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Nieman Says The Daily is Losing Readership

The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard seems to think The Daily is losing readership.

So soon?

Though it launched in early February, Nieman’s Joshua Benton is on a  mission to use publicly available data to try to understand The Daily‘s readership. He readily admits that it’s tough to measure audience size with news organization apps on smart phones and other portable devices due to a lack of hard data.

Benton says the problem is that with an outlet like Rupert Murdoch‘s The Daily, only available on the iPad, traffic numbers aren’t available. Rankings of popular apps change from day to day. Plus, The Daily‘s publisher won’t say anything about traffic except that the app has been downloaded “hundred of thousands” of times.

Benton examines Twitter sharing, and finds that…

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Jennifer Rubin vs. Jon Ward

Jon Ward has barely gotten his feet wet in Arianna Huffington‘s glorious, $315 million swimming pool, HuffPost, where he went after leaving the Daily (where he moved to from The Daily Caller). But he’s already under fire from WaPo‘s conservative blogger, Jennifer Rubin.

Rubin responds to a weekend story by Ward, who wrote about the “argument” of many social conservatives: that fiscal and social conservatism are linked because economic problems stem from moral issues. This argument is “something of a change from the past,” he says, when social conservatives believed America’s success or failure depended on following God.

But Rubin says the connection between fiscal and social conservatism isn’t an “argument,” it’s fact. She bashes Ward in the process, saying he’s “unfortunately already put aside his considerable reporting skills in favor of serving up…standard liberal canards.” She says “Ward’s spin…simply isn’t true” and that it’s “too bad” that history, polling and commentary “must be shoved aside so that the liberal media doesn’t burden their readers with, you know, facts.”

Tough words for someone whose recent employers have included Rupert Murdoch, Tucker Carlson, and TWT. When Ward was named one of The Hill’s 50 most beautiful people last summer, he would only say he was a “Registered Democrat” (with quotes) while most others listed simply said Democrat or Republican.

UPDATE: Ward responded to the piece on Twitter: “surprised @jrubinblogger is critiquing my work based on ad hominem motive judgement & ignoring facts…comparing Reagan to Vander Plaats (quoted in my story) is like comparing Barbour or Pawlenty to Jerry Falwell…but more disappointing is baseless suggestion that change of venue means I’ve abandoned journalistic integrity #fail

Luntz Pens New Book

Frank Luntz, self-proclaimed “Word Doctor” and FNC contributor, has a new book out this week, WIN: the Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary.

An e-mail release says Luntz is making public for the first time “the list of the ‘secret’ words and phrases from my two decades of public opinion research that I have used for presidents, prime ministers, CEOs and those in the public spotlight.”

On his list of secret phrases that work:

  • “Imagine,” which Luntz calls “the most powerful word in the English language” because of how inspiring it is.
  • “Believe in better,” which Luntz says was originated by Newscorp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.
  • “You decide,” which Luntz says is “not paying homage to Fox News. Instead: “The lesson of 2010 is that Americans want control of their lives back and they don’t want Washington or Wall Street making their decisions for them.”
  • “You deserve”: Luntz says this comes from DNC Chairman Tim Kaine.

Fun fact: Luntz was once called America’s “hottest pollster” by The Boston Globe. You decide.

NYT‘s Bill Keller and Dean Baquet Talk Wikileaks, Murdoch, Pay Wall

Kalb Report host and veteran journalist Marvin Kalb grilled NYT executive editor Bill Keller and Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet at the National Press Club last night. Baquet spoke for just five minutes of a one-hour program.

Kalb declared himself a NYT fan who respected the publication as a leader in the news business. But you wouldn’t know it from the tone of the interview. Early on, he pressed Keller on the number of features in the Times, some of which appear on the front page. Kalb said he was “of the sort” who believes only hard news belongs on the front page. Keller defended features, saying they were important for telling stories, and had news value. Kalb wasn’t persuaded.

Asked about competition, Keller said that though WaPo and WSJ are still major competitors, online media have also been competitive, not just for traffic but for reporting and editing talent. He named Politico, HuffPost, and The Daily Beast, and says he reads them daily. Or, as he explained,”somebody looks at them and tells me.”

Kalb and Keller also clashed over commentary and analysis in news pieces. Kalb said there “should be a wall between the two.” Keller disagreed. “I don’t mind analysis in the news pages. In fact, I encourage it…It’s what readers want,” he said.

Kalb seemed pissed…

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Politico’s Keach Hagey

Say hello to Politico‘s media writer Keach Hagey, a native of Evansville, Ind. She came to Washington from The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, where she was covering the business of media in the Middle East. Previously she wrote for CBS.com and the Village Voice. We wouldn’t have guessed this, but she prefers the cuss word, “motherfucker” as well as the word, “pork.” Well done. Read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Ginger beer

How often do you Google yourself? Occasionally.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa) “I can’t cover that zoning board meeting tonight because I have band practice.”

Who is your favorite working journalist? William T. Vollman

Do you have a favorite word? Pork. I don’t eat it, but I like to say it. I just think it’s a well-constructed group of letters, in the same way that Drew Barrymore’s character in “Donnie Darko” likes the words “cellar door.”

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Palin.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? The fake old timey phone sound that comes on the Blackberry.

When did you last cry and why? Three days ago, while watching “Out of Africa” for the first time. So embarrassing.

What word do you routinely misspell? Across.

What swear word do you use most often? Motherfucker.

What word or phrase do you overuse? See above.

What TV show do you have to watch? True Blood.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? Beacon’s Closet.

Whom do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? The View. Barbara Walters has no peer.

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? Letterman.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? Haley Barbour, assuming he brings his whiskey.

Who is your mentor? Wayne Barrett, Dave Blum, Michelle Johnson

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? Don’t take no for an answer.

Read more about Keach after the jump…

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Rupert Murdoch to Testify on Capitol Hill

On Thursday, the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Membership will hold a hearing on the “Role of Immigration in Strengthening America’s Economy” featuring New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fox owner and Rupert Murdoch. The media magnate and immigrant was born in Australia. The pair created a coalition earlier this year to push immigration reform.

Devlin Barrett to WSJ

This just in…

AP Justice Department reporter Devlin Barrett leaving to take job with WSJ. Will do DC-based reporting as part of Rupert Murdoch‘s expanded coverage of New York. “Huge coup for WSJ,” our tipster opines.

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Barrett chats with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

Murdoch Forecasts iPad may Save Newspaper Industry

By FBDC contributor Nick Massella

While Vice President Joe Biden may describe this media mogul as a BFD, Rupert Murdoch doesn’t let his power get to his head.

“I don’t let it get to me – I don’t really believe it,” said Murdoch, at The George Washington University’s Kalb Report Tuesday night at the National Press Club.

Murdoch spoke about his path to creating a media empire, what he considers content, and of his morning reading list.
Laughs erupted from the audience when Murdoch admitted that his morning news lineup consisted of The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

“But you own those two,” reminded Marvin Kalb, host of the program, which is produced by GW’s Global Media Institute, the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, and the National Press Club.

Murdoch, who owns one of the coveted Apple iPads, describes it as “a wonderful thing” and that it “brought together all forms of media – music, books, newspapers.”

Unlike critics of the iPad and Amazon Kindle who think that these technologies will destroy the future of the newspaper, Murdoch believes that it may actually save the newspaper industry.

“If you have less newspapers and more of these, that’s ok,” said Murdoch of the iPad. “It’s more economic. It may well be the saving of the newspaper industry.”

Murdoch and Kalb to Mull Over Future of Journalism

rupert_murdoch_-_wef_davos_2007.jpg Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, joins journalist Marvin Kalb to “share his unique perspectives” on the future of journalism in the next edition of “The Kalb Report”, Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom of the National Press Club.

Find out how to attend after the jump…

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Michael Wolff Remarks on Huffington, Sulzbergers and More…

mblogoz.jpgOur friends at Webnewser are at the We Media conference in Miami. Author, media critic and Newser founder Michael Wolff opines on a number of people in the business such as HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, Rupert Murdoch, Tina Brown and the Sulzbergers.

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