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Morning Reading List, 10.31.07

morningsun.gifHappy Halloween Washington!

  • Dressing up isn’t so much your thing.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., the pay-radio company buying larger rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., reported a narrower third-quarter loss as the number of subscribers increased.”

  • Tech Crunch reports, “, which wants to become the C-SPAN of the Web, closed a $2 million seed round from Adobe Ventures and Will Hearst.”

  • New York Times reports, “The residential real estate market may be troubled, but property-focused Web sites are still attracting visitors and investors., a popular real estate blog network with sites in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, has obtained $1.5 million in financing to expand into new cities and add staff members. According to Lockhart Steele, the network’s publisher, traffic is growing 10 percent a month and the site is drawing national advertisers.”

  • Chris Stirewalt, the political editor for a six-station television network in West Virginia and former political editor of the Charleston Daily Mail, will be joining the DC Examiner as Maryland Editor next Monday.

  • Folio reports, “In a keynote presentation entitled ‘What Magazines Can Learn from TV’ at the American Magazine Conference here, Beth Comstock, NBC’s president of integrated media, said that in terms of online video consumption, daytime is the new primetime, and digital content producers must embrace change in media consumption habits to survive.”

  • FishbowlNY is in Boca Raton covering the American Magazine Conference. Check out today’s coverage here, here and here.

  • Wonkette writes, “Ever wonder what goes into Washingtonian’s Power 150: People Who Make Things Happen? Is it total bullshit, or just partly? We asked a former Washingtonian editor for an inside peek. And TIME 100 it is not. After the jump, an insider tells all.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Inc. is close to unveiling its long-planned strategy to shake up the wireless market, people familiar with the matter say. The Web giant’s ambitious goal: to make applications and services as accessible on cellphones as they are on the Internet”

  • DCRTV reports, “Ronny Thompson joins Comcast SportsNet as a Washington Wizards and college basketball analyst.”

  • Reuters reports, “Internet media company Yahoo Inc said on Tuesday it is adding media-playing features, large file transfers, new languages and other tools to its instant messaging service.

  • TVNewser presents 5 Questions to Dave Marash, “a Washington-based anchor for Al Jazeera English, joining the network from ABC’s Nightline.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Meebo Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up aiming to morph from a Web-instant-messaging company into a general-purpose media company, will open its Web site to software developers, throwing it into possible competition with the likes of Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Landlords often enter into exclusive deals with cable companies, leaving apartment dwellers with about as much say in who provides their pay television as they do in their building’s color — that is, none. Now federal regulators are poised to invalidate those contracts as soon as Wednesday in hopes that competition from phone companies that are rolling out TV services will drive down prices.”

  • reports, “It’s bad enough when a company has to lay off employees, but screwing up the announcement of the bad news just adds insult to injury. AOL, which has never been a shining example of how to communicate with people inside or outside the company, told employees in an Oct. 15 e-mail that 20 percent of them will lose their jobs over the next few months. The New York Times obtained a copy of the memo and posted it on one of the newspaper’s online blogs the same day.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports,Rick Smith is stepping down after 24 years as editor in chief of Newsweek. He’s also relinquishing his CEO title, which he’s held for 16 years, but will hang onto his chairman post.”

  • We have some strays to this post:

    • “Other than my pets? I have this great old picture. My great grandmother, grandmother, mom and me. I was an infant, and only one such picture exists. Do I still have time to grab my laptop, too? I’m spry, I’m quick….”

    • “Important papers, to prove that I really existed!”

  • Wonkette goes after the GW kids (well, they did sorta threaten to “take action” against the site).

  • TVNewser reports, “Sources tell TVNewser the Alexis Debat affair at ABC News is not over yet, at least in some ABC News corners.”

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert writes, “Did you notice the contrasting media responses to comedian Stephen Colbert’s announcement that he plans to get his factually-challenged TV namesake on both the Democratic and Republican ballots for the South Carolina presidential primary? The mainstream Beltway press could barely contain its glee as it cheered the stunt on, lavishing all sorts of media attention on Colbert, and basking in the entertainment industry glow that his act brought to the White House campaign trail.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gannett Co. acquired a 50 percent stake in Tribune Co.’s Metromix network of local entertainment Web sites, expanding the Internet ties between the two largest U.S. newspaper publishers.”

  • DCRTV reports, “WAMU’s ‘The Diane Rehm Show’ is one of the ten “most powerful” programs in public radio. The show, a fixture on the DC radio dial for 28 years, was so designated by Audience Research Analysis, which defines “power” as the ability of a program to draw listeners both to a station and also away from its competitors.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Staged News Conference Flare-Up”


  • NPR is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, All Things Considered.

  • The Associated Press is looking for an APTN-Newsperson.

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts is looking for a Project Manager, Communications, Pew Food Safety.

  • CBS News Today is looking for an Administrative Assistant.

  • Bisnow on Business is looking for a Tech Reporter/Writer.

  • Platts is looking for an Associate Editor/Reporter.

  • The Washington Blade is looking for a News Reporter.

  • BizBash Media is looking for a Bureau Chief for Event Industry Magazine.

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

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    Morning Reading List, 10.18.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • It’s a close one, but it looks doubtful that Stephen Colbert’s presidential bid in SC will do any major damage.

  • Roll Call announced that Jay Heflin is going to be joining the CongressNow staff full-time beginning today. He will be covering taxes and trade.

  • An ACLU release announced, “The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed disappointment with the version of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 that passed in the House last night, but believes the reporters’ shield legislation is a step in the right direction. H.R. 2102, introduced by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rick Boucher (D-VA), will lessen the chance that reporters will be arrested or intimidated for their reporting, particularly when using government sources.”

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor on Tuesday, “Nearly all states have some form of a press shield protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. However, that protection is lacking at the federal level and in federal courts. ‘It is for this reason that I have long supported a federal press shield law, without which freedom of the press is threatened. The federal government’s policies and actions should protect and preserve the press’s ability to speak truth to power. And this legislation does so with appropriate national security safeguards, striking a careful balance between liberty and security.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Today the U.S. Congress is slated to act on H.R. 2102, a proposed federal shield law. Not surprisingly, the White House has vowed to veto it, citing a fear of increased leaks. Here’s the full statement from the White House Office of Management and Budget, which has been circulated to reporters but not yet posted on OMB’s site.”

  • John Curley, the first editor of USA Today, and the man who succeeded Al Neuharth as president, chairman and CEO of Gannett Corporation and now a professor and distinguished professional in residence at Penn State University, and co-director of PSU’s Center for Sports Journalism, “says it’s time newspapers, instead of moaning and groaning about falling numbers, went back to doing more ‘enterprise reporting’ that they used to do and many still do.”

  • The Horses Mouth reports, “NY Times Editorial Board Announces New Group Blog”

  • Radar Online reports, “Was Rowland Evans, Robert Novak’s conservative lifelong reporting partner, secretly gay? Richard Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, thought so, and according to internal memos obtained by Radar through the Freedom of Information Act, they tasked the FBI with proving it.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Morgan Stanley has sold its 7.2 percent stake in The New York Times Company, people close to the matter said today.”

  • Daily Northwestern reports, “The Medill School of Journalism is forming a committee to explore a possible name change. Dean John Lavine said the committee will consider altering the name to better represent the school and what it offers.”

  • Check out a new tool on the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website that allows for comparisons of the presidential candidates health care proposals.

  • There’s a game called Whack-A-Murdoch.

  • Huffington Post has “Video Proof: Bill O’Reilly Doesn’t Care About Black People”

  • Check out TNR’s The Stump. “We’ve conceived The Stump as the campaign blog you can consult to stay current without drowning in ephemeral detail.”

  • Roll Call reports, “With the House passage of a media shield bill yesterday, reporters across the country secured a legislative victory most were too uncomfortable to actually ask for.”

  • RTNDA reports, “The representatives voted by an overwhelming margin of 398 to 21 in favor of the bill. A similar bill in the Senate (S. 1267) was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now awaiting a vote by the full Senate. President Bush said yesterday he would veto the bill, but the margin of the House vote is wide enough to override a veto in that body.”

  • Oliver Willis writes, “Is it any wonder that the same publication that argued so strongly against Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King now attacks Al Gore?”

  • Washington Post reports, “The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed first-ever federal protections for journalists pressured to reveal confidential sources, as lawmakers from both parties backed legislation that advocates for the news media have sought for a generation.”

  • TVNewser reports, “It has hosted Britney Spears, the Bachelorette and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition launch party. Tuesday morning New York City’s Gotham Hall hosted a political convention of sorts; a sales pitch for advertisers to buy time or space on CNN and”
  • Steven Webber joins the First Friday Collective as a guest blogger.

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Extending an olive branch to restless TV and film writers, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said Tuesday that it had withdrawn an unpopular proposal on residual payments that had threatened to derail contract talks.”

  • IWR reports, “Google has damped down speculation that it will extend its Google Book Search platform to include magazines with an ISSN number. Technical difficulties with digitising magazines and a lack of existing archives were cited as the main reasons”.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “As much as one-fifth of the audience for television’s most popular shows are skipping the commercials, according to the first round of commercial data for the new fall season, released yesterday by Nielsen Media Research.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Obama Girl has found a new friend in Herb Scannell, whose online video startup Next New Networks has acquired, the site behind the viral-video hit.”

  • The BBC reports, “Plans for sweeping changes at the BBC over the next six years are being discussed on Wednesday by the BBC Trust, which represents licence-payers.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Murdoch To Times: I Will Bury You! Keller Bristles”

  • A Comcast release announced, “Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, announced today that David Krone will join the company as Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, effective January 2, 2008.”

  • Compete reports, “Nearly a month after the New York Times shut down TimesSelect, the subscription-based service for premium content on, traffic to areas of the site that were previously members-only is flowing fast and free. With popular columnists like Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd drawing thousands of curious readers and fans, the Opinion section has more than doubled unique visitors, while the overall site has grown by roughly 10% in the same period.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, said third-quarter profit fell 10 percent as classified advertising sales and television revenue dropped.”

  • TVNewser reports, Tom Shales: ‘Matt Lauer Is No Mike Wallace’”

  • reports, “Former Men’s Journal and Details editor in chief Michael Caruso signed on last year as a contributing editor at large at Portfolio and came back as planned from a two-week vacation on Monday, but by the end of the day, staffers were told his contract hadn’t been renewed.”

  • AP reports, “Gannett Co., the largest newspaper publisher in the country and owner of USA Today, said Wednesday that third-quarter earnings fell 10.5 percent, fueled in part by slumping real-estate ads and a tough comparison to year-ago results boosted by heavy political advertising.”

  • Media Newsline reports,Jefferson Morley, a 15-year veteran at the Washington Post, has joined the Center for Independent Media as its National Editorial Director, with overall responsibility for guiding the Center’s fast-growing network of 40 journalists, and overseeing the launch of a new Washington DC-based online news site with 10 reporters in late 2007.”

  • New York Post reports, “Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel once again is shuffling the deck among the magazine’s top brass now that Priscilla Painton, one of his three deputy editors, has opted out.”

  • Arts Technica reports, “House passes federal journalist shield, includes bloggers”

  • Washington Post reports, “Government repression in some countries has shifted from journalists to bloggers, with the vitality of the Internet triggering a more focused crackdown as blogs increasingly take the place of mainstream news media, according to Lucie Morillon, Washington director of the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.”

  • New York Times reports, “Internet companies with funny names, little revenue and few customers are commanding high prices. And investors, having seemingly forgotten the pain of the first dot-com bust, are displaying symptoms of the disorder known as irrational exuberance.”


  • Atllantic Information Services, Inc. is looking for a Health Care Reporter/Editor.

  • The Frederick News-Post is looking for a Page Designer.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Freelance Writer for Telecom/Media.

  • Bloomberg is looking for an Economy Editor.

  • American Diabetes Association is looking for a Health & Wellness Staff Writer, a Science Writer and a Health & Wellness Features Editor.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for an Assistant Producer.

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy is looking for an editorial intern.

  • The Progress-Index is looking for a sports reporter.

  • American Chemical Society is looking for Product Coordinators, Publishing.

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

  • Update: Snow on Colbert


    After some delay and rescheduling, Stephen Colbert’s White House Press Briefing Room skit (featuring Tony Snow) will air on tonight’s Colbert Report.

    Scully: Don’t Believe The Hype

    You know all those rumors that the choice of Rich Little was based, in part, on a desire to play it safe following Stephen Colbert’s performance last year? Not true, says WHCA President Steve Scully:

      TO: White House Correspondents’ Association
      FR: Steven Scully, President WHCA
      RE: April 21st Dinner

      The White House Correspondents’ Association never dictates or censors the content of a press dinner entertainer’s act. Recent stories have indicated we set down certain guidelines to the agency that handles Rich Little’s booking, asking that he not mention Iraq and refrain from criticizing the president. This is not true.

      As president of the association, my advice to the MPI Agency in Los Angeles when we booked Rich Little in December was to follow the time-honored Washington motto the annual Gridiron Dinner: “SINGE, BUT NEVER BURN.”

      We are thrilled that Mr. Little has accepted our offer to share his unique brand of political humor and presidential impersonations at our annual dinner, created to raise money for the WHCA Scholarship program.

    Taking Out The Trash, 12.28.06

  • And the Photo Caption Contest winner is (drum roll please): “After the National Guard withdraws from Baghdad, I want your Brownie troop to move in from the South and secure the airport.”

  • And Stephen Colbert’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner Speech is still on top. Can he finish the week strong? Will Buchwald surge back ahead? Voting closes tomorrow at 5pm.

  • A NBC release states that “NBC Nightly News with Brian
    Williams” “topped the network evening newscast competition in total viewers, homes and among the key demographic adults 25-54 during the week of December 18-22, 2006.” “Nightly News” won all five nights with a total of 9.483 million total viewers, 11% more than ABC’s “World News” and a 27% lead over CBS’s “Evening News.”

  • An ABC release announces that “ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson” is number one among women 25-54 for the 6th straight week and averaged 8.53 million total viewers for the week of December 18. “World News” was the only evening newscast to grow its total viewing audience year-to-year, increasing 1%. “World News” had 1.09 million more total viewers than CBS and closed the gap with NBC’s “Nightly News” by 11%.

  • DCist gives the play by play of the “year of change for the D.C. media,” stating that, “media in its traditional sense is slowly dying, and the process played itself out most acutely at the Post.”

  • A reader asks, “Where’s Wolf and why are Ed and Suzanne sharing duty? Is this some kind of message to Soledad and Miles?”

  • The Politico now offers a suggestion box on their website. They will take suggestions “into consideration” as they “build and improve” their website.