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Regional Reporters Assoc. Elects its Board

The Regional Reporters Association elected its officers and board members Friday. All results were unanimous:

Your 2011-2012 RRA board:

President Joseph Morton, Omaha World-Herald (he was also last year’s president)
Vice President Matt Canham, Salt Lake Tribune
Treasurer Malia Rulon, Gannett News Service
Secretary Herb Jackson, The Record
Erika Bolstad, McClatchy
Michael Coleman, Albuquerque Journal
Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News
Matt Laslo, Freelance
Paul Merrion, Crain’s Chicago Business
Bart Sullivan, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Bill Theobald, Gannett News Service
Peter Urban, Stephens Media
Karoun Demirjian, Las Vegas Sun

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About Tonight…

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Where will you be watching tonight’s election results? We’ve asked all sorts of journos for their evening plans and they include an Atlanta hotel room, the Phoenix Biltmore, and Champs Sports Bar in Cincinnati.

Join us after the jump…

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This Week In Pool Reports

This week in pool reports, Mark Silva asks, “It’s 1 pm at the White House. The pool call rings. The pool’s asleep. Who’re you going to trust?”

  • “POTUS met with the Prime Minister of Poland today and your pooler was in the Oval Office when they spoke to the media afterward. The room was very crowded as there were about a dozen Polish journalists in attendance. Also, and this was interesting, the entire exchange was done with translators. See transcript for actual remarks. … We can’t imagine that both leaders coordinated their attire for today’s meeting, but it can be noted, in case anyone cares, that although they both wore dark suits with white button shirts, POTUS wore a light blue tie while PMOP wore a red tie. POTUS also wore an American Flag lapel pin, as is customary.” — Malia Rulon, Gannett News Service

  • “POTUS had a late night on Saturday at the Gridiron Dinner and lost an hourto Daylight Saving. But he was still up early to go mountain biking on acrisp, bright Sunday morning. He emerged from the White House in his mountain biking gear at 8.42am and the motorcade pulled away moments later, arriving at the Beltsville Secret Service training facility at 9.05am. Pool watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on TV in the break room — still as funny 21 years later — while POTUS go this exercise.” — Andrew Ward, The Financial Times

  • “No sightings. No news. No nothing. Please check with your cordial Pentagon sources for word on what went on during just under two hour session.” — Ken Herman, Cox Newspapers

  • “He also recalled that his father, Richard Cheney, went through boot camp at Great Lakes during World War II. When his father came home on leave, when Cheney was 4, he explained to young Dick he was a yeoman in the Navy, showing the bird-like insignia on his shoulder. ‘I concluded that when Dad was at home, he was just Dad — but when he went back to the Navy, he turned into a bird,’ Cheney said. ‘So you see, very early in life, I decided that the United States Navy could do just about anything.’” — Matt Stearns, McClatchy Newspapers

  • “POTUS left the White House about 9:23 a.m. for an uneventful motorcade ride down Pennsylvania Avenue and up 6th St. NW to the Washington Convention Center and a tour of and speech to the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference. … Second tour stop: a Mack truck with a hybrid Volvo engine. Third tour stop: A GE wind energy exhibit. Your pool did hear a snatch of POTUS comment during that one: ‘We’ve got a lot in Texas,’ presumably referring towind-powered energy.” — Jonathan Riskind, Columbus Dispatch

  • “Oops…. That pool report should have said King Abdullah II, not Hussein. My apologies.” — Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor

  • “Outside in the sunshine, Barney, methinks, was trying to snatch a soccer ball with his jaws. The black dog chased the white ball around the South Lawn and across the driveway to the Oval Office side barking at the ball repeatedly. There are buds on the cherry trees in the Rose Garden, and this is it for the pool.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “It’s 1 pm at the White House. The pool call rings. The pool’s asleep. Who’re you going to trust?” — Silva

  • “Pres bush exited plane in waco carrying one of the two black Scottish terriers, probably barney and not the lesser-favored female (name? Ms Beasley?) Boarded marine one.” — Nick Lewis, New York Times

  • “We walked down the colonnade towards lower press, but when we came to the door, an agent asked us to stop. It wasn’t clear at first why, and one reporter asked if he could go through, before realizing that VPOTUS was standing inside the doorway, waiting to walk through. VPOTUS said he would stand aside and let us go through. ‘Surely not,’ the reporter said. ‘I insist,’ said VPOTUS. And so the intrepid reporter went through into lower press. The rest of us were not so bold, or brash, depending on your point of view. We basically stood there until it was clear that VPOTUS would have to walk through. He rolled his eyes and smiled, and said, ‘I tried,’ and then strolled on past, in the direction of the east wing.” — Jon Ward, The Washington Times

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    In this week’s installment, Vice President Cheney is entertained by a bikini clad woman, Pres. Bush pigs out at Porker’s, the Imperial Palace is revealed to be a facade and it seems even the Japanese hates Yankees fans (kidding people. No hate mail please). And lets not forget Mark Silva’s 3,865 word pool report. Is that a new record?

  • “The flight to Guam had lasted longer than three hours, Jack Nicholson, Leonard DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Whalberg starred in the midair show, The Departed, and the vice president arrived in apparent good cheer. And this was before the young woman wearing a bikini top and a hip-hugging skirt appeared on a riser toward the rear of the audience in the hangar. To our untrained eyes, she appeared to be a hula girl. But we were informed that she is a ‘chamorrita’ — which is an affectionate term for young women who dress like this in Guam, where natives are called ‘chamorras.’” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “POTUS left the convention center around 1:50 p.m., and a few short minutes later the motorcade came to a surprise halt in downtown Chattanooga outside Porker’s Bar-B-Que, a two-story brick place that evoked memories of the 50s, with Coca-Cola signs and some neon decor. As the name implies, it’s a barbecue joint. The hand-painted picture on the glass front window shows a pig reclining atop flames, above the motto: ‘We don’t squeal.’ (Your pooler could make the obvious joke about squealers and leaks, but she will refrain.)” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “At the Imperial Palace, just a few American reporters were escorted through the old bureaucratic warrens of the building, past peeling paint and busted pipes and through the service corridors up into the ceremonial show-case of the palace.” — Silva

  • “The press hotel is quite close to the embassy, and after arriving at the hotel we were greeted by some extremely loud sound trucks that were parked just outside some barricades that had much of the street outside the hotel closed. They were playing music and blaring chants, mostly in Japanese. They were extremely loud, and had to be audible at the nearby embassy. They dispersed after several minutes, however. But there was one unmistakable chant blaring from one of the trucks, in a Japanese accented male voice chanting in English: ‘Yankee Go Home, Yankee Go Home.’” — Silva

  • “Still sunny/freezing. But this time, as your pooler waited in the cold outside the Oval Office, she was entertained by sight of Barney and/or Miss Beazley, who ran around a bit in the snow-covered lawn, but were not at all interested in chasing after a ball that was thrown in their general direction by a member of the White House staff.” — Malia Rulon, Gannett News Service