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WTOP To Award $30,000 to Local Non-Profits

WTOP announced today that it will sponsor an online contest called “Click for a Cause” which gives D.C. area non-profit organizations the chance to vie for one of three $10,000 grand prizes. Runners-up will each win $5,000 worth of commercials to advertise their organizations on WTOP.

From the press release:

The prizes will be awarded in three categories, based on an organization’s annual expenses – large (over $13.5 million), medium ($3.5 – $13.5 million) and small (up to $3.5 million).  Winners are based on the highest number of votes (likes) received during the contest…

Voting will take place April 21 through 5 pm on Friday April 25.  Voting is accomplished by visiting the Click for a Cause page at wtop.com/clickforacause, and clicking “like” on the charity you wish to vote for.  Listeners must have a Facebook account to participate and people can vote for as many charities as they wish, but only once per charity.

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Lanny Davis, Christine O’Donnell Star in TWT Idol at CPAC

Sources at The Washington Times tell Fishbowl DC that this week will be a big one for one lucky young journalist at CPAC. If they have the interviewing chops to impress TWT writers and editors, that is.

TWT will be holding an “American Idol” style competition at CPAC on Thursday and Friday that will pit 14 aspiring journalists from universities across the country against one another for a chance at the ultimate prize for any young conservative: a  PAID internship at TWT. 

The 14 young sprites will take turns interviewing four victims guests on stage in front of a panel of Times’ judges, and the best interviewer will ultimately get the internship.

Guests interviewees  include: former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, TWT Opinion Editor David Keene, columnist Tammy Bruce, and former Clinton White House adviser Lanny Davis.

The judges will be: TWT Managing Editor Chris Dolan, Law Enforcement Correspondent Kelly Riddell, Senior Political Correspondent Ralph Hallow, Managing Editor Ian Bishop, Columnist Emily Miller, and Columnist Armstrong Williams.

 

Update 4:17: A previous version of this post stated that the internship at TWT won’t be paid. In fact, it will be a paid position.

RESCHEDULED: Date Lab Editor Christina Antoniades Talks Culture, Politics and Love

Picture 10Double X Gabfest has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, same time and place, due to weather concerns for the DC area.

Big fan of Date Lab? Yeah, we are too!

This Thursday (as in two days from today!) Christina Antoniades, editor of The Washington Post’s Date Lab will join Hanna Rosin, editor of Slate’s section for women, Double X; New York magazine’s Noreen Malone; and June Thomas editor of Slate’s LGBTQ section, Outward, to gab about culture, politics, and the way women love now. In addition, Antoniades will offer highlights and lowlights from her column and answer questions.

Double X Gabfest as the evening is called will take place at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Tickets are going for $20 each, but we have a pair up for grabs for those of you who can reference your favorite Date Lab memory. Submit yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll have Antoniades pick her fav early Thursday.

And in case you missed it, Megan McArdle will also be at Sixth & I tomorrow to discuss her new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success. We have a pair of tickets to that too (we just have ticket giveaways to everything, don’t we?) for whoever can share the best “start as a failure, ends in success” story. And since these experiences are inherently personal, we won’t be posting any to the site. Send your story to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll have McArdle choose one lucky winner by morning.

Achieving Greater Success After Devastating Failure

9780670026142Feel like you’ve hit a speed bump? Not satisfyed with where you’re at personally or professionally? You’re not alone.

But failure, no matter how devastating, doesn’t have to be the end. In fact, economics, business, and public policy writer Megan McArdle says failure can be just the teacher you need to push you forward to greater success. That’s the message of her new book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Successand this Wednesday she’ll be at Sixth & I in a partnership with the venue and Politics & Prose to talk about it.

FBDC has the hook up to said event, and you can too, dear readers. In keeping with the theme of the evening, whoever can share the best “start as a failure, ends in success” story will win two tickets to her talk.

And since these experiences are inherently personal, don’t worry, we won’t be posting any names to the site. But do send your story to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll have McArdle choose one lucky winner. Good luck!

Whose Shoes Revealed!!

whoseshoesLots of you thought you knew whose shoes we snapped a photo of Wednesday night. Guesses included Luke Russert and Patrick Gavin, neither of which were right.

The only person to answer correctly was Pete Nonis from AAA’s public affairs shop. His pick? Fox News’ Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry! Congrats Pete, you win! You are now the proud owner of a lifetime supply of love and admiration from FBDC.

Henry was among the crowd at a reception Wednesday at the Hay-Adams honoring former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as he joins Building America’s Future as a co-chair.

lahoodBuilding America’s Future Educational Fund describes itself as a “bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation’s prosperity and quality of life.”

LaHood, a Republican who served in President Obama’s administration, was a fitting selection as co-chair. The Fund was founded by fellow political iconoclasts, former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, former California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Whose Shoes: Feb. 5

whoseshoesLast night we snapped a photo of one Washington journo’s, you guessed it, shoes, and it’s up to you to figure out whose they are.

As the game typically goes, we’ll give you a few hints as to who it could be, and a few more a little later if you haven’t yet figured it out.

Email your guesses to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll announce the winner later in the day Thursday. Good luck!

Clues

1. Said shoes were spotted around town Wednesday, Feb. 5.

2. Said shoe-wearer declared these kicks aren’t his normal style.

3. These shoes belong to one of DC’s top TV journos.

4. Said shoe wearer is one of DC’s Chief White House Correspondents.

Whose Shoe Revealed

Hillary-1.Cover.Final[1]Yesterday we asked who and today the same shoe was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, which just hit newsstands. The answer was quite obvious, especially for those who happened upon time.com yesterday and saw the cover of today’s magazine with the headline ‘Can Anyone Stop Hillary?’

So for this installment of Whose Shoe, the answer is Hillary Clinton, for which many readers answered correctly. And a big FishbowlDC props to The Nation‘s Caitlin Graf who was the first to correctly name whose shoe. A close second goes to Beth Kalet.

Said shoe is actually a photo-illustration by Justin Metz for TIME.

In the cover story, TIME examines the unprecedented position held by Hillary Clinton in American politics. Even without a campaign, Clinton dominates the 2016 discussion, wielding massive influence on her potential challengers and prompting forecasts of a landslide election victory.

Click on over to TIME for a full read on the piece, authored by David Von Drehle or better yet, stop by the closest bodega and get yourself a copy.

Whose Shoe???

Whose Shoe is back, and this TIME we have a punny one for you to solve. Here we have someone’s shoe (ok – an illustration there of) and we’re looking for our readers to figure it out. First person to correctly guess (via email to fishbowljames@gmail.com) whose shoe is portrayed in the below gets an invaluable shout out in our revealing post. Good luck!

Photo-illustration by Justin Metz for TIME

Photo-illustration by Justin Metz for TIME

Which DC Journos Did Forbes Overlook?

We don’t know if you’ve checked out the Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 list -but it seems to us that DC got the shaft. Indeed the whole thing was almost entirely New York and California-centric. But what do you expect when all three judges- Shane Smith, Ben Sherwood, and Arianna Huffington -are based in New York?

Ezra Klein was the only full-time DC media personality that made it. Ugh, how extremely unoriginal. Not saying that Ezra shouldn’t have made it, but come on, there are about one bazillion journalists under 30 in this town. Surely the judges could have found a few more picks amongst them.

Well, that’s why we’re going to pick up where Forbes left off. We here at FishbowlDC are putting together a list of our own highlighting five DC media types that should have been considered for the 30 Under 30 list. And we need your help to do it, dear readers. If you know of some young person who is transforming journalism or entertainment, or innovating the media biz, let us know. Send nominations to fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com, or to our anonymous tip-line, if you prefer. Make sure to include their name, age, affiliation, and any information about why they should be on Forbes‘ list. We’ll post in the coming days with our final selections.

Thanks in advance!

 

FBDC Readers Correctly Predict TIME‘s Person of the Year!

Hooray y’all! We did it! Last month, we ran a poll asking you all to pick the TIME’s Person of the Year and you chose (The Cool) Pope Francis. Well TIME officially announced the selection of “The People’s Pope” today on Twitter at 7:43 AM. This is great, as it indicates that the FishbowlDC readership is a very savvy and “in the know” demographic -which means we can charge advertisers more money! Hooray Pope Francis! Here’s why TIME magazine chose him:

For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year

For the whole story, go here.

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