In a release, the ACLU “applauded Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) for introducing the Free Flow of Information Act of2007. The proposed bill helps ensure the government is open to public scrutiny by protecting journalists’ access to confidential sources.”
E&P reports, “With less than a week left until the departure of Public Editor Byron Calame, The New York Times has yet to announce his replacement. But Calame, who will run his final column on Sunday before his two-year contract ends May 8, said the paper has chosen a new person for the post, with an announcement possible within days.”
DCRTV reports, “The worst moment of the year on Washington radio occurred this morning — and it had absolutely nothing to do with Tony Kornheiser. Over on ‘all-news’ WTOP — a story on a personal karaoke iPod-like device with several WTOPers demonstrating their lack of singing skills. The horror, the horror…..”
Don Imus “has hired a top First Amendment lawyer, and an unusual clause in his contract could give him a $40 million payday,” writes Fortune’s Tim Arango.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, USAToday is offering 25 lists over the next 25 weeks. This week’s list â€“- the top 25 things that changed the internet.
In response to the Book Editor becoming extinct, “the National Book Critics Circle, an organization that claims more than 600 members, has launched a Campaign to Save Book Reviews,” reports Poynteronline.
The Orlando Sentinel reports, “CBS will present a special on correspondent Kimberly Dozier and her crew on May 29, one year to the day that a car bombing in Baghdad devastated them.”
“According to custom analysis by Nielsen//NetRatings for the Newspaper Association of America, more than 59 million people (37.6 percent of all active Internet users) visited newspaper Web sites during the first quarter of 2007, a record number that represents a 5.3 percent increase over the same period a year ago,” MediaPost reports.
A tipster writes, “funny, i don’t recall media matters expressing outrage over the countless references to mitt romney’s haircut. in terms of poll positioning, he’s the equivalent of edwards on the gop side: top of the second tier.”
Yesterday, MTV launched RealWorldCasting.com, “a new Web site where wannabe Real World housemates can submit videos with the hope of getting a chance to ‘stop being polite and start getting real’ on season 20 of the long-running reality hit.” On the same day, VH1 unveiled ILoveNewYork2.com, “a new site where potential suitors for New York, former Flavor of Love castoff, can submit themselves for consideration on the show. Like the Real World companion sites, fans will be able to vote on who will make it on the show,” MediaWeek reports.
WebProNews reports, “In the last year, social media sites and local news have been pulling visitors away from traditional online news and media sources, according to Hitwise. Regardless of where online media consumers end up though, they begin with a search engine.”
Al Jazeera English is looking for an Editor of the Day.