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  • You say “no way in hell” to group houses.

  • Stephen Manfredi, a Senior Account Executive with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, has accepted a position at the White House as Associate Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives.

  • Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus writes, “It’s not as if this president has been Mr. Openness. But by some important measures, George W. Bush is more accessible to the reporters who cover him than are some of the leading candidates to succeed him — most notably Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.”

  • The Statesman reports,Jim Lehrer sticks up for traditional media at UT”

  • A release announced, “Twin Cities Strategies, a special events and consulting firm serving clients for the 2008 Republican National Convention, today announced its partnership with Hoffman Communications, the Midwest’s premier events management and production company. The TCS/Hoffman partnership provides corporations, trade associations and state Republican Parties with the most effective, one-stop-shop for all of their 2008 RNC Convention events, media, strategic consulting and public relations needs.”

  • A release announced, “Acorn Media Group, a leading independent global media company, announces Bruce Belliveau as its Chief Financial Officer and Mark Stevens as its President of Acorn Media U.S. effective this month. Stevens replaces John Lorenz who was promoted to Vice Chairman. Far outpacing industry growth, Acorn Media Group continues to grow rapidly. The company projects $80 million in global sales from its four divisions in 2007, an increase of 33% over 2006.”

  • Washingtonian reports, “It’s official: Don Graham ‘gets it,’ perhaps more than any other big newspaper publisher.
As in ‘gets the Internet.’… This week Graham alerted Posties that their work is now part of Facebook, the social networking site that is drawing eyeballs across the globe. His e-mail introduced the new ‘widget’ to Post employees on Halloween night.”

  • A release announces, “From November 8 through 11, Jim Lehrer, anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, will lead a national conversation entitled Dialogues in Democracy: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, as part of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions’ By the People project. The conversations — exploring the rights, responsibilities and expectations of American citizens — will occur in the historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg, a seminal site of American democracy and citizenship. The final convocation, at which the ‘Declaration of Citizenship for the 21st Century’ will be debated, will take place in Colonial Williamsburg’s Capitol in the Hall of the House of Burgesses, where the founding generation produced the first comprehensive Declaration of Rights.”

  • DCRTV reports, “DC-based XM Satellite Radio will launch a channel dedicated to the music of rock icons Led Zeppelin on 11/8. ‘XM LED: The Led Zeppelin Channel’ (XM-59) will feature the band’s complete audio catalog, interviews with band members, and other ‘unique content that celebrates the musical contributions of Led Zeppelin.’”

  • CNN Money reports, “Fitch Ratings said it believes the Hollywood writers’ strike has limited impact on the credit profile of the media and entertainment sector over the short-term.”

  • FishbowlLA reports, “Dan Cox informs us that he’s moved from the weirdly exciting California gubernatorial referendum of a few years back to cover a political race even more enthralling: Sixth-grade class president.”

  • Associated Press reports, “New York magazine agreed Tuesday to stop accepting sex ads after the local chapter of the National Organization for Women threatened protests outside the offices of the popular weekly publication.”

  • A release announced, “Bonneville DC’s Talk Radio 3WT (1500 AM, 820 AM, 107.7 FM) adds ‘The Stephanie Miller Show’ to its lineup, starting tonight at 7 p.m. Miller will be heard regularly on 3WT weekdays from 7-9 p.m.”

  • Tonight on Nightline, “correspondent Jake Tapper travels to Iowa where he talks to GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani.

  • Multichannel News reports, “Access Intelligence said Tuesday that it will fold 18-year-old industry publication Cable World in December.”

  • Dan Steinberg writes, “So this is a fun tale of media intrigue, media carping and the effort to deliver raw, unfiltered content without the interference of ‘a 26-year old reporter that really doesn’t know necessarily what’s really going on.’ If you find media covering media about media coverage insufferably boring, move right along, stat.” If you are uo for the rest, click here.

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc’s AOL said on Wednesday it will buy Internet advertising technology company Quigo to bolster its ad force and make it more competitive with Google Inc and Yahoo Inc.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Add another item to the list of changes that the Murdoch era could usher in for The Wall Street Journal. Since March 2004, The Journal has maintained an exclusive partnership with the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House with which the paper collaborates on Journal-themed reference guides, crossword puzzle collections and some of the nonfiction books written by its reporters. To date, they’ve collaborated on at least 12 books, among them The Wall Street Journal Guide to the Business of Life, The Wall Street Journal Complete Identity Theft Guidebook and The Price of Admission, by The Journal’s former Boston deputy bureau chief Daniel Golden.”

  • Tech Confidential reports, “The American Antitrust Institute fired off a white paper Tuesday arguing that Google Inc.’s pending $3.1 billion agreement to acquire DoubleClick Inc. will hurt competition in the online advertising market.”

    Jobs

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Specialist, Renewals.

  • Smithsonian Publications is looking for an Associate Editor, Air & Space Magazine.

  • Meltwater Group Inc. (Media Monitoring Company) is looking for an International Management Trainee.

  • Baltimore Business Journal is looking for an Editorial Researcher.

  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is looking for an Investment Writer.

  • Elsevier is looking for an Experienced Association Editor.

  • The New Physician is seeking an associate editor.

  • U.S. Grains Council is looking for a Manager of Communications.

  • Culpeper Star-Exponent is looking for a Reporter.

  • Washington Business Journal is looking for a reporter.

  • The Daily Progress is looking for a Community news editor.

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