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AP Gets a New Logo

Here is what is different about the AP‘s new logo, unveiled today:

  1. The “A” is slanted the opposite way.
  2. The “P” has been raised to the same height as the “A”.
  3. The letters are black instead of red.
  4. There is a red bar underscoring the letters.

Our analysis: Nothing to hate, but nothing to write home to Mom about, either. Noteworthy: The new logo and site are “the first significant change[s] in AP’s look in 30 years,” says a press release.

AP’s site is getting a makeover, too. It features more color, bigger fonts and links to separate areas are easier to spot. You can check it out here. There’s a video there with President and CEO Tom Curley introducing the change. Unfortunately it wasn’t working when this post was published.


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AP’s Impassioned CEO to Retire

The AP announced on its website this morning that Tom Curley, president and CEO of The Associated Press since 2003, will step down this year. The search for a successor has been launched by the AP Board of Directors. Curley won’t leave until a successor is in place.

Clearly this is a time to boast. According to a release, Curley, who turns 64 this year, “charted AP’s move into the digital space, from overseeing creation of a digital database of all AP content to assuring its availability on every platform in every format. All the while, he insisted on maintaining the values of accuracy and trust that have been a hallmark of AP since its founding in 1846. It is these news values, he said, that distinguish AP from other agencies and assure its future.”

Once gushing starts it’s hard to stop. The release states that a speech he gave in 2004 “is credited with re-igniting the media mission to fight the government secrecy that many experts say increased after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.” Curley apparently called on the news media to do more to protect freedom of information, saying,  “The powerful have to be watched, and we are the watchers.”

They also called him “perfect” and a “visionary.”

Curley’s words…Last week he returned from opening up a bureau in North Korea. He had this to say about his retirement: “I told the board some time ago when I would be retiring, but it is hard to think about leaving this special organization. There is this passion, this commitment to journalism in its purest form that makes it unique on the planet. Nowhere else does anyone have such a direct opportunity to commit journalism and have as much impact as they do here. I got to be a part of it, and play a role in its mission to break news first from around the world. I’ve been honored to work for AP.”

AP and Fairey to Share “Hope”

Left: Photo by AP Right: Image by artist Shepard Fairey

The legal battles over the use of an Associated Press photo in artist Shepard Fairey‘s famous Obama “Hope” image has come to an end. Neither the AP nor Fairey surrendered their view of the law but the two sides have agreed to work together going forward and share the rights for posters and merchandise bearing the image.  In addition, the parties plan to collaborate on a series of images that Fairey will create based on AP photographs.

In a statement released today, AP President and CEO Tom Curley said, “AP will continue to celebrate the outstanding work of its award-winning photographers and use revenue from the licensing of those photos to support its mission as the essential provider of news and photography from around the world.  The AP will continue to vigilantly protect its copyrighted photographs against wholesale copying and commercialization where there is no legitimate basis for asserting fair use.”

Financial terms of the AP-Fairey settlement were not disclosed.  The AP’s lawsuit against Obey Clothing, the apparel line that marketed the image remains outstanding.

Ariana Huffington & AP CEO Talk Shop on Charlie Rose

FishbowlNY: Charlie Rose had a great segment last night, welcoming both AP CEO Tom Curley and Arianna Huffington as guests to dicuss, among other things, paid vs. free content. As most of you are probably aware, the AP announced its intention to crack down on aggregators who are using their content without paying for it.

Says Curley: “We believe is people are trying to build businesses on our back, on our good work, and on the works of our journalists who are in some cases risking their lives to get that news. So they are building their businesses and they are not compensating us, and that’s what we want to stop.”

HuffPo, as we discovered the other day, does have a licensing deal with the AP, which Arianna points out in this segment. She also notes that the “question is, do we recognize, as Jeff Jarvis puts it, that we are living in the link economy, where links are actually incredibly valuable. They drive traffic to content providers.”

Interest in Journalism Not “In Crisis,” Business Model May Be

Four of journalism’s most influential executives- AP President Tom Curley, NPR President Vivian Schiller, CNN President Jon Klein and Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibarguen- joined panel host Marvin Kalb at the National Press Club last night to discuss “Journalism in Crisis.”

The good news is they say the public’s interest in news has not waned, but that the business model newspapers have operated under is now obsolete.

Check out the AP’s coverage here.

Morning Reading List, 11.06.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Eventually, you want to have kids.

  • News University is hosting, The Electronic Election: Covering the 2008 Vote: A NewsU/Poynter Webinar on November 14. Register here.

  • Poynter Online reports, “NewAssignment.Net, the professional-amateur (pro-am) journalism effort spearheaded by NYU prof Jay Rosen, has a new project underway — and they need beat reporters to help”

  • TVNewser reports, “A cable insider tells TVNewser HOT (the largest cable operator in Israel) took CNN off the air from both their digital and analog platforms at 11:30am local time (5:30amET) this morning. It was replaced with FOX News Channel.”

  • Inside Cable News looks into the “Anatomy of a misquote…”

  • The Huffington Post reports,Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, spoke out against the media establishment Thursday evening at a party hosted by Glamour to toast the book debut of her collected reporting for the magazine, In Search of Hope.”

  • Wonkette points out the latest snafu from MSNBC.

  • Check out the latest Washington Social Diary.

  • Check out NPR Music, ‘a new, free, comprehensive multimedia music discovery Web site. Featuring on-air and online content aggregated from NPR and the participating stations as well as original-to-NPR Music materials such as interviews, reviews, blogs and live performances.” It launched yesterday.
  • Politico’s Mike Allen writes, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, coming off a textbook interview with Michael Gerson, introduces a new feature exclusive to the show’s 7 p.m. edition: ‘The Hardball Power Rankings,’ showing who’s winning at that moment.”
  • TVNewser reports,Bob and Lee Woodruff, both now working for ABC News, are, it turns out, the namesakes for two new characters on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Marc Cherry, the program’s creator, says in a USA Today interview that the characters, gay partners Bob and Lee, were named for the Woodruffs after Cherry met them at a dinner”
  • B&C reports, “As executive vice president of Fox Business Network, Kevin Magee oversees the channel’s day-to-day operations. Like many people at the just-launched channel, Magee is a veteran of CNBC, cable’s business-news leader in distribution, ratings and revenue. But Magee was not daunted by his former employers’ competitive advantage. ‘Everyone loves a good fistfight,” he said.’”

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “It sounded like a great gotcha story: the Hill newspaper accusing Hillary Rodham Clinton of failing to show up for a Senate hearing on nuclear waste disposal that she herself had requested. And Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) was quoted as criticizing the Democratic presidential candidate. But it turned out that Clinton was there — and Inhofe’s quotes were taken from a July press release — prompting an embarrassing correction. ‘Any mistake is regrettable,’ says Hugo Gurdon, the Hill’s editor, ‘but it’s more painful when it negates the story entirely.’”

  • The New York Times reports, “Journalists often call publicists ‘flacks’ and publicists call journalists ‘hacks,’ though rarely in earshot of one another. But the gloves came off last week after Chris Anderson, the executive editor of Wired magazine, chided ‘lazy flacks’ who deluge him with news releases ‘because they can’t be bothered to find out who on my staff, if anyone, might actually be interested in what they’re pitching.’”

  • National Journal hosted a panel discussion featuring National Journal’s Ronald Brownstein and Linda Douglass, The Hotline’s Amy Walter, and moderated by XM’s Rebecca Roberts. Click here to hear the broadcast of the event.
  • What are your favorite political reporters doing for New Year’s Eve? Top of the Ticket takes His Extreme-ness’ story one step further.

  • A reader writes in, “Someone needs to note somewhere that that ’60 Minutes’ piece last night, Sunday, Nov. 4, on the revelation of the con man known as ‘Curve Ball’ who duped the entire United States government, military and 16 intelligence agencies into forging ahead into an unnecessary war that has cost the U.S. about 3,800 lives, was one of the best investigative pieces aired on the show in many, many years. The piece was well-researched and well-produced, and the story produced actual, revelatory, groundbreaking real news on a real, relevant story. The scoop, with worldwide implications, was the type of piece that the show used to do all of the time. Then, two pieces later, the show aired a completely inane, juvenile, non-relevant dog-and-pony show by a flustered, somewhat confused Lesley Stahl about some billionaire who decided to buy a yacht. The piece was worse than some of the newsbreaking pieces in the current issue of ‘National Enquirer.’ In an odd juxtaposition, ’60 Minutes’ revealed a flash of what used to make the show great and displayed a waste of time that showed why the show has tanked for many people.”

  • E&P has “some of the top daily gainers for the six-month period ending September 2007, based on today’s FAS-FAX. The daily average is based on Monday-Friday.”

  • Riehl World View reports, “A few dots to connect here, but it looks like a journalist, John Cheeves of the Lexington-Herald-Leader, with current and previous ties to McClatchy and Knight-Ridder respectively, has been involved in one dubious scheme that at least suggested pay for play journalism. And given where his name also turns up, he might not be the most objective journalist to be leading a witch hunt against current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

  • The Associated Press reports, “The PC’s role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles, digital video recorders with terabytes of memory.”

  • The Los Angeles Times launched, “The Strike Zone: The Latest on WGA Strike”

  • The Associated Press reports, “An influential advisory firm for institutional shareholders recommended its clients vote in favor of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s planned acquisition of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The broadcast networks are clearly adopting more of an ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ philosophy toward the Internet. Harnessing a natural human inclination toward gossip, complaint, prediction and obsession, they are using TV show Web sites to offer clips, outtakes, interviews, games, message boards and blogs — not to mention entire episodes.”

  • Don Surber reports, “Blaming the media for victory”

  • A release announced, “Gibraltar Associates, LLC, a consultancy specializing in risk and reputation management, public affairs and business development, today announced that Tarah Donoghue has joined the company as an Associate in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Donoghue will focus on client communications strategy, policy and strategic messaging. Ms. Donoghue joins Gibraltar Associates from the White House, where she served as Deputy Press Secretary to First Lady Laura Bush from May 2006 to August 2007.”

  • William Powers writes, “To truly understand high-end political journalism requires a secret decoder ring. The actual message of a story is often embedded between the lines or in a passing descriptive detail far down in the text. In this case, the operative moment came well after the jump, at paragraph 18: ‘In a 53-minute interview over a breakfast of boiled eggs (he ate only the egg whites), aboard a chartered jet that brought him here from Chicago, Mr. Obama said Mrs. Clinton had been untruthful or misleading in describing her positions on problems facing the nation.’”

  • reports, “Newsweek’s new management plans to chop its guaranteed paid circulation by 500,000 copies, dropping its promise to advertisers down to 2.6 million paying readers from 3.1 million, those with knowledge of the move said today.”

  • PR People: Are you on this list?

  • Beltway Blogroll reports, “A weekend journalism discussion at the Phillips Foundation has sparked a mini-debate about whether ‘backpack journalism,’ where reporters carry more than pen and pad, is a good development.”

  • Associated Press reports, “Tom Curley, CEO of The Associated Press, called on news executives Thursday to “stop pining” for the past and adapt to the new ways that news is being distributed and consumed.”

  • New York Times reports, “Copyrighted work like a news article or a picture can hop between Web sites as easily as a cut-and-paste command. But more than ever, as that material finds new audiences, the original sources might not get the direct financial benefit — in fact, they might have little idea where their work has spread.”

  • The Deal reports, “And now for something completely different: ‘The long-term outlook for the [newspaper] industry appears to be healthier than that implied by current share prices.’ So Joe Arns of Banc of America Securities LLC reports on initiating coverage of the newspaper sector. Although he may be new to the beat, that doesn’t mean he’s Pollyannaish. In fact, Arns’ forecast for a 5% decline in newspaper ad revenues next year is more bearish than the Street consensus of a 3% decline.”

  • Reuters reports, “The Wall Street Journal said on Sunday that its Web site now has 1 million subscribers, a milestone for a site that charges for access even as other sites are throwing themselves open for free.”

  • “Daily News TV critic David Bianculli says ‘So long & thanks’”

  • reports, “Tribune Company and the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission are locking horns over the proposed $8.2bn buy-out of the media group by Sam Zell, the real estate entrepreneur, in a stand-off that threatens to derail the deal.”

  • Heard On The Hill reports, “Sen. Patrick Leahy tried out the time-honored strategy of turning the tables in an effort to fend off an aggressive press corps on Wednesday. Cornered by a pack of scribes anxious to query the Vermont Democrat about the troubled nomination of Michael Mukasey to be attorney general, Leahy was attempting to exit the Capitol through a second-floor exit.”

  • Media Matters reports, “In a November 5 post on his campaign news website The Page, Time magazine editor-at-large and senior political analyst Mark Halperin claimed that a Chicago Sun-Times column raising questions about the transparency of Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) presidential bid was the product of opposition research provided by the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY).”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The digital revolution has given journalists some fantastic tools. Web sites like Google and Wikipedia give us instant access to voluminous research on virtually any subject. Cell phones enable us to become news photographers. Sparked by blogs and YouTube, the Citizen Journalism boom has taken shape.”

  • The Guardian reports,Rupert Murdoch plans to install Times editor Robert Thomson as publisher of the Wall Street Journal next year, according to a senior US media executive.”

  • CJR reports, “The Rhetoric Beat: Why journalism needs one”

  • Whoops. CNBC should know by now how to spell Karl Rove.


  • Politico is hiring a Special Projects Assistant.

  • The Hill is seeking a Political Journalist.

  • is looking for a Producer, Design Dept. and a digital storyteller.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a freelance travel writer, a
    Health Editor and a Copy Editor.

  • Publishing Services LLC is looking for an Associate Publisher.

  • The Montgomery County Sentinel is looking for an Entry Level Reporter.

  • Patuxent Publishing Co. is looking for a General Assignment Reporter.

  • Elsevier is looking for a Reporter.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 11.05.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, October 28.”

  • Vote now in the 2007 Weblog Award Poll. His Extreme-ness is up for best political coverage.
  • Slate V just announced the winner and finalists from their Comedy News Contest. Check out the results here.
  • Mediabistro is bringing award-winning author Stephanie Elizondo Griest down from New York to teach her seminar on Memoir Writing on Tuesday, November 14. For more info, click here.

  • Fox’s Wallace Jumps the Gun on Bias Charge

  • Michael Getler’s latest ombudsman column for PBS.

  • The Politico’s Ben Smith and the Edwards campaign go at it … again.

  • FNC changes up daytime.

  • Fire at FNC.

  • Check out Martha Raddatz’s latest Reporter’s Notebook. Raddatz, is in Pakistan and filed this after Musharraf declared a state of emergency.

  • Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Imperial Life in the Emerald City makes the Guardian First Book Award shortlist.

  • Huffington Post reports that Talking Points Memo’s Greg Sargent reported on Friday that the Romney campaign has fired a broadside at Fox News, which issued a directive in the wake of John McCain’s ‘Woodstock ad’ forbidding the use of their footage for campaign advertisements.”

  • Yahoo in apology on China

  • Deb Howell on “A Story Punctuated By Death.”

  • Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Review FCC Profanity Decision

  • Washingtonian tell us “what local celebrities gave children this year.”

  • Did you miss Sally Bedell Smith at Q&A Café on Tuesday? Check out the audio here.
  • “On October 31, Google stock passed through $700 a share, becoming the 5th largest listed company in the United States,’ reports Tech Crunch.

  • CNBC reports, “Two years after it successfully fought off the efforts of Carl Icahn and the plan authored by Lazard Frères to break apart Time Warner, the company seems ready to embrace it.”

  • NPR Music is launching today!

  • reports, “MEDIA insiders yesterday dismissed market speculation that former News Ltd executive Lachlan Murdoch was doing a deal to acquire 25 per cent of PBL Media.”

  • CNet reports, “MySpace and Google have issued a press release that, confirming rumors, announces that the News Corp.-owned social networking site will be part of Google’s new OpenSocial developer initiative.”

  • Gawker reports, “The New York Times is now carefully allowing comments on some articles, not just blog posts.”

  • “60 Minutes” outs Curveball.

  • Associated Press reports,Tom Curley, CEO of The Associated Press, called on news executives Thursday to ‘stop pining’ for the past and adapt to the new ways that news is being distributed and consumed.”

  • Huffington Post’s Etan Thomas writes, Barack Obama has been bombarded with a list of complaints in regards to the way he has been conducting his campaign. These criticisms have been mounting for some time, and seem to be growing more and more as we near the primary elections.”
  • Associated Press reports, “A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars on Thursday formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to stop Comcast Corp. from interfering with its subscribers’ file sharing.”
  • Webpronews reports, “Long after other major networks have relented and permitted the use of their debate videos, Fox News wants all the Republicans running for the Oval Office to stop using theirs.”

  • R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. on “Four Decades of Conservative Journalism

  • “In all, the wildfires in Southern California were the dominant story on the cable and radio talk shows last week, just as they were in the broader News Coverage Index of all media. The blazes across hundreds of thousands of acres of Southern California hillsides accounted for 36% of the airtime, as measured by PEJ’s Talk Show Index for Oct. 21-26.”

  • Clark Hoyt on “Civil Discourse, Meet the Internet

  • More tidbits from Time magazine’s Thursday night party:

      “The Page” producer Katie Rooney updated The Page with the scoop of the new Romney commercial while drinking white wine in the bar — love 24/7 news

      Col Bob Bateman stood in the corner teaching Ana Marie Cox how to salute

      Oh, and that Ana Marie Cox prank planned for the party? Sorry, it had to be called off.

  • The Atlantic today released online an early preview of ‘Goodbye to All That,’ a profile of Senator Barack Obama by popular conservative blogger and Atlantic senior editor Andrew Sullivan. This is Sullivan’s first cover since joining the magazine in February 2007.’

  • The American Spectator will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in publication with a black tie gala tomorrow at The Mandarin Oriental.

  • NLGJA is hosting a Primary Party, ‘a kick-off event for NLGJA Goes to Washington, our 2008 National Convention & 5th Annual LGBT Media Summit,’ tonight. For tickets and more info, click here.

  • Check out’s alternatives to snowflakes.
  • A network insider brings this to our attention that Chris Wallace said this weekend, “‘We are reinventing sunday talk shows this morning — or this week. We are going to, of course, cover the big stories and get the big guests. but in addition we’re going to expand the conversation, get out of the beltway. Newsflash Chris, George Stephanopoulos has been going on the road for years.”

  • The National Review presents a panel discussion, Women Voters and the Right Guy, moderated by NR Washington Editor, Kate O’Beirne at the National Press Club 1-3 on Tuesday.

  • “The Media Research Center (MRC) has just released No Fairness Doctrine for PBS, an in-depth report documenting and detailing how the taxpayer-funded network has become even more blatantly and boldly liberal since the Democrats won control of Congress in November of 2006.” For more info, click here.

  • A reader tells us, “two dc journalists were among the four audience contestants at the putnam county spelling bee at the national theater tonight. doug hill and a young woman from the post.”
  • Poynter Online reports, “The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University is turning out journalists, but the IT school is working on technology that could replace the news anchor with talking avatars. Click here to see what it looks like. Users can completely customize what they want in their show. The delivery is stiff and fairly unwatchable, but the idea is interesting.”


  • The Associated Press is looking for an Intelligence/National Security Reporter.
  • The American Association of Airport Executives is looking for a Manager, Meetings Marketing and a Flash/Web Developer.

  • EEI Communications is looking for a Desktop Publishers, Graphic Designers.

  • American Federation of Teachers is looking for a Spring Intern.
  • Congress Daily is looking for a Reporter.
  • Arcom Publishing, Inc is looking for a sales manager.

  • Fairfax County Times is looking for a news editor.

  • Bristol Herald Courier is looking for an Inquisitor with a velvet writing touch.

  • The Baltimore Examiner is looking for a Baltimore General Assignment News Reporter.

  • Public Citizen is looking for a Press Officer.
  • National Public Radio is looking for a Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is looking for a Managing Editor.
  • Avalon Publishing Group is looking for a Baltimore Guidebook Writer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 04.17.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Overwhelmingly, you think the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner/Weekend is sorta sad and pathetic.

  • Tom Shales on the national coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

  • Pew Research Center wants to test your news knowledge with this quiz.

  • To do tonight: “To celebrate Doublethink’s spring issue, join us for a launch party at the Science Club tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17th at 6 p.m. The editors and writers of the magazine will be there, so come by and raise a glass. The address is 1136 19th Street NW, and the nearest Metro stops are Farragut North on the Red Line and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue. We’ll be on the second floor. As always, there is no cover and there are beer, wine, and rail drink specials.”

  • The Extreme-ness catches an Imus oldie, but goodie.

  • Best-Informed Also View Fake News, Study Says

  • Norah O’Donnell has a baby shower and is pretty close to selecting “incredibly Irish” names.

  • The case against citizen journalism (from TNR, natch).
  • New York Times’s Kit Seelye takes a look at Conde Nast’s new Portfolio.

  • A reader points out that the “daily notebook from NEWSWEEK’s political team” hasn’t been updated in two weeks.

  • Portfolio calls “enigmatic asset manager” Bruce Sherman “the scariest guy in journalism.”

  • Portfolio editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman tells Jon Friedman, “We’re not comparing ourselves to anybody,” she said. “She underscored that Portfolio won’t seem like a ‘homework’ assignment.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Readers were the first to abandon U.S. newspapers. Then advertisers and investors. Now analysts are joining the exodus.”

  • AP reported that Daniel Pearl “was added to the 30,000 names etched on the Holocaust Memorial Wall” in Miami Beach on Sunday “to honor the American journalist who was abducted and killed by terrorists in 2002.”

  • A Pew nationwide survey shows, “Americans are no more or less likely now than in 1989 to be able to identify political leaders or know key details about major events in the news.”

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for a Six-Month Writing Intern.

  • Tom Curley, the chief executive of The Associated Press, explains “why the newspaper industry is so nervous — some say paranoid — about Yahoo and Google.”

  • Washington Whispers reports Gen. George Casey, the new Army chief of staff who has known Martha Raddatz “for years,” called her book, “Terrific job on the book … especially for a girl!”

  • AP’s David Bauder reports, “Democrats, Fox News Channel lock horns”

  • Washington Post reports, “Richard Dawkins, the famed Oxford scientist who had a bestseller with ‘The God Delusion,’ … recently he has ramped up his atheist message, further mixing his defense of evolution with his attack on belief.”

  • David Weinberger, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, warns that “A lot of the blogosphere does not make sense if viewed from the point of view of a business model.”

  • New York Times reports Al Jazeera English is now available on YouTube.

  • Media Week notes that the demise of “as a standalone raises questions about” the “sustainability” of an online only magazine.

  • Eat The Press looks at how Politico doesn’t let “the absence of actual facts get in the way of a story.”

  • New York Times reports that AOL Founder, Stephen M. Case, “plans to unveil his new company’s Web site for consumers, , which has built a growing audience since a test version went online in January.”

  • Washingtonian has chef/owner of Marcel’s, the French-Belgian dining room in Foggy Bottom, and the soon-to-open Brasserie Beck at 11th and K, Robert Wiedmaier participating in an online chat today at 11 a.m. You can submit questions here.

  • A tipster tells us, the “dude who resigned from the toledo blade under fire, once worked for the blade and pittsburgh post-gazette’s washington bureaus.”

  • A panel of journalists discussed the future of newspapers at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 conference March 31 in Clear Lake and found that the “future of newspapers uncertain.”

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko