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Morning Reading List, 01.31.08


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  • You think swearing in the office is absolutely allowed.


  • Adam Blickstein is the new Press Secretary for the National Security Network. Previously, he served as Congresswoman Jane Harman’s Press Secretary for nearly a year and a half.

  • U.S.News & World Report ( announced that Ron Bernstein is the new as senior vice president and general manager of online sales and marketing.

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  • Portfolio reports, “Tough times are coming for entrepreneurs as market turmoil cools the I.P.O. market, a New York venture capital investor says. Murdoch blundered in not making the Wall Street Journal free, he adds.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “The presidential campaign continued to dominate national news coverage last week, and the public remained highly engaged in the ongoing contest. Nearly 40% of the national newshole was devoted to the campaign, and 36% of the public listed the campaign as the single news story they were following more closely than any other.”

  • A Georgetown University release announced, “Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) will mark the 33rd anniversary of the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting with a ceremony and discussion honoring the 2008 winners on March 31, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium.”

  • Medill reports, “It’s less than a week from Super Tuesday and the numbers are in: 29 percent for Hillary Clinton, 27.8 percent for Barack Obama and 6.1 percent for John Edwards. That’s not the election results, but the breakdown of campaign stories about the leading Democratic candidates for president. Trouble is, some observers say, the amount of news coverage affects the amount of votes each campaign gathers.”

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  • Reagan-ful Setting For CNN GOP Debate

  • Scarborough to Brzezinski on Morning Joe: ‘[D]on’t make me backhand you’

  • A NBC release announced, “The networks of NBC News — NBC, MSNBC,, NBC 2 Go and NBC News Radio — will present continuing live coverage of the Super Tuesday primaries, when voters in 24 states cast their ballots in Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and caucuses. ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams will lead the network coverage, joined by NBC Washington Bureau Chief and moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ Tim
    with live coverage of election results on NBC, 10-11 p.m. ET. The special coverage will be live across all time zones.”

  • The New York Times reports, “In the extremely tight ratings race between the two leading evening news broadcasts, ABC’s ‘World News With Charles Gibson’ last week edged past its rival, NBC’s ‘Nightly News With Brian Williams,’ for the first time in eight weeks. Nielsen estimated that the ABC newscast drew 9.8 million viewers, its highest average in nearly a year and slightly more than the 9.6 million who tuned in to NBC.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Earlier this week, Variety reported that ABC would blow out their entire Tuesday entertainment programming in favor of five-hour Super Tuesday coverage. Today ABC announced that Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos would join Charles Gibson for the “Showdown: Coast to Coast” special, beginning at 8pmET”

  • TVNewser reports, “NBC News political director Chuck Todd was first to report the news that John Edwards is dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president. MSNBC reported the news at 9:02:20amET, Fox News was next, sourcing the AP at 9:03:50. Headline News had it at 9:06 and CNN reported the drop-out at 9:08, again sourcing the AP.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Channel won Monday’s cable coverage of President Bush’s final State of the Union address, beating CNN and MSNBC combined in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo (Live +SD). But as Fox News Channel declined in viewership year-over-year, CNN increased.”

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  • Politico reports, “The Associated Press plans to move beyond the traditional campaign trail dispatch this Friday by launching ‘The Measure of a Nation,’ a multimedia project exploring the cultural forces that bear on selection of the next American president.”

  • Wavelength asks, “Should the government support journalism?”

  • The AP reports, “The Wall Street Journal has just accepted Facebook’s request to be online friends. Hoping to tap into the growing buzz of online social networks, the Journal is adding a feature to its Web site that will allow readers to see which Journal stories are popular among that user’s Facebook friends.”

  • IWantMedia reports, “The head of Google’s content partnerships insists that the Internet behemoth won’t be a competitor to traditional media. Producing content is ‘not our business,’ he says. ‘Journalists, news bureaus — that’s not what we do.’”

  • AJR reports, “In September, tore down the subscription wall known as TimesSelect, releasing its columnists and much of its archive back to the general population, once again to be blogged, Googled and read by all. stands in a long line of great and small news sites that have tested and jettisoned subscription models over the years.”

  • Mediabistro talks to Politico’s Michael Calderone. “From joining Politico to hitting the campaign trail with Tim Russert, this reporter discusses his big year”

  • AJR reports, “While the line ‘according to Wikipedia’ pops up occasionally in news stories, it’s relatively rare to see the user-created online encyclopedia cited as a source. But some journalists find it very valuable as a road map to troves of valuable information.”

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  • A NPR release announced, “NPR News ‘Election 2008′ will offer seven consecutive hours of live, comprehensive broadcast and webcast coverage of Super Tuesday on February 5, from 8:00PM-3:00AM (ET). Two teams of NPR News hosts will anchor the coverage of the landmark event from NPR’s worldwide headquarters in Washington, D.C., with 20 correspondents reporting from the field. NPR News coverage will air on NPR Member stations around the country. It can also be streamed free and live from as well as the websites of many stations. Robert Siegel and Michele Norris will anchor from 8:00PM-12:00M (ET). At Midnight, Scott Simon and Andrea Seabrook assume the anchor chairs until 3:00AM (ET).”

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  •, the online magazine of Campus Progress, is launching a new blog called Pushback and is looking for bloggers. E-mail your applications to Rob Anderson at

  • Dezenhall Resources is hiring for an entry-level communications job.

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    Morning Reading List, 10.22.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • The White House bids farewell to Josh Deckard.

  • A NBC release announced, “‘Meet the Press,’ the longest running television show in the world, reached a programming milestone, airing its 3,000th broadcast last Sunday, October 14. In addition, according to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ topped the competition on Sunday, winning in all categories across the
    country and in Washington D.C.”

  • Deb Howell’s weekly column. Clark Hoyt’s too.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday October 14, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers for the fifth straight week. This marks the sixth time in seven weeks ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers. ‘This Week’ is also the only Sunday discussion program up year-to-date (4%) among Total Viewers.”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for Oct. 7-12 shows, “The debut of Fred Thompson as a GOP debater helped make last week the second-biggest week of the year in the talk show universe for the 2008 presidential campaign. But so did a talk brouhaha over a more tangential topic involving the debate.”

  • Herald Sun reports, “Speaking at News Corp’s annual meeting of stockholders in New York, Mr. Murdoch, said the global media giant’s proven track record spoke for itself. ‘Revenues have grown an average of 14 percent a year over the past five years and operating income is up 14 percent a year on average over the past four years,’ he said.”

  • Food Service Monthly has started a blog! Check it out.

  • PBC announced that “White House Chronicle” now airs on the Washington-Baltimore area’s three major PBS affiliates: WHUT-TV, Channel 32, WETA-TV, Channel 26, and WMPT-TV, Channel 22. Also, XM Satellite Radio will air “White House Chronicle” on P.O.T.U.S. ’08 (Channel 130) every Saturday, beginning Oct. 12.

  • New York Times reports, “Media companies are often criticized for not taking enough risks in choosing television shows, authors, movies and musicians. But when it comes to technology start-ups, their appetite for risk appears to be on the rise.”

  • reports, “Leading Internet and media companies teamed up … to set ground rules for dealing with copyright infringement in videos uploaded to user-generated content Web sites — and demanding stronger efforts on the part of content hosts.”

  • Reuters reports, “U.S. communications regulators cited conservative commentator Armstrong Williams on Thursday for violating a ban on ‘payola’ in promoting the Bush administration’s education plan.”

  • USA Today reports, “Google’s third-quarter revenue jumped 57%, but a hiring binge and product speculation left Wall Street wondering what the search giant wasn’t revealing.”

  • A reader tells us that NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger. said her weekly Going Green reports on NBC4 (Tuesdays at 5:00pm) and has been picked up on by New York folks and “mandated that all NBC affiliates show her reports or take up the cause on their own. Even Brian Williams started his own Going Green segment on Nightly News, mainly from what Wendy started here. Way to go!”

  • Rieger is also hosting a gay-youth assistance fundraiser, SMYAL, on November 4. Click here for more details.

  • AP reports, “To test claims by users that Comcast Corp. was blocking some forms of file-sharing traffic, The Associated Press went to the Bible. An AP reporter attempted to download, using file-sharing program BitTorrent, a copy of the King James Bible from two computers in the Philadelphia and San Francisco areas, both of which were connected to the Internet through Comcast cable modems. We picked the Bible for the test because it’s not protected by copyright and the file is a convenient size. In two out of three tries, the transfer was blocked.” Also, the AP reports, “Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high- speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.”

  • From Wonkette: “Flipping though an advanced copy of Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson, one item popped off the page. Apparently, Thompson used to date Sally Quinn of The Washington Post: ‘He was always pumping me,’ she says of the late journalist’s thirst for Washington gossip.”

  • Find out why his Extreme-ness calls Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Walter Alarkon “The Best Political Reporter Today.”

  • Roll Call is holding an Adjournment Contest! “Guess, to the minute, the exact date and time that the second chamber of Congress will adjourn sine die for the first session of the 110th Congress. The person who comes closest to the actual time wins. If there is a tie, Roll Call will hold a drawing to determine the winner.” The winner gets a $500 gift certificate to Fogo de Chão. Email your entry to by 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

  • CQ wants to know what you think about CQPolitics.

  • A reader writes in, “perhaps Facebook is more trouble than it’s worth — it’s just another vehicle for self-important journos who are more about capped teeth than reporting…”

  • Politico’s Ken Vogel reports, “Colbert ‘run’ risks breaking law”

  • Lloyd Grove interviews Donnie Deutsch for, “and gets the adman and CNBC host to address the Ann Coulter interview, his show as a vehicle to pick up women, future marriage and the Fox Business Network.”

  • A reader writes in: “It would be great if Stu Rothenberg started speaking in the third person. George is getting upset!”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Comedy Central is getting more of Jon Stewart. The network said late Thursday that it has signed an extension with the ‘Daily Show’ host that will keep him around until at least 2010. Stewart’s contract would have expired at the end of 2008.”

  • Mixed Media reports,Tony Snow, the Fox News host-turned White House spokesman-turned unemployed guy, has signed on to be the keynote speaker at this year’s American Magazine Conference. Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, will conduct a Q&A with him. The conversation will be on the record — a good thing, since an attempt three years ago to keep Bill Clinton’s AMC remarks from leaving the room was contemptuously ignored by journalists in attendance. A spokeswoman for the Magazine Publishers of America declined to say if Snow — who left his job as White House spokesman saying he needed to make more money would be paid for the appearance.”

  • Bloomberg reports,Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group Inc., the largest closely held U.S. newspaper publisher, plans to triple sales from its Internet sites by 2012.”

  • B&C reports, “The Federal Communications Commission issued its first fines for a station airing Armstrong Williams’ Department of Education-paid-for plugs for its ‘No Child Left Behind’ initiative. Station-owner Sinclair Broadcast Group doesn’t plan to pay the fine and said it will take the commission to court.”

  • To clarify, Major Garrett is currently the Chief Congressional Correspondent for FNC, but he was on the trail for the 2004 Presidential race and the 2006 mid-term elections.. he is not new to the campaign trail and has experience on the road covering the beat in previous elections.

  • Check out Mixed Media’s critique of Newsweek’s new design.

  • Mark your calendars! The Washington Blogger November Meetup is Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:00 PM at RFD. Click here for full details.

  • Michael Getler, the PBS Ombudsman, writes, “Frontline, the outstanding (my opinion as well as that of many others) documentary series marked the beginning of its 25th season this week with another look into the often-closed world in which Vice-President Dick Cheney operates. The hour-long debut on Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, was titled ‘Cheney’s Law.’ It was produced by Michael Kirk, who could reasonably be labeled Minister of the Interior for his efforts, over the past six years, in turning out ten Frontline programs that, in one way or another, probed those activities of the Bush administration—whether one agrees with them or not—that have largely developed and been carried on out of public view.”

  • E&P reports, “Although Washington Post Radio was dropped last month after an unsuccessful 18-month run, the paper is still dealing with the fallout. A Newspaper Guild complaint that newsroom staffers had to perform extra work on the broadcast outlet has sparked a National Labor Relations Board hearing set for next week.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Some good news about the media has actually been making headlines. When was the last time that happened? 1974? The bombshell is ProPublica, a brand-new investigative journalism outfit to be launched in January by one of the most respected figures in the newspaper business, longtime Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger.”

  • This week’s TV Q&A from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Rob Owen responds to questions about ads on WPXI, Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Bee Movie’ minisodes on NBC and HBO’s ‘Five Days.’”

  • A release announced, “Inspired by Lions For Lambs (starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise), MGM and YOUTUBE have extended the opportunity to submit videos to Youtube in order to win $25,000 for a charity of the winner’s choice. Participants have until October 24th to submit a 90 second video explaining thoughts on key issues and causes in today’s world.” For more info, click here.


  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Editor/Writer.

  • The Cecil Whig is looking for a Web-savvy copy editor.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Business Reporter.

  • Jamestown Foundation is looking for a Publications Coordinator.

  • The Frederick News Post is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • FDCH is looking for an In-House News Transcriber.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Satellite Coordinator.

  • Migration Policy Institute is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is looking for a Technical Editor.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an entry level writer.

  • Exchange Monitor Publications, Inc. is looking for Reporters.

  • The Current Newspapers is looking for a full-time reporter.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Systems Engineer

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, Weekend Edition, Sunday and an Assistant Editor, Digital Media News.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 07.26.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Riehl World View writes, “Today’s New York Times piece on The New Republic’s now infamous as well as pseudonymous Baghdad diarist, Scott Thomas, begins ominously enough for TNR. Just who is the ‘Baghdad Diarist’? And it gets worse once you reach the final paragraph.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., the largest U.S. pay-radio service, said Chief Executive Officer Hugh Panero will leave in August, before regulators decide on the company’s proposed sale to Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.”

  • Bill Sammon is the next guest at the First Friday Happy Hours.

  • From The Extreme-ness: “White House Press Corps, MD

  • See? We weren’t that wrong: John Arthur will become a M.E. for the L.A. Times.

  • Jack Shafer on using “loophole.”

  • Modern Art Notes asks, “Jeremy Blake is from Washington, DC. He took his first art classes at the Corcoran. And the Corc has a major Blake exhibition scheduled for October. So: Why hasn’t the Post said one word about his apparent suicide?”

  • David Brooks On Truthiness And Factiness

  • The Extreme-ness says “YouTube? You Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet!

  • From Hotline:

      “BS” — Rush Limbaugh, on Chris Cillizza (RushLimbaugh).

  • CNN/You Tube: The Ratings, Part III

  • The Economist writes, “since launching his $5 billion bid for Dow Jones in April, Mr Murdoch, now aged 76, seems to have rediscovered his younger self. His campaign to get his hands on the owner of the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper he has long coveted, has been a master class in mergers-and-acquisitions strategy. It seems likely to result in an against-all-odds victory, perhaps the greatest of Mr Murdoch’s career.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “At a family gathering Monday, the 77-year-old Ms. MacElree cited Daniel Pearl’s death at the hands of kidnappers in 2002 in voicing her opposition to a bid by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to buy Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Journal, according to participants.”

  • Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports, “Dow Jones & Co.’s stock fell to its lowest in two months after a meeting of the company’s controlling shareholders heightened concern they will reject Rupert Murdoch’s $5 billion bid.”

  • B&C reports, “Monday night’s debate, during which Democratic presidential contenders answered video question posted on the video sharing site, was watched by 2.62 million viewers, according Nielsen data supplied by the network. That was less than the 2.78 million viewers who tuned in to the previous Democratic debate on CNN in June. But the YouTube debate did attract a larger percentage of 18-34 year old viewers (407,000) than any debate in cable news history.”


  • Baltimore Examiner is looking for someone in Advertising Sales.

  • Baltimore Magazine is looking for a Food and Travel Editor.

  • The Daily Press is looking for a Page Designer/Copy Editor, an Assistant Features Editor and a Watchdog Reporter.

  • American Association for Justice is seeking an Associate Editor for monthly flagship magazine.

  • Financial news company is looking for a Market Economist.

  • Chorus of TimesSelect Skeptics Growing

  • WTOP Radio is looking for a Web Writer/Editor for

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Sports Editor and an Opinions Editor/Producer.

  • The International Center for Journalists is looking for a Knight Website Editor/Program Officer.

  • Leadership Conference on Civil Rights is looking for an Online Communications Manager.

  • The American Chemical Society is looking for a Production Editor for Chemical & Engineering News.

  • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is looking for a Communicatons Coordinator.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 05.10.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you have a book in you, somewhere.

  • NBC announced that “Lester Holt will become anchor of the top-rated Saturday and Sunday editions of NBC ‘Nightly News,’ effective immediately. According to the release, “In addition to this new role, Holt will continue to co-anchor the weekend editions of ‘Today.’ He will also serve as a fill-in anchor and correspondent for ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ and the weekday ‘Today’ program.”

  • A reader offers “another snapshot of the Capitol Hill pubs: Months in Existence: Roll Call: 624 The Hill: 156 Politico: 4 Looks like somebody is growing pretty quickly…”

  • Seattle Times reports, “Microsoft thinks the advertising business model for traditional media — venues where advertisers still channel most of their spending — will fall apart faster in the coming five years.”

  • Check out the online chat Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell did yesterday, discussing “her weekly column and her role in improving public understanding of the newspaper and journalism.”

  • The New York Observer has the run down of Tuesday night’s Time 100 gala.

  • E&P reports, outgoing New York Times Public Editor Byron Calame said, “The prospect of Mr. Murdoch owning the Journal is disturbing and disconcerting to me.”

  • Potomac Flacks is looking for a new blog contributor. If you are interested in being a contributor, please contact Matt Mackowiak at

  • CNET reports, “While Microsoft is working to catch up to Google in areas such as search, it is also looking to technology to provide new types of Internet content and advertising that it hopes will change the rules of the game.”

  • From a reader: “I think CBS should change the name of their newscast to ‘CBS Evening Blues’”

  • Ben Smith reports that yesterday “Rubert Murdoch introduced Bloomberg at News Corp.’s announcement that the company is going green.”

  • Reuters reports, “Old media turns combative against new media”

  • David Bauder reports, “In TV’s worst spring in recent memory, an alarming number of Americans drifted away from television the past two months: More than 2.5 million fewer people were watching ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox than at the same time last year, statistics show.”

  • Forbes reports that Google “is in the early stages of a partnership with publishers such as the New York Times Co. and Tribune to sell print ads in newspapers, part of the company’s broader efforts to move into traditional, offline forms of advertising.”

  • The AP reports, “Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer Delivers Tough Love Speech to Newspapers”

  • Forbes reports, “Analysts say competition concerns will be the deal’s main stumbling block” in the deal between Thomson and Reuters Group.

  • The AP reports, “News Corp. President Peter Chernin told a cable industry gathering Tuesday that ‘this is a world in which the big get bigger.’” The AP also reported from the conference, Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts showed off “new technology that enabled a data download speed of 150 megabits per second, or roughly 25 times faster than today’s standard cable modems.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Simon & Schuster Inc. announced that it is launching a digital video channel to promote the company’s authors and forthcoming releases.”

  • Reuters reports, “Media executives on Tuesday criticized potential further U.S government involvement in regulating what Americans watch on television and called on industry lobbyists to prepare for a battle in Washington.”


  • Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC is seeking a senior reporter.

  • Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access Staff is looking for a Writer/Newsletter Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Energetic Reporter/Editor.

  • American Society for Engineering Education is looking for an Editor.

  • America’s Promise/The Alliance For Youth is looking for a Web Content Manager.

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