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Noon Reading List 04.03.09

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Its day 74 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES

NEWPAPERS

NYT executive editor Bill Keller tells Politico that readers have offered to donate money to keep the Times alive, and suggested that GM probably isn’t getting similar offers. “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”

That has gotten some attention on the blogosphere- check out NYT: “Screw Darfur, Save Maureen.”

Howard Kurtz: “The first lady has generated endless media chatter about everything from her sleeveless dresses to her vegetable garden. And she has a disarming candor. But this week’s coverage has an over-the-top feel. Are journalists in danger of exhausting their supply of superlatives?”

Jon Friedman: You can usually identify a New York Times column by the writer’s agenda. Nicholas Kristof wants to save Darfur. Maureen Dowd relishes sticking the needle in some Beltway blowhard. Paul Krugman seeks to put his stamp on economic policy. But what about Thomas Friedman?

Ten experts from inside and outside the newspaper industry were asked to write mission statements for the core print product, say what elements of the current paper they would include if they were starting a print product from scratch and gaze into their crystal balls to predict the industry’s future. Check it out here.

TV

LAT: “Allowing free viewing of marquee prime-time shows on the Internet is causing anxiety among some in the media industry, who worry that the practice mirrors the potentially fatal error newspapers made of losing subscribers by not charging for online editions.”

The Reliable Source confirms. Dating: “CNN anchors John Roberts and Kyra Phillips, sources close to the situation confirm. She accompanied him last month to his induction into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in Toronto; he showed up in support as she emceed the TAPS Honor Guard Gala at the Mellon Auditorium here Tuesday, benefiting families who have lost service members. Also seen together that night dining at Zola. A commuter relationship: He’s based in NYC, she’s in Atlanta.”

ONLINE

Paul Farhi: “For years, newspapers have effectively been handing their online competitors one of their chief weapons in the fight for the news audience, the AP wire. Could this situation — and the more or less collective decision to offer free access to news online — have been avoided?”

MAGAZINES

For the first time in memory, the magazine death rate has surpassed the magazine birth rate. The number of print magazines that folded in the first quarter reached 101 titles. By contrast, the number of print magazines that launched in the first quarter totaled 95.

Google is rumored to be in late stage negotiations to acquire Twitter. They can be assumed to be well, well north of the $250 million valuation that they saw in their recent funding. Twitter turned down an offer to be bought by Facebook just a few months ago for half a billion dollars.

NEWS NOTES

TMZ.com is expanding its coverage of Washington and attempting to put a new face on U.S. lawmakers with its unique coverage of body shapes, car styles, sidewalk interviews, and legal snafus. TMZ’s Harvey Levin was in Washington on Thursday looking to hire a second D.C. staff member.

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