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Morning Reading List, 02.12.08

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  • It is close, but most of you think that MSNBC handled the Shuster/Pimp episode “Appropriately…he deserved what he got”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • The New York Times reports, “For more than 25 years, The Washington Times has positioned itself against its more liberal cross-town rival, The Washington Post. But for its new executive editor, The Times tapped a Post alumnus, John F. Solomon, 41, who took control of the paper two weeks ago. Mr. Solomon, a longtime investigative reporter, was a surprise choice.”

  • A release announced, “The New America Foundation, a nonpartisan ten-year-old think tank headquartered in Washington D.C., announced today the appointment of Dr. Eric Schmidt, the chairman and chief executive of Google, Inc., as the new chairman of New America’s Board of Directors.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Richard Reeves writes, “Yes, I still use AOL as my home page, probably because I’m too lazy to move on. And, yes, I start many days growling in hazy anger because folks in cyberspace seem to think Britney Spears is to the United States in 2008 what Winston Churchill was to England in 1940. But last Wednesday, I was even madder than usual when the first headline that popped up was: ‘Media Gets It Wrong Again.’”

  • Jeffrey Dvorkin: “A nervous news industry is killing off its ombudsmen. But after facing enraged NPR listeners when I had that role, I know the public has the most to lose.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Standard & Poor’s Corp. put Tribune Co.’s already junk-rated debt under review for possible downgrade Friday, saying the Chicago-based media company’s newspaper publishing group is likely to face further erosion of advertising revenue.”

  • A release announced, “U.S. Air Force officials have revamped their subpoena practices to extend greater protections to journalists, according to newly released regulations. The changes, which followed a 2005 meeting between top Air Force attorneys and members of The Dart Society, are modeled after guidelines adopted decades ago by the U.S. Attorney General for use in federal civilian cases.”

  • A tipster points out, “Chris Matthews: Joining me now is Jeanne Cummings of the Politico.com, sort of an online newspaper. It’s also in print. It’s a big thing in Washington now, to the dismay of the ‘Washington Post.’”

  • B&C reports, “With poignant timing, the funders of the new Newseum in Washington, D.C., last week said the newly constructed version would open April 11. The irony, of course, is that in the last few months, the newspaper industry, which forms part of the spine of this 250,000-square-foot museum, has been caught in what seems to be a persistent downward spiral. To many Americans, newspapers belong in a museum with other artifacts.”

  • Helen Thomas looks back as an eyewitness to history and delves into her story when she sits for a conversation with Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh.” For more info, click here.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell has had talks with News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch about Tribune facilities printing the southern Florida and Los Angeles editions of The Wall Street Journal, according to a person familiar with the situation.”

  • New York Time’s David Carr reports, “The Wall Street Journal, which has historically had a thing for guys in pinstripes rendered in stippled drawings, is taking its makeover very seriously. During a week when the stock market fell more than 4 percent, a recession seemed more likely, and Microsoft was putting the moves on Yahoo, The Journal spent almost all of its front-page real estate above the fold on politics, replete with flashy graphics. Out with Ballmer and Bernanke; in with Obama, Clinton and McCain.”

  • Dallas Morning News reports, “Belo Corp. said Friday that it had completed the spinoff of its newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News, and related businesses into a new publicly traded company called A.H. Belo Corporation.”

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    TV

  • CBS Workers Seized; Car Bombers Target U.S.-Backed Sunnis

  • A release announced, “CNN, Univision Communications Inc. and the Texas Democratic Party in conjunction with the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation will host a Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday, Feb. 21. Both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama have accepted invitations to the debate. The program will air live from the LBJ Auditorium at the University of Texas in Austin on CNN and on CNN International from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (ET)/7p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (CT) and will air in Spanish on the Univision Network beginning at 11:30 p.m. (ET)/10:30 p.m. (CT).”

  • An NBC release announced, “Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will anchor MSNBC’s special live coverage of the ‘Potomac Primaries,’ in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., tomorrow beginning at 6 p.m. ET. MSNBC will continue live coverage all day, with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, NBC News White House correspondent David Gregory, MSNBC anchor Dan Abrams and MSNBC Chief Washington correspondent Norah O’Donnell anchoring from New York and MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson and NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell anchoring live from Washington D.C.”

  • “WCBSTV.com reports that two journalists working for CBS News in Basra, Iraq, are missing. As of now, their identities are not being released.” TVNewser has the statement from CBS News.

  • Regarding this, a Salon reader writes, “It would have been fine if Hillary said the ‘pimped out’ remark was contemptible, Shuster apologized, and everyone moved on. But I agree that it is discomforting when the person who wants to be president demands someone be fired for an offensive comment.”

  • Ralph Hansen offers another Pimp-Gate roundup.

  • From Fox News: “Out of Bounds? NBC Newsman Suspended After Harsh Remark About Chelsea Clinton”

  • A release announced, “Tune in to CN8, The Comcast Network on Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. as CN8 Political Director Lynn Doyle hosts a special edition of ‘It’s Your Call,’ featuring live, expert analysis of the Beltway primary elections taking place in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The coverage follows CN8′s launch of ‘America’s Next President,’ the network’s most expansive election package to date tracking all major events leading up to the presidential election and ‘It’s Your Call’s’ extensive live coverage of Super Tuesday events on Feb. 5. Doyle will be joined in studio by CN8 Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief Robert Traynham; CN8 political analysts Brad Brewster, Bill Pascrell III and Steve Ayscue; and political commentator Joe Watkins, all of whom will provide viewers with an inside look at the candidates, platforms and issues impacting the primary elections in the Beltway.”

  • B&C reports, “With hot races still ahead, cable networks reap ratings and rake in cash”

  • New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports, “Mr. Conroy, whose job title is ‘off-air reporter,’ (because he does not normally appear on television) is one of many young journalists hired by the networks to follow the candidates across the country, filing video and blog posts as they go. Originally hired to cut expenses — their cost is a fraction of a full television crew’s — these reporters, also called ‘embeds,’ have produced a staggering amount of content, especially video. And in this election cycle, for the first time, they are able to edit and transmit video on the fly.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Huffington Post’s Cenk Uygur is “Defending David Shuster”

  • “Starting when the Virginia polls close at 7:00pm ET … washingtonpost.com and Newsweek will join forces again to host a live video Web cast of Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland’s ‘Potomac Primary.’ (Last week the two sites covered Super Tuesday with 7 hours of live web video.)”

  • CNet News.com reports, “Planned job cuts at Yahoo are expected to come on Tuesday, with managers possibly finding out Saturday who is on the list, according to sources inside the company.”

  • The Times reports, “Yahoo! is seeking to restart merger talks with AOL as a means of defending itself against the $45 billion (£23 billion) hostile bid approach from Microsoft, The Times has learnt.”

  • NJ.com’s Danny Glover writes, “OK, ya’ll get to decide whether Beltway Blogroll has been a good blog, but it is coming to an end. My tenure at National Journal ends tomorrow with the final issue of Technology Daily, where I served as the managing editor for six years before being promoted to the editorship in November 2006. Beltway Blogroll, a direct outgrowth of the interest I developed in politics and technology while at Tech Daily, will cease publication at the same time.”

  • Information Week reports, “U.S. Online Video Views Top 10 Billion”

  • Guardian.co.uk reports, “Reuters has forged a deal with the Guardian to sell advertising slots on the pages viewed by US users of the newspaper’s website. Under the agreement, Reuters will get the exclusive rights to sell ads targeted at the American audience of Guardian.co.uk.”

  • Newsweek reports, “Craigslist, the online classified-ad giant, has become the unwitting host to criminals of every description.”

  • The Hill reports, “Another anonymous D.C.-based blog has hit the streets. Written by a smattering of Hill political wonks, K Street lobbyists, PR gurus and even an undisclosed journalist, it is called FamousDC (www.famousdc.com) and aims to cover the famous-for-D.C. intersection of politics, media and sports.”

  • A release announced,Paul E. Steiger, editor-in-chief of ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom producing journalism in the public interest, today announced the appointment of a journalism Advisory Board. The Board will advise ProPublica’s editors from time to time on the full range of issues related to ProPublica’s journalism, from ethical issues to the direction of its reporting efforts. The members of the new Advisory Board are: Jill Abramson, a managing editor of The New York Times; Martin D. Baron, the editor of The Boston Globe; David Boardman, the executive editor of the Seattle Times; Robert A. Caro, historian and biographer of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson; John S. Carroll, the former editor of the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun; L. Gordon Crovitz, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal; David Gergen, professor of public service at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of its Center for Public Leadership; Shawn McIntosh, the director of culture and change at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Gregory L. Moore, the editor of The Denver Post; Priscilla Painton, the new editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster; Allan Sloan, a senior editor at large for Fortune magazine; and Cynthia A. Tucker, the editor of the editorial page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

  • Media Week reports, “Since CNN embraced the citizen journalist movement back in August 2006 with the launch of its iReport initiative, the news organization has received nearly 100,000 news-related photos and videos from viewers, including nearly 10,000 this past January alone. Yet less than 10 percent of those submissions have appeared on CNN.com or the cable channel. That’s all about to change. Time Warner’s CNN this week will enter YouTube territory with the launch of iReport.com, a new Web site built entirely on user-produced news.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Folio reports, “Publishers are facing a cost crunch and a potential revenue shortfall in 2008, particularly as the economy seems to inch toward recession.”

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    RADIO

  • A release announced, “NPR News ‘Election 2008′ presidential campaign coverage will offer a live one-hour broadcast and webcast special on the ‘Potomac Primaries,’ Tuesday, February 12, 10:00PM-11:00PM (ET). The special will cover the preliminary results in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Michele Norris and Melissa Block, hosts of NPR newsmagazine All Things Considered, will anchor. They will be joined by Election 2008 team including Audie Cornish, Don Gonyea, David Greene and Brian Naylor.”

  • A release announced, “The NPR Podcast Directory, which features hundreds of free podcasts produced by NPR, NPR Member stations and other public radio producers, just reached the 617-title count with the addition of the new NPR News ‘In Character’ series profiling classic fictional characters, seven podcasts from new participant 91.3fm WYEP Pittsburgh and nine from current station contributors. The podcasts, covering 40 topic areas, can be found at www.NPR.org/podcasts
  • His Extreme-ness reports, “A loyal Extreme Mortman reader and Rush Limbaugh listener reports right now that since Rush’s show started at noon today on local WMAL-AM radio, he’s heard three paid ads for Barack Obama.”

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    BOOKS

  • The New York Times reports, “In an attempt to increase book sales, HarperCollins Publishers will begin offering free electronic editions of some of its books on its Web site, including a novel by Paulo Coelho and a cookbook by the Food Network star Robert Irvine.”

  • Washington Post’s Ellen Ullman reviews Against The Machine, Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob by Lee Siegel.

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    JOBS

  • American Media Project is looking for a Producer/Associate Producer.

  • The Development Executive Group is offering Journalism/International Development Internships/Fellowships.

  • The Center for Public Integrity is looking for Investigative Reporting, Online Media Production, and Development/Communications Summer Interns.

  • Campaigns & Elections Magazine is looking for a Freelance Writer/ Editor.

  • Higher Education Washington is looking for an Editor/Writer.

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    Morning Reading List, 08.08.07

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  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54 for the fourteenth time in fifteen weeks. The broadcast averaged 7.92 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/9 among Adults 25-54, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by a decisive 410,000 Total Viewers and 280,000 key demo viewers.”

  • A C-SPAN release, “announces LIVE coverage of the Iowa Republican Straw Poll in its entirety from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa this Saturday. A preview program with Tom Beaumont , political writer for the Des Moines Register, begins at 12:30 p.m. from Ames. Event coverage runs from 1-4:30 p.m. ET on C-SPAN. It will be simulcast on C-SPAN radio and streamed online at www.c-span.org.”

  • The New York Post reports, “The New York Times is poised to stop charging readers for online access to its Op-Ed columnists and other content, The Post has learned.”

  • A tipster writes in, “From aug.1, BBC World news picked up 24/7 by cox cable in va.”

  • “The deadly collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis last week quickly became one of the most heavily covered events of the year so far,” according to the Pew News Coverage Index for July 29-August 3.

  • Washington Post’s Allan Sloan writes, “If you care about business news, you know by now that Rupert Murdoch has won control of the Wall Street Journal. What you probably don’t know is that even though the Journal had been thought of as a great family-controlled paper, along with the Sulzbergers’ New York Times and the Grahams’ Washington Post, the Bancrofts had largely checked out long ago.”

  • FT.com reports, “The rapid growth of online advertising is expected to see the sector overtake US newspaper advertising in terms of size by 2011.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Several video-sharing sites, including Revver and Metacafe, are trying to translate Web fame into dollars by sharing advertising revenue with contributors. Even YouTube has adopted a similar program. Traditional broadcasters, meanwhile, are taking steps to capture online viewers (and ad dollars). NBC, for example, is adding social networking features to its flagship site and will debut ‘Coastal Dreams,’ a Web-only soap opera, in October.”

  • His Extremeness tells us why we should all be jealous of J.P. Fielder.

  • DCist is reaching out to Accuweather.com’s Jim Kosek.

  • USAToday reports, “The idea for ABC’s I-Caught, a newsmagazine premiering tonight at 10 ET/PT devoted to behind-the-scenes Web tales, was born last fall after ABC’s 20/20 looked into how Web videos can go ‘viral’ and spread across the globe.”

  • The New York Post reports, “Web advertisers are spreading their online ad dollars across more sites and are paying lower rates in many cases, putting pricing pressure on established Internet players”

  • Reuters reports, “Adult entertainment publisher Playboy Enterprises Inc posted a better-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday and said it shored up the performance of its U.S. television business.”

  • Folio reports, “Today, publishers struggle to safeguard valuable content that can be copied electronically while jockeying for a top position in a coveted Google search. Meanwhile, Google pushes the edges of copyright law and fair use while making search engine optimization an elusive science. This complicated dance creates opportunity for traditional and new media publishers to adopt a nuanced philosophy about dealing with Google and its ilk.’

  • Washington Life welcomed Beth Farnstrom as the publication’s a new editorial assistant this week.

  • The Washington Examiner reports, “National Geographic is getting into the music business. The D.C.-based firm announced the formation of a new music and radio division Thursday, devoted to promoting world music and enhancing National Geographic material with musical content.”

  • Jen Hoar is leaving CBS to pursue a graduate degree at Georgetown. Friday is her last day.

  • A RCN release announced that RCN’s Business Solutions division “has signed for a multi-year, multi-platform advertising campaign with the Washington Redskins. Under the terms of this agreement, RCN will get exposure through advertising and signage at FedEx Field, as well as the Redskins’ web page and radio spots on the Redskins Broadcast Network.”

    Jobs

  • Hotline is looking for a staff writer to cover polls.

  • The New Republic Online is looking for college students and recent graduates for its 2007 Web internship program in its Washington, D.C. office. Internships are unpaid but offer substantial experience in the production of a daily online publication. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Alexander Belenky at job [at] tnr [dot] com. No phone calls and no snail mail please.

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  • Morning Reading List, 05.23.07

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  • An ABC release announced, “For the fourth consecutive week, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54″ for the week of Week of May 14-18. “The last time that ABC won four straight weeks in these categories was more than ten years ago in November 1996.”

  • Talking Biz News reports, “Allan Sloan, the Newsweek Wall Street editor who announced last week he was leaving to work for Fortune magazine, said Monday that the decision was partly based on working with an old colleague and the demand for high-end business journalism caused by the launches of Portfolio magazine and Fox Business News.”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN Worldwide puts the spotlight on the on-going needs of the Fisher House Foundation this Memorial Day weekend, airing news reports on its networks and services as well as promotions to encourage its audiences to donate their frequent flyer airline miles to the Fisher House’s ‘Hero Miles’ program. Airlines participating in the foundation’s ‘Hero Miles’ program have agreed to match donations made from 6 a.m. (ET) on Friday, May 25, through 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, May 28.”

  • The 2007 Gerald Loeb Award finalists were announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management. Among the finalists were Dan Morgan, Gilbert M. Gaul and Sarah Cohen for “Harvesting Cash” in The Washington Post.

  • PEJ News Coverage Index for May 13-18 shows, “It’s a rare week when the situation in Iraq attracts more coverage than the political debate over the war. But that’s what happened last week thanks to one dramatic story line. And when it comes to the 2008 Presidential race, the media are busy wondering whether 19 (the number of current candidates) are enough.”

  • A reader asks, “how many actual reporters care about yglesias or any other bloggers and their pissing contests? answer: zero.”

  • Not only is Amanda Long leaving the Washington Business Journal, but she is now available to freelance.

  • A reader tells us, “On the Star-Tribune issue: Some applicants for the DC job received this e-mail last week. ‘I am sorry to tell you we have decided not to interview you for our current Washington Bureau reporter opening. Thank you for your interest and please consider the Star Tribune again in the future. Brenda Rotherham News recruiting & training manager’”

  • TVNewser tells us, “CNN.com Adding Local Content; Redesigned Web Site Launches Over The Summer.”

  • Also from TVNewser, “CBS To Partner With Discovery Times?”

  • William Arkin writes, “I went to a Red Sox game on Saturday, and up above home plate I couldn’t help but notice the press box: five, six, seven tiers of desks, filled with print, radio, television and who knows what other media all reporting every move and anomaly. It dawned on me that there are more reporters covering the Sox, just one baseball team, than cover the Pentagon.”

  • TPM Cafe asks, “Is it just us, or is The New York Times essentially covering the Democratic Presidential primary as little more than a two-person race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?”

  • Newsday’s Spin Cycle reports, Media Matters “has made a subtle but significant philosophical shift, criticizing not only reporters’ stories or broadcast utterances but the questions journalists pose.”
  • AJR’s Rachel Smolkin explores, “What the Mainstream Media Can Learn from Jon Stewart

  • David Blum writes, “Last Friday night at 8 p.m., when no one in America was looking, CBS broadcast an hour-long tribute to its former anchorman, Walter Cronkite, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. It was a classic backhanded gesture by CBS, the kind that demonstrates just how callous and insensitive the network has become to its great traditions and legacies.”
    Jobs

  • NPR is looking for a Producer for All Things Considered.

  • The Newspaper Association of America is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • National Guard Association is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • ARCOM is looking for a Technical Editor.

  • UCG is looking for an Editor for Decision Health.

  • The Baltimore Sun is looking for a Web Producer, a Sports Web Producer and a News Producer.

  • Campaigns & Elections magazine is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • The U.S. Green Building Council is looking for a Consumer Website Marketing Manager and a Manager of Publications & e-Marketing.

  • FierceMarkets is looking for a Publisher for FierceBiotech Group

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