Because Politico has been hyping its editorial department’s new office space all day now on social media — using the hashtag #POLITICOMove — we wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
So, putting on our stalker-hats, we tracked several Politico staffer’s Twitter accounts for some shots of the new newsroom — admiring its classic red and white cubicles, yet spacious and naturally lit atmosphere.
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) June 15, 2015
— Bob King (@BKingDC) June 15, 2015
FishbowlDC reached out to Kate Bennett, Politico’s gossip columnist who writes The KGB File, for her thoughts on the #POLITICOMove.
“It’s really pretty incredible,” Bennett told FBDC. “Just the planning of something as intricate and detailed as moving an entire news operation in one weekend deserves major kudos. As for the free snacks, the time I will save in not trying to feed wrinkled dollar bills into a vending machine alone is worth the price of admission.”
But one aspect of the newsroom, as Bennett highlights, has stood out among the Politi-ployees: the break areas (particularly the snacks).
— Luiza Ch. Savage (@luizachsavage) June 15, 2015
“My out-loud voice was all, ‘Wow, hummus, Greek yogurt, carrots – rejoice, green juice!’ But my inner voice was totally ‘Cheetos. Cheetos. Cheetos,” Bennett said of the munchie heaven.
Making sure everyone around the office knew that the move’s crown jewel was his brainchild, Politico publisher, Robert Allbritton tweeted:
Ok, I very rarely take credit for stuff, but the cafe / snacks: that was my idea from the beginning! #POLITICOMove
— Robert Allbritton (@R_Allbritton) June 15, 2015
Overall, the editorial department seems pretty stoked about the move, with the modern newsroom offering massive TVs, more communal space for reporters as well as conference rooms and nooks for privacy on the phone.
“At the end of the day, Politico is a growing operation deserving of a fabulous new space – and thanks to the powers that be, we now have one,” said Bennett. “I can even vouch for the aesthetics. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Politico’s senior defense correspondent, Phil Ewing, seems to have summarized it best in a tweet:
— Phil Ewing (@philewing) June 15, 2015
Lesson to employers: snacks > everything.