Morning Reading List, 01.08.09


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

Ted Leonsis is a year older today. Sander Vanocur is 81. Charles Osgood is 76. Bob Taft is 67. You will be at work or at home on Inauguration Day. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Laid off from paper yesterday. Spent the afternoon arguing with medical insurance and billing office over a claim as it had become a ‘medical problem’ and now I have to pay for it. Cannot think straight, much less type complete sentences. At least I have a house payment looming to keep me up at night…”

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  • Silicon Alley Insider reports, “AOL Boss Kevin Conroy Bolts For Univision (TWX)”

  • A tipster discovered that James Abels has left Forbes. Check out his out of office message: “Hi. Forbes is going through a reorganization and as a result I’m leaving the company. I can be reached at You can continue to reach my editor, Dan Bigman, at or the media reporter, Lacey Rose, at Thanks so much.”

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  • 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 December 29, 2008 — January 4, 2009. It was a strong week for the newscast as it averaged nearly 9.5 million total viewers”

  • A release announced, “Martha Raddatz, ABC News’ Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, travels this week and next to Afghanistan with a stop in Pakistan to report on news from the region as U.S. troops arrive there as part of the surge brigade. As a journalist embed with the 101st Airborne Division outside Kabul, Ms. Raddatz will talk with troops about the challenges they face in Afghanistan and the foreign policy and military challenges President Elect Obama faces as he enters office later this month. She will be reporting for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms including ‘World News with Charles Gibson,’ ‘Good Morning America,’ and ‘Nightline.'”

  • A PBS release announced, “History will be made on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 when Barack Obama is sworn in as the first African-American President of the United States and PBS will be there to provide complete coverage and analysis of the official inaugural ceremonies. Beginning at 11am ET, Jim Lehrer anchors PBS’ inauguration coverage with The NewsHour’s balanced reporting, as well as political analysis from Mark Shields & David Brooks, and historical context from Peniel Joseph, Ellen Fitzpatrick and Richard Brookhiser. Details from the inaugural planning committee are still forthcoming; however PBS plans to include coverage of Barack Obama’s arrival at the White House, excerpts of the church service and Barack Obama’s speech to the nation from the Capitol steps.”

  • Washingtonian reports, “Luke Russert Wants YOU to Come to His Inaugural Party”

  • reports, “HBO lands rights to inaugural ceremony”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner to Report Loss After $25 Billion Charge”

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  • Multichannel News reports, “MSNBC Bows New Site For Scarborough Show”

  • reports, “Gannett Blog: Gannett launches ‘single monster site’ for 85 newspapers”

  • The Wire reports, “New online memorial chronicles demise of the media”

  • The January Washington Blogger Meetup is Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:00 PM at RFD. To RSVP, click here.

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  • Media Life Magazine tells us, “What this year holds for magazines”

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  • “Air America is proud to announce its very first Senator-elect. Congratulations Al Franken!”

  • reports, “In our yearly forecast from the AAAAs, RAB, TVB, CAB, IAB, NAA, SNTA and OAAA, RBR/TVBR asked major industry organization heads for their 2009 outlook, insights, solutions and ideas.” Check out the results here.

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  • Slate’s John Dickerson looks at “The War on Rhetoric — When politicians declare war on something, it’s not usually a good sign.”

  • B&C reports, “CNN was reporting late Tuesday that Richard Parsons, former chairman of CNN parent Time Warner, may be in line for Commerce Secretary in the Obama administration.”

  • The deadline to enter for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Awards, New America Award and Heroes of the 50 States Award is February 4. Click here for more details.

  • “The bloody fight between Israel and Hamas in Gaza dominated the media narrative last week, shifting attention away from domestic concerns toward foreign hotspots, according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

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  • Slate Group is looking for a Public Relations Manager.

  • Dynamic Trade Association is looking for a Communications Professionals.

  • Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. is looking for a Copy/Layout Editor.

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