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Archives: May 2009

Fairfax County Times Sold

Times Community News, the publisher of the Loudoun-Times Mirror and other community newspapers, sold the Fairfax County Times to Maryland-based Gazette newspaper group.

The Gazette is a large chain of community newspapers that is part of the Community Newspaper Group of Post-Newsweek Media Inc., a division of The Washington Post Co.

See Hannah Hager‘s piece on for more.

Morning Reading List 05.26.09

Good, rainy morning Washington! C-Bass is kickin’ it in the Caribbean this week so you’re stuck with me.

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. Here’s what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



Greta Van Susteren responds to criticism regarding her husband’s affiliation w/ Gov. Sarah Palin and being portrayed as a spokeswoman for Palin and her husband, Todd.

Twitter has teamed up with Reveille Productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop an unscripted TV series. The plan is to “harness Twitter to put players on the trail of celebrities in an interactive, competitive format.”


The Washington Post helped shape the history of the U.S. with its reporting on the Watergate break-in. Now, a memoir says The New York Times had the story earlier but let it slip away.


TNR reviews the new Newsweek: blah blah newsmag remake blah blah.

Commentary says almost no hope for Meacham or Newsweek.


The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is holding their annual journalism and book awards at GW this Thursday, May 28 at 6pm in GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium. The awards honor outstanding reporting on issues including human rights, social justice and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world.

HAT TIP: Daniel Lippman

Happy Memorial Day!

We’re doing the patriotic thing and taking a three-day weekend. Have a good Memorial Day and we’ll see you back here Tuesday on FishbowlDC.

SPJ DC Chapter’s 2009 Hall Of Famers To Be Inducted June 9th

What do CBS’ Bob Schieffer, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, US News & World Report‘s Kenneth Walsh and the Bureau of National Affairs’ Toby McIntosh have in common?

All will be inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists’ DC Pro Chapter’s Hall of Fame on June 9th. WaPo columnist Courtland Milloy will also receive the Chapter’s 2009 Distinguished Service Award at this event. More details here.

Saberi Back In “Land Of The Free”

Roxana Saberi was greated by cheers and hugs from family and friends when she arrived at Dulles Airport this afternoon. Saberi was in an Iranian prison for four months with a spying conviction, and after her release, spent the past week or so recuperating in Vienna.

The AP reports Saberi told reporters upon her arrival that she passed the days in prison by singing the national anthem. “And it may sound corny, but I’m so happy to be home in the land of the free.”

She also thanked President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and various lawmakers and human rights groups.

Photo by AP.

Twenty-Seven Years of TWT

Yesterday TWT celebrated 27 years and in honor of this birthday, John Solomon presented two editorial staffers an internal “Excellence in Journalism” Award. Congrats to reporter Audrey Hudson and photographer Katie Falkenberg!

Hudson covers homeland security and earned SPJ’s 2009 Public Service Award for TWT‘s investigative series “Disposable Heroes” on medical experiments conducted unethically on U.S. war veterans. Falkenberg’s coverage extends from healthcare in America to human rights issues in the Middle East. She was awarded the National Press Photographers Association’s top award last year for a multi-media report on women’s shelters in Pakistan.

Sneak Peek: Ignatius On Sunday’s CMS

Chris Matthews is doing Hardball on MSNBC now, but earlier today in a taping of this Sunday’s Chris Matthews Show, WaPo‘s David Ignatius made some news on the release of those CIA torture memos.

He said, “We will not see [the memos that former Vice President Cheney wants released] for a long time. I’m told by the White House when Cheney made this request, he knew there had been an executive order issued by George Bush, his president, essentially banning the release of these memos during the process of litigation. So he was asking for something he knew he wouldn’t get.”

Tune in for more this Sunday.

Words of Wisdom: Washington Journos Dish Out Advice for New Grads

“Life is a constant struggle between your head and your heart. Our head tells us to play it safe. It tells us to settle. Do what pays the bills and makes others happy. But there almost always is something deep within us that beckons us to another calling. Even, during these hard economic times when jobs and our futures are uncertain, you will likely never be as unburdened as you are today — to truly pursue your dreams,” CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux told new grads at a Gannon University commencement address in early May.

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Malveaux’s inspirational words were written to do just that — inspire. But new grads are entering an incredibly unstable marketplace and J-school grads have it even worse. So FishbowlDC reached out to some of our favorite DC journos for some real-world advice. Here’s what they had to say:

“It’s better to work at a small, uncool news organization where you’ll get to report and write — and learn by doing it — than take a glorified coffee-fetcher gig at a glamorous place that sounds impressive to your parents’ friends. Looking to move up to the next step? You need to start producing the kind of bigger stories you want to do in the next job NOW — that’s how you prove you’re ready.”

- Amy Argetsinger, Reliable Source, The Washington Post

“Maybe this isn’t the best advice (after all, it took me three months to find someone to take me in), but I flooded more than 100 media outlets with resumes. I didn’t care if they were newspapers, magazines, or radio or TV stations, on the East Coast, in the South, or in Hawaii (still waiting on a call from the Honolulu Advertiser). Of course, at the time I thought I’d take the first job I was offered but then I turned down a beat with a weekly in Mississippi. Luckily, things worked out at Roll Call and I’ve been here ever since. But if I got that offer to cover the local cops today? I’d probably take it – if that paper is still publishing.”

- David Meyers, Managing Editor, Roll Call

“Man, talk about bad timing! Five years ago, you J-school grads walked into newspaper jobs. Five years from now, you’ll walk into whatever replaces newspapers. But right now: Zippy the Chimp. In short: You’re screwed. Community newspapers folded, and the market’s now filled with 20-year reporting veterans. Two options: Go to grad school (but study something useful, like Shakespeare), or go into PR. Actual advice: Take that job for $17,500 at a website. You’ll be in tight before all of us come knocking at the door. And we will.”

- Joe Curl, White House Correspondent, The Washington Times

“Be creative in attempting to get your foot in the door. If you can’t land a job, offer to work as an unpaid intern. During interviews, don’t cite your work on the college newspaper. Instead, stress that the job will become your life. If it doesn’t, you won’t survive in this business.”

- Bob Cusack, Managing Editor, The Hill

“Cliche? Yes. But it really is better to be a big fish in a small pond. What you do is far more important than where you do it. Gain some experience, enjoy some reporting outside your comfort zone and you’ll be grateful when you arrive at your final destination.”

- Jeff Zeleny, White House Correspondent, New York Times

Look At How Much Fun They’re Having At NBC…

Find out why these NBC producers are having a dance party after the jump…

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CNN’s Wash Bureau Chief: “I Think John’s Program Will Come to Dominate Sunday Talk”

“I think John’s program will come to dominate Sunday talk.” That was CNN SVP and Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman on the Morning Media Menu earlier today. Listen in below.

State of the Union‘s John King was also the latest Sunday show anchor to be profiled by Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman. He spoke of the benefit of having a four-hour block (“I bet [Bob] Schieffer would give me a million dollars for one of my hours,” he said.) and the importance of reporting outside the Beltway (“Let’s not just sit in Washington and be self-important,” he said.).