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Morning Reading List, 01.22.08


Good morning Washington. Eleven years ago today, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as secretary of state. And it’s Diane Lane’s birthday! (Hat Tip: MicCheckRadio).

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Morning Reading List, 11.26.07

Good morning Washington.

  • Brian Williams would have been a good Thanksgiving dinner guest.

  • Channel 5 Is Losing News Chief To CNN

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of November 12-16, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.08 million Total Viewers and a 2.2/8 among Adults 25-54. The ABC broadcast tied for 1st place among Total Viewers with NBC’s ‘Nightly News,’ which also averaged 9.08 million. ‘World News’ won the week among Households, averaging 6.3/12 to NBC’s 6.1/12.”

  • Thompson charges Fox News is biased against his campaign

  • From DCRTV:

      On Tuesday, 11/27, Citadel talker WMAL’s Fred Grandy and Andy Parks morning show will be simulcast live by C-SPAN television. “Get out of the way Don Imus,” Parks jestfully said Friday morning after the announcement was made. Also, C-SPAN is simulcasting the Bill Press radio show on Wednesday morning, 11/28. DC-based Press is heard locally on Clear Channel’s Progressive Talk 1260, WWRC. Press used to be part of WMAL’s morning show…..

  • AP Chief Slams Case Against Photographer

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won the week of November 12-18, 2007 among the key demographic adults 25-54 (000). In the key demo, ‘Nightly’ topped ‘World News’ by 67,000. This is ‘Nightly’s’ best A25-54 (000) advantage over ABC since the week of April 16, 2007.”

  • The New York Time’s Nicolai Ouroussoff writes, “Writing about your employer’s new building is a tricky task. If I love it, the reader will suspect that I’m currying favor with the man who signs my checks. If I hate it, I’m just flaunting my independence. So let me get this out of the way: As an employee, I’m enchanted with our new building on Eighth Avenue. The grand old 18-story neo-Gothic structure on 43rd Street, home to The New York Times for nearly a century, had its sentimental charms. But it was a depressing place to work. Its labyrinthine warren of desks and piles of yellowing newspapers were redolent of tradition but also seemed an anachronism. The new 52-story building between 40th and 41st Streets, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, is a paradise by comparison.”

  • An NPR release announced, “The NPR News and Iowa Public Radio national Democratic Presidential debate, to be broadcast and webcast live from 1:00-3:00PM (CT) on Tuesday, December 4, will be held at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines, with NPR News journalists and hosts Steve Inskeep, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel as moderators. The two-hour event, leading up to the Iowa Caucus, will offer the first audio-only debate of the presidential race and will repeat the format introduced in 2004 by NPR and the NPR Member Stations of Iowa. All major Democratic candidates are confirmed to attend.”

  • Politico reports, “The presidential campaigns in both parties have begun reacting ferociously to real or perceived attacks from rivals, goaded by a tight campaign calendar that leaves no room for error, and a determination to show they’re tougher than John F. Kerry was in 2004.”

  • AFF announced, “Starting in January, and throughout the presidential election cycle, AFF will convene roundtable debates in major cities nationwide, including Chicago, Denver, Portland, Oregon, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and others. … Our first stop will be in Chicago.” For the full schedule, click here.

  • Media Daily News reports, “When TV Guide re-launched as a full-size publication two years ago, the new look continued one of the magazine’s more notable offerings–its ‘Cheers & Jeers’ page–where editors rave about some small-screen shows and rip others. Now, in the vein of media companies taking signature brands and migrating them to new platforms, the money-losing publication’s parent is expanding the reach of “C&J,” a feature that first hit the pages of the magazine, whose circulation in 1983 approached 20 million.”

  • Trey Ditto, the Deputy Press Secretary in the Office of Communications and Outreach for U.S. Department of Education, is leaving D.C. to move to NYC where he will be Associate Vice President at Rubenstein Associates, Inc.

  • 23/6 takes a look “Inside the incredible mind of Thomas L. Friedman

  • PEJ News Coverage Index for November 11-16 shows, “Planted questions, the B-word, and an embarrassing indictment were all fodder for journalists covering the revved up race for the White House last week. In Pakistan, a national crisis turns personal in the media. And cable news’ favorite celebrity defendant.”

  • A reader writes in, “Re: ‘From: RadioTV Executive Committee’ ‘As per…’? Are these professional writers?”

  • The Huffington Post announced, “the launch of its ‘Polling Project’ to survey the widely-used practice of polling. Prominent media organizations are participating in this unprecedented effort to study the pervasiveness and impact of polls across the country. Joining forces to examine the polling industry, OffTheBus and its media sponsors will ask their readers to share their polling experiences, and OffTheBus will distribute the collected data among partners that will analyze and report on it.” For more info, click here.

  • Media Biz reports, “There are a lot of R buzzwords that media companies and advertisers focus on these days: relevance, reach and retention come to mind. But here’s another R word that’s getting a little more play lately. And it doesn’t have the positive connotations that those other ones have: recession.”

  • Reuters reports, “Two U.S. senators on the antitrust subcommittee urged the Federal Trade Commission’s chairman to submit Google Inc’s purchase of advertising company DoubleClick to ‘serious scrutiny.’”

  • reports, “Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are seeking to rein in Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who is seeking to expand the media regulator’s authority over the cable industry.”

  • Fortune reports,Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast, is moving the company well beyond TV. Already the No. 1 provider of traditional cable, with 24.2 million subscribers, Comcast is on track to become the fourth-largest residential phone company in the U.S. by year-end. But phone operators like AT&T and Verizon are fighting back, and Wall Street is fearing a bloodbath.”

  • Radio Ink reports, “to bring former customers back into the fold, XM Satellite Radio is offering three months of free service — ‘applied over the first six months of a subscription’ — to anyone who re-activates an inactive XM receiver between November 23 and December 31.”

  • Press Gazette reports, “Al Jazeera English will launch on an American network within the next six months, according to its London bureau chief.”

  • CNN reports, “The U.S. military says it has ‘convincing and irrefutable’ evidence that an award-winning Associated Press photographer is connected to the insurgency in Iraq.”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe writes, “With readership dwindling, the Post’s educational division, Kaplan, now generates most of the company’s revenue.”

  • Washington Whispers reports Shell’s hook to get newsies to attend a luncheon.

  • Hot Air asks, “Why did so many of the ‘undecided voters’ who asked questions at last week’s Democrat debate turn out to be either anti-war, labor, race politics or Democrat party activists?”

  • Adam Conner-Simons asks, “Are internal media watchdogs an expensive PR ploy or a useful tool in maintaining journalistic accountability?”

  • Confederate Yankee writes, “Sacrificial Lamb? Head Fact-checker Gone at TNR”

  • It Was Called The Democratic Debate, but CNN Is The Story.”

  • Fake news on Web just not as good

  • Joan Walsh wants to “Stop the New York Times Op-Ed food fight!”


  • The News and Advance is looking for a Page Designer/Copy Editor.

  • Need to Know News is looking for an Economics Reporter.

  • Platts is seeking a market reporter for real-time news and metals newsletters

  • Erickson Retirement Communities is seeking a copywriter.

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

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Financial Impact Editor.

  • Martinsville Bulletin is looking for a Sportswriter.

  • Reuters is looking for a Jr. Producer, Group 7 Consumer TV.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Diversity/Demographics Writer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 10.11.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Joe Biden is your choice for POTUS.

  • TVGuide interviews Chris Matthews.

  • Via Wednesday’s “Wake Up Call!”:

      “But what’s most noteworthy, of course, as we watched the candidates come out on stage, and Fred Thompson was standing there in the middle, is just how tall he is” — Norah O’Donnell, on noteworthiness (“Hardball”).

  • Inside Cable News hears that Matt Lauer has scored an interview with Sen. Larry Craig.

  • Who Keeps Sharpton and Jackson Powerful? The White Media.”

  • The NY Times looks into the Braver/Cheney story.

  • The Future of NBCU

  • GOP Debate: 2nd & 3rd Lowest Rated So Far

  • Jay Rosen: “What I Learned from Assignment Zero

  • Carrie Christoffersen, curator of collections at the Newseum, has been with the media-oriented museum since 1997, and is The Examiner’s “3-Minute Interview”

  • Waxman in no rush to silence Rush, Hannity

  • Pelosi has candid talk with reporters

  • Market Watch’s Jon Freidman writes, “The prototype for the modern Internet success story goes something like this: A disenfranchised loner grows up bored in a leafy American suburb, drops out of Harvard or Stanford and then surfaces in Silicon Valley.”

  • A Q&A with Carl Bernstein.

  • After Larry Craig Case: Should Press ‘Out’ Politicians?

  • To do today: “Editrix of the Trade: How to Keep Your Job and Your Sanity as a Female Journalist in Washington, DC”

  • TVNewser reports, “sources tell TVNewser another story in the book is not quite right about a meeting ABC News president David Westin had with NBC’s Brian Williams. Kurtz writes, ‘In the spring of 2002…Westin arranged a rendezvous in a Manhattan hotel…Westin asked Williams if he wanted to anchor Nightline.’ A network insider tells me Westin did meet with Williams, but it was in 1997 and that the discussion was about Williams joining Good Morning America, not Nightline.”

  • World Screen reports, “Speaking with reporters in Cannes this morning, Leslie Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS Corporation and this year’s MIPCOM Personality of the Year, discussed the company’s new-media strategy, the relationship with iTunes and the progress of The CW network in the U.S.”

  • Hollywood Reporter reports, “Voting shares of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. have gained ground of late and are up year-to-date after trailing their year-end 2006 closing price late in the summer. Analysts cited the global credit crunch and the planned acquisition of Dow Jones & Co. as factors that held back the stock.”

  • Greta Van Susteren tells us, “On rare occasions our show gets tossed out of our usual DC studio (some other show needs it for a special or something like that) and we move down the hall to another studio. Once in the other studio, we must improvise… try to make it work for us … here is a short behind the video of our team improvising.”

  • Variety reports, “With a November WGA strike becoming a more distinct possibility, studios have started putting the hiring squeeze on scribes. ‘We’re not financing their strike’ is the new mantra for studio and network execs as writers are told that their services won’t be needed until the WGA works out a deal. The get-tough stance — designed to demonstrate the consequences of a strike to the 12,000 Writers Guild of America members — has emerged as the gloomy town deepens its belief that a strike will take place soon after the Oct. 31 contract expiration.”

  • Check out Brian Roberts, the CEO of Comcast and son of the company’s founder, and his Q&A with CNN.

  • Philadelphia Business Journal reports, “Comcast Corp. said it will move about 100 management positions at its Versus sports network to the corporation’s headquarters in Philadelphia.”

  • Reuters reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc plans to introduce new portable radios next year and expects car buyers to account for more than 65 percent of new subscribers by the end of 2007, its interim chief executive said in an interview.”

  • The Washington Times reports, “Allbritton Communications, owner of ABC affiliate WJLA-TV (Channel 7) and the Politico newspaper, has rolled out a digital channel devoted to Washington-area filmmakers, producers, animators, musicians, comics and storytellers. Local POINT TV, carried on Channel 205 for Comcast cable subscribers and 867 for Verizon FiOS customers, bills itself as a ‘return to television’s creative roots.’” Check it out here.

  • Mark Halpern gives his first interview on new book, The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President.

  • Check out MSNBC’s new Candidates and Issues Matrix that launched this week. And check out the site’s partially re-designed politics front.

  • PEJ News Coverage Index for Sept. 30 through Oct. 5 shows, “The Murky Blackwater Story Fuels Iraq Coverage.

  • The Deal reports, “No sooner had we recovered from the prelaunch hype surrounding the arrival of Portfolio magazine — not to mention the post-launch disappointment and inevitable schadenfraude — then we now have to contend with the hullabaloo around another new business media offering: the Fox Business Network channel. Set to launch Oct. 15, Rupert Murdoch’s long-awaited competitor to CNBC last week gave the public a glimpse of what it has been cooking up all these months in the form of a marketing Web site (”

  • IFN reports, “Craigslist Racks Up Another $75-million”

  • Variety reports, “Chicago real estate magnate and Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell said Tuesday he had no plans to sell the Los Angeles Times to any of the moguls who previously expressed an interest in buying the newspaper.”


  • Imre Communications is looking for an Account Supervisor, Associations.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Sports Writer.

  • Blue Ridge PBS is looking for an Executive Producer.

  • Delegation of the European Commission is looking for a Senior Communications Advisor.

  • Maryland Gazette is looking for a Reporter.

  • The Atlantic Monthly is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is looking for an International Media Director.

  • Center for Community Change is looking for a Communications Specialist.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 05.10.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you have a book in you, somewhere.

  • NBC announced that “Lester Holt will become anchor of the top-rated Saturday and Sunday editions of NBC ‘Nightly News,’ effective immediately. According to the release, “In addition to this new role, Holt will continue to co-anchor the weekend editions of ‘Today.’ He will also serve as a fill-in anchor and correspondent for ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ and the weekday ‘Today’ program.”

  • A reader offers “another snapshot of the Capitol Hill pubs: Months in Existence: Roll Call: 624 The Hill: 156 Politico: 4 Looks like somebody is growing pretty quickly…”

  • Seattle Times reports, “Microsoft thinks the advertising business model for traditional media — venues where advertisers still channel most of their spending — will fall apart faster in the coming five years.”

  • Check out the online chat Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell did yesterday, discussing “her weekly column and her role in improving public understanding of the newspaper and journalism.”

  • The New York Observer has the run down of Tuesday night’s Time 100 gala.

  • E&P reports, outgoing New York Times Public Editor Byron Calame said, “The prospect of Mr. Murdoch owning the Journal is disturbing and disconcerting to me.”

  • Potomac Flacks is looking for a new blog contributor. If you are interested in being a contributor, please contact Matt Mackowiak at

  • CNET reports, “While Microsoft is working to catch up to Google in areas such as search, it is also looking to technology to provide new types of Internet content and advertising that it hopes will change the rules of the game.”

  • From a reader: “I think CBS should change the name of their newscast to ‘CBS Evening Blues’”

  • Ben Smith reports that yesterday “Rubert Murdoch introduced Bloomberg at News Corp.’s announcement that the company is going green.”

  • Reuters reports, “Old media turns combative against new media”

  • David Bauder reports, “In TV’s worst spring in recent memory, an alarming number of Americans drifted away from television the past two months: More than 2.5 million fewer people were watching ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox than at the same time last year, statistics show.”

  • Forbes reports that Google “is in the early stages of a partnership with publishers such as the New York Times Co. and Tribune to sell print ads in newspapers, part of the company’s broader efforts to move into traditional, offline forms of advertising.”

  • The AP reports, “Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer Delivers Tough Love Speech to Newspapers”

  • Forbes reports, “Analysts say competition concerns will be the deal’s main stumbling block” in the deal between Thomson and Reuters Group.

  • The AP reports, “News Corp. President Peter Chernin told a cable industry gathering Tuesday that ‘this is a world in which the big get bigger.’” The AP also reported from the conference, Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts showed off “new technology that enabled a data download speed of 150 megabits per second, or roughly 25 times faster than today’s standard cable modems.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Simon & Schuster Inc. announced that it is launching a digital video channel to promote the company’s authors and forthcoming releases.”

  • Reuters reports, “Media executives on Tuesday criticized potential further U.S government involvement in regulating what Americans watch on television and called on industry lobbyists to prepare for a battle in Washington.”


  • Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC is seeking a senior reporter.

  • Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access Staff is looking for a Writer/Newsletter Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Energetic Reporter/Editor.

  • American Society for Engineering Education is looking for an Editor.

  • America’s Promise/The Alliance For Youth is looking for a Web Content Manager.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 04.12.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Roll Call’s Emily Pierce has been named a Senior Staff Writer.
  • CJR reports, “the present wave of cost- cutting, job-eliminating, and bureau-closing is just one reason journalism is widely believed to be an industry in crisis. But a pair of university studies concerning the profession’s past and future may slightly temper fears of its imminent demise.”
  • A reader points out that Senator Barack Obama spoke with Carl Cameron this afternoon regarding McCain’s announced position on the Iraq war. A few heads are scratching about Obama’s appearance, since he pulled out of the Fox debates two days earlier…
  • The Corner’s reaction to Ana Marie Cox pulling out of the “Imus” show: “And I Thought She Was, Like, Soooo Un-PC…”
  • is looking for a reporter for Money Laundering Alert.

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