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Good morning Washington. Did you go to The Express’ happy hour last night at The Greene Turtle? Or perhaps you were at Al Neuharth Free Spirit Conference’s evening gala, which recognized “Free Spirit of the Year” Cathie Black. Or yet another birthday party for that reporter with the curliest chest hair in the business?

The Newseum’s getting some serious dough, Tim Russert’s bobblehead only went for $46 on eBay, U.S News & World Report’s Alex Kingsbury, just back from Iraq, will be on Jon Stewart Thursday night and Lauren Conrad’s coming to the WHCA dinner!

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REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | MAGAZINES | RADIO | JOBS

  • It’s not even close — you think the D.C. protests yesterday were annoying as hell.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A release announced, “Barbara Paulsen, former senior editor of National Geographic magazine, has been promoted to assistant executive editor for text.”

  • Washington Business Journal reports,Cliff Sloan, the publisher of Slate and vice president of business affairs at The Washington Post Co.’s online media subsidiary, will join the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in June as a partner in its intellectual property group.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • The New York Observer reports,David Paterson and the Art of the Leak”

  • Reuters reports, “Dow Jones & Co, recently bought by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, is ending an agreement of more than 40 years to carry news from the Associated Press after the AP said it wanted more money.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Now that Tribune Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Sam Zell’s not swearing so much in his meetings with staff, his national tour of the Chicago Tribune parent’s properties hasn’t gotten much attention. Which is too bad. Because what’s being said as he and Randy Michaels, Tribune Co.’s chief executive of Internet and broadcasting, continue their road show is still newsworthy—even if it has nothing to do with cursing, Cubs and Wrigley Field.”

  • E&P reports, “The Audit Bureau of Circulations has moved closer to an overhaul of how it counts paid newspaper circulation. During a meeting of its board of directors last week in Kiawah Island, S.C., the bureau approved modifications that will affect how publishers report starting April 1, 2009. Among those changes: Newspapers will be considered ‘paid’ by ABC regardless of the price.” And, BtoB reports, “ABC gives initial approval to U.S. newspaper rule changes”

  • The Washington City Paper’s City Blog announced, “You’re invited to celebrate the Best of the Nation’s Capitol at Washington City Paper’s Best Of D.C. Ballot Party at Lounge 201.” It is tonight! “Here’s what you get: Free drinks, free hors d’oeuvre, free conversation with other people who you may or may not like but you can at least make fun of. Plus: An opportunity to cast your votes for the best places and people in the DC Metro Area. Votes for the Best Of D.C. will be tallied on March 27th and the results will be showcased in the City Paper Best Of Issue, hitting newsstands April 18th! Best Of categories include Food and Drink, Arts and Entertainment, Goods and Services, and People and Places.”

  • E&P reports, “You may be surprised to learn that, precisely five years ago, at least one-third of the top newspapers in this country came out against President Bush taking us to war at that time. Many of the papers may have fumbled the WMD coverage, and only timidly raised questions about the need for war, but when push came to shove five years ago they wanted to wait longer to move against Saddam, or not move at all.”

  • John McCain failed the Jeff Stein test — a question Stein asked in 2006, “Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite?”

  • The New York Observer reports, “It’s 1 P.M.: Who Is on Clinton Phone? Howard Wolfson: Hillary Spokesguy’s Daily Conference Call Is Hottest Party Line”

  • The Tribune Chronicle reports, “It was incorrectly reported in Tuesday’s Tribune Chronicle that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton answered questions from voters in a local congressman’s office. Reporter John Goodall, who was assigned to the story, spoke by telephone with Hillary Wicai Viers, who is a communications director in U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson’s staff. According to the reporter, when Viers answered the phone with ‘This is Hillary,’ he believed he was speaking with the Democratic presidential candidate, who had made several previous visits to the Mahoning Valley. The quotes from Viers were incorrectly attributed to Clinton.”

  • The Crimson reports, “Former Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal Paul E. Steiger spoke last night at the John F. Kennedy Forum at the Institute of Politics about the current recession in the newspaper business, contending that ‘we have not reached the bottom yet.’”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Lame duck reporters are bored”

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    TV

  • Obama Ratings Hit, Schedule Stays Packed

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research in metered markets for March 18, 2008, ABC News’ exclusive interview with Barack Obama which aired first on ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Leno’ and ‘Letterman’ in the metered markets. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ averaged a 4.0/9 household rating/share among the 56 metered markets which flew past ‘Leno’ 3.9/10 and ‘Letterman’ 2.5/6. Compared to the prior four week time period average, ‘Nightline’ is up 18% among households.”

  • Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar reports, “Oh, It’s On: Dan Rather’s Lawsuit Proceeds As Discovery Moves Forward”

  • Huffington Post’s Maia Szalavitz writes, “Wire v. The Media on Drugs II: You’re Right, David Simon, We Suck”

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp.’s Fox passed CBS as the most-watched television network after its ‘American Idol’ singing contest topped ratings and the Hollywood writers strike limited competition from scripted shows.”

  • Machinist reports, “How local TV embraced fake news”

  • Media Daily News reports, “Big Video content producers need to come up with aggregate ratings that combine television viewing with online video consumption, says Patrick Keane, vice president and chief marketing officer for CBS Interactive, speaking Monday morning at MediaPost’s OMMA Global conference in Hollywood. The combined rating would provide media buyers with a cross-platform option that’s simpler and more detailed in terms of data, because of online metrics.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “An unusually hefty though widely expected U.S. Federal Reserve rate cut Tuesday led to the biggest Wall Street rally in five years, but media stocks underperformed.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • The Los Angeles Time reports, “Facebook Inc. is rolling out tighter privacy controls that allow users to decide which friends can see their profile information and other personal details, the popular social networking site announced during a briefing at its headquarters Tuesday.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “The Federal Communications Commission’s auction of valuable wireless airwaves ended yesterday after raising a record $19.6 billion and setting the stage for the first nationwide network that would be open to all devices and software. The FCC would not yet name the winners of airwaves, so it was unknown whether a new company would enter the wireless world to compete against the two biggest carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Further, the sole bid for a block of spectrum to be used for public-safety workers was far below the minimum price set by the agency.” And, The Wall Street Journal reports, “After 261 rounds of bidding, a government auction of airwaves ended yesterday, raising almost $20 billion from companies hoping to build new broadband wireless networks for next-generation phones and other devices.”

  • Folio reports, “There’s still a lot of Internet out there. And for publishers joining — or cobbling together — mini ad networks, that means revenue. So says a new white paper released late last week by media investment banking firm DeSilva + Phillips. According to the report, Ad Networks: Monetizing the Long Tail, the approval of Google’s $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick shouldn’t spell doom for smaller ad networks.”

  • The National Press Photographers Association announced, “One of the most comprehensive and powerful visual compilations of America’s past five years of war in Iraq has been published by Reuters in partnership with MediaStorm.org. ‘BEARING WITNESS: Five Years Of The Iraq War’ is a multimedia gallery of photography, video, audio interviews, and informational graphics that’s a must-see for photojournalists.”

  • ars technica reports, “The man who spoke for Comcast at Harvard last month has told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency has no legal power to stop the cable giant from engaging in what it calls ‘network management practices’ (critics call it peer-to-peer traffic blocking). Comcast vice president David L. Cohen’s latest filing with the Commission claims that regulators can do nothing even if they conclude that Comcast’s behavior runs afoul of the FCC’s Internet neutrality guidelines.”

  • CyberJournalist reports, “Microsoft is building a new site called ‘Blews’ that scans the blogs to determine what are the hottest news stories.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Mediabistro reports, “So What Do You Do James Bennet, Editor of The Atlantic?”

  • The AP reports,Lynndie England, the public face of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, told a German news magazine that she was sorry for appearing in photographs of detainees in the notorious Iraqi prison, and believes the scenes of torture and humiliation served as a powerful rallying point for anti-American insurgents.”

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    RADIO

  • Politics and Prose announced, “Veteran reporter Daniel Schorr, the last of Edward R. Murrow’s legendary CBS team and currently senior news analyst for NPR, will discuss his book, Come to Think of It: Notes on the Turn of the Millennium, at the Friendship Heights Village Center on Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.”

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    JOBS

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Senior Producer.

  • Voice of America is looking for a Reporter and a News Division/writer.

  • Freedom House is looking for an Editorial/Program Assistant (Iran Programs).

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