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Confirmed: Len Downie Registers To Vote

Told ya.

During his tenure as the Washington Post’s Executive Editor, Len Downie — as a matter of principle — never voted, claiming that

    I decided to stop voting when I became the ultimate gatekeeper for what is published in the newspaper. I wanted to keep a completely open mind about everything we covered and not make a decision, even in my own mind or the privacy of the voting booth, about who should be president or mayor, for example.

But his last day was Friday, and on that very day…

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Downie A Voter?

From our anonymous tips box:

    It’s official: Len Downie is a registered voter in the District of Columbia.

Morning Reading List, 08.18.08

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Downie Looking to “Build Connections Between The Daily and Feature Sections”

An internal staff notice from WaPo’s Len Downie and Phil Bennett, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    As part of our effort to build connections between the daily and feature sections and consolidate coverage, Frances Sellers, editor of the Health weekly, will be joining the National staff on Sept. 1.

    Frances will attend the daily National editors meetings and will work more closely with National’s health and science team and with the top editors on the National staff. The fourth floor design team and copy desk will continue to handle the Health weekly and thus Frances will remain in her fourth floor office. Starting in September, Metro and National will each contribute two cover stories a month for the Health weekly.

    This set up may evolve as we continue to explore the best structure and the right.resources for health coverage.

A Few Un-Observant Observer Details

An eagle-eyed reader brings to our attention some missteps in the Observer’s recent profile of Katharine Weymouth.

Among them:

  • Misspelling Katharine Graham (“Unlike her grandmother, Katherine Graham, … “)

  • “Katharine Weymouth, the most powerful person at The Washington Post”…You mean more powerful than Don Graham?

  • Len Downie did not take the buyout… (“Those who took them included superstars like its longtime editor Len Downie…”)

  • And why no mention of Don Graham here? “It was her family—chiefly, Phil Graham, her grandfather, and later his wife, Katharine, who made The Washington Post a quality newspaper. For the past half century, they have molded and shaped it. It was they who brought the paper public; they who established its national and international profile.”

  • Re: this…”Unlike her grandmother, Katherine Graham, she did not set aside her wifely duties to take on the intimidating business of running a newspaper…” Um, Katharine Graham was a widow…

  • Live-Blogging: Downie Interview

    DownieLen_L.jpgWe’re at Nathans Georgetown right now and live-blogging the “Q&A Cafe” interview of Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie, Jr. by host Carol Joynt. (In chronological order)

  • Sitting with Jim Kimsey, Victoria Michaels and Pam Sorensen (with whom, one’s thirst can be quenched) before the interview, Downie confesses to them that both he and Don Graham read the Sports section first thing in the morning (not together natch…). He also brags about the number of comics in the Washington Post and how it compares with other papers.
  • Says Downie to the table: “I figure that the people who interview ought to subject themselves to interviews once in a while.”
  • Ben Bradlee put a whoopee cushion under Downie’s seat. Just kidding.
  • Downie’s working on his beach figure, declining the food and saying “I don’t need to eat that much anyway.”
  • Joynt, referring to the Post’s Pulitzer sweep, says “It’s certainly been a good week for Len Downie and the Washington Post.” (applause) “I planned this allthe way along,” she jokes. “The DC Madam last spring, Len Downie this spring.” (laughter)
  • He’s explaining to the table how the paper comes to me…editorial meeting…what gets put on the website…what holds for the paper, etc. “Starting about 4 in the afternoon, I leave my office and go to the news desk in the news room….People start lobbying us. … We talk and discuss various things and start to make decisions.” I like to walk around I walk around and visit people. … I usually work until about 8 o’clock.”
  • Beach figure be damned: Downie digs into his lunch.
  • On the website: “It’s doing really well. We have about 15 million unique visitors doing well. 10 million page views a day. It’s doing very well. It’s really increased our readership and what I really like is all the multimedia stuff.”
  • Is the Internet a threat? “We used to think so. … I no longer think of us as a newsroom. I think of us as a multimedia newsroom. … The print audience is shrinking as the web audience grows.”
  • “I’m really amazed at how many people listen to our podcasts,” said Downie. “A lot of our podcasts are tops on iTunes and that really surprises me, it really does.”
  • “We’re still working on how to best deliver our content to handheld devices.”
  • Interview begins…
  • Joynt: “Did you ever think you would win in a group that included Bob Dylan.” (Laughter) Downie: “Ha, no I didn’t.”
  • Referring to how the Virginia Tech reporters donated their prize to charity, Downie joked, “We have other ways of rewarding them.”
  • The Pulitzer Public Service award is his favorite, “because that’s why we’re in this business: To service the public.”
  • “I call Steve Pearlstein ‘The Scold’ because, like me, he’s always scolding everyone.”
  • On Jo Becker, who left for the New York Times: “We’ll still get her back somehow.” Referring to Becker’s husband, Serge Kovaleski, who was a key decision to move to New York, “We call him the ‘Traitor’ in the newsroom.”
  • Referring to Becker/Bart Gellman’s “Cheney” series: “At first we didn’t like that story … we thought it’d be too hard to do.”

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  • Pulitzers Announced…WaPo Cleans Up

    Where the WaPo took home the gold:

    Public Service:

      Awarded to The Washington Post for the work of Dana Priest, Anne Hull and photographer Michel du Cille in exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, evoking a national outcry and producing reforms by federal officials.

    Breaking News Reporting:

      Awarded to The Washington Post Staff for its exceptional, multi-faceted coverage of the deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, telling the developing story in print and online.

    National Reporting:

      Awarded to Jo Becker and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post for their lucid exploration of Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful yet sometimes disguised influence on national policy.

    International reporting:

      Awarded to Steve Fainaru of The Washington Post for his heavily reported series on private security contractors in Iraq that operate outside most of the laws governing American forces.

    Feature Writing:

      Awarded to Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post for his chronicling of a world-class violinist who, as an experiment, played beautiful music in a subway station filled with unheeding commuters.

    Commentary:

      Awarded to Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post for his insightful columns that explore the nation’s complex economic ills with masterful clarity.

    (Oh, and Bob Dylan won a Pulitzer, too)

    As E&P notes, this is the second biggest sweep by a single paper ever (the NYT took home seven in 2002, thanks to its Sept. 11 coverage).

    And: Does this silence some of the anti-Len Downie chatter (accurate or not) we’ve been hearing recently?

    Congrats to all.

    Morning Reading List, 03.17.08

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    Happy St. Patrick’s Day Washington.

  • Sunday was Ellen McCarthy’s birthday. Today is Tim Burger’s and Mark Paustenbach’s and Saturday was Jenny 8 Lee’s.

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  • Email is your favorite way to communicate.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Karen Hosler has left the Baltimore Sun.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • A release announced, “The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is the winner of the 2007 Thomas L. Stokes Award for Energy Writing. Reporters Thomas Content, Lee Bergquist and Joel Dresang will share a $1,000 check and receive individual citations for the yearlong project.”

  • Justice and the Press

  • The AP reported that The Washington Examiner’s Nate Beeler won a Virginia Press Association award “for a portfolio of three editorial cartoons.”

  • Clark Hoyt says the Times was fooled again.

  • Deb Howell on “A Reporting Coup and Its Critics.”

  • Celebrated History of the CIA Comes Under Belated Fire

  • With Order to Name Sources, Judge Is Casting a Wide Net

  • Are job cuts death knell for America’s newspapers?

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “When some people first heard the news about New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and a prostitution ring, they thought: How awful, how tragic, how corrupt. When I first heard it, I thought: Thank God for newspapers.”

  • E&P reports, “A dispute over a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting has emerged between The Denver Post and the Charlotte (N.C) Observer. The conflict sparked a phone call Wednesday from Observer Editor Rick Thames to Post Editor Greg Moore, who is also a Pulitzer Board member. Moore says he is now ‘writing a letter about it.’”

  • Walter Pincus Rips into Newsroom Neutrality

  • The Washington Post reports, “In his youth, Ivory Wilson says, he drove a Bentley, drank Hennessy and rolled joints with $100 bills. Now he’s a middle-aged man, bent but not broken, homeless but not hopeless, writing fiction for Street Sense, the District’s twice-monthly newspaper written by and about the area’s homeless.”

  • The Q&A Cafe will feature The Washington Post’s Len Downie on April 10.

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    TV

  • TVNewser reports, “You know a presidential primary is really important when…a news program that rarely goes on the road decides to pull up stakes and do just that. With Pennsylvania the focus of attention on April 22, PBS anchor Jim Lehrer will broadcast The NewsHour from Pittsburgh during the week of April 21.”

  • Bob Schieffer: Who says there isn’t life after TV?

  • Iraq war disappears as TV story

  • Rove on Fox: It’s Fair to Say He’s Mellowed

  • Business Week reports, “Ever since Brian L. Roberts abandoned a hostile bid for Walt Disney (DIS) four years ago, Wall Street has wondered when the Comcast (CMCSA) chief executive and serial acquirer might make a play for another big media prize. The chatter picked up last fall, just before America’s largest cable company confessed that it would add fewer subscribers than expected in the fourth quarter. Some investors worried that, with growth slowing, Roberts might try to pick off Yahoo! (YHOO) or NBC Universal (GE) — diversifying away from cable by wading into the murky waters of ‘content.’”

  • Information Week reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is defending the way it tracks complaints, investigations, and enforcement, and it claims a critical government report is based on several inaccuracies. The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a 53-page report this week saying the FCC doesn’t properly collect and analyze data, making it impossible to analyze the effectiveness of its enforcement.”

  • Michael Calderone reports, “Fox launches ‘Obama Watch’”

  • TVNewser reports, “A tornado that tore through downtown Atlanta did not spare the CNN Center. This morning the network has been covering the aftermath of the severe weather, and the potential for more today. Anchor Betty Nguyen took viewers on a tour of part of the newsroom ‘where our writers and our producers sit.’ It is now covered with blue tarp. The tornado shattered windows in the newsroom and damaged the roof in the atrium which, until 2003, was the studio for the CNN daytime program, Talk Back Live.” And, “After last night’s tornado, CNN was taking no chances today. The blog Newscast Studio added, ‘Today CNN was thrown another curve ball…CNN’s Frederica Whitfield uses the CNN International set to bring the news to the viewers.’”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • The Project for Excellence will release the State of the News Media 2008 report today at www.stateofthenewsmedia.org.

  • Richard Prince writes, “A front-page photo of Sen. Barack Obama in the New York Times last week showed the Democratic front-runner on his campaign plane as a number of hands holding tape recorders reached up to him. None of the hands appeared to be black or brown. It seemed ironic in that Obama is the first African American with a serious chance to be president, running in a campaign in which the nuances of race have been discussed as never before.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Newspapers and online publishers appear to be heading back into battle against search engine behemoth Google.”

  • Politico.com has been redesigned.

  • Web Has Unexpected Effect on Journalism

  • Find out here what His Extreme-ness calls “Just Whore-ible”

  • strong>Laurel Touby Holds Fake Presser

  • The AP reports, “Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Thursday he expects the next decade to bring even greater technological leaps than the past 10 years.”

  • Is KickApps Next to Board AOL’s Gravy Train?”

  • A release announced, “OhMyGov!, the only website devoted to improving bureaucracy through the spread of information, ideas, innovative online tools, and strategic satire, today announced the launch of its pilot site, www.ohmygov.com, for beta testing.”

  • Conde Nast’s Portfolio asks, “Google’s business model of internet-search-driven advertising has become so dominant that competitors Microsoft and Yahoo can hardly compete. But will C.E.O. Eric Schmidt be able to keep Google true to its roots?”

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    MAGAZINES

  • It’s that time of year again. “Nominate yourself or a colleague for the 2008 Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine Rising Stars.” Entries should be submitted by April 18, 2008 and emailed to risingstars@campaignsandelections.com.

  • The New York Observer reports, “At Columbia, The Inadvertently Boldface Joanne Lipman Sticks to the Script”

  • Mike Allen’s Playbook reports, “Jon Meacham and his wife, Keith, are celebrating the arrival of No. 3 — Margaret Randolph Meacham, to be called Maggie. You’d never know her folks are from Tennessee and Mississippi. They’ll see you in 18 years.”

  • Also from Mike Allen, “Jay Carney and Claire Shipman opened their home to a celebration for TIME Nation Editor Amy Sullivan’s new book, ‘The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap.’ TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel was also a host. Guests included Mike McCurry, Walter and Cathy Isaacson, Sally Quinn, Dana Bash, Howard Kurtz, Sam Feist, Chris Matthews and David Bohrman. Among many others, Sullivan thanked her fiance, The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber.”

  • Market Watch’s Jon Friedman tells us about, “Three magazines that deserve better fates”

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    RADIO

  • Innovator rethinking Tribune ways

  • Hollywood Reporter reports, “The future of Time Warner, MGM, Lionsgate, Liberty Media, satellite radio and the general outlook for mergers and acquisitions in the media and entertainment field were in the spotlight Thursday at McGraw-Hill’s 2008 Media Summit New York. ‘There is going to be a lot of M&A activity’ despite the recent credit crunch, said Santo Politi, co-founder and general partner of Spark Capital, during a panel on the industry’s deal outlook. His rationale: Media giants have become more active in pursuing digital companies as they embrace the digital future and private-equity firms’ ability to bid in deals is hurt by the crunch.”

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    BOOKS

  • Jennifer 8. Lee will be at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue at 600 I Street, NW tonight for a Politics & Prose event.

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    JOBS

  • The McLaughlin Group is looking for a Writer/ Producer.

  • Child Welfare League of America is looking for an Associate Editor/Writer.

  • Washington Business Journal is looking for a Web Reporter.

  • The Associated Press is looking for an APTN Newsperson.

  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • Need To Know News is looking for a Financial Reporter.

  • NSSEA is seeking an Entry-Level Editorial Assistant.

  • World Resources Institute is looking for a Communications Coordinator — GHG Protocol, World Resources Institute.

  • National Journal Group is looking for an Account Executive.

  • Dickstein Shapiro LLP is looking for a Website Administrator.

  • Food & Water Watch is looking for an Advocacy Writer.

  • The Map Network, a NAVTEQ Company, is looking for a Destination Account Manager.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Defense Reporter and an Energy Policy Reporter.

  • A New Web Channel is looking for a Capitol Hill Correspondent/Fill-in Anchor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Senior Interactive Designer.

  • National Consumer Magazine is looking for an Associate Editor.

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  • Morning Reading List, 02.25.08

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  • Most of you would prefer Barack Obama as an editor in the newsroom.

  • Regarding the poll, a reader writes in, “i just voted for obama in your poll as the person i’d rather have as an editor in the newsroom … but i feel that you should clarify somehow that ‘newsroom editor’ does not equal ‘president,’ in case that was the parallel you were trying to draw. i say this because the very reason that i would prefer obama as my editor is the very same reason i would NOT want him to be my president (and likewise, the reason i don’t want hillary to be my editor is the same reason i’d prefer her to be the prez) — i feel like under obama’s newsroom leadership, i could get away with a lot more shit b/c he wouldn’t have the experience to know when i wasn’t doing what i was supposed to and/or when i wasn’t doing it right … and i feel like he’d be the ‘nice guy’ and the easier guy to work for and with … hillary, on the other hand, would run a much tighter ship. so, what i am essentially revealing is that i’m lazy, but also that i hillary would make a better president b/c i will vote for the person who can bust balls and get the job done, not just walk around the newsroom (or the oval office) and smile but not really know what’s going on … which sounds a lot like my current bosses … hmmm …”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Josh Rogin is adding a new line to his resume. In addition to his full time job as a CQ reporter, he is the weekend editorial producer/booker for CNN International.

  • Tara Wall is The Washington Times’ has a new deputy editor for the editorial page.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • A reader writes, “While the Washington Post congratulates itself on today’s McCain lobbying story, Bloomberg had it three weeks ago: Lobbyists Give Clinton Most Money, McCain Has Most on Staff Democrat Hillary Clinton has raised more money from lobbyists than any other presidential candidate while Republican John McCain has more of them assisting his campaign.”

  • “NYT stands behind McCain-lobbyist story,” reports Politico.

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “N.Y. Times Gets Flak From All Sides on Explosive Story.”

  • San Francisco Chronicle’s Debra Saunders writes, “New York Times sullies itself with McCain story”

  • Jon Friedman writes, “The New York Times reads like a gossip sheet”

  • From Slate: “New York Times 0, New Republic 0, McCain 1″

  • E&P reports, “‘New Republic’ Scribe Not Sure His Story Prompted ‘NY Times’ To Run McCain Piece”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “McCain story proves incendiary among journalists, conservatives”

  • McCain/New York Times story and anonymous sources”

  • Reflections of a Newsosaur writes,Bill Keller and Len Downie owe their readers the full details about the timing and circumstances that caused them to publish today’s innuendo-rich and fact-lite exposes on John McCain.”

  • John McCain: ‘pampered politician’ no more?”

  • Michael Gerson writes, “The Times Throws Mud at McCain”

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, February 17, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. This is the 12th time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ in Total Viewers and the 11th time beating CBS among
    the key Adults 25-54 demo. ‘This Week’ posted 3.01 million Total Viewers, outperforming ‘Face’ by 120,000. Among Adults 25-54, the program posted 1.25 million, beating CBS by 290,000.”

  • An NBC release announced, “‘The Chris Matthews Show’ was the #2
    Sunday morning public affairs show, behind only NBC News’ ‘Meet The
    Press,’ for the week ending February 17th, according to Nielsen Media Research data. ‘The Chris Matthews Show’ delivered a 2.3 HH rating, topping ABC’s ‘This Week,’ CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ and ‘FOX News Sunday’ in households nationally for the week ending February 17.”

  • A release announced, “MSNBC will telecast a debate between
    Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama Tuesday, Feb. 26, live from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, 9-10:30 p.m. ET. ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams will moderate the debate, joined by ‘Meet the Press’ moderator and NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert. This is the final debate between Sens. Obama and Clinton before the crucial March 4 primaries in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont.”

  • An NBC release announced, “Throughout the week of February
    24, ‘NBC News With Brian Williams’ will take a look at the issues Americans are discussing and Presidential candidates are debating in a new series ‘Where They Stand.’ The series will layout a different issue each day and explain how Presidential candidates Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Barack Obama, former Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator John McCain stand on each topic.”

  • An ABC release announced, “With the New York Philharmonic set to perform a live concert from Pyongyang, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff will report from inside North Korea on the Philharmonic’s historic visit beginning Friday, February 22nd. While there Woodruff will also report on the ongoing denuclearization process. Mr. Woodruff’s reporting will air on all ABC News broadcasts and platforms. He will also contribute behind the scenes reporting to PBS’s special coverage of the live concert that will air in New York on Tuesday, February 26th at 8:00 PM and nationally on PBS on Thursday, February 28th at 9:00 PM ET (check local listings).”

  • NewsBusted reports, “Chris Matthews says Obama makes a ‘thrill’ go up his leg when he speaks”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Best Life reports, “The 10 most important voices to listen to this election cycle — all of which are likely new to you.” Orbitcast has more.

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    MAGAZINES

  • Mark your calendars! Ed2010 is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a week early. Come joine Ed at Fado on March 10 at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to theodora.blanchfield@gmail.com

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    JOBS

  • Trust for America’s Health is looking for a Media Relations Manager.

  • Spectrum Science Communications is looking for a Creative Director/Web & Graphic Design.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a News Editor, CQ Today, an Editor, Transcripts and a Reporter, Homeland Security.

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

  • MarketWatch is looking for a News Reporter/Producer, Radio.

  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for a Communications/Public Affairs Officer, a Marketing Specialist and a Web Communications Specialist.

  • Examiner.com is looking for a Baltimore City Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking a Program Director.

  • Moment Magazine is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • Science News is looking for an Art Director.

  • The Century Council is looking for a Communications Manager.

  • The Century Council is looking for an Entry Level Interactive Media Coordinator.

  • Association for Conflict Resolution is looking for a Communications Director.

  • Center for Responsive Politics is looking for a Communications Internship Summer 2008.

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  • Morning Reading List, 02.22.08

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  • Most of you don’t know a journo cheating on his/her spouse, but just barely.

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  • A reader tells us, “There has been no mention of the fact that Marilyn Thompson left the NYT in protest over them not running the McCain story. She is now back at the Washington Post. Wheels within wheels.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Check out CQ’s video “Losing Pretty or Winning Ugly” where Craig Crawford gives his take on what Hillary Clinton’s options are going forward, and some wrestling moves are in the forecast.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “The public remains highly engaged in the presidential campaign, and strong majorities say the campaign is important, easy to follow, interesting and informative. Relatively few Americans (28%) say the campaign has been too negative thus far. Two-thirds (66%) say it has not been too negative. By comparison, nearly half of the public (47%) found the campaign to be too negative at a comparable point in the 2004 election.”

  • Scripps Howard Foundation Names Judges for Annual Journalism Awards

  • A reader asks, “Oh, Posties … did you get your Diaz-Balarts confused? Today’s ‘In the Loop’ Washington Post pg A13 Photo of Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart with caption — ‘Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart still considers Fidel Castro a threat’. Then a quote from Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart — ‘We’ve been waiting, hoping for the moment of Castro’s death …’ So, who was it? Okay, let’s take it from the top: Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R–FL–21st) Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R–FL–25th) Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D–CA–47th) Rep. Linda Sanchez (D–CA–39th).”

  • TVNewser has a round-up for FBNY’s reporting on The New York Times story on John McCain’s relationship with Telecom lobbyist Vicki Iseman.

  • Romenesko also has a round-up of NYT related chatter from MSNBC’s First Read, WashingtonPost.com and Horse’s Mouth.

  • And, Wonkette asks, “Why Did The Times Publish This Funny Story About John McCain’s Sex Affairs?”

  • Mark your calendars! Len Downie will be on the Q&A Café April 10.

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    TV

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Channel finished as the fourth most-watched basic cable news channel in prime time last week, after USA, TNT and TBS. This was the sixth week in a row that FNC has finished in the top 5. CNN finished at #20 while MSNBC was #28. This comes one week after Super Tuesday, when FNC finished at #3, CNN was #8 and MSNBC was #26 in prime time. Only CNN saw a significant drop week-to-week. FNC also ranked in seventh place in the total day, with CNN (#23) and MSNBC (#29) trailing for the week.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Comcast shares have been on the upswing since last week when the firm unveiled a dividend, but at least one analyst thinks the run-up has gone too far. The dividend and a stock-buyback update ‘were positive developments, but they have little to do with valuation or fundamentals, yet the stock is up 15% since the earnings report,’ Credit Suisse analyst Bryan Kraft said in downgrading the cable giant’s stock from ‘outperform’ to ‘neutral.’”

  • TVNewser reports, “PBS viewers have spoken. Thousands of them. It was on February 17 that a story by the The New York Times’ Charles McGrath asked Is PBS Still Necessary?. ‘There are not only countless more channels to chose from now,’ McGrath wrote, ‘but many offer the kind of stuff that in the past you could see only on public TV, and in at least some instances they do it better.’ Public response was fierce, with readers posting hundreds of comments online at the Times. PBS’ Jim Lehrer mentioned the article on The NewsHour, inviting viewers to share their thoughts. A NewsHour spokesperson tells TVNewser that the program has received, to date, almost 5,000 comments via phone, email, and online postings.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “News Networks Bump Clinton Out of Picture”

  • TVNewser warns,Anderson Cooper Better Watch Out For Mike Gravel

  • New York Post reports,Daryn Kagan’s ‘Breaking the Curse’ won the 2008 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary. It aired on PBS.”

  • O’Reilly Unintentionally Questions Whether FNC is ‘Responsible News Agency,’” reports TVNewser.

  • Up next Thursday on WETA’s Author, Author! is Jane Austen panel discussion with Carol Pippen, Professor of English at Goucher College and editor of the Jane Austen Society of North America newsletter. Text interviews with Laurie Viera Rigler (Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict), Margaret Sullivan (The Jane Austen Handbook) and Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen).

  • FCC Relaxes Digital-TV Transition Order

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • “Due to an overwhelming amount of requests, the final EPpy Awards entries deadline has been extended to Friday, February 29th”

  • Adotas reports, “Perhaps the death of newspapers has been greatly exaggerated. It seems website audiences are actually growing, Scarborough Research, a newspaper audience ratings service reports.”

  • NMA reports, “Facebook has suffered its first ever drop in unique users after 17 months of growth. The figures from Nielsen Online revealed a 5% drop in UK numbers between December 2007 and January 2008.”

  • Wonkette reports,Helen Thomas Still Hates Bush, Loves (John) Kennedy

  • The New York Observer reports, “In the spring of 2005, when asked about Arianna Huffington’s plan to launch a news-aggregating blog to compete with the Drudge Report, Matthew Drudge did not seem too impressed. … It took a while, and surely the brighter prospects on the left side of the aisle have changed things since Mr. Drudge was acting as the steam vent for a country fed up with the Clinton White House. But, nearly three years into its existence, Huffingtonpost.com is getting there, with unique visitors logging on at three times the rate they did just six months ago.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel asks, “Should Newspapers Still Be Taking Sides?”

  • Reuters reports, “Reed Elsevier announced the acquisition of U.S. risk-management business ChoicePoint Inc for $4.1 billion, including debt, and said it would intensify a cost-saving drive and sell an advertising-dependent information business.”

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    RADIO

  • Tony Snow accepts job with O’Reilly.”

  • Radio Business Report reports, “Fox News Radio fed the press pool this time down in Africa for President Bush’s visit this week. But in Tanzania, there are no ISDN lines. Fox News found a solution and was able to transmit the broadcasts over the Internet and provide that ability to the other networks-ABC, AP, CBS, NPR and VOA. This is the first time that a network news pool had access to an internet transmission.”

  • DOJ Merger Decision Shadows XM, Sirius

  • Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports, “Air America, one of the country’s more powerful radio networks and a major progressive megaphone, is switching ownership.”

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    JOBS

  • Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is looking for a Business Writer/Editor.

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