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Morning Reading List, 08.07.07

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  • FairVote’s is holding an Upgrade Democracy video contest and inviting you to a short video answering the question: “If you could change anything you wanted about elections, what would our democracy look like?” For more info, click here.

  • New York Post reports, “Time Warner’s weak second-quarter results prompted Pali Research analyst Richard Greenfield to release a blistering report on Thursday in which he called on the company’s board to shake up management and sell AOL. But it appears as if his opinion isn’t shared by his Wall Street colleagues.”

  • Why Do We Suck? and Other Questions Political Journalists Asked Themselves at YearlyKos

  • More ratings data from ABC’s Sunday GOP debate, over at TVNewser.
  • One Year Out From Olympics, A Test of Openness in Beijing

  • From the NYPost: “Ted Koppel has slashed the price of his suburban D.C. home almost in half. The Post’s Braden Keil reports the retired “Nightline” anchor is now asking $2.3 million for his 9,000-square-foot Potomac, Md., house after first listing it in May 2005 for $4.1 million.”

  • New York Magazine’s Robert Kolker reports, “Don Imus, it turns out, isn’t cooked. Far from it. Hiring Lenny Bruce’s lawyer—the veteran First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus—was the first step in what appears to be an increasingly likely if improbable comeback.”

  • Howard Kurtz weighs in on the first online debate.

  • The Nation’s Ari Berman reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of the Wall Street Journal this week is drawing the ire of some Democrats running for President. … But the Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, hasn’t said a peep. ”

  • MediaPost reports, “A recent study of America’s top 100 newspaper websites, entitled ‘American Newspapers and the Internet; Threat or Opportunity?’ by Bivings Research, noting that using the Internet to expand a newspaper’s reach is becoming more and more important, reports that ninety-two percent of America’s top 100 papers now offer video on their websites… a significant jump from 2006, where just 61 percent offered video.”

  • Mr. Magazine reports, “If the trend continues throughout the rest of the year, the total number of new magazine launches will set a record in terms of the percentage of decline in launches. The only hot activity last month was the heat index rather than the magazine launches. July new launches hit a record low equal to that of last February.”

  • CNETNews.com reports, “‘The hyperlink has changed everything,’ asserted Jarvis, who runs media criticism site BuzzMachine and political blog PrezVid. Citing the motto ‘do what you do best, and link to the rest,’ he said that news outlets can achieve new levels of efficiency through the ability to direct readers to click elsewhere for more information. In one sense, it’s the 21st-century equivalent of a newspaper running an Associated Press or Reuters wire story instead of assigning one of its own reporters to the task. On the other hand, the hyperlink is the foundation behind a phenomenon that’s purely Web 2.0: the news aggregator.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Drudge’s following is so large and loyal that he routinely can drive hundreds of thousands of readers to a single story, photo or video through a link on his lively compendium of the news. With media organizations competing fiercely for online audiences, the whims of Matt Drudge can make a measurable difference.”

  • Poynter reports, “Even Frank Rich of The New York Times, as well as the Washington Post, are interested in Drudge.”

  • AP reports, “In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.”

  • Reuters reports, “Every U.S. presidential candidate has a Web site, of course, but when the top Democratic hopefuls were asked on Saturday whether they would appoint a White House blogger if elected, all of them said yes.”

  • Washington Post’s Jose Antonio Vargas reports, “Walking around McCormick Place during the weekend, it became clear that only a handful of the 1,500 conventioneers — bloggers, policy experts, party activists — are African American, Latino or Asian.”

  • His Extremeness reminds us “buying insurance in blackjack is a sucker’s bet.”

  • A tipster tells us that the Swampland event at Yearly Kos “was the ticket to have at Yearly Kos. We were at fire capacity and had a one person in, one person out policy. Line was 15 people deep at one point … I’m just saying.”

  • Boston Globe’s Alex Beam writes, “There was a curious detail in The New Yorker’s recent, none-wished-it-longer profile of real estate and media tycoon Mortimer Zuckerman. The longtime chairman of Boston Properties, Zuckerman writes a weekly column for U.S. News & World Report, which he owns.”

  • Washington Post’s Danna L. Walker explored whether a “a class of college students survive without iPods, cellphones, computers and TV from one sunrise to the next?”

  • The Newseum and the National Archives present, “50 Years After Little Rock: The Media and the Movement,” a panel at the National Archives on Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. The panelists include Washington Post’s Dorothy Gilliam.

  • A reader points our attention to Howard Kurtz’s profile on David Bradley, stating: “After reading it, Bradley reminds me of the Dan Snyder of journalism … always dreaming of which ‘free agent contract’ to go after, but never putting together a coherent plan on how it all meshes together.”

    Jobs

  • Argus Media is looking for Power, fuels, environmental markets
    reporters.

  • NPR.org is looking for a creative writer, editor and multimedia producer with daily news and online experience to help drive social-media projects and innovate new approaches for our radio programs on the Web.

  • Online Investment Publisher is looking for an Assistant Product & Marketing Manager.

  • Defense News is looking for a copy editor.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a Copy Editor/Page Designer.

  • Al Arabiya News Channel is looking for an intern.

  • Congressional Quarterly, Inc. is looking for a Web Editor/Writer, Editor for the Web Project Team, a Technical Journalist/Web Developer, an Editor, User Experience & Design and a Multimedia Web Producer.

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