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Morning Reading List, 04.26.07

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  • You have no love for Rich Little.

  • San Francisco Chronicle Washington Bureau Chief Marc Sandalow is taking a leave of absence to write a book on Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

  • Community Associations Institute is looking for an Editor.

  • Newspapers debate online reader comments

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Meetings and Special Programs Coordinator.

  • Mark Burnett, MySpace Team Up for a Competition to Pick a Political Candidate

  • A Media Role in Selling the War? No Question.

  • Journalists and John McCain: Is The Honeymoon Really Over?

  • Thompson Publishing Group, Inc. is looking for an Editor.

  • Inside Higher Ed is looking for a Audience Development Manager for their Online Publication.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Art Director.

  • The pregnant and positively glowing MSNBC anchor, along with “Meet the Press” producer Michelle Jaconi, party-thrower extraordinaire (and lobbyist) Juleanna Glover Weiss and Mary Amons, is hosting a book party for Jill Kargman, author of “Momzillas,” at the Ralph Lauren store at the Collection at Chevy Chase on Tuesday.”

  • The Associated Press is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • MacNeil/Lehrer Productions is looking for an Online Interactives Editor, an Online Associate Editor and a Director for Online News Hour Extra.

  • Media Biz reports, “According to a report released by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas Tuesday, media companies announced 4,391 layoffs during the first quarter of this year, up 93 percent from the 2,271 layoffs in the first three months of last year.”

  • “More than 60% of the minutes on the cable and radio talk shows” were about Don Imus, according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index for the week of April 8 to 13.

  • David S. Evans, founder of management consulting firm Market Platform Dynamics, writes, “Make no mistake: The only way to stop the slide of the newspaper industry into oblivion is to replace the traditional paper “form factor” with a technology that can compete with pay-per-click, per-per-action and contextual advertising.”

  • The Pew News Interest Index shows, “The shootings at Virginia Tech University overshadowed all other news stories last week — both in terms of coverage and public interest. Fully 45% of Americans paid very close attention to the tragedy and 56% said it was the single news story they followed more closely than any other last week. However, interest in the Virginia Tech shootings was considerably lower than interest in the Columbine High School shootings which occurred almost exactly eight years earlier.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co. began a $4.28 billion tender offer, the first stage of the newspaper publisher’s planned buyout by billionaire Sam Zell. Tribune, owner of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, is offering to buy back 126 million shares at $34 each, according to a statement from the Chicago-based company today. The purchase will be financed by bank loans and $250 million from Zell.”

  • Tonight, Blank Rome’s Kelly R. Bobek will be presented the “Distinguished Member Award” from Women in Government Relations at the organization’s annual Spring Gala.

  • Peter Beinart and Jonah Goldberg ask, “Are reporters too nice to John McCain?”

  • Time Magazine asks its readers, “Who do you think should be on this year’s list of TIME’s most influential people?” Readers can rate their top choices of the 200 candidates and rate their top choices.

  • E&P reports, “Anyone thinking the declines in circulation should ease when the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases its spring numbers on Monday will be disappointed. According to industry sources, overall daily circulation for the six months ending March 2007 is expected to sink approximately 2.5% while Sunday will drop around 3.0%.”

  • The Irish Times reports, “The emergence of the mobile phone and the rise of text messaging poses a significant threat to writing standards in English,” according to the Ireland’s Department of Education chief examiner in the subject.

  • The Rappahannock Voice’s James Gannon explores “what the controversy over Robert Chappell’s ban on the press” at a Virginia Tech memorial service “was about — and what it was not about.”

  • C&E has confirmed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, former DCCC Chairman and Rep. Vic Fazio , and Joe Trippi as speakers for the August “All Things Political” training conference.

  • Politco’s Ryan Grim writes, “Green: The New Red, White & Blue,” a documentary now airing on Discovery and the Discovery Times Channel, is facile and superficial, with an underlying streak of arrogance. In short, it’s a Thomas Friedman work.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “New York Times Co. shareholders, led by Morgan Stanley, withheld 42 percent of their votes from directors to protest the Sulzberger family’s control over the company. An average of 52.5 million of the 124.2 million shares voted declined to support the directors’ re-election, the company announced on its Web site following the annual shareholder meeting in New York.”

  • Greg Sargent writes, “You won’t be surprised to hear that Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post is willing to stoop to extraordinary depths of dishonesty to smear Dems, but this one is quite remarkable. Check out the rewrite that The Post has done on an AP story it ran today. The Post’s version is far, far, far worse — almost comically so, in fact — for Harry Reid and the Dems than the AP story was in its original form.”

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “The Washington Post’s Kaplan education division continues to expand through acquisitions, this time planning to acquire an investment management school in Australia.”

  • Reuters reports, “Google Inc. has knocked Microsoft Corp. from its perch as the world’s top-ranked brand,” according to findings released by Financial Times and market research firm Millward Brown.

  • Washington Post’s Paul Farhi and Frank Ahrens reports, “Federal regulators, concerned about the effect of television violence on children, will recommend that Congress enact legislation to give the government unprecedented powers to curb violence in entertainment programming, according to government and TV industry sources.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. became the nation’s largest satellite broadcaster with a network of hundreds of antennas that were built and operated in violation of U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules. At least a third of the 800 antennas that beam XM’s radio channels to millions of customers were placed in unapproved locations or emitted signals that were too strong, according to a review of FCC filings.”

  • Reuters reports, “The number of people visiting U.S. newspaper Web sites rose 5.3 percent during the first quarter, an industry group said on Monday, even as publishers reported slower online advertising sales growth.”

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