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Brauchli, on Book World

An internal email from Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Colleagues, we are announcing today a couple of changes in our Sunday
    paper and the way we cover books and literature.

    Starting on Feb. 22, our book coverage will appear in Style throughout
    the week and in the Outlook section on Sundays. We will end Book World’s run as a stand-alone print section but will revamp and rebrand our books section online as Book World, where we’ll offer readers a robust, well-organized site dedicated to our coverage and reviews of books.

    This new arrangement recognizes the tremendous importance of books,
    ideas, literature and reading to our audience.

    In the daily paper, Style will run a daily “Book World” review, as well
    as coverage of literature and publishing. Big events in the book world,
    as well as interviews or profiles of authors, will be featured in Style, more often on the cover and more prominently than in the past.

    On Sundays, Outlook will become the primary venue for books coverage,
    with a focus on non-fiction books and ideas alongside its traditional
    package of lively journalism and thoughtful essays from outside
    contributors. Outlook will carry Jon Yardley’s column, our Best Seller
    list and other features.

    In addition, we will continue to publish occasional special tabloid-format Book World sections on Sundays, built around themes such
    as Summer Reading or Children’s Books. We also have started a syndicated product called “Book Digest” that will bring Post reviews to other newspapers around the country.

    Running this coverage will be Rachel Shea, whose skills and knowledge
    have been honed during her successful tenure as Marie Arana’s deputy and acting successor. The Book World team remains intact and the group’s mission will be to serve all Post venues–Style, Outlook, the special tab sections and our online Book World section. This is a model for how we want to approach a number of coverage areas at The Post: with reporting groups that serve all our platforms, in print and online.

    In addition to these changes in the news department, the editorial and
    op-ed pages that now appear Sundays in Outlook will migrate from that
    section into the A section. We will add a third page of opinion on

    The Close To Home page, which features opinion contributions from and
    about people in our area, will move to the Sunday Metro section and,
    like all of this content, will continue to be run by the editorial page.

    The changes outlined here will take effect in the third week of


Move Over Helen…

From the Washington Times:

    On a side note, I’m typing this from the White House briefing as it’s ongoing, and in the front row, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is sitting in Helen Thomas’ seat, front and center.

    Salazar came and spoke to reporters at the beginning of the briefing about reform efforts in his agency. After taking a few questions, he joked with Gibbs about sitting in the front row (Thomas is not here today) and then actually went and did it.

    Gibbs, his press office staffers, and reporters all laughed and joked for several seconds, but everyone expected Salazar to get up and leave the briefing room. After the joking and laughter died down, and Gibbs had no choice but to begin his briefing, Salazar was still sitting there.

    And there he remains, 20 minutes into the briefing. He seems to be listening intently.

Guess The Postie!

An anonymous tip:

    Former Postie here who just read Downie’s book. So, I can’t be the first person to note the “Law and Order”-like ripped from reality quality of some of this fiction. The characters are pretty clear composites of specific people. Now, I can’t be the first person to note this, so I guess you’ve just decided not to dissect who’s who in the book? Which beds actually got made that way?

That reader isn’t the only one wondering. From Roll Call‘s review of Len Downie’s “Rules of the Game”:

    Speaking of promiscuity, however, Page’s reporting colleague Mark Daniels is a more compelling character — and Roll Call would love to know which Washington Post reporter he is modeled on.

“Morning Joe” At Inauguration

Murray, Norris Get Friday Featured

Highlights from two Hotline Friday Features:

    Michele Norris began hosting NPR’s “All Things Considered,” public radio’s longest-running national program, in Dec. ’02. Before coming to NPR, Norris was a corr. for ABC News. She has also reported for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. Norris is a four-time Pulitzer Prize entrant. But today she’s our Friday Feature:

    What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)

    Saying…”This is All Things Considered from NPR News, I’m Robert Siegel.”

    When I got off the air there was a message from my mom saying…”GET SOME REST!!!!!!!!”


    I dropped my pager in the toilet while traveling on Air Force One. It was on the way to an APAC summit in Washington State. When we arrived they handed it back to me inside a Ziploc bag with the presidential seal.

And from the very serious Shaliagh Murray:

    Shailagh Murray has covered Congress for the Washington Post since ’05. Murray was previously a cong. reporter for the Wall Street Journal and a WSJ foreign corr. based in Prague and Brussels. She covered the ’08 Obama campaign, the ’04 Kerry campaign and the ’06 cong. midterms, but likes writing about tax bills as much as politics. But today Murray’s our Friday Feature: …

    If you could have any other job besides the one you have now, what would it be?

    Public health doctor. …

    What reality TV show could you win?

    I am not a TV person.

Power Lost At CNN!

…we hear.

Thankfully the generators work in the DC bureau.

WaPo Folds Book World

From Critical Mass:

    Not officially announced yet, but insiders know, and tell Critical Mass, “It’s official. The last issue of Book World in print will be the February 15, 2009 issue. Thereafter, content will be split between the Outlook section and Style & Arts on Sundays. Daily book reviews in Style will continue. The promise is that there will be four additional broadsheet pages in Outlook for book coverage and one additional page in Style & Arts. That’s an equivalent of 12 tabloid pages. (Book World is 16 pages.) Jonathan Yardley’s reviews will appear in Outlook. Michael Dirda’s will appear in Style. The staff of Book World will be kept together under the editorship of Rachel Shea.

And the NYT confirms.

Book reviews will continue online.

Washington Life Takes On Capitol File…Again

Earlier on FishbowlDC: “A Glossy Punch Causes A Shiner

The latest entry in what looks like Washington Life’s subtle campaign against fellow local glossy, Capitol File (from the magazine’s newest issue and the feature “Social Year In Review”):

    Most Overrated [Party]:

    Capitol File’s Black Book Party

CQ: For Sale!

From the release:

    The Times Publishing Co. of St. Petersburg, Fla., announced today it is exploring the sale of Congressional Quarterly, Inc.

    Based in Washington, D.C., Congressional Quarterly is the nation’s leading publisher of news and information on politics, public policy and legislative activity at the federal, state and local levels. With nearly 170 reporters, editors and researchers covering governmental activity, CQ is recognized as a leader in the development of Web-based information products.

    Paul Tash, chairman of Times Publishing, said the move represents the company’s decision to direct investment resources toward properties in Florida, including its award-winning newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times.

    “From its inception, CQ has enjoyed a sterling reputation for journalistic excellence, and in recent years its executives and its staff have created a prosperous and growing enterprise,” Tash said. “CQ will attract many potential buyers who recognize its rich tradition and bright future.”

    CQ President Robert W. Merry, who joined CQ in 1987 after a dozen years covering Washington for the Wall Street Journal, said, “The Times Publishing Co. has been a wonderful steward of this business. But to maintain CQ’s double-digit growth, we appreciate that it’s time to bring our enterprise under the banner of an owner with national or international reach.”

Morning Reading List, 01.28.09


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