Morning Media Newsfeed 09.06.12
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Bill Clinton Media Reactions: Pundits Praise Former President's DNC Speech, Some Criticize Length (HuffPost)
Media figures gave President Bill Clinton their seals of approval on Wednesday night after he energetically supported President Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's nominee for president of the United States, though some pointed out that he did seem to talk for a long time. CNN For years now, conventions have been carefully organized for television without any real energy or excitement, one of the reasons that so few people are watching them anymore. But Clinton turned the convention into a real conversation about policy, about politics, and about the future. His viewers might not agree with much of what he says, but his speech was still an event of the campaign. Vanity Fair / VF Daily For media members with copies of the prepared remarks, the address was something epic -- a fight between the former president and the TelePrompTer, which, per design, stop rolling text whenever Clinton went off script. Below are the man's top 10 triumphs over machine: Clinton's most daring ad libs -- phrases he inserted completely out of the blue. LA Times / Politics Now Related: It might be a Republican's nightmare: swarms of media, especially mainstream media, descending on a city, outnumbering everyone else and clogging up the lines for coffee. But that's exactly what's happening this week in Charlotte as reporters, editors, photographers, bloggers, gaffers and administrators from Tokyo to Washington are in town to cover the convention.
First Night of DNC Bests RNC in TV Ratings Race (HuffPost / AP)
Michelle Obama has bragging rights over Ann Romney in one early measurement -– television ratings. The Nielsen Co. said about 26.2 million people watched the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., where the first lady was the featured speaker. HuffPost MSNBC president Phil Griffin is a happy man. On Wednesday afternoon, Griffin learned that MSNBC was the top-rated cable network for the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, a first in its 16-year history and a validation of the network's progressive shift in recent years. TVNewser "I think it is a sign that NBC has easily the best political team going, and we are fortunate to have the NBC network and MSNBC as two very strong platforms for them to showcase their work, that is what this shows," said NBC News president Steve Capus, a top producer in the early days of MSNBC. UPI The television audience for the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., was down sharply from four years ago, a poll released Wednesday indicated. The Pew Research Center for People and the Press reported 37 percent of the U.S. public said they watched all or some of the Republican convention on television, down from 56 percent in 2008. Boston Globe / AP Univision can thank the Republicans for a milestone week in the television ratings. Nielsen said the Spanish-language network topped prime-time ratings last week among viewers ages 18 to 49. It was only the fourth time in Univision's history that it achieved that feat and the first time it happened twice in the same year.
Romney to Appear on Meet the Press (NYT / The Caucus)
Mitt Romney will make his first appearance of the campaign season this Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, a move clearly intended to thrust himself back onto the main stage of the presidential campaign after ceding it to President Obama. Politico / Burns & Haberman The Republican presidential nominee has largely steered clear of the Sunday-show circuit this year, with the exception of Fox News and a single late July appearance on CBS' Face the Nation. So Meet the Press could very well be his toughest sustained grilling in months. HuffPost Prior to appearing on Fox News Sunday in December 2011, Romney stayed off the Sunday shows for 20 consecutive months. He last appeared on Meet the Press on December 13, 2009. President Obama has also stayed away from Meet the Press for almost three years.
Ex-Penguin Rep Sues, Says Publisher Discriminated (Yahoo! News / AP)
A longtime spokeswoman for Penguin Group (USA) is suing the publisher, alleging age discrimination and an "orchestrated, coordinated" effort to drive her out. Fifty-six-year-old Marilyn Ducksworth filed papers Wednesday with New York's Supreme Court asking for lost pay and punitive damages. She resigned last week after 27 years with Penguin and says in her lawsuit that older colleagues had been demoted and forced out in favor of younger employees and that she was ostracized after protesting the changes. Authors she has worked with include Betty White, Ken Follett and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz. Publishers Weekly In her complaint, Ducksworth alleges that beginning in mid-2011 Penguin president Susan Petersen Kennedy "began a campaign to marginalize Ducksworth and other older, long-term members of Ducksworth's staff." The complaint charges that a reorganizational plan implemented by Kennedy removed Ducksworth from overseeing corporate communications and from her roles at Putnam and Riverhead which were to be run by Ivan Held and Geoff Kloske, respectively.
Marcus to Succeed Gibson at Random House Children's Books (Publishers Weekly)
After a 30-year career at Random House, the last 10 in which he ran Random House Children's Books division, Chip Gibson is leaving the company. Gibson will be succeeded as president and publisher of the division by children's publishing veteran Barbara Marcus. GalleyCat According to her LinkedIn page, Marcus served as president of Children's Books Publishing and Distribution at Scholastic for two decades. Most recently, Marcus has worked as an advisor for Open Road Media and Penguin.
LinkedIn Adds Facebook-Like Alerts (CNET)
LinkedIn hums along on its promised site redesign, rolling out a notifications stream that may strike a familiar cord with Facebook users. Wired LinkedIn might be the uptight suit of social networks, but it seems it wants some of the casual, after-hours club flair that is Facebook. Witness the news LinkedIn will add notifications, a productivity-undermining feature that lets you know when someone views your profile or "likes" something you've shared. TechCrunch I personally have more notifications than I can handle throughout my day, be it tweets, Facebook messages or emails. If you heavily rely on LinkedIn, you'll be pretty stoked about this though.
Katie Couric Aims to Be Everywoman -- But Oprah (WSJ)
The television icon had just returned to her Park Avenue apartment from Philadelphia, where she had been promoting the new show Katie, syndicated by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, a unit of Walt Disney Co. After 15 years at NBC's Today and five years at The CBS Evening News, Couric is attempting to reinvent herself as the doyenne of daytime. Chicago Now / Soul to Soul Perspective Couric's new talk show debuts next week. Being that Couric is an intelligent, worldly and seemingly positive role model for so many, I must admit that I was hoping for a little something different for her 2012 show.
Kickstarter to Users: Backer Beware (CNN)
The emergence of Kickstarter, the leader in the newish field of online crowd-funding, has been a paradigm-shifting boon for artists and other creators looking for a new way to bankroll projects that might otherwise never have happened. But as the popularity of the site, and others like Indiegogo, increases, users have been asking: What happens when I donate to a project but then the recipient never follows through? KQED / News Fix In a blog post Tuesday that summarizes Kickstarter policies, founders Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler wrote, "we take accountability very seriously at Kickstarter." But the three said that while Kickstarter has taken steps to prevent fraud, it cannot refund money on unfulfilled projects.
Kobo Announces Updated Tablet, New E-Readers (Wired / Gadget Lab)
While Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple battle it out for your eBook dollars, it's easy to forget that Kobo is out there on the front lines and in independent book stores with its tablet and line of e-readers. Ahead of Amazon's Sept. 6 press event, Kobo is pulling out all the stops. Yahoo! News / Reuters Kobo is launching a new tablet device and a more compact e-reader as it seeks to expand its market share and battle with Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc in the ultra-competitive mobile device marketplace.
Trailer for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln to Debut in Times Square Sept. 13 (Broadway World)
Wednesday it was announced that the trailer for Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated film Lincoln will debut at a live broadcast in Times Square in New York City through a Google+ Hangout on Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. PT. SocialTimes According to Mashable, though the concept of a live video chat with filmmakers, stars and fans is no longer new, this the first time that a film trailer has launched in a Google+ Hangout.
Bill Grueskin: News Orgs Want Journalists Who Are Great at a Few Things, Rather Than Good at Many (Nieman Journalism Lab)
In the rush to build up training for digital skills, some journalism schools have asked students to go wide instead of deep, argues the dean of academic affairs of Columbia's j-school.
Playboy Strikes Amazon Exclusive for Interview Collection (Publishers Weekly)
Playboy is releasing a collection of 50 interviews, exclusively through Amazon, called 50 Years of the Playboy Interview.
How Journalists Can Take Advantage of iPhone Photography (Poynter / How To's)
During a live chat, we talked about iPhone photography with Keith Jenkins, who is NPR's supervising senior producer for multimedia, and photographer Richard Koci Hernandez, known for his Instagram photography. They talked about the benefits and drawbacks of iPhone photography, the role that apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram play in journalism, and the related ethical issues.
For Fashion Week, Readers Share Style Inspiration Boards (WSJ / Speakeasy)
What inspires your fashion style? In honor of the start of New York Fashion Week, we asked readers to show us what influences their style by creating Pinterest boards of visual inspirations.
Tor Project Offers a Secure, Anonymous Journalism Toolkit (PBS / Idea Lab)
Going into journalism is a quick way to make a lot of enemies. Authoritarian regimes, corporations with less-than-stellar environmental records, criminal cartels, and other enemies of the public interest can all agree on one thing: Transparency is bad. Action to counter their activities starts with information.