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Morning Reading List, 03.10.08

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Good morning Washington. IT’S CHUCK NORRIS’ BIRTHDAY!

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REVOLVING DOOR

  • The AP reports, “The Associated Press has named two veteran editors to leadership positions in a new regional editing operation for the Southern United States. Brian Carovillano, news editor for the AP in Northern California, has been promoted to the new position of regional editor for the South. And Oscar Dixon, a longtime sports editor with USA Today, has been named to the new position of assistant sports editor for the South region.”

  • An Examiner release announced, “Michael J. Barnum has been promoted to regional vice president of circulation for the Washington-Baltimore Examiner Newspaper Group. Barnum was circulation vice president of The Baltimore Examiner since shortly after launch in 2006.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Lots of Gridiron highlights!

  • Mortman on “What A [Expletive] Week It’s Been,” “A Glass-Enclosed Opinion Poll” and “[Expletive Deleted]?! Oh What The [Expletive Deleted]! My [Expletive Deleted] It Is!

  • The Examiner’s Bill Sammon interviewed at Gibraltar Associates’ Tarah Donoghue for his “3 Minute Interview.”

  • A reader writes in, “about the Natl Journalism Awards: the winner for Editorial Writing, Sonni Efron, is based in the LAT Washington bureau.”

  • Lone Post Calls Out Black Barack Attack

  • Bye, bye white hand.

  • From National Journal:

      So the Mike Huckabee press plane had a game: If you caught someone napping, you put a sheet of paper with a cute caption in front of him or her and took a picture. After much trying, participants finally snapped Huckabee last week, with the cutline: “If I close my eyes, it feels like Air Force One”

  • WWD.com reports, “Can glossy luxury supplements help save newspapers? The Wall Street Journal is about to find out. Days from now, the Journal will take prototypes for its upcoming quarterly glossy on the road, making a pitch to the coveted luxury advertiser resting on two major points: that the demographics of the paper are ripe for luxury marketers, and that new editor Tina Gaudoin possesses the experience and contacts to convincingly speak to the high-end audience.”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “Niche pages with a targeted audience may be attractive in weak economy”

  • “On Monday, March 17, the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s fifth annual State of The News Media report will address this question and introduce original research on topics as far ranging as the economics of advertising to the impact of citizen media sites.” Check out the results here.

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    TV

  • Brian Williams Nudges NBC to The Top With A Light Touch

  • Ratings Retention Favors FNC

  • TV Puts an Odd Lens on Politics

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN’s political team will report from the CNN Election Center in New York and from the state of Mississippi for the Tuesday, March 11, primary. This special night of political coverage follows CNN’s March 4 ratings win and the network’s nine presidential primary debates, seven of which were among the most watched in cable news history. On Tuesday, March 11, lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer joined by anchor Campbell Brown will guide the network’s coverage in a special edition of Election Center from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Chief national correspondent John King will provide in-depth data using the CNN ‘multi-touch’ wall, and anchor Soledad O’Brien will report the exit poll data.”

  • Journalism in the Hands of the Neighborhood

  • TV’s election lessons.

  • Michael Getler’s ombudsman column for PBS.

  • Reuters reports, “A senior Democratic senator on Wednesday introduced a resolution aimed at overturning a decision by regulators that loosened media ownership restrictions in the 20 biggest U.S. cities.”

  • Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar reports, “Tucker To Journalist That Got Powers Fired: ‘It’s A Little Much Being Lectured On Journalistic Ethics By Someone From The Scotsman’”

  • The New York Observer reports,Steve Friedman, the legendary news producer who’s been known over the years to walk the hallways of the various morning news outfits at which he’s worked wielding a baseball bat, is starting his own media venture. On the same day CBS News announced that it was firing embattled Early Show executive producer Shelley Ross, Mr. Friedman (who, oversaw the Early Show prior to Ms. Ross’ arrival), publicly announced the plans for his new venture, a consulting company called Vir2L media.”

  • A reader writes in, “msnbc, at least on my tv at home, has been frozen for at least 20 minutes. no sound, just …a full screen of a graphic about the gop buying anti-obama web domain names.”

  • Tucker To Journalist That Got Powers Fired: ‘It’s A Little Much Being Lectured On Journalistic Ethics By Someone From The Scotsman’

  • A release announced, “AARP, the largest membership organization for people 50+, today announced the launch of AARP TV, a franchise that will create original lifestyle and news content catering to the boomer and 50+ demographic. AARP TV’s first two syndicated television shows—Inside E Street and My Generation—will debut on March 10 and 11, 2008, respectively and be distributed through and air on Retirement Living Television (RLTV) which reaches more than 29 million households nationwide. These two weekly half-hour shows extend from AARP’s lifestyle and news platforms as well as select single-topic specials.”

  • “Kimberly Dozier: I’ve Got to Make The Decisions For the Risks I Take

  • Check out B&C’s John Eggerton’s account of the Radio & Television News Directors Foundation dinner, where former CNN’s John Roberts cracked wise about Shelley Ross’ departure from CBS’ Early Show.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • An ABCNews.com release announced, “ABCNEWS.com achieved another record-breaking traffic month in February 2008. Last month, ABCNEWS.com again broke all previous site traffic records, reaching nearly 23 million uniques, an increase of 82% compared with the same time last year, according to ABC’s measurements. The site also garnered 202.3 million page views, up 45% from the previous year. In February, the site increased video views by 117% compared to the same time last year, according to ABC.”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “The Financial Times has launched a Facebook application that will give students free access to FT.com. The free subscription offer will be available through an application available in college groups within the social networking website.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “High-tech signs to feature breaking news”

  • Fortune reports, “Increasingly, Web content sites are finding ways to organize and syndicate writers’ content — one even sends them a check up front.”

  • Reuters reports, “For CBS, raiding Silicon Valley for talent is the fastest way to lose its rep as your grandpa’s choice media company. CBS Interactive President Quincy Smith, himself a veteran dealmaker for tech and media companies with close ties to the west coast, has been poaching top tech companies for talent, particularly engineers, to build up its online offerings.”

  • WebProNews.com reports, “When it comes to trusting the press in general 54 percent of Americans say they do not trust them and 46 percent say they do not trust television while 41 percent say the do trust Internet news according to a new poll from HarrisInteractive.”

  • Adotas reports, “Developers just got a brand new toy, courtesy of AOL. The company today announced the launch of Open AIM 2.0, a product that allows developers to access the AIM instant messaging network faster and integrate AIM into their sites and applications in customizable ways.”

  • InformationWeek reports, “If you’ve had a creeping sense that wireless has become more integral to your working and personal lives, then Wednesday’s numbers from the Pew Internet Project will confirm it with hard numbers.”

  • Online Media Daily reports, “Google is not out to disintermediate advertising agencies, but it looks as if it has it’s heart set on disintermediating some other organizations that help agencies manage how they buy media. That was one of the takeaways from Google President-Advertising and Commerce, North America, Tim Armstrong during a keynote address Thursday at the American Association of Advertising Agencies Media Conference here.”

  • The New York Post reports, “The sprawling media-information company that Mayor Mike Bloomberg left behind is bracing for the worst in terms of a fiscal downturn. ‘The new top brass here are betting on a recession,’ said one insider, in a thinly veiled pot shot at Dan Doctoroff, the one-time economy czar in Bloomberg’s administration who last month was named president of Bloomberg LP.”

  • A reader points out, “minor note: your post.com hand post cites ‘campaign within washingtonpost.com’ … but the elevators travel 12 floors and there are a bunch of non-WPNI companies in the building.”

  • “Digg CEO Jay Adelson is calling this post ‘completely inaccurate’”

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    MAGAZINES

  • MinOnline reports, “Now that media conferences are in full swing, the question that keeps coming up is whether magazines are going the way of VHS and the horse and buggy. For John Squires, executive vice president of Time Inc, the answer was a resounding no.”

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    RADIO

  • NewsBusters: “NPR Favors Special Tax Breaks — For Its Own Headquarters

  • DCRTV spots a funny goof in the WaPo…

  • The AP reports, “CBS Radio is teaming up with AOL to provide online streams from all 140 of its stations to AOL’s online radio service. The deal announced Friday will bring news, sports and music programming from big CBS stations to AOL, including WFAN-AM and 1010 WINS in New York.”

  • AOL, CBS Team Up For Radio, Advertising

  • Mark Kaye spoke with Chris Core about leaving WMAL-AM, and “his past, present and future.”

  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears from a reliable local sports source that Washington Post superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser (left) “will make it official” this month that he’ll be returning to his broadcast booth gig at ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

  • Invite more conservatives to NPR?

  • Barron’s reports, “Government approval for the pending merger of XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) and Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) ‘now appear less likely,’ Pacific Crest Washington analyst Erik Olbeter said in a research note this morning. Now 13 months since the original announcement of their plans to merge, Olbeter says that ‘prospects for the merger have become increasingly cloudy.’”

  • Journalist Perspectives on Five Years in Iraq

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    WEST WING REPORTAGE

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    JOBS

  • The Associated Press seeks an APTN Newsperson for its Washington, D.C. operation.

  • The National Academies is looking for a Web Content Assistant: Writer.

  • The American Prospect is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • W*USA 9 News Now is looking for a Freelance Writer — Metromix.

  • Hanley Wood LLC is looking for a Senior Marketing Manager and a Senior Editor Online — Builder.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Editor, National Desk.

  • The National Academies is looking for a Media Relations Officer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Editor, National Desk and a Digital Trainer, Digital News Desk.

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    Morning Reading List, 11.06.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Eventually, you want to have kids.

  • News University is hosting, The Electronic Election: Covering the 2008 Vote: A NewsU/Poynter Webinar on November 14. Register here.

  • Poynter Online reports, “NewAssignment.Net, the professional-amateur (pro-am) journalism effort spearheaded by NYU prof Jay Rosen, has a new project underway — and they need beat reporters to help”

  • TVNewser reports, “A cable insider tells TVNewser HOT (the largest cable operator in Israel) took CNN off the air from both their digital and analog platforms at 11:30am local time (5:30amET) this morning. It was replaced with FOX News Channel.”

  • Inside Cable News looks into the “Anatomy of a misquote…”

  • The Huffington Post reports,Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, spoke out against the media establishment Thursday evening at a party hosted by Glamour to toast the book debut of her collected reporting for the magazine, In Search of Hope.”

  • Wonkette points out the latest snafu from MSNBC.

  • Check out the latest Washington Social Diary.

  • Check out NPR Music, ‘a new, free, comprehensive multimedia music discovery Web site. Featuring on-air and online content aggregated from NPR and the participating stations as well as original-to-NPR Music materials such as interviews, reviews, blogs and live performances.” It launched yesterday.
  • Politico’s Mike Allen writes, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, coming off a textbook interview with Michael Gerson, introduces a new feature exclusive to the show’s 7 p.m. edition: ‘The Hardball Power Rankings,’ showing who’s winning at that moment.”
  • TVNewser reports,Bob and Lee Woodruff, both now working for ABC News, are, it turns out, the namesakes for two new characters on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Marc Cherry, the program’s creator, says in a USA Today interview that the characters, gay partners Bob and Lee, were named for the Woodruffs after Cherry met them at a dinner”
  • B&C reports, “As executive vice president of Fox Business Network, Kevin Magee oversees the channel’s day-to-day operations. Like many people at the just-launched channel, Magee is a veteran of CNBC, cable’s business-news leader in distribution, ratings and revenue. But Magee was not daunted by his former employers’ competitive advantage. ‘Everyone loves a good fistfight,” he said.’”

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “It sounded like a great gotcha story: the Hill newspaper accusing Hillary Rodham Clinton of failing to show up for a Senate hearing on nuclear waste disposal that she herself had requested. And Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) was quoted as criticizing the Democratic presidential candidate. But it turned out that Clinton was there — and Inhofe’s quotes were taken from a July press release — prompting an embarrassing correction. ‘Any mistake is regrettable,’ says Hugo Gurdon, the Hill’s editor, ‘but it’s more painful when it negates the story entirely.’”

  • The New York Times reports, “Journalists often call publicists ‘flacks’ and publicists call journalists ‘hacks,’ though rarely in earshot of one another. But the gloves came off last week after Chris Anderson, the executive editor of Wired magazine, chided ‘lazy flacks’ who deluge him with news releases ‘because they can’t be bothered to find out who on my staff, if anyone, might actually be interested in what they’re pitching.’”

  • National Journal hosted a panel discussion featuring National Journal’s Ronald Brownstein and Linda Douglass, The Hotline’s Amy Walter, and moderated by XM’s Rebecca Roberts. Click here to hear the broadcast of the event.
  • What are your favorite political reporters doing for New Year’s Eve? Top of the Ticket takes His Extreme-ness’ story one step further.

  • A reader writes in, “Someone needs to note somewhere that that ’60 Minutes’ piece last night, Sunday, Nov. 4, on the revelation of the con man known as ‘Curve Ball’ who duped the entire United States government, military and 16 intelligence agencies into forging ahead into an unnecessary war that has cost the U.S. about 3,800 lives, was one of the best investigative pieces aired on the show in many, many years. The piece was well-researched and well-produced, and the story produced actual, revelatory, groundbreaking real news on a real, relevant story. The scoop, with worldwide implications, was the type of piece that the show used to do all of the time. Then, two pieces later, the show aired a completely inane, juvenile, non-relevant dog-and-pony show by a flustered, somewhat confused Lesley Stahl about some billionaire who decided to buy a yacht. The piece was worse than some of the newsbreaking pieces in the current issue of ‘National Enquirer.’ In an odd juxtaposition, ’60 Minutes’ revealed a flash of what used to make the show great and displayed a waste of time that showed why the show has tanked for many people.”

  • E&P has “some of the top daily gainers for the six-month period ending September 2007, based on today’s FAS-FAX. The daily average is based on Monday-Friday.”

  • Riehl World View reports, “A few dots to connect here, but it looks like a journalist, John Cheeves of the Lexington-Herald-Leader, with current and previous ties to McClatchy and Knight-Ridder respectively, has been involved in one dubious scheme that at least suggested pay for play journalism. And given where his name also turns up, he might not be the most objective journalist to be leading a witch hunt against current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

  • The Associated Press reports, “The PC’s role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles, digital video recorders with terabytes of memory.”

  • The Los Angeles Times launched, “The Strike Zone: The Latest on WGA Strike”

  • The Associated Press reports, “An influential advisory firm for institutional shareholders recommended its clients vote in favor of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s planned acquisition of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The broadcast networks are clearly adopting more of an ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ philosophy toward the Internet. Harnessing a natural human inclination toward gossip, complaint, prediction and obsession, they are using TV show Web sites to offer clips, outtakes, interviews, games, message boards and blogs — not to mention entire episodes.”

  • Don Surber reports, “Blaming the media for victory”

  • A release announced, “Gibraltar Associates, LLC, a consultancy specializing in risk and reputation management, public affairs and business development, today announced that Tarah Donoghue has joined the company as an Associate in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Donoghue will focus on client communications strategy, policy and strategic messaging. Ms. Donoghue joins Gibraltar Associates from the White House, where she served as Deputy Press Secretary to First Lady Laura Bush from May 2006 to August 2007.”

  • William Powers writes, “To truly understand high-end political journalism requires a secret decoder ring. The actual message of a story is often embedded between the lines or in a passing descriptive detail far down in the text. In this case, the operative moment came well after the jump, at paragraph 18: ‘In a 53-minute interview over a breakfast of boiled eggs (he ate only the egg whites), aboard a chartered jet that brought him here from Chicago, Mr. Obama said Mrs. Clinton had been untruthful or misleading in describing her positions on problems facing the nation.’”

  • AdAge.com reports, “Newsweek’s new management plans to chop its guaranteed paid circulation by 500,000 copies, dropping its promise to advertisers down to 2.6 million paying readers from 3.1 million, those with knowledge of the move said today.”

  • PR People: Are you on this list?

  • Beltway Blogroll reports, “A weekend journalism discussion at the Phillips Foundation has sparked a mini-debate about whether ‘backpack journalism,’ where reporters carry more than pen and pad, is a good development.”

  • Associated Press reports, “Tom Curley, CEO of The Associated Press, called on news executives Thursday to “stop pining” for the past and adapt to the new ways that news is being distributed and consumed.”

  • New York Times reports, “Copyrighted work like a news article or a picture can hop between Web sites as easily as a cut-and-paste command. But more than ever, as that material finds new audiences, the original sources might not get the direct financial benefit — in fact, they might have little idea where their work has spread.”

  • The Deal reports, “And now for something completely different: ‘The long-term outlook for the [newspaper] industry appears to be healthier than that implied by current share prices.’ So Joe Arns of Banc of America Securities LLC reports on initiating coverage of the newspaper sector. Although he may be new to the beat, that doesn’t mean he’s Pollyannaish. In fact, Arns’ forecast for a 5% decline in newspaper ad revenues next year is more bearish than the Street consensus of a 3% decline.”

  • Reuters reports, “The Wall Street Journal said on Sunday that its Web site now has 1 million subscribers, a milestone for a site that charges for access even as other sites are throwing themselves open for free.”

  • “Daily News TV critic David Bianculli says ‘So long & thanks’”

  • FT.com reports, “Tribune Company and the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission are locking horns over the proposed $8.2bn buy-out of the media group by Sam Zell, the real estate entrepreneur, in a stand-off that threatens to derail the deal.”

  • Heard On The Hill reports, “Sen. Patrick Leahy tried out the time-honored strategy of turning the tables in an effort to fend off an aggressive press corps on Wednesday. Cornered by a pack of scribes anxious to query the Vermont Democrat about the troubled nomination of Michael Mukasey to be attorney general, Leahy was attempting to exit the Capitol through a second-floor exit.”

  • Media Matters reports, “In a November 5 post on his campaign news website The Page, Time magazine editor-at-large and senior political analyst Mark Halperin claimed that a Chicago Sun-Times column raising questions about the transparency of Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) presidential bid was the product of opposition research provided by the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY).”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The digital revolution has given journalists some fantastic tools. Web sites like Google and Wikipedia give us instant access to voluminous research on virtually any subject. Cell phones enable us to become news photographers. Sparked by blogs and YouTube, the Citizen Journalism boom has taken shape.”

  • The Guardian reports,Rupert Murdoch plans to install Times editor Robert Thomson as publisher of the Wall Street Journal next year, according to a senior US media executive.”

  • CJR reports, “The Rhetoric Beat: Why journalism needs one”

  • Whoops. CNBC should know by now how to spell Karl Rove.

    Jobs

  • Politico is hiring a Special Projects Assistant.

  • The Hill is seeking a Political Journalist.

  • USATODAY.com is looking for a Producer, Design Dept. and a digital storyteller.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a freelance travel writer, a
    Health Editor and a Copy Editor.

  • Publishing Services LLC is looking for an Associate Publisher.

  • The Montgomery County Sentinel is looking for an Entry Level Reporter.

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

  • Elsevier is looking for a Reporter.

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  • Donoghue Says Farewell To First Lady’s Press Office

    new_2.jpgFishbowlDC has learned that First Lady Laura Bush’s deputy press secretary, Tarah Donoghue, is leaving the White House. Said one WH reporter upon hearing the news: “As a White House correspondent, I’m more bummed about the Tarah’s departure than Karl Rove’s. She was a great flak in the First Lady’s office.”