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Morning Reading List, 01.10.08

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  • Weird. Yesterday you thought the Clinton campaign was the least journo friendly and today you think she is the most. What’s the deal?


  • A release announced, “1105 Government Information Group, a division of 1105 Media Inc., announced that Evilee Ebb is joining the company as Group Publisher for print and online products. Those include Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News, Washington Technology, Government Health IT and Defense System magazines and their respective Web sites.”

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  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Readers of the Chicago Sun-Times picked up a smaller paper Tuesday, the latest tangible sign of the economic struggles engaging metropolitan newspapers around the country. The tabloid’s physical shrinkage, by about 1 inch to save newsprint costs, is more easily accomplished than the pending staff cuts that will pare editorial positions by 19 percent, the largest local newsroom layoff in recent memory.”

  • Matt Yglesias says, “David Simon, call your office.”

  • The Extreme-ness spots George Will quoting Led Zeppelin.

  • The New York Observer reports, “City Room, the local news blog launched last June by The New York Times as part of a paper-wide effort to offer readers more exclusive content online, will soon get some space in the print edition of the Metro section, according to the blog’s editor, Patrick LaForge.”

  • Check out Reuters interview with Financial Times Chief Executive John Ridding.

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  • NBC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet
    the Press with Tim Russert’ was the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the 2007 calendar year in total viewers, homes, and all key demos. This marks the broadcast’s tenth straight year as the top-rated Sunday morning show (1998-2007).”

  • Paul Begala says, “Fox News: We Report — Even if We Know It’s

  • A NBC release announced, “NBC News will debut today a new ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ experience online, available at The redesigned site, which will be officially unveiled … at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, gives the growing ‘Nightly News’ online audience an immersive and visually compelling TV-like viewing experience, as well as an enhanced extension of the ‘Nightly News’ brand online.”

  • CBS News and Writers End Dispute After 2 Years

  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable provider, said it will work with the Federal Communications Commission to address concerns that it blocks customers from using file-sharing services.”

  • Have Clinton and Obama lifted their Fox boycott? B&C’s John Eggerton explores.

  • Check out “A Conversation with Kelly DiNardo.” She is the featured author of the week on WETA.

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Up to 1,000 employees on the Warner Bros. lot theoretically could be laid off anytime after Friday under federally mandated notices the studio recently distributed. The notices, or so-called WARN mailings, represent the first concrete sign that the WGA strike could trigger massive layoffs in Hollywood.”

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  • ABC announced, “Record TV viewership of ABC News’ back-to-back presidential debates on Saturday, Jan. 5, extended to the Internet with a weekend of unprecedented traffic on The site then experienced a huge surge in traffic and video views on Tuesday with coverage of the New Hampshire primary. received more than 1.2 million video views — mostly for political news. Fueled by coverage of the N.H. primary, the politics section of the site saw nearly 1 million video views — one of the top 10 highest traffic days on record for”

  • CNet reports, “CBS Interactive announced Tuesday that its property has teamed up with social news site Digg for online coverage of the 2008 election. Through this partnership, the recognizable “Digg buttons” will be featured on articles and videos that pertain to the election. In return, Digg’s election-related headlines will be displayed throughout”

  • ‘Observer’s’ Media Desk Still a Talent Mill

  • The latest video (or, as Mike Allen calls it, “Tam Cam!”), from Tammy Haddad.

  • Brand Republic reports, “The Financial Times is to relaunch its website in the summer, adding more blogs and international video content to the site. FT’s chief executive John Ridding said the relaunch was being planned for the middle of the year as one of several projects in the works.”

  • Newsweek: Ruckus Bloggers’ Political Contributions? No Problem

  • The Boston Herald reports, “The 24-hour news cycle that has made presidential races an unavoidable spectacle has extended far beyond the mainstream media as hundreds of bloggers, YouTubers and ‘citizen journalists’ have descended on the Granite State. Former CBS anchor Dan Rather, covering the primary for the high-definition cable channel HDNet, said the new media is a plus overall, but there are some negatives.”

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  • Folio reports, “Magazines announcing digital initiatives—video, content sharing partnerships, integrated marketing, social networking and anything other buzzy product related to Web 2.0—increased by more than 33 percent in 2007, according to year-end data by the Magazine Publishers of America”

  • The New York Post reports, “Rock star Bono is looking to buy into the Robb Report, the bible of conspicuous consumption. The U2 front man, through his investment firm Elevation Partners, is in talks to buy into CurtCo Media, which owns the Robb Report, Worth and several other magazines.”

  • Reuters reports, “McGraw-Hill Cos, which publishes educational books and magazines and owns the Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency, on Tuesday said it is eliminating 611 jobs, or 3 percent of its workforce, to reduce costs and boost shareholder returns. The cuts will result in a $43.7 million pretax restructuring charge, reducing fourth-quarter earnings by $27.3 million after taxes, or 8 cents per share, McGraw-Hill said.”

  • And also from Reuters, “McGraw-Hill Cos Inc (MHP.N: Quote, Profile, Research) may cut more jobs beyond the 611 reductions it earlier announced, Chief Executive Harold McGraw said on Tuesday.”

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  • Reuters reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc Chief Executive Mel Karmazin said on Tuesday he has not yet “officially” heard from the Department of Justice on a decision relating to its merger with XM Satellite Radio Inc (XMSR.O: Quote, Profile, Research), but remains confident the deal will be approved.”

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  • Resources for the Future is lookig for a Production Coordinator.

  • National Association of Broadcasters is looking for a Media Relations Manager — DTV.

  • The George Washington University is looking for a Marketing and Media Relations Specialist.

  • National Council on Teacher Quality is looking for an Issues Director.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Copy Editor for CQ Today and CQ Weekly.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Committees Reporter.

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation is looking for a Maryland Communications Coordinator.

  • Transport Topics Publishing Group is looking for a Staff Reporter.

  • Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC is seeking a senior reporter.

  • Argus Media is looking for an ethanol and biofuels editor.

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    Morning Reading List, 04.03.07

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  • Lots and lots and lots of coverage of the recent Tribune deal. (Hat Tip: Romenesko)

  • Almost no one got busted by an April Fools joke. Are you too smart or no fun?

  • Jack Hurley, “deputy director/senior VP, broadcasting, for the Newseum and its backer, the Freedom Forum” talks to B&C’s John Eggerton.

  • At AFI Silver, an Arch Look at ‘Broadcast News’

  • We’re At War; That’s Front-Page News Every Day

  • E&P reports, “While newspaper circulation continues to slide, readership is growing, especially with younger readers — when taking online newspaper sites into consideration. According to the latest data from the Newspaper Association of America, newspaper Web sites contributed a 13.7% increase in total newspaper audience for adults 25-to-34.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “, the No. 2-ranked news Web site behind Yahoo News, is starting its first branding ad campaign this week.”

  • Are journalists predisposed to substance abuse? Tell us what you think.

  • Slate gives us this: “The WP takes a moment to explain why President Bush opting not to throw out the first pitch at a ballgame isn’t news. TP is just as confused as you are.”

  • Washington Whispers reports that Daryn Kagan “has found a new outlet for her special style of reporting: PBS. Come June, she airs Breaking the Curse, a documentary about a mom who dealt with her daughter’s death by helping Indians with leprosy.” More here.

  • CQ reports, “Baseball’s New TV Deal Draws Hill Scrutiny.” It is also drawing scrutiny from Virginians.

  • Chris Wallace torches Keith Olbermann.

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “American Capital Strategies and an affiliate have invested $160 million in Geosign Group Holdings and Geosign Corp., collectively known as Geosign, an online publishing company
  • Business Week explores the question, “Is Google Too Powerful?”

  • Bloomberg reports, “McClatchy is in talks to form advertising partnerships with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to grab a greater share of Internet spending, says CEO Gary Pruitt.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner’s AOL says its unit will manage advertising sold on a new online video venture being built by News Corp. and NBC Universal. will also manage ads inserted into an embedded media player to be used by the venture’s distribution partners.”

  • New York Daily News reports, “Should New York mayor Mike Bloomberg run for president of the United States, he will have a major ally in Rupert Murdoch.”

  • Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Comcast chief Brian Roberts received about $27.8 million in compensation last year, according to a statement the company filed with federal regulators.

  • Reuters reports, “The New York Times’s new Classic Crossword Widget gives users the ability to personalize their Google home page with the newspaper’s crossword puzzle.”

  • Beet TV reports, “The Washington Post is revamping its home page to make video more prominent. A new, sleek, black media player, spanning nearly the entire width of the page, displays three windows with featured videos. The player can be ‘pushed’ to the right to present more multimedia offerings.”

  • M V Kamath, chairman of Prasar Bharati, India’s national public broadcaster, predicts a gloomy future for newspapers.”

  • Radar reports, “The Huffington Post, the left-leaning opinion collective and news aggregator that bears her name, is adding hundreds of new diarists in time for its two-year anniversary on May 9.”

  • Drudge reports, “During a live press conference in Baghdad, Senators McCain and Graham were heckled by CNN reporter Michael Ware.”

  • TVNewser tells us, “Greenfield May Be On CBS Within Month.” CBS News President Sean McManus said, “Jeff’s writing, reporting and analytical skills are second to none.” Greenfield’s start date is May 1.

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “Discovery Communications says it has agreed to buy Cox Communications’ 25 percent stake in the company for $1.28 billion.”

  • Gawker took “a little gander” at some of Salon’s recent filings with the SEC.

  • TVNewser has highlights from Newsday’s profile on Sean Hannity.

  • FOX News Channel tells us they were the first cable news network to break today’s tragic news of the shooting in Seattle at the University of Washington.

  • Yesterday from Reporters Without Borders: “Reporters Without Borders today voiced its serious concern about the continued detention in the Gaza Strip of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter Alan Johnston and appealed to the Palestinian Authority president and prime minister to take a tougher line with his kidnappers to obtain his release.”

  • Politico’s Ryan Grim takes “A Jab at JibJab.”

  • Mark Lasswell thinks George Stephanopoulos “knows more than he lets on about firing U.S. attorneys.”

  • Slate is fixing up The Fray “with the help of our users.”

  • Last night was the first night of “World News’” special series — “Key to the World” — that is taking ABC’s Bill Weir to remote places that are examples of the major challenges of our time. Last night was from Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean. Check out the report.

  • A reader writes in, “It’s been my experience that people who comment online tend to be obsessive trolls whose opinions should be taken with a grain of salt (and yes, I realize that I am currently commenting on a blog). is still the best news website around. And it looks clean and articulate. Just like Barry O. And no, I don’t work for WaPo.”