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Banjos, Bare Feet and Books: A Party for Ryan Grim

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Grim’s book (left) Members of Merle Haggard Haggard (right)

Saturday night at American Legion #8 – Capitol Hill, DC journos and a few stray winos gathered to toast the release of Ryan Grim‘s new book, “This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.”

The HuffPo reporter and new author inked copies of his book with the help of wife Elizan Garcia while barefooted band, Merle Haggard Haggard rocked Legion 8.

Spotted: Michael Steel, Jared Allen, David Mark, Ken Vogel, Bob Hillman, Anne Marson, Mike Allen, Jennifer Kohl, Leonard Roberge, Dave Jamieson, Mike Debonis, Jason Cherkis, Gail Ross, Howard Yoon, Marissa Newhall, Matt Mackowiak, Rachel Morris, Sarah Courteau and Amos Snead.

Not since the release of Britney Spears‘ “Heart to Heart” has a book signing boasted bare feet and banjos with such klass. Well done, Mr. Grim!

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Morning Reading List, 11.26.08

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Morning Reading List, 09.18.08

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Morning Reading List, 02.12.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Abe Lincoln and Sen. Arlen Specter.

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  • It is close, but most of you think that MSNBC handled the Shuster/Pimp episode “Appropriately…he deserved what he got”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • The New York Times reports, “For more than 25 years, The Washington Times has positioned itself against its more liberal cross-town rival, The Washington Post. But for its new executive editor, The Times tapped a Post alumnus, John F. Solomon, 41, who took control of the paper two weeks ago. Mr. Solomon, a longtime investigative reporter, was a surprise choice.”

  • A release announced, “The New America Foundation, a nonpartisan ten-year-old think tank headquartered in Washington D.C., announced today the appointment of Dr. Eric Schmidt, the chairman and chief executive of Google, Inc., as the new chairman of New America’s Board of Directors.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Richard Reeves writes, “Yes, I still use AOL as my home page, probably because I’m too lazy to move on. And, yes, I start many days growling in hazy anger because folks in cyberspace seem to think Britney Spears is to the United States in 2008 what Winston Churchill was to England in 1940. But last Wednesday, I was even madder than usual when the first headline that popped up was: ‘Media Gets It Wrong Again.’”

  • Jeffrey Dvorkin: “A nervous news industry is killing off its ombudsmen. But after facing enraged NPR listeners when I had that role, I know the public has the most to lose.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Standard & Poor’s Corp. put Tribune Co.’s already junk-rated debt under review for possible downgrade Friday, saying the Chicago-based media company’s newspaper publishing group is likely to face further erosion of advertising revenue.”

  • A release announced, “U.S. Air Force officials have revamped their subpoena practices to extend greater protections to journalists, according to newly released regulations. The changes, which followed a 2005 meeting between top Air Force attorneys and members of The Dart Society, are modeled after guidelines adopted decades ago by the U.S. Attorney General for use in federal civilian cases.”

  • A tipster points out, “Chris Matthews: Joining me now is Jeanne Cummings of the Politico.com, sort of an online newspaper. It’s also in print. It’s a big thing in Washington now, to the dismay of the ‘Washington Post.’”

  • B&C reports, “With poignant timing, the funders of the new Newseum in Washington, D.C., last week said the newly constructed version would open April 11. The irony, of course, is that in the last few months, the newspaper industry, which forms part of the spine of this 250,000-square-foot museum, has been caught in what seems to be a persistent downward spiral. To many Americans, newspapers belong in a museum with other artifacts.”

  • Helen Thomas looks back as an eyewitness to history and delves into her story when she sits for a conversation with Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh.” For more info, click here.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell has had talks with News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch about Tribune facilities printing the southern Florida and Los Angeles editions of The Wall Street Journal, according to a person familiar with the situation.”

  • New York Time’s David Carr reports, “The Wall Street Journal, which has historically had a thing for guys in pinstripes rendered in stippled drawings, is taking its makeover very seriously. During a week when the stock market fell more than 4 percent, a recession seemed more likely, and Microsoft was putting the moves on Yahoo, The Journal spent almost all of its front-page real estate above the fold on politics, replete with flashy graphics. Out with Ballmer and Bernanke; in with Obama, Clinton and McCain.”

  • Dallas Morning News reports, “Belo Corp. said Friday that it had completed the spinoff of its newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News, and related businesses into a new publicly traded company called A.H. Belo Corporation.”

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  • CBS Workers Seized; Car Bombers Target U.S.-Backed Sunnis

  • A release announced, “CNN, Univision Communications Inc. and the Texas Democratic Party in conjunction with the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation will host a Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday, Feb. 21. Both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama have accepted invitations to the debate. The program will air live from the LBJ Auditorium at the University of Texas in Austin on CNN and on CNN International from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (ET)/7p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (CT) and will air in Spanish on the Univision Network beginning at 11:30 p.m. (ET)/10:30 p.m. (CT).”

  • An NBC release announced, “Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will anchor MSNBC’s special live coverage of the ‘Potomac Primaries,’ in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., tomorrow beginning at 6 p.m. ET. MSNBC will continue live coverage all day, with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, NBC News White House correspondent David Gregory, MSNBC anchor Dan Abrams and MSNBC Chief Washington correspondent Norah O’Donnell anchoring from New York and MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson and NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell anchoring live from Washington D.C.”

  • “WCBSTV.com reports that two journalists working for CBS News in Basra, Iraq, are missing. As of now, their identities are not being released.” TVNewser has the statement from CBS News.

  • Regarding this, a Salon reader writes, “It would have been fine if Hillary said the ‘pimped out’ remark was contemptible, Shuster apologized, and everyone moved on. But I agree that it is discomforting when the person who wants to be president demands someone be fired for an offensive comment.”

  • Ralph Hansen offers another Pimp-Gate roundup.

  • From Fox News: “Out of Bounds? NBC Newsman Suspended After Harsh Remark About Chelsea Clinton”

  • A release announced, “Tune in to CN8, The Comcast Network on Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. as CN8 Political Director Lynn Doyle hosts a special edition of ‘It’s Your Call,’ featuring live, expert analysis of the Beltway primary elections taking place in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The coverage follows CN8′s launch of ‘America’s Next President,’ the network’s most expansive election package to date tracking all major events leading up to the presidential election and ‘It’s Your Call’s’ extensive live coverage of Super Tuesday events on Feb. 5. Doyle will be joined in studio by CN8 Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief Robert Traynham; CN8 political analysts Brad Brewster, Bill Pascrell III and Steve Ayscue; and political commentator Joe Watkins, all of whom will provide viewers with an inside look at the candidates, platforms and issues impacting the primary elections in the Beltway.”

  • B&C reports, “With hot races still ahead, cable networks reap ratings and rake in cash”

  • New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports, “Mr. Conroy, whose job title is ‘off-air reporter,’ (because he does not normally appear on television) is one of many young journalists hired by the networks to follow the candidates across the country, filing video and blog posts as they go. Originally hired to cut expenses — their cost is a fraction of a full television crew’s — these reporters, also called ‘embeds,’ have produced a staggering amount of content, especially video. And in this election cycle, for the first time, they are able to edit and transmit video on the fly.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Huffington Post’s Cenk Uygur is “Defending David Shuster”

  • “Starting when the Virginia polls close at 7:00pm ET … washingtonpost.com and Newsweek will join forces again to host a live video Web cast of Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland’s ‘Potomac Primary.’ (Last week the two sites covered Super Tuesday with 7 hours of live web video.)”

  • CNet News.com reports, “Planned job cuts at Yahoo are expected to come on Tuesday, with managers possibly finding out Saturday who is on the list, according to sources inside the company.”

  • The Times reports, “Yahoo! is seeking to restart merger talks with AOL as a means of defending itself against the $45 billion (£23 billion) hostile bid approach from Microsoft, The Times has learnt.”

  • NJ.com’s Danny Glover writes, “OK, ya’ll get to decide whether Beltway Blogroll has been a good blog, but it is coming to an end. My tenure at National Journal ends tomorrow with the final issue of Technology Daily, where I served as the managing editor for six years before being promoted to the editorship in November 2006. Beltway Blogroll, a direct outgrowth of the interest I developed in politics and technology while at Tech Daily, will cease publication at the same time.”

  • Information Week reports, “U.S. Online Video Views Top 10 Billion”

  • Guardian.co.uk reports, “Reuters has forged a deal with the Guardian to sell advertising slots on the pages viewed by US users of the newspaper’s website. Under the agreement, Reuters will get the exclusive rights to sell ads targeted at the American audience of Guardian.co.uk.”

  • Newsweek reports, “Craigslist, the online classified-ad giant, has become the unwitting host to criminals of every description.”

  • The Hill reports, “Another anonymous D.C.-based blog has hit the streets. Written by a smattering of Hill political wonks, K Street lobbyists, PR gurus and even an undisclosed journalist, it is called FamousDC (www.famousdc.com) and aims to cover the famous-for-D.C. intersection of politics, media and sports.”

  • A release announced,Paul E. Steiger, editor-in-chief of ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom producing journalism in the public interest, today announced the appointment of a journalism Advisory Board. The Board will advise ProPublica’s editors from time to time on the full range of issues related to ProPublica’s journalism, from ethical issues to the direction of its reporting efforts. The members of the new Advisory Board are: Jill Abramson, a managing editor of The New York Times; Martin D. Baron, the editor of The Boston Globe; David Boardman, the executive editor of the Seattle Times; Robert A. Caro, historian and biographer of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson; John S. Carroll, the former editor of the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun; L. Gordon Crovitz, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal; David Gergen, professor of public service at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of its Center for Public Leadership; Shawn McIntosh, the director of culture and change at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Gregory L. Moore, the editor of The Denver Post; Priscilla Painton, the new editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster; Allan Sloan, a senior editor at large for Fortune magazine; and Cynthia A. Tucker, the editor of the editorial page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

  • Media Week reports, “Since CNN embraced the citizen journalist movement back in August 2006 with the launch of its iReport initiative, the news organization has received nearly 100,000 news-related photos and videos from viewers, including nearly 10,000 this past January alone. Yet less than 10 percent of those submissions have appeared on CNN.com or the cable channel. That’s all about to change. Time Warner’s CNN this week will enter YouTube territory with the launch of iReport.com, a new Web site built entirely on user-produced news.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Folio reports, “Publishers are facing a cost crunch and a potential revenue shortfall in 2008, particularly as the economy seems to inch toward recession.”

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    RADIO

  • A release announced, “NPR News ‘Election 2008′ presidential campaign coverage will offer a live one-hour broadcast and webcast special on the ‘Potomac Primaries,’ Tuesday, February 12, 10:00PM-11:00PM (ET). The special will cover the preliminary results in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Michele Norris and Melissa Block, hosts of NPR newsmagazine All Things Considered, will anchor. They will be joined by Election 2008 team including Audie Cornish, Don Gonyea, David Greene and Brian Naylor.”

  • A release announced, “The NPR Podcast Directory, which features hundreds of free podcasts produced by NPR, NPR Member stations and other public radio producers, just reached the 617-title count with the addition of the new NPR News ‘In Character’ series profiling classic fictional characters, seven podcasts from new participant 91.3fm WYEP Pittsburgh and nine from current station contributors. The podcasts, covering 40 topic areas, can be found at www.NPR.org/podcasts
  • His Extreme-ness reports, “A loyal Extreme Mortman reader and Rush Limbaugh listener reports right now that since Rush’s show started at noon today on local WMAL-AM radio, he’s heard three paid ads for Barack Obama.”

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    BOOKS

  • The New York Times reports, “In an attempt to increase book sales, HarperCollins Publishers will begin offering free electronic editions of some of its books on its Web site, including a novel by Paulo Coelho and a cookbook by the Food Network star Robert Irvine.”

  • Washington Post’s Ellen Ullman reviews Against The Machine, Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob by Lee Siegel.

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    JOBS

  • American Media Project is looking for a Producer/Associate Producer.

  • The Development Executive Group is offering Journalism/International Development Internships/Fellowships.

  • The Center for Public Integrity is looking for Investigative Reporting, Online Media Production, and Development/Communications Summer Interns.

  • Campaigns & Elections Magazine is looking for a Freelance Writer/ Editor.

  • Higher Education Washington is looking for an Editor/Writer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 12.18.07

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    Good morning Washington. Don Rumsfeld resigned a year ago today and Brad Pitt, Keith Richards and Christina Aguilera all turn a year older today. (Hat tip: MicCheckRadio)

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  • You think it is harder to write well as opposed to report well.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Legal Times announces the Lobbying Campaigns of the Year. Check out who made the cut.

  • Variety reports, “In the Wall Street Journal newsroom on Dec. 13, the day the paper officially became News Corp. property, Rupert Murdoch and new publisher Robert Thomson addressed hundreds of reporters who came loaded with plenty of questions. Murdoch understatedly acknowledged the ‘nervousness’ caused by his purchase of the privately run Dow Jones, and Thomson, rather enigmatically, cautioned, ‘While it’s right to be respectful of the past, these days it is certainly fatal to be haunted by history. He who stands still will be overrun.’”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Sun-Times Media Group Inc., hit hard by worsening newspaper industry conditions, said Friday that directors approved a plan that will reduce operating costs by $50 million in 2008 and involve layoffs.”

  • The Denver Post reports, “On the docket at the FCC this week is a rule that would allow newspapers and TV stations to buy each other, at least in larger markets. The rule would apply to the country’s top 20 markets (including Denver, No. 18). A proviso would prevent newspapers from buying any of the top four TV or radio stations, based on audience size. The FCC has been attempting to lift the restrictions on media consolidation for years and now is in a hurry to get it done Tuesday.”

  • Roll Call has more on Birdgate.

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “The stiffest penalty for the crimes Conrad Black and his henchmen committed while running the company now known as Sun-Times Media Group came down Friday, four days after Black received 6 1/2 years in federal prison and before Monday’s sentencing of his turncoat lieutenant, former Sun-Times Publisher F. David Radler. This punishment hit the very people trying to make a go of Black’s old scandal- scarred enterprise, seeking to overcome his crippling legacy at a time when even media companies not haunted by past criminal leadership are struggling.”

  • The New York Times reports,Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi photographer who had a hand in The Associated Press’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize for photography before being jailed without charges by the United States military, finally had a day in court last week. But his story, which highlights the unprecedented role that Iraqis are playing in news coverage of the war, is really just beginning.”

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  • For all of you journos heading to HDTV, maybe this should make your Christmas list. They now offer gift certificates! We kid because we love.

  • MarketWatch reports, “In the entertainment industry’s ongoing strike, getting writers back to work will require the two sides to make peace in cyberspace.”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN will marshal its extensive resources and political expertise for wall-to-wall coverage of the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, 2008. Lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer, along with Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs, will lead the network’s special coverage of the Iowa caucuses out of the new CNN Election Center in New York. Special programming will begin at 4 p.m. (ET) and run late into the night.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “Political reporters, as a rule, are an industrious band of road warriors who work hard to get people to speak on the record. But under deadline pressure, they sometimes succumb to the lure of the juicy quote dished out by operatives trying to damage rival candidates. Perhaps it’s time to rethink the practice.”

  • Also from Kurtz, “A handful of Mormon journalists have risen to national prominence, from the late muckraking columnist Jack Anderson to former CBS “Early Show” co-host Jane Clayson. And they make up a majority of the staff at Salt Lake City’s Deseret Morning News, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

  • DCRTV reports, “DCRTV hears from a 9er: ‘Tracey Neale (left) out, Leslie Foster (right) in.’ From another 9er: ‘Tracey Neale ‘relinquishes’ 6 PM and 11 PM anchor job at 9 to devote more time to adopted children. Leslie Foster gets 6 PM and 11 PM anchor slot.’ And another 9er: ‘Tracey Neale gone from 6 PM and 11 PM, Leslie Foster now anchors both shows and is consumer reporter. (New anchor) Anita Brikman is new health reporter.”

  • TVNewser reported yesterday, “Today comes word of the 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award winners in broadcast journalism, with NBC News and CBS News garnering honors.”

  • And, also from DCRTV, “DCRTV hears that Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Alison Starling is in the midst of negotiations for a new contract with the Allbritton ABC affiliate. The word is that she’s asking for more money. Duh”

  • B&C reports, “CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein signed a new four-year deal to remain at the helm of the TV-news operation, according to sources familiar with the situation. Klein will continue to report to Jim Walton, president of CNN/Worldwide.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • His Extremeness announced, “a huge milestone was reached today for Extreme Mortman — we passed over a unique million visitors for the year.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The title of most-visited online news site continues to be a hotly contested, with CNN, Yahoo News and MSNBC all vying for the throne. Last month, the CNN Digital Network had the largest unique audience in its 11-year history, according to Nielsen Online. The Time Warner-owned news source received nearly 33 million unique visitors, beating out Yahoo News and the MSNBC Digital Network, which had about 31 million and 30 million visitors, respectively.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “As painful as corrections are to journalists, the screw-ups they reflect do damage on a far greater scale to the news organizations they work for.”

  • The AP reports, “Online advertising jumped 25 percent this year, raking in a cool $20 billion, but Internet executives say that figure could have been even higher if advertisers had reliable and consistent ways to measure online audiences.”

  • Boston Globe reports, “The stated mission of Google Inc. is to ‘organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.’ But media moguls from around the world converged on Harvard Business School recently to learn more about Google’s unstated mission which, as Harvard professor Thomas R. Eisenmann put it, is to ‘sell targeted advertising in every medium everywhere.’”

  • Portfolio tries to calculate, “What’s Drudge Worth?”

  • Newsmax.com reports, “The mainstream media have consistently treated Hillary Clinton with kid gloves, ignoring Clinton scandals and refusing to ask tough questions even as she seeks the presidency, charges Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Council.”

  • NewsFactor.com reports, “The common consensus in the media is that Google’s new ‘knol’ tool will be aimed squarely at Wikipedia, and in fact the sample Web page on display in Udi Manber’s blog post does bear some passing resemblance to a typical Wikipedia page. But other features suggest Google’s target is less Wikipedia than it is About.com.”

  • Wonkette reports, “Trusted Internet political bastion Right Wing News held its 6th annual Conservative Blog awards, and your Wonkette is a winner! Well, at least we placed. In the ‘Most Overrated Blog’ category, Wonkette tied with frienemy Redstate and something called Power Line for fourth place. Fourth place, of course, is the new first place, so huzzah for our internets!” Check out the full details of the contest here.

  • Gateway Pundit reports, “Its a Quagmire!… Media Reports 6 Bogus Stories in 6 Weeks!”

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins reports, “David Gregory Does Battle With Talking-Point Dispensing Robot” (a.k.a Sen. Clinton).

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    RADIO

  • A CNN Radio release announced, “As 2007 comes to a close, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and CNN Radio are offering affiliates a special year-end review of the past 12 months – one minute at a time – and then in a two-hour special called ’2007 Rewind.’ Hosted by Blitzer, the two-hour ’2007 Rewind’ takes a look at some of the biggest stories of 2007 while moving some of the stories forward into the New Year. CNN journalists including Lisa Desjardins, A.J. Hammer, Ed Henry, Amanda Moyer, Miles O’Brien, Kyra Phillips, Jim Ribble, Larry Smith, Gary Tuchman and others will contribute to the program. The one-minute features, also anchored by Blitzer, examine the biggest stories of 2007 including such topics as the Virginia Tech shootings, the Minnesota bridge collapse, the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Barry Bonds, Michael Vick, Don Imus, Britney Spears, the California fires, drought, immigration and more.”

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  • Crain’s New York reports, “The auction for Karl Rove’s memoir drags on a month after the Republican strategist made the rounds of publishers with Washington power lawyer Robert Barnett at his side.”

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Matthew Felling fell victim to the cuts at CBSNews.com saying in an email, “It’s with mixed feelings that I share the information that — effective as of mid-afternoon last Friday — I have been let go at CBSNews.com in a ‘restructuring’ of the Interactive division.” TVNewser weighs in here.

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press has this to say on the Eye situation: “Today the Public Eye blog has a post by Brian Montopoli, current CBS political reporter and previous Public Eye co-editor with Felling, who, according to CBS interactive spokesperson Dana McClintock, will be ‘taking his spot.’ Though McClintock specifically denied that Public Eye was being eliminated, in an accelerating political season it seems unlikely that Montopoli would revert back to media criticism after deliberately switching beats — just as it seems unlikely that CBS would be hiring a replacement for Felling.”

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    JOBS

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Social Policy Reporter and an Economics and Finance Editor.

  • The New Republic is looking for reporter-researchers.

  • Independent Agent Magazine is seeking a Managing Editor.

  • The News Leader is looking for a Sports Reporter.

  • Media Matters for America is looking for a Deputy Editorial Director.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Sales Coordinator, BusinessWeek (DC Bureau).

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Editor, All Things Considered.

  • Legal Times is seeking an Editorial Assistant.

  • NomadsLand is looking for a Video Producer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 10.18.07

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  • It’s a close one, but it looks doubtful that Stephen Colbert’s presidential bid in SC will do any major damage.

  • Roll Call announced that Jay Heflin is going to be joining the CongressNow staff full-time beginning today. He will be covering taxes and trade.

  • An ACLU release announced, “The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed disappointment with the version of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 that passed in the House last night, but believes the reporters’ shield legislation is a step in the right direction. H.R. 2102, introduced by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rick Boucher (D-VA), will lessen the chance that reporters will be arrested or intimidated for their reporting, particularly when using government sources.”

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor on Tuesday, “Nearly all states have some form of a press shield protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. However, that protection is lacking at the federal level and in federal courts. ‘It is for this reason that I have long supported a federal press shield law, without which freedom of the press is threatened. The federal government’s policies and actions should protect and preserve the press’s ability to speak truth to power. And this legislation does so with appropriate national security safeguards, striking a careful balance between liberty and security.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Today the U.S. Congress is slated to act on H.R. 2102, a proposed federal shield law. Not surprisingly, the White House has vowed to veto it, citing a fear of increased leaks. Here’s the full statement from the White House Office of Management and Budget, which has been circulated to reporters but not yet posted on OMB’s site.”

  • John Curley, the first editor of USA Today, and the man who succeeded Al Neuharth as president, chairman and CEO of Gannett Corporation and now a professor and distinguished professional in residence at Penn State University, and co-director of PSU’s Center for Sports Journalism, “says it’s time newspapers, instead of moaning and groaning about falling numbers, went back to doing more ‘enterprise reporting’ that they used to do and many still do.”

  • The Horses Mouth reports, “NY Times Editorial Board Announces New Group Blog”

  • Radar Online reports, “Was Rowland Evans, Robert Novak’s conservative lifelong reporting partner, secretly gay? Richard Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, thought so, and according to internal memos obtained by Radar through the Freedom of Information Act, they tasked the FBI with proving it.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Morgan Stanley has sold its 7.2 percent stake in The New York Times Company, people close to the matter said today.”

  • Daily Northwestern reports, “The Medill School of Journalism is forming a committee to explore a possible name change. Dean John Lavine said the committee will consider altering the name to better represent the school and what it offers.”

  • Check out a new tool on the Kaiser Family Foundation’s health08.org website that allows for comparisons of the presidential candidates health care proposals.

  • There’s a game called Whack-A-Murdoch.

  • Huffington Post has “Video Proof: Bill O’Reilly Doesn’t Care About Black People”

  • Check out TNR’s The Stump. “We’ve conceived The Stump as the campaign blog you can consult to stay current without drowning in ephemeral detail.”

  • Roll Call reports, “With the House passage of a media shield bill yesterday, reporters across the country secured a legislative victory most were too uncomfortable to actually ask for.”

  • RTNDA reports, “The representatives voted by an overwhelming margin of 398 to 21 in favor of the bill. A similar bill in the Senate (S. 1267) was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now awaiting a vote by the full Senate. President Bush said yesterday he would veto the bill, but the margin of the House vote is wide enough to override a veto in that body.”

  • Oliver Willis writes, “Is it any wonder that the same publication that argued so strongly against Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King now attacks Al Gore?”

  • Washington Post reports, “The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed first-ever federal protections for journalists pressured to reveal confidential sources, as lawmakers from both parties backed legislation that advocates for the news media have sought for a generation.”

  • TVNewser reports, “It has hosted Britney Spears, the Bachelorette and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition launch party. Tuesday morning New York City’s Gotham Hall hosted a political convention of sorts; a sales pitch for advertisers to buy time or space on CNN and CNN.com.”
  • Steven Webber joins the First Friday Collective as a guest blogger.

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Extending an olive branch to restless TV and film writers, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said Tuesday that it had withdrawn an unpopular proposal on residual payments that had threatened to derail contract talks.”

  • IWR reports, “Google has damped down speculation that it will extend its Google Book Search platform to include magazines with an ISSN number. Technical difficulties with digitising magazines and a lack of existing archives were cited as the main reasons”.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “As much as one-fifth of the audience for television’s most popular shows are skipping the commercials, according to the first round of commercial data for the new fall season, released yesterday by Nielsen Media Research.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Obama Girl has found a new friend in Herb Scannell, whose online video startup Next New Networks has acquired BarelyPolitical.com, the site behind the viral-video hit.”

  • The BBC reports, “Plans for sweeping changes at the BBC over the next six years are being discussed on Wednesday by the BBC Trust, which represents licence-payers.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Murdoch To Times: I Will Bury You! Keller Bristles”

  • A Comcast release announced, “Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, announced today that David Krone will join the company as Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, effective January 2, 2008.”

  • Compete reports, “Nearly a month after the New York Times shut down TimesSelect, the subscription-based service for premium content on NYTimes.com, traffic to areas of the site that were previously members-only is flowing fast and free. With popular columnists like Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd drawing thousands of curious readers and fans, the Opinion section has more than doubled unique visitors, while the overall NYTimes.com site has grown by roughly 10% in the same period.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, said third-quarter profit fell 10 percent as classified advertising sales and television revenue dropped.”

  • TVNewser reports, Tom Shales: ‘Matt Lauer Is No Mike Wallace’”

  • WWD.com reports, “Former Men’s Journal and Details editor in chief Michael Caruso signed on last year as a contributing editor at large at Portfolio and came back as planned from a two-week vacation on Monday, but by the end of the day, staffers were told his contract hadn’t been renewed.”

  • AP reports, “Gannett Co., the largest newspaper publisher in the country and owner of USA Today, said Wednesday that third-quarter earnings fell 10.5 percent, fueled in part by slumping real-estate ads and a tough comparison to year-ago results boosted by heavy political advertising.”

  • Media Newsline reports,Jefferson Morley, a 15-year veteran at the Washington Post, has joined the Center for Independent Media as its National Editorial Director, with overall responsibility for guiding the Center’s fast-growing network of 40 journalists, and overseeing the launch of a new Washington DC-based online news site with 10 reporters in late 2007.”

  • New York Post reports, “Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel once again is shuffling the deck among the magazine’s top brass now that Priscilla Painton, one of his three deputy editors, has opted out.”

  • Arts Technica reports, “House passes federal journalist shield, includes bloggers”

  • Washington Post reports, “Government repression in some countries has shifted from journalists to bloggers, with the vitality of the Internet triggering a more focused crackdown as blogs increasingly take the place of mainstream news media, according to Lucie Morillon, Washington director of the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.”

  • New York Times reports, “Internet companies with funny names, little revenue and few customers are commanding high prices. And investors, having seemingly forgotten the pain of the first dot-com bust, are displaying symptoms of the disorder known as irrational exuberance.”

    Jobs

  • Atllantic Information Services, Inc. is looking for a Health Care Reporter/Editor.

  • The Frederick News-Post is looking for a Page Designer.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Freelance Writer for Telecom/Media.

  • Bloomberg is looking for an Economy Editor.

  • American Diabetes Association is looking for a Health & Wellness Staff Writer, a Science Writer and a Health & Wellness Features Editor.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for an Assistant Producer.

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy is looking for an editorial intern.

  • The Progress-Index is looking for a sports reporter.

  • American Chemical Society is looking for Product Coordinators, Publishing.

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