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Morning Reading List, 03.14.08

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  • If you were Spitzer’s wife, you would not stand with him through two press conferences.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Tanya Ballard has left washingtonpost.com to join NPR.com

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Many Americans are tracking the details of the 2008 president campaign — the charges, countercharges and controversial advertisements — extremely closely. Large majorities say they have heard at least something about the rumors that Barack Obama is a Muslim; Hillary Clinton’s 3:00 a.m. phone call ad; and George Bush’s endorsement of John McCain. And the revelation that a top foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama had referred to Clinton as a ‘monster’ also registered with a large percentage of the public.”

  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald writes, “The Politico today published one of the most blatantly one-sided, journalistically flawed “news” articles on the Iraq War in quite some time and promoted it as its featured story, filled with dramatic proclamations certain to attract (by design) significant attention. The central theme is one which the political establishment is most desperate to believe — that Americans are now supporting the Iraq War again and this will drastically re-shape the presidential race in favor of the pro-war McCain.”

  • Locy, Former ‘USA Today’ Reporter, Using Her ‘Anthrax’ Contempt Case To Teach J-School Students

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    TV

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, March 9, 2008 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.204 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 3, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ increased among the key Adult 25-54 demographic (7%) while both CBS ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ declined double digits. ‘Nightline’ also tied ‘Letterman’ in the A25-54 rating (1.3). ‘Nightline’ also continues to close the gaps with CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • Did the Press Service Spitzer?

  • A release announced, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer will originate from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the week of April 21, the week of the Pennsylvania primary — a delegate-rich contest which may help decide the Democratic nominee for President. Anchored by Jim Lehrer from the studios of public television station WQED — America’s first community-supported public television station — The NewsHour will take an in-depth look at the Pennsylvania electorate as well as critical national issues seen through a Pittsburgh lens.”

  • TVNewser reports, “This morning on Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy welcomed back Megyn Kelly from her honeymoon. Sort of.”

  • Media Life reports, “With voters turning out in record numbers for the presidential primaries and two Democrats still locked in a tight race for the nomination, cable news networks have seen their ratings soar over the past six months.”

  • Variety reports, “In a polite but firmly worded letter, a powerful House committee has informed Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin that he has two weeks to turn over a truckload of information and documents that lawmakers say are needed for an ongoing investigation into Martin’s management practices and decisionmaking processes.”

  • Media Matters asks, “After blasting press for yukking it up with ‘the people they’re charged with covering,’ will Matthews challenge Russert on Gridiron dinner?”

  • B&C reports, “The Federal Communications Commission continues to draw a lot of legal fire for its decisions. In the wake of almost two-dozen legal challenges of its newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership ruling, the FCC was hit again Wednesday by a suit from Comcast over its decision to reinstate a 30% cap on cable’s share of multichannel-video providers.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • The Guardian reports,Jim Buckmaster, chief executive of Craigslist, has accused US newspaper publishers of actively encouraging journalists to write negative stories about the online classified advertising company.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc’s AOL Internet division will buy social network Bebo for $850 million in cash, bolstering its consumer Web offerings even as the media conglomerate mulls splitting off the business.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Inc. plans to announce a new service that Web publishers can use to manage their online ad sales and serve up ads each time a consumer pulls up a Web page.”

  • Media Week reports, “Advertisers and media companies are beginning to embrace the power of widgets, particularly those thousands of mini-applications that have sprouted up on social networks like MySpace and Facebook.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Yahoo intends to join OpenSocial, a Google-led alliance that is developing a common set of standards so developers can create programs that run on many social networks and other Web sites, according to a person with direct knowledge of Yahoo’s plans.”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Traditional media companies should not fear internet search giant Google but work with it to increase online audience and make more money from the web.”

  • I’m a journalist: I must confess all in my new blog

  • The Guardian reports, “The Wall Street Journal’s digital chief executive has said that it is looking to expand politics and sports coverage and admitted that the “soft” US economy has meant a slip in online display advertising.”

  • What Did the FCC Do About That? GAO Says Agency Doesn’t Track How It Handles Complaints”

  • Blogging and Newspapers, a Lesson in How Not to Brand and Market

  • Bad News Travels Fast, And Furiously

  • MediaShift reports, “Semi-Pro Journalism Teams Give Alternative View of U.S. Elections”

  • AOL to Buy Bebo to Compete In Social-Networking Market

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    RADIO

  • Local stations are wary of NPR’s embrace of podcasts and other new ways to deliver its news programs.”

  • Reuters reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc Chief Executive Mel Karmazin said on Wednesday he hoped U.S. regulators would rule by the end of March on the proposed merger of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio Inc”

  • The Washington Times reports, “National Public Radio listeners who tuned in to ‘Morning Edition’ during the last four days of February found some atypical programming around 6:30 a.m. during the broadcasts. ‘Conversations with Conservatives’ was heard during morning-drive time with host Steve Inskeep and a conservative of the day with much on his mind.”

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    JOBS

  • Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. is looking for a Reporter with Legal Background.

  • Patuxent Publishing is looking for a General Assignment Reporter.

  • The Catholic Review is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • Imre Communications is looking for an Art Director and a Production Manager.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Reader Relations Associate.

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