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James Foley to Receive 2014 Oxi Day Award

James Foley, the American photojournalist beheaded by ISIL in August of this year, will posthumously receive the 2014 Oxi Day Award at the organization’s fourth annual Washington Oxi Day Foundation Gala tonight. Foley was nominated by President Bill Clinton, who is expected to introduce Foley as the award recipient in a video. Oxi Day writes that Foley was selected “for his extraordinary courage in the defense of freedom and democracy.”

In advance of formally receiving the award this evening, Foley’s parents Diane and John Foley, who will accept the award on his behalf, sat down with FOX5′s Steve Chenevey to discuss their son’s career, his legacy, and their fight to bring him home.



Pollsters Predict November Elections at Story Partners’ Election 2014: Pollster Preview


Amy Walters, Christina Bellantoni, Michael Bloomfield, and Whit Ayres

Gloria Story Dittus hosted Story Partners’ Election 2014: Pollster Preview at her home Wednesday night, a conversation on the upcoming midterm elections. Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni moderated a discussion between Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter, North Star Opinion Research’s Whit Ayres; and The Mellman Group’s Michael Bloomfield.

Walter, Ayers, and Bloomfield discussed specific Congressional races, offered their predictions, and answered questions posed by quests.

In attendance: CBS News’ Nancy Cordes; POLITICO’s Lauren French; CNN’s Katie Hinman; WaPo’s Paul KaneTIME’s Alex Rogers; Google’s Rob Saliterman; Amazon’s Steve Hartell; PhRMA’s Robert Zirkelbach; WellPoint’s Katie Zirkelbach; Exxon’s Jeanne Mitchell; Arch Coal’s Tom Altmeyer; Hogan Lovells’ Mike House; the U.S. Chamber’s Andrew Kovalcin; Southern Company’s Jeanne Wolak; NAPTP’s Mary Lyman; Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies; Cove Strategies’s Stephen Replogle; Tim Peckinpaugh of K&L Gates, API’s Eric Wohlschlegel; Greg Staley of U.S. Travel, SIFMA’s Lenwood Brooks and Carol Danko; and Story Partners’ Amos Snead, Andrew Fimka, Cameron Coursen, Gabrielle Beaumont, Lauren Culbertson, Patrick O’Connor, Grigsby Crawford and Olivia McDonald.

[Photo by Ben Droz]

10.19.14 Sunday Show Ratings in the DC Market

sunday-shows_304According to Nielsen Media Research in the DC market on Sunday, October 19, NBC’s “Meet the Press” was the most watched Sunday show in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

“Meet” secured 67,000 total viewers, more than doubling that of “FOX News Sunday” in second place with 33,000 total viewers in the DC market. In the A25-54 demo, NBC was also on top with 38,000 viewers in the DC market, in which FOX had 7,000, CBS’s “Face the Nation” had 4,000 and ABC’s “This Week” had well, see the full numbers after the jump.

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POLITICO’s David Rogers to Receive David Nyhan Prize


POLITICO CEO Jim VandeHei emailed staff today to announce that the Rosslyn-based news outlet’s senior Congressional reporter David Rogers is the recipient of Harvard Kennedy School’s David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism. Rogers will receive the award Dec. 1 at the Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

The award is named in memory of David Nyhan, who served as a columnist and reporter for the Boston Globe for 30 years. Nyhan was a graduate of Harvard College and a Shorenstein fellow and died unexpectedly in 2005.

Local News Now Toasts New Venture HillNow

Local News Now toasted its recently launched local news site covering Capitol Hill – HillNow – Wednesday night at Capitol Lounge with the site’s managing editor Andrea Swalec, Local News Now founder Scott Brodbeck and reporter George Altshuler.

LNN’s new venture joins its sister sites ARLNow, Bethesda Now, and Reston Now, and will focus on hyperlocal news as it relates to business, education, and real estate in DC’s Ward 6.


The Nearly $4 Billion Price Tag for the 2016 Midterm Elections

OpenSecrets_logo_2colorThe Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks spending in U.S. politics and the effects it has on elections and policy, projects that nearly $4 billion will be spent during this year’s midterm elections. That figure accounts for the most spending on a midterm election to date, an estimated $333 million more spent this year than 2010′s $3.6 billion midterm spending.

“That figure makes this year’s election by far the most expensive midterm ever. The candidates and parties alone will combine to spend about $2.7 billion, while outside groups will likely spend close to $900 million on their own — a figure that veers close to the $1.3 billion spent by outside groups in 2012, when the hyper-expensive presidential race was fueling the fire.”

“By the end of the battle, when totals for every category are added together, Team Red will outspend Team Blue, CRP projects. GOP and conservative-leaning candidates, party committees and outside groups will spend at least $1.92 billion, compared to at least $1.76 billion their rivals on the Democratic and liberal-leaning side will spend.”

For more on CRP’s costly projection, click on over to the OpenSecrets blog.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 10.23.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

PRNewser We Chat with Lauren Drell, Branded Content Editor at Mashable

FishbowlNY 300 New York Times Staffers Consider Taking Buyouts

GalleyCat Book Discovery App Featured on Kickstarter

AgencySpy Little Girls Drop F-Bombs for FCKH8, Feminism

FishbowlDC ABC’s World News Tonight Skips Midterm Election Coverage

TVNewser Canada’s CBC News Show What Thoughtful Breaking News Coverage Looks Like

TVSpy ’We’re Basically the Newspaper of Record,’ Nexstar CEO Talks Local TV

Lost Remote Nielsen and Adobe Partner on Cross-Platform Measurement Product

SocialTimes Social Media Companies Fight Back Against Government Privacy Invasions

AllFacebook How to Determine the Best Time to Post on Your Facebook Page

AllTwitter The Optimal Length of a Tweet, Hashtag, Post, Slideshow and (Almost) Anything

Inside Mobile Apps YouAppi Raises $3M in Funding for Mobile Customer Acquisition Solution

InsideFacebook Facebook Allows Page Admins to Save, Backdate Posts

MediaJobsDaily Megyn Kelly Shares Her Best Career Advice

UnBeige Guggenheim Reveals Submissions for Helsinki Museum Design Contest

Thursday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Vox at AU: A Conversation With Editors Melissa Bell and Yuri Victor at American University, 6 p.m.

— 27th Annual Cartoons and Cocktails at the National Press Club, 6 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Jackie Chan’s family was so poor, he was almost sold to a British couple as an infant.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 10.22.14

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump… Read more

ABC’s “World News Tonight” Skips Midterm Election Coverage

evening-news_2014The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog, recently came out with the findings of a study it completed on midterm coverage during ABC, CBS, and NBC’s evening news programs. MRC counted the full and partial campaign reports from September 1 – October 20, 2014 across networks and compared those numbers to the same date range in 2006.

While during the 2006 Midterm Elections, ABC’s “World News Tonight” aired a combined 36 full and partial campaign stories. During the time observed this year, that number was zero. CBS’s “Evening News” and NBC’s “Nightly News” aired 58 and 65 reports, respectively, in 2006, whereas in 2014, those numbers dip to 14 and 11, respectively.

FishbowlDC’s question to ABC News of whether the midterms would make “World News Tonight” coverage in the less than two weeks leading up to Nov. 4 has yet to be answered.