Author and veteran Washington Post journalist Joel Achenbach will appear tomorrow in the Newseum’s Knight TV Studio at 2.30 pm. As part of the Inside Media series, Achenbach will discuss his new book “A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher.” The seven-time author’s latest work draws on a trove of unpublished government email and exclusive interviews to trace the errors that led to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and reveal the reasons why BP may have set the stage for disaster. Seating for this program is on a space-available basis. A book signing will follow. For more info on the event, click here.
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Don Graham has been holding journo lunch meetings for Vijay Ravindran, WaPo’s chief digital officer. According to Washingtonian, the lunches are being held to ramp up the former Amazon exec. on the business of news.
WaPo’s Liz Spayd, Joel Achenbach, Dana Milbank, Ian Shapira, Jose Antonio Vargas, Mike Wilbon, Jason LaCanfora, Dan Steinberg, Stephen Hills and David Plotz of Slate met with Ravindran at the last luncheon.
Most surprising is the one person that hasn’t hit Graham’s lunches… Check out Washingtonian’s Capital Comment blog for the full scoop.
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What we almost missed today…
• WaPo has launched “Personality Pages” to “create an ecosystem around a writer/columnist with contextual information, links to content created by that person, and other features like RSS feeds,” according to a memo from managing editor Raju Narisetti. Politico reports “so far, 20 staffers were contacted about the program, with half responding: Joel Achenbach, Chris Cillizza, Marc Fisher, Dan Froomkin, Carolyn Hax, John Kelly, Howie Kurtz, Dana Milbank, Lisa de Moraes, and Rob Pegoraro.” Milbank’s up first and you can check out his prototype here.
• And finally today, TMZ has arrived in DC. First scoop, the pooch.
What we almost missed today…
• We told you earlier today in the Morning Reading List about a rumor circulating on DCRTV that WaPo was considering the possibility of ending the paper’s Saturday publication. Tonight we learn from WaPo’s Joel Achenbach that this is not the case. “Not under consideration. Not gonna happen. Move along folks, nothing to see here,” he says here.
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After the Washington Post a.) sold all of its Wednesday papers and b.) announced that it would put out additional copies of a commemorative edition, lines formed all over the city yesterday afternoon in anticipation of the extra copies.
The line at the Washington Post’s 15th Street headquarters was especially long, but at pretty much any CVS, Safeway or 7-11 around town, Postie fans could be found.
Join us after the jump for a photo tour…
ALSO: Joel Achenbach also snapped some pics (and if you have access to this Facebook album, you can see some more pics from inside the Washington Post newsroom). We also heard that, when the Post ran out of its papers this morning, the Examiner sent hawkers to their building and handed out over 2,000 copies of its paper.
AND: Some news about washingtonpost.com’s big traffic day.
FINALLY: The line is BACK today at the Washington Post, with more folks trying to get their hands on the commemorative edition.
Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Kofi Annan and Chuck Todd! And, on this day in 1986, Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. And TVNewser gives us an update on Tucker Carlson’s TV show. Speaking of TV, ruin your morning TV folks by finding out how your salary compares to that of your colleagues.
A tipster tell us that at the end of the WaPo’s Pulitzer ceremony yesterday (see their coverage today), “they had a moment of silence for the families of the Va. Tech victims. They’re giving the prize money to a Va. Tech charity.” We should also note that the WaPo’s Ann Hornaday was a Pulitzer finalist in the “Criticism” category (“for her perceptive movie reviews and essays, reflecting solid research and an easy, engaging style”).
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Michael Meehan” has joined Virilion as Senior Vice President. Also, Melissa Boasberg has joined the firm as Vice President.
The ‘YouTube Voter Video on C-SPAN’ initiative is an Internet/cable broadcast collaboration centered around the upcoming Pennsylvania primary that encourages voters to respond to the question ‘What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?’”
Good morning Washington. Playbook tells us that Bloomberg’s Billy McQuillen, “who provides ‘adult’ supervision to Catholic University’s newspaper, is a birthday boy today.’”
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The Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach – yet again — failed to make Washington Life’s Social List. He gives his reasons here.
From an internal memo, obtained by FishbowlDC:
With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries just weeks away, we’re growing our National campaign team, with help from an amazing array of talent from just about the entire Post newsroom.
Starting Sunday we’ll launch Candidates Week — eight days examining the front-runners in each party. Terrific and insightful profiles for each came from a team of great writers from around the paper — Sally Jenkins, Eli Saslow, Sue Anne Pressley Montes, Joel Achenbach, Mike Ruane, Kevin Merida, Liz Clarke and Michael Leahy â€“ while photographers Melina Mara,Linda Davidson and Preston Keres barnstormed the country in search of the candidates and produced stunning black and white portraits. Style’s Robin Givhan has deployed her withering gaze on How the Candidates Look, joining our Dana Milbank on What They’re Saying, Michael Dobbs as the Fact Checker, John Solomon on Things You Didn’t Know about the candidates and Dan Balz, Mike Shear and Anne Kornblut on How They’re Running. Helping us put it all together into one smart package have been editor Lynda Robinson,generously on loan from the magazine, and Justin Ferrell, Outlook’s designer.
We are also making two additions to the national politics team to help us navigate the mad dash through the most intense primary season yet for a presidential campaign. Starting Monday, Steve Ginsberg of the Virginia staff will join us on a temporary basis to help politics editor Tim Curran plan and execute coverage. Steve is an accomplished editor with a gift for organization that we can surely use. He comes to us through the good graces of Bob McCartney, who had already lent us two of his best writers for candidate profiles.
We’ve also created an exciting new joint venture with washingtonpost.com: a national web politics editor/producer through the election to help us deal with the increased volume of news on the web and to help us take The Trail in new and innovative directions. It will be filled by Garance Franke-Ruta, who has made a name for herself as a keen observer of politics and its intersection with the web from her perch as a writer at the American Prospect and on her own blog, thegarance, which she will suspend when she arrives here. She will also begin work with us Monday.
From the Post’s internal announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:
We’re thrilled to announce that Joel Achenbach, reporter and Renaissance Man, will become a National Enterprise writer in October and work with us through the 2008 election.
Joel’s virtuosity is familiar to everyone: Since arriving at the Post from the Miami Herald in 1990, Joe has been a Style writer, explicator of Why Things Are (both in the paper and on NPR), author, columnist, blogger, and most recently, Outlook staff member. Common to all these varied roles is the seemingly insatiable curiosity that Joel has about the world and how it works and a graceful writing style adaptable to any medium. We want that medium to be A-1 and the web and his world to encompass science, politics, social trends and breaking news both inside and outside Washington.
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