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Posts Tagged ‘Russ McCracken’

The Brothers McCracken

We’ve already declared the Washington Times’ Russ McCracken as owner of the coolest journalist name in D.C.

What we want to know is…

…is he related to journo Harry McCracken?

…how about Ernie McCracken?

>UPDATE: McCracken writes in:

    Not related to either the first McCracken or the fictional McCracken — nor to Jeff McCracken at the Detroit Free Press, about whom I’m asked on occasion. Not to thoroughly disappoint you, though, I can trace my family back to a well-known Indiana University basketball player who later coached the Hoosiers to two NCAA Championships and who has an even cooler name than mine: Branch McCracken.

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Journos Run Capital Challenge

Click here to see the final results of the 26th Annual ACLI Capital Challenge. Loads of journos ran and, best we can tell (right, folks?), our favorite Russ McCracken was the fastest media type.

>UPDATE: No! The fastest journo was Jim Hage, a copy editor in the Post’s sports department who finished a minute faster than McCracken.

Morning Reading List, 01.11.07

Good morning, Washington.

  • Seems most of you did watch President Bush‘s speech.

  • An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” “placed first among Adults 25-54 for the week of January 1-5, 2007,” tied with NBC’s “Nightly News.” Among Total Viewers, ABC averaged 9.52 million, “its highest delivery since the week of March 21, 2005.”

  • An NBC release announced that “Nightly News with Brian Williams” was “the No. 1 network evening newscast, placing first in total viewers, homes and among the key demographic adults 25-54 during the week of January 1-5, 2007.” According to the release, “Nightly News” averaged 5% more than ABC’s “World News” and 33% more than CBS’s “Evening News.”

  • A reader writes, “re: Russ McCracken – I got one better, there is a guy who used to report for PC World (he may still) named Harry McCracken (I am not making this up).” We checked. It’s true.

  • Wonkette reports the “latest outrage from the War on Terror” as CNN is ousted from the Embassy in Baghdad: “The cable service provider responsible for servicing the Embassy Compound no longer provides CNN as part of the cable package. Discussions are currently underway to address possible alternatives.”

  • WTOP reports that a “construction worker was found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft” at the Newseum construction site at 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest. Turner Construction spokesman Bill Brennan told WTOP the man was an employee with Otis Elevator.

  • Media Guy defines the terms we should all know in ’07, but never admit to knowing, at cocktail parties.

  • Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz sat down with Talking Biz News to discuss the redesign and the future of the newspaper.

  • Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune “plan to sell advertising jointly on their Web sites.” According to the Wall Street Journal, Gannett chief Craig Dubow said, “The goal is to create the largest network of newspaper-developed local sites for any advertiser.”

  • Reuters reports, “Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. will eliminate nearly two dozen jobs at its Newswires and Factiva divisions in advance of a restructuring, according to a union rep. The layoffs come as Dow Jones plans to restructure its Enterprise Media Group.”

  • Examiner.com reports that “‘serious negotiations’ are under way” to return the Baltimore Sun to local ownership.

  • Betsy Rothstein writes up the Barney Frank v. Neil Cavuto duel.

  • Backfence.com “retrenching.”

  • New Iraq Commander Spoke Up for Judith Miller

  • Newspaper-TV Marriage Shows Signs of Strain

  • Sidney Hillman Foundation now accepting submissions for their journalism awards.

  • Product Reviews And Links Turn Pages Into Profit” (DCRTV has some beef with this piece)

  • A Guide to Watching Network TV Online

  • The Monday-versus-Friday World of ‘Newsweek’ and ‘Time’

  • Roger Ailes To Be Honored For His Contributions To Press Freedom, First Amendment

  • TV violence is surging, group says

  • Geraldo Rivera: Even more foolish than you thought.

  • Huffington Post hires new managing editor.