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Morning Reading List 03.19.09

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Its day 59 covering the Obama administration and week seven for us. We’re back after a few day hiatus. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday preserving a healthy newspaper industry was important and he was open to adjusting antitrust policy if it could help. He was responding to a call by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give newspapers more leeway to merge or combine operations.

WaPo digs up a 1977 comment from President Jimmy Carter that DC should be granted voting rights.

Slate’s Jack Shaferdebunks” WaPo’s claim that PCP is making a “comeback,” a cover story Tuesday.

From the Daily Beast, “Who Made Frank Rich God?


Women are top picks for TV anchor desk“: Men have been leaving their anchor jobs because of budget cuts forced by the recession and changes in direction at the stations, and women are being elevated to more prominent roles.

From TVNewser: NBC’s Jeff Zucker fired back at Jon Stewart yesterday, saying it was “unfair” and “absurd” for the funnyman to criticize CNBC and question its coverage of financial news. “Just because someone who mocks authority says something doesn’t make it so,” Zucker said.

Tucker Carlson weighs in again, “How Jon Stewart Went Bad.”

Also from the Daily Beast, Glenn Beck on “Why He’s No Rush Limbaugh.” “I think I do something extraordinarily different than Rush. Rush is political thought, I am a guy who’s part rodeo clown. I don’t pretend to be able to plan movements of the parties and the presidents and everything else. I really don;t care that much about the parties…”

This is pretty absurd- David Shuster v. Karl Rove (Via Twitter).


NY Daily News says George Stephanopolous‘ Twitter-view of John McCain was a fail. “Now he should step away from his Blackberry, computer, iPhone – whatever – and drop the notion of Twitter as an interview tool cold turkey.”


From the release: Finalists for the 44th annual National Magazine Awards were announced yesterday. The New Yorker leads the list of finalists with a total of 10 nominations, including General Excellence, Reporting and Feature Writing.

Time Inc. is experimenting with a customized magazine that combines reader-selected sections from eight publications as it tries to mimic in printed form the personalized news feeds that have become popular on the Internet.

From Media Jobs Daily: Cuts At Conde Nast Are Imminent.


Former President George W. Bush is writing a book about decisions, scheduled for a 2010 release by Crown. “I want people to get a sense of how decisions were made and I want people to understand the options that were placed before me,” Bush said during a brief telephone interview.

RTNDA President and former VP at CBS News Barbara Cochran and former WaPo managing editor and current senior adviser of media projects Phil Bennett, are among the candidates for Berkeley’s J School dean.


Citysearch is looking for a Washington, DC City Editor

Worldbank is looking for a Web Audience Editor

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Who Will Replace Bennett?

The Wall Street Journal speculates about who will replace outgoing Washington Post Managing Editor Phil Bennett:

    One candidate for a key role is Raju Narisetti, who recently left his job as editor of Mint, a business newspaper in India, according to people familiar with the situation. Mr. Narisetti was a longtime colleague of Mr. Brauchli, who became executive editor of the Post in the fall after a career at The Wall Street Journal.

    Both Mr. Brauchli and Mr. Narisetti had long careers at the Journal. Mr. Narisetti ran the paper’s European edition until 2006 and Mr. Brauchli was managing editor of the Journal from May 2007 to April 2008.

    Mr. Brauchli said through a Post spokeswoman he “has not yet named anyone to succeed Phil or Jim.”

    Mr. Brauchli also could elevate a Post insider to managing editor, and said through the spokeswoman that it is “important to have someone who knows the Post well.” One person who could be in the mix is editor Liz Spayd, who has experience both online and in print.

WaPo’s Bennett Looking At The Exit Signs…

A lot of tipsters have been telling FishbowlDC that Washington Post Managing Editor Phil Bennett doesn’t plan to stick around the Post for much longer and that Liz Spayd is set to be named managing editor of both the newspaper and (looks like Harry Jaffe is hearing similar rumors).

Since Marcus Brauchli beat out Bennett for the Post’s executive editor position, it makes sense that Bennett might be looking elsewhere and Brauchli would certainly be in his right to hand-pick his own M.E. Also, Posties hear that Bennett interviewed for a position with the New York Times’ digital operation.

Merida As AME/National

FishbowlDC hears that Kevin Merida may soon be named the Washington Post’s AME/National…replacing Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

>UPDATE: Confirmed. Full memo from Phil Bennett and Marcus Brauchli after the jump…(and new roles are outlined for Bill Hamilton and Chandrasekaran)

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Downie Looking to “Build Connections Between The Daily and Feature Sections”

An internal staff notice from WaPo’s Len Downie and Phil Bennett, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    As part of our effort to build connections between the daily and feature sections and consolidate coverage, Frances Sellers, editor of the Health weekly, will be joining the National staff on Sept. 1.

    Frances will attend the daily National editors meetings and will work more closely with National’s health and science team and with the top editors on the National staff. The fourth floor design team and copy desk will continue to handle the Health weekly and thus Frances will remain in her fourth floor office. Starting in September, Metro and National will each contribute two cover stories a month for the Health weekly.

    This set up may evolve as we continue to explore the best structure and the right.resources for health coverage.


That’s the number of Pulitzers won by the Washington Post under Len Downie’s leadership. Phil Bennett just told the newsroom that that’s the most of any editor in the history of American journalism.

Bennett Back Pats The Post’s “Style & Arts”

From an internal memo sent by the Washington Post’s Phil Bennett, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    The section we’ve launched today opens a great new creative space in Washington, to our readers, for The Post’s best talent. You could see this morning the promise of its simplicity. Style & Arts isn’t by itself meant to represent a big idea, but to present a big, open place for original ideas, characters and stories to develop and live.

    That character of openness and possibility — similar in its way to the blank starting points in Screens, Stages, Studio (even Conversations) — should make it a place where your best work comes into focus, as a home for innovation and new stuff (including the ten-column photograph!). This will become more true as we improve the section by burning off some residual clutter and introducing some new things in the weeks ahead.

    As you can see today, the section brings greater coherence and a more striking identity to the whole Sunday Post, especially to our cultural coverage. As a showcase for critical thinking, creative writing and original voices, it presents exciting potential for a long second life on the web. We need to make that happen.

    Changing a section of The Post can seem like recasting a monument — one of those marble babies that puts us under the “essential spell of democracy” that Phil Kennicott so brilliantly described today. Tough to mess with those. Many people had a hand in this project. But we wouldn’t be looking at Style & Arts today if were not for Deb Heard, nor would we be seeing that beneath its classy and deceptively modest design is a fierce commitment to make something bold and deep that changes how we reveal the world and how readers understand it. Hats off.

Post’s Elbert Returns to Photography

From an internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC, from Phil Bennett:

    After two decades of leading our photo department into the front ranks of American photojournalism, Joe Elbert has asked to shed his management duties and become a photographer again. He wants to make the transition by the end of the year.

    Since Joe took over the department in 1988, Washington Post photographers have won three Pulitzer Prizes, six national Photographer of the Year titles and seventeen White House News Photographers Association Photographer of the Year titles – an unmatched record of achievement. Post photographers also have won many, many first place category awards in these competitions, which are judged without knowledge of the identities of the photographers or their news organizations.

    Joe accomplished this with a wide range of photographers working in the most diverse department in the newsroom. He has been a great recruiter and teacher. He has educated the other senior editors in the newsroom about the nature and importance of photojournalism. And he has taught and encouraged countless photojournalists in seminars all over the country. In 1995, the National Press Photographers Association named Joe its Editor of the Year.

    Choosing a successor to Joe is a daunting task. It involves envisioning the future of our photojournalism in a multi-media era. We welcome thoughts and suggestions from the photo department and the rest of the newsroom.

Post Editors Weigh In On Word Counts

The Washington City Paper has a memo from Len Downie and Phil Bennett concerning story length, and Erik Wemple has some thoughts on the matter.

>UPDATE: You can also read the entire memo when you click below…

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