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ICYMI – ABC News Promotions, August 2014 Cable Ratings, USA Today Cuts

POLITICO: Dylan Byers reports that Thursday morning, ABC News president James Goldston will announce the promotion of ABC’s “This Week” executive producer Jonathan Greenberger to Washington bureau chief and VP.

TVNewser: August 2014 ratings for FOX News Channel, CNN, HLN, and MSNBC.

Mediaite: George Clooney set to bring the News of the World phone hacking scandal to film.

FishbowlNY:The Dish on That Book About Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour.’

Huff Post: USA Today cuts 60+ jobs.

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HuffPost’s Jon Ward Set to Join Yahoo News

Jon-Ward-pictureAfter 3.5 years with The Huffington Post, Jon Ward is headed to Yahoo News as a senior political correspondent, POLITICO’s Hadas Gold reported Monday.

Yahoo News’ editor-in-chief Megan Liberman told POLITICO, ”Jon has it all — great reporting and storytelling instincts, deep sources, a talent for writing distinctive, news-making stories, the respect and admiration of his peers. We are thrilled to have him join Yahoo’s growing news and politics team.”

Ward shared with Fishbowl via email, “Every time I talked with someone from Yahoo, from Megan to Danny to Garance to Matt and on, I was struck by much of a common mission we have, to try to craft stories that are interesting, different (yet on or connected to the news) and well told. They’ve got quality journalists like Olivier and Chris and Meredith who I know and have worked with in the past, and big names like Katie Couric and Mike Isikoff who are doing high impact stories on a national and international scale. I feel like they’re in a unique position and trying to build something really unique, with a CEO who is being really aggressive in trying to position the company for growth and success. I’m just excited to be part of it.”

Katie Couric’s First Big Break Came While She Was a Reporter at WRC

Katie Couric‘s life in TV news included stops at WRC in Washington and as a Pentagon correspondent for NBC News. Her current transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known as co-anchor of the “Today” show. Couric tells us timing and luck have been on her side. But she has one man to thank for her First Big Break:

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Katie Couric interviews Michael Bloomberg
Julien Pecquet hosts live Twitter chat, 9 a.m. @CongressPulse
— Rock and Roll Marathon, 7:30 a.m. (Saturday)

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Sarah Bondioli‘s last day at Roll Call

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— WH Deputy Social Secretary Yves Burnough
— Boehner Press Secretary Brendan Buck (Saturday)

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Garance Franke-Ruta Joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor

Garance Franke-Ruta joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor the company announced today. In her new role, Franke-Ruta will work with Yahoo News’ team of reporters to further develop and grow original content and political news coverage.

Franke-Ruta was most recently with The Atlantic where she was a senior editor covering national politics.

“Garance has the creativity, passion and experience that Yahoo News needs to break news and create conversation with our political coverage,” said Megan Liberman, editor in chief of Yahoo News, in today’s announcement. “She also happens to be one of the smartest and most social media savvy political journalists in the business. I am delighted to have her guiding our Washington bureau.”

Franke-Ruta has also worked at The Washington PostThe American Prospect, the Washington City PaperThe New Republic and National Journal magazines. She was named one of the top 140 Tweeters of 2013 by TIME magazine and in 2012 led the Atlantic politics team, editing coverage that contributed to TheAtlantic.com receiving the 2013 National Magazine Award for Best Website.

Yahoo recent hires include tech columnist David Pogue, Yahoo News editor in chief Megan Liberman, national political columnist Matt Bai, and the addition of Katie Couric as Yahoo News’ Global Anchor.

In Case You Missed It: Global Reporters Unite!

In Case You Missed It HeaderGood reads from across the web that you might have missed:

The Rise of the Global Correspondents: Katie Couric is given the Global Beat at Yahoo. Bill Neely has the whole world in his hands at NBC. by Jordan Chariton and Chris Ariens at TVNewser.

Bosses use social media to weed out Muslims from pools of job applicants. There’s no joke there. It’s just terrible. by Jennifer Valentino-Devries at WSJ.

Interns? My good fellow, no! We pay our students here at Atlantic Media. by David Carr at NYT.

Stars and Stripes forever? Not so fast. by Hadas Gold at Politico.

So you wanna capitalize politically on the Obamacare disaster, do ya? Some things to think about. by Matt K. Lewis at the Daily Caller.

The Tea Party: All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. by Bill Minutaglio at WaPo.

New TV Series: How Do I Get a Job At…?

Mediabistro TV has launched a brand new series called “Score That Job,” which becomes the fifth original series to go into production. Starring  Mediabistro’s career expert, Vicki Salemi, the series tackles the question, “How do I get a job at…?”

Salemi, who has interviewed the likes of Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Tony award winner Bernadette Peters, relentlessly grills HR execs and hiring managers and uncovers the truth about how to land a job at some of the most popular hip media companies out there. Salemi is undoubtedly an experienced interviewer. When she first began, she was a freelancer working for College Bound Teen magazine and had a day job in HR. “Angelina Jolie was my first celebrity interview ever in 2004…I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging, Ben Affleck, Meredith Viera, she’s incredibly smart and savvy, Lady Gaga in 2008, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matt Damon, Madonna, and Girard Butler, it goes on and on.”

What are Salemi’s interviewing tips? “The key to a great interview is persistence and preparation,” she told FishbowlDC in a phone interview this afternoon. “Being on air [means] it flows more like a conversation. If I’m conducting a phone interview, the interview can go a different way or move in a different direction. When the cameras are on, you are in the hot seat. It’s also not letting them get away with anything, really pushing, getting granular. I think the best questions sometimes come up organically.” What’s more, she added, ask open ended questions. “I learned this from sorority rush. Ask, ‘how did you feel at this time, what was your biggest barrier?’” For the adventurous journalist, she recommends taking an improv class, which she did last year.

But not every interview goes well. What then? Read more

Jane Fonda: ‘I like Playing a Mogul’

ABC’s Katie Couric welcomes Jane Fonda on her program this afternoon to open up about men, sex, knee replacement surgery, being married to Ted Turner and what it was like to work with Oprah. She also talked about her role in HBO’s beloved and hated drama, “The Newsroom”, where she plays Leona Lansing, CEO of Atlantis World Media, the parent company of ACN.An excerpt:

KC: I love you in The Newsroom.

JF: Oh yes! Oh, it’s this new television show called The Newsroom. Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterson, Emily Mortimer, Aaron Sorkin writes it and I play Rupert Murdoch that’s been marinated in a little Ted Turner for a while.

KC: “Yeah, what— did you learn anything from your marriage to Ted that you’re…

JF: Well, what I’ve learned that helps me with this is to just not be intimidated. You know what I mean? I can own this character who’s not just in charge of a news thing, the news division, you know, it’s three percent of her bottom line. She owns things in China, Canada, all over the world. But, she’s huge!

KC: She’s a mogul.

JF: “She’s a– I am. I like playing a mogul.”

Ask Piranhamous Anything

Today we have another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple and insightful.

1. Which journo would you most want to spend the holidays with?

Dear God, do I have to? I’m fairly certain Hell would be filled with more cheer. But since I’m obligated to answer, I’ll put it to you this way – depends on the holiday.

Hanukkah – Chris Hayes, Ezra Klein, Dave Weigel and the rest of the Boy Banders. Some are Jewish, some aren’t, but that doesn’t matter because I’d imagine it would be an 8-day bender. Come to think of it, any 8-day stretch with them is probably a bender, and it would be a lot like hanging out at a hipster bar after all the hipsters moved on because the wannabes started outnumbering them. And I value my IQ points too much to emerge myself in that much MSNBC so I’ll just limit it to one MSNBCer and revise my remarks to Al Sharpton. This may seem like an odd choice but I think picking up all the remarks he mutters under his breath each of the 8-days would be amusing.

Christmas – Bill O’Reilly. Aside from the embarrassing gang on Fox & Friends, no one has done more to defend Christmas from idiots who seem only to engage in their “War on Christmas” to get publicity for their fringe group no one has ever heard of before or will hear from again than Bill. And I imagine the whole day will be spent tackling anyone who tries to TP a pine tree since he never stops.

Kwanza – Lawrence O’Donnell and Ed Schultz. Why would I pick the two whitest men on the planet next to Sean Hannity to spend a little-known, radical separatist black holiday with?  Because I think they’d try to celebrate it to prove they’re multi-cultural and would have no idea how to do it. Can you imagine anything more amusing than watching them trying on Dashikis and trying to mean it? I can’t.

Boxing Day – Howie Kurtz: For no particular reason.

Or course this is all moot, or at least most of it, since the world is ending on Dec. 21st. So I’d just like to say thank you to the Mayans for saving me from this Hell.

2. Do you have high hopes that Jeff Zucker will really shake things up at CNN? 

Am I supposed to? I don’t have high hopes that the guy who sucked up NBC and re-unleashed Katie Couric on the world will be able to patch the hole in that Titanic. He’d have a better shot, and I’d probably actually care, if he were one of the Zuckers who brought us the movie “Airplane!” But he’s not, so I don’t.

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Separated at Birth: ABC Daytime’s Katie Couric

“Love this pic of me & my assistant Meredith!” chirped ABC daytime talk show host Katie Couric Monday night. “She did the Harrisburg marathon yesterday!!”

But more importantly, we think Meredith looks strikingly similar to Couric. A little sister perhaps?

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