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Dominick Dunne (1925-2009)

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Legendary Vanity Fair correspondent Dominick Dunne succumbed to bladder cancer in his Manhattan home today. He was 83.

An online tribute to Dunne has already been posted. Also included on the page: Kennedy, Jackson and Fawcett.

National Press Club Remembers Kennedy

National Press Club: “Senator Edward M. Kennedy was a frequent guest at The National Press Club, and over the course of four decades became the individual who spoke here most often. We mourn the passing of this political icon, and share our sympathies with his family and friends.”

A photo archive of Kennedy at NPC events and video are also available.

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Video after the jump…

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Senator Kennedy’s Death Comes One Year After Historic DNC Speech

AgencySpy: Senator Ted Kennedy died exactly one year after he gave a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention in support of then Senator Barack Obama.

1.5 Million Tweet March!

Whoa! Remember going back to school and realizing that a friend got all “grown up” over vacation?! Well, hats off to hometown bloggers Ana Marie Cox and John Dickerson for breezing past the 1 Million Twitter Follower in recent days!

Ana Marie Cox (1,047,204)

John Dickerson (1,015,819)

Slate: “Today’s Papers” Now Yesterday’s News

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Slate has retired their “Today’s Papers” feature, an early pioneer of news consolidation. Acknowledging that they “haven’t been doing the kind of aggregation most of our readers want”, they’ve introduced “The Slatest,” a thrice-daily “list of the 12 most important news stories, blog entries, magazine features, and Web videos of the moment”.

Editor David Plotz, in discussing the move, explained that “from Huffington Post to Real Clear Politics to Newser to that cute little Web site around the corner [who could that be?!], everyone on the Internet seems to be summarizing and repackaging the stories of the day. There’s so much aggregating going on that hardly anyone is left to write the original stories that get aggregated”. Whose stories were included in the inaugural “Slatest,” you ask? NYT, WaPo, LA Times, WSJ, USA Today, AP, BBC, etc… the same sources included in “Today’s Papers” of yore.

WaPo‘s TV Week: Opt In Or You’re Out

If you get the Sunday WaPo and want to continue receiving TV Week, the handy magazine-style program schedule, you’d better call 202-334-9335 fast!

The TV Week “Opt-In” is a cost-saving measure announced at the beginning of the year. For more than 40 years, TV Week has been the one part of the paper that remained on the coffee table all week. It boasted multiple unique visitors and high page views way before the advent of show schedule channels and TiVo.

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The Magazine Group Re-Brands, Adopts New Name

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Sometimes a nickname sticks. In this case, The Magazine Group has decided to adopt the informal “TMG” monicker after 28 years leading the custom publishing industry. “Our clients, employees, vendors and friends have been calling us TMG for years – we’re just making it official”, said principal Richard Creighton.

“We’re not saying goodbye to The Magazine Group. While our name may be changing, our culture, values and commitment… will never change”, added president Jane Ottenberg. The new name is part of a recently announced, re-branding effort that’s been in the works for some time. TMG publishes a variety of different custom print and online products, from the Washington Flyer and WebMD to Diabetes Forecast and the Cleveland Clinic’s website.

DC TV Vault – Watch. Listen. Learn.

Quick DC media lesson. WTOP call letters were once used by a TV station (1950-1978) and are still being used by local radio station (1943-present). The all-news format went into effect in 1960′s. WTOP TV became WDVM, which became WUSA 9. You follow? Well, back in 1976 TV reporters were journalists, not “talent”. Do you think Mike Buchanan, Pat Collins or Davey Marlin-Jones ever dreamed of aggregating content to drive traffic? Probably not. Observe the true masters:

Twitter Count Friday

Every Friday we bring you follower counts for a variety of Washington DC-based news organizations. Follow the Tweeter:

National Geographic – 27,154 stats

Politico – 17,983 stats

CQ Politics – 17,808 stats

Slate – 16,793 stats

The Hill – 13,617 stats

NewsHour – 12,091 stats

Philanthropy – 9,750 stats

Weekly Standard – 9,434 stats

Politico 44 – 7,777 stats

Roll Call – 7,844 stats

Washingtonian – 6,684 stats

DCist – 6,191 stats

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Forecasting Future Freebie Failure?!

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The news from Cool Britannia that Rupert Murdoch‘s News International would be shutting down the free daily London Paper on September 18 has a lot of people wondering on this side of the Atlantic if this serves as a warning. The Guardian reports that this “signals an end to the London freesheet wars … when News International decided to launch an afternoon freesheet and Associated Newspapers retaliated to protect the London Evening Standard and its morning freesheet Metro by launching London Lite.” Does this sound familiar? Could this mark the beginning of trend? What does this mean for DC-based free papers? Please share your thoughts …

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