Morning Reading List, 01.07.08


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Four year ago, Armstrong Williams was dropped as a syndicated columnist after he came under heat for payments he received. Jann Wenner is 63 today. John Thune is 48. You do not think that EVERY network invite Ann Coulter on to promote her new book. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Yes, this site has greatly influenced my decision to leave journalism. So much so I’ve decided to get an MBA online.”

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  • A tipster tells us that John Dunbar left AP to go back to the Center for Public Integrity.

  • Richard Stengel sent this note to Time Magazine yesterday: “After 13 years at TIME, deputy managing editor Adi Ignatius is moving on to other challenges. Adi has been a wonderful presence at TIME, not only because of his sharp story sense, his encyclopedic knowledge that spanned everything from international affairs to popular culture, but because of his decentness and good humor. I’m not the first managing editor to realize that Adi always had the quickest wit at the morning meeting.”

  • Yesterday, Roll Call welcomed Amanda Temple with this note: “Good morning, Please welcome today GalleryWatch¹s new Senate Floor Editor. Amanda Temple joins the GalleryWatch team after seven months on the assignment desk at ABC News in New York. Amanda monitored breaking news for ABC and also contributed to The Note. Amanda has worked several internships in Washington, including MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews and ABC’s Nightline. Amanda graduated from George Washington University and hails from Orange County, California. As the new Congress and new administration take office, we’ll rely on Amanda to be our eyes and ears on the Senate floor. Amanda replaces Kelsey Lamb, who left in December to join the National Beer Wholesalers Association.”

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  • Think Progress asks, “Does the New York Times think ‘gay’ is a bad word?”

  • The Atlantic asks, “Can America’s paper of record survive the death of newsprint? Can journalism?”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer tells us, “How Newspapers Tried to Invent the Web — But failed.”

  • The New York Post reports, “The New York Times is shopping ad space on its once sacred front page for $75,000 on weekdays and $100,000 on Sundays, according to several ad buyers who asked to remain unnamed.”

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  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning its 45th consecutive quarter for 4Q’08 in total viewers and homes — its best showing since at least 1980. For 4Q’08, the program was No. 1, averaging 4.595 million total viewers”

  • A release announced, “Katie Couric will anchor THE INAUGURATION OF THE 44TH PRESIDENT, CBS News’ live, comprehensive broadcast and online coverage of Inauguration Day, on Tuesday, January 20 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM, ET), which includes coverage of all ceremonies that day, as well as key interviews and analysis from the CBS News Inauguration Team. Couric will also anchor a live, one-hour primetime special, CHANGE AND CHALLENGE: THE INAUGURATION OF BARACK OBAMA (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and a live Webcast on and at 10:00 PM, ET. Joining Couric in Washington, D.C. will be Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, Senior Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Chip Reid, CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes and CBS News Correspondents Sharyl Attkisson, Jim Axelrod, Jeff Glor, Russ Mitchell, Bob Orr, Byron Pitts and Bill Plante. EARLY SHOW Anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez will contribute to the special coverage. CBS News Political Analysts Dan Bartlett and Dee Dee Myers, CBS News Historian Doug Brinkley and CBS News special contributor Peggy Noonan will contribute from Washington, D.C.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer asks, “Who Got the Most Airtime in ’08?”

  • reports, “Broadcast Networks Face Identity Crisis”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reports, “Bret Baier, who took over Fox’s Washington newscast last night, dutifully declares that he will gradually put his own ‘stamp’ on the program. Yet in praising the decade-old show that Brit Hume built from scratch — with its heavy focus on politics and punditry — Baier doesn’t sound like a man with an agenda. ‘Why change the thing that has worked so well?’ he asks.”

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  • In response to Monday’s post — “Does Matt Labash Have The Best Job In Journalism?” — a reader tells us that Reader’s Digest “made a serious play for Labash back in 1998.”

  • ClickZ reports, “Google Grabbed Most of Obama’s $16 Million in 2008”

  • Slate announced, “Every four years, the president takes the stage after being sworn into office to address the American people. What do you think President-Elect Obama should say this time around? On this site, you can write, edit & remix each other’s words — along with those of the past years’ presidents — to create an inaugural that reflects your collective viewpoint. The top-rated version at the end will be published on inauguration day at!”

  • Check out WebNewser, the newest member of the Mediabistro family of blogs. And keep an eye out for MediaJobsDaily which is launching later this month.

  • The Atlantic reports, “How geeks are opening up government on the Web”

  • CQ announced “the launch of three new mobile-friendly services: CQ Today, CQ Schedules and CQ Member Profiles. … CQ Today, CQ Schedules and CQ Member Profiles are optimized for Web-enabled mobile devices. Whether you use a BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm Treo or other device, you can now access a wealth of Capitol Hill intelligence on your handheld. Our new mobile-optimized services enable you to retrieve breaking news from CQ Today; listings of hearings, markups and other important events from CQ Schedules; and member photos, background and contact information, and committee assignments from CQ Member Profiles.”

  • Going Out Gurus announced, “As if getting to meet and hang out with the Gurus wasn’t enough incentive to get you to stop by Bourbon this Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. for the first Going Out Guide Happy Hour there’s also this — we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Thievery Corporation at the 9:30 club on Jan. 30. Now you might be saying, ‘Jan. 30? I thought Thievery was only playing Jan. 27-29?’ Well, here’s a little bit of breaking news — there will be two additional shows on Jan. 30 and 31. And you can get a pair of tickets to the Jan. 30 show before they go on sale, before they immediately sell out, before someone tries to charge $100 for a ticket on Craigslist.”

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  • A release announced, “NPR is moving the accessible media industry forward by introducing Captioned, Braille, and Blackboard Radios, as well as a new Radio Reading Service receiver, to electronics manufacturers. The new technologies come after years of extensive research by NPR Labs, America’s only not for profit broadcast technology research and development center. NPR Labs is seeking partnerships with manufacturers to develop the receivers that would serve millions of deaf, hard of hearing and blind people worldwide, as well as people who are located in remote communities needing access to schools. NPR plans to award funds for research and development prototyping that would bring these cutting edge radios into production and into the hands of the consumers within two to five years.”

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  • A release announced, “‘The American President,’ a compelling new Associated Press photojournalism exhibit was unveiled in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center Gallery, and will run through the presidential inauguration period until January 23, 2009. The exhibit boasts more than 80 images captured by Associated Press photographers of former American presidents — at war and at ease, in victory and in defeat, confronting national crisis and facing personal scandals, running for office and leading the country on the world stage.”

  • A release announced, “Chris Albers and Tom Fontana have been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America, East’s (WGAE) Richard B. Jablow Award for devoted service to the Guild. The award was created in honor of Richard B. Jablow, who helped found the WGAE, authored its constitution, and served as its first counsel. Albers and Fontana will receive their awards at the 61st Annual Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at New York City’s Hudson Theatre.”

  • FishbowlLA’s Tina Dupuy reports, “First there was a movement, now there’s a shirt.” Check it out here.

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  • Crisis Magazine is seeking a Temporary Factchecker.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Publisher of Double X.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Web Designer.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, Michael Calderone, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day