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Morning Reading List, 11.18.08

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Morning Reading List, 04.03.08

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Good morning Washington. Perez Hilton is a WHCA guest! And Donatella Versace, too! And it’s the birthday of Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen’s Mom. Speaking of Jonathan Martin’s b-day, Mike Allen has this to say: “Without J-Mart, Politico readers would know a lot less and the campaign trail would have a lot fewer exclamations of ‘SOLID!’ and ‘SO GOOD!’ (Martin’s the last person we know who carries a checkbook in his back pocket.) No truth to the rumor that TAGG ROMNEY will jump out of the cake. But KEVIN MADDEN has a touching tribute: ‘Happy Birthday to Jonathan Martin — a guy who has Patrick O’Connor’s style, John Bresnahan’s charm, a face for radio and a brain that should be left for science.’”

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  • Most of you cannot run three miles non-stop.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “With the exception of the Wall Street Journal, most of today’s print mass media is biased crap, agenda-based sensationalism, mere entertainment. I do believe there is a market for solid journalism (objective and fact-based), but readers like myself have to look pretty hard to find it.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Leon Walczak, 61, a retired Washington bureau chief for Business Week and a writer and editor who specialized in national politics, died March 28 of pancreatic cancer at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.”

  • Also from The Washington Post, “Betty Miles James, 84, one of the first female reporters at the Washington Star, died March 18 of congestive heart failure at Ingleside at Rock Creek, a Northwest retirement community.”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A tipster tells us that Martha Wright, director of design for the Washington Post’s Style section, recently quit to move to Chicago.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • “Democrats dominated election coverage by about a six-to-one margin over Republicans in a week when making headlines was not necessarily a good thing, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of campaign coverage from March 24-30.”

  • Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolffe reports, “The Sulzberger family would never let go of The New York Times. Or would it? With the latest shareholder assault on the ‘invulnerable’ paper’s management — this one from a couple of upstart hedge funds—the author plays out the most likely (and unlikely) scenarios.”

  • Wonkette reports, “Mystical Pennsylvania Foodstuffs Confuse NYT Reporter”

  • Mad.co.uk reports, “The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp since December, is set to sell its US print edition in London, the first time the newspaper has been printed in Europe.” Romenesko has more.

  • Eric Boehlert says “Fact: The press tuned out Iraq.”

  • Joe O’Connell, a Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News
    reports, “What happens if the newspaper presses stop rolling? That’s the big question behind the documentary Stop the Presses: The American Newspaper in Peril, which has its world premiere today at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes about the New York Times, “The paper’s design director defends its expanded summary pages.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “A U.S. Senate committee plans to vote April 24 on a measure to reverse federal rules that let companies such as Tribune Co. own a broadcast station and daily newspaper in the 20 largest markets.”

  • E&P’s Steve Outing writes, “I stopped getting the print edition of my local newspaper this month. Among my new-media expert colleagues, I’m behind the curve with that move; many gave up the print habit long ago. But compared to the general population, I’m still ahead of most folks. I admit, I feel a bit guilty about this. After all, I write for and offer advice to newspapers on an industry website.”

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  • A NBC release announced, “MSNBC ends March 2008 tied for #2 in primetime in the advertiser-friendly 25-54 demographic, the best monthly finish for MSNBC compared to CNN since May 2001. In primetime, there is a true three-way race in cable news, with only 66,000 viewers A25-54 separating first and second place. MSNBC also delivered its best-ever quarterly weekday primetime ratings in 1Q08 in total viewers, and best in the 25-54 demographic since 4Q01.”

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of March 24-28, ‘ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Adults 25-54 and tied for first place among Total Viewers. The ABC broadcast averaged a 2.1/8 and 2.55 million among key demo viewers, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 90,000. Among Total Viewers, ABC and NBC both averaged 8.41 million.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The historic and long-running presidential campaigns of Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton have injected issues of race and gender into politics as never before. With campaign coverage center stage on the cable channels, producers and critics are again assessing the diversity among pundits, who talk (and talk) about things like Mr. Obama’s pastor, the Hispanic vote, Iraq and the economy.”

  • Politico looks at the upcoming Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner.

  • TVNewser reports, “FNC was the fourth ranked cable network during the first quarter of 2008 (during prime time), despite not hosting a debate during the time period. CNN, who hosted four highly rated debates, finished #14 while MSNBC came in at #27.” And, “Fox News had the top five program in Total Viewers, and 15 out of the top 20, during the first quarter of 2008. The top CNN program was CNN Election Center at #6, while the top MSNBC program was Countdown with Keith Olbermann at #20. The O’Reilly Factor was the top program during the time period.”

  • “While CNBC continues to grow in Total Viewers, the A25-54 demo numbers continue to slide. For Q1 2008, CNBC was down in many “business day” hours (5amET-7pmET) year-to-year,” reports TVNewser.

  • “Headline News had one of its best quarters in five years in Total Viewers (today day). Also, Glenn Beck Tonight at 7pmET posted its best quarter ever in Total Viewers, while Nancy Grace’s 8pmET hour scored its best quarter ever in the A25-54 demo,” TVNewser also reports.

  • CBSNews.com reports, “CBS, reeling from disappointing earning in the last quarter has done some layoffs, at the corporate level, and separate from that, at some local O&O stations. On corporate level, TVNewser reports that CBS News has made cuts in to editorial, technical operations and the bureaus. The total cuts amount to 1 percent of the staff, the post says.”

  • TVNewser reports, “In the first quarter, Fox News Channel was the most-watched channel in all of cable news, winning both the today day and prime time categories in Total Viewers. This marks the 25th consecutive quarter in which FNC has won these categories.”

  • Also, “In addition to MSNBC tying for second in the A25-54 demo in prime time for the month of March, the network experienced a 63% year-to-year increase in weekday prime time, averaging 885,000 Total Viewers.”

  • And, “As TVNewser first reported Friday, CNN did in fact win the ad-friendly A25-54 demo in prime time for the first quarter.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Consumers appear to be turning down the volume on television purchases. As the largest specialty-electronics retailers get set to report year-end results, recent consumer surveys and comments from a TV supplier and from club stores point to slowing TV demand. The category has been among the few bright spots in big-ticket spending for the home as the economy has weakened.”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister asks, “Will Thrills Abound When Obama Plays Hardball?”

  • TVNewser has “5 Questions For… Hugh Downs

  • A release announced, “From his riveting radio reports of World War II to his dramatic television showdown with Sen. Joseph McCarthy, Edward R. Murrow established the gold standard for American broadcast journalism. Celebrating the centennial of the legendary broadcaster’s birth, Murrow’s son Casey Murrow and former colleagues Richard C. Hottelet and Marvin Kalb will explore Murrow’s life and legacy at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2008, in GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium, located at 805 21st St., NW. The seminar will be moderated by Michael Freedman, GW vice president and professorial lecturer in journalism and former general manager of CBS Radio Network News.”

  • The Village Voice reports, “Supposedly Democrat-Friendly MSNBC Has Let a Clinton-Hating Joe Maul New York’s Senator”

  • TVNewser asks, “Do Cable’s Pundits Reflect Diversity of Presidential Race?”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Radar reports, “Former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown has more than her much-ballyhooed bio of Bill and Hillary Clinton coming down the pipeline: Radar has learned that the erstwhile ‘Queen of Buzz’ is partnering with InterActiveCorp honcho Barry Diller to launch her own news aggregator website. The site, Brown tells Radar, will have ‘no ideological stance’ and will be edited by Edward Felsenthal, the former deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal who is currently a consultant at Portfolio.”

  • A reader asks, “Have there been any talks of a website called Politics 2 or Politics II?”

  • The AFP reports, “They’re angry at their demanding editors. They’re angry about the mushrooming workload in shrinking newsrooms. They’re even angry about other angry journalists. But these angry journalists are happy they can now vent their frustrations to the rest of the world, courtesy of angryjournalist.com, a sort of online complaint board allowing ink-stained wretches to gripe anonymously. Ironically, their anger is partly fueled by the Internet, which has forced newspapers and television networks to reinvent themselves with painful consequences for their staffs.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • The New York Observer’s Doree Shafrir writes, “‘There’s not one path anymore,’ David Hirshey, executive editor of HarperCollins and former longtime deputy editor of Esquire magazine, said the other day. ‘Thirty years ago, you worked at a newspaper, you moved to a magazine, and then you wrote books or screenplays. Today you can be a blogger who writes books or you can be a stripper who wins an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.’”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Interviews with editors of magazines like Wired, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Us Weekly and several others elicited more of the same:Magazines are not, for the most part, worried about the Internet.”

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    RADIO

  • A release announced, “WAMU 88.5, America Abroad Media, and The American Interest magazine will present a special town hall entitled ‘Foreign Policy and the Presidential Election: America’s Image Problem’ at 7 p.m., Monday, April 7, at the Kay Spiritual Center on the campus of American University in northwest Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public.” For more, click here.

  • Matthew Felling is hosting the “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” today on DC’s National Public Radio affiliate WAMU 88.5 from 12-2pm EDT.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Rupert Murdoch addressed the students and faculty of Georgetown University this afternoon, explaining the ‘creative destruction’ wrought upon the news and entertainment industries by changing technology. Murdoch cast himself as a relentless competitor, which he is, who has taken on entrenched monopolies and oligopolies around the world, which is also true.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • BtoB reports, “Despite the slowing economy, mergers and acquisitions in the media and information industries kept up a fairly strong pace in the first quarter, according to a report released Tuesday by media investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group.”

  • NPR’s On The Media reports, “The Project for Excellence in Journalism released its annual State of the News Media report and the state of the news is strong.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman is “Pondering the strange appeal of the Newseum”

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    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • Washington Post’s On The Plane reports, “The White House press charter that ferries journalists, presidential staff and Secret Service agents whenever the president travels has been grounded. The chartered jumbo jet is one of the 52 Boeing-777 aircraft that United Airlines ordered out of service today until it can inspect them for possible problems with the fire suppression systems in the cargo holds. The jet is currently here in Bucharest, where President Bush is attending a NATO summit that opens tonight.”

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    JOBS

  • National Television Network is looking for a Director of Field Operations.

  • American Psychological Association is looking for a Marketing Manager, Journals Circulation.

  • AARP is looking for a Quality Associate.

  • The Hotline of National Journal Group is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a Design editor.

  • Daily News-Record is looking for an Editorial Page Editor.

  • AOPA is looking for a Managing Editor.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 01.08.08

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    Happy New Hampshire Primary Day Washington! On this day in 1790, President George Washington delivered our first State of the Union. In 1992, Bush 41 puked on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi, and, in 2006, Tom DeLay resigned as House Majority Leader.

    Happy 41st R Kelly!

    (Hat tip: MicCheckRadio)

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  • You think the CW will be true — Obama and McCain win today in NH.

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  • ABC announced that Lee Kamlet is joining World News as head writer. Lee replaces Josh Landis, who is now a correspondent at CBS News.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • With Bill Kristol’s first New York Times piece yesterday, Marty Kaplan looks at the evolution of the Times’ op-ed page.

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reported, “Ted Nalbantian, 19, an Obama supporter from Ridgewood, N.J., has been stationed all afternoon outside the Des Moines media hangout Centro, where his task is to encourage Iowans to caucus for Obama. He approached, in quick succession, me, Maureen Dowd and Ana Marie Cox.” Awwwww.

  • The New York Times reports, “CNBC and The New York Times have agreed to share material on their Web sites, uniting the main competitive targets of the News Corporation’s new ventures, the Fox Business Network and The Wall Street Journal.”

  • Erik Wemple take a dig at a former City Paper reporter.

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Fourth quarter 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ delivered its best Fourth quarter in three years (2004). In addition, ‘Nightline’ beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ among Adults 25-54 in the Fourth quarter for the first time in seven years (2000).”

  • Also from ABC, “Saturday’s ABC News/Facebook/WMUR-TV’s back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates were the most-watched of the 2008 presidential cycle. The Democratic debate averaged 9.36 million Total Viewers and a 2.9 rating among Adults 25-54. The Republican debate averaged 7.35 million Total Viewers and a 1.8 rating among Adults 25-54. Averaged together, the debates garnered 8.36 million Total Viewers and a 2.4 among the key Adult 25-54 demographic.” TVNewser has the full debate ranker for all of the debates to date.

  • NBC announced, “Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will anchor MSNBC’s live coverage of the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. MSNBC’s live primary coverage kicks off with a special edition of ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ at 5 p.m. ET.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, December 30, 2007 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 3.594 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Fourth quarter 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic. The last time ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ in the fourth quarter among Adults 25-54 was seven years ago (4th quarter 2000) and the last time ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers in the 4th quarter was 2002.”

  • A CNN release announced, “From the new CNN Election Center in New York and from around the state of New Hampshire, lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer and CNN’s political team will guide the network’s special coverage. CNN’s special programming will begin at 8 p.m. (ET)-following wall-to-wall politics on The Situation Room and Lou Dobbs Tonight—and run late into the night. The coverage will lead into a special edition of Larry King Live at midnight (ET) hosted by Larry King and featuring analysis and insight into the election results.”

  • Check out more coverage notes at TVNewser.

  • Is Lou Dobbs out of the CNN NH coverage?

  • The Seattle Times’ Ron Judd writes, “Scoreboard, Baby. That ought to be the election-coverage theme at cable-news giant CNN, which, for the occasion of Thursday’s Iowa caucuses, unveiled its latest Giant-Step-Backward innovation: A bewildering, omnipresent picture-frame graphical display festooned with BIG HEADLINES, multicolored, animated pie charts, spinning circles and zipping text.”

  • The Houston Chronicle reports, “In Fox’s flock, Shepard Smith rises to anchor of choice”

  • Check out Nielsen’s Presidential Scorecard for New Hampshire, “reporting on the total number of TV advertising spots run by the Presidential candidates in New Hampshire and the surrounding markets from January 1, 2007 through January 4, 2008.”

  • Did you catch the midnight broadcast of the CNN Election Express on Larry King Live from a town called Dixville Notch in New Hampshire? It is the site of the first voting in the state.

  • Journal-isms reports, “Pundits likened Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to everyone from Ronald Reagan to Harold Washington as New Hampshire voters prepared to go to the polls Tuesday for their first-in-the-nation primary, five days after Obama’s decisive victory in the Iowa caucuses.”

  • The Washington Examiner reports, “A former BET network personality was charged with possession of a .37 mm launcher after authorities said he used it to shoot flares into the sky during a New Year’s celebration in Northwest Washington.”

  • TVNewser reported Monday, “CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan slipped on some ice while walking to a plane in Des Moines last Friday heading back from covering the caucus. CBS tells us Kaplan ‘suffered a fracture in the hip area but is recovering well.’ In fact, Kaplan is back to work in New York today.”

  • The Examiner reports, “Redskins coverage to include CSN’s guest Pete Taylor, Billick career to be TV for now”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Check out Major Garrett’s blog — The Bourbon Room.

  • Poynter reports, “Seems like some leading thinkers in the journo world are getting impatient with the pace of change in this business.
    Tidbits founding editor and current contributor Steve Outing started it with his Jan. 2 Editor & Publisher column, What’s Needed in 2008: Serious Newsroom Cultural Change.”

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins writes on improved relations between the Pentagon and the news media.

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    MAGAZINES

  • The AP reports, “An interview with Benazir Bhutto before the former Pakistani prime minister was assassinated was important enough to keep on the cover of Parade magazine, the magazine’s publisher said Sunday — even though the publication had already gone to print when Bhutto was killed.”

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    JOBS

  • Media Matters for America is looking for a Researcher.

  • Campaign for America’s Future is looking for a Senior Communications Associate.

  • National Public Radio .is looking for a Editor (I, II, or III), Afternoon Rundown.

  • Atlantic Media Company is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Tax Analysts is looking for a Reporter and a Copy Editor.

  • BNA is looking for a Reporter.

  • Access Intelligence, LLC is looking for a Reporter.

  • The Maryland Gazette is looking for a Reporter.

  • Voice of America is looking for a News Division/writer.

  • FOX Business Network is looking for a Newsgathering Producer — Business News.

  • A Washington, DC-based luxury lifestyle publication seeks a writer with experience covering fashion, beauty, and retail. Must have experience and be able to meet deadlines promptly. Send resume, cover letter, and clips to dcfashionwriter@yahoo.com.

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  • Morning Reading List, 01.07.08

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    Good morning Washington.

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Tom Carter is leaving The Washington Times to become communications director at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

  • Jessica Brady is joining Roll Call’s as the new features writer.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Jack Shafer writes, “Media scholar Ben Compaine tells me he thinks the Wall Street Journal has begun to reflect the journalistic philosophy of genocidal tyrant Rupert Murdoch, who completed his acquisition of its parent company, Dow Jones & Co., in the middle of December.”

  • Eat The Press alerts us that, “Bill Kristol’s first column is up at the NYT.”

  • CJR revisits “Checkbook Journalism”

  • E&P’s Steve Outing writes, “What’s Needed in 2008: Serious Newsroom Cultural Change”

  • Washington Post’s Deb Howell writes, “For as long as newspapers have existed, readers have complained that they focus on the negative and critical. Journalists tend to blow that off: That’s what’s news. But when readers are negative toward The Post or its journalists, they often are met with what former Post executive editor Ben Bradlee called ‘the defensive crouch.’ My new year’s resolution for journalists is: Suck it up and forget the abuse. My resolution for angry readers is: Don’t assume malevolence on the part of the reporter or the paper when mistakes are made. Most transgressions are caused by human error or ignorance.”

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ is the number one evening newscast of 2007 among Total Viewers (8.39 million), Adults 25-54 (2.58 million), and Households (5.8 rating). This marks the ABC broadcast’s first yearly win in Total Viewers and the demo since 1996.”

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 24-30, 2007.”

  • Fox announced, “Thursday night’s Iowa caucus translated into big ratings for the cable news networks. According to Nielsen Media Research, FOX News Channel came away with the ratings victory among all viewers and in the key demographic (25-54) as compared to the other cable news networks.”

  • A release announced, “Decision 2008: Before You Vote, a partnership of Leadership Florida, the Florida Press Association and the Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Inc., released credentialing information today for the upcoming Florida Decision 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate Debate that it will host at Florida Atlantic University on Thursday, January 24. The debate will be held in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m ET. The debate will be produced by NBC News and broadcast on MSNBC and Florida Public Television from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.”

  • A special moment between Chris Matthews and Sen. Clinton.

  • Dan Rather discussed how he would look at a settlement should CBS offer him one to drop his lawsuit against the network in an interview with FOX Business Network’s Neil Cavuto. Rather said: “I certainly would look at it, that’s not to say whether we would accept it or not. I want the truth to come out about this, and if the truth reflects badly on me when we get to discovery and find out what really happened in this case, then so be it.”

  • TVNewser reports,Mike Wallace, in a rare appearance on 60 Minutes, and Chris Wallace in a rare appearance live on a Sunday night, were both on the air at the same time tonight. Because of the late running NFL playoff game, Mike Wallace’s interview with Roger Clemens on 60 Minutes did not air until 8:20pmET. Over on Fox News, his son, Chris Wallace was 20 minutes into moderating the GOP forum.”

  • Check out Tracey Neale’s farewell from News 9.

  • TVNewser has some interesting tidbits from the Iowa Caucus ratings.

  • NewHour announced, “Jim Lehrer hosts a special half hour broadcast at 11pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2008 with coverage of the New Hampshire primary. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be reporting from the field in New Hampshire. Jim Lehrer will get analysis and perspective from political analysts Stuart Rothenberg and Amy Walter; presidential historians Michael Beschloss and Richard Norton Smith; and NewsHour regulars Mark Shields and David Brooks.”

  • Check out the Reuters pic of a Secret Service agent coming between Bill O’Reilly and Obama staffer Marvin Nicholson. For more details on what caused this, click here.

  • TVNewser asks, “Is CNN Trying To “Stick It To Fox” By Re-Airing ABC’s Debates?”

  • NewsHour announced that the show’s story on Food Safety has won a Golden Cine award. “Betty Ann Bowser headed a team that included Producer Tony Van Witsen, Associate Producer Katie Mulik and Reporter Mike Melia. Additional material was contributed by Producer Saul Gonzalez and Correspondent Lee Hochberg.”

  • B&C reports, “Attention, national and local news operations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulation 23 CFR 634 goes into effect Nov. 24. So what? It requires workers on or near public highways to wear high-visibility safety clothes on the job. … This means that starting in the fall, there will be no more reporters in camel-hair overcoats and stylish parkas doing those winter stand-ups on traffic and weather along any public roadway — at least not without day-glow vests, reflective tape or other approved safety gear, as well.”

  • 23/6 reports, “Media outlets can’t resist screwing with Mike Huckabee’s name. Like bugs to those lamps that kill bugs, they flock, desperate to bask in the glow of their own wit. While FOX News was the only outlet to use the candidate’s name in lieu of a dirty word, The Atlantic coined Huckenfreude and Drudge went with Huckaboom. New York Magazine went all Brangelina on him with Huckabuchanan and the blogs spread Huckahunt, Aw Shucks-a-bee, and Huckabust like gonnorrhea at the University of Miami.”

  • Journal-isms reports, “The nation’s news media appear to be inching toward greater diversity in their campaign coverage teams as the Iowa caucuses take place Thursday and the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire presidential primary follows on Tuesday. Nearly all of the major news organizations contacted by Journal-isms on Wednesday could cite at least one journalist of color who would be part of the coverage — braving that little matter of the weather.”

  • The Feed reports, “In The Age of Obama, Media Diversity Takes Some Hits”

  • A tipster asks, “MSNBC’s promo for Joe Scarborough says he was a member of Congress from 1994-2001. He was elected in 1994. But wasn’t sworn in until 1995. Shouldn’t Joe know that?”

  • The ABC News/WMUR/Facebook presidential debates for both Republicans and Democrats took place last night. Charlie Gibson moderated.

  • Check out some pics from the FOX News’ forum in New Hampshire here.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Poynter Online reports, How the “FOIA Reforms Help Journos, Bloggers”

  • Hitwise News reports, “Top 10 News and Media Category Websites Ranked By US Market Share of Visits”

  • Jack Shafer writes, “In praise of booze in the newsroom.”

  • Pajamas Media reports, Scott Horton’s smearing of the U.S. military is a swamp of dubious sources and hidden agendas, writes PJM’s Bob Owens. A fresh look at the Harper’s blogger reveals that his conflicts of interest run even deeper than previously thought.”

  • Don’t miss the Mediabistro party at The Park at Fourteenth on Tuesday, January 22, enjoying drinks and complimentary appetizers. For more info, click here.

  • Instapundit reports, “Blogger Andrew Olmsted has died in Iraq.”

  • John Dickerson writes, “You know when a celebrity television personality like Bill O’Reilly arrives at a political event because they always have a retinue and because people turn their cameras and camera phones from the candidate to capture the famous face. When the popular Fox News entertainer arrived at the Obama event in Nashua, people turned to him but not always approvingly. ‘Hey O’Reilly,’ yelled a man. When O’Reilly turned he got a single finger salute. A few people approached Bill to shake his hand but the overwhelming sentiment was not favorable. ‘O’Reilly hate monger,’ yelled a woman. A few other people gave him the bird. ‘I hate you Bill,’ yelled a man. ‘You can’t stop us Bill,’ yelled another. I thought someone might brain him with one of those Obama hope signs.”

  • A release announced, “Brent Bozell claims in his newest release, Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will, that the media has succumbed to the pressure by the Clinton forces, going so far as to bury stories that might damage her presidential chances. But has it? To find out, the National Press Club has invited Bozell for a discussion of his new book in an open forum on January 10 at 6:30 p.m.”

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    RADIO

  • Reuters reports, “U.S. government antitrust lawyers have spent nearly 10 months so far investigating Sirius Satellite Radio Inc’s plan to acquire rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc, despite company hopes that the deal would be approved by the end of 2007.”

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    JOBS

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors is looking for a Writer/Editor and a Financial Services Reporter.

  • Government Executive is looking for a Senior Editor.

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

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Senior Editor, North America.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for an Account Manager, Circulation.

  • Foreign Policy is looking for a Media & PR Coordinator.

  • The (Annapolis) Capital is looking for a sportswriter.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Construction News Reporter.

  • Science News is looking for a Circulation Manager.

  • Argus Media is looking for a Power & fuels reporter.

  • Express/The Washington Post Co. is looking for an Assistant Art Director.

  • FierceMarkets, Inc. is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Staff Writer/Suffolk Public Safety.

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants is looking for a Reporter/Editor.

  • Patuxent Publishing is looking for a Reporter and a General Assignment Reporter.

  • USA Weekend Magazine is looking for Freelance Copy Editors and Fact-Checkers.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a News Ace.

  • Inside Washington Publishers is looking for Print and online reporters.

  • The Washington Times is seeking a Talented Copy Editor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Production Assistant, Tell Me More, an Editorial Assistant, Tell Me More, and an Associate Editor, Tell Me More.

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  • Morning Reading List, 11.19.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • National Journal reports, “Average time spent consuming news on a typical workday,” broken down by type of Washingtonian.

  • The Pew Talk Show Index for November 4-9 shows, Dennis Kucinich’s call to impeach Vice President Cheney made nary a blip with the general media last week but it was a big story on in the talk media, especially on the left side of the talk radio dial. Meanwhile the many angles of the 2008 campaign gave everyone grist to talk about.”

  • Deb Howell weighs in on Tim Page.

  • Media General D.C. Bureau Shuffle Cuts Staff, Expands Web

  • NYT on Shep Smith: “Fox Cable Guy Edges Into the Big Pay Leagues

  • When it comes to Newsweek’s hiring of Rove and DailyKos, CJR says they “couldn’t be more predictable.”

  • From DCRTV:

      Adrienne Mitchell will host a new show on DC-based XM Satellite Radio’s presidential election channel “POTUS ’08″ (XM-130) starting Monday, 11/19. The former WTOP anchor and editor will host “The Race” weekdays from 7 PM to 9 PM. The show will focus on the campaign news of the day, plus interviews with journalists and newsmakers…..

  • Inside Cable News & Brian Stelter: Together.

  • Jack Shafer on “Big Media Octopuses, Cutting Off Tentacles” and “Why Newspapers Love the Striking Screenwriters

  • Inside Cable News’ What’s Hot/What’s Not.

  • Local Oscar hopes for Sean and Andrea Nix Fine and Ted Leonsis.

  • Can you answer CQ’s political Trivia for November 16?

  • An RCN release announced, “RCN Corporation … will be a Corporate Partner of MLS Cup 2007, Major League Soccer’s Championship game between the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo, which will be held Sunday, November 18, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.”

  • “SAIS International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellows Libby Casey, a reporter with KUAC-FM in Fairbanks, Alaska; Eliza Barclay, a freelance print reporter in Mexico City; and Krista Kapralos, a reporter with the The Herald in Everett, Washington, will discuss their overseas reporting experiences. Members of the public should RSVP to IRP at irp@jhu.edu or 202.663.7726.”

  • Check out FNC’s Carl Cameron new blog from the campaign trail.

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press writes, “Nice Try, CBS, But Rather’s Lawsuit Has Merit”

  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. said Friday its ad sales from continuing operations dipped 0.7 percent in October on softness in its publishing division. Total revenue from continuing operations edged up 1 percent.”

  • Matt Welch writes, “The funniest thing about anti-media activists — whoops, I mean “public interest groups” — is that their sky-is-falling brief against big media consolidation always (and I mean always) disintegrates on contact with what I like to call “personal experience.” As in, theirs. And mine.”

  • National Journal’s Bill Powers writes, “The leading candidate is a woman, and trailing her are a mixed-race man and a white man. Thus, the contest must be all about gender and race, right? Well, no. But that’s how the media coverage of the Democratic presidential race often reads.”

  • From Mike Allen’s Playbook, “The next time you stop by the White House press room, be sure to admire Julie Mason’s rocking ‘rocket-red’ ‘do. Ed Henry has a new 20-YEAR calendar. Playbook booked him for his birthday in 2009 – we were both open!”

  • Public Eye reports, “Game, set, match, asterisk. The contest/discussion about who or what will be Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ is over. It’s Steroids. Yesterday’s federal indictment of Barry Bonds only sealed the deal.”

  • Susan Katz Keating reports, “This just in… The New Republic is scrambling to fill ‘an immediate opening’ for an editor to run its fact-checking shop. What happened to the old fact-otum? Has the prior chief been banished in the wake of L’Affair Beauchamp? As you will recall, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private, created quite a stir with his wild stories of American soldiers misbehaving in Iraq. The stir became a scandal when it turned out the stories were fabricated. Now it looks as if TNR wants to make sure this type of thing doesn’t repeat itself.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes,Mimi Valdes Ryan has a tough job. On Nov. 5, she became the top editor of Latina, a magazine and Internet operation, which is run by Latina Media Ventures and caters to Hispanic women.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABCNews.com Changes, Again”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Why Does Fox News Favor Giuliani? Well, Lots Of Reasons”

  • Politico’s Ryan Grim looks into “The art of the leak”

  • Murdoch’s free WSJ.com could hurt parts of Dow

  • E&P reports, “It’s not often you see The New York Times’ editorial board joining forces with outsiders to promote political discussions. But that is just what the newspaper’s opinion-makers are doing through the ’10 Questions’ project, an online effort aimed at getting presidential candidates to answer YouTube-style questions chosen by online users.”

  • Guardian reports, “Gannett, the US newspaper chain, is to cut 45 jobs in the newsroom at its flagship title, USA Today. The paper will start with voluntary redundancies and then, if that doesn’t provide the full quota, it will demand mandatory redundancies.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Inc. made a big splash last week with its new software for cellphones. But that’s far from the limit of the Internet giant’s wireless ambitions — which could include running its own mobile network.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “A key U.S. lawmaker urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin to delay his plans for a Dec. 18 vote on a media-ownership rule change that would benefit Tribune Co. and News Corp.”

  • FT.com reports,Rupert Murdoch’s six children are getting an early Christmas present after the family trust Mr Murdoch controls sold more than $360m worth of News Corp shares. The cash pay-out follows a $600m bonanza received by the siblings in February — at the time the biggest distribution of Mr Murdoch’s fortune.”

  • B&C reports, “Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will be the first presidential candidate to picket personally with Hollywood’s striking writers”

  • Lisa de Moraes writes, “David Letterman’s overall audience with reruns was on par with the previous week with original episodes — 4 million viewers. And he gained eyeballs in TV’s key demographic groups, including the Holy Grail — the 18-to-49-year-olds.”

  • CNBC reports, “A video made by the Writers Guild is circulating the web. As of now, it’s been seen 111,000 times on Youtube. It dramatically argues that the studios are cashing in on digital distribution and the writers aren’t getting a penny.”

  • Beet TV reports, “The Nielsen numbers for online traffic at newspapers, which came out yesterday, show a significant jump in unique visitors to the NYTimes.com for October.”

  • New York Post reports, “The lucrative business of selling Web ads has become so fragmented — and easy to do — that even Martha Stewart has thrown her hat in the ring by setting up an online advertising network.”

  • Reuters reports, “Leading European publishers are coming to terms with what teenage boys and men have known for years — the Web beats magazines in grabbing their eyeballs.”

  • Business Week reports, “IAG delivers precise data on which TV ads are resonating. Now it’s headed online”

  • Folio reports, “Time Warner’s third quarter numbers were released recently, and while overall revenues rose nine percent over same period 2006—despite revenue declines from AOL—Time Inc.’s revenues were flat.”

  • Bed Bugs Found in Fox News Channel Newsroom

  • Poynter Online Steve Outing reports, “This week I gave a presentation to one of Sandra Fish’s journalism classes at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (It was an overview of social media and citizen journalism initiatives). I hadn’t been in front of a bunch of college students in a while, so I took the opportunity for a quick news-consumption quiz. I did a pretty good job of guessing in my head beforehand what the responses would be, but my prediction proved a little off when it came to print editions of newspapers.” Check out the results here.

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “The New York Times Op-Ed page hasn’t been this hot in a long time. Now we are experiencing Columnist Wars, with Bob Herbert this week joining in a rapidly escalating battle between Paul Krugman and David Brooks – largely over an incident involving Ronald Reagan at a local fair over 27 years ago.”

  • Mother Jones reports, “With all the articles that have been written about the TV writers’ strike (how crappy the signs are, Eva Longoria’s strike breaking, neonatal guild members birthed onto the picket line, career-change opportunities for Hollywood hacks, and Dowd’s space filling), no attention has so far been paid to the real victims here.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s announcement this week that he expects to stop charging for access to the Wall Street Journal’s Web site is the latest example of a publisher giving up on the subscription-based business model — a significant shift in the evolution of online content.”

  • Fool.com reports, “Murdoch announced at a meeting of News Corp. shareholders Tuesday: ‘We … expect to make [WSJ.com] free, and instead of having 1 million [subscribers], having at least 10 [million to] 15 million in every corner of the earth.’”

  • Washington Post reports, “The District will have to renegotiate a proposed deal to bring broadcasting company Radio One to the city after D.C. Council members rejected a plan to give the developers city-owned land worth $6 million on which to build the project.”

  • B&C reports, “Veteran Fox News Channel critic Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed) opened a second front in his campaign against the top-rated cable news channel, this time aiming to get advertisers to drop their sponsorships.”

  • Wall Street Journal’s John Fund writes, “Lou Dobbs for President? Don’t laugh. After months of telling reporters that he “absolutely” would not consider leaving his highly-rated CNN show in which he crusades against free trade and illegal immigration, Mr. Dobbs posted a commentary on his Web site last week predicting a surprise new presidential candidate in 2008.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., its chief executive and Chairman Sumner Redstone, said a lawsuit filed by former news anchor Dan Rather is an attempt to ‘settle old scores’ and should be dismissed because of its ‘far-fetched allegations.’”

  • AFP reports, “The emergence of ‘smartphones’ has put the Internet, music and videos in the palm of the consumer’s hand, but the technology will need a flow of advertising cash to reach its full potential.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched television network, probably would take the biggest hit in a prolonged strike by TV and movie writers.”

    Jobs

  • The Magazine Group is looking for a Circulation Manager.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an International Book Licensing Representative.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Special Sections Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking a Training Editor — Persian.

  • Army Times Publishing Company is looking for a Reporter to cover Federal Government.

  • Maryland Beachcomber/Worcester County Times/Ocean Pines
    Independent is looking for a Paginator.

  • Worcester County Times is looking for a staff reporter.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Director, NPR Digital Media.

  • Howard University is looking for a Director of Communications and a Publications Manager.

  • The Hill is looking for a Political Editor.

  • Edleman is looking for a New Media Account Supervisor.

  • BusinessWeek Magazine is looking for a Correspondent for business, money, policy and politics and a legal Correspondent.

  • Center for Independent Media is offering an Online News Fellowship

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  • Morning Reading List, 08.30.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You’re completely torn on the journalists dating journalists issue.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Michael Vick’s legal troubles attracted a large news audience last week. … While 69% of whites say the press has been fair in the way it has covered this story, only 38% of blacks agree. A narrow majority of blacks (51%) say Vick has been treated unfairly by the media.”

  • A release announced, “All three broadcast network morning shows are dramatically tilting their presidential campaign coverage in favor of the Democrats, a new study from the Media Research Center has documented. MRC’s analysts found the morning shows are offering nearly twice as much coverage of the Democrats, are three times more likely to have a Democratic candidate appear as an on-air guest, and are confronting both parties with an overwhelmingly liberal agenda.” For full results, click here.

  • YouTuber James Kotecki is freelancing for The Politico. Check out his latest video here.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “An XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. director made the largest insider purchase ever at the company amid optimism that legal rulings in favor of another merger could help clear the path for XM’s proposed combination with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.”

  • E&P’s Steve Outing explores, “The industry still has a lot of power to influence people. How about if newspapers abandon their old way of doing things when it comes to the issue of global warming, and turn their influence to good?”

  • New York Times reports, “The Wall Street Journal will rechristen Pursuits, its Saturday leisure section, as Weekend Journal, the same name as the Friday section, according to several people familiar with the paper’s decision.”

  • Eric Alterman strikes back. “I suppose I should be grateful to Portfolio.com’s Jeff Bercovici for saying I’m ‘not stupid,’ here, but his saying that I’m ‘playing stupid’ is in some ways worse, since it implies dishonesty.”

  • USA Today’s Peter Johnson writes, “Ask ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson why he has become the nation’s most-watched TV news anchor, and he grins. ‘Unbridled sex appeal,’ he says. Gibson is kidding, of course. But after the tumultuous year since the Tom Brokaw/Peter Jennings/Dan Rather era ended, his reason might be as good as any as to why the race among him, NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’ Katie Couric has played out the way it has.”

  • The Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard released a new study on the news aftermath of Katrina. “For the fall issue of Nieman Reports we asked reporters, editors and photojournalists to describe what it’s been like to tell a story that has no end in sight.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “When Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC acquired the Philadelphia Inquirer last year, borrowing $375 million for the purchase, the company began looking at ways to pay off its debt. One option: Sell the landmark 18-story building on North Broad Street that has been home to the newspaper since 1924.”

  • CNet News.com reports, “In a move that further shapes its image as an MTV-like pop-culture hub as well as a social network, News Corp.’s MySpace.com has announced that it will be sponsoring a concert tour this fall. Appropriately called the MySpace Music Tour, the series of shows will kick off October 16 in Seattle and will host more than 30 performances before winding down in Las Vegas around Thanksgiving.”

  • Vnunet.com reports, “Social networking sites including MySpace and Facebook have not yet realised their full potential as advertising media, experts report.”

  • Webpronews.com reports, “‘Welcome to the new Boing Boing!’ Mark Frauenfelder wrote on the popular blog. Boing Boing has been one of the Internet’s most widely read blogs, as they add new items regularly to their ‘directory of wonderful things.’”

  • Variety reports, “Women in Film and General Motors have launched a free online magazine titled Traction, aimed at empowering and nurturing women in the media biz. Mag (wiftraction.com) will include feature stories on industry-relevant topics as well as a virtual mentor, featuring how-to pieces on everything from shooting in a foreign country to securing an agent.”

  • News and Tech reports, “Newspapers targeting smartphone users as consumers demand more content aimed at portable devices.”

    Jobs

  • A leading journalism organization is looking for a Webmaster.

  • Brijit, Inc. is looking for a Business editor.

  • The American Prospect is looking for a Deputy Editor.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Social Policy Reporter.

  • AARP is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • A Full Service Advertising Agency in Washington DC is looking for a
    Graphic Designer/Art Director.

  • The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is looking for an Assistant Web Editor.

  • Internet Archive is looking for a Scanning Center Production Manager

  • The Weekly Standard is looking for an Advertising and Marketing Assistant.

  • The Rand Corporation is looking for a Media Relations Coordinator.

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  • Morning Reading List, 08.01.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An ABC release announced “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was back in the top spot for the week of July 23-27, ranking #1 among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54. This marks the thirteenth time in fourteen weeks that ‘World News’ has finished first in these categories. The ABC broadcast averaged 7.53 million Total Viewers and a 1.8/8 among Adults 25-54, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 360,000 Total Viewers and 130,000 key demo viewers.”

  • TVNewser reports, “MSNBC has now beaten CNN four weeks straight in the 25-54 sales prime demo. An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser ‘this is the first time MSNBC has beaten CNN for the month in six years (August 2001).’ For the month, MSNBC had 195,000 viewers in sales prime, CNN had 189,000.”

  • “The nation’s effort to combat terrorism was not the biggest story last week, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index from July 22-27. That designation went to the 2008 Presidential campaign, which filled 12% of the newshole, and was fueled by the July 23 CNN/YouTube debate. The continuing showdown between the Democratic-led Congress and beleaguered attorney general Alberto Gonzales was the second-biggest story at 6%.”

  • Last month we told you to check out The Charm Offensive with Alex Daniels from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AOL’s Geordie Grindle, AARP editor Meg Guroff and CQ’s Chris Lehmann. Well, Daniels is back again, this time with her other band, Julie Ocean. Along with Terry Banks from Fleishman Hilliard, Jim Spellman at CNN and Hunter Bennet from Esquire, Julie Ocean is playing Thursday night at The Black Cat.

  • OffTheBus, a collaboration between Huffington Post and New Assignment, is showing “PressThink readers how pro-am journalism is developing in NewAssignment.Net’s second major project. At this stage — two weeks in — we’re still establishing blogging standards for open platform campaign journalism. The instructions steer away from a rigid divide between news and opinion, replacing it with posts that make an original contribution vs. those that don’t because not enough went into them.”

  • E&P’s Steve Outing writes, “For consumers of news and searchers of information, these are heady times. Yet there’s a huge downside to this abundance: How as consumers do we know if we can trust what we read? How do we know if it’s balanced, or serving someone’s narrow agenda?”

  • Variety takes a look at Joanne Lipman, who “after landing the highest post ever held by a woman at the Wall Street Journal,” she “did the unthinkable: She left.”

  • PRWeek writes, “It seems counterintuitive that HuffPo — once pigeonholed as the ‘liberal Drudge Report,’ now evolving into a full-fledged online news and opinion clearinghouse — could play host to the musings of business leaders who would not be surprised to find their capitalist predilections railed against by the site’s commenters. However, the two-year-old site, which Technorati ranks as one of the top five blogs on the Web, is aggressively pushing to establish itself as a premier national forum for thoughts and opinions of all stripes.”

  • MSNBC ‘The Big Story In July’

  • Inside Higher Ed reports, “NSSE has just asked all of the colleges that participated at least once in the last three years (a total of about 1,000 four-year institutions) for permission to release five benchmark scores from the engagement survey’s report for their institutions to USA Today, which may place the data online. Both NSSE and USA Today have stressed that they are not trying to create a new ranking system, and that institutions would not be ranked. Rather, the effort is an attempt to provide more ‘meaningful indicators’ about colleges that students and parents could use.”

  • Variety reports, “With her sociopolitical website, Arianna Huffington wants to give voice to the face in the crowd. ‘There’s a kind of wisdom of the crowd that really is one of the great contributions online journalism can make,’ she says.”

    Jobs

  • Nonfiction author seeks part-time DC research assistant.

  • The Advisory Board Company is seeking an Associate Editor.

  • Need To Know News, LLC is looking for an administrative assistant.

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