Media Monday: WaPo's 'The List' is still in, apparently

Zak and Hesse: larger than life. (Photo: TBD Staff)

Correction:

Barnes & Noble is not the last remaining nationwide bookstore chain with a location in D.C. There is at least one other: Books-a-Million in Dupont Circle. Also, Zak said, "We love being validated" (not "We love being vindicated") and he says he doesn't actually buy the magazines at Barnes & Noble (for shame!).

Dave McKenna and Washington City Paper: an amicable separation, or a bitter divorce? After the Post's Erik Wemple tweeted the news that the Cheap Seats columnist and alt-weekly were parting ways, City Paper managing editor Mike Madden told me, "It was going to be difficult to continue to just do his column,” adding, "We’re all doing a lot more than people used to. Everyone's got to be blogging and tweeting and writing more.” That suggested to me that McKenna wasn't interested in "blogging and tweeting and writing more," but Madden later emailed me that, after writing for City Paper for 26 years, McKenna simply felt "it was just time for a change, which I think has much more to do with his decision than the way the work here has changed." And editor-in-chief Michael Shaffer wrote, "I still want to get Dave's voice in the paper as a contributor ... as often as he wants." Whether that actually happens will be telling. McKenna, in his final column, wrote that he and the paper "have gotten everything out of each other we’re going to get."

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FishbowlDC can't stop writing about Michelle Fields. We're all guilty of unusual obsessions (hi, Dan Zak!), but this one has gotten out of hand. Since Peter Ogburn's Dec. 14 post criticizing the Daily Caller reporter for, well, having breasts, the site has published no less than six posts about her. First, there was Ogburn's bizarrely defensive response to criticism about his original post; Betsy Rothstein's hate letter to John Nolte, the editor-in-chief of Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood, with whom she had a tweetspat over the Fields post; a "Stalker Alert!" about a Fields fan; another Ogburn post about Fields, this time focusing on her youthfulness; Piranhamous' argument that Fields is an activist, not a journalist; and a second stalker alert. Maybe it's time we started a stalker alert about Fishbowl?

THE CLIPBOARD

"No Mention of WP editor Brauchli in publisher's letter" [Romenesko]

"Why Slate Is Wrong About D.C." [WCP]

"10 Moments That Hooked Us in 2011" [Fishbowl]

"WUSA removes story from website after discovering parts of it came from the Washington Post" [Poynter]

"TBD's most popular stories of 2011, and why" [TBD]

"Report: Just two or three Metromixes 'doing well'" [Gannett Blog]

"Was WaPo’s Flock Forced on Vacation?" [Fishbowl]

"Marcus Brauchli, Washington Post Editor, Gathers Veteran Staffers To Steady Uneasy Newsroom" [HuffPost]

"Under-$10 gifts for Washington's elites"/"Dan Zak is a good sport" [TBD, TBD]

"A Pissing Match Between Two Media Scribes" [Fishbowl]

"Questions Freedom Forum declined to answer" [Gannett Blog]

"Kameny’s death is local LGBT story of the year"/"The rest of the year’s top local stories" [Blade, Blade]

"Daily Caller Hires Hollywood PR Vet" [Fishbowl]

"The Washington Post’s most innovative journalism of the year" [WaPo]

"The FishbowlDC Interview With DCist’s Ben Freed" [Fishbowl]

"Inside The Atlantic: How One Magazine Got Profitable by Going ‘Digital First’" [Mashable]

"The Hill Attracts Raunchy Commenters" [Fishbowl]

"Journalists complain the White House press office has become overly combative" [WaPo]

"30 under 30: Media" [Forbes]

"Tucker to Break Bread With Former Terrorist" [Fishbowl]

"Examiner readers' tips lead to capture of deadly duo, police say" [Examiner]

""Author of WP's Havel obit died in 2006" [Romenesko]

Ted Leonsis' blog, slightly redesigned.

"8 questions: How to ace a Gannett job interview" [Gannett Blog]

"LivingSocial adds 15 markets" [WBJ]

"WaPo Has the Perfect Gift for No One" [Fishbowl]

DAN ZAK WATCH

 
rkearneyRyan Kearney
 
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@rkearney Lumpy, unflattering cardigans and poor posture are IN. #List2012
Dec 30 11 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

TALK STROUP

Out: Lists in a "newspaper." In: Critical thinking.
Dec 28 11 via Twitter for MacFavoriteRetweetReply

HE IS GOPH

There is NO ONE in DC who writes longer, more annoying, more pointless (cross-posted) listserv emails than #BrooklandDC's Rob Ransom.
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