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Archives: January 2011

C-SPAN Seeks Skilled Multi-Tasker for Assignment Desk Director Gig

If you’re an expert manager with a strong interest in public policy and current events, C-SPAN needs you. The network is looking for an assignment desk director to coordinate editorial coverage for both local and national events.

In this role, you’ll supervise the logistical planning of events, including scheduling local crews, hiring remote crews, booking feeds and overseeing day-to-day desk operations. Those with the ability to juggle multiple projects without breaking a sweat would be perfect for this position.

To be considered, you’ll need at least eight years of related work experience and a minimum of two years of management experience. You should have a proven track record of keen editorial decision-making and technical knowledge of TV production and e-news gathering, as well as grasp on C-SPAN’s programming mission. Interested? Apply here.

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Today’s Most Popular Stories 1.31.11

Every afternoon we surf your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for January 31, 2011:

Washington Post: SAG Awards 2011: Winners, losers, photos and more

Washington Times: WOLF: Tawdry details of Obamacare

Washington Examiner: The Kochs vs. Soros: Free markets vs. state coercion

USA Today: What’s behind Orange County Choppers bankruptcy rumors?

The Hill: White House official cites ‘education problem’ on climate

Politico: Barack Obama braces for Jon Huntsman 2012 bid

Roll Call: Democrats Force Votes With Eye on Campaigns

National Journal: Liveblogging Egypt

Talking Points Memo: US sends small team of Marines, a Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team to help secure Cairo embassy

Politics Daily: Palin on Obama’s ‘Winning the Future’: WTF Is a ‘Spot On’ Abbreviation

The New Republic: American Liberals and the Streets of Cairo

The Daily Caller: Palin at Safari Club International convention: ‘Don’t retreat, stand tall’

CQ Roll Call’s Crawford Shows Off C-SPAN Tie

CQ Roll Call Columnist Craig Crawford discussed Egypt, the Obama Administration and his C-SPAN tie in an interview on “Washington Journal” this weekend with C-SPAN Senior Executive Producer Steve Scully.

“This is my C-SPAN tie by the way,” Crawford said. “…Only place I wear this tie.” The columnist said he first wore the tie in 1989. “Hopefully it’s been cleaned since then,” Scully remarked.

Watch here.

> Update: Crawford has gotten a lot of use out of this tie. He wore it on C-SPAN in ’93, ’94 and ’95. See pictures…

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NY Mag Calls Out Chuck Todd

New York Magazine called out MSNBC’s Chuck Todd for leaving an obvious observation out of an otherwise astute political commentary.

Todd compares the 2004 field of Democratic primary candidate to this election cycle’s potential crop of Republicans, comparing for example John Edwards to John Thune (both handsome senators without much legislative accomplishment) and Joe Lieberman to Sarah Palin (ex-VP nominees mistrusted by some in their parties). Then he turns to a comparison of Herman Cain and Al Sharpton: “long-shots who grab headlines.” And that’s it. No mention of race. (Both men are black, in case you didn’t know.)

“Sure, that’s why Hermain Cain is Al Sharpton,” NY Mag says in a post titled “Chuck Todd Can’t Bring Himself to Compare Two Black People for Being Black.”

Ex Michigan Gov. to be Regular on NBC’s ‘MTP’

With election season at its close, it’s that time of the year when people who used to be politicians have to scramble to find real jobs, and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is no exception. (To be fair, Granholm ended her tenure as governor because of term limits, not because she lost an election.)

Granholm’s husband, Dan Mulhern, tells the Detroit News that NBC “MTP” host David Gregory approached his wife about being a regular panelist on the Sunday morning show. Granholm has been on the show four times, and her husband says “she’s a good guest.” Apparently so.

She’s expected to appear on “MTP” at least six times, the first instance being in a few weeks.

Daily Caller’s ‘Sexy’ Reporter is Leaving for Another ‘Daily’ Publication

We hear that The Daily Caller‘s political reporter Jon Ward is leaving the publication. Ward landed on The Hill‘s “50 Most Beautiful List” last year. He was dubbed “sexy” in an e-mail by someone who has watched him in action on Capitol Hill. He’s going to News Corp.’s iPad-only newspaper The Daily. The newspaper launches Feb. 2.

Spotted at Bistro Bis…

If any journos, lobbyists or Hill aides were dining today at Bistro Bis, they might have done a double take toward the petite well-coiffed woman in a beige trench coat who walked in and caused quite a stir.

It was Annette Lantos, the wife of the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.). She had a big smile and appeared delighted to be there.

NYT Madly in Love With Politico

The NYT this weekend profiled Politico‘s new project, 2012 Live, and they really, really like it. But they don’t just like it. They “like like” it.

The profile of 2012 Live quotes Politico‘s executive editor and co-founder Jim VandeHei, who says that in the 2008 election, the site was “a garage band..riffing on the fly.” Now, the staff numbers 200 (triple the number they had in 2008).

2012 Live will feature candidate schedules, “biographies in micro-detail” (the NYT‘s words) a map of candidate travel since 2008, and “tons and tons of stories,” according to VandeHei. “There probably is in theory a point where that’s too much…But we certainly haven’t discovered it,” he said.

2012 Live staffers were thrilled with the story. Reporter Kendra Marr, assigned to the Tim Pawlenty beat, was featured prominently in the article, and got a whole slew of Twitter-congratulations. Deputy 2012 editor Dan Hirschhorn tweeted: “…thanks as well to @jwpetersNYT for a nice story about the @POLITICO2012 launch.”

Former CNN Cameraman Dies

Former CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson has died.

An email…from FNC cameraman and longtime friend John Wallace:

Former CNN camerman Jerry Thompson passed away this weekend. Ines, his wife, says it was peaceful and that he was well taken care of. She hopes to have a memorial service next Saturday in Leesburg. She has not finalized plans  with a church yet but would like to have a short service with a reception afterwards per Jerry’s request. If anyone is considering bringing a meal to the house she asks that she’d rather have people bring something to the reception. No word on flowers but I will ask. She is considering a fund for a memorial tree to be planted in Jerry’s name. She is extremely grateful for all of your love, compassion and prayers. I will update when I have more details.
Thanks everybody.

Spotted at Mortons…

Former Roll Call Editor Charlie Mitchell and and HuffPost D.C. Bureau V.P. General Manager Peter Cherukuri were seen at Mortons late Friday afternoon in the smoker’s patio. This doesn’t mean they were smoking…but the air was thick with cigar and cigarette smoke. Mitchell, now back at Inside Washington, appeared to be in good spirits. He said he’d have interesting news to share soon…we’re going to hold him to it.

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