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Youngman, there's no need to feel down.

Youngman, there’s no need to feel down.

Yesterday, we mentioned briefly WCP‘s Perry Stein‘s takedown of Sam Youngman‘s Politico piece. If you’re a self-respecting DC journalist, you should read it -if only as a salve for the irritation Youngman’s article likely caused you. Here’s a great paragraph, for example:

There are at least some D.C. journos who, unlike Youngman, always thought they would get tired of seeing former Sen. Gary Hart and Ron Kirk in a bar (since the very thought of being in a bar that’s also frequented by Hart and Kirk is pretty tiresome). There may be a few guys here who don’t think the city’s hot women are ‘a step above rehab hot and two levels below jury duty hot.’ D.C. even has college basketball! As for Youngman’s complaint that he doesn’t ‘recall the issue of, say, poverty coming up a single time in all my coverage’ of the 2012 campaign, that seems like something he might have been advised to try to remedy while, you know, writing about the 2012 campaign.

Today, Juliet Eilperin gives us an op-ed that voices the same complaint. Eilperin is a White House correspondent (as Youngman once was) for WaPo, and her piece really gives the lie to Youngman’s caricature of DC journos:

Several years ago I wrote about an Environmental Protection Agency study slated for Jacksonville, Fla., in which officials were going to examine the impact of toxic household chemicals on families with children, but they weren’t going to warn them that the chemicals were dangerous. The study was scrapped. This fall I co-wrote articles explaining the key management decisions that contributed to HealthCare.gov’s botched rollout, as well as some of the project’s ongoing technical difficulties. These stories matter; they have real-world consequences.

I still haven’t flown on Air Force One, as Youngman did. Like him, I’ve attended briefings in the Roosevelt Room — though I’ve devoted my time there to watching PowerPoint slides and trying to decipher administration officials’ spin, not being wowed by the scenery.

I think it’s sad that Youngman concludes that, after a while, ‘there wasn’t a single Washington story I wanted to cover.’ How is that possible, when there are so many critical decisions being made here?

The consensus in DC is clear: Youngman’s biggest problem was always Youngman -not DC.

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DC Jobs: Discovery Communications, National Geographic Kids, TBS

This week, Discovery Communications is hiring a publicist, while National Geographic Kids needs a contract photographer. TBS is seeking a senior publicist, and Regnery Publishing is on the hunt for a marketing manager. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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How to Impress Your Boss in a Performance Review

Asking your boss for a performance review may sound scary, but it often comes with unexpected bonuses. For example, a review may give you the opportunity to highlight your own, perhaps unnoticed, accomplishments, like that story you broke or interviews you’ve nailed.

“If your boss isn’t involved in your day-to-day, she might not know what you’re working on,” said Rachel Dotson, content manager for ZipRecruiter.com. “A review forces her to sit down with you, so you can communicate your impact and value to the company.”

To really impress your boss, prepare in advance a list of individual accomplishments or your role in team accomplishments.

Check out more tips in the latest Mediabistro AvantGuild article, 5 Reasons to Ask Your Boss for a Review. [subscription required]

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The Right Answers To Dreaded Job Interview Questions

We’ve all faced those questions in interviews. You know, the ones that make you hesitate, stumble, or just plain feel like you won’t get the job if you answer them incorrectly. For example:

Why did you leave your last position?

You can blame the economy, a lack of growth opportunity, the position changing dramatically after you took it, or the functions being misrepresented during your interview. But the key point here is to be honest — not just for your conscience, but for your career. “Transparency is the best policy with these types of questions,” said Matt Tovrog, a partner at Bell Oaks Executive Search, “because a former boss can easily be contacted as a reference check.”

Read more in 7 Tricky Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them.

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Does This Job Float Your Boat?

Msnbc.com is looking for an associate editor to cover politics in the D.C. bureau. From what we hear, the job is not entry level, but it’s not a senior position either. You should have two to three years experience outside of school, a couple of professional jobs under your belt, but still developing. They definitely want someone with editing and writing experience and a passion for politics.

Read more about it and apply here on the mediabistro jobs board. You’ll have to set up an account, but hey, might be worth it! And it’s free.

Fox News Seeks ‘Aggressive’ White House Producer

Go-getters, listen up. Fox News Channel is on the hunt for  an “aggressive, pro-active, creative” producer to join its White House team.

Here, you’ll be doing what you were born to do — develop story ideas, write original content and break news. Sure, you may have to get on a plane or head out of town at a moment’s notice, but you live for the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants lifestyle.

With at least five years of broadcast news experience, strong editorial judgment and multi-platform knowledge, you could land this gig. You’ll need top-notch writing skills and experience covering national politics, but being an amiable self-starter with a team-player attitude is just as important. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

Sea Change as Ocean Conservancy’s Senior Manager of Media Relations

Are you an ocean lover? Have you spent a day or two of your free time at a local beach clean-up? Take your passion for the sea and become Ocean Conservancy’s new senior manager of media relations.

Here, you’ll be responsible for national and regional media coverage, as well as positioning Ocean Conservancy as the leading science-based, solution-oriented ocean conservation organization. You’ll collaborate with the marketing and communications team to ensure consistent messaging, while developing strategic partnerships to promote ocean health.

Ideal candidates will have at least five years of experience in media relations, public relations, marketing and/or journalism, with a proven track record of successful media event planning. Naturally, you should have strong writing and communications skills, but experience with conservation issues is a major plus. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

The Atlantic’s Maria Streshinsky Is Out, Could You Be In?

The Atlantic‘s managing editor Maria Streshinsky has jumped ship and now the D.C.-based publication has wasted no time in posting about the job opening.

Streshinsky helped bring The Atlantic back to profitability, so you’ll have big shoes to fill, but with your experience, it can be done. This role involves overseeing all day-to-day editorial operations of the print magazine and managing a team of 30. You’ll be responsible for managing the flow of copy; overseeing the copy desk and the fact-checking departments; managing editorial budgets; generating story ideas; writing headlines and display copy; an serving as manuscript editor.

To be considered, you should have five to ten years of experience as an editor, as well as a proven track record as an effective manager. News judgment is another must-have, along with creative intellect and the ability to thrive under deadline pressure. If you’re up for the challenge, apply here. Hurry, we have a feeling this one won’t last long.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

National Geographic Seeks Young at Heart Photo Editor

Here’s a job that will make someone “bear-y” happy. National Geographic Kids is looking for a photo editor to join its D.C. team.

Here, you’ll produce photographic content for National Geographic Kids’ magazines and children’s books, including e-versions and apps. Team players are most wanted, as you’ll be collaborating with the art, editorial, research and production teams on a regular basis.

To land the gig, you should have at least two years of photo editing experience, and be able to demonstrate strong photojournalism, photo research and writing skills. Mac users are preferred, and you’ll need to know your way around Microsoft Word, FileMaker Pro, Photoshop and InDesign. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

George Washington University Seeks Online Marketing and Recruitment Manager

Ready to go back to college? The George Washington University is looking for a manager of online marking and recruitment to join its D.C. team.

In this role, you’ll help market, recruit and promote the school’s educational and training programs, and assist in the development of new programs. You’ll work with the assistant dean for marketing and communications and liaise with the manager of marketing and recruitment to develop best practices and create innovative marketing plans.

To be considered, you should have a master’s degree in management, marketing or a related field, plus three years of related experience in online marketing. Strong leaders with successful email campaign experience and Web design know-how are most wanted. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

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