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Revolving Door: Sherwood Named WAMU Politics Hour Analyst

Tom Sherwood made his debut today as the offical resident political analyst on WAMU’s weekly Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi.

The Washington City Paper reports the show has been rotating in guests since Jonetta Rose Barras left over a pay dispute last May. The show was called the “Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta,” but will now just be called the “Politics Hour.”

Sherwood is also a reporter at WRC.

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Morning Reading List, 04.02.08

Good morning Washington. It’s Carl Kasell’s birthday! Charlie Rose is coming to town! Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about George Stephanopoulos. It’s the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, but more importantly, it’s the birthday of that thing that helps you answer the important question: Is my story idea new? (LexisNexis).

And OMG, first we get our first museum and now our own social network?!? Happy days are here again.

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  • You would rather bring Keith Olbermann home to Mom.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that I’m 36 years old, make $36K a year, and I’ve apparently peaked. Priced myself out of journalism. Too old and too overpaid.”


  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Whenever the economy starts to slide southward, the press starts sprouting horror stories spout about how ‘tax revenue shortfalls’ are starving state governments. Today’s (March 31) Washington Post Page One piece — ‘States Are Hit Hard by Economic Downturn: Many Cutbacks Felt by Most Needy’ — repeats so many of the genre’s clichés that the writers could have assembled the piece from memory.”

  • PBS’s MediaShift Mark Glaser writes, “Last week, I had the honor of giving a speech at Arkansas State University, as part of their Lecture & Concert series — at least, once I made it through the mechanical mayhem of American Airlines cancelling dozens of flights the same day I flew out. I also got to address a few classes in the College of Communications there, and meet with students who put together the school newspaper. It was heartening that out in the middle of the heartland of the U.S., classes on citizen journalism and public affairs reporting are being taken seriously. Plus, the students who work on the school newspaper (and who get paid to do so!) have been adding lots of original video reports to the newspaper’s website.”

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  • Who Should Replace Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation?”

  • A NBC release announced, “The road to the 2008 presidential
    election continues to lead to ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ (Monday-Friday, 11:35 p.m.-12:37 a.m. ET on NBC) as the late-night show welcomes presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) on Thursday, April 3. This will mark Senator Clinton’s third appearance on the late-night show.”

  • A RCN release announced, “RCN Corporation, a leading
    provider of video, data, and voice services to residential, business and commercial/carrier customers announced today that it will be a 2008 Official Sponsor and Corporate Partner of Washington’s Major League Soccer team, D.C. United.”

  • B&C reports, “Nielsen says that ad spending in the U.S. was up only .6% in 2007 over the year before, with Internet advertising showing the biggest percentage increase at 18.9%. American Idol had the most product plugs for a broadcast show, while American Chopper won big in the cable plug category.”

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  • Wired reports, “It looks like AOL is putting the pedal to the metal after its Third Screen Media acquisition. Today the web portal announced a partnership with NY-based Cellufun to launch a ad-supported mobile gaming portal. The end result fits well with AOL’s mobile aspirations: Cellufun will provide AOL’s mobile games channel with its social gaming chops, while the recently acquired Third Screen Media is slated to handle banner advertising for the portal.”

  • reports, “Columnist Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times opened up a group page with social networking darling Facebook to share photos and ideas from his travels.
    Kristof may have the investigative journalism business down to a fine art, but the dual Pulitzer winner finds himself embracing a challenge on a different realm than the world of Darfurs and Tibetan protests he faces today.”

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  • BtoB reports, “The Magazine Publishers of America announced Monday that it will present Magazines 24/7: Video, the group’s first conference focusing on videos on magazine Web sites. The half-day event, open to both MPA members and nonmembers, will be held June 10, at the Time & Life Building in New York. Among the sessions will be: ‘Video: What Works for Your Brand and Pocketbook,’ ‘Cashing in on the Video Craze’ and ‘Beyond YouTube.’”

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  • WAMU announced, “Jonetta Rose Barras, WAMU 88.5 resident political analyst and co-host of The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta, will receive two honors in May: a Hope Award from Calvary Women’s Services and an honorary degree from Trinity (Washington) University. Barras will be honored with the Hope Award at Calvary’s seventh annual Hope Award dinner, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at The City Club of Washington at Columbia Square. Barras will receive an honorary doctor of letters and deliver the commencement address at Trinity University’s 105th Commencement, scheduled for 11 a.m., Sunday, May 18, on the main lawn of the university’s campus in northeast Washington, D.C.”

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  • PRWeek reports, “From increased responsibilities to growing competition, the constantly evolving media landscape has created both challenges and opportunities for today’s journalists, finds the first-ever PRWeek/PR Newswire Media Survey.”

  • Recovering Journalist writes, “The latest edition of the Newseum opens in Washington in a couple of weeks, and John Robinson points out that admission will be $20 for adults. Twenty bucks? Excuse me?? Look, I know museum construction and operation is expensive, and somebody’s got to foot the $450 million bill for multiple interactive news displays. the ’4-D time-travel experience,’ the TV news chopper hanging in the middle of the museum and all of the other bells and whistles. But I thought that was why Freedom Forum, Gannett’s house charity, and other corporate sponsors were paying for this exercise in news industry self-indulgency in the first place.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The stocks of major media and entertainment companies tumbled during the first quarter, with all sector biggies except for Viacom hitting new 52-week lows amid weaker overall markets and concerns about the advertising market outlook fueled by fear of a recession.”

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  • The News Leader is looking for a Copy Editor/Page Designer.

  • The Winchester Star is looking for the next Star reporter.

  • Global Environment Facility is looking for a speechwriter/editor contractor.

  • Belo Corp is looking for a Photographer-Editor.

  • API is looking for an Web Content Administrator.

  • Atlantic Media Company is Announcing the Atlantic Media Fellowship.

  • Washington Life Magazine is looking for a Executive Assistant/Events Coordinator.

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  • Morning Reading List, 02.08.08

    Good morning Washington. Is the writer’s strike really over?

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  • It’s close, but you think David Brooks would win in a street fight against Bill Kristol.


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  • His Extreme-ness on the Weymouth hotness.

  • EWA reports, “The National Education Writers Association has ventured into new territory with the hiring of former Washington Post reporter Linda Perlstein as its newly created Public Editor.”

  • The New York Times reports, “In just the last few weeks, The San Diego Union-Tribune eliminated more than 100 jobs, one-tenth of its work force. The Chicago Sun-Times began a major round of newsroom layoffs, then put itself up for sale, and publishers in Minneapolis and Philadelphia warned that tough economics could force cuts there. Some major newpapers have several times as many readers online as in print, but grim financial reports have forced the papers to downsize.
    Not long ago, news like that would have drawn much commentary and hand-wringing in the newspaper business, but in the last few months, reductions have become so routine that they barely make a ripple outside each paper’s hometown. Since mid-2007, major downsizing — often coupled with grim financial reports — has been imposed at The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The San Jose Mercury News, USA Today and many others.”

  • reports,Randy Michaels, who late last year was tapped to be the Tribune Co.’s Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of broadcasting and interactive properties, will be elevated to CEO of the entire company, according to a source familiar with the Chicago-based media conglomerate.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Public interest in economic news remained high last week as 40% of Americans followed news about the condition of the U.S. economy very closely. The economy has also become the dominant issue in the presidential campaign – when asked to name the one issue they have heard the most about from the candidates recently, 29% name the economy. While public interest in economic news is growing, the media remains mainly on the campaign.”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “The streamlining of Tribune Co. corporate operations that billionaire Sam Zell promised when he assumed control in December has begun with a string of layoffs this week. Around a dozen employees in the Chicago-based media concern’s human resources department were informed their positions at Tribune Tower are being eliminated, according to sources.”

  • Mixed Media reports, “The New York Times’s op-ed section has been catching a lot of flak of late over everything from the hiring of intellectually-threadbare neoconservative Bill Kristol to Maureen Dowd’s dateline sleight-of-hand to Roger Cohen’s general suckiness. So I figured it was time to say something nice for a change. Fortunately, there’s Gail Collins.”

  • Is Philip Seib, a professor of journalism at the University of Southern California, a Politico advertiser? In the Baltimore Sun, Seib said “his focus this election year has shifted to Web sites like ‘I am spending more and more time with my computer,” Seib says. “It is hard to find anything on TV that can compare with the kind of analysis of vote totals offered at’”

  • E&P reports, “The clear focus on editorial pages is the promotion of ideas and views and, of course, opinion. Some want newspapers to quit backing candidates, but these choices are among the most valid of those opinions and, for many readers, instructive or even nececessary.”

  • Financial Times gets James Woods’ take on living in DC.

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  • Reporting the Breaking News, Without A Camera

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, February 3, 2008. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.231 million total viewers”

  • TVNewser reports, “Romney Out: FNC is First, With The Source”

  • FNC Puts McCain In the Democratic Party

  • A release announced, “American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2008 AWRT International Outreach Award is international journalist and author Mariane Pearl.”

  • reports, “Super Tuesday? Try the nightly combat between CNN, the Fox News Channel and MSNBC. A month ago, CNN finally whupped long-time cable news leader Fox News Channel, edging out its arch rivals in the New Hampshire primary coverage.”

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  • An ABC release announced, “During February 5th’s Super Tuesday presidential primaries and caucuses, web and mobile users turned to ABC News’ digital platforms for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. On Super Tuesday, ABC News Digital garnered all-time highs in traffic across all platforms continuing its record-breaking growth in January.”

  • The Washington Blogger Meetup February Meetup is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00PM. Mark those calendars!

  • reports, “Search engine has launched a new area of their site called Ask BigNews which combines news aggregation with elements of social news site Digg. Ask Big News describes itself as ‘a search and browse service that helps you find and track the most important and most talked about stories in the news.’”

  • AP reports, “AOL had its slowest quarter of advertising growth since beginning its ambitious transformation into an ad-focused Internet business, increasing uncertainty about AOL’s future especially as Microsoft Corp. boosts its ambitions in the same arena.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “Chief Executive Barry Diller said Wednesday he doubted he would be interested in buying Time Warner Inc.’s (TWX) AOL Internet portal unless it was reduced to a ‘ridiculous’ price.”

  • Wired reports, “Last year, there were a couple of articles about a back channel love-fest between senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and Matt Drudge. But it seems that Drudge still isn’t beyond posting mean-spirited items online about the senator, and now in multi-media dimensions. Yesterday, Drudge posted this footage of Clinton on YouTube suffering from a coughing fit, and it quickly became the most viewed item, garnering more than 300,000 views overnight.”

  • Google News reports, “Something you already know about Google News is that we crawl thousands of sources from around the world. This means you get as many different perspectives on a story from many perspectives. A while back, we started thinking about how to bring this same diversity of sources to local news, so that “local” doesn’t necessarily mean ‘limited’. Today we’re releasing a new feature to find your local news by simply typing in a city name or zip code. While we’re not the first news site to aggregate local news, we’re doing it a bit differently — we’re able to create a local section for any city, state or country in the world and include thousands of sources. We’re not simply looking at the byline or the source, but instead we analyze every word in every story to understand what location the news is about and where the source is located.”

  • reports,Bill Adair is one of the lucky ones. His bosses at the St. Petersburg Times let him experiment with a new way of delivering news and do it full time, he told me in a recent e-mail Q&A. Adair founded and runs it with a small staff of writers and fact checkers from the St. Pete Times and its sister publication, Congressional Quarterly. Not only do they check the claims of candidates running for president, but they rate the truthfulness of those claims on a scale from ‘True’ to ‘Pants-on-fire.’”

  • Check out The Prince of Petworth’s profile of The Washington City Paper’s Angela Valdez.

  • Check out the newest member of the Wonkette team.

  • Poynter Online reports, “As many newspapers continue to falter financially, the quest for a new business model to support journalism continues. The Jan. 29 episode of American Public Media’s Future Tense explored a controversial option: direct or indirect government subsidies to prop up newspapers.”

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  • “Over the years, Washingtonian has written profiles about nearly every important political candidate in this year’s presidential race. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite political articles.”

  • Time’s James Poniewozik writes, “Writing about election coverage, I have disclosed, probably to the point of tediousness, that I voted for Obama. I think it’s a good thing for you to know, but I really do it for me. It’s important to me that I have enough perspective to critique campaign coverage whether it works for my candidate or against him. Having you know more about where I’m coming from helps you keep me honest and forces me to police myself.”

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  • A release announced, “Beginning Feb. 11, 2008, WAMU 88.5′s The Kojo Nnamdi Show will join XM Radio as part of the satellite radio service’s line-up for ‘The Power’ (XM Channel 169), the nation’s only 24-hour radio channel exclusively dedicated to African-American talk programming. The Kojo Nnamdi Show will air at 7 p.m., and 11 p.m., weekdays on ‘The Power.’”

  • Also, “WAMU 88.5 will broadcast live coverage of the Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia presidential primaries at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. Kojo Nnamdi, host of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and WAMU 88.5 News Director Jim Asendio will co-host the program. Jonetta Rose Barras, political analyst for The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta, will provide in-studio analysis and commentary. WAMU 88.5 news reporters will contribute live field reports from polling sites throughout the region.”

  • Public Radio reports, “The number of people turning to the Internet for campaign coverage has tripled since 2000. While the Web still lags television in viewership and ad revenue, it’s making some big gains as a source of political coverage.”

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  • Sister 2 Sister magazine is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Publisher, Governing Magazine.

  • The Gazette is looking for a Reporter.

  • Warren Communications News is looking for a Business Reporter.

  • The Roanoke Times is looking for an Editorial Writer.

  • Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC is seeking a copy editor.

  • Urban Land Institute is looking for an Associate, Virtual ULI

  • BIPAC is looking for a Director, Communications.

  • The Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Communications/Web Coordinator.

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