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‘CBS Evening News’ Offers Inside Look of the Washington National Cathedral’s Restoration

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 13.50.09Last night on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” CBS News correspondent Chip Reid offered viewers an inside look at the work being done to restore the Washington National Cathedral since an August 2011 earthquake shook the building and caused massive damage.

In case you missed it, click through for CBS’s rare look at the artwork inside and work being done to restore America’s second biggest cathedral. Read more

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Tell Me No! – NPR Cuts ‘Tell Me More’ Along With 28 Positions

NPR’s David Foldenfilk reports this afternoon that National Public Radio “would cease broadcast of the weekday program ‘Tell Me More’ on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company’s persistent budget deficits.” Eight of the 28 positions on the chopping block are currently vacant.

Host of the program Michel Martin and its executive producer Carline Watson are set to remain at the station.

Click on over to NPR for the full announcement.

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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Dean Baquet to Replace Jill Abramson as Executive Editor of NYTimes

The New York TimesAccording to The New York Times, Executive Editor Jill Abramson is “unexpectedly leaving” her position as top editor at the newspaper and will be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet. Abramson served as executive editor since 2011 and was the first woman in the role.

According to New York Times coverage of the announcement, “The reasons for the switch were not immediately clear.”

Baquet will be the first African-American executive editor of the newspaper. He returned to the Times as chief of its Washington bureau and an assistant managing editor in 2007 after being fired the previous November as editor of the Los Angeles Times for refusing to cut jobs from his newsroom.

40 McClatchy Tribune Information Services Positions to be Cut

layoffsAs many as 40 McClatchy Tribune Information Services (MCT) employees will lose their jobs as Tribune Publishing takes over the second largest supplemental photo wire in the U.S.

“A portion of the jobs based in Washington will be part of the ongoing wire service or remain with the bureau,” said McClatchy vice president for news and Washington editor Anders Gyllenhaal in the memo posted to Poynter. “But a majority of the Washington positions will be phased out over the course of the summer as the move to Chicago is complete.”

A source among the 40 being laid off said that two positions – an IT professional and a visual editor – are among those being filled in the McClatchy Washington bureau, which will remain in place but with photo content instead coming from the Tribune Content Agency. Since pursuing this story, we’ve received a position description for Visual Editor. A request for confirmation to McClatchy’s Washington bureau chief regarding positions being filled has yet to be answered.

We’re told the layoffs will be phased in over the coming weeks with the first group’s last day being May 28, and second group departing July 3. A third and final group’s last day is slated for August 1.

While many are likely on the brink of unemployment, we hear from our source that morale is still high, and that employees are still doing everything they can do “because they love doing it.”

3:00pm Update: McClatchy Washington bureau management confirmed that a total of four positions are currently being filled in the bureau - two positions as part of the digital team, an IT professional, and a visual editor. A clarification has also been made that McClatchy Washington bureau photo content will now be provided by Tribune Content Agency, rather than no longer from MCT.

Washington Monument Reopens to Public

 

NatGeo Gets New Editor in Chief, Chief Content Officer

The National Geographic Society announced yesterday the promotion of Executive Editor of News and Features Susan Goldberg, to Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine and News. She will replace Chris Johns, who takes on the newly defined role of Chief Content Officer.

The reorg comes as part of a general realignment at NatGeo being spearheaded by CEO and President Gary Knell. Moving forward, the 126-year-old Society is focusing on more clearly defining and supporting its primary components: exploration and science; media; and education.

“Our efforts need to be organized around our purpose, not our platforms,” said Knell. “We are a nonprofit with the mission to inspire people to care about the planet. We do this through storytelling, research and exploration, and education. Aligning our media teams so that they share a common vision and can bring their expertise to bear across the organization will enable us to seamlessly tell stories to, and share experiences with, our global audiences wherever they want to find us.”

Drastic Changes at CQ Roll Call Ahead of CQ Now Launch

Just over a month after David Ellis signed on as VP of News at CQ Roll Call, the former editor at large at Bloomberg’s Washington bureau announced his first newsroom changes.

In a confidential memo (Subject Line: A confidential FYI from David Ellis) sent to staff this morning and forwarded to FishbowlDC, Ellis announced changes in advance of the late-April launch of CQ Now, described as a “daily gateway to the latest intelligence about the inner workings of Capitol Hill.”

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InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle Starting New Venture

sophieWord on the street is that Sophie Pyle is leaving her journalism career. Pyle, who launched Guest of a Guest DC from nothing to a popular event coverage site in the District, joined InTheCapital seven months ago, and is now moving on to social media.

InTheCapital is a new-media company with a “community-driven platform for editorial content and discussion with a funny/satirical, smart, empowering tone” whose parent company – Streetwise Media – also operates ChicagoInno and BostInno.

According to her recently updated Twitter bio, she is managing social media programs for several boutique clients and is launching a wedding social media service called Tweet The Bride, to offer live Tweeting and Instagramming at weddings.

She is the second writer to leave InTheCapital after city news writer Anthony Sodd left two weeks ago. At the time of posting, both Pyle and Sodd are still listed as writers on the site.

David Eldridge Leaves TWT for Roll Call

In a letter to staff, Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni announced yesterday the hiring of David Eldridge away from The Washington Times, where he had been assistant editor on the politics desk.* She also announced several promotions and newsroom re-organizations.

Eldridge, who starts his new gig on March 31st, will now serve as Roll Call‘s House editor. He will work with Emma Dumain, Dan Newhouser, and Matt Fuller on the “218″ blog, and be their main point of contact for short and long-term projects. He comes to Roll Call amidst a transition for the paper. Bellantoni herself started a mere 8 weeks ago, and a major re-org had already happened right before she arrived. That blueprint was augmented somewhat by the sudden departure of Peter Anthony last week, and now, with a flurry of promotions and the hiring of Eldridge, Bellantoni is attempting to right the ship.

Eldridge is leaving an arguably more troubled paper, also in the midst of major renovation. TWT Editor John Solomon has been trying to reinvent his conservative daily as a multimedia investigative enterprise since he was brought on last summer.

There were more adjustments and promotions announced yesterday as well, though they are a bit too numerous for us to regurgitate here. For more detail on the latest Roll Call re-org, check out Bellantoni’s letter to staff, after the jump.

*Update 2:49: This post previously said that David Eldridge was most recently the managing editor of TWT‘s website. That was inaccurate. Though he was once the managing editor of the website, he is now assistant editor on the politics desk. The current managing editor of the site is Ian Bishop.

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