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Morning Reading List, 04.08.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Kofi Annan and Chuck Todd! And, on this day in 1986, Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. And TVNewser gives us an update on Tucker Carlson’s TV show. Speaking of TV, ruin your morning TV folks by finding out how your salary compares to that of your colleagues.

A tipster tell us that at the end of the WaPo’s Pulitzer ceremony yesterday (see their coverage today), “they had a moment of silence for the families of the Va. Tech victims. They’re giving the prize money to a Va. Tech charity.” We should also note that the WaPo’s Ann Hornaday was a Pulitzer finalist in the “Criticism” category (“for her perceptive movie reviews and essays, reflecting solid research and an easy, engaging style”).

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  • At an office pool party, you would not jump in the pool.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I am angry, and exhausted, at how little money I have. I love this work, and I will live with what it pays. But … my God. Some days, particularly when I’m working late, it’s hard to take.”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Alisha Johnson is the new as Associate Publisher for the National Journal Group.

  • An ABC release announced, “Cathie Levine has been promoted to Vice President of Communications for ABC News, it was announced today by Jeffrey Schneider, Senior Vice President of Communications for ABC News, to whom she reports.”

  • A release announced that “seasoned political strategist,
    Michael Meehan” has joined Virilion as Senior Vice President. Also, Melissa Boasberg has joined the firm as Vice President.

  • Dow Jones reporter Corey Boles is switching beats. He is no longer covering the FCC and instead covering Congress.

  • Politico’s Aoife McCarthy is joining Glover Park.

  • A release announced, “The American Association of School Administrators today announced the selection of Daniel A. Domenech as the association’s new executive director. Domenech succeeds Paul D. Houston, who will retire on June 30 after leading AASA as executive director for 14 years.”

  • Tim Taylor, a former Roll Call intern, has been hired as a staff writer and Jen Bendery has moved over to Roll Call from CongressNow, also as a staff writer.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • More WHCA Dinner news.

  • The New York Times reports, “Since taking control of the Tribune Company in December, Sam Zell has drawn a lot of attention in journalism circles for speeches laced with profanity, political incorrectness, insults and self-deprecating humor. But all the twittering and tut-tutting over Mr. Zell’s remarks — and his suggestions that some reporting jobs are not needed — masks a more serious concern. With the newspaper industry going through an unexpectedly sharp contraction, Tribune is struggling under $12.8 billion in debt, and its financial condition has deteriorated, creating what specialists say is a very real risk of credit default in the next year or so.”

  • Wonkette reports, “This week, Fred Thompson, Robert Mueller, Tom Ridge, Juan Williams, Marion Barry, Ben Bernanke, Ken Mehlman, Robert Novak, Dana Milbank, Mark Warner, and David Frum were all spotted being various degrees of famous at various places by our spies and operatives. … ‘I’m pretty sure I saw Dana Milbank and family leaving Pizzeria Paradiso Friday night. I smiled at the little girl, she did not smile back. Maybe the good pizza was too overwhelming.’”

  • Gawker reports, “Like all good cabals, the New York Times’ contingent of gays has some known members—and other figures who remain in the shadows, the uncertainty adding to the paranoia of homophobic right-wingers. Out Magazine, putting the Times’ ‘gay mafia’ at number 12 in its power list, names nine Times reporters and editors: Richard Berke, Ben Brantley, Frank Bruni, Stuart Elliot, Patrick Healy, Adam Nagourney, Horacio Silva, Stefano Tonchi, and Eric Wilson. But Intelligencer’s Chris Rovzar thinks the gay magazine has underestimated the true extent of the network.”

  • Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach writes, “The Post has just won six Pulitzer Prizes, which looks like a typo. It was a newsroom-wide triumph — Metro, National, Investigative, Foreign, Financial, Magazine. Within that Variety Pack of journalism, there’s a common ingredient — something we too seldom discuss when we cogitate about how to reinvent the business model: Reporting.”

  • Modern Arts Notes reports, “The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten has won the feature reporting Pulitzer Prize for a story mocking Washingtonians for failing to recognize classical violinist Joshua Bell as he played in the city’s acoustically challenged subway. The story was ‘gotcha’ tripe of the silliest sort.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The newest batch of Pulitzer Prize winners is scheduled to be announced Monday afternoon. When the cheering for the recipients fades, many of them will ponder the inevitable question: What’s next?”

  • A release announced, “Nine foreign journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships for the 2008-09 academic year at Stanford. The international fellows include two journalists in exile—an Ethiopian online editor who is currently in exile in London, and a Chinese online editor in exile in North Carolina—and the program’s first fellows from Belarus and Iraq.” For the full release, click here.

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    TV

  • CBS & CNN In Talks…Again?

  • Reuters reports, “Nielsen Co, a provider of market research and media services, said it agreed to acquire IAG Research Inc, a television and Internet audience research firm, for $225 million to strengthen its media business.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The women of ABC News, Cokie Roberts, Kate Snow, Victoria Clarke, and Raelyn Johnson made up the round table of another ‘Girlfriends’ Guide’ on ABC News NOW. This one was all about politics.”

  • Howard Kutrtz writes, “She is trailing in a highly competitive contest against her male rivals, is occasionally covered in a condescending way and faces predictions that she’ll be forced out of the race. Katie Couric understands what Hillary Clinton is going through.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The 2008 presidential race truly is about change: Tucker Carlson of MSNBC, Paula Zahn of CNN and John Gibson of Fox News were swept out of the way to make room for newsier programs that treat each night like election night — a Super Tuesday that never ends.”

  • TVNewser reports that MSNBC’s Race for the White House with David Gregory was live from the Washington Nationals new ball park yesterday.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • MSNBC.com’s Video Success

  • Radio Ink reports, “New media and digital are still a focus for broadcasters, says Wachovia analyst Marci Ryvicker in her roundup of ‘Takeaways From SNL/Kagan Radio/TV Summit,’ but, she notes, ‘There is still no consensus on the appropriate revenue/profit model, which leads us to believe that we are at least five (if not 10) years away before new media/digital opportunities have any financial significance in the broadcast space.’”

  • A release announced, “YouTube, the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, and C-SPAN, the cable public affairs network, have partnered to launch a nationwide online and television broadcast initiative. The videocentric program allows voters the opportunity to voice their views on the issues most important to them in the 2008 election.
    The ‘YouTube Voter Video on C-SPAN’ initiative is an Internet/cable broadcast collaboration centered around the upcoming Pennsylvania primary that encourages voters to respond to the question ‘What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?’”

  • A release announced, “Kiplinger.com (www.Kiplinger.com), the leader in personal finance advice and business forecasting, announces the launch of its new Business Travel Center. The online center serves as a guide for businesses and their employees to make the most of their travel dollars using resources from Kiplinger.com and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “AOL’s move to New York this month may signal the last chance for Time Warner Inc.’s Internet division to convince investors it has a future in advertising.”

  • The Independent reports,Dana Dunne is spreading the word about AOL and its $850m purchase of Bebo, a move that he sees as a return to AOL’s roots”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Mr. Magazine announced, “Drum roll please… from a field of 715 new magazines launched in 2007, Condé Nast Portfolio is our choice as The Most Notable Launch of the Year.”

  • Vote for the leaders, artists, enterpreneurs and thinkers who, in your opinion, deserve a spot on this year’s Time 100″

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    RADIO

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “As real-estate magnate Sam Zell tries to rejuvenate ailing newspaper and television empire Tribune Co., he is turning to another, more freewheeling medium: radio.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • Media Daily News reports, “Like hapless George Costanza in ‘Seinfeld,’ legacy media companies are desperately trying to convince their shareholders that shrinkage is a transient phenomenon. Investors should not judge them by a few bad quarters, they argue, because it’s all part of the ‘transition’ to digital publishing. The economic waters are so chilly that any company would look bad. But a broad survey of the fortunes of big media companies from 2003-2007 suggests that recession or no, they will end up smaller and confirm George’s worst nightmare: Shrinkage is here to stay.”

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    JOBS

  • A washingtonpost.com release announced, “the launch of DCTechJobs.com, a Web site exclusively for Washington DC area tech jobs as well as news and information related to that industry. Technology jobs are listed alongside the most up-to-date tech news, giving users a site that is focused solely on the industry that interests them.”

  • “NLGJA-DC is offering a fellowship to help a student or beginning journalist attend ‘NLGJA Goes to Washington,’ our 2008 National Convention & 5th Annual LGBT Media Summit, taking place August 21-24 at Washington, DC’s Hilton Washington Hotel.”

  • Politico/Politico.com is looking for a National Account Executive.

  • Dana Press is looking for a Web Journalist.

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    Morning Reading List, 09.14.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you open up new web pages in a new tab, as opposed to a new window. And most of you are sorta geeky too.

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, September 9, 2007 in all categories.”

  • NBC also 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 September 9, 2007.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News Digital increased unique visitors 13% to 10.7 million in August 2007 versus the same time last year, and ranked in eighth place in the Top 20 of general news sites, according to the Nielsen NetRatings.”

  • Some shuffle at The Washington Times. A tipster tells us, “Assistant Metro Editor Ellen Sorokin and Metro investigative reporter Jim McElhatton have moved to National Desk. Robert Stacy McCain now reports to Times Internet Managing Editor David Eldridge.”

  • Brian Ross reports, “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan have added their names to the list of people who say they were the subjects of fake interviews published in a French foreign affairs journal under the name of Alexis Debat, a former ABC News consultant.” TVNewser has more.

  • From E&P: “Top Execs Assess ‘USA Today’ Impact After 25 Years”

  • John Dickerson brings us “the best moments from the Democratic presidential mashup.”

  • Check out NxE’s list of the “Fifty Most Influential Bloggers

  • Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro explores an interesting question: “Some coworkers and I were discussing The Future Of The Newspaper yesterday (a cheery topic–no, really), and one asked what sort of electronic device we might want to read ‘the paper’ on.”

  • CJR reports, “Unnamed sources have their way with — and say in –the NYT”

  • The Society of Professional Journalists announced that Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein “will be headlining a panel discussion at the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C. … The event will take place at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW in the Ticonderoga room.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Last night — at long last — Stephen Colbert brought the seemingly endless saga of WristGate to an end, tying together all open threads into one magical unbroken circle of love, like a cleanly-knitted bone. … Colbert shared the news (already reported on ETP) that his all-star signed cast had sold for $17,200 on eBay — with proceeds to the Yellow Ribbon Fund”

  • Bloomberg reports, “New York Times Co. and Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest U.S. radio broadcaster, are among the most vulnerable media companies in the event of a U.S. recession, according to a report by Moody’s Corp.”

  • Brown University’s Justin Elliott explores, “Why college newsrooms are often neither diverse nor racially sensitive.”

  • “The editors of FOLIO: magazine announce the Finalists for the 2007 Eddie and Ozzie Awards for excellence in magazine editorial and design.” For the complete list, click here.

  • “The New York Times is looking to inform all the Web’s denizens, or at least guilt them into scanning RSS headlines. It’s launched a Facebook App dubbed The New York Times News Quiz. After a answering five questions based on the day’s headlines, takers are awarded a “Times IQ” and ranked against their friends and collective Facebook users. Brilliant move. Even cheaters will end up learning something. No one wants to look like an idiot in front of friends.”

  • TVNewser reports, “During a month of much-anticipated book releases, 60 Minutes keeps getting the high-profile authors. Alan Greenspan will be featured this Sunday. And, according to law.com, a Clarence Thomas interview will air September 30. Tony Mauro of Legal Times writes, ‘sources say that CBS correspondent Steve Kroft interviewed Thomas at the Court and elsewhere recently for the 60 Minutes segment.’”

  • EWeek reports, “Responding to customer demand, market researcher comScore Sept. 11 said it would start counting the audiences for blogging sites in what it is formally calling a Conversational Media Report. The report will tally the number of readers of blogs both popular and obscure, as well as some social networking sites.”

  • Forbes reports, “All the networks are scrambling to develop Web strategies. Even against this backdrop, the flurry of dealmaking at CBS stands out. Leading the charge has been former Silicon Valley venture capitalist Quincy Smith, named chief executive of CBS Interactive in November 2006.”

  • The AP reports, “the 62 percent of Americans who say that TV programs are getting worse, according to a poll by The Associated Press and AOL Television. Only 22 percent said they are getting better.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. advanced in Nasdaq Stock Market trading after a Cowen & Co. analyst said their proposed merger may get regulatory approval as soon as next month.”

    Jobs

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Assistant, Arts and Features, NP

  • A full Service Advertising Agency in Washington DC is looking for a Graphic Designer/Art Director

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors is looking for Associate Editor, Kiplinger.com

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