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Mr. Manners Takes Up a New Post

The Washington Post has hired Steven Petrow (aka Mr. Manners) to write an advice column with a special focus on LGBTQ issues. The column, dubbed “Civilities,” will be published bi-weekly on Mondays and will focus on things like whether a father should walk his son down the aisle, or how an enlisted soldier should address his commanding officer’s husband. Petrow has written five books, and currently writes the “Manners Hero of the Week” column for Parade. He also previously wrote an etiquette column for The New York Times.

In his first column today, Petrow reflects on the changes that have happened in the country since he first started giving advice on gay issues. Read the whole thing here.

(Photo by Bryan Regan)

 

WHCD Party Invites – 2.0: The New Media Party

Now less than 2 weeks away, White House Correspondents madness is in full swing. Recently to our inboxes is an invite to StartUp RockOn’s 2.0: The New Media Party in celebration of the WHCD’s centennial.

The event will feature an interactive badge with a NFC (near-field communication) chip allowing guests to swipe their way through the party and set off various event activations including:

  • Miniature talking robots offering personal conversations with guests who share their information with the event organizers prior to the party.
  • Suspended spheres over the dance floor enabling guests to download music during the sets of DJ Gavin Holland and U.S. Royalty.

Craft cocktails by Derek Brown – owner of The Passenger and The Columbia Room – and a variety of food trucks on site.

Founded by Event Farm and HyperVocal, StartUp RockOn has thrown popular events at the RNC, DNC and Inauguration, with musical headliners including The Roots and Talib Kweli. The evening is sponsored by Microsoft, AOL, Zingal Labs, Viacom, the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center, and Mobile Future.

Check out the invitation after the jump.

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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.21.14

The Director of National Intelligence James Clapper bars spies from talking to the press; an American wins the Boston Marathon; and Chris Brown’s bodyguard is found guilty of assault.

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

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What the Washingtonian Wants from a Personal Essay

magazines_articleIn part three of our four-part Personal Essay Markets series, we spoke with editors from 15 different mags to get the details on what they’re looking for in a personal essay.

Here, an editor from the Washingtonian shares his advice on pitching the pub’s “First Person” section:

Washingtonian – “First Person”
The back-page essay in this magazine should have a Washington, D.C., angle, and it’s best if the writer lives in or has lived in the area. Past examples include an essay by a 15-year-old heart transplant recipient about meeting her donor family, and a piece by a public defender about how she does work that many find indefensible.
Length: 600 words
Pay: $1 a word
Assigning editor: Bill O’Sullivan, BOSULLIVAN at WASHINGTONIAN dot COM
O’Sullivan’s advice: “Get in fast — 600 words isn’t much space, so you have to set up your story quickly. Be sure you have something to say (an essay as opposed to an anecdote) and fill it with as many specific details and mini anecdotes as possible. Keep in mind that this is a story, not an opinion piece.”

For more, including similar details about Working Mother, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part III.

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Elizabeth Warren Sits Down With ABC’s David Muir

David Muir will interview Sen. Elizabeth Warren for ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer.” The Massachusetts Democrat will talk about her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” and field question about her political future. The interview airs tonight. CBS’s Mark Strassmann interviewed Warren for “Sunday Morning” yesterday.

SF-Based OZY Media Expands DC Footprint Ahead of Midterms

You would be forgiven, dear reader, if you had never heard of OZY Media, a digital news and culture magazine founded by MSNBC and Air America host Carlos Watson. The Silicon Valley-based pubs has some high profile backers – business executive (and widow of Steve) Laurene Powell Jobs  and Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, for example -but has yet to make much of a splash on the East Coast. But that might be changing soon. OZY is making new hires with an eye towards increasing their presence in DC ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

Steven Butler, who currently works in DC as the Foreign Editor for Knight Ridder Newspapers, is the most recent example. He will come on board as a Senior Editor, and will join a team that already includes former White House speechwriter and CNN war correspondent Aneesh Raman, former CQ Roll Call writer Emily Cadei and former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin -all of whom are based in DC.

OZY is aimed at the so-called “Change Generation,” which they describe as “a global, age-agnostic, educated and curious audience that, aside from just knowing about the daily news, wants to learn about the topics and people of tomorrow.” The site covers everything from politics to foreign and national affairs, technology, arts and culture. They also host a live event series, “OZY Across America,” which came to DC this past March.

Slate Plus Offers Modest Perks for Modest Fee

Slate editor David Plotz wants to make one thing clear about his pub’s new pay-for service for “vociferous readers” -it’s NOT a pay wall!

“We’re not asking you to pay for stories, and we’re not turning on a meter that stops you 10 stories into the month,” Plotz wrote in a blog post today. “Everything that’s free on Slate will remain free for all Slate readers.”

But the new Slate Plus will offer some perks to readers who pay $5 a month or $50 a year -ranging from members-only live chats to ad-free podcasts. It’s all part of a strategy to become less reliant on ad revenue, says Plotz.

“Today Slate is growing and profitable, but I don’t need to tell you that journalism is an industry in flux, with an uncertain financial future,” he wrote. “We have long depended on revenue from advertising to make a great magazine without charging readers. And while advertising remains central to our success, we think we’d be better off if we were less dependent on it.”

Right now the list of perks for Slate Plus members is relatively small-bore (discounts on Slate merchandise, for example) but Plotz says they will continue to add new benefits periodically, much like Amazon’s premium service, Amazon Prime.

Check out the site’s FAQ here for more info.

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Lara Spencer Named Co-Host of Good Morning America(TVNewser)
Lara Spencer has been promoted to co-host of Good Morning America, joining George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, ABC News president James Goldston announced Friday. FishbowlDC Goldston sent a memo to staff with the announcement, highlighting Spencer’s “style, humor, sunny confidence, wonderful journalism and storytelling” and the two-year anniversary of GMA breaking “Today’s 852-week winning streak.” MediaiteSpencer rejoined ABC News three years ago as the lifestyle anchor on GMA after an extended stint in syndication and on CBS’ Early ShowVariety The move comes as GMA has been in the midst of change, with two members of the on-air staff that helped the show pass NBC’s Today in both total viewers as well as those between 25 and 54, the demo most coveted by advertisers, departed. Spencer is also now a veteran presence on the program, which has two new faces after the departures of meteorologist Sam Champion and news anchor Josh Elliott. ABC recently enlisted Michael Strahan, the former football player who has added new momentum to the company’s syndicated morning Live With Kelly And Michael, to take part in occasional GMAsegments. The Associated Press The other current members of the GMA family are Amy Robach and Ginger Zee. Spencer was the show’s national correspondent from 1999 to 2004. Then, for seven years, she was a host of The Insider.

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Morning Splash

What’s Happening
— Breakfast with NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman at the National Press Club, 9 a.m.
The Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East with author Shadi Hamid at the MAA Carriage House, 6:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door
— Ishaan Tharoor’s first day at WaPo
— Matt O’Brien’s first day at Wonkblog

Fishbowl Fun Fact
Jimmy Carter was the first president who was born in a hospital.

Front Page of the Day

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WHCD Party Invites: The New Yorker with David Remnick

Short, simple, and to the point, The New Yorker’s invite for their Friday night cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with editor David Remnick downloads quicker than any other we’ve yet seen. Minimalist in nature, it cuts right to the chase, but if this was an episode of “Fashion Police,” we’d be forced to give a B for Boring (but we’re excited to go!!).

New Yorker WHCD Invitation

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