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Posts Tagged ‘Talking Points Memo’

“GMA” Names New Newsreader|Living Stories|Hachette Works With MSN On New Lifestyle Site|Good Housekeeping Digs Up Archives|Huffington Criticizes Times Reporter

TVNewser: Juju Chang has been picked to be the new “Good Morning America” newsreader. She will replace Chris Cuomo, who is in negotiations to become co-anchor of “20/20″ and to report for other ABC News broadcasts.

New York Times: Google, The New York Times and The Washington Post have teamed up to present “Living Stories.”

All Things Digital: Magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi is pairing with MSN and production company BermanBraun to launch a “lifestyle site aimed at fashion, decor, relationships and beauty.”

Mediaweek: Starting in January, Good Housekeeping will publish content from its archives to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Huffington Post: Days after New York Times reporter Peter Baker criticized the addition of reporters from The Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo to the White House pool, Arianna Huffington shot back at him, calling his recent coverage of President Barack Obama‘s decision on Afghanistan “stenography.” “Perhaps he should spend less time worrying about that and more time worrying that his own reportorial ‘scrupulous passivity’ so easily leads to the insertion of the administration’s desired spin into the reporting on momentous decisions of war and peace,” Huffington said in response to Baker’s criticism of the pool appointments.

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Stephanopoulos Offered “GMA” Anchor Spot|Town & Country Tries Something New|NYT Reporter Speaks Out On New WH Pool Members|Another Buyer For Worcester Paper|Boston Globe Union Ousts Prez

TVNewser: The Washington Post reports that George Stephanopoulos has been offered the co-anchor position on “Good Morning America” to replace Diane Sawyer as she leaves for “World News.”

WWD: In the midst of a recession that has hit the high-end advertising market pretty hard, luxury pub Town & Country has plans to make its content more “exuberant” and “provocative” (read: sexy). Sex sells, but will it help boost ad sales?

Politico: New York Times reporter Peter Baker criticized the addition of reporters from Talking Points Memo and The Huffington Post to the White House reporting pool. “This is really troubling,” Baker told Michael Calderone. “We’re blurring the line between news and punditry even further and opening ourselves to legitimate questions among readers about where the White House press corps gets its information.”

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Billionaire Jeff Greene is making a bid for New York Times Co.-owned Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He’s now bidding for the Massachusetts paper against a local group led by Polar Beverages CEO Ralph D. Crowley Jr. and Harry T. Whitin, the recently retired editor of the T&G.

Boston Globe: Members of The Boston Globe‘s biggest union have ousted their president, Dan Totten, after finding him guilty of violating union bylaws during a two-day hearing.

Hiring News: TPM Looking For Writers, Bloggers

tpm.pngHey all you unemployed writers, reporters and editors, Josh Marshall‘s Talking Points Memo Web site has announced several openings that is it hiring for in its New York and Washington, D.C. offices — so get those resumes cleaned up and ready.

There are four open positions in New York, including a reporter/blogger post for the site’s Muckraker section, a news writer, a senior news writer and a night/weekend editor. They are also looking for interns.

Good luck!

Knight Foundation Awards $5.1 Million To News Challenge Winners

documentcloud.pngYesterday, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the winners of its 2009 Knight News Challenge, which provides funding to innovative digital news projects submitted to the foundation.

This year, the Knight Foundation awarded a total of $5.1 million in grants to nine new projects and 17 winners from the two previous years. The largest amount of funding — $719,500 — went to a project called DocumentCloud, a joint venture between The New York Times and ProPublica. Talking Points Memo is also joining in the collaboration, the company said yesterday.

According to the Knight Foundation, DocumentCloud will be “a Web site that will enhance investigative reporting by making source documents easy to find, share and read” by providing “an online database of documents contributed by a consortium of news organizations, watchdog groups and bloggers, and shared with the public at large.”

The project is led by Ben Koski and Aron Pilhofer of the Times and ProPublica’s Scott Klein and Eric Umansky (in the picture above). Today, Eric, Aron and Scott joined in an interactive chat on Poynter.org, explaining what DocumentCloud will be.

“Too many documents today still end up on the digital equivalent of the cutting room floor,” they said. “What documents journalists do post — and of course they increasingly do — they’re PDFs, a not particularly user-friendly format. DocumentCloud is meant to make each step along the way much easier, and moreover will make the documents more journalistically valuable by showing information about them and the relations between them.”

A full list of the winners and a description of their projects can be found here.

This is the third year that the Knight Foundation has held its News Challenge, and it has pledged to donate $25 million over 5 years.

Maureen Dowd Blames Plagiarism On A Friend

dowd.pngYesterday, a sharp-eyed blogger accused New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd of reprinting a sentence pulled from Josh Marshall‘s Talking Points Memo blog in her Sunday column without any attribution.

A few hours later, Dowd responded to the accusations through an email to the Huffington Post. She blamed the oversight on a friend, claimed it was inadvertent and promised to set things right with added attribution on the Web version of the story and a correction in the paper today.

Dowd acted fast to correct the problem after it was discovered, but the question remains: will this mistake effect Dowd’s credibility moving forward?

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