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How Howard Fineman Spells Rhinoceros: ‘Rhinocerus’

It was at times an intense standoff last night as nine Washington journalists squared off against nine members of Congress in a Spelling Bee at the National Press Club.

Throughout the evening, Politico Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand (pictured here alongside Kaine) seemed to have the whole thing locked up. Calm and cool, unlike some of the other journalists, she stepped right up and spelled her words correctly, without a lot of hesitation.

That is, until the end, when, in a standoff with the unassuming Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), she lost and he won on “nonpareil.” Read more

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Journos, Pols Prep for Fight of Their Lives

This could get ugly.

Come Sept. 18, a smattering of Washington journalists will face harrowing pressure as they partake in a spelling bee to raise money for the National Press Club’s non-profit Journalism Institute. The contest pits Washington journalists against members of Congress. The event is being organized by TIME‘s Katy Steinmetz.

“Journalists and lawmakers both have wonky tendencies that could benefit them in a spelling bee,” Steinmetz told FishbowlDC. “Anyone who understands the chained CPI probably knows about that double ‘s’ in misspell, but we’ll see for ourselves in a few weeks time. One thing I can tell you is that tubers will likely make an appearance early in the competition.”

Asked if he’s confident in his spelling skills and if he’ll be practicing, HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman wrote me by email:

Answer:

Potato
Implacable
Bourgeoisie
Resuscitate
Judgment

Tickets are $25 or $15 for students. Purchase here.

Who will play?

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Quotes of the Day

Former WH reporter finds his voice

“If this isn’t violating Twitter protocol, fuck the Taliban. #InKabul.” — Former Bloomberg News White House reporter Richard Kell in reaction to the brutal attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul Tuesday.

Misleading Mother Jones Headline

We got all excited (in a journalistic sense) when we came across this headline this morning on the latest dispatch from Mother Jones: “Rick Perry’s Juvie Record.” Perry has a juvie record? No, he doesn’t. It’s actually about cleaning up child rape at Texas detention centers and their charge that he waited six years to address it.

The ugly aftermath

“Guess it’s just us uglies left behind now.” — TWT Metro crime reporter Andrea Noble (pictured at left) in reaction to FBDC’s Matt Dornic‘s post on Kara Rowland leaving TWT to attend grad school at the London School of Economics in which he wrote, “Things just got really ugly at TWT.” Read here.

The Braggart

“I have quite a few followers, and I think people pass it around.” — Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) in Roll Call‘s Kate Tumarello‘s story on “Combating Twitter Parodies and Impersonators.” Long has no impersonator, but he has an unusual handle based on his career as an auctioneer. It’s @auctnr1. His grand following: 1848.

In more urgent media news…ABC News’s Rick Klein continues to look for a venue for his debate watching nachos ritual. At the moment, the nachos are shockingly homemade. Roll Call‘s David Drucker had this suggestion: “After much thought, I’d like to see Rick Klein’s #Debate Night Steak Nachos at The Palm.” Former RNC Spokesman Doug Heye was also in on the nacho discussion. His thought: “What about Henry at La Plaza on the Hill. Top Line Nachos, Tolleson Tacos – we can do it all!”

Biden takes back the night

“If you think you’re a man, God darn it, step up!” — VP Biden in a VPOTUS Pool Report by TIME‘s Katy Steinmetz. Biden said this at a reception in honor of the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act at the Veep’s residence.

A dangerous combo: Coffee, computers and Tkacik

Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik continues to struggle with computer issues after spilling coffee on her gadget. Yesterday on Twitter she remarked: “Update: still off, upside down. Hairdryer?”