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Archives: March 2007

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To our lovely FishbowlDC readers: has been having some technical difficulties so any anonymous tips or emails sent to fishbowlDC AT mediabistro DOT com THIS WEEK probably never made it to us. For that, we’re sorry and we’re all the worse for having missed all your lovely tips and notes. They’re going to try to fix the problem over the weekend. In the meantime, feel free to resend your tips and comments to patrick AT mediabistro DOT com and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s all systems go again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Like Camel Cash, Just Not As Cool


From here:

    The Washington Post is launching a consumer-rewards program — similar to those long employed by credit card companies — designed to help stem sliding circulation and drive readers to its advertisers.

    The program, called PostPoints, begins today and will award both subscribers and non-subscribers points that can be redeemed for a variety of products, including food and airline miles.

Read the rest here.

Morning Reading List, 03.30.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You laughed at Karl Rove. Not with him.

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet The Press with Tim Russert” won the week ending March 25 in all categories, both nationally and in Washington, D.C. “Meet” attracted 44% more viewers than CBS “Face the Nation,” 66% over ABC “This Week” and 248% more than FOX “News Sunday.”

  • Michael Getler didn’t love the “News War” finale.

  • Rachel Sklar has a “Dispatch From The ASNEs.”

  • From a reader: “Don’t ask why I remember this, but I recognize that NYT photo from the Kyle Sampson story: it’s from a Kit Seelye article from winter 2003ish about snowmobilers in Yellowstone.”

  • Another NBC release announced that “The Chris Matthews Show” was “the number-two rated Sunday morning public affairs show for the week ending March 25, 2007.”

  • The Pew weekly News Interest Index shows that while public interest in the Iraq war remained high last week, the fallout from the firing of eight U.S. attorneys by the Justice Department “failed to gain much traction with the public.”

  • Cousin TVNewser reports that David Gregory, and Don Imus had a friendly debate over which really is the number one nightly news show.

  • The AP reports, “Traditional media are seen to be fighting an uphill battle against Internet news and citizen journalists, despite questions over the credibility of the Web.”

  • Media Matter reports that Drudge has linked “to Politico 45 times during its two-month existence.”

  • Jay Rosen reports that Tim Porter and Michele McLellan have “change or die” findings from their tour of American newsrooms.

  • Paul Bedard reports that Bernadine Healy was giving her future son-in-law a hard time at her book party on Tuesday for his dangerous habit — rugby.

  • The Washingtonian’s write-up of last night’s Media Research Center awards gala.

  • BBC reports, “Among those calling for a bloggers’ code of conduct is Tim O’Reilly — one of the web’s most influential thinkers.”
  • Huffington Post’s Ankush Khardori asks, “Do Newspapers Need Ombudsmen?”

  • Poynter released the results of the EyeTrack07 study this week to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Check out the results here. E&P has more on the study.

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz reported from the North Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, where she was the only Western journalist aboard the USS Eisenhower.”

  • Jonathan Chait, the new author of TRB, “talked with TNR Editor Franklin Foer about the role of a column and the challenges of writing one.”

  • From Cynopsis:

      Discovery Communications yesterday announced it would buy the 25% ownership stake in Discovery held by Cox Communications in exchange for $1.275 billion in cash, and the Travel Channel and its related business pieces. It is likely Cox will spin the network and put it up for sale. The end result for Discovery is it will now be owned by Liberty Media with a now 66% stake, and Advance/Newhouse with 33% ownership. The deal is expected to close in early third qtr 2007.

  • Theodora Blanchfield has been promoted from staff writer to Associate Editor at Campaigns & Elections magazine

  • IANS reports, “The murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan will be the subject of an investigative journalism seminar being planned by Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.”

  • “The Loudoun Times-Mirror was honored March 24 as the best weekly newspaper in Virginia for its circulation size.”

  • Salon’s Rebecca Traister takes a look at Fox’s “Conserva-babe and star-in-the-making Rachel Marsden.”

  • Check out the 2007 RTNDA Regional Murrow Award recipients, including two awards for WTOP.

  • The Washington Times reports, that House lawmakers “said they are committed to a Feb. 17, 2009, deadline for transitioning to digital TV.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc. will offer international news from reporters working with U.S. newspaper publisher McClatchy Co., including a blog written by Iraqi staffers, the companies said on Wednesday.”

  • The AP is looking for a photographer in the Baltimore bureau.

  • E&E Publishing is seeking a Production Assistant for E&ETV.

  • No-Va Living Magazine is seeking a freelance Statistician/Researcher.

  • And we have some photos from the Week Opinion Awards:
      Bill Falk, Chip Bok, Michael Kinsley and Josh Fruhlinger

      Bill Falk, Justin Smith and Terry McAuliffe

  • And more:

    (L to R) Rhoda Glickman, former Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Beth E. Dozoretz, Senior Vice President, Value Options Healthcare join iVillage (a division of NBC Universal) President, Deborah Fine, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, President of Women in Cable Telecommunications and Phyllis E. Greenberger, President and CEO, Society for Women’s Health Research in Washington D.C. for an advisory board meeting to launch iVillage Cares, a new national women’s advocacy program.


    (L to R) Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, President of Women in Cable Telecommunications, Phyllis E. Greenberger, President and CEO, Society for Women’s Health Research, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting join iVillage (a division of NBC Universal) President, Deborah Fine in Washington D.C. for an advisory board meeting to launch iVillage Cares, a new national women’s advocacy program.

  • Congrats, Chad!

    From the release:

      Capitol News Connection’s Chief Correspondent Chad Pergram has won a prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his news-feature on Tom DeLay’s last speech in the House of Representatives. The piece, ‘Exit Stage Right’, was broadcast June 9, 2006 by CNC subscriber station KUHF, Houston Public Radio.

      The first place showing in the “Hard News Feature” category for the Southern region qualifies Pergram’s story for the national Murrow Awards, to be announced in October. Last year, CNC’s Pergram won the Joan S. Barone Award for Excellence in National Affairs/Public Policy Journalism for his exclusive reporting from Capitol Hill localized for public radio stations. Pergram was the first radio or public broadcasting reporter to win in 12 years.

    Fox News and CBC Present Two Debates

    From the release:

      FOX News and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute (CBC Institute) have jointly announced that they will present two 2008 primary debates, which are expected to attract the top Democratic and Republican contenders for President of the United States. The debates will be presented live on FOX News Channel (FNC) and FOX News Radio.

      The first of the two debates will be among Democratic candidates and will be held on September 23rd at the Fox Theater in Detroit. The second debate will be among Republican candidates and will take place in the fall of 2007 at a location to be determined. Both debates will serve as a forum for the candidates to make their platforms known.

      The CBC Institute previously partnered with FNC for two democratic presidential debates leading up to the 2004 election, in which all candidates participated. Both debates were among FNC’s highest rated political telecasts of the You Decide 2004 election season. Unveils Redesigned Website


    From the release:, the award-winning news and information Web site, today unveiled a revamped homepage that includes an increased emphasis on multimedia reporting and a streamlined, modular interface that further simplifies site navigation improving user experience.

      Launching with the modified homepage is a new “Smart Living” section, featuring an extensive recipes database and content meant to improve the quality and ease of readers’ lives.’s faster-loading homepage now features a scrolling multimedia strip that showcases the site’s groundbreaking video segments, showcasing the award-winning work from video journalists and giving them a permanent, easily recognizable space on the page.

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    Ju-Don Marshall Roberts: The FishbowlDC Interview

    webJMR.jpgSay hello to Managing Editor Ju-Don Marshall Roberts.

    How many suits do you own? About a dozen. How many do I wear? None.

    What word do you routinely misspell? Ummmmm. Yeah, ummm. Is it one m for a short pause? Or does it change depending on how long you need to pause? I don’t know. It’s so confusing.

    Did you see Brokeback Mountain? No.

    Did you see The Da Vinci Code? No, but I did just waste some money on “I Think I Love My Wife.”

    What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Asian Jingle

    What time did you get up this morning? 6 a.m. then I went back to sleep for 21 minutes.

    When did you last cry and why? It’s too painful to recall.

    Which of the seven deadly sins are you? The real question is which one am I not. Hmmmm.

    Beach, city or country? Started out city, now it’s all about the country.

    Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Fierce in the most fabulous sense of the word.

    Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli)

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    More Screenshot Fun

    From a screen grab from the NYT website around 12:30 a.m…In the words of our tipster, “no wonder the AG can be so bull-headed sometimes…”


    The Palm and The Hill…Sitting In A Tree?

    Are we the only ones to notice that The Hill newspaper is the only Capitol Hill newspaper prominently displayed at The Palm restaurant’s host desk in Dupont Circle? Not a bad restaurant to plant your flag on…

    The New Washington Life