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Morning Reading List, 04.04.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s Kitty Kelley’s birthday and the 40th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

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  • Ok, so maybe you can’t run, but you can do 20 push ups non-stop.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because I’ve had nothing to do for the last three hours. But because ‘something might happen,’ I need to stay here — on the clock — wasting my own time and the company’s money.”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A release announced, “Veteran newsman Richard Willing has joined the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as its Director of Public Affairs. Willing, 59, covered civil and criminal justice issues, as well as intelligence and national security, for USA Today from 1997 until this January.”

  • NewsHour with Jim Lehrer announced that Betty Ann Bowser will be the new Health Correspondent. She will replace Susan Dentzer, who is the new Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said a purchase of the Long Island newspaper Newsday would give his New York Post a ‘more secure future’ and help compete with the New York Times for advertising.”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “WashPost’s Dan Balz considers buyout”

  • Reuters reports, “Tribune Co is at risk of defaulting on its debt in as little as 18 months if the newspaper business deteriorates further, and it fails to unload more properties.”

  • Forbes.com reports, “Thinner. Lighter. Skinnier. There’s a good chance your daily newspaper is a lot easier to lift off your front stoop than it used to be. Economic pressures and competition are brutal, forcing newspapers to slim down. Industry experts warn that editorial quality could suffer. But does dieting have to be a negative development? No.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell will have to sell assets besides the Chicago Cubs baseball team and its Newsday newspaper on Long Island to pay back debt maturing in 2008 and 2009, bond research firm Gimme Credit said.”

  • A White House press release announced, “The New York Times Mistakes Its Own Blindness For Presidential ‘Invisibility’ –
    Apologist For Democrat-Led Congress’ Inaction, Paper Criticizes President Bush For Public Unawareness Of Housing Event Old ‘Gray Lady’ Forgot She Failed To Cover”

  • Romenesko reports, “A study of blogs and audience engagement during the week before the fall 2006 elections found that most newspaper staff-produced blogs contained a small number of postings, failed to create much interaction between the blogger and the audience and attracted few audience comments. ‘Newspapers might consider spending staff time monitoring blogs as sources of news rather than trying to re-create the blogosphere on their websites,’ says j-prof Lori Demo.”

  • Politico reports, “WSJ may endorse in ’08; first time since Hoover!”

  • City Paper’s Mike DeBonis reports, “On Monday morning, the Washington Post flooded the proverbial zone on its Nationals Park coverage — more than 20 reporters documented every last aspect of the ballpark’s first official major-league game. The Post also flooded the paper with an inaccuracy: that the stadium cost $611 million.”

  • From a Postie regarding this, “How many pulitzers do you think the post will lose in the buyouts? Sue Schmidt is just the first band in that parade.”

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    TV

  • TVNewser reports, “The AP reports Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have accepted the invitation of CBS News and the North Carolina Democratic Party to debate on April 27. The 90-minute debate will follow 60 Minutes and be moderated by Katie Couric and Bob Schieffer.”

  • The Baltimore Sun reports, “For decades, local TV stations in cities like Baltimore were cash cows for the companies that owned them. Even though one or two stations with the most popular anchors often came to dominate each market, everybody made money. Local TV was that surefire a business — even for last-place and poorly managed stations. But not today.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The number one network morning show last week was again NBC’s Today show. All three networks saw increases in their A25-54 demo viewership.”

  • TVNewser reports, “A producer/reporter working for the Brian Ross investigative unit at ABC News was roughed up Tuesday as he tried to get an interview with a West Virginia energy company executive. The unidentified producer, DV camera in hand, was trying to get an interview with Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Tech Crunch reports, “As Al Gore’s Current Media gets ready for its IPO, the cable channel is drawing more on its Website audience for TV content. Today, it is launching Current News, a three-minute wrap-up culled from audience submissions on the Web that will play every hour on Current TV. As such, the site now has a new look, with the audience contributions front and center. Each one can be voted up the page, and at the very top are the most popular, which get packaged together every hour on TV in the new Current News segment. The video can also be seen on the Website.”

  • ClickZ.com reports, “A classified ad industry research firm says Craigslist could ‘easily’ rake in $100 million with a few minor changes to improve service. The company, Classified Intelligence of Altamonte Springs, Fla., estimates Craigslist’s 2008 revenue will be about $81 million this year, a figure Classified Intelligence Principal Peter Zollman called ‘amazing’ in light of the laid-back operations of the mostly-free classifieds Web site.”

  • Wired.com reports, “Google argues that the plummeting click-through rates on its ads are a good thing — but advertisers aren’t buying it. A major change Google made in early March to its AdWords algorithm is resulting in a double whammy for some advertisers: The rates they’re paying for ads have rocketed while conversion rates for those ads have dropped. Disgruntled advertisers have dubbed the move the ‘Google slap.’”

  • Politico reports, “Gawker uses Nielsen data to chart the political leanings of news web site readers. Mother Jones is found to bring in the most liberal, with Fox News topping the conservatives.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer is “Grumbling about the misuse of hyperlinks on news sites.”

  • TVWeek.com reports, “Ads embedded in YouTube videos perform just as well as ads on television, Google said. Those are the findings from a study commissioned by Google to measure the effectiveness of 30-second ads on YouTube, on TV and embedded into content online. Harris Interactive conducted the study.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc on Wednesday unveiled new features to make Web search easier and more relevant to mobile phone users, the latest step in its battle with Google Inc in the next frontier for Web use.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc. reported the biggest workforce reduction in its nine-year history, cutting jobs at DoubleClick Inc., the online advertising company it bought last month for $3.24 billion”

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    RADIO

  • DCRTV reports, “DC-based XM Satellite Radio joins with EWTN Global Catholic Network to launch a six-day channel covering Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the USA, including a major public event at DC’s new Nationals Field. It’ll be on XM-120 from 4/15 to 4/20″

  • The New York Times reports,Randi Rhodes, an afternoon host for the progressive Air America radio network, was suspended Thursday after repeatedly insulting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at an event last month.”

  • Also from DCRTV, “DC-based lefty radio talker Bill Press releases his latest book, ‘Trainwreck: The End Of The Conservative Revolution (And Not A Moment Too Soon),’” today.

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    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • TVNewser reports, “When You Think GQ, You Think… Karl Rove, right? The former Bush deputy chief of staff and current Fox News contributor is featured in a lengthy Q&A by Lisa DiPaulo on GQ’s web site today. Rove describes his new job at FNC as ‘odd.’ ‘It’s weird for me,’ he says. ‘But it’s interesting.’

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    JOBS

  • National Women’s Law Center is looking for a Communications Mgr.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Staff Tax Accountant.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for an Editorial Intern.

  • The Roanoke Times is looking for an Editorial Writer.

  • PBS Interactive is looking for a Senior Designer, PBS KIDS GO! Broadband.

  • PBS is looking for a Production Associate and an Assistant Director, Program Project Management.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for Staff Writers for Online Daily Health Publication.

  • The Capitol Hill Current/Voice of The Hill is looking for a full-time reporter.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Committees Reporter.

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

  • Association of Governing Boards is looking for a Writer/Editor.

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    Morning Reading List, 10.01.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Who should play Obama in a movie? The Illinois senator says Denzel Washington.

  • Most of you have not even used a VHS in more than a year. Do you even own one anymore?

  • Happy belated birthday to Roll Call’s Emily Heil. Her birthday was Friday.

  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “Makes me like Russert better!! And maybe he’ll gather some new lyrics to quote at the Radio/TV Correspondents’ dinner.”

  • Reuters reports, “Many executives attending the fourth annual Advertising Week conference admitted that they had misjudged exactly what consumers want these days. Figuring that out may be the advertising and media industry’s top challenge, they said.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Democratic Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps set a high bar Thursday for approval of three media mergers before the agency as he questioned whether the proposed deals were in the public interest.”

  • USA Today: “Return of 1999? Dot-coms making a comeback

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “CBS Corp. thinks Web surfers would rather watch a blooper reel from the sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’ than an actual episode of the show. To cater to what it believes is the short attention span of online audiences, the network today is launching CBS EyeLab, a digital-production studio that will create and distribute short clips cut together from the network’s most popular shows.”

  • Business Week reports, “Fox vs. CNBC: Countdown To War
    Fox Business: Network has the deep pockets and patience of News Corp. behind it. It’ll need them”

  • Multichannel.com reports, “Al Jazeera English chief Nigel Parsons says the network is stepping up efforts to gain U.S. cable or satellite TV distribution, and talks are going well with ‘one of the majors.’”

  • Poynter Online’s Thomas T. Huang writes, “The digital world can help the reader deepen his understanding of his own community — and build connections within that community. We need to take advantage of that.”

  • B&C reports, “Hearst-Argyle Television’s special committee appointed to consider the tender offer by Hearst said the offer is inadequate.”

  • Conde Nast Chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. sat down Wednesday with Portfolio Editor-in-Chief Joanne Lipman to take a very serious look at every page in the upcoming November issue of Portfolio, his $100 million pet project.

  • Reuters reports, “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Bloomberg LP on Thursday, alleging the news service had discriminated against pregnant employees by cutting their pay and demoting them.”

  • On Thursday, CNN’s Candy Crowley conducted the first interview to take place on CNN’s Election Express. Crowley spoke to John Edwards in New Hampshire.

  • Information Week reports, “Managing mixed voltage interfaces between portable devices and memory cards”

  • Two years ago on September 29, Judith Miller was released from jail.

  • Gawker reports, “Newspapers Now Stuffed Full Of Blogs, But No Clue Where To Put Them”

  • DCist reports, “FOUND Magazine has a knack for revealing the beautiful underbelly of America, the forgotten parts of our everyday lives.”

  • A tipster tells us, “The NY Times mag piece about DC spelled Rep. Jane Harman’s name wrong.”

  • A reader writes in, “Regarding the NYT Mag article: Where’s Jenny 8. Lee when you need her?”

  • National Journal’s William Powers on You Tube: “Because, unlike newspapers and other traditional media, they are hip and popular. In contrast to the bottled quotes and factoids of traditional journalism, they seem unfiltered. And they draw Web traffic, which makes them valuable (clicks equal cash).”

  • Slate Gabfest Podcast now on XM Radio at 6pm Friday on channel 130 the POTUS 08 channel.

  • Poynter Online’s Peter Zollman writes, “Billions of dollars in revenue; now often considered the ‘bad guy’ even though its slogan is ‘Don’t be evil;’ stunning market share in search; worldwide growth; more initiatives underway than seemingly dozens of other companies…Amazing. And it isn’t even 10 years old. By contrast, eBay launched 12 years ago. Yahoo began as a student hobby in February 1994. So both are older, by far — at least in Internet terms.”

  • Feministing.com awarded Chris Matthews asking Sen. Chris Dodd: “Do you find it difficult to debate a woman?” the “Sexist (and stupid) quote of the day”

  • Potomac Flacks reports, “Jennifer Moire, previously head of media relations at C-SPAN, has launched Lyon Park Public Relations (www.lyonparkpr.com).”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell examines the
    Post coverage of the sad Sept. 17 killing of 14-year-old DeOnte Rawlings.

  • Wall Street Journal presents, “Read All About It! A veteran reporter and editor’s favorite books about newspapering.”

  • New York Times’ Public Editor writes, “Last Sunday’s column about the MoveOn.org advertisement prompted more than 350 messages from readers. The vast majority took issue with one aspect of the column or another.”

    Jobs

  • The Center for American Progress is looking for an Editor, CampusProgress.org

  • World Wildlife Fund is looking for a Creative Services Writer.

  • Thomson Tax & Accounting is looking for a Reporter/Author — News Service.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Senior Photo Editor

  • Media General, Inc. is looking for a Senior Multimedia Producer

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Sr. Business Analyst, Deputy Managing Editor, News & Information and a Supervising Senior Producer, Weekend All Things Considered.

  • Publishing Services LLC is looking for a Marketing Editor.

  • Daily News-Record is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • The Daily Progress is looking for a News editor/copy desk chief.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Correspondent.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for an Art Director.

  • Solutions at Home is looking for an Advertising Account Executive.

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  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Account Manager.

  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters are looking for a Staff Writer and a Project Manager.

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation is looking for a Producer.

  • The Daily Press is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Broadcast Desk Assistant.

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

  • Inside Lacrosse is looking for a Copy Editor.

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

  • Taking Out The Trash, 02.02.07

  • Yes, it is football in D.C., but it is a good excuse to drink on a Sunday!

  • An NBC release announces “Meet the Press with Tim Russert”
    was “the nation’s No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, January 28, 2007 in all categories.” The show averaged 3.97 million viewers, 21% more than CBS’s “Face the Nation,” a 43% lead over ABC’s “This Week” and a 158% lead over Fox’s “News Sunday.”

  • Peter Zollman reports, “On Jan. 25, Dow Jones reported a 5.6 percent year-over-year increase in paid subscriptions to WSJ.com, the companion site to The Wall Street Journal. (The company is moving more toward breaking news online, while publishing depth and analysis in print, as are many publications.) WSJ.com now has 811,000 paid subscribers, the company said.”

  • NPR producer Davar Ardalan will be at Politics and Prose tonight discussing her new book, My Name Is Iran.

  • A reader notes, “Um, let’s jump back to reality.. the des moines register had more people covering hillary than the politico,” regarding this Liz Smith flub.

  • FCC told to focus on public interest

  • Democrats Urge Tighter FCC Rules