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Morning Reading List, 07.24.08

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Morning Reading List, 07.15.08

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Morning Reading List, 04.16.08

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Good morning Washington. Doug Heye celebrates a birthday today. Yesterday, the new Yahoo! election page went live in conjunction with Politico. And the first lady will soon co-host the “Today” show.

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  • A third of you recycle, but you are not that into avoiding plastic water bottles.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “How many times will upper management come up with quick money-maker schemes, spend money to put them in place and then refuse to give them the monetary and staff support they need to really be successful? And why does same upper management seem so mystified when said schemes completely tank? It’s all about making a quick buck, to hell with the product. I feel like I work at Wal-Mart.”

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  • Washingtonian’s Ben Clark has joined Fleishman-Hillard’s DC digital team.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Poynter’s Ethics and Diversity Fellow Tom Huang writes, “Let me be a realist, if not a pessimist: The diversity numbers released by the American Society of Newspaper Editors on Sunday worry me. A lot. At first glance, the overall numbers don’t seem too gloomy: In the past year, the percent of minorities working at daily newspapers grew a smidgeon — from 13.43 percent to 13.52 percent. But it’s the absolute number we should be worried about. The only reason why the percentage of minorities in newsrooms has essentially remained flat is because both white and minority journalists left our newsrooms at about the same rate”

  • “Republican John McCain was a significant or dominant factor in only 35% of the campaign stories last week. But though he trailed both Hillary Clinton (56%) and Barack Obama (46%) in exposure, he was the winner when it came to the media narrative for the week of April 7-13, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study.”

  • His Extreme-ness writes, “The Washington Post Metro section has been hot on the trail lately, pursuing the story of full-length phone books getting decommissioned. From the sound of their breathless coverage, you would think there was only one left in the DC area — and that one was removed.”

  • On The Media reports, “Gene Weingarten, writer for the Washington Post Magazine, got an idea: he would lock himself in a room for 24 hours straight with 5 TV’s, 2 radios and a laptop all tuned to loud, opinionated pundits. After basically losing his mind, he tells us what he learned.”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “The number of newspaper journalists in the US fell last year by almost 5 per cent to a low of 52,600, the lowest it has been for almost 25 years and the biggest drop in 30 years. The new figures, released by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, reflects the attrition going on in the America media.”

  • The AP reports, “About half of the 1,326 employees at Media General Inc.’s Florida properties — including The Tampa Tribune and WFLA-TV — were offered buyout packages Monday as the struggling company tries to cut costs and consolidate platforms.”

  • Check out the winners of the “Best headlines of the year”

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    TV

  • Dan Rather On Les Moonves, The ‘Evening News,’ And Who Should Replace Katie When (Not If) She Goes

  • MSNBC won’t air ‘controversial’ gun ad

  • A NBC release announced, “‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was honored with a 2007 Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism in the category of ‘Breaking News Coverage (Network/Top 25 Markets)’ for ‘The Massacre at Virginia Tech.’ The NBC News program was the only network evening news broadcast to win the prestigious award. This is the third consecutive year ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ has won for breaking news coverage.” Check out all of the winners here.

  • An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households, and Adults 25-54 for the week of April 7-13. The ABC News broadcast averaged 8.03 million Total Viewers, and a 2.0/8 among Adults 25-54, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 110,000 Total Viewers and 160,000 key demo viewers. This marks the 15th time this season ‘World News’ has ranked first among Adults 25-54 and the 9th time this season the broadcast has ranked first among total viewers.”

  • Newsweek reports, “Craig Ferguson can’t beat Dave’s or Jay’s ratings, but he’s got something bigger: a date with the president.”

  • Check out “Bill Moyers Acceptance Speech for the Ridenhour Courage Prize” where he says journalists’ “deeper mission is to uncover the news that powerful people would prefer to keep hidden.”

  • The New York Times reports, “While the fate of Ms. Couric and the ‘CBS Evening News’ is in the headlines, the entire CBS News division represents only a fraction of the CBS broadcast network’s revenue. More perplexing is the prime-time schedule, where no new hit has emerged this year, and as a result, CBS is likely to lose the crown of most-watched network to the Fox network.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • In conjunction with Pope Benedict’s visit to the U.S., washingtonpost.com and Newsweek’s interactive feature on religion “On Faith” is hosting a live webcast. Anchored by On Faith founder and Washington D.C. insider Sally Quinn and Washington Post journalist Eugene Robinson, the video will stream live the mornings of April 16 and April 17 here. The first show begins at around 10 a.m. today.

  • Tech Crunch reports, “AOL will announce the acquisition of San Francisco-based Sphere, a blog content engine that launched in 2006. The price is not being disclosed, but sources are suggesting it’s in the $25 million range, or possibly a little more.”

  • The Los Angeles Times has a, “Interview with Ken Layne, new owner of Wonkette”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “That’s the idea behind a new hyperlink technology rolling out on parts of WashingtonPost.com Tuesday morning. Two of the paper’s blogs, The Fix and Celebritology, will introduce links powered by a tech start-up called Apture. By rolling the cursor over a link, readers can see what’s at the destination — be it an article, photo or video — without clicking through.”
  • Portfolio reports, “No wonder Rupert Murdoch’s in no hurry to do away with The Wall Street Journal’s online pay wall. Even with it still in place around large sections of the site, traffic is still growing at a most impressive rate. According to internal numbers, WSJ.com hosted 15 million unique visitors in March, a 175 percent increase over March 2007, says Alan Murray, executive editor of the Wall Street Journal Online. Page views came in at around 165 million, up 75 percent year-over-year”

  • The Washington Blogger April Meeting is tonight at 7:00PM at Regional Food and Drink. For more info, click here.

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    MAGAZINES

  • The New York Post reports, “Magazines that cover news, business and luxury goods were sent reeling in the first quarter of the year, while food magazines offered a few rays of light for the publishing industry, according to just released figures.”

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    RADIO

  • Matthew Felling will be hosting NPR’s “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” today.

  • A release announced, “The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) congratulates the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) for receiving a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Established by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions recognizes and invests in small, emerging nonprofit organizations around the world that demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • The AP reports, “Rupert Murdoch and Sam Zell, two media figures who led major newspaper acquisitions in recent months, are among four new members joining the board of directors of The Associated Press, it was announced Monday at the news cooperative’s annual meeting.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Shares of media company News Corp., controlled by Rupert Murdoch, fell the most in five years after Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. and UBS analysts cut their outlook for the stock, citing concerns that growth will slow.”

  • The AP reports, “The Associated Press announced Monday it will further cut fees paid by struggling newspaper members and will develop an advertising-supported service that will deliver stories and photos to advanced cell phones, including the iPhone.”

  • MediaChannel.org reports, “Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications today announced 22 finalists in five categories in the second annual Mirror Awards competition honoring excellence in media industry reporting. The competition drew more than 100 entries. The media’s top writers, readers and leaders will gather June 23 at 11:45 a.m. at the Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, to fete the winners.” For the list of winners, click here.

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    JOBS

  • Forbes Interactive Media is looking for a Regional Sales Manager.

  • Congressional Quarterly, Inc. is looking for a Marketing Manager.

  • Society of American Florists is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • “An international news wire service is looking for an entertainment anchor and general reporter with a journalism education and background to anchor a daily entertainment webcast for their website.”

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

  • Morning Reading List, 04.10.08

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    Good morning Washington. Is it bye-bye Katie?!? It’s the birthday of Joseph Pulitzer (1847) and on this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced that the Beatles were breaking up.

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  • You would rather have Karl Rove on your debate team than Howell Raines.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Press releases that come marked as High Importance. It’s just not on!”

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  • Erin Billings was promoted from senior staff writer at roll call to associate editor.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • NPR reports,Sam Zell, the no-bull billionaire who took over the Tribune Co. in December, swept in promising to turn around its troubled newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and The Sun in Baltimore. Zell raised spirits and initially won some converts in the ailing media company. But profits have been plunging, and it’s become much tougher for him to meet huge interest payments on the company’s debt. And NPR has obtained a recording of a combative meeting Zell held with some of Tribune’s top journalists in Washington that may help explain why many of them are deeply skeptical of him.”

  • Jenny McCarthy will attend the WHCA as a guest of USA Today.

  • The AP reports, “Newspaper readers agree with editors on the basics of what makes good journalism, but they are more apt to want looser rules for online conversations, a new study on news credibility has found.”

  • Gay press frustrated by Obama approach

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    TV

  • Portfolio reports, “Who is the ‘most watched’ cable news network? If you read The New York Times — or the New York Post, or The Wall Street Journal — you probably think it’s CNN. The Time Warner-owned channel ran full-page ads in all three papers (two of which, of course, are owned by Fox News parent News Corp.) boasting of being the ‘#1 Most Watched News Network in 2008.’ And that’s true, of course…unless you interpret ‘most watched’ as ‘watched by the most people’ — presumably the way most Times/Post/Journal readers would see it. If total viewers is your measure, Fox News actually won the quarter, handily; TV Newser says it was fourth among all cable networks in total viewers, versus 14th-place CNN and 27th-place MSNBC.”

  • Newseum Seeks to Be a Headline Party Spot

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “When veteran Los Angeles news anchors Harold Greene and Ann Martin were felled by a round of jobs cuts last week, they were in good company. At least 160 employees at CBS Corp. owned television stations in 13 cities were let go, including such seasoned broadcasters as prominent Chicago anchor Diann Burns, renowned Boston sportscaster Bob Lobel and longtime Minneapolis meteorologist Paul Douglas.”

  • A release announced, “Discovery Communications started a new conversation today about what it means to be green as it unveiled a robust slate of programming for Planet Green, the first and only 24 hour eco-lifestyle television network. At 6 p.m. EDT on June 4, 2008, when Discovery Home Channel is re-branded Planet Green, the network will reach 50 million homes with more than 250 hours of original green lifestyle programming.”

  • “MSNBC TV star Chris Matthews has been quietly sounding out Democrats across Pennsylvania about seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose Senator Arlen Specter, who shows no signs of slowing down or retiring, in 2010,” writes Roger Stone.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Murdoch And AOL Join Fight Over Yahoo

  • A release announced, “USA TODAY announces the launch of a brand new instant message-based application. Available initially to users of AOL’s AIM service, the largest instant messaging service in the U.S., users will be able to search current and archived USATODAY.com headlines and set up real-time news alerts via instant message. USA TODAY’s instant message bot was developed by InfiniteAgent, a leading provider of instant messaging and SMS logging services.”

  • The New York Post reports, “Don’t expect AOL to be LOL over Facebook’s new push into instant messaging. Time Warner’s struggling online unit could be the big loser if the surging social networking service’s new chat feature, now in the midst of a slow rollout, takes off with its estimated 32 million US users, analysts warn.”

  • WebProNews.com reports, “The private nonprofit cable public affairs network C-SPAN is launching its own channel on YouTube. The C-SPAN channel on YouTube will be focused on the upcoming Pennsylvania primary and is inviting voters to answer the question ‘What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?’ Users will be able to upload their videos to C-SPAN’s YouTube channel and share what they believe is the most important issue in the election. Users who upload a video should focus on a single issue and include their name and hometown. A selection of videos will air on C-SPAN beginning Sunday, April 13 on ‘Road to the White House.’”

  • Reuters reports, “Publicis Groupe Chief Executive Maurice Levy said on Tuesday the advertising industry faced ‘tremendous pressure’ to change, but could still withstand competition from Google Inc and Microsoft Corp.”

  • The Union-Tribune reports, “Time Warner Cable says access to a Web site that has been posting blog entries about an officer-involved shooting in Oceanside was temporarily inaccessible to its subscribers because of technical problems and wasn’t intentionally blocked. The Web site, badcopnews.com, alleged that Time Warner’s Road Runner Internet service was blocking access by its Southern California customers because the site was publicizing the March 15 shooting of Rachel Silva and her 8-year-old son by off-duty San Diego Officer Frank White.”

  • Circulation Management reports, “AARP today has unveiled bulletin.aarp.org, the online presence of AARP Bulletin, the association’s news publication. The new site — called AARP Bulletin Today — features daily news, multimedia applications, and original content including columns such as Scam Alert, Save a Buck and Outrage of the Week. The site also includes targeted feeds for breaking news targeted to the association’s members, who are aged 50 and older.”

  • CNet News.com reports, “For more than a decade, Web site operators have enjoyed a broad legal shield against lawsuits filed over material posted by their users, which has let user-driven sites like YouTube and MySpace.com flourish.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Don’t forget to vote for the 2008 TIME 100 Finalists.

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    RADIO

  • Race to Air America?

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “WTOP Radio now ranks as one of the ten highest-grossing radio stations in the nation.”

  • ABC Radio announced, “Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and recent presidential candidate, will serve as guest host of Paul Harvey News & Comment on Thursday, April 10. Romney will bring his unique views as both politician and business leader to the microphone for the regular morning and afternoon news segments of Harvey’s program. Romney, who served as CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics, will also provide his thoughts on the recent safety concerns for the Olympic Torch relays leading up to this year’s Summer games in China.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • A reader tells us, “The Pulitzer Prize Photograph exhibit at the Newseum doesn’t have any bylines under the wall of photos!! Has organization name but not the photographer’s.”

  • On Wednesday, May 7, at 7 PM, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein welcomes Cokie Roberts for a discussion of her newest book, Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. The program will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building. A book signing will follow the program.” For more info, click here.

  • The AP reports, “Media General Inc. on Tuesday said a large shareholder’s demands for sweeping operational changes reflect a ‘short-term focus’ and a failure to understand the company’s strategies.”

  • Vote On the Junk Food Stories of the Year for the Project Censored 2009 Book”

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    JOBS

  • The Center For Independent Media is looking for a Deputy National Editorial Director.

  • The Global Fund for Children is looking for a Digital Media, Projects Manager.
  • Stars and Stripes is looking for a Supervisory Archivist.

  • Al Jazeera International is looking for a Producer and an Assistant Producer.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Copy Editor and an Editor.

  • The Montgomery County Sentinel is looking for a Marketing Intern.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 04.08.08

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    Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Kofi Annan and Chuck Todd! And, on this day in 1986, Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. And TVNewser gives us an update on Tucker Carlson’s TV show. Speaking of TV, ruin your morning TV folks by finding out how your salary compares to that of your colleagues.

    A tipster tell us that at the end of the WaPo’s Pulitzer ceremony yesterday (see their coverage today), “they had a moment of silence for the families of the Va. Tech victims. They’re giving the prize money to a Va. Tech charity.” We should also note that the WaPo’s Ann Hornaday was a Pulitzer finalist in the “Criticism” category (“for her perceptive movie reviews and essays, reflecting solid research and an easy, engaging style”).

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  • At an office pool party, you would not jump in the pool.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I am angry, and exhausted, at how little money I have. I love this work, and I will live with what it pays. But … my God. Some days, particularly when I’m working late, it’s hard to take.”

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  • Alisha Johnson is the new as Associate Publisher for the National Journal Group.

  • An ABC release announced, “Cathie Levine has been promoted to Vice President of Communications for ABC News, it was announced today by Jeffrey Schneider, Senior Vice President of Communications for ABC News, to whom she reports.”

  • A release announced that “seasoned political strategist,
    Michael Meehan” has joined Virilion as Senior Vice President. Also, Melissa Boasberg has joined the firm as Vice President.

  • Dow Jones reporter Corey Boles is switching beats. He is no longer covering the FCC and instead covering Congress.

  • Politico’s Aoife McCarthy is joining Glover Park.

  • A release announced, “The American Association of School Administrators today announced the selection of Daniel A. Domenech as the association’s new executive director. Domenech succeeds Paul D. Houston, who will retire on June 30 after leading AASA as executive director for 14 years.”

  • Tim Taylor, a former Roll Call intern, has been hired as a staff writer and Jen Bendery has moved over to Roll Call from CongressNow, also as a staff writer.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • More WHCA Dinner news.

  • The New York Times reports, “Since taking control of the Tribune Company in December, Sam Zell has drawn a lot of attention in journalism circles for speeches laced with profanity, political incorrectness, insults and self-deprecating humor. But all the twittering and tut-tutting over Mr. Zell’s remarks — and his suggestions that some reporting jobs are not needed — masks a more serious concern. With the newspaper industry going through an unexpectedly sharp contraction, Tribune is struggling under $12.8 billion in debt, and its financial condition has deteriorated, creating what specialists say is a very real risk of credit default in the next year or so.”

  • Wonkette reports, “This week, Fred Thompson, Robert Mueller, Tom Ridge, Juan Williams, Marion Barry, Ben Bernanke, Ken Mehlman, Robert Novak, Dana Milbank, Mark Warner, and David Frum were all spotted being various degrees of famous at various places by our spies and operatives. … ‘I’m pretty sure I saw Dana Milbank and family leaving Pizzeria Paradiso Friday night. I smiled at the little girl, she did not smile back. Maybe the good pizza was too overwhelming.’”

  • Gawker reports, “Like all good cabals, the New York Times’ contingent of gays has some known members—and other figures who remain in the shadows, the uncertainty adding to the paranoia of homophobic right-wingers. Out Magazine, putting the Times’ ‘gay mafia’ at number 12 in its power list, names nine Times reporters and editors: Richard Berke, Ben Brantley, Frank Bruni, Stuart Elliot, Patrick Healy, Adam Nagourney, Horacio Silva, Stefano Tonchi, and Eric Wilson. But Intelligencer’s Chris Rovzar thinks the gay magazine has underestimated the true extent of the network.”

  • Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach writes, “The Post has just won six Pulitzer Prizes, which looks like a typo. It was a newsroom-wide triumph — Metro, National, Investigative, Foreign, Financial, Magazine. Within that Variety Pack of journalism, there’s a common ingredient — something we too seldom discuss when we cogitate about how to reinvent the business model: Reporting.”

  • Modern Arts Notes reports, “The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten has won the feature reporting Pulitzer Prize for a story mocking Washingtonians for failing to recognize classical violinist Joshua Bell as he played in the city’s acoustically challenged subway. The story was ‘gotcha’ tripe of the silliest sort.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The newest batch of Pulitzer Prize winners is scheduled to be announced Monday afternoon. When the cheering for the recipients fades, many of them will ponder the inevitable question: What’s next?”

  • A release announced, “Nine foreign journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships for the 2008-09 academic year at Stanford. The international fellows include two journalists in exile—an Ethiopian online editor who is currently in exile in London, and a Chinese online editor in exile in North Carolina—and the program’s first fellows from Belarus and Iraq.” For the full release, click here.

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    TV

  • CBS & CNN In Talks…Again?

  • Reuters reports, “Nielsen Co, a provider of market research and media services, said it agreed to acquire IAG Research Inc, a television and Internet audience research firm, for $225 million to strengthen its media business.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The women of ABC News, Cokie Roberts, Kate Snow, Victoria Clarke, and Raelyn Johnson made up the round table of another ‘Girlfriends’ Guide’ on ABC News NOW. This one was all about politics.”

  • Howard Kutrtz writes, “She is trailing in a highly competitive contest against her male rivals, is occasionally covered in a condescending way and faces predictions that she’ll be forced out of the race. Katie Couric understands what Hillary Clinton is going through.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The 2008 presidential race truly is about change: Tucker Carlson of MSNBC, Paula Zahn of CNN and John Gibson of Fox News were swept out of the way to make room for newsier programs that treat each night like election night — a Super Tuesday that never ends.”

  • TVNewser reports that MSNBC’s Race for the White House with David Gregory was live from the Washington Nationals new ball park yesterday.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • MSNBC.com’s Video Success

  • Radio Ink reports, “New media and digital are still a focus for broadcasters, says Wachovia analyst Marci Ryvicker in her roundup of ‘Takeaways From SNL/Kagan Radio/TV Summit,’ but, she notes, ‘There is still no consensus on the appropriate revenue/profit model, which leads us to believe that we are at least five (if not 10) years away before new media/digital opportunities have any financial significance in the broadcast space.’”

  • A release announced, “YouTube, the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, and C-SPAN, the cable public affairs network, have partnered to launch a nationwide online and television broadcast initiative. The videocentric program allows voters the opportunity to voice their views on the issues most important to them in the 2008 election.
    The ‘YouTube Voter Video on C-SPAN’ initiative is an Internet/cable broadcast collaboration centered around the upcoming Pennsylvania primary that encourages voters to respond to the question ‘What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?’”

  • A release announced, “Kiplinger.com (www.Kiplinger.com), the leader in personal finance advice and business forecasting, announces the launch of its new Business Travel Center. The online center serves as a guide for businesses and their employees to make the most of their travel dollars using resources from Kiplinger.com and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “AOL’s move to New York this month may signal the last chance for Time Warner Inc.’s Internet division to convince investors it has a future in advertising.”

  • The Independent reports,Dana Dunne is spreading the word about AOL and its $850m purchase of Bebo, a move that he sees as a return to AOL’s roots”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Mr. Magazine announced, “Drum roll please… from a field of 715 new magazines launched in 2007, Condé Nast Portfolio is our choice as The Most Notable Launch of the Year.”

  • Vote for the leaders, artists, enterpreneurs and thinkers who, in your opinion, deserve a spot on this year’s Time 100″

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    RADIO

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “As real-estate magnate Sam Zell tries to rejuvenate ailing newspaper and television empire Tribune Co., he is turning to another, more freewheeling medium: radio.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • Media Daily News reports, “Like hapless George Costanza in ‘Seinfeld,’ legacy media companies are desperately trying to convince their shareholders that shrinkage is a transient phenomenon. Investors should not judge them by a few bad quarters, they argue, because it’s all part of the ‘transition’ to digital publishing. The economic waters are so chilly that any company would look bad. But a broad survey of the fortunes of big media companies from 2003-2007 suggests that recession or no, they will end up smaller and confirm George’s worst nightmare: Shrinkage is here to stay.”

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    JOBS

  • A washingtonpost.com release announced, “the launch of DCTechJobs.com, a Web site exclusively for Washington DC area tech jobs as well as news and information related to that industry. Technology jobs are listed alongside the most up-to-date tech news, giving users a site that is focused solely on the industry that interests them.”

  • “NLGJA-DC is offering a fellowship to help a student or beginning journalist attend ‘NLGJA Goes to Washington,’ our 2008 National Convention & 5th Annual LGBT Media Summit, taking place August 21-24 at Washington, DC’s Hilton Washington Hotel.”

  • Politico/Politico.com is looking for a National Account Executive.

  • Dana Press is looking for a Web Journalist.

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  • Morning Reading List, 04.04.08

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    Good morning Washington. It’s Kitty Kelley’s birthday and the 40th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

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  • Ok, so maybe you can’t run, but you can do 20 push ups non-stop.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because I’ve had nothing to do for the last three hours. But because ‘something might happen,’ I need to stay here — on the clock — wasting my own time and the company’s money.”

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  • A release announced, “Veteran newsman Richard Willing has joined the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as its Director of Public Affairs. Willing, 59, covered civil and criminal justice issues, as well as intelligence and national security, for USA Today from 1997 until this January.”

  • NewsHour with Jim Lehrer announced that Betty Ann Bowser will be the new Health Correspondent. She will replace Susan Dentzer, who is the new Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said a purchase of the Long Island newspaper Newsday would give his New York Post a ‘more secure future’ and help compete with the New York Times for advertising.”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “WashPost’s Dan Balz considers buyout”

  • Reuters reports, “Tribune Co is at risk of defaulting on its debt in as little as 18 months if the newspaper business deteriorates further, and it fails to unload more properties.”

  • Forbes.com reports, “Thinner. Lighter. Skinnier. There’s a good chance your daily newspaper is a lot easier to lift off your front stoop than it used to be. Economic pressures and competition are brutal, forcing newspapers to slim down. Industry experts warn that editorial quality could suffer. But does dieting have to be a negative development? No.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell will have to sell assets besides the Chicago Cubs baseball team and its Newsday newspaper on Long Island to pay back debt maturing in 2008 and 2009, bond research firm Gimme Credit said.”

  • A White House press release announced, “The New York Times Mistakes Its Own Blindness For Presidential ‘Invisibility’ –
    Apologist For Democrat-Led Congress’ Inaction, Paper Criticizes President Bush For Public Unawareness Of Housing Event Old ‘Gray Lady’ Forgot She Failed To Cover”

  • Romenesko reports, “A study of blogs and audience engagement during the week before the fall 2006 elections found that most newspaper staff-produced blogs contained a small number of postings, failed to create much interaction between the blogger and the audience and attracted few audience comments. ‘Newspapers might consider spending staff time monitoring blogs as sources of news rather than trying to re-create the blogosphere on their websites,’ says j-prof Lori Demo.”

  • Politico reports, “WSJ may endorse in ’08; first time since Hoover!”

  • City Paper’s Mike DeBonis reports, “On Monday morning, the Washington Post flooded the proverbial zone on its Nationals Park coverage — more than 20 reporters documented every last aspect of the ballpark’s first official major-league game. The Post also flooded the paper with an inaccuracy: that the stadium cost $611 million.”

  • From a Postie regarding this, “How many pulitzers do you think the post will lose in the buyouts? Sue Schmidt is just the first band in that parade.”

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    TV

  • TVNewser reports, “The AP reports Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have accepted the invitation of CBS News and the North Carolina Democratic Party to debate on April 27. The 90-minute debate will follow 60 Minutes and be moderated by Katie Couric and Bob Schieffer.”

  • The Baltimore Sun reports, “For decades, local TV stations in cities like Baltimore were cash cows for the companies that owned them. Even though one or two stations with the most popular anchors often came to dominate each market, everybody made money. Local TV was that surefire a business — even for last-place and poorly managed stations. But not today.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The number one network morning show last week was again NBC’s Today show. All three networks saw increases in their A25-54 demo viewership.”

  • TVNewser reports, “A producer/reporter working for the Brian Ross investigative unit at ABC News was roughed up Tuesday as he tried to get an interview with a West Virginia energy company executive. The unidentified producer, DV camera in hand, was trying to get an interview with Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Tech Crunch reports, “As Al Gore’s Current Media gets ready for its IPO, the cable channel is drawing more on its Website audience for TV content. Today, it is launching Current News, a three-minute wrap-up culled from audience submissions on the Web that will play every hour on Current TV. As such, the site now has a new look, with the audience contributions front and center. Each one can be voted up the page, and at the very top are the most popular, which get packaged together every hour on TV in the new Current News segment. The video can also be seen on the Website.”

  • ClickZ.com reports, “A classified ad industry research firm says Craigslist could ‘easily’ rake in $100 million with a few minor changes to improve service. The company, Classified Intelligence of Altamonte Springs, Fla., estimates Craigslist’s 2008 revenue will be about $81 million this year, a figure Classified Intelligence Principal Peter Zollman called ‘amazing’ in light of the laid-back operations of the mostly-free classifieds Web site.”

  • Wired.com reports, “Google argues that the plummeting click-through rates on its ads are a good thing — but advertisers aren’t buying it. A major change Google made in early March to its AdWords algorithm is resulting in a double whammy for some advertisers: The rates they’re paying for ads have rocketed while conversion rates for those ads have dropped. Disgruntled advertisers have dubbed the move the ‘Google slap.’”

  • Politico reports, “Gawker uses Nielsen data to chart the political leanings of news web site readers. Mother Jones is found to bring in the most liberal, with Fox News topping the conservatives.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer is “Grumbling about the misuse of hyperlinks on news sites.”

  • TVWeek.com reports, “Ads embedded in YouTube videos perform just as well as ads on television, Google said. Those are the findings from a study commissioned by Google to measure the effectiveness of 30-second ads on YouTube, on TV and embedded into content online. Harris Interactive conducted the study.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc on Wednesday unveiled new features to make Web search easier and more relevant to mobile phone users, the latest step in its battle with Google Inc in the next frontier for Web use.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc. reported the biggest workforce reduction in its nine-year history, cutting jobs at DoubleClick Inc., the online advertising company it bought last month for $3.24 billion”

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    RADIO

  • DCRTV reports, “DC-based XM Satellite Radio joins with EWTN Global Catholic Network to launch a six-day channel covering Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the USA, including a major public event at DC’s new Nationals Field. It’ll be on XM-120 from 4/15 to 4/20″

  • The New York Times reports,Randi Rhodes, an afternoon host for the progressive Air America radio network, was suspended Thursday after repeatedly insulting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at an event last month.”

  • Also from DCRTV, “DC-based lefty radio talker Bill Press releases his latest book, ‘Trainwreck: The End Of The Conservative Revolution (And Not A Moment Too Soon),’” today.

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    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • TVNewser reports, “When You Think GQ, You Think… Karl Rove, right? The former Bush deputy chief of staff and current Fox News contributor is featured in a lengthy Q&A by Lisa DiPaulo on GQ’s web site today. Rove describes his new job at FNC as ‘odd.’ ‘It’s weird for me,’ he says. ‘But it’s interesting.’

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    JOBS

  • National Women’s Law Center is looking for a Communications Mgr.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Staff Tax Accountant.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for an Editorial Intern.

  • The Roanoke Times is looking for an Editorial Writer.

  • PBS Interactive is looking for a Senior Designer, PBS KIDS GO! Broadband.

  • PBS is looking for a Production Associate and an Assistant Director, Program Project Management.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for Staff Writers for Online Daily Health Publication.

  • The Capitol Hill Current/Voice of The Hill is looking for a full-time reporter.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Committees Reporter.

  • Georgetown University is looking for a Senior Writer/Editor.

  • Association of Governing Boards is looking for a Writer/Editor.

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  • Morning Reading List, 03.28.08

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  • You think it was not out of bounds to ask Chelsea the Monica Lewinsky question.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I find it insulting that people with god given talents and produce revenue increasing abilities working in this newspaper biz today, have their positions cut out from under them in efforts to streamline and save costs. All my contacts will no longer work with this great publication. Most likely they’ll follow me to wherever else is smart and lucky enough to have me!”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Robert Schlesinger is starting next month at US News & World Report, creating and running their new online opinion section.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Reuters reports,Sam Zell in his latest memo tells Tribune employees — the ones who haven’t been spiked — that he’s happy to see them so hard at work coming up with new ideas to help the publisher and broadcaster thrive. Employees have been so helpful, in fact, that Tribune has created an online ‘IdeaBank’ for submissions, rather than the talktoSam AT tribune.com address that he’s been using. As he explains below, this will let other people in the company see them.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Congrats to Mike Wilbon and his wife, Sheryl,on the birth of their first child. Matthew Raymond Wilbon arrived Wednesday, weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces and stretching to 22 inches long.”

  • Mark Potts reports, “The boys (and girls) on the bus in the 2008 Presidential campaign could fit into a much smaller vehicle, according to The New York Times: Far fewer news organizations are staffing the campaign this year, largely because of cutbacks in newsroom budgets.”

  • AJR reports, “A veteran editor says farewell to the world of dailies and finds happiness running a weekly in the home of baseball’s Hall of Fame.”

  • E&P reports, “Wall Street calls Microsoft’s generously priced but unwelcome bid for Yahoo Inc. a ‘bear hug’ — but will it be newspapers who get squeezed? Some of the newspaper industry’s new-media gurus think so. No matter who wins, they say, the fight will distract Yahoo at a crucial time in the rollout of its next-generation online ad tools for the 600-plus papers in the newspaper consortium.”

  • Richard Johnson, editor of New York Post’s Page Six column, calls other celebrity blogs “parasites.”

  • Washington City Paper’s City Desk asks, “WaTi: Better Reporting, Please”

  • Business Wire reports, “SABEW Announces Winners in its 13th Annual Best in Business Journalism Contest”

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    TV

  • A NBC release announced, “‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ kicks off
    its 2008 college circuit as the ‘Hardball College Tour’ hosts Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama live at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Wednesday, April 2, 5-6 p.m. ET, and will re-air at 7 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET. Matthews will interview Sen. Obama on key issues of the 2008 presidential election, including the economy and the Iraq war, with West Chester students also having the opportunity to question the candidate.”

  • NBC also announced, “‘The Chris Matthews Show’ was the number-two
    rated Sunday morning public affairs show topping ABC’s ‘This Week,’ CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ and ‘FOX News Sunday’ in households nationally for the week ending March 23, 2008.” NBC tells us that the show had a 3.7 HH in D.C — easily beating FOX, This Week, and Face the Nation.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 17, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Letterman’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, for the week ending Sunday, March 23, “Meet the Press” was top-rated, attracting 4.575 million total viewers”

  • TVNewser reports, “Following yesterday’s announcement of a reorganization of the operations and finance areas of ABC News, TVNewser has learned as many as 21 jobs have been eliminated. However, insiders tell us a number of new jobs have already been posted, and that those who were cut are being encouraged to apply for the added positions. In the end, the insider figures around 11 jobs will be lost.”

  • TVNewser is tracking “Presidential Candidates’ Time on the Tube”

  • Nikki Finke asks, “Has NBC Uni’s Jeff Zucker Lost His Mind?”

  • TVNewser reports, “‘Pimped Out’ Makes a Second Appearance on MSNBC”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “Former AOL directors Laurence Hooper and Dan Goodman launched a new venture on Facebook Wednesday. Leesburg-based Loladex is a local search engine that uses recommendations and ratings from online social networking platforms to return more specific results.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Mike DeBonis marks two years of City Desk.

  • Forbes.com reports, “Competition in the wire service world has just been slashed. Shareholders of The Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group have agreed to the acquisition of the latter.”

  • The Australian reports,Les Hinton, the new chief executive of Dow Jones & Co, which owns The Wall Street Journal, expects strong growth for the business in the Asia-Pacific region while yesterday saying he was increasingly unlikely to make the group’s entire wsj.com website free.”

  • From The Washington Post’s Peep Chat on Monday, a reader named “Pinky” asks: “Which color Peep tastes the best? I say the pink. They are also the prettiest.” And Dan Zak responds: Hi Pinky. You sound like a very attractive person. I think I was 8 years old the last time I actually ate a Peep, so I consulted fellow staffers. Justin says ‘Brown is the color of flavor’ but Holly says ‘The brown cocoa ones are awful.’ So there’s that. Joe Heim says avoid the yellow Peeps, but, as a rule, I don’t believe anything Joe says.”

  • Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins and Jeffrey Ressner asks, “What up with all the thumbs on the scale?”

  • Eric Lichtblau shows Slate readers, “The inside drama behind the Times’ warrantless wiretapping story.”

  • The Scotsman reports, “Internet the last word for teenage readers.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On”

  • The AP reports, “The popular video-sharing site YouTube is giving contributors more details about who’s watching their video clips and when, offering advertisers additional insights they can use to target their pitches. The free program, known as YouTube Insight, also could help bands schedule their concerts and help anyone time the release of a new video.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Amanda Hess writes, “For this week’s Show & Tell, I spoke to a group of local writers, educators, and nonprofit staffers working to start up a creative writing center for District youth, ages 6 to 18. The 19 volunteers have a lot of ideas for the project, but their Capitol Letters Writing Center is still very much a work-in-progress: Currently, they’ve got no location, no students, and no money. Why don’t we help them out!” Learn how here.

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    MAGAZINES

  • Check out Campaigns and Elections’ Political Broadcast Manual.

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    RADIO

  • Media Nation reports,Paul La Camera, general manager of WBUR Radio (90.9 FM), e-mails Media Nation about a recent report by Adam Reilly at ThePhoenix.com that he may bring former Boston Globe and sometime Boston Herald columnist Mike Barnicle to the public-radio powerhouse to do commentary.”

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    JOBS

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Financial Impact Editor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Senior Producer Segments, Morning Edition.

  • Sourcemedia is looking for a Reporter.

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  • Troubled Times in LAT’s DC Bureau

    The water cooler chat in the LATimes D.C. bureau has Jon Peterson, Alan Miller and (recent arrival) Joe Mathews taking the buyout (there’s talk of one more, too, but no one seems to know for sure).

    Joe has been with the LAT for a while but is new to the D.C. bureau and was brought here to cover the presidential campaign. Miller is a Pulitzer winner.

    It could be the the first in a wave of people fleeing the LAT bureau following the crazed rant by Sam Zell last week when he showed up in DC. Lots of LATimes’rs are convinced he’s out to destroy the bureau, so people are trying to decide whether to stay and fight or get the hell out.

    UPDATE: From a tipster…

      Joe Mathews has already taken the buyout from the LAT. He’s moving back to LA with his wife, who works at the WSJ. The journal just hired someone to fill her job.

    Morning Reading List, 02.28.08

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    Good morning Washington. On this day in 1991, the first Gulf War ended.

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  • You think the Obama/Muslim garb photo will have a negative affect on Obama’s campaign.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • In a release, The Education Writers Association (EWA) “announced the winners of the 2007 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing.” Among the winners was The Roanoke Times for “Virginia Tech Shootings.” Check out all the winners here.

  • Some Gridiron details!

  • How the ‘Times’ almost didn’t back Hillary

  • On the now famous Obama pic, Howard Kurtz says, “I think this is a tempest in a turban. I doubt it will hurt Obama in the slightest. And while some Clinton staffer might have peddled it, Hillary Clinton herself pooh-poohed the matter, saying she’s done the same thing many times. (Still, the image was all over TV.)”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Over the next week, Newsday reporters and editors are expecting an announcement about job cuts. … On Feb. 13 Sam Zell — who bought Newsday’s parent company for $8.2 billion in December — wrote in an e-mail that there would be job cuts at every Tribune paper. The L.A. Times made its announcement the next day—100 to 150 jobs would be lost — and the Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant put their estimates at about 45 jobs. Newsday has yet to make its decisions on job cuts.”

  • Reuters reports, “The New York Times Co is expected to meet with four board candidates backed by a dissident investors group ‘within the next week or so,’ a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, as the publisher braces for a second shareholder uprising in three years.”

  • Tsk tsk to Page Six: Mr. Llloyd Cutler has passed, despite what yesterday’s piece suggests.

  • E&P reports, “Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau Chief Michael Tackett welcomed new Tribune Company Chief Sam Zell’s challenge to reorganize the D.C. bureau and said his staff is ‘locked, loaded and ready to change.’”

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “Poor members of Congress. Polls show everybody hates ‘em. They seem more focused on talking sports than solving problems. So where can they turn for relief? Alas, now even the funnies are off limits.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “An overwhelming majority of Americans (82%) are aware of news reports that John McCain may have had an improper relationship with a female lobbyist several years ago. About half (48%) of the public has heard a lot about this story, which first appeared in the New York Times late last week. Another 33% has heard at least a little about the story. By a nearly two-to-one margin those who have heard about the McCain story think the New York Times was wrong to publish it — 57% say the Times did the wrong thing in publishing the story, 33% say the paper did the right thing.”

  • American University School of Communication is hosting a panel on March 5 on media and the military presented Dart Society, “a group of journalists dedicated to improving the coverage of violence and tragedy.”

  • WJLA reports that after some angry readers have logged complaints for getting unwanted Examiners delivered to their homes, “Maryland Delegate Tanya Shewell has introduced legislation to stop this. If the bill passes, publishers of free papers would have to listen. They’d get 7 days to stop delivery or face fines up to 100 dollars for each time the request is not honored.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “The Times Plagiarizes the Miami Herald”

  • A release announced, “The National Press Club joins other journalism organizations in expressing concern about a decision to hold a newspaper reporter in contempt of court for failing to disclose her news sources. Former USA Today reporter Toni Locy is being held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton for failing to reveal her sources for stories she wrote about the federal government’s investigation of former Army scientist Steven J. Hatfill’s potential connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks. Hatfill is suing the government.”

  • A reader tells us, “and, the times sports section got honorable mention in the APSE competition.”

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    TV

  • Today, Nathan’s Q&A is featuring NBC 4 weatherman Bob Ryan.

  • From DCRTV:

      Marc “Nigel” Sterne (right), who is an on-air sidekick on and producer of 3WT’s morning shows, won Wednesday night’s third annual Funniest Sports Celebrity Contest at the DC Improv. Sterne, a Brit, is a past successful participant in the event. The runner-up was Monica Livingston, a retired DC Divas running back. Sportstalk 980′s Frank Hanrahan and Channel 9′s Levan Reid, both making their stand-up comedy debuts, made positive impressions on the DC Improv crowd and the judges, but could not overtake Sterne and Livingston, we’re told. The judges included Channel 4′s Lindsay Czarniak and Dan Hellie, Washington Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg, and SportsTalk 980′s Holly Fantaskey. Net proceeds will benefit Funniest Celebrity Charities…..

  • A NBC release announced, “MSNBC’s telecast of last night’s
    Democratic candidates debate drew 7.8 million viewers (9-10:36 p.m. ET), becoming the most watched broadcast in the eleven year history of the network, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

  • Check out The PBS Pledge Drive Drinking Game.

  • FisbowlNY reports, “Media giant Comcast was caught red-handed packing an FCC hearing on network neutrality in Boston with random people picked up off the street in order to keep critics of the corporation from attending.”

  • The AP reports, “The organizer of a federal hearing at Harvard Law School on Comcast Corp.’s treatment of subscriber Internet traffic on Wednesday said ‘seat-warmers’ apparently hired by the company prevented other attendees from getting in. Comcast has acknowledged that it hired an unspecified number of people to fill seats, but said the seat-warmers gave up their spots when Boston area Comcast employees who were advised about the hearing arrived.”

  • A BIG FishbowlDC fan writes in about our earlier post on “Morning Joe” and says that: “The stats you cite show that Morning Joe is getting lower ratings today than Imus got last year. Morning Joe’s ratings aren’t falling, because Morning Joe didn’t exist last year. I’d argue that dropping only 17% from Imus, who grew his audience both on radio and TV over years, is pretty impressive.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Dow Jones reports, “The chief executive of Time Warner Inc.’s (TWX) AOL Internet unit said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) controversial $41.8 billion bear-hug offer for Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) is a ‘mistake.’”

  • CNet News.com reports, “Facebook first announced last year that it was working on a redesign of members’ profiles; now, the social-networking site has unveiled previews of its upcoming new look. The Facebook profile redesigns will start rolling out in the next few weeks.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “A coalition of media and public interest organizations went to federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday urging a judge to reconsider his order to shut down a muckraking website that publishes leaked documents from businesses and government agencies worldwide. Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen and several news organizations, told U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White that two orders he issued last week against wikileaks.org were prior restraints that violated the 1st Amendment.”

  • Wonkette declaresAndrew Sullivan Wins Cleveland Debate”

  • Check out The New York Times’ Baghdad Bureau blog.

  • WebProNews.com reports, “YouTube said it is testing a new experimental personalized homepage with a small group of users it has selected at random.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Internet advertising may be showing itself more vulnerable to a consumer slowdown than many in the industry had hoped, according to new search-ad data released this week. The report from research firm comScore Inc. showing a decline in the number of consumer clicks on Google Inc. search ads in January amplified existing concerns about the effect of a broader economic slowdown on the Internet.”

  • Slate just launched a pledged Delegate Calculator: you can plug in your own predictions and find out whether it’s possible for Clinton to catch Obama, and other possibilities.

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    MAGAZINES

  • WWD.com reports, “At least one major media conglomerate has ruled itself out of the running to buy Reed Business Information, the Reed Elsevier division that puts out Variety, Publishers Weekly and Broadcasting & Cable, among others. A spokeswoman for Condé Nast Publications (which also owns WWD) said Tuesday that the company isn’t interested.”

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    RADIO

  • Washington Post reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio said yesterday that it gained subscribers in the fourth quarter and lost less money, signs that its business is improving even as the company’s merger with XM Satellite Radio Holdings remains stuck in a regulatory limbo more than a year after it was proposed.”

  • Capitol News Connection is now offering custom promos for Ask Your Lawmaker and a web-driven new Ask Your Lawmaker show!

  • Chip Scanlan asks Poynter Online’s Steve Myers what he learned while editing this article about David Folkenflik’s transition from print to radio.” Listen here.

  • DCRTV reports, “Presidential cousin Billy Bush, who once did mornings on the now defunct Z104 in DC, has inked a deal with Westwood One to host a talk and music radio show airing weeknights. ‘The Billy Bush Show,’ slated to debut in April, will be produced by Rob Silverstein, who produces TV’s ‘Access Hollywood,’ which Bush co-hosts — and will continue to do so. The new radio show will focus on entertainment news, celebrity guests, and listener calls, and feature a website with live streams and a Bush blog…”

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    BOOKS

  • A release announced, “Can a business law anthology provide a window into seismic cultural change? Such is the case with the just-released book on User-Generated Content: New Business Models and Legal Issues. Edited by prominent music industry attorney Jeff Liebenson of New York’s Herrick, Feinstein LLP and published for the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, User-Generated Content taps the insights of 28 executives and attorneys working at some of the most creative and pivotal media companies worldwide, including Yahoo, EMI Music Publishing, The New York Times, Comcast, Clear Channel, Boston Consulting Group, Fremantle, RealNetworks, Orange/France Telecom, Gracenote and Saatchi & Saatchi. The book is a beacon for anyone following the sea change caused by the democratization of content creation across every major entertainment and information medium.”

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    JOBS

  • BizBash Media is looking for Freelance News Reporters.

  • Georgetown University is looking for a Senior Writer/Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking an Assistant to the President.

  • One Economy Corporation is looking for an Executive Web Producer and a Senior Web Designer.

  • Fenton Communications is looking for an Account Coordinator and a Senior Vice President.

  • National Journal Group is looking for an Online Producer.

  • Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Communications/Web Coordinator.

  • Northwestern University/ Medill DC is looking for a Training Tech Support Mgr Wash.

  • A national television talk show is looking for a TV Sales Manager.

  • AOAC International is seeking Freelance Technical Writer

  • Human Rights Campaign is seeking an Editorial & Web Content Manager

  • General Dynamics is looking for English and Foreign Language Editors/Writers

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  • Zell Makes A GREAT First Impression

    So Sam Zell is visiting the Tribune’s D.C. bureau today and, guess what? He would not change meeting times with LA Times people so that they could make an 11 a.m. memorial service at the Newseum for the late Rudy Abramson, a much beloved and longtime LA Times Washington correspondent.

    Some defiant staffers attended service anyway; many others stuck to the meeting (including bureau chief Doyle McManus).

    Either way, the move by Zell left a lot of LA Times’rs pissed.

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