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Morning Reading List, 09.01.08

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Morning Reading List, 08.12.08

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Good morning, Washington.

Did you survive the GMail outage last night? Thank God we use Yahoo! Moving on: What journo is the father of the adorable baby shown above? Let us know.

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Morning Reading List, 08.11.08

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and a roundtable with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s Chuck Todd and PBS’ Judy Woodruff.

  • Face the Nation: McCain Victory Chair Carly Fiorina and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.

  • This Week: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former PA Gov. Tom Ridge (R), and a roundtable with George Will, Donna Brazile, Jake Tapper and former White House adviser David Gergen.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD). The “Power Player” is Ashley Judd.

  • Late Edition: Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Jim Glassman, Obama economic adviser Laura Tyson, McCain economic adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer, Major General Mark Hertling, and a roundtable with CNN’s Bill Schneider, Joe Johns and Gloria Borger.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • GPS: Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author Jessica Stern, Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Highlights of The Post’s Libby Copeland‘s interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and The Post’s David Broder.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Minority Whip Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) will be interviewed by Mary Ann Akers, Washington Post, Correspondent & Sean Lengell, Washington Times, Congressional Correspondent

  • This Is America with Dennis Wholey: Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)

  • Reliable Sources: A.B. Stoddard, associate editor, The Hill, Roger Simon, chief political columnist, The Politico, Matthew Felling, media commentator, Deroy Murdock, syndicated columnist, Scripps Howard News Service, Ana Marie Cox, Washington editor, TIME.com, Melinda Liu, Beijing bureau chief, Newsweek, Jill Dougherty, U.S. affairs editor, CNN International

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Abe Amoros, Political and Communications Director, Pennsylvania Democratic Party; Renee Amoore, Republican Strategist and President, the Amoore Group; and David Drucker and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • Morning Reading List, 04.08.08

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

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

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    REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | MAGAZINES | RADIO | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

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

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

    REVOLVING DOOR

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

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

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

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

  • Politico’s Aoife McCarthy is joining Glover Park.

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

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

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • More WHCA Dinner news.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    TV

  • CBS & CNN In Talks…Again?

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

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

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

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

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

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • MSNBC.com’s Video Success

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

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

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

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

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

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    MAGAZINES

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

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

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    RADIO

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

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    NEWS NOTES

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

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    JOBS

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

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

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

  • Dana Press is looking for a Web Journalist.

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

  • Live-Blogging Murdoch

    We’re here in Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall, listening to News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch.

    1:32 PM: Lovely. Press is stuffed way in the back.

    1:33 PM: Naturally, Jack Shafer’s here. We’re hoping for some good heckling.

    1:34 PM: Frank Ahrens, too.

    1:37 PM: Our faith in youth is restored. A Georgetown student recalled that “Rupert” is also a character in this classic.

    1:38 PM: Fox News cameraman overheard saying “Yeah, Ailes is making us cover this crap.”

    Kidding.

    1:44 PM: Murdoch’s on stage. Homeboy has to be dying his hair. Then again, given our sweet ass press seats in the way back of the room, we could be totally mistaken.

    1:45 PM: George G. Daly, Dean of the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, introduces Murdoch and calls him “the preeminent media executive of this era” and “a quite remarkable man.”

    1:50 PM: Murdoch discusses the similarities between Jesuits and News Corp:

    Both attract highly talented people from all over the globe. Both like to challenge the status quo. Both have the reputation for independence and innovation. The difference? “We don’t insist on public vows of chastity.”

    1:51 PM: “If Fox News is all you know about our company, you don’t know about our company. And if you don’t know about our company than you’re missing a big piece about how news and television are changing in the 21st century.”

    1:52 PM: “We have one certainty: we can never be sure where the industry will end up. … Technology is going to destroy all the old ways and old assumptions of doing business, most especially in the media.”

    1:53 PM: “They think that technology is ruining their business because it’s making their job harder,” says Murdoch, but says that technology allows for greater access to media products by consumers.

    1:55 PM: “Google is a fantastic company and they are on the cutting edge of technology. Mostly they are writing code for hte Internet to allow people to make betetr use of it. And Google is very good at that.”

    1:56: “You are all looking for the same thing: Good content. Good content is inherently creative.”

    1:57: “No one entertains, informs or innovates quite like we do. … If there is an audience for news, we want to feed it.”

    1:59: Listing successes: American Idol, Super Bowl, Carrie Underwood, Horton Hears A Who, WSJ, Dangerous of Book of Boys, Night at the Museum, etc., etc.

    1:58: Talks of global warming….”We are committed for selfish reasons. We want our business to be around for the next 100 or 200 years.” Says News Corp. will be carbon neutral by 2010.

    2:01: “As a day to day reality, television can no longer rely on a mass audience. … There is no magic bullet, no one size fits all solution. To stay ahead of the competiton, a media company needs to diversify geographically so it can reach more people. It needs to diversity by platform, which is one reason we bought MySpace and it needs to be constantly nuturing a new generation of businesses and business models to take place of the old.”

    2:09: The Wall Street Journal was not only a very unique newspaper … but was a national newspaper that sells … to the most affluent and influential people in the country.”

    2:10: Newspapers are the “greatest training ground possible for young people in media.”

    2:11: Newsday…”I don’t know if we’ll get it, somebody else might get it.”

    2:12: On Facebook/MySpace…”There’s no doubt that a lot of people like Facebook and that it’s very good.”

    2:14: “Early on it was very young people going to MySpace. Today the average age of someone joining is 30. … We have more page views … then the whole of Yahoo put together or any other service. … We take Facebook seriously…. It’s not a head on fight. I think a lot of people are on both. … As for monetizing social sites, Facebook has an even bigger problem.”

    2:18: “Google has so captured the imagination of the public throughout the world…Google seems to have a momentum to it that Yahoo is having great difficulty turning back.”

    2:21: “It’s very hard to be neutral. People laugh at us because we call ourselves ‘Fair and Balanced.’ Fact is, CNN, who’s always been extremely liberal, never had a Republican or conservative voice on it. The only difference is that we have equal voices on both sides but that seems to have upset a lot of liberals. … The more voices the better.”

    2:22: Student Doug Goff — asking a question from the aisle — clearly already has political ambitions. “Thank you for coming, Mr. Murdoch. We really appreciate it.”

    2:23: “My personal views are there. They don’t affect the newspapers and I stand by that.”

    2:24: On Obama: “We still think he’s one of the most interesting people to emerge.”

    2:26: “I better be careful. I always get in trouble when I speak about China, especially in front of my Chinese wife.”

    “Things change from time to time and I believe that things are going to change and open up in China just by the force of things.”

    “There is a real wealthy middle class appearing and those people .. .they’re going to start to want a little more say in their country and then I think you’ll find in ensuing regimes … I don’t know when .. .it’s going to gradually open up and be a lot freer.”

    “Wherever we go, any country, local programming, local news is always the most popular. But there will be opportunities arising in China over the next twenty years for worldwide companies, whether they be European or American or whenever, to invest and take part in, as there will be opportunities for Chinese companies to invest in this country.”

    2:35: Tom Ridge is here.

    2:36: Questioner: “As a citizen, I’m scared. The free press used to be the corps of democracy. Please convince me that the world media consolidation in one hand is not a threat to democracy.”

    Murdoch: Says “absolutely” that would be the case, but “we are a tiny fraction of the media landscape. There are millions of voices out there and we certainly don’t have any of that sort of monopolistic view. Everything we’ve done in my opinion is to create competition. We’ve started up against other people everywhere. All of our activities are competing with other people and we think that’s a public servcice. We want to give people choices. The more choice there is, the better it is. …[To think the media world is concentrating] is ignoring the facts. It is being fragmented in a milion ways. And I think that’s good. It doesn’t suit my business but… [Laughter]

    2:39: The end.

    Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Michael Leavitt, Margaret Spellings, Col. Gerald Massengill, Tom Ridge, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Gregory, Jon Meacham, Pete Williams.

  • Face the Nation: Sen. Patrick Leahy , Jim and Sarah Brady, and criminal profiler Gregg McCrary.

  • This Week: Newt Gingrich, Sen. Chris Dodd and Jackie Dodd.

  • Fox News Sunday: Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling , GWU Pres. Stephen Trachtenberg, and Sens. Arlen Specter and Chuck Schumer.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Sam Brownback , Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, ex-Clinton counsel Lanny Davis, and a roundtable with CNN’s Bill Schneider and CNN’s Jeanne Meserve.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman of Newsweek; David Brooks, New York Times; Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent; and Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson.