November 21, 2011

Hate Your Job? Receive Anonymous Job Offers – Anonymously

Please Poach MeMediabistro site Media Jobs Daily finds a clever new job site online called http://www.PleasePoach.Me.

This is not your father’s

The site “lets people sign up anonymously, post a short bio, and hope that other companies will find the profile and steal them away from their current jobs.”

“ swears your data is anonymous, and the service is free to jobseekers, and fairly cheap for recruiters. It may seem “a little heavy on the startup / developer side but it’s worth a shot.”  (Media Jobs Daily)

October 24, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Special Discounted PF Rate for MediaMatch Event Tuesday Night

OnPointStrategies_logoPotomac Flacks is proud to have secured a last minute, discount rate for our readers.

MediaMatch is an intimate event featuring top bookers, producers, editors and reporters. You’ll hear from these insiders just what kinds of pitches get their attention…and why so many others leave them cold.

Then you’ll get one-on-one time with whichever media pros you think are most likely to be interested in your pitch. These journalists are also looking for new sources and fresh voices.

This is a great - and very unique - opportunity to build stronger relationships with senior members of the local and national media.

We'll have syndicated columnist Bob Franken, Real Clear Politics' Carl Cannon, the Hotline's Reid Wilson, SiriusXM's Tim Farley from POTUS, Atlantic Online's Garance Franke-Ruta, C&E's Shane D'Aprile, a freelance booker for 60 Minutes, Good Morning America and other broadcast shows, and a host of local print and broadcast media. These connections should prove invaluable in the short and long term. 

What: MediaMatch—One on One with Top Bookers, Hosts, Producers and Editors
When: 7 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011
Where: Mary Graydon Center, American University (room information will be provided with your registration packet)
Cost: $75 (promo code "PF" gets you this discount from the regular $175 registration fee)

You should attend MediaMatch if you are an expert in your field, or have a compelling story worthy of media exposure.

Media participants include national and local producers, bookers, editors and reporters. We've just added:

  • Senior Booker for ABC's Good Morning America
  • An Emmy-winning booker for 60 Minutes and others
  • A regular Southern Living contributor
  • Bob Franken, syndicated columnist
  • CBS's executive producer for local content

They'll be joining a great line-up, including:

  • Sirius/XM's POTUS
  • ABC7's Let's Talk Live, Arch Campbell Show and 9:30 newscast
  • CBS
  • 94.7 FreshFM
  • Real Clear Politics
  • Hotline
  • Campaigns & Elections magazine
  • Capitol File
  • Washingtonian
  • EnergyNOW! television program

For more info, visit or email [email protected].

Register:  (Brought to you by PF)

May 11, 2011

CQ/Roll Call Briefing

DownloadedFile You are invited to meet the team from CQ Roll Call tomorrow, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. Representatives from across CQ Roll Call's print and online publications will discuss unique coverage style, the trends and topics the publication intends to focus on over the next few months and how to get your messages in their news stories and spokespeople interviewed. The cocktail reception before and after the presentation will allow you to meet each editor and reporter more informally. 

Here are the speakers:

  • Mike Mills, Editorial Director, CQ Roll Call
  • Ryan Beckwith, Features Editor, Roll Call
  • Christina Bellantoni, Associate Politics Editor, Roll Call
  • Rebecca Adams, Senior healthcare writer, CQ Roll Call

When: Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 6.00 p.m.

Where: CQ Roll Call Offices, 77 K Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

In order to attend, you must RSVP to [email protected]. (PF Tipster)

April 18, 2011

Democratic Communicators Network Announces New Board of Directors

DC Net Today the Democratic Communicators Network (DCNet), the professional association for Democratic House and Senate press and media staffers, announced its new board of directors: 

-          Maureen Beach, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

-          Ellis Brachman, House Democratic Caucus

-          James Gleeson, Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA)

-          Brigit Helgen, Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center

-          Adam Hodge, Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA)

-          Will Jenkins, U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)

-          Meghan Pennington, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) 

-          Clark Pettig, Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI)

-          Emily Spain, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)

-          Matt Thornton, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

DCNet brings communicators together to share ideas, learn new skills, brainstorm strategies, and network with others to strengthen Democratic message making. Hundreds of communicators from around the Hill regularly participate in DCNet's networking and professional development activities, including:

    * Mentoring for new communications staff 

    * Training Seminars on essential communications skills 

    * Distinguished Speakers providing inside access to the nation's top communicators

    * Roundtable Discussions to share practical press ideas and experiences

    * Networking Events to bring together flacks from on and off the Hill

    * Democratic Communicators Handbook and other collaborative, online resources

All events are planned by volunteer committees of communications staffers.  (PF tipster)

NETWORKING EVENT: “Women Leading the Future” Women’s Conference, hosted by Ladies DC and the UN Foundation (April 30)

Women Leading the Future Conference Ladies DC and the UN Foundation have joined forces to host the inaugural “Women Leading the Future” (@WomenLeadFuture) day-long women’s conference, bringing some of the most powerful women in America together to discuss major issues and topics important to women today.

Focusing on women making a difference in the world, some discussions will deal with where women are today and how they can become stronger, more effective leaders and why their leadership is important as we head into the future.

The conference will be held from 9am – 3pm on April 30, at the Navy Heritage Memorial Center (701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW).  A cocktail reception will be held after the conference from 7-9pm at Cities Restaurant and Lounge.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the conference, visit here.  (PF tipster)

February 22, 2011

CAREER DEVELOPMENT: Navigating Careers on Capitol Hill (Wed., Feb. 23, 2011, 6:30pm)

Foreign Policy InitiativeFind answers to the age-old question: how do I find a job on Capitol Hill?

Excellent young professionals event Wednesday night, held by the Foreign Policy Initiative:

Navigating Careers on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, February 23rd

Networking Reception - 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Panel Discussion and Q&A - 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
Click here to RSVP.  For more information, contact Randan Swindler (202) 296-3322 or [email protected].

Moderator: Rachel Hoff, Director of External Affairs, Foreign Policy Initaitive


  Tim Morrison, National Security Policy Advisor, Senator John Kyl (R-AZ)

  Roger Zakheim, Deputy Staff Director, House Committee on Armed Services

  Additional panelist TBD

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