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Roll Call’s Beckwith at one with Gilligan’s Mary Ann

Roll Call‘s acting Feature Editor Ryan Beckwith doesn’t look a thing like Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island.” But he sure felt like her in Manhattan this past weekend where he went to be part of an “elite” panel at Columbia’s J-School alumni weekend.

The pamphlet the school handed out said the discussion was being moderated by HuffPost Political Editor Tom Edsall and featured CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, pollster Doug Schoen, McClatchy‘s James Rosen “and others.”

Beckwith was overheard saying he felt like Mary Ann, who was listed as “and the rest” in the original theme song.

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The FishbowlDC Interview With HuffPost’s Sam Stein

Sam Stein.jpg Sunday is the fifth anniversary of The Huffington Post. So we’ve plucked HuffPost Politics Reporter Sam Stein out of the field of Washington, D.C. reporters to do the honors. It took a little arm twisting, but in the end, he semi-graciously agreed to do the interview. He came to the publication in 2007. Enjoy.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Ginger Ale. For no particular reason. Though i guess it’s because it’s boring but enjoyable.

How often do you Google yourself? That’s what wonderful and loving Jewish mothers are for.

Who is your favorite working journalist? HuffPost’s (formerly WaPo’s) Tom Edsall… oh wait, “working” journalist (kidding Tom).

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? During an internship in college I was told to start considering different professions.

Do you have a favorite word? Yes

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Michelle, for sure.

When did you last cry and why? After agreeing to fill out this interview.

What word do you routinely misspell? Arianna

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Harp

What swear word do you use most often? The usual suspects.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Indeed

What TV show do you have to watch? I’d be trendy if I said “Mad Men.” I’d be ridiculed if I said “Damages.” I guess I’ll be ridiculed (but watch the show before judging).

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? Online

Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? I honestly don’t watch daytime talk, except for when Rielle Hunter went on Oprah recently. So, I guess Oprah.

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? Letterman

Read about the time Stein got seriously chewed out by his editor and the biggest “scoop” he’s ever had after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 08.22.08


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Another Troubled Iraq Correspondent?

First, The New Republic struggled with Scott Beauchamp and, now, Tom Edsall writes, “There is a growing dispute over the veracity of reporting from Lebanon by former Marine W. Thomas Smith, Jr. who is posting reports on his blog, The Tank, published by the conservative website, National Review Online.”

More from Glenn Greenwald.

>UPDATE: “National Review Editor Acknowledges Reporter’s Inaccuracies

Morning Reading List, 09.20.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Your bet is on Stephen Colbert over Jon Stewart in a fist fight.

  • Roll Call’s Moira Bagley celebrates a birthday today.

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert reports, “Last Monday, on the same day that Gen. David Petraeus was testifying before Congress about how important progress was being made in Iraq, the Pentagon announced that nine American service members had died that day in Iraq. Given the death toll to date, the sad notice did not qualify as a blockbuster development. But such a high number of dead service members in one 24-hour span certainly qualified as news, especially on a day when so much attention had been trained on Iraq inside Washington, D.C., including its newsrooms. Yet among the four all-news cable channels (CNN, CNN Headline News, Fox, and MSNBC) last week, there were just two mentions of the nine dead soldiers, according to”

  • “CHBN is proud to announce the launch of our latest innovation for our growing politically active community. Our interactive ads give our viewers an immediate call to action and collect critical data from supporters directly from your videos.”

  • Tom Shales can only watch four screens at once.

  • This article claims that UPI is anti-gay. It is “owned by the media-arm of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. Moon himself has also called for the destruction of LGBT people. In a speech in 1997 he said: ‘What is the meaning of lesbians and homosexuals? That is the place where all different kinds of dung collect. We have to end that behaviour. When this kind of dirty relationship is taking place between human beings, God cannot be happy.’”

  • reports, “The Wikipedia model makes it tempting to see the site as a battleground for legions of political junkies making the case for or against a candidate. As the Post writes, ‘every day thousands of them are engaging in fierce battles over the life stories of the 2008 presidential candidates.’ The data tell a different story. Figures provided to U.S. News Monday by, a site that monitors and analyzes Internet traffic, show that the majority of the edits to most of the candidate pages are made by a small group of devoted editors who largely determine what information is and is not included on a page.”

  • The National Press Club’s Professional Development Committee is hosting a panel event on blogging on the campaign trail. The panelists include Tom Edsall, The New Republic; Jonathan Martin, Politico; Antonio Vargas, The Washington Post; and David All, GOP adviser. Ellen Shearer, co-director of the Medill News Service, will moderate. To RSVP to the September 24 event, call (202) 662-7501.

  • A follow up to this post…A tipster tells us, “one journalist — portuguese, i think — was turned away from the same event due to the white house press dress code. he was wearing sandals. i guess women can bare feet but men can’t.”

  • Reuters reports, “CBS Corp is happy with its deal with iTunes and won’t join a battle against Apple Inc over the pricing of television shows on the online store, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves said on Tuesday.”

  • B&C reports, “Fox Business Network will rely heavily on The Wall Street Journal work force for commentary and color, Rupert Murdoch told a room full of investors at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference here Tuesday morning, and the channel will appeal to a broader audience than CNBC when it debuts next month.”

  • reports, “Andy Berndt, co-president of Ogilvy & Mather’s New York office, has left his post at the agency to go to Google, where he will helm a new global unit dedicated to collaborating with marketers, agencies and entertainment companies.”

  • Venture Beat reports, “Today, Comscore released numbers showing GodTube, a YouTube for Christians, to be the fastest growing site on the internet in August. It grew 973 percent and ranked among the top 1000 web properties by unique visitors — the same month it officially launched, as Mashable’s Kristen Nicole points out.”

  • Business Week reports, “When Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose launched Digg three years ago, the Web site attracted a community of like-minded people. Digg users were technophiles, not unlike the company’s founders. Rather than pay attention to the news dominating the national headlines, many early Digg users were more apt to respond to articles that Rose posted on new Web companies, open-source software, and even stories about mental illness that can haunt mathematicians after they solve complex puzzle.”

  • U.S. presidential campaigns are increasingly favoring bloggers over traditional news media with breaking news, some observers say.

  • Reuters reports, “News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday sketched out early plans for Dow Jones & Co Inc, saying he leaned toward making the online Wall Street Journal free but had not yet made a decision.”

  • Media Ink reports, “We hear that some folks at McGraw-Hill are getting a little nervous about a new tome about former GE chief Jack Welch that’s being written by former Welch speech writer Bill Lane.”

  • Jack Myers writes, “Betsy Frank the chief research and insights officer for Time Inc., offers an interesting perspective on the state of magazine advertising today and how media companies are both applying and ignoring lessons of the past. The key question for media companies, Frank suggests, is ‘how can media, whether invented yesterday or 100 years ago, create and maintain relevance to consumers and demonstrate and communicate that value to advertisers?’”

  • The 2007 American Spectator Annual Pig Roast is coming up! It is September 29 in Madison, Virginia.

  • Tom Sietsema reveals in his online chat that his fall dining guide is out October 14.

  • There is a “new breed of news junkie” on the loose in Chevy Chase.

  • Linda Perlstein writes, “When I left a reporting job at The Washington Post several years ago, I lost an institution I loved—not to mention free LexisNexis and an affiliation that pretty much guaranteed that my phone calls were returned right away. But I gained the opportunity to immerse myself in a project that I’m sure could never have been created for the newspaper.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Officer Richard Parsons said the media company’s board will decide on the timing for Jeffrey Bewkes to succeed him.”

  • As a follow up to Deborah Howell’s column about the controversy over comics in the Washington Post (and other papers), Ralph Hanson put together a round up of items about comic strip controversies since 2004.

  • Check out the results of the CJR panel, “The Case of the Vanishing Book Review”

  • American University’s Center for Social Media presents Foreign Correspondence and the Future of Public Media, “a series that addresses the future of reliable, sober, unbiased information from abroad at a time when our nation is engaged in two foreign wars — and when the number of mainstream foreign correspondents is actually diminishing. The series, organized by AU’s Bill Gentile, is comprised of internationally-recognized foreign correspondents. Each speaker brings unique and valuable insight into the current state of foreign correspondence, and especially its future.” Each lecture is in the University’s Mary Graydon Center Room 324, from 12:45 until 2 pm.

  • Poynter Online reports, “It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that will be free soon.”

  • The Duke Cunningham case will be discussed during 2007 SPJ Convention & Journalism Conference. For more info, click here.

  • No more wondering. The editors of TNR offer a Scott Beauchamp Update.

  • Community Journalism Interest Group writes, “There has been very little coverage of the New York Times’ decision to cut the space it allots for printed letters in its paper edition. That’s a shame. The move further exemplifies the disdain the ‘mainstream’ media has for its audience, and, by extension, the communities they serve.”

  • Daily Kos has a piece of advice for the Politico: “Memo to Jim VandeHei and John Harris: this is 2007, not 1992.”

  • Web 2.Oh … really reports, “This from Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times, which has finally been liberated from behind the pay wall the company had built around its marquee columnists under its ill-fated TimesSelect plan: ‘Nobody wants to simply admit they made a mistake and disappear for awhile. Nobody even wants to use the weasel words: ‘Mistakes were made.’ No, far better to pop right back up and get in the face of those who were savoring your absence.’ Such a striking confession about her employer’s embarrassing capitulation to reality! From such a proud woman! Oh, wait, my mistake. The column’s about Alan Greenspan’s new book.”

  • The Huffington Post is hiring journalist Marc Cooper to head up its OffTheBus citizen journalism project. Cooper, a columnist for LA Weekly, will work with approximately 15 “campaign correspondents” to cover the 2008 campaigns from their own perspectives.

  • In response to this post…A reader tells us, “‘A strong internal candidate has emerged; if you are interested in this or future National bureau jobs, please contact’ That actually means…don’t bother applying we have already picked someone but we are legally required to post this notice”


  • The Associated Press is looking for a Business News Desk person.

  • WWICS — Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist.

  • Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter and a Photographer.

  • Energy Intelligence Group is looking for a Market Reporter.

  • Human Rights Campaign is seeking a Sr. Editorial & Web Content Manager.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 07.09.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” “posted an impressive ratings win, outperforming the Sunday morning public affairs competition in all categories during the second quarter of 2007.”

  • Nick Kulish will be reading from his new novel, “Last One In,” tonight at Olsson’s Courthouse at 7:00 p.m.

  • AARP Tunes In to Radio’s Discarded Audience

  • Howie Kurtz takes a look at the Huffington Post, including this quote from former Postie Tom Edsall:

      “They have a very liberal constituency, but say they are looking for straight and credible news,” says Edsall, who holds a Pulitzer chair at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. “Arianna has thousands of sources on the left and the right, and she comes up with a lot of ideas.”

  • “In the last three months, from April 1-June 29, Dobbs devoted more than a quarter (26%) of the airtime on his nightly show to immigration. (That’s almost twice as much attention as he gave to the next leading subject, the Iraq war policy debate.) Last week, the immigration debate was the most popular cable and radio talk topic, filling 24% of the airtime, according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index from June 24-29.”

  • David Sirota writes that “Men like David Broder, Joe Klein and George Will are afraid the politicians in D.C. are going to start listening to the people instead of them.”

  • The Washington Blogger Meetup has the July Meetup on July 18 at Regional Food and Drink. To see who’s coming and to RSVP, click here.

  • AlterNet’s Rory O’Connor explores “The Future of Citizen Journalism.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Often as sensationalistic as its yellow predecessor, green journalism tends to appeal to our emotions, exploit our fears, and pander to our vanity. It places a political agenda in front of the quest for journalistic truth and in its most demagogic forms tolerates no criticism, branding all who question it as enemies of the people.”

  • The Washington Examiner’s Nate Beeler took home the Golden Spike award at the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists’ 50th-anniversary convention Saturday night.

  • Check out the full page ad in today’s Post advocating for a XM-Sirius merger.

  • The Post takes a look at Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene.

  • Do you have the “Top Freelancers’ Traits”?

  • Poynter reports, “The new Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, due to open in August, will be ‘a laboratory where young people can come, explore ideas and develop new products that will make a difference,’ explains Christopher Callahan, Dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State Univ.”

  • William Powers writes, “Every news outlet of any consequence now has endless space online to offer supplementary information about the people who report, edit, and produce the news. Who are they? Where did they grow up? What did they study in school? Why did they become journalists? Did they ever work in politics or volunteer for a cause? If so, when and where? If the outlet’s policies allow them to make political donations, list them.” And Public Eye asks, “Why stop there?”

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia question?

  • announced its 6th DCist Unbuckled Concert at DC9 on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. According to the release, “Recently signed to Sub Pup’s Hardly Art label and fast becoming the biggest local band of 2007, D.C.’s own Le Loup will headline the show, with Brooklyn’s XYZ Affair opening and a DJ set by members of locals Middle Distance Runner filling out the lineup.”

  • “Dramatic events in London and Scotland last week attracted a large news audience. Roughly a third of the public paid very close attention to news that British police had found and defused two car bombs in London, and another 31% followed the story fairly closely,” according to Pew’s weekly News Interest Index.

  • Don Sutton, Calling It as He Sees It


  • The Associated Press is looking for an APTN Newsperson-Video Journalists and producers.

  • Goddard Claussen is looking for a Creative Director.

  • Potomac News is looking for an Assistant Sports Editor.

  • The Loudoun Easterner is looking for an assistant editor.

  • The Free Lance-Star Publishing Companies is looking for someone to cover the Nationals.

  • Archaeology Magazine is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • Advancement Project is looking for a Writer/Editor.

  • Smithsonian Online Publishing is looking for a Editorial Intern, Online Publishing.

  • Platts, McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • Prison Fellowship is looking for a Grant Writer.

  • The Bristol Herald Courier is seeking a sports design guru.

  • LRP Publications is looking for a Staff Writer for Special Education.

  • McClatchy-Tribune Regional News is looking for an Assistant News Editor.

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education is looking for a Senior Web Designer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Producer I (Video), NPR Digital Media.

  • Imre Communications is looking for a Senior Designer, a Production Manager and a Traffic Manager.

  • The Progress-Index is looking for an Advertising Director.

  • Feature Story News is seeking an Experienced Radio Editor/Reporter.

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