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Friday ICYMI – Overheard | World Cup | Revolving Door

In case you missed it, here are some of our fav recent stories across the web.

#Overheard: Yahoo News Political Reporter Chris Moody live-tweets conversations he overheard at the Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday night.

#WorldCup: MediaJobDaily identifies three ways to watch the World Cup at work and keep your job.

#Opportunity: Now with Jeff Bezos, the future of The Washington Post, in a cover story online now (and in print on Tuesday) by the Columbia Journalism Review.

#RevolvingDoor: Head of Nat Geo social media Robert Murray is leaving to launch his own startup to empower people through data, social design, and emerging tech.

#Genius: The Atlantic explores the secrets of the creative brain.

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Solomon Highlights Conflict of Interest in Post Reporting of CIA

Microphones At Press ConferenceWord on the street (like actually the street) is that journalist and media activist Norman Solomon is planning a presser outside The Washington Post offices to highlight the newspaper’s refusal to disclose conflict of interests in reporting on the CIA.

More than 30,000 people have signed a petition urging the Post “to be fully candid with its readers about the fact that the newspaper’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA.” Solomon is in the process of delivering the petition to the Post. After doing do, he will be available for comment in front of the building, located at 1150 15th St. NW.

To set up an interview with Solomon, contact Stephen Kent at skent@kentcom.com or 914-589-5988.

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State.

Jake Tapper Resolves to be More Jewish in 2014

We here at FishbowlDC long ago gave up any pretense at self-improvement. But other DC journos aren’t quite as jaded. Lesser-known Bezos property The Express has talked to some local journos about their new year’s resolutions -and the results are revealing. For example: Jake Tapper wants to go to more Hebrew School, question-mark-guy Matthew Lesko has a brand new tattoo, and NBC 4 anchor Aaron Gilchrist doesn’t actually know the city that well. Here are some of the best resolutions from DC media personalities:

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“Now that my kids are 4 and 6, I want to spend more time getting involved in our spiritual health, in our synagogue — more Sabbath dinners on Friday night, more attendance at Hebrew school, more participation in holidays and, I think, just more discussion of the mysteries of life.” -Jake Tapper, CNN

 
Cokie Roberts“It’s to be more like my mother. She died this summer, and I have been reading the 1,000 letters I have gotten, from people writing about the incredible things she did for them. She, Lindy Boggs, was a member of Congress for nine terms and then U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. She always treated everyone with great love, respect and dignity. As a reminder, I always wear a ring made out of two of her old rings.” -Cokie Roberts, NPR

 

Jummy Olabanji“Mine is to run my first half marathon. I found a training program online; it’s a 20-week program. Another goal of mine is to stick to the training program so I don’t pass out during the race.” - Jummy Olabanji, ABC 7

 

 

 

More celebrity resolutions after the jump

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Game Over for WaPo TV’s ‘In Play’

Alternative headline: WaPo TV’s ‘On Background’ Now Off the Record.  Golly, we’re witty.

Either way it seems that after less than  five short months, the Post‘s political web TV programs have gotten the ax. Launched in late July of this year, ‘In Play’ hosted by Chris Cillizza and Jackie Kucinich and ‘On Background’ with Nia Malika Henderson promised to “get at the politics of politics, in a fun way.”  But like many of WaPo‘s new media ventures, it’s all fun and games until someone has to watch.

Maybe it was the terrible echo in the studio, the awkward set or the low budget soundtracks. Or perhaps Jeff Bezos thinks Cillizza has a voice for print.  Whatever the reason, sources say that both shows will cease production today.

As reported by Poynter, WaPo TV’s talent will continue to be used to create tighter, online video packages for the Post website. A WaPo spokesperson confirmed Poynter’s report, but did not immediately reply to our inquiries about the motivation for killing the programs, headcount reduction, or the fate of the shows’ EPs.

UPDATE 5:34 PM:

A spokesperson for WaPo writes in to clarify:

First, there is no headcount reduction. And in regards the motivation behind the changes- this restructuring reflects what the PostTV team has learned since the launch. These changes are a natural evolution, and the team has always said they were going to continue to iterate on the product. PostTV will focus more on easily digestible segments with the same staff and personalities viewers have come to know. They will also start expanding their areas of coverage beyond strictly politics.

 

 

Washington Post Co. Is No More

It’s official. The Washington Post Company announced Monday that they will be changing their name to Graham Holdings Company to reflect the sale of it’s most well known asset to Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos. The name change will take effect November 29th, according to a company press release.

Along with WaPo, Bezos also took El Tiempo, Express, the suburban Washington Gazette weeklies and 23 acres of undeveloped land in Maryland off the Graham family’s hands, according to Post reporter Debbi Wilogren.

Graham Holdings Company (NYSE ticker symbol GHC) still owns the Kaplan education company, the Slate Group of magazines and websites, several television stations, and a Pheonix-based cable provider, among other assets.

 

WaPo Columnist is ‘Optimistically Cautious’ About Jeff Bezos

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Michelle Singletary, the personal finance guru, knows a thing or two about longevity. She’s had a successful multi-platform media career since the early 90s, working in radio, TV and print. The Pulitzer nominee is currently WaPo‘s “Color of Money” columnist, and is syndicated in over 100 newspapers around the country.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Singletary spoke about the decline in newspaper readership, how she connects with her readers and the Jeff Bezos takeover:

There was a mixed bag of reactions to the sale of The Washington Post back in August. How did you respond to the news? How has the transition of ownership to Jeff Bezos affected you?
Like everybody else, I was shocked. I was on my way to pick up my kids from summer camp when I heard the news. I think initially I was optimistically cautious. Whenever your company is sold, there’s a lot of fear. You’re not sure what’s going to happen. But what I knew of Jeff Bezos and his running of Amazon, I liked. I’ve admired him. I’m a frequent customer of Amazon, and I like the way it’s run. I’m pretty tough on companies, and I don’t have any complaints about Amazon. So that made me feel a little relieved because if he runs the Post like he’s run Amazon, we can’t help but get better.

For more on Bezos’ newsroom visit and Singletary’s advice to media pros, read: So What Do You Do, Michelle Singletary, WaPo columnist and Personal Finance Guru?

– Aneya Fernando

Afternoon Reading List 09.25.13

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Obama administration’s revolving door for the media: Yesterday, TWT’s Jennifer Harper wrote a story on the administration’s frequent hiring of members of the media, which has become a growing concern for conservative critics. The ratio of reporters working for a democrat administration versus the reporters that were in a republican administration is estimated to be around 5 to 1. 

Why you should read it: If you decide to get out of the media and start working for the government rather than reporting on the government, there’s a better chance of you getting hired if there’s a democrat in office.

New WaPo owner speaks: HuffPost reports on Jeff Bezos’ appearance on CNN’s New Day earlier today, stating that he’s optimistic about the future. He plans on making the focus at WaPo the same as the focus on his other company, Amazon.com, which would be on the customer, and also hopes to “experiment” with the paper, giving it a “financial runway” for endeavors.

Why you should read it: Bezos has a tough road ahead if he wants to make WaPo profitable again. Check out the story for video of his first televised interview since he purchased the publication.

More on congress’ social media master after the jump…

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WaPo’s Rubin to Pexton: ‘Hahahahahahaha’

WaPo’s ex-Ombudsman Patrick Pexton had some raw advice for the publication’s new owner Jeff Bezos in a story for Washington City Paper this week. Among his suggestions: Fire right-wing blogger Jennifer Rubin. He whined about how terrible he thinks she is, and said he received more complaints about her than anyone — because that’s exactly what newspaper publishers don’t want in a writer, to make waves and increase web traffic, right?

We asked for her reaction. Her response to FBDC? “Hahahahahahaha.”

An excerpt from Pexton’s column in WCP:

“Jennifer Rubin. Have Fred Hiatt, your editorial page editor—who I like, admire, and respect—fire opinion blogger Jennifer Rubin. Not because she’s conservative, but because she’s just plain bad. She doesn’t travel within a hundred miles of Post standards. She parrots and peddles every silly right-wing theory to come down the pike in transparent attempts to get Web hits. Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable. Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward.” — …Rubin was the No. 1 source of complaint mail about any single Post staffer while I was ombudsman, and I’m leaving out the organized email campaigns against her by leftie groups like Media Matters.”

(Note to Rubin: We’ve always enjoyed your nerviness. To bring Media Matters into the argument–even while “leaving them out”–only muddies Pexton’s argument. They are big on email campaigns, small on thought. Of course they live to hate bloggers like you — that’s called breathing over at MMFA HQ.)

Jeff Bezos Watch Continues, Day 11

We were keeping track of the number of stories about WaPo’s sale to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, but lost count somewhere around 17 billion. Is it safe yet to call a state-of-emergency over the level of journalistically-induced hysteria this has caused? If we don’t reach the peak coverage soon, This Town might just implode in on itself.

Here are a few of the latest pieces:

Tim Carmondy, for Neiman Lab: Talk about some foresight, Carmody is already looking to Bezos’ death in this piece: “The Washington Post offers Bezos the chance to reinvent a newspaper during turbulent times, and in the process leave something to his family beyond Amazon.” Because the $25 billion he was already leaving them wasn’t enough?

WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane: Yesterday Cillizza published what he said were real emails between himself and Kane, though they’ve been edited for grammar. Side Note: if this is how they generally email, maybe they’re doing it wrong? It seems so… staged? Can we please have some filthy cussing in the next series? Anyway, Cillizza makes at least one good point: “Local newspapers were struggling long before the Bezoses of the world decided to get into the journalism industry.” And Kane: “…if this experiment ends well, does it mean the ‘Benevolent Billionaire’ is the only path to success for newspapers and their successors?” If the answer is yes, then that is bad, bad news folks.
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Afternoon Reading List 08.14.13.

WaPo can’t be Politico and shouldn’t try, says ex-Politico writer — The recent sale of WaPo to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has sparked a lot of analysis of why the newspaper’s profits have slumped. But in a piece for BuzzFeed, Steve Friess   — who left Politico just last Friday after writing for Politico Pro –  argues that much of that analysis has been misguided and that “if the Washington Post becomes Politico we all lose.” Friess, who was a senior reporter for the publication, is careful not to burn bridges despite what the subhead says: “A recently departed Politico reporter on why The Washington Post should steer clear of his old employer’s model.” He writes that Politico has been profitable because of their very close coverage of a niche, and that most of the profits come from Politico Pro. WaPo, on the other hand, must focus on a broader array of coverage and couldn’t make a revenue if it took to Politico’s model. Friess cited analysis from NYT’s Ross Douthat that WaPo’s “fatal sin is an alleged failure to fully embrace to internet and deploy the sort of kinetic, report-ever-bowel-movement coverage of official Washington that has turned Politico into a juggernaut.” He argues that there’s a market for both, but WaPo needs to be itself, not Politico.

Why you should read it: There’s been a lot of coverage of the WaPo sale, and Friess puts a compelling argument that goes against the grain of popular analysis of the sale.

What can Bezos do? WaPo doesn’t get sold every day, so we’re going with another look at the sale to finish off today’s reading list. Though it doesn’t happen often, WaPo has changed hands before. And, TNR’s Todd Gitlin reports, the newest owner may “figure out not only how to get people to read journalism but how to create it somewhat afresh. Or he may take one or another low road.” Gitlin offers no solution, but says WaPo’s woes “will not be reversed if new money tries to do more of what the old money failed to do successfully–retrench and shift digital.”

Why you should read it: Gitlin offers not just insight into Bezos takeover of the paper but puts it in context with past sales and acquisitions by other tech billionaires.

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