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Tackett To Bloomberg

We told you last week that Chicago Tribune DC Bureau Chief Michael Tackett was the odds-on favorite for Bloomberg’s political editor position and, via the Politico, we learn that it’s now a done deal.

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New DC Bureau Chief Politico Editor Rumors At Bloomberg…

(We’ve edited this post, having mixed up our titles…Tackett is rumored to take Bloomberg’s political editor slot, not bureau chief)

…lots of rumors that Chicago Tribune Washington bureau chief Michael Tackett will be Bloomberg’s new D.C. political editor, but no announcement yet (looks like no dice for Sandy Johnson).

Morning Reading List, 02.28.08


Good morning Washington. On this day in 1991, the first Gulf War ended.

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  • You think the Obama/Muslim garb photo will have a negative affect on Obama’s campaign.


  • In a release, The Education Writers Association (EWA) “announced the winners of the 2007 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing.” Among the winners was The Roanoke Times for “Virginia Tech Shootings.” Check out all the winners here.

  • Some Gridiron details!

  • How the ‘Times’ almost didn’t back Hillary

  • On the now famous Obama pic, Howard Kurtz says, “I think this is a tempest in a turban. I doubt it will hurt Obama in the slightest. And while some Clinton staffer might have peddled it, Hillary Clinton herself pooh-poohed the matter, saying she’s done the same thing many times. (Still, the image was all over TV.)”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Over the next week, Newsday reporters and editors are expecting an announcement about job cuts. … On Feb. 13 Sam Zell — who bought Newsday’s parent company for $8.2 billion in December — wrote in an e-mail that there would be job cuts at every Tribune paper. The L.A. Times made its announcement the next day—100 to 150 jobs would be lost — and the Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant put their estimates at about 45 jobs. Newsday has yet to make its decisions on job cuts.”

  • Reuters reports, “The New York Times Co is expected to meet with four board candidates backed by a dissident investors group ‘within the next week or so,’ a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, as the publisher braces for a second shareholder uprising in three years.”

  • Tsk tsk to Page Six: Mr. Llloyd Cutler has passed, despite what yesterday’s piece suggests.

  • E&P reports, “Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau Chief Michael Tackett welcomed new Tribune Company Chief Sam Zell’s challenge to reorganize the D.C. bureau and said his staff is ‘locked, loaded and ready to change.’”

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “Poor members of Congress. Polls show everybody hates ‘em. They seem more focused on talking sports than solving problems. So where can they turn for relief? Alas, now even the funnies are off limits.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “An overwhelming majority of Americans (82%) are aware of news reports that John McCain may have had an improper relationship with a female lobbyist several years ago. About half (48%) of the public has heard a lot about this story, which first appeared in the New York Times late last week. Another 33% has heard at least a little about the story. By a nearly two-to-one margin those who have heard about the McCain story think the New York Times was wrong to publish it — 57% say the Times did the wrong thing in publishing the story, 33% say the paper did the right thing.”

  • American University School of Communication is hosting a panel on March 5 on media and the military presented Dart Society, “a group of journalists dedicated to improving the coverage of violence and tragedy.”

  • WJLA reports that after some angry readers have logged complaints for getting unwanted Examiners delivered to their homes, “Maryland Delegate Tanya Shewell has introduced legislation to stop this. If the bill passes, publishers of free papers would have to listen. They’d get 7 days to stop delivery or face fines up to 100 dollars for each time the request is not honored.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “The Times Plagiarizes the Miami Herald”

  • A release announced, “The National Press Club joins other journalism organizations in expressing concern about a decision to hold a newspaper reporter in contempt of court for failing to disclose her news sources. Former USA Today reporter Toni Locy is being held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton for failing to reveal her sources for stories she wrote about the federal government’s investigation of former Army scientist Steven J. Hatfill’s potential connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks. Hatfill is suing the government.”

  • A reader tells us, “and, the times sports section got honorable mention in the APSE competition.”

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  • Today, Nathan’s Q&A is featuring NBC 4 weatherman Bob Ryan.

  • From DCRTV:

      Marc “Nigel” Sterne (right), who is an on-air sidekick on and producer of 3WT’s morning shows, won Wednesday night’s third annual Funniest Sports Celebrity Contest at the DC Improv. Sterne, a Brit, is a past successful participant in the event. The runner-up was Monica Livingston, a retired DC Divas running back. Sportstalk 980′s Frank Hanrahan and Channel 9′s Levan Reid, both making their stand-up comedy debuts, made positive impressions on the DC Improv crowd and the judges, but could not overtake Sterne and Livingston, we’re told. The judges included Channel 4′s Lindsay Czarniak and Dan Hellie, Washington Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg, and SportsTalk 980′s Holly Fantaskey. Net proceeds will benefit Funniest Celebrity Charities…..

  • A NBC release announced, “MSNBC’s telecast of last night’s
    Democratic candidates debate drew 7.8 million viewers (9-10:36 p.m. ET), becoming the most watched broadcast in the eleven year history of the network, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

  • Check out The PBS Pledge Drive Drinking Game.

  • FisbowlNY reports, “Media giant Comcast was caught red-handed packing an FCC hearing on network neutrality in Boston with random people picked up off the street in order to keep critics of the corporation from attending.”

  • The AP reports, “The organizer of a federal hearing at Harvard Law School on Comcast Corp.’s treatment of subscriber Internet traffic on Wednesday said ‘seat-warmers’ apparently hired by the company prevented other attendees from getting in. Comcast has acknowledged that it hired an unspecified number of people to fill seats, but said the seat-warmers gave up their spots when Boston area Comcast employees who were advised about the hearing arrived.”

  • A BIG FishbowlDC fan writes in about our earlier post on “Morning Joe” and says that: “The stats you cite show that Morning Joe is getting lower ratings today than Imus got last year. Morning Joe’s ratings aren’t falling, because Morning Joe didn’t exist last year. I’d argue that dropping only 17% from Imus, who grew his audience both on radio and TV over years, is pretty impressive.”

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  • Dow Jones reports, “The chief executive of Time Warner Inc.’s (TWX) AOL Internet unit said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) controversial $41.8 billion bear-hug offer for Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) is a ‘mistake.’”

  • CNet reports, “Facebook first announced last year that it was working on a redesign of members’ profiles; now, the social-networking site has unveiled previews of its upcoming new look. The Facebook profile redesigns will start rolling out in the next few weeks.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “A coalition of media and public interest organizations went to federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday urging a judge to reconsider his order to shut down a muckraking website that publishes leaked documents from businesses and government agencies worldwide. Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen and several news organizations, told U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White that two orders he issued last week against were prior restraints that violated the 1st Amendment.”

  • Wonkette declaresAndrew Sullivan Wins Cleveland Debate”

  • Check out The New York Times’ Baghdad Bureau blog.

  • reports, “YouTube said it is testing a new experimental personalized homepage with a small group of users it has selected at random.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Internet advertising may be showing itself more vulnerable to a consumer slowdown than many in the industry had hoped, according to new search-ad data released this week. The report from research firm comScore Inc. showing a decline in the number of consumer clicks on Google Inc. search ads in January amplified existing concerns about the effect of a broader economic slowdown on the Internet.”

  • Slate just launched a pledged Delegate Calculator: you can plug in your own predictions and find out whether it’s possible for Clinton to catch Obama, and other possibilities.

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  • reports, “At least one major media conglomerate has ruled itself out of the running to buy Reed Business Information, the Reed Elsevier division that puts out Variety, Publishers Weekly and Broadcasting & Cable, among others. A spokeswoman for Condé Nast Publications (which also owns WWD) said Tuesday that the company isn’t interested.”

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  • Washington Post reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio said yesterday that it gained subscribers in the fourth quarter and lost less money, signs that its business is improving even as the company’s merger with XM Satellite Radio Holdings remains stuck in a regulatory limbo more than a year after it was proposed.”

  • Capitol News Connection is now offering custom promos for Ask Your Lawmaker and a web-driven new Ask Your Lawmaker show!

  • Chip Scanlan asks Poynter Online’s Steve Myers what he learned while editing this article about David Folkenflik’s transition from print to radio.” Listen here.

  • DCRTV reports, “Presidential cousin Billy Bush, who once did mornings on the now defunct Z104 in DC, has inked a deal with Westwood One to host a talk and music radio show airing weeknights. ‘The Billy Bush Show,’ slated to debut in April, will be produced by Rob Silverstein, who produces TV’s ‘Access Hollywood,’ which Bush co-hosts — and will continue to do so. The new radio show will focus on entertainment news, celebrity guests, and listener calls, and feature a website with live streams and a Bush blog…”

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  • A release announced, “Can a business law anthology provide a window into seismic cultural change? Such is the case with the just-released book on User-Generated Content: New Business Models and Legal Issues. Edited by prominent music industry attorney Jeff Liebenson of New York’s Herrick, Feinstein LLP and published for the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, User-Generated Content taps the insights of 28 executives and attorneys working at some of the most creative and pivotal media companies worldwide, including Yahoo, EMI Music Publishing, The New York Times, Comcast, Clear Channel, Boston Consulting Group, Fremantle, RealNetworks, Orange/France Telecom, Gracenote and Saatchi & Saatchi. The book is a beacon for anyone following the sea change caused by the democratization of content creation across every major entertainment and information medium.”

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  • BizBash Media is looking for Freelance News Reporters.

  • Georgetown University is looking for a Senior Writer/Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking an Assistant to the President.

  • One Economy Corporation is looking for an Executive Web Producer and a Senior Web Designer.

  • Fenton Communications is looking for an Account Coordinator and a Senior Vice President.

  • National Journal Group is looking for an Online Producer.

  • Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Communications/Web Coordinator.

  • Northwestern University/ Medill DC is looking for a Training Tech Support Mgr Wash.

  • A national television talk show is looking for a TV Sales Manager.

  • AOAC International is seeking Freelance Technical Writer

  • Human Rights Campaign is seeking an Editorial & Web Content Manager

  • General Dynamics is looking for English and Foreign Language Editors/Writers

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  • Morning Reading List, 09.18.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You think the Yankees will make it to the playoffs.

  • Starting on Friday, C-SPAN Radio 90.1 FM in the Washington/Baltimore area is now broadcasting three channels in HD. If you have an HD radio, you’ll be able to hear these three C-SPAN Radio stations for free at 90.1. For more info, click here.

  • A release announced, “In an effort to ensure transparency and accountability in the continuing debate over the future of media ownership in America, Representatives Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Bart Stupak (D-MI), Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) … wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin to request his immediate attention to a number of controversies surrounding the FCC’s activities on ten scientific studies released by the agency in late July.”

  • Shelly Palmer, “award-winning inventor, technologist, composer and television producer” will be the featured speaker at a seminar hosted by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “Mr. Palmer’s presentation takes place 7- 9pm, Wednesday, September 26th at the Intelsat Building, 3007 Tilden Street, NW, Washington. Admission is free to students and NATAS members, $15 for non-NATAS members, payable at the door.”

  • Cable Takes A Ratings Hit

  • TheGarance has a guide to Iowa every political reporter should check out.

  • New York Magazine reports, “Denizens of the Wall Street Journal’s genteel newsroom were in need of smelling salts last Wednesday after reports surfaced that the paper’s new owner, Rupert Murdoch, brought Col Allan, the editor-in-chief of the New York Post, to a kick-the-tires meeting with their bosses.”

  • Al Neuharth, USA TODAY founder and former chair and chief executive officer of Gannett Co., Inc., addressed more than 1,200 guests and staff at a reception at USA TODAY’s headquarters in McLean, Va., on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the nation’s newspaper. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY’s launch was the most expensive and closely watched newspaper debut in history; 25 years later it is the nation’s top selling newspaper.” Check out his remarks here.

  • FishbowlNY reports, “The Kurt Eichenwald underage porn/cash payment story just got a hell of a lot more creepy.”

  • “PoliticsOnline and the World E-Gov Forum are proud to announce the list for nominations of the Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics.” Check it out here.

  • Portfolio’s Jack Flack has “10 things that Rupert Murdoch may need to do with Dow Jones”

  • The International Center for Journalists announced, “Three leading journalists with long experience in business journalism will join the international faculty of China’s first Global Business Journalism Program at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. They include Robert J. Dowling, former managing editor of BusinessWeek International; Ann M. Morrison, former editor of Time Europe; and Nailene Chou Wiest, who was a Knight International Journalism Fellow in China and had worked for Reuters there. Wiest also will serve as the program’s co-director.”

  • The Etelos Ecosystem has partnered with the Web application company Entrecore.

  • Reuters reports, “Fears that a possible U.S. recession will sap advertising spending have soured investors on the media industry, but some entertainment companies just might be more resilient than Wall Street thinks.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The New York Post is about to find out whether a glossy magazine can lift the fortunes of a gritty tabloid. Hoping to increase Sunday circulation and high-end advertising, the Post is introducing Page Six Magazine starting this Sunday.”

  • Fox Business Network has a new logo.

  • Connecticut Post’s Paul Janensch writes, “Q: Professor News, why did many journalists call USA Today ‘McPaper?’ A: Because, they said, it was the news equivalent of fast food — easy to swallow but not very nourishing. The criticism may have been warranted in its early years. But ‘The Nation’s Newspaper,’ which turned 25 last week, has proven to be enormously successful and widely imitated.”

  • At 25, ‘McPaper’ Is All Grown Up

  • Reuters reports, “Six months after grabbing Oscar glory for his eco-documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ former Vice President Al Gore collected an Emmy Award on Sunday for his fledgling youth-oriented cable network, Current TV.”

  • Economist leaves news fluff to others

  • The Associated Press reports, “Shares of New York Times Co. hit a 52-week low for the second day in a row Thursday as a Goldman Sachs analyst cut his price target and lowered some earnings estimates, citing disappointing August ad revenue results.”

  • Ad reports, “NYT Has Seen Future: It’s All the Blogging That’s Fit to Print”

  • WAMU 88.5 announced, “Senior Commentator and Washington, D.C., radio veteran Fred Fiske will celebrate 60 years on the airwaves in Washington, D.C., on September 27.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Reed Elsevier Plc and Wolters Kluwer NV, two publishers that abandoned a merger in 1998, should again consider combining because of the ‘compelling’ strategic and financial logic of such a step, Merrill Lynch & Co. said.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Dow Jones & Company and its main labor union have moved close to agreement on a contract for reporters and other employees at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, union officials said yesterday.”

  • From the Houston Chronicle, “Hardly a day passes without a reader (or two) accusing the paper of having an unabashed affinity for the opinions of ‘liberal’ columnists — eschewing those of conservatives. It’s a spurious assertion to which I reply: ‘What paper are you reading?’”

  • Chicago Tribune’s Michael Tackett writes, “The president lost another member of his senior staff Friday when Tony Snow ended his stint as White House press secretary. Snow is the third man to hold that job for President Bush, and by almost any measure, the best. His loss may be felt even more directly than that of the talented Mr. Rove.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “A newsroom without news editors might be the dream of many a trod-upon reporter. But if that really were the case, and it was online users instead who set the news agenda, a new report from The Project for Excellence in Journalism suggests the stories they’d choose to lead the day, and the sources of news to which they’d pay attention, would put us in a very different world of news.”

  • Check out Andrew Sullivan’s first reader contest and vote for the best movie line ever.

  • Daryn Kagan’s documentary film, “Breaking the Curse”, aired last night on WETA and will re-air tonight at 5PM.

  • Laura Rozen reports, “The network says it acted quickly when it discovered consultant Alexis Debat had misrepresented his credentials. But sources say a real investigation of his work is beginning only now.”

  • Gawker reports, “Times deputy managing editor Jonathan Landman, in one of his weekly memos to the staff about ‘Innovation,’ lays this deepness on you (emphasis ours): ‘Times have changed. Our online storytelling skills have evolved to the point where you really can get the whole story without reading a newspaper article.’”

  • The cover of Alan Greenspan’s new book, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, features a cover portrait shot by U.S. News & World Report’s Jeff MacMillan several years ago for the magazine.

  • The Washington Post’s Frank Aherns writes, “The head of a burgeoning Afghan media empire looked down at his new BlackBerry, vibrating against a table in Washington earlier this week. ‘Afghan civilians injured in Gereshk suicide bombing,’ read the e-mail headline. Another day, another suicide bombing in another town. Another too-typical news event for Saad Mohseni’s stations to broadcast across a country where prime-time programming is scheduled to fit the nighttime hours when electrical generators are switched on.”

  • “News media organizations must become portfolio entrepreneurs that make experimentation and ‘iteration’ a way of life and that ‘put risk and speed at the center of the corporate altar,’ a new report from the Media Management Center concludes.”

  • A tipster tells us, “hotline is having a party, just later this fall. or so i hear.”

  • Variety reports, “News Corp. topper Peter Chernin has urged British TV chiefs to adopt innovative, risk-taking strategies and embrace new media — or risk extinction.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc is testing an experimental social network service called Mash that makes it easy for Yahoo users to share tidbits of their lives with friends and family online, the company said on Sunday. Mash, to which a limited number of public users began being invited as testers on Friday, was described by a spokeswoman as a new, next-generation service that is independent from the company’s 2-1/2 year-old Yahoo 360 degree profile service.”

  • NY Post reports, “By the time many of this fall’s new TV shows premiere later this month, a number of Web-savvy viewers will have already given their thumbs-up or thumbs-down. That’s because networks including NBC and Fox are offering free sneak peeks of the pilot episodes of their new shows online.”

  • Slate reports, “Why the WSJ Exodus Is Good for Murdoch”

  • New York Times reports, “Next year, The Wall Street Journal will introduce Pursuits, a glossy monthly magazine about the lifestyles of the rich, in hopes of drawing more ads for expensive consumer goods”

  • A reader writes in, “From a fan: Is Jose Antonio Vargas bumping fogies like Woodward off the front page? Vargas has had 9 front page stories on his online political beat. Where’s the NYT and WSJ?”

  • Forbes reports, “How’s USA Today celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this weekend? With shares of parent company Gannett at their lowest closing level in 10 years.”

  • AP reports USA Today “starts its second quarter century with plans to expand its brand beyond the world of journalism.”

  • E&P reports, “In another Web first, The New York Times has posted on its Web site a video Letter to the Editor from Charles Ferguson, the anti-war filmmaker, responding critically to L. Paul Bremer’s recent Op-Ed defending his order to dismantle the Iraqi Army in 2003 after the U.S. took Baghdad.”

  • Reuters reports, “Your cell phone may be one of the last spots around that’s relatively free of advertising — but not for long. Media and advertising companies have found a way of latching on to people’s handsets by beaming ads to them via Bluetooth, the same technology used in some hands-free headsets.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Screen Actors Guild announced Friday that it signed a contract to cover performers on “quarterlife,” a Web series that will debut Nov. 11 on”

  • Need to Know News, LLC is looking for a Financial Markets Reporter.

  • The Guardian is looking for an Online Journalist.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is looking for a Medical Writer.

  • The American Institute of Physics is looking for a News Reporter/Writer.

  • Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine is looking for a higher ed reporter.

  • ThinkTalk is seeking a Smart Dynamic Host.

  • UCG is looking for a Medical Coding Reporter.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Social Policy Editor.

  • Stars and Stripes is looking for a Photo Graphics Technician.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • The Washington Center for Politics & Journalism is offering a Politics & Journalism Semester Internship.

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

  • Spitfire Strategies is looking for a Senior Associate.

  • US Newsventures is looking for an Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Experienced Editor.

  • Girls’ Life is looking for an Online Editorial Director and Online Editorial Assistant.

  • TeamPeople is looking for a General Manager: Media Support, AV.

  • Legal Times is looking for an Advertising Director.

  • The Distilled Spirits Council is looking for a PR Manager.

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for a production designer/web assistant.

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