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Morning Reading List, 05.31.07

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  • An ABC release announced, “For the fifth consecutive week, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54. The last time that ABC won five straight weeks in these categories was more than ten years ago in October 1996.” “World News” also won the May sweep among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54, marking the broadcast’s second consecutive sweeps win. “The last time the broadcast won back-to-back sweeps among both Total Viewers and the demo was eleven years ago in 1996 (February and May).”

  • Dodd, Richardson Decline CBC/Fox Debate

  • An NBC release announced “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was “the most watched network evening newscast during the 2006/2007 television season.” From September 18, 2006-May 25, 2007, the NBC program averaged 8.834 million total viewers, 2% more than ABC “World News” and 23% more than CBS “Evening News”. The show “has now been the top-rated network evening newscast for 11 straight seasons.”

  • According to the New York Observer, “Carl Bernstein’s new biography of Hillary demanded reviewers who are married, like the Clintons, but … there is nobody else married like the Clintons.” Check out Chris Lehmann and Ana Marie Cox’s review of the book.

  • CNN’s Jim Walton sent a note to the staff thanking those who contributed to the Memorial Day weekend promotion of the Fisher House Foundation. “Preliminary figures show that the miles contributed and the matching miles from Fisher House’s airline partners has equated to more than 8,000 flights for service personnel and their families. My sincere appreciation and congratulations to all of those on-air, online and behind the scenes who made this special event happen as part of our continuing efforts to raise awareness of Fisher House.”

  • The AP reports, “The parent of MySpace is buying the media-sharing site Photobucket for about $300 million, bringing together two of the Internet’s most popular hangouts. The deal announced Wednesday will give MySpace and sister sites under News Corp.’s Fox Interactive Media access to Photobucket Inc.’s photo and video technologies, while Photobucket gets Fox’s resources to accelerate development of its tools.”

  • Dave Fay, “who has been with The Times since its inception in 1982 and has covered the Caps for more than two decades,” was named the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award for hockey journalism, “earning him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.”

  • The AP reports, “USA Today, which is published by Gannett Co., said Tuesday it signed licenses with six U.S. book publishers to extend its brand. The agreements will include books on various subjects branded with USA Today and featuring graphics and content from the country’s biggest paper by circulation.”

  • “Ever since President Bush’s January 10 speech announcing the “surge” option in Iraq, the Washington-based debate over U.S . war policy has been the biggest story in the news, according to PEJ’s weekly News Coverage Index.”

  • From a reader: “i think that if this stokke character really wanted to be left alone, she would not have cooperated with a washington post story. certainly, if she had refused to cooperate on the grounds that she wants less attention, not more, the post would not have done the story.”

  • From another reader: “The Post story on the 18-year-old pole vaulter was ridiculous, a bit of a non-story. And it was NOT A-1 material–literally. Why is that an A-1 story? Pop culture, trend, internet, zeitgeist, privacy, information spreading fast, etc., etc., etc.? Yawn. Old story. Non-news. Yes, a picture, and stories, and videos, and information spreads across the web fast. Guess what? They also spread fast 30 years ago–via the wires. Really. It’s not really news anymore that information spreads fast. Does anyone not know that now? And, really, all you can do is scratch your heads at this stupidity: If the family does not want attention–THEN DO NOT GIVE AN INTERVIEW AND PICTURES TO THE WASHINGTON POST. Gawd almighty, it makes many readers think this: The family, and the girl, who is 18 years old and knows better, really DO want the attention. Why else would they give an interview and pictures to the Post? The whole thing is just dumb.”

  • The Guardian’s Richard Byrne notes, “When Al Gore bemoans the sad state of TV news, he’s ignoring an inconvenient truth about his own role in its creation.”

    Jobs

  • DBC Public Relations is looking for a Senior Account Executive.

  • MacNeil/Lehrer Productions is looking for a NewsHour Reporter, National Affairs.

  • Campaigns & Elections magazine “is looking for a hard-working, enterprising staff writer to join our growing network of publications.” To apply please send a cover letter, writing samples and resume to mfelchner@campaignline.com.

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