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Morning Reading List, 10.15.07

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  • Thank you notes on paper are a sweet gesture.

  • FBN: The Schedule

  • Drudge reports that Imus is back.

  • WUSA Hires New Anchor to Join McGinty

  • Clark Hoyt and Deb Howell do some ombudding.

  • Group Plans to Provide Investigative Journalism

  • Washington Monthly’s Paul Glastris is on tonight’s “Colbert Report.”

  • Everybody Sucks: Gawker and the rage of the creative underclass.”

  • NBC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning on Sunday, October 7, 2007, in all categories across the country and in Washington, D.C.”

  • Brian Williams to host SNL.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday October 7, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers for the fourth straight week. This marks the fifth time in six weeks ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers.”

  • Christopher Hitchens vs. Alister McGrath.

  • NBC Dominates RTNDA Awards

  • Fox Puts Its Money on ‘Fun’ Business Channel

  • An NBC release announced, “Valerie Plame Wilson sits down with Meredith Vieira in her first-ever live television interview, on NBC News’ ‘Today,’ Monday, October 22.”

  • Marc Fisher isn’t a huge fan of XM Radio’s new POTUS channel.

  • Judy Miller reviews “Curveball.”

  • Gene Weingarten on how to save the newspaper industry.

  • Michael Murphy, Senior Manager, Media Relations at FNC is leaving the network.

  • The Pulitzer accuracy test.

  • Washington Post Buys CourseAdvisor Online Directory

  • A tipster tells us that Danielle Karson, a longtime WAMU (NPR) reporter and host, has left the station.

  • New York Times reports, “When Zachary McCune, a student at Brown, received an e-mail message from the university telling him he might have broken the law by downloading copyrighted songs, his eyes glazed over the warning and he quickly forgot about it. ‘I already knew what they’d say about file-sharing,’ he said. ‘It’s become a campus cliché.’”

  • From Freakonomics: “Here Are the Answers to Your Craigslist Questions”

  • TVNewser reports, “After 11 years in New Jersey, in a matter of days, MSNBC will make the move into a combined facility on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center.”

  • Reuters reports, “Viewers have yet to see a single show, but the power of Rupert Murdoch’s name has convinced some that his Fox Business Network has a shot at succeeding, even if it won’t dislodge U.S. business cable news leader CNBC just yet.”

  • New York Times reports, “ABC Reshapes the Evening News for the Web”

  • PR Week reports, “Unions in the media industry face the same challenges as their industrial brethren; they are derided by opponents as vestiges of an obsolete economic model that promote mediocrity and shackle companies from making forward-looking changes.”

  • E&P reports, “ABC Explains New Move to Count Web Traffic — and How It Is Measured”

  • A release announced, “The second annual Slate 60 Conference will honor innovative philanthropy on October 21-22, 2007 at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Slate 60 Conference will feature top philanthropists, including President Bill Clinton, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Eli Broad, actor Michael J. Fox, Carlos Slim Helu, who recently contributed $100 million to the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, sharing their personal stories in giving and how philanthropic contributions are changing the world. Speakers will discuss innovation in various sectors of philanthropy such as education, health care, and the environment.”

  • Check out the latest edition of Mediabistro’s J-School Confidential. “In this edition of J-School confidential, our Columbia MA student attempts cope with the ever-growing pile of printouts beside her bed.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “When a challenger takes on the champion, boxing judges don’t award points for effort alone. The upstart almost always has to win by a knockout, pure and simple.”

  • A release announced, “The National Association of Hispanic Journalists urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leadership of the House of Representatives to pass a bill to create a federal shield law that would protect journalists from attempts to try to force them to reveal their confidential sources. A vote on this bill has unexpectedly been scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 16.”

  • DCist reports, Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great “was named one of five finalists for the National Book Award for nonfiction.”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “A New Bobble Joins the Debate”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of Sept. 20 through Oct. 5 shows, “While the rest of the media were focused on private security contractors in Iraq last week, the cable and radio talk hosts spent their time continuing to argue over a controversial phrase by Rush Limbaugh. Plus, another remnant of the Anna Nicole Smith saga makes the top-10 list.”

  • Ralph Hanson writes, “So I was surprised to read that progressive political commentary magazine New Republic decided that an illustration they had commissioned to go with an article about cussing was too offensive to print. The illustration depicts a wide range of offensive terms for sex and excretory functions, along with their more proper acceptable terms. The main link above is to an article from SF Weekly about the article and illustration. And they print the controversial illustration. Be forewarned. The illustration has lots of words on it that you may or may not find offensive.”

  • And from SF Weekly, “New Republic won’t run Ward Schumacker’s illustration along with story about cussing”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “NBC Universal is dropping the curtain on ‘beautiful downtown Burbank.’ The media company, which made the town of tract houses the butt of endless jokes, but also brought it prominence as the base of ‘The Tonight Show,’ is decamping to nearby Universal Studios. The media company announced today that it will sell much of the 34 acres it owns in Burbank, including the legendary NBC Studios at 3000 W. Alameda Ave.”

  • Media Post reports, “Many Wall Street analysts are lowering earnings expectations for CBS Corp. as they anticipate the worst for the advertising-dependent, pure-play broadcaster being squeezed by shaky program ratings and a soft advertising market. But those warnings may not go far enough.”

  • CNet News.com reports, “Everyone knows Nielsen as the company that measures how many people are glued to their TV sets watching news and sitcoms for what is called Fall Sweeps. The numbers can make or break a new show.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger and other media executives urged U.S. regulators to reject a push by Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. to free some television airwaves for mobile Internet access.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Polish those resumes, kids. ABC News is now offering PAID internships. ABC News hires 75-80 interns every semester. ABC says the interns will earn ‘an hourly wage consistent with media industry standards.’ Probably enough to rent a nice place in Tribeca for the semester.”

  • Inside Cable News points out, “More FNC Blogs.”

  • Mark Gimein writes for Time, “Crack for Journalists: The Economics of Blogging”

  • From “The Long Goodbye Dept.” over at Wonkette check out this and this.

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Half a century ago, sociologist David Riesman noted that in a mass media age, journalists tend to be cheerleaders for political candidates who have the charisma of entertainers. Reporters do this not because they believe the better entertainer will be the better president, but simply because entertaining candidates draw a bigger crowd for the media’s own product — the news.”

  • Business Week’s Media Centric writes, “Don’t Kill the Nightly News. Really”

  • The Daily Northwestern reports, “Jim Lehrer, the host of PBS’s ‘The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,’ discussed journalism, and the ‘revolution’ within it Wednesday afternoon in the half-full McCormick Auditorium in Norris University Center.”

  • Discovery to buy HowStuffWorks.com

  • Daily Candy looks at Wolfgang Puck’s new restaurant, The Source.

    Jobs

  • Bright Young Things is looking for contributors.

  • The Hartford Courant is seeking a new Washington Reporter.

  • Reuters is looking for Journalism Interns in Washington DC for Summer 2008.

  • The Daily Progress is seeking a copy editor/page designer.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for an Editorial Assistant and an Assistant Editor.

  • The Washington Monthly is looking for Interns.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Money & Politics Reporter.

  • Pew Research Center is looking for a Communications/Administrative Assistant.

  • La Politica is looking for a Reporter.

  • Biblical Archaeology Society is looking for an Editor.

  • The Nation is looking for a Senior Editor.

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