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Weekly Standard Sold To Clarity Media Group, Examiner‘s Owner

In a move that was speculated about on this blog and others, Clarity Media Group, which also owns the Washington Examiner, has officially aquired The Weekly Standard.

This move was announced in a press release today by Clarity Media Group CEO Ryan McKibben. Weekly Standard editor William Kristol issued the following statement:

“I want to express my personal gratitude, and that of my colleagues, to Rupert Murdoch. His generous support and (if I may use the term) liberal disposition have made whatever we’ve accomplished possible.

We at the Weekly Standard are truly pleased to be joining forces with Clarity Media Group. We’re very much looking forward to working with them to produce an even better magazine with a stronger web presence and even larger readership. First-rate owners are hard to come by. We’ve had one. We’re getting another.”

McKibben also said: “We have the highest regard for the editors and staff of The Weekly Standard, particularly founder William Kristol and executive editor Fred Barnes. The Weekly Standard’s content deals with the most critical public policy issues of our time, in an intelligent and compelling way.”

>>UPDATE: FBDC also hears McKibben visited the Weekly Standard‘s office today.

Morning Reading List 06.015.09

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Happy Birthday to Dana Bash! Former Fishbowler Patrick Gavin is filling in for Politico‘s media blogger Michael Calderone this week- don’t read! What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The AP announced at the IRE Conference in Baltimore this weekend plans to distribute watchdog and investigative journalism from nonprofit organizations to its 1,500 member newspapers. More details in this press release.

Potential buyers of the Boston Globe are emerging.

Related- NYT‘s David Carr: What Price Would You Put On The Boston Globe?

TV

From The Daily Beast- the 7 Best Moment From Sunday Talk.

NYT‘s Maureen Dowd takes a look at the new look of TV, high definition. MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell: “But people like authenticity. And if it means they see more of my wrinkles and freckles, and where I tried to wipe clean where my kid spit up on my shoulder, so be it.” CBS’ Bill Plante: “You go in knowing every mole and random facial hair will be visible to somebody watching closely.”

FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace is featured in a Q&A with the Boston Globe‘s Doug Most. He talks about why he’s a registered Democrat (because he lives in D.C.), his favorite TV show (“24″) and his most memorable interview (this one). More at TVNewser.

HLN anchor Robin Meade and former President George H.W. Bush were skydive partners Friday in Maine. They celebrated his birthday and also sat down for a lengthy interview, with questions on the economy Judge Sonia Sotomayor and his son’s legacy. TVNewser has the highlights here.

Is MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough the new face of the Republican Party? Christopher Buckley explores that idea on The Daily Beast.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will sit down with UNHCR ambassador Angelina Jolie and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for interviews to air on World Refugee Day June 18th.

ONLINE

Why are Twitter-ers annoyed with CNN? WebNewser has the answer.

“Twitter is the teeny bopperification of America, the dumbification of America.” That was CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel, debating CNN’s Rick Sanchez yesterday also on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz.

More from Kurtz in today’s WaPo: “Twitter users are exchanging more than just 140-character bursts of blather about their daily lives: They are guiding their friends and followers to the latest news, information, gossip, snark, and a pulsating, real-time debate. Old-style news outlets would kill for that sense of belonging.”

HuffPost’s Nico Pitney has been liveblogging about the situation in Iran, with the latest pics and video. Read in here.

MAGAZINES

From NYT, Conservative Magazines: Their Vision Isn’t G.O.P’s. “At The Weekly Standard, the point is “to air our views,” said Fred Barnes, executive editor of this newsy, inside-the-Beltway magazine. “A lot of people want to write for us about the future of the Republican Party. We’re not that interested in that. We’re not that interested in the future of Republicans or conservatives. We’re interested in Obama.’”

NEWS NOTES

In light of Laura Ling and Euna Lee‘s situation in North Korea, NYT‘s Brian Stelter takes a look at the new dangers facing today’s journalists.

Why did White House senior advisor David Axelrod leave journalism? In a commencement speech at DePaul University near Chicago, he said of his start in media, “Journalists heped save the republic, and I wanted to be a part of that. But, over time, things changed. By the mid-1980s, journalism was becoming more business than calling. The front office began to take over the newsroom. The emphasis went from veracity to velocity, from reporting to receipts.” (h/t Chicago Sun Times)

WEST WING REPORTAGE

NYT‘s Frank Rich: “The Obama Haters’ Silent Enablers.”

Politico’s Calderone: “Obama, W.H. woo the Gray Lady.”

AP: Another Obama relative has a book deal. A memoir by George Obama, the president’s half brother and a resident of Huruma, Kenya, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2010. George Obama, 27, shares the same father with his famous, older half sibling.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, HuffPost Media

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End of the Road for Beltway Boys?

Washington Whispers reports that Fox News’ The Beltway Boys with Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke is going off the air and no replacement has yet been named. “Those in the know say that Barnes and Kondracke remain hot properties within the Fox family and will stay on to discuss political issues during special broadcasts and Bret Baier’s nightly Special Report,” the blog says.

Morning Reading List 03.13.09

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Its day 53 covering the Obama administration and week six for us. It’s also Friday the 13th- for the second time this year. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWPAPERS

Slate has an audio recording guide on how to pronounce the last name of Ross Douthat, the new Bill Kristol at the NYT, announced just this week. (h/t FishbowlNY)

Mark your calendars- The 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game will be June 17th at Nationals Park.

TV

You’ll see this everywhere today… Jon Stewart ripped CNBC’s Jim Cramer on last night’s Daily Show. You can read about it here, watch it here and check out TVNewser’s live blogging of the show here.

On MSNBC Wednesday, Andrea Mitchell agreed with Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) that the media is partially to blame for President Obama’s staffing difficulties by pleading guilty to “gotcha journalism.” “You’re right, and we plead guilty because this culture right now of gotcha has gotten completely out of control,” Mitchell said. Check out the clip here on HuffPost.

Andrea’s interview with Frank earned her the label of “butt boy” from Rush Limbaugh Thursday, reports HuffPost. Listen to that clip here.

In memoriam, from DCRTV: Dr. Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr., one of the last important figures from the old DuMont television network, has died at the age of 99. DC’s Channel 5/ WTTG, once part of the DuMont network, is named from Goldsmith’s initials. He was the chief of research for DuMont. Over the years, WTTG was owned by Metromedia and later Fox. The call letters were never changed.

RADIO

Poynter has the memo from NPR cancelling newspaper subscriptions.

WTOP’s Mark Plotkin is staying on top of the taxation without representation issue for us here in DC, from the Reliable Source.

ONLINE

JSchools need to teach online journalism.

MAGAZINES

From NYPost: Jim Kelly, editor of Time in its last glory days, is about to step down from his post as Time Inc. managing editor, ending a 30-year career with the company, Media Ink has learned.

In other news at Time, Joel Stein explores the possibility of product placement in pieces.

The Atlantic is launching a food channel.

NEWS NOTES

In keeping with the times, the Newseum has opened a “digital news revolution” exhibit, exploring the “next generation of news gathering and dissemination and what effect the changes may have on journalists and the news industry.”

EVENTS

From Politico’s Shenanigans: Washington’s conservative A-listers headed to the Washington Hilton on Wednesday night for the American Enterprise Institute’s annual gala. Karl Rove, Tucker Carlson, Byron York, Alberto Gonzales, Newt Gingrich, David Frum, Fred Barnes, John Bolton, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Grover Norquist, Richard Perle, Justice Antonin Scalia and Paul Wolfowitz (based on the seating chart). Plus former Vice President Dick Cheney.

FBDC’S PICK

From the Daily Beast, excerpts from the Female Force comic book series, starring Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama (in pantsuits, not spandex).

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

Morning Reading List, 01.26.09

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Morning Reading List, 01.13.09

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Morning Reading List, 09.25.08

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, CNBC’s John Harwood, CNBC’s Steve Liesman and Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein.

  • Face The Nation: Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman, House Financial Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), Secretary of Treasury, Henry Paulson and a roundtable with Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The “Power Player” is American Red Cross chair Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.

  • This Week: U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. John Boehner and a roundtable with ABC News’ Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, George Will and ABC News consultant Donna Brazile.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post; Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times reporter; Richard Stengel, editor, Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell, MSNBC chief Washington correspondent.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: James Ledbetter of TheBigMoney.com, Washingtonpost.com’s Travis Fox speaks with The Post’s Bart Gellman about his new book, “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” and Norman J. Ornstein from the American Enterprise Institute.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Erin Billings, Roll Call and Elizabeth Brotherton, Roll Call.

  • Reliable Sources: New York Times’ Paul Krugman, talk radio show host Michael Medved, Time’s Karen Tumulty, CNN’s Ali Velshi, Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and CNN’s Frank Sesno.

  • Late Edition: McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, CNN’s Gloria Borger, CNN’s Ed Henry, CNN’s Bill Schneider, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez and Democratic strategist James Carville.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank.

  • GPS: Former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank (D-MA), author Niall Ferguson, RiverTwice Research president Zachary Karabell, Financial Times’ Martin Wolf and Israeli investigative reporter Ronen Bergman.

    Note: FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a one hour special entitled, “Joe Biden: A Personal Look” on Saturday September 20th at 9PM ET. Hosted by Greta Van Susteren, this special will feature a personal look at Biden’s life with exclusive interviews from his colleagues and friends.

  • Rush On Journo Candidates

    From Rush Limbaugh’s Wednesday show:

      RUSH: In fact, it looks to me like Fred Barnes’ candidate, Rudy Giuliani, has now dropped out. It looks like David Brooks’ candidate, Mike Huckabee, has no traction — he hasn’t won anything since Iowa — and he needs to get out. Tom Brokaw’s candidate, Hillary Clinton, she’s in deep trouble going into Super Tuesday. The race card didn’t work. She needs the “firewall” of the Latino vote. But Tom Brokaw’s candidate is floundering. Tim Russert’s candidate, Barack Obama, seems to be doing better than expected. Good for you, Tim. I’m proud of you. Olbermann’s candidate, Kucinich, is now gone. He’s back in Ohio, trying to keep his seat against a primary challenger. Mort Kondracke’s candidate, Ron Paul, gets weirder by the minute. (boos) Thank you. And I want to stress once again, ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you for your support, and I want to assure you that I cannot — and I will not — leave the Golden EIB Microphone. (applause) I will not retire. I will not concede. (cheers and applause) I will not drift away! I will not fade away, until every American agrees with me.

    Morning Reading List, 01.18.08

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    Good morning Washington. Today in D.C. history, Marion Barry said “bitch set me up.”

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  • You think Ben Bradlee could take Robert Novak in a street fight.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “The Washington Post Co. has appointed the chief executive of Xerox Corp. to its board of directors. Ann Mulcahy, who has received national attention for turning around Xerox since she took the helm in 2001, will take the 11th post on the board of the D.C.-based company.”

  • Today is Jeff Marn’s last day at Foreign Policy magazine. He is joining the Washington, DC office of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

  • Radar reports that Susan Estrich, ” the Harvard law professor who managed Michael Dukakis’s 1988 presidential bid straight into the ground’, is becoming chief of counsel to L.A.-based business-litigation firm Quinn Emanuel.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Check out E&P’s “Monthly Top 30 Most Popular Newspaper Sites

  • The Dirksen Congressional Center annonced, “The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. A total of up to $30,000 will be available in 2008. Awards range from a few hundred dollars to $3,500. The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research.” All proposals must be received no later than February 1, 2008.

  • Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, the author of The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy, is the guest of a brown bag lunch discussion held by the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 22nd 2008 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Sign up here.

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “There has been no shortage of drama in either party’s early presidential primaries, but in the public’s view the Democratic contest has been far more compelling. Four-in-ten Americans (40%) say they find the Democratic primary race very interesting, nearly double the proportion describing the Republican race as very interesting (21%).”

  • The AP reports, “The state of New Hampshire is getting out of the business of issuing identification cards to members of the news media. The man who handled the chore — Jim Van Dongen of the state Department of Safety — says the decision is based on the proliferation of online and specialty news outlets and technology that allows just about anyone to call himself a journalist. Van Dongen says that put him and his bosses in the uncomfortable position of issuing cards to all comers or having to decide who is a legitimate journalist. News organizations now will have to issue their own identification cards for events that require them.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “How much should a company’s culture reflect its chief executive, especially one who prides himself on being a blunt and innovative — some might say abrasive — businessman? If you’re new Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell, the answer seems to be: A lot. At least that was the feeling workers got Wednesday with the distribution of a new employee handbook, a document that’s nothing like the mind-numbing, lawyered gobbledygook in most corporate manuals.”

  • Daniel Finkelstein writes “an open letter to readers of The New York Times” saying, “I understand that your newspaper of choice has asked William Kristol, the conservative commentator, to provide an opinion column for the paper. Since I am the op-ed editor of what you Americans call The Times of London, I have followed the controversy that the appointment has caused with great interest. And with my mouth wide open.”

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    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “ABCNEWS.com achieved record-high unique visitors in December 2007. The site had 16.9 million uniques, an increase of 53% compared with the same time last year, according to ABC=92s measurements. The site also garnered 153
    million page views, up 24% from the previous year”

  • FNS:The Most Quoted Show, Again

  • 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, January 13, 2008. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.714 million total viewers”

  • A CNN release announced, “As the nation honors the 79th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 21, CNN delves deep into race and politics as it broadcasts the latest Democratic presidential primary debate from Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a live Anderson Cooper 360º special about the influence of race upon politics in America. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m, CNN will host the two-hour debate with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, live from the Palace Theater. CNN’s lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will serve as moderator for the debate, and CNN correspondents Joe Johns and Suzanne Malveaux will serve as panelists questioning the candidates.”

  • FOX News Channel announced, “FOX News Channel (FNC) will provide live coverage of the Nevada Caucus and South Carolina Republican Primary on Saturday January 19, 2008. Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief, Brian Wilson, will host a special Nevada Caucus edition of Weekend Live from 3-5 PM ET. Managing Editor Brit Hume, will anchor You Decide 2008 South Carolina Republican Primary coverage from 6:30-9 PM. A special edition of Hannity & Colmes will follow. FNC’s daytime and primetime coverage will include reports from a team of anchors including Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum. FNC correspondents will be reporting live from both states, including Major Garrett, Steve Brown and Anita Vogel in Nevada, and Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron, Wendell Goler and Molly Henneberg in South Carolina. Overall analysis will be provided by The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes, National Public Radio’s Juan Williams; Roll Call’s Mort Kondracke; The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and U.S. News & World Report’s Michael Barone.”

  • A CNN release announced, “On Saturday, Jan. 19, you can watch CNN’s live coverage of the Nevada caucuses from noon-3 p.m.* Later that evening from 7:00-10:00 p.m., the Best Political Team on Television will return with results from the South Carolina Republican primary. On Monday, Jan. 21, the CNN/Congressional Black Caucus Institute Democratic primary debate will air live from 8:00-10:00 p.m. out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Wolf Blitzer moderates; CNN correspondent Joe Johns and White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux serve as panelists. Anderson Cooper will follow the program with post-debate analysis, and then at 11 p.m., he and Soledad O’Brien will present a new special on race and politics. And, don’t forget, throughout this weekend and every weekend until Super Tuesday, you can watch the candidates uninterrupted and unmediated during Ballot Bowl! Ballot Bowl brings you the candidates’ significant live events in their entirety rather than in sound bite form. Here’s the schedule: Saturday: 3:00-6:00 p.m. (immediately following the Nevada caucuses coverage) Sunday: 1:00-3:00 p.m. AND 4:00-6:00 p.m.”

  • AJR reports, “The media’s addiction to polls and to predicting the future is obviously not new. Critics have railed against it for years. The compulsion to be ahead of the game even caused the television networks to make the wrong call on the 2000 presidential election. You’d think that humiliation was so huge that it would serve as a cautionary whale (hat tip to ‘Juno’ for that great line) as well as a cautionary tale for the political punditocracy. But no.”

  • Yesterday, “CREW and Media Matters for America sent a letter to CNN’s U.S. President Jonathan Klein, asking that former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed, a proven liar with a deep bias against one of the major Republican candidates, no longer be afforded the opportunity to be a part of CNN’s self-proclaimed “best political team on television.’ Most recently, Reed provided commentary as a ‘Republican strategist’ during the New Hampshire presidential primary.”

  • Media Biz reports, “Are we in a recession or not? Well, investors in the big five media conglomerates seem to think so. Shares of my parent company Time Warner (TWX) are down nearly 5 percent. And it’s not alone. News Corp. (NWS) has fallen 7 percent this year. Walt Disney (DIS) is down nearly 8 percent in 2008. Viacom (VIAB) has shed 9 percent of its value while its former corporate sibling CBS (CBS) has plummeted 14 percent. CBS, Time Warner, Disney and News Corp. are all trading near 52-week lows, and each stock is down between 15 percent and 20 percent for the past three months. Viacom, 2007′s best-performing media stock, has held up slightly better over the past few months thanks to a rebound in ratings at the company’s cable networks, as well as strong box office performance from its Paramount and DreamWorks movie studios. Viacom’s stock is about 20 percent above its 52-week low.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN Correspondent Zain Verjee was hit in the back by a tear-gas canister while covering the protests in Kenya yesterday. Verjee was fired on by Kenyan police, in what she called an ‘unprovoked’ attack.”

  • Jon Stewart took MSNBC and the entire media to task last night on A Daily Show for their focus on, ‘America’s favorite fight starter: Race!’” For more, click here.

  • TVNewser reports, “As part of day-long coverage related to issues of race in America, CNN will present a Democratic candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, SC this Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day. So far three candidates have met the criteria to attend: Sen. Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama. A CNN insider tells TVNewser, ‘it still remains possible’ for Rep. Dennis Kucinich to meet the criteria of having 5% support in national polls.”

  • A tipster writes in, “Will the media matters campaign against Chris Matthews yield anything? Yes. A spike in ratings among the media. Let’s just admit it. HRC is never going to receive fair, objective coverage. There’s just too much history. Matthews is just more honest about it than others. We should give him an award.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Tech Crunch reports, “Social travel site WAYN is allegedly in talks with AOL over a possible $200m sale to the consumer portal giant. A spokesperson for the UK startup denied that any sale talks are taking place.”

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “It’s good to see Upton Sinclair back in the news again amid the raves (which I don’t quite share) for the new film ‘There Will Be Blood,’ very loosely based on his 1927 novel ‘Oil!’ Even though Sinclair earned a nod in many of the articles and reviews of the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, few have commented on the original source material.”

  • The Boston Phoenix’s Steven Stark writes, “If the surprise results in New Hampshire had an unanticipated benefit, it is this: they exposed the myth, once and for all, that the Internet has made political reporting and analysis far better than it once was. Alas, the opposite is true.”

  • Media Shift’s Mark Glasser asks, “Major media sites have started to get the religion of audience participation, but there’s been one big hitch: How do you harness the audience’s knowledge and participation without the forums devolving into a messy online brawl that requires time-intensive moderation?”

  • Chris Mooney writes, “As a journalist and especially as a blogger, I sure picked a hell of a time to move to Los Angeles. No sooner did I settle here late last fall than my fellow writers in the film and television industries went on strike. I’ve never done their kind of writing in a professional capacity, but the more I’ve engaged with the issues at the center of the current dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the more I’m convinced that bloggers could soon find themselves making similar complaints against their own employers.”

  • Don Wycliff writes, “I don’t know whether YouTube.com is considered part of the ‘news media’ yet, but in the midst of the Obama-Clinton hoo-hah of the last several days the popular video Web site has performed perhaps the most basic and indispensable function of journalism: to serve, in the words of journalism educators Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman, as the ‘custodian of fact.’”

  • InternetNews.com reports, “Call it a photo finish. A split decision. Too close to call: The leading online tracking firms are split over which Web property garners the most traffic. According to comScore, Yahoo — perennially ranked as the most visited destination on the Web — held onto its lead in December, staving off surging Google for at least another month.”

  • Journalism.co.uk reports, “The editor of The Sun newspaper told a Lords’ Committee the internet edition can’t yet replicate the economic operations of the newspaper.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Google’s expanding lobbying operation scored two significant victories last year: It convinced federal regulators to approve its $3.1-billion purchase of online ad company DoubleClick Inc., and to partially open new wireless airwaves so the company could more easily make its products available on them. Though D.C. veterans say Google has a long way to go before its lobbying clout matches its market valuation, the company is no longer viewed as a wide-eyed Washington freshman.”

  • Business Courier reports, “A social networking Web site that will focus on the 2008 elections was launched Wednesday by E.W. Scripps Co. RedBlueAmerica will serve as a free public forum for user-generated content, including blogs, personal profiles and videos, Scripps said in a news release. It will also offer political news, e-mail service for subscribers, a daily public opinion poll and a feature called ‘Truth or Not’ that will examine ‘the veracity of factual claims made by high-profile newsmakers and others,’ according to the release.”

  • MediaShift reports, “Major media sites have started to get the religion of audience participation, but there’s been one big hitch: How do you harness the audience’s knowledge and participation without the forums devolving into a messy online brawl that requires time-intensive moderation?”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Howard Mortman writes in the Weekly Standard, “Here’s an odd little Hillary Clinton proposal: She wants a government blogging team. At first blush, the idea could cut either way–nutty or silly. We might even call it ridiculous, if we weren’t busy laughing at it.”

  • Alex Kingsbury, associate editor for U.S.News & World Report, was featured Tuesday night on NBC Nightly News as part of a story about gender bias in college admissions, which cited a U.S. News June 2007 special report ‘Admittedly Unequal.’”

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    BOOKS

  • The Patriot Ledger reports that Roy Harris Jr., “a former Wall Street Journal reporter and now an editor at CFO magazine” wrote “Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism,” released yesterday, “is the first comprehensive chronicling of the human dramas, large and small, behind the coveted award.”

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    JOBS

  • Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a Technology Writer.

  • The Map Network, a NAVTEQ Company is looking for a Advertising Sales Executive, DC.

  • Platts is looking for a Senior Writer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Associate Producer, Social Media.

  • The Daily Progress is looking for a Public safety reporter.

  • AARP is looking for a Deputy Editor.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for an Online Coordinator.

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education is looking for a Magazine Editor.

  • Defense Daily is looking for a Reporter.

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