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Post Departures: The Latest (Will Weingarten Go?!?)

New Pulitzer winner Gene Weingarten tells FishbowlDC that he’s considering taking the Washington Post’s buy-out.

A round-up:

Tamara Jones: Gone.

Susan Schmidt
: Gone.

Tim Page: Gone.

Maralee Schwartz: Gone.

Tom Ricks
tells us (and Politico) “I’ll probably take it, but haven’t yet made a final decision.”

Maybes: Dan Balz and Keith Richburg.

Richburg tells FishbowlDC: “I’m going to bali in early may, so I’m going to sit there looking at a white sand beach and the pacific ocean and then make up my mind.”

What about you, Posties: You or your neighbors considering the buyout? Let us know:

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Six Pulitzers In, Two Pulitzers Out

First Pulitzer loss: Susan Schmidt.
Second Pulitzer loss: Tim Page.

The WaPo’s Tim Page is taking the buyout, FishbowlDC has learned. This was not unexpected as he is already on leave at USC and was likely to stay on there. Page won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997.

He wrote staffers the following note today, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    At this hour, I don’t think I’ll be disturbing anybody by sending an ALLNEWS note — especially after such a glorious day!

    This is just a quick message to thank you for a wonderful dozen years. As some of you already know, I am leaving the Post to join the faculty of the University of Southern California, where I will teach both music and journalism — which sounds to me like a happy fit.

    I’ve been honored to be your colleague and I will continue to read you every day. What an extraordinary newspaper this is — and how proud I am to have been a part of it.

    Look me up if you are ever in Los Angeles (you’ll find that present-day Hollywood is a little like Baltimore….)



Morning Reading List, 11.13.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You think The Washington Post’s reaction to Tim Page was too harsh.

  • Mitt Romney Loses Coveted Endless Simmer Endorsement”

  • Is that CBS’s Matthew Felling hosting the Kojo Nnamdi Show today?

  • Get ready for tomorrow’s Meet the Press party…and Rush Limbaugh?!?

  • New York Times presents, “Stray Questions for: P.J. O’Rourke

  • New York Post reports,Jack Ford, the son of the late President Gerald Ford, is teaming up with magazine entrepreneur Don Welsh to launch a new publishing company, Mountain Time Publishing.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Presidents and candidates have graced the covers of men’s style mags going back to John F. Kennedy, who posed in the Oval Office for the March 1962 issue of GQ. … For men, these magazines offer an opportunity to shape their images. … So why is a women’s fashion magazine a minefield for Hillary Clinton? It’s a double standard to be sure. A male candidate appearing in a men’s magazine is getting his message out. A female candidate appearing in a women’s magazine is falling into a stereotype and opening herself up to criticism for caring more about her looks than the issues.”

  • Reuters reports, “Investors punished shares of the Walt Disney Co and other large media companies on Friday after U.S. consumer sentiment hit a two-year low and sparked worries about cuts in advertising, analysts said.”

  • AP reports, “AOL, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. said Monday it purchased Yedda Inc., a social search question and answer service.”

  • Tech Check reports,Marc Andreessen Warns ‘Old Media’ Over Writers’ Strike”

  • Mel Karmazin, chief executive officer of Sirius Satellite Radio, met with the Tribune editorial board Wednesday to discuss the proposed merger of Sirius with XM Satellite Radio, shock jock Howard Stern and the intense competition in media markets.” Check it out here.

  • Andrew Sullivan speaks candidly” to Jennie Rothenberg Gritz “about why he supports Barack Obama, how he became a blogger, and why he’s not afraid to change his mind.”

  • Ad Age reports,Peggy Northrop is leaving her post as editor in chief at More magazine to become editor in chief of Reader’s Digest”

  • Washington Times reports, “Hollywood producer Joel Surnow dismissed as ‘nuts’ the notion that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton can be elected president and said he and other conservatives in the entertainment industry are leaning toward supporting Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential campaign.”

  • Redding News Review won its first “Black Web Award.” Congrats!

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2007 shows, “Thanks in part to the Democrats’ spirited debate in Philadelphia, last week was the biggest week of the year for the presidential campaign in the universe of radio and cable talk shows. The main course was the Democratic front runner who got carved up by hosts and pundits of various political stripes.”

  • The Independent reports, “The editor of ‘Time’ magazine, Richard Stengel, tells Ian Burrell why even his publication can’t afford to stand still if it wants to compete in an increasingly hi-tech industry.”

  • reports, “Ifra will launch a vertical search engine for the newspaper industry in January, its CEO claimed.”

  • AP reports, “The first lead story on, a new daily news site, is a 1,400-word report on the Minnesota Democratic Party’s finances. It’s not the kind of flashy tidbit guaranteed to goose online traffic. But flash isn’t the idea at MinnPost, a venture staffed mostly by recent casualties of newspaper downsizing.”

  • Internet News reports, “A few years ago, it might have seemed far-fetched to imagine representatives from traditional media stalwarts like The New York Times and MTV Networks urging others to follow their lead in adapting to survive an evolving online environment. But the times, they are a-changing.”

  • Check out Nick Sweezey’s contestant interview from Jeopardy!

  • Reason’s Marty Beckerman interviews Matt Taibbi, “Rolling Stone’s controversial chief political reporter on Campaign 2008, following Hunter S. Thompson, and his new book.”

  • WTTG launched a new Web site. Check it out here.

  • CNN reports, “The man who revealed that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA said that he was ‘extraordinarily foolish’ to leak her name. Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was a source of the CIA leak to columnist Robert Novak. Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview broadcast Sunday that he did not realize Plame was a covert agent when he discussed her with syndicated columnist Robert Novak.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “As the television writers’ strike slowly gnaws its way through the TV grid, the question arises: What else is there to watch? Doesn’t Al Gore have some kind of television channel, among his many worthy pursuits? Maybe nobody there’s on strike.”

  • The New Republic’s Michael Crowley writes about, “Clinton’s strategy for crushing the media.”

  • Randy Bennett, Vice President of Audience and New Business Development for the Newspaper Association of America writes about the new Imagining the Future of Newspapers Blog. “We asked 22 of some of the more insightful thinkers we know to provide their perspectives on how newspapers can shape their own future. Some are currently employed by newspapers, but most are outside observers (analysts, futurists, academics, customers, etc.) without a vested interest in the success or failure of new business or journalistic approaches. There were no restrictions. All were free to write on any aspect of the newspaper business and offer up positive or negative prognoses. The goal: stimulate ideas and discussions about the newspaper franchise 5-10 years from now. We will be posting several commentaries a day (to give you time to digest) over the next week.”

  • The New York Times’ Public Editor writes,Sheryl Gay Stolberg, who covers the White House for The Times, gets a steady stream of complaints from readers about a curious issue. These readers, like Susan Lonsinger of Bakersfield, Calif., object to the fact that The Times refers to President Bush as Mr. Bush on second and later references in news articles. They think that’s disrespectful and that he should always be called President Bush.”

  • Deborah Howell writes, “A new president will be elected a year from now. Voters will look to the mainstream media, to alternative bloggers and to the candidates’ Web sites to help decide who that president will be. A perennial complaint is that the media cover politics too much as a horse race instead of reporting more on the candidates’ backgrounds, where they stand on issues and how they would lead the nation. But is it true? I intend to find out — at least at The Post — and report back to readers.”

  • The Columbia Tribune reports, “Consider the name: Pulitzer. Joseph Pulitzer and the prize named after him enjoy recognition and respect, especially in this town, home to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. But how many people, including working journalists, know and appreciate the rich stories — both human and historical — behind those coveted gold medals? As it turns out, not very many, said Roy Harris Jr. — the author of ‘Pulitzer’s Gold’ — whose book fills a huge gap of knowledge about the coveted Public Service awards given for coverage of some of the biggest stories of the past 90 years, including the Ponzi scheme, the Great Depression, civil rights, Watergate, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and Hurricane Katrina.”

  • “FBNY discusses Slovenia, the age gap in comedy, the profitability of print media and a few other things” with The Onion’s Scott Dikkers.

  • reports, “So, what exactly is news in a virtual world? CNN has opened an I-Report hub in the virtual world of Second Life. CNN aims to find out by opening an I-Report hub in Second Life, a three-dimensional virtual world created entirely by its residents.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to impose significant new regulations to open the cable television market to independent programmers and rival video services after determining that cable companies have become too dominant in the industry, senior commission officials said.”


  • Home Front Communications is looking for a Media Specialist.

  • WTOP Radio is looking for a Writer.

  • New Media AE is looking for DBC Public Relations Experts.

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

  • Home Front Communications is seeking Detail-Oriented Web Project Manager.

  • WUSA9 is looking for a Producer and an Executive Producer.

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

  • Postie Gets Disciplined

    Postie Tim Page has been placed on leave by the Washington post after the classic music critic slammed Mayor Marion Barry in a company email. Bruce Johnson has the details.

    (Hat Tip: DCist)

    Posties Weigh In On Comments

    We’ve gotten our hands on some posts to the Washington Post’s internal critique board, and lots of Posties are pretty upset about the comments.

    Tom Lachman: “does the post want to be a forum for racist screeds?”

    Jason Ukman: “The other day there was a reader comment about one of the Bush daughters and fellatio. Then there was the one about the need to kill Israeli soldiers…Complaints about this problem have been registered many, many times in this forum. The reply always come back like this: Dotcom spot checks the comments, and viewers can request certain comments be removed. That system is about a million miles away from full-proof. If we’re okay with having an imperfect system, fine. But we also have to accept the fact that our laissez fare philosophy means we routinely — meaning every day — become the publisher of trash.”

    Neely Tucker: ” from our unedited ‘reader comments’ on the website…check out hamil’s piece on ray nagin… ‘black people like nagin are nothing more than opportunist azzholes!!’ … ‘IF a white MAN were to speak as you do,guaranteed, you*d look for a lynching party’”

    Tim Page: “I agree that a lot of what we publish as ‘reader commentary’ is sick, racist homophobic and simply stupid. But there have been other times when it has seemed dead on, addressing subjects the Post itself is uncomfortable with.”

    Meg Smith: “I think it would help A LOT if our friends across the river would change the comment settings so the most recent comment rises to the top and the older ones fall to the bottom. For one thing, the racists (whom you get to know pretty well if you’re a regular reader of comments) are racing to make the first yellow puddle at the bottom of each story we post.”

    Phillip Blanchard: “Re: ‘reader comments’: Spot-checking and self-policing do not work. Only moderation–which is time-consuming and ‘labor intensive’– would help. That would require money probably better spent on other things. Solution: Drop the ‘comments.’ Even if got rid of the racist, homophobic, misogynic, obscene and otherwise offensive comments, the pointless, stupid and repetitive ones would remain. There are enough Web sites in the world on which to post stupid and pointless comments. Why legitimize them with the Washington Post ‘brand’?”

    Shankar Vedantam
    : “Reader comments on the website can be dismaying, stupid and offensive but we should guard against the tendency to withdraw into our shells.”

    Neely Tucker: “my only point, and I can’t believe this even needs making: if we can’t keep a filter or monitor that keeps phrases such as ‘racist douche bag’ or ‘congo monkey’ (as a black person I profiled recently was described), off our site, we need to quit.”

    Darryl Fears: “With all due respect to my good friend Shankar, I strongly believe we should nix the reader comments. Freedom of speech is important, of course, but it loses significance when the speaker is anonymous and bears no consequence of what is said.”

    Derek Willis: “‘Freedom of speech is important, of course, but…’ ‘But’? From journalists?”

    Jason Ukman: “On the comments, let readers say whatever they want to say; I just don’t understand why *we* have to be the ones to publish it.”

    Darryl Fears: “Oh, please. The Washington Post says ‘but’ to free speech every friggin’ day. We don’t run photographs of American war corpses in the paper. Len deplores putting the ‘N-word’ and the ‘B-word’ in the paper.”

    Meg Smith: “There is already an example of a family not wanting to cooperate with a reporter on a second-day story, because they read the vile comments at the bottom of our breaking story.”

    Libby Copeland: “What about the part that the comments play in keeping readers on our website?…I don’t think the stupid comments muddy the WashPo the brand. Readers get the distinction between what we write and what the commenters write.”

    Tim Page: “What about a strong warning that the Post does not endorse the statements made in the comments?”

    Keith Richburg: “…here is sampling of reader comments now currently posted on our Web site. For Pam Constable’s March 20 article on illegal immigrants: ‘Too many Salvadoreans like roaches, just deport them . They make this area and every other latinos look bad.’ ‘Sniff…..sniffff….my heart bleeds. Aw, heck…let them all in. Plenty of lawns to mow.’”

    Jim Brady’s response a little later…