Roll Call “Office Space” Series Requires Serious Scouting

Among Ali McSherry’s duties as a staff writer at Roll Call is hunting for Capitol Hill offices that are visually interesting.

But it’s more than that, she explained to FishbowlDC. Videos created for the “Office Space” series (reported by McSherry and shot by video producer Andrew Satter) are vastly improved when lawmakers have entertaining stories to match the visuals.

Most recently “Office Space” took viewers on a journey of Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-Ga.) animal kingdom. Watch it here.

“Occasionally I’ll go on a scouting trip and wander the halls of Congress popping my head in to various offices,” McSherry said. “The idea for the last Office Space came from a photo that [RC photog] Tom Williams took of the lion being rolled through the hall as Broun moved into his new office. I kept the photo for months and eventually called his press secretary.

“Believe it or not a good Office Space is less about what’s on the walls and more about how chatty the member is. A combination of both is ideal, but it doesn’t always work out that way. They key is meeting with a member of Congress who is a good story teller and eager to share personal details.”

She explained Satter’s role.
“I have to admit, Andrew Satter is the brains behind making the videos look like Cribs. While I find the Member and do the interview, he does the editing.”

Other spaces the pair has visited for the series include former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.).