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Taking Out the Trash 07.13.09

What we almost missed today…

You’ve got [fan] mail: Jonas Bros. hit AOL’s company picnic this weekend.

Frustrated Journos Take On Off-the-Record: Paul Bedard‘s got the scoop at Washington Whispers.

Bob Woodward was at the White House today.

It’s a hard knock life: Bloomberg reports that McGraw Hill may be putting Business Week up for adoption.

• While reporting on President Obama and the economy tonight, “Hardball” used this photo of the President’s Senate successor Sen. Roland Burris, instead of Obama himself. Oops.

• Webnewser has this wrap of online media’s coverage of day one of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings.

Bob Woodruff‘s first report from Iraq was scheduled to air on “World News” tonight, but a severe sandstorm in Kirkuk has interfered with satellite capabilities and producers on the ground are unable to feed material. He’s scheduled to report for tomorrow’s “Good Morning America,” weather permitting.

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Morning Reading List, 11.06.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Eventually, you want to have kids.

  • News University is hosting, The Electronic Election: Covering the 2008 Vote: A NewsU/Poynter Webinar on November 14. Register here.

  • Poynter Online reports, “NewAssignment.Net, the professional-amateur (pro-am) journalism effort spearheaded by NYU prof Jay Rosen, has a new project underway — and they need beat reporters to help”

  • TVNewser reports, “A cable insider tells TVNewser HOT (the largest cable operator in Israel) took CNN off the air from both their digital and analog platforms at 11:30am local time (5:30amET) this morning. It was replaced with FOX News Channel.”

  • Inside Cable News looks into the “Anatomy of a misquote…”

  • The Huffington Post reports,Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, spoke out against the media establishment Thursday evening at a party hosted by Glamour to toast the book debut of her collected reporting for the magazine, In Search of Hope.”

  • Wonkette points out the latest snafu from MSNBC.

  • Check out the latest Washington Social Diary.

  • Check out NPR Music, ‘a new, free, comprehensive multimedia music discovery Web site. Featuring on-air and online content aggregated from NPR and the participating stations as well as original-to-NPR Music materials such as interviews, reviews, blogs and live performances.” It launched yesterday.
  • Politico’s Mike Allen writes, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, coming off a textbook interview with Michael Gerson, introduces a new feature exclusive to the show’s 7 p.m. edition: ‘The Hardball Power Rankings,’ showing who’s winning at that moment.”
  • TVNewser reports,Bob and Lee Woodruff, both now working for ABC News, are, it turns out, the namesakes for two new characters on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Marc Cherry, the program’s creator, says in a USA Today interview that the characters, gay partners Bob and Lee, were named for the Woodruffs after Cherry met them at a dinner”
  • B&C reports, “As executive vice president of Fox Business Network, Kevin Magee oversees the channel’s day-to-day operations. Like many people at the just-launched channel, Magee is a veteran of CNBC, cable’s business-news leader in distribution, ratings and revenue. But Magee was not daunted by his former employers’ competitive advantage. ‘Everyone loves a good fistfight,” he said.’”

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “It sounded like a great gotcha story: the Hill newspaper accusing Hillary Rodham Clinton of failing to show up for a Senate hearing on nuclear waste disposal that she herself had requested. And Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) was quoted as criticizing the Democratic presidential candidate. But it turned out that Clinton was there — and Inhofe’s quotes were taken from a July press release — prompting an embarrassing correction. ‘Any mistake is regrettable,’ says Hugo Gurdon, the Hill’s editor, ‘but it’s more painful when it negates the story entirely.’”

  • The New York Times reports, “Journalists often call publicists ‘flacks’ and publicists call journalists ‘hacks,’ though rarely in earshot of one another. But the gloves came off last week after Chris Anderson, the executive editor of Wired magazine, chided ‘lazy flacks’ who deluge him with news releases ‘because they can’t be bothered to find out who on my staff, if anyone, might actually be interested in what they’re pitching.’”

  • National Journal hosted a panel discussion featuring National Journal’s Ronald Brownstein and Linda Douglass, The Hotline’s Amy Walter, and moderated by XM’s Rebecca Roberts. Click here to hear the broadcast of the event.
  • What are your favorite political reporters doing for New Year’s Eve? Top of the Ticket takes His Extreme-ness’ story one step further.

  • A reader writes in, “Someone needs to note somewhere that that ’60 Minutes’ piece last night, Sunday, Nov. 4, on the revelation of the con man known as ‘Curve Ball’ who duped the entire United States government, military and 16 intelligence agencies into forging ahead into an unnecessary war that has cost the U.S. about 3,800 lives, was one of the best investigative pieces aired on the show in many, many years. The piece was well-researched and well-produced, and the story produced actual, revelatory, groundbreaking real news on a real, relevant story. The scoop, with worldwide implications, was the type of piece that the show used to do all of the time. Then, two pieces later, the show aired a completely inane, juvenile, non-relevant dog-and-pony show by a flustered, somewhat confused Lesley Stahl about some billionaire who decided to buy a yacht. The piece was worse than some of the newsbreaking pieces in the current issue of ‘National Enquirer.’ In an odd juxtaposition, ’60 Minutes’ revealed a flash of what used to make the show great and displayed a waste of time that showed why the show has tanked for many people.”

  • E&P has “some of the top daily gainers for the six-month period ending September 2007, based on today’s FAS-FAX. The daily average is based on Monday-Friday.”

  • Riehl World View reports, “A few dots to connect here, but it looks like a journalist, John Cheeves of the Lexington-Herald-Leader, with current and previous ties to McClatchy and Knight-Ridder respectively, has been involved in one dubious scheme that at least suggested pay for play journalism. And given where his name also turns up, he might not be the most objective journalist to be leading a witch hunt against current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

  • The Associated Press reports, “The PC’s role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles, digital video recorders with terabytes of memory.”

  • The Los Angeles Times launched, “The Strike Zone: The Latest on WGA Strike”

  • The Associated Press reports, “An influential advisory firm for institutional shareholders recommended its clients vote in favor of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s planned acquisition of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The broadcast networks are clearly adopting more of an ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ philosophy toward the Internet. Harnessing a natural human inclination toward gossip, complaint, prediction and obsession, they are using TV show Web sites to offer clips, outtakes, interviews, games, message boards and blogs — not to mention entire episodes.”

  • Don Surber reports, “Blaming the media for victory”

  • A release announced, “Gibraltar Associates, LLC, a consultancy specializing in risk and reputation management, public affairs and business development, today announced that Tarah Donoghue has joined the company as an Associate in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Donoghue will focus on client communications strategy, policy and strategic messaging. Ms. Donoghue joins Gibraltar Associates from the White House, where she served as Deputy Press Secretary to First Lady Laura Bush from May 2006 to August 2007.”

  • William Powers writes, “To truly understand high-end political journalism requires a secret decoder ring. The actual message of a story is often embedded between the lines or in a passing descriptive detail far down in the text. In this case, the operative moment came well after the jump, at paragraph 18: ‘In a 53-minute interview over a breakfast of boiled eggs (he ate only the egg whites), aboard a chartered jet that brought him here from Chicago, Mr. Obama said Mrs. Clinton had been untruthful or misleading in describing her positions on problems facing the nation.’”

  • AdAge.com reports, “Newsweek’s new management plans to chop its guaranteed paid circulation by 500,000 copies, dropping its promise to advertisers down to 2.6 million paying readers from 3.1 million, those with knowledge of the move said today.”

  • PR People: Are you on this list?

  • Beltway Blogroll reports, “A weekend journalism discussion at the Phillips Foundation has sparked a mini-debate about whether ‘backpack journalism,’ where reporters carry more than pen and pad, is a good development.”

  • Associated Press reports, “Tom Curley, CEO of The Associated Press, called on news executives Thursday to “stop pining” for the past and adapt to the new ways that news is being distributed and consumed.”

  • New York Times reports, “Copyrighted work like a news article or a picture can hop between Web sites as easily as a cut-and-paste command. But more than ever, as that material finds new audiences, the original sources might not get the direct financial benefit — in fact, they might have little idea where their work has spread.”

  • The Deal reports, “And now for something completely different: ‘The long-term outlook for the [newspaper] industry appears to be healthier than that implied by current share prices.’ So Joe Arns of Banc of America Securities LLC reports on initiating coverage of the newspaper sector. Although he may be new to the beat, that doesn’t mean he’s Pollyannaish. In fact, Arns’ forecast for a 5% decline in newspaper ad revenues next year is more bearish than the Street consensus of a 3% decline.”

  • Reuters reports, “The Wall Street Journal said on Sunday that its Web site now has 1 million subscribers, a milestone for a site that charges for access even as other sites are throwing themselves open for free.”

  • “Daily News TV critic David Bianculli says ‘So long & thanks’”

  • FT.com reports, “Tribune Company and the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission are locking horns over the proposed $8.2bn buy-out of the media group by Sam Zell, the real estate entrepreneur, in a stand-off that threatens to derail the deal.”

  • Heard On The Hill reports, “Sen. Patrick Leahy tried out the time-honored strategy of turning the tables in an effort to fend off an aggressive press corps on Wednesday. Cornered by a pack of scribes anxious to query the Vermont Democrat about the troubled nomination of Michael Mukasey to be attorney general, Leahy was attempting to exit the Capitol through a second-floor exit.”

  • Media Matters reports, “In a November 5 post on his campaign news website The Page, Time magazine editor-at-large and senior political analyst Mark Halperin claimed that a Chicago Sun-Times column raising questions about the transparency of Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) presidential bid was the product of opposition research provided by the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY).”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The digital revolution has given journalists some fantastic tools. Web sites like Google and Wikipedia give us instant access to voluminous research on virtually any subject. Cell phones enable us to become news photographers. Sparked by blogs and YouTube, the Citizen Journalism boom has taken shape.”

  • The Guardian reports,Rupert Murdoch plans to install Times editor Robert Thomson as publisher of the Wall Street Journal next year, according to a senior US media executive.”

  • CJR reports, “The Rhetoric Beat: Why journalism needs one”

  • Whoops. CNBC should know by now how to spell Karl Rove.

    Jobs

  • Politico is hiring a Special Projects Assistant.

  • The Hill is seeking a Political Journalist.

  • USATODAY.com is looking for a Producer, Design Dept. and a digital storyteller.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a freelance travel writer, a
    Health Editor and a Copy Editor.

  • Publishing Services LLC is looking for an Associate Publisher.

  • The Montgomery County Sentinel is looking for an Entry Level Reporter.

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

  • Elsevier is looking for a Reporter.

    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 MoveOn.org’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 NYTimes.com 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. NYTimes.com 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 www.campaignnetwork.org, 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 moveon.org’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.

  • “FactCheck.org, 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.

    Jobs

  • 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, 06.20.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Sorry Carl, but the readers have spoken. They think Bob is hotter.

  • An ABC release announced, “Despite experiencing reduced coverage two days last week due to the NBA Finals, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54 for the eighth consecutive week. Averaging 7.46 million Total Viewers and a 1.8/8 among Adults 25-54, ‘World News’ outperformed NBC by 330,000 Total Viewers and 100,000 key demo viewers.”

  • Reliable Source reports, “Any day now, Tracey Neale is going to briefly disappear from the airwaves, and now we know why: WUSA’s nightly anchor is adopting two children from Ethiopia.”

  • ‘Time’ Shoving Its Reluctant Writers Online

  • The Watergate Legacy, 35 Years Later

  • Politico’s straw poll wraps up today at noon. More info here.

  • “The changing arc of the immigration debate helped make it the biggest story the week of June 10-15, filling 10% of the overall newshole, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index. (It was the leading subject in the cable (15%) and radio (11%) sectors.) The week marked the first time in 2007 that immigration was a No. 1 story.”

  • Blogging Into The Mainstream

  • Another ABC release announced, “ABC News Digital saw 10.2 million unique visitors in May of 2007 and ranked in eighth place in the Top 20 of general news sites, according to the Nielsen NetRatings. Since ABCNEWS.com relaunched in May emphasizing community participation, the site saw 132.5 million page views, up 21% year-to-year, according to ABC’s measurements.”

  • And ABC also announced, “All Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have confirmed their attendance at the two ABC News and ABC5/WOI-TV live debates in August 2007.”

  • One more way we journos are screwing up: “How the News Media Handicap Those with Disabilities

  • CNN’s Washington bureau sure is fertile these days.”

  • E&P reports, “The venue was a bit odd — an online chat marking the 35th anniversary of the Watergate burglary — but it produced one of the clearest admissions yet by Washington Post editor/reporter Bob Woodward that he was among the many who fumbled the ball on pre-war Iraqi WMDs.”

  • “Former Time Inc. Editor Norman Pearlstine defended his controversial decisions to release information to the courts in the highly publicized Valerie Plame CIA leak case, during a Q&A session sponsored by The Aspen Group on Monday.”

  • A reader writes in, “Wow The Politico paper has staples…and it looks good!”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “More than 70 lawmakers Monday urged antitrust authorities to block the proposed merger of the nation’s two satellite radio companies, contending that the deal is anti-competitive.”

  • A reader writes in:
      Since when on earth is it actually illegal to copy and re-send a memo about, say, an anniversary picnic (which is a public event), a memo about changes at the paper that contains no financial or personnel information and which is also being reported elsewhere in the media via company press releases, or a memo about sections changes, retirements, hires, newsprint, parties, anniversary events, changes in editors, etc., etc., etc.? I do not believe that it is technically “illegal” to disseminate such particular information. It may be against a company policy, but it is likely not an illegal act that anyone could be charged with via the criminal courts of the United States criminal justice system.

      Also, it is bizarrely ironic that a newspaper that tries to stand up for journalism and reporting and communicating and open public records and reporting things that are usually kept secret is so paranoid and worried about the leaking of some very mundane and average memos about what are really not earth-shattering things. Isn’t this a newspaper that prods sources for news and sometimes uses sources who are also leaking information? So why get upset about someone sharing lame memos?

      Finally, does anyone at the Times understand basic p.r.? That paper can publish for 25 years–and still most people have not read a word in it, don’t care about it at all, and don’t even really know anything about it (this is actually very true–as recently as two days ago, some people said they had never read it, never seen it, and they thought it was owned by the people who owned the Star–the Star, which folded in 1981!). So you would think that a money-losing, stigma-attached, low-read paper would welcome any type of exposure and publicity and p.r.– even if it’s bad.

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