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Archives: July 2006

It’s Like DC’s Version of TRL!

We’re not quite sure why Hardball elected to film outside yesterday (at “Hardball Plaza”), given the ridiculously humid and gross weather, but we’re mighty impressed at Chris Matthews’ lack of pit stains.




Post Movement

The Post announced yesterday a “Style Announcement and Job Opening,” that “Elissa Silverman Moves to D.C. Political Beat”, that “David Nakamura to Cover D.C. Mayor” and that there are “Job Openings: Food Editor and Food Writer” (one bit of fallout from the decision to kill the Daily Source: the food staff has to be reloaded, since almost everybody took the buyout). Full announcements when you click below…

Also, “The Washingtonian magazine is seeking an experienced, organized, creative Photo Editor. Outstanding communication skills, positive and flexible attitude, and team spirit are a must for our busy photo department. The person will work closely with Design, Editorial, and Web personnel to plan, research, and generate photography for the award-winning monthly publication and Web site. The Photo Editor will manage the photo department, which includes a staff photographer and a full-time photo assistant; set up photo shoots; hire and negotiate rates with photographers and stylists; obtain stock images; edit film; and oversee and maintain the photo budget. The magazine’s goal is to become more visual in the next year, and the Photo Editor can play a major role in creating stories–both short and long–that are visually driven.”

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V for Vendetta, W for Wemple?

So says Circumlocutor, who argues that “Erik Wemple is using his position as editor of Washington City Paper to avenge personal foes.”

True? No? You be the judge. We do know, however that the City Paper, under Wemple, is engaged in quite a cat fight with a certain local prominent journalist in their efforts to write a less-than-flattering profile. And Gloria Borland, mentioned in this recent City Paper article, is sharpening her pen for a pointed rebuttal to their portrayal of her, which she sees as demonstrably false.

Is The War Becoming A Bore?

For the first time, The New York Times today does not feature its update on the Middle East violence on the front page.

When will the Post do the same?

Clap Your Hands For Tammy

hardballtammy.jpgA reader sends us a clip from yesterday’s Hardball of MSNBC’s Tammy Haddad

a.) having fun with the crowd?
b.) getting caught on camera encouraging the audience to applaud more loudly?
c.) wanting to hear more applause for her new promotion?

You be the judge.

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Taking Out The Trash, 07.27.06

  • One more day to get your nominees in for Hottest Media Types (and remember: pics appreciated). Send to fishbowlDC at mediabistro dot com or in our anonymous tips box.

  • One ambitious Googling reader thinks that a story by a college freshman about drunken hookups written ten years ago would probably fit right in on the Style section’s front page. We totally agree.

  • The Washington Post sweeps the competition in Hill coverage.

  • A day in the life of the WaPo newsroom, as seen through the eyes of Asharq Al Awsat.

  • founder and editor, Brian Stelter, is the guest on this weekend’s The Communicators on C-SPAN.

  • With this year’s election cycle creeping up on us, how are political reporters going to keep track of all the contests? Fear not, Stateline, a policy and politics website, now has a handy interactive chart! At this point, it’s only state contests that are included (governors, attorneys general and secretaries of state), but it sure could provide a little insight for those national political reporters hopping around the country analyzing what’s going on in those red and blue states.

  • To Leak or Not To Leak?

    WaPo’s Marc Fisher

    weighs in on comments made by former New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines about lawyers who leak (oh, that doesn’t sound pretty).

    Seems that Raines thinks most information leaks about ongoing court cases to the press come from lawyers, and Fisher seems to agree, saying, “As a reader, when I read some phrase such as ‘a source close to the situation’ or ‘a source involved in the negotiations’ or ‘a source who had firsthand access to the principals,’ I assume–and I pretty much know–that the information came from the lawyers working on whatever case I’m reading about.”

    Does that mean reporters today will be headed for the closest copy of Martindale-Hubbell today to bolster their story output?

    Ahrens On The Enron Trial

    WaPo’s Frank Ahrens writes for the American Journalism Review that he believes there’s room in the world of journalism for traditionalists, as well as the more recent kids on the block, news bloggers.

    Ahrens got a taste of doing both at the same time while covering the recent Enron trial in Houston for the Post, and suggests that the news blog, which he sees as a combination of news and opinion, is probably more interesting and less likely to cause readers to fall asleep while getting their dose of current events.

    “It should be clear by now that personality is key to building a news audience, be it via print, Web, radio or video. I compare a news blogger to the character of the stage manager in ‘Our Town’: not a player in the drama, but indispensable to its telling. The casting of the role is critical; a boring stage manager will ruin the play.”

    That’s One Way To Get More Listeners…

    The Post today announced some very big news:

    subject: Telephone System On-Hold Music

    As of Monday morning July 24th our telephone system at NW started playing Washington Post Radio instead of Music On-Hold. Callers placed On-Hold will hear live Washington Post Radio content. Callers that inquire about the radio content should be directed to continue listening on Washington Post Radio 1500AM and 107.7FM.

    Is The Style Section Just Like A Blog?

    We’ve gotten lots of feedback from readers criticizing such recent Style section front-page articles as Wingman to Virginity to Hey! Politicians Make Secret Trips!

    And today’s article “The Crushed Crush: A Fan Comes to Grips With Lance’s Coming Out” has only given the Style-haters more fodder.

    Writes in one reader:

      It’s like a personal blog, but on paper. I’m so glad to see that the Washington Post will allow anyone to humiliate themselves on the front section of the newspaper. In a not-so-valiant attempt to regain lost pop-culture ground as a result of lame articles such as the “Wingman”, the paper is apparently now allowing anyone to express whatever rambling, idiot sentiment they wish about random news items that only – at best – deserve a brief.