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Morning Reading List, 04.17.08

Good morning Washington.

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  • Most of you are not excited to have the Pope town.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’d like at least a SIMILAR salary that a few of the men in my office make. I’m a woman, and was told recently I won’t get anymore raises because my salary is too high. (Instead I get ridiculous bonus plans from here on out that are crafted to be virtually impossible to hit.) Meanwhile, a male friend in same office in very similar position is making $13,000 more than me. And he keeps getting raises. Talk about incentive to quit.”


  • The AP reports, “With classified revenue dwindling, the news industry must get better at tailoring articles and display advertising to online readers, several newspaper executives said Tuesday.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Several reporters and editors say they’re noticing an increasingly changed dynamic where more stories with little fresh news are getting packaged with strong placement. We’ll call it fake news: stories that are driven by speculation, or a rehashing of collected detritus that was already circulating among blogs and the gossip mill on a reporter’s beat.”

  • A tipster tells us about yesterday’s Post, “Today’s Style section of the Washington Post printed TV ratings from Nov. 2005, oops! I guess that’s the template they keep in there and somebody forgot to upload last week’s Neilson ratings.”

  • A Pew survey of journalists reveals, “Many Journalists See Uncertain Future For Nightly TV Broadcasts and Fault Current Coverage”

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  • A release announced, “Black Television News Channel (BTNC), the nation’s only African-American news network, scheduled to launch in 2009, today announced a multi-year carriage agreement with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), the country’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. Under the agreement, BTNC expects that it will be added to Comcast systems in the following key African American markets: Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Baltimore.”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will anchor The Situation Room live from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 17. The special program will focus on Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church during the pope’s final day in the nation’s capital. Blitzer will also provide in-depth coverage of the pope’s address at 5 p.m., which will be held on the Catholic University campus and delivered to the heads of more than 200 Catholic U.S. colleges and universities and to the superintendents from the 195 Catholic dioceses.”

  • TVWeek reports, “Executives of ESPN, Disney/ABC, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting and Fox are taking the unusual step of publicly warning Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin about any attempt to force a la carte programming distribution on cable providers, calling it ‘troubling’ and ‘devastating to consumers.’”

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  • A release announced, “Passport, a blog written by the editors of FOREIGN POLICY magazine, won top honors Monday at the Best of the Web Awards presented by Media Industry Newsletter (min). Presented annually, min’s Best of the Web Awards recognize leaders in consumer and business-to-business online magazine publishing and are among the industry’s highest honors in the digital medium.”

  • Wall Street Journal’s Buzz Watch reports, “The question of what drives people to read blogs is a big one for traditional media losing time with their audiences to the Internet and companies looking to tap the Web for marketing. It’s also of more than passing interest to bloggers themselves (including us here at Buzzwatch). One view suggests that, with such a broad smorgasborg of blogs and posts to choose from, readers will only dine on the most compelling content. But some researchers who studied a group of blog readers say one factor may be unappreciated: Habit.”

  • Variety reports, “The BBC is unveiling a $1 million-plus news revamp, including a new name for international web BBC World: BBC World News. BBC News 24, the pubcaster’s domestic 24-hour news web, will be redubbed BBC News. Changes are being made so the webs can be more easily identified with other BBC news coverage across various platforms.”

  • WebProNews reports, “CBS has launched a citizen journalism Web site where users can upload video and images of news events from their mobile phones. Users of can upload content from their phones by sending an MMS to the short code ’85888′ or by email. Users can enter a brief description into the body of the text or email to explain what the content is about.”

  • MediaWeek reports, “The New York Times announced that it plans to begin delivering content to the chumby, a portable, coffee cup-sized wireless device designed for consumers wishing to access a condensed version of the Web.”

  • ars technica reports, “Comcast has just announced its plan to lead an industry partnership in the creation of a ‘P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities’ that would apply both to users and to ISPs. Comcast spokesperson Charlie Douglas tells Ars that the cable giant is already prepared to argue for a protocol agnostic approach to network management, an increase in upstream capacity to help alleviate congestion, and more transparency about its network management practices. If Comcast can get the ISP community on board with such proposals, more power to them, but we’ll refrain from judgment until we see who’s invited to sit around the table.”

  • BtoB reports, “Newspaper Web sites attracted a record 66.4 million unique visitors on average in the first quarter, up 12.3% from the same period last year, according to an analysis by Nielsen Online on behalf of the Newspaper Association of America. The number of visitors represented 40.7% of all Internet users.”

  • Reuters reports, “News Corp and Time Warner Inc’s willingness to make a deal with Yahoo Inc is seen as a tacit admission that big media empires will not go it alone on the Internet any more.”

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  • reports, “Here at the minday Digital Media Summit, a group of media buyers told an audience of magazine publishers that they are uniquely positioned to monetize their content as they expand their Web presence. For starters, magazines are generally blessed with a highly engaged, targeted audience whose passions converge on a single, easily identified topic.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “For decades, journalists have relied on such time-honored books as the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style. But if these well-thumbed arbiters of language and grammar seem a tad too 20th century for your tastes, enter The technology-centric publication plans to unveil a stylebook that will not only modernize its popular decade-old version but also provide a fresh, sophisticated look at current issues facing online media.”

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  • The AP reports, “One of Media General Inc.’s largest shareholders said Wednesday he plans to vote for a slate of directors nominated by a dissident shareholder looking to make changes at the struggling media company. Mario J. Gabelli, whose investment company holds about 22 percent of the company’s Class A shares, told the newspaper publisher and television station operator of his decision in a letter filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “The Free Flow of Information Act would be a nightmare for journalists.”

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  • Belo Capital Bureau is looking for a photographer-editor.

  • McKee Nelson LLP is looking for a Marketing Communications/Graphics Coordinator (DC).

  • Army Times Publishing Company is seeking a Deputy News Editor for Navy Times and

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • Washington Business Journal is looking for a Web Reporter.

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    Morning Reading List, 01.11.08


    It’s a good morning, Washington, even with the Dupont 5 closing. In honor of Mary J. Blige’s birthday, please have a drama-free day. And Playbook reminds us that it’s Mark Halperin’s birthday today. Which means that Ana Marie Cox has a prank planned. Those crazy’ers…

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  • Most of you do not drink DC’s tap water.


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  • Poynter Online reports, “The big news this week was that, despite predictions, Sen. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in N.H. But a few major U.K. papers went to press with a different story — that Sen. Barack Obama won the election.”

  • Jon Fine says, “You’ve Got Tribune. Now Do Something

  • The AP introduced “‘Ask AP,’ a Q&A column where The Associated Press answers your questions about the news — anything from ‘What’s a subprime mortgage?’ to ‘What ever happened to Linda Tripp?’ to ‘How does a reporter prepare to be embedded with the military in Iraq?’ AP editors will choose some of the questions sent in by readers like you and get answers from AP reporters and editors — the people who spend their days covering the very issues you’re curious about.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “The presidential campaign dominated news coverage last week, with roughly half of the newshole (49%) devoted to the tight nomination contests in both political parties. Public interest in the campaign has increased but campaign news has not necessarily dominated the public’s focus to the same extent. Just over a third (34%) say the campaign is the story they followed most closely last week, up 12 points from early December (Dec. 2-7). But many also say the assassination of Benazir Bhutto (21%), was the story they followed most closely. Her untimely death was among the top foreign news interest stories over the last year.”

  • WSJ opinions…for free!

  • Regarding this a reader writes in, “Don’t forget the Southwest 7 p.m. flight from Manchester to Baltimore. There were the last two presidents of the National Press Club. Jerry Zremski and Jon Salant, chatting it up with Houston Chronicle political reporter Ben Roth.”

  • ‘NY Times’ Wants Your Polling Place Photos For The Web

  • will be featuring animated cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes two to three times per week starting yesterday. Check out the first one here.

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “One of the enjoyable subplots in Christopher Buckley’s book ‘Boomsday’ is what essentially is a Google zapper — a device that eliminates bad, harmful, or embarrassing links on Google. I was reminded of that all-too-real fictional tool when reading this in Howard Kurtz’s piece today about how the media embarrassed itself in New Hampshire”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, January 6, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. In addition, ‘This Week’ grew an impressive 24% among the key Adults 25-54 demographic compared to last year, the program’s best A25-54 delivery in almost a year (week of February 25, 2007).”

  • Is Obama warming up to Fox News?”

  • Brian Williams Drops Yiddish, Loves His Nickname

  • Comments Abound After Williams Blog Post

  • A NBC release announced, “Just two days before the New Hampshire
    primary, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning on Sunday, January 6, 2008 in all categories.”

  • From Mike Allen’s Playbook:

      The “CBS Evening News” investment in politics — including substantial airtime, new correspondents, sharp embeds and an evident passion for the topic by anchor Katie Couric — is paying off.

      On Jan. 8, the night of the New Hampshire primary, Katie’s live broadcast from Manchester beat the “NBC Nightly News” in the 25-54 demo in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Houston, per CBS.
      And the “CBS Evening News” was the Des Moines ratings leader in the November sweeps among households, views and the demo, per CBS.

  • NewsBusters reports, “To riff off the Alice Roosevelt Longworth line: if you don’t have anything nice to say about Rupert Murdoch, go sit next to David Shuster. The MSNBCer and former Fox Newser has no love lost for his old employer.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports,Doug Byles has had it with his cable-television bill. The 44-year-old Walnut Creek, Calif., home builder said he’s paying more than $130 a month for basic service with two premium and eight high-definition channels.”

  • Comcast announced three major content initiatives at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. “Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts unveiled the Company’s plan to give consumers more than 1,000 HD choices in 2008, its strategy to begin adding additional HD movies, and announced Project Infinity — its vision to give consumers the ability to watch any movie, television show, user generated content or other video that a producer wants to make available On Demand.”

  • “MASN grabs ‘Rookie of the Year.’”

  • A Weather Window: Timing May Be the Key to the Battens’ Offer of Landmark”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN’s Klein: FNC ‘Almost Seems Downright Despondent in Their Coverage’”

  • Daily Show’s Take on N.H. Primary Coverage

  • Variety reports, “Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin J. Martin affirmed his commitment to a la carte cable subscriptions and to striking a balance between the need to protect digital content and ensure consumer rights to fair use of it.”

  • The AP reports, “U.S. TV broadcasters will be ready to start transmitting signals for portable electronics like cell phones next year, the developers of the technology, LG Electronics Inc. and Harris Corp., said Sunday. The technology represents a chance for broadcasters to challenge cell-phone carriers, who are trying to sew up the market for mobile TV with their own transmissions.”

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  • Wonkette presents “the first-ever dance competition between a White House Correspondent and a candidate for the White House: David Gregory vs. Barack Obama! Once you view the video, please play judge and vote in our poll.” So far, Gregory is in the lead.

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Celebrity interviewer Rob McGibbon has launched a website business which aims to provide a comprehensive index of journalistic interviews. McGibbon, a freelance who has previously written celebrity interviews for Press Gazette, launched the aggregation website last week.”

  • A release announced, “The Center for Public Integrity has assembled an award-winning team of journalists and researchers to build one of the most comprehensive, illuminating, and frequently updated websites on presidential politics and fundraising, The Buying of the President 2008. The site provides current and historical facts and figures, along with stories that explore a variety of issues related to money in presidential politics.”

  • WebProNews reports, “Video sharing websites watched their typical daily traffic double through 2007, with nearly half of US Internet users stopping by YouTube and similar sites.”

  • Online Media Post reports, “A majority of journalists say that blogs and other forms of social media are not affecting the quality of traditional news — for better or worse — but that the blogosphere is definitely having an impact on the speed, tone and editorial direction of their reporting. Almost 180 reporters and editors across multiple industries responded to the e-mail survey sent out by Omnicom’s Brodeur in mid-December. And while roughly 43% of respondents said that “new media” (blogs and social networks) had a ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ significant impact on the quality of news coverage, most journalists (56%) said that the impact of new media was ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ significant.”

  • ABC’s Nitya Venkataraman was mistaken for John McCain’s 16-year-old adopted daughter of Bangladeshi origin. Check out the split screen here.

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  • From “One Rolling Stone writer offers a primer on tackling long-form journalism”

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  • The Associated Press is looking for an APTN Newsperson.

  • Eagle Publishing Inc. is looking for an Assistant Managing Editor for Regnery Publishing.

  • Moment Magazine is looking for a Web Master.

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

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Producer, News & Information.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a web developer/technical journalist, an Economics and Finance Editor, an Editorial Assistant, a Legislative Researcher and an Assistant Editor, Schedules.

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  • Morning Reading List, 01.09.08

    Good morning Washington.

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  • You think the Clinton campaign is the least journo-friendly.


  • The Chicago Sun-Times reports, “Sun-Times Media Group said Friday it is contemplating as many as 35 layoffs of Chicago Newspaper Guild newsroom staffers within the next four weeks. As many as 27 positions will be eliminated among the ranks of Guild copy editors, designers and reporters. No layoffs are contemplated of writers of major sports or photographers.”

  • Reuters reports, “A Sacred Heart University Poll found significantly declining percentages of Americans saying they believe all or most of media news reporting. In the current national poll, just 19.6% of those surveyed could say they believe all or most news media reporting. This is down from 27.4% in 2003. Just under one-quarter, 23.9%, in 2007 said they believe little or none of reporting while 55.3% suggested they believe some media news reporting.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes “Media Blow It Again”

  • The Beachwood Reporter looks back at the Monday papers.

  • The New York Observer reports, “After the crushing loss in the Iowa caucuses, the Clinton campaign has tried to improve relations with its discontented press corps by rationing out more access to the candidate. It’s not clear that it’s working.”

  • John Kass takes the fairy tale analogy to a new level. “Last Sunday, I dipped my fingertips into fairyland analogies, into C.S. Lewis’ land of Narnia, describing Obama as a gentle forest faun, the Mr. Tumnus of the Democratic primaries, the one national political character who gets media hugs from almost everybody. I like Obama, but I won’t apologize for comparing him to a kind and beloved faun. He is indeed the Mr. Tumnus of American politics, gently offering free tea and cakes to all Americans, all the free stuff that won’t cost us anything (unless you’re a taxpayer). … But, blinded by Obama, I foolishly used the “white witch” analogy for Sen. Clinton. So I apologize to her, and not just because my wife told me to.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Snyder Faced With Another Loss”

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  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 31, 2007-January 6, 2008. During the week that saw the Iowa caucus and the political race heat up, the Williams-led newscast averaged 9.813 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “World News with Charles Gibson” averaged 9.00 million Total Viewers and a 2.2/8 among Adults 25-54 for the week of December 31, 2007-January 4, 200.”

  • Huffington Post’s Marty Kaplan writes, “No matter what you think about Hillary Clinton, no matter how this campaign turns out, there is undeniable satisfaction in watching the pundit class being forced to eat the words of its premature obituaries.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “Analysts and anchors struggle to reconcile predictions and results”

  • The New York Times reports, “The late-night stars of the Comedy Central cable network, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, returned to their programs for the first time in nine weeks Monday night, ready to sling their satirical stones at a new target: the continuing strike by the Writers Guild of America, which is forcing the stars to find creative ways to perform without their writers.”

  • Forbes reports, “Thanks to the ongoing Hollywood writers strike, there has been little to celebrate in the media world. But a report released Monday had a bit of good news for the industry where it counts: ad spending. With the market buoyed by both the upcoming presidential election and the Beijing Olympics, overall ad spending in the U.S. is expected to rise 4.2% to approximately $156 billion in 2008, according to an annual report released by TNS, a division of Taylor Nelson Sofres that tracks ad spending across 20 media segments. The better part of that gain will come later in the year, with ad spending forecast to grow by 4.7% in the second half of 2008, compared to just 3.6% during the first half of the year.”

  • The Washington Times reports, “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin says consumer-electronics companies are doing an adequate job of educating consumers about the upcoming transition to digital television in February 2009.”

  • Beet.TV reports, “Wednesday will mark a milestone in broadcast journalism and in video on the Web as will offer clips from NBC Nightly News and other NBC news programs as sharable embed codes, Beet.TV has learned.”

  • From last night’s liveblogging, TVNewser reports, “McCain in, Clinton Ahead — Will … News Pundits and Pollsters Live Free or Die in N.H.?” More from TVNewser here, including “Where Did It All Go Wrong?”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Comcast Corp. is looking to broadband site Fancast and a growing stable of high-definition VOD titles to headline the company’s tech efforts, following months of turbulence on Wall Street.”

  • New York Magazine reports, “CNBC and the ‘Times’: United Against Fox Business Network!”

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  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald writes, “The endless attempts to predict the future and thus determine the outcome of the elections — to the exclusion of anything meaningful — is a completely inappropriate role for journalists to play, independent of the fact that they are chronically wrong, ill-informed, and humiliated when they do it.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Wikia Inc., the Internet company started by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, opened its search engine to the public on Monday in a bid to challenge Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. Wikia Search, which lets users edit and fine-tune its results, is now seeking contributors to help expand the service, according to a statement from the San Mateo, Calif.-based company. The system is open-source, meaning its underlying programming code can be shared freely.”

  • The Guardian reports, “Facebook’s tie-up with ABC News has helped fuel a massive surge in TV viewing of the pre-primary New Hampshire debates held at the weekend. ABC’s coverage of Hillary Clinton attempting to salvage her campaign hopes in a debate against Barack Obama attracted 9.36 million viewers, while 7.35 million watched the Republican head-to-head, according to Variety.”

  • The Times Online reports,Chris DeWolfe believes that high-quality content will keep Facebook at bay in the social networking wars”

  • The New York Times reports,Andrew Olmsted, a United States Army major who wrote an online blog for The Rocky Mountain News, prepared for the possibility of his death by writing a 3,000-word piece.”

  • CQ Politics sat down with New Hampshire’s Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan on Monday, in the calm before the storm.

  • The New Yorker reports, “Google squares off with its Capitol Hill critics.”

  • reports, “MySpace, the internet site specialising in social networking, claims to be drawing young people away from television and video games as they use its web pages to make friends and money. A group of 18- to 24-year-olds drawn from 1,000 people surveyed by Future Laboratory said it would rather spend 15 minutes visiting social networking sites than watching television, reading, playing video games or talking on mobile phones.”

  • IHT and Reuters debut the Business News Alliance.

  • reports, “2007 was widely touted as the year of social media, but analysts expect to see changes this year in the way social media is used and an increase in its effect on business. The advent of the social web has created such online interaction between consumers that traditional models to research a product or service will change fundamentally.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Reporters wanting to interview campaign staffers are having a hard time trying to get through. That’s because some campaigns are putting a tight lid on who gets to say what. The Deerfield Valley News, an independent weekly in southern Vermont, wanted to interview Brandon Riker, a former Deerfield Valley resident. Riker recently graduated from Twin Valley High School in Wilmington, VT and is taking a semester off from college to work for the (Barack) Obama campaign. The Deerfield Valley News wanted to recognize Riker and write a story on his efforts, but the Obama campaign is not permitting any interviews with full time staffers: no exceptions. Tim Foley, media liaison for Barack Obama’s New Hampshire campaign, did not know why that policy is in place and also could not specify why it was in place to begin with.”

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  • Jack Germond takes “A Cold, Hard Look” at the New Hampshire primaries.

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

  • Population Reference Bureau is looking for a Multimedia Specialist.

  • Gensler, a global design firm, is looking for a Marketing & Communications Writer.

  • National Association of Home Builders is looking for a Communications Manager.

  • The Carroll County Times is looking for a Westminster Reporter.

  • Lucky magazine is searching for a Washington, DC-based reporter to cover local shopping and style news, emerging designers, stores, etc. for its monthly DC regional pages. Send resume and relevant clips to Marissa Patlingrao Cooley (

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  • Morning Reading List, 12.17.07


    Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Chris Matthews and Bill Safire and, on this day in 1989, “The Simpsons” premiered (hat tip: MicCheckRadio).

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  • Most of you have “computer problems” more than a few times a month.


  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “Downie’s memo looks like a Pulitzer-submission list, doesn’t it? Everything he mentions in the memo is likely to be nominated, I would think.”

  • USAToday ends Hawaii printing, distribution.

  • The Business and Media Institute reports, “Newspaper makes outrageous claim 600,000 born annually with brain damage due to fish-eating mothers. Despite industry evidence, USA Today won’t correct.”

  • A Semi-Nude Minor? In The Times?

  • Deb Howell catches up on complaints.

  • Fox Business Network profiles the Politico. Also, check out their Christmas Carol Contest.

  • Thoughts on the City Paper, Chicago Reader layoffs.

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch on Thursday predicted a U.S. recession, commented on the writers strike, took shots at Hillary Clinton and the Financial Times and joked about the importance of his newly acquired Wall Street Journal not getting scooped — and all that within a couple of hours.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The New York Times Co. may suffer if News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch aggressively challenges its flagship newspaper by cutting the Wall Street Journal’s cover price and boosting its national distribution, the Financial Times said in its ‘Lex’ column.”

  • Fortune reports, “As Rupert Murdoch claims his hard-won prize The Wall Street Journal, his News Corporation conglomerate is planning an unprecedented newspaper advertising campaign that at least two newspapers that usually have little in common — the Financial Times and the China Daily — have so far declined to run.”

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  • SRN News’ Linda Kenyon, running for re-election for the Senate Radio and TV Gallery Committee, wants to know if you have the balls to re-elect her.

  • A NBC release announced, “Monday, December 17, ‘NBC Nightly
    News with Brian Williams’ will debut a new, very special announcer who will introduce the program and Williams nightly. The announcer, who has a rich, extensive, award-winning theatrical career for nearly forty years, will be revealed Monday night at the end of the program, allowing viewers the chance to submit their guesses throughout the broadcast at

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for December 2-7, shows, “Thanks to Mitt Romney’s big speech on his Mormon faith, the presidential race was the biggest story of the week in the talk universe last week.”

  • Denver Business Journal reports,John Malone’s Discovery Holding Co. and a part of private media giant Advance/Newhouse have agreed to convert their combined ownership of Discovery Communications television holdings into a single, publicly traded business, the companies announced.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Despite a grilling from a Senate committee yesterday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said he would not postpone a Dec. 18 vote on a controversial media-ownership rule.”

  • Citizens United filed a complaint against the FEC in Disttrict Court. Check out the official complaint here.

  • His Extremeness points out, “Des Moines Register editor Carolyn Washburn, who moderated the recent Republican and Democratic presidential debates to such dismal failure, gives her side of the disasters in a Register piece.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Channel won the head-to-head-to-head Iowa GOP debate simulcast by a significant margin on Wednesday. FNC had more total viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined. In the A25-54 demo, FNC had slightly less than the two other nets combined.”

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  • A TNR Editor’s Covert Conversation With Scott Beauchamp

  • Do Political Bloggers at Newspaper Sites Now Drive 2008 Campaign Coverage?”

  • The Times reports, “Google is to go head-to head with Wikipedia, the web’s largest reference work, setting up a clash between two of the web’s biggest brands.”

  • A release announced, “MySpace, the world’s most popular social network, today announced the results of the new ‘Impact Presidential Poll,’ the first monthly results in a series of political polls to be conducted exclusively of the MySpace community leading up to the 2008 general presidential election. The Impact Presidential Poll unveils the political views and engagement of the ‘MySpace Generation,’ providing an early view into the perspective of America’s young adults.”

  • Layoffs at”

  • Silicon Alley Insider reports, “Now that another round of surgical layoffs is done, the new buzz in Dulles is whether AOL investor Google will exercise its right to force Time Warner to take AOL public or buy its AOL stock back (with the choice between the two being Time Warner’s).”

  • Concurring Opinions writes, “So, Lawrence O’Donnell seems to have an interesting set of beliefs about Mormons and Romney. His discussion is a little disjointed, but as far as I can tell from his interview, his Hewitt interview, and his Huffington Post column, his beliefs can basically be distilled into some major ideas.” Check out O’Donnell’s post here.

  • White House reporter Connie Lawn’s latest blog about Wounded Warriors Week is up at

  • In response to Nora McAlvanah’s suggestion that Des Moines Register debate moderator Carolyn Washburn “is a dead ringer for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” one reader counters with Ginsburg and Amy Klobuchar.

  • A reader writes in, “Correction about Lucy Kafanov’s ‘reporters blog’ at The NewsHour — many NewsHour reporters and online staff members post to that blog. They share it, covering different candidates.”

  • “You can now sign up for the twice-weekly video Note via iTunes. Go to the ABC News section in iTunes, where you can subscribe to The Note podcasts (and Politics Live, in addition to plenty of other great ABC segments), for free.”

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  • From Mike Allen’s Playbook: “The White House press office said goodbye yesterday to Ryan Graham, who’s always good karma.”

  • WTOP reports, “The top spokesperson for the District’s troubled Department of Transportation is stepping down just as the agency is preparing for its most difficult time of the year. Erik Linden is leaving government service after five years and two administrations.”

  • FCW reports, “Earlier this week, an FCW competitor, Government Executive, went through something of a organizational reorg this week. Long-time editor Tom Shoop this week was named as the editor of Government Executive. Tim Clark, the long time editor and president, will stay on as editor in chief, ‘providing guidance to the management team and representing Government Executive toward the federal government and contractor communities.’ Apparently it has not been decided whether Shoop will continue Go Exec’s Fed log, which is immensely readable and almost always interesting.”

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  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Senior Producer, Weekend Live, a Production Assistant, an Associate Producer and a Package Producer.

  • CEO Update is looking for an Editor-in-Chief.

  • Golden Living is looking for a Public Relations Specialist.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Newsroom Technology Manager.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is looking for a Science Writer.

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  • Morning Reading List, 08.24.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Looks like a lot of folks have been phoning it in this summer, taking more than five vacation days.

  • The next Washington Blogger Meetup is September 19, 7:00 PM. learn more here.

  • “For the fifth consecutive year, Bloomberg Television is number one among U.S. cable TV networks in delivering cable television’s most affluent audience, according to the 2007 Mendelsohn Affluent Survey,” according to a release.

  • Media Daily News reports, “New and emerging digital media platforms may be the rage on Madison Avenue and in the news media, but some highly regarded consumer research suggests they still have a long way to go before they replace traditional media as effective advertising alternatives with most consumers.”

  • In Praise of Paper.” And “I Really Need You to Read This Article, Okay?”

  • Yesterday’s Wake Up Call wondered, “Where have we seen this before?”

  • Check out the bookmarks of your favorite NYT reporter.

  • Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions

  • Ari Fleischer Draws New Battle Lines

  • Donnie Simpson Has Talked His Way Into 30 Years On the Air

  • The Globe and Mail reports, “When The New York Times’s old editorial boardroom table went up for sale this month, it was a Canadian antiques dealer who won it at auction.”

  • DCRTV reports, “Even though the DC TV market is still growing — it gained about 36,000 TV homes betwen 2006 and 2007 — it will slip from the 8th to the 9th largest Nielsen-rated market for 2008. DC exchanges place with the faster-growing Atlanta market, which was 9th in 2007. NYC, LA, and Chicago remain the top three markets”

  • USA Today reports, “The broadcast networks will feature fewer than 20 live-action, 30-minute sitcoms, about half as many as five seasons ago. The decrease also could reflect the loss of viewers: No sitcom has finished in the top 10 since Everybody Loves Raymond in 2005.”

  • AFP reports, “MySpace and MTV said Thursday they have joined forces to let candidates for the US presidency individually discuss ideas and issues with young people in online webcasts.”

  • The AP reports, “Condemning the Fox News Channel as a warmonger that’s agitating for a U.S. attack on Iran, documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced an ‘online viral video campaign’ Wednesday calling on television news organizations ‘not to follow Fox down the road to war again.’”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Dow Jones & Co., the publisher that agreed to be acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., named Almar Latour managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Online.”

  • Poynter Online examines the “Says vs. Said.” debate.

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “The journalism that bloggers actually do”
  • From CJR: “Drudge Barks, TV News Bites”

  • Wordyard reports, “If you’re going to write a cranky op-ed complaining that bloggers aren’t fit to shine real reporters’ shoes, as a journalism prof named Michael Skube did recently in the LA Times, and then you cite Josh Marshall as one of your examples of these failures to pound the pavement, you shouldn’t be surprised if people snort in derision. Love it or hate it (I love it), Marshall’s Talking Points Memo is the model of a muckraking blog; it regularly breaks stories.”

  • Gary Weiss writes, “We journalists are unique in the animal kingdom in that we feed on our young. (OK, maybe pussycats do that too … whatever.) One example is the constant barrage of criticism directed at the new Conde Nast biz magazine, Portfolio.”

  • Variety reports, “A coalition of civil rights and minority advocacy groups has blasted Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin J. Martin for ‘patronizing and insulting’ public remarks he recently made alleging that their opposition to a la carte cable subscriptions has been bought and paid for.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “A strange-bedfellows alliance — defense giant Raytheon Co. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., a company known for broadcasting Oprah Winfrey’s self-improvement advice — is bidding for a contract that could help ease flight delays by overhauling the air traffic control system.”

  • Market Watch reports, “Deutsche Bank downgraded U.K. media group Pearson to hold from buy, saying its education unit could suffer from pressure on U.S. state tax revenues over the next couple of years, while its business news unit “has been the main loser” from recent deals in the sector.”

  • And, finally, from the “This Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With FishbowlDC, But, Sure, What The Hell” Category: Political strategist Doug Heye has a piece in the latest Capitol File on wine.


  • Worcester County Times is lookng for a staff reporter.

  • The Star Democrat is looking for layout editor.

  • American Association for Justice is looking for a Writer in the Communications Department.

  • Martinsville Bulletin is looking for a Sports Editor.

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

  • “F.C.C. Chief Questioning Radio Deal”

    From the NYT:

      Kevin J. Martin
      , the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has privately questioned recent Congressional testimony by the architect of a proposed merger of the nation’s two satellite radio companies that subscribers would both pay the same monthly rate and receive significantly more programming.

      As he sought to sell the proposed merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio to Congress, and by extension to regulators like Mr. Martin, Mel Karmazin, the chief executive of Sirius, vowed last Wednesday that prices would not be raised and that listeners would benefit enormously by getting the best programming from both companies.

    Read the rest here.