The Awards Committee of the American Journalism Historians Association seeks nominations for its three major awards — the Kobre Award, the Book of the Year Award for 2006, and the History Award. Nominating letters and supporting materials should be submitted by May 1, 2007, to David R. Davies, School of Mass Communication & Journalism, University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5121, Hattiesburg MS 39406. All three awards will be given at AJHA’s 2007 annual convention to be held Oct. 10-13, 2007, in Richmond, Va
Hilary Rosenputs a face on the Scooter Libby verdict. “Seeing Joe looking happy and fresh made me realize that so many people outside of Washington see this verdict and the events of the past few years as just about politics, not about people.”
The AP reports, “Legislation to make federal agencies more responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests was approved by a House panel Tuesday. The measure would restore a ‘presumption of disclosure’ standard that would commit agencies to releasing requested information unless there is a finding that such a disclosure could do harm.”
The NY Post reports, “PBS is taking a minority stake in V-me, a Spanish-language digital cable network. The deal with V-me, which airs on public television stations nationwide, extends PBS’ reach into the burgeoning Hispanic media market. V-me is distributed in 28 million homes in 18 U.S. markets.”
Market Watch reports, “Yahoo is in discussions to deepen its advertising-sharing arrangements with 225 newspapers, says CFO Sue Decker. She inferred the negotiations are focused on letting Yahoo share more than just the newspapers’ ads. ‘We are in discussions for more content,’ she says.
The AP reports, “New York Times Co. sees its digital revenue rising 30% this year to $350 million, fueled by ad sales at the company’s newspaper Web sites and its About.com. The company says it expects to save up to $75 million in 2007 through staff cuts, lower newsprint costs and greater productivity.”
Wall Street Journal reports that National Geographic is launching a new cellphone service. The “Talk Abroad Travel Phone allows customers to buy or rent a phone and then pay in advance for minutes. The service will work in more than 100 countries. However, past efforts to turn a brand name into a successful cellphone service have seen mixed results.”
A reader asks, “Say, whatever happened to ‘National Journal 2.0?’ They’ve stopped promoting the supposedly fancy new website they were supposed to launch, haven’t they?”
New York Times reports that FCC Chair Kevin Martin “is said to be privately questioning Congressional testimony by Mel Karmazin that post-merger subscribers of Sirius and XM satellite radio would both pay the same monthly rate and receive more programming.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, “The media-reform activist group Free Press is having success blocking efforts by U.S. regulators to adopt measures supported by media companies. In February, the group attracted 3,000 activists and bloggers to Memphis for workshops and speeches from the likes of Bill Moyers.”
Business Week reports, “A decision by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board to hike royalty fees could put some small online radio stations out of business. Under a new rule, online radio outfits will begin paying on a per-song, per-listener basis, which could raise royalty fees more than tenfold.”
DCRTV “hears that DC-based XM Satellite Radio will be launching a channel for St. Patrick’s Day — XM Green: Radio Ireland. The channel (XM-200) will exist from 3/16 to 3/18 and will feature ‘the true sounds of Ireland – from traditional music by the Clancy Brothers to contemporary artists such as Celtic Thunder.’ Former HFSer Lou Brutus is XM’s rock music programming director and he’ll be overseeing XM Green.”
Harry Jaffe wonders if the Washington Post’s Ivan Carter will follow Mike Wilbon, Ric Bucher, and Dave Aldridge to television.
A reader notes, “After one week on the job, why is the Politico still excluding their best reporter, Jeanne Cummings, from the masthead?”
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