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Morning Reading List, 01.23.08

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  • You are calling it right now – The Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Looks like lots of people are making this mistake.

  • The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs will host “Reporting from Iraq: the View from the Ground Up,” a forum on news reporting of the war featuring journalists who reported from the scene. It is this Thursday 8-10:30 p.m.

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    TV

  • TV Decoder reports, “As previously noted, Fox appears best positioned to weather the writers’ strike. ABC, on the other hand, may be hurt by it the most. Why? ‘Because it has the biggest scripted hits — and because its audience, heavily female, is most susceptible to being stolen away by ‘American Idol,” Bill Carter reported in Saturday’s Times.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “In the latest fallout from the writers strike, CBS has trimmed its development slate, letting go of about 20 projects, most of them dramas.”

  • Fortune reports, “Headlines about Oprah Winfrey last week focused, quite rightly, on the icon’s plans to start her own cable television channel. But there’s another story to be told about Winfrey’s partner in the venture, Discovery Communications, and how its relatively new CEO is on a mission to remake the company.”

  • Variety reports, “Media and entertainment stocks have been sluggish for months, but things could well take a turn for the worse today. Bearish signs were everywhere Monday despite U.S. markets being closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Major plunges in markets in Europe and Asia suggested a boomerang hit Stateside today. Stock index futures pointed to a grim start to the week, possibly a loss of 400 points or more for the Dow. One mark being watched closely is 20%. With a particularly rough session, the market could register a 20% pullback from its peak in October, which would statistically qualify this as a bear market. The current bull market began in 2002.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Poynter Online’s Steve Klein reports, “Since I first looked at the new White House blog, Trip Notes From The Middle East (which debuted on Jan. 8 with a couple posts by White House Press Secretary Dana Perino), there have been eight more posts by Ed Gillespie, Counsellor to the President; Stephen Hadley, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Bill McGurn, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting; Joshua Bolten, White House Chief of Staff; and on Jan. 16, none other than George W. Bush — well, you know who he is!”

  • UPI reports, “The New York Times agreed Monday to offer it’s online Web content to AT&T wireless customers at no extra charge to subscribers. According to Nielsen Online, NYTimes.com registered 17.2 million unique visitors in December 2007, helping secure its place as one of the country’s leading newspapers. Based in San Antonio, AT&T, similarly, is the country’s largest wireless company, bizjournals.com reported.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Yahoo! Inc., owner of the most- visited U.S. Web site, will cut about 700 jobs, or 5 percent of its workforce, as it reorganizes to compete with Google Inc., according to a person with knowledge of the plans.”

  • The Washington Note reports, “Facebook is no longer a college kid rolodex. It’s becoming part of emerging new media in the country — a distribution network for causes as well as news and opinion.”

  • Regarding this, The New York Post reports, “That three staffers — a writer, a photographer and an editor, former lobbyist Megan Carpentier — have been fired at Wonkette since Ken Layne took over the political Web site in DC. ‘He’s putting in place his own team,’ said owner Nick Denton.” And from Eat The Press: “Another Gawker Media Staff Shake-Up: Wonkette Editor Fired”

  • A tipster points us to this, the District Taxi Fare Estimator. “The estimator will help you determine if your cab fare in the District will cost more or less under the time and distance meters, which are scheduled to replace zones in April. You may choose one of our sample routes, or try your own by entering starting and destination addresses, or by dragging the green and red map markers. Remember, these are estimates. Actual fares will vary, depending upon how much time is spent stopped or slowed in congested traffic.”

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    RADIO

  • A release announced, “At noon, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, WAMU 88.5′s weekly look at local politics will change names and broaden focus. Newly renamed, The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta now will include comprehensive coverage and analysis of both local and state politics in Maryland and Virginia, in addition to the news and newsmakers in District politics. The monthly ‘Virginia Politics Hour’ and ‘Maryland Politics Hour’ episodes of The Kojo Nnamdi Show will be incorporated into the newly revamped Politics Hour, giving listeners a weekly source for the latest news from the Washington, D.C., suburbs and the statehouses in Annapolis and Richmond.”

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    JOBS

  • Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is looking for a Director of Public Affairs.

  • Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a bureau chief.

  • NewsUSA is seeking a Manager Editor.

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