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Morning Reading List, 01.08.09


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Morning Reading List, 09.20.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Your bet is on Stephen Colbert over Jon Stewart in a fist fight.

  • Roll Call’s Moira Bagley celebrates a birthday today.

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert reports, “Last Monday, on the same day that Gen. David Petraeus was testifying before Congress about how important progress was being made in Iraq, the Pentagon announced that nine American service members had died that day in Iraq. Given the death toll to date, the sad notice did not qualify as a blockbuster development. But such a high number of dead service members in one 24-hour span certainly qualified as news, especially on a day when so much attention had been trained on Iraq inside Washington, D.C., including its newsrooms. Yet among the four all-news cable channels (CNN, CNN Headline News, Fox, and MSNBC) last week, there were just two mentions of the nine dead soldiers, according to”

  • “CHBN is proud to announce the launch of our latest innovation for our growing politically active community. Our interactive ads give our viewers an immediate call to action and collect critical data from supporters directly from your videos.”

  • Tom Shales can only watch four screens at once.

  • This article claims that UPI is anti-gay. It is “owned by the media-arm of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. Moon himself has also called for the destruction of LGBT people. In a speech in 1997 he said: ‘What is the meaning of lesbians and homosexuals? That is the place where all different kinds of dung collect. We have to end that behaviour. When this kind of dirty relationship is taking place between human beings, God cannot be happy.’”

  • reports, “The Wikipedia model makes it tempting to see the site as a battleground for legions of political junkies making the case for or against a candidate. As the Post writes, ‘every day thousands of them are engaging in fierce battles over the life stories of the 2008 presidential candidates.’ The data tell a different story. Figures provided to U.S. News Monday by, a site that monitors and analyzes Internet traffic, show that the majority of the edits to most of the candidate pages are made by a small group of devoted editors who largely determine what information is and is not included on a page.”

  • The National Press Club’s Professional Development Committee is hosting a panel event on blogging on the campaign trail. The panelists include Tom Edsall, The New Republic; Jonathan Martin, Politico; Antonio Vargas, The Washington Post; and David All, GOP adviser. Ellen Shearer, co-director of the Medill News Service, will moderate. To RSVP to the September 24 event, call (202) 662-7501.

  • A follow up to this post…A tipster tells us, “one journalist — portuguese, i think — was turned away from the same event due to the white house press dress code. he was wearing sandals. i guess women can bare feet but men can’t.”

  • Reuters reports, “CBS Corp is happy with its deal with iTunes and won’t join a battle against Apple Inc over the pricing of television shows on the online store, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves said on Tuesday.”

  • B&C reports, “Fox Business Network will rely heavily on The Wall Street Journal work force for commentary and color, Rupert Murdoch told a room full of investors at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference here Tuesday morning, and the channel will appeal to a broader audience than CNBC when it debuts next month.”

  • reports, “Andy Berndt, co-president of Ogilvy & Mather’s New York office, has left his post at the agency to go to Google, where he will helm a new global unit dedicated to collaborating with marketers, agencies and entertainment companies.”

  • Venture Beat reports, “Today, Comscore released numbers showing GodTube, a YouTube for Christians, to be the fastest growing site on the internet in August. It grew 973 percent and ranked among the top 1000 web properties by unique visitors — the same month it officially launched, as Mashable’s Kristen Nicole points out.”

  • Business Week reports, “When Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose launched Digg three years ago, the Web site attracted a community of like-minded people. Digg users were technophiles, not unlike the company’s founders. Rather than pay attention to the news dominating the national headlines, many early Digg users were more apt to respond to articles that Rose posted on new Web companies, open-source software, and even stories about mental illness that can haunt mathematicians after they solve complex puzzle.”

  • U.S. presidential campaigns are increasingly favoring bloggers over traditional news media with breaking news, some observers say.

  • Reuters reports, “News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday sketched out early plans for Dow Jones & Co Inc, saying he leaned toward making the online Wall Street Journal free but had not yet made a decision.”

  • Media Ink reports, “We hear that some folks at McGraw-Hill are getting a little nervous about a new tome about former GE chief Jack Welch that’s being written by former Welch speech writer Bill Lane.”

  • Jack Myers writes, “Betsy Frank the chief research and insights officer for Time Inc., offers an interesting perspective on the state of magazine advertising today and how media companies are both applying and ignoring lessons of the past. The key question for media companies, Frank suggests, is ‘how can media, whether invented yesterday or 100 years ago, create and maintain relevance to consumers and demonstrate and communicate that value to advertisers?’”

  • The 2007 American Spectator Annual Pig Roast is coming up! It is September 29 in Madison, Virginia.

  • Tom Sietsema reveals in his online chat that his fall dining guide is out October 14.

  • There is a “new breed of news junkie” on the loose in Chevy Chase.

  • Linda Perlstein writes, “When I left a reporting job at The Washington Post several years ago, I lost an institution I loved—not to mention free LexisNexis and an affiliation that pretty much guaranteed that my phone calls were returned right away. But I gained the opportunity to immerse myself in a project that I’m sure could never have been created for the newspaper.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Officer Richard Parsons said the media company’s board will decide on the timing for Jeffrey Bewkes to succeed him.”

  • As a follow up to Deborah Howell’s column about the controversy over comics in the Washington Post (and other papers), Ralph Hanson put together a round up of items about comic strip controversies since 2004.

  • Check out the results of the CJR panel, “The Case of the Vanishing Book Review”

  • American University’s Center for Social Media presents Foreign Correspondence and the Future of Public Media, “a series that addresses the future of reliable, sober, unbiased information from abroad at a time when our nation is engaged in two foreign wars — and when the number of mainstream foreign correspondents is actually diminishing. The series, organized by AU’s Bill Gentile, is comprised of internationally-recognized foreign correspondents. Each speaker brings unique and valuable insight into the current state of foreign correspondence, and especially its future.” Each lecture is in the University’s Mary Graydon Center Room 324, from 12:45 until 2 pm.

  • Poynter Online reports, “It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that will be free soon.”

  • The Duke Cunningham case will be discussed during 2007 SPJ Convention & Journalism Conference. For more info, click here.

  • No more wondering. The editors of TNR offer a Scott Beauchamp Update.

  • Community Journalism Interest Group writes, “There has been very little coverage of the New York Times’ decision to cut the space it allots for printed letters in its paper edition. That’s a shame. The move further exemplifies the disdain the ‘mainstream’ media has for its audience, and, by extension, the communities they serve.”

  • Daily Kos has a piece of advice for the Politico: “Memo to Jim VandeHei and John Harris: this is 2007, not 1992.”

  • Web 2.Oh … really reports, “This from Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times, which has finally been liberated from behind the pay wall the company had built around its marquee columnists under its ill-fated TimesSelect plan: ‘Nobody wants to simply admit they made a mistake and disappear for awhile. Nobody even wants to use the weasel words: ‘Mistakes were made.’ No, far better to pop right back up and get in the face of those who were savoring your absence.’ Such a striking confession about her employer’s embarrassing capitulation to reality! From such a proud woman! Oh, wait, my mistake. The column’s about Alan Greenspan’s new book.”

  • The Huffington Post is hiring journalist Marc Cooper to head up its OffTheBus citizen journalism project. Cooper, a columnist for LA Weekly, will work with approximately 15 “campaign correspondents” to cover the 2008 campaigns from their own perspectives.

  • In response to this post…A reader tells us, “‘A strong internal candidate has emerged; if you are interested in this or future National bureau jobs, please contact’ That actually means…don’t bother applying we have already picked someone but we are legally required to post this notice”


  • The Associated Press is looking for a Business News Desk person.

  • WWICS — Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist.

  • Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter and a Photographer.

  • Energy Intelligence Group is looking for a Market Reporter.

  • Human Rights Campaign is seeking a Sr. Editorial & Web Content Manager.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 09.10.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Jeff Golimowski, investigative reporter, is no longer with

  • Longtime producer Michele Michaels has left News 4 to go to Washington Hospital Center. (Trend alert? Producer Lydia Postlewaite left WTOP earlier this year for Washington Adventist Hospital and longtime Montgomery Gazette editor Tom Grant joined Adventist HealthCare in December.)

  • The NPF announced, “The Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award encourages young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting in all fields of science. The winner of the 2007 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, and its $1000 prize, is Jia-Rui Chong, of The Los Angeles Times.”

  • NPR reporter: I’m only worth $100,000 if kidnapped in Iraq?”

  • Big tech problems at last night’s debate?

  • New York Post reports, “WPP Chief Executive Martin Sorrell – who’s been on the prowl since buying online ad firm 24/7 Real Media earlier this year — could be close to making another significant acquisition in the digital ad space. Sorrell revealed this week that he would announce the purchase of another U.S. Internet ad firm in the ‘coming days,’ sparking a guessing game on Madison Avenue.”

  • The 8pm Cable Picture Comes Into Focus

  • Following their testimony to Congress tomorrow on the progress of U.S. strategy in Iraq, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will appear exclusively on FOX News Channel at 9 P.M. for an hour-long sitdown interview with Washington Managing Editor Brit Hume. This live FOX News Special will begin at 9PM ET Monday night.

  • Amanpour: “On The Warrior Path

  • Media Daily News reports, “At least two class-action suits have been filed by shareholders in Hearst-Argyle, looking to derail Hearst Corp.’s efforts to buy out investors and take the station group private.”

  • His Extreme-ness tells us how not all Reagans are the same.

  • The National Press Foundation will present a four-day seminar for journalists on “Retirement Issues in the 21st Century III,” in Washington, D.C., September 16-19. Sessions featuring Mark Iwry of the Brookings Institution, Dallas Salisbury of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, and Barbara Bovbjerg of the GAO, will be open to journalists across the country through conference call. Contact to participate and click here for more information.

  • Cronkite: Couric’s ‘As Good As Ever’

  • Market Watch reports, “The U.S. Department of Justice could be ready to make a ruling on Sirius Satellite Radio’s proposed acquisition of XM Satellite Radio within the next 30 to 60 days, with a more than 50% likelihood of approval, an analyst said Thursday.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “There’s a new twist in the ongoing drama of the poor beleaguered mainstream media. Rather than merely bemoaning the plight of traditional news outlets, some people are suggesting that users of the new media — pretty much all of us — should feel guilty for undermining the blue-chip operations that are struggling to stay alive.”

  • The National Press Foundation is accepting entries to for the 2007 awards for accomplishment in journalism. “Awards include the $5,000 Dirksen Awards for Coverage of Congress by print and broadcast journalists, the $2,500 Berryman Award for editorial cartoonists, and the $2,500 Excellence in Online Journalism Award. The awards will be presented at the 25th NPF Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on February 28, 2008.” All entries must be received by October 5. For more information, click here.

  • Capital Emmy’s is hosting an event to mark the end of the baseball season. For $28, you can “a great excuse to leave work early on a Friday,” a free ride to the ballpark and free drinks. For more info, and to RSVP, click here.

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Time Warner was the victim Thursday of an unusually scathing Wall Street report by an analyst who called for a breakup of the company, told his clients that top executives aren’t to be trusted and called Richard Parsons a ‘lame duck’ chairman and CEO.”

  • reports, “Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp, is widely regarded as the world’s most influential media executive but he is not the highest paid employee in the global media group he founded, in spite of receiving $32m in compensation. Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer, received higher total compensation than Mr Murdoch in the 2007 fiscal year, notching up salary, stock awards, pension benefits and other compensation worth $34m, according to regulatory filings released on Thursday.”

  • “NPF has received a grant from the McCormick Tribune Foundation to present a McCormick Tribune Specialized Reporting Institute on presidential candidates health care proposals, November 11–14, 2007 in Washington, D.C. Up to 18 all–expense–paid fellowships are available for this program. Participating journalists will gain the knowledge, skills, resources, and sources to cover the candidates’ health care proposals for their print, broadcast, and online audience. Applications are due Friday, October 5, 2007.”


  • PBS is looking for a Sr. Associate, Conference Management.

  • is looking for a Manager of Public Relations
    and B-to-B Marketing

  • The Transport Topics Publishing Group is looking for a Staff Reporter.

  • Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Managing Editor at the Link

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

  • Morning Reading List, 06.11.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you didn’t watch The Sopranos, but for the true fans, you thought Tony would live.

  • Check out the 2006 IRE Award Winners here.

  • Dan Gillmor writes, “Journalism’s old guard is in a panic. With the latest bad news … it’s no wonder that people who care about the traditional journalism business are frightened.”

  • Reuters reports, “An Internet entrepreneur and a Wall Street group have joined a list of potential rivals to News Corp.’s $5 billion bid for Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. Inc., an adviser to the Dow Jones employee union said on Thursday.”

  • Eric Rauchway tells us what he learned at the blogging panel, a.k.a “Historical Scholarship and the New Media.” Ben Adler gives his own take on the experience.

  • The National Press Club is hosting a travel writing trade panel June 28 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Lisagor Room. The event is open to the public. Reserve online or by calling is 202-662-7501.

  • reports, “Nielsen, the US-based audience measurement firm, is to begin tracking mobile phone users’ media consumption as part of an effort to provide wireless carriers, advertisers and entertainment companies with more accurate data about mobile phone usage.”

  • Ben Affleck loves to yell during “Hardball.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “It’s almost a footnote in some of the news stories and press releases on News Corp.’s negotiations to take over Dow Jones & Co., but the inclusion of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James, at the bargaining table could be sending a significant signal on where News Corp. is heading.”

  • Gay Programming Steps Out On Satellite and Digital

  • E&P reports, “With the exception of exports leveling off and producer inventories rising, April newsprint statistics released this week by the Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC) were all negative.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Trading in options to buy Netflix Inc. shares surged to the most since January 2004 on speculation the largest provider of movie rentals via the mail may be acquired.”

  • Christian Post reports, “Americans who watch more hours of television tend to be less committed to classical virtues such as honesty and fairness and less likely to value religious principles, according to a conservative media watchdog.”

  • MediaBiz reports, “Sirius announced after the market closed Tuesday that it had received a $250 million loan from Morgan Stanley (MS).”

  • A reader writes:
      wemple: The problem with Kornheiser is that he’s in great demand. Late this month, he’ll leave the Post airwaves and won’t return in full force until next January, following his season in ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth. Gulland won’t say what the station will do to fill the programming void that he’ll leave. farhi: Kornheiser has become so valuable to the station, executives said, that his show will continue, with his name, even after he leaves it at the end of this month — as he prepares for his second season as an analyst on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football.’ WTWP morning man David Burd will host ‘The Tony Kornheiser Show,’ along with Kornheiser’s current sidekicks. Kornheiser will call in to the show from time to time, Farley said, but will not have a regular slot on the program; Kornheiser is committed to ESPN until the end of the football season.

  • A reader writes, “Shouldn’t the Washington Times intern know how to proof before posting and not just rely on spell check?? ‘getting soar muscles from carrying heavy bags’.”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Time Warner Inc. chairman and CEO Richard Parsons on Thursday signaled more clearly than ever that he might drop at least his CEO title in the next year or two and again backed president and COO Jeffrey Bewkes as his heir apparent.”

  • Since becoming the Discovery Channel’s chief three years ago, Jane Root “has helped pull the nature channel out of a ratings slump with shows featuring, in no particular order, people battling nature, people living in prison, people saving the planet, and so on,” reports BusinessWeek.

  • Deb Howell’s weekly column.

  • A Harris Interactive poll on newspapers and their online sites, that was released at the World Association of Newspapers conference in Cape Town, shows that “five years out, readers expect online to overtake TV networks as their main source of news in four of the seven countries.”

  • Jeffrey F. Rayport writes, “To judge from ad-industry publications, advertising is in crisis. The stories of upheaval in how agencies serve clients, create value and get paid might readily suggest that advertising as a profession and business is dead, or dying. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

  • Marty Kaplan writes, “Within 24 hours, no primate on the planet will be unaware of Paris Hilton’s transfer from the pokie to the ankle bracelet, but it is a safe bet that within weeks or even months, relatively few Americans will know the big news going down now in Iraq. That’s because journalism is distributed in two flavors: push and pull.”

  • AP reports, “Twelve major universities will digitize select collections in each of their libraries — up to 10 million volumes — as part of Google Inc.’s book-scanning project.”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The head of the National Association of Broadcasters is urging Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin to end his attempt to merge the nation’s two satellite radio companies and accusing the executive of misleading the public about the deal’s benefits.”


  • AAAS is looking for a Communications Officer and a Communications Associate.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Staff Writer/Online Producer for and a Staff Correspondent for Government Executive Magazine.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for an Editorial intern.

  • A downtown DC publishing company is looking for a Graphic Designer.

  • Smithsonian Publications is looking for a Production Coordinator.

  • The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is looking for a NewsHour Administrative Assistant.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Senior Producer and a Sports Producer.

  • The Map Network/NAVTEQ is looking for a Copy Editor, a Financial Analyst/Accountant, a Senior SQL Developer, a Director of Marketing, a Director of Business Development a Manager Destination and Event Sales and an Ad Sales Representative.

  • The Atlantic Media Company is looking for an Account Manager.

  • C-SPAN is hiring a temporary Political Producer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 05.07.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you thought the debate format looked like a game show (in a bad way).

  • NPR announced that Talk of the Nation “will offer a live, two-hour edition from the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, MD, on Tuesday, May 8, examining traumatic brain injury as a result of war and the role of combat doctors.”

  • On the latest episode of the Corn & Miniter Show, Richard Miniter is back from Iraq and special guest Ana Marie Cox joins the discussion. Check it out here.

  • You really should hang out with the National Journal’s Jim Barnes, Isobel Ellis and Jake Welch more often.

  • Post: “Parents, not the FCC, should take the lead in shielding children from graphic images.”

  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald is none too happy about the Politico’s relationship with the Reagan library (and the MSNBC debate).

  • The AP reports, “Thomson Corp.’s reported bid Friday to acquire Reuters signals that it wants to go head to head with Bloomberg in the lucrative market of delivering real-time financial data and news to customers like investment banks.”

  • Debates: Quotes & Criticisms

  • AP reports, “Time Warner Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Richard Parsons said several private equity firms have approached him about selling AOL although the company remains focused on its new strategy.”

  • The Independent reports, “There was an almost audible sigh of relief” when ABC News “said it would not reveal the identities of scores of clients of the alleged ‘DC madam’ because they were not well enough known to be ‘newsworthy’.”

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “Local real estate titan and philanthropist Robert Smith and his wife, Clarice, will give $5 million to the Newseum to sponsor its 3,500-square-foot theater.”

  • NewTeeVee reports that YouTube is starting to help “some of its indie video content creators make money.” The company is launching “a program that puts the creators of some of the more popular YouTube channels … on the same playing field as large media partners like CBS.”

  • Debates: MSNBC #1 In Prime Demo; 1.7 Million Viewers Watch GOP

  • Fox News beat MSNBC in primetime viewers and during their actual debate coverage on Thursday night. Between 8-9:30 p.m. Fox had more than 2 million viewers compared to 1.7 viewers for MSNBC. (But TVNewser provides a bit more context)

  • “On ‘Buying the War‘”

  • TVWeek reports, “HBO Chairman-CEO Chris Albrecht was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and domestic assault early Sunday morning in Las Vegas, according to a report by Bloomberg.”

  • MediaWeek reports, “In its fifth quarter as a stand-alone company, CBS Corp. profits dropped nearly 6 percent in first quarter, due to taxes from selling radio stations in Kansas City, Mo.; Columbus, Ohio; Fresno, Calif; and Greensboro, N.C. The company’s TV, outdoor and publishing divisions boosted revenue up 2 percent to $3.6 billion. Operating income was down 1 percent to $521.3 million.”

  • One ABC Blotter reader had this to say on the Madam story: “Apparently, it was the right number to call if you’d been Gumped in D.C. and were Akin to be Feld for an Hauer.”

  • U.S. News’ Chris Wilson looks into Pres. Bush’s “Commander Guy” line.

  • Campaigns and Elections published their C&E Case Study e-book, the largest e-book ever published by C&E.

  • On Ted Koppel’s recent appearance on NPR’s weekly news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, he answered three questions on a topic definitely not related to his job: the 2005 movie Sahara, starring Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey.


  • The World Wildlife Fund is looking for a Communication Officer for Aquaculture.

  • Department of Treasury/Financial Management Service is looking got an experience Writer/Editor.

  • The Brookings Institution is looking for someone in Communications/Public Affairs.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for an Editor for CQ Budget Tracker.

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