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Fishbowl5 With National Press Club’s New Prez

Meet AP‘s Mark Hamrick, a new V.I.P. in town. The Washington, D.C.-based online video producer and business correspondent was sworn in as National Press Club President Saturday night. Watch the video with President Obama here.

1. You’ve been elected President of the Press Club. How does it rank with other great moments in your life? It ranks right up there with our wedding and the birth of my son, Christopher. As I told those on hand in the ballroom, it will probably be the best, largest such gathering before my funeral, except I got to be present for this one.

2. You’ve worked for AP for a quarter century. How does that feel and how do you think you’ve changed as a person and journalist in that time? First, as a person, I hope I’ve developed more empathy. As a journalist, my sense of mission has only grown stronger. On the job, I’ve learned to trust my instincts and intuition more. I think more about trying to make emotional connections to people with my work.

3. Your dad worked for AP. Did you always know you’d go into the journo business? My dad brought home a cassette recorder from his work in the 1960s and I was immediately fascinated by it. I knew I wanted to go into radio very early and was hanging out at my first station when I was 15 years old. I was employed soon after that doing newscasts and everything else one did around a small station. I went to a presidential news conference with my dad when Ford was visiting Topeka, saw the network reporters there like Tom Brokaw and knew that was what I wanted to do.

4. What improvements do you think need making at NPC? What is your platform for change or doesn’t it need it? The National Press Club has never been stronger financially. I want us to seek higher-profile speakers, including those who can participate in discussions about journalism. The public is eager for it, given what I’m seeing in the social networking space. Another project we’ve started is with a new Diversity Committee, which will help us to reach out to a variety of groups and individuals. We can do a better job telling the story of the National Press Club and why it presents a compelling value to prospective members.

5. Assess the state of journalism today and where it’s going. What do you miss from the “old” days and what do you think is exciting about today’s version of journalism? I miss the journalists from earlier generations, like Walter Cronkite and Christopher Glen from CBS and succinct writers like Art Buchwald and Jack Anderson. But I don’t yearn for those days. The pace of change in technology and media is breathtaking.  And, as in the past, people are always interested in knowing about good stories, no matter in video, radio or in print.

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Taking Out The Trash, 02.06.07

  • Most of you have no interest Sunday talk shows. Too early in the morning?

  • Fox gets the Giuliani love on his big presidential announcement day.

  • B&C reports that MSNBC GM Dan Abrams said, “We want to be ahead of CNN, and I expect that we will be within the year.” (Hat Tip: TVNewser)

  • Fox’s “Red Eye” premieres.

  • An NBC release announces that “Nightly News with Brian Williams” returns to the Gulf Coast region for the 12th time to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Brian Williams will anchor live from New Orleans on Tuesday, February 6.

  • A Politico reader asks Shenanigans, “What is [former NYT Executive Editor] Max Frankel doing at the Libby trial? Writing the definitive piece on Scooter? Or closing the book on Judy?”

  • NewsAssignment’s Matt Weir writes that while the Politico may not have been the new online media venture we expected, he expects, “the political news site of the future will be something more personal and citizen driven. Maybe even something like AirCongress.”

  • The National Press Foundation announced, “The 39th annual Worth Bingham Prize will be awarded to Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of The Hartford Courant for their series, ‘Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight,’ which was published on May 14-17, 2006. The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Foundation’s 24th Annual Awards Dinner on February 22, 2007.” Also being recognized are PBS’s Gwen Ifill, the late Art Buchwald, the Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and American Public Media’s Steve Henn & William Kistner.

  • To the reader that asked, “You guys are already getting ready for the hottest media types: that means I have only 6 months to find the blond curly haired tall girl. Did any tipsters write in where she works — nbc or abc?” Answer: ABC. That’s all we’re saying…

  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears that Sharon Percy Rockefeller has stepped down as president and chief executive of WETA television and radio. It’s said to be due to the lingering effects from an automobile accident. “WETA deserves and must have a president who possesses the physical stamina to meet the challenges which lie ahead,” according to her letter of resignation, submitted last week. She is married to Senator John Rockefeller, a Democrat of West Virginia. More soon…..


      DCRTV hears that Channel 4/WRC cameraman and video editor Ron Minor retired today after 37 years on the beat. Minor, just 22 when he started working at DC’s NBC station, says he feels like he’s grown up at WRC. He shot eight Super Bowls, covered the Nixon White House, and worked with David Brinkley, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, and Henry Kissinger. While he traveled the world from Bosnia to South Africa, Minor says that sitting in the war room on the USS Roosevelt at sea was his most exciting shoot. Look for Minor to continue his video work via Fine Line Productions…..

  • Taking Out The Trash, 01.23.07

  • Bolo tie wins. Just goes to show there is a difference between should wear and will wear.

  • Jack Shafer on words journalists should not use.

  • Cheney, media to take stand in Libby perjury case

  • An ABC release announced that Charles Gibson will anchor ABC’s coverage of the State of the Union from Capitol Hill. “He will be joined by George Stephanopoulos, Martha Raddatz, Jake Tapper, and Kate Snow in Washington and Dan Harris in Baghdad.” Gibson will also interview Sen. Barack Obama after the Democratic response.

  • Washingtonian remembers Art Buchwald, by showcasing a column of his he wrote for publication over 40 years ago.

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell highlights readers’ concerns about recent “omissions” in throughout the publication.

  • Elizabeth Vargas is on today’s Oprah Show discussing her “excruciating decision” between her job and her child.

  • Washington Business Journal reported that the Washington Post Co. added Thomas Gayner, the executive vice president and chief investment officer of Markel Corp., to its board.

  • Julie Mason blogs about President Bush‘s preferred nickname for USA Today’s David Jackson: “Action Jackson”

  • New York Times’ Neil Lewis explores the effects of the Scooter Libby trial on the relationship reporters have with government officials and how “news organizations reconsider the pledges their journalists may make.”

  • Wonkette discusses David Bradley’s feelings for Andrew Sullivan. Somebody sounds smitten.

  • A reader asks, “What is with the National Press Club and the luncheons and speeches it sponsors. Seems as if they are sponsoring only liberal democrats which only gives fodder to those crazed charges of a liberal media from Rush Limbaugh and his like.” The first few weeks of January included George McGovern, Sens. Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid, and Reps. Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi.

  • Finally, a real list of Washington area happy hours.

  • The Des Moines Register offers a local look at the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 bus which launched in Des Moines.

  • Eric Boehlert on “the media’s Clinton-Obama obsession.”

  • “NPR News will offer a live broadcast and audio streaming of President Bush’s State of the Union Address and the Democratic response on Tuesday, January 23 starting at 9pm ET. Michele Norris, host of All Things Considered, anchors the special news coverage with NPR correspondents, political analysts and members of Congress providing analysis of a number of key themes in the President’s address. This will be the first State of the Union Address to a Democratic Congress in 12 years. The following morning, Steve Inskeep, host of Morning Edition will offer additional coverage with post-address analysis and up-to-the-minute news generating from the nation’s Capitol. In addition to offering a live audio stream of NPR’s complete coverage, will also provide a comprehensive look at the President’s address, analysis and reaction from key members of Congress, and additional audio clips.”