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How Al Jazeera America Aims to Cover More Than ‘Political Three-Ring Circuses’

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In the latest video from MediabistroTV’s “What’s Your Show?” series, we look at Al Jazeera America’s primetime newscast with TV news veteran John Seigenthaler, which airs at 8pmET weeknights.

The news start-up has many current and former DCers on its roster. Network President Kate O’Brian and SVP of news David Doss used to work out of the nation’s capital. “Inside Story” host Ray Suarez, “America Tonight” host Joie Chen, White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira, and Senior Executive Producer Kim Bondy all currently work from DC.

And Seigenthaler, who is based in New York, tells FishbowlDC that AJAM’s mission is quite “radical”: providing unbiased, in-depth journalism. His show’s Sr. EP, Mary Caraccioli, tell us AJAM offers something different than the cable competition covering the “political three-ring circuses.”

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How Do You SOTU?

SOTUSure, you can watch the big speech on plain old TV tonight if you want to, but that is by no means the only way to get your SOTU fix this year. Here’s how the political media are covering their “Super Bowl” tonight:

The Atlantic and National Journal will be hosting a State of the Union Congressional Debrief on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.  Molly Ball and Steve Clemons of The Atlantic and Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media will be joined on stage by members of congress for a discussion and expert analysis of the President’s speech.  Speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

CNN will start coverage at 7 PM with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. Guests include Jon Favreau and Karen Hughes. Throughout the night, Jim Scuitto will be reporting from Iran, Tom Foreman will subject Obama’s claims on economic inequality to a “Reality Check,” and Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, IA. Jake Tapper will lead the post-speech coverage, followed by John King. And of course, Peter Hamby will be live streaming his Politi-cast during the SOTU and the responses at CNN.com.

TIME will stream its first-ever live webcast on the President’s speech and GOP response starting Tuesday at 8:30PM at TIME.com. The coverage will be anchored by TIME Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and joined with analysis from Michael Scherer, Bobby Ghosh, Rana Foroohar, and Callie Schweitzer.

Al Jazeera American begins coverage at 6 PM  with Tony Harris, Ali Velshi, David Shuster and Richelle Carey. Guests will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. AJA social editors will live blog the speech at http://alj.am/SOTUJohn SeigenthalerJoie Chen and Ray Suarez take over coverage at 7 PM. Coverage continues at midnight with “America Tonight.”

Roll Call will be hosting a watch party here starting at 8:40 PM. Political Editor Shira T. Center will moderate a Google hangout that features Senior Editor David Hawkings and Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni to preview President Obama’s address. After the speech, Bellantoni will take you live inside Statuary Hall to get instant reactions from members. Center and Hawkings will join the conversation to talk about the implications of the president’s address.

Politico will start coverage at 8:30 PM with Mike Allen, John F. Harris, Anna Palmer, Manu Raju via live stream here. You will also be able to submit questions to POLITICO’s Facebook page after the speech using Facebook’s Q and A feature, for answers from POLITICO Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand. They will also host an event the day after SOTU presented by the Innovation Alliance at 8 AM at the Capitol Hilton. Guests to be announced.

Huffington Post will live stream a speech from Rosanne Barr at 11 PM at HuffPost Live, immediately following the Tea Party response.

Ifill and Woodruff will be Co-Anchors

Some exciting news that should please Washington’s female journalists.

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be co-anchors and and managing editors for the “PBS NewsHour.” The news was announced today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. On Monday through Thursday, the women will co-anchor the news together. On Friday, Woodruff will fly solo as Ifill hosts “Washington Week.”

In other “PBS NewsHour” news, a release states that Hari Sreenivasan will be a senior correspondent. In addition, three correspondents have been given specific areas of content responsibility and will be contributing on a daily basis to both the broadcast and online operation. Jeffrey Brown was named Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society. Ray Suarez was named Chief National Correspondent. And Margaret Warner was named Chief Foreign Correspondent.

Lehrer Steps Down from PBS Newshour

After 36 years, Jim Lehrer is stepping down from his regular anchor role on the daily public television newscast known now a PBS Newshour.  The announcement was made to staff this morning.  Effective June 6, Lehrer will no longer be part of the regular daily anchor rotation  team, but he will still moderate the weekly analysis of Shields and Brooks; syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.  Lehrer says he will also remain involved in the editorial direction of the PBS Newshour and the program’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

In a statement today, Jim Lehrer said, “I have been laboring in the glories of daily journalism for 52 years…36 of them here at the Newshour and its earlier incarnations…and there comes a time to step aside from the daily process, and that time has arrived.”

Senior Correspondents Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Jeffrey Brown, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner will continue hosting the PBS Newshour on a rotating basis after Lehrer’s departure.

PBS Newshour Hosts Interactive Interview with BP

PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez will join Bob Dudley, President and CEO of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization at BP’s Houston headquarters for an hour-long interview this afternoon at 3.30 pm. Using Google Moderator and YouTube, viewers from around the country will be able to submit questions directly to Dudley.

Today’s discussion is the first time BP has taken questions directly from the nation since the Deep Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010.

To submit a question or watch the interview live, click here.

Where Are Your Fave DC Journos Delivering Commencement Addresses?

Alissa Krinsky at TVNewser has compiled this thorough list of where and when your favorite journos will deliver commencement addresses this year.

In alphabetical order…

• MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter: Western Connecticut State University (CT), May 24

• CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: St. Bonaventure University (NY), May 17

• NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Fordham University (NY), May 16…College of William & Mary (VA), May 17

• CBS’ Katie Couric: Princeton University (NJ) – Class Day ceremony speaker, June 1

• CBS’ Kimberly Dozier: Wellesley College (MA), June 5

• CNN’s David Gergen: Old Dominion University (VA), May 9

• FNC’s Lauren Green: St. John Fisher College (NY), May 9

• CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan Medical School (MI), May 8

• Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt: Along with wife Judy Woodruff, Gettysburg College (PA), May 17

• PBS’ Gwen Ifill: Howard University (DC), May 9… Marymount University (VA), May 10… Simmons College (MA), May 15… Georgetown University (DC) – Georgetown College (undergraduate Arts & Sciences), May 16

• NBC’s Matt Lauer: Harvard University (MA) – Senior Class Day speaker, June 3

• PBS’ Jim Lehrer: East Central University (OK), May 9

• CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux: Gannon University (PA), May 9… Montgomery College (MD), May 22

• MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Saint Joseph’s University (PA), May 16

• CBS’ Erin Moriarty: The Ohio State University (OH) – Distinguished Service Award at Pre-Commencement Dinner, June 13

• CNN’s Soledad O’Brien: Florida A&M University (FL) – 6 p.m. undergraduate ceremony, May 3

• MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell: Marywood University (PA), May 10

• CBS’ Scott Pelley: Texas Tech University (TX), May 9

• CBS’ Randall Pinkston: Jackson State University (MS), May 9

• CBS’ Byron Pitts: North Carolina A&T State University (NC), May 9… Delaware State University (DE), May 17

• CBS’ Dave Price: Sacred Heart University (CT), May 17

• HDNet’s Dan Rather: Michigan State University (MI) – Advanced degree commencement, May 8.

• CNN’s John Roberts: University of Colorado at Boulder (CO), May 8

• CBS’ Bob Schieffer: Maryville University (MO), May 2… The University of Mississippi (MS), May 9… Hofstra University (NY), May 17

• PBS’ Ray Suarez: Lewis and Clark University (OR), May 10… California State University-Monterey Bay (CA), May 16

• PBS’ Margaret Warner: Sweet Briar College (VA), May 16

• PBS’ Judy Woodruff: Saint Mary’s College (IN), May 16… Along with husband Al Hunt, Gettysburg College (PA), May 17

• CBS’ Susan Zirinsky: American University (DC) – School of Communication, May 9

Obama’s 100th Day Media Preview

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As you know, TODAY marks the President’s first 100 days in office. FBDC has compiled a list of coverage, events and/or special reports for the event. We’ll continue updating throughout the day so send us your organization’s info and plans to be added to the mix.

Last Night

On ABC’s “Nightline” at 11.35PM, White House correspondent Yunji de Nies looked at Michelle Obama’s first 100 days.

Today

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Diageo and National Journal Group’s The Hotline will mark President Obama’s 100th day in office with a new Diageo/Hotline poll, conducted by FD. The results will be unveiled at an 8.30 AM breakfast for reporters, editors, columnists and bloggers at The Watergate.

The Washington Post is running a special print section to include a piece by veteran political journalist Dan Balz. Balz will discuss what can really be understood from a president’s first 100 days and what kind of president Obama is becoming. WaPo’s White House team will present key moments of the administration and decisions made so far. In addition, the section will offer a historical comparison of past U.S. president’ accomplishments in their first 100 days.

TELEVISION

Embedded video from CNN Video

CNN National Report Card – First 100 Days: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and Soledad O’Brien will head up coverage and open up interactive voting on questions throughout the night. Anderson Cooper 360 Special – CNN National Report Card begins at 11pm.

ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the press conference. Charles Gibson will be joined by George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper.

PBS and The NewsHour will provide live coverage of the presser. Ray Suarez will anchor.

CNBC’s Dennis Kneale will anchor coverage live from CNBC global headquarters in Engelwood Cliffs, NJ.

C-SPAN 2 will broadcast live from the prez’s presser

Bloomberg will cover the conference live and feature commentary from Former McCain Advisor Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Laura Tyson, former Clinton White House Adviser.

MSNBC will follow the conference and the GOP response with special live editions of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 9PM, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 10 PM, and “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 11 PM.

Katie Couric will anchor for CBS News’ Special Report.

NBC News’ Brian Williams will anchor coverage on NBC. Williams will be joined by David Gregory and Chuck Todd.

ONLINE

Check out Politico’s video gallery: Obama’s First 100 Days

HuffPo’s 10 in 100: With a little help from some well-known political figures, HuffPo’s Sam Stein compiled a list of the top ten most under-appreciated stories from the President’s first 100 days in office. Find out what made the cut in the categories of health care, communications, education, transportation, cities, Muslim relations, Pakistan, cars, forests and tone by checking out HuffPo here.

ABC News Digital will feature text stories, video highlights and slideshows devoted to President Obama’s first 100 days in office and ABC News NOW; co-anchored by Rick Klein and Yunji de Nies will stream live from the press conference.

CNN.com will host an interactive event for television viewers and online users to grade the President’s first 100 days. Users will instantly be able to give their own letter grades during a brief window of time. Those real-time report cards will appear on-air and online.

CBS News will feature coverage from 9 -10 PM on their political Webcast Washington Unplugged followed by Katie Couric‘s Webcast at 10PM.

WaPo.com’s special package will feature a roundtable discussion on Barack and Michelle Obama’s first 100 days in the White House with Dan Balz, Michael Shear and DeNeen Brown. Robin Ghivan will offer commentary on a narrated photo gallery focused on Michelle Obama. The package will also offer an index quantifying how Obama spent his first 100 days in office and what was happening in the world around him.

TIME photographer Callie Shell documents the President’s historic start on the job with a Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes with Obama.

Tomorrow

SIRIUS XM Radio will broadcast “The Power Breakfast,” a special edition of The Joe Madison Show on The Power, XM channel 169 on Thursday, April 30 starting at 6 am ET. XM listeners will hear live panel discussions with Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Donald Payne.

Atlantic/NJ Poll of Prominent Journos Says Journalism Hurt By Internet; Obama Coverage “Right”

The Atlantic and National Journal turned to the big dogs to get a read on the state of traditional journalism.

They polled 43 prominent journalists on whether journalism has been helped or hurt by the Internet- 65 percent said it has been hurt more, while 34 percent said it has been helped more.

On the coverage of President Obama- of 45 respondents, 71 percent say it has been “about right,” 22 percent say it’s been “too easy” and 7 percent say it has been “too tough.”

Those polled include: Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Carl Cannon, Tucker Carlson, Jonathan Chait, Roger Cohen, Steve Coll, Sam Donaldson, Bob Edwards, James Fallows, Howard Fineman, Frank Foer, Ron Fournier, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jeff Greenfield, Glenn Greenwald, David Gregory, Mark Halperin, Christopher Hitchens, Al Hunt, Mort Kondracke, Jim Lehrer, Ruth Marcus, Joshua Micah Marshall, Chris Matthews, Jane Mayer, Doyle McManus, John Micklethwait, Dana Milbank, Markos Moulitsas, Katherine McIntire Peters, Todd Purdum, Cokie Roberts, Eugene Robinson, Tom Shoop, Roger Simon, Scott Simon, Ray Suarez, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Leon Wieseltier, Juan Williams, Judy Woodruff, Fareed Zakaria.

Read the rest of The Atlantic/NJ’s findings here.

Morning Reading List, 08.13.08


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