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Birthday Shenanigans

Politico‘s Anne Schroeder Mullins celebrated her birthday with style, grace and a few chums of note last night. Husband Luke Mullins, Paul Kane, Michael Steel, Antonia Ferrier, Jack Deschauer, Brent Colburn, Brody Mullins, Lauren Mullins, Doug Heye, Carrie Foster, Scott Mulhauser, Sam Dealey, Katie Lindsey, Patrick O’Connor, Ron Bonjean, Sara Bonjean, Julie Bosman, Dan Reilly, Tim Wolfmeyer and Liz Wolgemuth commandeered the patio of a downtown watering hole to toast Ms. Shenanigans.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten would have been there, but he had a prior engagement. However, he did send a copy of his new book with a birthday inscription over as gift for notable foodie Schroeder-Mullins. This was Anne’s second annual 29th birthday.

Speaking of birthdays… today is Media Future Now founder Andy Mirsky‘s birthday and WaPo‘s Paul Kane will celebrate his 30-something-ith birthday tomorrow.

This was written by FBDC guest blogger Kenny Day.

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Morning Reading List 03.23.09

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Its day 63 covering the Obama administration and week eight for us. Congrats to Politico’s Patrick O’Connor who got engaged Saturday to girlfriend Katie Lindsey. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



NYT clobbered President Obama Sunday in the lead editorial and in columns by Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman and Maureen Dowd.

LATimes: Newspaper cuts open door to more political trickery. “Political consultants aren’t exactly rubbing their hands together and snickering. But as the hired guns look over a landscape of closing newspapers and laid-off investigative reporters, they sense an opening that leaves them both excited and queasy.”

From Editor & Publisher: Numerous rival papers have forged content-sharing deals in the past year. From Florida to California, arrangements are emerging among dailies with no common ownership or JOA ties, as a way to reduce staff cuts and save money.

Why are WaPo obit reporters smiling in their pics? Find out here.


Playbook: Rep. Debbie Wasserman speaks to Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this am about her battle with breast cancer.

The Daily Beast’s “Top 6 Moments From Sunday Talk.”

Howie Kurtz profiles CBS 60 Mins correspondent Steve Kroft in today’s Media Notes in WaPo. “Kroft has finally emerged from the shadows, with 10 of his 12 pieces topping the broadcast this season, including an interview that aired Sunday with President Obama. ‘He’s the lead guy now,’ says executive producer Jeff Fager.”

Also from Kurtz on CNN: “Obama goes from comfy sofa to hot seat.”

From Portfolio: “Through March 17, CNN trailed not only Fox News and MSNBC but also its own sister network, Headline News, on nine out of 17 days. On one day, March 13, CNN even drew fewer 25-to-54 viewers than CNBC — the first time that’s happened since November 2007.”

From Media Matters: “Tucker Carlson’s Jerk Store.”


NPR omsbudsman explains the backlash to a recent gay marriage story. Also at NPR, Cinny Kennard has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.


According to a report, 40 percent of bloggers — on their own blogs or on message board postings — said they would, or already do, pay for news content online. One of the most common reasons why was because they “don’t want the quality of news to decline.”

NYT’s A Web Site’s For-Profit Approach to World News:
Overseas reporters have been a casualty of budget-chopping news organizations, leaving an opening for the online start-up GlobalPost. But while many news executives are exploring nonprofit business models to keep specialized reporting flowing, GlobalPost is intended to be a moneymaking venture.

Jon Friedman’s Media Web: “Who needs real friends? I’m on Facebook and Twitter!


From the NYPost: The recession has Conde Nast cutting the fat.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

NEWS NOTES and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump.

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Morning Reading List, 08.29.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • If Imus returns, you are not interested.

  • An NBC release announced, “MSNBC’s ratings growth continued this
    summer, as the network delivered the strongest growth of any cable news net in August in total day (M-Sun), weekday primetime (8-11 pm) and in sales primetime (M-Sun 7pm-2am) in both total viewers and the Adult 25-54 demographic, compared to August 06.”

  • MSNBC, HLN Up Double Digits

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54 for the seventeenth time in eighteen weeks. Averaging 8.08 million Total Viewers and a 2.1/9 among Adults 25-54, ‘World News’ outperformed NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 150,000 Total Viewers and 140,000 key demo viewers.”

  • Lance Armstrong to Chris Matthews: “Thanks for finally letting me ask a question. At least I had cancer.”

  • Check out Paul Farhi’s online chat yesterday (he discusses the death of Washington Post Radio).

  • Congrats to Patrick O’Connor , who was named by the Politico as Employee of the Month.

  • A GWU release announced, “Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, will join veteran journalist and scholar Marvin Kalb to discuss democracy and the press in the first installment of the 2007-2008 Kalb Report series, produced by The George Washington University, Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center, and the National Press Club and underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.”

  • I Want Media features an interview with Mark Deuze, the author of the new book “Media Work.”

  • Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici writes, “The Nation’s Eric Alterman isn’t stupid, but apparently he doesn’t mind playing stupid when he has a point to make.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Of all the disruptions caused by the Web, the chance that an old New York Times story featuring incomplete or outdated bad news about you might nix your chance of getting a job must rank near the bottom. Yet that’s what Clark Hoyt, the newspaper’s public editor, spends his Sunday, Aug. 26, column on.”

  • San Francisco’s Jon Carroll writes, “A while back I expressed some doubt about whether Mother Jones could be an effective magazine with two editors. …Anyway, that was all theory. Now we have had a look at the practice, and oh boy, was I wrong. Mother Jones right now is as good as I’ve ever seen it. I’m not sure what they’re doing right, but they should keep at it.”

  • reports, “A Catholic group is criticizing at least two dozen newspapers, including The Washington Post, for refusing to run a cartoon last Sunday that may offend Muslims.”

  • From Politico’s Ben Smith: “Wikiscanner: The DLC edits itself”

  • From Ad “In an Effort to Better Connect With America’s Youth, Media Guy Enterprises Is Rebranding Itself as a Musical”

  • Media Daily News reports, “Nielsen Finds Drop In TV Usage Is Real, Not Methodological, Impact Greatest Among Heavy Viewers”

  • Media Space Solutions has a three-part plan for the top 10 newspaper websites.

  • B&C reports, “Marvin Kitman, former Newsday TV critic, has officially joined the online community as the TV critic for The Huffington Post.”

  • Min Online reports, “Many consumer sites took a dive in June as Webiziens embarked on their traditional flight away from their LCDs and keyboards.”

  • CNN’s Media Biz reports, “While the Dow has fallen 4 percent since mid-July, shares of my parent company Time Warner (TWX) are down 8 percent. And shares of CBS (CBS), Viacom (VIAB) and News Corp. (NWS) are off 9 percent. Disney (DIS) has been the best media stock performer, falling only 2 percent.”

  • Times Online reports, “After a troubled start, the US version of OK! is flying high. In a crowded, celebrity-obsessed magazine market OK! has grown 54.3% in the past year, according to the Media Industry News-letter (Min), and is selling more than 850,000 copies a week.”

  • The new Digg homepage went live on Monday.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Sony Corp.’s ‘Superbad’ pushed Hollywood’s U.S. summer box-office sales to a record $4 billion this past weekend, surpassing the industry’s previous high established in 2004.”
  • Media Week reports, “Fox Television Stations Monday got into the game to dominate high school sports coverage with the launch of in the 23 cities where it owns and operates a TV station.”


  • Northwestern University is looking for a faculty member for Public Affairs Journalism.

  • From Ed2010: An unpaid fall editorial intern position is available at national, monthly, entertainment print magazine for African-American women. Send resumes and cover letters to Sabrina Parker, by August 31.

  • PBS Interactive is looking for a Director of Content Management, an Associate Director, PBS Interactive Elections Initiatives, an Associate Director, Content & Video, a Project Coordinator, The Ready To Learn initiative and an Assistant Director, PBS Parents & Teachers Interactive.

  • PBS is also looking for a Senior Producer for television.

  • SNL Financial is looking for a Project Manager.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for a Research Associate.

  • The Daily Press is looking for a Page Designer/Copy Editor and a Shipyard Reporter.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • Congressional Quarterly, Inc. is looking for a Transportation Reporter and an Energy Policy Reporter.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 04.12.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Roll Call’s Emily Pierce has been named a Senior Staff Writer.
  • CJR reports, “the present wave of cost- cutting, job-eliminating, and bureau-closing is just one reason journalism is widely believed to be an industry in crisis. But a pair of university studies concerning the profession’s past and future may slightly temper fears of its imminent demise.”
  • A reader points out that Senator Barack Obama spoke with Carl Cameron this afternoon regarding McCain’s announced position on the Iraq war. A few heads are scratching about Obama’s appearance, since he pulled out of the Fox debates two days earlier…
  • The Corner’s reaction to Ana Marie Cox pulling out of the “Imus” show: “And I Thought She Was, Like, Soooo Un-PC…”
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  • Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

    Patrick O’Connor may be hot, but he’s not necessarily a great dresser. From Hotline’s Wake-Up! Call:

      “What does it say when you write a column with John Bresnahan and YOU’RE the one known as the bad dresser?” — Romney spokesperson Kevin Madden, being witty and caustic (Wake-Up Call! sources).

    Separated At Birth?

    We thought of this one all by ourselves.

    Politico’s Patrick O’Connor

    And, Representative Patrick Kennedy?

    >UPDATE: From a tipster: “some friendly colleagues of patrick o’connor also think he looks like guy smiley from sesame st. and he smiles all the time”