Morning Reading List, 01.14.09


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Scarborough imitates Olbermann. Today is the birthday of Molly Gannon. The First Friday Collective announced, “The voting for this year’s DBoTY was very heavy, and close for a long time. But in the end, we had a clear winner(s) — Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews of the left-wing PR machine known as MSNBC.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Why did I ever decide to work for the Moonies? What a terrible idea. This paper has so many issues I have not idea where to start. The only reason it still exists is due to its crazy cult leader owner.”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to Monday’s post on “Obama Supports A Stimulus Package For Journos?“: Reader exdeadhead writes, “Seems like this could eventually become a First Amendment test case. A press that becomes dependent upon government largesse also becomes less independent, less free. Whether bought in part or in whole, freedom of the press is abridged.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • A release announced, “Air America Media ( has hired Ana Marie Cox as its first Washington, D.C.-based national correspondent, traveling the country to profile people and stories illustrating life in America. She will contribute text, video and audio content to, as well as to a weekly program to air on Air America’s radio network. Cox will debut on Air America on Monday, January 19 to report from the nation’s capital for Air America’s Inauguration coverage.”

  • Playbook reports, “Christina Reynolds will be the White House Director of Media Affairs, working for Ellen Moran and Dan Pfeiffer in White House Communications. Christina was the rapid response director on the campaign. She was Senator Edwards’ research director and, like Dan, is a veteran of the Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle Senate races.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “CBS News’ Byron Pitts is joining 60 Minutes as a contributing correspondent. Pitts has appeared periodically on the program since 2006, and will contribute at least six stories during the ’09-’10 season.”

  • Potomac Flacks reports, “Pam Stevens has been named the Director of Communications for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. The Foundation is opening an office in Washington, DC and Pam will head their Communications efforts for both public policy and overall media for the organization in DC.”

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  • An AP release announced, “The Associated Press will mobilize its most comprehensive multiplatform reporting effort ever for a U.S. inauguration, including live and interactive coverage on the Online Video Network, for the Jan. 20 swearing-in of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States in Washington, D.C. AP, which has been covering American presidents since the 1848 election of Zachary Taylor, produced on election night in November the news agency’s first continuous online live video stream. The webcast of the 56th presidential inauguration will stream, starting with live pictures around 7 a.m. ET and anchored coverage about 10 a.m., on AP’s Online Video Network, which distributes the news agency’s acclaimed video content to some 2,000 Web sites of newspapers, broadcasters and other customers throughout the U.S. Look for access details on the home page of the corporate Internet site at”

  • The New York Times’ Clark Hoyt writes, “Bombs and rockets are flying between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, and once again, The Times is caught in a familiar crossfire, accused from all sides of unfair and inaccurate coverage.”

  • Playbook reports, “Instead of the print edition of Politico in racks and mailboxes today, you’ll find Politico’s FIRST MAGAZINE, a glossy, LIFE-magazine-sized 54-pager, ‘OBAMA’S MOMENT: A New America — The Change Ahead — Voices of a Nation.’ John Ward Anderson, Paige K. Connor, John Shinkle and Jeanne Cummings were among the many Politicos who pulled it off.”

  • CJR reports, “On Thursday, The New York Times will launch a new, crack environmental reporting unit that will pull in eight specialized reporters from the Science, National, Metro, Foreign, and Business desks in a bid for richer, more prominent coverage.”

  • Gannett Blog reports, “What Gannett pays (columnist) Neuharth yearly”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Sun-Times: Journalists Being Shut Out by Obama”

  • The back-and-forth between Rocky Mountain News’ David Kopel and ProPublica continues here.

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe reports, “Our flack-O-meter went off the dial Monday morning after reading an item in Howard Kurtz’s ‘Media Notes.'” Find out why here.

  • Steven Waldman tells us, “Why the Huffington Post Can’t Replace The New York Times”

  • Washingtonian Harry Jaffe reports, “The Washington Post is hosting a sleepover Monday night before the Inauguration. Concerned that reporters and editors might not be able to navigate the anticipated traffic or security zones set of by the U.S. Secret Service, the newspaper told staffers it would open up three meeting rooms in its 15th Street headquarters and the auditorium.”

  • NPR reports, “Former ‘Post’ Editor Details The ‘Rules Of The Game'”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Building an iTunes for Newspapers — Answering David Carr’s excellent challenge.”

  • Vanity Fair looks at “What iTunes for News Would Really Look Like”

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  • Fox announced, “On Thursday evening, Bret Baier will anchor the President Bush’s Farewell remarks beginning at 7:55PM ET. This will go until approximately 8:20PM ET including post-address analysis by Bret and his panel. The O’Reilly Factor will then resume LIVE at 8:20pm going through 9pm et.”

  • 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 January 5 — 11, 2009. It was a strong week for the newscast as it averaged nearly ten million total viewers (9.903 million).”

  • A release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.06 million Total Viewers and a 2.3/8 among Adults 25-54, placing second for the week of January 5th. This marks ABC’s best Total Viewer and demo deliveries in three weeks. Week-to-week, ‘World News’ grew the most of any evening newscast among Total and demo viewers, increasing 11% and 15%, respectively.”

  • A release announced, “The five finalists for the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize examine the challenges of war, terrorism, international crime, grand strategy, and a rapidly changing global power structure. The Economist magazine has praised the prize, now in its 19th year, as ‘the world’s most important award for non-fiction.’ The shortlist was announced today by Noah Rubin, chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize board and grandnephew of Lionel Gelber, the Canadian scholar, author, and diplomat renowned for his work in international relations.” Among the finalists is Fareed Zakaria for The Post-American World (W.W. Norton).

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Despite bias charges, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews will lead inauguration coverage”

  • The Los Angeles Times opines, “New sets and new Websites promise profound changes to the TV landscape.”

  • reports, “President-elect Barack Obama is on his way to the big screen, thanks to a deal between MSNBC and Screenvision that will put the news channel’s inaugural coverage in 27 theaters around the country. Free tickets are being handed out via to see the inauguration and parade from 11 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. ET at the 27 theaters run by 11 exhibitor partners in 21 markets. Midday Tuesday isn’t necessarily a big movie time, so it helps to fill the theater — and boost popcorn and soda sales — at a time when it’s not usually busy.”

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  • A release announced, “The Huffington Post announced today that comedy news site has been acquired by The Huffington Post and will be integrated as a new comedy section for the site. The comedy vertical will feature ‘The Room,’ 23/6’s popular group blog; signature 23/6 features such as ‘Dickipedia’; user-generated content; aggregated news about the world of comedy; and selections of the funniest material available on the Web.”

  • FamousDC reports, “WaPo Launches Website For Gorgeous People Who Like Wine”

  • Marc Ambinder reports, “Writing in the January/February edition of the Atlantic, Michael Hirschorn concedes that while the prospects for the New York Times to go out of business are ‘slim,’ the economics are downright scary”

  • Gannett Blogs reports, “How ContentOne threatens local editorial control”

  • Information Week reports, “Search advertising data for December from one metrics firm suggests the fourth quarter will prove to be the strongest quarter on record for Google and Microsoft Live Search.”

  • will be hosting live video coverage of the Presidential Inauguration on Tuesday, January 20th. Coverage begins when the Obama family leaves Blair House around 8 am ET and concludes after the Inaugural parade around 5 pm ET.

  • ValleyWag reports, “The editors and writers of the Los Angeles Times could shut off the presses tomorrow and live off its website, media pundit Jeff Jarvis claims. But the numbers don’t add up. Jarvis, a former ink-stained wretch, calls it a historic moment. Perhaps it is for him, since the Entertainment Weekly founder has made a career out of guiding old media organizations into digital nirvana. To make his living, it helps if he can argue that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the online rainbow.”

  • Wired reports, “New Media Venture Turns Bloggers Into Print Journalists”

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  • FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol reports, “Time’s Post-Obama Election Issues Shatter Newsstand Records”

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  • A release announced, “WTOP Radio will air three special hour-long shows this week as part of its continuing coverage of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Wednesday January 14 at 10 a.m., WTOP veteran traffic reporter Bob Marbourg along with Robert Thomson, Dr. Gridlock of The Washington Post, will discuss the massive traffic and commuter challenges related to the inauguration and surrounding activities. Thursday January 15 at 10 a.m., D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Metro General Manager John Catoe will answer questions from WTOP reporters and listeners. They will discuss inauguration security and transportation issues. Metro expects record ridership because of the extensive bridge and road closings. Finally, Friday January 16 at 10 a.m., a special edition of ‘The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin.’ Guests include Reagan advance man Jim Kuhn, Harry McPherson, former Lyndon Johnson speech writer and veteran of many inaugurations, as well as former Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant who has attended every inauguration since 1969. They will focus on the great history and pageantry surrounding the event.”

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  • A release announced, “The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has created a new award to recognize a business-to-business, association, or trade publication journalist whose coverage of an issue triggers a tangible change within government or industry. Called the Journalism That Matters Award, all forms of media — print, online, video, and audio — are eligible.” The entry deadline is March 2. For more details and an entry form, click here.

  • GalleyCat’s Jason Boog looks at “The Literary Inauguration”

  • 24/7 Wall Street reports, “Twelve Major Media Brands Likely To Close In 2009”

  • Folio reports, “Media Execs Plan to Complete Acquisitions in ’09”

  • PFAW looks at “Understanding The Meaning of ‘Exclusive'”

  • The Gay Patriot asks, “Obama’s White House Press Corps: Jeff Gannons All?”

  • The AP reports, “Obama to tap former Internet executive and FCC official Genachowski to be FCC chair”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert looks at “Palin, the press, and her pregnancy”

  • “Barack Obama’s transition to the presidency topped the media agenda last week, filling 26% of the newshole from Jan. 5-11, according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • Metro issued a media advisory announcing rules for reporters on Inauguration Day. Among the list of guidelines, The following Metrorail stations have been designated for reporters to cover downtown Metro activities. All reporters and
    camera/video crews must use farecards, SmarTrip cards, or One-Day Passes
    to enter/exit the stations. Metro Center, Gallery Pl-Chinatown, L’Enfant Plaza.”

  • Carl Cannon looks at “George W. Bush’s Farewell Newser”

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  • Foreign Policy with The Slate Group is looking for a Director, Corporate Advertising and a Marketing and Public Relations Manager.

  • Freedom House is looking for a Journalism Specialist.

  • Econolive is looking for a Financial Journalist.

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