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When the hardcover of Cathy Alter‘s “Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over” was released last year, Alter did a FishbowlDC interview that sadly never made its way onto the blog. Alter, who freelances for WaPo and Washingtonian was kind enough to dig up her old Q&A to post in honor of the paperback release of her book. For more on Cathy, check out her website here. Her lost interview is below.
What word do you routinely misspell? Maintenance. In fact, I just spelled it wrong in answering this question.
What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I bought my phone in Hong Kong, so I call my ring, which sounds like the opening credits of a bad chop suey movie, the Suzy Wong.
What time did you get up this morning? 9:07. Ah, the life of a writer.
When did you last cry and why? I cried Saturday afternoon, after a friend read me the nastiest two-sentence review of my book in the Post’s Media Mix. It felt really personal to me. Plus, the reviewer spoiled the ending.
How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Now, with my book out, at least 100. On normal days, probably 15.
What’s your favorite letter? This feels like a trick question. My first thought was the letter my mother sent me while I was away at sleepover camp, suffering from terrible homesickness. My second thought was Q.
What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Mr. Harris, my seventh-grade English teacher. He used to give us paragraphs from classic literature and tell us to change every word to its synonym. At 13, I became a walking thesaurus.
When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? I volunteer every Thursday from 10-1 at the Christ Child Opportunity Shop, in Georgetown. The average age of their volunteer is 80. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.
Who is your favorite active journalist? Jennifer Senior. When people talk about having girl crushes on Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie, I think, what are they crazy? I am totally in love with Senior’s writing and range of knowledge.
If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? I’d like to be able to read minds. That power would have saved me a lot of time while I was still dating.
Red or white wine? Red, preferably from Italy.
Jenna or Barbara? Jenna. She always looks like she has something dirty on her mind.
More after the jump.
We think the President said it best- “The jokes may not be as good, but neither is the guest list.”
There were no TomKat or Ashton and Demi sightings. The biggest star (and highest dress slit) in the room was former Miss California Carrie Prejean, followed in star power by actor Tate Donovan and Angelina Jolie‘s brother James Haven.
But the 2009 RTCA dinner did light up the Washington Convention Center with DC journo star power- those attending included Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Lara Logan, Chip Reid, Major Garrett (check him out with Prejean in a photo after the jump), Chuck Todd, Jonathan Karl, Bill Plante, Savannah Guthrie, Ed Henry, Bill Press, Contessa Brewer, Luke Russert, Maureen Orth, Willie Geist, Mika and Joe, Judy Woodruff, Lawrence O’Donnell (and Norah and Kelly), Nancy Cordes, Steve Capus, David Bohrman, Robin Sproul, Heidi Collins, Carl Cameron, John Harwood, Mike Allen and Mark Whitaker to name a few.
As well as Robert Gibbs, Bill Burton and Laura Capps, Michael Steele (actually seated at a CBS table with Burton), Dana Perino, Samantha Powers, Ken Salazar (donning a cowboy hat), Austan Goolsbee, Gordon Johndroe, David Axelrod, Eric Holder, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Leon Panetta and Rep. Glenn Nye.
The dinner was a little unconventional than most. Before dinner was served, there were various performances by JibJab, the Onion News Network and Sweet Honey on the Rocks (a favorite of Michelle Obama, though she did not attend). RTCA chair and the evening’s emcee Heather Dahl introduced President Obama, who left soon after this remarks. The date of the dinner actually changed a few times to accommodate the President’s schedule.
The Joan S. Barone Award was presented by CBS’ Bill Plante to NBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira for his coverage of the bailout story on the Hill. Viqueira dedicated his award to Mary Dorman, the NBC Washington bureau’s longtime assignment desk manager who died early this year of cancer. The Bloom daughters also presented an award in their father David Bloom‘s memory. BBC’s Rome Hartman accepted on behalf of Orla Guerin. A video tribute to Bill Headline, Tony Snow and Tim Russert, all who passed this year, was also shown.
More photos after the jump…
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Happy Birthday to Dana Bash! Former Fishbowler Patrick Gavin is filling in for Politico‘s media blogger Michael Calderone this week- don’t read! What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…
The AP announced at the IRE Conference in Baltimore this weekend plans to distribute watchdog and investigative journalism from nonprofit organizations to its 1,500 member newspapers. More details in this press release.
Potential buyers of the Boston Globe are emerging.
From The Daily Beast- the 7 Best Moment From Sunday Talk.
NYT‘s Maureen Dowd takes a look at the new look of TV, high definition. MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell: “But people like authenticity. And if it means they see more of my wrinkles and freckles, and where I tried to wipe clean where my kid spit up on my shoulder, so be it.” CBS’ Bill Plante: “You go in knowing every mole and random facial hair will be visible to somebody watching closely.”
FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace is featured in a Q&A with the Boston Globe‘s Doug Most. He talks about why he’s a registered Democrat (because he lives in D.C.), his favorite TV show (“24″) and his most memorable interview (this one). More at TVNewser.
HLN anchor Robin Meade and former President George H.W. Bush were skydive partners Friday in Maine. They celebrated his birthday and also sat down for a lengthy interview, with questions on the economy Judge Sonia Sotomayor and his son’s legacy. TVNewser has the highlights here.
Why are Twitter-ers annoyed with CNN? WebNewser has the answer.
“Twitter is the teeny bopperification of America, the dumbification of America.” That was CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel, debating CNN’s Rick Sanchez yesterday also on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz.
More from Kurtz in today’s WaPo: “Twitter users are exchanging more than just 140-character bursts of blather about their daily lives: They are guiding their friends and followers to the latest news, information, gossip, snark, and a pulsating, real-time debate. Old-style news outlets would kill for that sense of belonging.”
From NYT, Conservative Magazines: Their Vision Isn’t G.O.P’s. “At The Weekly Standard, the point is “to air our views,” said Fred Barnes, executive editor of this newsy, inside-the-Beltway magazine. “A lot of people want to write for us about the future of the Republican Party. We’re not that interested in that. We’re not that interested in the future of Republicans or conservatives. We’re interested in Obama.’”
Why did White House senior advisor David Axelrod leave journalism? In a commencement speech at DePaul University near Chicago, he said of his start in media, “Journalists heped save the republic, and I wanted to be a part of that. But, over time, things changed. By the mid-1980s, journalism was becoming more business than calling. The front office began to take over the newsroom. The emphasis went from veracity to velocity, from reporting to receipts.” (h/t Chicago Sun Times)
Politico’s Calderone: “Obama, W.H. woo the Gray Lady.”
AP: Another Obama relative has a book deal. A memoir by George Obama, the president’s half brother and a resident of Huruma, Kenya, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2010. George Obama, 27, shares the same father with his famous, older half sibling.
JOBS after the jump…
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