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Morning Reading List 03.13.09

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Its day 53 covering the Obama administration and week six for us. It’s also Friday the 13th- for the second time this year. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWPAPERS

Slate has an audio recording guide on how to pronounce the last name of Ross Douthat, the new Bill Kristol at the NYT, announced just this week. (h/t FishbowlNY)

Mark your calendars- The 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game will be June 17th at Nationals Park.

TV

You’ll see this everywhere today… Jon Stewart ripped CNBC’s Jim Cramer on last night’s Daily Show. You can read about it here, watch it here and check out TVNewser’s live blogging of the show here.

On MSNBC Wednesday, Andrea Mitchell agreed with Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) that the media is partially to blame for President Obama’s staffing difficulties by pleading guilty to “gotcha journalism.” “You’re right, and we plead guilty because this culture right now of gotcha has gotten completely out of control,” Mitchell said. Check out the clip here on HuffPost.

Andrea’s interview with Frank earned her the label of “butt boy” from Rush Limbaugh Thursday, reports HuffPost. Listen to that clip here.

In memoriam, from DCRTV: Dr. Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr., one of the last important figures from the old DuMont television network, has died at the age of 99. DC’s Channel 5/ WTTG, once part of the DuMont network, is named from Goldsmith’s initials. He was the chief of research for DuMont. Over the years, WTTG was owned by Metromedia and later Fox. The call letters were never changed.

RADIO

Poynter has the memo from NPR cancelling newspaper subscriptions.

WTOP’s Mark Plotkin is staying on top of the taxation without representation issue for us here in DC, from the Reliable Source.

ONLINE

JSchools need to teach online journalism.

MAGAZINES

From NYPost: Jim Kelly, editor of Time in its last glory days, is about to step down from his post as Time Inc. managing editor, ending a 30-year career with the company, Media Ink has learned.

In other news at Time, Joel Stein explores the possibility of product placement in pieces.

The Atlantic is launching a food channel.

NEWS NOTES

In keeping with the times, the Newseum has opened a “digital news revolution” exhibit, exploring the “next generation of news gathering and dissemination and what effect the changes may have on journalists and the news industry.”

EVENTS

From Politico’s Shenanigans: Washington’s conservative A-listers headed to the Washington Hilton on Wednesday night for the American Enterprise Institute’s annual gala. Karl Rove, Tucker Carlson, Byron York, Alberto Gonzales, Newt Gingrich, David Frum, Fred Barnes, John Bolton, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Grover Norquist, Richard Perle, Justice Antonin Scalia and Paul Wolfowitz (based on the seating chart). Plus former Vice President Dick Cheney.

FBDC’S PICK

From the Daily Beast, excerpts from the Female Force comic book series, starring Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama (in pantsuits, not spandex).

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

Morning Reading List, 12.10.08

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Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 09.12.08

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Good morning Washington.

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Party Photos: DCI Fetes Journos

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Above: Sometimes journo Doug “Fine, I’ll temporarily suspend my ‘I don’t do blog photos’ policy for you, Gavin”, former journo Moira Bagley, Best Journo Hair Carl Hulse and Loved By Journos Ron Bonjean.

More after the jump…(and were you there for Tammy Haddad‘s party for Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead last night?)

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Morning Reading List, 08.07.08

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Morning Reading List, 04.01.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s Justice Alito’s bday, finally someone explains MoDo, Leon Harris likes baseball, The Deadline Club is out with its awards finalists, WRC’s Vickie Burns is heading to WNBC in New York, it’s the birthday of Redhead Fan Club favorite Jess Smith and don’t forget to not fall for April Fools jokes today.

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  • Hillary vs. McCain…you think McCain will win.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because one of the finest, most talented journalists I’ve ever had the privilege to work with was forced to leave the paper last week. This senseless maneuver was attributed to flattening the management structure. I guess it’s OK to flatten structures, but when people get crushed in the process, that’s not OK”

    NEWSPAPERS

  • E&P reports, “The newspaper industry has experienced the worst drop in advertising revenue in more than 50 years. According to new data released by the Newspaper Association of America, total print advertising revenue in 2007 plunged 9.4% to $42 billion compared to 2006 — the most severe percent decline since the association started measuring advertising expenditures in 1950.”

  • Reuter’s Media File reports, “Former San Francisco Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein has taken on a new role at parent company Hearst Corp. that will involve, among other things, finding ways to keep the news business viable at a time when most people have classified it as a dying industry.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. newspapers suffered their worst drop in print advertising sales since industry record- keeping began 57 years ago, hammered by the housing-market slump and competition from the Internet.”

  • Reliable Source reports, “For Washington VIPs, there were two hot tickets in town last night — not just an Opening Day seat at the new Nationals Park, but a coveted spot at the Lerner family’s pre-party, a little casual-dress affair for 800 of their closest friends. Folks like Michael Chertoff, Norah O’Donnell, Maury Povich and Connie Chung, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato. Pretty much any boldface name not preoccupied with a presidential campaign or the NCAA regional finals showed up at the team owners’ shindig on the top floor of a new office building two blocks from the stadium.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “Wall St. Journal Makes Politics Its Business”

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  • Politics benefits CNN.”

  • Rendell: ‘Fox Has Done the Fairest Job’

  • Kornheiser and Jaworski return to ESPN Monday Night Football

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN just announced that Wolf Blitzer’s day just got longer. Blitzer anchors a special Sunday night edition of The Situation Room at 8pmET ‘focusing on the presidential race’, said Blitzer during Late Edition. An interesting programming move considering this is the final day of March ratings and CNN holds a slim 1,000 viewer advantage over MSNBC in prime time (Mon-Sun, 8p-11p) in the key A25-54 demo.”

  • Media Post’s On Media reports, “Obsessing over Time Warner’s fate and fortune is a time-honored pursuit that usually ends with the same discouraging realization. Even after adding AOL, subtracting cable, tweaking filmed entertainment and contemplating an overall breakup, the $50 billion behemoth is a product of reactionary rather than visionary leadership-and is, at its core, a content company.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc., the world’s largest media company, must share control its Superman copyright with the heirs of the comic hero’s creator, Jerome Siegel, a federal judge ruled.”

  • TVNewser reports, “With April 16 marking his one-year anniversary as co-anchor of CNN’s American Morning, John Roberts is profiled by TV Guide. Asked by writer Stephen Battaglio about what he expects when AM gets a new executive producer, Roberts says, ‘We’ll take the opportunity to just tweak around the edges of the show. The show as it is right now is fairly heavily scripted. I think what we’re going to do going forward we’ll try to pare back the amount of scripting that we’ve got and introduce a little more of an ad lib aspect to it, which will make the show a little looser, a little more accessible…’”

  • A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network today announced its plans to provide extensive coverage of the critically-important April 22 Pennsylvania primary, offering comprehensive, interactive news and feature programming available on air, online and ON DEMAND throughout April. Unlike traditional networks which are sending teams to Pennsylvania, CN8 is already utilizing its more than 120 PA-based employees, its six studios across the state, and its dozens of hosts, contributors and political experts who cover Pennsylvania and presidential politics 365 days a year.”

  • TVWeek reports, “Media buyer ZenithOptimedia has lowered its forecast for U.S. advertising spending for 2008 as the effects of the housing crisis seep into the economy and consumer confidence droops. Zenith sees newspaper advertising taking a bigger hit while Internet spending grows even faster than previously expected. Overall, ad spending will rise 3.7% in 2008, said ZenithOptimedia, which in December had forecast a growth rate of 4.1%.”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister writes,Dave Marash, a recent exile of Al Jazeera English, says his new book ‘certainly won’t be a ‘kiss and tell,’ ‘cut and whine’ about his former employer. The ex-’Nightline’ correspondent confirms he’s close to a deal for ‘The World Really is Watching,’ (working title), an analysis of the planet-wide expansion of television news. He’s been mulling the topic for a while.”

  • TVNewser reports, “This Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and networks are set to mark the occasion in a variety of ways. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien anchors the special ‘Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination’ at 9pmET on Thursday. The special is the first in CNN’s Black in America series.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Arianna Huffington’s Dick Wiki

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Not much is booming in the American economy these days, but there’s a bull market in blame. All over the media, people are pointing fingers at those who supposedly got us into this mess. Some say that Alan Greenspan did it. Others fault, variously, President Clinton, President Bush, Congress, and, of course, Wall Street. And let’s not forget the foolish people who took out all of those crazy mortgages in the first place. But there’s one culprit the media don’t mention much: themselves. This is a little strange because the news business has become quite good at publicly whipping itself for all kinds of sins. Many outlets employ columnists whose sole duty is to scold colleagues for their errors.”

  • PressThink reports, “The Love Affair Between McCain and the Press Sprains the Brain of the Liberal Blogosphere”

  • The New York Times reports, “When Ms. Huffington, the 57-year-old author and former conservative pundit, announced her plans for The Huffington Post three years ago, many critics dismissed the idea as a digital dinner party for her new liberal friends. But it has grown in ways that few, except perhaps Ms. Huffington herself, expected.”

  • Wolf Blitzer, George Will, and other big names at Lerners party at opening night for Nats stadium, writes Harry Jaffe.

  • AdAge.com reports, “Reinforcing print publishers’ frequent assertions of relationships with readers, new research by MediaVest suggests that readers trust print more than the web in almost every area.”

  • USA Today reports, “Looking to snare a larger share of Internet ad dollars, traditional media companies are launching ‘vertical ad networks’ in which they sell ad bundles of space on their sites and on independent sites with complementary content. Forbes.com’s Business and Finance Blog Network, announced last week, includes more than 450 finance-focused blogs, such as Talking Biz News and Xconomy. Forbes will sell ad space across that network, earning a cut of the revenue from the sites.”

  • BBC launches redesign of its news site

  • TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld writes, “Six Months In, And 600 Posts Later … The Worlds Of Blogging and Journalism Collide (In My Brain)”

  • New York Times reports, “When Ms. Huffington, the 57-year-old author and former conservative pundit, announced her plans for The Huffington Post three years ago, many critics dismissed the idea as a digital dinner party for her new liberal friends. But it has grown in ways that few, except perhaps Ms. Huffington herself, expected.”

  • Innovation in College Media reports, “Journalism school graduates: How to increase your chance of finding a job and decrease your chance of having to vent on AngryJournalist.com”

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    MAGAZINES

  • MediaWeek.com reports,John Micklethwait, editor of the highbrow British news and opinion weekly The Economist, knew his magazine had solidified its place in the American culture when The Simpsons’ beloved, hapless patriarch paid homage in an episode. But the magazine’s recent business successes on these shores are anything but a joke. It has achieved impressive gains in ad business and readership and scooped up industry accolades (most recently, a National Magazine Award nom for General Excellence), even as much larger news and business titles wither and as a certain high-profile launch — one promising ‘business intelligence’ on the front of every cover — doesn’t look so smart after all.”

  • AdAge.com reports, “Still on Ann S. Moore’s to-do list: trimming the portfolio of Time Inc. titles. That’s the impression she left with many staffers after a quarterly management meeting March 27. Ms. Moore, Time Inc.’s chairman-CEO, told top managers that she is still looking carefully at the portfolio of magazines so the company — the country’s biggest magazine publisher, with brands such as Time, Sports Illustrated and People — can focus on the titles best positioned for growth in print and online.”

  • Business Wire reports, “For the first time ever, global news and business bible The Economist shoots to the No.1 spot on AdweekMedia’s annual ‘Hot List.’ Released today, the highly anticipated ‘Hot List’ honors the publications and creative talents that keep consumers coming back to the newsstands. Leaping from its No. 10 rank last year, The Economist marks the biggest jump on the list and proves that news and business titles remain contenders in a market dominated by women’s lifestyle titles.”

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    JOBS

  • The Yomiuri Shimbun (Washington Bureau) is looking for a Reporter/Research Assistant.

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  • Morning Reading List, 03.03.08

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    Good morning Washington. One year ago we said goodbye to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and AP said hello (again) to Ron Fournier. It’s the birthday of Alexander Graham Bell, Jessica Biel and, yes, me, which is the closest I’ll ever get to the lovely Biel. And to answer your questions: 1.) No, I don’t feel older, 2.) I was sick of my 20s anyway and 3.) A flat screen tv would be great, thanks.

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  • You think Willie Geist is hotter than Joe Scarborough.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Washington Times reports, “It’s a bad day for those assigned to cover the Redskins on a daily basis — the team has parted ways with Chris Helein, the media relations chief since the summer of 2006.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Killing Competition Breeds New-Style Foreign Correspondents

  • The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows, Barack Obama is riding high as the March 4 primaries approach. Obama has moved out to a broad-based advantage over Hillary Clinton in the national Democratic primary contest and holds a 50%-43% lead over John McCain in a general election matchup.”

  • On the Press Bus, Some Questions Over Favoritism

  • Gannett Blog reports, “Batting three for three, The Arizona Republic appears to be protecting another top Gannett executive from embarrassing online reader comments. The paper published its story about newly appointed newspaper division President Robert Dickey (left) — without allowing comments at the story’s end. Dickey, 50, the Republic’ s chairman, replaces retiring Sue Clark-Johnson, 61 — another former Republic executive.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “At the San Jose Mercury News, reporters have been instructed to wait at home on the morning of March 7. If they don’t get a phone call by 10 a.m. telling them that they’ve lost their jobs, they should head to work.”

  • The Crimson reports,Linda J. Greenhouse ’68, the New York Times reporter and former Crimson editor who has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 praise-filled years, will retire from her beat, the newspaper confirmed yesterday.”

  • From a reader: “Here’s another one on everyone’s fave new media honco, Zell: If you look at the AP’s board of directors’ history, they hardly ever eliminate a Trib/NYT/WaPo member from their board, so Zell’s a shoo-in. If you were Ken Lowe/Gary Pruitt, would YOU piss off this man and vote ‘no?’ Me neither. When he visited the DC buros, I hear he had Randy Michaels, the up & coming CEO, in tow the whole time…”

  • Peggy Noonan on William Buckley.

  • The AP reports, “The Boston Globe says it plans to cut 60 jobs by offering voluntary employee buyouts. Publisher P. Steven Ainsley is telling staff that the buyout packages are a difficult but necessary step to lower costs and keep the business healthy. The plan is part of a broader cost-cutting effort.”

  • William F. Buckley’s Greatest Hits

  • The AP reports, “The New York Times Co. said Friday its January revenue from continuing operations dropped 5.5 percent, weighed down by a significant classified ad sales decline. The company, whose properties include The Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune and its namesake daily, said revenue from continuing operations slipped to $272.3 million from $288 million in the prior-year period.”

  • Newsday.com reports, “Newsday publisher Tim Knight Thursday announced that the newspaper will be cutting about 120 jobs throughout the company, citing declining sales and the ‘soft advertising revenue environment.’”

  • Bloomberg reports, “McClatchy Co., the newspaper publisher that paid $4.1 billion for Knight Ridder Inc. in 2006, wrote down the value of its publications for the second time in four months.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Harbinger Capital Partners NY LLC and its affiliate Harbert Management Corp. on Friday filed a proxy with the Securities and Exchange Commission to elect four directors to New York Times Co.’s board at the 2008 annual meeting, scheduled for April 22″

  • Regarding The New York Times, Jay Rosen asks Romenesko readers, “What were the editors thinking?”

  • StuffWhitePeopleLike has The New York Times at #46. “Mornings are exceptionally important to white people, as witnessed by their love of breakfast places. However, some white people never go out for breakfast on a Sunday Morning. The reason? The Sunday edition of the New York Times.”

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  • A NBC release announced, “‘The Chris Matthews Show’ was the number-two rated Sunday morning public affairs show tying CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ and topping ABC’s ‘This Week’ and ‘FOX News Sunday’ in households nationally for the week ending February 24, 2008.”

  • The Washingtonian asks “Who’s Really The Best Political Team in Television?”

  • And 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 week ending Sunday, February 24, 2008 in all categories.”

  • Griffin Compliments Countdown Demo Win

  • C-SPAN 2 & C-SPAN Radio will air the election results at 7:30 p.m., pending the Senate schedule.

  • A CNN release announced, “On the heels of CNN’s ratings win for the month of February and the network’s nine presidential primary debates, seven of which were among the most-watched in cable news history, CNN’s political team will report live from the CNN Election Center and across the country for the Tuesday, March 4 primaries. Voters in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island will cast their ballots and CNN journalists and analysts will be on-hand to report the results and what it means for the remaining presidential candidates.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox & Friends saw double digit gains year-to-year. The 7-9amET morning show is up 22% in Total Viewers, averaging 953,000 viewers this month. CNN’s American Morning is up 13% from last year, and is averaging 469,000 viewers.”

  • Poynter Online reports,Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning host of the NPR talk show Fresh Air, is a guest voice — as herself — on The Simpsons airing Sunday, March 2 on FOX. Actor Topher Grace also makes a guest voice appearance in the episode.”

  • TVNewser reported that Megyn Kelly got married this weekend. Sorry guys.

  • The Washington Post reports, “The recently resolved Hollywood writers’ strike took its toll on local ratings during the February sweeps period that ended Wednesday. Prime-time ratings declined last month compared with the same period in 2007 for nearly all Washington stations, which because of the strike aired more reruns and reality programming. The dip in prime-time viewership in turn affected ratings for some of the station’s late-night and early-morning newscasts.”

  • TVNewser reports,Liz Cox Barrett writes in the Columbia Journalism Review about an exchange on Morning Joe Wednesday morning with Pat Buchanan and Joe Scarborough. Buchanan and Scarborough were discussing Sen. Hillary Clinton and the difference between her speech pattern and that of Sen. Barack Obama.”

  • Power Line reports, “The Times Goes Looking for Media Bias … Not, as you might expect, in the mirror. Instead, the Times pointed its finger at a television station in the Republican South. This is a spin-off from the recent 60 Minutes story that apparently claimed it was Karl Rove’s fault that former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman was convicted of bribery and mail fraud. I haven’t followed that story closely, assuming that it is another 60 Minutes hoax.”

  • Jeff Greenfield: Sunday Nights Live

  • Media Money reports, “Time Warner’s new CEO Jeff Bewkes just showed Wall Street that he means business about cost cutting and getting the company on track. He just made his first big move: consolidating Time Warner’s New Line studio into its separate and larger Warner Bros.”

  • FreePress.net reports, “We just caught Comcast Corp. stacking an FCC hearing with paid (and apparently sleepy) seat-fillers. The hearing was set up to investigate Comcast’s recent blocking of the Internet. But Comcast packed the room so that the public couldn’t get in to voice their support for Net Neutrality.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CBS’ Bob Schieffer is this year’s recipient of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award. It will be presented to him by PBS’ Jim Lehrer at the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation’s First Amendment Awards Dinner next week in Washington, D.C. CNN’s John Roberts will emcee the March 6 event. Other award presenters are to include ABC News President David Westin and NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker.”

  • TVNewser has a round-up of the ratings and reviews from MSNBC’s Tuesday’s Democratic debate.

  • Washingtonian presents, David Simon Chats About The Wire’s Final Weeks”

  • His Extreme-ness says, “If you base fictional politicians on real-life politicians, are you allowed to flip-flop on the issues — just like the real guys do? Apparently so if you’re David Simon, creator of the mega HBO hit ‘The Wire.’”

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  • It was Karl Frisch’s 30th birthday on Saturday.

  • A release announced, “New America Foundation’s Next Social Contract Initiative and Pollster Cliff Zukin released new findings on how public opinion shapes national values and informs the potential for policy reform, particularly in the areas of health care, education, taxes and economic security.” Check out the report entitled “The American Public and the Next Social Contract: Public Opinion and Political Culture in 2007″ here.

  • FaithfulAmerica.org, now operated by Faith in Public Life, sent a letter individually signed by 9,000 people of faith to the polling directors at the media organizations that sponsor the presidential primary exit polls. The letter asks ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and the AP to stop stereotyping people of faith by asking all voters — Republicans and Democrats — the same religion questions on the exit poll surveys. We expressed particular concern that Republican voters in every state have been asked if they are evangelical, while Democrats have not been asked if they are evangelical in a single state. Signatures are still streaming in at FaithfulAmerica.org.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “In the convoluted saga of Microsoft Corp. bidding to gobble up Yahoo Inc., speculation about News Corp. emerging as the white knight to rescue the beleaguered Internet giant refuses to die.”

  • Post I.T. writes,Craig Newmark seems pretty content with his business, the hugely successful craigslist.org. He hasn’t accepted any outside funding, has declined offers to buy the site, and he doesn’t have any big plans to change its formats or features. So why was Newmark one of the keynote speakers this morning at the Southeast Venture Capital Conference in Tysons Corner? ‘I’m a curiosity,’ he said, sounding somewhat baffled by the attention he’s gotten since launching the site in 1995. The product hasn’t changed much. He still lists free classified ads from all over the world, charging only for job listings in 11 major markets and for apartment listings in New York City.”

  • NMA reports, “Hearst Digital Network, the online division of the National Magazine Company, is to close a host of its magazine websites. The move is part of a rationalisation of the network’s key brands that will see it reduce its focus from 13 titles down to five. The four magazine sites being closed include Good Housekeeping and Country Living, which will be wrapped into a single portal, Allaboutyou.com.”

  • Portfolio reports, “TechCrunch is the talk of Silicon Valley. Now the founder of the blog talks about the battle between Microsoft and Yahoo, Barry Diller, and why he says Gawker Media’s Nick Denton is ‘amoral.’”

  • ClickZ reports, “Yahoo has started testing behavioral and geo-targeting across its growing network of newspaper publisher sites. A preview of its nascent display ad management platform and recent statements from Yahoo execs indicate the firm’s sales restructuring, newspaper consortium project and network ambitions are aligning.”

  • Reuters reports, “Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe traditional journalism is out of touch, and nearly half are turning to the Internet to get their news, according to a new survey.”

  • A release announced, “DCist.com is pleased to announce its second annual DCist Exposed Photography Show, in partnership with Civilian Art Projects, running March 7-15, 2008. 44 local photographers, both amateur and professional, were chosen out of over 250 who submitted their work for the show through the DCist Flickr site. Every day DCist.com selects photos from a user-generated Flickr photo pool to use in its daily coverage of local news, arts and entertainment, politics, food and sports.”

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “The press will torment Obama, too”

  • Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar talks to George Carlin and finds out he “Reads More Blogs Than You Do”

  • Wonkette reports, “Important New York Times editorial decisions
    New Republic Investigates NY Times Newsroom Politics Over Single Article, Again”

  • “Two thirds of Americans — 67% — believe traditional journalism is out of touch with what Americans want from their news, a new We Media/Zogby Interactive poll shows.

  • Mark Glaser writes, “Distinction Between Bloggers, Journalists Blurring More Than Ever”

  • The Telegraph reports, “Ten years ago, he was a reclusive, pasty-faced 31-year-old who, bashing away on his laptop in his grungy Hollywood apartment, shot to prominence when he threatened to bring down Bill Clinton’s presidency by breaking news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Now, Matt Drudge owns a luxurious Mediterranean-style stucco house on Rivo Alto Island in Florida’s Biscayne Bay, a condominium at the Four Seasons in Miami and is said to drive a black Mustang. He remains an elusive, mysterious figure but the internet pioneer is arguably the single most powerful journalist — though his detractors even deny that is his occupation — in the world.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Some say that the media have fallen hard for Barack Obama. Others note that journalists once carried a torch for John McCain and may well do so again. Watch the coverage closely, however, and it turns out that the most powerful media bias in this campaign is not for a person but for a decade.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • The Nation’s Richard Kim writes, “I won’t attempt a grand summary of the late William F. Buckley’s legacy. The man was undeniably one of the great political forces of the 20th century — so too were Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman. But in seeking to capture the scope of his influence, writers on the left have taken to applauding Buckley’s ‘brilliance.’”

  • On Buckley, Slate’s Timothy Noah writes, “Why we should be (mostly) glad that he outlived his brand of conservatism.”

  • Slate’s Michael KinsleyOn Intellectual Honesty Bill Buckley had it, journalism should strive for it, and politics needs more of it.”

  • Yale Daily News reports, “William F. Buckley Jr. ’50, whose penchant for the pen beginning in his earliest years at Yale popularized the conservative movement and transformed a generation of American politics, died Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 82.”

  • DMNews.com reports, “In an effort to heighten brand awareness of its online and print magazine titles, Hearst Magazines Digital Media will participate in Yahoo Buzz. Yahoo Buzz allows readers to vote on the popularity of online stories. Yahoo then posts the winners on its homepage. Hearst has signed on ten of its titles, including Esquire, Cosmopolitan and Redbook, as Buzz content partners.”

  • The Progressive announced that they have added two new columnists: “Dave Zirin, who delves into the politics of sports, and Jim Hightower, the great—and funny—Texas populist.”

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    RADIO

  • A NPR release announced, “NPR News journalists Larry Abramson and Marisa Penaloza have been honored by the Education Writers Association with its ‘National Award for Education Reporting’ in the radio category for a year-long NPR on-air and online series following a Baltimore-area high school’s efforts to improve student achievement.”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “Conservative talker Laura Ingraham gave her a big break, and now former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright wants her own radio show. ‘I think it would be so much fun,’ she tells us. ‘I love talking, listening, and asking and responding to questions.’ Albright was recently on Ingraham’s show talking up Sen. Hillary Clinton when she felt the urge to have the mike to herself. ‘I like to be provocative and like to be provoked,’ she says. ‘Having been on many radio shows, I know they provide great opportunities to learn about many different subjects and allow you to have fun while doing it—all without having to put on makeup!’”

  • Radio Ink reports, “XM Satellite Radio CEO Nate Davis this morning detailed some cost-saving changes his company is making to its marketing strategy, and also revealed how he’s working with Apple to make XM programming more accessible to iPod users.”

  • Reuters reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc have extended by two months a deadline to potentially terminate without penalty Sirius’s year-old proposed acquisition of its bigger rival.”

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    JOBS

  • Army Times Publishing Company is seeking Deputy News Editor for Navy Times and Navytimes.com.

  • Eurasia Group is seeking an Editor.

  • Liberty University is looking for a Promotional Copywriter.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for an Assistant Documents Editor.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for an Editor.

  • MarketWatch is looking for a Financial Regulation & Housing Reporter.

  • The Humane Society of the United States is seeking an Associate Editor.

  • Carroll County Times is looking for a Features reporter.

  • Citigate Cunningham is looking for a Director of Technology Public Relations and an Account Manager for Technology Public Relations.

  • National Federation of Independent Business is looking for a Web Communications Manager.

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  • Communicate, People!

    The definition of “overlap” (or perhaps just “over doing it”): Three Politico blogs reported on the passing of William F. Buckley, Jr.

    Morning Reading List, 02.21.08

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    Good morning Washington. Jennifer Love Hewitt is 29! (But don’t you dare say size 29…) Yesterday was David Corn’s bday. He’s also just 29.

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  • For the network you’d rather have a beer with, C-SPAN wins by a landslide. Could it be because His Extreme-ness is lobbying for a C-SPAN win?

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Should Newspapers Still Be Taking Sides?

  • The World Affairs Council is sponsoring an annual panel discussion with Foreign News Editors and Overseas Correspondents on Thursday, March 13th, from 6:30-8:00pm at The National Press Club. Leonard Downie, Jr. is moderating.

  • Free newspapers seek legal ads

  • Judy Miller: “Journalism on trial.”

  • Slime time: We already know about politicians’ capacity for coarse behavior. But how low can the press go?”

  • “After lengthy speculation about a tight and deadlocked race, the story line changed significantly in a week in which Democratic candidates overwhelmingly dominated the coverage, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of campaign coverage. Although Clinton (57%) narrowly edged out Obama (55.5%) as a significant or dominant newsmaker in election stories from Feb, 11-17, Obama was the clear winner in terms of the tone. While the media dissected everything from Clinton’s staff shake-up to her loosening grasp on her core demographic voters, Obama’s momentum was the big story about his campaign.”

  • Why foreign correspondents’ ranks are thinning

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    TV

  • Critics slam FCC chairman’s low-power TV plan

  • An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households, and Adults 25-54 for the week of February 11-15. The ABC News broadcast averaged 9.44 million Total Viewers, a 6.4/12 among Households, and a 2.5/9 among key demo viewers. For the sixth consecutive week, ‘World News’ won among Women 25-54 (2.8/10).”

  • Obama, ABC, and Attribution

  • The paranoid style of American punditry” and “paranoid stylings” and “Ceci nest pas une paranoia.”

  • Oh dear: David Gregory is dancing again.

  • An NBC release announced, “NBC News and CNBC have received a total of five Gracie Allen AwardsR. The 33rd annual Gracie Allen Award winners were announced today by the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT). The national winners will be presented at a black-tie gala at the New York Marriot Marquis on Wednesday, May 28.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Ryan Lizza on the bus.

  • Jonathan Alter discusses the 2008 race.
  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe writes, “Our local ‘gray lady’ always considered itself too serious to publish really good gossip, as in the New York Post’s Page Six, so it calls its Style-section gossip column the Reliable Source, suggesting that its items conform to the laws of serious journalism. Enter Celebritology, a Post.com blog written by Liz Kelly about the famous and foolish.”

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    JOBS

  • Politico is looking for Web Producers.

  • Business Financial Publishing is looking for a Business Journalism Intern.

  • MarketWatch is looking for a Financial Regulation & Housing Reporter.

  • Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is looking for a Business Writer/Editor.

  • Congressional Quarterly, Inc. is looking for an Account Manager.

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  • Morning Reading List, 01.03.08

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    Good morning Washington. It’s Caucus Day!

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  • You are torn as to whether The New York Time’s hiring of Bill Kristol was a wise choice.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Roll Call’s Moira Bagley — a FishbowlDC hottie — is leaving the Capitol Hill newspaper to take a job at the Republican National Committee.

  • A reader tells us, “Sean Gallagher has joined the 1105 Government Information Group this week as editor of Defense Systems magazine. In that role, he will be spearheading Defense Systems magazine and Web site. He will also be managing defense coverage across 1105 Government Information Group’s publications.”

  • The AP reports, “The Federal Emergency Management Agency has hired a new director of public affairs to replace the official who was in charge during a fake news conference in October. Jonathan Thompson, most recently a deputy assistant defense secretary for public affairs, strategy and operations, will be FEMA’s new director of external affairs, FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison said in a recent memo to employees.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • USAToday reports, “If you doubt that media companies can profit from going green, look at what’s in store for 2008. Indiana Jones and Madagascar sequels will be sources of renewable box office energy for Paramount and DreamWorks (DWA). New Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes will recycle his cable division into an independent unit. Rupert Murdoch will save trees by making The Wall Street Journal free online. And Discovery (DISCA) will go after more cable viewers by reprocessing the Discovery Home channel into Planet Green. At least that’s what some of Wall Street’s sharpest media analysts say.”

  • Have you played Politico’s Kingmaker yet? It’s not too late! Whoever gains the most points by March 4, 2008 wins a trip to the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, and whoever wins Iowa wins a $500 Amazon.com gift certificate.

  • CJR reports, “WSJ lacks evidence to support a sweeping, front-page claim against mortgage borrowers”

  • The Newseum and the National Archives present “Back Rooms to Ballot Boxes: Primary Reform, the People and the Press” featuring former McGovern-Fraser Commission lead researcher Ken Bode, American Conservative Union president David Keene and long-time journalist, columnist and author Jules Witcover. Frank Bond, Newseum producer and former anchor and reporter at WUSA-TV, will moderate. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at 7p.m. at the William G. McGowan Theater, The National Archives, 7th & 9th Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

  • The AP reports, “The Post newspapers printed their final editions Monday, ending a 126-year run. However, the final editions also carried some news — their parent company will keep a remnant alive in the form of a Kentucky-oriented online site.”

  • E&P reports, “Murdoch’s ‘WSJ’ Greets New Year — With Front-Pager on Kucinich’s UFO”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Those hyper-local opinion pages in The New York Times—lamenting global warming’s toll on a Maplewood, N.J. lake, or complaining about traffic in southern Connecticut, or opposing a plan to impose tolls on the East River bridges—are now a thing of the past. Over the weekend, readers found a note in each regional edition declaring that the local op-ed sections were being eliminated starting this week.”

  • A plea from the City Paper: “Cherkis: Where the Fuck Are You? Holidays are over. It’s a New Year. I need your pitches. City Desks, District Lines, covers, and then some. Get outta bed.”

  • A Press Club release announced, “The National Press Club … will premiere its 100th anniversary documentary, ‘The National Press Club at 100: A Century of Headlines,’ at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, in the National Press Club ballroom.”

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  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, December 23, 2007 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 3.534 million total viewers.”

  • C-SPAN’s Iowa Caucus Coverage for tonight will include live coverage of the Iowa Caucus begins on with a preview program at 7pm ET and will be simulcast on both C-SPAN & C-SPAN2, for the Democratic and Republican Caucus respectively at 8 p.m.

  • PBS NewsHour has a special half hour broadcast planned for today in addition to an 11 p.m. special broadcast with Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, Mark Shields, David Brooks, Margaret Warner, Amy Walter and Stuart Rothenberg.

  • A release announced, “MSNBC presents special ‘Super Week’ coverage of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, as the first ballots are cast in the 2008 presidential election campaign. MSNBC will present continuing live coverage from Iowa and New Hampshire, with daily reports from correspondent David Shuster, on the ground in Iowa now. ‘Morning Joe’ will telecast live from Iowa Thursday morning and live from New Hampshire on Friday, 6-9 a.m. ET. Tucker Carlson will anchor ‘Tucker’ live from Iowa on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET, and live from New Hampshire on Thursday and Friday with the John McCain campaign. On Thursday night, coverage of the caucuses continues with a special live ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ at 7 p.m. ET and a special edition of ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ at 8 p.m. ET.”

  • Comcast announced, “CN8′s election coverage kicks-off in Iowa, Thursday, Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. and the network will remain on the campaign trail with live broadcasts and analysis from all major events leading up to the presidential election. Featured political events will include: the New Hampshire Primary; Super Tuesday; the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention; Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates; Election Night; and Inauguration. CN8 will also cover the primaries in each of the states in its viewership area. Event coverage will initiate from the network’s Philadelphia headquarters with on-site reporters and a live panel of analysts reacting to breaking news and key issues from across CN8′s six state-of-the-art studios along the East Coast and its dozens of remote studio locations and mobile broadcast trucks.”

  • TVNewser reports, “MSNBC announced today that Super Week has begun, continuing with their Super Tuesday theme in the lead up to the presidential elections. The Super Week will encompass tomorrow’s coverage of the Iowa caucuses and next week’s New Hampshire primary.”

  • Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily reports, “Hillary Clinton On Letterman Tonight; WGA Pickets Slam Huckabee & NBC”

  • The New York Post reports, “NBC may broadcast “The Biggest Loser,” but in terms of 2007 stock price performance, Time Warner ran away with that title. Of the big five entertainment conglomerates — CBS, Disney, News Corp., Time Warner and Viacom — only Viacom managed to post a share price increase this year, as uncertainty over the impact of digital delivery of content and a weakened advertising environment due to a weak economy dampened investor enthusiasm for the space. (NBC is part of General Electric and doesn’t trade on its own merits like the other companies.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Insiders tell TVNewser that contrary to speculation, MSNBC has no plans to cancel Tucker.”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Couric Newscast Lost 1.1 Million Viewers In ’07″

  • TVNewser reports, “ICN takes MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to task for performing on stage with Mike Huckabee at a rally last night. Huckabee was a guest this morning, on Morning Joe.”

  • “Fox News Channel has announced its coverage plans for the Iowa caucuses.” TVNewser has the details.

  • The AP reports, “ABC and Fox News Channel are narrowing the field of presidential candidates invited to debates this weekend just before the New Hampshire primary, in Fox’s case infuriating supporters of Republican Rep. Ron Paul.”

  • The New York Times reports, “In the first competitive move in what may become an A-list booking-war blitz, David Letterman has landed the comedian and film star Robin Williams as the first guest when ‘The Late Show’ returns to CBS television Wednesday night.”

  • The AP reports, “The network that burst into public consciousness with the O.J. Simpson trial and other big-name courtroom dramas in the 1990s becomes part of television history Tuesday, renamed truTV to emphasize its prime-time action programming.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Network Anchors Pack Their Bags (Some Lost) For Iowa”

  • “Daily Intelligencer picked up on an uncomfortable exchange this morning during Meredith Vieira’s interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton on the Today show.” Read more here.

  • Huffington Post reports, “Anchor Wars: Williams And Gibson End The Year Neck-And-Neck”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • TVNewser reports, “The ABC News/WMUR/Facebook debates set for Saturday at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire have become a hot ticket for the media trying to cover them. An ABC News spokesperson tells TVNewser that the 550 credentials are nearly spoken for.”

  • Mark your calendars! The Washington Blogger January Meetup is Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00PM at Regional Food and Drink. For more info, click here.

  • The New York Observer reports, “In 2007, one online outlaw became the most trusted news source on the Hollywood writers’ strike. How Nikki Finke outfoxed the big boys”

  • Washington Post reports, “Increasingly, ‘Fans Are Setting the Agenda’ in the Blogosphere”

  • Poynter Online asks, “Why on earth wouldn’t CBS News make the Sunday Morning packages available on its site, like NBC, ABC, and (for that matter) most of the material from its other news shows?”

  • ValleyWag reports, “Denton to pay bloggers based on traffic.”

  • A release announced, “The Washington Continent, the District’s newest daily, will add an ‘Election ’07′ section on Jan. 5. The ‘Election ’07′ section will include breaking political coverage and commentary from a veteran team of reporters.” For more info, click here.

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    MAGAZINES

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “The New Republic won’t endorse before Iowa”

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    RADIO

  • An NPR release announced, “NPR News continues its award-winning tradition of exploring American culture and tradition through in-depth, long-form journalism with a new six-month series examining classic fictional characters and how they both reflected and affected American life. ‘In Character,’ a multimedia series, begins January 2 and will air across all NPR News programs. Virtually all NPR News hosts, correspondents and reporters will provide segments. At NPR.org, ‘In Character’ will feature additional audio and video material about the characters profiled in the series, archived stories and a series blog.”

  • Redding News Review reports, “Radio One next week will end its more than six-year relationship with XM Satellite Radio. Lee Michaels, national program director for Syndication One News/Talk and XM 169, told Redding News Review that Washington, D.C.-based XM will take over programming at Black-oriented talk Channel 169 The Power on Tuesday.”

  • NPR announced, “NPR News will produce eight live consecutive hours of Iowa Caucus coverage on Thursday, January 3. The programming will be available on-air on NPR Member stations around the country and online through live streaming on NPR.org. Robert Siegel, senior host of All Things Considered, will anchor from NPR News headquarters in Washington, D.C. beginning at 4:00PM (ET), with All Things Considered host Melissa Block joining him at 6:00PM (ET).”

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    JOBS

  • Living Cities is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • The Maryland Gazette is looking for a Sports Editor.

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