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Morning Reading List, 10.23.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You are rooting for the Red Sox over the Rockies in the World Series. Go Sox!

  • The Onion News Network reports, “For a majority of likely voters, meaningless bullshit will be the most important factor in deciding who they will vote for in 2008.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “About the same time that Rupert Murdoch was telling shareholders that his beloved News Corp. had become the world’s most valuable media conglomerate, the company’s worth was in the midst of sinking by $1.53 billion. But Friday’s massive stock market sell-off didn’t alter Murdoch’s message. By the end of Friday trading, News Corp. sported a market capitalization of $67.79 billion, larger than Time Warner, the former biggest media company in the world.”

  • From Richard Prince: “Williams’ Thomas Interview Goes to Time, Not NPR

  • The Weekly Standard’s Nick Swezey wins on Jeopardy! Tune in tonight to see if he wins again.

  • News.au.com reports,Rupert Murdoch praised by Franciscan monk”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “What happens when two well-mannered journalists decide to have a war of words? You get the great Jeff Jarvis vs. Adam Nagourney e-mail war of ’07.”

  • A release announced, “The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced on Oct. 22 the latest class of seven Knight International Journalism Fellows. In keeping with the program’s commitment to selecting the best international journalists, the group includes the first Egyptian, Indonesian and African Fellows, as well as Fellows from Britain and the United States. They will address key societal issues through hands-on media projects in eight countries.” For more info, click here.

  • Variety reports, “Cables hang from open raceways overhead and parts of NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters don’t have air conditioning. But on Monday, NBC will complete the physical integration of NBC News with MSNBC, part of a multimillion renovation of the third and fourth floors of the 69-year-old art-deco gem.”

  • New York Times reports, “How many people visited Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W magazines, last month? Was it 421,000, or, more optimistically, 497,000? Or was the real number more than three times higher, perhaps 1.8 million? The answer — which may be any, or none, of the above — is a critical one for Condé Nast, which owns the site, and for companies like Ralph Lauren, which pay to advertise there. Condé Nast;s internal count (1.8 million) was much higher than the tally by ComScore (421,000) or Nielsen/NetRatings (497,000), whose numbers are used to help set advertising rates, and the discrepancies have created a good deal of friction.”

  • The Examiner reports, “Dan Patrick returns to Washington sports talk radio starting today and can be heard weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on SportsTalk 980 AM. Patrick will replace the popular local show hosted by FOX 5 Sports Director Dave Feldman and Comcast SportsNet’s Carol Maloney.”

  • TVNewser reports, “To Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York, Joe Scarborough welcomed viewers to MSNBC’s new Manhattan digs. Multiple cameras worked their way around the combined studio and assignment desk space showing off the 3rd floor facelift, which took just nine months to complete.”

  • Washington Post reports, “When AOL chief executive Randy Falco was the No. 2 at NBC for all those years, he liked to call himself ‘the conductor’: He made the trains run on time. He still makes the trains run in his new job. But for 750 AOL employees let go last week, the trains run one way only — straight out of the company’s Dulles campus.”

  • Mutlichannel.com reports, “Comcast is working up its own version of Time Warner Cable’s Start Over, which lets viewers play back certain TV programs if they’ve missed the beginning of a show without the need for a digital video recorder.”

  • Media Post reports, “One of the strange conventions of science fiction film and television shows has been the idea that in the future, we will all dress alike. From “Twilight Zone” reruns to movies like The Matrix, Aeon Flux, and I, Robot, citizens of the distant future seem, for no obvious reason, to have given up the idea of dressing themselves as individuals. In the future, fashion is apparently doomed.”

  • B&C reports, “Meredith and Comcast are pairing up for a family-focused video-on-demand suite to launch in December.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “As you may have heard, we celebrated our 10th anniversary earlier this month by honoring 10 media movers and shakers from the past decade with Golden Boas awards. Among the recipients was FBNY frenemy Stephen Colbert, who, due to prior commitments such as campaigning for president and practicing his brow furrow, couldn’t make the award ceremony. No worries, we had a secret weapon. Before last night’s Colbert Report, Craig Newmark, our partner in mischief and Golden Boa winner, presented Mr. Colbert with his award, and boy did he look pleased. Well done Craig, well done.”

  • A release announed, “Carol Lin Reporting will mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a DarynKagan.com branded video series beginning on October 22. This special series will be available on the Carol Lin Reporting homepage, and will feature 10 hopeful and inspirational news stories about cancer survivors committed to creating change in the world through their journeys with cancer. This marks the very first time the two former CNN news anchors will collaborate on a project since each left CNN in 2006.”

  • Washingtonpost.com and Newsweek today launch the second series of “How the World Sees America,” “a multimedia diary covering international news. Washingtonpost.com reporter, Amar Bakshi is on the ground in Istanbul today talking with protesters about the deaths of seventeen Turkish soldiers by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.” For more info, click here.

  • An American University release announced, “John Douglass, associate professor and director of the film and media arts division at American University’s School of Communication, received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Washington D.C. chapter of the International Television Association (ITVA-DC) during the organization’s 2007 Peer Awards ceremony held Oct. 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.”

  • Baltimore Sun’s John McIntyre writes, “Copy editors have made a big mistake. For years, coming in to work, typically in the evening, after the Important People at the paper have gone for the day, editing through the night and producing, all things considered, a remarkably clean newspaper, they saw no reason to trumpet their achievements. The work, after all, the product, speaks for itself. Their misjudgment was thrown into high relief last week when Joseph Lodovic, the president of Dean Singleton’s MediaNews publishing concern, was quoted as saying, ‘We have to find ways to grow revenue or become more efficient by eliminating fixed costs. Why does every newspaper need copy editors? In this day and age, I think copy-editing can be done centrally for several newspapers.’”

  • CNN Money reports, “Last week could hardly have been grimmer for the newspaper industry. First off, Gannett and McClatchy — the two biggest newspapers publishers in the U.S., respectively — reported diminished revenues and profits. Meanwhile, following the lead of Belo, publisher of the Dallas Morning News, Scripps announced it was splitting its growing television and interactive businesses off from the company’s newspaper business so that investors could get excited about the company’s slumping stock price.”

  • Times Leader Editor and Publisher Richard L. Connor writes, “Smaller media markets, like TL’s, doing fine.”

  • Poynter Online’s Maurreen Skowran writes, “Amy Gahran is right that ad departments need to be souped up, as she said in comments to Rich Gordon’s Oct. 15 Tidbit on business models.”

  • John Robinson, News & Observer Editor discusses, “Yellow journalism and selling newspapers”

  • AU also announced, “American University’s Center for Social Media and the Digital Freedom Campaign will host a panel discussion on digital media rights featuring executives from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), followed by a free concert with independent musician Samantha Murphy. The panel begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 24, in the Wechsler Theater, located on the 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center on the university’s main campus. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Tavern on the 1st floor of the Mary Graydon Center.”

  • “Bad Legal Week For Reporters” reports FishbowlNY.

  • ValleyWag reports, “NBC Universal has quietly pulled the official channel on YouTube the two companies established last June.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Can you believe GodTube.com? First, the upstart Christian video site became the nation’s fastest-growing Web property for August, according to ComScore’s Media Metrix. Its 1.7 million unique visitors represented a 973% increase in traffic over the previous month. In September, the number of visitors leveled off, but the length of the average user’s stay nearly doubled to a healthy 7.7 minutes, ComScore said.”

  • New York Post reports, “As the entertainment industry ramps ups the pressure on Google, MySpace and other Web companies to better police the illegal online trading of movies and music, it’s already looking toward even bigger fish to join in its battle against digital piracy: Internet service providers.”

  • San Francisco Chronicle reports, “In 2005, when Silicon Valley entrepreneur Michael Arrington started TechCrunch, his popular blog on Internet startups, he saw it mainly as a chance to indulge his obsession with young technology companies. But it turned out that Arrington had latched onto something big. TechCrunch became the go-to site for the scoop on new Web companies. And, as technophiles flocked to TechCrunch, advertisers followed suit. Arrington’s blog morphed from a labor of love into a fast-growing business.”

  • Media Post reports, “You’ve heard this before but probably have a hard time believing it. After all, your local newsstand is crammed with all sorts of newspapers, magazines, newsletters and free copies of The Onion, while Barnes & Noble has mountains of new titles and attracts legions of highly caffeinated book buyers. Perhaps you think rumors of print’s impending demise are exaggerated. They aren’t. But don’t worry. You won’t miss it either.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Friend of Mediabistro Russ Baker’s new Real news Project just scored an interesting story in conjunction with The Nation: Hillary Clinton has lured away ex-George W. Bush financier Alan Quasha to work with the Clinton campaign in an undisclosed capacity”

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    Morning Reading List, 10.22.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • The White House bids farewell to Josh Deckard.

  • A NBC release announced, “‘Meet the Press,’ the longest running television show in the world, reached a programming milestone, airing its 3,000th broadcast last Sunday, October 14. In addition, according to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ topped the competition on Sunday, winning in all categories across the
    country and in Washington D.C.”

  • Deb Howell’s weekly column. Clark Hoyt’s too.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday October 14, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers for the fifth straight week. This marks the sixth time in seven weeks ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers. ‘This Week’ is also the only Sunday discussion program up year-to-date (4%) among Total Viewers.”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for Oct. 7-12 shows, “The debut of Fred Thompson as a GOP debater helped make last week the second-biggest week of the year in the talk show universe for the 2008 presidential campaign. But so did a talk brouhaha over a more tangential topic involving the debate.”

  • Herald Sun reports, “Speaking at News Corp’s annual meeting of stockholders in New York, Mr. Murdoch, said the global media giant’s proven track record spoke for itself. ‘Revenues have grown an average of 14 percent a year over the past five years and operating income is up 14 percent a year on average over the past four years,’ he said.”

  • Food Service Monthly has started a blog! Check it out.

  • PBC announced that “White House Chronicle” now airs on the Washington-Baltimore area’s three major PBS affiliates: WHUT-TV, Channel 32, WETA-TV, Channel 26, and WMPT-TV, Channel 22. Also, XM Satellite Radio will air “White House Chronicle” on P.O.T.U.S. ’08 (Channel 130) every Saturday, beginning Oct. 12.

  • New York Times reports, “Media companies are often criticized for not taking enough risks in choosing television shows, authors, movies and musicians. But when it comes to technology start-ups, their appetite for risk appears to be on the rise.”

  • InternetNews.com reports, “Leading Internet and media companies teamed up … to set ground rules for dealing with copyright infringement in videos uploaded to user-generated content Web sites — and demanding stronger efforts on the part of content hosts.”

  • Reuters reports, “U.S. communications regulators cited conservative commentator Armstrong Williams on Thursday for violating a ban on ‘payola’ in promoting the Bush administration’s education plan.”

  • USA Today reports, “Google’s third-quarter revenue jumped 57%, but a hiring binge and product speculation left Wall Street wondering what the search giant wasn’t revealing.”

  • A reader tells us that NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger. said her weekly Going Green reports on NBC4 (Tuesdays at 5:00pm) and has been picked up on by New York folks and “mandated that all NBC affiliates show her reports or take up the cause on their own. Even Brian Williams started his own Going Green segment on Nightly News, mainly from what Wendy started here. Way to go!”

  • Rieger is also hosting a gay-youth assistance fundraiser, SMYAL, on November 4. Click here for more details.

  • AP reports, “To test claims by users that Comcast Corp. was blocking some forms of file-sharing traffic, The Associated Press went to the Bible. An AP reporter attempted to download, using file-sharing program BitTorrent, a copy of the King James Bible from two computers in the Philadelphia and San Francisco areas, both of which were connected to the Internet through Comcast cable modems. We picked the Bible for the test because it’s not protected by copyright and the file is a convenient size. In two out of three tries, the transfer was blocked.” Also, the AP reports, “Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high- speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.”

  • From Wonkette: “Flipping though an advanced copy of Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson, one item popped off the page. Apparently, Thompson used to date Sally Quinn of The Washington Post: ‘He was always pumping me,’ she says of the late journalist’s thirst for Washington gossip.”

  • Find out why his Extreme-ness calls Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Walter Alarkon “The Best Political Reporter Today.”

  • Roll Call is holding an Adjournment Contest! “Guess, to the minute, the exact date and time that the second chamber of Congress will adjourn sine die for the first session of the 110th Congress. The person who comes closest to the actual time wins. If there is a tie, Roll Call will hold a drawing to determine the winner.” The winner gets a $500 gift certificate to Fogo de Chão. Email your entry to contest@rollcall.com by 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

  • CQ wants to know what you think about CQPolitics.

  • A reader writes in, “perhaps Facebook is more trouble than it’s worth — it’s just another vehicle for self-important journos who are more about capped teeth than reporting…”

  • Politico’s Ken Vogel reports, “Colbert ‘run’ risks breaking law”

  • Lloyd Grove interviews Donnie Deutsch for Portfolio.com, “and gets the adman and CNBC host to address the Ann Coulter interview, his show as a vehicle to pick up women, future marriage and the Fox Business Network.”

  • A reader writes in: “It would be great if Stu Rothenberg started speaking in the third person. George is getting upset!”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Comedy Central is getting more of Jon Stewart. The network said late Thursday that it has signed an extension with the ‘Daily Show’ host that will keep him around until at least 2010. Stewart’s contract would have expired at the end of 2008.”

  • Mixed Media reports,Tony Snow, the Fox News host-turned White House spokesman-turned unemployed guy, has signed on to be the keynote speaker at this year’s American Magazine Conference. Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, will conduct a Q&A with him. The conversation will be on the record — a good thing, since an attempt three years ago to keep Bill Clinton’s AMC remarks from leaving the room was contemptuously ignored by journalists in attendance. A spokeswoman for the Magazine Publishers of America declined to say if Snow — who left his job as White House spokesman saying he needed to make more money would be paid for the appearance.”

  • Bloomberg reports,Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group Inc., the largest closely held U.S. newspaper publisher, plans to triple sales from its Internet sites by 2012.”

  • B&C reports, “The Federal Communications Commission issued its first fines for a station airing Armstrong Williams’ Department of Education-paid-for plugs for its ‘No Child Left Behind’ initiative. Station-owner Sinclair Broadcast Group doesn’t plan to pay the fine and said it will take the commission to court.”

  • To clarify, Major Garrett is currently the Chief Congressional Correspondent for FNC, but he was on the trail for the 2004 Presidential race and the 2006 mid-term elections.. he is not new to the campaign trail and has experience on the road covering the beat in previous elections.

  • Check out Mixed Media’s critique of Newsweek’s new design.

  • Mark your calendars! The Washington Blogger November Meetup is Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:00 PM at RFD. Click here for full details.

  • Michael Getler, the PBS Ombudsman, writes, “Frontline, the outstanding (my opinion as well as that of many others) documentary series marked the beginning of its 25th season this week with another look into the often-closed world in which Vice-President Dick Cheney operates. The hour-long debut on Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, was titled ‘Cheney’s Law.’ It was produced by Michael Kirk, who could reasonably be labeled Minister of the Interior for his efforts, over the past six years, in turning out ten Frontline programs that, in one way or another, probed those activities of the Bush administration—whether one agrees with them or not—that have largely developed and been carried on out of public view.”

  • E&P reports, “Although Washington Post Radio was dropped last month after an unsuccessful 18-month run, the paper is still dealing with the fallout. A Newspaper Guild complaint that newsroom staffers had to perform extra work on the broadcast outlet has sparked a National Labor Relations Board hearing set for next week.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Some good news about the media has actually been making headlines. When was the last time that happened? 1974? The bombshell is ProPublica, a brand-new investigative journalism outfit to be launched in January by one of the most respected figures in the newspaper business, longtime Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger.”

  • This week’s TV Q&A from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Rob Owen responds to questions about ads on WPXI, Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Bee Movie’ minisodes on NBC and HBO’s ‘Five Days.’”

  • A release announced, “Inspired by Lions For Lambs (starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise), MGM and YOUTUBE have extended the opportunity to submit videos to Youtube in order to win $25,000 for a charity of the winner’s choice. Participants have until October 24th to submit a 90 second video explaining thoughts on key issues and causes in today’s world.” For more info, click here.

    Jobs

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Editor/Writer.

  • The Cecil Whig is looking for a Web-savvy copy editor.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Business Reporter.

  • Jamestown Foundation is looking for a Publications Coordinator.

  • The Frederick News Post is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • FDCH is looking for an In-House News Transcriber.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Satellite Coordinator.

  • Migration Policy Institute is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is looking for a Technical Editor.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an entry level writer.

  • Exchange Monitor Publications, Inc. is looking for Reporters.

  • The Current Newspapers is looking for a full-time reporter.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Systems Engineer

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, Weekend Edition, Sunday and an Assistant Editor, Digital Media News.

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