Good morning Washington. Is it bye-bye Katie?!? It’s the birthday of Joseph Pulitzer (1847) and on this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced that the Beatles were breaking up.
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You would rather have Karl Rove on your debate team than Howell Raines.
Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Press releases that come marked as High Importance. Itâ€™s just not on!”
Erin Billings was promoted from senior staff writer at roll call to associate editor.
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NPR reports, “Sam Zell, the no-bull billionaire who took over the Tribune Co. in December, swept in promising to turn around its troubled newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and The Sun in Baltimore. Zell raised spirits and initially won some converts in the ailing media company. But profits have been plunging, and it’s become much tougher for him to meet huge interest payments on the company’s debt. And NPR has obtained a recording of a combative meeting Zell held with some of Tribune’s top journalists in Washington that may help explain why many of them are deeply skeptical of him.”
Jenny McCarthy will attend the WHCA as a guest of USA Today.
The AP reports, “Newspaper readers agree with editors on the basics of what makes good journalism, but they are more apt to want looser rules for online conversations, a new study on news credibility has found.”
“Gay press frustrated by Obama approach”
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Portfolio reports, “Who is the ‘most watched’ cable news network? If you read The New York Times — or the New York Post, or The Wall Street Journal — you probably think it’s CNN. The Time Warner-owned channel ran full-page ads in all three papers (two of which, of course, are owned by Fox News parent News Corp.) boasting of being the ‘#1 Most Watched News Network in 2008.’ And that’s true, of course…unless you interpret ‘most watched’ as ‘watched by the most people’ — presumably the way most Times/Post/Journal readers would see it. If total viewers is your measure, Fox News actually won the quarter, handily; TV Newser says it was fourth among all cable networks in total viewers, versus 14th-place CNN and 27th-place MSNBC.”
“Newseum Seeks to Be a Headline Party Spot”
The Los Angeles Times reports, “When veteran Los Angeles news anchors Harold Greene and Ann Martin were felled by a round of jobs cuts last week, they were in good company. At least 160 employees at CBS Corp. owned television stations in 13 cities were let go, including such seasoned broadcasters as prominent Chicago anchor Diann Burns, renowned Boston sportscaster Bob Lobel and longtime Minneapolis meteorologist Paul Douglas.”
A release announced, “Discovery Communications started a new conversation today about what it means to be green as it unveiled a robust slate of programming for Planet Green, the first and only 24 hour eco-lifestyle television network. At 6 p.m. EDT on June 4, 2008, when Discovery Home Channel is re-branded Planet Green, the network will reach 50 million homes with more than 250 hours of original green lifestyle programming.”
“MSNBC TV star Chris Matthews has been quietly sounding out Democrats across Pennsylvania about seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose Senator Arlen Specter, who shows no signs of slowing down or retiring, in 2010,” writes Roger Stone.
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“Murdoch And AOL Join Fight Over Yahoo”
A release announced, “USA TODAY announces the launch of a brand new instant message-based application. Available initially to users of AOL’s AIM service, the largest instant messaging service in the U.S., users will be able to search current and archived USATODAY.com headlines and set up real-time news alerts via instant message. USA TODAY’s instant message bot was developed by InfiniteAgent, a leading provider of instant messaging and SMS logging services.”
The New York Post reports, “Don’t expect AOL to be LOL over Facebook’s new push into instant messaging. Time Warner’s struggling online unit could be the big loser if the surging social networking service’s new chat feature, now in the midst of a slow rollout, takes off with its estimated 32 million US users, analysts warn.”
WebProNews.com reports, “The private nonprofit cable public affairs network C-SPAN is launching its own channel on YouTube. The C-SPAN channel on YouTube will be focused on the upcoming Pennsylvania primary and is inviting voters to answer the question ‘What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?’ Users will be able to upload their videos to C-SPAN’s YouTube channel and share what they believe is the most important issue in the election. Users who upload a video should focus on a single issue and include their name and hometown. A selection of videos will air on C-SPAN beginning Sunday, April 13 on ‘Road to the White House.’”
Reuters reports, “Publicis Groupe Chief Executive Maurice Levy said on Tuesday the advertising industry faced ‘tremendous pressure’ to change, but could still withstand competition from Google Inc and Microsoft Corp.”
The Union-Tribune reports, “Time Warner Cable says access to a Web site that has been posting blog entries about an officer-involved shooting in Oceanside was temporarily inaccessible to its subscribers because of technical problems and wasn’t intentionally blocked. The Web site, badcopnews.com, alleged that Time Warner’s Road Runner Internet service was blocking access by its Southern California customers because the site was publicizing the March 15 shooting of Rachel Silva and her 8-year-old son by off-duty San Diego Officer Frank White.”
Circulation Management reports, “AARP today has unveiled bulletin.aarp.org, the online presence of AARP Bulletin, the association’s news publication. The new site — called AARP Bulletin Today — features daily news, multimedia applications, and original content including columns such as Scam Alert, Save a Buck and Outrage of the Week. The site also includes targeted feeds for breaking news targeted to the association’s members, who are aged 50 and older.”
CNet News.com reports, “For more than a decade, Web site operators have enjoyed a broad legal shield against lawsuits filed over material posted by their users, which has let user-driven sites like YouTube and MySpace.com flourish.”
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Don’t forget to vote for the 2008 TIME 100 Finalists.
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“Race to Air America?”
Washington Business Journal reports, “WTOP Radio now ranks as one of the ten highest-grossing radio stations in the nation.”
ABC Radio announced, “Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and recent presidential candidate, will serve as guest host of Paul Harvey News & Comment on Thursday, April 10. Romney will bring his unique views as both politician and business leader to the microphone for the regular morning and afternoon news segments of Harvey’s program. Romney, who served as CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics, will also provide his thoughts on the recent safety concerns for the Olympic Torch relays leading up to this year’s Summer games in China.”
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A reader tells us, “The Pulitzer Prize Photograph exhibit at the Newseum doesn’t have any bylines under the wall of photos!! Has organization name but not the photographer’s.”
On Wednesday, May 7, at 7 PM, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein welcomes Cokie Roberts for a discussion of her newest book, Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. The program will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building. A book signing will follow the program.” For more info, click here.
The AP reports, “Media General Inc. on Tuesday said a large shareholder’s demands for sweeping operational changes reflect a ‘short-term focus’ and a failure to understand the company’s strategies.”
“Vote On the Junk Food Stories of the Year for the Project Censored 2009 Book”
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The Center For Independent Media is looking for a Deputy National Editorial Director.
The Global Fund for Children is looking for a Digital Media, Projects Manager.
Stars and Stripes is looking for a Supervisory Archivist.
Al Jazeera International is looking for a Producer and an Assistant Producer.
SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Copy Editor and an Editor.
The Montgomery County Sentinel is looking for a Marketing Intern.
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