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WaPo Digital Revamp Continues: Taylor Swiped from BI; Rucker Promoted

WaPo has promoted Philip Rucker from White House correspondent to national politics reporter and has hired Adam Taylor away from Business Insider to contribute to its “WorldViews” foreign affairs blog.

Taylor had been an editor at BI since 2010. His addition to “WoldViews” is part of WaPo editor Marty Baron‘s plan to develop “verticals,” or areas of specialization, within the WaPo website to allow readers to browse content by subject matter.

Rucker’s promotion comes after 8 years of writing for WaPo, and in a memo from Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut, and Steven Ginsberg announcing the move, he is described as a reporter who “files often and at all hours for our digital platforms, and  an enthusiastic user of social media.”

Both hires are in keeping with Baron’s efforts, announced Wednesday, to prioritize “digital transformation” at the paper. In recent weeks, WaPo has also given gossip column “Reliable Sources” as stronger digital presence, adding two young writers (Emily Heil and Helena Andrews) and a staffer to produce online video. They’ve also hired National Journal‘s Adam Kushner to start up an online magazine and tasked Jim Tankersley with heading a data-driven digital initiative focused on policy analysis.

All these changes come as WaPo repositions itself to compete with a number of new digital news ventures including Walter Mossberg‘s and Kara Swisher‘s Re/code, Nate Silver‘s new FiveThiryEight, and the as-of-yet untitled effort announced Sunday by former Wonkblogger Ezra Klein.

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WaPo Reorganizes White House Team

Kevin Merida, one of WaPo‘s more adept internal memo writers, has co-authored “exciting changes” to the publication’s White House team.

His begins with high drama: “We’re marking the dawn of President Obama’s second term…”

The highlights: Scott Wilson, who won a couple of important-sounding awards last year, will be White House Bureau Chief; David Nakamura will forge on as a member of team, focusing on (yawn) immigration reform — never fear, his Pool Reports are a fun read; Philip Rucker, who covered Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, will cover Obama, gun control, and the President’s complex relationship with Congress; Felicia Sonmez, who “seems to never sleep”, will head up digital White House coverage; Zachary Goldfarb joins the team as a economic policy writer.

See the full memo…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I gotta say, between Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Kate Middleton’s tits, I’m afraid to leave the house!”Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

Congratulations. (A little…)

“Happy anniversary to my 2nd favorite morning show.” — Chris Licht, former executive producer for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Licht now produces CBS This Morning.

Speaking of “Morning Joe” shout-outs…

“So people watch Morning Joe just so they don’t miss it when Mika finally snaps and stabs him, right?” — host of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell me…” Peter Sagal.

Twitter growing pains

“I’d like to go back to school and do my PhD thesis on how bad Twitter sucks.” — Politico‘s Ben White, who has been getting some push back on Twitter this week from the likes of Guardian‘s super serious Glenn Greenwald among other “whores.”

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo national political reporter Philip Rucker and Monocle and Slate’s Sasha Issenberg. Sasha is referring to WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin, who has been accused of being in the tank for Mitt Romney.

Philip Rucker: Romney aides Rhoades, Gitcho, Beeson & Chen got Aug bonuses from $25,000-$37,500

Sasha Issenberg: How much did @JRubinBlogger get?

Question to Ponder: “Do political reporters do serious journalism in election season or just report gaffes?” — InTheseTimes.com labor journo Mike Elk.

Did someone say serious journalism?

“Happy Daze: Remember when Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen dominated the news cycle? Sigh.” — Baron’s D.C. Editor James McTague.

Muckraking at its finest. Aren’t smartphones great?

“Reception for Paul Ryan on House floor a lot more tempered down since last week’s visit. Mob to talk to him not as large.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

“Hoyer crosses House floor to shake hands with #Paulryan. Nice moment.” — Politico’s Jonathan Allen.

“Steny Hoyer just crossed house floor to shake Paul Ryan’s hand.” — Politico‘s Shermanator Jake Sherman.

Skirmish.

“What will I ever do now? Dave Weigel blocked me so I’ll never see him crying about people being mean to Obama again!! OH NOES!!” — RBPundit. To which Slate‘s Dave Weigel replied, “You’re not entitled to waste my time and Twitter feed. That’s all.”

Journo gets hives

“Ew I just got hives for the first time. And on my arm. What in the world, this is so not cool.” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. “DCGOPGirl,” who video blogged for  CNN during the summer conventions.

FishbowlDC Fan Club

1. President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten

2. VP of internal shady clubhouse activities: The Daily Caller‘s Executive Director David Martosko

3. Head cheerleader: WaPo‘s Ezra Klein

4. Treasure and national fundraiser: The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle

5. Enthusiastic new member: HuffPost‘s Andrea Stone

Rachel Maddow Rips WaPo a New A$$#@!&

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took WaPo to task for a story on Mitt Romney Wednesday night. And that’s putting it mildly. Rather, she channeled her inner Freddy Krueger and methodically butchered the story to shreds one line at a time. She called the piece “whitewash” and “non journalism.”

The WaPo story by National Political Reporter Philip Rucker published Wednesday and concerned a multimillion dollar fundraiser that former Veep Dick Cheney will host for Romney at his Wyoming home tonight. In the seven-minute segment, she paints WaPo as an unintelligent lapdog to Romney campaign advisors. She seethes, laughs and reads through the story with a bitter tone. We reached out to WaPo‘s Rucker for comment. So far, he has no comment.

“I am a fan of Washington Post as a newspaper of national regard, but they ought to be embarrassed for the news piece that they wrote on this subject today,” Maddow began. “Romney advisors fed to the Washington Post and the Washington Post then dutifully wrote down what the Romney advisors said, which is that Romney and Cheney speak infrequently. An advisor said there is little evidence of Cheney’s influence or that of Cheney’s close associates on Romney’s policies and politics. From the Post: People who know both Romney and Cheney who are talking to the Washington Post for I don’t know what reason said they have contrasting leadership styles. Where Cheney comes off at times as sharp-tongued  Romney often projects a sunny optimism. They’re not quoting there, that’s just the Washington Post. Really, Washington Post? Is that what the people who know Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney told you to say? Oh, but wait, there’s more reporting here. Where Cheney’s beliefs and policies are rooted in conservative ideology, Romney’s tend to be driven by analytical problem solving. This is crack Washington Post reporting, emphasis on the word crack.”

Maddow goes on, slicing and dicing. “The Washington Post even tries to do some o f the awkward spinning themselves, without just writing down directly what Romney advisors told them to say. …This is not a quote this is the Washington post explaining to you, the reader, how there’s definitely no connection between the horrible Bush Cheney years and the sunny optimistic Romney guy.”

She points out how WaPo has to note that Bush-Cheney’s former aides such as Senior Defense Policy Advisor Stephen Hadley and Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice have been involved in endorsing and speaking at Romney donor retreats.

Maddow concludes, “Well done, Washington Post.”

 

Rep. Kennedy Opens Up to the Press, the PRECHHSSSSS!!

patrick-kennedy-horiz.jpg Why is Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) leaving Congress?

WaPo’s Philip Rucker writes about it this afternoon in this well worthy of your time profile.

The gist? He seeks a “fuller life” outside of Congress, one that presumably doesn’t include the national press.

An excerpt:
Teddy Kennedy’s youngest child entered the family business at 21, the youngest member of the sprawling political clan ever to win elected office. Now he’s leaving, and he wants to talk about how he anguished over this decision.

“As exciting and as meaningful as work is and as my career is, ultimately something clicked inside of me that there was something that was missing,” Kennedy says. “I want a fuller life.”

Alone with a reporter, the congressman seems liberated. He talks for nearly three hours about the great blessings and heavy burdens of being a Kennedy and losing the desire for politics after his father’s death.

WaPo to Track Obama’s Promises

Today WaPo launches “Obama’s Promises” an online resource that tracks the President’s campaign promises.

Several political reporters are contributing to the project with White House Reporter Michael Shear and graphic designer Karen Yourish assuming lead roles.

So far, the site is peachy on Obama with categories divided up as follows: To Do (3), In Progress (15) and Completed (7). There are no negative-sounding categories such as “broken promises,” though the site shows clearly that Obama’s “In Progress” category is highest.

“Change Washington” is among the “kept promises”. An example: “Ban registered lobbyists from working in the administration on areas in which they have lobbied over the previous two years and bar officials who leave the administration from lobbying the executive branch for the duration of Obama’s presidency.”

Other journos and designers working on the project include: Juliet Eilperin, Michael A. Fletcher, Anne E. Kornblut, Alec MacGillis, Philip Rucker, Scott Wilson; Design: Wilson Andrews, Jacqueline Kazil,and Laura Stanton.

Check out the feature here.

Morning Reading List, 12.13.07

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NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | RADIO | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

  • Your coworkers shouldn’t expect any gifts from you this year.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “Other young reporters at the Post, just fyi: Philip Rucker, who just covered the Maryland General Assembly special session, 23. Megan Greenwell, who just returned from Baghdad, 23. Metro reporter Jenna Johnson, 22″

  • The Huffington Post takes on Politico: “Obama Questionaire Exposes Publication’s Bias”

  • The New York Times reports, “In the last few months, Rupert Murdoch has moved into an office at Dow Jones & Company, publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He has pushed the paper’s editors for shorter articles and more hard news. He has personally wooed reporters he wants to keep out of his competitors’ hands. And last week, he oversaw the replacement of top executives, including The Journal’s publisher, with his own lieutenants. And he hasn’t even bought the company yet. That will change on Thursday, when in all likelihood shareholders will vote to approve the sale of Dow Jones to Mr. Murdoch’s company, the News Corporation. But Mr. Murdoch has already seized the reins of Dow Jones and The Journal, setting in motion what amounts to an overhaul of the look, content and staff of one of the world’s most prized newspapers.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to vote next week on rules that would let companies own a newspaper and television station in the same market, defying members of Congress who wanted a delay.”

  • The New York Post reports, “A budding feud is developing between Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff and Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Ellison, both of whom now have book deals to write about Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.’s takeover of Dow Jones.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Wall Street continues to turn sour on media and entertainment stocks heading into 2008, even though several sector biggies already are seeing their stocks near their 52-week lows.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “I’m naming David Halberstam and Norman Mailer, who died in 2007, as my Journalists of the Year.”

  • Regret The Error brings us, “The Year in Media Errors and Corrections”

  • Crains New York reports, “The advertising marketplace really is as gloomy as it looks. Total measured advertising expenditures grew just 0.2% to $108.2 billion in the first nine months of the year, according to TNS Media Intelligence.”

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    TV

  • MSNBC will present live coverage of the Des Moines Register Democratic presidential debates tomorrow, as will C-SPAN.

  • TVNewser reports, “CNBC and Yahoo! are getting into the content sharing business. CNBC announced an agreement to distribute video and text stories from CNBC, CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia, and CNBC.com to Yahoo! Finance users in the United States and worldwide.”

  • TV Board writes, “It’s been a while since I’ve contributed a post to this board, and much of that time has been spent thinking about some recent developments taking place at Google, and how they may ultimately reshape the way we plan, buy, watch and think about television. The development that’s had me thinking the most was Google’s deal to license demographic ratings data from Nielsen. This surprised me for several reasons. First and foremost was that I thought the industry was heading in the opposite direction, that demos were doomed, and that it would be Nielsen that would ultimately need to license data from Google — not the other way around.”

  • Check out WETA’s Bethanne Patrick’s recommendations for top titles for the holidays–books to put under the tree, around the menorah, or near the Festivus pole.

  • PRWeek reports, “Talking head Chris Matthews is a former political operative acting as a consultant to news mediaThe day may come when the ‘news’ is an all-out battle of competing political factions, each trying to insinuate its position into the mind of the populace by using the media as a giant host, just as viruses use the human body. Who are we kidding? That day came long ago. But the media does not seem to be in a hurry to discourage the transition.”

  • “FOX News Channel’s E.D. Hill started ‘Operation Holiday Thanks’ this season to deliver holiday greetings to wounded soldiers at various military hospitals around the world. In just a few weeks, Hill has already received 30,000 cards from viewers wanting to send holiday wishes to the soldiers.”

  • A Comcast release announced, “plans to build out a 92,000-square-foot, 500-seat regional call center in Largo, Md. at 1301 McCormick Drive. The new call center will primarily house customer service agents who will provide technical support for Comcast High-Speed Internet (CHSI), Comcast Digital Voice (CDV) and various advanced video products. Comcast currently employs more than 4,000 local employees throughout the Region, supporting the company’s 1.1 million Potomac Region customers.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Wonkette wants to know what you think about the site’s redesign.

  • Reuters reports, “‘w00t,’ an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary. Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said “w00t” — typically spelled with two zeros — reflects a new direction in the American language led by a generation raised on video games and cell phone text-messaging.”

  • Regret The Error brings us, “The Year in Media Errors and Corrections”

  • Romenesko has a lot to offer on the Bacon-Daly situation.

  • Seth Mnookin writes, “Can you hear me now? The Daly fiasco echo chamber, day two.”

  • Information Week reports, “Google accounted for more than six of 10 online searches in the United States in November, more than triple the amount of its closest rival Yahoo, a Web metrics firm said Tuesday.”

  • The Obama story, Perry Bacon and the ‘thin blue line’ of American journalism.”

  • Dotards and Maybe Fools: Bacon Gate Turns Into a Brawl

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Writers Guild of America is under new and mounting pressure from its ranks to get back to the bargaining table. A number of union members are unhappy that the negotiations with the major Hollywood studios that broke off Friday night were sidetracked by issues secondary to the one the writers see as central: how they will be paid when their work shows up on the Internet.”

  • Check out The Rags Show, a blog written by “a written word activist who comes from that not-so-fictional community called Homelesstown USA.”

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    RADIO

  • Did you miss US News and World Report’s Ken Walsh on NPR’s On the Media program this weekend? Listen to it here.

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • TVNewser reports,David Pogue, personal technology columnist for The New York Times, is joining CNBC as a contributor.”

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    JOBS

  • LegiStorm is looking for a Project Manager for the LegiStorm Web Site.

  • National Press Foundation is seeking a Program Assistant.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Researcher and a Schedules Researcher.

  • The Atlantic Media Company is looking for a Staff Correspondent to cover the White House for National Journal.

  • The American Prospect is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Web Director.

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