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Morning Reading List 04.14.09

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Its day 85 covering the Obama administration and week 11 for us. Happy Birthday to Sasha Issenberg! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The Chicago Tribune plans to cut another 20% of its newsroom staff in yet another bid to reduce expenses amid continuing advertising declines. Staffers were told of the impending layoffs last week, and the cuts will take place over the next several weeks.

TV

A guest on Glenn Beck‘s Fox News show passed out as the opening segment was coming to an end. Beck and his guest, David Buckner, professor of organizational leadership at Columbia University program, were standing at a monitor talking about what is leading American companies to bankruptcy.

FBN’s Cody Willard is profiled in the Los Angeles Times. He describes his first NYC job (Starbucks barista), most embarrassing on-air moment (involving an ex) and more.

Half way through the month of April, CNN is in fourth place among the four cable news channels in prime time (8-11pmET) in the A25-54 demo. More from TVNewser here.

RADIO

In memoriam: Harry Kalas, the sincere and sentimental Phillies broadcaster whose smoky voice and singular home-run calls were for nearly 40 years as much a franchise fixture as the “P” on its players’ red caps, died yesterday at 73. Philadelphia Inquirer: “We lost our voice today,” said Phillies president David Montgomery. Kalas was found unconscious in the broadcast booth yesterday before the Phillies’ game at Nationals Park.

ONLINE

NYT: The first reaction many people have to Twitter is befuddlement. Why would they want to read short messages about what someone ate for breakfast? But taken collectively, the stream of messages can turn Twitter into a surprisingly useful tool for solving problems and providing insights into the digital mood.

MAGAZINES

From Playbook: Ebony’s May issue names “The Ebony Power 150: The Most Influential Blacks In America,” including President Obama, Rep. James Clyburn, Donna Brazile, Gwen Ifill, Mayor Fenty, Michael Steele, Soledad O’Brien, Don Lemon, General Powell, Oprah and Dr. William H. (Bill) Cosby Jr.

Ebony also has “Power Behind Power: Top Blacks in the Obama Administration” and “A Great Day at the White House: African Americans in the White House Press Corps” by Kevin Chappell.

NEWS NOTES

The Iranian-American journalist, Roxana Saberi, accused of spying in Iran went on trial this week and a verdict is expected soon, an Iranian official has said. She has worked for the BBC, NPR, and Fox News and is being held in Evin prison near Tehran.

Dan Rather‘s case against CBS, now in its 19th month, is back in court today.

HBO Films has optioned “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime,” an in-the-works Harper Collins book by political writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

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Morning Reading List, 09.19.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ extended its run as the #1 evening newscast last week, winning among Total Viewers, Households, and Adults 25-54 for the nineteenth time in twenty-one weeks. The ABC broadcast averaged 7.70 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/8 among Adults 25-54, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 380,000 Total Viewers and 20,000 key demo viewers.”

  • The Washington Blogger Meetup has a Meetup tonight! To RSVP and see who else is going, click here.

  • Congrats to Washington Examiner columnist La Shawn Barber for her “Daily Show” appearance last night.

  • Broadcasters Urge FCC to Reject Digital Transition Mandates

  • AP reports, “If you’re not plugged into the Internet, you still have to buy the whole newspaper even if you only want to do the crossword puzzle. But online, that and other stand-alone features are increasingly popping up all over the Web.”

  • Matthew Felling will finish out the rest of the week on MSNBC’s
    “Morning Joe.”

  • Blitzer, Matthews try to woo Ellen

  • Murdoch’s Choice: Paid or Free for WSJ.com?

  • Roger and Me: Some CNBC Staffers Are Pining for Ailes

  • FCC Draws Fire for Emmys Bleeping

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, expects to save $100 million after its acquisition of Dow Jones & Co. and might scrap the fee for reading the Wall Street Journal’s Web site.”

  • For Time Warner, a time to break up?”

  • AOL takes on The Big Apple. CNet News.com reports, “770 Broadway is in a notably ambiguous location, to the point where AOL could really stake a claim to one of a handful of Manhattan locations depending on how it wants its new “advertising, not access” incarnation to be branded.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The Emmy telecast on Fox attracted 13.1 million viewers, the fewest since 1990, as the television industry’s annual awards show faced competition from football, baseball and reality programs.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “You heard it here first, folks: The New York Times is indeed putting paid to its paid-content program, TimesSelect.” Content Bridges reports, “So the New York Times’ decision to eliminate Times Select tonight at midnight leaves its emerging online business in a more precarious state — in that one-legged balancing position that any yoga newbie knows is a tough position to maintain.”

  • “CBS White House correspondent Jim Axelrod — you might remember him as the fellow labeled ‘defeatist’ by then-White House press secretary Tony Snow — was involved in another tense exchange last week, this time with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.” Public Eye has the details.

  • Indiana Daily Student reports, “When Bob Woodward uncovered the first details of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein in 1972, he worked against a government that clouded itself in secrecy and became infamous for hiding important information from the American people. Woodward believes the current administration is much the same.”

  • “Pictures of the Year International is beginning its 65th year as the world’s oldest and one of the most prestigious photojournalism competitions and collections. POYi has just scheduled dates for our 2007-08 program. An advance look at the categories and guidelines will be posted on this Web site at www.poyi.org in early December”

  • AScribe Newswire reports, “TechPresident.com, a data-rich, nonpartisan group blog that covers real-time, online activity of the 2008 presidential candidates — and chronicles online content from voters who will elect them, is this year’s $10,000 Grand Prize winner in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.”

  • New York Business reports, “The New York Times Book Review said Monday that it will redefine and expand its best seller lists starting with the Sept. 23rd issue.”

  • Bill Steigerwald writes, “Is Morton Kondracke a conservative op-ed columnist? Are David Broder, Cokie Roberts and Thomas Friedman centrists? That’s what Media Matters for America, the left-wing media watchdog outfit in Washington, would have you believe.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “New York Times Co., Lee Enterprises Inc. and McClatchy Co. fell to decade-long lows in New York Stock Exchange composite trading after Merrill Lynch & Co. cut its ratings on the three newspaper publishers to ‘sell.’”

  • Business 2.0 reports, “Newspaper ad sales are expected to decline 5 percent in 2007, so it’s no surprise that print publications are eager to squeeze more cash out of their Web sites. One obvious source: local advertising, which accounts for more than 80 percent of ad spending but less than 20 percent of Internet ad sales.”

  • “News Corp. said its $5.2 billion acquisition of Dow Jones & Co., a deal that will give Rupert Murdoch control of the Wall Street Journal, probably will close in about two months,” Bloomberg reports.

  • From CJR: “Our Score: Murdoch 2 — Journalism 0. No Ingrassia book, Varadarajan quits as readers learn to play Austrialian rules”

  • “Nielsen’s Adweek Media is launching a business networking site, At the Roundtable, for professionals in advertising, marketing and media.” Check it out here.

  • Portfolio reports, “Once in a while, Maureen Dowd is terrific. More often, she’s lazy, smug and shallow, trafficking in little but caricature and innuendo. Her most recent column, on Hillary Clinton’s perceived weakness on military issues, contains a prime example of Dowd at her worst.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “O.J. was back. O.J. was proclaiming his innocence. O.J. was doing the perp walk. The Juice was under arrest, and television was magically transported back to the mid-1990s, when all of America argued about every facet of the double-murder case. … ‘It’s the story that just doesn’t go away,’Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, who has interviewed Simpson several times, said by phone from Las Vegas.”

  • Peter Barnes, Jenna Lee, Nicole Petallides and Cody Willard are joining the FBN anchor team.” TVNewser has the details.

  • Also from TVNewser, “Weatherman Tony Perkins, a former GMAer, is now part of Washington, DC’s WTTG-TV/Fox 5 morning team.”

    Jobs

  • National Association of Manufacturers is looking for a Web Designer.

  • NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation has an opening for Washington Producer position.

  • Fox News Channel is looking for an Associate Producer.

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