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The Post Pays Tribute To Aldin

The Post held a touching tribute yesterday before the general staff meeting to honor fallen journalist Salih Saif Aldin.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Megan Greenwell, Jackie Spinner, Nelson Hernandez, and Josh White (on behalf of Naseer Nouri) all gave touching tributes.

Details on the fund follow.

    Subject: A fund to benefit the family of Salih Saif Aldin

    To the newsroom, A memorial fund has been established to benefit surviving family members of our colleague, Salih Saif Aldin, including his six-year-old daughter Fatima. Checks should be made payable to The Salih Saif Aldin Memorial Fund and dropped off or mailed to Rebekah Davis at the Foreign Desk. We are sorry but cash cannot be accepted. Those outside the newsroom who wish to contribute can mail their check to The Salih Saif Aldin Memorial Fund, c/o Foreign Desk, 1150 15th St NW, Washington DC 20071.

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Morning Reading List, 10.17.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Rowan Scarborough has left the Washington Examiner. He says, “after a stint in the Navy, 30 years at five newspapers and two book, I’m retiring, while eyeing some new projects in 2008.”

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast during the week of October 8-12, 2007.”

  • An ABC release announced, “For the twenty-third time in twenty-five weeks, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the most-watched evening newscast among Adults 25-54.”

  • Reuters reports, “Gossip is more powerful than truth, a study showed on Monday, suggesting people believe what they hear through the grapevine even if they have evidence to the contrary.”

  • Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez doesn’t like reporters either.

  • A release announced, “On Tuesday, October 23, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Middle East Program will host a debut book launch and discussion with Barbara Slavin, senior diplomatic reporter for USA Today and Jennings Randolph fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Slavin will present Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation, which builds on her six trips to Iran, from 1996 to 2006, and extensive reporting on U.S. diplomacy toward Iran through the summer of 2007.” For more details, click here.

  • An NPR release announced, “Maria Thomas, who has directed NPR’s digital media activities since 2001 as Vice President and General Manager, Online, has been named Senior Vice President, Digital Media. Thomas is responsible for NPR’s online and on-demand operations as well as its consumer products and e-commerce business and its library and archival activities.”

  • NBC announced, “Tim Russert will moderate a three-hour discussion on energy among leading Republican and Democratic presidential candidates at “Houston’s Presidential Summit” on Nov. 13, 2007, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (EST). The Summit is sponsored by the Greater Houston Partnership. Portions of the event will air live on MSNBC. All three hours of ‘Houston’s Presidential Summit’ will stream live on MSNBC.com.”

  • RCN announced it has launched ESPN360.com and ABC News Now. “As a result, RCN internet customers will have free access to ESPN’s signature, next-generation broadband sports network, as well as interactive ABC TV news programming.”

  • Velvet in Dupont is not fan of The Washington Post and their blog roll.

  • DCist Comments Now Require Registration

  • Don’t forget! The Washington Blogger Meetup October Meetup is today at 7:00 p.m. at RDF. To RSVP, click here.

  • A tipster tells us, “Congress Daily’s Darren Goode got married Saturday night in a ceremony that included Blues Brothers impersonators doing backflips.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media writes, “Page Six didn’t just rip off today’s item about a supposed conflict of interest at The New York Times Book Review — it ripped it off wrong.”

  • The City Paper writes, “If you’ve been assaulted or murdered by somebody of another race, or you’ve assaulted or murdered somebody of another race, Howard Witt is probably on your case. And he’s gonna make you famous. Plainly, nobody in the news business has had a year like Witt, the former City Paper editor. He broke the Jena 6 story with a May article in the Chicago Tribune, where he now heads up the paper’s Southwestern bureau.”

  • Washington Post’s Dan Froomkin writes, “Just what is the relationship like between President Bush and Vice President Cheney? Behind closed doors, who defers to whom? PBS’s ‘Frontline’ documentary series tonight chronicles Cheney’s relentless, secretive and smashingly successful quest to expand executive power.”

  • Talking Radio reports, “Randi Rhodes was mugged on Sunday night on 39th Street and Park Ave, nearby her Manhattan apartment, while she was walking her dog Simon. According to Air America Radio late night host Jon Elliott, Rhodes was beaten up pretty badly, losing several teeth and will probably be off the air for at least the rest of the week. At of late Monday night we have not able to locate any press accounts of the attack and nothing has been posted on the AAR website.”

  • The Washington Post opines, “The Post’s Salih Saif Aldin was committed to reporting the truth from Iraq.”

  • Variety reports, “Katie Couric’s recent trip to Iraq and Syria didn’t light up the ratings — and it certainly didn’t stop speculation over how long she can last in the anchor chair.”

  • New York Times reports, “On the day they had contracted to run advertisements placed by CNBC, two Web sites owned by Dow Jones & Company instead ran ads for that cable business channel’s new competitor, the Fox Business Network.”

  • Portfolio’s Felix Salmon writes, “I do wish that Mark Gimein will start blogging: he’s a natural. He’s provocative, and interesting, and – at least until the final entry of his guest-blogging stint at Time – unafraid to write long. (This is your own place, Mark! If you want to write long, feel free!) But he has a vision of ‘online journalism bifurcat[ing] into reporting and commentary’, with blogging in the latter category and serious journalism in the former.”

  • His Extreme-ness writes, “It’s no secret that Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has never met a personal pronoun he didn’t like.”

  • The PEJ News Coverage Index for the week of October 7-12 shows, “last week was actually unusual in that three frightening stories of random violence generated coverage-with two making the top-10 story list. Plus, the media are all over Fred Thompson’s debate debut.”

  • JibJab, “is now offering its audience a chance to star in their very own JibJab movie. The videos, entitled ‘Night of the Living Democrats’ and ‘Night of the Living Republicans’, are comedic spins on the horror classic, ‘Night of the Living Dead’. They are available here.

  • TVNewser reports, “FNC’s Greta Van Susteren appears in the documentary ‘Girl 27,’ now on DVD. Director David Stenn used Van Susteren to bring a contemporary slant to a decades-old Hollywood scandal.”

  • Patti Shea announced that the next issue of Voice of the Hill will be her last issue as managing editor. “I was offered a job at AARP to do editorial work for their website and it was too good to pass up.”

  • Poynter Online’s Rich Gordan writes, “We shouldn’t let the backlash to Roy Peter Clark’s article Your Duty to Read the Paper let us miss the fact that he diagnosed a real and important problem: The economic model of print newspapers is falling apart and is not being replaced online.”

  • Folio reports, “Given the often-beleaguered state of print advertising, any increase should be considered good news, so this news should thrill consumer magazine publishers: the Magazine Publishers of America’s Publishers Information Bureau is reporting that total rate-card-reported advertising revenue increased 5.6 percent for the first nine months of 2007 when compared to the same period last year. Total ad pages, however, dipped one percent over the same period.”

  • News.com.au reports, “Conaumers who get their news from the internet are likely to trust a blog for reliability as much as a mainstream media site, the competition watchdog said.”

  • Canada.com reports, “Electronic media saturation is leaving Canadian families time-crunched, over-stimulated and virtual strangers in their own homes, according to a new report from the Vanier Institute of the Family.”

  • A Reporters Without Borders release announced, “Bloggers now threatened as much as journalists in traditional media,”according to the new worldwide press freedom index.

  • Washingtonpost.com announced “the launch of its new Shopping section featuring comprehensive local listings of new and used products, including local coupons and promotions, and a national price comparison search powered by Become.com, the online shopping site that integrates product-focused Web search with comparison shopping.” Check it out here.

  • Washingtonpost.com also launched a special feature package on health insurance.

  • TVNewer has the details of “CNN’s America Votes 2008.”

  • We hear that The Washington Examiner was victorious at the 1st annual softball challenge against the Baltimore Examiner team, with a 22-15 run score.

  • MinOnline reports, “But the best way to make friends in a virtual social environment is to give the cool kids the tools that make them seem, well, cooler. An interesting Facebook experiment from CondéNet is already demonstrating this party principle. It just started building Facebook apps that let users shout out what they are wearing now and find and show the recipes they are consulting.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc., seeking to avoid additional copyright lawsuits, introduced technology for its YouTube video-sharing site that flags clips posted by users who don’t own the content.”

  • TheStreet.com reports, “News of more layoffs at AOL came as no surprise on Wall Street, where recent setbacks for the beleaguered Web concern have convinced many investors that its media-giant parent, Time Warner, needs to get rid of the business.”

  • Reuters reports, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Business Network made its debut on Monday, seeking to broaden the business news audience with interviews with Hillary Clinton, Alan Greenspan and Richard Branson, but initial reactions were lukewarm.”

  • Newsday reports, “How much is Cablevision Systems Corp. — the owner of the Knicks, Rangers, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall — really worth? Maybe more than the $22 billion the founding Dolan family is willing to pay to take the company private, according several shareholders and advisory companies. The total includes the $10.6-billion purchase price and the assumption of debt.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Broadcasters plan to spend $697 million to educate television viewers about a shift in 2009 to digital broadcasting. Members of the National Association of Broadcasters, including the major television networks, will participate in the campaign, the Washington-based trade group said today in a statement distributed by e-mail.”

  • New York Times’ TV Decoder reports, “The ‘big four’ television networks are continuing to lose audience share. Nielsen Media Research released the ‘live plus seven day’ ratings for premiere week today. The numbers include seven days of DVR playback and show that DVRs are stopping some, but not all, of the viewership erosion.”

  • Multichannel.com reports, “Nearly 16% of American households who use the Internet watch television broadcasts online, according to a report released Monday by The Conference Board and TNS.”

  • San Francisco Chronicle reports, “Seventy percent of the 18- to 34-year-olds watching Current TV are noodling around on their laptops at the same time.”

  • Providence Journal reports, “The independent newspaper company that Belo Corp., of Texas, plans to establish early next year could have one of the most robust balance sheets in the business. But the company — of which the Providence Journal is to be part — would continue to face problems that bedevil the traditional media industry, including a general slump in advertising revenue and a continuing shift by consumers to the Internet.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “McClatchy Co., the publisher of 31 daily newspapers including the Miami Herald, said third-quarter profit fell 55 percent as shrinking U.S. home sales cut real estate advertising. The stock fell to its lowest since 1996.”

  • Check out The Board, “a new blog, written by members of the New York Times editorial board.”

  • TVNewser reports, “With the impending return of Don Imus to the radio airwaves, (first reported yesterday on Drudge Report) the talker who replaced him, and the one who may be replaced, are talking. HuffPost’s Rachel Sklar has the clip from Morning Joe.”

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert writes, “Between Michelle Malkin Swift Boating a traumatically injured 12-year-old boy, Rush Limbaugh denigrating anti-war veterans, and Bill O’Reilly insulting black Americans (not to mention Ann Coulter dissing Jews), the mighty right-wing media machine — firmly attached to the hip of the Republican Party — is in the process of driving American conservatism right off a cliff.”

  • Reuters reports, “E.W. Scripps Co said on Tuesday that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies, the second U.S. newspaper publisher and broadcaster in a month to break apart in a bid to boost its market value. Shares of the company rose nearly.”

  • Bmighty.com reports, “The Conference Board says that this year, more people looked for jobs online in the newspaper — 73% to 65%. Just two years ago, those percentages were pretty much reversed.”

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  • National Journal Group is looking for a Staff Writer — The Hotline.
  • The Altavista Journal is looking for an Editor.

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  • Morning Reading List, 10.16.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Did you make it? The deadline for this year’s Knight News Challenge grants and the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning competition, was yesterday!

  • Washington Life’s Curse: Jinxing diplomatic corps?

  • Don’t miss the Watergate Conference on Political & Congressional Reporting at the Watergate this weekend. For the full schedule, click here.

  • From NickDenton.com: “Each new medium — from the yellow press at the turn of the century, to the movies, television, trash television, video games and talk radio — has been the greatest threat to civilized discourse since, well, since the previous threat to civilized discourse. So, it’s something of a rite of passage that blogs in general — and Gawker in particular — are the subject of a critical cover story in this week’s New York magazine, one of the last bastions of old-school journalism. The cover line: ‘Gawker.com and the culture of bile.’”

  • His Extreme-ness points out two hair-raising (haha) similarities between The New York Times and Washington Post.

  • The Washington Post launched part two of “How the World Sees America” yesterday. Check it out here.

  • A CNN release announced, “The CNN Digital Network has staked a new high ground in September, topping not only all ‘Current Events and Global News’ sites but also beating out all other ‘News and Information’ sites including Internet stalwarts Wikipedia and the Weather Channel.”

  • Press Gazette reports, “Guardian News and Media is to make its entire archive, 212 years of material, available online as a paid-for service. The first phase of the online archive, comprising the Guardian from 1821 to 1975 and The Observer from 1900 to 1975, will launch on 3 November, the company said today.”

  • CNN reports, “A wide-open presidential race and a willingness by candidates, interest groups, unions and corporations to buy TV time will lead to historic spending for political and issue-advocacy advertising in the 2008 election cycle, an analysis shows.”

  • Boston Globe reports, “You may have heard of Second Life, the virtual online world that draws millions of aficionados every day. Now imagine a Second Life specifically for business, a world where workers can gather, share files, and communicate securely in a fully animated 3D office environment in cyberspace. Creating exactly that is what Justin Rounds does for a living. Rounds, 35, is a contractor for Sun Micro Systems in Burlington. He is one of the digital animators behind the MPK20 Project, Sun’s yet-to-be unveiled virtual workplace.”

  • E&P reports, “The death Sunday of journalist Salih Saif Aldin, the first Washington Post reporter killed in Iraq, will not spark a shift in the paper’s Iraq coverage or an increase in security measures, says Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., who contends that the paper has always sought as much protection for reporters there as possible.”

  • Newsmax’s Ronald Kessler reports, “While at the Daily News and previously the Washington Post, [Lloyd] Grove would receive up to 10 invitations a day to attend the most glistering celebrity parties. Now the invitations are down to a trickle, but he claims he doesn’t mind.”

  • Wonkette raises the topic everyone is dying to talk about (don’t deny it).

  • Time’s James Poniewozik writes, “If the Fox News formula is going to work at FBN, in other words, then FBN will have to be even more like CNBC — more excited, effusive and rah-rah — than CNBC is. Is that possible? Judging at least by the first few hours, it’s going to try its damnedest.”

  • From AdAge: “Media Guy Quits His Complaining and Offers Up a Few Well-Deserved Shout-Outs (No, Seriously, He Does, Really)”

  • AP reports, “AOL is eliminating another 2,000 jobs worldwide as it tries to cut costs and make room to grow in online advertising.”

  • Denver Post’s Joanne Ostrow writes, “It’s a sign of the fragmented media times that Howard Kurtz’s ‘Reality Show: Inside the Last Great Television News War’ is mostly generating shrugs”

  • CJR has, “Salih’s Story”

  • The Independent reports, “CBS, one of America’s biggest radio and television networks, last week paid a reported $10m for little-known celebrity gossip blog DotSpotter.com.”

  • Power Line reports, “Today General Ricardo Sanchez gave a speech to the Military Reporters and Editors’ annual conference, in which he criticized just about everyone associated with our effort in Iraq. The Washington Post’s headline was typical: ‘Former Iraq Commander Faults Bush.’ Actually, I don’t believe Sanchez ever mentioned Bush by name, although, as I say, he was critical of just about everybody. But it would be hard to tell from press accounts of Sanchez’s speech that he was mostly critical of…the press.”

  • Reuters reports, “Random House, the world’s biggest book publisher, is considering joining a book-search project run by Google, once considered an arch-enemy by the paper publishing industry.”

  • Chicago Business reports, “AT&T Inc. is laying the groundwork for an assault on Comcast Corp.’s local cable TV monopoly starting this spring, perhaps as soon as April.”

  • Ed Driscoll explores, “The Legacy Media’s Brain Drain”

  • Don’t miss “Editrix of the Trade: How to Keep Your Job and Your Sanity as a Female Journalist in Washington, DC,” tomorrow night.
    Panelists include Susan Glasser from The Washington Post, Kate Marsh from The New Republic, Sarah Blustain from the American Prospect, Laura Helmuth from Smithsonian Magazine and Christine Chen and Kate Palmer from Foreign Policy. For more info, click here.

  • AFP reports, “‘Are you ready?’ was the message from the world’s first TV-quality online TV network, delivered at this week’s MIPCOM audiovisual trade show. The network, Joost, launched this month just ahead of a clutch of competitors that include Italy’s Babelgum, offers legal rather than pirated entertainment for free, but raises new questions about what this will mean for the massive TV business.”

  • Reuters reports, “Companies will spend a record $31 billion this year to advertise everything from toothpaste to home loans on the Internet, supporting countless news sites, social networks, video exchanges and blogs. But some media veterans worry that expectations for online advertising may be getting out-sized.”

  • AP reports, “Gannett Co. said Monday it joined with Tribune Co. to publish and syndicate a weekly edition of USA Today outside the United States.”

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  • In Memoriam: Salih Saif Aldin

    PH2007101401495.jpgVery sad news today…The Washington Post’s Salih Saif Aldin, on assignment in Iraq, was shot and killed Sunday in the Baghdad neighborhood of Saidiya. This is the fist Washington Post reporter to be killed in Iraq.

    From the Post:

      Salih Saif Aldin, 32, was reporting on the violence that has plagued Baghdad’s Sadiyah neighborhood Sunday afternoon when he was shot in the forehead. According to residents of the neighborhood and the Iraqi military officers at the scene, he was taking photographs on a street where several houses had been burned when he was killed. His wounds appeared to indicate he was shot at close range. …

      He left The Post’s Baghdad bureau Sunday afternoon in a taxi to interview residents in Sadiyah about clashes between militiamen and insurgents. A Washington Post colleague received a telephone call just after 4 p.m. from a man who said he was a police officer and who was using Saif Aldin’s cell phone. The man said he was standing next to Saif Aldin’s body, which later was observed lying on the street, covered with newspapers. …

      In July 2005, he received a note threatening his life if he did not quit journalism and leave the city. He refused. “This is my city, and I’m a journalist,” he told colleagues.

      Shortly after, he was attacked by two men, who beat him with their fists, a metal pipe and the butt of a pistol, leaving him with bruises all over his body and opening a gash in his head that required eight stitches. After he was released from the hospital, The Post implored him to leave Tikrit. When he refused, Omar Fekeiki, the newspaper’s former office manager and special correspondent, said he was told he would be fired if he didn’t leave.

    AME/Foreign David Hoffman sent this internal email to Posties today, obtained by FishbowlDC:

      Subject: Loss of an Iraqi colleague
      To the newsroom,

      It is with immense sadness that we report the death this afternoon of Salih Saif Aldin, 32, a highly-valued correspondent for The Washington Post in Iraq.

      Salih was shot and killed Sunday in the Baghdad neighborhood of Saidiya, where he was on assignment. Details of the incident are still unclear.

      Salih, who joined the Post in early 2004, was one of the most courageous and resourceful correspondents in the Baghdad Bureau.

      He initially began work as a special correspondent for the Post in his hometown of Tikrit. Salih later moved to Baghdad, where he played an instrumental role in the Post’s coverage of Iraq.
      Salih’s death reminds us once again of the central role that Iraqi journalists and others have played in our coverage of the war. They have often borne the risks and made the sacrifices in pursuit of truth. We grieve at Salih’s loss, and that of all journalists killed in this conflict, and salute their determination and courage.

      The Washington Post extends its condolences to Salih’s family, friends and colleagues.

      David E. Hoffman
      AME/Foreign

    Photo Credit: Karin Brulliard