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Top 5 ‘Touching’ Holiday Moments

For many of us, Christmas is a special time of year. Gathering with family. Creating lasting memories for children. Celebrating the religious meaning of the holiday. And luckily for us, several DC journalists let us sneak peeks into their touching holiday moments this year. We’ll recap our favorites in the Top 5 “Touching” Holiday Moments.

5 - CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller spending Christmas in Hawaii. Knoller begins the day wishing us a “Merry Christmas from Honolulu. Sun rising over Waikiki.” Thanks Mark. Many of us are spending the time with insufferable in-laws or obnoxious extended family. Glad you’re having fun. Just to add insult to injury, Knoller tweeted us this picture.

4 - NPR’s Scott Simon and Fox News’s Ed Henry Christmas Bromance. Henry’s something of a whore where bromances are concerned. He had a thing for CNN’s Ali Velshi, which died when he fell hard for FNC’s Bret Baier when he switched networks. Now he apparently fancies Simon. As Christmas Day wound down, Simon tweeted that he was enjoying a dinner of “Cheerios, yogurt and a glass of wine.” So, now we know the recipe for holiday cheer. A continental breakfast and booze for dinner. Henry chimed in and you can see their exchange below.

This is clearly the true meaning of Christmas. Two journos mutually admiring each other for all the world to see.

3MSNBC’s Luke Russert Cares for the Troops. On Christmas Day, Russert declares “Happy birthday Jesus!” and includes this classic clip from Full Metal Jacket. He reminds us to remember the military on “this most cherished day.” Thanks, Luke. I’ll do that right after I finish watching Full Metal Jacket with the kids.

2The Obligatory Holiday Message. There are simply too many to list here, but you KNOW who we are talking about. The journalist who, but takes time out of a busy Christmas morning to wish all their fans a happy holiday. For example, Wolf Blitzer from CNN took time from his Christmas Holiday to say “Merry Christmas. I hope this coming year brings all of us peace, good health and happiness.” Or Jeff Sonderman, former Managing Editor for TBD, who takes time out of his holiday to say “Merry Christmas, everyone. May it be a day of peace and joy in whatever way you desire.” We get it, folks. You want us to have a happy holiday. You could always step away from Twitter and enjoy the holiday quietly, you know.

1Mike Allen’s Christmas Playbook. Just as we were all sitting around to open gifts, the most wonderful gift of all arrived in our inbox. Politico’s Playbook from Mike Allen. We thought that even a robot like Allen would take some down time to enjoy the holidays, but no, he reports to us from “the wilds of Wilsonville, Ore.” He is spending the holiday with his sister and her three children. Can you imagine what Mike Allen must be like on Christmas morning?? Children wildly ripping open their presents. Fire roaring in the hearth. Bing Crosby in the background. And Uncle Mike typing away on his Blackberry trying to win Christmas Day. He takes the time to run through some of the gifts that his nephews received and gives us the gift of a reading list. “7 Ideas for the E-Reader Santa Gave You.” We’ll spare you a list within a list, but the top E-Book that he mentions for us to get is Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back. That’s right, friends, a holiday book plug. ‘Tis the season for more self promotion! And razorblades, to prepare us for more E-Book mentions in 2012.


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Morning Reading List, 04.03.08

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Good morning Washington. Perez Hilton is a WHCA guest! And Donatella Versace, too! And it’s the birthday of Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen’s Mom. Speaking of Jonathan Martin’s b-day, Mike Allen has this to say: “Without J-Mart, Politico readers would know a lot less and the campaign trail would have a lot fewer exclamations of ‘SOLID!’ and ‘SO GOOD!’ (Martin’s the last person we know who carries a checkbook in his back pocket.) No truth to the rumor that TAGG ROMNEY will jump out of the cake. But KEVIN MADDEN has a touching tribute: ‘Happy Birthday to Jonathan Martin — a guy who has Patrick O’Connor’s style, John Bresnahan’s charm, a face for radio and a brain that should be left for science.’”

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  • Most of you cannot run three miles non-stop.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “With the exception of the Wall Street Journal, most of today’s print mass media is biased crap, agenda-based sensationalism, mere entertainment. I do believe there is a market for solid journalism (objective and fact-based), but readers like myself have to look pretty hard to find it.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Leon Walczak, 61, a retired Washington bureau chief for Business Week and a writer and editor who specialized in national politics, died March 28 of pancreatic cancer at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.”

  • Also from The Washington Post, “Betty Miles James, 84, one of the first female reporters at the Washington Star, died March 18 of congestive heart failure at Ingleside at Rock Creek, a Northwest retirement community.”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A tipster tells us that Martha Wright, director of design for the Washington Post’s Style section, recently quit to move to Chicago.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • “Democrats dominated election coverage by about a six-to-one margin over Republicans in a week when making headlines was not necessarily a good thing, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of campaign coverage from March 24-30.”

  • Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolffe reports, “The Sulzberger family would never let go of The New York Times. Or would it? With the latest shareholder assault on the ‘invulnerable’ paper’s management — this one from a couple of upstart hedge funds—the author plays out the most likely (and unlikely) scenarios.”

  • Wonkette reports, “Mystical Pennsylvania Foodstuffs Confuse NYT Reporter”

  • Mad.co.uk reports, “The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp since December, is set to sell its US print edition in London, the first time the newspaper has been printed in Europe.” Romenesko has more.

  • Eric Boehlert says “Fact: The press tuned out Iraq.”

  • Joe O’Connell, a Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News
    reports, “What happens if the newspaper presses stop rolling? That’s the big question behind the documentary Stop the Presses: The American Newspaper in Peril, which has its world premiere today at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes about the New York Times, “The paper’s design director defends its expanded summary pages.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “A U.S. Senate committee plans to vote April 24 on a measure to reverse federal rules that let companies such as Tribune Co. own a broadcast station and daily newspaper in the 20 largest markets.”

  • E&P’s Steve Outing writes, “I stopped getting the print edition of my local newspaper this month. Among my new-media expert colleagues, I’m behind the curve with that move; many gave up the print habit long ago. But compared to the general population, I’m still ahead of most folks. I admit, I feel a bit guilty about this. After all, I write for and offer advice to newspapers on an industry website.”

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    TV

  • A NBC release announced, “MSNBC ends March 2008 tied for #2 in primetime in the advertiser-friendly 25-54 demographic, the best monthly finish for MSNBC compared to CNN since May 2001. In primetime, there is a true three-way race in cable news, with only 66,000 viewers A25-54 separating first and second place. MSNBC also delivered its best-ever quarterly weekday primetime ratings in 1Q08 in total viewers, and best in the 25-54 demographic since 4Q01.”

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of March 24-28, ‘ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Adults 25-54 and tied for first place among Total Viewers. The ABC broadcast averaged a 2.1/8 and 2.55 million among key demo viewers, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 90,000. Among Total Viewers, ABC and NBC both averaged 8.41 million.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The historic and long-running presidential campaigns of Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton have injected issues of race and gender into politics as never before. With campaign coverage center stage on the cable channels, producers and critics are again assessing the diversity among pundits, who talk (and talk) about things like Mr. Obama’s pastor, the Hispanic vote, Iraq and the economy.”

  • Politico looks at the upcoming Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner.

  • TVNewser reports, “FNC was the fourth ranked cable network during the first quarter of 2008 (during prime time), despite not hosting a debate during the time period. CNN, who hosted four highly rated debates, finished #14 while MSNBC came in at #27.” And, “Fox News had the top five program in Total Viewers, and 15 out of the top 20, during the first quarter of 2008. The top CNN program was CNN Election Center at #6, while the top MSNBC program was Countdown with Keith Olbermann at #20. The O’Reilly Factor was the top program during the time period.”

  • “While CNBC continues to grow in Total Viewers, the A25-54 demo numbers continue to slide. For Q1 2008, CNBC was down in many “business day” hours (5amET-7pmET) year-to-year,” reports TVNewser.

  • “Headline News had one of its best quarters in five years in Total Viewers (today day). Also, Glenn Beck Tonight at 7pmET posted its best quarter ever in Total Viewers, while Nancy Grace’s 8pmET hour scored its best quarter ever in the A25-54 demo,” TVNewser also reports.

  • CBSNews.com reports, “CBS, reeling from disappointing earning in the last quarter has done some layoffs, at the corporate level, and separate from that, at some local O&O stations. On corporate level, TVNewser reports that CBS News has made cuts in to editorial, technical operations and the bureaus. The total cuts amount to 1 percent of the staff, the post says.”

  • TVNewser reports, “In the first quarter, Fox News Channel was the most-watched channel in all of cable news, winning both the today day and prime time categories in Total Viewers. This marks the 25th consecutive quarter in which FNC has won these categories.”

  • Also, “In addition to MSNBC tying for second in the A25-54 demo in prime time for the month of March, the network experienced a 63% year-to-year increase in weekday prime time, averaging 885,000 Total Viewers.”

  • And, “As TVNewser first reported Friday, CNN did in fact win the ad-friendly A25-54 demo in prime time for the first quarter.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Consumers appear to be turning down the volume on television purchases. As the largest specialty-electronics retailers get set to report year-end results, recent consumer surveys and comments from a TV supplier and from club stores point to slowing TV demand. The category has been among the few bright spots in big-ticket spending for the home as the economy has weakened.”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister asks, “Will Thrills Abound When Obama Plays Hardball?”

  • TVNewser has “5 Questions For… Hugh Downs

  • A release announced, “From his riveting radio reports of World War II to his dramatic television showdown with Sen. Joseph McCarthy, Edward R. Murrow established the gold standard for American broadcast journalism. Celebrating the centennial of the legendary broadcaster’s birth, Murrow’s son Casey Murrow and former colleagues Richard C. Hottelet and Marvin Kalb will explore Murrow’s life and legacy at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2008, in GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium, located at 805 21st St., NW. The seminar will be moderated by Michael Freedman, GW vice president and professorial lecturer in journalism and former general manager of CBS Radio Network News.”

  • The Village Voice reports, “Supposedly Democrat-Friendly MSNBC Has Let a Clinton-Hating Joe Maul New York’s Senator”

  • TVNewser asks, “Do Cable’s Pundits Reflect Diversity of Presidential Race?”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Radar reports, “Former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown has more than her much-ballyhooed bio of Bill and Hillary Clinton coming down the pipeline: Radar has learned that the erstwhile ‘Queen of Buzz’ is partnering with InterActiveCorp honcho Barry Diller to launch her own news aggregator website. The site, Brown tells Radar, will have ‘no ideological stance’ and will be edited by Edward Felsenthal, the former deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal who is currently a consultant at Portfolio.”

  • A reader asks, “Have there been any talks of a website called Politics 2 or Politics II?”

  • The AFP reports, “They’re angry at their demanding editors. They’re angry about the mushrooming workload in shrinking newsrooms. They’re even angry about other angry journalists. But these angry journalists are happy they can now vent their frustrations to the rest of the world, courtesy of angryjournalist.com, a sort of online complaint board allowing ink-stained wretches to gripe anonymously. Ironically, their anger is partly fueled by the Internet, which has forced newspapers and television networks to reinvent themselves with painful consequences for their staffs.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • The New York Observer’s Doree Shafrir writes, “‘There’s not one path anymore,’ David Hirshey, executive editor of HarperCollins and former longtime deputy editor of Esquire magazine, said the other day. ‘Thirty years ago, you worked at a newspaper, you moved to a magazine, and then you wrote books or screenplays. Today you can be a blogger who writes books or you can be a stripper who wins an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.’”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Interviews with editors of magazines like Wired, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Us Weekly and several others elicited more of the same:Magazines are not, for the most part, worried about the Internet.”

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    RADIO

  • A release announced, “WAMU 88.5, America Abroad Media, and The American Interest magazine will present a special town hall entitled ‘Foreign Policy and the Presidential Election: America’s Image Problem’ at 7 p.m., Monday, April 7, at the Kay Spiritual Center on the campus of American University in northwest Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public.” For more, click here.

  • Matthew Felling is hosting the “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” today on DC’s National Public Radio affiliate WAMU 88.5 from 12-2pm EDT.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Rupert Murdoch addressed the students and faculty of Georgetown University this afternoon, explaining the ‘creative destruction’ wrought upon the news and entertainment industries by changing technology. Murdoch cast himself as a relentless competitor, which he is, who has taken on entrenched monopolies and oligopolies around the world, which is also true.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • BtoB reports, “Despite the slowing economy, mergers and acquisitions in the media and information industries kept up a fairly strong pace in the first quarter, according to a report released Tuesday by media investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group.”

  • NPR’s On The Media reports, “The Project for Excellence in Journalism released its annual State of the News Media report and the state of the news is strong.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman is “Pondering the strange appeal of the Newseum”

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    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • Washington Post’s On The Plane reports, “The White House press charter that ferries journalists, presidential staff and Secret Service agents whenever the president travels has been grounded. The chartered jumbo jet is one of the 52 Boeing-777 aircraft that United Airlines ordered out of service today until it can inspect them for possible problems with the fire suppression systems in the cargo holds. The jet is currently here in Bucharest, where President Bush is attending a NATO summit that opens tonight.”

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    JOBS

  • National Television Network is looking for a Director of Field Operations.

  • American Psychological Association is looking for a Marketing Manager, Journals Circulation.

  • AARP is looking for a Quality Associate.

  • The Hotline of National Journal Group is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a Design editor.

  • Daily News-Record is looking for an Editorial Page Editor.

  • AOPA is looking for a Managing Editor.

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  • Morning Reading List, 12.31.07

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  • Wow. Between drinking, food, money and something about your job (promotion, more money, etc.), most of you did not include any of these in your New Years Resolutions.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Mike Allen’s Playbook says “The all-terrain Martin, who has become like the hurricane stuntcasters as he shivers on cable-news stations in increasingly frigid conditions,”

  • Deb Howell’s latest.

  • A release announced, “With the launch of daily telephone tracking polling leading up to the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, the Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby alliance will keep voters informed right through the November 2008 election. The first of five installments of more than 800 likely caucus-goers in Iowa will be released Sunday, Dec. 30, and will continue each day to pull hundreds of new likely voters into the poll, releasing the results daily right through the caucuses. The day after the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 4, we will release our first tracking poll on the New Hampshire primary.” Check it out here.

  • A release announced, “From Saturday, Jan. 5 through Wednesday, Jan. 9, approximately 30 American University students will rub elbows with the presidential candidates, their campaign staffs and the news media in Manchester, N.H., for the 2008 New Hampshire Presidential Primary. The trip is the culmination of Special Topics in News Media: Covering the 2008 Presidential Election,a course offered by AU’s School of Communication.”

  • The New York Times fesses up to a mistake. “A post in The Medium blog that appeared on Monday about the Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and his purported adoption by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups contained several errors. Stormfront, which describes itself as a ‘white nationalist’ Internet community, did not give money to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign; according to Jesse Benton, a spokesman for Paul’s campaign, it was Don Black, the founder of Stormfront, who donated $500 to Paul.”

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    TV

  • We noticed that MSNBC was the only breaking news email we received about the Patriots on Saturday.

  • Some good bowl games today and DC TV and radio gears up for the playoffs.”

  • On the decision to simulcast the NFL Network Game of the Week, featuring the Patriots and Giants, on the NBC and CBS networks, Richard Ramlall, RCN Senior Vice President, Strategic and External Affairs issued this statement: “This action by the NFL Network seriously devalues the contract between us and we are considering our options. We paid extra for the right to carry this historic game as well as the other games throughout the season. In effect, the NFL Network is making RCN customers pay extra for what others are getting for free. It’s unprecedented that the NFL Network has decided to
    alter a signed contract without negotiation or consideration of the other parties. If this decision was subject to an instant replay call, it would be over turned as a grievous foul of the rules.”

  • In case you missed it, The Des Moines Register has the candidates’ holiday ads.

  • DCRTV reports, “Ledo Pizza’s naming rights deal for all-newser WTOP’s ‘Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center’ comes to an end at the end of the year. A Bonneville source tells DCRTV that the newsroom will no longer have a sponsor. Instead, Annapolis-based Ledo will be an hourly sponsor of WTOP’s sports reports.”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “A study released this month by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University found that Fox News Channel’s evening coverage was more “balanced” than that of the broadcast networks. However, the objectivity of the CMPA, which bills itself as a nonpartisan media watchdog group, is questionable, as the Center for Media and Democracy’s SourceWatch found that ‘nearly all its funding comes from conservative foundations.’” TVNewser has more and check out the study here.

  • Wonkette reports, “Last night, ABC and NBC News interviewed Getty photographer John Moore who (along with Farooq Naeem of Agence France-Presse) took the photos I published yesterday. During the interview, they showed one of the photographs I swore mainstream media wouldn’t show you (and the one the editors of the New York Times had the stones to put unedited on the front page above the fold this morning).”

  • ABC reports, “The 87-year-old founder of Comcast Corp. s pay will keep going to his beneficiaries for five years after his death under a new agreement. Ralph J. Roberts’ new salary agreement takes effect on Jan. 1, according to a document the company filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The pact succeeds Roberts’ current compensation deal, which expires next week.”

  • Group Calls on MSNBC to Host GOP Candidates Left Out of FNC Forum

  • DCTRV reports, “In a Friday editorial in the NY Post (page 31, not on its pop-up-laden website), 3WT and Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly calls the Washington Post ‘a newspaper densely populated with secular progressives’ who are campaigning for ‘gay marriage, legalized drugs, (and) unfettered abortion.’”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Wonkette writes, “Now, if you’ve been following Andrew Sullivan’s blog the last few months, you’ve noticed that he’s not only supporting Barack — which obvs is fine, go for it — and slamming Hillary in every post for her gutless attacks, but he won’t say a friggin’ word when Barack pulls out the Nasty. Check out how he handled yesterday’s Clinton-Obama repartee, and then someone please tell him to go back to libertarian land, where he belongs.”

  • Check out PolitiFact’s greatest hits here.

  • Slate reports, “‘Tis the season to be jolly. Also to avoid contact with your editor, if you happen to be a newspaper reporter. This is a shame, because after a mad pre-Christmas rush, many subscribers find that during the holiday week itself they have more idle time than usual to linger over their daily newspaper. But in an unfortunate mismatch between supply and demand, this is always the very week during which newspapers have the hardest time filling their columns with anything even vaguely worth publishing.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • CQ Politics explains the caucus process.

  • WWD reports, “Time Inc.’s corporate communications department sent out a media sampling selected by their editors. An Amy Winehouse CD, DVDs of the television show ‘Friday Night Lights” and the Oscar-winning film “The Lives of Others,’ and Khaled Hosseini’s novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns” made the cut.”

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    JOBS

  • The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is looking for a Director, Media Relations.

  • Living Cities is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • Washingtonian Magazine is looking for an Online Advertising Sales Associate.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Day News Editor and a Staff Writer/Online News.

  • Global Environment Facility is looking for a Communications Editor/Writer Contractor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Associate Producer, Social Media.

  • SAIS is looking for a new communications assistant for the Communications Office. Apply online here.

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  • Morning Reading List, 11.19.07

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  • National Journal reports, “Average time spent consuming news on a typical workday,” broken down by type of Washingtonian.

  • The Pew Talk Show Index for November 4-9 shows, Dennis Kucinich’s call to impeach Vice President Cheney made nary a blip with the general media last week but it was a big story on in the talk media, especially on the left side of the talk radio dial. Meanwhile the many angles of the 2008 campaign gave everyone grist to talk about.”

  • Deb Howell weighs in on Tim Page.

  • Media General D.C. Bureau Shuffle Cuts Staff, Expands Web

  • NYT on Shep Smith: “Fox Cable Guy Edges Into the Big Pay Leagues

  • When it comes to Newsweek’s hiring of Rove and DailyKos, CJR says they “couldn’t be more predictable.”

  • From DCRTV:

      Adrienne Mitchell will host a new show on DC-based XM Satellite Radio’s presidential election channel “POTUS ’08″ (XM-130) starting Monday, 11/19. The former WTOP anchor and editor will host “The Race” weekdays from 7 PM to 9 PM. The show will focus on the campaign news of the day, plus interviews with journalists and newsmakers…..

  • Inside Cable News & Brian Stelter: Together.

  • Jack Shafer on “Big Media Octopuses, Cutting Off Tentacles” and “Why Newspapers Love the Striking Screenwriters

  • Inside Cable News’ What’s Hot/What’s Not.

  • Local Oscar hopes for Sean and Andrea Nix Fine and Ted Leonsis.

  • Can you answer CQ’s political Trivia for November 16?

  • An RCN release announced, “RCN Corporation … will be a Corporate Partner of MLS Cup 2007, Major League Soccer’s Championship game between the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo, which will be held Sunday, November 18, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.”

  • “SAIS International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellows Libby Casey, a reporter with KUAC-FM in Fairbanks, Alaska; Eliza Barclay, a freelance print reporter in Mexico City; and Krista Kapralos, a reporter with the The Herald in Everett, Washington, will discuss their overseas reporting experiences. Members of the public should RSVP to IRP at irp@jhu.edu or 202.663.7726.”

  • Check out FNC’s Carl Cameron new blog from the campaign trail.

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press writes, “Nice Try, CBS, But Rather’s Lawsuit Has Merit”

  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. said Friday its ad sales from continuing operations dipped 0.7 percent in October on softness in its publishing division. Total revenue from continuing operations edged up 1 percent.”

  • Matt Welch writes, “The funniest thing about anti-media activists — whoops, I mean “public interest groups” — is that their sky-is-falling brief against big media consolidation always (and I mean always) disintegrates on contact with what I like to call “personal experience.” As in, theirs. And mine.”

  • National Journal’s Bill Powers writes, “The leading candidate is a woman, and trailing her are a mixed-race man and a white man. Thus, the contest must be all about gender and race, right? Well, no. But that’s how the media coverage of the Democratic presidential race often reads.”

  • From Mike Allen’s Playbook, “The next time you stop by the White House press room, be sure to admire Julie Mason’s rocking ‘rocket-red’ ‘do. Ed Henry has a new 20-YEAR calendar. Playbook booked him for his birthday in 2009 – we were both open!”

  • Public Eye reports, “Game, set, match, asterisk. The contest/discussion about who or what will be Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ is over. It’s Steroids. Yesterday’s federal indictment of Barry Bonds only sealed the deal.”

  • Susan Katz Keating reports, “This just in… The New Republic is scrambling to fill ‘an immediate opening’ for an editor to run its fact-checking shop. What happened to the old fact-otum? Has the prior chief been banished in the wake of L’Affair Beauchamp? As you will recall, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private, created quite a stir with his wild stories of American soldiers misbehaving in Iraq. The stir became a scandal when it turned out the stories were fabricated. Now it looks as if TNR wants to make sure this type of thing doesn’t repeat itself.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes,Mimi Valdes Ryan has a tough job. On Nov. 5, she became the top editor of Latina, a magazine and Internet operation, which is run by Latina Media Ventures and caters to Hispanic women.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABCNews.com Changes, Again”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Why Does Fox News Favor Giuliani? Well, Lots Of Reasons”

  • Politico’s Ryan Grim looks into “The art of the leak”

  • Murdoch’s free WSJ.com could hurt parts of Dow

  • E&P reports, “It’s not often you see The New York Times’ editorial board joining forces with outsiders to promote political discussions. But that is just what the newspaper’s opinion-makers are doing through the ’10 Questions’ project, an online effort aimed at getting presidential candidates to answer YouTube-style questions chosen by online users.”

  • Guardian reports, “Gannett, the US newspaper chain, is to cut 45 jobs in the newsroom at its flagship title, USA Today. The paper will start with voluntary redundancies and then, if that doesn’t provide the full quota, it will demand mandatory redundancies.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Inc. made a big splash last week with its new software for cellphones. But that’s far from the limit of the Internet giant’s wireless ambitions — which could include running its own mobile network.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “A key U.S. lawmaker urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin to delay his plans for a Dec. 18 vote on a media-ownership rule change that would benefit Tribune Co. and News Corp.”

  • FT.com reports,Rupert Murdoch’s six children are getting an early Christmas present after the family trust Mr Murdoch controls sold more than $360m worth of News Corp shares. The cash pay-out follows a $600m bonanza received by the siblings in February — at the time the biggest distribution of Mr Murdoch’s fortune.”

  • B&C reports, “Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will be the first presidential candidate to picket personally with Hollywood’s striking writers”

  • Lisa de Moraes writes, “David Letterman’s overall audience with reruns was on par with the previous week with original episodes — 4 million viewers. And he gained eyeballs in TV’s key demographic groups, including the Holy Grail — the 18-to-49-year-olds.”

  • CNBC reports, “A video made by the Writers Guild is circulating the web. As of now, it’s been seen 111,000 times on Youtube. It dramatically argues that the studios are cashing in on digital distribution and the writers aren’t getting a penny.”

  • Beet TV reports, “The Nielsen numbers for online traffic at newspapers, which came out yesterday, show a significant jump in unique visitors to the NYTimes.com for October.”

  • New York Post reports, “The lucrative business of selling Web ads has become so fragmented — and easy to do — that even Martha Stewart has thrown her hat in the ring by setting up an online advertising network.”

  • Reuters reports, “Leading European publishers are coming to terms with what teenage boys and men have known for years — the Web beats magazines in grabbing their eyeballs.”

  • Business Week reports, “IAG delivers precise data on which TV ads are resonating. Now it’s headed online”

  • Folio reports, “Time Warner’s third quarter numbers were released recently, and while overall revenues rose nine percent over same period 2006—despite revenue declines from AOL—Time Inc.’s revenues were flat.”

  • Bed Bugs Found in Fox News Channel Newsroom

  • Poynter Online Steve Outing reports, “This week I gave a presentation to one of Sandra Fish’s journalism classes at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (It was an overview of social media and citizen journalism initiatives). I hadn’t been in front of a bunch of college students in a while, so I took the opportunity for a quick news-consumption quiz. I did a pretty good job of guessing in my head beforehand what the responses would be, but my prediction proved a little off when it came to print editions of newspapers.” Check out the results here.

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “The New York Times Op-Ed page hasn’t been this hot in a long time. Now we are experiencing Columnist Wars, with Bob Herbert this week joining in a rapidly escalating battle between Paul Krugman and David Brooks – largely over an incident involving Ronald Reagan at a local fair over 27 years ago.”

  • Mother Jones reports, “With all the articles that have been written about the TV writers’ strike (how crappy the signs are, Eva Longoria’s strike breaking, neonatal guild members birthed onto the picket line, career-change opportunities for Hollywood hacks, and Dowd’s space filling), no attention has so far been paid to the real victims here.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s announcement this week that he expects to stop charging for access to the Wall Street Journal’s Web site is the latest example of a publisher giving up on the subscription-based business model — a significant shift in the evolution of online content.”

  • Fool.com reports, “Murdoch announced at a meeting of News Corp. shareholders Tuesday: ‘We … expect to make [WSJ.com] free, and instead of having 1 million [subscribers], having at least 10 [million to] 15 million in every corner of the earth.’”

  • Washington Post reports, “The District will have to renegotiate a proposed deal to bring broadcasting company Radio One to the city after D.C. Council members rejected a plan to give the developers city-owned land worth $6 million on which to build the project.”

  • B&C reports, “Veteran Fox News Channel critic Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed) opened a second front in his campaign against the top-rated cable news channel, this time aiming to get advertisers to drop their sponsorships.”

  • Wall Street Journal’s John Fund writes, “Lou Dobbs for President? Don’t laugh. After months of telling reporters that he “absolutely” would not consider leaving his highly-rated CNN show in which he crusades against free trade and illegal immigration, Mr. Dobbs posted a commentary on his Web site last week predicting a surprise new presidential candidate in 2008.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., its chief executive and Chairman Sumner Redstone, said a lawsuit filed by former news anchor Dan Rather is an attempt to ‘settle old scores’ and should be dismissed because of its ‘far-fetched allegations.’”

  • AFP reports, “The emergence of ‘smartphones’ has put the Internet, music and videos in the palm of the consumer’s hand, but the technology will need a flow of advertising cash to reach its full potential.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched television network, probably would take the biggest hit in a prolonged strike by TV and movie writers.”

    Jobs

  • The Magazine Group is looking for a Circulation Manager.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an International Book Licensing Representative.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Special Sections Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking a Training Editor — Persian.

  • Army Times Publishing Company is looking for a Reporter to cover Federal Government.

  • Maryland Beachcomber/Worcester County Times/Ocean Pines
    Independent is looking for a Paginator.

  • Worcester County Times is looking for a staff reporter.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Director, NPR Digital Media.

  • Howard University is looking for a Director of Communications and a Publications Manager.

  • The Hill is looking for a Political Editor.

  • Edleman is looking for a New Media Account Supervisor.

  • BusinessWeek Magazine is looking for a Correspondent for business, money, policy and politics and a legal Correspondent.

  • Center for Independent Media is offering an Online News Fellowship

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Jim VandeHei Would Like To Give Dana Perino A Piece Of His Mind

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    More party photos from Wednesday’s “Meet the Press” party over at Wonkette.

    Also, Mike Allen’s Playbook write-up after the jump…

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