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Posts Tagged ‘Lawrence Wright’

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What’s Happening
— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks on HuffPo Live, 10:15 a.m.
— Luncheon with Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds at the National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.
— Cocktails with Lawrence Wright at Buck’s Fishing & Camping, 7 p.m.

The Revolving Door
— Arelis Hernandez‘s first day at WaPo
David Eldridge‘s first day at Roll Call
David Frum‘s first day at The Atlantic
Erica Pyatt‘s first day at McMurry/TMG
Ryan McCarthy starts at WaPo
Scott Havens‘ last day at The Atlantic

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Warren G. Harding bet the White House china collection in a poker game and lost it all in one hand.

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Taking Out The Trash, 03.12.07

  • We hear: Still lots of back and forth on the Post’s internal critique board, wondering why no one is paying attention to the story length guidelines advocating by Len Downie and Phil Bennett recently…

  • Hillary Profita has left CBS’ Public Eye to join a New York City-based aviation consulting firm called Seabury Group.

  • CBS News’ Kia Baskerville let’s you know “What It’s Really Like Traveling With POTUS.”

  • Newsweek’s Richard Wolffe reveals how the New York Times got the interview with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “the preacher now in a very public dispute with Barack Obama.” The answer — “the Times had to play by Wright’s rules.”

  • The Toledo Blade reports that Hakem Dermish “has been called up to the major leagues.” Dermish has been hired away from WTVG-TV, Channel 13 by WRC-TV in Washington.

  • The Council on Foreign Relations announced the “short list” for the Arthur Ross Book Award. Check out the nominees here. The winners will be announced in early May and honored at a dinner in June at the Council’s office in New York.

  • Eat The Press has an interview with Lawrence Wright, author of “The Looming Tower”, in which he calls the intelligence community “a disaster right now.”

  • Eat The Press also reported that, although the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund said that Tom DeLay would join CNN as a commentator, the rumor is false.

  • The Associated Press corrects story on Morris-call girl connection.

  • MacNeil/Lehrer Productions is hiring a production assistant for News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

  • NPR is looking for an online producer for a new show with Michael Martin. “Position requires a Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years experience in daily news (broadcast, print or Web).”

  • The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes is in the final stages of his biography of Dick Cheney.

  • NPR is also looking for an online video producer for Digital Media.

  • SmartBrief is hiring an associate news producer and a business news producer.

  • Voice of America’s International Broadcasting Bureau is hiring a TV Production Specialist for their TV Enhancement Team.

  • ConsumerAffairs.Com is hiring a Summer Reporter Intern. The paid intern will “help cover Congress among other reporting duties.” The application deadline is April 12.

  • From WWD: “OH, THOSE AMBITIOUS MEDIA TYPES: A largely admiring profile of New York Times managing editor for news Jill Abramson in the April issue of Elle, partially illustrated with a photo-booth strip of Abramson and buddy Maureen Dowd in 1999, leaves virtually no aspect of the editor unexamined.”

  • The five best journalism books.

  • Interesting tidbit from the recent Pew report: Among those under age 30, 6% say Jon Stewart is their favorite journalist, making him, along with Bill O’Reilly, the top pick among this age group.

  • Libby crowd is, like, so adolescent

  • News media falling short in watchdog role, critics say

  • They’re Not in Your Club but They Are in Your League: Firedoglake at the Libby Trial

  • From DCRTV:

      Petey Movie Preview – 3/11 – Catch the trailer at YouTube for the new movie about DC radio and TV legend Ralph “Petey” Greene, who hosted shows on WOL radio and Channel 20 in the 1970s and 1980s. Don Cheadle plays Greene. “Talk To Me” opens this summer…..

    • Deb Howell on story length.

  • Taking Out The Trash, 03.07.07

  • Most of you think highly of your direct editor.

  • 1,000 Journalists Killed in 10 Years While Reporting

  • Air America Radio 2.0 begins.

  • An NBC release announced that “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was “No. 1 in most all demographics including the key demo adults 25-54 during the week of February 26 — March 2, 2007. “Nightly’s” “+132,000 advantage over ABC in the key
    demographic represents the program’s best advantage over “World News” since the week of January 15, 2007.”

  • An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” was “the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers and Households” for the week of February 26 — March 2, marking the second week in a row and the third time in four weeks “World News” has ranked #1 in these top categories.

  • In his upcoming column, Vanity Fair’ Michael Wolff looks at how through the Scooter Libbyt trial, the Bush administration, “could well have brought one of the greatest marketing and P.R. success stories of the modern era — the rise of conservatism and the Republican Party — to an end.”

  • Gelf Magazine’s Sarah Raymond looks at how the translation or interpretations of statements that foreign correspondents often rely on can result in some serious confusion.

  • Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter announced that that Bono will serve as Vanity Fair’s “first-ever” guest editor. Bono will edit the magazine’s Africa Issue for July, which he is doing on behalf of (RED).

  • Mother Jones takes a new look at “25 Years of Media Mergers. From GE-NBC to Google-YouTube.”

  • The PEJ News Index shows that “tornadoes in the South and a financial plunge on Wall Street” joined two stories that “typically dominate the Index” — the 2008 Presidential campaign and the Iraq debate.

  • Foreign Policy announced in a release that Lawrence Wright won the 2007 Lionel Gelber Prize for his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, published by Alfred A. Knopf. “The annual prize is awarded to the author of the world’s best book on international affairs.” Other finalists were Robert Kagan’s Dangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from Its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth Century; Margaret MacMillan’s Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World; David Malone’s The International Struggle over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council 1980–2005; and Thomas E. Ricks’ Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.

  • FootNoted.Org expresses surprise upon learning that Gannett’s top execs will no longer have “any allowance” for home security systems or club membership fees. “What’s the next perk to go? Could it be the end of the ‘company provided lunch’?”

  • ABC News’ Brian Ross and Vic Walter report, “Whistle-blower AT&T technician Mark Klein says his effort to reveal alleged government surveillance of domestic Internet traffic was blocked not only by U.S. intelligence officials but also by the top editors of the Los Angeles Times.”

  • Washington Post’s John Kelly provides a look at “pre-BlackBerry journalism” through the Ralph M. McKenzie’s 1903 “Washington Correspondents Past and Present — Brief Sketches of the Rank and File.”

  • Al Tompkins takes a look behind the National Press Photographers Association’s judging of the Television Photojournalism contest. “By week’s end, they will have witnessed countless calamities and odd characters of every description.”

  • A reader asks, “Mike Sniffen wrote the AP Libby story. His wife Laurie Asseo wrote the Bloomberg Libby story. Wonder which one was better.”