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Eight friends of Joan Barone, the late executive producer of CBS' "Face the Nation," have established an award for excellence in journalism for Washington-based national affairs and public policy reporting . . .

The $2,000 prize will be given annually at the Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, which this year is scheduled for April 10 . . .

Mrs. Barone, a former member of The Washington Post staff, died of cancer last March. In December, her parents, Walter H. and Phyllis J. Shorenstein, gave $5 million to Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government for a new Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy to be established in her memory . . .

The new journalism award, believed to be the first of its type established for radio and TV journalists, was created after a fund-raising effort by Ed Fouhy of NBC News; Jack Smith and Rita Braver of CBS News; Washington Post Publisher Donald Graham; Washington attorney Bob Barnett; political pollster Peter Hart; and Al Hunt, Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal . . .

Three judges are yet to be named. A total of $45,000 was raised to sustain the annual award . . .

CBS News has named Linda Mason as executive producer of the weekend editions of "CBS Evening News" and the "Sunday Night News With Charles Osgood" . . .

Mason, currently a senior producer with "Evening News," will replace Johnathan Rodgers, who in October was named executive producer of "CBS Morning News." Bill Crawford, who has been in charge of producers at all CBS News bureaus, will replace Mason . . . Also in the News

Actress Donna Reed died yesterday morning after being diagnosed last month as having pancreatic cancer. Miss Reed won an Oscar for her performance in "From Here to Eternity" and the hearts of fans for her portrayal of Jimmy Stewart's wife in "It's a Wonderful Life." She starred in "The Donna Reed Show" from 1958 to 1966 and took over the role of Miss Ellie on CBS' "Dallas" for one season . . .

Jane Wyman, who portrays the cunning Angela Channing on CBS' "Falcon Crest," was released from St. John's Hospital yesterday after undergoing abdominal surgery two weeks ago . . .

The actress plans to rest for two to three weeks at her Santa Monica home before returning to work . . .

Both "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" and "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" will broadcast from Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 20, marking Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday . . .

"CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" won the network news race for the week ending Jan. 10 with a 14.4 Nielsen rating and a 24 percent audience share, compared with a 12.5/21 for "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" and a 12.3/21 for "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" . . .

NBC's "Today" show edged out ABC's "Good Morning America" in the morning network race for the week ending Jan. 3 with a 4.5 Nielsen rating and a 22 percent audience share, compared with "GMA's" 4.5/21. "CBS Morning News" had a 3.0/14 for the week . . .

On Feb. 3 at 10 p.m. a new weekly local arts show will premiere on WETA. "Around Town" will be hosted by Robert Aubry Davis, the arts and humanities producer at WETA-FM 91, who hosts "The Friday PM Program," "The Saturday Show" and "The Millennium of Music." The show will feature round-table discussions and individual commentaries on local exhibits, theater, music and dance . . . Oops!

Captain Airwaves apparently suffered a dizzy spell a couple of days ago after racing in the 87-degree heat to rescue a little doggie who was struggling to keep afloat in a nearby swimming pool while his tiny master looked on helplessly . . .

As a result his item yesterday that NBC was canceling "TV Foul Ups, Bleeps and Blunders" (an ABC show) in favor of "Valerie" and a new Jack Klugman sitcom in the 8 p.m. Monday time slot somehow came out all wrong . . .

NBC grumbled yesterday that the name of its show is really "TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes" (which shows how your memory can play tricks when you're trying to bury an unpleasant thought) and that right now the network has no intention of canceling it . . .

As for "Valerie" and the Jack Klugman show, NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff has three different nights where he's thinking of placing the duo and has made no decision yet . . .

As for the March premiere dates for both shows, they apparently weren't written in concrete either. Meanwhile, NBC and concerned readers of the TV column should know that that little doggie (Scraps) is doing just fine. And so is his grateful little master . . . Ratingzzz

The CBS movie "Rockabye" helped that second-place network win the 16th week of the season with an 18.0 Nielsen rating and a 28 percent audience share, compared with NBC's 17.9/27 and ABC's 14.0/21 for the week ending Jan. 12 . . .

The debut of NBC's "Blacke's Magic" in its Wednesday night time slot fared admirably against ABC's "Dynasty," managing a 19.1/28 compared with "Dynasty's" 21.1/31 . . .

The premiere of ABC's "He's the Mayor" barely managed to stay afloat, tying "The Love Boat" for 60th place; and without the benefit of last week's football competition, CBS' "Mary" dropped from 16th to 44th place . . .

Skipping down the list of new movies for the week, ABC's "Shattered Spirits" was 33rd, CBS' "A Time to Triumph" was tied for 36th, while its aptly titled "Dead Man's Folly" was 46th . . .

Repeat movies included NBC's "The Enforcer" tied for 25th place, ABC's "Diamonds Are Forever" in 42nd, CBS' "Stark" in 53rd and Part I of NBC's "Fatal Vision" tied for 62nd . . .

Rounding out the Final But Fatal Five for the week were ABC's "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" and "Lady Blue" in 65th and 66th place, followed by CBS' repeat of a Bugs Bunny special, and ABC's "The Fall Guy" and "Shadow Chasers" in 68th and 69th place . . .