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Congressional Women’s Softball Game Tonight

CNN’s Dana Bash and Brianna Keilar, USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich, Roll Call’s Jessica Brady, ABC’s Amy Walter, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times are just a few of the lovely ladies who will represent the Washington press corps in the third annual Congressional Women’s Softball game tonight. Our media minxes will face off against Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R- MO), Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other women Members of Congress in a game to benefit Young Survival Coalition (YSC), an organization focused on the issues unique to young women with breast cancer.

The game will held at Watkins Recreation Center, 420 12th Street SE, Washington, D.C. and is free for all to attend.  The first pitch will be thrown at 7.00 pm.

Full list of players after the jump.

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CQ Press First Street Unveils With a Spritz of Glitterati

From L To R: Steven Weber, Andrea Bowen, Rachel Leigh Cook, Wilder Valderrama, Robin Bronk, CQ Press First Street’s President John Jenkins and Gloria Reuben

The White Van

Valderrama was ready for his closeup.

Last night journalists were confronted with a couple of things at CQ Press’ First Street launch party at Art and Soul. First off: The stars were late. This left a dense pack of photographers, reporters and event handlers full of anticipation on the edges of a shrunken red carpet for a good while. Secondly: When the Creative Coalition showed up to the restaurant in a nondescript white van about an hour after they were due to arrive, eager fans rushed the van in a quest for autographs. This jangled the already frayed nerves of handlers who snapped and rolled their eyes at the autograph seekers and caused the red carpet procession to be more of a scrambling chaotic frenzy than it already is.

“Each one is worse than the next,” remarked Steven Weber, an actor dispatched by the Creative Coalition to red carpet events like these. He was talking about the red carpet portion of the evening only. Some might know him from NBC’s “Wings” or ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters.” Regardless, he looks familiar and people were chattering about how nice he is.

Valderrama was seen talking quietly and patiently with journalists in attendance. Despite the harried handlers, he methodically signed a slew of autographs on his way inside.

The purpose of the evening was to launch CQ Press First Street, which is owned by Sage, a worldwide publishing house, not The Economist Group. First Street aims to be a one-stop shop for journalists, lawyers and Joe Q. Public to navigate Washington’s lobbying industry. They’ve 30 employees with more hires on the way. So far AP has signed on, but Jenkins is staying silent on who else is. He doesn’t want the competition getting wind of internal info. The cost is $3,750 per year with discounts and scholarships to those who need them. “It’ll open up the transparency and help us better understand what lobbyists are doing,” Jenkins told FishbowlDC, mentioning those scholarships. “We understand journalists would love to have this and money is tight.”

Jenkins says the best part of First Street is that journalists will be able to do in a “millisecond” what would ordinarily take a week of research.

Weber, meanwhile, used his star power to praise CQ Press’ First Street, saying it’s going to be “invaluable.” He said, “It’s going to be a great way to find out who’s paying who off. It’ll be a good tool, a good way to ensure there’s disclosure.”

Once everyone barreled inside, the rest of the evening went off smoothly with speeches, booze flowing, big fried cheese balls and delicious miniature cupcakes with bright Pepto pink frosting for dessert. Journos mixed and mingled and dissected who all the stars were and in what movies or TV shows they’ve appeared. There was also chatter about Rep. Aaron Schock‘s (R-Ill.) shocking abfest on the cover of Men’s Health.

Find out who was there and see more photographs after the jump…

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The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called StyleBistro.com. They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

More pictures and guests after the jump…

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A Famous Recess Bash

It’s cocktail time…at least that’s what our friends at FamousDC tell us.  This Thursday, the famed bloggers of FDC and an equally famous event committee: Anne Brady, Jessica Brady, Charles Chamberlayne, Sara Diaz, Robert Grant, Blair Milligan, Marissa Mitrovich, Lauren Torlone, Brian Walsh and Tom Williams, will host a recess bash on the roof of Cava at 527 8th St. SE.

If you’re famous for DC, fame-curious or just need an excuse to booze, join the crew at Cava from 6-9 pm.  *Cash bar.

“MTP” Fetes New Press Rep

MTP's Adam Verdugo, Betsy Fischer and Erika Masonhall c/o WHCInsider

A group of Washington’s journos gathered for cordials and cupcakes at the home of “Meet the Press” (MTP) E.P. Betsy Fischer last night.  The cocktail party was held to welcome Erika Masonhall to the MTP team.  Formerly press secretary for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Masonhall is now the press representative for NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.”

In addition to network bigwigs like Fischer, Washington Bureau Chief Antoine Sanfuentes, David Gregory and NBC News President Steve Capus, some of the District’s top reporters were in the house to raise a glass to MTP’s press rep.  Jeff Zeleny from the New York Times, soon-to-be USA Today reporter Jackie Kucinich, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, Tammy Haddad, Roll Call‘s Jessica Brady and Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Manu Raju, and Keach Hagey all found their way out to Fischer’s Falls Church, Va. maison.

*Unfortunately for FishbowlDC, last night we learned the hard way that you should start a car more than once every three months to prevent its battery from dying.  R.I.P. battery and congrats Erika!

For more photos and info from the Masonhall fete, check out WHCInsider here.

Mike Allen, David Gregory and Antoine Sanfuentes c/o WHCInsider

Journos Race… And Not Just For a Good Story


Photo from the National Press Club website.

Nearly 700 runners and walkers- including Roll Call‘s Beth Brotherton, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, AP’s Erica Werner, TWT‘s Jen Haberkorn and CBS’ Laura Strickler- came out for the 12th annual National Press Club’s race Saturday.

Funny enough, the race’s course went right by Freedom Plaza where tea party protestors were gathering Saturday. NPC runners joked about how much “free press” the protest was getting because of the 5K.

Of the DC media teams, E and E Publishing took first place, followed by Roll Call in second and McGraw-Hill in third. Teams from ABC News, Reuters, Army Times, Aviation Week and Hearst all also participated. And Roll Call‘s Jessica Brady was the race chair.

Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS) handed out prizes– the silent auction in conjunction with the race is still going on here. That includes “big ticket items” like coffee with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and an invitation to a taping of CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Happy Birthday To…

Shira Toeplitz! Friends of the Roll Call reporter gathered at Johnny’s Half Shell last night to celebrate.

In attendance: Erin McPike, Elizabeth Brotherton, Ali McSherry, Jessica Brady, Kasie Hunt, Carrie Dann, Anna Edney, John McArdle, Lauren Whittington, Tricia Miller, Reid Wilson, Jared Allen, Alex Isenstadt, Doug Heye, Alex Reese, Shannon Flaherty, Don McGahn, Eric Schultz, Ryan Rudominer, Paul Lindsay, Joanna Burgos, Kara Sidone, Lenny Alcivar, Alex Conant, Amber Wilkerson, Mark Paustenbach, Brendan Martin, Rodell Mollineau, Chris Perkins and Phil Musser.

A friend of the blog points out “there was flack representation from all six campaign committees!”

Hacks & Flaks Happy Hour

Last night at Union Pub, hacks and flaks gathered for some drinks and basketball (and tips and info sharing, of course).

And who was there? Sasha Issenberg, Erin McPike and Meredith Stencil, Jessica Brady and Elizabeth Brotherton.

From the Hill (the poor journos were greatly outnumbered): Scott Mulhauser from Lautenberg’s office, Joe Shoemaker, Max Gleischman and Christina Mulka from Durbin’s office, Mike Spahn from Murray’s, Alex Reese from Shaheen’s, Cassie Harvey from Mikulski’s, Jennifer Kohl from Rep. Elijah Cummings’s, NRDC’s Erin Allweiss, Jamie Smith from Rockefeller’s office, Jena Longo with Commerce Committee, Rachel Racusen with the House Ed. Committee, Alexis Marks from Matsui’s office, SEUI’s Mark McCullough, Adrianne Marsh from McCaskill’s, Doug Thornell from Van Hollen’s and former Politico Dan Reilly, now from Markey’s office.

Roll Call Changes

An internal notice, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Several staff shifts to announce: First, Jessica Brady is moving from the Features position to the Leadership Team to help cover the Senate. She will work with Erin Billings and provide spot news coverage for the Web, as well as in-depth stories for the Web and paper. Ali McSherry will move full time into the Features role, promising even more Mug Shots for our thirsty readers. Ali will be working with Debbie Bruno. Finally, Tim Taylor has expressed a desire to learn the ins and outs of newspapering, and will move into the editorial assistant position to work with Debbie on features and other story assignments, and to work with the copy and production teams. These changes will formally take effect when the lame-duck sessions ends, but we are hoping to have people in their new roles by the week of Dec. 15.

Morning Reading List, 01.07.08

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REVOLVING DOOR

  • Tom Carter is leaving The Washington Times to become communications director at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

  • Jessica Brady is joining Roll Call’s as the new features writer.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Jack Shafer writes, “Media scholar Ben Compaine tells me he thinks the Wall Street Journal has begun to reflect the journalistic philosophy of genocidal tyrant Rupert Murdoch, who completed his acquisition of its parent company, Dow Jones & Co., in the middle of December.”

  • Eat The Press alerts us that, “Bill Kristol’s first column is up at the NYT.”

  • CJR revisits “Checkbook Journalism”

  • E&P’s Steve Outing writes, “What’s Needed in 2008: Serious Newsroom Cultural Change”

  • Washington Post’s Deb Howell writes, “For as long as newspapers have existed, readers have complained that they focus on the negative and critical. Journalists tend to blow that off: That’s what’s news. But when readers are negative toward The Post or its journalists, they often are met with what former Post executive editor Ben Bradlee called ‘the defensive crouch.’ My new year’s resolution for journalists is: Suck it up and forget the abuse. My resolution for angry readers is: Don’t assume malevolence on the part of the reporter or the paper when mistakes are made. Most transgressions are caused by human error or ignorance.”

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ is the number one evening newscast of 2007 among Total Viewers (8.39 million), Adults 25-54 (2.58 million), and Households (5.8 rating). This marks the ABC broadcast’s first yearly win in Total Viewers and the demo since 1996.”

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 24-30, 2007.”

  • Fox announced, “Thursday night’s Iowa caucus translated into big ratings for the cable news networks. According to Nielsen Media Research, FOX News Channel came away with the ratings victory among all viewers and in the key demographic (25-54) as compared to the other cable news networks.”

  • A release announced, “Decision 2008: Before You Vote, a partnership of Leadership Florida, the Florida Press Association and the Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Inc., released credentialing information today for the upcoming Florida Decision 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate Debate that it will host at Florida Atlantic University on Thursday, January 24. The debate will be held in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m ET. The debate will be produced by NBC News and broadcast on MSNBC and Florida Public Television from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.”

  • A special moment between Chris Matthews and Sen. Clinton.

  • Dan Rather discussed how he would look at a settlement should CBS offer him one to drop his lawsuit against the network in an interview with FOX Business Network’s Neil Cavuto. Rather said: “I certainly would look at it, that’s not to say whether we would accept it or not. I want the truth to come out about this, and if the truth reflects badly on me when we get to discovery and find out what really happened in this case, then so be it.”

  • TVNewser reports,Mike Wallace, in a rare appearance on 60 Minutes, and Chris Wallace in a rare appearance live on a Sunday night, were both on the air at the same time tonight. Because of the late running NFL playoff game, Mike Wallace’s interview with Roger Clemens on 60 Minutes did not air until 8:20pmET. Over on Fox News, his son, Chris Wallace was 20 minutes into moderating the GOP forum.”

  • Check out Tracey Neale’s farewell from News 9.

  • TVNewser has some interesting tidbits from the Iowa Caucus ratings.

  • NewHour announced, “Jim Lehrer hosts a special half hour broadcast at 11pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2008 with coverage of the New Hampshire primary. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be reporting from the field in New Hampshire. Jim Lehrer will get analysis and perspective from political analysts Stuart Rothenberg and Amy Walter; presidential historians Michael Beschloss and Richard Norton Smith; and NewsHour regulars Mark Shields and David Brooks.”

  • Check out the Reuters pic of a Secret Service agent coming between Bill O’Reilly and Obama staffer Marvin Nicholson. For more details on what caused this, click here.

  • TVNewser asks, “Is CNN Trying To “Stick It To Fox” By Re-Airing ABC’s Debates?”

  • NewsHour announced that the show’s story on Food Safety has won a Golden Cine award. “Betty Ann Bowser headed a team that included Producer Tony Van Witsen, Associate Producer Katie Mulik and Reporter Mike Melia. Additional material was contributed by Producer Saul Gonzalez and Correspondent Lee Hochberg.”

  • B&C reports, “Attention, national and local news operations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulation 23 CFR 634 goes into effect Nov. 24. So what? It requires workers on or near public highways to wear high-visibility safety clothes on the job. … This means that starting in the fall, there will be no more reporters in camel-hair overcoats and stylish parkas doing those winter stand-ups on traffic and weather along any public roadway — at least not without day-glow vests, reflective tape or other approved safety gear, as well.”

  • 23/6 reports, “Media outlets can’t resist screwing with Mike Huckabee’s name. Like bugs to those lamps that kill bugs, they flock, desperate to bask in the glow of their own wit. While FOX News was the only outlet to use the candidate’s name in lieu of a dirty word, The Atlantic coined Huckenfreude and Drudge went with Huckaboom. New York Magazine went all Brangelina on him with Huckabuchanan and the blogs spread Huckahunt, Aw Shucks-a-bee, and Huckabust like gonnorrhea at the University of Miami.”

  • Journal-isms reports, “The nation’s news media appear to be inching toward greater diversity in their campaign coverage teams as the Iowa caucuses take place Thursday and the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire presidential primary follows on Tuesday. Nearly all of the major news organizations contacted by Journal-isms on Wednesday could cite at least one journalist of color who would be part of the coverage — braving that little matter of the weather.”

  • The Feed reports, “In The Age of Obama, Media Diversity Takes Some Hits”

  • A tipster asks, “MSNBC’s promo for Joe Scarborough says he was a member of Congress from 1994-2001. He was elected in 1994. But wasn’t sworn in until 1995. Shouldn’t Joe know that?”

  • The ABC News/WMUR/Facebook presidential debates for both Republicans and Democrats took place last night. Charlie Gibson moderated.

  • Check out some pics from the FOX News’ forum in New Hampshire here.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Poynter Online reports, How the “FOIA Reforms Help Journos, Bloggers”

  • Hitwise News reports, “Top 10 News and Media Category Websites Ranked By US Market Share of Visits”

  • Jack Shafer writes, “In praise of booze in the newsroom.”

  • Pajamas Media reports, Scott Horton’s smearing of the U.S. military is a swamp of dubious sources and hidden agendas, writes PJM’s Bob Owens. A fresh look at the Harper’s blogger reveals that his conflicts of interest run even deeper than previously thought.”

  • Don’t miss the Mediabistro party at The Park at Fourteenth on Tuesday, January 22, enjoying drinks and complimentary appetizers. For more info, click here.

  • Instapundit reports, “Blogger Andrew Olmsted has died in Iraq.”

  • John Dickerson writes, “You know when a celebrity television personality like Bill O’Reilly arrives at a political event because they always have a retinue and because people turn their cameras and camera phones from the candidate to capture the famous face. When the popular Fox News entertainer arrived at the Obama event in Nashua, people turned to him but not always approvingly. ‘Hey O’Reilly,’ yelled a man. When O’Reilly turned he got a single finger salute. A few people approached Bill to shake his hand but the overwhelming sentiment was not favorable. ‘O’Reilly hate monger,’ yelled a woman. A few other people gave him the bird. ‘I hate you Bill,’ yelled a man. ‘You can’t stop us Bill,’ yelled another. I thought someone might brain him with one of those Obama hope signs.”

  • A release announced, “Brent Bozell claims in his newest release, Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will, that the media has succumbed to the pressure by the Clinton forces, going so far as to bury stories that might damage her presidential chances. But has it? To find out, the National Press Club has invited Bozell for a discussion of his new book in an open forum on January 10 at 6:30 p.m.”

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    RADIO

  • Reuters reports, “U.S. government antitrust lawyers have spent nearly 10 months so far investigating Sirius Satellite Radio Inc’s plan to acquire rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc, despite company hopes that the deal would be approved by the end of 2007.”

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    JOBS

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors is looking for a Writer/Editor and a Financial Services Reporter.

  • Government Executive is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Politico/Politico.com is looking for a National Account Executive.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Senior Editor, North America.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for an Account Manager, Circulation.

  • Foreign Policy is looking for a Media & PR Coordinator.

  • The (Annapolis) Capital is looking for a sportswriter.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Construction News Reporter.

  • Science News is looking for a Circulation Manager.

  • Argus Media is looking for a Power & fuels reporter.

  • Express/The Washington Post Co. is looking for an Assistant Art Director.

  • FierceMarkets, Inc. is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Staff Writer/Suffolk Public Safety.

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants is looking for a Reporter/Editor.

  • Patuxent Publishing is looking for a Reporter and a General Assignment Reporter.

  • USA Weekend Magazine is looking for Freelance Copy Editors and Fact-Checkers.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a News Ace.

  • Inside Washington Publishers is looking for Print and online reporters.

  • The Washington Times is seeking a Talented Copy Editor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Production Assistant, Tell Me More, an Editorial Assistant, Tell Me More, and an Associate Editor, Tell Me More.

  • National Association of Broadcasting is looking for a Media Relations Manager.

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