Morning Reading List, 01.12.09


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Birthdays over the weekend: Caroline Newman. Mara Gassman. John Clarke, Jr. Vaughn Ververs. Catherine Andrews. Jim Hightower. Today: Doug Thornell. Forty years ago: Led Zeppelin’s self-titled first album was released. Rush Limbaugh is 58. Jeff Bezos is 45. Howard Stern is 55. Joe Frazier is 65. Christiane Amanpour is 51.
A year ago this weekend, Fishbowl passed the 10,000 post mark and the White House Blog was born. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “i’m angry that with thirty years of broadcast experience on regional and national levels you still can’t teach at university without going back to school to get a master’s degree.”

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  • This week’s classes include Copy Editing Essentials, Intro to Travel Writing and Food Writing Boot Camp.


  • Marilyn Geewax has moved from the Cox Washington bureau to NPR.

  • FishbowlNY’s Hunter Walker reports, “Will Tacy Named Editorial Director”

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  • Gawker reports, “NYT Launches World’s Least Heated Argument”

  • Trent Seibert asks, “Newspapers Broke My Heart. Will Citizen Journalism Heal It?”

  • Jeff Toobin Predicts the Next Supreme Court

  • The Enlightened Redneck says, “Dan Froomkin Should Be Ashamed”

  • Washington City Paper reports, “WaPo Editor to Troops: Don’t Cheer for Obama”

  • Washington City Paper reports, “The following memo went out this afternoon to employees at the Washington Post. For a long time, Posties have been relatively immune from long-winded memos filled with corporatespeak. Now they get this, complete with a mandate to read every word.”

  • Regarding this, a reader says, “Birnbaum is right and has nothing to apologize for. Before Solomon, the Washington Times read like a Republican National Committee house organ. Solomon and Birnbaum have made it a real newspaper.”

  • Maureen Dowd makes David Denby’s Snark Hall of Fame.

  • Rocky Mountain News’ Dave Kopel looks at “ProPublica’s shaky facts”

  • Reason reports, “What’s black and white and red all over? Newspapers looking for a handout, that’s what!”

  • The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal writes, “For newspapers, time’s the enemy”

  • The Washington Times’ Julia Duin writes, “Usually before I dash off in the mornings, I glance at what we call the Other Paper to see if I’ve been scooped on anything or to compare theirs and my coverage on a religious topic. The way both papers treated yesterday’s death of Richard John Neuhaus, a Catholic priest whose book title ‘The Naked Public Square’ became part of the popular lexicon shows the wide philosophical gulf in between the two papers.”

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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 the week ending Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 in all categories. The Gregory-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.715 million total viewers”

  • Gawker’s Alex Pareene writes, “Maureen Dowd Obsessed With Television Show About Hard-hitting Woman With Traditionally Male Career”

  • FishbowlNY’s Noah Davis reports, “In our first look at media stocks of the new year, things are looking good. Big gainers include Dish Network Corp. and Cablevision Systems Corp., while only CBS lost ground from a day after Christmas.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “As we mentioned earlier this week, is holding the first ever TVNewser Summit on March 10 in New York City. Here‘s a promo — featuring Jeff Han (of ‘Magic Wall’ fame), Laurel Touby and the TVNewser guys…”

  • Check out Dana Perino’s Daily Show appearance here.

  • Reliable Source reports, “Ten days out, and we can already start counting the inaugural ball casualties: Both Luke Russert and MTV are backing away from much-hyped party plans. First up, Russert. The NBC correspondent, 23, drew blogger wrath this week with news of a Jan. 19 “Inaugural Party Hosted by Luke Russert” at semi-private preppy nightclub the Rookery: $95 cover, open bar till 1, jacket required. The invitation was cheesy enough (Luke as Uncle Sam in the ‘I Want You’ pose), but what about the ethics of journalist as pitchman? ‘Clearly this is not an NBC event,’ network spokeswoman Lauren Skowronski told us. She said Russert, now on vacation overseas, assumed he had signed on to a private event, with proceeds to charity, and didn’t realize the fliers would get wide circulation. “We’ve asked that Luke’s name and photo be removed, and the bar has agreed.” On the bright side: Russert’s still going! (Cash bar from 1 to 4 a.m.) And whither MTV? … But now, we’ve learned, the party’s off — at least that party.”

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  • Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds writes, “I’ve often argued that the relationship between blogs and Big Media should be thought of as symbiotic rather than competitive, and here‘s some more evidence.”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Politicker closes three sites; shutters network”

  • A release announced, “The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced a partnership with The Poynter Institute’s News University (NewsU) to deliver a series of Webinars in 2009 that focus on applying cutting-edge technology to journalism. The four ONAvation Webinars, free to ONA members, combine the pioneering expertise of ONA’s digital news membership with NewsU’s training expertise and unique e-learning site. Rather than training in today’s tools, like Twitter or Facebook, the sessions will focus on how to translate the latest technologies into journalism, no matter the platform.”

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  • Regarding this, a tipster tells us that The Atlantic “froze their salaries too. wouldn’t be surprised if national journal followed suit”

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  • A NPR release announced, “On Inauguration Day, tune to NPR News for live, comprehensive coverage of what will soon become one of the most significant events in American history. NPR News is offering six hours of special broadcast and webcast coverage of the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden on January 20 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM (ET), in addition to its regular programming. NPR’s daylong broadcast will include extensive coverage of all major events and reporting from dozens of locations throughout Washington, D.C., the U.S. and international cities to capture the world’s reaction.”

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  • Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine “announced the finalists of the prestigious Reed Awards. From these finalists, winners will be announced on January 22nd, 2009 in Washington DC at the Reed Awards Conference and Dinner.” Fir more details, click here.

  • Greta Van Susteren asks, “Did the media play it straight covering Senator Hillary Clinton’s race for the White House?” Vote here.

  • Washington Times reports, “Media ends Bush battle; round two: Palin”

  • Arianna Huffington asks, “Why Are the Media More Interested in Blago Than in Unraveling the Bailout Mystery?”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “That change we keep hearing about won’t be restricted to the president’s quarters. When incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs approaches the podium in the White House Briefing Room, a new cast of notebook-clutching, laptop-tapping reporters will be there to greet him as the five biggest news networks are all switching up their chief White House correspondents to cover the 44th president.”

  • Pamela’s Punch tells us that last night was “An evening of films from Project: Report — Telling the Untold Stories YouTube’s first-ever reporting contest for aspiring journalists!”

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  • The Atlantic is looking for a Political Reporter/Web Producer.

  • CQ is looking for an Editor Content Management and a CQ MoneyLine Database Editor.

  • Meltwater Group is looking for a International Management Trainee, Washington DC.

  • Access Intelligence, LLC is looking for a Content Editor.

  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for a Reporter.

  • Slate is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

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