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Fishbowl5 With ABC7′s Rebecca Cooper

Today is an especially heartening day for ABC7′s Rebecca Cooper, who is emceeing the Childhelp Day of Hope today at the Capitol. The event brings awareness to child abuse in America and dates back to the President Reagan administration. Cooper’s on the Greater Area Washington Advisory Board for Childhelp. We spoke by phone earlier today to inquire more. “Usually we like to embarrass members of Congress and journalists with Capitol Careaoke,” she said of an annual singing event associated with the cause. Cooper quickly turned serious, reeling off a chilling statistic: “It used to be that four children died every day,” she said. “Now it’s five children die everyday as the result of child abuse.” This year the organization is taking a breather from Capitol Careaoke to take VIP’s to The Village in Culpeper, Va., a bucolic setting where the most seriously abused children go to live and heal. “They have horses,” Cooper explained. “Every kid gets a bike when they arrive. There’s a sign that reads ‘All who enter here shall receive love.’”

1. How did you get involved in this?  I was just back from maternity leave with my first child and Kathleen Matthews was going to emcee their annual luncheon. At the last minute she found out she was going to be jumping out of an airplane with the Blue Angels and asked me to fill in. My son was just a few months old. I was hormonal. I cry easily anyway and I came to this lunch and I was blown away by what they do.

2. How do you think the awareness campaign is faring on this issue? This is just a hidden epidemic people don’t see. We need to do a better job teaching teachers how to respond. Everyone was touched that an 8-year-old boy lost his life in the Boston Marathon  incident and we should be. If you see that kind of support, you can only imagine what people could do if they could focus on the fact that that five children die every day. So we try to talk about it.

3. Thoughts on Chris Brown and Rihanna? People shouldn’t be surprised. They should be surprised if he hadn’t broken the cycle [of abuse]. We’ve got to do more. I think these people are hurt people. She sees someone she wants to rescue. God bless her. Don’t let it happen again, but I can see why [she wants to] because there are so many hurt people out there. There’s a better way to do it than dating them.

4. Tell me about the history of this. The founders are Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O’Meara, who will attend today’s event. “She dated Elvis,” Cooper says of Federson. “They were actresses who played the girlfriends of David and Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” They began going on USO tours for the military in Japan. After the tsunami, orphanages were wiped out. No one wanted the Amerasian children. [These women] were the ones who organized the Vietnam boat lift,” Cooper explains. When Nancy Reagan was first lady of California she called these women and asked them to take on child abuse. “That was 50 years ago,” Cooper said. “They gave up acting. They’ve been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Emotions to run high at this year’s event…

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TV News Personalities: Prepare to be Pinked

Female TV news personalities in Washington aren’t as vindictive and cutting as other cities. Sure, they’re fiercely competitive when it comes to breaking stories. But each year they come together to socialize and raise money for a worthy cause and, in the process, submit themselves to being called “newsbabes.” This year’s cause: breast cancer.

The women first powwowed at the suggestion of then-ABC7 anchor Kathleen Matthews who got FOX’s Laura Evans and WUSA’s Andrea Roane to walk the catwalk for the American Heart Association. When they began four years ago, Evans wasn’t thrilled with the name “newsbabes” Newsbabes? Who wants to be called that? The originals were Evans, NBC Washington’s Angie Goff (who has valiantly shopped for bras on air), Roane, FOX’s Sue Palka, and WUSA’s Anita Brikman. As the years wore on, Evans gave in and now shrugs it off. “I wasn’t a huge fan of the name newsbabes,” she says, “but I’ve gotten over it. It’s tongue-in-cheek and I need to loosen up a little.”

Evans says it’s all about giving back. “It doesn’t discriminate,” she said of breast cancer, noting a close friend who was diagnosed with it last year. “So we all need to help each other out.”

The bash is tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Howard Theatre where NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, who announced her breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year, will be the guest of honor and will share her own experience. This year’s event raises funds for George Washington University’s Mammovan, which brings services to women can’t otherwise afford them.

This year they’re breaking tradition and letting men in. They’re calling them “Newsmen in Pink.” A sampling: NBC’s Luke Russert (we heard he looks pretty snazzy in pink), CNN’s Peter Hamby and NBCs Peter Alexander. FNC is pulling out all the stops with Bret Baier, Ed Henry, Peter Doocy and Juan Williams.

The newsbabes who will be attending: Brikman, Pamela Brown, Rebecca Cooper, Evans, Doreen Gentzler, Jennifer Griffin, Lesli Foster, Goff, Hillary Holward, Megan Hughes, Brianna Keilar, Britt McHenry, Palka, Roane, Cynné Simpson, Alison Starling, Shawn Yancy and Eun Yang.

Purchasing tickets: Tickets will be available at the door tonight for $75 at The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW. The fare will naturally include a pink dessert bar put together by Georgetown Cupcake, Dolci Gelati and Sweet Signatures.

From TV Consumer Reporting to LushClick.com

Looking fantastic in a leather jacket and skinny jeans, long-time consumer reporter Elizabeth Manresa toasted the launch of LushClick.com last night with a rooftop party downtown.

And it was a ladies night… Kathleen Matthews, Brianna Keilar, Nancy Cordes, Pamela Brown, Alison Starling, Missy Edwards, Laura Evans, Rebecca Cooper, Susan Roberts, Pamela Sorensen and Rachel Cothran were all in attendance, sipping on pomegranate martinis and rose champagne. It was somewhat of a reunion for Manresa and friends from local channel 7 WJLA.

Manresa’s taking 17 years of reporting experience, at least 12 of which in consumer reports, to the web with this online magazine for women. LushClick will review products like wrinkle erasers, spray on panty hoses (in last night’s party bag) and even bras. Pregnant with twins, she says she’ll need something to do at home and consumer reporting is “in my blood.”

You may also recognize Manresa from CNN- she’s also covered politics for the cabler.

Cosby’s “About Our Children” Airs on MSNBC Last Night from Howard University

Bill Cosby was in town this weekend– spotted by Politico having dinner with Chris Matthews at Tosca Saturday– for a special event “About Our Children,” which aired on MSNBC last evening from Howard University.

NPR’s and frequent MSNBC guest Michelle Bernard moderated the panel, which included Harvard professor Dr. Alvin Poussaint, NAACP President Ben Jealous, author Terrie Williams, and American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten.

Chris and Kathleen Matthews, MSNBC’s Phil Griffin and NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker, as well as Austan Goolsbee, were in attendance.

Morning Reading List, 12.21.07

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Good morning Washington. You don’t plan on watching any college football games on New Years Day. And, this morning, Kiefer Sutherland celebrates his 41st birthday sober, and in jail.

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  • NEWSPAPERS

  • E&P reports, “The Washington Post put together a quick audio slideshow that deconstructs Barack Obama’s fashion choices. Surfacely it seems that Obama is almost always wearing the same dark suit, and often without a tie. Robin Givhan and Nancy Donaldson look closer to see what these vestments signify. According to them, it shows that Obama is a modern leader, echoing the relaxed but still professional mindset of the American workforce.”

  • John Boehner is a fashion cop for reporters.

  • Bloomberg reports, “The chief executives of Gannett Co. and Media General Inc. personally lobbied top U.S. regulators before winning exceptions to rules that limit newspaper and broadcast ownership in the same markets.”

  • New York Times’ David Pogue explores, “The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “A new era at Tribune Co. began taking shape Wednesday with the departure of Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis FitzSimons and the expected arrival of new leadership under Chicago billionaire Sam Zell. The changing of the guard represents a make-or-break proposition for the 160-year-old media concern, struggling to transform itself for the Internet age by going private in a daring, debt-laden $8.2 billion deal.”

  • We hear the Washington Times tree is back up. The first one had its needles fall off.

  • Washington City Paper reports, “To this day, the Washington Post lives by the guiding principles of fabled publisher Eugene Meyer, who decreed, among other things, the following: ‘As a disseminator of news, the paper shall observe the decencies that are obligatory upon a private gentleman.’ And these days that means not publishing the word ‘dick’ in the Style section.”

  • DCist reports, “Metro fares aren’t the only thing going up in price in D.C. If you’re in the habit of purchasing a copy of the Washington Post from a vending machine or a sidewalk hawker on your way to work in the morning, take note: the cost of the daily paper is about to go up by 15 cents. The Post’s newsstand price will become 50 cents beginning on Dec. 31. The company cited a decline in the paper’s circulation and advertising revenue as the reason for the increase.”

  • The AP reports, “The National Press Foundation will honor half a dozen journalists at its 25th anniversary dinner in February.”

  • The New York Times reports,Claudia Payne, special sections editor, is answering reader questions Dec. 18-21. Questions may be e-mailed to askthetimes@nytimes.com.”

  • Wonkette reports, “Editors at the Associated Press have picked the year’s top 10 stories, and we expected the presidential campaign to be like, you know, top five or something, right? Well, it lands in at #8 — coincidentally one spot ahead of the immigration debate.”

  • Drudge reports, “McCain Pleads with NY Times to Spike Story”

  • The AP reports, “Newspaper publisher McClatchy Co. said Thursday revenue fell 9.2 percent in November, primarily from a sharp drop in classified ads as jobs and real estate listings continue to migrate online.”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, December 16, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ posted 3.12 million total viewers, the program’s best total viewer delivery since the week of February 4, 2007. In addition, ‘This Week’ increased the most of the Sunday discussion programs among Total Viewers compared to last year, a significant 28%.”

  • Also from ABC: “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 10, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ among Adults 25-54 for the third week in a row. The last time ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ three weeks in a row in the demo was May 1995.”

  • A 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, December 16, 2007. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.205 million total viewers.”

  • “CNN and NBC/MSNBC have released their coverage plans for the Iowa Caucus, Thursday Jan. 3.” Check out the full details at TVNewser.

  • A C-SPAN release announced, “C-SPAN will air a Special **LIVE** ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE, Sunday, December 23rd at Noon (ET), and will re-air in the normal Road to the White House timeslots of 6:30 & 9:30 pm”

  • TVNewser reports, “CBS News Sunday Morning continues as the #1 Sunday morning news program, and it’s growing. Last Sunday the Charles Osgood program drew 5.34M Total Viewers, up 12% year-to-year.”

  • An ABC insider tells us, “Hilarity has ensued at our bureau after a widely attended ‘facebook seminar’ earlier this month. It’s now commonplace to see highly regarded producers and correspondents asking interns about ‘poking’.”

  • USAToday reports, “If you plan to dance at your New Year’s Eve party, you might want to pick up some moves from White House correspondent David Gregory, who boogied this morning to Mary J. Blige music.” Check out the video here.

  • One year after her departure, Kathleen Matthews’ picture has finally been removed from the banner welcoming visitors to WJLA in Rosslyn.

  • Forbes reports, “Despite a growing cadre of viewing alternatives like the Web and repeat-heavy schedules on the broadcast networks, people are still watching television, a new survey finds.”

  • B&C reports, “Hearst-Argyle is taking participatory democracy into the newsroom. The broadcaster is asking viewers and Web surfers to submit videos about the upcoming New Hampshire primary to the station Web sites of its WMUR-TV Manchester, N.H., and WCVB-TV Boston as well as the stations’ YouTube channels.”

  • Check out the latest installment from Green Room Girl.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Beet TV reported yesterday, “Earlier today I interviewed Cynthia Farrar, the CEO and producer of PurpleStates.TV. Tomorrow, the first of nearly a dozen video segments produced by her new company and reported by non-professional citizen journalists, go up on the Op-Ed pages of the NYTimes.com The videos will be uploaded through February 5, ‘Super Tuesday.’”

  • PolitiFact is a finalist in the prestigious DigitalEdge awards by the Newspaper Association of America for best overall news site along with the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis and washingtonpost.com. You can find out more here.

  • WebProNews reports, “Bloggers from the left, center, and right sides of the political spectrum opened a group blog on Newsweek.com called The Ruckus.”

  • The LCV just launched a new website “calling the Sunday talk show hosts to task for ignoring the issue of global warming.” Check it out here.

  • Hotline’s On Call announced, “check in often between Christmas and New Year’s for On Call’s up-to-date coverage of the presidential contest.”

  • The AP reports, “Antitrust regulators approved Google Inc.’s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc., clearing the way for a formidable combination in the burgeoning online advertising sector. Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Inc. have lobbied heavily against the deal, but the Federal Trade Commission gave it the go-ahead Thursday.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • In the first edition of The Atlantic’s politics roundtable, Marc Ambinder, Ross Douthat, and Matthew Yglesias predict which candidates will win the primaries and debate whether Hillary’s slide is a media fabrication. Check it out here.

  • A reader points out “a notable first for DC: NYMag.com suggests that the DC food scene has something that New York doesn’t. ha.”

  • Starting this week, much of CQ content is now accessible and easy to read on your handheld device. “The new handheld-optimized pages include news stories from CQ Weekly and CQ Today, CQ Transcripts, CQ BillAnalysis and many other services.”

  • Popular Mechanics has published its first ever Geek the Vote — an online guide to all the candidates’ stances on issues related to science and technology including energy policy and climate change, gun control, science education and infrastructure investment. Check it out here.

  • The New Republic reports,Max Brantley, the editor of the alternative weekly Arkansas Times, has feuded with Mike Huckabee since the presidential candidate first appeared on the political stage during his failed 1992 Senate run. A liberal columnist married to a circuit judge appointed by Bill Clinton, Brantley penned weekly columns antagonizing Huckabee for his staunchly conservative social views, opaque campaign finance disclosures, and acceptance of gifts during his time in office. ‘Huckabee would believe I covered him obsessively, and he’d be right about that,’ Brantley says.”

  • The New Republic’s Sean Wilentz writes, “Opinion-slingers are mooning over Barack Obama’s instincts. Don’t they remember how badly that worked out last time?”

  • The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle writes, “the wild, drunken office Christmas party used to be a staple of television, books, and movies. Now I feel as if it’s dropped pretty thoroughly out of the popular imagination; the only example I can think of recently is a fleeting scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary. Were office holiday parties really that much wilder in the past? Or have we just stopped noticing, literarily?”

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    RADIO

  • A NPR release announced, “NPR News and South Carolina ETV Radio (the state’s public radio network) will present an audio-only Republican Presidential Debate, to be broadcast on NPR Member stations and webcast live from 2:00-4:00PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 16. NPR News journalists and hosts Steve Inskeep, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel will act as moderators.”

  • So far, there has been over 3000 comments in response to Bryant Park Project blog post asking Ron Paul supporters to identify themselves.

    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • Potomac Flacks reports, “Preparing your boss for a MTP appearance isn’t an easy assignment (especially when it’s the full hour)! Many a guest has recruited high-priced talent to do their best Russert in hopes of better preparing for the grilling they will receive on Sunday. Word on the street was that former Bush Administration flack, Adam Levine did the best Russert impersonation in town. Looks as though he has some serious competition after Romney’s appearance last Sunday.”

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A tipster tells us that Steve Valentini, the circulation director for Politico, is jumping ship and going over to the Examiner.

  • On Jan. 2, Quin Hillyer is leaving Citizens United to begin work at the editorial page of the Washington Examiner as Associate Editor.

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    JOBS

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Director of Business Development, an Editor for Morning Rundown and an Editor for the
    Afternoon Rundown
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  • The Daily Progress is looking for an Assistant City Editor.

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  • Morning Reading List, 11.15.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you don’t count religious services as a regular activity.

  • An ABC release announces, “On Tuesday, November 20, ABC News’ Charles Gibson will conduct an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at Camp David, the private presidential retreat. The interview, just days before the Thanksgiving holiday, will cover a variety of topics, including: the war in Iraq, turmoil in Pakistan, the state of the economy, and rising gas prices.”

  • A release announced, “Ten Washington DC area women who proudly stand at 5’4″ and under have made the first annual Washington DC Petite and Chic List. Petite specialty retailer Petite Sophisticate is releasing the list in conjunction with the opening of two new stores in the Washington DC area. The list includes local women, 5’4″ and under, who show that women of all heights are stylish and chic.” The ten women are Sen. Barbara Boxer, Lynne Cheney, Nicole Feld, Kathy Fowler, Kathleen Matthews, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Marisa Ramírez de Arellan, Raven, Helen Thomas and Eun Yang.

  • Kiplinger.com has named former AOL programming manager Cindy Schwalb as online content coordinator based in DC.

  • Patterico’s Pontifications reports, Anwyn has an excellent post today from the ‘Facts You Don’t Need to Know’ file of the Los Angeles Times. Anwyn chose to focus on a story the paper recently ran on the prosecutorial record of Fred Thompson. I read that article and meant to comment on its flippant dismissiveness of Thompson’s stint as an AUSA. Some of the lines in the article are blatantly designed to elicit cheap snickers from leftists”

  • Ann Althouse reports,Matt Yglesias is outraged — just outraged — at Tim Russert. How dare that man drive politicians into a corner with tough questions instead of giving them space to inform us. According to Yglesias, questions with the goal of providing information about the candidates’ policies would — take global warming for example — show how fine the Democrats are and trap only Republicans.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “After an exhaustive search, The New York Times has found its new corporate media reporter: Fortune’s Tim Arango will begin work next month.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “Silver Spring-based cable network Discovery Health has pulled the series ‘Plastic Surgery: Before and After’ from its lineup this week after reports that the show’s host, physician Jan Adams, operated on the mother of hip-hop artist Kanye West before she died Saturday.”

  • Tuesday was the first anniversary of the launch of DarynKagan.com and Kagan celebrated the occasion on Oprah & Friends. Check out the show here.

  • In addition to his interview with Fox Business News yesterday, President Bush also recorded an interview with Fox News.

  • This is Jade Floyd’s (resident hottie) last week as Communications Manager for American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She has taken a position as senior associate at the public affairs firm Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates, based here in D.C.

  • War on Photography reports, “I have to give credit where credit is due. The City of New York has reconsidered its proposal to require permits and insurance from most photographers.”

  • Media Daily News reports, “News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch all but declared on Tuesday that the sky’s-the-limit profits from traditional broadcast TV are over.”

  • DCRTV reports, Jon Sullivan, commercial producer director at Channel 7/WJLA, picks up a national Emmy for ‘Best Local Public Service Announcement’ for his ‘Choose To Save’ campaign entitled ‘Savingsman.’”

  • Seems The Hill has decided they need some flair instead of flare.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “In the days before mounting a strike against Hollywood studios, film and TV writers did something that might be considered unusual in other labor disputes: They completed — and were paid for — a lot of work that was delivered to the companies they were about to picket. Now, the Writers Guild of America, which represents the striking writers, is scrambling to get copies of all the scripts turned in to studios over the past six months as part of an effort to police the use of nonunion labor to complete or polish union work. So far, however, by most estimates, the union’s efforts to collect all of those scripts has fallen far short of its goal.”

  • The AP reports, “The Associated Press promoted Managing Editor Mike Silverman to the new position of senior managing editor Monday, and named news executives John Daniszewski, Lou Ferrara and Kristin Gazlay as managing editors. The moves come amid a reorganization of operations at the news cooperative.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. newspaper industry’s Audit Bureau of Circulations said it will change the way it counts paid circulation to provide marketers with more useful information.”

  • Market Watch reports, “Shareholders of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio voted Tuesday to approve Sirius’ proposed $13.6 billion acquisition of XM.”

  • Variety reports, “In the months since Dane Cook first mounted his groundbreaking MySpace marketing campaign and ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ ‘Lazy Sunday’ skit helped vault YouTube to a billion-dollar Google buyout, online comedy sites have become as common as bad party jokes.”

  • Ad Age.com reports, “Newspapers’ paying readership fell again in the industry’s latest circulation reports last week, but publishers took the opportunity to make their boldest pitch yet for counting everyone who sees their news stories — whether by buying a copy or borrowing one, picking up a print copy or finding the paper online.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp. probably won’t buy Clearwire Corp., the wireless Internet service provider whose shares surged today on speculation the largest U.S. cable- television company will offer to acquire it, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.”

  • A release announced, “A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced the launch of a major initiative to help enhance understanding of Islam and Muslims in the news media.
    At a news conference in the nation’s capital, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the centerpiece of its ‘Beyond Stereotypes’ campaign will be distribution of the newly-published ‘American Muslims: A Journalist’s Guide to Understanding Islam and Muslims’ to some 40,000 media professionals nationwide.”

  • TVNewser reports, “In what it calls the ‘biggest expansion of international newsgathering resources in its 27-year history,’ CNN is adding correspondents, opening a newsgathering hub in the UAE and investing in a digital-production unit in London.”

  • The AP reports, “Yahoo Inc., reeling from a growing backlash over human rights and its China operations, settled a lawsuit Tuesday that accused it of illegally helping the Chinese government jail and torture two journalists.”

  • TVWeek reports, “Court TV is firing 16 of the 31 people on its Web staff as the network, which is changing its name to truTV in January, shifts its online trial coverage to CNN.com.”

  • Stars and Stripes reports, “Midlevel editors at Stars and Stripes have called on the newspaper’s acting publisher to resign, saying he has refused to release information on the extent of the paper’s relationship with America Supports You.”

  • Media Life reports, “The news was of the sort that just several years ago would have shocked many, word that Condé Nast was folding House & Garden, the 100-plus-year-old shelter title. But in these far tougher times, last week’s news was not such a shock after all, as just the most recent in a line of closings that have beset the magazine industry.”

  • Helium.com, a social media site that shares its ad revenues with its most popular contributors, has announced a partnership with nonprofit organization OpenTheGovernment.”

  • The National Press Club announced, “NPF has selected Linda Topping Streitfeld as its new Director of Programs following a nationwide search. Streitfeld has been an editor and manager at The Miami Herald since 1992, working on coverage of the 2000 presidential election, education, growth and development, hurricanes and near-misses, government and politics. She managed a major Miami Herald community news initiative and contributed to the newspaper’s robust website and other multimedia efforts.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “Filmmaker Sean Fine bristles at the suggestion that his strikingly handsome new documentary, “War/Dance,” is too pretty to tell a gritty story. … ‘War/Dance,’ which Fine shot and co-directed with his wife, Andrea Nix Fine, certainly looks great, even as it deals movingly with the lives of displaced kids in northern Uganda. A low-grade war has been simmering there for 20 years, with children often being conscripted by a rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army.” The movie opens on Friday.

  • Min Online reports, “‘Magazines have an illustrious past, but they have a wonderful future,’ proudly proclaimed Time editor-in-chief Richard Stengel upon accepting min magazine’s award for Top Reinvention of the Year”

  • Public Eye reports, “Criticisms of the White House press corps come fast and furious in MediaLand and Blogistan. (From accusations like they’re ‘an extension of the Clinton spin machine’ to its ‘meekness’ in covering the Bush presidency.) But very rarely do they come from the White House press corps itself. Until this week.”

  • Check out this week’s Ombudsman’s Mailbag from PBS’s Michael Getler.

  • The New York Post reports, “A bidding war has erupted for the rights to Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) autobiography, which could end up well into the mid-seven figure range.”

  • A release announced, “ICFJ’s Knight International Journalism Fellowships Program receives grants from Knight and Gates foundations to advance journalism excellence and free expression worldwide”

  • Digg the Blog reports, “The Wall Street Journal Online is adding Digg buttons across the entire site, and you’ll now have full (free) access to the articles submitted to Digg.”

  • New York Times reports,Don Imus, whose cowboy hat and western wear looked out of place on MSNBC, may have found a more comfortable saddle. On Dec. 3, when he returns not only to radio but also to television, it will be on RFD-TV, a cable and satellite channel that caters to farmers, ranchers and equestrians, as well as others who merely aspire to live a small-town life.”

  • DCRTV reports, “FTVLive tells us that former Channel 5/WTTG morning news anchor Michael Gargiulo has been promoted to the 5:30 PM anchor gig at NYC’s WNBC-TV, where he had been weekend morning anchor and reporter”

  • The Smoking Gun reported yesterday, “Judith Regan, the volcanic publishing industry figure who sought to publish O.J. Simpson’s ‘I Did It’ (and trysted with Bernard Kerik in an apartment overlooking Ground Zero) today sued Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate for defamation, claiming that she was unjustly tarred as an anti-Semite when fired last year. In a blistering $100 million lawsuit filed today in New York State Supreme Court, Regan, 54, accuses several defendants, including Murdoch’s News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers, of orchestrating a smear campaign that was intended to advance the Murdoch political agenda and protect ‘Rudy Giuliani’s presidential ambitions.’”

  • TVWeek reports, “Although the Writers Guild of America’s pre-strike media campaign was criticized as sluggish, the guild’s headline-grabbing series of protests last week have managed to attract the sympathy of some viewers.”

  • Also of note on E&P’s 30 Most Popular Newspaper Sites for October, The Washington Times shows a bump from last month.

  • DCist reports, “Fox5 reported on Sunday that a member of their staff, Gwen Tolbart, was injured in a collision between her car and a Metrobus on Saturday night on her way home. Tolbart was thankfully not seriously hurt, but the bus driver, Harvey Carey of Lanham, has now been charged with failing to stay in the proper lane, which resulted in the accident.”

  • E&P reports, “The board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations voted on a set of wide-sweeping changes that will put more prominence on the metric of total audience and affect the way newspaper circulation is counted.”

  • TVNewser reports, “MSNBC is taking a swipe at FNC over the $100M lawsuit filed by Judith Regan. Regan worked for News Corp.-owned publisher HarperCollins.”

  • The Daily Northwestern reports, “The process of transforming the curriculum at the Medill School of Journalism to keep up with the times is a work in progress, Dean John Lavine told about 70 students, faculty and others at a forum Monday night.”

  • The New York Sun reports, “There were red faces at the Manhattan Institute, after the Union Club ejected reporters from an awards lunch in its Upper East Side clubhouse where they had been invited to hear Mayor Bloomberg and the former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, speak” on Tuesday.

  • Washington Post reports, “The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission yesterday proposed relaxing an agency rule to allow big-city newspapers to buy the smaller television stations in their markets, a move designed as a compromise in the ongoing issue of corporate control of the airwaves.”

  • The New York Observer reports,Imus Is Back! But Not Quite Live! Bloodied Radio Cowboy Returns Dec. 3 With 21-Second Delay”

  • Paul Sullivan is a veteran newspaper editor and editor in chief of citizen journalism site Orato.com. Check out the site here.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “For James Goldston, executive producer of ‘Nightline,’ the prospect of a prolonged writers strike that paralyzes much of the television industry offers an awkward upside.”

  • Poynter has the memo from Stars and Stripes Europe bureau chief Sam Amrhein announcing, “I want to inform you that the overseas bureau chiefs Joe, Marni, Tom Skeen, Tim Flack, Chris Carlson and I ­ have called for Max Lederer to step down as acting publisher.”

  • The CJR asks, “A plea to campaign reporters: please resist the temptation to use Sin City-centric clichés in your coverage of Thursday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas.”

  • BusinessJournalism.org reports, “The number of ‘green’ business stories published in the nation’s 10 largest newspapers this year has already doubled last year’s total, according to a study released Tuesday by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.”

  • Dave and Thomas reports, “NBC Direct is the Peacock’s answer to Internet video and if you are a fan of NBC shows like The Office and Heroes, be prepared to get a little angry. The good news is you can now download various NBC shows to your computer. And it’s free. Kinda. Free like giving an army recruiter you home phone number. First and foremost, you cannot get these shows onto you iPod. Second, it’s only available to PC users with IE only. Third, and this is the most annoying, you must download a crap-load of software to play the videos.”

  • E&P reports, “A top business-side executive at Dow Jones & Co. said it is premature to assume that The Wall Street Journal Web site will definitely drop its paid subscription model, despite comments by Rupert Murdoch that the change is expected.”

  • A Newsweek release via Romenesko announced, “Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of dailykos.com, will become a Newsweek contributor for the 2008 presidential campaign, offering occasional opinion pieces to the pages of the magazine and to Newsweek.com.”

  • Mickey Kaus gives another scathing review of The Atlantic’s anniversary party.

  • CJR reports how “The New York Times went and put the ‘science’ back in the ‘political science’ of the campaign trail.”

    Jobs

  • PBS is looking for a Web Technologist and a Director for PBS Engage.

  • PBS Interactive is looking for an Associate Director, Content & Video.

  • The Star Democrat is seeking a layout editor and reporter.

  • EEI Communications is looking for an Editorial Production Director.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is looking for a Science Writer.

  • The New Republic is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • The Gazette/Comprint Military Publications is looking to fill a position in Advertising/Sales.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Comments and Group Producer.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 10.29.07

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  • B&C reports, “Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Fox News Channel are at loggerheads over a campaign ad that uses a 19-second clip from McCain’s widely cited ‘tied up’ comment during a Fox News-sponsored debate telecast.”

  • Bloomberg reports, Ted Leonsis, vice chairman emeritus of Time Warner Inc.’s America Online unit and owner of the Washington Capitals, talked with Bloomberg’s Peter Cook in Washington on Oct. 24 about owning a National Hockey League franchise, AOL’s growth and business in the nation’s capital. Leonsis is also chairman of Revolution Money.”

  • Forbes reports, “That enterprising film directors, musicians and other content creators can reach online audiences without corporate intermediaries is a game-changing development for traditional media companies. Amid the upheaval, a few themes emerged during the Forbes MEET conference that should both reassure and further worry those companies.”

  • Media Guardian reports, “‘Everyone should be worried when Murdoch goes head-to-head,’ Murdoch’s biographer Michael Wolff tells Guardian columnist Roy Greenslade.”

  • The AP reports, “The board of The Associated Press on Thursday approved a major overhaul of the way the AP prices and packages news for its member U.S. newspapers.”

  • DCRTV reports, “The DC chapter of the Radio-Television News Directors Association has named former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Kathleen Matthews winner of its highest honor, the 2007 Peter Hackes Memorial Award.”

  • Don Surber writes, “McClatchy should recall its new Baghdad reporter”

  • DCist reports, “Last night a few of us made our way to Nellie’s Sports Bar, where the Washington Blade was giving out its Best of Gay D.C. awards. We were honored to pick up the prize for Best Local Blog”

  • USA Today reports, “We’re going to go out on a limb and say that reporter Bobby Caina Calvan is having a bad day. Calvan, a Baghdad correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, is under fire in the blogosphere because he wrote on his personal blog about efforts to ‘bully’ a U.S. soldier who stopped him at a checkpoint outside the Green Zone.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “It stands to reason that Howard Kurtz, the reporter who popularized the phrase “the Clinton propaganda machine” by including it in the subtitle of his 1998 book, Spin Cycle, would still be tracking the couple’s devious ways with the press. … In his new book, Reality Show: Inside the Last Great Television News War, Kurtz captures Hillary Clinton—or at least her campaign—at her wily best as she negotiates the terms of engagement with the network news anchors after announcing her candidacy.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Suzanne Scott Promoted to VP of Programming at FNC”

  • The PEJ News Index shows, “Three of the top-10 topics on the cable and radio talk shows last week directly involved the hosts themselves. They included an argument over the SCHIP health care program, the debate over U.S. policy in Iraq, and the strange case of Randi Rhodes.”

  • A reader writes in, “Something to keep in mind. You can’t have a proper alarm system hooked up to alarm employees, security, police, and fire/rescue (for co2 emergencies) without a landline.”

  • Forbes reports, “Google, for online businesses, has the impact that Alan Greenspan once had on the financial markets. Online companies pounce on every whisper or cryptic comment from Google about how it ranks pages as an indicator–up or down–of how online traffic will flow for millions of Web sites.”

  • TV Week reports, “The Federal Communications Commission is abruptly scheduling one of the final hearings necessary to complete its media ownership review for next week. The move is a strong indication that Chairman Kevin J. Martin will move ahead with his aggressive timetable to complete the review by year end despite objections from Congress and Democratic commissioners.”

  • Can you answer CQ Political Trivia for October 26?

  • Inside Cable News reports, “FNC announced this afternoon that Laura Ingraham has joined the network as a contributor and also as the O’Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes’ Primary substitute host.”

  • People Magazine reports, “CNN’s American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry and her husband, CW weather forecaster Chris Knowles, are expecting their second child together, they tell PEOPLE exclusively.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Channel is the #1 channel on XM TALK. CNN came in #5. The first-of-its-kind Arbitron list is a weekly average of listeners from April-June 2007.”

    Jobs

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking an Editorial Assistant.

  • United States Coast Guard is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Reporter/Correspondent, Business.

  • The Daily Record is looking for a Reporter and a Legal Reporter.

  • Voice of America is looking for a Writer.

  • Newsday is looking for a Washington Correspondent.

  • UCG is looking for a Content Developer, Home Health Coding Pro is looking for a Medicare Reporter.

  • The Council of State Governments Justice Center is looking for a Communications Associates.

  • BizBash is looking for a Assistant Editor.

  • BizBash is looking for an Senior Editor/Washington Bureau Chief.

  • Smithsonian Digital Media is looking for a Air & Space Web Production Intern.

  • The Washington Monthly is looking for an Art Director.

  • The Campaign/Institute for America’s Future is looking for an Assistant Online Producer.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a Public Relations Assistant.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Matthews On His “Spontaneity”

    How ironic…mere hours before “Hardball”‘s Chris Matthews dropped some jaws with his pointed comments against the Bush administration last night, his wife, Kathleen Matthews, appeared on “Hardball” and had this exchange:

      Kathleen: How about spontaneity? Do you think spontaneity can also get you into trouble as well as maybe make you likable?

      Chris: How many times have you told me ‘Count to ten’? how many times have you said ‘your big mouth’? Back when I was drinking, you said, ‘You won’t believe what you said last night, you really did it this time.’

      I tend to react abruptly and sometimes dangerously and too often suicidally, but luckily, I’m still here. I’m still doing ‘Hardball’ so I must have been somewhat careful over the years.

    The WPCF Congressional Dinner: Hardball’s Table

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    At tomorrow’s big dinner, Chris and Kathleen Matthews are hosting the “Hardball” table. Guests include Sen. Jim Webb, Rep. Patrick McHenry, Rep. Ellen Tauscher and Law & Orders Sam Waterston.

    And we hear that there may be a surprise video in store…

    Who’s at your table?