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Morning Reading List, 10.26.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You guys are old school. You have a landline at home.

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, October 21 in all categories across the nation and in Washington, D.C.”
  • Comcast announced, “John Conwell Named Regional Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast’s Potomac Region.” Also, David Lucoff is the new regional vice president of sales and marketing for its Potomac Region covering parts of MD, DC and VA.

  • New York Times reports, “In the summer of 2006, as Israeli and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon were clashing, Bob Woodruff desperately wished to fly there to report for ABC News. Never mind that it had been less than six months since a roadside explosion in Iraq pocked his brain with shrapnel and other debris, almost killing him.”

  • FEMA Meets the Press, Which Happens to Be . . . FEMA

  • FCC’s Copps Calls for News Corp.-Wall Street Journal Inquiry

  • FNC Demands McCain Pull Ad

  • Swezey makes all-time money list on ‘Jeopardy!’

  • Mainstream Blogs Open Floodgates for Political Coverage

  • Swelling Portfolio: Mag’s Ads Are Gaining While Editorial Is Waning

  • Tom DeFrank looks back on the Nixon years.

  • Forbes reports, “Dow Jones changed hands faster than anyone might have imagined. Could The New York Times be next on the takeover list? Forbes editor Matt Miller asked the four investors on the private equity panel at Forbes 2nd annual MEET conference whether they felt that The New York Times Co. was ripe for a takeover. Three out of four said yes.”

  • Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro reports, “Now many Comcast customers are anxious after reading the Associated Press report last week that the cable-modem service interferes with the BitTorrent file-sharing program. The news has put the Philadelphia-based corporation in an awkward spot and brought the network neutrality debate back to life, just when it seemed that the issue was dead in Washington.”

  • New York Daily News reports, “Whether or not Howard Stern is the king of all media, he’s definitely king of satellite radio. Arbitron has released its first-ever ratings for XM and Sirius, covering April-June 2007, and they show that in an average week, 1,225,000 listeners at some point heard Stern.”

  • Street Sense reports, “So our trusty intern reporter Melanie Lidman was out covering Mayor Fenty’s announcement of the closing of DC Village, a family emergency shelter, yesterday. The Washington Post reporter next to her had forgotten her camera. So Melanie, generous soul that she is, agreed to have her photographs used by the Post for its own story. The Post, however? Not so generous. There was no money in the budget to pay Melanie for the photo, she was told. So Melanie made the best call she could. As she put it, “Not getting paid for your freelance work: negative $50. Seeing your grandmother’s face when she opens the newspaper: priceless :) .”

  • Salon offers Sidney Blumenthal’s afterword for a reissue of Walter Lippman’s ‘Liberty and the News,’ to be published this month by Princeton University Press.

  • Wired reports, “Against market trends, Dzanc Books is a small publisher poised to succeed, hiring staff and expanding quickly. And that may be because it sprouted from a blog rather than a traditional printing press, and it is certainly web-savvy.”

  • Washington Post reports, “What Hollywood is calling ‘the Judith Miller movie’ is now filming on location here, but prepare yourselves: Some changes are being made to the story inspired by the outing of a CIA agent. For starters, in the movie Judith Miller is no longer Judith Miller of the New York Times, but Rachel Armstrong of the Washington Capital Sun. And while the real Judith Miller may be remembered as a stylish, slightly scary reporter of 59, headed off to jail in a quilted black jacket and tortoise-frame sunglasses, in the movie she is a sizzling Kate Beckinsale, 34, dressed in a, shall we say, form-fitting skirt.”

  • The Idaho Stateman reports, “Four months before his arrest in a men’s room sex sting, Sen. Larry Craig hired a criminal lawyer for advice on whether he could sue the Idaho Statesman over its investigation into longstanding rumors that he engaged in gay sex, a spokesman said Wednesday.”

  • E&P reports, “A press conference was held at 1:30 this afternoon at the Philadelphia Inquirer to announce that it has added former Sen. Rick Santorum to its stable of columnists.”

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, “In a wide-ranging presentation Wednesday, Robert Iger said the best way to fight digital piracy is to go on the offensive and that big media companies are undervalued on Wall Street.”

  • The Associated Press reports, “Parents have become more ambivalent about the Internet, with a new study finding fewer of them considering it good for their children.”

  • Info World reports, “More than half of U.S. residents want the government to regulate Internet video in some way, according to a poll released Wednesday.”

  • Reuters reports, “Two U.S. senators on Wednesday threatened to introduce bipartisan legislation that would block the U.S. Federal Communication Commission from acting quickly to ease rules governing media ownership.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable-television company, fell the most in five years in Nasdaq trading after adding fewer phone and Internet subscribers than analysts estimated amid a slump in home sales.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Former entertainment mogul Barry Diller said Wednesday that when it comes to the disruptive power of the Internet, incumbent media companies still “don’t get it,” with the possible exception of News Corp.”

  • Fortune reports, “Merrill Lynch all but hung a ‘For Sale’ sign today on its 20 percent holding of Bloomberg LP, the financial information company.”

  • Smart Money reports, “Tribune Co. said it agreed to sell two Connecticut newspapers, the Greenwich Time and the Advocate of Stamford, to Hearst Corp. for $62.4 million. The sale, expected to close in the next few weeks, comes five months after the Chicago-based media company’s $73 million deal to sell the papers to Gannett Co. (GCI) was scrapped following an arbitrator’s ruling that the sale of the Advocate would have violated a union contract.”

  • “The Vanity Fair Oscar-night party, held at Mortons for the past 14 years, is changing its venue to Craft in Century City,” reports Variety.

  • The Guardian unveiled a new MediaGuardian website. “Breaking media news remains at the heart of what we do, as it has done for the seven years since the MediaGuardian website launched, on September 5 2000.”
  • Stars and Stripes reports, “Stars and Stripes served as a conduit for money to promote America Supports You, but the newspaper did not spend any of its own funds on the program, a Stripes official confirmed on Tuesday.”

  • PJNet reports,Will Bunch, Philadelphia Daily News columnist, has been on a two-year journey to figure out the fate of journalism. At first it was out of self-preservation, but now he has come to see the future of journalism — and he is very optimistic.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “News about the dangers of an antibiotic-resistant staph infection (MRSA) caught the public’s attention last week. More than a quarter of Americans paid very close attention to this story and 18% listed it as the news story they followed most closely — placing it at the top of the weekly news interest index. Women were particularly interested in the story. The national news media covered the MRSA story, but overall coverage lagged behind public interest.”

  • Washingtonian reports, “The 150 most influential people in business, culture, real estate, religion, education, law, and more. Plus—Washington’s hidden power, stars of tomorrow, and places where powerful people live, play, and eat.”

  • The Associated Press reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. said Thursday its third-quarter loss widened as sales through retail outlets slowed and the company faced increased costs related to its planned acquisition by smaller rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.”

  • Ad Age reports on, “The Nine Lives of Newspapers”

    Jobs

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  • InterMedia Survey Institute is looking for an Online Managing Editor.

  • Examiner Newspapers is looking for a Designer with eye for fashion.

  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for an Insurance News Reporter.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Schedules Researcher.

  • InterMedia Survey Institute is looking for an Online Managing Editor.

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    Morning Reading List, 10.15.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Thank you notes on paper are a sweet gesture.

  • FBN: The Schedule

  • Drudge reports that Imus is back.

  • WUSA Hires New Anchor to Join McGinty

  • Clark Hoyt and Deb Howell do some ombudding.

  • Group Plans to Provide Investigative Journalism

  • Washington Monthly’s Paul Glastris is on tonight’s “Colbert Report.”

  • Everybody Sucks: Gawker and the rage of the creative underclass.”

  • NBC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning on Sunday, October 7, 2007, in all categories across the country and in Washington, D.C.”

  • Brian Williams to host SNL.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday October 7, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers for the fourth straight week. This marks the fifth time in six weeks ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers.”

  • Christopher Hitchens vs. Alister McGrath.

  • NBC Dominates RTNDA Awards

  • Fox Puts Its Money on ‘Fun’ Business Channel

  • An NBC release announced, “Valerie Plame Wilson sits down with Meredith Vieira in her first-ever live television interview, on NBC News’ ‘Today,’ Monday, October 22.”

  • Marc Fisher isn’t a huge fan of XM Radio’s new POTUS channel.

  • Judy Miller reviews “Curveball.”

  • Gene Weingarten on how to save the newspaper industry.

  • Michael Murphy, Senior Manager, Media Relations at FNC is leaving the network.

  • The Pulitzer accuracy test.

  • Washington Post Buys CourseAdvisor Online Directory

  • A tipster tells us that Danielle Karson, a longtime WAMU (NPR) reporter and host, has left the station.

  • New York Times reports, “When Zachary McCune, a student at Brown, received an e-mail message from the university telling him he might have broken the law by downloading copyrighted songs, his eyes glazed over the warning and he quickly forgot about it. ‘I already knew what they’d say about file-sharing,’ he said. ‘It’s become a campus cliché.’”

  • From Freakonomics: “Here Are the Answers to Your Craigslist Questions”

  • TVNewser reports, “After 11 years in New Jersey, in a matter of days, MSNBC will make the move into a combined facility on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center.”

  • Reuters reports, “Viewers have yet to see a single show, but the power of Rupert Murdoch’s name has convinced some that his Fox Business Network has a shot at succeeding, even if it won’t dislodge U.S. business cable news leader CNBC just yet.”

  • New York Times reports, “ABC Reshapes the Evening News for the Web”

  • PR Week reports, “Unions in the media industry face the same challenges as their industrial brethren; they are derided by opponents as vestiges of an obsolete economic model that promote mediocrity and shackle companies from making forward-looking changes.”

  • E&P reports, “ABC Explains New Move to Count Web Traffic — and How It Is Measured”

  • A release announced, “The second annual Slate 60 Conference will honor innovative philanthropy on October 21-22, 2007 at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Slate 60 Conference will feature top philanthropists, including President Bill Clinton, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Eli Broad, actor Michael J. Fox, Carlos Slim Helu, who recently contributed $100 million to the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, sharing their personal stories in giving and how philanthropic contributions are changing the world. Speakers will discuss innovation in various sectors of philanthropy such as education, health care, and the environment.”

  • Check out the latest edition of Mediabistro’s J-School Confidential. “In this edition of J-School confidential, our Columbia MA student attempts cope with the ever-growing pile of printouts beside her bed.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “When a challenger takes on the champion, boxing judges don’t award points for effort alone. The upstart almost always has to win by a knockout, pure and simple.”

  • A release announced, “The National Association of Hispanic Journalists urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leadership of the House of Representatives to pass a bill to create a federal shield law that would protect journalists from attempts to try to force them to reveal their confidential sources. A vote on this bill has unexpectedly been scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 16.”

  • DCist reports, Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great “was named one of five finalists for the National Book Award for nonfiction.”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “A New Bobble Joins the Debate”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of Sept. 20 through Oct. 5 shows, “While the rest of the media were focused on private security contractors in Iraq last week, the cable and radio talk hosts spent their time continuing to argue over a controversial phrase by Rush Limbaugh. Plus, another remnant of the Anna Nicole Smith saga makes the top-10 list.”

  • Ralph Hanson writes, “So I was surprised to read that progressive political commentary magazine New Republic decided that an illustration they had commissioned to go with an article about cussing was too offensive to print. The illustration depicts a wide range of offensive terms for sex and excretory functions, along with their more proper acceptable terms. The main link above is to an article from SF Weekly about the article and illustration. And they print the controversial illustration. Be forewarned. The illustration has lots of words on it that you may or may not find offensive.”

  • And from SF Weekly, “New Republic won’t run Ward Schumacker’s illustration along with story about cussing”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “NBC Universal is dropping the curtain on ‘beautiful downtown Burbank.’ The media company, which made the town of tract houses the butt of endless jokes, but also brought it prominence as the base of ‘The Tonight Show,’ is decamping to nearby Universal Studios. The media company announced today that it will sell much of the 34 acres it owns in Burbank, including the legendary NBC Studios at 3000 W. Alameda Ave.”

  • Media Post reports, “Many Wall Street analysts are lowering earnings expectations for CBS Corp. as they anticipate the worst for the advertising-dependent, pure-play broadcaster being squeezed by shaky program ratings and a soft advertising market. But those warnings may not go far enough.”

  • CNet News.com reports, “Everyone knows Nielsen as the company that measures how many people are glued to their TV sets watching news and sitcoms for what is called Fall Sweeps. The numbers can make or break a new show.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger and other media executives urged U.S. regulators to reject a push by Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. to free some television airwaves for mobile Internet access.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Polish those resumes, kids. ABC News is now offering PAID internships. ABC News hires 75-80 interns every semester. ABC says the interns will earn ‘an hourly wage consistent with media industry standards.’ Probably enough to rent a nice place in Tribeca for the semester.”

  • Inside Cable News points out, “More FNC Blogs.”

  • Mark Gimein writes for Time, “Crack for Journalists: The Economics of Blogging”

  • From “The Long Goodbye Dept.” over at Wonkette check out this and this.

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Half a century ago, sociologist David Riesman noted that in a mass media age, journalists tend to be cheerleaders for political candidates who have the charisma of entertainers. Reporters do this not because they believe the better entertainer will be the better president, but simply because entertaining candidates draw a bigger crowd for the media’s own product — the news.”

  • Business Week’s Media Centric writes, “Don’t Kill the Nightly News. Really”

  • The Daily Northwestern reports, “Jim Lehrer, the host of PBS’s ‘The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,’ discussed journalism, and the ‘revolution’ within it Wednesday afternoon in the half-full McCormick Auditorium in Norris University Center.”

  • Discovery to buy HowStuffWorks.com

  • Daily Candy looks at Wolfgang Puck’s new restaurant, The Source.

    Jobs

  • Bright Young Things is looking for contributors.

  • The Hartford Courant is seeking a new Washington Reporter.

  • Reuters is looking for Journalism Interns in Washington DC for Summer 2008.

  • The Daily Progress is seeking a copy editor/page designer.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for an Editorial Assistant and an Assistant Editor.

  • The Washington Monthly is looking for Interns.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Money & Politics Reporter.

  • Pew Research Center is looking for a Communications/Administrative Assistant.

  • La Politica is looking for a Reporter.

  • Biblical Archaeology Society is looking for an Editor.

  • The Nation is looking for a Senior Editor.

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