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The Case of the Unattributed Unicorn Sweater

(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

As bad as American journos are, everyone knows their British cousins are one-bazillion times worse (see Princess Di, cause of death of). But now those pilferin’, pick-a-pocketin’ Brit paparazzi have really gone too far!

94.7 Fresh FM “City Shop Girl” Kelly Collis reports that her original investigative reporting regarding a certain unicorn sweater, worn by a certain Sasha Obama to a Maryland basketball game has been lifted WITHOUT ATTRIBUTION by the Daily Mail from the Fresh FM website. Collis first reported on the fab sweater from UK retailer ASOS on November 18, and even sent ASOS a tweet asking if it was going to be restocked, to which they replied:

@cityshopgirl Love Love Love the unicorn sweater. We’re not sure at the mo if it’ll be restocked, but watch this space…x

Now, you may be feeling pretty silly for going into debt to pay for J school right now, but you have to admit, that is some real investigative reporting. She had a question, she got an answer. But narry a day had passed before the villains across the pond at the Daily Mail had seized on the breaking news of how effing cool this sweater is and slapped it up on their website, without giving so much as a (h/t) to poor Kelly Collis. From the Mail article:

A Twitter post read: ‘Love Love Love the Unicorn sweater. We’re not sure at the [moment] if it’ll be restocked, but watch this space…’

If the sweater were to be reissued, it would certainly be met by much fanfare.

No mention of Kelly’s Twitter handle, no reference to her story at all. COME ON! How likely is it that the Daily Mail just happened to quote a tweet directed at the intrepid reporter who broke the very story they are reporting on, without knowing who she was? Poor form, Daily Mail, poor form

For the whole, tragic story, click here.

WHCA Board Loses Shapiro, Picks Up Horsley

Scott Horsley, photo courtesy of NPR.

Scott Horsley, photo courtesy of NPR.

NPR’s White House reporter Ari Shapiro has been replaced on the White House Correspondents Association board of directors by NPR’s Scott Horsley. The board voted Friday to elevate Horsley to the board position reserved for radio correspondents after NPR announced back in August that Shapiro would be leaving his Washington beat and moving to its London Bureau.

The WHCA board of directors manages various logistical issues for the association, including travel arrangements and Presidential access. McClatchy Newspapers’ Steven Thomma is the current board president.

Shaprio has been covering the White House since 2010, and will begin reporting from London in January 2014, according to a statement from NPR. The current London reporter, Philip Reeves, will be taking over the Islamabad desk.

Huntsman Gets Weekly Show on SiriusXM

image002Former Utah Governor and presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is launching a weekly show on SiriusXM. The purpose is to “open bipartisan dialogue.” He plans to interview members of Congress and other guests who are committed to ending the gridlock.

A tall order, but that’s the description.

Huntsman is the former Amb. to China and the co-chair of “No Labels.”

The show begins Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.

From One Host to Another: Assoc. Producer Leaves Bill Press Show for Michael Smerconish

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After six and a half years, Bill Press Show Associate Producer Dan Henning is leaving to go to work for Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel, specifically the Michael Smerconish show.

See his farewell note… Read more

Sophia Nelson Lands Weekly Radio Gig

images-2Want to spend your lunch hour learning how to better live your life?

If so, you’re in luck because motivational author and blogger Sophia Nelson is taking her social media perch to another level: radio. Each Wednesday from 12-1 she’ll host a segment of Carl Nelson‘s show on Radio One on a life topic. She’s calling it “Life Tools” and it’s reaching 25 markets nationally. “I’ve had two segments so far..I’m really excited about it,” she told FishbowlDC in a phone interview. Sophia Nelson bears no relation to Carl Nelson.

If you’ve ever met her or followed her on Twitter for even five minutes, Sophia is largely an open book about what she’s been through in her own life. “If I’m going to be a human being, I’ve got to accept some things,” she said. “Acceptance is the number one word I’m going to use explicitly in 2014, I’m starting now.”

Read more

ABC’s Ann Compton: ‘All of Us in Some Way Are Gossips’

ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton celebrates her 40th anniversary at ABC News today. First hired by ABC News in 1973, she became the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network TV news organization. She was among the youngest to receive the assignment. “The age 40 may be the new 30, but 40 years on the job is not the new 30,” Compton told FishbowlDC in a phone interview Monday afternoon. Still, any way you look at it, it’s impressive, and her anniversary is getting quite a reception. President Obama commemorated the occasion by presenting her with a cupcake during a rare off-the-record visit to the press cabin just before landing from Russia on Friday. Now we take a moment to delve deeper into a Washington journalism career that has spanned more than four decades. Let’s hope she has big secrets to disclose.

1. How far have women in journalism come, really? When I came and was the first television reporter assigned full-time here, I stuck out like a sore thumb. I went around to aides office just to introduce myself…they could remember who I was because I was the only one wearing a skirt. Every pooler on Air Force One is a woman. Every seat is filled with a woman. In a lot of ways the gender barrier has been well broken here.

1 a. Looking back to when you started, what was the first “big” story you were assigned to? When I arrived at the White House, Vietnam was coming to an end and I remember sleeping here in a booth overnight. The press room didn’t lock overnight because at any moment that last helicopter could take off from the American embassy in Vietnam. It was a time of tremendous drama. That was the most important [story]. I came at a time when we didn’t have email or 24 hour a day newscasts. What I miss the most  is we had hours during the day when we could go out to report. We were not tied to a keyboard. One of the losses is the time to report has been shrinking even though time on the air has expanded. Read more

WTOP Hires New Anchor

WTOP has hired Mike Murillo as a new full-time anchor and reporter.

Most recently he was a news anchor and reporter at Merlin’s IQ 106.9 in Philadelphia, where he was also a studio tech and web and social media manager.

“Like many in this business, for years I have admired WTOP from afar. I am truly excited to now, become a member of this amazing news team,” Murillo said in a statement.

He begins his new gig today.

NPR Staffers in Shock

NPR media writer David Folkenflik captured the surprise of some of his coworkers that CEO Gary Knell is taking off for National Geographic where he will be President and CEO. Knell said it was an “unsolicited offer.”

See the basics of the release sent out by NPR and what Knell had to say for himself.  In addition, NPR’s own breaking news blog is strangely covering the matter itself, and pretty objectively at that, and reporting on details as they unfold. Read more

Politico as an Aphrodisiac? Please.

We’ve heard of oysters, figs, chocolate and ginseng, but Politico?

The world learned a whole lot about Anthony Weiner Tuesday, including some of the nasty ways he talked dirty to the young woman from his most recent sexting scandal, such as promising to get her a job at Politico. Politico and dirty talk isn’t that weird, is it? When we’re thinking up ways to spice our phone sex, we always think Jim VandeHei, John Harris, Jake Sherman and special Politico Pro morning features.

On yesterday’s “Bill Press Show,” Oliver Knox of Yahoo! News said he has “really woefully underestimated the aphrodisiac power of offering someone a job at Politico,” as the two talked about Weiner’s latest sexting scandal in which he did just that to Sydney Elaine Leathers at the other end of the line.

Weiner promised the woman, who lives in Chicago, a job at the publication, but, as Press pointed out to Knox, “not at Yahoo! News, because you have your standards.”

The two then imagined a new pickup line: “Hey, how would you like to cover the White House for Politico?”

We hear this is how VandeHarris picked up Politico White House reporter Glenn Thrush, but we’ve only confirmed that with half a source.

Roland Martin to Get Live Daily Show

Ever since his contract as a CNN contributor ended, Roland Martin has been on the prowl for a new gig and biding his time to announce that TV One will simulcast the last hour of the three-hour News One Now radio show. It will be syndicated on Radio One stations nationwide.

Multichannel News blog reported the news early this morning.

The show is likely to launch in September, but no set date has been announced.

Martin says the program will serve as a nexis of black thought: “When you talk about what’s happening politically, socially, culturally in our communities, this is the place where people will be able to have those discussions.”

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