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WaPo Journos Lunching With Ravindran

Don Graham has been holding journo lunch meetings for Vijay Ravindran, WaPo’s chief digital officer. According to Washingtonian, the lunches are being held to ramp up the former Amazon exec. on the business of news.

WaPo’s Liz Spayd, Joel Achenbach, Dana Milbank, Ian Shapira, Jose Antonio Vargas, Mike Wilbon, Jason LaCanfora, Dan Steinberg, Stephen Hills and David Plotz of Slate met with Ravindran at the last luncheon.

Most surprising is the one person that hasn’t hit Graham’s lunches… Check out Washingtonian’s Capital Comment blog for the full scoop.

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Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Above MSNBC’s David Shuster, filling in for Keith Olbermann on last night’s Countdown, used just about every innuendo possible on television.

• WaPo’s Mike Wilbon is profiled by Washingtonian. Wilbon talks about what it’s like to turning 50, becoming a new father, and recovering from a heart attack- plus what he thinks of his friend President Obama, the Redskins, the Wizards, the Nats, Tony Kornheiser, etc.

• The 13th annual Webby Award nominees were announced today. The Onion, NBC.com and NYTimes.com lead the pack in nominations. WebNewser has the complete list of nominees here.

• Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has a piece up on The Daily Beast on the Masters.

Morning Reading List 04.08.09

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Its day 79 covering the Obama administration and week ten for us. Happy Birthday to NBC’s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd!

Couldn’t resist this copy and paste from Playbook: Spotted at an Istanbul dance club on “80s dance night”: Ann Compton, Major Garrett, Ed Henry, Catherine Loper, Jen Psaki, Stephanie Z. Smith, Jake Tapper and Chuck Todd. Possibly a bday party?

What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | FBDC’S PICK | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

WaPo sports reporter Tony Kornheiser is leaving the paper next month. He took a buyout last year but accepted a one-year contract, doing mostly online content with Mike Wilbon.

Reuters’ Tom Glocer (via NY Observer): “Why does The New York Times need to have 600-700 journalists? Why not 30 journalists with 30 apprentices? Does The New York Times do a good job covering sports? So-so. Do they do a good job covering business? No. How about The New York Times on Israel, FT on Germany and France, which is really good, ESPN on sports and other smaller things coming together on a style sheet every morning?”

In a speech, Google’s Eric Schmidt insisted Google is a friend to newspapers and encouraged newspaper publishers to create more personalized news products that could be delivered effectively on the Web, cellphones, and other devices.

Boston Globe publisher Steve Ainsley addressed the paper’s dire financial situation for the first time to the staff Monday evening. Politico has that memo.

FishbowlNY: In January, the Minneapolis Star Tribune filed for bankruptcy, putting its future in jeopardy. Employees of the paper are fighting back, launching a Web site asking readers to help save the paper.

TV

Could it be that, when it comes to political talk shows, the new slogan will be, “If it’s Sunday, it’s Univision“? In the eyes of the Spanish-language network, it’s a sure thing. “I have no doubt that eventually we will be beating” all other Sunday talk shows, Univision’s Jorge Ramos tells Politico. “It’s just a matter of time.” Look out David Gregory.

BBC America has axed its three-hour morning international news block due to low ratings. The changes to the schedule kicked in Monday without prior announcement from the BBC. The twice nightly BBC World News America, presented by Matt Frei and anchored from DC is popular with audience and will continue to air at 7 and 10pm.

MSNBC’s The Ed Show- TVNewser has the reviews.

RADIO

“The Joe Scarborough Show” debuts this week on 630 WMAL in D.C. The radio show, hosted by Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski from 10-11:45amET, is up 89% from January to February ’09 in NY in the A25-54 demo, topping WOR at 10amET and lead-in “Imus in the Morning” for the month. Though, Glenn Beck‘s WOR hour from 10-11amET beat Scarborough in the demo.

ONLINE

Go digital or go home?

And on that note, a how-to be a digital correspondent, a la NBC’s Maria Schiavocampo.

NEWS NOTES

From CJR, a look at how long the media coverage at Dover will last.

FBDC’S PICK

Laura Bush’s former chief of staff Anita McBride on the Daily Beast: Enough With the Clothes Already! “There’s a lot more to a first lady”s overseas travel than the wardrobe.”

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JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 03.28.08

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  • You think it was not out of bounds to ask Chelsea the Monica Lewinsky question.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I find it insulting that people with god given talents and produce revenue increasing abilities working in this newspaper biz today, have their positions cut out from under them in efforts to streamline and save costs. All my contacts will no longer work with this great publication. Most likely they’ll follow me to wherever else is smart and lucky enough to have me!”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Robert Schlesinger is starting next month at US News & World Report, creating and running their new online opinion section.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Reuters reports,Sam Zell in his latest memo tells Tribune employees — the ones who haven’t been spiked — that he’s happy to see them so hard at work coming up with new ideas to help the publisher and broadcaster thrive. Employees have been so helpful, in fact, that Tribune has created an online ‘IdeaBank’ for submissions, rather than the talktoSam AT tribune.com address that he’s been using. As he explains below, this will let other people in the company see them.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Congrats to Mike Wilbon and his wife, Sheryl,on the birth of their first child. Matthew Raymond Wilbon arrived Wednesday, weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces and stretching to 22 inches long.”

  • Mark Potts reports, “The boys (and girls) on the bus in the 2008 Presidential campaign could fit into a much smaller vehicle, according to The New York Times: Far fewer news organizations are staffing the campaign this year, largely because of cutbacks in newsroom budgets.”

  • AJR reports, “A veteran editor says farewell to the world of dailies and finds happiness running a weekly in the home of baseball’s Hall of Fame.”

  • E&P reports, “Wall Street calls Microsoft’s generously priced but unwelcome bid for Yahoo Inc. a ‘bear hug’ — but will it be newspapers who get squeezed? Some of the newspaper industry’s new-media gurus think so. No matter who wins, they say, the fight will distract Yahoo at a crucial time in the rollout of its next-generation online ad tools for the 600-plus papers in the newspaper consortium.”

  • Richard Johnson, editor of New York Post’s Page Six column, calls other celebrity blogs “parasites.”

  • Washington City Paper’s City Desk asks, “WaTi: Better Reporting, Please”

  • Business Wire reports, “SABEW Announces Winners in its 13th Annual Best in Business Journalism Contest”

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  • A NBC release announced, “‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ kicks off
    its 2008 college circuit as the ‘Hardball College Tour’ hosts Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama live at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Wednesday, April 2, 5-6 p.m. ET, and will re-air at 7 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET. Matthews will interview Sen. Obama on key issues of the 2008 presidential election, including the economy and the Iraq war, with West Chester students also having the opportunity to question the candidate.”

  • NBC also announced, “‘The Chris Matthews Show’ was the number-two
    rated Sunday morning public affairs show topping ABC’s ‘This Week,’ CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ and ‘FOX News Sunday’ in households nationally for the week ending March 23, 2008.” NBC tells us that the show had a 3.7 HH in D.C — easily beating FOX, This Week, and Face the Nation.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 17, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Letterman’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, for the week ending Sunday, March 23, “Meet the Press” was top-rated, attracting 4.575 million total viewers”

  • TVNewser reports, “Following yesterday’s announcement of a reorganization of the operations and finance areas of ABC News, TVNewser has learned as many as 21 jobs have been eliminated. However, insiders tell us a number of new jobs have already been posted, and that those who were cut are being encouraged to apply for the added positions. In the end, the insider figures around 11 jobs will be lost.”

  • TVNewser is tracking “Presidential Candidates’ Time on the Tube”

  • Nikki Finke asks, “Has NBC Uni’s Jeff Zucker Lost His Mind?”

  • TVNewser reports, “‘Pimped Out’ Makes a Second Appearance on MSNBC”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “Former AOL directors Laurence Hooper and Dan Goodman launched a new venture on Facebook Wednesday. Leesburg-based Loladex is a local search engine that uses recommendations and ratings from online social networking platforms to return more specific results.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Mike DeBonis marks two years of City Desk.

  • Forbes.com reports, “Competition in the wire service world has just been slashed. Shareholders of The Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group have agreed to the acquisition of the latter.”

  • The Australian reports,Les Hinton, the new chief executive of Dow Jones & Co, which owns The Wall Street Journal, expects strong growth for the business in the Asia-Pacific region while yesterday saying he was increasingly unlikely to make the group’s entire wsj.com website free.”

  • From The Washington Post’s Peep Chat on Monday, a reader named “Pinky” asks: “Which color Peep tastes the best? I say the pink. They are also the prettiest.” And Dan Zak responds: Hi Pinky. You sound like a very attractive person. I think I was 8 years old the last time I actually ate a Peep, so I consulted fellow staffers. Justin says ‘Brown is the color of flavor’ but Holly says ‘The brown cocoa ones are awful.’ So there’s that. Joe Heim says avoid the yellow Peeps, but, as a rule, I don’t believe anything Joe says.”

  • Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins and Jeffrey Ressner asks, “What up with all the thumbs on the scale?”

  • Eric Lichtblau shows Slate readers, “The inside drama behind the Times’ warrantless wiretapping story.”

  • The Scotsman reports, “Internet the last word for teenage readers.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On”

  • The AP reports, “The popular video-sharing site YouTube is giving contributors more details about who’s watching their video clips and when, offering advertisers additional insights they can use to target their pitches. The free program, known as YouTube Insight, also could help bands schedule their concerts and help anyone time the release of a new video.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Amanda Hess writes, “For this week’s Show & Tell, I spoke to a group of local writers, educators, and nonprofit staffers working to start up a creative writing center for District youth, ages 6 to 18. The 19 volunteers have a lot of ideas for the project, but their Capitol Letters Writing Center is still very much a work-in-progress: Currently, they’ve got no location, no students, and no money. Why don’t we help them out!” Learn how here.

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    MAGAZINES

  • Check out Campaigns and Elections’ Political Broadcast Manual.

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    RADIO

  • Media Nation reports,Paul La Camera, general manager of WBUR Radio (90.9 FM), e-mails Media Nation about a recent report by Adam Reilly at ThePhoenix.com that he may bring former Boston Globe and sometime Boston Herald columnist Mike Barnicle to the public-radio powerhouse to do commentary.”

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    JOBS

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Financial Impact Editor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Senior Producer Segments, Morning Edition.

  • Sourcemedia is looking for a Reporter.

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  • Morning Reading List, 07.23.07

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  • This was a close race, with George Stephanopoulos and Wolf Blitzer running thisclose in Sunday Talk Show Host you’d most want to take home to mom.

  • Sara A. Carter joins The Washington Times’ National desk, covering the Pentagon. Carter is from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in California and was the winner of the 2006 Center for Immigration Studies Award.

  • “With the concert as the news hook, global warming was the fifth-biggest talk show topic last week (filling 6% of the airtime) according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index from July 8-13. (By way of comparison, the subject was not among the top 10 stories in that week’s general news Index measured by PEJ.)”

  • After “15,470 entries and 1,297 days,” Brian Stelter says goodbye to TVNewser. Today is his first day with the New York Times.

  • 2007 Proofpoint Survey Finds that 9.1% of Large US Companies Fired Employees for Blogging and Message Board Infractions In Last 12 Months”

  • Blogs: What Are They Good For?

  • Happy Birthday to Tom Friedman (Friday). Today: Happy Birthday to Express’ Mike Grass.

  • Bill Kristol, Highly Recommended

  • From His Extremeness: “C-SPAN: Putting The Fun In Funerals”

  • Check out PBS’s Michael Getler’s column, “Welcome to another Ombudsman’s Mailbag. Actually, this is as much a column as it is a mailbag, as you will see. And if you read all the letters, it’s also quite long.”

  • Politico’s Ryan Grim writes, “When the administration calls a media conference call for 2:45 on Friday afternoon, something’s fishy. And when the administration’s ‘interpretation’ of the Geneva Conventions is involved, it starts to smell like Manhattan’s Fulton Street Market in the afternoon.”

  • The Big Lead has an interview with the Washington Post’s Mike Wilbon.

  • Poynter Online reports, “Citizen journalists and other amateur media creators need legal literacy — so says David Ardia, director of the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard’s Berkman Center. Ardia recently won a $250,000 Knight News Challenge grant to help develop and online resource on legal issues related to the practice of journalism.”

  • The Republican Party of Florida, CNN, and YouTube announced in a release, “that the three organizations will partner to produce a historic, user-generated debate between the Republican presidential candidates. The two-hour debate, which will take place on September 17, 2007 at the Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in St. Petersburg, will be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and will air live on CNN and CNN En Espanol.”

  • The list of “Stories for Censored 2008″ includes Robert Parry at #1 and David Phinney at #5.

  • “BOA analyst Jonathan Jacoby issued a report … on Sirius (SIRI) and XM Satellite Radio (XMSR). Jacoby, typically one of the more bearish analysts on the merger sees merger odds improving.”

  • Examiner Refuses to Acknowledge Existence of Washington Post”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, said it may buy wireless airwaves for at least $4.6 billion if U.S. regulators make carriers open their networks to rivals.”

  • “Is Facebook the New MySpace?,” asks PC World’s Mark Sullivan.

  • “Why Mediabistro.com’s sale is a big deal for B2B ‘conversational media’ ventures,” from Rex Hammock.

  • “From her coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder trial to her co-anchor position next to Roger Cossack on Burden of Proof, Greta Van Susteren has had a remarkable career and she’s not done yet. It has been sixteen years since Van Susteren made her first television appearance as a CNN reporter covering the William Kennedy Smith trial. Now she hosts her own FOX News Channel current affairs show, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. Join Rob Lorei as part-time Clearwater resident Greta Van Susteren discusses her cable TV career on the next edition of Florida This Week.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “the Sunlight Foundation announced a $10,000 grant to NewsTrust — an intriguing online news rating service intended to help people identify quality journalism.”

  • Did Krugman snub Brooks?

  • “The Bivings Group feels that the Internet presents newspapers with a unique opportunity to make up for lost circulation and readership. This study explores these concepts, as well as the difficulties facing newspapers regarding online advertising, shrinking staffs, and reaching out to consumers.”

  • The News York Times reports, “In a conference call among editors and bureau chiefs, one said The Journal would follow the lead of The Sun, one of Mr. Murdoch’s British tabloids, which prints pictures of topless women on its third page. ‘Rupert has confirmed to me that we will have Page 3 girls,’ he said, according to another person on the call. ‘But in a concession, they will be dot drawings,’ like The Journal’s traditional hand-drawn portraits.”

  • Washingtonian has an interview with novelist Kristin Gore.

    Jobs

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for a Editor-Reporter.

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors is looking for an Online Marketing Associate.

  • The Atlantic Media Company is looking for a Technical Producer.

  • Greenpeace is looking for a Communications Director.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a New Group Business Specialist.

  • Brainstorm Creative Resources is looking for a Web & Communications Associate.

  • BNA is looking for a Editor/Writer.

  • Bisnow on Business is looking for an Experienced Business Reporters.

  • Thomson Financial News is looking for a Reporter.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Staff Writer on their Military Team.

  • Transport Topics Publishing Group is looking for a Staff Reporter.

  • The Star Democrat is seeking layout editors/reporters.

  • Martinsville Bulletin is looking for a Sports Editor.

  • A Financial news company is looking for an Economics reporter.

  • Towne Group is looking for an Associate Producer.

  • “Washington DC based publication is looking for an experienced Copy Editor for a LongTerm Project.”

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

  • Taking Out The Trash, 03.08.07

  • It’s close, but most of you agree with the Scooter Libby verdict.

  • The Awards Committee of the American Journalism Historians Association seeks nominations for its three major awards — the Kobre Award, the Book of the Year Award for 2006, and the History Award. Nominating letters and supporting materials should be submitted by May 1, 2007, to David R. Davies, School of Mass Communication & Journalism, University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5121, Hattiesburg MS 39406. All three awards will be given at AJHA’s 2007 annual convention to be held Oct. 10-13, 2007, in Richmond, Va

  • DCRTV has the full run down of the three month rating trends for WHUR, WTOP, WERQ radio.

  • Hilary Rosen puts a face on the Scooter Libby verdict. “Seeing Joe looking happy and fresh made me realize that so many people outside of Washington see this verdict and the events of the past few years as just about politics, not about people.”

  • The AP reports, “Legislation to make federal agencies more responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests was approved by a House panel Tuesday. The measure would restore a ‘presumption of disclosure’ standard that would commit agencies to releasing requested information unless there is a finding that such a disclosure could do harm.”

  • The NY Post reports, “PBS is taking a minority stake in V-me, a Spanish-language digital cable network. The deal with V-me, which airs on public television stations nationwide, extends PBS’ reach into the burgeoning Hispanic media market. V-me is distributed in 28 million homes in 18 U.S. markets.”

  • Market Watch reports, “Yahoo is in discussions to deepen its advertising-sharing arrangements with 225 newspapers, says CFO Sue Decker. She inferred the negotiations are focused on letting Yahoo share more than just the newspapers’ ads. ‘We are in discussions for more content,’ she says.

  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. sees its digital revenue rising 30% this year to $350 million, fueled by ad sales at the company’s newspaper Web sites and its About.com. The company says it expects to save up to $75 million in 2007 through staff cuts, lower newsprint costs and greater productivity.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports that National Geographic is launching a new cellphone service. The “Talk Abroad Travel Phone allows customers to buy or rent a phone and then pay in advance for minutes. The service will work in more than 100 countries. However, past efforts to turn a brand name into a successful cellphone service have seen mixed results.”

  • A reader asks, “Say, whatever happened to ‘National Journal 2.0?’ They’ve stopped promoting the supposedly fancy new website they were supposed to launch, haven’t they?”

  • New York Times reports that FCC Chair Kevin Martin “is said to be privately questioning Congressional testimony by Mel Karmazin that post-merger subscribers of Sirius and XM satellite radio would both pay the same monthly rate and receive more programming.”

  • According to the Wall Street Journal, “The media-reform activist group Free Press is having success blocking efforts by U.S. regulators to adopt measures supported by media companies. In February, the group attracted 3,000 activists and bloggers to Memphis for workshops and speeches from the likes of Bill Moyers.”

  • Business Week reports, “A decision by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board to hike royalty fees could put some small online radio stations out of business. Under a new rule, online radio outfits will begin paying on a per-song, per-listener basis, which could raise royalty fees more than tenfold.”

  • DCRTV “hears that DC-based XM Satellite Radio will be launching a channel for St. Patrick’s Day — XM Green: Radio Ireland. The channel (XM-200) will exist from 3/16 to 3/18 and will feature ‘the true sounds of Ireland – from traditional music by the Clancy Brothers to contemporary artists such as Celtic Thunder.’ Former HFSer Lou Brutus is XM’s rock music programming director and he’ll be overseeing XM Green.”

  • Harry Jaffe wonders if the Washington Post’s Ivan Carter will follow Mike Wilbon, Ric Bucher, and Dave Aldridge to television.

  • A reader notes, “After one week on the job, why is the Politico still excluding their best reporter, Jeanne Cummings, from the masthead?”

  • We goofed. It was the Conde Nast Media Group who created and brought the CIT program Behind the Business to Conde Nast Portfolio, Wired, Golf Digest and New Yorker. Sorry Conde Nast. For more, click here.