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Morning Reading List, 11.20.08

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Morning Reading List, 09.01.08

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Morning Reading List, 04.11.08

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Good morning Washington. RIP Bob Greene. And PostTalk turns one.

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  • For a vacation, the most time you’d want to stay away from work is at a close tie between 1-2 weeks and 2+ weeks.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “The problem with most modern journalism is Woodward & Bernstein and their reporting in Watergate in that succeeding generations of reporters dream so much of emulating them — having their effect and achieving their fame — that they have internalized a self-prescribed mission to ‘make a difference’ instead of doing what journalists are supposed to do: dryly report facts. What happened to the traditional news story that reports the ‘Five Ws’ in the first paragraph. So many stories read more like human-interest stories and novels than like the hard reporting of uncolored facts.”

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  • The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports, “Cox Newspapers President Jay Smith on Tuesday said he would step down as head of the privately owned chain that owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and 42 other newspapers around the country. Smith, 58, will be succeeded by Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox-owned Auto Trader, a provider of auto classifieds online and in print. Schwartz will take the post May 1.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Wonkette: “New Washington Times Poll Will Blow Your Mind

  • MarketWatch reports, “Newspaper Web sites dominate local online-advertising revenues with a three-to-one lead in market share, an industry trade group says, despite precipitous losses in print ad sales in recent years.”

  • FT.com reports, “As part of his campaign to remake newspapers, Sam Zell is first revolutionising another print institution — the corporate press release. Since taking control three months ago of Tribune Company, publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, among other papers, Mr Zell has taken to peppering the typically bland company announcements with zany jokes and parodies more commonly displayed at an amateur comedy club.”

  • Reuters reports, “Newspaper company valuations will remain depressed until the industry figures out how to connect with younger readers, private equity firm Quadrangle Capital Partners said on Wednesday.”

  • Journal-isms reports, “‘An Iraqi judicial committee has dismissed terrorism-related allegations against Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein and ordered him freed after nearly two years in U.S. military custody,’ the AP reported on Wednesday.”

  • On Gene Weingarten’s prize winning piece, DCeiver writes, “The piece is basically a high-falutin’ version of ‘Jaywalking,’ that cheap laff comedy bit that Leno does on his show where he wanders around the streets looking for people who don’t know that George Washington was the first POTUS.”

  • Politico presents, “50 greatest political moments: The scoops”

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    TV

  • Tough Question For CBS: Who’ll Follow Couric?

  • Ouch! The Daily Show’s Eviscerating “Documentary” About Fox News

  • Dan Rather’s CBS Lawsuit Partially Dismissed, All Damages Remain

  • The World’s Most Dangerous Job: TV Reporter

  • Mutlichannel News reports, “Verizon Communications filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Time Warner Cable, alleging the cable operator’s TV ads make ‘blatantly false’ statements about its FiOS services in an attempt to dissuade customers from switching. Verizon — which is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop Time Warner Cable from running the ads — said the Time Warner Cable ads falsely assert that Verizon’s FiOS TV service requires a satellite dish; that the phone company was later to adopt fiber-optic networking technology; and that Time Warner Cable’s fiber-optic network is superior.”

  • From TVNewser’s Chris Ariens: “CNN’s John King will moderate a breakfast session at the RTNDA confab next Tuesday. Ron Allen of NBC News and Sam Donaldson of ABC News are panelists for “Election 2008, The Home Stretch.” TVNewser will be in Vegas for the conference so look for our reports beginning Sunday.”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “Last week, relying solely on his sense of smell, Tapper basically accused Sen. Barack Obama of being a liar because, seven months ago, Tapper, who claims to be a bloodhound of sorts, got a whiff of smoke on Obama when he ran into the senator for ‘a second’ outside the Senate chamber in the Capitol. When Tapper inquired whether the candidate had smoked any cigarettes after announcing he was going to try to kick the habit, the campaign, after checking with Obama, insisted he had not. The reporter never saw Obama light up, but Tapper ‘knew what [he'd] smelled.’ After Obama last week conceded on television that he’d slipped off the nicotine wagon a couple of times, Tapper had his a-ha moment: He’d been right all along! (Although Tapper still had no proof Obama had been smoking last August.)”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc and Time Warner Inc are “closing in” on a deal where Yahoo would merge with Time Warner’s AOL Internet unit, brushing aside Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo, a source familiar with the talks said on Wednesday.”

  • New York Times reports,Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is in talks with Microsoft about joining in its contested bid for Yahoo, according to people involved in the discussions. The combination, which would join Yahoo, Microsoft’s MSN and News Corporation’s MySpace, would create a behemoth that would upend the Internet landscape.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “A division of Time Warner Inc.’s (TWX) AOL is launching a system that will allow small Web publishers to sell and manage ads on their sites. AOL’s Advertising.com said the self-service tool, called PubAccess, makes it simpler for Web site owners to make more money from their sites. Site owners can tap into Advertising.com’s huge base of online advertisers, and will have control over which ads appear on their Web properties.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc may have played its top two cards by pulling out possible deals with AOL and Google, but it does not seem to have changed Wall Street’s view that Microsoft will eventually win the takeover battle.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Folio reports, “Nielsen Business Media is laying off a number of staffers across the company, FOLIO: has learned. It was not immediately clear how many employees have been let go. A Nielsen Business spokesperson told FOLIO: that ‘some positions were eliminated today at Nielsen as part of our ongoing, previously announced restructuring effort,’ but would not confirm the exact number of layoffs nor the departments in which the cuts were made. One source indicated that some of the layoffs were scattered across editorial departments of Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and the Hollywood Reporter. As many as three dozen jobs were eliminated, the source said.”

  • Reason’s David Weigel writes, “Tonight I scored an invite to one of those innumerable D.C. meet-and-greets, The Week magazine’s Opinion Awards. Journalists, think-tankers and policy geeks from the high and low circles of the city gathered in a Georgetown hotel, downed free drinks, and ate free food, as The Week handed out prizes for cartooning (Mike Lukovich), blogging (Joshua Micah Marshall) and column writing (Ruth Marcus). Mingling around the small ballroom, seemingly seated at random, were figures from all over the political spectrum. Karl Rove, seated next to Ben Bradlee and across from Ana Marie Cox, was right next to the stage as The Week editors awarded journalists who’d exposed his misdeeds. And they joked while they did so.”

  • Time’s Ana Marie Cox writes, “Last night, The Week magazine presented its ‘Opinion Awards,’ which it likes to bill as the only prize in journalism for opinion writing. Except for the Pulitzer. The awards are, of course, also an occasion for a fancy dinner party and much elbow-rubbing and — because this is Washington — there is a panel. Last night’s panel consisted of moderator Sir Harold Evans, Howell Raines, Karl Rove, and Doug Schoen. Jay actually took notes, and I believe he’ll be posting on some of the details of the conversation, but I just wanted to comment on a couple of things.”

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    RADIO

  • Richard Belzer To Fill In During Randi Rhodes’ Air America Time Slot

  • The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) announced “the winners of the 2008 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award. Named for former BBG Chairman David Burke, the award recognizes courage, integrity, and originality in reporting by journalists within the BBG broadcast organizations. This year’s winners are: Adrian Criscaut and John Miller of Voice of America (VOA), the Baghdad bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), the Burmese Service of Radio Free Asia (RFA), and Mohamed Mokhtari of Alhurra.”

  • Orbitcast reports, “The merger between Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. could likely see approval from the FCC within 2-4 weeks, says analyst Robert Peck at Bear Stearns.”

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    EVENTS

  • UW Oshkosh Today reports,Jim Dykstra, ’68, and Jim VandeHei, ’95, will host an alumni reception April 29 in Washington, D.C. The event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Alumni and friends of UW Oshkosh will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and UW Oshkosh giveaways. A cash bar will be available.”

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    JOBS

  • Disney ABC Television Group is looking for a Financial Analyst.

  • AFGE — American Federation of Government Employees — is looking for a Web Content Specialist.

  • The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • An International Law Firm is looking for a PR Team Member.

  • Brijit.com is looking for a Section Editor, Politics/Business.

  • Defense Daily is looking for a Reporter.

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  • Morning Reading List, 04.10.08

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    Good morning Washington. Is it bye-bye Katie?!? It’s the birthday of Joseph Pulitzer (1847) and on this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced that the Beatles were breaking up.

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  • You would rather have Karl Rove on your debate team than Howell Raines.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Press releases that come marked as High Importance. It’s just not on!”

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  • Erin Billings was promoted from senior staff writer at roll call to associate editor.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • NPR reports,Sam Zell, the no-bull billionaire who took over the Tribune Co. in December, swept in promising to turn around its troubled newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and The Sun in Baltimore. Zell raised spirits and initially won some converts in the ailing media company. But profits have been plunging, and it’s become much tougher for him to meet huge interest payments on the company’s debt. And NPR has obtained a recording of a combative meeting Zell held with some of Tribune’s top journalists in Washington that may help explain why many of them are deeply skeptical of him.”

  • Jenny McCarthy will attend the WHCA as a guest of USA Today.

  • The AP reports, “Newspaper readers agree with editors on the basics of what makes good journalism, but they are more apt to want looser rules for online conversations, a new study on news credibility has found.”

  • Gay press frustrated by Obama approach

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    TV

  • Portfolio reports, “Who is the ‘most watched’ cable news network? If you read The New York Times — or the New York Post, or The Wall Street Journal — you probably think it’s CNN. The Time Warner-owned channel ran full-page ads in all three papers (two of which, of course, are owned by Fox News parent News Corp.) boasting of being the ‘#1 Most Watched News Network in 2008.’ And that’s true, of course…unless you interpret ‘most watched’ as ‘watched by the most people’ — presumably the way most Times/Post/Journal readers would see it. If total viewers is your measure, Fox News actually won the quarter, handily; TV Newser says it was fourth among all cable networks in total viewers, versus 14th-place CNN and 27th-place MSNBC.”

  • Newseum Seeks to Be a Headline Party Spot

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “When veteran Los Angeles news anchors Harold Greene and Ann Martin were felled by a round of jobs cuts last week, they were in good company. At least 160 employees at CBS Corp. owned television stations in 13 cities were let go, including such seasoned broadcasters as prominent Chicago anchor Diann Burns, renowned Boston sportscaster Bob Lobel and longtime Minneapolis meteorologist Paul Douglas.”

  • A release announced, “Discovery Communications started a new conversation today about what it means to be green as it unveiled a robust slate of programming for Planet Green, the first and only 24 hour eco-lifestyle television network. At 6 p.m. EDT on June 4, 2008, when Discovery Home Channel is re-branded Planet Green, the network will reach 50 million homes with more than 250 hours of original green lifestyle programming.”

  • “MSNBC TV star Chris Matthews has been quietly sounding out Democrats across Pennsylvania about seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose Senator Arlen Specter, who shows no signs of slowing down or retiring, in 2010,” writes Roger Stone.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Murdoch And AOL Join Fight Over Yahoo

  • A release announced, “USA TODAY announces the launch of a brand new instant message-based application. Available initially to users of AOL’s AIM service, the largest instant messaging service in the U.S., users will be able to search current and archived USATODAY.com headlines and set up real-time news alerts via instant message. USA TODAY’s instant message bot was developed by InfiniteAgent, a leading provider of instant messaging and SMS logging services.”

  • The New York Post reports, “Don’t expect AOL to be LOL over Facebook’s new push into instant messaging. Time Warner’s struggling online unit could be the big loser if the surging social networking service’s new chat feature, now in the midst of a slow rollout, takes off with its estimated 32 million US users, analysts warn.”

  • WebProNews.com reports, “The private nonprofit cable public affairs network C-SPAN is launching its own channel on YouTube. The C-SPAN channel on YouTube will be focused on the upcoming Pennsylvania primary and is inviting voters to answer the question ‘What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?’ Users will be able to upload their videos to C-SPAN’s YouTube channel and share what they believe is the most important issue in the election. Users who upload a video should focus on a single issue and include their name and hometown. A selection of videos will air on C-SPAN beginning Sunday, April 13 on ‘Road to the White House.’”

  • Reuters reports, “Publicis Groupe Chief Executive Maurice Levy said on Tuesday the advertising industry faced ‘tremendous pressure’ to change, but could still withstand competition from Google Inc and Microsoft Corp.”

  • The Union-Tribune reports, “Time Warner Cable says access to a Web site that has been posting blog entries about an officer-involved shooting in Oceanside was temporarily inaccessible to its subscribers because of technical problems and wasn’t intentionally blocked. The Web site, badcopnews.com, alleged that Time Warner’s Road Runner Internet service was blocking access by its Southern California customers because the site was publicizing the March 15 shooting of Rachel Silva and her 8-year-old son by off-duty San Diego Officer Frank White.”

  • Circulation Management reports, “AARP today has unveiled bulletin.aarp.org, the online presence of AARP Bulletin, the association’s news publication. The new site — called AARP Bulletin Today — features daily news, multimedia applications, and original content including columns such as Scam Alert, Save a Buck and Outrage of the Week. The site also includes targeted feeds for breaking news targeted to the association’s members, who are aged 50 and older.”

  • CNet News.com reports, “For more than a decade, Web site operators have enjoyed a broad legal shield against lawsuits filed over material posted by their users, which has let user-driven sites like YouTube and MySpace.com flourish.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Don’t forget to vote for the 2008 TIME 100 Finalists.

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    RADIO

  • Race to Air America?

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “WTOP Radio now ranks as one of the ten highest-grossing radio stations in the nation.”

  • ABC Radio announced, “Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and recent presidential candidate, will serve as guest host of Paul Harvey News & Comment on Thursday, April 10. Romney will bring his unique views as both politician and business leader to the microphone for the regular morning and afternoon news segments of Harvey’s program. Romney, who served as CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics, will also provide his thoughts on the recent safety concerns for the Olympic Torch relays leading up to this year’s Summer games in China.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • A reader tells us, “The Pulitzer Prize Photograph exhibit at the Newseum doesn’t have any bylines under the wall of photos!! Has organization name but not the photographer’s.”

  • On Wednesday, May 7, at 7 PM, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein welcomes Cokie Roberts for a discussion of her newest book, Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. The program will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building. A book signing will follow the program.” For more info, click here.

  • The AP reports, “Media General Inc. on Tuesday said a large shareholder’s demands for sweeping operational changes reflect a ‘short-term focus’ and a failure to understand the company’s strategies.”

  • Vote On the Junk Food Stories of the Year for the Project Censored 2009 Book”

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    JOBS

  • The Center For Independent Media is looking for a Deputy National Editorial Director.

  • The Global Fund for Children is looking for a Digital Media, Projects Manager.
  • Stars and Stripes is looking for a Supervisory Archivist.

  • Al Jazeera International is looking for a Producer and an Assistant Producer.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Copy Editor and an Editor.

  • The Montgomery County Sentinel is looking for a Marketing Intern.

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

  • Party Photos: The Week’s Opinion Awards

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    You gotta admit: Given how Washington’s party/dinner/gala scene can oftentimes feel like like “Groundhog Day,” last night’s “The Week” Opinion Awards dinner was a breath of fresh air.

    The crowd was small, impressive and intimate and it lended itself to moments like when Bloomberg D.C. Bureau Chief Al Hunt approached one table and said “Hey, it’s Attila the Hun!” The wait staff was — wait for it — attentive and, like any good party, the dinner ended up at the hotel bar where, naturally, Tammy Haddad conducted the attendees like an orchestra.

    The panel discussion with Sir Harold Evans (dude: we know you’re, like, a sir and all and that means all sorts of affected “I’m thinking!” gestures like carefully folded arms and stuff, but stop pacing back and forth across the stage! The seats are there for a reason.), Karl Rove, Howell Raines and Doug Schoen was heated not only on stage (Raines to Rove: “Would you just let me finish one paragraph please?” / Evans to Rove: “Keep quiet just for a second” … see write-ups here and here), but off stage as well, as when a handful of people flapped their arms so that Ana Marie Cox could press Rove on why Gov. Dukakis was considered soft on crime (As Alex Pareene might shout out, “Yeah, 1988 baby!“). Or when one audience member shouted at Rove, “Try not to lie!” Or when Rove accused Ruth Marcus of being a kiss-ass to Ben Bradlee. Or when one reporter nervously introduced herself to Howell Raines and confessed her high school crunch on him. You get the drift.

    Per usual (cuz we love you, readers), loads of photos after the jump…

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