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Archives: February 2013

WaPo Photog in Hot Water

A photographer for WaPo is in a bit of a messy situation after altering a picture that was slated to win an award.

According to a story written on the National Press Photographers Association website,  The White House News Photographer’s Association announced Monday night that a photograph that had recently won a contest had been disqualified for digital manipulation.

The photographer is Tracy Woodward, who has been at WaPo since 1997. He previously worked at TWT, Army Times, Navy Times and Air Force Times. Woodward is listed in a section of the WaPo website that reads: “Best of the Post.”

When his superiors realized what had happened… Read more

How the Chips Fell At Human Events

Higher-ups at Human Events warned staff on Tuesday that there would be a big announcement at a 10:30 a.m. meeting the next day. Many employees had a feeling it would be bad news, possibly more layoffs.

Workers who showed up at the office before the meeting went to their desks and computers as usual. Then they gathered in the conference room where V.P. and Group Publisher Joe Guerriero announced that the last payday for nearly all staff members would be this Friday. After the meeting, employees returned to their computers, only to find they couldn’t use them. While the bad news was delivered, the log-in information had been changed.

Employees were told if they needed to retrieve any personal information from what was now their former computers, management would watch them while they did so. Today will be their last day in the office. Human Events will no longer be available in print. Feb. 18th was their last issue.

Guerriero would not comment on the record for this story.

What happened in the meeting…Despite the somber news, no negative energy was felt inside the conference room, a source who was present for the meeting told FBDC. Read more

Writing Advice from Producer of The Tudors, History Channel’s Vikings

Just in time for the upcoming premier of Vikings on the History Channel, Michael Hirst, the show’s writer and producer, talks about his writing process in the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series.

“The key for me with historical characters is they’re interesting because they’re human beings,” he said. “A little bit of Hemingway goes a long way here, but journalists and writers should honestly look at their material and have a real interest, a real passion in what they want to write, and they should also have a lot of knowledge, as well. You don’t write police procedural stuff unless you really know that beat, but it’s ultimately not the procedure that makes the show work — it’s the people. The more real they are, the better.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Michael Hirst, Creator of The Tudors and Vikings?

How Badly Do You Want to Interview Chelsea Clinton? ‘Stay on the Subject Being Promoted’

NBC is trotting out Special Correspondent for NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” Chelsea Clinton for interviews.

If you’re booked (and that is definitely an if), you will send all your intel, numbers, backup numbers and website, and understand that even if you get the slot you’re interview could be subject to change. What’s more, if you go over the 10-minute allotted time, PLEASE REMEMBER the operator may disconnect you. If you forget, you’re still getting the axe if you go over. And by the way, please stay on the subject being promoted. (A pleasant emoticon softens the blow of that last rule.)

Airing this Friday at 10 p.m., Chelsea visits Key West to interview author Judy Blume on her first feature film being created from her book, Tiger Eyes.

See the enticing (eye roll) email from an NBC press manager… Read more

Want to Win a Free Trip to San Fran?

The Endocrine Society’s Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism is up for grabs. They’ve already begun accepting nominations. The deadline is next week. The winner will receive a trip to cover The Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco this June.

What will you get? Attending the meeting offers journalists the opportunity to learn about the latest research in fields as diverse as obesity, endocrine disruptors, diabetes, growth hormones, sex steroids and thyroid cancer.

Past winners have included writers for Newsweek, More Magazine and Science News.   

Stipulations, who can apply and how to apply? Read more

RedState’s Erickson Bemoans Conservatives Who ‘Have Forgotten the Basics of Reporting’

Every now and again a conservative publication pops up to announce a new effort to push its own original reporting. RedState is the latest.

“Conservatives are trying so hard to highlight controversies, no matter how trivial, we have forgotten the basics of reporting,” RedState Editor Erick Erickson wrote today in a morning news letter. He later said, “Conservatives are spending a lot more time trying to find things to be outraged over than reporting the news and basic facts online from a conservative perspective.”

Included in the letter was a call for “conservative,” “pro-life” reporters who live in Washington, D.C., and are interested in working at RedState.

It’s not as though RedState is the first to undertake original reporting… Read more

Woodruff, Bennack to Discuss Media’s Future

To mark the release of the new documentary, Citizen Hearst, the film will screen at the Newseum on March 14 with an opening Q&A with CEO of Hearst Corporation, Frank A. Bennack, Jr. and PBS anchor Judy Woodruff.

The pair will discuss the “state of media” including how journalism is different than a century ago when W.R. Hearst started his global empire and a debate on what the future of journalism holds.

Readers can also follow along via Twitter @citizenhearst for a LIVE Stream of the Q&A.

The film will play at the Newseum theater for museum attendees on Saturday, March 16.


Human Events Shuts Down Print Edition

There was a large number of layoffs at Human Events, as announced at an internal staff meeting this morning, FishbowlDC has learned. But it’s actually much bigger than that.

The conservative publication is shutting down its print edition entirely*. Eagle Publishing, which owns Human Events, released the following statement:

“Washington, DC (February 27, 2013) – Eagle Publishing, Inc. announced today it
has made the difficult decision to cease publishing Human Events, the conservative
weekly newspaper. The issue dated February 18 is the final issue.

“This was a difficult decision, and one we did not make lightly,” said publisher Joe
Guerriero. “As everyone knows, the newspaper business is a very tough business.
Contrast that with the explosive growth of digital media, which we’ve seen with our
own websites, and

“Eagle Publishing has willingly subsidized Human Events for quite some time now,
choosing to do so to serve the cause of conservatism,” he added. “But the realities of
the 24-hour news cycle and the brutal economics of a weekly print publication have
become insurmountable, as they have for so many other now-extinct print publications
such as U.S. News &World Report and Newsweek.

“Human Events has been a powerful voice in conservative politics and the
conservative movement for nearly 70 years, propelled by a dedication to limited
government, strong national defense, private enterprise and individual liberty,”
continued Guerriero. “While the print publication will no longer exist, we are
confident Human Events’ mission to defend and promote conservatism will continue
through our popular websites, and, our influential
political newsletters, such as RedState Morning Briefing, Daily Events, and Guns &
Patriots, and the blockbuster political books published by Eagle’s book-publishing
division, Regnery Publishing.”

*This post has been updated to reflect the fact that it is specifically the print edition of Human Events that will discontinue.

More Layoffs At Human Events

Layoffs at Human Events.


WaPo’s Apocolypse?

Should the mayor preemptively declare a state of emergency?

Today, WaPo continues the task of getting a new email system. And somehow we think when technological advances are happening at WaPo everyone needs to sit down, take a deep breath and prepare for a category 5 hurricane. Were talking flooding, roof damage, 156 mph winds.

As it was explained to us, it’s a “rolling conversion.” Some people have yet to migrate; others have already made the switch. The old system is the source of “considerable distaste.” As one source put it, “I don’t even use it, and I know I’m hardly the only one (people just forward their stuff to Gmail).”

This tweet from WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles says it all. He also says to resend all emails because he probably won’t get the one you sent. In addition, he has not yet learned how to login. God help us all.