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On The Menu: Politico’s Calderone Talks About Terrorism Coverage

mmm_2-3.gifToday, staff writer Michael Calderone joined hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven on the Morning Media Menu to discuss the media’s recent coverage of terrorism.

Calderone discussed his coverage through Christmas of the attempted terrorism attack in Detroit and his blog post yesterday about The New York Times Magazine‘s decision to print its recent story on terrorism online two weeks before its scheduled print date.

“This is actually the longest stretch of time that the paper has ever published a magazine story online that’s going to end up in print. It’s still not going to be in the print edition for two more weeks,” he explained. “It shows something about how the Times thought that there was such an urgency to this story. And it also raises questions about the newspaper industry and whether you can sit on great material for a couple weeks or do you have to get it online as fast as possible.”

Also discussed: political memoirs to watch out for in 2010, including Karl Rove‘s upcoming book and what Calderone will be covering during the coming year.

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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,

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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USA Has Record Summer|No Ratings Slump For Fox News|Politico Continues To Grow|Gannett Consolidates Iowa, Indiana Facilities|OK! Lowers Rate Base

Broadcasting & Cable: As the cable nets report their summer-ending ratings records, USA has emerged as a star. It had the best summer for any cable network since measurements have been kept.

Mediaite: There’s no summer news slump for Fox News. The cable news net had its best ratings of 2009 in August.

The Wrap: Post-election has continued to grow and bring on new staffers, and it’s still hiring.

Gannettoid: Gannett has confirmed the consolidation of its advertising production centers in Des Moines and Indianapolis.

Audience Development: OK! has lowered its rate base by 11.1 percent.

Politico’s Calderone Talks Kennedy Coverage On The Menu


This morning,‘s Michael Calderone took a few minutes out of this hectic news day in Washington to join the Morning Media Menu. Calderone told hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven what it has been like to cover Sen. Edward Kennedy since news of his death broke late last night.

“As you can imagine, it’s been pretty chaotic,” Calderone said of the past few hours. “Here at Politico I was getting emails from the very early morning hours. Thankfully we’ve had reporters and editors who basically have been covering this story all night, both from the obituary to some of what this means for Washington, for the Congress, for Obama’s health care reform initiative. It’s just an all-encompassing story that really is going to be covered in Washington for days and weeks to come.”

“The biggest news story for the past five weeks has been health care…and this has been one of the signature issues of Ted Kennedy’s life in the Senate,” Calderone added. “So it’s almost impossible, even with his death, to continue the health care debate and in some ways not touch upon his legacy and what this means and how it will play out without Massachusetts having a senator.”

Also discussed: Kennedy’s upcoming memoirs, who might take over Kennedy’s mantle in the Senate, and non-Kennedy news like Sony’s unveiling of its new e-reader yesterday.

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Journal Looks To Develop New York-Centric Culture Pages

wsj2.pngSince snatching up The Wall Street Journal last year, Rupert Murdoch has made a few changes — in an attempt to expand the business paper into a more general interest read.

Now, The Observer‘s John Koblin reports that the Journal is working to develop a culture and arts section that will focus on New York City. Koblin points out that this new section might be Murdoch’s attempt to snag readers from “a familiar foe,” The New York Times, but others said that is ripe for coverage.

“The Times has gone wrong by covering arts nationally and casting the net so wide that they aren’t focused on New York anymore,” said Pia Catton, the former culture editor of the now defunct New York Sun who now works for

Politico’s Michael Calderone Is On The Menu Talking About WaPo Salons And Palin


Today on the Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven were joined by blogger Michael Calderone who discussed the story his Web site broke about The Washington Post‘s planned off the record salons.

“There is such a huge disconnect between what the marketing side and the newsroom are saying it’s almost unbelievable,” Calderone said about the salons, which came to the media’s attention on Thursday thanks to a flyer distributed by the marketing department of the paper. “Putting out a flyer basically boasting about how you can have an off the record sit down with all these individuals should have immediately raised a red flag.”

However, Calderone admitted that news organizations are looking for alternative streams of revenue like conferences and events that attendees have to pay to take part in. “It’s understandable that the Post or other news organizations would want to do this,” he said. “The key difference, at least according to some media watchers and professors that I spoke to in the last couple days, is whether there is any benefit to the news organization and then in turn any benefit to readers. And the issue with the Washington Post salons, at least according to this flyer, was that they were going to be off the record. So there really is no ostensible benefit to readers.”

Calderone also weighed in on Sarah Palin‘s announcement Friday that she is resigning from her post as governor of Alaska. He said the decision reflects on Palin’s “incredible ambition.”

“Ever since being picked by McCain she has become a huge national figure and since the election she hasn’t really slowed down in traveling around the country and speaking at various events,” he said. “What this really would allow her to do is free her up so she can finish the book that she’s already contracted to write, she can do paid speeches, she can do fundraising and basically take on that national role without the obligation that she still had back in Alaska.”

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