Good morning Washington. One year ago, the Onion came to D.C. Helen Thomas’doodle went for $380. Friday was Tucker Carlson’s birthday. Ben Jealous, the former executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, is the new head of the NAACP. It’s Malcolm X’s birthday. The USA Today’s Charles Levinson’s fingers hurt after turning in a 2,100+ word pool report over the weekend. Tear: Capitol Punishment has shut down. And did you join the WaPo’s “Hunt” yesterday? Send us your pics.
You think meeting celebrities is mostly disappointing and overrated
Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Iâ€™m angry because I’m a former angry journalist looking for a communications job and now, since the market is flooded with other former angry journalists, it’s almost impossible to find a decent communications job. But that doesn’t mean I would EVER go back to my crappy former paper. The day I quit was one of the best in my life.”
This week’s mediabistro.com classes include Grammar, Punctuation, and Meaning, Intro to Copy Editing and Children’s Picture Book Writing.
Business Day reports, “Newspapers around the world need to change focus from their product to their audience if they are to survive the digital media age, according to a report analysing the global outlook. The International Newspaper Marketing Association in its annual forecast reported that newspaper executives were accustomed to making their product central to their business strategy, but this was not sustainable any longer as the business model for newspapers was undergoing historic change.”
Check out the winners of this year’s The Deadline Club Awards.
Huffington Post’s Glenn Greenwaldwrites, “Yesterday was a very exciting day in America. Our nation’s most serious foreign policy expert, the ‘brilliant’ Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, declared our latest new war: ‘The next American president will inherit many foreign policy challenges, but surely one of the biggest will be the cold war. Yes, the next president is going to be a cold-war president — but this cold war is with Iran.’ So congratulations to us. After years of desperately searching, we’ve finally found our new Soviet Union.”
A release announced, “Journalists in nine professional and student categories have been selected for the 40th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. All recipients of the 40th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards will be honored at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 6:30 PM at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Grand Prize honors go to domestic print winners Dana Priest and Anne Hull of The Washington Post for the series ‘The Other Walter Reed’.”
Globes Online reports, “Rupert Murdoch: We’re on cusp of golden age of information”
A CNN release announced, “CNN’s political team will report live from the CNN Election Center and across Kentucky and Oregon as returns from those key states come in on Tuesday, May 20. CNN correspondents and analysts will be on-hand throughout the day to report the results and what it means for Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. CNN’s special prime-time programming will begin at 7 p.m., following wall-to-wall politics on The Situation Room, and will run late into the night.”
PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler writes, “Each year, for the past several years, PBS puts out a press release that proclaims proudly that a new national poll by the respected Roper organization ‘shows that Americans consider PBS the nation’s most trusted institution among nationally known organizations.’ It has always bothered me a bit that the annual random survey of some 1,000 adults by Roper is commissioned and paid for by PBS. But my sense, based on anecdotal experience over many years as a viewer and two-plus years as ombudsman here, is that lots of people do, indeed, trust PBS. That’s what makes PBS, and what it puts on the air, important. On the other hand, what you sometimes see on your local PBS station may not have much, or anything, to do with PBS and doesn’t have the PBS stamp of approval. And it seems to me, also based on anecdotal evidence from my ombudsman’s perch, that: 1) a fair number of people don’t understand that, and 2) that you can hardly blame them for not understanding.”
Wall Street Journal reports, “Two years after CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. combined their second-tier networks UPN and WB into the youth-oriented CW to pool young viewers prized by advertisers, the network’s hopes of surviving are looking increasingly bleak.”
Bloomberg reports, “News Corp.’s Fox, the most-watched U.S. television network, will limit advertising on two new prime-time TV shows next season to draw viewers and discourage them from changing channels.”
A release announced, “Dave Price, weather anchor and feature reporter for CBS News’ The Early Show, will be the master of ceremonies for the 2008 SemperComm Gala, May 22 at the Crystal City Hyatt. The SemperComm Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization working to boost the morale of military service members stationed at small and remote overseas bases. The evening’s activities will include a VIP reception, live and silent auctions and a private acoustic performance by country musician, Charlie Daniels.”
A release announced, “washingtonpost.com, an award-winning news and information Web site, in partnership with Big Think … announces two in-depth video interview series that get into the minds of the technology creators and business innovators paving the way of the future. … The Personal Technology video interview series launches with Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales discussing how this Internet age will be remembered, Oxford University Professor, author and Co-Founder of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society Jonathan Zittrain on whether Google poses a threat to free culture and Chairman of EDventure Holdings and venture capitalist Esther Dyson on maintaining privacy on Facebook. This eight-month series, sponsored by Intel, will feature interviews with high profile guests discussing the significant impacts that personal technology has made on their lives and careers. … The Small Business interview series is sponsored by AT&T and, over the next three months, will gain advice from top business leaders and experts discussing the important lessons that have helped them create lucrative small businesses.” Beet TV reports this.
CNBC’s Julia Boorstinreports, “CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves is serious about making his company an online powerhouse. Today CBS announced it’s buying CNET Networks for $1.8 billion dollars, paying $11.50 a share, a 45 percent premium over yesterday’s closing price.”
The Press Gazette reports, “The Guardian’s director of digital publishing Emily Bell has warned an international industry conference that the BBC News website is ‘now the biggest online newspaper, not just in the UK but in the world’.”
San Francisco Chronicle reports, “Rap superstar 50 Cent is on the verge of signing a new branding deal with media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s company that’s worth a cool $300 million, The ‘In Da Club’ hitmaker is in final negotiations with Murdoch’s News Corp firm, which owns social networking site MySpace, for a large stake in all aspects of the 50 Cent brand, including music, concerts, books and his label G-Unit Records.”
Information Week reports, “Google, which has made making money on YouTube a top priority, said Thursday it has added visitor demographic information to its analytics tool for advertisers on the popular video site.”
Media Shift reports, “When Editor & Publisher and MediaWeek magazines presented the recent Interactive Media conference, it seemed like the perfect time for traditional media execs and managers to examine the interactive landscape and consider innovative approaches to the web. The idea was a good one, and timely, but the execution was sorely lacking.”
Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc and Google Inc are continuing to talk about a search advertising partnership, but an announcement was not imminent, two sources familiar with the talks said on Thursday.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog reports, “Peter Schmidt, a senior writer at The Chronicle, has received a national award for his coverage of minority issues. Lincoln University, a historically black college in Missouri, confers the Unity Awards in Media annually for coverage of issues affecting members of minority groups and people with disabilities. Mr. Schmidt won the Unity Award for education reporting for a series of articles on affirmative action in higher education in 2006″
“Join Campus Progress and The Nation magazine for a day of workshops, skill sessions, and panel discussions with award-winning editors and writers from the nation’s top publications. The day is modeled on successful journalism conferences Campus Progress and The Nation have put on in D.C. and Los Angeles. You’ll have the chance to hear from great speakers, network with journalists, and learn the skills you need to succeed in journalism.” The event is July 9.
Radio Ink reports, “In a report Thursday, Barrington Research analyst Jim Goss said Sirius Satellite Radio is in a better position than XM Satellite Radio to become profitable sooner if the companies aren’t ultimately allowed to merge — but he still believes the long-pending merger will be approved.”
B&C reports, “The Senate Thursday night voted, without debate, to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s Dec. 18 decision to loosen the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule.”
The Crypt reports, “Democratic Reps. Jane Harman (Calif.) and Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii) are quietly pushing back against a press report alleging that they used congressional staffers and resources in the service of their reelection campaigns. The Washington Post has reported that a ‘disgruntled’ former employee has accused Harman and Abercrombie of ‘forcing congressional staff to perform campaign duties and run personal errands on official time.’ Bolstering the allegation, the Post noted that the two Democrats spent ‘more than $2 million on their 2006 reelection campaigns but paid only $5,000 to campaign workers.'”
Reuters reports, “The Senate voted on Thursday to overturn new, looser media ownership restrictions in the 20 biggest U.S. cities, defying a White House threat to veto the measure. Senators, on a voice vote, approved a resolution nullifying the new, relaxed ownership rules adopted in December by the Federal Communications Commission.”
A release announced, “The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has named 28 journalists from the United States and abroad to the 71st class of Nieman Fellows. They include print reporters and editors, online journalists, columnists and editorial writers, broadcasters, a photojournalist and a filmmaker.” They include Carla Broyles, Metro deputy news editor, The Washington Post.