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Morning Reading List, 11.12.07

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  • Hooray for hair conditioner.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of October 29, 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ increased among total viewers and Adults 25-54 compared to last year while both CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ declined.” Also, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday November 4, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ won the key Adults 25-54 demo, outperforming both CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ and NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’”

  • The New York Observer reports on The Atlantic’s anniversary party, “‘This is so offensive! Why is there a visible VIP area where people are gorging themselves on drinks and shrimp?’ said Steve Ruddy, a 35-year-old actor who lives in the West Village. ‘This is the strangest event I’ve ever been to,’ said Linda Lakritz of the Upper West Side. She said she was expecting a gift bag, and got a copy of The Atlantic instead. ‘It made me really sad,’ said Jennifer Vanasco, another member of the audience. ‘I expect something more from The Atlantic. I mean, I can get this from New York magazine.’”

  • XM-Sirius Merger Made Simple: One Is Always Less Than Two

  • Gannett Blog reports, “A private investment company, Brandes Investment Partners, disclosed today that it has nearly doubled its ownership stake in Gannett. Brandes now owns 11.25% of GCI vs. 6.6% as recently as March 15. The firm was already Gannett’s single-biggest stockholder, after buying a chunk of shares around February of this year. That’s when it appears to have emerged for the first time as GCI’s top investor.”

  • American University announced, “American University’s Center for Social Media, a center within the School of Communication, will host a lecture by Keith Richburg as part of the ‘Foreign Correspondence and the Future of Public Media’ speaker series at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 in the university’s Mary Graydon Center, Room 324.”

  • FCC Moves to Place Restrictions on Cable TV

  • An ABC release announced, “In a special Veterans Day edition of ‘Nightline,’ Vanity Fair and ABC News’ Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross partner to take a harrowing look at the other war seldom talked about in eastern Afghanistan. Over a six month period, ‘Vanity Fair’s’ Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington were embedded with the Second Platoon of the 173rd Airborne and given unprecedented access to the ongoing ground war. … The report brings the viewer inside soldier life in one of the most dangerous region of the war on terror in Afghanistan at a time when the major U.S. ally in the region, Pakistan, roils from a dire political crisis. Brian Ross and ‘Vanity Fair’s’ report on the war in eastern Afghanistan will air on ‘Nightline’ Monday, November 12, 2007 at 11:35pm (ET/PT).”

  • Inside Cable News reports, “CNN is trying a new gimmick during commercial breaks; a countdown clock with a progress bar that keeps track of how long until a program resumes…”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “IAC/InterActiveCorp., which recently announced plans to split off several major businesses, today launched a comedy news site as part of its broader push into online media and entertainment.”

  • A release announced, “The Magazine Group took home 11 Pearl Awards at a November 8 ceremony in New York City. Among the Washington, DC-based firm’s honors were four Gold, three Silver and four Bronze awards. Sponsored by the Custom Publishing Council, the fourth annual Pearl Awards saluted the best in design, editorial and strategic initiatives for B2B and consumer custom publications. A panel of marketing executives, academics, journalists, designers, corporate strategists and publishers evaluated 572 entries from 29 companies.”

  • Washingtonian has the details of the Yahoo summit where Karl Rove “revealed what ad his party would have run if Howard Dean had become the Democrat’s presidential nominee in 2004.”

  • A release announced, “RCN Corporation, a leading provider of video, data, and voice services to residential and business customers, announced today that it has become an official sponsor of
    American University Athletics.”

  • The News Interest Index shows, “Currently, just 16% of Americans name the Iraq war as the news story that first comes to mind when asked what has been in the news lately. In December and January, a period when U.S. policy toward Iraq and President Bush’s troop surge drew extensive news coverage, as many as half or more named the Iraq war as the first story that came to mind.”

  • A release announced, “Yahoo! Inc. … announced that the New York Daily News, the fifth largest newspaper in the United States, has become the largest newspaper to join the Newspaper Consortium.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNBC sure has a fan in Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH). Today, during Senate floor remarks, he said he was working out at the gym this morning when Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appeared on the network.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “YOU! Should recycle, but you probably already do — because lovin’ Mother Earth has never been more front-and-center in the national — nay, global — consciousness…and you heard it from Time’s annual “Person of the Year” panel first.”

  • A release announced, “My Damn Channel, an entertainment studio and new media platform, … announced the launch of the Big Fat Brain Channel. Two original episodic comedy series will debut this month from web video veterans Troy Hitch and Matt Bledsoe, who have designed the My Damn Channel site and produced many of its promotional videos including ‘Landlord 2027,’ ‘Doggy,’ ‘The Dizruptor’ and ‘The Way of Harry’ series.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “NPR’S Laura Sullivan named Daniel Schorr journalism prize winner.”

    Jobs

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for Reporters and a Features writer.

  • Washington and Lee University is looking for a Reynolds Program Coordinator.

  • Al Jazeera International is looking for an Assistant Producer.

  • Access Intelligence, LLC is looking for an Assistant Managing Editor.

  • American Lung Association is looking for a Vice President, Communications.

  • Argus Media is looking for a Power & fuels reporter.

  • The Israel Project (TIP) is looking for applicants for a Media Fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent college or graduate school alumni who are starting their careers in journalism or strategic communications/Israel advocacy.

  • Smithsonian Magazine Online is looking for an Editorial Intern.

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