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  • Meet the Press: President-elect Obama.

  • This Week: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ron Gettelfinger, President, United Auto Workers, The Wall Street Journals’ Peggy Noonan, the Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman, Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), Member, Senate Budget Committee and New York Times’ Thomas Friedman.

  • Fox News Sunday: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sens. Carl Levin, (D) Michigan and Richard Shelby, (R) Alabama/ Ranking Member, Senate Banking Committee and a panel with Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News and Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post & Time Magazine. The Power Player is Jim Messina, Director of Personnel for the Transition Team of President-elect Barack Obama and is the incoming White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

  • Reliable Sources: Dana Milbank, columnist, The Washington Post; Ana Marie Cox, Washington editor, TIME.com, Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large, National Review Online, Eric Deggans, television critic, St. Petersburg Times, Andrew Tyndall, blogger, Tyndallreport.com, Michael Wolff, author, “The Man Owns the News: Inside Secret World of Rupert Murdoch”

  • CNN’s After Party: Brian DeBose, editorial writer, The Washington Times, Michelle Cottle, senior editor, The New Republic, Christopher Hayes, Washington editor, The Nation, Stephen Hayes, senior writer, The Weekly Standard; CNN political contributor, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; former speechwriter for Sen. Bill Frist, Jamal Simmons, Democratic strategist; president, New Future Communications. Hosted this week by Hilary Rosen and David Brody, CNN political contributors

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, (R-MN), Gov. Ed Rendell, (D-PA), Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst, Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst, Joe Johns, CNN senior correspondent.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Joe Kernen of CNBC; John Heilemann of New York Magazine; and Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post Writers Group.

  • The Post Politics Program: Chris Cillizza, Eli Saslow, Post contributor Paul Light and Jennifer Agiesta.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: General Hamid Gul, former Pakistan Intelligence Chief, Shuja Nawaz, Author, author, “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within”, Lt. Gen. Talat Masood, Pakistan Army Corps (Ret.), David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”, Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico

  • Morning Reading List, 12.04.08

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    Morning Reading List, 12.03.08

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    Morning Reading List, 12.02.08

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    Morning Reading List, 11.03.08

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    Morning Reading List, 10.10.08

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    Morning Reading List, 12.13.07

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  • Your coworkers shouldn’t expect any gifts from you this year.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “Other young reporters at the Post, just fyi: Philip Rucker, who just covered the Maryland General Assembly special session, 23. Megan Greenwell, who just returned from Baghdad, 23. Metro reporter Jenna Johnson, 22″

  • The Huffington Post takes on Politico: “Obama Questionaire Exposes Publication’s Bias”

  • The New York Times reports, “In the last few months, Rupert Murdoch has moved into an office at Dow Jones & Company, publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He has pushed the paper’s editors for shorter articles and more hard news. He has personally wooed reporters he wants to keep out of his competitors’ hands. And last week, he oversaw the replacement of top executives, including The Journal’s publisher, with his own lieutenants. And he hasn’t even bought the company yet. That will change on Thursday, when in all likelihood shareholders will vote to approve the sale of Dow Jones to Mr. Murdoch’s company, the News Corporation. But Mr. Murdoch has already seized the reins of Dow Jones and The Journal, setting in motion what amounts to an overhaul of the look, content and staff of one of the world’s most prized newspapers.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to vote next week on rules that would let companies own a newspaper and television station in the same market, defying members of Congress who wanted a delay.”

  • The New York Post reports, “A budding feud is developing between Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff and Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Ellison, both of whom now have book deals to write about Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.’s takeover of Dow Jones.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Wall Street continues to turn sour on media and entertainment stocks heading into 2008, even though several sector biggies already are seeing their stocks near their 52-week lows.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “I’m naming David Halberstam and Norman Mailer, who died in 2007, as my Journalists of the Year.”

  • Regret The Error brings us, “The Year in Media Errors and Corrections”

  • Crains New York reports, “The advertising marketplace really is as gloomy as it looks. Total measured advertising expenditures grew just 0.2% to $108.2 billion in the first nine months of the year, according to TNS Media Intelligence.”

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    TV

  • MSNBC will present live coverage of the Des Moines Register Democratic presidential debates tomorrow, as will C-SPAN.

  • TVNewser reports, “CNBC and Yahoo! are getting into the content sharing business. CNBC announced an agreement to distribute video and text stories from CNBC, CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia, and CNBC.com to Yahoo! Finance users in the United States and worldwide.”

  • TV Board writes, “It’s been a while since I’ve contributed a post to this board, and much of that time has been spent thinking about some recent developments taking place at Google, and how they may ultimately reshape the way we plan, buy, watch and think about television. The development that’s had me thinking the most was Google’s deal to license demographic ratings data from Nielsen. This surprised me for several reasons. First and foremost was that I thought the industry was heading in the opposite direction, that demos were doomed, and that it would be Nielsen that would ultimately need to license data from Google — not the other way around.”

  • Check out WETA’s Bethanne Patrick’s recommendations for top titles for the holidays–books to put under the tree, around the menorah, or near the Festivus pole.

  • PRWeek reports, “Talking head Chris Matthews is a former political operative acting as a consultant to news mediaThe day may come when the ‘news’ is an all-out battle of competing political factions, each trying to insinuate its position into the mind of the populace by using the media as a giant host, just as viruses use the human body. Who are we kidding? That day came long ago. But the media does not seem to be in a hurry to discourage the transition.”

  • “FOX News Channel’s E.D. Hill started ‘Operation Holiday Thanks’ this season to deliver holiday greetings to wounded soldiers at various military hospitals around the world. In just a few weeks, Hill has already received 30,000 cards from viewers wanting to send holiday wishes to the soldiers.”

  • A Comcast release announced, “plans to build out a 92,000-square-foot, 500-seat regional call center in Largo, Md. at 1301 McCormick Drive. The new call center will primarily house customer service agents who will provide technical support for Comcast High-Speed Internet (CHSI), Comcast Digital Voice (CDV) and various advanced video products. Comcast currently employs more than 4,000 local employees throughout the Region, supporting the company’s 1.1 million Potomac Region customers.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Wonkette wants to know what you think about the site’s redesign.

  • Reuters reports, “‘w00t,’ an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary. Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said “w00t” — typically spelled with two zeros — reflects a new direction in the American language led by a generation raised on video games and cell phone text-messaging.”

  • Regret The Error brings us, “The Year in Media Errors and Corrections”

  • Romenesko has a lot to offer on the Bacon-Daly situation.

  • Seth Mnookin writes, “Can you hear me now? The Daly fiasco echo chamber, day two.”

  • Information Week reports, “Google accounted for more than six of 10 online searches in the United States in November, more than triple the amount of its closest rival Yahoo, a Web metrics firm said Tuesday.”

  • The Obama story, Perry Bacon and the ‘thin blue line’ of American journalism.”

  • Dotards and Maybe Fools: Bacon Gate Turns Into a Brawl

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Writers Guild of America is under new and mounting pressure from its ranks to get back to the bargaining table. A number of union members are unhappy that the negotiations with the major Hollywood studios that broke off Friday night were sidetracked by issues secondary to the one the writers see as central: how they will be paid when their work shows up on the Internet.”

  • Check out The Rags Show, a blog written by “a written word activist who comes from that not-so-fictional community called Homelesstown USA.”

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    RADIO

  • Did you miss US News and World Report’s Ken Walsh on NPR’s On the Media program this weekend? Listen to it here.

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • TVNewser reports,David Pogue, personal technology columnist for The New York Times, is joining CNBC as a contributor.”

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    JOBS

  • LegiStorm is looking for a Project Manager for the LegiStorm Web Site.

  • National Press Foundation is seeking a Program Assistant.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Researcher and a Schedules Researcher.

  • The Atlantic Media Company is looking for a Staff Correspondent to cover the White House for National Journal.

  • The American Prospect is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Web Director.

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  • Morning Reading List, 11.01.07

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  • You think Tim Russert should be The Joker.

  • ABC announced, “During a week dominated by news of the fires in Southern California, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54. For the week, the ABC broadcast averaged 8.95 million Total Viewers and a 2.3/9 among key demo viewers. This marks ‘World News” highest delivery in both categories in eight months (week of 2/26/07).”

  • Joe Kildea has left ABC’s “This Week.”

  • The Politico announced a new staffer. “Jeffrey Ressner, who will be reporting for Politico — from L.A. — on the nexus of Hollywood and politics, wrote and/or edited for publications including L.A. Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Time Magazine.”

  • More Halloween costumes, from Playbook:

      MORE COSTUMES: Riley was a kangaroo. J.T. was a fireman. Rob was Sarkozy, complete with aviators and French flag lapel pins, carrying a baguette. Lily was a pink witch/princess, and stole the show on M Street. Richard was Malcolm X. Tom Toles had a wide stance. Matt David was Papa Smurf and Kildea was Baby Smurf. Dana Milbank had a very short green dress with fishnets and a black wig.

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      The Playbook “Best Costume” award goes to Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who went as a GRATEFUL IRAQI, wearing an Iraqi Olympic jacket and handing out candy.

  • A release announced, “The Society of American Travel Writers
    announced winners of the Aaron D. Cushman Travel Public Relations award at their convention in Manchester, England on October 6. Among the top honors, the Gold Award for Best Publicity for a Single Entity or National Brand, went to Willard 2006 — A Hotel’s Legacy, A Nation’s History — Barbara Bahny-David, Director of Public Relations for the Willard InterContinental — on behalf of Willard 2006.”

  • Check out FishbowlNY’s full coverage of the 2007 American Magazine Conference.

  • Gridskipper Washington D.C has a D.C. Punk Crawl, the Best Cheap Italian Restaurants and the Suburban Girl’s Guide to Shopping in the District.

  • You have to be major for ‘Meet’

  • A release announced, “Entrepreneur Risë Birnbaum is being honored as one of the Washington Business Journal’s 2007 “Women Who Mean Business.” Her company, Z Communications Co. (better known as zcomm), was recently recognized by the same publication as one of the top 15 public relations agencies by revenue in the D.C. Metro area.”

  • Did you miss the Center for Responsive Politics’ Massie Ritsch on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” Tuesday night. Check out the video on Conmedy Central’s website.

  • His Extreme-ness says, “The Note’s Insidery Readers Are So Jaded And Cynical These Days”

  • The new Onion book, Our Dumb World, went on sale Tuesday.

  • A release announced, “Maria Hinojosa, award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s Latino USA, will be the featured speaker at the next Latino Leaders Luncheon Series, taking place from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6th at the Capital Hilton Presidential Ballroom, 1001 16th Street, NW, in Washington, DC. The series is a quarterly event hosted by Latino Leaders Networkâ„¢ and founder, Mickey Ibarra, to provide a platform for prominent Latino leaders to share their personal story of obstacles overcome to achieve success.”

  • PEJ News Coverage Index for October 21-26 shows, “The wildfires that raged in Southern California last week featured numerous tales of bravery, tragedy, and plenty of missing pets. But one reason the disaster became such a major story was that journalists couldn’t resist raising the comparison—fair or not—with the 2005 fiasco on the Gulf Coast.”

  • PRNewser has the details Pat Philbin’s going-away. Check it out here, here and here.

  • From The Huffington Post: “FEMA Offers New Guidelines Governing Press Conferences That Look Suspiciously Like The Old Guidelines That Should Have Governed Press Conferences In The First Place”

  • Christina Bellantoni is doing regular stints on Tony Kornheiser’s show talking about ’08 politics.

  • Huffington Post reports, “In recent weeks, Republican presidential candidates have found time in their busy schedules to speak or debate before the Republican Jewish Coalition, “Value Voters,” conservative Floridians, even Wyoming Republicans, who hold virtually no sway in the primary race. They’ve also agreed to appear at the CNN/YouTube debate they at one point shunned. But it appears that some GOP frontrunners are once again letting an opportunity to appear before African-American voters lapse, just as they decided to sit out a black voter forum hosted last month by Tavis Smiley. The Congressional Black Caucus Institute announced in September that it had scheduled a debate for November 4 on Fox News for Republican presidential candidates. But a spokeswoman for the group confirmed to the Huffington Post that it has now been postponed, with no new date set.”

  • A release announced that yesterday marked, “the official relaunch of the Nightline webcast which will be featured on ABCNews.com, ABC News Now, and iTunes.”

  • From a reporter who wishes to remain anonymous: “as one of the few journalists in town who does not believe russert walks on water, i have to say he did a good job last night at finally getting under hrc’s skin. the fact that she is now calling his demeanor unprofessional is absurd and quite telling about her thin skin…”

  • A tipster asks, “what is benjamin wallace-wells doing on the front of the post?”

  • For anyone wondering why Politico’s Crypt logo has changed, it’s because it is a group effort, of more than eight reporters, and they could not fit all those caricature on the box. Seriously.

  • Jossip tells us how to “Dress Up As Your Favorite Media Meanie.” Ok, so a day late, but stil funny.

  • The Guardian’s Cory Doctorow writes, “It’s all the rage these days: crackpot proposals to automatically police the internet for copyright violations, stopping them even before they occur. From YouTube’s promise to find and stamp out copyright infringing uploads to the counterproposal from the motion picture studios and Microsoft to find and stamp out infringing uploads, everyone is getting in on the act. The problem is, it’s all lies, wishful thinking and irresponsible promises.”

  • WWD.com reports, “Portfolio.com has tapped Larry Kramer, founder of MarketWatch, as a Web consultant for the next few months.”

  • “The Parents Television Council released its annual ranking of the 20 most popular prime time broadcast television shows among children ages 2-17, based on Nielsen Media Research rankings. … Of the 20 shows most-watched by children, only seven were scripted series, and six of those appeared on the worst list. Fox’s Family Guy was named the worst program for young audiences.” For the full result, click here.

  • The Nation announced that the magazine’s syndication policy at the magazine has changed; all rights and syndication are now handled by Agence Global.

  • Pajamas Media “announced actor Ron Silver, author Dr. Phyllis Chesler, and cultural critic Roger Kimball as new PajamasXpress bloggers. These contributors now have a permanent space at PajamasMedia.com where readers can view their most recent web postings on a range of issues and current events and engage them in conversation.”

  • A release announced, “Society of Professional Journalists, National Arab American Journalists Association join forces”

  • TV Decoder reports,Brian Lamb Says an Award for Him Is an Award for Us All”

  • A release announced, “The Hollywood Reporter … announced the release of Hollywood Reporter Direct, a free and easy-to-install application that provides subscribers with immediate and exclusive delivery of customized news, alerts and video from The Hollywood Reporter directly to their desktop. With this launch, The Hollywood Reporter becomes one of the first news outlets in the U.S. to offer this kind of desktop news delivery system to its global readership.”

  • A reader writes asks, “Uh, is the ‘Time 100′ peer-reviewed or something? Aren’t ALL magazine lists essentially subjective and built-to-entertain/sell-ads?”

  • Market Watch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The clever host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’ is holding the usually clear-eyed media in the palm of his hand and bringing out the worst in some star-struck journalists who should know better.”

  • Washington Times reports, “Comcast this week debuted its Digital Voice service in Frederick County, Md., making the cable provider’s ‘triple play’ — cable, Internet and phone services –available to subscribers there.”

  • Poynter Online answers the burning question, “What Does a ‘Data Delivery Editor’ Do?”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz writes, “If you harbor a sneaking suspicion that the 2008 campaign is all about Hillary, you’re right”

  • Advertising Age announced, “Advertising Age unveils its annual A-List, where we name the year’s top 10 magazines. Womens’ magazines dominate this year’s list, as titles that focus on home, health, hunger and handbags all found a place, as did one British newsweekly. Other awards include editor of the year, launch of the year and publishing company of the year, which can be found in this special report.”

  • E&P reports, “News coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign has centered predominantly on just five candidates, offered very little information about their public records or what they would do in office, and focused more than 60% of stories on political and tactical aspects of the race, according to a joint study released Monday.”

  • The New York Times’ Kit Seelye covers Huffington Post’s OffTheBus presidential campaign citizen journalism project.

  • We hear the following people will be Note at tonight’s Time magazine party for Mark Halperin’s “The Page”: Managing Ed Richard Stengel, Wash Bureau Chief Jay Carney, TIME.com Managing Editor Josh Tyrangiel, Mark Halperin, Sen Sherrod Brown, Ron Brownstein, Sen Bob Corker, Tom DeLay, Rep Rahm Emanuel, Mandy Grunwald, Tammy Haddad, Jim Jordan, Chris Matthews, Sen Robin McCain, Terry McCullough, Norah O’Donnell, Kevin Sheekey, George Stephanopoulos, Howard Wolfson and Judy Woodruff.

  • Hotline has finally finally hired a new On Call Editor in Jennifer Skalka.

  • Mark your calendars! NPR Music is set to launch November 5.

  • Check out Carol Joynt’s latest edition of the Washington Social Diary.

  • The HealthCentral Network, Inc. “announced that breast cancer survivor Laura Zigman, a best-selling author regarded as the progenitor of the ‘Chick Lit’ genre, will join MyBreastCancerNetwork.com as an expert.”

  • A reader writes in, “Know who’s a big winner in Microsoft’s investment in Facebook that values the company at $15 billion? The WashPost’s Don Graham, who was an early investor in Facebook”

  • New York Times reports, “The Fox News Channel sent notices to the campaigns of the leading Republican presidential candidates yesterday ordering them to stop using images from their Fox appearances in campaign advertisements.”

  • Place your bid for an “Amazing One Month Internship with Harper’s Bazaar Magazine”

  • Gawker reports, “Last night Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn was host to a party for Napeolonic media mufti Michael Wolff and former New York mag honcho Caroline Miller’s new project Newser, the web 1.0 news aggregator. Ten years ago, Michael Wolff wrote Burn Rate; it chronicled the spectacular failure of his first web venture, NetGuide. Along the way, Wolff seriously burned his backer Alan Patricof and nearly everybody else he worked with. So when if Newser fails, will there be a Burn Rate II?”

  • Public Eye wonders, “Stephen Colbert, Mock Debater?”

  • Seattle Business Journal reports, “Motivational speaker and corporate-ethics author Lynn Brewer said she will ask USA Today for an apology for its recent article questioning her credentials as an Enron whistle-blower.”

  • CJR reports, “Nightline proves PEJ study right”

  • Inside Cable News has “a chart in Live numbers comparing the channels in Total Day and Primetime in October 2007 to October 2006.”

  • Kansas City Star reports, “Conservative columnist and pundit Robert Novak came to the Dole Institute of Politics on Tuesday to talk about his 50 years covering Washington politics. Novak also made the trip to sign copies of his new book, The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington.”

  • The Triangle, Drexel’s newspaper, reports, “Chris Matthews, host and star of news shows Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Chris Matthews Show, was at Drexel University for a book signing early during the day of the Democratic Debate Oct. 30. Matthews held a brief talk in which he addressed the student audience and answered a few questions. He began his address to students with his view of the modern-day political situation.”

  • Connie Lawn is the “skiing White House Reporter.” In addition to writing about politics, she travels and writes intensively about skiing during the season. Much of Connie’s work can be seen on dcski.com.

  • New York Post reports, “AOL and MTV Networks are unveiling new services that will allow consumers to search for and view the lyrics to popular songs. The initiatives are the latest examples of music publishers cashing in on song lyrics by licensing the words to popular tunes for reproduction on Web sites and television.”

  • Fortune introduces us to “Arianna Huffington 2.0″

  • The Associated Press reports, “Plans fell into place Monday for CNN to hold a major Republican debate on Nov. 28, while MSNBC postponed their Nov. 6 debate because of conflicts with the GOP contenders’ schedules.”

  • A release announced, “The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced that Emmy Award winning producer Ricky Kirshner and long-time Democratic Party strategist Mark Squier will serve as Executive Producers for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Together, Kirshner and Squier will craft and implement a program that supports the DNCC’s commitment to bring down the Pepsi Center walls and make this Convention as inclusive, accessible and engaging as possible using new technology and other creative means. As Executive Producers, the pair will be responsible for the overall look and execution of the Convention program including the design, staging, lighting, audio and entertainment.”

  • A release announced, “CNN, YouTube and the Republican Party of Florida … announced that the eight major Republican candidates running for president … will participate in their first-of-its-kind Republican primary debate scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, Fla. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate this program designed to allow voters, no matter where they live, ask questions of the candidates for this country’s highest office.”

  • “Nearly 11 months before anyone could cast a vote, the press had already narrowed the presidential horserace to five candidates. And while the coverage provided ample information on political tactics and fundraising, it offered citizens relatively little information on the candidates’ records or where they proposed to take the country,” according to a joint study released by the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

  • What are the biggest social events of the season? Washingtonian tells us.

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  • The Gazette is looking for Staff writers

  • mergermarket is looking for an energetic DC-based reporter.

  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is looking for a Circulation Manager.

  • Spectrum Science Communications is looking for a Healthcare PR Account Supervisor.

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  • Morning Reading List, 09.26.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you read newspapers at work.

  • An ABC release announced, “For the just-completed 2006-07 season, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Adults 25-54. This marks ABC’s first seasonal demo win since 1995-96. For the season, ‘World News’ averaged a 2.1/9 and 2.62 million among Adults 25-54, outperforming NBC by 30,000 demo viewers. Among Total Viewers, ABC averaged 8.36 million and was the only evening newscast to grow its Total Viewing audience for the season (+3%). NBC finished the season down 7% among Total Viewers, while CBS dropped 9%.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ narrowed the gap with ‘ABC World News with Charles Gibson’ last week to a mere 36,000 separating the two broadcasts. For the week of September 17-21, 2007, ‘Nightly News’ attracted 7.655 million total viewers, ABC averaged 7.691 million, and CBS ‘Evening News’ had 6.052 million.”

  • “Simpson’s Sept. 16 arrest in a strange case involving a dispute over sports memorabilia was the top story last week, filling 13% of the newshole according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index for Sept. 16-21.”

  • Comcast Drops the Ball in Snyder Interview

  • “Chris Matthews: Not always such a big talker.”

  • In a release, The Parents Television Council “announced the launch of a new website, www.HowCableShouldBe.com, that allows consumers to see for themselves just how much they are paying for cable networks they don’t want or don’t watch. The new website also allows visitors to calculate what their cable bills should be if they were allowed to ‘vote with their wallet’ by selecting only the cable networks they wanted.”

  • N.Y. Times creates more bestsellers

  • Katie Gill is leaving her job on The Washington Times copy desk to join Army Times. The copy desk has two new hires: Amanda Johnson and Jonathan Kelly

  • Al Jazeera English may not be available on cable, but it is now available on You Tube. Tune into www.youtube.com/aljazeeraenglish.

  • The Washington Post reports, “Radio One, the country’s largest radio broadcasting company targeting black listeners, may be returning its headquarters to the District from Lanham in a proposed deal that would require the city to provide $22 million in public financing, according to city officials.”

  • NPR Rebuffs White House On Bush Talk

  • Poynter Online reports, “Does news have a future? Author Michael Wolff writes in the October Vanity Fair ponders a couple of intriguing possibilities: creating a personalized news site, or that someday there may be ‘a world without any of this. One without the news.’”

  • A release announced, “The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs’ Center for Innovative Media presents reporters James O’Byrne, features editor for the Pulitzer-Prize winning New Orleans Times Picayune; Susan Feeney, senior producer at National Public Radio (NPR); and Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter at the New Orleans Times Picayune, in a powerful discussion about what it’s like to be on the front lines of disaster” at ” Disaster! In the Eye of the Storm: Katrina, Catastrophe, and the Media Amid the Wreckage,” to be held Oct. 8, 2007.

  • “Will major media conglomerates soon unload some of their biggest assets? Executives from top media firms were asked about possible spin-offs and/or division sales during two high profile media conferences last week.” Learn more here.

  • WSJ reports, “Microsoft is in talks to buy a minority stake in the popular social-networking Web site Facebook Inc., a sign of a new urgency by the software giant to jump-start its online business at a time when Google is widening its lead in the fast-growing Internet-advertising business. As part of its catch-up program, Microsoft also has quietly granted broad powers to an executive recently hired from outside the company, who is expected to help shake up the software giant’s online business.”

  • “Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and Politico.com invite you to join a lively discussion, moderated by Politico’s Jim VandeHei and Ben Smith alongside communications professionals from the top presidential campaigns from both political parties. Panelists will showcase some of the tools, best practices, and innovative strategies they have found effective in connecting with voters during this busy primary season.” Check it out this morning 9-11 at the National Press Club.

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert: “Dan Rather is right”

  • The New York Post reports, “Microsoft Corp. needs to do a deal – the question the software giant is currently contemplating is whether it should do one with Facebook or Yahoo!, The Post has learned.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “ValueClick Inc., the second-biggest U.S. Internet advertising broker, rose 7.4 percent in Nasdaq Stock Market trading on speculation the company may be bought.”

  • AP reports, “Clear Channel Communications Inc . shareholders approved on Tuesday a $19.5 billion buyout of the nation’s biggest radio station operator, more than 10 months after the deal was proposed.”

  • Reuters reports, “Amazon.com Inc launched an early version of its highly anticipated digital music download store, which is seen as a potential rival to Apple Inc’s dominant iTunes system.”

  • Washington Post reports, “The Republican CNN/YouTube debate may still be on — but so far two of the biggest names in the GOP field have yet to sign up for the Nov. 28 event.”

  • New York Time’s TVDecoder reports, “Readers of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times have seen some unusual pages in their papers recently: ads for various NBC properties that wrapped partially around various parts of the paper, partially obscuring the section fronts.”

  • Reuters reports that the New York Times “said on Monday that it will let readers receive and send property listings on their mobile devices, “regardless of whether their property search began in print, online or on The Times mobile real estate site.”

  • E&P reports, “In a nod to the morphing world of media and technology, The Wall Street Journal is combining its New York tech bureau with the Media & Marketing group. Rich Turner, who heads Media & Marketing, will oversee the merged bureaus. Almar Latour, the former New York technology chief, has been appointed WSJ.com’s managing editor.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The Nielsen Co. announced Monday it has opened up its new social networking Web site irreverently called Hey! Nielsen (www.heynielsen.com) to the public.”

  • Mr. Magazine reports, “Details does not want you to buy Details…”

  • Media Life reports, “England may no longer be an empire in the classic sense, with colonies about the world, but it’s still very much an empire in the new virtual world, truly a global media empire to which the rest of the world still turns.”

  • Listen to Jack Cafferty on NPR talk about life as an alcoholic.

  • Slate’s Bruce Reed’s video gets snubbed by Mitt! Details here.

    Jobs

  • Politico & Politico.com is looking for a National Internet Account Executive.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for an Art Director- Architect /Architectural Lighting.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • The (Annapolis) Capital has openings for page designer, copy editor.

  • The County Times is seeking a Full Time Reporter

  • Southern Maryland Newspapers is looking for an Editor.

  • The Gazette is looking for a Sports reporter.

  • The Daily Progress is looking for a Sports designer.

  • Washingtonpost.com is looking for a Web Application Developer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 09.05.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington and Happy September.

  • You are not ready for summer to be over. We aren’t either.

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia? No peeking!

  • What did you think of the Politico’s redesign?

  • The Washington Post reports, “John Jay Geddie, 70, a reporter and editor who started a newspaper in Loudoun County three years ago, died Aug. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of kidney failure and pneumonia related to treatment for skin cancer. He lived in Sterling.”

  • Spend an evening with Peter Bagge, reason’s resident cartoonist, tonight at 1747 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 6.30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. RSVP to mailto:events@reason.com

  • Getting Ready in the Granite State

  • It doesn’t happen often: Olbermann bests O’Reilly.

  • Politico’s Jonathan Martin is “venturing off the eaten path” with his new feature, Trail Mix. “Now I’m asking you to ensure that all my surprises are good ones. I want to hear about the best, most out-of-the-way kitchens in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

  • Felling to take a taste of Morning Joe.

  • B&C reports, “The Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will not allow C-SPAN to televise the oral arguments in CBS’ challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency finding against the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl reveal back in 2004.”

  • Some of you wondered what happened to the Politico’s planned “Welcome back to Congress” issue yesterday. One Politico’r explains: “The Tuesday issue was, in essence, a welcome back issue, focusing on all the fight ahead, as you can see from stories. We will not be doing big full special issues, rather more targeted and focused coverage of specific areas.”

  • See Martha Raddatz’s interview with Gen. Petraeus. This is Raddatz’s 14th trip to Iraq.

  • The media’s Katrina malpractice

  • Mediabistro is hosting “The Future of Design” tonight, a panel discussion on what’s driving change in the design industry. The event is 7-9 pm at Cooper Union’s Wollman Auditorium, 51 Astor Place in New York. Cash bar reception to follow at Central Bar, 109 E. 9th Street. For more info, click here.

  • The DC Metro Moms Blog officially announced yesterday. It is a collaborative group of moms writing about their lives in Washington, D.C. Check it out here.

  • Jessica Taylor is starting as a Staff Writer/Online Producer at NationalJournal.com this week.

  • From the College Democrats Weekly Update 9/2/2007: “The UF College Democrats have received an invitation to see Helen Thomas speak in Orlando! On Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m., Helen Thomas, White House correspondent and author, will give a talk at the Orlando Public Library. … Tickets are $50 for non-library card holders.”

  • A reader points out this goof on the CBS Evening News: “Couric is in Iraq, got an intv with Bush. Swell, right? They ran the package and an audio track was missing on playback so we couldn’t hear the natural sound (troops cheering, etc.) AND at least one Bush soundbite had no audio so we could see him talking but couldn’t hear anything. This was the trip that was supposed to boost ratings…right? Whoops.”

  • A reader provides clarification on this, pointing out that podcasts are completely separate from paid downloads. Providers of paid downloads make a deal with iTunes for the programs to be sold at the iTunes online store. Providers of podcasts host the programs on their own sites — and iTunes simply provides links to the podcasts, grouped by subject or provider. So there is no “deal” regarding podcasts between iTunes and the vast majority of podcast producers, meaning you will still be able to get the MTP podcast on iTunes.

  • The Independent’s Stephen Glover writes, “The press has a new growth area — writing about itself on Wikipedia.”

  • Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff writes, “In every newsperson, not just Rupert Murdoch, there’s the dream of owning a newspaper—my paper. This retro dream is why, for the past six months, every Wednesday morning, I’ve been on a conference call about the subject of software design and digital engineering as it relates to the news. Although the discussion is specifically about how to make the news exciting (come on, guys, if it bleeds it ledes), it is often as tedious an hour as any I remember from high-school math. I’ve been able, however, using the mute button, to shower during these calls.”

  • AP’s David Bauder writes, “South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson turned to Woodruff for a ‘Nightline’ report on his recovery and return to public life this week following a brain hemorrhage. The Democrat probably figured no other reporter would better understand what he went through. Woodruff has quietly returned to work full time at ABC following the January 2006 bombing in Iraq that nearly killed him, already traveling to Cuba, Syria and throughout the United States to report stories.”

  • Over Labor Day weekend, PolitiFact.com was launched, “a new Web site from the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly that scrutinizes the accuracy of claims made by presidential candidates.”

  • CJR takes a look at Talking Points Media.

  • Check out TVNewser’s five questions with Fox News Channel’s Carl Cameron, the host of a GOP Presidential debate tomorrow night.

  • Freelance Switch offers this PSA: “The 10 Biggest Mistakes Freelancers Make, and How to Avoid Them.”

  • Salon has a confessional from a gossip addict.

    Jobs

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for an Online Video Producer.

  • The United States State Department is looking for a U.S. Diplomat/Foreign Service Officer.

  • www.HealthCentral.com is looking for a Web content producer.

  • Farmworker Justice is looking for a Communications Coordinator.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, All Things Considered, a Research Manager, Special Projects and a Listener Corespondence Supervisor.

  • Al Jazeera English is looking for a Package Producer, an Editor of the Day and a News Editor.

  • DISCUS is hiring a public relations manager with strong interest in luxury consumer goods PR. Three to five years public relations/special event/journalism experience required. $50K+ and outstanding benefits. Fax, e-mail or mail resume with cover letter to: FAX: 202-682-8896, HR@discus.org or Human Resources, 1250 Eye Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.

  • Congressional Quarterly is hiring a Politics Reporter, a Social Policy Editor, a Multimedia Web Producer and a Homeland Security Reporter.

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

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