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A Toast for ABC News’ Ann Compton

On her final day as ABC News White House correspondent, White House staff and members of the press corps toasted Ann Compton into retirement, including remarks from press secretary Josh Earnest.

On Twitter, McClatchy’s Anita Kumar called her “a legend” and White House director of broadcast media Andrea Purse referred to Compton as “amazing, trailblazing.”

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Social Media 201Starting October 13Social Media 201 picks up where Social Media 101 leaves off, to provide you with hands-on instruction for gaining likes, followers, retweets, favorites, pins, and engagement. Social media experts will teach you how to make social media marketing work for your bottom line and achieving your business goals. Register now!

Best News Ever – BuzzFeed’s John Stanton to Join ‘Meet the Press’ as Regular Panelist

BuzzFeed's John Stanton

BuzzFeed’s John Stanton

BuzzFeed Washington bureau chief John Stanton today announced on Facebook that he’ll join Joe Scarborough as a regular panelist on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“excited to be joining Meet the Press as one of their regular panelists, thus giving all you degenerates who are just getting home from partying something to watch on sunday mornings,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Stanton told FishbowlDC, “Even getting the chance to do it once is super cool,” and we look forward to seeing him come Sunday AM and for many weekends to come…as do many of his Facebook friends! Read more

WTOP Partners with Waze to Better Real-time Traffic Reporting

In partnership with Waze – a community-based, real-time traffic app - WTOP is its first US radio partner and will offer the station’s traffic department access to incidents in real-time beginning this week.

Users of the app enter a destination, and based on reports from other Waze users, are notified of traffic jams, police, accidents, hazards, and speed cameras and have recommended, faster, alternate routes.

“Partnering with Waze puts more resources at our disposal,” said Jim Battagliese, director of WTOP traffic operations in a release announcing the joint venture. “It allows us to get information on all area roadways, including those with few public resources. Waze is another tool in our arsenal to help D.C. commuters, who have one of the worst commutes in the country.” Read more

The White House Public Tour in 15 Second Hyperlapse

Interested in taking a tour of the White House but not so much in coordinating through your member of Congress or the long lead time required? Simplify and “visit” the public portion of the White House tour with its 15 second Hyperlapse, a smart phone app launched by Instagram on Tuesday to film time-lapse videos.

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Facebook Ruins All the Fun for Tommy McFly/Pavlick

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Mark Zuckerberg’s done it again…ruined all the fun for anyone who has more than 5,000 “friends” with a Facebook account!

FreshFM radio host Tommy McFly (born Pavlick) took to Facebook with some big news for his 4,995 friends.

“Zuckerberg says I can only be friends with a certain number of you and we’ve hit that limit,” the morning show host wrote in a sponsored post on Monday.

McFly/Pavlick will soon transition to a fan “page” that doesn’t impose the ridiculous limit personal pages have on how many friends you can have on Facebook.

“I never ever want to turn anyone away and always want to keep our conversation going,” wrote the morning show host. “Could you please ‘like’ my new page? Over the next several weeks I’m going to be transition to this one.”

Ohh the woes of having so many “friends…”

Jonathan Karl Asks Josh Earnest About President’s Knowledge of @BarackObama

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 14.16.23Jonathan Karl posed a question to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at today’s press briefing on the topic of a ‘Throwback Thursday’ Tweet by @BarackObama referencing “when a woman—not her boss—made her own decisions about her health care.”

“Does he even read the others?” asked Karl about ones not signed with his initials. “Does he know they’re going out? Are they reviewed by senior people at the White House or is that just simply OFA doing something on his behalf?”

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CNN Names Samantha Barry Senior Director of Social News

RvsetKiKJust in time for midterm coverage, CNN has named Samantha Barry its new senior director of social news. Originally from Ireland, Barry is a former media trainer for the U.S. Department of State and was most recently in London with BBC World News where she advanced its TV and digital news coverage through social platforms.

In her new role, Barry will manage the social teams in DC and at all of the CNN bureaus and work closely with VP of CNN Politics Ed O’Keefe as he pushes his editorial strategy of social-mobile-video. She’ll be based in New York and report to Meredith Artley, VP and managing editor of CNN Digital.

Rather than a traditional press release of the announcement, CNN issued a Q&A with Barry, referred to internally as “Sam.” Check it out after the jump. Read more

Help Us Advise Tommy McFly On Turning 28

Today is Tommy McFly of FreshFM’s last day being 27 and the radio host took to Facebook to solicit advice from friends before turning 28. Well, we’re here to help him out and want to make sure he’s advised as well as he can be before venturing into his 28th year on planet Earth.

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So send us yours (to fishbowlnick@gmail.com or via the anon tip box at fishbowldc.com) and we’ll include in a birthday post tomorrow. My advice, after the jump.

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Trump: ‘If you don’t win, people aren’t going to follow you.’

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 13.08.01Members of the National Press Club today were invited to a luncheon conversation led by chairman and president of the Trump Organization Donald Trump on building his brand.

In response to advice at the time to break the deal for the yet-to-be-aired “Apprentice,” Trump explained that, “It’s all about, winning…Leadership and branding and all of that kind of success to a large extent it’s about winning. If you don’t win, people aren’t going to follow you.”

Trump went on to explain his thoughts on social media and media relations. “You look at branding, and you look at what’s happening – and I told you the story about Trump: The Art of the Deal. I told you the story about “The Apprentice.” And I will tell you today, you have Twitter, you have Facebook, and you have Instagram…I have millions of followers. Millions! I don’t do press releases anymore. If I want a press release, I just put it on Twitter. And I’ve got  a press release. It’s so great. It’s like owning the New York Times without the losses, if you think about it.”

FBDC FaceRace: Washington Anchors

facebook_logo-300x300Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC analyzed the Facebook pages of some of DC’s biggest television personalities and the results are revealing. First off, the numbers here are a bit more complicated than with Twitter, since some anchors have well-developed personal pages, while others have clearly spent their time developing their shows’ pages. Our analysts decided the fairest way to provide objective rankings was to combine the followers/likes of anchors’ personal fan pages with those of the shows they host. Below are the rankings of Washington-based anchors based on this combined number.

The takeaway: Chris Matthews is the big winner here. George Stephanopoulos technically bests him, but bear in mind that Stephanopoulos is on network TV nearly every day -a fact which no doubt boosts his personal brand. If you compare their DC-based shows side by side, Matthews is way ahead. Moreover, Stephanopoulos is not actually a full-time DC anchor. He spends most of his time in NYC. 

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 271,633 (Personal – 229,775 followers; “This Week” – 41,858 likes*)
2.) Chris Matthews - 228,810 (Personal – 22,266 likes*; “Hardball” – 206, 544 likes)
3.) Greta VanSusteren - 208,596 (Personal – 198,662 likes; “On the Record” – 9,934 likes*)
4.) Bret Baier 201,125 (Personal – 196,594 likes; “Special Report” – 4,531 likes*)
5.) David Gregory - 168,495 (Personal – 20,288 likes; Meet The Press – 148,207 likes)
6.) Gwen Ifill - 161,851 (Personal – 4,822 likes*; “News Hour” – 157,029 likes)
7.) Howard Kurtz - 128,427 (Personal – 127,000 followers; “Media Buzz” – 1,427 likes)
8.) Jake Tapper - 95,760 (Personal – 92,310 followers; “The Lead” – 3,450 likes)
9.) Wolf Blitzer - 86,866 (Personal – 9,850 likes*; “Situation Room” – 77,016 likes)
10.) Chris Wallace - 68,871 (Personal – none available; “Fox News Sunday” – 68,871 likes)
11.) Candy Crowley - 54,701 (Personal – 9,637 likes*; “State of the Union” – 45,064 likes)
12.) Andrea Mitchell - 53,828 (Personal – none available; “Andrea Mitchell Reports” – 53,828 likes*)
13.) Chuck Todd - 40,013 (Personal – 654 likes*; “Daily Rundown” – 39,368 likes*)
14.) Bob Schieffer - 36,877 (Personal – 10,669 likes*; “Face the Nation” – 26,208 likes*)
15.) Brian Stelter** – 8,036 (Personal – none available; “Reliable Sources” -8,036 likes)

*These pages are not verified by the anchor or network.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends.

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