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Morning Reading List 06.29.09

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Happy Birthday to Erin McPike who turned 26 yesterday! What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

From AdAge: Why the NYT Co. will be in business until at aleast 2012.

NYT sets a July 8th deadline for bids for the Boston Globe.

TV

In memoriam: TV infomercial star Billy Mays was found dead in his Tampa home this weekend.

The DailyBeast brings us the 7 best moments from Sunday talk. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Mark Sanford, Tony Blair on Iran, and of course, Dana Milbank vs. Nico Pitney.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman‘s hour medical show debuts today on MSNBC. WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz takes a look here.

Other changes at MSNBC to debut today: Dylan Ratigan‘s two-hour show, Contessa Brewer will anchor the 2pm hour with rotating co-anchors and Norah O’Donnell will fill in anchor and continue to do Today and Weekend Today. MSNBC also revealed new HD graphics this weekend.

Al Jazeera debuts in Washington July 1st- will Americans tune in?

Go inside the home of Fox’s Bret Baier in WaPo here.

ONLINE

NBC Nightly News‘ website reached an all-time record with more than 3.4 million video streams Thursday due to the death of Michael Jackson, according to WebNewser.

NYT asked the co-founder of Wikipedia for his help when David Rohde to keep the news off of the website.

MAGAZINES

Forbes profiles Philip Anschutz, the man who owns the Examiner and who just purchased The Weekly Standard. “Worth an estimated $5 billion, billionaire Philip Anschutz founded Qwest Communications and owns or controls stakes in some 100 businesses. He is now quietly building a small empire of social-networking sites, newspapers and a leading conservative weekly.” Read on here.

NEWS NOTES

NYT: “”Check the source” may be the first rule of journalism. But in the coverage of the protests in Iran this month, some news organizations have adopted a different stance: publish first, ask questions later. If you still don’t know the answer, ask your readers.”

AP also reports dozens of journalists are among those jailed in Iran.

Will Michael Jackson be the turning point for TMZ? LATimes takes a look here. And the AP on how his death was Twittered, texted and Facebooked.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

John Dickerson on Slate: How Obama is using the media to destroy and improve the traditional press conferece.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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Morning Reading List 06.09.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning, the day of Joe Curl‘s birth. Happy Birthday!

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NEWSPAPERS

Boston Globe: The Boston Globe‘s largest union tonight narrowly rejected $10 million in wage and benefit cuts, and about an hour later the paper’s owner declared an impasse in negotiations and imposed a 23 percent pay cut on the union’s members, effective next week.

NYT‘s coverage: Many guild members who opposed the package said they did so believing that further negotiations might result in a better deal.

“I can see the day, maybe 20 years away, where you don’t actually have paper and ink and printing presses,” Rupert Murdoch in Guardian here.

TV

Check out CBS News President Sean McManus on Bob Schieffer‘s future here. “… there are not many Bob Schieffers in the world. You’ve seen what happened at NBC – there are a couple of people at every news organization that are irreplaceable. Tim Russert is in that category and Bob Schieffer falls in that category. There are options internally and externally that we’ve discussed but there is not a great option if and when Bob decides not to do that job. The good news is he’s as energized and engaged as he’s been in the last 10 years.”

Fox News Channel VP of news editorial Jay Wallace was named to the 2009 “Next Wave of Leaders” list by Broadcasting & Cable.

ONLINE

NBC News and Three Part Media LLC have teamed to launch TheGrio.com, a “video centric news site” aimed at the African American community. More dets at WebNewser.

NEWS NOTES

Roxana Saberi will receive the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism at Northwestern’s School of Journalism’s convocation on June 20th.

How do you choose your news? A recent study says people follow news that suits their views.

You’ve undoubtly caught a #dudeido on his Twitter page- and now Amanda at FishbowlNY has too noticed Patrick Gavin‘s wedding planning coverage. Check out her take here.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Mediaweek: Executives at the Big Four broadcast networks, upset that President Barack Obama has cumulatively cost them more than $30 million in revenue from preempted prime-time programming for three press conferences, say getting advertisers to sponsor future press events as a way to recoup lost revenue isn’t a viable option.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

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Morning Reading List 06.02.09

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That’s the top of a ferry boat on the shore of Nassau in the Bahamas- can’t escape politics or DC on vacation. Happy Birthday to Jon Favreau! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

American newspapers experienced the worst quarter in modern history, according to blog “Reflections of a Newsosaur.”

TV

In preparation for NBC’s “Inside the Obama White House” airing tonight, click here to see the Twitpics from the last several days via @InsideObamaWH.

And more of a preview from Brian Williams on the Daily Nightly: “I can promise you this: We will show more of the inner-workings of the White House than ever before. Yes, it will be the view the Obama Administration wanted us to see — but they didn’t get to control all that we recorded, and I’m anxious for our viewers to make their own judgements on what they see.”

ABC’s GMA anchor Chris Cuomo is traveling with the President and broadcasting live from Cairo tomorrow and Thursday morning.

Check out CBS’ Katie Couric‘s address at Princeton’s Class Day yesterday on HuffPost. “I am moved to be sharing this special moment with parents and professors who may have woken up to me on the Today show… and with students who MAY wake up in time for the CBS Evening News,” she said. “Although based on the average age of our viewers, I think you’re probably watching ‘Shot at Love with Tila Tequila’ instead.”

Speaking of which… CBS Evening News will be the first nightly newscast to be live streamed on the web, as reported by The Business Insider.

Fox’s Glenn Beck kicked off his comedy tour “Common Sense” last night. He’ll do five shows in five nights around the country- including a stop in Richmond. Learn more about the act here in The Denver Post.

Bill O’Reilly responded on Fox last night to the murder of George Tiller: “When I heard about Tiller’s murder, I knew pro-abortion zealots and Fox News haters would attempt to blame us for the crime. That is exactly what has happened.” More on TVNewser.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe, now officially brewed by Starbucks. TVNewser has the dets here.

WaPo‘s Tom Shales on Conan O’Brien‘s NBC Tonight Show debut last night: “By now The Tonight Show is like the White House; it belongs not to its occupant of the moment but to the American people. So it was not encouraging last night to see Conan O’Brien devoting the entire first half of his first Tonight Show to himself.”

RADIO

NPR’s Planet Money is reinventing business reporting. Find out how here at mediabistro.

ONLINE

Daily Candy has partnered with Target.

MAGAZINES

New York asks Is Conde Nast’s Si Newhouse the Last Old-Media Tycoon? “In the last two years, Newhouse has had to close Jane, House & Garden, Men’s Vogue, Golf for Women, Domino, and finally Portfolio. At Conde Nast, the rumor mill, accurate or not, continues to grind. Which will be next? Wired? Architectural Digest? Does the company really need two food magazines? The grim work has taken a toll.”

E&P: The New York Times Magazine, considered the top revenue producer of newspaper Sunday magazines and often ranking among the best ad revenue magazines in the country, is cutting its size by 9 percent. The smaller version of the glossy magazine will debut in two weeks with the June 14th issue.

NEWS NOTES

So where are Tucker Carlson, Jeffrey Goldberg, Betsy Fischer and Sally Quinn vacationing this summer? Politico takes a look here.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia today and the State Department issued these instructions to members of the traveling WH press corps yesterday (via Swampland): The Saudi government is permitting journalists accompanying President Obama entry into the country without a visa or the usual customs procedures. While in Saudi Arabia, therefore, journalists are expressly prohibited from leaving the hotel or engaging in any journalistic activities outside of coverage of the POTUS visit. Those who do so risk arrest and detention by Saudi authorities.

A correction from the State Department this morning: “Correction: U.S. Embassy Guidance for Journalists – The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia would like to recall the inaccurate guidance issued to the White House press corps on June 1.”

And this message from Saudi Ambassador Adel-Al-Jubeir (via Politico): “Journalists are free to go wherever and report on whatever they want,” emails Karen Hanretty of Qorvis Communications, which represents the Kingdom. “As evidence, [Qorvis's] Michael [Petruzzello] is going to help facilitate media inquiries and requests.”

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Morning Reading List 05.14.09

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It is day 115 covering the Obama administration and week 15 for us. Happy Birthday to David Gelles and Rebecca Adelman! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

NYT columnist and author Thomas Friedman returned a $75,000 speaker’s fee. LAT reports that the reversal came after a “misunderstanding” about the engagement with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America.”

TV

One of the biggest stories this week was the murder of five American troops by a fellow sergeant at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. In her report, ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz had video from inside the clinic where the shooting took place. “Just a few weeks earlier, on her 20th reporting trip to Iraq, she had spent an afternoon at Camp Liberty in Baghdad,” reports The New York Observer’s Felix Gillette. “Ms. Raddatz had spent an entire afternoon interviewing the clinic’s staff members for her report on how the military was coping with the recent uptick in suicides.”

TVNewser reports news orgs were asked not to name the “other woman” during interviews with Elizabeth Edwards. In three TV interviews, Hunter, “the other woman” in the John Edwards affair, Rielle Hunter, was not mentioned.

On the same note, AP reports that it was twice denied interviews with Edwards’ because it refused to omit the name of Edwards’ mistress from its articles about Elizabeth and her book. The article quotes Michael Oreskes, the AP’s vice president and senior managing editor who said simply, “We don’t let other people edit our wire.”

ABC financial correspondent Bianna Golodryga joined the Morning Media Menu today to talk about covering the financial crisis and the differences between working for network and cable news.

RADIO

In memoriam, from NYT: Robert R. Pauley, a former president of the ABC Radio network who championed radio at a time when television was replacing it as a dominant medium, died on May 2. When Pauley became the president of the network in 1961, he reinvigorated it, in part by emphasizing live events, especially sports.

ONLINE

NYT: Craigslist will close its erotic services category, which critics have said is a forum that fosters prostitution and other illegal activities. To replace it, the company has created a category called adult services, in which postings will be reviewed by employees.

NEWS NOTES

Reuters: North Korea said it would put two U.S. journalists it arrested in March on trial on June 4, ratcheting up tension with Washington. Analysts said the reclusive North sees the two reporters as bargaining chips to try to win concessions.

Time Mag asks, Dick Cheney: Why So Chatty All of a Sudden?

There was some confusion at Columbia University over whether Attorney General Eric Holder‘s Graduate School of Journalism commencement speech on May 19th would be open or closed to the press. Page Six caught up with a rep from the school- “There is nothing at all we want to hide.”

AWARDS

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management announced the finalists for its 2009 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. WSJ and NYT had the most finalists, with seven each across multiple categories. Bloomberg, “60 Minutes” and CBS were also recognized with a handful of nominations each, while now defunct magazine Portfolio received three nods. FishbowlNY has the complete list of awards here.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

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Morning Reading List: 05.05.09

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It is day 106 covering the Obama administration and week 14 for us. Happy Cinco de Mayo! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

NYT: After wringing concessions from all but one of The Boston Globe‘s labor unions, The New York Times Company on Monday postponed its threat to start the process of closing The Globe, leaving the newspaper’s immediate future resting on talks with the largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild.

Eugene Robinson writes in WaPo: “It’s almost impossible to think of Boston without the Globe.”

And WaPo’s Howard Kurtz weighs in here.

More on the NYT from Reuters: Unionized employees at the New York Times newspaper on Monday ratified a 5 percent pay cut. New York Times newspaper employees who are members of the New York Newspaper Guild voted 377 to 36 to approve the pay cut agreement.

“I don’t know what, in all honesty, government can do about it,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in the briefing yesterday regarding a bailout for newspapers.

Not all bad news- newspapers essential strengths in a NYT piece here.

TV

LAT: Meet the Press, the king of Sunday morning TV news talk shows, could soon lose its throne. While NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory still holds the lead as of the Nielsen April 20 numbers, the ratings battle, which has been heating up for months, rages on.

ONLINE

NBC’s Richard Engel is today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu. Listen in here at 9am.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Do members of the White House press corps stand for President Obama, but previously stay seated for President Bush? The question follows President Obama’s unexpected visit to the briefing room last week, and reporters rose from their seats at his arrival. Politico’s Patrick Gavin put together this video.

CBS’ Mark Knoller in Political Hotsheet: “It’s a long-standing practice for reporters to rise when the president enters the East Room for a news conference, but that hasn’t been the case in the briefing room.”

Slate‘s John Dickerson: “(Given that the press is supposedly in the tank for Obama, shouldn’t critics be happy they didn’t kneel?)… This may seem silly, but it’s symbolic: The discrepancy in treatment is all the proof a Republican needs to show that the press shows special deference to the new Democratic president. It’s a distorted picture, though. We stood all the time for President Bush.”

NEWS NOTES

More from WaPo‘s Kurtz here- this time on coverage of Sen. Arlen Specter’s party switch last week. “The political elements, naturally, were front and center — Specter’s fear of losing a GOP primary next year, and his moving the Democrats within one Al Franken victory dance of a filibuster-proof majority. But in the straight-news reports, little attention was devoted to this question: Was this a betrayal of the voters who elected Specter?”

This week in WaPo‘s Voices of Power online series- Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s former aides are not happy about a particular Pulitzer awarded this year. Read more at Washington Whispers.

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Morning Reading List 04.27.09

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Its day 98 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. Happy Birthday to Dana Milbank and Domenico Montanaro (who celebrated over the weekend). What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

NYT’s Maureen Dowd: “For people who still love print, who like to hold it, feel it, rustle it, tear stuff out… it’s important to remember that people are living longer,” said SF Chron editor Phil Bronstein. “That’s the most hopeful thing you can say about print journalism, that old people are living longer.” Continue reading here.

TV

As pointed out via Twitter by @pwgavin, why is Gibbs sitting to the left of gregory instead of traditional right? HUGELY IMPORTANT.

NYT: The election of Barack Obama does not seem to have ushered in a kinder, less-polarized environment in politics — or television. And that’s not a good break for CNN, a network whose strategy is to steer the middle course in its news coverage.

A website has been created to support MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann‘s offer to Fox News’ Sean Hannity- $1,000 a second to be waterboarded. Olbermann’s offer comes after Hannity said he’d be willing to be waterboarded to benefit charity.

NBC’s Today Show’s Matt Lauer landed the first interview with Captain Richard Phillips since returning home after being held hostage by Somali pirates. This will air tomorrow.

And check out BriWi on 30 Rock.

For some more Monday morning comic relief, check out TV anchors put to music videos here.

ONLINE

Politics Daily is up and running.

Twitterviews are all the craze… NJ’s Hotline On Call blog (@thehotline) interviewed former DNC chairman now Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (@Terry_McAuliffe).

Have you ever heard of a “Twitter expert”? Neither have we.

NEWS NOTES

Newsweek’s Jon Meacham will pen a biography of former President George H.W. Bush, according to the NYP. MediaInk says “The book is not an authorized biography, but the Bush family is believed to be cooperating.”

WaPo’s Howard KurtzMedia Notes: For more than a year, David Bradley, the Atlantic’s soft-spoken owner, has hosted off-the-record dinners in his glass-enclosed office. And the guests, from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, are as A-list as they come.

Reliable Source reportsChris Matthews paid $3,200 Saturday for “naming rights” in Newt Gingrich’s upcoming book. Gingrich donated the chance to name a character for Mount Vernon’s annual fundraiser; the MSNBC host was top bidder in the live auction and said he wants a “hero part” for his fictional counterpart.”

In light of “State of Play,” TWT talks to local film producers and location managers to find out the U.S. Capitol Police basically make filming in their area impossible. It could be costing the city millions every year in film production.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

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Morning Reading List 04.15.09

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Its day 86 covering the Obama administration and week 11 for us. Also Tax Day. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

FishbowlNY: You may have noticed New York Times editor Andy Rosenthal is in the ‘Talk to the Times’ hot seat this week. Romenesko picked up this little gem of a question: “I find it a bit peculiar that the two women columnists, Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins, are satirical and humorous. I adore their writing, and generally think they are spot on, but it is almost like you cannot get a “serious” woman columnist. Do you agree?”

Says Rosenthal: “O.K., so I admit. I’m answering this because it’s a slow, hanging ball… I would be the last person alive to suggest that Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins are not serious columnists. They are indeed, very serious.”

The Chicago Tribune plans to cut another 20 percent from its newsroom staff in an effort to save money.

NYT: Newspaper publishers will start to report first-quarter results this week, but people who follow the industry and have had a glimpse of the 2009 numbers say it is clear that once again, even the most pessimistic predictions were not dark enough.

TV

TVNewser reported first yesterday that John Moody, the executive VP of news editorial for Fox News Channel, is leaving the network for a position with FNC parent company News Corp. Senior VP of news Michael Clemente will now oversee daily editorial duties.

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik thinks NBC’s David Gregory needs to liven up Meet the Press and pronto… “As one of the first critics to say David Gregory looked like he was going to be okay as the successor to Tim Russert, I have to acknowledge being disappointed in what I saw Sunday from the new host. Simply put, there was little energy and virtually no passion. And that is the opposite of what made Russert so compelling to watch.”

WaPo’s Lisa de Moraes: When pirates kidnapped the news cycle and held it hostage for nearly a week, Viacom was not discouraged by the fact that none of its TV networks had a real news operation. Its Spike TV network announced it had ordered up a reality series pilot in which the U.S. Navy hunts down pirates.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made a deal to star in NBC’s upcoming summer reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, the network confirms. “Rod Blagojevich will be a participant on the show pending the court’s approval,” said NBC in a statement.

ONLINE

Three longtime media executives, including CourtTV founder Steve Brill, are building an automated system to allow newspapers and magazines to charge for online access, including an “all you can read” subscription called Journalism Online that would allow access to multiple publications.

MAGAZINES

FishbowlLA: Michael Speier, Executive Editor of Variety, has been laid off. More cuts are expected to come at Variety throughout. The parent company of the publication, Reed Business Information, is laying off 7% of their staff.

Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore said yesterday that the company’s dramatic restructuring last fall — during which roughly 600 staffers at the mega-publisher were laid off — has proven to be an unmitigated success.

NEWS NOTES

Spotted at Monday’s season opener at Nationals Stadium by Reliable Source: George Will, Al Hunt, Luke Russert and James Carville. “It’s different… A little sad,” Carville commented on missing his friend Tim Russert at the games.

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Morning Reading List 03.26.09

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Its day 66 covering the Obama administration and week eight for us. Happy Birthday to Bob Woodward (h/t Playbook). What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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NEWPAPERS

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said yesterday it will cut its full-time news staff by about 90 people, or nearly 30 percent, to lower costs as it tries to regain profitability amid a severe revenue slump. The company will also eliminate distribution to seven more metro Atlanta counties.

Well somebody in this newspaper business is still doing well. WaPo Co. Chief Don Graham racked up his 18th year without a salary raise in 2008. But he earned a bonus nearly doubling the value of his total compensation package.

TV

From Politico: The president at a DNC fund-raiser last night, channeling Dan Pfeiffer: “I know it can be easy especially in Washington to get caught up in the day to day chatter of cable television, to be distracted by the petty and the trivial, and to fall into the trap of keeping score about who’s up and who’s down. There will be days we may be declared the winner; days when the umpires say oh they lost that one; there will be days when the markets go up; there will be days when the markets go down.”

Speaking of cable, the top 35 ad-supported cable networks are up 7 percent in total viewers this season, according to a report based on Nielsen Media Research data. It shows Fox News and MSNBC among the cable networks posting large first-quarter audience gains in prime time.

NBC has instituted an across-the-board freeze on raises for its executives and talent, even those with contracts guaranteeing them salary bumps. NBC News — and probably all of NBC Universal — is discreetly calling around and asking its on-air and off-air employees to take one for the team.

With Mexico in the headlines of late, President Obama will talk directly to a massive Hispanic audience when he makes an historic appearance on Premio Lo Nuestro, Univision’s longest-running and most popular music awards show today.

RADIO

WTOP’s Mark Plotkin got into it with Terry McAuliffe at the Capital Grille Tuesday evening, but all in good fun, Reliable Sources assures us.

ONLINE

NY Observer warns us of our competition. Dan Abrams wants in on the media blogging and aggregation business. For the past several months, Abrams has been meeting with various NY-based media reporters, editors, and bloggers about the potential editorial venture. To date, nobody has signed on.

MAGAZINES

Managing Editor Richard Stengel on Time’s cover story by Kurt Andersen “The End of Excess: Why this crisis is good for America,” via Playbook: “I believe Kurt’s cover this week will be the defining piece that comes out of this economic crisis. It is not only smart, but wise. He starts out by saying we all knew this was coming and then charts the cycles of American history in a way that historians can only envy… From when this all began, I thought Kurt could become the poet laureate of the crisis — he’s one of the few writers of our time who can unite popular culture, history, and economics and with this piece he proves it.”

There goes one of my vices. The consumer appetite for celebrity news has exploded in recent years, but shortsighted strategies, poor management, and the recession have hit traditional celebrity media hard — so hard experts say celeb mags may not survive the economic crisis.

NEWS NOTES

Its the President v. the Press on the Daily Beast.

Jay Rosen: As the crisis in newspaper journalism grinds on, people watching it are trying to explain how we got here, and what we’re losing. Lately, the pace has picked up. Here are twelve links to recent pieces about this process that form a kind of flying seminar on the future of news, presented in real time.

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Morning Reading List 03.20.09

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Its day 60 covering the Obama administration and week seven for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWPAPERS

The Graham family that owns WaPo has been selling shares in the parent company in recent months. Chairman and CEO Donald Graham has sold tens of millions of dollars worth of stock in the past year.

Microsoft says it had no interest in acquiring NYT or other leading print brands. “No,” CEO Steve Ballmer said outside the McGraw-Hill Building in yesterday morning. “Not ‘no comment.’ No.” BusinessWeek reports Ballmer says Microsoft is still interested in acquiring Yahoo.

One banker’s plan to save the newspaper industry: “Despite that gloom and doom, the reality is that, within the pantheon of media sectors, the newspaper business is actually still one of the better ones,” says Jonathan Knee, an investment banker who advised on the San Diego Union-Tribune deal and who has covered the media industry for over 15 years.

WSJ managing editor Robert Thomson sent a memo to all Journal and Dow Jones Newswire reporters yesterday signaling that Dow Jones plans to compete more aggressively against Reuters, Bloomberg and AP.

TV

From WSJ: “President Obama Makes History by Appearing on ‘Tonight Show’

Why President Obama skipped ‘Meet the Press’: “The new moderator often seems like he’s wearing a suit made for someone else – Russert – and as a result has yet to clearly establish why he got this gig instead of anyone else in the conga line of potential successors. David Gregory is terrifically polished, well-informed, a good listener and has the talking points of both sides down cold. But he also seems more intent on covering the waterfront than digging for news, or in pushing the talking heads off their talking points.”

From TVNewser: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria lands first tv interview with former NY Gov. Elliot Spitzer since the scandal that forced him out office a year ago (you all remember that).

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren responded on her blog yesterday to the WaPo report that her husband John Coale was advising Sarah Palin. “No, he is not a paid adviser to Governor Palin and never has been,” she writes. “And no, he does not want a job with her or with the other women he has helped.” More here.

RADIO

Will NPR Save the News? “In one of the great under-told media success stories of the past decade, NPR has emerged not as the bespectacled schoolmarm of our imagination but as a massive news machine poised for what Dick Meyer, editorial director for digital media, half-jokingly calls ‘world domination.’”

ONLINE

Check out TVNewser’s Bracket Challenge ’09.

NEWS NOTES

From Politico: Is Washington ready for Wanda? This year’s entertainment at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner: “‘I’m sick of politicians across the board, Republicans and Democrats,’ Sykes says on ‘Sick & Tired.’ ‘They’re all shady. I’m sick of them. To me, political office should be like jury duty. You should just get a notice in the mail one day and say, ‘Aw, sh-, I’m secretary of state next month. Ain’t this a b–?’”

Stealing President George Bush’s thunder, from AP: Obama signs deal for post-presidency book.

Where are they now? Former President Bush Deputy Assistant Press Secretary Pete Seat has a biweekly column in The Times of Northwest Indiana. This week’s: Obama offers too much material for critics.

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Morning Reading List 02.04.09

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