Morning Reading List, 01.09.09


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Birthdays: Seth Thomas Pietras (30!). Sam Arora. Jimmy Page is 65. Two years ago, the iPhone debuted. Richard Nixon would have been 95 today. Big Hollywood: Sarah Palin takes on journos. Rob Tornoe is doing weekly media cartoons for E&P. Obama teams up with Spiderman. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that the weekly paper I work for that gives readers local news coverage they won’t be able to get anywhere else is being shelved to help pay off debts made by the corporate office.”

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  • A release announced, “George Washington University President Steven Knapp today announced the selection of Lorraine Voles, B.A. ’81, as GW’s new vice president of external relations. Voles most recently served as senior vice president of communication and marketing services for Fannie Mae and has more than 25 years of leadership experience in corporate and political communications including positions with President Bill Clinton, Vice President Albert Gore, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Douglas Frantz, a former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, has been chosen to be chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as it reorganizes under its new chairman, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.).”

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  • OJR reports, “Washington Post needs to do some structural work on its shaky new strategy”

  • Survey: Reporters dropped ball covering meltdown

  • The Washington Post reports, “William R. Glendon, 89, who successfully defended The Washington Post before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Pentagon Papers case, which is renowned in constitutional and journalism history, died Dec. 25 at a hospital in White Plains, N.Y. He lived in Scarsdale, N.Y.”

  • Media Bloodhound reports, “During Monday’s State Department press briefing, Associated Press State Department Correspondent Matthew Lee posed the most pointed question about the conflict in Gaza and the Bush administration’s position: ‘What’s wrong with an immediate cease-fire that doesn’t have to be sustainable and durable if, during the pause that you get from an immediate cease-fire, something longer-term can be negotiated?’ Lee didn’t tread lightly either when Deputy Secretary of State Sean McCormack failed to provide a sufficient answer and continued to challenge McCormack on the same point in Tuesday’s press briefing. Yet a funny thing happened on the way to print: the substance of these exchanges never made it into Lee’s corresponding articles.”

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  • A release announced, “TV One will offer 24 hours of programming devoted to the Inauguration of America’s first African-American President, and the activities surrounding this historic occasion. Inauguration Day programming begins Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 7 AM (all times ET), with a special episode of The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors that pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and President-elect Obama, followed from 8-9 AM by In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview, the interview TV One Commentator Editor Roland Martin conducted for TV One with the incoming First Lady as a precursor to the Democratic National Convention in August. At 9 AM, TV One will air one of its two, original hour-long documentaries about the President-elect: Believe: The Barack Obama Story, hosted by Roland Martin.”

  • An ABC release announced, “On Tuesday, January 20th Television Network will provide more coverage of the Presidential Inauguration than any other broadcast network. ABC News live coverage will begin at 7am ET/4AM PT with a special three-hour edition of ‘Good Morning America’ anchored by Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. At 10am ET/7am PT Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage of Barack Obama’s Inauguration. Broadcast from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, coverage will include all events from the swearing-in ceremony and Obama’s Inaugural Address to the Inaugural Parade, as well reaction from around the nation and the world to this historic event.”

  • A NBC event announced, “The networks of NBC Universal — NBC, MSNBC, CNBC,, Telemundo, NBC Mobile and NBC News Radio — will present extensive coverage of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. NBC News’ Brian Williams will anchor the network’s live, wide-ranging coverage of the Inauguration, including the parade, all ceremonies and activity throughout our nation’s capital as history is made. Williams will lead the team of NBC News’ extensive lineup of anchors and correspondents, along with NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw and ‘Weekend Today’ and ‘Weekend Nightly News’ anchor Lester Holt.”

  • A CNN release announced, “Building upon the network’s record-breaking coverage of the presidential campaign and election, CNN will provide a front row seat for viewers worldwide with live coverage leading up to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20, including the swearing-in ceremony and the inauguration parade. As part of live and in-depth coverage for The Inauguration of Barack Obama, members of the Best Political Team on Television will fan out across the nation’s capital on Inauguration Day to cover every angle of Obama’s official first day in office. CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper guide coverage of the events from the rooftop of the Newseum, a key vantage point along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route.”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Last month, CNN announced that correspondent John King would take over the programming hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday mornings, beginning January 18. But when King spoke to Politico at the time about his ‘marathon’ show, it still didn’t have a name. But according to a CNN source, there is one now: ‘State of the Union’ with John King.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media suggests, “Dear NBC News: Grow a Backbone.”

  • reports, “ABC cuts back in Iraq, relies more on BBC”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN’s chief business correspondent Ali Velshi has gone multiplatform on a personal assignment to help his viewers keep afloat amid the current financial crisis. … has offered created a special section at where users can take quizzes about their financial state, read excerpts from Velshi’s new book and watch video related to the current crisis.”

  • The Reliable Source reports, “Separated: New NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie and husband, Al-Jazeera producer Mark Orchard, after three years of marriage, say sources close to the couple. The journalists met covering the 2005 Michael Jackson trial, she for Court TV, he for the BBC.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “MSNBC Reporters Spat: ‘Let Me Finish'”

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  • USA Today’s Technology Live reports, “CNN and Facebook want to turn Inauguration Day into a real-time social-networking event via Live, the news channel’s multi-stream live video service. On Tuesday, Jan. 20, folks who use Live to watch Barack Obama get sworn in as the nation’s president can update their Facebook status right from the Live player, where they will also be able to see status updates from their friends and other Facebook users, CNN says”

  • US News launches Stimulus Watch. Check it out here.

  • Check out USA Today’s new blog, The Oval.

  • Join Len Downie for his online chat next Monday about his novel and more. Submit questions here.

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  • The New York Observer reports, “It takes more time in magazine land to hear about its results off the newsstand, but The New Yorker’s post-election edition — the cover with the distinguished and solemn Bob Staake illustration named ‘Reflection’ with a glowing, moon-like ‘O’ rising over the Lincoln Memorial — was a historic edition for the magazine as well. The magazine sold 84,000 copies off the newsstand, the second best issue in the Remnick era, and the third biggest issue since 1996, according to the magazine’s spokeswoman.”

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  • According to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, “News reports last week about the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas competed for public attention with stories about the U.S. financial crisis and the Obama presidential transition. Roughly three-in-ten (28%) paid very close attention to news about renewed fighting in the Gaza Strip, while 18% say this was the single news story they followed most closely. Still, in a week in which the media devoted more newshole to Middle East coverage than any other story, Americans remained most focused on the continuing economic crisis.”

  • CJR reports, “Government Transparency Takes a Hit — Agencies’ midnight rule changes may make it harder for FOIA requestors to get information”

  • The Caucus looks at “Obama’s Media Cabinet”

  • “On Saturday, January 24th 2009, there will be an all day news media meetup in the Washington DC area. The theme is innovation: creating better ways to deliver news. It’s a chance for journalists, news org techies, bloggers, citizen journalists, editors, publishers, and everyone in between to get together and share our best ideas and strategies, and to talk about practical, common solutions to the problems we’re facing. The event will be free and is open to everyone who is interested. The only requirement is that everyone should come prepared to participate.” For more info, click here.

  • The deadline for The Michael Kelly Award is Feb. 2. Click here for more details.

  • NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard asks, “Blagojevich: Has the Media Found Him Guilty?”

  • The New York Observer introduces “The Media Mensches, 2009”

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “Maureen Dowd’s February, 2007 column in which Hollywood mogul David Geffen flayed Hillary Clinton was an early sign of the campaign to come. And with the close of the cycle on January 20, she’ll be hosting Geffen at her Inauguration party.”

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  • is looking for a Washington, D.C. Media Blogger.

  • The National Association of Realtors is looking for a Community and Political Affairs Communications Rep.

  • The Center for Independent Media is looking for an Online News Editor.

  • FDAnews is looking for a Reporter.

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