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Morning Reading List, 09.05.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington and Happy September.

  • You are not ready for summer to be over. We aren’t either.

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia? No peeking!

  • What did you think of the Politico’s redesign?

  • The Washington Post reports, “John Jay Geddie, 70, a reporter and editor who started a newspaper in Loudoun County three years ago, died Aug. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of kidney failure and pneumonia related to treatment for skin cancer. He lived in Sterling.”

  • Spend an evening with Peter Bagge, reason’s resident cartoonist, tonight at 1747 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 6.30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. RSVP to

  • Getting Ready in the Granite State

  • It doesn’t happen often: Olbermann bests O’Reilly.

  • Politico’s Jonathan Martin is “venturing off the eaten path” with his new feature, Trail Mix. “Now I’m asking you to ensure that all my surprises are good ones. I want to hear about the best, most out-of-the-way kitchens in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

  • Felling to take a taste of Morning Joe.

  • B&C reports, “The Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will not allow C-SPAN to televise the oral arguments in CBS’ challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency finding against the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl reveal back in 2004.”

  • Some of you wondered what happened to the Politico’s planned “Welcome back to Congress” issue yesterday. One Politico’r explains: “The Tuesday issue was, in essence, a welcome back issue, focusing on all the fight ahead, as you can see from stories. We will not be doing big full special issues, rather more targeted and focused coverage of specific areas.”

  • See Martha Raddatz’s interview with Gen. Petraeus. This is Raddatz’s 14th trip to Iraq.

  • The media’s Katrina malpractice

  • Mediabistro is hosting “The Future of Design” tonight, a panel discussion on what’s driving change in the design industry. The event is 7-9 pm at Cooper Union’s Wollman Auditorium, 51 Astor Place in New York. Cash bar reception to follow at Central Bar, 109 E. 9th Street. For more info, click here.

  • The DC Metro Moms Blog officially announced yesterday. It is a collaborative group of moms writing about their lives in Washington, D.C. Check it out here.

  • Jessica Taylor is starting as a Staff Writer/Online Producer at this week.

  • From the College Democrats Weekly Update 9/2/2007: “The UF College Democrats have received an invitation to see Helen Thomas speak in Orlando! On Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m., Helen Thomas, White House correspondent and author, will give a talk at the Orlando Public Library. … Tickets are $50 for non-library card holders.”

  • A reader points out this goof on the CBS Evening News: “Couric is in Iraq, got an intv with Bush. Swell, right? They ran the package and an audio track was missing on playback so we couldn’t hear the natural sound (troops cheering, etc.) AND at least one Bush soundbite had no audio so we could see him talking but couldn’t hear anything. This was the trip that was supposed to boost ratings…right? Whoops.”

  • A reader provides clarification on this, pointing out that podcasts are completely separate from paid downloads. Providers of paid downloads make a deal with iTunes for the programs to be sold at the iTunes online store. Providers of podcasts host the programs on their own sites — and iTunes simply provides links to the podcasts, grouped by subject or provider. So there is no “deal” regarding podcasts between iTunes and the vast majority of podcast producers, meaning you will still be able to get the MTP podcast on iTunes.

  • The Independent’s Stephen Glover writes, “The press has a new growth area — writing about itself on Wikipedia.”

  • Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff writes, “In every newsperson, not just Rupert Murdoch, there’s the dream of owning a newspaper—my paper. This retro dream is why, for the past six months, every Wednesday morning, I’ve been on a conference call about the subject of software design and digital engineering as it relates to the news. Although the discussion is specifically about how to make the news exciting (come on, guys, if it bleeds it ledes), it is often as tedious an hour as any I remember from high-school math. I’ve been able, however, using the mute button, to shower during these calls.”

  • AP’s David Bauder writes, “South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson turned to Woodruff for a ‘Nightline’ report on his recovery and return to public life this week following a brain hemorrhage. The Democrat probably figured no other reporter would better understand what he went through. Woodruff has quietly returned to work full time at ABC following the January 2006 bombing in Iraq that nearly killed him, already traveling to Cuba, Syria and throughout the United States to report stories.”

  • Over Labor Day weekend, was launched, “a new Web site from the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly that scrutinizes the accuracy of claims made by presidential candidates.”

  • CJR takes a look at Talking Points Media.

  • Check out TVNewser’s five questions with Fox News Channel’s Carl Cameron, the host of a GOP Presidential debate tomorrow night.

  • Freelance Switch offers this PSA: “The 10 Biggest Mistakes Freelancers Make, and How to Avoid Them.”

  • Salon has a confessional from a gossip addict.


  • The Hill newspaper is looking for an Online Video Producer.

  • The United States State Department is looking for a U.S. Diplomat/Foreign Service Officer.

  • is looking for a Web content producer.

  • Farmworker Justice is looking for a Communications Coordinator.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, All Things Considered, a Research Manager, Special Projects and a Listener Corespondence Supervisor.

  • Al Jazeera English is looking for a Package Producer, an Editor of the Day and a News Editor.

  • DISCUS is hiring a public relations manager with strong interest in luxury consumer goods PR. Three to five years public relations/special event/journalism experience required. $50K+ and outstanding benefits. Fax, e-mail or mail resume with cover letter to: FAX: 202-682-8896, or Human Resources, 1250 Eye Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.

  • Congressional Quarterly is hiring a Politics Reporter, a Social Policy Editor, a Multimedia Web Producer and a Homeland Security Reporter.

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

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    Morning Reading List, 07.17.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you think is disgusting.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Homer Simpson Has What the Bancrofts Want — Editorial independence.”

  • Bill Mitchell, the Editor of Poynter Online, is asking for your opinion on the website with a survey. “We want to know what’s important to you and others in your organization.”

  • A NewsHour release announced that The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer “begins series of conversations with experts exploring the many proposals for bringing troops home from Iraq. Senator Carl Levin discusses his proposal in an interview with Judy Woodruff Monday, July 16, 2007.”

  • Moore Moves On — But He’ll Still “Be A Lot More Skeptical” About CNN

  • Via DCRTV: “FTVLive tells us that trade pub Broadcasting And Cable is facing “a dire financial situation” with ad sales way down. And a traffic slump at its website. Big cuts are coming. B&C was born as DC-based Broadcasting magazine. The now Reed Business Interactive publication is based in NYC but still maintains a DC news bureau…..”

  • Mr. Motown Himself Takes Another Personal Hit on the Silver Screen

  • I Want Media interviewed Bill Keller on the future of the New York Times.

  • From Presto Vivace Founder Alice Marshall: “Content Is Not King: Why PR Should Pray for a New Business Model for New Media”

  • A dLifeTV release announced the lineup for their seventh season, “which kicks off on July 15 (airing Sundays at 7PM ET on CNBC).” Included in the lineup is Chris Matthews who “talks about denial and living with diabetes.”

  • A reader writes in to alert us to another Postie couple: Allison Klein and Eric Rich, who came to the paper within a few months of each other in 2004.

  • New York Times reports that Vinod Gupta, “was unusually successful in working his way into the Democratic fold, to the point where he found himself sleeping in the Clinton White House, vacationing with the former president and appointing the Democratic chairman, Terry McAuliffe, to the board of one of his companies. He gave consulting contracts worth $3 million to Mr. Clinton, and recently hired the son of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Because of those close links with Democrats, he stirred conflict-of-interest questions by buying a company that does presidential polling for CNN.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “Michael Moore’s CNN diatribe reveals a lot … It shows how TV news milks a story”

  • From The Independent: “As Fleet Street mourns ‘Mail’ legend Nigel Dempster, Oliver Duff salutes the craft of the gossip columnist newspapers gossip columnists”

  •’s Ken Vogel writes, “Burnett, the reality TV pioneer behind ‘Survivor’ and ‘The Apprentice,’ is teaming with MySpace on a politically themed reality show with an interesting twist. Unfortunately for him, this one could run afoul of federal campaign finance laws.”

  • Wired reports, “Although Assignment Zero produced a strong body of work, consisting of seven original essays and some 80 Q&As, the real value of the exercise was discovery. We learned a lot about how crowds come together, and what’s required to organize them well. But many of the lessons came too late to help Assignment Zero.”

  • B&C reports, “we have to question the purpose of airing out the laundry. When you’re getting $15 million, you’re not doing yourself any favors to make those comments in public. It’s more, shall we say, refined to remain silent. Is Couric trying to drive viewership, even as she drives her colleagues further away?”

  • Legal Times profiles the top communications lawyers in the business.

  • The International Reporting Project announced a “Gatekeeper Editor Trip to Korea for U.S. editors and producers interested in learning more about the Korean peninsula. We may travel to North Korea as part of this trip.”

  • The International Reporting Project (IRP) at The Johns Hopkins
    University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will take up to 12 U.S. gatekeepers on an all-expenses-paid fact-finding trip to
    Korea from November 2 to November 14, 2007. “You are invited to nominate yourself or another gatekeeper from your news organization’s senior staff.” Application forms are available here.

  • CQ announced the launch of reClip where “you can access gavel-to-gavel video coverage of congressional floor debate, pinpoint video clips of members and post those clips directly to news stories on your Web site.” Sign up for your free trial here.

  • E&P reports, “White House ‘dean of correspondents’ Helen Thomas … said the renovated press area is cleaner and better, but presidential responses to reporters are not.”


  • The Alliance for School Choice is looking for a Research Manager.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Congressional Leadership Reporter.

  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is looking for a Media Reviewer.

  • Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter, a Copy Editor and a Managing Editor.

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