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Morning Reading List 02.24.09

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Its day 36 covering the Obama administration and week 4 for us. Happy Mardi Gras!

What we know and what we’re reading this FAT Tuesday morning…



NYT’s Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet spoke to a group of Columbia University students. “Your generation will get to reinvent journalism in a more meaningful way.” Finally, some good news.

Steve Coll and Matthew Yglesias ponder whether the death of newspapers as we know them would really be apocalyptic on NPR’s On the Media.

Forbes reports as the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News slid toward the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing it made over the weekend, the CEO was getting a raise.

Some think the NYT overplayed the Nixon Tapes.

What exactly is a master of “snarky mimesis” because I think my co-editor Matt Dornic just may be one too… Media Matters takes a look at the NYT’s review of David Denby‘s book “Snark,” in which he pronounces Tom Wolfe and Maureen Dowd masters of “snarky mimesis.”


President Obama’s address this evening will run about 50 minutes long with applause.


No surprise that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity top Talkers Magazine 2009 Heavy Hundred list, but you maybe surprised that DC local NPR’s Diane Rehm is all the way down at #92. Imus is #20, Rachel Maddow #46.


More Howard Kurtz on Twitter in his online chats. “Look, Twitter may turn out to be a fad, and I noted in my piece that it has an incestuous quality. But I’ve got 2,900 people following me on Twitter and they aren’t all Beltway insiders by a long shot. I happen to think it’s good that big-shot TV anchors are making an attempt to engage with their viewers. Politicians, pro athletes and CEOs are among those posting on Twitter. It has its limitations, but it’s also an intriguing form of communication.”


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Morning Reading List, 11.15.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you don’t count religious services as a regular activity.

  • An ABC release announces, “On Tuesday, November 20, ABC News’ Charles Gibson will conduct an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at Camp David, the private presidential retreat. The interview, just days before the Thanksgiving holiday, will cover a variety of topics, including: the war in Iraq, turmoil in Pakistan, the state of the economy, and rising gas prices.”

  • A release announced, “Ten Washington DC area women who proudly stand at 5’4″ and under have made the first annual Washington DC Petite and Chic List. Petite specialty retailer Petite Sophisticate is releasing the list in conjunction with the opening of two new stores in the Washington DC area. The list includes local women, 5’4″ and under, who show that women of all heights are stylish and chic.” The ten women are Sen. Barbara Boxer, Lynne Cheney, Nicole Feld, Kathy Fowler, Kathleen Matthews, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Marisa Ramírez de Arellan, Raven, Helen Thomas and Eun Yang.

  • has named former AOL programming manager Cindy Schwalb as online content coordinator based in DC.

  • Patterico’s Pontifications reports, Anwyn has an excellent post today from the ‘Facts You Don’t Need to Know’ file of the Los Angeles Times. Anwyn chose to focus on a story the paper recently ran on the prosecutorial record of Fred Thompson. I read that article and meant to comment on its flippant dismissiveness of Thompson’s stint as an AUSA. Some of the lines in the article are blatantly designed to elicit cheap snickers from leftists”

  • Ann Althouse reports,Matt Yglesias is outraged — just outraged — at Tim Russert. How dare that man drive politicians into a corner with tough questions instead of giving them space to inform us. According to Yglesias, questions with the goal of providing information about the candidates’ policies would — take global warming for example — show how fine the Democrats are and trap only Republicans.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “After an exhaustive search, The New York Times has found its new corporate media reporter: Fortune’s Tim Arango will begin work next month.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “Silver Spring-based cable network Discovery Health has pulled the series ‘Plastic Surgery: Before and After’ from its lineup this week after reports that the show’s host, physician Jan Adams, operated on the mother of hip-hop artist Kanye West before she died Saturday.”

  • Tuesday was the first anniversary of the launch of and Kagan celebrated the occasion on Oprah & Friends. Check out the show here.

  • In addition to his interview with Fox Business News yesterday, President Bush also recorded an interview with Fox News.

  • This is Jade Floyd’s (resident hottie) last week as Communications Manager for American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She has taken a position as senior associate at the public affairs firm Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates, based here in D.C.

  • War on Photography reports, “I have to give credit where credit is due. The City of New York has reconsidered its proposal to require permits and insurance from most photographers.”

  • Media Daily News reports, “News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch all but declared on Tuesday that the sky’s-the-limit profits from traditional broadcast TV are over.”

  • DCRTV reports, Jon Sullivan, commercial producer director at Channel 7/WJLA, picks up a national Emmy for ‘Best Local Public Service Announcement’ for his ‘Choose To Save’ campaign entitled ‘Savingsman.’”

  • Seems The Hill has decided they need some flair instead of flare.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “In the days before mounting a strike against Hollywood studios, film and TV writers did something that might be considered unusual in other labor disputes: They completed — and were paid for — a lot of work that was delivered to the companies they were about to picket. Now, the Writers Guild of America, which represents the striking writers, is scrambling to get copies of all the scripts turned in to studios over the past six months as part of an effort to police the use of nonunion labor to complete or polish union work. So far, however, by most estimates, the union’s efforts to collect all of those scripts has fallen far short of its goal.”

  • The AP reports, “The Associated Press promoted Managing Editor Mike Silverman to the new position of senior managing editor Monday, and named news executives John Daniszewski, Lou Ferrara and Kristin Gazlay as managing editors. The moves come amid a reorganization of operations at the news cooperative.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. newspaper industry’s Audit Bureau of Circulations said it will change the way it counts paid circulation to provide marketers with more useful information.”

  • Market Watch reports, “Shareholders of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio voted Tuesday to approve Sirius’ proposed $13.6 billion acquisition of XM.”

  • Variety reports, “In the months since Dane Cook first mounted his groundbreaking MySpace marketing campaign and ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ ‘Lazy Sunday’ skit helped vault YouTube to a billion-dollar Google buyout, online comedy sites have become as common as bad party jokes.”

  • Ad reports, “Newspapers’ paying readership fell again in the industry’s latest circulation reports last week, but publishers took the opportunity to make their boldest pitch yet for counting everyone who sees their news stories — whether by buying a copy or borrowing one, picking up a print copy or finding the paper online.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp. probably won’t buy Clearwire Corp., the wireless Internet service provider whose shares surged today on speculation the largest U.S. cable- television company will offer to acquire it, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.”

  • A release announced, “A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced the launch of a major initiative to help enhance understanding of Islam and Muslims in the news media.
    At a news conference in the nation’s capital, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the centerpiece of its ‘Beyond Stereotypes’ campaign will be distribution of the newly-published ‘American Muslims: A Journalist’s Guide to Understanding Islam and Muslims’ to some 40,000 media professionals nationwide.”

  • TVNewser reports, “In what it calls the ‘biggest expansion of international newsgathering resources in its 27-year history,’ CNN is adding correspondents, opening a newsgathering hub in the UAE and investing in a digital-production unit in London.”

  • The AP reports, “Yahoo Inc., reeling from a growing backlash over human rights and its China operations, settled a lawsuit Tuesday that accused it of illegally helping the Chinese government jail and torture two journalists.”

  • TVWeek reports, “Court TV is firing 16 of the 31 people on its Web staff as the network, which is changing its name to truTV in January, shifts its online trial coverage to”

  • Stars and Stripes reports, “Midlevel editors at Stars and Stripes have called on the newspaper’s acting publisher to resign, saying he has refused to release information on the extent of the paper’s relationship with America Supports You.”

  • Media Life reports, “The news was of the sort that just several years ago would have shocked many, word that Condé Nast was folding House & Garden, the 100-plus-year-old shelter title. But in these far tougher times, last week’s news was not such a shock after all, as just the most recent in a line of closings that have beset the magazine industry.”

  •, a social media site that shares its ad revenues with its most popular contributors, has announced a partnership with nonprofit organization OpenTheGovernment.”

  • The National Press Club announced, “NPF has selected Linda Topping Streitfeld as its new Director of Programs following a nationwide search. Streitfeld has been an editor and manager at The Miami Herald since 1992, working on coverage of the 2000 presidential election, education, growth and development, hurricanes and near-misses, government and politics. She managed a major Miami Herald community news initiative and contributed to the newspaper’s robust website and other multimedia efforts.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “Filmmaker Sean Fine bristles at the suggestion that his strikingly handsome new documentary, “War/Dance,” is too pretty to tell a gritty story. … ‘War/Dance,’ which Fine shot and co-directed with his wife, Andrea Nix Fine, certainly looks great, even as it deals movingly with the lives of displaced kids in northern Uganda. A low-grade war has been simmering there for 20 years, with children often being conscripted by a rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army.” The movie opens on Friday.

  • Min Online reports, “‘Magazines have an illustrious past, but they have a wonderful future,’ proudly proclaimed Time editor-in-chief Richard Stengel upon accepting min magazine’s award for Top Reinvention of the Year”

  • Public Eye reports, “Criticisms of the White House press corps come fast and furious in MediaLand and Blogistan. (From accusations like they’re ‘an extension of the Clinton spin machine’ to its ‘meekness’ in covering the Bush presidency.) But very rarely do they come from the White House press corps itself. Until this week.”

  • Check out this week’s Ombudsman’s Mailbag from PBS’s Michael Getler.

  • The New York Post reports, “A bidding war has erupted for the rights to Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) autobiography, which could end up well into the mid-seven figure range.”

  • A release announced, “ICFJ’s Knight International Journalism Fellowships Program receives grants from Knight and Gates foundations to advance journalism excellence and free expression worldwide”

  • Digg the Blog reports, “The Wall Street Journal Online is adding Digg buttons across the entire site, and you’ll now have full (free) access to the articles submitted to Digg.”

  • New York Times reports,Don Imus, whose cowboy hat and western wear looked out of place on MSNBC, may have found a more comfortable saddle. On Dec. 3, when he returns not only to radio but also to television, it will be on RFD-TV, a cable and satellite channel that caters to farmers, ranchers and equestrians, as well as others who merely aspire to live a small-town life.”

  • DCRTV reports, “FTVLive tells us that former Channel 5/WTTG morning news anchor Michael Gargiulo has been promoted to the 5:30 PM anchor gig at NYC’s WNBC-TV, where he had been weekend morning anchor and reporter”

  • The Smoking Gun reported yesterday, “Judith Regan, the volcanic publishing industry figure who sought to publish O.J. Simpson’s ‘I Did It’ (and trysted with Bernard Kerik in an apartment overlooking Ground Zero) today sued Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate for defamation, claiming that she was unjustly tarred as an anti-Semite when fired last year. In a blistering $100 million lawsuit filed today in New York State Supreme Court, Regan, 54, accuses several defendants, including Murdoch’s News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers, of orchestrating a smear campaign that was intended to advance the Murdoch political agenda and protect ‘Rudy Giuliani’s presidential ambitions.’”

  • TVWeek reports, “Although the Writers Guild of America’s pre-strike media campaign was criticized as sluggish, the guild’s headline-grabbing series of protests last week have managed to attract the sympathy of some viewers.”

  • Also of note on E&P’s 30 Most Popular Newspaper Sites for October, The Washington Times shows a bump from last month.

  • DCist reports, “Fox5 reported on Sunday that a member of their staff, Gwen Tolbart, was injured in a collision between her car and a Metrobus on Saturday night on her way home. Tolbart was thankfully not seriously hurt, but the bus driver, Harvey Carey of Lanham, has now been charged with failing to stay in the proper lane, which resulted in the accident.”

  • E&P reports, “The board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations voted on a set of wide-sweeping changes that will put more prominence on the metric of total audience and affect the way newspaper circulation is counted.”

  • TVNewser reports, “MSNBC is taking a swipe at FNC over the $100M lawsuit filed by Judith Regan. Regan worked for News Corp.-owned publisher HarperCollins.”

  • The Daily Northwestern reports, “The process of transforming the curriculum at the Medill School of Journalism to keep up with the times is a work in progress, Dean John Lavine told about 70 students, faculty and others at a forum Monday night.”

  • The New York Sun reports, “There were red faces at the Manhattan Institute, after the Union Club ejected reporters from an awards lunch in its Upper East Side clubhouse where they had been invited to hear Mayor Bloomberg and the former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, speak” on Tuesday.

  • Washington Post reports, “The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission yesterday proposed relaxing an agency rule to allow big-city newspapers to buy the smaller television stations in their markets, a move designed as a compromise in the ongoing issue of corporate control of the airwaves.”

  • The New York Observer reports,Imus Is Back! But Not Quite Live! Bloodied Radio Cowboy Returns Dec. 3 With 21-Second Delay”

  • Paul Sullivan is a veteran newspaper editor and editor in chief of citizen journalism site Check out the site here.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “For James Goldston, executive producer of ‘Nightline,’ the prospect of a prolonged writers strike that paralyzes much of the television industry offers an awkward upside.”

  • Poynter has the memo from Stars and Stripes Europe bureau chief Sam Amrhein announcing, “I want to inform you that the overseas bureau chiefs Joe, Marni, Tom Skeen, Tim Flack, Chris Carlson and I ­ have called for Max Lederer to step down as acting publisher.”

  • The CJR asks, “A plea to campaign reporters: please resist the temptation to use Sin City-centric clichés in your coverage of Thursday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas.”

  • reports, “The number of ‘green’ business stories published in the nation’s 10 largest newspapers this year has already doubled last year’s total, according to a study released Tuesday by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.”

  • Dave and Thomas reports, “NBC Direct is the Peacock’s answer to Internet video and if you are a fan of NBC shows like The Office and Heroes, be prepared to get a little angry. The good news is you can now download various NBC shows to your computer. And it’s free. Kinda. Free like giving an army recruiter you home phone number. First and foremost, you cannot get these shows onto you iPod. Second, it’s only available to PC users with IE only. Third, and this is the most annoying, you must download a crap-load of software to play the videos.”

  • E&P reports, “A top business-side executive at Dow Jones & Co. said it is premature to assume that The Wall Street Journal Web site will definitely drop its paid subscription model, despite comments by Rupert Murdoch that the change is expected.”

  • A Newsweek release via Romenesko announced, “Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of, will become a Newsweek contributor for the 2008 presidential campaign, offering occasional opinion pieces to the pages of the magazine and to”

  • Mickey Kaus gives another scathing review of The Atlantic’s anniversary party.

  • CJR reports how “The New York Times went and put the ‘science’ back in the ‘political science’ of the campaign trail.”


  • PBS is looking for a Web Technologist and a Director for PBS Engage.

  • PBS Interactive is looking for an Associate Director, Content & Video.

  • The Star Democrat is seeking a layout editor and reporter.

  • EEI Communications is looking for an Editorial Production Director.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is looking for a Science Writer.

  • The New Republic is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • The Gazette/Comprint Military Publications is looking to fill a position in Advertising/Sales.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Comments and Group Producer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 08.29.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • If Imus returns, you are not interested.

  • An NBC release announced, “MSNBC’s ratings growth continued this
    summer, as the network delivered the strongest growth of any cable news net in August in total day (M-Sun), weekday primetime (8-11 pm) and in sales primetime (M-Sun 7pm-2am) in both total viewers and the Adult 25-54 demographic, compared to August 06.”

  • MSNBC, HLN Up Double Digits

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54 for the seventeenth time in eighteen weeks. Averaging 8.08 million Total Viewers and a 2.1/9 among Adults 25-54, ‘World News’ outperformed NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 150,000 Total Viewers and 140,000 key demo viewers.”

  • Lance Armstrong to Chris Matthews: “Thanks for finally letting me ask a question. At least I had cancer.”

  • Check out Paul Farhi’s online chat yesterday (he discusses the death of Washington Post Radio).

  • Congrats to Patrick O’Connor , who was named by the Politico as Employee of the Month.

  • A GWU release announced, “Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, will join veteran journalist and scholar Marvin Kalb to discuss democracy and the press in the first installment of the 2007-2008 Kalb Report series, produced by The George Washington University, Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center, and the National Press Club and underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.”

  • I Want Media features an interview with Mark Deuze, the author of the new book “Media Work.”

  • Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici writes, “The Nation’s Eric Alterman isn’t stupid, but apparently he doesn’t mind playing stupid when he has a point to make.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Of all the disruptions caused by the Web, the chance that an old New York Times story featuring incomplete or outdated bad news about you might nix your chance of getting a job must rank near the bottom. Yet that’s what Clark Hoyt, the newspaper’s public editor, spends his Sunday, Aug. 26, column on.”

  • San Francisco’s Jon Carroll writes, “A while back I expressed some doubt about whether Mother Jones could be an effective magazine with two editors. …Anyway, that was all theory. Now we have had a look at the practice, and oh boy, was I wrong. Mother Jones right now is as good as I’ve ever seen it. I’m not sure what they’re doing right, but they should keep at it.”

  • reports, “A Catholic group is criticizing at least two dozen newspapers, including The Washington Post, for refusing to run a cartoon last Sunday that may offend Muslims.”

  • From Politico’s Ben Smith: “Wikiscanner: The DLC edits itself”

  • From Ad “In an Effort to Better Connect With America’s Youth, Media Guy Enterprises Is Rebranding Itself as a Musical”

  • Media Daily News reports, “Nielsen Finds Drop In TV Usage Is Real, Not Methodological, Impact Greatest Among Heavy Viewers”

  • Media Space Solutions has a three-part plan for the top 10 newspaper websites.

  • B&C reports, “Marvin Kitman, former Newsday TV critic, has officially joined the online community as the TV critic for The Huffington Post.”

  • Min Online reports, “Many consumer sites took a dive in June as Webiziens embarked on their traditional flight away from their LCDs and keyboards.”

  • CNN’s Media Biz reports, “While the Dow has fallen 4 percent since mid-July, shares of my parent company Time Warner (TWX) are down 8 percent. And shares of CBS (CBS), Viacom (VIAB) and News Corp. (NWS) are off 9 percent. Disney (DIS) has been the best media stock performer, falling only 2 percent.”

  • Times Online reports, “After a troubled start, the US version of OK! is flying high. In a crowded, celebrity-obsessed magazine market OK! has grown 54.3% in the past year, according to the Media Industry News-letter (Min), and is selling more than 850,000 copies a week.”

  • The new Digg homepage went live on Monday.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Sony Corp.’s ‘Superbad’ pushed Hollywood’s U.S. summer box-office sales to a record $4 billion this past weekend, surpassing the industry’s previous high established in 2004.”
  • Media Week reports, “Fox Television Stations Monday got into the game to dominate high school sports coverage with the launch of in the 23 cities where it owns and operates a TV station.”


  • Northwestern University is looking for a faculty member for Public Affairs Journalism.

  • From Ed2010: An unpaid fall editorial intern position is available at national, monthly, entertainment print magazine for African-American women. Send resumes and cover letters to Sabrina Parker, by August 31.

  • PBS Interactive is looking for a Director of Content Management, an Associate Director, PBS Interactive Elections Initiatives, an Associate Director, Content & Video, a Project Coordinator, The Ready To Learn initiative and an Assistant Director, PBS Parents & Teachers Interactive.

  • PBS is also looking for a Senior Producer for television.

  • SNL Financial is looking for a Project Manager.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for a Research Associate.

  • The Daily Press is looking for a Page Designer/Copy Editor and a Shipyard Reporter.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • Congressional Quarterly, Inc. is looking for a Transportation Reporter and an Energy Policy Reporter.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 07.20.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Trader Joe’s is the favorite grocery stop.

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert”
    “was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, July 15, 2007.” On Sunday, “Meet the Press” attracted 2.693 million total viewers, 16% more than ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s “Face the Nation’s” and a 153% lead over FOX’s “News Sunday”.

  • An ABC release announced, “Please note: ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ will not air on Sunday, July 22, 2007 due to ABC’s coverage of the British Open. The show is pre-empted in all markets. ‘This Week’ will resume its normal clearance schedule next Sunday, July 29, 2007.”

  • Another ABC release announced, “ABC News Digital increased unique visitors 13% to 10.9 million in June 2007 versus the same time last year, and ranked in eighth place in the Top 20 of general news sites, according to the Nielsen NetRatings.”

  • Your weekly CQ Political Trivia

  • A look at White House photographer Eric Draper.

  • The Pew News Interest Index shows, “The Iraq war, rather than the policy debate, was the news story the public focused on most closely, but even attention to the war was down substantially from previous weeks.”

  • And from another reader, “You best give props to Paul Kane, who stayed at the Capitol until 2:30 a.m. to blog for his ‘Capitol Briefing’ at, then was up to Washington Post Radio at 7 a.m., and MSNBC at 9 a.m., in addition to filing TWO more blog postings the morning after. Say nothing of the fact that he co-bylined the main Post A1 lead on the debate.”

  • Check out City Paper’s rendition of Date Lab — “Can an LNSer and a Hipster Get Over Themselves?”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Two U.S. congressional subcommittees are investigating whether Google Inc.’s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. will stifle competition in the online advertising market.”

  • The Washington Post reports on the YouTube debate, “CNN will sort through the submissions to select the two dozen or so that Democrats in Charleston will answer after watching them on a 25-by-18-foot screen.”

  • Check out Linda Roth PR’s Carrie Foster on the small screen.

  • Reuters reports, “The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plans to file civil charges against Dow Jones & Co. Inc. board member David Li over an insider trading probe linked to News Corp.’s bid for the media company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.”

  • Inside Cable News looks into the “buzz” surrounding the Vitter “saga on Countdown with substitute host Alison Stewart.”

  • Government Executive reports, “Criticism of proposed rules on fees for obtaining documents under the Freedom of Information Act has prompted the CIA to establish a definition of “news media” that could include bloggers.”

  • reports, “Dow Jones & Co., whose board approved News Corp.’s $5 billion bid for the company Tuesday, posted a 27% drop in second-quarter net income on stock-compensation and restructuring charges.”

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “It’s Roger Ailes and Neil Cavuto the WSJ should fear”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN and Fox News Channel waited until the end of their signature evening broadcasts to extensively cover the steam pipe explosion in New York City on Wednesday. Incredibly, CNN’s Lou Dobbs didn’t mention the transformer explosion at all during his 6pm newscast.”

  • Variety reports, “Rupert Murdoch is poised to land one of the biggest catches of his empire-building career. But now that the question of whether he can acquire Dow Jones is near resolution, the next issue becomes pressing: What will he do with it?”

  • CNN reports, “The House on Wednesday evening overwhelmingly rejected President Bush’s plan to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

  • Information Week reports, “Big Fish Games has found a new distribution channel — a partnership with National Geographic Ventures. The deal, announced this week, calls for two of Big Fish Games’ most popular products to be delivered through National Geographic’s online and physical contacts.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Richard A. Smith knows something anyone considering buying a newspaper company needs to know. He’s taking his advertising dollars somewhere else.”

  • AP reports, “The Rev. Al Sharpton, who urged the Imus’ firing, wouldn’t object if the radio personality returned to the airwaves.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “A Senate committee is expected to support legislation that would authorize regulators to enforce a nearly zero-tolerance policy on the broadcast of certain expletives that was struck down last month.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The St. Pete Times is reporting the site of the Sept. 17 CNN/You Tube debate has been chosen. The renovated Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Pete will host the event. Anderson Cooper will moderate among republican presidential candidates in what the Times calls a ‘hip new format.’


  • The Baltimore Examiner is looking for a General Assignment News Reporter.

  • The Catholic Review is looking for a Seasoned Staff Writer.

  • The News and Advance is looking for a Page Designer/Copy Editor.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 06.05.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Christian Science Monitor’s John Edward Ames writes, “Reporters used to strive for accuracy, brevity, and clarity. Now it’s suspense, setting, and back story.”

  • C-SPAN continues coverage of Campaign 2008 with plans to air live coverage of the New Hampshire Republican Party Dinner on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on C-SPAN Radio and streamed live on

  • New York Magazine reports, “Jane Pauley may not watch Katie Couric, but ‘I love the fact that she gets an anchor chair,’ she said at the Children’s Health Fund gala last week. … She doesn’t watch Brian Williams, either, despite working at NBC News for much of her career. ‘I’m watching The NewsHour,’ she says. ‘But Jim Lehrer — really, I would like to buy him some new ties.’

  • Slate unveils its new and improved “Fray.”

  • Stephanopolous fills in for Charlie Gibson.

  • Huffington Post’s Steven Barrie-Anthony writes, “It’s a terribly confusing time to be a young journalist, but you won’t hear many of us complaining out loud. Jobs are too precious, corporate owners too fickle.”

  • DCRTV hears:

      A source tells DCRTV that Washington Post Radio, WTWP, has fired three producers as part of “budget woes. Managers at all three Bonneville stations – WTOP, WTWP, and Federal News Radio – were told to make cut backs in budgets because of fiscal problems at WTWP. While WTOP and FNR both make a profit, WTWP is hemorrhaging cash. Rumors of a hiring freeze at all three stations as well as other cut backs have been floating around the Ledo Pizza Glass Enclosed… Today the first blood was spilled.” One of those axed was a producer for political commentator Mark Plotkin, we hear…..

  • His Extremeness writes, “Does anyone at MSNBC watch its own programming? Either way, Scarborough has to follow Imus out the door.”

  • Roll Call’s Senior Copy Editor Cassy Foster is leaving to become the No. 2 at the floral association magazine.

  • B&C reports, “The FCC’s profanity rulings against Fox have been thrown out and its “fleeting expletives” policy as currently defended found to be ‘arbitrary and capricious’ by a federal court.”

  • The Council on Foreign Relations announced that it has launched “a comprehensive special section on dedicated to providing up-to-date coverage of the foreign policy issues affecting the campaign.” The site includes John Edwards’ “recent foreign policy speech at the Council and his exclusive one-on-one interview with Executive Editor Mike Moran. All of the presidential candidates have been invited to discuss their foreign policy agendas at the Council.”

  • From a reader:
      “In response to the reader all worked up about the pole-vaulter story, who insists that there was “more important” news that should have gone in its place. I’m guessing that was the first issue of the Washington Post this person had ever read. The Post — like, oh, basically every other paper in the country — routinely puts feature stories on the front page, for the sake of a good “mix.” These feature stories are ALWAYS less “important” than some of the stuff you’ll find inside the A-section. But they’re arguably more interesting. We are in the business of selling papers here, Nothing to be ashamed of.”

  • Deborah Howell answers the age old question, “So what does an ombudsman do every day?”

  • A CNN release announced that CNN Radio “has launched a dramatically redesigned Web site to provide its worldwide affiliates with continual updates on the latest in news, sports and business as well as easy access to the network’s latest and greatest audio. The new Web site offers registered affiliates a seven-day archive of audio in both MP3 and WAV formats and an audio player to preview the clips. The site’s audio cart provides users the option to download single cuts or multiple cuts.”

  • InfoWorld reports, “Google is making its controversial Book Search engine available to publishers interested in putting it on their Web sites. This is the first time Google’s Book Search service has been available outside of its main site in the domain.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. book sales will increase less than 4 percent annually during each of the next five years as the publishing industry competes with the Internet and other media, a study found.”

  • Variety reports, “CBS chairman Sumner Redstone and CEO Leslie Moonves reignited the prospect of a merger between CBS News and CNN at CBS’ annual meeting — and this time they’re talking about a full-blown acquisition of the cable news net. Serious talks on such a merger ended years ago.”

  • Reuters reports, “Television stocks are the hottest in the media segment now and shares of Belo Corp. could rise by 30 percent if it separates its broadcasting and newspaper divisions, a report in Barron’s said on Sunday.”

  • reports, “The chief media regulator in Washington,” Kevin Martin, “indicated yesterday that months of lobbying on Capitol Hill by XM and Sirius Satellite Radio about the benefits of the companies’ proposed merger has done nothing to change his sceptical view of the deal.”

  • The Observer reports that Journalists at The Wall Street Journal may stage a walk-out if Rupert Murdoch buys the title’s parent company Dow Jones, “according to sources close to the publication.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Tribune Co. announced Friday that it has reached a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service that would return to the company as much as $350 million of a disputed $1 billion tax payment it made in late 2005.”

  • While major magazine companies are looking down the road to who could take over the helm, Advertising Age has the details on some top contenders.

  • The World Association of Newspapers discovers, “Young people perceive traditional media as more accurate, trustworthy and reliable than new media, but many get most of their news and information from another source entirely — family and friends.”


  • AFF is looking for the next editor-in-chief of Doublethink. David Skinner, who has accepted the head job for Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment of the Humanities. Alas, the Skinner Era of Doublethink is coming to an end. For more details and information on how to apply here by June 22.

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  • Morning Reading List, 05.18.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Our thoughts go out to the two ABC News journalists killed in Iraq. Keep your mouses pointed towards TVNewser all day for the latest updates.

  • Most of you think that David Gregory should not take Imus‘ spot and one reader weighs in on Gregory’s fate: “David Gregory will be 37 in August…yes, only 37. He’s already NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent and Lauer’s sub on Today. Clearly they’re putting him on a Brokaw-esque path. A radio show might chip away at his credibility as an anchor. He’s got an entire career ahead of him. He should avoid the temptations of overexposure and keep his eyes on the prize.”

  • Allan Sloan leaves Newsweek for Fortune.

  • Look out Wonkette: “Pentagon official says list of banned Web sites could grow

  • That’s all Washington needs: More Harvard Crimson “editors”

  • An NBC release announced, “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was
    “the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, outperforming CBS, ABC and FOX nationally and in Washington, D.C.” On Sunday, May 13, the program attracted 3.315 million total viewers, 22% more than CBS’ “Face the Nation”, a 25% advantage over ABC’s “This Week” and a 176% lead over FOX’s “News Sunday”.

  • MSNBC Late To Report Wolfowitz News

  • An ABC release announces “ABC News and ABC5/WOI-TV will co-sponsor two live forums for presidential candidates in August 2007. The forums will be moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos with additional questioning from David Yepsen of The Des Moines Register.” The Republican forum will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2007. The Democratic forum, co-sponsored with the Democratic Party of Iowa and sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2007.

  • Discovery Rechannels Assets: Firm to Close All 103 Stores, Cut 25 Percent of Workforce”

  • Robert Parry calls Rev. Sun Myung Moon Jerry Falwell’s “secret benefactor” and calls their relationship “another little-known chapter of Falwell’s career.”

  • Spiers knows where old media go wrong

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc., the most-used Internet search engine, will include images, book excerpts, news and video in its search results as part of a new program called Universal Search.”

  • Reuters reports, “AOL plans an aggressive global expansion this year and will introduce a new version of its popular e-mail service this summer to include its AIM instant messaging platform, the chief executive of Time Warner Inc.’s online division said on Wednesday.”

  • DCRTV “hears that more than 200 elected officials and other luminaries turned out for Tuesday evening’s launch of the DC studio facilities for area cable TV giant Comcast’s CN8 regional news and public affairs network.”

  • Crain’s NY reports that DailyCandy “has just bolstered its management by hiring two former New York Times Co. executives.” Catherine Levene, a former digital vice president at, will become DailyCandy’s chief operating officer and Alyson Racer “is leaving her position as a vice president of advertising for the Times’ site to take the same title at DailyCandy.”

  • The New York Times reports, “After more than 50 years American Heritage, the magazine that furnished not just the minds but, in its original hardcover format, the dens of generations of American history buffs, is suspending publication, its editor, Richard F. Snow, said last week.”

  • WebProNews reports, “NBC’s still being stubborn about allowing its footage of the Presidential debates to be put in the public domain or licensed under Creative Commons, effectively letting the more passionately patriotic online citizenry share and remix for video sites like YouTube.”

  • MediaDailyNews reports, “A study from a Publicis arm suggests that Americans’ enjoyment of current prime-time programming is waning, with 38% reporting they are less satisfied than in past years.”

  • The International Herald Tribune reports, “The long-predicted convergence of the Internet and the broadcast world is finally accelerating as video-sharing Web sites are nurturing a snacklike world of shorts that cannot be found on traditional television networks that serve up 30-minute meals.”


  • SmartBrief is looking for a Copy Desk Chief

  • The Magazine Group is looking for an Editorial Director for Medical/Health Magazines and a Managing Editor for Consumer Medical Magazines.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Assistant for Talk of the Nation.

  • Alert Global Media is seeking an experienced reporter.

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