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Morning Reading List, 01.09.08

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  • You think the Clinton campaign is the least journo-friendly.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • The Chicago Sun-Times reports, “Sun-Times Media Group said Friday it is contemplating as many as 35 layoffs of Chicago Newspaper Guild newsroom staffers within the next four weeks. As many as 27 positions will be eliminated among the ranks of Guild copy editors, designers and reporters. No layoffs are contemplated of writers of major sports or photographers.”

  • Reuters reports, “A Sacred Heart University Poll found significantly declining percentages of Americans saying they believe all or most of media news reporting. In the current national poll, just 19.6% of those surveyed could say they believe all or most news media reporting. This is down from 27.4% in 2003. Just under one-quarter, 23.9%, in 2007 said they believe little or none of reporting while 55.3% suggested they believe some media news reporting.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes “Media Blow It Again”

  • The Beachwood Reporter looks back at the Monday papers.

  • The New York Observer reports, “After the crushing loss in the Iowa caucuses, the Clinton campaign has tried to improve relations with its discontented press corps by rationing out more access to the candidate. It’s not clear that it’s working.”

  • John Kass takes the fairy tale analogy to a new level. “Last Sunday, I dipped my fingertips into fairyland analogies, into C.S. Lewis’ land of Narnia, describing Obama as a gentle forest faun, the Mr. Tumnus of the Democratic primaries, the one national political character who gets media hugs from almost everybody. I like Obama, but I won’t apologize for comparing him to a kind and beloved faun. He is indeed the Mr. Tumnus of American politics, gently offering free tea and cakes to all Americans, all the free stuff that won’t cost us anything (unless you’re a taxpayer). … But, blinded by Obama, I foolishly used the “white witch” analogy for Sen. Clinton. So I apologize to her, and not just because my wife told me to.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Snyder Faced With Another Loss”

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    TV

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 31, 2007-January 6, 2008. During the week that saw the Iowa caucus and the political race heat up, the Williams-led newscast averaged 9.813 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “World News with Charles Gibson” averaged 9.00 million Total Viewers and a 2.2/8 among Adults 25-54 for the week of December 31, 2007-January 4, 200.”

  • Huffington Post’s Marty Kaplan writes, “No matter what you think about Hillary Clinton, no matter how this campaign turns out, there is undeniable satisfaction in watching the pundit class being forced to eat the words of its premature obituaries.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “Analysts and anchors struggle to reconcile predictions and results”

  • The New York Times reports, “The late-night stars of the Comedy Central cable network, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, returned to their programs for the first time in nine weeks Monday night, ready to sling their satirical stones at a new target: the continuing strike by the Writers Guild of America, which is forcing the stars to find creative ways to perform without their writers.”

  • Forbes reports, “Thanks to the ongoing Hollywood writers strike, there has been little to celebrate in the media world. But a report released Monday had a bit of good news for the industry where it counts: ad spending. With the market buoyed by both the upcoming presidential election and the Beijing Olympics, overall ad spending in the U.S. is expected to rise 4.2% to approximately $156 billion in 2008, according to an annual report released by TNS, a division of Taylor Nelson Sofres that tracks ad spending across 20 media segments. The better part of that gain will come later in the year, with ad spending forecast to grow by 4.7% in the second half of 2008, compared to just 3.6% during the first half of the year.”

  • The Washington Times reports, “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin says consumer-electronics companies are doing an adequate job of educating consumers about the upcoming transition to digital television in February 2009.”

  • Beet.TV reports, “Wednesday will mark a milestone in broadcast journalism and in video on the Web as msnbc.com will offer clips from NBC Nightly News and other NBC news programs as sharable embed codes, Beet.TV has learned.”

  • From last night’s liveblogging, TVNewser reports, “McCain in, Clinton Ahead — Will … News Pundits and Pollsters Live Free or Die in N.H.?” More from TVNewser here, including “Where Did It All Go Wrong?”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Comcast Corp. is looking to broadband site Fancast and a growing stable of high-definition VOD titles to headline the company’s tech efforts, following months of turbulence on Wall Street.”

  • New York Magazine reports, “CNBC and the ‘Times’: United Against Fox Business Network!”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald writes, “The endless attempts to predict the future and thus determine the outcome of the elections — to the exclusion of anything meaningful — is a completely inappropriate role for journalists to play, independent of the fact that they are chronically wrong, ill-informed, and humiliated when they do it.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Wikia Inc., the Internet company started by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, opened its search engine to the public on Monday in a bid to challenge Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. Wikia Search, which lets users edit and fine-tune its results, is now seeking contributors to help expand the service, according to a statement from the San Mateo, Calif.-based company. The system is open-source, meaning its underlying programming code can be shared freely.”

  • The Guardian reports, “Facebook’s tie-up with ABC News has helped fuel a massive surge in TV viewing of the pre-primary New Hampshire debates held at the weekend. ABC’s coverage of Hillary Clinton attempting to salvage her campaign hopes in a debate against Barack Obama attracted 9.36 million viewers, while 7.35 million watched the Republican head-to-head, according to Variety.”

  • The Times Online reports,Chris DeWolfe believes that high-quality content will keep Facebook at bay in the social networking wars”

  • The New York Times reports,Andrew Olmsted, a United States Army major who wrote an online blog for The Rocky Mountain News, prepared for the possibility of his death by writing a 3,000-word piece.”

  • CQ Politics sat down with New Hampshire’s Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan on Monday, in the calm before the storm.

  • The New Yorker reports, “Google squares off with its Capitol Hill critics.”

  • FT.com reports, “MySpace, the internet site specialising in social networking, claims to be drawing young people away from television and video games as they use its web pages to make friends and money. A group of 18- to 24-year-olds drawn from 1,000 people surveyed by Future Laboratory said it would rather spend 15 minutes visiting social networking sites than watching television, reading, playing video games or talking on mobile phones.”

  • IHT and Reuters debut the Business News Alliance.

  • VNUNet.com reports, “2007 was widely touted as the year of social media, but analysts expect to see changes this year in the way social media is used and an increase in its effect on business. The advent of the social web has created such online interaction between consumers that traditional models to research a product or service will change fundamentally.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Reporters wanting to interview campaign staffers are having a hard time trying to get through. That’s because some campaigns are putting a tight lid on who gets to say what. The Deerfield Valley News, an independent weekly in southern Vermont, wanted to interview Brandon Riker, a former Deerfield Valley resident. Riker recently graduated from Twin Valley High School in Wilmington, VT and is taking a semester off from college to work for the (Barack) Obama campaign. The Deerfield Valley News wanted to recognize Riker and write a story on his efforts, but the Obama campaign is not permitting any interviews with full time staffers: no exceptions. Tim Foley, media liaison for Barack Obama’s New Hampshire campaign, did not know why that policy is in place and also could not specify why it was in place to begin with.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Jack Germond takes “A Cold, Hard Look” at the New Hampshire primaries.

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    JOBS

  • The National Council on Teacher Quality is looking for a Issues Director.

  • Population Reference Bureau is looking for a Multimedia Specialist.

  • Gensler, a global design firm, is looking for a Marketing & Communications Writer.

  • National Association of Home Builders is looking for a Communications Manager.

  • The Carroll County Times is looking for a Westminster Reporter.

  • Lucky magazine is searching for a Washington, DC-based reporter to cover local shopping and style news, emerging designers, stores, etc. for its monthly DC regional pages. Send resume and relevant clips to Marissa Patlingrao Cooley (marissa_cooley@condenast.com).

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    Morning Reading List, 01.07.08

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Tom Carter is leaving The Washington Times to become communications director at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

  • Jessica Brady is joining Roll Call’s as the new features writer.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Jack Shafer writes, “Media scholar Ben Compaine tells me he thinks the Wall Street Journal has begun to reflect the journalistic philosophy of genocidal tyrant Rupert Murdoch, who completed his acquisition of its parent company, Dow Jones & Co., in the middle of December.”

  • Eat The Press alerts us that, “Bill Kristol’s first column is up at the NYT.”

  • CJR revisits “Checkbook Journalism”

  • E&P’s Steve Outing writes, “What’s Needed in 2008: Serious Newsroom Cultural Change”

  • Washington Post’s Deb Howell writes, “For as long as newspapers have existed, readers have complained that they focus on the negative and critical. Journalists tend to blow that off: That’s what’s news. But when readers are negative toward The Post or its journalists, they often are met with what former Post executive editor Ben Bradlee called ‘the defensive crouch.’ My new year’s resolution for journalists is: Suck it up and forget the abuse. My resolution for angry readers is: Don’t assume malevolence on the part of the reporter or the paper when mistakes are made. Most transgressions are caused by human error or ignorance.”

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ is the number one evening newscast of 2007 among Total Viewers (8.39 million), Adults 25-54 (2.58 million), and Households (5.8 rating). This marks the ABC broadcast’s first yearly win in Total Viewers and the demo since 1996.”

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 24-30, 2007.”

  • Fox announced, “Thursday night’s Iowa caucus translated into big ratings for the cable news networks. According to Nielsen Media Research, FOX News Channel came away with the ratings victory among all viewers and in the key demographic (25-54) as compared to the other cable news networks.”

  • A release announced, “Decision 2008: Before You Vote, a partnership of Leadership Florida, the Florida Press Association and the Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Inc., released credentialing information today for the upcoming Florida Decision 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate Debate that it will host at Florida Atlantic University on Thursday, January 24. The debate will be held in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m ET. The debate will be produced by NBC News and broadcast on MSNBC and Florida Public Television from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.”

  • A special moment between Chris Matthews and Sen. Clinton.

  • Dan Rather discussed how he would look at a settlement should CBS offer him one to drop his lawsuit against the network in an interview with FOX Business Network’s Neil Cavuto. Rather said: “I certainly would look at it, that’s not to say whether we would accept it or not. I want the truth to come out about this, and if the truth reflects badly on me when we get to discovery and find out what really happened in this case, then so be it.”

  • TVNewser reports,Mike Wallace, in a rare appearance on 60 Minutes, and Chris Wallace in a rare appearance live on a Sunday night, were both on the air at the same time tonight. Because of the late running NFL playoff game, Mike Wallace’s interview with Roger Clemens on 60 Minutes did not air until 8:20pmET. Over on Fox News, his son, Chris Wallace was 20 minutes into moderating the GOP forum.”

  • Check out Tracey Neale’s farewell from News 9.

  • TVNewser has some interesting tidbits from the Iowa Caucus ratings.

  • NewHour announced, “Jim Lehrer hosts a special half hour broadcast at 11pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2008 with coverage of the New Hampshire primary. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be reporting from the field in New Hampshire. Jim Lehrer will get analysis and perspective from political analysts Stuart Rothenberg and Amy Walter; presidential historians Michael Beschloss and Richard Norton Smith; and NewsHour regulars Mark Shields and David Brooks.”

  • Check out the Reuters pic of a Secret Service agent coming between Bill O’Reilly and Obama staffer Marvin Nicholson. For more details on what caused this, click here.

  • TVNewser asks, “Is CNN Trying To “Stick It To Fox” By Re-Airing ABC’s Debates?”

  • NewsHour announced that the show’s story on Food Safety has won a Golden Cine award. “Betty Ann Bowser headed a team that included Producer Tony Van Witsen, Associate Producer Katie Mulik and Reporter Mike Melia. Additional material was contributed by Producer Saul Gonzalez and Correspondent Lee Hochberg.”

  • B&C reports, “Attention, national and local news operations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulation 23 CFR 634 goes into effect Nov. 24. So what? It requires workers on or near public highways to wear high-visibility safety clothes on the job. … This means that starting in the fall, there will be no more reporters in camel-hair overcoats and stylish parkas doing those winter stand-ups on traffic and weather along any public roadway — at least not without day-glow vests, reflective tape or other approved safety gear, as well.”

  • 23/6 reports, “Media outlets can’t resist screwing with Mike Huckabee’s name. Like bugs to those lamps that kill bugs, they flock, desperate to bask in the glow of their own wit. While FOX News was the only outlet to use the candidate’s name in lieu of a dirty word, The Atlantic coined Huckenfreude and Drudge went with Huckaboom. New York Magazine went all Brangelina on him with Huckabuchanan and the blogs spread Huckahunt, Aw Shucks-a-bee, and Huckabust like gonnorrhea at the University of Miami.”

  • Journal-isms reports, “The nation’s news media appear to be inching toward greater diversity in their campaign coverage teams as the Iowa caucuses take place Thursday and the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire presidential primary follows on Tuesday. Nearly all of the major news organizations contacted by Journal-isms on Wednesday could cite at least one journalist of color who would be part of the coverage — braving that little matter of the weather.”

  • The Feed reports, “In The Age of Obama, Media Diversity Takes Some Hits”

  • A tipster asks, “MSNBC’s promo for Joe Scarborough says he was a member of Congress from 1994-2001. He was elected in 1994. But wasn’t sworn in until 1995. Shouldn’t Joe know that?”

  • The ABC News/WMUR/Facebook presidential debates for both Republicans and Democrats took place last night. Charlie Gibson moderated.

  • Check out some pics from the FOX News’ forum in New Hampshire here.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Poynter Online reports, How the “FOIA Reforms Help Journos, Bloggers”

  • Hitwise News reports, “Top 10 News and Media Category Websites Ranked By US Market Share of Visits”

  • Jack Shafer writes, “In praise of booze in the newsroom.”

  • Pajamas Media reports, Scott Horton’s smearing of the U.S. military is a swamp of dubious sources and hidden agendas, writes PJM’s Bob Owens. A fresh look at the Harper’s blogger reveals that his conflicts of interest run even deeper than previously thought.”

  • Don’t miss the Mediabistro party at The Park at Fourteenth on Tuesday, January 22, enjoying drinks and complimentary appetizers. For more info, click here.

  • Instapundit reports, “Blogger Andrew Olmsted has died in Iraq.”

  • John Dickerson writes, “You know when a celebrity television personality like Bill O’Reilly arrives at a political event because they always have a retinue and because people turn their cameras and camera phones from the candidate to capture the famous face. When the popular Fox News entertainer arrived at the Obama event in Nashua, people turned to him but not always approvingly. ‘Hey O’Reilly,’ yelled a man. When O’Reilly turned he got a single finger salute. A few people approached Bill to shake his hand but the overwhelming sentiment was not favorable. ‘O’Reilly hate monger,’ yelled a woman. A few other people gave him the bird. ‘I hate you Bill,’ yelled a man. ‘You can’t stop us Bill,’ yelled another. I thought someone might brain him with one of those Obama hope signs.”

  • A release announced, “Brent Bozell claims in his newest release, Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will, that the media has succumbed to the pressure by the Clinton forces, going so far as to bury stories that might damage her presidential chances. But has it? To find out, the National Press Club has invited Bozell for a discussion of his new book in an open forum on January 10 at 6:30 p.m.”

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    RADIO

  • Reuters reports, “U.S. government antitrust lawyers have spent nearly 10 months so far investigating Sirius Satellite Radio Inc’s plan to acquire rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc, despite company hopes that the deal would be approved by the end of 2007.”

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    JOBS

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors is looking for a Writer/Editor and a Financial Services Reporter.

  • Government Executive is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Politico/Politico.com is looking for a National Account Executive.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Senior Editor, North America.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for an Account Manager, Circulation.

  • Foreign Policy is looking for a Media & PR Coordinator.

  • The (Annapolis) Capital is looking for a sportswriter.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Construction News Reporter.

  • Science News is looking for a Circulation Manager.

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

  • Express/The Washington Post Co. is looking for an Assistant Art Director.

  • FierceMarkets, Inc. is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Staff Writer/Suffolk Public Safety.

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants is looking for a Reporter/Editor.

  • Patuxent Publishing is looking for a Reporter and a General Assignment Reporter.

  • USA Weekend Magazine is looking for Freelance Copy Editors and Fact-Checkers.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a News Ace.

  • Inside Washington Publishers is looking for Print and online reporters.

  • The Washington Times is seeking a Talented Copy Editor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Production Assistant, Tell Me More, an Editorial Assistant, Tell Me More, and an Associate Editor, Tell Me More.

  • National Association of Broadcasting is looking for a Media Relations Manager.

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