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Archives: February 2008

So Did You Get Rejected From ProPublica?

The rejection letters are out:

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    The rejection letters are out:

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      Subject: RE: Investigative Reporter Resume

      Dear ______:
      Thank you for your inquiry about a news position at ProPublica. We’ve received literally hundreds of impressive resumes for only about 25 jobs. We’re sorry to have to report that we don’t currently see a place here that is a good fit with your experience. We do appreciate your interest in ProPublica and your patience in awaiting a reply from us.
      Best of luck to you.
      Regards, Paul Steiger and Steve Engelberg

The Revolving Door

mblogo.jpg This is a friendly call for reader tips / emails / notes on the inner-workings of your news organization for our “Revolving Door” feature.

Who’s leaving?

Who just arrived?

Who’s switching beats?

Let us know by emailing us at fishbowldc AT mediabistro DOT com or dropping a line in the tips box.

Poll of the Day

Solomon: “Freakish” About Avoiding Political Motivations

Erik Wemple profiles new Wash Times head John Solomon. Some of the highlights:

  • “Speaking of war, Solomon has engaged in virtually none of the ideological sort since taking over perhaps the most conservative daily in America. No mass desertions of journalists who wanted to write slanted copy. No rearguard efforts to save the legacy of former Executive Editor Wesley Pruden. No campaign to name the newsroom after Reagan.

    Says Solomon: ‘The only point I have made with the reporters and editors who write for the news pages is there must be a bright line between opinion and editorializing that rightfully belongs on the op-ed and commentary pages and the fair, balanced, accurate, and precise reporting that must appear in the news sections of the paper.’”

  • “And if there’s one topic that Solomon is freakish about, it’s that his Washington Times not be perceived as politically motivated. When asked about a recent story that exposed inconsistencies in the campaign positions of Barack Obama, Solomon launches right in: ‘That was a fair, evenhanded story, and it highlighted issues that people hadn’t examined before.’”

Of course the real question is that, even if you assume that Solomon is doing his best to rid the paper of any conservative bias (in its news copy, not editorial pages…), how long will it take for its reputation to change? Is that even possible?

And, if you do change the public’s perception of the paper, will the paper then lose its strongest fan-base: conservatives? Keep in mind: Although the Washington Times has strong name recognition nationally (and strong web stats), it’s actual circulation isn’t even remotely commensurate with its stature (to wit: it’s beneath such papers as Harrisburg’s Patriot-News and Arlington Height’s Daily Herald).

Sherwood: Good At His Job And Good At Being A Pain

Click here to read Mark Segraves hilarious account of how Channel 4′s Tom Sherwood spent his day.

Remembering William F. Buckley, Jr.

Post Tidbits

Capitol Hill Ad Count

Oh, and a note to the paranoid, “they’re all out to get me!!!” tipster from The Hill (clearly) who recently sent an anonymous tip saying that we showed our “newspaper bias” towards Roll Call (apparently) because we didn’t do a “Capitol Hill Ad Count” feature one day recently when The Hill beat everybody else: We’ll explain it all again for you slow people.

We pick a completely random day. You don’t have to believe us, but luckily, we’re not too worried about Nabobs of Negativity like you who will always be suspicious of one thing or another. Second, we will never run this feature on a day when any of the three pubs run “Special Editions” (i.e. “The Hill’s Energy Issue!”) because that’s an unfair comparison: The Special Editions are basically one big ad insert and swell the page counts (The Hill had a Special Edition on the day you whined about).

Besides, didn’t they unearth all this new JFK assassination material recently? Shouldn’t you be busy hunkered down in Dallas trying to sort through that one?

Now, congrats on your fair-and-square win today:


NBC: Wedding Plans Over War Plans

From TVNewser:

    While CBS and ABC offered special reports for President Bush’s news conference, NBC stayed with the Today show in all time zones. Cable networks including CNBC, CNN, FBN, FNC and MSNBC are all airing the news conference.

The NYTimes Nails It

The perfect kind of headline:

    William F. Buckley Jr., 82, Dies; Sesquipedalian Spark of Right

Using the kind of word that Buckley himself would use…

Oh, and to answer your next question

And, naturally, a Facebook tribute page has already sprung up…