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NPR Gets David Byrne, Michael Stipe, Amb. Rice

NPR is taking the following guests to next weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

The List

Ambassador Susan Rice and Ian Cameron
Michael Stipe – lead singer R.E.M.
David Byrne – founding member, Talking Heads
Annie Clark – singer-songwriter, writes and records under the name St. Vincent)
Scott Z. Burns – writer/director/producer, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!, An Inconvenient Truth)
Mike White – actor/writer/director, School of Rock, Nacho Libre, The Good Girl, HBO’s Enlightened)

NPR hosts and journalists attending include: Don Gonyea, National Political Correspondent; Robert Siegel and Melissa Block, hosts, All Things Considered; Michel Martin, host, Tell Me More; Guy Raz, weekend host, All Things Considered; Peter Sagal, host, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!; Mara Liasson, National Political Correspondent; Scott Horsley, White House Correspondent; and Bob Boilen, host and creator, All Songs Considered.

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Wolf Shines at RTDNF First Amendment Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation held court last night at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington D.C..   Journalists from around the country attended the black-tie affair to celebrate the 2011 First Amendment Award recipients: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Hearst’s David Barrett and Raycom’s Susana Schuler, and pay tribute to the tenth anniversary of September 11th.  The program also honored nine reporters who displayed special poise and bravery during the 9/11 attacks.  ABC’s Martha Raddatz, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, Warren Levinson of AP Radio, CBS’s Byron Pitts, CBS Radio’s Charlie Kaye, Jeanne Meserve of CNN, Rick Leventhal of Fox News, NBC’s Rehema Ellis and NPR’s Melissa Block all received special recognition for their dedication to journalism during the national crisis.

Guests at the event were treated to a luxe, three-course meal including scallop appetizer, tender beef entree and tasty chocolate pastry dessert.  And though the dinner was delightful, the highlight of the night was certainly the presentation of the Leonard Zeidenberg Award to Wolf Blitzer.  The award was presented by Turner Broadcasting Chairman and CEO Phil Kent who gushed, “I love this guy”  before playing a hilarious video tribute to the Wolf-man (below and worth the watch).

*Interesting side note:  Blitzer takes off on a whirlwind tour with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next week.  Among their destinations: Egypt and Tunisia.

NPR’s Michele Norris To Take Summer Off To Write Book

NPR’s Michele Norris, host of “All Things Considered,” will take this summer off to work on a book of essays about race in America. She announced this at the end of her show Friday (h/t NYO).

The book is tentatively titled “Say What?” and Norris says in an interview with the New York Observer, “People talk about race one way in public and they often- not always but often- talk about it in a different way and at a different tempo in the private sphere… And I just want to pull back the curtain a little bit.”

Norris will travel around the country this summer as research for the book, making her first stop to see and interview her family in Alabama. Her NPR co-hosts Melissa Block and Robert Siegel, as well as Madeline Brand whose show Day to Day was canceled on NPR last December, will fill in for Norris until mid-September.

Read more of this New York Observer interview here.

FishbowlDC Interview: Get Down to Business w/ Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary

lizzieheadshot.jpgSay hello to Lizzie O’Leary. As a Washington correspondent for Bloomberg TV, O’Leary traveled with Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Currently, you can catch Lizzie reporting from the White House, Treasury Department and Capitol Hill or on “Political Capital with Al Hunt.”

You moved to Bloomberg TV from NPR. What has been the “best” and “worst” parts of transitioning from radio to TV?
Getting to play with another media form is great. Doing television well involves essentially learning a new visual language, and trying to use it (always a challenge in stories that involve numbers). The worst part is losing some of the flexibility of being a one-man-band, which you can do in radio. And worrying about your hair.

What has been your biggest career challenge?
Probably going from zero to 60 covering economics. I think I covered a Fed meeting in my second week at Bloomberg. Had absolutely no idea what was going on.

What was the proudest moment in your career?
Recently, we broke the Chrysler bankruptcy, which was satisfying. But overall, I think Bloomberg did some very good coverage of the dangers of sub-prime mortgages early on. We did one on Katrina survivors with exorbitant mortgage rates that I’m still proud of.

Who is your dream interview?
Otis Redding.

What was the most embarrassing moment of your career?
I’ve told this story before – but it was just. so. excruciating. When I was a PA at ABC I made fun of an interviewee’s name, which sounded kind of dirty. Of course the microphone was hot and he heard the whole thing.

What single person played the biggest role or had the biggest influence on your career?
Melissa Block. Tough, fair, and always herself on the air. Something to aspire to.

What does your morning reading list include?
Well I’m often up at 5, so I read a lot the night before. But Bberg, the NYT, WashPost, Politico, the Journal, and dealbreaker.com, which I love.

How many emails do you receive a day? How many do you answer?
Easily 500. And I answer too many.

Who would win a fair fight — you or Tim Burger?
Seriously? Burger does not fight fair. But neither do I and I can take him.

What is one of life goal that you’ve yet to check off your list?
Racing a Shelby Mustang through the streets of San Francisco.

Who is your favorite active journalist (excluding anyone from Bloomberg)?
I have Google alerts for anything by David Rogers or Anne Garrels.

What subject line in an email grabs your attention?
“Your order has shipped!”

If you were a carbonated beverage, what would you be and why?
That’s too easy. Fizzy Lizzy. They spelled it wrong, though.

Saberi’s First Interview to Air Thursday on NPR

On Thursday, May 28 NPR News’ ‘All Things Considered’ will air an exclusive interview with Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi. The interview with NPR host Melissa Block will be Saberi’s first since being released from Iran’s Evin Prison this month.

Morning Reading List, 03.04.08

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  • You think Hillary will win Ohio.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Rush and Malloy reports, “It must be exasperating to be Christopher Hitchens. Recently voted the fifth most important intellectual in the world, Hitchens was nice enough to the respected war correspondents on the panel he moderated Thursday at the IFC theater, but he eviscerated members of the audience whose comments or questions he deemed not quite up to par.”

  • The Press Gazette reports,Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of the Wall Street Journal will not have an impact on the Financial Times because there is a ‘fundamental difference’ between the two titles, the FT Group chief executive has told analysts”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Wash Post editor says controversial piece was ‘tongue-in-cheek’”

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News NOW’s wall-to-wall coverage of the March 4 Presidential primaries and caucuses will be available LIVE on the Homepage, the Politics section and the ABC News NOW site on ABCNEWS.com. Coverage will begin on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m., ET and continue until 11:00p.m., ET.”

  • A CN8 release announced, “As all eyes follow the campaign trail, tune in to CN8, The Comcast Network on Tuesday, March 4 at 9 p.m. CN8 Political Director Lynn Doyle hosts a special extended two-hour edition of ‘It’s Your Call,’ featuring live, expert analysis of the pivotal primary elections in Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont. Doyle will be joined in studio by CN8 Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief Robert Traynham; CN8 political analysts Brad Brewster, Bill Pascrell III and Steve Ayscue; and political commentator Joe Watkins, all of whom will provide viewers with an inside look at the candidates, platforms and issues impacting these states.”

  • A Bloomberg TV announced, “Bloomberg’s Peter Cook will anchor live business & the ballot coverage from Bloomberg World Headquarters in New York … Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary will be with the Obama campaign, Margaret Popper with the Clinton campaign, and Hans Nichols with the McCain campaign. Bloomberg contributors Stephanie Cutter and Terry Holt provide political analysis. And Kathleen Hays talks to top Wall Street economists for their perspective.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Despite fears of a recession and a crippling writers’ strike that has left television broadcasters bleeding viewers, ad buyers and network executives say the annual ad-buying ritual known as the ‘upfront’ is likely to be stronger this year than last.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) has found allies in its fight to convince the Federal Communications Commission that it was doing nothing wrong when it slowed customers’ access to certain applications on its high speed Internet network.”

  • Brit Hume spoke to David Barron of The Houston Chronicle and he reflected on the election and talked about both Obama and Clinton, as well as past elections.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Bloomberg reports, “AOL, the Time Warner Inc. unit trying to catch up to Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. in Internet traffic, plans to start at least a dozen Web sites in the next six months to attract more advertisers.”

  • The New York Review of Books writes, “Wikipedia: The Missing Manual”

  • The Times Online reports, “New York Times under fire for slow switch to online”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Jobs question as Reuters’ £8.7bn merger is agreed”

  • Blogger News Network reports,Maureen Dowd starts her New York Times column on Sunday, ‘Channeling her inner Cheney, Hillary Clinton dropped a fear bomb, as Michelle Obama might call it, implying in a new ad that if her opponent is elected, your angelic, innocent, sleeping children could die in a terrorist attack’ — a reference to her latest campaign ad (video link), which asks when the phone rings at 3 a.m. in the White House because something has happened ‘in the dangerous world,’ who do you want answering the phone? Not to be outdone, Dowd’s counterpart Frank Rich titles his column, ‘McCain Channels His Inner Hillary’ and writes that the presumptive GOP candidate ‘is emulating almost identically the suicidal Clinton campaign against Mr. Obama. He has mimicked Mrs. Clinton’s message and rhetorical style, her tone-deaf contempt for Mr. Obama’s cultural appeal, and her complete misreading of just how politically radioactive the war in Iraq remains …’ And recently within two days of each other, Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman and Dowd both argued that Barack Obama is channeling his inner woman. (Goodman: ‘Now we see a woman running as the fighter and a man modeling a ‘woman’s way’ of leading.’ Dowd: ‘The first serious female candidate for president was rejected by voters drawn to the more feminine management style of her male rival.’) So McCain is channeling his inner Hillary who is channeling her inner Cheney, and Obama is channeling his inner woman — which should mean that like McCain he is channeling his inner Hillary since she is the only woman in the race — but doesn’t, since Hillary is channeling her inner Cheney. Got that?”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Newsweek’s Evan Thomas writes, “Is the mainstream press unbiased? No, but we aren’t ideological. What we really thrive on is conflict.”

  • The Business and Media Institute reports, “New York’s senior Democratic senator, Charles Schumer, told an audience the evolution of the modern Democratic Party and its success with young voters can be traced to the party’s adaptations to the death of older news sources like the national news and weekly news magazines.”

  • AdAge.com reports, “Mags Grow Online but Still Dwarfed by Web Bigs”

  • Folio’s Mark Newman writes, “Editors vs. Art Directors: They make a great team—but the editor is always right.”

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    RADIO

  • Bloomberg Radio announced, “Bloomberg Radio will begin coverage of March 4th primaries from 7pm-11pm ET tomorrow. Tom Moroney will host a special edition of Bloomberg ‘Simply Put.’ Hear Bloomberg Radio Nation wide on satellite radio: XM channel 129 or Sirius channel 130. In New York City, tune into 1130 on the AM dial”

  • An NPR release announced, “NPR News will offer live comprehensive broadcast and webcast coverage of the March 4 primaries starting at 10:00 PM (ET) with NPR newsmagazine All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block as anchors. The special is slated to conclude at 11:00 PM (ET). Voters in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont will be participating in this round of primaries and the results from this critical day of primaries may determine the Democratic nominee for President.”

  • Barron’s reports, “XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) and Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) today extended their merger agreement, which had been set to expire tomorrow, to May 1. The two companies continue to wait a decision on the deal from the FCC and the Department of Justice.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Supreme Court this week may reopen for the first time in more than 30 years the debate over what qualifies as an ‘indecent’ broadcast. The media environment has changed dramatically since 1978, when the court last ruled on this issue: Today’s viewers and listeners are exposed to the more freewheeling cable TV, Internet and ‘shock jocks’ on satellite radio.”

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    BOOKS

  • New York Magazine reports, “The Hachette Book Group recently distributed hundreds of Sony Readers to its editors and publishers. ‘People are evangelical about it,’ says publisher Jonathan Karp, who has about 30 submissions on his Reader. ‘If you’re traveling, this is so much easier than lugging around manuscripts. It’s good for reading in bed, too.’ Agents selling to Hachette’s imprints are now required to e-mail their texts to acquiring editors, who download them to their Readers; paper manuscripts are no longer routinely circulated.”

  • Radar reports, “The mere mention of technology or sociology makes me want to run to The Hills and hide. Once nestled comfortably in the folds of a vapid yet soothing conversation between Heidi and Spencer at Don Antonio’s, I often forget that science even exists. It might be, however, that my aversion to expanding beyond the reaches of gossip and reality TV, makes me the ideal target audience for Clay Shirky’s excellent Here Comes Everybody, The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. All it took was peppering social-networking theory with a little blogging, Facebook, and Paris Hilton context to get me in step with the CNET crowd!”

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    JOBS

  • Atlantic Media Company is offering an Editorial Diversity Fellowship.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Communications Specialist

  • Human Rights Campaign is looking for an Editorial & Web Content Manager.

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