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NPR Offers Staff Buyouts After Buying New $200-Million Building

NPR Offers Staff Buyouts After Buying New $200-Million Building

Sept. 13, 2013 -- Red ink is dousing National Public Radio after moving into a plush new building while corporate sponsors have been taking a pass on underwriting programming. The news comes on the heels of current CEO Gary Knell announcing plans move on to the top job at the National Geographic Society, He will be replaced by NPR board Vice [...]

It’s Prom Night for Washington Correspondents

by David Phinney April 27, 2013 -- All those celebrities that the media invites from Hollywood are kind of fun. And, damn, the food and drink flows like summer rain all night at the Washington Hilton, but it might be better for the media to host subjects of their stories -- Boston people and those who lived through Hurricane Sandy, military [...]

Matt Drudge Rocks

There have been reasons for blasting Matt Drudge, but one has to hand it to him. More than a decade ago, his Drudge Report brilliantly pointed the way to the vitality of the Internet as a news medium. And personally, he stood tall against his critics -- largely in the mainstream news media who found his early years a threat to their pipeline of [...]

It Ain’t Like the Clinton Years: Fawning over Chris Matthews

Friday's DC edition of the Examiner opens with what sounds like an explosive lead: Chris Matthews had barely finished praising his colleagues at the 10th anniversary party for his "Hardball" show Thursday night in Washington, D.C. when his remarks turned political and pointed, even suggesting that the Bush administration had "finally been caught [...]

Private Security Companies in the News Media

Researchers with the Project for Excellence in Journalism tackle news coverage over the past four years of private security companies and they suggests that it is very much on the slim side: Coverage of events inside Iraq, which includes the actions of U.S. troops there, was the third=biggest news story in the American media for the first quarter [...]

The Contractor’s Fight at Home

The Contractor’s Fight at Home

I hooked up Dan Rather's producer to many of the sources and events in this Dan Rather Reports: "The hidden story of Americans serving in Iraq, the civilian contractors." Never did get a thank you. by David Phinney March 24, 2007 -- War for Hire: Dan Rather's producer called me for sources for a report exploring the "invisible army" in [...]

Corporate Branding is Everything in the News Biz

The soul searching was apparently wrenching and airing the video sparked an agonizing debate at the highest executive levels of NBC. "It's not every day we get a story like this. We went over it for seven and a half hours. We didn't rush it on the air. We weren't promoting it. We weren't trumpeting it all day. It was extraordinary, and that's how [...]

Boo Hoo for Bohos in Washington’s Press Corps

"The passing of the Bohemian is certainly in many ways a great loss," he lamented. The newer generation was just as smart, he admitted, "but the personal side of journalism, with its ample sentiment and color, is gone, and the men who make newspapers what they are have been swallowed up in the general impersonal waste-basket of modern [...]

It’s in the Mail (Yeah, Sure)

When posed with a question that's off the daily script or unrelated to a planned press event, government public affairs people sometimes put reporters on the "slow roll." Frequently that means that they don't have a clue about how to answer a question or that the person who knows the answer would prefer not share it. (The real payoff for a [...]

Taking a Leak in Washington

Talking about the Scooter Libby trial this week on Fox News, American University communications professor Jane Hall offered: "This is the dirty little secret, I think, of this story.... You get to a certain level and the White House press secretary is trying to leak to the reporter from the network or from The New York Times. People are using each [...]

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