MediaBistro Happy Hour Mixed Upstarts and Professionals

21 Jun

MediaBistro made splash during DC Week with a Happy Hour at 19 Lounge off of Pennsylvania Avenue. The sports themed bar was an interesting location for the event. I expected something a tab bit more swanky. Next time mediabistro, ask me to scout locations for the perfect event.

Photo Credit: Metromix DC

The event was a who’s-who of familiar faces and a few new ones. In attendance were Shireen Mitchell (@Digitalsista) and Andy Carvin (@acarvin) along with Amanda Littlejohn of Mopwater PR (@AmandaMogul) , James Walker of PrPrescriptions (@jaywalk1), Jeff Sonderman of, DC’s newest and freshest news content provider (@jeffsonderman)  and members of PatchMedia and

Photo Credit: Metromix DC {Photog Nakeva (center) & DigitalSista (right) with guest}
Photo Credit: Metromix DC {Andy Carvin, center}
Photo Credit: Metromix DC {Gia Parker with Amanda Littlejohn}
Photo Credit: James Walker’s Facebook page

Later, I saw that had been featured in the Washington Post Express article on DC Week. The five year old start-up is ready to hire for the next phase of business. HotPads is a real-estate search engine reaching major cities like Atlanta, and Washington. The site gives statistics on the neighborhoods and gives potential roomates an opportunity to find one another. Kewl feature. I’ve already passed it on.

Drinks flowed freely and wings were served. The bar ran out of Pinot Noir, which disappointed DC returnee, Phylencia Taylor of Shine Beauty Culture (@shinebeauty). We chatted for a minute about

I also met contacts from upstart Patch Media. Daniel Kelly, the engaging Regional Director, assured me that I would hear about Patch in the next few months. Patch is designed to be a smaller community news network, aimed as smaller cities, such as Silver Spring or Bethesda apart from the entire Washington, DC region. A check of their website, however, showed concentration in four states to date: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, and Massachusetts. Each state has nearly 10 local outlets, like Calabasas in California, and Glen Cove in New York. I’ll keep my eye open. But my question is, will Patch cover my community?

Photo Credit: Metromix DC {The Patch Regional Representative, Center}

I also spied Frank and Jen from the #dcweek team. Frank is prepping for TechCocktail event. I will be in attendance. TechCocktail follows  my presentation and interactive session Thursday Social Media for NonTraditional Users. Register here.

Gia Parker, Jen & Frank + someone I don’t know. (sorry dude)

(About is a Web site that publishes various blogs and job listings for journalists. The site was founded in 1993 by Laurel Touby as “a gathering place for professionals in journalism, publishing and other media-related industries in New York City


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