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There’s no sane, coherent way to collectively describe the feature stories coming out of  D.C-based publications these days. That’s because they’re all different, with no real theme, sometimes good, often weird. We took a gander at what several of you are featuring in your features.

The good- WaPo ran a column in its Lifestyle section Tuesday by reporter Howard Schneider about how he tracked down the owner of a random pink iPod he found. It was an iPod Shuffle, meaning returning it was likely more hassle than it was worth. Even so, Schneider put his reporting skills to good use and found the owner by finding an email address on one of the song files that was purchased through iTunes. Dar Maxwell, the owner, said she was glad “it was a cool playlist” on the iPod.

The kinky- The Daily Caller‘s Entertainment section doubled as a Victoria’s Secret catalog Wednesday. For no apparent reason, other than that it’s December, they ran a slideshow of female celebrities in skimpy Santa outfits. It wouldn’t be half bad if the photos were decent in quality. They mostly look like images captured on the screen of a 1997 Sharp TV. We’ve seen much better from them.

The ugly- The Washington Times published a simple AP story on Michael Douglas‘ son, Cameron, having a prison sentence nearly doubled from five years to nine-and-a-half years. It’s ugly because it’s boring. Also because Cameron looks like he’s melting. And what is with that awful star earring?

The lazy- Q&A format stories are only fitting if every word the interviewee says is interesting. Clearly this type of story should be used for very few people. And actress Holland Taylor isn’t one of them. Yet the Q&A format is how The Hill ran an interview with Holland about her role in a new play at the Kennedy Center. Her answers are long, monotonous and could easily be paraphrased or broken down into smaller quotes. Furthermore, the story is more than a week old and is still positioned prominently in The Hill‘s Capital Living section.

The noteworthy- The Washington Examiner ran a feature on Thursday about religious leaders in the city reaching out to Occupy D.C. protesters. Rev. Brian Merritt of Palisades Community Church keeps returning to Occupy camps to discuss faith despite getting “obscenity-laced tirades from some of [the protesters].” That’s called perseverance. Or insanity, depending on your religious leanings.

 

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Morning Reading List, 05.09.07

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  • An ABC release announced “World News with Charles Gibson” was “the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54 for the week of April 30.” Averaging 8.10 million Total Viewers, “World News” won every night last week in both categories, outperforming NBC’s “Nightly News” by 610,000 Total and 210,000 key demo viewers. “This marks ABC’s greatest Total Viewing advantage over NBC in twenty months.”

  • Robert Stacy McCain has excerpts from the interview The Washington Times did with Michelle Malkin and HotAir.com’s Executive Producer Bryan Preston.

  • From a reader: “The most fun of the North Portico was the race of the photogs the brits against the US to get first on to the Stands…. sort of finished off a race horse weekend. Which do you think the Queen would have bet on?”

  • TNR gives readers “a selection of foreign authors whose domestic reputation far outpaces their standing in the United States, and whose work has recently become available in English.”

  • Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor of Investigations Bob Woodward, did an online chat yesterday about former CIA Director George Tenet’s book, “At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA.”

  • Carl Bialik reports, “Mike Conway, an assistant professor of journalism at Indiana University, “set out to study the number of times Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly used name-calling and other propaganda techniques on his show. Mr. Conway released his report and then watched Mr. O’Reilly employ some of the same methods to ridicule the research —- the TV host even counted how many times he called someone a name in his rebuttal.”

  • News And Tech reports, “Craigslist founder Craig Newmark said newspapers’ hallmark should be in investigative journalism, even as he predicted a dismal future for ink-on-paper distribution.”

  • Express’ Fit section’s Vicky Hallett is a new columnist for The Post’s Health section. Hallett and The Post’s Howard Schneider are now the weekly MisFits columnists.

  • Guardian Unlimited reports, “Reuters chief executive Tom Glocer will take the top job if the proposed takeover by Thomson is successful.”

  • C-SPAN announced the 2007 C-SPAN StudentCam winners are announced during “Washington Journal,” yesterday. The grand prize winning video is “Jupiter or Bust: The El Sol Solution,” by Zach Chastain, Bryan Cink and Ryan Kelly of Jupiter, Fla. which explores the national issue of illegal immigration and the proposed solution in their community.

  • The New York Observer reports that Jill Abramson was in a traffic accident yesterday morning and Bill Keller sent a memo to the newsroom explaining what happened: “She is conscious (in fact, she managed to be both funny and stoic through her morphine haze, so the essential Jill seems to be intact) but she has a badly broken leg and is being checked for other injuries.”

  • The controversy generated by George Tenet’s “new book was the fourth biggest story last week, filling 5% of the overall newshole, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index from April 29 through May 4. But the Tenet tempest was really part of a bigger subject—the conflict in Iraq—that continues to dominate the media landscape like no other issue, and which last week spawned many different story lines.”

  • The former features editor at the Boston Globe, Lincoln Millstein, “suggested Monday to attendees at the Newspaper Association of America’s annual convention in New York: turn over all lifestyle and service-oriented features stories to readers and have them write the stories,” writes Forbes’ Louis Hou.

  • The Salt Lake Tribune reports, “In the Friday night matchup between Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and conservative pundit Sean Hannity, it was local Fox affiliate KSTU Channel 13 that came out the big winner.” The station “garnered the best Friday night ratings in at least 15 years and possibly ever, said KSTU marketing research director Melissa Freeman.”

  • A reader shares a homemade joke: “Q: What do the new Newseum and Katie Couric have in common? A: They both cost just as much with the same amount of public interest”

  • Will Bunch asks, “why in the name of God are four working journalists among those attending this state dinner — not as reporters with a notebook or a camera but as guests munching on Dover sole and dancing into the night with America’s own brand of dukes and earls?”

    Jobs

  • The American Gastroenterological Association is looking for a Design/Production Manager.

  • Richmond.com is looking for an Editor.

  • The United States Coast Guard is looking for someone in Public Relations.

  • Intelligence Press, Inc is looking for a Reporter.

  • Bisnow on Business is looking for Writers/Reporters/Editors.

  • Oceana, Inc. is seeking an Editor/Writer with a passion for Ocean advocacy.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Department Coordinator and a Communications Specialist.

  • National Association of Manufacturers is looking for a Corporate Communications Specialist.

  • The Daily Record is looking for a Lawyer with a passion for journalism.

  • One Economy Corporation is looking for a Senior Content Producer for Health and a Copy Editor.

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