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 19, 2011

Hack & Flack Gathering - This Thursday

Washington's Original Hack & Flack Gathering Group is meeting this Thursday, April 21 from 6-10 p.m. at the Fire & Sage Restaurant. Here are the deets:

Who:    News breakers and makers

What:   Networking/catching-up gathering for Hacks (reporters) and Flacks (public affairs types). 

Where: Fire & Sage lounge, private room, behind the bar (inside the Marriott Hotel), 775 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC (corners of 12th and H Streets, NW). 

RSVP: [email protected]. When you RSVP, please send your name, affiliate, contact info.  and status (hack, flack or other guest).

Some stuff to know:

  • Do not RSVP more than once, please
  • This and all the Hack & Flack events during the past several years are off-the-record gatherings to catch-up, socialize and meet others in the business.
  • For the latest and last minute event information follow @washingtonflack on Twitter.

Have a drink for me - I can't go because I will be in Chicago to see a taping of Oprah!

(PF Tipster)

March 18, 2011

Last Night’s Dem Hacks & Flacks Event Biggest Ever

Hacks and Flacks Last night’s Hacks and Flacks, organized by the Democratic Communicators Network and cohosted by Lis Smith, Ryan Rudominer, Brad Bauman, Karl Frisch, Chris Harris, Erikka Knuti and Matt Thornton, was the biggest ever.  The periodic event joins Democratic communicators and reporters in a laid back social setting, this time at Top of the Hill in the Pour House.

According to an attendee, around 300 people attended and the event raised hundreds of dollars for Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

Among those who attended were Hari Sevugan, Doug Thornell, Politico's Alex Burns, James Hohmann, the Washington Post's Felicia Sonmez, ABC's Michael Falcone, DCCC Regional Press Secretaries Josh Schwerin and Haley Morris, DLCC Communications Director Carolyn Fiddler, the Washington Post's Phil Rucker and NBC's Carrie Dann.  (PF tipster)


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