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Afternoon Reading List 08.19.13.

What NYT‘s mayoral endorsement means — The NYC mayoral race is nearing a much-awaited point. No, not the election. As TNR’s Marc Tracy reports, NYT’s endorsement of mayoral candidates is often telling of who the winner will be. Endorsements in past races show not only NYT’s influence on the races, but also publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.’s influence on his newspaper’s editorial board. He has the final say over who NYT endorses and has been known to exercise that power. With Anthony Weiner now limping along in fourth place, NYT’s endorsement could have a heavy hand in election results. Tracy thinks City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is most likely to secure the endorsement, but he notes it’s still anyone’s guess.

Why you should read it: In a race that seems like it’ll never end, this piece inches the ordeal along just a little more.

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Ex-NPR CEO Vivian Schiller in the Flesh

On Tuesday morning former NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller will lead a roundtable breakfast at Paley Center’s Media Council in Manhattan. The breakfasts happen regularly. The audience, comprised of council members, isn’t likely to press her on hard topics, but there aren’t hard and fast rules so she may face tough questions.

She faced a recent grilling at the National Press Club last month. That was two days before she resigned her post at NPR.

Carrie Oman, manager of public relations for the Council, said details on what Schiller will discuss over breakfast haven’t been revealed. Any of the 24 board members can attend, but it isn’t certain who will show up. Attendees could include anyone from Jeffrey Bewkes of Time Warner, Inc. and NYT Company Publisher and Chairman Arthur Sulzberger to Richard Cotton of NBC Universal. Max Robins, Vice President & Executive Director of Industry Programs for the Council, put the program together.

So why Schiller? No word on the recent contentious and scandalous circumstances around why she resigned, but in a release they list five graphs of her experience starting out with this: “A media executive and journalist with more than twenty years experience in the industry, Vivian Schiller was president and CEO of NPR from January 2009 to March 2011.”

UPDATE: The Council’s Max Robins got back to FishbowlDC. He said Schiller had an opportunity to decline but accepted the invitation to speak at the breakfast. “We had long planned to have Schiller speak here,” he told FishbowlDC. “She’s a member of our media council. We welcome her. I think she has a lot of ideas and things to say. We don’t predict what people are going to talk about. There are no ground rules. Course anybody has the right to say no comment or ‘I don’t have anything to say about that right now.’ Vivian is a very dynamic individual. We’re really looking forward to having her.”

Find out about Paley’s Center Media Council…

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Morning Reading List 07.15.09

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Happy Birthday to Arianna Huffington and Paul Kane! What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Arthur Sulzberger and NYT Co. CEO Janet Robinson have issued a memo to the newsroom about the company’s debt, and explains the steps that the company is taking to ensure its ability to pay back approximately $1.1 billion to creditors.

TV

Cable ratings from TVNewser: Fox News Channel ranked at #3 in prime time and #6 in Total Day in all of all of cable last week.

And from 10am-3pmET Monday, when the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings were ongoing, Fox News was the most-watched network for coverage. FNC even beat CNN and MSNBC combined, in younger viewers during that time period. Check out the numbers here.

Also, Evening News ratings.

Both Al Roker and Willie Geist will be getting up even earlier– starting July 20th, Roker will host “Wake Up With Al” on the Weather Channel from 6-7amET and starting July 27th, Geist will host “Way Too Early” on MSNBC from 5:30-6:00amET.

ONLINE

HuffPost comes to Dan Froomkin‘s defense, pointing out that Nielsen numbers suggest he wasn’t the only one at WaPo to lose some audience online.

AWARDS

Nominations for the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced yesterday. PBS picked up the most nominations with 41. CBS News followed with 23; ABC News has 13; NBC 10; CNN 8; BBC America with 3; and MSNBC has 2. “60 Minutes” leads all shows with 15 nominations. “World News with Charles Gibson” has the most nominations for the evening newscasts with 7; “Nightly News with Brian Williams” picks up 5, including for Breaking News coverage of the death of Tim Russert; and the CBS “Evening News with Katie Couric” has 3 nominations, including for Couric’s “Campaign Questions” series during the 2008 election. More details via TVNewser.

NEWS NOTES

More on Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings in Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes today.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Politico points out the proposed WaPo “salons” wouldn’t have violated White House ethics rules.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

THE REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 06.11.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Boston Globe: NYT Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger said he had hoped that the Boston Globe‘s biggest union would approve a package of wage and benefit cuts and spare company officials from imposing a 23 percent wage cut, but the union’s rejection and the paper’s financial situation have left them no choice.

More from Jack Shafer at Slate.

FishbowlNY caught up with USA Today publisher David Hunke, who said that he couldn’t promise that there would not be additional cuts, but he did seem hopeful that the worst might be behind the newspaper. “But the third and fourth quarter are going to be tough,” he said. “And that’s just as far as anyone can see right now.”

Also- AP reports USA Today plans to introduce an electronic replica of the paper and charge for it.

TV

ABC News President David Westin on a new multi-platform, division-wide series “The New Normal,” coverage of what happens after the recession eases here.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly is profiled in Haute Living Magazine, and says “If I could have half the career of Diane Sawyer, I’d be a happy woman.” Find out what else they have in common here.

A look at the reality of digital TV from WaPo‘s Paul Farhi.

MAGAZINES

Washington Whispers further reports Examiner owner and media mogul Philip Anschutz is getting ready to buy the Weekly Standard from Rupert Murdoch. Paul Bedard hears the Weekly Standard staff discussed the sale and its impact at a meeting yesterday- he says they were told the sale is imminent.

NEWS NOTES

How many brothers does Rahm Emanuel have? Two, but if there were a third, it’d be Charlie Rose apparently. In this NYT piece, Rose says he’s so close with the family he considers himself the fourth brother. (h/t HuffPost)

In response to her latest column, Karl Rove called NYT‘s Maureen Dowd “bitter, twister and deranged” in an interview on Fox News yesterday. “I actually went to an editorial board meeting at the New York Times and wasted a couple bucks on some flowers to give Maureen Dowd at the meeting so that it would give her a smile on her face. And that didn’t even work. This is a dour, downbeat liberal.” More from Rove via HuffPost here.

AWARDS

Look who surprised the DC region… Oprah. The former WJZ-TV reporter surprised her old colleauge Richard Sher at the area Emmy Awards Saturday, where he received a lifetime achievement honor.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 05.06.09

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It is day 107 covering the Obama administration and week 14 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Boston Globe: The Boston Globe‘s largest union reached a tentative deal with the New York Times Co. shortly after 3 a.m. this morning, agreeing to a substantial pay cut, unpaid furloughs, and modifications to the lifetime job guarantee provisions that protect almost 200 employees in the Boston Newspaper Guild.

NYT is over all this negative coverage.

Time looks at whether Amazon’s latest will re-kindle the newspaper industry. Josh Quittner: On Wednesday, Amazon is expected to introduce a new, bigger-screen Kindle aimed at the textbook market and newspapers. Joining CEO Jeff Bezos onstage will be New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger — signaling some kind of partnership between the Times and Amazon.

Does Rupert Murdoch have a plan to start charging for online content in the works? The Daily Beast: According to a knowledgeable source, the team is said to be “looking at hardware” to deliver the content in a “user-friendly way.”

TV

CBS’ Katie Couric is in the Middle East with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and blogging about the trip here.

According to Politico’s Playbook, Secretary Timothy Geithner will be on “Charlie Rose” tonight.

MAGAZINES

The Platform: Newsweek and the Alchemy of Buzz,” by Peter Osnos.

ONLINE

Webnewser: This design critique of the Twitter pages of various TV news personalities identifies NBC anchor David Gregory‘s site as the most stylish.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Continuing the “to stand or not to stand” in the press briefing room for the President discussion, Politico notes NBC’s Chuck Todd appearance on Laura Ingraham’s show. “I was in the room once with President Bush as White House correspondent… I stood for Bush.”

NEWS NOTES

Today is the Commerce subcommittee’s hearing on “The Future of Journalism,” chaired by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and with testimony by Steve Coll, Arianna Huffington and others.

An update on jailed journalists Roxana Saberi, Laura Ling and Euna Lee from TVNewser here. Saberi’s case will be heard next week in an Iranian appeals court. She has been on a hunger strike since April 18th. Lee and Ling will soon face trial in North Korea and a possible conviction could carry a sentence of up to 10 years.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Playbook

REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List: 100 Days

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It is day 100 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

AdAge: WSJ is threatening to reclaim its weekday circulation crown from USA Today for the first time since September 1999. If USA Today falls another two percentage points while WSJ holds steady, WSJ will once again claim the largest paid weekday circulation in the U.S.

TV

TVNewser takes a look at life after layoffs for broadcast journos.

ABC’s Brian Ross‘ investigative reporting was questioned in an article on the front page of NYT in yesterday’s paper. TVNewser reports NYT’s reporting was questioned but one of the reporter’s sources. Read on here.

“So, if planes go into buildings, well, don’t blame Barack Obama, blame Dana Priest and the chaos that occurred after that, ’cause that was — when her article came out, from that point forward, this secret CIA program was dead on arrival.” -MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe yesterday in a discussion about torture. Read in context at Media Matters.

RADIO

Congrats to WAMU’s Diane Rehm, who has again made the cut for “Top 10 Most Powerful Programs On Public Radio,” according to the fall 2008 study by Audience Research Analysis.

AP: Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, said yesterday it is cutting 590 jobs, including some on-air personalities, in its second round of mass layoffs this year amid pressure from the recession and evaporating advertising budgets.

ONLINE

Vanity Fair studies media Darwinism- which sites will survive? Gives an outlook for Politico, Slate, Drudge, even PerezHilton.

MAGAZINES

Are there more cuts ahead at Conde Nast?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Politico reports the WH press office blasted out an email yesterday “specifically to reporters that the White House considers focusing mainly on the negative when it comes to ethics issues” under the subject “Fair and/ or Balanced.”

NEWS NOTES

Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, and most of the Massachusetts delegation, have sent letters of support for the Boston Globe to NYT’s Arthur Sulzberger.

B&C: SCOTUS has backed the government’s power to regulate the broadcast of so-called “fleeting expletives” on live television. The decision Tuesday reverses and remands a lower court ruling that the FCC did not justify its change in policy on fleeting expletives.

NYT: The Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of Google’s settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service. The inquiry does not necessarily mean that the department will oppose the settlement.

From Reliable Source: “The only thing I have against her is that she threatens to surpass me in attracting the left’s hatred.” -Ann Coulter extolling Sarah Palin in the “Time 100″ ranking of the world’s most influential people, due out next week.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

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Morning Reading List 04.02.09

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Its day 73 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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NEWPAPERS

A local media source tells DCRTV that WaPo’s Katherine Weymouth is “weighing” the possibility of ending Saturday publication of the paper and experimenting with an online edition one day a week. The source says Weymouth and a team of advisers have been studying online efforts by other publications, including the Post’s, for more than a year now and are attempting to decide whether to proceed with the one-day-a-week online-only experiment. Maybe “later this year.” Late last year, the Washington Times replaced its Saturday print edition with an online-only substitute.

FishbowlNY: At Michael’s in NYC yesterday, legendary newspaperman Ben Bradlee wasn’t about to buy into all the gloom and doom about the industry: “When I was editor of the Post, there was something like 7,500 papers and now there’s 1,200. But I don’t think it’s such a bad thing if there’s a few less papers — if they’re better.”

NYT’s Editor responds to VF Piece on Arthur Sulzberger in a letter to the editor. Bill Keller: “Last year readers paid The New York Times more than $600 million to buy our newspaper… it buys us time to answer the existential question of our business, which is how we assure that journalism continues to pay. I’ll bet on Arthur Sulzberger finding the answer to that question before Mark Bowden does.”

TV

Fox News has 9 of the top 10 cable news programs in the first quarter of 2009, averaging more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined and claiming the number 2 spot in cable primetime. Here’s are the programs in order: The O’Reilly Factor (3,438,000 total viewers), Hannity (2,579,000), Glenn Beck (2,271,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,092,000), On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (1,977,000), The FOX Report with Shepard Smith (1,927,000), The O’Reilly Factor- repeat (1,457,000), America’s Newsroom (1,445,000) and Your World with Neil Cavuto (1,428,000).

Countdown with Keith Olbermann is in tenth place with 1,327,000 total viewers.

CNN, surpassed by MSNBC for the first time in weekday primetime ratings last month, plans to increase its workforce this year and invest in its Web site. CNN is hiring about 30 workers for its newswire service this year and plans to recruit more for international news.

NEWS NOTES

Wanda Sykes- this year’s entertainment at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner- is getting her own late-night show on Fox.

JOBS

UrbanDaddy is looking for an editor for a new email magazine.

Preservation Magazine is looking for a business manager.

Thompson Publishing Group is looking for a director of marketing.

Also be sure to check out mediabistro’s MediaJobsDaily– posts they have up now, “The Top 20 Sites To Find a Job” and “Meetup Network Might Help You Get A Job.”

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko