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Posts Tagged ‘Alan Johnston’

Morning Reading List, 06.26.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • What you’ve missed out on during the endless Paris Hilton coverage.

  • An NBC release announced that “The Chris Matthews Show” was “the number-two rated Sunday morning public affairs show topping CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ ABC’s ‘This Week’ and ‘FOX News Sunday’ in households nationally for the week ending June 17, 2007.”

  • How dare you call the Extreme-ness “unknown.”

  • Check out mediabistro.com’s DC Courses and Semninars.

  • Slate launched Slate V Monday, their new video magazine.

  • The Politico will co-sponsor another Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, this time with CNN and the Los Angeles Times.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Authors Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. have had to labor not only to escape the shadow of Watergate reporting hero Bernstein but also to cope with the particular loathing the Clinton camp has reserved for their biography, ‘Her Way.’”

  • Fox’s Liguori, About to Step Into the Senate’s Line of Fire

  • Internet radio stations to protest royalty hikes

  • Pearlstine’s Plame Book Blames Everyone

  • Ah, the bickering continues:

      Wait, so let me get this straight: The Hill, who were the winners through the agreed-upon seven innings, were the ones who were so upset at the prospect of losing? Wouldn’t it be the team that wanted to extend the game past the ending point — in much the same way grade-school children are wont to do — that would be the one pathetically desperate not to lose?

    And another: “RC vs. Hill = R-E-M-A-T-C-H”

  • Patrick Ruffini on the Politico’s redesign.

  • AOL takes page from blogs, relaunches news

  • Scott Collins: “The Democrats are dead wrong not to debate on Fox News.”

  • Mickey Kaus fact checks Tim Russert.

  • How did you celebrate National Columnists Day?
  • Reuters reports, “The family and colleagues of Alan Johnston, a BBC reporter kidnapped by Islamists in Gaza, urged his captors on Monday not to harm him after he appeared in a video wearing what he said was an explosive belt.”

  • WAMU announced it will turn off its two online music streams today, in recognition of a “Day of Silence” for webcasters across the country. “The online stream of WAMU’s BluegrassCountry.org and WAMU 88.5 Channel 2 on wamu.org — which broadcasts music content from WTMD in Towson, Md. — will go silent for a day.” Visitors to the sites who click on the streaming audio links will instead hear a recorded statement. The station’s on-air broadcast on 88.5 FM, as well as its HD on-air signals, will not be affected. The Internet radio “Day of Silence” is being organized by SaveNetRadio.org, a coalition of artists, labels, listeners, and webcasters. It is meant to represent the silence that could occur when new online music royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) take effect July 15.”

  • Regarding Jo Becker a reader writes, “Also, is correct for Post to refer to her as a ‘staff writer’ when she is obviously a staff writer now at Times?”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Broadcast television’s annual springtime sales bazaar drew to a close Friday with the five networks surpassing their estimates by ringing up a combined $9.3 billion in commitments for prime-time commercial spots for the coming TV season.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s shares are ‘undervalued’ because the company is unlikely to succeed in combining with larger rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and offers a better product, Merrill Lynch & Co. said.”

  • Deborah Howell addresses the updates FOIA so badly needs, “Reporters use FOIA a lot less than businesses do, probably one reason the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports reform, along with about 100 other organizations.”

  • Parents Television Council President Tim Winter will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on issue of television violence at the “Impact of Media Violence on Children” hearing at 10 a.m. today.

  • Anita Kumar from the St. Petersburg Times is joining the Washington Post as a new statehouse correspondent in Richmond.

  • The Deal reports, “The proposed $17.52 billion Thomson-Reuters merger is expected to result in an asset sale in order to win regulatory approval.”

  • Ronald Aronica and Mtetwa Ramdoo, business analysts, weigh in on Tom Friedman’s book with a critical analysis.

  • New York Business.com reports, “Publisher David Carey was pressing the flesh last week during the final stretch of his race to fill Conde Nast Portfolio’s second issue with ads. He met with clients to share enthusiastic e-mails from some of the business title’s high-profile readers, media buyers say. His efforts to retain all his advertisers haven’t been entirely successful.”

  • PBS Tells Producer Not To Hire Conservatives.”

  • Roger Aronoff thinks, “This has been a rough year for Tim Russert, though you wouldn’t know it the way he is treated by the media.”

  • RenewAmerica responds to WashingtonTimes

  • The New York Times reports, “This week, Mr. Binn will announce that his magazine company, Niche Media, will merge with Greenspun Media Group of Las Vegas — which publishes Vegas, Wynn and Venetian Style, among other magazines — and Ocean Drive Media Group, which publishes Ocean Drive and Ocean Drive Español and several other magazines.”

  • Emily Lenzner is leaving NPR to fill in for ABC’s This Week Editorial Producer Ilana Drimmer, who will be on maternity leave through the end of the year.

  • MinOnline reports, “‘Gossip’ Remains Advertising Stronger Than ‘Real’ News And Business.”

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    Morning Reading List, 06.22.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Hooray for rediscovering the awesome-ness of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”

  • Check out CQ’s Weekly Political Trivia.

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending June 17, 2007 in all categories.” On Sunday, the NBC program attracted 3.142 million total viewers, 33% more than CBS’s “Face the Nation,” a 37% lead over ABC’s “This Week” and a 189% lead over FOX “News Sunday.”

  • Cousin TVNewser reports, “Steve Centanni‘s three weeks of captivity in Gaza last August gave him a deeper understanding of freedom.” In the August issue of Best Life, Centanni said, “I haven’t traveled back to Gaza yet. I don’t know if I ever will. Places like that have always been dangerous for journalists. Usually, you’re able to keep that fear at bay so that it doesn’t influence your decision to go. But now I’m afraid it has to influence my decisions a little more. I’m thankful that I can go back if I choose. I’m free to make that decision entirely on my own.”

  • A reader writes in, “if you wanna get meta the npr piece you linked to on conceptual scoops was itself a conceptual scoop. whoa.”

  • WKYS’ Russ Parr hits the red carpet.

  • Report: Sirius Holds Retail Edge Over XM

  • David Ignatius poses a new question to the readers of Post Global — “BBC’s Alan Johnston is still missing after 100 days. Have Western journalists lost their ‘white flag’ of neutrality? How can they get it back?”

  • Glenn Greenwald offers his thoughts on “Chris Matthews on Fred Thompson’s sexiness and smells.

    Jobs

  • The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is hiring an Editorial Assistant, a Journals Assistant and a Journals Director.

  • The Chronicle Newspapers is looking for an Account Executive for Advertising Sales.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Production Coordinator.

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  • To Do: Support Johnston

    From here:

      The BBC’s Gaza Correspondent, Alan Johnston, was abducted at gunpoint in Gaza City on March 12. Today a video message appeared on the internet, in which Alan says he is in good health and being treated well by his captors.

      To mark the thirteenth week of his captivity, the BBC is organising an event at Washington DC’s National Press Club on Monday, June 4,
      2.45pm-3.30pm. It will be broadcast live by satellite on BBC World with access available to all other networks. There will be a moment’s silence for Alan along with comments from four speakers:

      The BBC’s Washington bureau chief, Andrew Steele, previously the BBC’s Middle East bureau chief, knows Alan very well and appointed him to the Gaza correspondent position.

      Fox News correspondent Steve Centanni was held hostage in Gaza in
      August 2006 and speaks from personal experience about what it’s like to be captured there.

      Ziad Asali, the President of the American Task Force on Palestine,
      explains the deep concern and outrage over the abduction expressed by
      journalists within the Palestinian territories.

      Frank Smyth
      , held captive in Abu Ghraib during the Saddam Hussein era, is now the Journalists Security Coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Not only can he give personal testimony, but he also understands the enormous challenges facing journalists throughout the world.

    Read rest here.

    See the Washington Post’s recent story here.

    Morning Reading List, 04.03.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Lots and lots and lots of coverage of the recent Tribune deal. (Hat Tip: Romenesko)

  • Almost no one got busted by an April Fools joke. Are you too smart or no fun?

  • Jack Hurley, “deputy director/senior VP, broadcasting, for the Newseum and its backer, the Freedom Forum” talks to B&C’s John Eggerton.

  • At AFI Silver, an Arch Look at ‘Broadcast News’

  • We’re At War; That’s Front-Page News Every Day

  • E&P reports, “While newspaper circulation continues to slide, readership is growing, especially with younger readers — when taking online newspaper sites into consideration. According to the latest data from the Newspaper Association of America, newspaper Web sites contributed a 13.7% increase in total newspaper audience for adults 25-to-34.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “MSNBC.com, the No. 2-ranked news Web site behind Yahoo News, is starting its first branding ad campaign this week.”

  • Are journalists predisposed to substance abuse? Tell us what you think.

  • Slate gives us this: “The WP takes a moment to explain why President Bush opting not to throw out the first pitch at a ballgame isn’t news. TP is just as confused as you are.”

  • Washington Whispers reports that Daryn Kagan “has found a new outlet for her special style of reporting: PBS. Come June, she airs Breaking the Curse, a documentary about a mom who dealt with her daughter’s death by helping Indians with leprosy.” More here.

  • CQ reports, “Baseball’s New TV Deal Draws Hill Scrutiny.” It is also drawing scrutiny from Virginians.

  • Chris Wallace torches Keith Olbermann.

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “American Capital Strategies and an affiliate have invested $160 million in Geosign Group Holdings and Geosign Corp., collectively known as Geosign, an online publishing company
  • Business Week explores the question, “Is Google Too Powerful?”

  • Bloomberg reports, “McClatchy is in talks to form advertising partnerships with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to grab a greater share of Internet spending, says CEO Gary Pruitt.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner’s AOL says its Advertising.com unit will manage advertising sold on a new online video venture being built by News Corp. and NBC Universal. Advertising.com will also manage ads inserted into an embedded media player to be used by the venture’s distribution partners.”

  • New York Daily News reports, “Should New York mayor Mike Bloomberg run for president of the United States, he will have a major ally in Rupert Murdoch.”

  • Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Comcast chief Brian Roberts received about $27.8 million in compensation last year, according to a statement the company filed with federal regulators.

  • Reuters reports, “The New York Times’s new Classic Crossword Widget gives users the ability to personalize their Google home page with the newspaper’s crossword puzzle.”

  • Beet TV reports, “The Washington Post is revamping its home page to make video more prominent. A new, sleek, black media player, spanning nearly the entire width of the page, displays three windows with featured videos. The player can be ‘pushed’ to the right to present more multimedia offerings.”

  • M V Kamath, chairman of Prasar Bharati, India’s national public broadcaster, predicts a gloomy future for newspapers.”

  • Radar reports, “The Huffington Post, the left-leaning opinion collective and news aggregator that bears her name, is adding hundreds of new diarists in time for its two-year anniversary on May 9.”

  • Drudge reports, “During a live press conference in Baghdad, Senators McCain and Graham were heckled by CNN reporter Michael Ware.”

  • TVNewser tells us, “Greenfield May Be On CBS Within Month.” CBS News President Sean McManus said, “Jeff’s writing, reporting and analytical skills are second to none.” Greenfield’s start date is May 1.

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “Discovery Communications says it has agreed to buy Cox Communications’ 25 percent stake in the company for $1.28 billion.”

  • Gawker took “a little gander” at some of Salon’s recent filings with the SEC.

  • TVNewser has highlights from Newsday’s profile on Sean Hannity.

  • FOX News Channel tells us they were the first cable news network to break today’s tragic news of the shooting in Seattle at the University of Washington.

  • Yesterday from Reporters Without Borders: “Reporters Without Borders today voiced its serious concern about the continued detention in the Gaza Strip of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter Alan Johnston and appealed to the Palestinian Authority president and prime minister to take a tougher line with his kidnappers to obtain his release.”

  • Politico’s Ryan Grim takes “A Jab at JibJab.”

  • Mark Lasswell thinks George Stephanopoulos “knows more than he lets on about firing U.S. attorneys.”

  • Slate is fixing up The Fray “with the help of our users.”

  • Last night was the first night of “World News’” special series — “Key to the World” — that is taking ABC’s Bill Weir to remote places that are examples of the major challenges of our time. Last night was from Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean. Check out the report.

  • A reader writes in, “It’s been my experience that people who comment online tend to be obsessive trolls whose opinions should be taken with a grain of salt (and yes, I realize that I am currently commenting on a blog). Post.com is still the best news website around. And it looks clean and articulate. Just like Barry O. And no, I don’t work for WaPo.”