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Society of Professional Journalists Convenes at Georgetown in March

The Society of Professional Journalists is holding its annual Region 2 Conference (that’s D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina) on Friday March 28th and Saturday March 29th at Georgetown University. The conference starts Friday with a screening of “A Fragile Trust,” a new documentary about the plagiarism and fabrications of NYT‘s Jayson Blair. On Saturday, there will be a full day of programs and a Mark of Excellence awards luncheon.

Speakers and workshop leaders include: Emily Grannis of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Derek Willis and Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times, WaPo‘s Greg Linch and T.J. Ortenzi, Scott Smallwood of the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Delece Smith-Barrow of U.S. News and World Report, among others.

For details and tickets go here. For conference updates visit www.facebook.com/SPJRegion2 or @spjregion2.

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State of Union Walloped With Bad Press

To look at Washington D.C. publications today, you’d think tonight’s State of the Union was the Shit of the Union. You’d also think it was already Wednesday considering the way Debbie Downer news outlets are trashing it before it even happens.

“Expect to Hear an Absolutely Forgettable State of the Union Speech” blares a headline from National Journal. George Condon writes, “When President Obama takes to the speaker’s rostrum on the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday evening, you can expect him to speak for more than an hour. But don’t bet on him saying anything you’ll remember a month later.” He continues, “Don’t blame the speechwriters, though. Blame the occasion.” Party at Jayson Blair’s house? Newsbusters Tim Graham reports that NYT‘s persona non grata Jayson Blair (who left the publication in a haze of plagiarism a decade ago) is hosting a SOTU watch party tonight in Centreville, Va. They say he now works as (no joke) a life coach. And Politico‘s Patrick Gavin just cobbled together “10 SOTU Gripes Hours Before the Speech.” They include third-tier Boybander, Slate‘s Matt Yglesias, already saying “the speech doesn’t accomplish anything.” USA Today, meanwhile, looks at six State of the Union addresses they believe made a lick of difference in American life. Three occurred in the 1800s. The last one they think mattered happened in 2002. It was former President George W. Bush‘s “Axis of Evil” speech. And if this tells you anything, The Daily Caller‘s only story on tonight’s SOTU address is a drinking game they posted at 2:25 a.m. this morning. A sampling: 1. “If Obama says ‘Let me be clear,’ take a shot of vodka or translucent alcohol of your choice.” 2. What’s SOTU without a joke about House Speaker John Boehner‘s orange-hued tan? “If Speaker of the House John Boehner’s complexion looks particularly orange, pour a screw driver.”

Where’s MSNBC resident loudmouth Chris Matthews and CNN wax figure contributor David Gergen when we need them to blather on? It’s just after noon. The speech happens in nine hours. Don’t they have thoughts on the SOTU 2013?

Mediaite’s Mr. X and Delusions of…Adequacy

Tommy Christopher is White House Correspondent for Mediaite, but who is the real Tommy Christopher? That’s a question no one asked before yesterday, and probably one no one will ask again after today. But it was asked yesterday, and the asking of it started a pissing match between the aforementioned and alleged Mr. Christopher and The Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor.

Poor wrote a story yesterday pointing out that Mediaite’s White House Correspondent’s name is not Tommy Christopher. Fine, it’s true, his name is not Tommy Christopher. But Poor incited Christopher’s wrath by opening his piece with a simple question: “What if the first two words in every story you have written for a particular outlet were a blatant effort to mislead your readers?”

While a pen name is hardly a Stephen Glass or Jayson Blair moment (hell, I use one), the alleged Mr. Christopher never misses an opportunity to promote himself…no matter how small the audience may be, no matter the state of his rusty, smokey, vocal chords.

The apparent Tommy took to the only outlet insignificant enough to care about a non-controversy involving a self-promoting writer – The Ed Morrissey Show on U-Stream. (The interview starts at the 1 hour mark, the fun starts…I’m kidding, the fun never starts.)

The (as of this writing) 82 people who watched Morrissey’s interview with the supposed Christopher were treated to the equivalent of watching paint dry while the painter bragged about how flat the paint is. In other words, it was seriously boring.

The hypothetical White House correspondent admitted that he thinks very highly of himself (though not highly enough to have the dignity to simply pass on a chance to have his Little Rascals “Froggy” voice sent out to an uninterested Internet. He also widely considers himself to be a “public figure,” which he has voiced several times in the past 48 hours. Whatever the imaginary Christopher’s real name is, someone “more famous” than him already has it. This limits the possibilities to everyone on the planet, which just so happens to be the polar opposite of the number of people who really care.

But we do love watching a good fight, and this one has been entertaining, at least in the comment section…

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Belated Reading List 08.26.09

You know its a big news day when you ditch the Venti for the Starbucks “jug.” Guess the desk.

Playing catch-up… Whitney Kuhn, Megan Grant, Nu Wexler, Meredith Harman, Kirit Radia, Clarice Feldman, Ann Limpert and David King all correctly guessed that FBDC dined at Brasserie Beck on Tuesday. And Happy Birthday to Ben Bradlee.

Washington and the world woke up today to the news that Senator Ted Kennedy had lost his battle with brain cancer. FBDC has covered that story today; now here’s what else was happening in DC and media this Wednesday…

TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | IN MEMORIAM | JOBS

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Katie Couric has been named the 2009 recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. The CBS “Evening News” anchor will speak at the awards ceremony October 8th at Neuharth’s alma mater, the University of South Dakota. Past Neuharth award recipients include Couric’s CBS colleague Bob Schieffer (2006), the late CBS newsmen Don Hewitt (2004) and Walter Cronkite (1989).

Fox News’ Chris Wallace- and his yellow Lab Winston- are featured in the upcoming fall issue of Capitol File. Get a sneak peek here.

The Jackson family will the subject of a new A&E reality television show, though the details remain sketchy. NYT‘s Brian Stelter has what we know so far.

And Kate Gosselin (FBDC confession: “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ is a guilty pleasure) will co-host “The View” on ABC September 14th and 15th while Elisabeth Hasselbeck is on maternity leave.

ONLINE

Not all too surprising considering the demographic of Tweeters FBDC follows– NYT reports it isn’t teens driving Twitter’s popularity.

MAGAZINES

Elle has offered a homeless girl an internship this fall.

NEWS NOTES

According to Pew, Afghanistan has received just two percent of all news coverage since January 1st, prompting NPR to ask: Where’s The Afghanistan Coverage?

In a rare interview, Jayson Blair talks about how he went from disgraced journo to life coach.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 07.24.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Dan Reilly and Eamon Javers! What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | WEST WING REPORTAGE | IN MEMORIAM | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Is NYT keeping the Boston Globe after all?

The Ann Arbor News has printed its final edition.

TV

VF is torturing its intern with cable news.

Final numbers are in for Wednesday’s Obama news conference (via TVNewser). 24.68M Total Viewers watched on 11 networks. That’s down 14% percent from the 28.81 million who watched Obama’s last newser in April, off 39% from Obama’s second news conference in March, and down 50% from his first primetime newser in February

More numbers for you- there are now more TV sets than people in the US, according to a new Nielsen study.

Politico‘s executive editor Jim VandeHei, publisher Robert Allbritton, editor-in-chief John Harris and senior political correspondent Ben Smith made an appearance on Charlie Rose Tuesday (where was Mike Allen- it could have been a VF reunion).

Tonight, Charlie Gibson hosts a special edition of “20/20″ on ABC- “Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil.”

Who’s watching Willie Geist‘s 5:30amET MSNBC show? “Drug dealers, hookers, drunks coming home from bars…” Nice.

ONLINE

WebNewser: AP added its name to the list of media companies aggressively seeking to protect their content. The AP board of directors Thursday tasked AP with creating a news registry that will tag and track all AP online content in order to ensure compliance with terms of use.

NEW NOTES

Eekk… NRO asks “Is Nico Pitney Huffington Post’s Jayson Blair?”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

What was the headline from President Obama’s Wednesday prime-time presser? Probably Obama’s answer to the Chicago Sun-TimesLynn Sweet‘s question on the arrest of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates.

Jon Stewart had a field day with President Obama’s pitching skills on the Daily Show. Now Major League Baseball has pulled the video, which it owns, so it can’t be seen in re-runs or online clips.

IN MEMORIAM

AP: Walter Cronkite was remembered as a great journalist, sailor, friend and father during services yesterday. “I just feel so terrible about Walter’s death that I can hardly say anything,” said longtime CBS newsman and 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney.

NYT: Walter Cronkite told his children from time to time that he was “just” a reporter, one who had “just ended up reporting bigger and bigger stories.”

And Howard Kurtz‘s write-up (who we noted yesterday was there with a notepad) of the funeral at WaPo.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 08.08.08

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Good morning Washington.

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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