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Stephen Colbert Buys TheSarahPalinChannel.com

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 12.30.55Tuesday night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert poked fun at Sarah Palin‘s news channel that she announced on Monday.

“Yes. The all Sarah Palin Channel. It’s exacrtly what she’s always done, only, umm…nothing else.”

Colbert goes on to mock subscribers who pay its $9.95 fee. “It’s a safe space where like minded folks can hear things they already agree with from someone who’s opinion they already know…If $9.95 sounds too rich for your blood, sign up for Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber. For just $9.94, it’s a community of people just like you, if you have a valid credit card.” Read more

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Journalism Census Depicts Slight Shrink in Newspaper Staff

header_logoThe American Society of News Editors and the Missouri School of Journalism’s Center for Advanced Social Research Archives yesterday announced the results of its newsroom census. In 2013, there were 36,700 full-time newspaper journalists at 1,400 daily U.S. newspapers, down approximately 3.5 percent compared to 2012.

“Producing the employment census each year is a significant effort on the part of ASNE, but as the leaders of America’s newsrooms, we feel it’s essential to keep this data front and center,” said ASNE president David Boardman in the census results announcement. ”We remain committed to doing all we can to help our newsrooms, and our news reports, better reflect the diverse nature of the communities we cover.”

The census found that approximately 4,900 (13.34 percent) of said journalists are racial and ethnic minorities, a 200 person (approximately 1 percent) increase from 2012. ASNE also reports that “63 percent of the news organizations surveyed have at least one woman among their top three editors.”

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Harvard’s Institute of Politics Names 2014 IOP Fall Resident Fellows

Photo courtesy of Harvard's IOP

Photo courtesy of Harvard’s IOP

Harvard’s Institute of Politics today announced its 2014 IOP Fall Resident Fellows. They include Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder of the Alexandria-based Echelon Insights; Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman, Commission on Presidential Debates; Christine Gregoire, former governor and attorney general of Washington; Anton J. Gunn, former director of external affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS); Phil Kent, former chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.; and Valerie Biden Owens, sister of VP Joe Biden and campaign chair, Biden for President (1988, 2008).

Fellows will relocate to Cambridge for the fall semester and conduct weekly “study groups” on the topic of current events for the educational benefit of Harvard students and community members.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 7.30.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

FishbowlNY Rachel Smolkin Named Exec Editor of CNN Politics

TVSpy KGO Assistant News Director Heads to KNTV

FishbowlDC The Hill Names ’50 Most Beautiful’ in D.C.

SocialTimes OKCupid Experimented on Me and That’s Okay

TVNewser NBC Promotes Madeleine Haeringer to EP of International News

Lost Remote Comedy Central Announces Tweet-Based Digital Improv Series: CC: Social Scene

AllFacebook Privacy Groups Take Aim at FB’s Tracking of Users’ Outside Browsing

AllTwitter You Won’t Believe How Much FB’s Stock Has Outperformed Twitter’s in 2014

10,000 Words The Comment Discussion Continues: APME Editors: Comments Are Here to Stay

Inside Mobile Apps Local On the Go: View Your News, Weather and Sports in One App on iOS

InsideFacebook Optimize Your FB Advertising Performance with the Right Bidding

GalleyCat Amazon Picks 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

PRNewser Four Pitching No-Nos That Drive Journalists Crazy

AgencySpy Colossal Murals Earn Eyeballs in Brooklyn

MediaJobsDaily Stealing the Corner Office Author Shares Three Unconventional Tactics

UnBeige Katz Marks the Spot: New Art Billboard to Welcome Whitney Downtown

Wednesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Jeanne White-Ginder, Mother of Ryan White, to Join The AIDS Institute for Press Conference Advocating for HIV/AIDS Funding at the National Press Club, 10 a.m.

— 41st Annual NPC Journalism Awards Dinner at the National Press Club, 6 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

The M.C. in M.C. Escher stands for Maurits Cornelis.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 7.29.14

Obama joins E.U. in new sanctions against Russia (The Post). NRCC Chairman to Seek Second Term (Roll Call). And Va. governor’s wife had ‘crush’ on CEO (WTOP).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Facebook Ruins All the Fun for Tommy McFly/Pavlick

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Mark Zuckerberg’s done it again…ruined all the fun for anyone who has more than 5,000 “friends” with a Facebook account!

FreshFM radio host Tommy McFly (born Pavlick) took to Facebook with some big news for his 4,995 friends.

“Zuckerberg says I can only be friends with a certain number of you and we’ve hit that limit,” the morning show host wrote in a sponsored post on Monday.

McFly/Pavlick will soon transition to a fan “page” that doesn’t impose the ridiculous limit personal pages have on how many friends you can have on Facebook.

“I never ever want to turn anyone away and always want to keep our conversation going,” wrote the morning show host. “Could you please ‘like’ my new page? Over the next several weeks I’m going to be transition to this one.”

Ohh the woes of having so many “friends…”

President Obama Set to Dine with Four Who Wrote from Kansas City

A video posted to The White House YouTube channel today highlights four Kansas City residents set to dine with President Barack Obama this evening.

“The President loves getting 10 letters a night, that he reads every night, where he can hear from everyday Americans about how they’re affected by the policies that he’s fighting to implement here in Washington,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest says in the video. “The president’s been traveling across the country meeting with these individual people who’ve written him letters. He’s gonna do the same thing in Kansas City.”

The video continues with Earnest calling individuals – including Becky, Victor, and Valerie – who have written to Obama letting them know that they’re invited to dine with the president.

“Would you be willing to have dinner with the President on Tuesday night,” asks Earnest, to which one woman replied, “Ohh yes, yes…That sounds like a blast.”

ABC News reports that the President will dine with “a man who thanked Obama for student loan help he received, a single mother who described her challenges raising children and running a business, a teacher in a GED program and a woman who is active in her neighborhood association.”

Watch, below.

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ICYMI: C-SPAN Adds Paywall, Laura Ingraham Considering Political Bid

The ‘Facts of Life’ According to POLITICO Playbook

facts-of-life-tv-1809This morning’s POLITICO Playbook offered some interesting “Facts of Life” that has us guessing. Just who is Mike Allen referring to in his morning newsletter?

Under the headline “PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE,” Allen references an “annoying email” about a “friendly reminder” and goes on to offer advice on how best to remind someone of something without nagging.

We reached out to Allen – with the subject line “You Coming?” – for additional info on the circumstances behind the “annoying email” he received but he wouldn’t budge.

The post leaves us wondering, who did Allen meet with this morning that was preceded by an annoying “friendly reminder” of said meeting??

The “Facts of Life” via POLITICO Playbook:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 13.48.30PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: An annoying email this a.m. reminded us that there’s nothing friendly about a “friendly reminder.” If you want to remind someone, try texting or emailing them with additional detail (“Just found out so-and-so will join”) — a way of reminding without nagging. At a restaurant, about five minutes after the reservation time (NOT before – no one wants to feel worse while already rushing), text your friend the table number or rough location. This is a little nicer to receive than: “You coming?” And it protects against the possibility that YOU’RE in the wrong place, or that they’re already seated elsewhere.

These are variations on the life lesson: At any given moment, we can make someone feel good, or feel bad. Human nature is to make them feel bad – they screwed up, or inconvenienced us. But it doesn’t cost any more to make them feel good. And the secret is: You do, too.

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