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Archives: November 2008

Morning Reading List, 11.26.08

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Journalists Need A Bailout, Too

So says P.J. O’Rourke:

    Hello? Bailout people? Mr. Secretary of the Treasury Paulson? Aren’t you forgetting somebody? Like me? I’m a print journalist. Talk about financial meltdown! Print journalists may soon have to send their kids to public schools, feed dry food to their cats, and give up their leases on Prius automobiles and get the Hummers that are being offered at such deep discounts these days.

    The print journalism industry is taking a beating, circling the drain, running on fumes. Especially running on fumes. You could smell Frank Rich all the way to Nome when Sarah Palin was nominated. Not that print journalism actually emits much in the way of greenhouse gases. We have an itty-bitty carbon footprint. We’re earth-friendly. The current press run of an average big city daily newspaper can be made from one tree. Compare that to the global warming hot air produced by talk radio, cable TV, and Andrew Sullivan.

    There are many compelling reasons to save America’s print journalism. And I’ll think of some while the waiter brings me another drink. In the first place one out of three American households is dependent on print journalism*. And if you think home foreclosures are disruptive to American society, imagine what would happen if USA Today stopped publishing. Lose your home and you become homeless–a member of an important interest group with many respected advocates and a powerful political lobbying arm. But lose your newspaper and what are you going to do for covers on a cold night while you’re sleeping on a park bench? Try blanketing yourself with Matt Drudge to keep warm.

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CQ Acquires Voxant

An internal memo, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    To All CQ and Governing Staffers –

    I’m pleased to announce that CQ has acquired the broadcast media-monitoring assets of a company called Voxant, which provides transcripts of leading news shows, an increasingly important source of information for many of our traditional customers and clients. The acquired service provides verbatim transcripts of programming that appears on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other leading broadcast and cable news shows. It also produces and distributes select verbatim transcripts of corporate earnings and shareholder events and calls. Customers include the AP, LexisNexis, Factiva, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, NewsEdge and Westlaw.

    Since we got into the transcriptions business four years ago, in partnership with our friends at Morningside Partners, we have seen revenue increase by 50 percent and margins move into very strong territory. This acquisition provides a welcome opportunity to expand this enterprise even further (transcriptions revenue will double as a result), to bolster our wholesale-information business, and to cement further our association with the country’s top media outlets. Coupled with our existing transcriptions business focused on hearings and other congressional events, this acquisition will render us a market leader in this area of information distribution so crucial to many of our most important customers.

WaPo Restarts Iraq War


Ralph Hanson captures this funny/tragic publishing error found on today.

Bye Bye Bureaus

Another piece on the disappearance of D.C.’s bureaus:

    “These days, all the major bureaus have space they’re renting out. We’ve all become landlords looking for subtenants,” says Condon, who was bureau chief when he accepted a buyout from the company, which closed the bureau after the presidential election.

    “The real tragedy is that as more newspapers cut back, you’re not going to have anybody watching the congressional delegation,” he says. “In our case, we’re sure that there’s a certain former congressman who’s sitting in prison in Arizona who has got to be saying to himself, ‘Why didn’t Copley do this two years ago?’ Because he’d still be in Congress and he’d still be drawing millions in bribes.” (See Drop Cap, April/May 2006.)

    “Nobody else would’ve gotten Duke Cunningham. USA Today, AP, New York Times, none of them would devote resources to a backbench, local San Diego congressman in that kind of detail,” he says. “It has to be the local paper.”

    As newspapers grapple with the ever-growing pressure to cut costs, more and more of them come to view Washington bureaus as luxuries they simply cannot afford. During the last three years, newspapers — including those in San Diego, Orlando, Los Angeles, Toledo, San Francisco, Des Moines, Pittsburgh, Denver, Newark and St. Louis — have eliminated more than 40 Washington regional reporter positions through layoffs, buyouts or attrition. These were journalists who followed not the splashy national stories but their readers’ parochial interests in Washington. In November alone, Copley and Newhouse News Service shuttered their Washington bureaus, and Small Newspapers eliminated the position of Edward Felker, its lone Washington reporter, who covered six senators and seven House members from Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa.

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Carrie Dann: The FishbowlDC Interview

headshot2.jpgSay hello to NBC’s Carrie Dann.

What word do you routinely misspell? The President of Iran. Yeah, his name. I’m hopeless.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Blackberry Pro 3 (After friends and family vetoed the Fraggle Rock Theme Song.)

What time did you get up this morning? 545 am.

When did you last cry and why? Who, me? Too tough for tears, of course!

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Probably 250

What’s your favorite letter? V

(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, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler, Glenn Kessler, Susan Page, Michael Crowley, Claudia Milne, Kelly Dinardo, Bruce Becker, Michael Rogers, Paul Schur, Diana West, Eric Nuzum, Bill Adair, Jonathan Ward, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katheri
ne Lewis
, Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley, Steve Chaggaris, James Pindell, Linda Kramer, Reid Wilson, Jay Newton-Small, Dan Steinberg Susan Ferrechio, Matt Labash, Gene Weingarten, Ron Allen, Kimberly Dozier, Perry Bacon, Jim Mills, Erin Hartigan, Lindsay Applebaum, Bob Madigan, Gene Gibbons, Nico Pitney, John Mercurio, Jason Reich, Mark Stencel, Helene Cooper, Tom Gjelten, Joe Strupp, Barton Gellman, Jed Babbin, FamousDC, Judy Woodruff, Robb Harleston, Todd Zwillich)

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When You See Sam Stein, Don’t Look Down

From Hotline’s regular “Friday Feature” with reporters:

    Sam Stein is a political reporter at the Huffington Post, based in DC. Previously he has worked for Newsweek, the New York Daily News and the investigative journalism group Center for Public Integrity. Stein has a masters from the Columbia Univ. Graduate School of Journalism and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. But today he’s our Friday Feature: …

    What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)

    Interning on the Hill a few years back, I had a five minute or so conversation with the office chief of staff before he told me (as I was leaving the room) that my fly was down.

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