Good morning Washington.
Taryn Luntz is joining The Examiner to cover Virginia and business news from the Seattle Times where she has been covering Washington for the paper.
Jen Lash is leaving Roll Call to be the assistant editor for Architectural Lighting. Her last day is Sept. 7.
From an ABC release, “On the eve of General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker’s highly anticipated testimony before Congress regarding the war in Iraq, ABC News will again examine how the Iraqi people and the country are faring in its sixth division-wide reporting effort, ‘Iraq: Where Things Stand,'” which will begin airing Sunday, September 9.
From a release, “Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu has become a sponsor of Chinaâ€™s first Global Business Journalism Program that launches on September 17 at Tsinghua University. The goal of this unique initiative, run by this prestigious university and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), is to create a new generation of business journalists able to produce insightful, balanced coverage of China’s markets and the global economy.”
Can you answer today’s Political Trivia from CQ?
We hear that the RSVP’s closed on Thursday for the GQ party. One tipster says they had an overwhelming response, with Bloomberg levels of attempted pre-crashing.
From TVNewser, “Despite Email Protest, Felling Back On Joe”
La Plata’s Media Policy Limits Access
TVWeek reports, “When Fox Business Network launches Oct. 15 nationally, it will be part of a round-robin channel shift in New York, home of Fox News and the financial capital of the country. The repositioning will involve channels owned by NBC Universal.”
Poynter Online points us to “great online news and tools for reporters in the latest edition of SEJ’s Watchdog Tipsheet, which covers First Amendment issues for journalists who cover the environment.”
TVNewser reports, “CNN is opening political bureaus in several key states as the race for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations heats up. A CNN insider tells TVNewser the bureaus in Des Moines, IA, Manchester, NH and Columbia, SC are already operational. They are being staffed at CNN Newsource affiliates in those cities.”
“SEJ Panel Aims to Get Scientists, Journalists Working Together”
A NBC release announced, “‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,’ iVillage.com and msnbc.com will join forces for a special series, ‘The Secret to Her Success.’ Beginning on September 10 and
continuing throughout the week, ‘Nightly News’ will close the broadcast each evening with reports on four important topics (women’s health, work, finance and friendship), which will cross over to the far reaching online communities of iVillage and msnbc.com with additional reporting and components.”
C-SPAN’s Presidential Libraries: History Uncovered debates tonight. The first show is live from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. For more information, click here.
Amy Gahran tackles, “Conversational Journalism: Credibility Gained or Status Lost?”
From a release, “To celebrate its 25th anniversary on Sept. 15, USA TODAY is partnering with American University’s School of Communication on a series of free live events to be held Sept. 10 through Sept. 14. In addition, a special exhibition of 25 USA TODAY front pages will be exhibited in the Katzen Arts Center throughout the week.” Events include some impressive panelists, including Helen Thomas, Eric Lichtblau, Ken Paulson, Judy Woodruff and Bob Schieffer. From E&P: “Assessing ‘USA Today’ As 25th Anniversary Approaches”
A reader gives us more info on Nina Totenberg’s singing habit. She apparently “comes from a musical family and occasionally sings at events for NPR.” She even sang at her own wedding.
Politico’s Ken Vogel reports, “Bill O’Reilly blasts DailyKos as a ‘hate site,’ but according to a federal ruling released Tuesday, the popular liberal blog is as much a part of the media as Fox News when it comes to campaign finance rules.”
The Washington Blogger Meetup is September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Regional Food and Drink. To RSVP “yes” click here.
“It’s almost fifty pages long, but well worth the read: a recent study by the Pew Research Center for People & the Press synthesizes 165 separate national surveys and finds that American news preferences have remained ‘surprisingly static’ over the last twenty years. Tucked behind this central conclusion, however, is a suite of more intriguing observations about readership and audience habits.”
“Can Camera-Phone Journalism Thwart the ‘Rally Squad?'”
The Boston Herald reports that Bill O’Reilly ranks #24 in Harvard’s list of most influential alumni, beating out Sen. Ted Kennedy’s #28.
“Project Censored Releases Censored 2008 and its pick of the 25 most important under-covered news stories of 2006-07. … Project Censored will host the award winning authors of the Censored 2008 stories at the second annual Media Accountability Conference October 26-27 at Sonoma State University.” Conference info is available here
CNN HD Debuts
“Can Camera-Phone Journalism Thwart the ‘Rally Squad?'” Journalists awarded second place in the online reporting category to Greenwire’s Michael Burnham, Kelly Thompson, Monica Trauzzi
From a release, “The 43-year-old Conservative Book Club has completed the acquisition of the American Compass Book Club. American Compass was launched three years ago as part of the Doubleday Entertainment family of clubs. Both clubs serve the philosophically conservative book-buying market. The combined clubs, which will operate under the Conservative Book Club name, will have a membership of more than 100,000. The deal was signed Tuesday in New York.”
A reader writes, “For the whiner complaining about the Sunday Source Perino thing, the SS goes to press on Wednesday. No way for them to see into the future.”
TVNewser reports, “CNBC will air the first presidential debate to focus on economic issues.”
TVWeek reports, “Rejecting strong opposition from the cable industry, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin is moving to require cable system operators to offer consumers both analog and fully digital signals for TV channels after the digital conversion, unless they provide a digital signal and converter box to every household.”
The Washington City Paper reports, “The Washington Post fails to complete background check on Shaw activist.”
Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie to discuss the future of the news business at SPJ.
From a SPJ release, “Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak to discuss CIA leak, Scooter Libby trial. … Novak and former Time, Inc., editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine will be on hand during the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference to discuss the ethical questions of journalists as central players in a criminal prosecution and scandal. As part of the discussion, titled ‘Watching the Watchdogs: Ethical Implications of the Entangled Roles of Journalists in the Scooter Libby Case,’ Novak and Pearlstein will explain how they handled the dual roles as witnesses and journalists and the lessons learned. The event takes place at 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW.”
E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “Over the next week, much will be written, pro and con, about General Petraeus’s report on the progress of the ‘surge’ in Iraq and President Bush’s response. Since both men have pretty much already announced, or at least rehearsed, what they are going to say, the suspense is not exactly crippling. I’ll be writing more later, but for now I’d simply like to address the media’s responsibility to address, over the next few days, this key moment in our recent history with a steady gaze — which, as I will recount, was sadly lacking last winter in the weeks before the ‘surge’ was announced.”
Notions Capital reports, “After decades, Washington, DC public station WAMU-FM is sending Bluegrass and other local music programs into that ‘Lonesome Valley’ of HD Radio where there is no one to hear them. … The FCC only approved digital HD Radio multicasting on March 22nd, but National Public Radio (NPR) has been hot to trot since May 2001, even before the FCC adopted the iBiquity HD Radio standard. Public stations have used it experimentally since 2004. NPR stations are the white mice of HD Radio. NPR headquarters for HD was even named the NPR Lab.”
From David Adler, CEO and Founder, BizBash Media, “It has been 8 years since starting to raise the money to launch BizBash after leaving PRIMEDIA. I am so thrilled that we are publishing our biggest issue ever at 260 pages and and continue to be the largest internet source for event planners around the world. Next year we will publish more than 20 issues in 6 major market with Chicago launching in January.”
Huffington Post’s Jay Rosen writes, “the press is not capable of making an independent decision denying the president his spin zone with a dateline in Iraq. When the White House says we’re going, they’re going.”
TVWeek reports, “The staffs of weekday and weekend broadcasts of ABC’s ‘World News’ will be combined under ‘World News With Charles Gibson’ executive producer Jon Banner and senior producer Vinnie Malhotra, who will continue as executive producer of weekend editions of ‘World News.'”
“‘Writers @ Work: A Process Approach,’ a four-week online course first offered last fall by News University, Poynter’s distance learning program. It’s scheduled again this year for October 15 to November 9.”
US News & World Report photojournalist James Lo Scalzo, author of a soon-to-be published memoir, Evidence of My Existence, has created a multi media synopsis of the memoir.
The Bob Edwards Show produced by XM Satellite Radio won 1st place from the Society of Environmental Journalists in the Beat/In-Depth Reporting category for the documentary “Exploding Heritage.”
Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for an Assistant Production Manager.
U.S.News & World Report is looking for a Health & Medicine Reporter.
Ed2010 reports that “AOL Living, AOL Food, and AOL Stylelist are seeking fall interns to work up to 25 hours/week. … This paid internship requires that the candidate be enrolled in a degree-granting program, and interns can choose flexible hours based on class schedules. Please send resume, cover letter and clips to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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