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Team ‘Press Pass’ Prevails at National Journal’s Political Pursuit

Winning team "Press Pass"

Winning team “Press Pass”

Last night at the Newseum, National Journal hosted its sixth annual Political Pursuit, a “game show” on political trivia with members of Congress, the press that cover them, and political “insiders.”

The evening was co-moderated by National Journal Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve and Hotline Editor-in-Chief Scott Bland. Team “Press Pass” won the night with 290 points and consisted of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Center, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. Read more

2014 Primetime Emmy Nominees Include Past Winners Claire Danes and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

59th_Primetime_Emmys_logo-2Nominees for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, with “Washington (or its television portrayal)” represented quite nicely.

2013 winner Claire Danes for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series is again nominated as Carrie Mathison on “Homeland” against Robin Wright as Claire Underwood on “House Of Cards” and GW grad Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal.” Kevin Spacey was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his portrayal of Francis Underwood on “House Of Cards.” Read more

POLITICO’s Women Rule Series Announces 2014 ‘Women Who Rule’ Awards

WomenRuleLogoLowResPOLITICO, Google, and the Tory Burch Foundation’s “Women Rule” series on Tuesday announced its 2014 “Women Who Rule” awards to recognize women who are leading change in policy, politics, and their communities in unique and innovative ways.

The awards will honor three women who have led quantifiable change in media, technology, and business as well an under 30 female leader recipient.

“We designed the awards to acknowledge and celebrate women leveraging their power to create change across the country,” said Kim Kingsley, chief operating officer for POLITICO. She went on to say that the awards offer an opportunity to engage more women who are making a difference.

Award recipients will be acknowledged in DC later this year and nominations will be accepted through October 17, 2014.

Nancy Pelosi Recipient of Award from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

EGPAF6-24-7116Last night at the Newseum, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received the Congressional Global Champion Award for Longstanding Commitment to an AIDS-free Future from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

“There’s nothing like the determination of a mother,” said Pelosi. “When [Elizabeth Glaser] died we lost a champion, but her legacy lives on. She made a difference in the world. We are going to continue this fight until no child has AIDS.”

Pelosi has been an outspoken advocate for those infected with and affected by HIV since the beginning of the epidemic and her commitment has been critical in advancing the fight against the disease, seeing firsthand how research, public policies, and communities can act together to make real, lifesaving change.

WJLA anchor Alison Starling hosted the evening with a performance by percussive dance group Step Afrika.

Other notables in attendance: Charles Lyons, president and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs, Toyota; and Jake Glaser, ambassador, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

More than $850,000 Earned Inside the Beltway by Knight News Challenge Recipients

93a7f5df-a232-46b2-8ff8-0df935179202On Monday, the Knight Foundation announced the recipients of the Knight News Challenge, several of whom are located inside the Beltway. In total, the foundation – in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Mozilla Foundation – awarded $3,466,000 to 19 winners who best answered ‘How to strengthen the internet for free expression and innovation?’

Winning themes fell into three categories, including Access, Transparency, and Safety. In the category of Transparency, the New America Foundation was the recipient of two awards valued $350,000 and $300,000. The Journalism Development Network won $200,000 for its Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

Salak Telesytems’ Poking the Bear project was one of 10 recipients of inaugural prototype funding of $35,000.

For a full list of winners, click on over to the Knight Blog.

The Institute on Political Journalism Presents 19th Annual Journalism Awards

John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jeremy Diamond of The GW Hatchet, Aki Ito of Bloomberg News, Sarah Smith of The Daily Pennsylvanian and Jeff Kearns of Bloomberg News.

John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jeremy Diamond of The GW Hatchet, Aki Ito of Bloomberg News, Sarah Smith of The Daily Pennsylvanian and Jeff Kearns of Bloomberg News.

At this morning’s Institute on Political Journalism Awards at the National Press Club, reporters from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Bloomberg News received the top awards from The Fund for American Studies – a DC-based education non-profit – for the second year in a row. Student reporters from The GW Hatchet and The Daily Pennsylvanian were recipients in the college category.

The 2014 Excellence in Economic Reporting Award was presented to a team of reporters from Bloomberg News for their seven-part series on the brave new world of “Big Data” software services. The report was lead by Aki Ito with Jeff Kearns, Craig Torres and Ilan Kolet and presented by John Merline, senior writer for Investor’s Business Daily.
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WSJ Potomac Watch Columnist Kimberley Strassel Recipient of $250k Bradley Prize

Kim StrasselWednesday night at the Kennedy Center, Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Potomac Watch columnist Kimberley A. Strassel received one of four 2014 Bradley Prizes – with a stipend of $250,000 – at the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s eleventh annual awards ceremony. WaPo columnist George Will served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

The conservative organization supports strengthening American foundations and selected award recipients among 200 nominees who “set the standard in their respective fields,” according to President and CEO Michael Grebe. Read more

BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings Remembered One Year After Car Crash

heres-the-late-michael-hastings-10-essential-tips-for-young-journalistsToday marks the one year anniversary since BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles. The former Rolling Stone contributing editor‘s novel The Last Magazine was posthumously published this week by Blue Rider Press.

The highly regarded journalist was the recipient of a George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, published June 22, 2010. Two years later, Hastings wrote for Rolling Stone about Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, asking whether the Pentagon would leave him behind. Eleven days before his death, he penned an op-ed for BuzzFeed on “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans.”

Click on over to the Post for James Rosen‘s review of The Last Magazine, by Michael Hastings, and to BuzzFeed, for an excerpt of the book.

RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award

20140612_193948At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.

Click through for a list of the evening’s award recipients and here for our list of the top ten comedic fails of the night. Read more

The Top Ten Comedic Fails at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.26.12Last night at the newly opened Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC, the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association hosted its annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, where recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks.

But as usual, out of town comedians in Washington and non-professional comedians don’t always come up with the funniest of lines. Below are the top ten comedic fails of the night from Offerman and McDonough’s time at the podium.

10 – Nick Offerman: “The eighth amendment protects us from cruel and unusual punishment. Which apparently does not include strapping a citizen to a table and murdering them. I guess that’s some sort of judgement call.”

9 – Nick Offerman: ”Some people assume that because I’m an actor, I’m a Democrat. And other people assume that because I like to hunt and build things, I’m a Republican. I am neither. I’m a proud bull moose.” Read more

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