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ABC’s Westin Wins Award, Addresses Tough Times

westin.jpg ABC News President David Westin received the First Amendment Leadership Award by the RTDNA (Radio TV Digital News Association) Thursday evening in Washington at the Ritz.

He spoke candidly of the importance of the First Amendment and of the trying times news organizations like ABC finds itself in today.

“In recent years we’ve seen pillars of our journalistic community go into bankruptcy,” Westin said. “We’ve seen our best institutions undergo cuts. And sometimes, wave after wave of cuts. People are asking whether some news organizations can survive at all. It’s against that backdrop that last week I announced a fundamental transformation of ABC News.”

He gave a serious shout out to D.C.-based correspondents.

“The First Amendment also asks that we employ beat reporters who develop their expertise and their sources over the years so that they can sort through the chaff and find and explain the kernel of wheat that no one else will find.

“Examples of these at ABC News right here in Washington are reporters like Martha Raddatz on foreign affairs and Jake Tapper on politics and the White House and Pierre Thomas on justice and Jonathon Karl on Capitol Hill and Lisa Stark on aviation and regulation and Terry Moran on the Supreme Court.”

Apart from Westin, award winners included: NBC’s Brian Williams, RTDNA President Emeritus Barbara Cochran, National Assoc. of Broadcasters Education Foundation President Marcellus Alexander, and Harvey Nagler, V.P. of CBS Radio News.

Too see all of the speeches from the dinner visit the RTDNA website here.

Read Westin’s full remarks after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 10.01.09

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mediabistro’s Laurel Touby is going on a six-month sabbatical to travel the world- and blog about it, of course- but not before a FishbowlNY “exit interview.” Laurel, take us with you!!

Yesterday was Christina Bellantoni‘s last day at TWT– she starts at TPM Monday. Bellantoni celebrated at Hawk and Dove for happy hour. How do Matt Cooper, Tommy McFly and FBDC get to work every morning? Find out who’s the laziest here. Happy Birthday to my Dad! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



Is Comcast in deal talks with NBC Universal?

If it’s morning, it’s “Morning Joe” vs. “Imus.”


WTOP is getting foolish– pairing up with The Motley Fool, a multi-media financial services company based in Alexandria.

A listener questioned Scott Simon‘s pay after it was included in a recent WaPo survey. “There are a few other people in public radio who earn more, both at weekly and daily programs,” says the “Weekend Edition Saturday” host. “Most everybody in commercial broadcasting earns a lot more.” (via Romanesko)


Sarah Palin’s already a bestseller.


The Fix, WaPo‘s Chris Cilliza‘s 2009 edition of the “Best State-Based Political Reporters.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE took on Fox News and Glenn Beck yesterday with this “reality check” blog post.


Former RTNDA President Barbara Cochran will be honored with the “Giants Of Broadcasting Award” from the Library Of American Broadcasting in NY today. Cochran retired as RTNDA president this summer after 12 years and prior to that she was the Washington bureau chief of CBS News, the executive producer of “Meet the Press” and vice president of news at NPR.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Morning Reading List 03.19.09

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Its day 59 covering the Obama administration and week seven for us. We’re back after a few day hiatus. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday preserving a healthy newspaper industry was important and he was open to adjusting antitrust policy if it could help. He was responding to a call by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give newspapers more leeway to merge or combine operations.

WaPo digs up a 1977 comment from President Jimmy Carter that DC should be granted voting rights.

Slate’s Jack Shaferdebunks” WaPo’s claim that PCP is making a “comeback,” a cover story Tuesday.

From the Daily Beast, “Who Made Frank Rich God?


Women are top picks for TV anchor desk“: Men have been leaving their anchor jobs because of budget cuts forced by the recession and changes in direction at the stations, and women are being elevated to more prominent roles.

From TVNewser: NBC’s Jeff Zucker fired back at Jon Stewart yesterday, saying it was “unfair” and “absurd” for the funnyman to criticize CNBC and question its coverage of financial news. “Just because someone who mocks authority says something doesn’t make it so,” Zucker said.

Tucker Carlson weighs in again, “How Jon Stewart Went Bad.”

Also from the Daily Beast, Glenn Beck on “Why He’s No Rush Limbaugh.” “I think I do something extraordinarily different than Rush. Rush is political thought, I am a guy who’s part rodeo clown. I don’t pretend to be able to plan movements of the parties and the presidents and everything else. I really don;t care that much about the parties…”

This is pretty absurd- David Shuster v. Karl Rove (Via Twitter).


NY Daily News says George Stephanopolous‘ Twitter-view of John McCain was a fail. “Now he should step away from his Blackberry, computer, iPhone – whatever – and drop the notion of Twitter as an interview tool cold turkey.”


From the release: Finalists for the 44th annual National Magazine Awards were announced yesterday. The New Yorker leads the list of finalists with a total of 10 nominations, including General Excellence, Reporting and Feature Writing.

Time Inc. is experimenting with a customized magazine that combines reader-selected sections from eight publications as it tries to mimic in printed form the personalized news feeds that have become popular on the Internet.

From Media Jobs Daily: Cuts At Conde Nast Are Imminent.


Former President George W. Bush is writing a book about decisions, scheduled for a 2010 release by Crown. “I want people to get a sense of how decisions were made and I want people to understand the options that were placed before me,” Bush said during a brief telephone interview.

RTNDA President and former VP at CBS News Barbara Cochran and former WaPo managing editor and current senior adviser of media projects Phil Bennett, are among the candidates for Berkeley’s J School dean.


Citysearch is looking for a Washington, DC City Editor

Worldbank is looking for a Web Audience Editor

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

Journos Gather at Ritz for RTNDF First Amendment Dinner

Last night was the First Amendment Awards Dinner at the Ritz Carlton, the 19th annual hosted by RTNDF.

The dinner was emceed by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who started by thanking his wife Kathleen (away on a skiing trip), his “ambassador to the human race.” He also thanked Rod Blagojevich, Sen. Roland Burris and Rahm Emanuel for producing numbers for Hardball and MSNBC. (A dinner guest points out to us that Matthews was still wearing his Hardball makeup.)

CNN’s Jack Womack presented the first award of the evening to colleague Susan Grant, the First Amendment Service Award. Grant joked she was sure “the board had run out of deserving journalists.”

ABC’s Charlie Gibson and Sam Donaldson brought a comedy act to present the Leonard Zeidenberg Award to Cokie Roberts. Some of their back-and-forth… Charlie: “Get your hands off me… I’m somewhat perturbed I have to share the podium with Sam.” Sam: “Women like older men- that’s me,” and Charlie: “Much older.”

Donaldson introduced a story about Roberts saying, “you can check this story, though I wouldn’t, it’s a good story,” to which Gibson replied, “like most of Sam’s stories.” Donaldson went on to tell about the time on the This Week with David Brinkey that John Tower asked what a womanizer was and Cokie looked at him and said, “I think most women know it when they see it, Senator.”

At her last dinner, RTNDF President Barbara Cochran honored the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with a special award, which was accepted by Alberto Ibarguen. To much applause, Cochran called prompt freeing of detained journalist Roxana Saberi in Iran.

And the last award of the evening was presented to Google’s Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt by PBS’s Judy Woodruff, as the whole room pondered, what would we do without Google?

In attendance: Dana Perino, CNN’s newly acquired State of the Union EP Michelle Jaconi, sitting next to Gloria Borger, who received a warm hello from Linda Douglass, Rome Hartman deep in conversation with Sam Donaldson at the cocktail hour, Mike Allen blackberrying away outside the Ritz, Lara Logan back from maternity leave, Google’s Bob Boorstin, Mark Whitaker with new deputy bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes, David Bass, Emily Heil, Karen Travers and so on.

Donaldson, Gibson, Woodruff and Womack to Present at RTNDF Dinner

You can expect a star-studded (in DC journo terms) event next Thursday, March 12th at the Ritz.

ABC’s Sam Donaldson and Charlie Gibson, PBS’ Judy Woodruff and CNN’s Jack Womack will all be on hand to present First Amendment Awards at RTNDF’s dinner. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will emcee the dinner.

From the release: Gibson and Donaldson will present the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award to Cokie Roberts. Woodruff presents the First Amendment Leadership Award to Google Inc. and Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google. Womack will present the First Amendment Service Award to Susan Grant, Executive Vice President of CNN News Services.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will also be presented with a special award for the support of First Amendment issues and Sunshine Week by RTNDF President Barbara Cochran.