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Afternoon Roundup

  • Tourney pools are cool.

  • The Post’s Elizabeth Williamson goes there.

  • Find out more about that PR Newswire “Pitching National Media” event here.

  • More on a potential Rome Hartman move to D.C.

  • An ABC release announced that the fifth installment of the Emmy Award-winning series “Iraq: Where Things Stand,” ABC News will report extensively on how the country and its people are faring four years after the US-led invasion. The show will begin airing across ABC News’ broadcasts and platforms beginning Sunday, March 18.

  • Patricia Cohen reports that to bridge the gender gap on the op-ed pages, Catherine Orenstein “has been training women at universities, foundations and corporations to write essays and get them published.”

  • Jonathan Kaplan reports that Democratic Caucus chairman Rahm Emanuel “has told new Democratic members of Congress to steer clear of Stephen Colbert, or at least his satirical Comedy Central program, ‘The Colbert Report.’”

  • The Reliable Source ladies report that the BBC was had by a fake Patrick Fitzgerald blog.

  • A reader writes in on this, “Some of us out here in Journalismland believe that the comments should remain just as they’re written at the end of Post stories–it’s called freedom of speech and non-censorship. I think some more liberal Post writers probably get upset because many of the comments tear apart and rip to shreds and bring back to reality some of the articles that are obviously more liberal-leaning, and some of them can be pretty liberal-leaning, let’s face it. The comments represent all views, they represent reality, and they provide a great feedback from the real world to some of these stories, which sometimes appear written by guys who aren’t exactly in tune with many aspects of the real world. The comments should stay!”

  • Washington Gardener Magazine is hosting the first annual photo contest exhibition in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The opening reception is Friday, March 23 from 7-9pm at the Adams Bank Lobby in the World Building on Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The reception is open to the public and is free to attend. After the opening, you may come by and view the photos any time during the normal bank lobby hours (M-F 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-12noon). The show runs through May 25.

  • AP reports, “Turner Broadcasting will rename its Court TV channel to reflect a more action-driven lineup. The new name will not be revealed until summer and will take effect at the start of next year. What is now Court TV will become the home to a form of action-oriented reality programming.”

  • PBS reports that the Project for Excellence in Journalism
    “plans to start a Blogger Index, which will survey several hundred blogs for quality of content and topic areas.” “The landscape is changing so rapidly,” says PEJ director Tom Rosenstiel. “The term ‘blog’ might be obsolete.”

  • His Extremeness has the real news from yesterday’s White House briefing.

  • DCist reports, “Local NPR station WETA-FM recently completely reversed course a second time, switching back to a classical format after two unsatisfactory years as a news station.” And listeners are offering to help out with CD donations.

  • NRO’s Bruce Bartlett notes, “If, as I believe, the major media tilted left and have moved toward the center, then this means they moved to the right. It is this movement that the left has picked up on and is complaining about. But the idea that the media now tilt toward conservatives is absurd.”

  • Drudge reports that CNN “has barred former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel from their New Hampshire debate, without giving a reason. … This decision calls into question media censorship and goes against a fundamental American belief in ‘Fairness,’ which is especially critical in the political process.”

  • B&C reports, “The Radio-Television News Directors Association Wednesday praised passage of a bill (HR 1309) that strengthens the Freedom of Information Act.”

  • A Zogby poll shows, “The vast majority of American voters believe media bias is alive and well — 83% of likely voters said the media is biased in one direction or another, while just 11% believe the media doesn’t take political sides.”

  • The AP reports, “Advertising revenues at U.S. newspapers edged down 0.3 percent last year as gains in online revenues weren’t enough to compensate for a worsening downturn in print ads.”

  • Julie Mason has no one to play with.

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