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Archives: March 2009

RTCA Award Submission Deadline Approaching

Radio & TV Correspondents’ Association Chair Heather Dahl reminds us this evening that the deadline for submissions for the 2009 Barone and Bloom Awards is this Friday, April 3rd.

All submissions must be hand-delivered to the Senate Radio-TV Gallery and the winners will be announced, as always, at the annual dinner Thursday, June 4th.

The Joan Shorenstein Barone Award is in honor of the former CBS “Face the Nation” executive producer and is presented for excellence in Washington-based reporting of Congressional and political affairs. The David Bloom Award honors the late NBC correspondent and anchor by recognizing excellence and courage in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting.

New Hires at Government Executive Mag

Government Executive Magazine has hired CQ’s Aliya Sternstein and District transplant Alex Parker. The hires were announced in a memo from Gov Exec Editor Tom Shoop:

I’m very pleased to announce that two talented journalists will be joining the editorial team as staff correspondents:

Aliya Sternstein is our latest addition to the Nextgov team, filling a newly created position. She comes to us from Congressional Quarterly, where she’s been writing about food and product safety and agricultural issues for CQ’s suite of publications. Before that, she was a senior writer at National Journal’s Technology Daily, where she also created a column focused on e-government issues. Prior to that, Aliya was a senior reporter at Federal Computer Week, where she wrote both daily news stories and magazine features. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Aliya will focus on covering the Obama administration’s use of technology, involving issues of transparency, collaboration and participation by the public. She starts Monday, March 30.

Alex Parker will be on the GovExec side, filling the slot recently vacated by Brittany Ballenstedt on the workforce management beat. He was most recently at the Toledo Blade, where he covered the intersection of federal, state and county government for the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper. Before that, he cut his journalistic teeth as a crime and government reporter at the Lorain (Ohio) Morning Journal. Alex also has completed internships at the Bureau of National Affairs here in Washington and the Atlantic when it was still in Boston. He is a 2004 graduate of Oberlin College. Alex starts Wednesday, April 8.

I feel very fortunate that at this moment in the history of our industry, we are able to replenish and grow our staff with reporters and writers of the caliber of Aliya and Alex. Please join me in welcoming them to the team.


Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

“Mr. Definitely, can I call you that?” -Christopher Hitchens to Mos Def on Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Watch here.

CBS’ Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson was a guest on yesterday’s C-SPAN’s Q&A with Brian Lamb. Did you know she’s a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do?

Today’s Most Popular Stories

Washington Post: Obama Says Automakers Not Moving ‘Fast Enough’

Washington Times: EXCLUSIVE: Hezbollah uses Mexican drug routes into U.S.

Washington Examiner: Secret Service: Restaurant waiters key players in area credit card scam

N.Y. Times: The Civil Heretic

L.A. Times: 3 children, 3 adults slain in Santa Clara home shooting

USA Today: PGA Tour Leaderboard & In Progress Scoring

The Hill: Obama calls Afghanistan ‘America’s war’

Politico: In Minnesota, it’s still November

ABC News: GM’s Rick Wagoner Gone, but Carmaker’s Problems Remain

CBS News: The Conficker Worm: What Happens Next?

Fox News: Angie Harmon: I’m Not Racist Because I Disagree With Obama

CNN: Early photo of New York fetches $62,500

Wall Street Journal: Bankruptcy Leads Possible Plans for GM, Chrysler

NPR: Texas Gov. Under Fire For Rejecting Stimulus Funds

Roll Call: Harkin Courts GOP to Save Card Check

CQ: Hoekstra Kicks Off Governor’s Bid in Michigan

Who Made Wash City Paper’s 2009 “Best Of DC” List?

What do Wonkette’s Jim Newell, WaPo’s Marc Fisher, Politico’s John Harris, WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi and The Big Hunt all have in common?

They all made the Washington City Paper’s 2009 “Best of DC” List. Below are some highlights we thought you’d find interesting. The complete list can be found here.

Best Local Blog/Blogger: Jim Newell, Wonkette

Best In-Depth Columnist: Marc Fisher, WaPo

Best Editor: John Harris, Politico

Best Ethnic Reporter: Kojo Nnamdi

Best Flack: Leah Gurowitz, DC Superior Court spokesperson

Best Local Politics: WAMU-FM’s DC Politics Hour

Best Local Twitterer: Ana Maria Cox

Best Media Happy Hour: Reason’s old Big Hunt bashes

Best Media Struggle: Newspapers vs. New Media

Best Name in Publishing: Johnny Yataco, the Washington Hispanic

Sam Donaldson Stops By Newseum for Some Q and A

Photo by Tricia Barba for DCRTV

ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson has interviewed every president since Jimmy Carter. So who’s the smartest person he knows? George Stephanopoulos.

Donaldson was on hand this Sunday for the Newseum’s “Inside Media” discussion to answer this and more. He took questions from the audience and had this to share regarding presidential news conferences, “A press conference is a business transaction, not a social occasion. The president comes to use it, and reporters are there for business to get information.”

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

What’s So Funny About Warranties?: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs seemed all too tempted to comment on a suave cell ring tone interruption in today’s briefing, but kept it to a giggle as he tried to continue his explanation on the administration’s pledge to ensure warranties on autos that could go under. So for those in the drinking game, put down those glasses.

Not That Anyone’s Counting: Numbers Guru Mark Knoller of CBS Radio was quick to correct Gibbs today on the age of the Obama administration, but apparently not quick enough. “You were supposed to cue a little earlier!” Gibbs retorted as Knoller clarified the count is at 70 days.

Sh!t Happens: Gibbs fielded another question on the administration’s campaign trail promise to post non-emergency bills to their web site for comment at least five days in advance of a bill-signing, as today’s Omnibus Public Lands Management Act didn’t pass that test. Obama has brought “greater transparency,” Gibbs argued, noting that “situations will come up, especially if the president is going to go overseas.” (POTUS heads to Europe tomorrow for a whirlwind of G20 and NATO summits as well as side-trips to Czech Republic and Turkey.) Gibbs repeated the familiar Obama team mantra that while not perfect, they’ve made great strides in White House openness.

Like POTUS, Like PSOTUS: Bloomberg’s Roger Runningen pressed Gibbs on the timeline of the president’s pitch to GM’s Rick Wagoner that he step down from heading the company. In a bit of an eerie flashback to last week’s presidential slapdown of CNN’s Ed Henry on a related question, the press secretary refused to “get into the tick-tock.” Asked why, he replied staunchly: “Because I’m not.”

Buy American: In the wake of the president’s grand auto industry announcement this morning, Gibbs confirmed that the president would encourage Americans to support cars produced at home. “I don’t want to turn this into an advertisement,” he joked, before pointing out that the award-winning Chevy Malibus and Buicks were hot picks.

Bisnow Makes Play for WaPo Biz Section Readers

See email from Bisnow:


We are saddened by the demise of the separate Washington Post business section. It’s a great newspaper, and many of us continue to subscribe.

But we think business news is too important, especially today, to relegate to inside pages.

We want to try to do something about it.
Starting this week, we’re launching a Daily Bisnow (Washington). Although we’re excited to have become the best read local business publication, this new e-mail will be about both national and local business.

Of course, we’ll do it in our style:
Lots of pictures
Lots of personalities
Mercifully short

So that your Inbox is not clogged, we’re going to pull back on the frequency of our other publications. Also, we’ll publish Daily Bisnow in the morning, and reserve the afternoon for our more specialized publications: Legal, Tech, Trade Association, Medical, Commercial Real Estate, and The Scene.

We are now 16 employees, but still small enough to care about each reader. If you have comments about our new publication, pro or con, write our publisher directly: He doesn’t have an unlisted number, at least yet.

Or come visit our office on Connecticut Ave. and play ping pong with us.

Fierce! Journos Worked the Runway for the Washington Humane Society

Journalists worked the catwalk this weekend at “Fashion for Paws,” a fundraiser to benefit the Washington Humane Society (WHS).

FFP alum Jeff Dufour got more ‘yeas’ than ‘nays’ in bermuda shorts and sweater. Michael Clements worked a pair of well-fitted jeans as his Washington Life cohort Christina Wilkie took to the runway with Texas-style pageant hair.

Fox News’ Courtney Friel wore a kelly green cocktail dress and was accompanied by her dog “Stoli” while Fox Washington bureau producer Elizabeth Murray strutted supermodel-style down the catwalk.

All the while, Washington Times Style Reporter Stephanie Green did her best “Anna Wintour at Fashion Week” from the front row.

WHS says that Fashion for Paws raised more than $240,000 for programs and animals in the care of the Washington Humane Society!

Morning Media Menu: Brian Stelter Talks Glenn Beck

The Morning Media Menu was joined today by NYT’s Brian Stelter. Topic dujour- Stelter’s front page story today on Glenn Beck, ratings phenomenon for Fox News.

“Up until a few months ago CNN and MSNBC were kind of breathing down Fox’s neck at 5pm. Now there isn’t even a competition,” says Stelter. “Beck is so far ahead, he’s now the 3rd most popular host on all of cable news behind Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. It’s that mix of anger, it’s that mix of outrage, moral lessons, maybe the occasional emotional outburst that seems to be resonating with people.”