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Morning Reading List 06.24.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

NYT: After months of bitter struggle that included a threat to shut down The Boston Globe, the New York Times Company and the paper’s largest union reached a tentative contract settlement on Tuesday night, with employees agreeing to significant cuts in wages, benefits, and job security.

WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth spoke Saturday at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s commencement- the school also honored Roxana Saberi with its Medal for Courage. Weymouth said, “I believe firmly that great journalism – the need for good old-fashioned beat and enterprise reporting — has never been more important. Certainly no one would argue that there isn’t enough news to report anymore. Nor do I believe that people’s interest or engagement in the news has changed. What has changed is the number of voices out there, the role that media plays in our lives and the business model that has supported journalism. This is a time of great transformation — but it’s also a time of great anticipation and creativity.” Read her speech here.

TV

Playbook reports this morning that there are “so many technicians and journalists are on the grounds that the Secret Service ran out of laminated “PRESS” passes and was giving “TOUR” tags to reporters.”

See how cable news ratings increased with coverage of Iran- Fox News ranked third in all of cable in primetime last week.

“Real World” is coming to DC, as you’ve heard, but there are major cuts coming to MTV.

ONLINE

The Iran election has increased new traffic to Twitter. Hitwise notes traffic to Twitter.com rose 13% June 12 compared with the previous Friday and was up 23% June 17 versus the prior Wednesday. (h/t WebNewser)

ABCNews.com has announced it is producing a daily half-hour program about the crisis in Iran. “Nightline: Iran in Crisis” will be broadcast at 11:30am and available on the Nightline section of ABCNEWS.com and on ABC News NOW, the network’s 24-hour digital channel.

BOOKS

Roxana Saberi is working on a memoir of her arrest, sentence and release in Iran, to be published by HarperCollins in March 2010, according to the AP.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is penning a memoir expected out in spring 2011, a few months after former President George W. Bush’s book comes out, the AP points out. In an interview with the AP, Cheney said, “I want my grandkids, 20 or 30 years from now, to be able to read it and understand what I did, and why I did it.”

NEWS NOTES

We seriously did not believe this when we first heard it, but now there’s video proof. Remember Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, an American icon? Just in time for the moon-landing anniversary, he’s teaming up with Snoop Dog and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, “Rocket Experience.” You have to see this for yourself at FishbowlLA.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Peter Osnos asks on The Daily Beast, “Does the Press Love Obama More Than Reagan?” Osnos checks in with ABC’s Sam Donaldson and WaPo’s Lou Cannon and David Hoffman.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

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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 05.29.09

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TGIF FishbowlDC! Short weeks always seem the longest to me…

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NEWSPAPERS

Global newspaper sales inched up last year, contradicting gloomy predictions that dailies face extinction, as gains in Africa, Asia and Latin America offset slumps in Europe and the US.

As for what’s ailing the newspaper business, Rupert Murdoch blames companies for their indebtedness: “There have been a lot of newspaper deals done in the last 10 years in which people have taken on ridiculous debt.”

RADIO

Journalist Roxana Saberi says she faced “severe psychological and mental pressure” to confess to being a spy.

WEB

News for Sale. Executives at major news companies from The New York Times Co. and The Associated Press on down are arriving at the consensus that they will simply have to find a way to charge people who read their articles online.

NEWS NOTES

The Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CNN and WSB-TV asked a federal judge on Thursday to grant the media access to copies of audio and video court records key to the upcoming trial against a terrorism suspect.

HAT TIP: paidcontent.org, Daniel Lippman

Saberi’s First Interview to Air Thursday on NPR

On Thursday, May 28 NPR News’ ‘All Things Considered’ will air an exclusive interview with Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi. The interview with NPR host Melissa Block will be Saberi’s first since being released from Iran’s Evin Prison this month.

Saberi Back In “Land Of The Free”

Roxana Saberi was greated by cheers and hugs from family and friends when she arrived at Dulles Airport this afternoon. Saberi was in an Iranian prison for four months with a spying conviction, and after her release, spent the past week or so recuperating in Vienna.

The AP reports Saberi told reporters upon her arrival that she passed the days in prison by singing the national anthem. “And it may sound corny, but I’m so happy to be home in the land of the free.”

She also thanked President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and various lawmakers and human rights groups.

Photo by AP.

Roxana Saberi Being Released from Iranian Prison Today

NPR says that Roxana Saberi, the jailed Iranian-American journalist has had her sentenced reduced and will be released from Evin Prison in Iran today.

Mr. Saberi told NPR he was on his way to pick up his daughter from Iranian authorities. He said she will be allowed to leave the country immediately.

Saberi has reported from Iran for NPR, the BBC, ABC, FOX and other news organizations. She had been jailed at Evin Prison since January 31st.

See NPR for the full scoop.

Morning Reading List 05.06.09

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It is day 107 covering the Obama administration and week 14 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Boston Globe: The Boston Globe‘s largest union reached a tentative deal with the New York Times Co. shortly after 3 a.m. this morning, agreeing to a substantial pay cut, unpaid furloughs, and modifications to the lifetime job guarantee provisions that protect almost 200 employees in the Boston Newspaper Guild.

NYT is over all this negative coverage.

Time looks at whether Amazon’s latest will re-kindle the newspaper industry. Josh Quittner: On Wednesday, Amazon is expected to introduce a new, bigger-screen Kindle aimed at the textbook market and newspapers. Joining CEO Jeff Bezos onstage will be New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger — signaling some kind of partnership between the Times and Amazon.

Does Rupert Murdoch have a plan to start charging for online content in the works? The Daily Beast: According to a knowledgeable source, the team is said to be “looking at hardware” to deliver the content in a “user-friendly way.”

TV

CBS’ Katie Couric is in the Middle East with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and blogging about the trip here.

According to Politico’s Playbook, Secretary Timothy Geithner will be on “Charlie Rose” tonight.

MAGAZINES

The Platform: Newsweek and the Alchemy of Buzz,” by Peter Osnos.

ONLINE

Webnewser: This design critique of the Twitter pages of various TV news personalities identifies NBC anchor David Gregory‘s site as the most stylish.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Continuing the “to stand or not to stand” in the press briefing room for the President discussion, Politico notes NBC’s Chuck Todd appearance on Laura Ingraham’s show. “I was in the room once with President Bush as White House correspondent… I stood for Bush.”

NEWS NOTES

Today is the Commerce subcommittee’s hearing on “The Future of Journalism,” chaired by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and with testimony by Steve Coll, Arianna Huffington and others.

An update on jailed journalists Roxana Saberi, Laura Ling and Euna Lee from TVNewser here. Saberi’s case will be heard next week in an Iranian appeals court. She has been on a hunger strike since April 18th. Lee and Ling will soon face trial in North Korea and a possible conviction could carry a sentence of up to 10 years.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Playbook

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Morning Reading List 05.04.09

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It is day 105 covering the Obama administration and week 14 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

From WaPo’s Howard Kurtz: The New York Times Co. said last night that it is notifying federal authorities of its plans to shut down the Boston Globe. After down-to-the-wire negotiations did not produce millions of dollars in union concessions, the Times Co. said that it will file a required 60-day notice of the planned shutdown. Read on here.

NYT: The Globe‘s union put out a statement saying it had made a proposal that exceeded management’s demands.

WSJ checks in with Warren Buffet on the future of the newspaper business. “For most newspapers in the United states, we would not buy them at any price,” he said in response to a question about whether he would consider investing in newspapers. “They have the possibility of going to just unending losses.”

TV

NYT reports NBC has plans to expand SNL’s Weekend Update will expand with half hour specials during prime-time, as well as the usual segments in Saturday Night Live.

Read about the work the Woodruff Family is doing through the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation here.

RADIO

Slate takes a look at Cokie Roberts.

ONLINE

Tammy Haddad joins the crew at the Morning Media Menu today. Listen in here.

Are bloggers attention-seekers? An evaluation in The Economist here.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Check out the results of TVNewser’s poll grading the White House press corps here.

Just who is watching news scorecards on President Obama? The nets, according to AP’s David Bauder here.

NEWS NOTES

PBS’ Jim Lehrer will be awarded the WFUV Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism this week.

Fox News goes behind the scenes with “rising wheelers and dealers in Washington.” This week- DNC Press Secretary Hari Sevugan.

Reporters Without Borders launched a hunger strike yesterday to protest the imprisonment of Iranian-American reporter Roxana Saberi in Tehran.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

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Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Good Morning America’s weather anchor Sam Champion was in our neck of the woods today to celebrate Earth Day from Great Falls on the Potomac. He took a bit of a spill learning how to repel down a rock, but TVNewser reports everyone is ok. They also have the video.

• “Journalist Jake” gets called out by Fidel Castro in a column.

• ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is in Tehran to interview Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and gives us some insight on his blog today. Stephanopoulos also asked to see jailed journalist Roxana Saberi. He was not allowed, but he did visit Saberi’s parents, who told him she will begin a hunger strike tomorrow. The interview will air on Sunday’s This Week.

• We didn’t think Twitter was any cooler because Oprah was doing it, but if MoDo joins, that just may be another story…

Morning Reading List 04.22.09

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Its day 93 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. Happy Birthday to the NYT’s Helene Cooper (h/t Playbook). What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

AP: The NYT Co. says its first-quarter losses worsened amid a dramatic downturn in ad revenue at its newspapers. The setback was even worse than analysts expected. Revenue for the period totaled $609 million, a 19% drop from last year. Advertising sales plunged nearly $124 million, or 27%.

NYP reports as NYT “tries to bask in the glory of having bagged five Pulitzers, the company is facing a cash crunch that could put it on the path toward insolvency. The Times is having a rough time raising cash, and has few other options.” E&P addsNYT Co. CEO stresses Web site’s ‘good growth’ during earnings call.”

TV

It was more than talent that led Slate’s John Dickerson to join CBS News this week. It was genetic destiny. TVNewser tells us about his relationship with his mother Nancy Dickerson, CBS’s first female correspondent in the days of Edward R. Murrow, Eric Sevareid and Don Hewitt. He chronicled their relationship and her career in his 2006 book On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson (a great read).

LAT: When MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show debuted during the historic campaign of Barack Obama, the program’s ratings soared and made its host a breakout star on cable. But as the president’s administration nears its 100-day milestone, Maddow’s show has seen its numbers cool.

As for the rest of those changes at MSNBC, TVNewser fills us in that after initially tweeting the start date for his 3pmET MSNBC show was this week, David Shuster tweets the program (with co-anchor Tamron Hall) is still “coming together.” Shuster fills in again tonight on Countdown, as Keith Olbermann is recovering from “flu/allergy season.”

ONLINE

TNR asks where in the world is Matt Drudge?

Mark Penn published a story in the WSJ yesterday claiming that almost 500,000 people make their living from blogging. “The best studies we can find say we are a nation of over 20 million bloggers, with 1.7 million profiting from the work, and 452,000 of those using blogging as their primary source of income.” Find out why some are calling shenanigans here.

It’s new, it cool and whoa does it waste time– Google has launched News Timeline.

Mediaweek reports PBS will significantly dial up its online video strategy with the launch of a new video-only channel which will aggregate thousands of full-length episodes from the network’s top series, along with complete seasons of current shows and full back-catalogues of classic series.

WebNewser interviews Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, whose fictitious Fox News reporter character has recently become obsessed with Twitter, and gives his take on real-life journalists “smitten with the idea of a personal broadcasting system.”

NEWS NOTES

An update on American journalist Roxana Saberi imprisoned in Iran- AP reports yesterday that her eight-year jail sentence may be reconsidered on an appeal and commuted.

Following in Christopher Hitchens‘ footsteps, a Playboy journalist bet he could endure 15 seconds of waterboarding- HuffPost has the video.

A state judge has nixed impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to appear on NBC’s summer reality show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. According to MSNBC (via TV Week), the Illinois judge in the case turned down the request because he believed Mr. Blagojevich wasn’t taking his criminal case seriously.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

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