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Karen Hosler has left the Baltimore Sun.
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A release announced, “The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is the winner of the 2007 Thomas L. Stokes Award for Energy Writing. Reporters Thomas Content, Lee Bergquist and Joel Dresang will share a $1,000 check and receive individual citations for the yearlong project.”
“Justice and the Press”
The AP reported that The Washington Examiner’s Nate Beeler won a Virginia Press Association award “for a portfolio of three editorial cartoons.”
Clark Hoyt says the Times was fooled again.
Deb Howell on “A Reporting Coup and Its Critics.”
“Celebrated History of the CIA Comes Under Belated Fire”
“With Order to Name Sources, Judge Is Casting a Wide Net”
“Are job cuts death knell for America’s newspapers?”
National Journal’s William Powers writes, “When some people first heard the news about New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and a prostitution ring, they thought: How awful, how tragic, how corrupt. When I first heard it, I thought: Thank God for newspapers.”
E&P reports, “A dispute over a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting has emerged between The Denver Post and the Charlotte (N.C) Observer. The conflict sparked a phone call Wednesday from Observer Editor Rick Thames to Post Editor Greg Moore, who is also a Pulitzer Board member. Moore says he is now ‘writing a letter about it.’”
“Walter Pincus Rips into Newsroom Neutrality”
The Washington Post reports, “In his youth, Ivory Wilson says, he drove a Bentley, drank Hennessy and rolled joints with $100 bills. Now he’s a middle-aged man, bent but not broken, homeless but not hopeless, writing fiction for Street Sense, the District’s twice-monthly newspaper written by and about the area’s homeless.”
The Q&A Cafe will feature The Washington Post’s Len Downie on April 10.
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TVNewser reports, “You know a presidential primary is really important when…a news program that rarely goes on the road decides to pull up stakes and do just that. With Pennsylvania the focus of attention on April 22, PBS anchor Jim Lehrer will broadcast The NewsHour from Pittsburgh during the week of April 21.”
Bob Schieffer: Who says there isn’t life after TV?
“Iraq war disappears as TV story”
“Rove on Fox: It’s Fair to Say He’s Mellowed”
Business Week reports, “Ever since Brian L. Roberts abandoned a hostile bid for Walt Disney (DIS) four years ago, Wall Street has wondered when the Comcast (CMCSA) chief executive and serial acquirer might make a play for another big media prize. The chatter picked up last fall, just before America’s largest cable company confessed that it would add fewer subscribers than expected in the fourth quarter. Some investors worried that, with growth slowing, Roberts might try to pick off Yahoo! (YHOO) or NBC Universal (GE) — diversifying away from cable by wading into the murky waters of ‘content.’”
Information Week reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is defending the way it tracks complaints, investigations, and enforcement, and it claims a critical government report is based on several inaccuracies. The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a 53-page report this week saying the FCC doesn’t properly collect and analyze data, making it impossible to analyze the effectiveness of its enforcement.”
Michael Calderone reports, “Fox launches ‘Obama Watch’”
TVNewser reports, “A tornado that tore through downtown Atlanta did not spare the CNN Center. This morning the network has been covering the aftermath of the severe weather, and the potential for more today. Anchor Betty Nguyen took viewers on a tour of part of the newsroom ‘where our writers and our producers sit.’ It is now covered with blue tarp. The tornado shattered windows in the newsroom and damaged the roof in the atrium which, until 2003, was the studio for the CNN daytime program, Talk Back Live.” And, “After last night’s tornado, CNN was taking no chances today. The blog Newscast Studio added, ‘Today CNN was thrown another curve ball…CNN’s Frederica Whitfield uses the CNN International set to bring the news to the viewers.’”
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The Project for Excellence will release the State of the News Media 2008 report today at www.stateofthenewsmedia.org.
Richard Prince writes, “A front-page photo of Sen. Barack Obama in the New York Times last week showed the Democratic front-runner on his campaign plane as a number of hands holding tape recorders reached up to him. None of the hands appeared to be black or brown. It seemed ironic in that Obama is the first African American with a serious chance to be president, running in a campaign in which the nuances of race have been discussed as never before.”
Poynter Online reports, “Newspapers and online publishers appear to be heading back into battle against search engine behemoth Google.”
Politico.com has been redesigned.
“Web Has Unexpected Effect on Journalism”
Find out here what His Extreme-ness calls “Just Whore-ible”
“strong>Laurel Touby Holds Fake Presser”
The AP reports, “Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Thursday he expects the next decade to bring even greater technological leaps than the past 10 years.”
“Is KickApps Next to Board AOL’s Gravy Train?”
A release announced, “OhMyGov!, the only website devoted to improving bureaucracy through the spread of information, ideas, innovative online tools, and strategic satire, today announced the launch of its pilot site, www.ohmygov.com, for beta testing.”
Conde Nast’s Portfolio asks, “Google’s business model of internet-search-driven advertising has become so dominant that competitors Microsoft and Yahoo can hardly compete. But will C.E.O. Eric Schmidt be able to keep Google true to its roots?”
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It’s that time of year again. “Nominate yourself or a colleague for the 2008 Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine Rising Stars.” Entries should be submitted by April 18, 2008 and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New York Observer reports, “At Columbia, The Inadvertently Boldface Joanne Lipman Sticks to the Script”
Mike Allen’s Playbook reports, “Jon Meacham and his wife, Keith, are celebrating the arrival of No. 3 — Margaret Randolph Meacham, to be called Maggie. You’d never know her folks are from Tennessee and Mississippi. They’ll see you in 18 years.”
Also from Mike Allen, “Jay Carney and Claire Shipman opened their home to a celebration for TIME Nation Editor Amy Sullivan’s new book, ‘The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap.’ TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel was also a host. Guests included Mike McCurry, Walter and Cathy Isaacson, Sally Quinn, Dana Bash, Howard Kurtz, Sam Feist, Chris Matthews and David Bohrman. Among many others, Sullivan thanked her fiance, The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber.”
Market Watch’s Jon Friedman tells us about, “Three magazines that deserve better fates”
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“Innovator rethinking Tribune ways”
Hollywood Reporter reports, “The future of Time Warner, MGM, Lionsgate, Liberty Media, satellite radio and the general outlook for mergers and acquisitions in the media and entertainment field were in the spotlight Thursday at McGraw-Hill’s 2008 Media Summit New York. ‘There is going to be a lot of M&A activity’ despite the recent credit crunch, said Santo Politi, co-founder and general partner of Spark Capital, during a panel on the industry’s deal outlook. His rationale: Media giants have become more active in pursuing digital companies as they embrace the digital future and private-equity firms’ ability to bid in deals is hurt by the crunch.”
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Jennifer 8. Lee will be at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue at 600 I Street, NW tonight for a Politics & Prose event.
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The McLaughlin Group is looking for a Writer/ Producer.
Child Welfare League of America is looking for an Associate Editor/Writer.
Washington Business Journal is looking for a Web Reporter.
The Associated Press is looking for an APTN Newsperson.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is looking for a Director of Communications.
Need To Know News is looking for a Financial Reporter.
NSSEA is seeking an Entry-Level Editorial Assistant.
World Resources Institute is looking for a Communications Coordinator — GHG Protocol, World Resources Institute.
National Journal Group is looking for an Account Executive.
Dickstein Shapiro LLP is looking for a Website Administrator.
Food & Water Watch is looking for an Advocacy Writer.
The Map Network, a NAVTEQ Company, is looking for a Destination Account Manager.
Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Defense Reporter and an Energy Policy Reporter.
A New Web Channel is looking for a Capitol Hill Correspondent/Fill-in Anchor.
National Public Radio is looking for a Senior Interactive Designer.
National Consumer Magazine is looking for an Associate Editor.
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