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Fishbowl Five with the Washington Ideas Forum’s Steve Clemons and Margaret Carlson

Screen-Shot-2014-09-17-at-13.48.22Wednesday marks the start of The Atlantic’s sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum - in partnership with The Aspen Institute – an impressive gathering of some of the nation’s top minds on topics of national and international importance.

This year’s lineup includes Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Aspen Institute president and CEO Walter Isaacson on his forthcoming book The Innovators; co-founder and CEO of Vice Shane Smith; Revolution founder and partner Steve Case; United States Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith; Cornell University president David Skorton; Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson; Houston mayor Annise Parker; and more than five dozen others.

The two day event takes place Wednesday, October 29 and Thursday the 30 at the Harman Center for the Arts. In advance of the Forum, The Atlantic‘s Washington editor-at-large Steve Clemons and the Washington Ideas Forum (WIF) editorial director and Bloomberg View columnist Margaret Carlson completed a “Fishbowl Five” – or six – to preview what’s in store come later this week.

 

FishbowlDC: How will this year’s Forum differ than that of year’s past?

Clemons & Carlson: “More attendees. A lot more. New theater. Deeper dives and brilliant innovators outside DC showing paralyzed players inside DC what is possible. NASCAR and the New Orleans Saints. Popcorn.”

 

FishbowlDC: What makes WIF unique compared to similar conversations had inside and outside the Beltway?

Clemons & Carlson: ”Not all of the usual suspects. In our scrum we will hear how a guy selling glistening vegetables creates entire new neighborhoods (Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb) next to genomic sequencers (Craig Venter) and brain experts who are genuinely sculpting what it will mean to be human in the future. We are convening dramatic innovators in science, media, health and education from outside Washington to have a conversation with those inside DC. And very few get Susan Rice, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, Anthony Fauci, Ernest Moniz and others from deep in a presidential administration to bat in the same ball game.” Read more

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Pew Research Center Explores Consumption of Political News by Liberals, Conservatives

shutterstock_207849145The Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project today released a study on where people, ranging from consistently liberal to consistently conservative, go for political and government news, similar trends in social media use, and how they communicate said information with family and friends.

While 47% of consistent conservatives cite FOX News as their main news source pertaining to politics and the government, those who self-describe themselves as consistently liberal most trust NPR, PBS, and the BBC for that information. Read more

The Washington Post Partners with Student Newspapers at UMD, Columbia

daewoo-dvd-recorder-white-page-small-64104The Washington Post today announced a software and technology partnership with the student newspapers at the University of Maryland and Columbia University. The Diamondback at UMD and The Columbia Daily Spectator now have access to Post story templates utilized in some of washingtonpost.com’s most multimedia-rich reporting.

“The Post is building some of the most innovative technology in journalism right now and we plan to license these products to other journalism organizations, so this is a first step in that direction,” said Shailesh Prakash, CIO and VP of technology at The Post, in a release. “We are thrilled to provide these services to these student publications, both to help support their journalism and to get real-world feedback on our software services program.”

For examples of The Diamondback and The Spectator’s use of The Post technology, click here.

GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs Names 2014-15 Distinguished Fellows

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Tony Fratto, a former deputy White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, and former NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty have been named George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) 2014-15 fellows.

Fratto currently serves as managing partner of Hamilton Place Strategies. Prior to joining the Bush White House he was an assistant secretary at Treasury and a communications specialist for the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Bradley Hagerty reported on politics, legal affairs, and religion at NPR for 18 years. She has received two Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media, a National Headliner Award and the Religion Newswriters Association’s Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award.

Past GW fellows include Sen. Robert Bennett, former White House videographer Arun Chaudhary, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley, CBS News’ Major Garrett, FOX News’ Ed Henry, NYTimes‘ Bob Herbert, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart, and former “Nightline” editorial producer Tara Sonenshine.

Harvard’s Institute of Politics Names 2014 IOP Fall Resident Fellows

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Photo courtesy of Harvard’s IOP

Harvard’s Institute of Politics today announced its 2014 IOP Fall Resident Fellows. They include Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder of the Alexandria-based Echelon Insights; Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman, Commission on Presidential Debates; Christine Gregoire, former governor and attorney general of Washington; Anton J. Gunn, former director of external affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS); Phil Kent, former chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.; and Valerie Biden Owens, sister of VP Joe Biden and campaign chair, Biden for President (1988, 2008).

Fellows will relocate to Cambridge for the fall semester and conduct weekly “study groups” on the topic of current events for the educational benefit of Harvard students and community members.

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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POLITICO Launches Annual 10-Day Journalism Institute

POLITICO today announced the launch of its Journalism Institute, a 10-day annual program for college students interested in pursuing a political journalism career in Washington. Bill Nichols will direct the program alongside Kara Kearns, who will assist in its organization.

Senior editors and reporters from POLITICO will lead much of the program’s content. It is also tied to the American University School of Communication and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

The POLITICO Journalism Institute will launch July 31 and the deadline to apply is June 27.

For more, click through for POLITICO Executive Editor Rick Berke‘s announcement to staff. Read more

C-SPAN to Air John Kerry, Janet Yellen Commencement Addresses

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Closing out the spring season of commencement speeches, C-SPAN is airing a ton this upcoming weekend and Saturday’s lineup is chock-full of government officials who still hold their jobs.

Starting at 8pm Saturday, those home looking for inspiration can watch Secretary of State John Kerry’s (May 18) address at Yale University, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power’s (May 18) speech at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s (May 18) remarks at Morehouse College, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaking at New York University (on May 21).

For the full weekend lineup, click on over to C-SPAN programming.

NPR Creates Hub for ‘The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever’

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 15.33.37Each May, outlets across the country cover the prolific speeches offered at university commencements, and NPR now offers a tool to collect the best of the best.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, NPR Ed will collect ‘The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever,’ a pool of 300 addresses dating back to 1774.

According to an NPR release announcing the hub, “Famed and lesser-known remarks from actors and entrepreneurs, writers and politicians are all searchable by speaker, college, year and theme (‘Dream,’ ‘Play,’ ‘Inner Voice,’ ‘Fight for Equality’ and ‘YOLO’) with links to the full versions of each speech and videos when available. The site also allows users to export a shareable graphic featuring a key quote for any of the speeches. In addition to the online database, a piece on Tuesday’s “All Things Considered” features a primer on fundamental elements shared by those commencement speeches widely reviewed as ‘the best,’ including two essential ideas: ‘Congratulations’ and ‘You’re Special. Just remember – so is everyone else.’

Check out NPR Ed here.

 

Former NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson Delivers Wake Forest Commencement Address

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This morning at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, ousted New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson delivered the university’s commencement address to graduates and their guests.

She opened her speech poking fun that her remarks have garnered so much media interest.

“I think the only real news here today is your graduation from this great university…I’m impressed that your achievements have attracted so much media attention, as well they should.”

Abramson’s speech intertwined the topics of resilience and family, recalling, “Very early last Thursday, my sister called me. She said ‘I know dad would be as proud of you today as the day you became executive editor of The New York Times.’ I’d been fired the previous day. So I knew what she was trying to say. It meant more to our father to see us deal with a set back and try to bounce back, than to watch how we handled our successes.”

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