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The AP reports, “The Associated Press has named two veteran editors to leadership positions in a new regional editing operation for the Southern United States. Brian Carovillano, news editor for the AP in Northern California, has been promoted to the new position of regional editor for the South. And Oscar Dixon, a longtime sports editor with USA Today, has been named to the new position of assistant sports editor for the South region.”
An Examiner release announced, “Michael J. Barnum has been promoted to regional vice president of circulation for the Washington-Baltimore Examiner Newspaper Group. Barnum was circulation vice president of The Baltimore Examiner since shortly after launch in 2006.”
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Lots of Gridiron highlights!
Mortman on “What A [Expletive] Week It’s Been,” “A Glass-Enclosed Opinion Poll” and “[Expletive Deleted]?! Oh What The [Expletive Deleted]! My [Expletive Deleted] It Is!”
The Examiner’s Bill Sammon interviewed at Gibraltar Associates’ Tarah Donoghue for his “3 Minute Interview.”
A reader writes in, “about the Natl Journalism Awards: the winner for Editorial Writing, Sonni Efron, is based in the LAT Washington bureau.”
“Lone Post Calls Out Black Barack Attack”
Bye, bye white hand.
From National Journal:
WWD.com reports, “Can glossy luxury supplements help save newspapers? The Wall Street Journal is about to find out. Days from now, the Journal will take prototypes for its upcoming quarterly glossy on the road, making a pitch to the coveted luxury advertiser resting on two major points: that the demographics of the paper are ripe for luxury marketers, and that new editor Tina Gaudoin possesses the experience and contacts to convincingly speak to the high-end audience.”
Chicago Tribune reports, “Niche pages with a targeted audience may be attractive in weak economy”
“On Monday, March 17, the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s fifth annual State of The News Media report will address this question and introduce original research on topics as far ranging as the economics of advertising to the impact of citizen media sites.” Check out the results here.
So the Mike Huckabee press plane had a game: If you caught someone napping, you put a sheet of paper with a cute caption in front of him or her and took a picture. After much trying, participants finally snapped Huckabee last week, with the cutline: “If I close my eyes, it feels like Air Force One”
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“Brian Williams Nudges NBC to The Top With A Light Touch”
“Ratings Retention Favors FNC”
“TV Puts an Odd Lens on Politics”
A CNN release announced, “CNN’s political team will report from the CNN Election Center in New York and from the state of Mississippi for the Tuesday, March 11, primary. This special night of political coverage follows CNN’s March 4 ratings win and the network’s nine presidential primary debates, seven of which were among the most watched in cable news history. On Tuesday, March 11, lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer joined by anchor Campbell Brown will guide the network’s coverage in a special edition of Election Center from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Chief national correspondent John King will provide in-depth data using the CNN ‘multi-touch’ wall, and anchor Soledad O’Brien will report the exit poll data.”
“Journalism in the Hands of the Neighborhood”
“TV’s election lessons.”
Michael Getler’s ombudsman column for PBS.
Reuters reports, “A senior Democratic senator on Wednesday introduced a resolution aimed at overturning a decision by regulators that loosened media ownership restrictions in the 20 biggest U.S. cities.”
Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar reports, “Tucker To Journalist That Got Powers Fired: ‘It’s A Little Much Being Lectured On Journalistic Ethics By Someone From The Scotsman'”
The New York Observer reports, “Steve Friedman, the legendary news producer who’s been known over the years to walk the hallways of the various morning news outfits at which he’s worked wielding a baseball bat, is starting his own media venture. On the same day CBS News announced that it was firing embattled Early Show executive producer Shelley Ross, Mr. Friedman (who, oversaw the Early Show prior to Ms. Ross’ arrival), publicly announced the plans for his new venture, a consulting company called Vir2L media.”
A reader writes in, “msnbc, at least on my tv at home, has been frozen for at least 20 minutes. no sound, just …a full screen of a graphic about the gop buying anti-obama web domain names.”
“Tucker To Journalist That Got Powers Fired: ‘It’s A Little Much Being Lectured On Journalistic Ethics By Someone From The Scotsman’”
A release announced, “AARP, the largest membership organization for people 50+, today announced the launch of AARP TV, a franchise that will create original lifestyle and news content catering to the boomer and 50+ demographic. AARP TV’s first two syndicated television showsâ€”Inside E Street and My Generationâ€”will debut on March 10 and 11, 2008, respectively and be distributed through and air on Retirement Living Television (RLTV) which reaches more than 29 million households nationwide. These two weekly half-hour shows extend from AARP’s lifestyle and news platforms as well as select single-topic specials.”
“Kimberly Dozier: I’ve Got to Make The Decisions For the Risks I Take”
Check out B&C’s John Eggerton’s account of the Radio & Television News Directors Foundation dinner, where former CNN’s John Roberts cracked wise about Shelley Ross’ departure from CBS’ Early Show.
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An ABCNews.com release announced, “ABCNEWS.com achieved another record-breaking traffic month in February 2008. Last month, ABCNEWS.com again broke all previous site traffic records, reaching nearly 23 million uniques, an increase of 82% compared with the same time last year, according to ABC’s measurements. The site also garnered 202.3 million page views, up 45% from the previous year. In February, the site increased video views by 117% compared to the same time last year, according to ABC.”
The Press Gazette reports, “The Financial Times has launched a Facebook application that will give students free access to FT.com. The free subscription offer will be available through an application available in college groups within the social networking website.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports, “High-tech signs to feature breaking news”
Fortune reports, “Increasingly, Web content sites are finding ways to organize and syndicate writers’ content — one even sends them a check up front.”
Reuters reports, “For CBS, raiding Silicon Valley for talent is the fastest way to lose its rep as your grandpa’s choice media company. CBS Interactive President Quincy Smith, himself a veteran dealmaker for tech and media companies with close ties to the west coast, has been poaching top tech companies for talent, particularly engineers, to build up its online offerings.”
WebProNews.com reports, “When it comes to trusting the press in general 54 percent of Americans say they do not trust them and 46 percent say they do not trust television while 41 percent say the do trust Internet news according to a new poll from HarrisInteractive.”
Adotas reports, “Developers just got a brand new toy, courtesy of AOL. The company today announced the launch of Open AIM 2.0, a product that allows developers to access the AIM instant messaging network faster and integrate AIM into their sites and applications in customizable ways.”
InformationWeek reports, “If you’ve had a creeping sense that wireless has become more integral to your working and personal lives, then Wednesday’s numbers from the Pew Internet Project will confirm it with hard numbers.”
Online Media Daily reports, “Google is not out to disintermediate advertising agencies, but it looks as if it has it’s heart set on disintermediating some other organizations that help agencies manage how they buy media. That was one of the takeaways from Google President-Advertising and Commerce, North America, Tim Armstrong during a keynote address Thursday at the American Association of Advertising Agencies Media Conference here.”
The New York Post reports, “The sprawling media-information company that Mayor Mike Bloomberg left behind is bracing for the worst in terms of a fiscal downturn. ‘The new top brass here are betting on a recession,’ said one insider, in a thinly veiled pot shot at Dan Doctoroff, the one-time economy czar in Bloomberg’s administration who last month was named president of Bloomberg LP.”
A reader points out, “minor note: your post.com hand post cites ‘campaign within washingtonpost.com’ … but the elevators travel 12 floors and there are a bunch of non-WPNI companies in the building.”
“Digg CEO Jay Adelson is calling this post ‘completely inaccurate'”
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MinOnline reports, “Now that media conferences are in full swing, the question that keeps coming up is whether magazines are going the way of VHS and the horse and buggy. For John Squires, executive vice president of Time Inc, the answer was a resounding no.”
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NewsBusters: “NPR Favors Special Tax Breaks — For Its Own Headquarters”
DCRTV spots a funny goof in the WaPo…
The AP reports, “CBS Radio is teaming up with AOL to provide online streams from all 140 of its stations to AOL’s online radio service. The deal announced Friday will bring news, sports and music programming from big CBS stations to AOL, including WFAN-AM and 1010 WINS in New York.”
“AOL, CBS Team Up For Radio, Advertising”
Mark Kaye spoke with Chris Core about leaving WMAL-AM, and “his past, present and future.”
“Invite more conservatives to NPR?”
Barron’s reports, “Government approval for the pending merger of XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) and Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) ‘now appear less likely,’ Pacific Crest Washington analyst Erik Olbeter said in a research note this morning. Now 13 months since the original announcement of their plans to merge, Olbeter says that ‘prospects for the merger have become increasingly cloudy.'”
“Journalist Perspectives on Five Years in Iraq”
DCRTV hears from a reliable local sports source that Washington Post superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser (left) “will make it official” this month that he’ll be returning to his broadcast booth gig at ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
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WEST WING REPORTAGE
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The Associated Press seeks an APTN Newsperson for its Washington, D.C. operation.
The National Academies is looking for a Web Content Assistant: Writer.
The American Prospect is looking for a Staff Writer.
W*USA 9 News Now is looking for a Freelance Writer — Metromix.
Hanley Wood LLC is looking for a Senior Marketing Manager and a Senior Editor Online — Builder.
National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Editor, National Desk.
The National Academies is looking for a Media Relations Officer.
National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Editor, National Desk and a Digital Trainer, Digital News Desk.
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