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Print, Broadcast, and Digital Platforms Collide, with an Epic Photobomb

What do you get when you have CNN’s Washington bureau chief Sam Feist holding up a full page print ad in today’s Washington Post (citing recent data by the Pew Research Center…same ad appeared in today’s New York Times) tweeted by CNN’s Jeremy Diamond?

This, photobombed by Peter Hamby:

If only Feist was doing a live radio hit while posing for the photo – TV, print, online, AND radio would have been covered…

Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein Remember The Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee

woo1-004A public memorial service was held at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday for Ben BradleeThe Washington Post’s executive editor from 1968-91, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Bradlee died last week of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington.

The Post’s Dana Milbank wrote of the service:

“More than a thousand filled the cathedral, including scores of Post journalists current and former. Satellite trucks parked in the cathedral driveway and a dozen TV cameras were on the lawn, searching for glimpses of the luminaries inside, among them Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Justice Stephen Breyer, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams and Jim Lehrer.” Read more

The Washington Post Commemorates Ben Bradlee’s Legacy with New Staff Award

The Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan and executive editor Marty Baron today announced the creation of the Ben Bradlee Award to honor “the relentless and courageous pursuit of truth by an individual or team of Washington Post journalists,” as described in the announcement.

The award is named after The Post’s executive editor from 1968-91, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Bradlee died last week of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington.

Ryan and Baron wrote in their announcement on Post PR:

“Over the past week, we have all been reflecting on the life and career of Ben Bradlee. What emerges most clearly in all the recollections – many of them highly colorful – has been the depth of Ben’s integrity and his commitment to discovering the truth.” Read more

The Washington Post Creates Weekly Insert for Partner Newspapers

washingtonpost130In partnership with newspapers throughout the country and internationally, The Washington Post will launch a 24-page weekly publication as a supplement for subscriptions to regional newspapers. The weekly edition will feature highlights of the week’s Washington Post content.

Its first appearance will be this weekend as part of The Dallas Morning News’ Sunday edition and will soon be available with other newspaper subscriptions both inside and outside the U.S.

WaPo Outlook Editor Carlos Lozada’s New Role

00a4c3ebefa1d3ffdcd3ce746a3e369a_400x400The Washington Post Outlook editor Carlos Lozada has been named the outlet’s new nonfiction book critic. In this role, he’ll pen weekly reviews of nonfiction books and long-form writing. The same announcement noted that The Post will also launch a new blog to focus on nonfiction content.

Lozada joined The Post in 2005 and served as both an economics and national security editor before being named editor of the paper’s Sunday Outlook section five years ago. Prior to WaPo, he was managing editor of Foreign Policy. Read more

James MacGregor Named Publisher of Washington Business Journal

james-headshot-2012rgb*304xx1019-1528-75-0The American City Business Journals, the parent company of the Washington Business Journal, today announced that James MacGregor, publisher of its Silicon Valley Business Journal, has been named publisher of its Washington brand. MacGregor replaces Alex Orfinger, who in September was promoted to EVP of the parent company after serving for 18 years as publisher of WBJ.

“I see opportunity here, especially around the burgeoning tech here in D.C.,” said MacGregor in WBJ’s piece announcing the news. “I’m hoping we can replicate the success we had with that in San Jose.”

For more, click on over to WBJ.

Pew Looks at 2014 Newspaper Coverage of Potential 2016 Presidential Candidates

PRC-Logo-2The Pew Research Center, which today announced that Michael Dimock will take over tomorrow as president, released a study on media coverage of potential candidates in the 2016 presidential election. Using LexisNexis, Pew analyzed mentions of potential presidential campaigns in 15 of the top U.S. newspapers from Jan. 1 – Sept. 27, 2014.

Tied for the most mentions of a possible 2016 run for president is Hillary Clinton and NJ Gov. Chris Christie with 82 stories while 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney was mentioned 74 times. With just more than a quarter of the coverage received by Clinton, the highest other Democrat is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 22 mentions, followed by VP Joe Biden with 18.

The report goes on to compare Republican and Democrat mentions thus far this year and potential presidential candidate coverage two years prior to the 2008 and 2012 elections. For the full look at Pew’s ‘News in the Numbers,’ click here.

Jill Abramson Recalls ‘Stern’ Meeting with Condi Rice to Pull James Risen Piece for NYTimes

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 14.43.29Former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson sat down with Lesley Stahl for “60 Minutes Overtime” to discuss a 2003 conversation with then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice who asked her to stop a piece from being published and prevent further coverage of the CIA’s efforts to thwart Iranian nuclear initiatives by the paper’s then national security reporter James Risen.

“She had a legal yellow notebook on her lap with lots of notes on it, and once I had taken a seat across from her, she barely looked up,” said Abramson. “She basically read in a very stern manner from her notes on this legal pad, which were just point after point about why this story would be damaging to the national security. I don’t think I uttered, Lesley, in this meeting, much more than ‘hello,’ and ‘I will think about what you said.’” 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’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.

The Washington Blade Celebrates 45 Years

The Washington Blade celebrated its 45 anniversary Thursday night at the showroom of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on 14th Street. During remarks to the 100 attendees, Blade editor Kevin Naff highlighted the launched of the Washington Blade Foundation.

In addition to digitizing 45 years of The Washington Blade’s content, the foundation will provide funding for researchers of LGBT topics and offer scholarships for aspiring journalists. The paper is also soon to be honored by the DC Historical Society as a Washington institution, and a collection of past issues and historic moments in its coverage has been accepted by the Newseum.

The Blade’s October cover is a throwback to the paper’s inaugural issue in October 1969.