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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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    TV

  • 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, 01.22.08

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    Good morning Washington. Eleven years ago today, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as secretary of state. And it’s Diane Lane’s birthday! (Hat Tip: MicCheckRadio).

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    Morning Reading List, 01.08.08

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    Happy New Hampshire Primary Day Washington! On this day in 1790, President George Washington delivered our first State of the Union. In 1992, Bush 41 puked on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi, and, in 2006, Tom DeLay resigned as House Majority Leader.

    Happy 41st R Kelly!

    (Hat tip: MicCheckRadio)

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  • You think the CW will be true — Obama and McCain win today in NH.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • ABC announced that Lee Kamlet is joining World News as head writer. Lee replaces Josh Landis, who is now a correspondent at CBS News.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • With Bill Kristol’s first New York Times piece yesterday, Marty Kaplan looks at the evolution of the Times’ op-ed page.

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reported, “Ted Nalbantian, 19, an Obama supporter from Ridgewood, N.J., has been stationed all afternoon outside the Des Moines media hangout Centro, where his task is to encourage Iowans to caucus for Obama. He approached, in quick succession, me, Maureen Dowd and Ana Marie Cox.” Awwwww.

  • The New York Times reports, “CNBC and The New York Times have agreed to share material on their Web sites, uniting the main competitive targets of the News Corporation’s new ventures, the Fox Business Network and The Wall Street Journal.”

  • Erik Wemple take a dig at a former City Paper reporter.

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Fourth quarter 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ delivered its best Fourth quarter in three years (2004). In addition, ‘Nightline’ beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ among Adults 25-54 in the Fourth quarter for the first time in seven years (2000).”

  • Also from ABC, “Saturday’s ABC News/Facebook/WMUR-TV’s back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates were the most-watched of the 2008 presidential cycle. The Democratic debate averaged 9.36 million Total Viewers and a 2.9 rating among Adults 25-54. The Republican debate averaged 7.35 million Total Viewers and a 1.8 rating among Adults 25-54. Averaged together, the debates garnered 8.36 million Total Viewers and a 2.4 among the key Adult 25-54 demographic.” TVNewser has the full debate ranker for all of the debates to date.

  • NBC announced, “Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will anchor MSNBC’s live coverage of the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. MSNBC’s live primary coverage kicks off with a special edition of ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ at 5 p.m. ET.”

  • 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 30, 2007 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 3.594 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Fourth quarter 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic. The last time ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ in the fourth quarter among Adults 25-54 was seven years ago (4th quarter 2000) and the last time ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers in the 4th quarter was 2002.”

  • A CNN release announced, “From the new CNN Election Center in New York and from around the state of New Hampshire, lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer and CNN’s political team will guide the network’s special coverage. CNN’s special programming will begin at 8 p.m. (ET)-following wall-to-wall politics on The Situation Room and Lou Dobbs Tonight—and run late into the night. The coverage will lead into a special edition of Larry King Live at midnight (ET) hosted by Larry King and featuring analysis and insight into the election results.”

  • Check out more coverage notes at TVNewser.

  • Is Lou Dobbs out of the CNN NH coverage?

  • The Seattle Times’ Ron Judd writes, “Scoreboard, Baby. That ought to be the election-coverage theme at cable-news giant CNN, which, for the occasion of Thursday’s Iowa caucuses, unveiled its latest Giant-Step-Backward innovation: A bewildering, omnipresent picture-frame graphical display festooned with BIG HEADLINES, multicolored, animated pie charts, spinning circles and zipping text.”

  • The Houston Chronicle reports, “In Fox’s flock, Shepard Smith rises to anchor of choice”

  • Check out Nielsen’s Presidential Scorecard for New Hampshire, “reporting on the total number of TV advertising spots run by the Presidential candidates in New Hampshire and the surrounding markets from January 1, 2007 through January 4, 2008.”

  • Did you catch the midnight broadcast of the CNN Election Express on Larry King Live from a town called Dixville Notch in New Hampshire? It is the site of the first voting in the state.

  • Journal-isms reports, “Pundits likened Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to everyone from Ronald Reagan to Harold Washington as New Hampshire voters prepared to go to the polls Tuesday for their first-in-the-nation primary, five days after Obama’s decisive victory in the Iowa caucuses.”

  • The Washington Examiner reports, “A former BET network personality was charged with possession of a .37 mm launcher after authorities said he used it to shoot flares into the sky during a New Year’s celebration in Northwest Washington.”

  • TVNewser reported Monday, “CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan slipped on some ice while walking to a plane in Des Moines last Friday heading back from covering the caucus. CBS tells us Kaplan ‘suffered a fracture in the hip area but is recovering well.’ In fact, Kaplan is back to work in New York today.”

  • The Examiner reports, “Redskins coverage to include CSN’s guest Pete Taylor, Billick career to be TV for now”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Check out Major Garrett’s blog — The Bourbon Room.

  • Poynter reports, “Seems like some leading thinkers in the journo world are getting impatient with the pace of change in this business.
    Tidbits founding editor and current contributor Steve Outing started it with his Jan. 2 Editor & Publisher column, What’s Needed in 2008: Serious Newsroom Cultural Change.”

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins writes on improved relations between the Pentagon and the news media.

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    MAGAZINES

  • The AP reports, “An interview with Benazir Bhutto before the former Pakistani prime minister was assassinated was important enough to keep on the cover of Parade magazine, the magazine’s publisher said Sunday — even though the publication had already gone to print when Bhutto was killed.”

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    JOBS

  • Media Matters for America is looking for a Researcher.

  • Campaign for America’s Future is looking for a Senior Communications Associate.

  • National Public Radio .is looking for a Editor (I, II, or III), Afternoon Rundown.

  • Atlantic Media Company is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Tax Analysts is looking for a Reporter and a Copy Editor.

  • BNA is looking for a Reporter.

  • Access Intelligence, LLC is looking for a Reporter.

  • The Maryland Gazette is looking for a Reporter.

  • Voice of America is looking for a News Division/writer.

  • FOX Business Network is looking for a Newsgathering Producer — Business News.

  • A Washington, DC-based luxury lifestyle publication seeks a writer with experience covering fashion, beauty, and retail. Must have experience and be able to meet deadlines promptly. Send resume, cover letter, and clips to dcfashionwriter@yahoo.com.

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