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Morning Reading List, 02.27.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Ralph Nader and Chelsea Clinton.

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  • It is close, but most of you think that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski do like each other off camera.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A tipster tells us that The Washington Times’ Greg Lopes has joined PhRMA’s press shop.

  • Ed Morrissey writes on Captain’s Quarters, “Today brings exciting news and an end to a time in my life that has proven far more successful than I ever dreamed. Beginning on March 1, I will begin working for Michelle Malkin, a friend, mentor, and writer I have long admired. She has offered me a position as writer at Hot Air, and my blogging will appear exclusively there.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Rachel Sklar looks into the media’s “Drumbeat For A Hillary Exit” (and fact checks Richard Cohen while she’s at it).

  • TheStreet.com reports, “The Ochs-Sulzberger family managed to cling to their control over the New York Times last year, but they may not be able to keep dissidents off the publisher’s board of directors this time around. Scott Galloway of investment firm Firebrand Partners, with financial backing from activist hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners, has hired D.F. King, a proxy solicitation firm, to press its case with New York Times shareholders in the lead-up to the company’s annual meeting on April 22, according to a source familiar with the matter.”

  • E&P reports, “As Pulitzer Prize jurors prepare to gather next week in New York to sift through hundreds of submissions and find three finalists in each of the 14 journalism categories to nominate for the full board to consider in a month, speculation is mounting over which entries have the best chance. … Some news events, such as the Virginia Tech massacre and the Minnesota bridge collapse, give a clear breaking news advantage to papers near those stories. A handful of investigative and in-depth projects, including several China-related probes, are also top contenders, based on interviews with a few jurors and a look at the other major awards already announced.”

  • The Horses Mouth reports, John Solomon’s Washington Times Presents The Next Obama Smear: Military ‘Fears’ Him”

  • Slate’s Michael Kinsley writes about his “apparent concern about the appearance of the possibility of the appearance of a possible affair.”

  • Cox’s Ken Herman reports, “Today’s installment in one of Washington’s best long-running shows: Hearst Newspapers’ Helen Thomas vs. whoever happens to be in the White House. The topic was President Bush’s insistence on lawsuit immunity for telecommunications companies that cooperated in the federal government’s program to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists. Ms. Thomas, as she has for several weeks, wanted White House Press Secretary Dana Perino to explain why immunity is needed. If the companies did nothing wrong, Ms. Thomas argued, they have nothing to fear in a court of law.”

  • The Nation reports, “Evidently the editors of the New York Times have taken leave of their senses. There can be no other explanation for putting a story on the front page of their newspaper speculating about Barack Obama’s being assassinated. The Times is beginning to make it a practice of running news-free stories on its front page. Most of them are harmless, but this one is sickening.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Clinton Campaign Response To New York Times Rejected”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell writes, “A Veterans Charity Cries Foul”

  • U.S. News’ Paul Bedard shows us a little local activism goes a long way.

  • Politico reports, “Obama stiffs, stifles national press”

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    TV

  • Tucker vs. Clinton Campaign Again on MSNBC

  • FCC ready to intervene on Web access

  • An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.21 million Total Viewers and a 2.4/8 among Adults 25-54 during the week of February 18-22. For the week, ‘World News’ placed first in the Adult 25-54 rating (2.4), tying NBC’s ‘Nightly News.’ For the seventh consecutive week, “World News” won among Women 25-54 (2.7/9).”

  • A 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 February 18, 2008. The Williams-led newscast averaged 9.627 million total viewers”

  • Check out Green Room Girl’s new pictures!

  • CJR reports, “Which of Tim Russert’s expert roundtablers did he turn to first on yesterday’s Meet the Press to discuss PlagiarismGate (the Clinton campaign’s making hay of Barack Obama borrowing phrases from Gov. Deval Patrick)? Russert turned first to Doris Kearns Goodwin, the presidential historian and Meet the Press regular. And it should have made for awkward television — asking someone with a plagiarism scandal in her past to weigh in on charges of plagiarism from the campaign trail. I mean, what does that disclosure look like — ‘You’re no stranger to charges of plagiarism, Doris, how does Obama battle this? Does this stick?’”

  • TVNewser reports, “Helped by strong ratings from three debates, CNN beat Fox News Channel for first place in prime time (8-11pmET) in the A25-54 demo.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Poynter Online reports, “Remember when newspaper editors thought it was impressive to have a virtual version of their newspaper, turning pages and all? Remember how no one read them? Well it seems the same mistakes are being made all over again by the Arabic-language daily An-Nahar.”

  • Slate looks at “The environmental pros and cons of reading online.”

  • “Due to an overwhelming amount of requests, the final EPpy Awards entry deadline has been extended to Friday, February 29th.” Enter here!

  • Reuters reports, “Newspaper and television company Media General Inc said it agreed to acquire DealTaker.com, a coupon and shopping Web site, from Plano, Texas-based NARAE Enterprises Inc, to expand its portfolio of interactive advertising and marketing solutions.”

  • The AP reports, “Online advertising revenues exceeded $21 billion for the first time in 2007, although preliminary data compiled by an industry trade group also suggest growth is slowing. The Interactive Advertising Bureau said its estimates show ad revenues grew 25 percent last year from nearly $17 billion in 2006. In dollar amounts, the estimated gain was $4.2 billion — less than the 35 percent and $4.3 billion growth seen in 2006 over 2005.”

  • Omnivoracious.com is “reviewing the reviewers”

  • washingtonpost.com’s Ben Pershing reports, “Amid the titanic fight last week over the expiration of the terrorist surveillance law, there was another, less intense debate brewing below the surface. This wasn’t your standard Republican vs. Democrat debate. It cut across all lines, pitting executive branch agencies against each other, prompting disagreements among lawmakers of the same party, even (gasp!) dividing reporters. This fight wasn’t over whether the expiration of the Protect America Act put the country in danger. It was over when the thing actually expired.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin warned yesterday that Internet service providers can’t block consumers from using lawful Internet activities in the name of providing better service.”

  • AdAge.com reports,Chris Anderson Explains How ‘Freeconomics’ Will Change the Media World”

  • PRNewser Enters Top 100 PR Blog List at #55

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    RADIO

  • Sirius Says It Could Do Without XM

  • A release announced, “Diane Rehm, host of WAMU 88.5 and National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show, will receive The Distinguished Washingtonian Award in Literature and the Arts from The University Club of Washington, D.C. The club’s Board of Governors will present the award at a dinner to be held in Diane Rehm’s honor on Thursday, May 1, 2008.”

  • Reuters reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc, whose proposed purchase of rival XM Satellite Radio is still awaiting regulatory approval, reported a smaller quarterly loss on Tuesday as subscribers to its pay-radio service increased.”

  • Dan Steinberg reports,Kornheiser Names His Blogging Enemy”

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    JOBS

  • Spectrum Science Communications is looking for a Creative Director/Web & Graphic Design.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Multimedia Investigative Team Editor and an ENPS Project Manager.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 07.03.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You think the iPhone is a waste of money, well, at least until the second generation comes out.

  • An NPR release announced that “foreign correspondent Philip Reeves, based in New Delhi, has been recognized with a 2007 ‘Outstanding Broadcast’ Award from the South Asian Journalism Association for his report about the increasing instance of abductions in Sri Lanka. The piece aired on All Things Considered in September 2006.”

  • A reader notes ABC’s all female roundtable “was GREAT!” It included The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus, Republican strategist Bay Buchanan, ABC News Consultant and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts.

  • His Extremeness tells us, “How The Post Got Its Grove Back”

  • The New York Times reports, “The survey, to be released on Monday, is the latest proof of a fact well-known to historians and journalists who regularly seek government documents: Agencies often take months or years to respond to requests for information under the law, known as FOIA, which went into effect on July 4, 1967.”

  • Washington Post asks, “Should White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove be privy to the nation’s most sensitive secrets?”

  • TV Barn writes, “Rejected by every major cable company in America, Al Jazeera English is an ambitious attempt to redefine television news. There’s absolutely no reason we shouldn’t be watching it.”

  • “The National Press Foundation is pleased to report that we matched our $25,000 Challenge Grant from the Knight, Ford, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundations. We raised more than $34,000 from individual donors, of which $28,000 qualified for our match.”

  • Washington Post reports that yesterday morning, WTTG debuted its hour-long 11 a.m. newscast, “Fox 5 News Midday,” anchored by Holly Morris and Allison Seymour.

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “If it weren’t for the soothing tones of The Washington Post’s opinion pages, I’m not sure how I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby would sustain himself in his hour of need.”

  • Michael Kinsley got a shout out in the Reagan diaries.

  • American Progress has the video of a “Passerby tackled after ripping Fox News mic from anchor.”

  • A C-SPAN release announced “the launch of a new Web site at www.booktv.org, with major enhancements including expanded video offerings and improved navigation that will enable the network’s loyal viewers to get the most out of Book TV’s unique coverage of the latest non-fiction authors and books.”

  • Check out the City Paper’s new music blog, Black Plastic Bag.

  • “Redding News Review Publisher Robert ‘Rob’ Redding Jr. today announced that Dr. Boyce Watkins and journalist Keyonna Summers are joining the Web site’s staff.”

  • New Republic’s Johann Hari takes a cruise with National Review.

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN.com’s live video launched this morning, and all the feedback I’m seeing is positive.”

  • New York Times reports, “British News Sites Seek Out Readers in the U.S.”

  • Goodwill of Greater Washington “became the first non-profit agency to officially launch its own fashion blog.” “The blog will share detailed knowledge and insight on vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories that are valuable to cost conscious fashion shoppers.”

  • “Kos’ lead site designer on the search for the ultimate digital community.”

  • Register for PR Newswire’s free “Webinar,” “MediaSense Blog Measurement.”

  • America’s Future Foundation launched “Inside Washington Weekly,” “a political podcast that brings together the nation’s brightest up-and-coming political commentators to discuss and debate the latest news each week.”

    Jobs

  • The National Press Foundation seeks a Director of Programs.

  • UCG is looking for an Editor, Home Health Coding Pro.

  • BNA is looking for a copy editor and a Reporter.

  • National Wildlife Federation is looking for a Media Director.

  • The National Academies is looking for a Media Relations Officer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 03.30.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You laughed at Karl Rove. Not with him.

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet The Press with Tim Russert” won the week ending March 25 in all categories, both nationally and in Washington, D.C. “Meet” attracted 44% more viewers than CBS “Face the Nation,” 66% over ABC “This Week” and 248% more than FOX “News Sunday.”

  • Michael Getler didn’t love the “News War” finale.

  • Rachel Sklar has a “Dispatch From The ASNEs.”

  • From a reader: “Don’t ask why I remember this, but I recognize that NYT photo from the Kyle Sampson story: it’s from a Kit Seelye article from winter 2003ish about snowmobilers in Yellowstone.”

  • Another NBC release announced that “The Chris Matthews Show” was “the number-two rated Sunday morning public affairs show for the week ending March 25, 2007.”

  • The Pew weekly News Interest Index shows that while public interest in the Iraq war remained high last week, the fallout from the firing of eight U.S. attorneys by the Justice Department “failed to gain much traction with the public.”

  • Cousin TVNewser reports that David Gregory, and Don Imus had a friendly debate over which really is the number one nightly news show.

  • The AP reports, “Traditional media are seen to be fighting an uphill battle against Internet news and citizen journalists, despite questions over the credibility of the Web.”

  • Media Matter reports that Drudge has linked “to Politico 45 times during its two-month existence.”

  • Jay Rosen reports that Tim Porter and Michele McLellan have “change or die” findings from their tour of American newsrooms.

  • Paul Bedard reports that Bernadine Healy was giving her future son-in-law a hard time at her book party on Tuesday for his dangerous habit — rugby.

  • The Washingtonian’s write-up of last night’s Media Research Center awards gala.

  • BBC reports, “Among those calling for a bloggers’ code of conduct is Tim O’Reilly — one of the web’s most influential thinkers.”
  • Huffington Post’s Ankush Khardori asks, “Do Newspapers Need Ombudsmen?”

  • Poynter released the results of the EyeTrack07 study this week to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Check out the results here. E&P has more on the study.

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz reported from the North Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, where she was the only Western journalist aboard the USS Eisenhower.”

  • Jonathan Chait, the new author of TRB, “talked with TNR Editor Franklin Foer about the role of a column and the challenges of writing one.”

  • From Cynopsis:

      Discovery Communications yesterday announced it would buy the 25% ownership stake in Discovery held by Cox Communications in exchange for $1.275 billion in cash, and the Travel Channel and its related business pieces. It is likely Cox will spin the network and put it up for sale. The end result for Discovery is it will now be owned by Liberty Media with a now 66% stake, and Advance/Newhouse with 33% ownership. The deal is expected to close in early third qtr 2007.

  • Theodora Blanchfield has been promoted from staff writer to Associate Editor at Campaigns & Elections magazine

  • IANS reports, “The murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan will be the subject of an investigative journalism seminar being planned by Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.”

  • “The Loudoun Times-Mirror was honored March 24 as the best weekly newspaper in Virginia for its circulation size.”

  • Salon’s Rebecca Traister takes a look at Fox’s “Conserva-babe and star-in-the-making Rachel Marsden.”

  • Check out the 2007 RTNDA Regional Murrow Award recipients, including two awards for WTOP.

  • The Washington Times reports, that House lawmakers “said they are committed to a Feb. 17, 2009, deadline for transitioning to digital TV.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc. will offer international news from reporters working with U.S. newspaper publisher McClatchy Co., including a blog written by Iraqi staffers, the companies said on Wednesday.”

  • The AP is looking for a photographer in the Baltimore bureau.

  • E&E Publishing is seeking a Production Assistant for E&ETV.

  • No-Va Living Magazine is seeking a freelance Statistician/Researcher.

  • And we have some photos from the Week Opinion Awards:
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      Bill Falk, Chip Bok, Michael Kinsley and Josh Fruhlinger

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      Bill Falk, Justin Smith and Terry McAuliffe

  • And more:

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    (L to R) Rhoda Glickman, former Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Beth E. Dozoretz, Senior Vice President, Value Options Healthcare join iVillage (a division of NBC Universal) President, Deborah Fine, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, President of Women in Cable Telecommunications and Phyllis E. Greenberger, President and CEO, Society for Women’s Health Research in Washington D.C. for an advisory board meeting to launch iVillage Cares, a new national women’s advocacy program.

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    (L to R) Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, President of Women in Cable Telecommunications, Phyllis E. Greenberger, President and CEO, Society for Women’s Health Research, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting join iVillage (a division of NBC Universal) President, Deborah Fine in Washington D.C. for an advisory board meeting to launch iVillage Cares, a new national women’s advocacy program.

  • Kinsley Blogging At Time.com

    Michael Kinsley is now a blogger and he’s guest blogging all week on Swampland.

    Annual Opinion Award Winners

    FishbowlDC to happy to report the winners of The Week magazine’s annual opinion awards:

    Columnist of the Year: Michael Kinsley, The Washington Post

    Editorial Cartoonist of the Year: Chip Bok

    Blogger of the Year: Josh Fruhlinger (wonkette.com) & Michael Totten (michael.totten.com)

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