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Posts Tagged ‘John F. Harris’

Pulitzer Expands Online Focus With New Board Member, Politico Co-Founder VandeHei

vandehei pic.jpgLess than a week after announcing changes to its entry requirements making it easier for online writers to win awards, the Pulitzer Prize Board has announced a new appointment: Jim VandeHei, the co-founder of one of the most successful new media launches in recent years, Politico.com.

VandeHei, who is also Politico’s executive editor, is “the first representative of a primarily online news organization” to serve on the board, the Pulitzer committee said today. But he also has a print background. Before founding the Washington, D.C.-based site in 2007 with John F. Harris and Allbritton Communications, he worked for Roll Call and The Wall Street Journal — among other D.C. pubs — covering Capitol Hill.

It will be interesting to see if this new focus on online news will lead to Pultizers for online writers next year. Seems like they have a better chance now than ever before.

Previously: Online Writers Now Have Greater Shot Of Winning Pulitzer, Four Questions For Politico’s Jim VandeHei

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Politico Unwilling to Sponsor Plouffe Off-the-Record

358x283.jpgBarack Obama‘s presidential get-to-know-you tango with the Press hit another snag yesterday with word that Politico editor-in-chief John F. Harris was backing out of moderating duties at a Politico-sponsored event at the National Press Club after former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe stipulated that the speech he was giving be off-the-record. Per Politico:

“We took down our signage that’s up over there at the Press Club and declined to participate in any way,” Harris said. He said Politico was not “in the business of sponsoring, or co-sponsoring, an off-the-record talk with a newsworthy person.”

Donna Leinwand, president of the National Press Club, also voiced her “strong opposition” to Plouffe’s decision in a letter to the Washington Speakers Bureau, which serves as his agent.

All valid points, though one has to wonder in this age of Twitter whether anything in a public sphere can really be considered off-the-record.

Politico.com Should Be a Sunday Show

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The first panel on the second day of what were are calling EOVMWHAWCNCon was made up of only Politico.com journos. There was Mike Allen, Jim VandeHei, Jonathan Martin, Ben Smith and John F. Harris.

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Who Will Be the Next Tim Russert?

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The final event of the first day was “Insights and Analysis: Leading National Political Reporters Discuss the Campaign” panel. And yes, all panel’s names were also long descriptions. It was, after all “ELECTION 2008: Obama vs. McCain: What Happened and What Comes Next?” conference that we will call EOVMWHAWCNCon for short.

You can watch all the panels here.

The final panel had Mark Halperin of Time, John Heilemann of New York Magazine, Mark Barabak or LAT, Mike Allen, John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei all of Politico.

During the Q&A the question was floated who would be the next Tim Russert. Who will be the next television journalist to vet future candidates?

Mike Allen said the names John King of CNN, Gwen Ifill and Chuck Todd. John Harris offered up Chris Matthews. Then Mike Allen noted that NY Observer had also mentioned John Harris as a possible replacement.

FBLA Accosts John F. Harris in Green Room

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We cornered Editor-in-Chief and founder of Politico John F. Harris (pictured on the right, reporter Ben Smith on the left) in the green room between panels and between Blackberry texts to his wife. (She had a Bob Barker sighting at LAX). We asked Harris if Politico was still hiring reporters. He said that they were. They are currently hiring a reporter to cover the House.

We wanted to know why Politico has been so successful while other publications have been forced to layoff journalists. Harris said that he thinks it’s because Politico is geared toward a specific audience. He said that it’s the general interest publications that are struggling and that Politico is for a specific audience. And that the future of media is in niche markets.

Which is exactly what Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired, said at the Mediabistro Circus last spring.

The future is so niche that we can’t even have just one way of pronouncing ‘niche’.

The Debate Round Up: Debating the Debate

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VP Debates are like NASCAR races. Everyone watches to see the car crashes. If there aren’t any…well then it was just a night of seeing cars drive around in circles.

  • LAT James Rainey thinks Gwen Ifill is the one that won.
  • LAT Peter Wallsten used the word ‘grizzled’ for Joe Biden. The dude that got choked up and emotional when talking about his wife and children being in a car accident. Yeah, weird.
  • John Dickerson wrote that John McCain was the loser last night.
  • NYT editorial says Palin met the lowest expectations of any vice presidential candidate ever ‘mostly repeating cliches and tired attack lines’. Doggone it!
  • We like John F. Harris and Mike Allan‘s piece on Politico. It gave a decent rundown of the event.
  • Mike Madden, Salon’s Washington corespondent wrote,”Joe Biden was debating John McCain. And Sarah Palin was debating Sarah Palin…”

    Basically the folks writing about the debate – their general consensus was that Sarah Palin got a gold medal in the Special Olympics, but unfortunately she’s been recruited for the majors.