglia, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Roll Call Group, who will become the executive leader of the new merged enterprise.

“The new CQ-Roll Call Group will have the largest and most experienced newsroom covering Washington and will be the leader in providing insight and analysis about the workings of Congress,” Battaglia said. “CQ and Roll Callare both highly regarded for unbiased, authoritative journalism and excellence.”

“The Times Publishing Company takes great pride in the success of Congressional Quarterly, and takes great pleasure in knowing that it has a very bright future as part of The Economist Group,” said Paul Tash, the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Times. He said the Times is retaining its Governing Magazine division in D.C.

Each company has a storied and distinct history covering Congress and Washington politics and policy. Since 1945, CQ has been the “publication of record” providing factual, unbiased coverage of congressional activity. In recent years, CQ has been at the forefront of developing Internet services that provide real-time intelligence on the workings of Congress.

Roll Call, founded in 1955 and acquired by the Economist Group in 1992, has been at the center of the Capitol Hill community providing a look into the people, politics and personalities that drive the legislative process. This focus on community has led to strategic expansion into trade association-based grassroots mobilization with the acquisition of Capitol Advantage in 2008.

The CQ-Roll Call Group intends to maintain each company’s unique editorial voice, and thus there are no current plans to eliminate any products. In addition, the great majority of the CQ staff will join the merged organization.

Robert W. Merry, President and Editor-in-Chief of CQ for the past 12 years, will not be retained by the merged company. “As in many such instances of two companies coming together,” Merry said, “one CEO inevitably becomes extraneous. In this situation, that’s me.” He will pursue other publishing and journalistic opportunities.

Congressional Quarterly was represented by The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc., a New York City-based investment bank that specializes in the media, information, marketing services and related technology industries.

Both companies have approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2009.

About Roll Call Group
Founded in 1955, Roll Call Group is the leading news source for coverage of the people, politics and personalities that shape the legislative landscape. From the daily Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, to the grassroots mobilization product, CapwizXC, Roll Call Group provides its readers with the tools, data and access they need to understand and influence Congress. Visit for more information.

About Congressional Quarterly
With more than 160 reporters, editors and researchers covering Capitol Hill and Washington, CQ keeps policy professionals and opinion leaders updated in print and online on a weekly, daily and real-time basis. CQ’s award-winning product line includes: CQ Weekly, CQ Today,, CQ Politics, CQ Homeland Security, CQ Budget Tracker, CQ HealthBeat, CQ MoneyLine, CQ Transcripts and CQ StateTrack. Founded in 1945, CQ has a rich history of providing comprehensive, credible and objective information on Congress, politics and public policy. For more information, visit or

About The Economist Group
The publications and services delivered under The Economist brand are The Economistmagazine,, Economist Intelligence Unit, Economist Conferences, The World Inand Intelligent Life. The Group’s other brands include: CFO, a publication for senior finance executives; EuroFinance, a cash and treasury management event business; and Roll Call Group (including Capitol Advantage) and European Voice (aimed at decision-makers on Capitol Hill and Brussels respectively). The Economist Group is privately owned. For more information, visit

About Times Publishing Company
The Times Publishing Company is based in St. Petersburg, Florida, where it publishes Florida’s largest daily newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times, the winner of eight Pulitzer prizes. The Times also offers Governing Magazine, Florida Trend Magazine, the free daily tbt*/Tampa Bay Times, the award-winning web site, the web portal, and specialty publications including local weeklies and niche products. For more information, visit

There are several interesting stories in here, not the least of which is the growing battle between Roll Call and Politico, which has grown into a power house… and actually, it is more like Politico against Roll Call and the Washington Post and The Hill…. (If you didn’t read the story in Vanity Fair about Politico… it is a fascinating read.)

Another may have been answered already: The Mike Mills question. Politico reports that Laurie Battaglia, managing director of Roll Call Group, will oversee the merged enterprise. Battaglia said that there are no plans to eliminate any print brands, since they are profitable and have “separate, distinct voices.” But Politico says that there are plans to integrate the newsrooms over the next 18 months. And… Mike Mills will get a post that he was passed over previously. Mills, who formerly was with CQ then went to the Washington Business Journal before joining Roll Call, will become editorial director of the combined newsroom.

Meanwhile CQ editor-in chief Bob Merry will be leaving.

But many of us will also be watching what The Economist/Roll Call does with Governing magazine, which has covered the state and local market. The state and local market has been… what is worse then awful?

And while neither side is saying anything official, we will also likely start hearing numbers. The buzz is that there weren’t many bidders… and those bids came is well under what Times Publishing Company had expected.

Many things to watch as this deal moves forward.

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July 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM

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DorobekInsider: ACT/IAC hires former 1105er Kristyn Rivellese for events post

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The DorobekInsider has learned that the American Council on Technology and Industry Advisory Council has hired Kristyn Rivellese, who most recently was with the 1105 Government Information Group as the director of executive events. Rivellese will be taking the post vacated by Kelly Olson, who joined the ConnellyWorks marketing-PR-events company.

ACT/IAC staff and board were told yesterday.

Rivellese1105 insiders have been told that Rivellese’s position was “eliminated.” At 1105, she managed the very successful annual Fed 100 Gala and the GCN Awards Gala among other “executive” events. But she also managed the event formerly known as the CIO Summit. That event, which when I was there we tried to re-brand as the Government Leadership Summit, sought to be a “salon” type of atmosphere — bring a relatively small group of senior executives together to discuss the issues facing government — and come up with solutions to those challenges. I always found these events highly valuable. It was at the CIO Summit in 2007 that we first talked about government 2.0 — and it was the first place that Team Intellipedia spoke publicly. Speaking personally, I got to meet some amazing people, but… I think they also spurred government collaboration. I know that former EPA CIO Molly O’Neill made some connections — and developed ideas that eventually helped her be successful at EPA.

Unfortunately, given the hyper-evented world today, I hear that the most recent Summit will be the last.

All of that being said, Rivellese will face interesting challenges at ACT/IAC.

Congratulations on the new gig.

She starts in August.

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July 15, 2009 at 1:27 PM