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Morning Reading List, 07.24.08


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Morning Reading List, 10.23.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You are rooting for the Red Sox over the Rockies in the World Series. Go Sox!

  • The Onion News Network reports, “For a majority of likely voters, meaningless bullshit will be the most important factor in deciding who they will vote for in 2008.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “About the same time that Rupert Murdoch was telling shareholders that his beloved News Corp. had become the world’s most valuable media conglomerate, the company’s worth was in the midst of sinking by $1.53 billion. But Friday’s massive stock market sell-off didn’t alter Murdoch’s message. By the end of Friday trading, News Corp. sported a market capitalization of $67.79 billion, larger than Time Warner, the former biggest media company in the world.”

  • From Richard Prince: “Williams’ Thomas Interview Goes to Time, Not NPR

  • The Weekly Standard’s Nick Swezey wins on Jeopardy! Tune in tonight to see if he wins again.

  • reports,Rupert Murdoch praised by Franciscan monk”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “What happens when two well-mannered journalists decide to have a war of words? You get the great Jeff Jarvis vs. Adam Nagourney e-mail war of ’07.”

  • A release announced, “The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced on Oct. 22 the latest class of seven Knight International Journalism Fellows. In keeping with the program’s commitment to selecting the best international journalists, the group includes the first Egyptian, Indonesian and African Fellows, as well as Fellows from Britain and the United States. They will address key societal issues through hands-on media projects in eight countries.” For more info, click here.

  • Variety reports, “Cables hang from open raceways overhead and parts of NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters don’t have air conditioning. But on Monday, NBC will complete the physical integration of NBC News with MSNBC, part of a multimillion renovation of the third and fourth floors of the 69-year-old art-deco gem.”

  • New York Times reports, “How many people visited, the online home of Vogue and W magazines, last month? Was it 421,000, or, more optimistically, 497,000? Or was the real number more than three times higher, perhaps 1.8 million? The answer — which may be any, or none, of the above — is a critical one for Condé Nast, which owns the site, and for companies like Ralph Lauren, which pay to advertise there. Condé Nast;s internal count (1.8 million) was much higher than the tally by ComScore (421,000) or Nielsen/NetRatings (497,000), whose numbers are used to help set advertising rates, and the discrepancies have created a good deal of friction.”

  • The Examiner reports, “Dan Patrick returns to Washington sports talk radio starting today and can be heard weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on SportsTalk 980 AM. Patrick will replace the popular local show hosted by FOX 5 Sports Director Dave Feldman and Comcast SportsNet’s Carol Maloney.”

  • TVNewser reports, “To Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York, Joe Scarborough welcomed viewers to MSNBC’s new Manhattan digs. Multiple cameras worked their way around the combined studio and assignment desk space showing off the 3rd floor facelift, which took just nine months to complete.”

  • Washington Post reports, “When AOL chief executive Randy Falco was the No. 2 at NBC for all those years, he liked to call himself ‘the conductor’: He made the trains run on time. He still makes the trains run in his new job. But for 750 AOL employees let go last week, the trains run one way only — straight out of the company’s Dulles campus.”

  • reports, “Comcast is working up its own version of Time Warner Cable’s Start Over, which lets viewers play back certain TV programs if they’ve missed the beginning of a show without the need for a digital video recorder.”

  • Media Post reports, “One of the strange conventions of science fiction film and television shows has been the idea that in the future, we will all dress alike. From “Twilight Zone” reruns to movies like The Matrix, Aeon Flux, and I, Robot, citizens of the distant future seem, for no obvious reason, to have given up the idea of dressing themselves as individuals. In the future, fashion is apparently doomed.”

  • B&C reports, “Meredith and Comcast are pairing up for a family-focused video-on-demand suite to launch in December.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “As you may have heard, we celebrated our 10th anniversary earlier this month by honoring 10 media movers and shakers from the past decade with Golden Boas awards. Among the recipients was FBNY frenemy Stephen Colbert, who, due to prior commitments such as campaigning for president and practicing his brow furrow, couldn’t make the award ceremony. No worries, we had a secret weapon. Before last night’s Colbert Report, Craig Newmark, our partner in mischief and Golden Boa winner, presented Mr. Colbert with his award, and boy did he look pleased. Well done Craig, well done.”

  • A release announed, “Carol Lin Reporting will mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a branded video series beginning on October 22. This special series will be available on the Carol Lin Reporting homepage, and will feature 10 hopeful and inspirational news stories about cancer survivors committed to creating change in the world through their journeys with cancer. This marks the very first time the two former CNN news anchors will collaborate on a project since each left CNN in 2006.”

  • and Newsweek today launch the second series of “How the World Sees America,” “a multimedia diary covering international news. reporter, Amar Bakshi is on the ground in Istanbul today talking with protesters about the deaths of seventeen Turkish soldiers by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.” For more info, click here.

  • An American University release announced, “John Douglass, associate professor and director of the film and media arts division at American University’s School of Communication, received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Washington D.C. chapter of the International Television Association (ITVA-DC) during the organization’s 2007 Peer Awards ceremony held Oct. 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.”

  • Baltimore Sun’s John McIntyre writes, “Copy editors have made a big mistake. For years, coming in to work, typically in the evening, after the Important People at the paper have gone for the day, editing through the night and producing, all things considered, a remarkably clean newspaper, they saw no reason to trumpet their achievements. The work, after all, the product, speaks for itself. Their misjudgment was thrown into high relief last week when Joseph Lodovic, the president of Dean Singleton’s MediaNews publishing concern, was quoted as saying, ‘We have to find ways to grow revenue or become more efficient by eliminating fixed costs. Why does every newspaper need copy editors? In this day and age, I think copy-editing can be done centrally for several newspapers.’”

  • CNN Money reports, “Last week could hardly have been grimmer for the newspaper industry. First off, Gannett and McClatchy — the two biggest newspapers publishers in the U.S., respectively — reported diminished revenues and profits. Meanwhile, following the lead of Belo, publisher of the Dallas Morning News, Scripps announced it was splitting its growing television and interactive businesses off from the company’s newspaper business so that investors could get excited about the company’s slumping stock price.”

  • Times Leader Editor and Publisher Richard L. Connor writes, “Smaller media markets, like TL’s, doing fine.”

  • Poynter Online’s Maurreen Skowran writes, “Amy Gahran is right that ad departments need to be souped up, as she said in comments to Rich Gordon’s Oct. 15 Tidbit on business models.”

  • John Robinson, News & Observer Editor discusses, “Yellow journalism and selling newspapers”

  • AU also announced, “American University’s Center for Social Media and the Digital Freedom Campaign will host a panel discussion on digital media rights featuring executives from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), followed by a free concert with independent musician Samantha Murphy. The panel begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 24, in the Wechsler Theater, located on the 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center on the university’s main campus. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Tavern on the 1st floor of the Mary Graydon Center.”

  • “Bad Legal Week For Reporters” reports FishbowlNY.

  • ValleyWag reports, “NBC Universal has quietly pulled the official channel on YouTube the two companies established last June.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Can you believe First, the upstart Christian video site became the nation’s fastest-growing Web property for August, according to ComScore’s Media Metrix. Its 1.7 million unique visitors represented a 973% increase in traffic over the previous month. In September, the number of visitors leveled off, but the length of the average user’s stay nearly doubled to a healthy 7.7 minutes, ComScore said.”

  • New York Post reports, “As the entertainment industry ramps ups the pressure on Google, MySpace and other Web companies to better police the illegal online trading of movies and music, it’s already looking toward even bigger fish to join in its battle against digital piracy: Internet service providers.”

  • San Francisco Chronicle reports, “In 2005, when Silicon Valley entrepreneur Michael Arrington started TechCrunch, his popular blog on Internet startups, he saw it mainly as a chance to indulge his obsession with young technology companies. But it turned out that Arrington had latched onto something big. TechCrunch became the go-to site for the scoop on new Web companies. And, as technophiles flocked to TechCrunch, advertisers followed suit. Arrington’s blog morphed from a labor of love into a fast-growing business.”

  • Media Post reports, “You’ve heard this before but probably have a hard time believing it. After all, your local newsstand is crammed with all sorts of newspapers, magazines, newsletters and free copies of The Onion, while Barnes & Noble has mountains of new titles and attracts legions of highly caffeinated book buyers. Perhaps you think rumors of print’s impending demise are exaggerated. They aren’t. But don’t worry. You won’t miss it either.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Friend of Mediabistro Russ Baker’s new Real news Project just scored an interesting story in conjunction with The Nation: Hillary Clinton has lured away ex-George W. Bush financier Alan Quasha to work with the Clinton campaign in an undisclosed capacity”


  • The Associated Press is looking for an APTN Newsperson.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 10.04.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Trader Joes edged out Whole Foods as the grocery store du jour.

  • An NBC release announced, “As the competitive gap between ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ and ABC ‘World News’ continues to narrow, ‘Nightly News’ became the most-watched network evening newscast during the week of September 24-28, 2007.”

  • NBC also announced that Brian Williams “will moderate a debate among the Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9-11 p.m. ET, live on MSNBC from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. This is one of six DNC-sanctioned debates this fall; it is the second debate moderated by Williams. The debate will also stream live on and re-broadcast on Telemundo
    in Spanish.”

  • An ABC release announced, “In an election season tradition, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ will feature a special series — ‘Who Is?’ –- that explores the rarely seen private side of the presidential contenders. Through in-depth interviews with the candidates, anchor Charles Gibson goes beyond their standard stump speech to explore their backgrounds, the intimate details of their lives, and the events that have brought them to this point in their political careers. The series debuts on Thursday, October 4 with Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, and continues weekly through December on ‘World News’ and its webcast.”

  • announced it is launching a local blog directory “that makes DC-area blogs more accessible to our readers. The directory will include a searchable database and a dynamically updated list featuring fresh posts. It will also have a section of editor’s top picks, recently added blogs, and resources for bloggers such as legal tips and ways to avoid spam.”

  • AP reports, “The Federal Communications Commission is doing a swell job communicating with lobbyists, but with the public? Not so good, according to a government report.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Former White House Press Secretary, and FNC host Tony Snow makes his first visit to the Late Show with David Letterman” tonight.

  • The Hill reports, “Juan Williams, the liberal-leaning pundit of Fox News and NPR, is not a happy camper these days — the word ‘happy’ being the source of his ire.”

  • The Free Radio Alliance is sponsoring Free Radio Across America Day with a picnic on Capitol Hill to mark the official launch of the alliance on October 10 from 12-2.

  • The Gate presents the “first-ever Most Presidential Laughter From A Woman Contest!”

  • Huffington Post’s Eric Kuhn interviewed Cal Thomas about his latest book he wrote with Bob Beckel, Common Gourd.

  • Reuters reports, “Aspiring writers were on Monday challenged by two publishing groups to prove their readership appeal online to win a coveted publishing deal. The Penguin Group said it was teaming up with and Hewlett-Packard to launch an international writing contest that aimed to search for the next great novel with the winner to be published by Penguin.”

  • has “Twelve things journalists can do to save journalism”

  • The Nation reports, “The ongoing fallout over Bill O’Reilly’s recent racial comments is stoking tensions between Fox News and NPR.”

  • Media Biz reports, “For shareholders of big media companies, 2007 has so far been one to forget. All of the major media conglomerates have trailed the market. News Corp. (NWS) has been the best performer, gaining 5 percent. Shares of CBS (CBS) and Walt Disney (DIS) are relatively flat, up only 1 percent and 2.3 percent respectively. CBS’ former corporate sibling Viacom’s (VIAB) stock has fallen 5 percent this year. And then there’s my parent company Time Warner (TWX). It’s stock has plunged more than 15 percent in 2007.”

  • reports, “The nation’s 100 Leading Media Companies over the past year concocted more than a dozen major mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs with a total value topping $85 billion.”

  • reports, “In spite of that frosty reception, the Huffington Post has emerged as the fifth most popular blog on the web, according to Technorati, the internet tracker. The blog claims to attract 3.5m unique users a month.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Yahoo plans to unveil a revamped search engine that it says delivers faster, more relevant and engaging results than market leader Google, which handles more than half of the Web’s search requests.”

  • New York Times reports, “As if we needed any more evidence that the bubble is back in Silicon Valley, technology media company IDG plans to revive that hallmark publication of the era, the Industry Standard.”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe writes, “Newcomers Make Waves at”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “After two decades of cutbacks in international bureaus, ABC News is bucking the trend by creating one-person operations that will dramatically boost its coverage in Africa, India and elsewhere.”

  • New York Post reports, “American Media’s long nightmare may finally be over. The publisher of Star and The National Enquirer yesterday released its quarterly earnings report for the period ending June 30, 2007 – which the company said brings its fiscal reporting requirements to the SEC up to date for the first time in 20 months.”

  • Poynter Online’s Amy Gahran tells us, “What’s Coming Next in Contributed Content.”

  • Reuters reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Business Network says everyone has the right to strike it rich in America and it aims to show even the smallest investor how to do it. Seeking to dislodge incumbent business cable channels CNBC and Bloomberg Television, Fox Business said its rivals deliver financial news in a language understood only by the experts on Wall Street.”

  • USAToday reports, “The Web has an unlikely new rival when it comes to ‘interactive’ advertising: magazine pages.”

  • The International Center for Journalists announced the 2007 participants in the International Journalism Exchange. “The leading editors from 12 countries, including Zimbabwe, will spend time at U.S. publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Science magazine, and The Detroit News, among others.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman reports, “‘People tell me that my biggest character flaw is that I’m a Pollyanna,’ the general manager of the New York Times’ Web site,, told me. However, she couldn’t help but frown when pondering the reaction to the recent decision to kill the TimesSelect program.”

  • announced the launch of “360° Daily Angle,” “a joint video blog with NYC TV, the largest source of original programming about New York City lifestyle, culture, entertainment and history, and the official television network of the City of New York.”

  • The Atlantic announced in a release, “This November, The Atlantic will celebrate 15 decades in publishing.” Yesterday, the 150th anniversary issue was released online (subscription required). The magazine will be available on newsstands October 16.

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “For years, journalist Juan Williams has straddled the divide between two unique media worlds; the thoughtful and erudite journalism of National Public Radio (NPR), where Williams serves as an analyst, and the rowdy hothouse at Fox News, where Williams works as a contributor. Most of the time, the two worlds don’t collide. But recently they did, and NPR has the bruises to show for it.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Frank Luntz Slams GOP Front-Runners, But NPR Omits His Tavis Ties”


  • No-Va Living Magazine is looking for a Film, Book and Media Writer and a Pet Columnist.

  • National Geographic is looking for a Editor, Copy.

  • National Geographic is looking for a Senior Producer — Web Content

  • National Consumer Magazine is looking for a Sales Representative for D.C., Philly, Baltimore

  • U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is looking for a Communications Specialist.

  • The Cecil Whig is looking for an A-1 reporter.

  • Global Security Newswire is looking for a staff writer.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 09.24.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You think Dan Rather has totally lost it.

  • An NBC release announced, “According to national Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, September 16 in all categories across the country and in Washington, D.C.” Nationally on Sunday, the Russert-moderated program
    attracted 2.991 million total viewers, a +30% advantage over ABC’s “This Week,” a +36% lead over CBS’s “Face the Nation” and +162% more than FOX “News Sunday”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, September 16, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demo for the 16th time this season. In addition, ‘This Week’ is the only Sunday discussion program up season-to-date (2%) and year-to-date (5%) among Total Viewers.”

  • Smithsonian Channel To Make Its Debut, But Only on DirecTV

  • Discovery Closer to Going Public

  • Deb Howell on “Protest Coverage Worth Protesting

  • And Clark Hoyt takes NYT task for’s ad.

  • Random question: Will Dan Rather’s lawsuit affect whether Chris Matthews continues to have him on “The Chris Matthews Show”?

  • Today marks the launch of P.O.T.U.S. ’08 on XM Radio.

  • TV Week reports, “Commercials in high definition not only look better, they sell better. That’s the conclusion of research tied to a major upfront deal that put Starcom USA clients on Discovery Communications’ Discovery HD Theater channel.”

  • The Nation’s Marvin Kitman reports, “The launch of Katie Couric a year ago as the anchor of the CBS Evening News was hailed by CBS as the biggest thing in news since, well, the invention of denture fixative commercials. It was also the biggest flop. The CBS Evening News Without Dan Rather or Bob Schieffer had its lowest ratings since Nielsen began tracking evening news shows in 1987.”

  • “Overall media advertising spending in the U.S. dipped 0.5 percent in the first half of 2007 compared with the first half of 2006, the Nielsen Co. said” last week, reports TV Week.

  • Los Angeles Times reports beginning last week, “season premiere episodes of seven Fox Broadcasting programs will be made available for free through Apple’s iTunes store, a move that highlights the TV industry’s race to harness the Internet and try out potential business partners.”

  • E&P reports, “The Newspaper Association of America is launching a contest that asks teens to create a YouTube video showing how they use newspapers in print or online.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Industry speculation has it that CBS might seek a quick financial settlement to avoid the spectacle of its former star taking depositions from its top brass. But [Dan] Rather dismissed that notion.” Rather “said he’ll give a ‘substantial’ portion of the money to journalism groups if he wins, reports the New York Daily News.

  • “It’s been a while since the debate over Iraq policy was the nation’s top talk show topic. But the Iraq doubters drove the suddenly re-ignited conversation on the airwaves last week. Meanwhile, the strange saga of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his dog fighting operation proved a difficult topic to tackle,” according to the Pew Talk Show Index.

  • DMNews reports, “While circulation numbers continue to fall for large metro paid dailies, free papers are stepping in to meet the needs of the younger urban demographic.”

  • Last week, Google “released a free software tool that allows Google AdWords advertisers to create their own Google Print Ads for display in newspapers,” reports Information Week.

  • Poynter Online’s Amy Gahran writes, “I figured I should check out what is doing in terms of online advertising, now that they’ve finally let go of the subscriber-wall model. The answer — at least from a quick perusal — was disappointing. seems to still be relying mainly on large, generic banner ads that are mostly irrelevant to page content.”

  • Check out Public Eye’s Matthew Felling’s take on Dan Rather’s lawsuit against CBS/Viacom.

  • C-SPAN announced the re-design of, the political network of record’s website specializing in Campaign 2008.

  • Qorvis’s Quin Hillyer has some fun with a “Fact Check” story in the Washington Post.

  • Don’t miss the upcoming deadlines for the National Press Foundation’s annual awards entries. Check out details here.

  • “During the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, federal shield laws will be debated during a panel discussion. Serving on the panel are Randall Eliason, a professor from American University; Eve Burton, general counsel for Hearst Corp; Jim Taricani, a reporter at WJAR who was held in contempt of court, and Bruce Sanford, an attorney for Baker Hostetler. Mike Walter, an anchor with WUSA will moderate the panel. The event will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 5 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW in the Ticonderoga room.” For more info, click here.
  • B&C reports, “The endorsement of stars like Oprah Winfrey, Jon Stewart or even Tiger Woods would not translate to any more votes and — somewhat curiously in the case of Stewart, Woods and several others — could actually hurt their chances.”

  • Asbury Park Press reports, “Technology threatens to replace traditional news sources with independent Web sites and blogs, making news gathering more democratic but raising questions about the veracity of stories, Myron Kandel, founding editor of CNN Financial News, said Thursday.”

  • New York Times reports, Michael Arrington, founder and (strong) voice of Techcrunch, an influential tech-centric blog about startups, is moving over to share his pulpit.
    Willingly. Starting Wednesday, Techcrunch will be co-edited by Erick Schonfeld, formerly an editor-at-large and blogger for the erstwhile Business 2.0 and a senior writer at Fortune Magazine.”

  • RCN announced in a release, “the company won its second consecutive Thoth Award for Investor Relations at the Public
    Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter’s 39th annual Thoth Awards Dinner at the National Press Club.”

  • John F. Sturm, president and chief executive officer of the Newspaper Association of America, writes in the Seattle Times, “Those who continue to support the 30-year-old ban on cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market are living in a curious time warp — where a community’s communications consisted of a newspaper and, at best, a handful of local television and radio stations.”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “Federal Communications Commission members got an earful Thursday night in Chicago, the fifth of six public hearings around the country on its media-ownership rules. Much of the crowd at Rainbow/PUSH Coalition national headquarters applauded whenever panelists and speakers from the community called for less consolidation of media ownership and more minority representation on and as owners of broadcast outlets.”

  • A tipster tells us, “HD history that almost wasn’t The Presidential address to the nation made a little history when it was shot and fed out in High Definition for the first time. But about 5 minutes into the speech, NBC, the network pool (and all the other networks) lost transmission of the HD signal. They immediately replaced it with the standard definition signal, but when it came to the refeed the HD version to the networks later on, it turned out nobody had recorded it. The transmission had been lost somewhere between the White House and the NBC Washington Bureau, and what’s even worse, NBC staff at the White House hadn’t recorded it. Enter struggling HD outfit HDNews. The 24 hour national news network broadcast entirely in HD and available on Dish Network and several cable systems in the northeast. They had subscribed to the pool feed and instead of going to NBC to receive the signal, went to the White House and plugged into NBC’s White House pool drop instead. This week NBC contacted the HDNews Washington Bureau, and they were able to provide a copy to NBC and the other networks that had subscribed the Presidential HD pool speech. And thus, saving September 13th 2007 as the first Presidential Address to the nation in High Definition.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “With $12.6 billion, Anne Cox Chambers of Cox Enterprises fame is the richest American whose fortune is tied to the media industry, but that’s only if you don’t count the Internet as ‘media.’”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “When the Democratic-led Congress started debating a big Food and Drug Administration bill earlier this year, pharmaceutical companies worried that it would sharply restrict one of their most powerful sales-boosting tools — drug ads. But in the final bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly on Wednesday and the Senate last night, such marketing is largely spared. One major reason: the drug industry found powerful allies among media and advertising firms who were determined to protect one of their biggest and fastest-growing advertising categories.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable television service, and 10 other cable television providers were sued over claims their bundling of channels forces consumers to pay for services they don’t want.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “This just in, courtesy of our Anglophile-eyed British colleague, program coordinator Jacqueline Davies: Hypens are history, at least for 16,000 words deemed hyphen unworthy.”

  • “ABC is reaching beyond its Web site and iTunes with a deal to carry its prime-time shows on AOL Video. The agreement marks the first time ABC has offered its shows on an online portal. The deal also calls for ABC to syndicate its player to AOL Video,” reports TV Week.

  • EMDashes writes, “About that piece in the Voice that’s been getting a lot of press: good for them for creating something so timely and buzzworthy, and I’m wholly sincere; for many years, I never missed a copy of the paper. … Unfortunately, I can’t agree with Rose Jacobs here. It’s certainly true that the PEN World Voices Festival is an excellent series; I saw how fulfilling the events were (and how hard the small staff works) when I was at PEN, and it’s an inspiring program. But Jacobs’s accounts of two previous New Yorker Festival events, both of which I also attended — John Updike and David Remnick, in 2005, and Milos Forman and David Denby, in 2006 — puzzle me.”

  • Local freelance writer Kelly Dinardo makes Page Six!

  • The Orlando Sentinel editors try a Facebook experiment.

  • TV Week reports, “Electronic Local People Meters (LPMs) are set to be installed in 38 additional markets by 2011, the Nielsen Co. announced.”

  • Check out the latest installment of Mediabistro’s J-School Confidential.

  • Rachel Sklar writes, “Dan Rather Has Nothing To Lose”

  • Jay Rosen writes, “If I were to underline one thing about Dan Rather’s $70 million suit against CBS, it’s the theatricality of it, which is the key to understanding Rather himself.”

  • PBS Ombudsman writes, “PBS seemed to be making news this week rather than just broadcasting it. The news revolves around two debates, officially called “forums,” for 2008 presidential candidates — one in Iowa for Democrats and one in Maryland for Republicans. Both were scheduled months ago, are being broadcast on PBS, and are taking place within days. And both, in odd and contrasting ways, have become controversial.”

  • ’60 Minutes’ clocks in for its 40th season

  • Lloyd Grove has an interview with Barry Diller, “The internet mogul speaks his mind on videogames, newspapers, and his own style of management.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ICN says’s use of ‘Gen. Betray us’ was not original; that it may have come from a Countdown with Keith Olbermann broadcast on August 16.”

  • TV Week reports, “Cox Communications on Wednesday announced it will be adding four high-definition networks from Discovery Communications. High def simulcasts of Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and the Science Channel will be rolled out on a market-by-market basis, the company said. Customers will be able to see such shows as ‘Deadliest Catch,’ ‘Dirty Jobs’ and ‘Meerkat Manor.’”

  • Beltway Blogroll writes, “When Arianna Huffington and Jay Rosen announced their plan for OffTheBus early this year, I was excited by the prospect of a network of citizen journalists covering the 2008 presidential campaign. I even pondered the idea of volunteering as an OffTheBus professional mentor to the budding reporters. The more developments I see at OffTheBus, however, the more skeptical I become about whether it can fulfill its promise of offering ‘a wide variety of voices and perspectives” on the 2008 campaign.’

  • E&P reports, “After completing a two-year conversion of its 85 daily papers from 52-inch web size to 48-inch, Gannett Co. Inc. is conducting a national review for a possible second size cut to 44-inch web.”

  • New York Observer reports, “Blaise Zerega, Portfolio’s managing editor will be taking over the job of deputy editor–a position left vacant since the high-profile firing of Jim Impoco last month. Also, New Yorker managing editor Jacob Lewis will be joining Portfolio to fill Mr. Zerega’s role.”

  • Mary Mapes writes, “Gee, just when I was all excited about Wednesday’s big premiere of the new CBS cultural triumph Kid Nation, my old friend Dan Rather went and blew my whole evening out of the water by filing a massive lawsuit against the company. Here we go again.”

  • Stuart Taylor offers an apology “to MSNBC talk-show host Joe Scarborough and to The Post for the cutting description of Mr. Scarborough in a Sept. 7 op-ed, ‘Guilty in the Duke Case,’ by me and KC Johnson about the Duke lacrosse case. I wrote that description on the basis of transcripts of “Scarborough Country” programs early in the Duke case. My attention has since been drawn to transcripts of several subsequent programs, and I realize that Mr. Scarborough was one of the handful of journalists who deserve credit for calling attention early in the case to the emerging evidence of innocence.”

  • Brendan Nyhan writes, “Believe it or not: the AP has released a piece by Ron Fournier titled ‘Analysis: Is Edwards Real or a Phony?’ Talk about parroting Republican talking points! Can we expect an equivalent approach to covering the GOP candidates? (‘Giuliani: Sane or Crazy?’) Also, there’s an obvious epistemological problem here — Fournier can’t resolve whether Edwards is “real” or a “phony,” nor can anyone else. And this sort of character-focused coverage diverts attention from issues that Fournier can effectively address such as, well, policy.”

  • CJR writes about the Fournier piece, “one thing a political attack does need to work—whether it’s right or wrong—is for reporters to give it a thorough airing, to ensure that it gets proper traction with voters. Which is what Fournier does with today’s piece, headlined: ‘Analysis: Is Edwards Real or a Phony?’”

  • Harry Jaffe writes, “Now the Washington Post has come up with a surefire way to make its employees know they are valued cogs in the wheel of news production. Gary Corso, director of administration and operating services at the paper of Watergate fame, this week authored the following memo: ‘The Northwest cafeteria Coffee Cart is offering Post managers an opportunity to reward their employees with tickets for either a free box of popcorn or a free 16-ounce regular coffee. Tickets must be purchased in sheets of ten and can only be redeemed at the Northwest Coffee cart. The price is $11.00 for ten popcorn tickets and $15.50 for ten 16 oz. regular coffee tickets. (Taxes are included)’”

  • Real Clear Politics launched RealClearPolitics Fantasy ’08, “a market-based game for the 2008 election powered by Intrade.”

  • City Paper’s Erik Wemple writes, “Two reporters took on Vice President Dick Cheney. One of them will stay on the case.”

  • Bob and Lee Woodruff know how to draw a crowd. The boldface names will be out in full force Nov. 7 in New York City for the “Stand up for Heroes” gala. The event is a partnership between the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Family Fund,” reports TVNewser.

  • “, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Washington Post smoke out the political BS,” writes Slate’s Jack Shafer.

  • “The Knight News Challenge is offering up to $5 MILLION for innovative ideas using digital technology to revolutionize community news!”

  • CyberSoc writes, “I started a post about social bookmarking but ended up writing about the apparent disappearance of technorati from the Washington Post’s article pages”

  • Rachel Sklar writes, “Color us not-surprised: Brian Stelter has…a blog! About TV!” Check out TV Decoder here.


  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a paid intern.

  • The Aspen Institute is looking for a Deputy Dir of Communications and Public Affairs.

  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is looking for a Senior Manager, New Media Program.

  • National Association of Manufacturers is looking for a Graphic Designer.

  • Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine is looking for a Webmaster.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a Copy editor/page designer.

  • Carroll County Times is looking for a Westminster Reporter.

  • The Salisbury Daily Times is looking for a Page Designer/Copy Editor.

  • The Humane Society of the United States is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • C-SPAN is looking for an Assignment/Logistics Editor and a Washington Journal Producer.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for an Associate Producer for AAM TV.

  • The RAND Corporation is looking for a Director of Media Relations.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Committees Reporter, a Video Producer, CQ Politics and a User Interface Designer & Developer.

  • Washington Business Journal is looking for a Reporter.

  • Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter.

  • ASCRS is seeking a Special Projects Editor.

  • American Chemical Society is looking for a Web Production Associate.

  • Reading Is Fundamental is looking for a Manager, Media Relations.

  • Bisnow on Business is looking for a Tech Reporter/Writer.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 09.13.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • The “Biggest Tuesday In Hip-Hop History” — 50 Cent.

  • We hear Savannah Guthrie is a new general bureau correspondent for NBC.

  • Another tipster tells us, “Peter Hamby, who used to be the internet segment producer for the Situation Room, is now CNN’s south carolina political producer.”

  • And we also hear, “John Parman is resigning as producer of DC-produced Interfaith Voices to take a job with a new daily radio show in California.”

  • Pelosi and Reid take on CBS’ Jim Axelrod.

  • “FBN Announces Anchors

  • Cameron v. Obama.”

  • Op-Ed page awards.

  • TVNewser has learned Fox News will be the pool for the Democratic National Convention in Denver beginning August 25, 2008. And NBC News will be the pool for the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis the following Monday, September 1.”

  • Why media revolution only just beginning

  • Consultant Probed in Bogus Interview

  • U.S.News & World Report announced in a release yesterday that Eddy Ramirez is the new K-12 reporter for the Education section of the magazine and website,

  • Murdoch makes first visit to WSJ newsroom

  • A reader writes in about the LA Times DC bureau, “Despite all the turmiol, the appear to have doubled the number of presidential campaign reporters from 3 to 6. Existing reporters were Brownstein, Wallsten and Hook. New reporters (all arrived from LA in last month or two): Joe Matthews, Peter Nicholas, Michael Finnegan.”

  • Tony Snow’s last stand: ‘Not a war without end’”

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert writes, “It’s amazing that this deep into the Bush presidency, reporters and pundits still express genuine surprise and naïve disappointment when the White House slights them in purposeful ways. Just last week we saw fresh evidence of the Charlie Brown-Lucy-football routine, with wounded reporters complaining that the White House had, yet again, snubbed the press.”

  • A Kiplinger’s release announced, “Consumers scanning newsstands later this month will find one personal finance magazine unlike any other. On sale September 18th, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s October issue is entirely dedicated to a sole subject. And the topic may seem unlikely for a financial monthly: the environment.”

  • Roll Call has made some internal changes. Ali McSherry is transitioning from GalleryWatch Operations to the Roll Call copy desk, where she will be an editorial assistant. In addition, Julie Restivo will be switching positions within Operations, taking over the committee editor post being vacated by Ali.

  • From release, “Yachad, a non-profit organization committed to restoring Washington, D.C. neighborhoods and strengthening D.C. communities, has recently announced the launch of its latest, and most creative, outreach effort: the Our City Film Fest. ‘Our City’ will host films that take place in or are about Washington, D.C. The festival, to be held on February 3, 2008, at Busboys and Poets.” For more information, click here.

  • Happy 2nd B-Day Public Eye!

  • And, Happy 16th Washington Life!

  • From a release, “While ‘traditional media’ — TV, radio and print — figures to remain in the driver’s seat during Campaign ’08, established outlets will increasingly need to share the road with online video. That’s the clear conclusion of a new consumer survey, conducted for ClipBlast! (, the Web’s premier video search platform, by Chicago market researcher Synovate.”

  • John Dickerson gives us a sneak preview of “the presidential primary ‘mashup’ hosted by Yahoo!, the Huffington Post, and Slate.”

  • A “Hotline insider” sent us this tip: “Everything’s great at Hotline, thanks for your concern. A couple quick corrections to what you’re reporting … replacements for the irreplaceable mike memoli and shira toeplitz have already been named. Additionally, after an exhaustive search, we expect to have an exciting announcement about a new ‘On Call’ editor shortly. And while we’re all still sad about losing Danielle Jones, we’re already talking about her successor. As we enter our 20th year(!) this month, Hotline’s only getting better and better and better … Thanks! (a Hotline insider).” Pat Ottenhoff has also recently departed.

  • Washington Times reports, “Fresh from their “betray us” attack on Gen. David Petraeus, is now looking to add new employees. The online liberal group sent an e-mail to its members yesterday: MoveOn’s starting a fellowship program — four short-term paid positions”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “As its popular, controversial college ranking enters its 25th year, U.S. News is significantly expanding its rankings business.”

  • A release announced, “Mercora, Inc., the leading social music discovery service for web and mobile users, today announced that the company is launching a new service and unifying all its products and services under the new brand identity — Social.FM. The company will begin operating under the new name immediately and the website can be accessed at”

  • Poynter’s Amy Gahran writes, This past Saturday at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference I was part of a plenary panel discussing how the evolution of media (especially online) could or should affect the future of journalism. There, I voiced my opinion about how it burns me up that news organizations continue to cut qualified journalists from their payrolls, ostensibly to control costs, while routinely leaving significant money on the table in the form of poorly sold and grossly underutilized online and mobile advertising opportunities. Then, in a Kafkaesque twist, management and journalists alike often whine about how their sites don’t make much money.”

  • The Newseum, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and the National Press Club present “Reporting on National Security in an Age of Terror” Monday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Press Club. To RSVP, click here.

  • R&R reports, “Joe Mathieu, Cameron Gray and Gary Starikoff are joining XM Satellite Radio’s upcoming radio channel ‘P.O.T.U.S. ’08,’ which is the 24-hour, commercial-free channel devoted to the 2008 presidential election.”

  • Tech Daily Dose reports, “Well, it looks like the MSNBC-NBC-National Journal reporters embedded on the 2008 campaign trail have started filing dispatches. The team of caffeinated political scribes is covering ‘Decision 2008′ full-time now, each serving as their own mobile campaign bureau.”

  • ABC News’ Brian Ross and Others Subpoenaed in D.C. Madam Case

  • According to the new report Huffington’s House of Horrors released today by the Media Research Center, “The Huffington Post’s ongoing campaign of profanity, obscene smears and crude personal attacks against conservatives is a celebration of hate speech against conservatives.” The full report is online here.

  • John J. Miller is hosting a new audio program on NRO, in which he interview book authors. Check out his current interviews with Laura Ingraham, Rep. Steve Israel, and Jay Winik – each one the author of a book that’s out this week.

  • Reuters reports, “Having a huge network of online buddies does not mean you have any more close friends than the rest of us, a British researcher said on Monday.”

  • E&P reports, “Mainstream media outlets may not be offering up the stories online users most want to read, according to a new survey that found user-generated news sites like Yahoo give top billing to different stories than mainstream organizations.”

  • Salon reports, “Women are the new men on TV”

  • WaPo Fashion Critic Robin Givhan’s Dog Molests Shoes; Marc Jacobs Is To Blame

  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. said Wednesday its ad sales from continuing operations fell 3.2 percent in August on weakness in retail and classified advertising.”

  • From Poynter Online: “Here’s one area in which newspapers may actually be ahead of their readers: non-mainstream media.”

  • Check out Mediabistro’s selection of courses in D.C.

  • Sarah Weinman bids a fond farewell to Galley Cat.

  • “Media Matters for America today released ‘Black and White and Re(a)d All Over: The Conservative Advantage in Syndicated Op-Ed Columns,’ a comprehensive and unprecedented analysis of nationally syndicated columnists from nearly 1,400 newspapers or 96 percent of English-language U.S. daily newspapers.” See the full report here.

  • It was one year ago when Team Tucker was ousted

  • Check out the new news aggregator on the block, Brijit.

  • NewsBusters brings back live chats.

  • Keith Olbermann jumps the shark


  • Richmond Free Press is looking for Reporters.

  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for a Senior Reporter.

  • New Energy Finance is looking for a News Analyst/Writer.
  • The Advisory Board Company is seeking a Senior Writer/Editor for monthly medical technology publication.

  • Bloomberg is looking for a media reporter.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for an Economics Reporter.

  • Voice of America is looking for a Camera Operator.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 09.07.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Taryn Luntz is joining The Examiner to cover Virginia and business news from the Seattle Times where she has been covering Washington for the paper.

  • Jen Lash is leaving Roll Call to be the assistant editor for Architectural Lighting. Her last day is Sept. 7.

  • From an ABC release, “On the eve of General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker’s highly anticipated testimony before Congress regarding the war in Iraq, ABC News will again examine how the Iraqi people and the country are faring in its sixth division-wide reporting effort, ‘Iraq: Where Things Stand,’” which will begin airing Sunday, September 9.

  • From a release, “Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu has become a sponsor of China’s first Global Business Journalism Program that launches on September 17 at Tsinghua University. The goal of this unique initiative, run by this prestigious university and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), is to create a new generation of business journalists able to produce insightful, balanced coverage of China’s markets and the global economy.”

  • Can you answer today’s Political Trivia from CQ?

  • We hear that the RSVP’s closed on Thursday for the GQ party. One tipster says they had an overwhelming response, with Bloomberg levels of attempted pre-crashing.

  • From TVNewser, “Despite Email Protest, Felling Back On Joe”

  • La Plata’s Media Policy Limits Access

  • TVWeek reports, “When Fox Business Network launches Oct. 15 nationally, it will be part of a round-robin channel shift in New York, home of Fox News and the financial capital of the country. The repositioning will involve channels owned by NBC Universal.”

  • Poynter Online points us to “great online news and tools for reporters in the latest edition of SEJ’s Watchdog Tipsheet, which covers First Amendment issues for journalists who cover the environment.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN is opening political bureaus in several key states as the race for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations heats up. A CNN insider tells TVNewser the bureaus in Des Moines, IA, Manchester, NH and Columbia, SC are already operational. They are being staffed at CNN Newsource affiliates in those cities.”

  • SEJ Panel Aims to Get Scientists, Journalists Working Together

  • A NBC release announced, “‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,’ and will join forces for a special series, ‘The Secret to Her Success.’ Beginning on September 10 and
    continuing throughout the week, ‘Nightly News’ will close the broadcast each evening with reports on four important topics (women’s health, work, finance and friendship), which will cross over to the far reaching online communities of iVillage and with additional reporting and components.”

  • C-SPAN’s Presidential Libraries: History Uncovered debates tonight. The first show is live from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. For more information, click here.

  • Amy Gahran tackles, “Conversational Journalism: Credibility Gained or Status Lost?”

  • From a release, “To celebrate its 25th anniversary on Sept. 15, USA TODAY is partnering with American University’s School of Communication on a series of free live events to be held Sept. 10 through Sept. 14. In addition, a special exhibition of 25 USA TODAY front pages will be exhibited in the Katzen Arts Center throughout the week.” Events include some impressive panelists, including Helen Thomas, Eric Lichtblau, Ken Paulson, Judy Woodruff and Bob Schieffer. From E&P: “Assessing ‘USA Today’ As 25th Anniversary Approaches”

  • A reader gives us more info on Nina Totenberg’s singing habit. She apparently “comes from a musical family and occasionally sings at events for NPR.” She even sang at her own wedding.

  • Politico’s Ken Vogel reports, “Bill O’Reilly blasts DailyKos as a ‘hate site,’ but according to a federal ruling released Tuesday, the popular liberal blog is as much a part of the media as Fox News when it comes to campaign finance rules.”

  • The Washington Blogger Meetup is September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Regional Food and Drink. To RSVP “yes” click here.

  • “It’s almost fifty pages long, but well worth the read: a recent study by the Pew Research Center for People & the Press synthesizes 165 separate national surveys and finds that American news preferences have remained ‘surprisingly static’ over the last twenty years. Tucked behind this central conclusion, however, is a suite of more intriguing observations about readership and audience habits.”

  • Can Camera-Phone Journalism Thwart the ‘Rally Squad?’”

  • The Boston Herald reports that Bill O’Reilly ranks #24 in Harvard’s list of most influential alumni, beating out Sen. Ted Kennedy’s #28.

  • “Project Censored Releases Censored 2008 and its pick of the 25 most important under-covered news stories of 2006-07. … Project Censored will host the award winning authors of the Censored 2008 stories at the second annual Media Accountability Conference October 26-27 at Sonoma State University.” Conference info is available here

  • CNN HD Debuts

  • Can Camera-Phone Journalism Thwart the ‘Rally Squad?’” Journalists awarded second place in the online reporting category to Greenwire’s Michael Burnham, Kelly Thompson, Monica Trauzzi

  • From a release, “The 43-year-old Conservative Book Club has completed the acquisition of the American Compass Book Club. American Compass was launched three years ago as part of the Doubleday Entertainment family of clubs. Both clubs serve the philosophically conservative book-buying market. The combined clubs, which will operate under the Conservative Book Club name, will have a membership of more than 100,000. The deal was signed Tuesday in New York.”

  • A reader writes, “For the whiner complaining about the Sunday Source Perino thing, the SS goes to press on Wednesday. No way for them to see into the future.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNBC will air the first presidential debate to focus on economic issues.”

  • TVWeek reports, “Rejecting strong opposition from the cable industry, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin is moving to require cable system operators to offer consumers both analog and fully digital signals for TV channels after the digital conversion, unless they provide a digital signal and converter box to every household.”

  • The Washington City Paper reports, “The Washington Post fails to complete background check on Shaw activist.”

  • Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie to discuss the future of the news business at SPJ.

  • From a SPJ release, “Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak to discuss CIA leak, Scooter Libby trial. … Novak and former Time, Inc., editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine will be on hand during the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference to discuss the ethical questions of journalists as central players in a criminal prosecution and scandal. As part of the discussion, titled ‘Watching the Watchdogs: Ethical Implications of the Entangled Roles of Journalists in the Scooter Libby Case,’ Novak and Pearlstein will explain how they handled the dual roles as witnesses and journalists and the lessons learned. The event takes place at 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW.”

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “Over the next week, much will be written, pro and con, about General Petraeus’s report on the progress of the ‘surge’ in Iraq and President Bush’s response. Since both men have pretty much already announced, or at least rehearsed, what they are going to say, the suspense is not exactly crippling. I’ll be writing more later, but for now I’d simply like to address the media’s responsibility to address, over the next few days, this key moment in our recent history with a steady gaze — which, as I will recount, was sadly lacking last winter in the weeks before the ‘surge’ was announced.”

  • Notions Capital reports, “After decades, Washington, DC public station WAMU-FM is sending Bluegrass and other local music programs into that ‘Lonesome Valley’ of HD Radio where there is no one to hear them. … The FCC only approved digital HD Radio multicasting on March 22nd, but National Public Radio (NPR) has been hot to trot since May 2001, even before the FCC adopted the iBiquity HD Radio standard. Public stations have used it experimentally since 2004. NPR stations are the white mice of HD Radio. NPR headquarters for HD was even named the NPR Lab.”

  • From David Adler, CEO and Founder, BizBash Media, “It has been 8 years since starting to raise the money to launch BizBash after leaving PRIMEDIA. I am so thrilled that we are publishing our biggest issue ever at 260 pages and and continue to be the largest internet source for event planners around the world. Next year we will publish more than 20 issues in 6 major market with Chicago launching in January.”

  • Huffington Post’s Jay Rosen writes, “the press is not capable of making an independent decision denying the president his spin zone with a dateline in Iraq. When the White House says we’re going, they’re going.”

  • TVWeek reports, “The staffs of weekday and weekend broadcasts of ABC’s ‘World News’ will be combined under ‘World News With Charles Gibson’ executive producer Jon Banner and senior producer Vinnie Malhotra, who will continue as executive producer of weekend editions of ‘World News.’”

  • “‘Writers @ Work: A Process Approach,’ a four-week online course first offered last fall by News University, Poynter’s distance learning program. It’s scheduled again this year for October 15 to November 9.”

  • US News & World Report photojournalist James Lo Scalzo, author of a soon-to-be published memoir, Evidence of My Existence, has created a multi media synopsis of the memoir.

  • The Bob Edwards Show produced by XM Satellite Radio won 1st place from the Society of Environmental Journalists in the Beat/In-Depth Reporting category for the documentary “Exploding Heritage.”


  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for an Assistant Production Manager.

  • U.S.News & World Report is looking for a Health & Medicine Reporter.

  • Ed2010 reports that “AOL Living, AOL Food, and AOL Stylelist are seeking fall interns to work up to 25 hours/week. … This paid internship requires that the candidate be enrolled in a degree-granting program, and interns can choose flexible hours based on class schedules. Please send resume, cover letter and clips to”

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 08.22.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you opt for the free cup of joe at home.

  • An ABC release announced, “For the sixteenth time in seventeen weeks, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54. Averaging 8.01 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/8 among Adults 25-54, ‘World News’ outperformed NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 580,000 Total Viewers and 190,000 key demo viewers. This marks ABC’s highest Total Viewer delivery in three months (week of May 14, 2007).”

  • USA Today ad revenue down almost 16 percent

  • Michael Skube says “The hard-line opinions on weblogs are no substitute for the patient fact-finding of reporters.”

  • “‘Lone Survivor’ Book To Be Universal Film

  • The 7,523th time we’ve seen this article: “Goodbye to Newspapers?”

  • Poynter Online’s Amy Gahran delves into the debate of the full-v-partial feed issue.

  • Mother Jones is still making a push to raise $60,000 for a new Washington, D.C., news bureau. To contribute, click here.

  • Richard Miniter offers, “An inside look at scandal and the perils of publishing what one insider calls a ‘sociopath.’”

  • “American Journalism Review, the influential but financially troubled media journal, could face a shutdown by year’s end.”

  • New Rankings Controversy — Over Community Colleges


  • The Council on Foreign Relations is looking for a Associate Director, Communications and Marketing.

  • AARP Services Inc. is looking for Web Content Producers

  • Greenpeace is looking for a Media Officer.

  • Bisnow on Business is looking for an Editor-in-Chief.

  • Salisbury Daily Times is looking for a Page Designer/Copy Editor

  • Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter.

  • Reuters is looking for a News apprentice.

  • is seeking a Video Producer

  • MacNeil/Lehrer Productions is looking for a Foreign Affairs/Defense Reporter for NewsHour.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Part Time Sports Producer

  • Cox, Matthews and Associates is looking for a Web reporter.

  • Public Strategies, Inc. is looking for a Principal, Media Relations

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 03.26.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Two-thirds of you think the Politico/Edwards gaffe got the appropriate levels of attention.

  • LA Times Publisher’s Friend And Tribune Co Ex-Director Don Rumsfeld Was Asked To Guest-Edit After Grazer

  • Deb Howell’s weekly column.

  • Fairfax company brings newspapers to readers’ iPods

  • DCRTV says Happy Birthday to Washington Post radio.

  • Greta Is Topping Her H&C Lead-In

  • From a reader: “I noticed that washington wire was back on A4 on friday. I’d expect it to bounce around.”

  • First bumper stickers and now this…Coming soon: “Don’t Believe The Washingtonian” t-shirts. (Who’s got the pics?!?)

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert”
    “outperformed the Sunday morning competition in all categories across the country and in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, March 18, 2007.” The show outperformed CBS by 33%, ABC by 42% and Fox by 163%.

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index shows, “U.S. Attorneys And Politics Dominate As Talkhosts Pick and Choose, March 11-16, 2007.”

  • The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities unveiled their “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers” joint venture which debuted on-line with more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. The fully-searchable site is available here.

  • Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced that Sam Bishop, Washington, DC correspondent for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner will be joining her team in the DC office. “Bishop will work for John Katz, director of the DC office, as Associate Director for Environment, Fisheries, and Natural Resources.”

  • Phil Shapiro brings us this spoof video for youtube regarding participatory media.

  • His Extremeness tries to make sense of Friday’s White House presser.

  • Lots of comments to the Washington Post’s “goof” piece.

  • is hiring a “stellar” Copy Editor.

  • Dow Jones & Co.’s MarketWatch is hiring an Energy Reporter.

  • National Geographic Society is hiring a Senior Producer for NGM Online.

  • Washington Life is hiring a Research Intern.

  • Reed Business Information is hiring a Senior Editor and a Reporter for Aviation/Aerospace business.

  • Business Wire is hiring a Media Relations Rep. and a someone for Client Services/Inside Sales.

  • Carroll County Times is looking for a Copy Editor/Page Designer.

  • Goucher College is looking for a Media Relations Coordinator.

  • NPR is hiring a Producer for The Michel Martin Show.

  • The Magazine Group is hiring a Managing Editor.

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children is hiring an Editorial Associate.

  • AARP is hiring a Manager of Editorial Content.

  • Amy Gahran gives her rundown of CEO and publisher of Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive Caroline Little’s speech at the BlogHer Business Summit in New York.

  • The New York Post reports, “The National Music Publishers’ Association, on behalf of several music companies, is suing XM Satellite Radio, alleging that the firm’s XM+MP3 service is essentially an illegal subscription digital music store. The lawsuit seeks $150,000 in damages for each instance of infringement.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that The Onion “plans to launch a video Web site on Tuesday. Called Onion News Network, the site will parody the visual style and breathless reporting of the cable news networks.”

  • A recent column by David Lazarus of the San Francisco Chronicle about the need for newspapers to charge for online content drew heated reaction from bloggers. One reader e-mails: “Why would I ever pay to read a column like yours when I could just as easily read someone’s blog?”

  • Try going for one day without newspapers, writes humor columnist Jeff Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard. “Just one day. For 24 hours, let the shock jocks, ‘The Daily Show’ and the bloggers run with the ball.” How far they get without “old media” clearing a path for them?

  • Newspapers are too cheap and there are too many of them, according to Adam Freeman, the deputy commercial director of the U.K. Guardian. The future for his newspaper will “probably be in video,” he says.

  • Comic strips in newspapers are dying, writes Lev Grossman. But the Web is reinvigorating this “old-school medium.” Many cartoonists are going into business for themselves online, bypassing syndicates and newspapers. “At a certain point newspapers just aren’t worth the hassle.”

  • The Yomiuri Shimbun’s Washington Bureau is looking for a Reporter/Research Assistant.

  • The Society of American Florists Magazine is looking for a Creative Assistant Editor.

  • American Diabetes Association is looking for a Director of Scholarly Journals.

  • American Medical Association is looking for a Reporter for American Medical News.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an entry-level staff writer with daily deadline experience for Health Line.

  • Window Media LLC is seeking an Online Editor.

  • Gahran gives us a glimpse into her long list of podcast subscriptions.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Lazard chief Bruce Wasserstein may sell his stake in American Lawyer magazine and the rest of his legal publications.

  • According to Hollywood Reporter, “Deborah Tate, a commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, wants celery and carrots to get equal TV time with doughnuts and candy bars as a way to combat childhood obesity.

  • Geert Linnebank, senior advisor to the CEO at Reuters says that traditional media outlets such as newspapers can survive in the digital media age as long as they give users what they want and stay relevant.

  • Bloomberg reports that Borders “will close almost half its 564 Waldenbooks locations by the end of 2008. Borders will unveil a Borders-run Web site, ending its relationship with, which currently handles its Internet business, as more customers buy music and books online.”

  • Taking Out The Trash, 03.05.07

  • Has Anna Nicole Smith finally lost her intrigue?

  • ABC News nipping at NBC’s heels

  • Amy Gahran asks a good question. “Why is it that I’ve never seen a public broadcasting site that accepts donations made via Paypal?”

  • PFAW and Political Clout Productions announced, “On Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th St. in New York City, Valerie Plame will make the first public appearance since the beginning of the Scooter Libby trial to discuss her life, her career, and the personal battle she and her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson are fighting against the most powerful officials in the nation.” She will be interviewed by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer introduces readers to Slate’s fact-check department. “It works for nothing, and its name is Auros.” RM “Auros” Harman to be exact.

  • The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune is looking for a Washington bureau reporter.

  • American University’s School of Communication (SOC) and the Center for Public Integrity are accepting applications to their joint Fellowship in Investigative Journalism. The fellowship starts in September 2007.

  • Also, National Geographic is looking for a Picture Editor.

  • Check out the second episode of 1/2 Hour News Hour, or at least a clip of it anyway.

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of February 18-23 shows that while Anna Nicole Smith dominated the cable talk shows, “their radio counterparts opted for another favored subject—and it was open season on the 2008 campaign season.”

  • Eric Boehlert has the good news, and the bad news, on TNR’s new owner, CanWest Global Communications.

  • Craig Silverman, journalist and originator of the website, has a book (also entitled “Regret The Error”) coming out this fall.

  • “‘This American Life’ Moves to Television

  • Nat Geo Programming Chief To Step Down

  • A Powerful Story at Walter Reed” says Deborah Howell.

  • Maybe Erik Wemple was on to something when he so quickly left the Village Voice.

  • More insight into Time magazine’s “witching hour.”

  • And, of course, the best news: Geico’s cavemen are getting their own TV pilot.

  • From the WSJ:

      Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who sent a letter this week to his successor Alberto Gonzales blasting the proposed merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., approached XM in the days after the merger was announced offering the firm his consulting services, a spokesman for XM said Saturday.

  • From DCRTV:

      Korny Does XM – 3/5 – Superstar Washington Post sports columnist and radio god Tony Kornheiser debuts on DC-based XM Satellite Radio today. His 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Washington Post Radio show gets aired continent-wide with a half-hour delay from 9 AM to 11 AM on XM-144, Sports Nation…..