Almost Noon Reading List, 08.06.08

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

Today is the birthday of Neil Irwin. (Also: Soleil Moon Frye). Tomorrow? Nick Gillespie. On this day in 1984, Prince released “Purple Rain.” And ten years ago, Monica Lewinsky testified before a grand jury about her relationship with Bill Clinton. Andrea Mitchell says “MSNBC Is Helping Preserve The NBC News Brand.” “Newspapers Could Be Bargains, but Few Are Buying.” Wonkette weighs in on the Milbank/Olbermann dispute. oday’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “We should make if a requirment to be at least 30 to become a reporter. And, you must have worked in regular jobs doing that time.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Debates Announced“): Reader mszeto writes, “No ABC moderator but two from PBS. Could this be a snub as a result of the last ABC debate?” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • James Burnett is not a fan of NBC’s hiring of Luke Russert.

  • A release announced, “‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ online, available at, has experienced tremendous growth since the enhanced website with new video features was introduced in January. According to Nielsen Video Census,* ‘Nightly News’ online topped more than 11 million online streams for the month of June. The revamped ‘NBC Nightly News’ website has seen a 50 percent increase in video streams from January through June 2008 versus the site’s average for the same six-month period last year.”

  • A release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among key demo viewers last week. The ABC program averaged a 1.9/8 and 2.29 million among Adults 25-54, … This marks ‘World News’ best demo delivery in nearly two months (week of June 9, 2008), as well as the eighteenth time this season the broadcast has placed first in this category. Among Total Viewers, ‘World News’ averaged 7.29 million, placing second for the week but winning Monday and Thursday evenings.”

  • How the Cablers Have Covered (or Not Covered) the Edwards Story

  • A 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 July 28, 2008. For the week, ‘Nightly News’ audience grew to 7.459 million total viewers … Season-to-date, the NBC broadcast leads ABC by +252K
    viewers. Versus the same week last season, ‘Nightly’ was up in rating M/A 25-54 by +13/6 percent.”

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  • Did Google Kill Journalism?

  • Online advertising growth slows

  • A release announced, “Past Olympians Gail Devers, Mel Stewart, Bart Connor, Gary Hall and Jenny Thompson, with 20 gold medals among them, will provide on-camera analysis at the Beijing Games while basketball’s Dwyane Wade and Lisa Leslie star in video diaries as The Associated Press showcases the expansion of its international sports coverage with this week’s start of the Olympics. From podcasts in Chinese to blogging in English from the streets of Beijing, AP is offering a wide variety of communicative vehicles to tell the news and sports stories of these Games. Devers, Stewart, Connor, Hall, Thompson, Wade and Leslie are part of the largest contingent in the rich history of AP’s coverage of the modern Olympics, helping to provide more content, on all media platforms, than ever before.”

  • Media: Tweets, Blogs and Leaves”

  • announced that it “expands its mobile offerings, launching popular political blogs ‘The Trail’ and ‘The Fix’ on the Kindle. Readers can now access breaking campaign news and continuous political coverage, in addition to The Washington Post newspaper, on Amazon’s wireless reading device.’s political content is also available on any Web-enabled mobile phone using this link:, including the optimized iPhone Web site. Readers can also subscribe to politics text alerts from by texting 97678.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “You may have followed the ongoing controversy about the Chinese government blocking foreign journalists’ access to certain Internet sites during the Beijing Olympics. Most of the attention has centered on the censoring of the sites of Amnesty International, BBC News and the Falun Gong religious group. Under pressure, the Chinese Communist Party has lifted the bans on Amnesty and BBC News, but one site has continued to be totally blocked:”

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  • Does Murdoch’s ‘Journal’ Have a Woman Problem?

  • County official warns staff about press

  • The 2008 Society of Professional Journalists Convention & National Journalism Conference is in Atlanta, Sept. 4-7. For more info, click here.

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  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for a Reporter, Financial News.

  • USA WEEKEND Magazine is looking for Freelance Copy Editors.

  • The Gazette is looking for a Web editor/designer.

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