Politico Announces Changes in Gargantuan Memo

Politico‘s Editor-in-Chief John Harris sent a vast memo to staff this afternoon saluting them on their successes and detailing changes to come.

The takeaways: Politico Pro Managing Editor Tim Grieve (the one with a bit of a hilarious temper issue) will now be dealing mainly with platforms not people. (If you hear screams of Halleluja coming from Rosslyn this afternoon, this is why). Like Grieve, Craig Gordon also has the title of Politico Managing Editor. Looks like he’ll be manning the daily operation because he will be “managing content” (i.e. TALKING with people, so hopefully he’s a human being.). Both men will report to Danielle Jones who has been promoted to Deputy Editor-in-Chief. We love this line: “As is obvious from these descriptions, Craig and Tim will work together hand-in-glove, since there is no platform without great content, and no content without a great platform.” (Craig, we hope your self-esteem is intact.) The other big whopper is that beloved Bill Nichols will move into an “editor-at-large” role in which he will serve as the publication’s ombudsman. VandeHarris, for their part, will continue to do what they do — they will fearlesly lead the team and write whenever possible. But read between the lines: “John will continue to dedicate most of his time to directing editorial coverage; Jim will continue to dedicate most of his time to the broader strategic direction of the company; and both of us will continue to write as often as we can.” We’re hearing strong murmurings that the pair is beginning the process of moving off strict day-to-day editorial management.

See the full memo. It’s a long one. Get some popcorn…

From: John Harris
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 2:06 PM
To: Staff
Subject: Staff News


We have a number of important announcements about the future of POLITICO and some important news on promotions and leadership moves in the newsroom.

Before we turn to the future, however, we want to share some quick thoughts on the recent past.  Every part of our operation has produced some awesome achievements that make us reflect on how far we have come in six years:

*The advertising sales team is the clear market leader in our space, capturing over 40 percent of the print market annually, and well more than 50 percent of the overall market, given our wide advantage over Washington competitors in digital advertising.

*The very exciting experiment in subscription journalism under POLITICO Pro—an area that is critical to our future and at the heart of the hybrid newsroom that we are building— has exceeded the high business and editorial expectations we have set and is an unambiguous success in just two years since its launch.

*The same goes for our events business. Beth Lester Sidhu has built an operation that turns heads with its news-driven events, including ones featuring Marco Rubio, Bob Woodward and Karl Rove in the days ahead.

*Our video team, which is expanding for 2013, has been on a roll with rising traffic month by month, capped off by our election night broadcast with nearly a quarter of a million live views. And thanks to our marketing team, we had more than 70 TV & radio hits on election night and a record number of hits for the year.

*The newsroom continued to set the Washington and national agenda on our core subjects — a triumph visible on a daily basis. We broke our own records for traffic in August, September, October and November.  We have had an amazing 25 million unique visitors in November alone. No one covered the campaigns with more depth, insight and edge than our team — and we are doing the same on the fiscal cliff debate unfolding before us.