Morning Reading List, 01.16.09


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The TamCam goes into the Blair House. To join: National Buy A Newspaper Day! Two years ago, Barack Obama launched his presidential bid. Norman Podhoretz is 79. Laura Schlesinger is 62. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Quick reflection of all the new free time in front of me tells me getting fired from the NYTimes was the best thing that’s happened to me since my divorce.”

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  • White House press staffer Pete Seat bids a fond farewell to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. “My last day at The White House will be Friday, January 16. It has been a great privilege to serve President George W. Bush on the campaign trail and at The White House. Thank you all for your friendship, hard work, dedication and all the good times. I have been blessed to work with you and travel around the world with many of you. I will never forget the experiences (Japan’s Rusutsu, anyone?), the laughs, and the spectacular shuffleboard victories at Crickets. With most of us are embarking on a new personal or professional adventure over the next few weeks and months, remember the words of Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone when he said, ‘This is it, don’t get scared now.’ That always helps me. I’ll be in touch, so you be in touch…until next time…”

  • The Guardian reports, “Robert Shrimsley appointed managing editor”

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  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Newspapers Move to Outsource Foreign Coverage”

  • Check out Rob Tornoe’s cartoon this week for Editor & Publisher, centering on the unpaid furloughs Gannett is forcing their employees to take before the end of March.

  • WH Photo Pete Souza talks.

  • Time for Newspaper Folks to Fight Back! Here’s How

  • Kevin Martin Announces Resignation

  • Unlike the Bushies, the Obama folks bypass the press with a smile, not a sneer.”

  • Tribune Co. weighing national, international news options

  • The E&P Pub reports, “Bono Pulls a Kristol: Error in First ‘NYT’ Column”

  • Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg looks at “The Wizards’ Inaugural Giveaway”.

  • Ebay is offering a pre-order of the January 21, 2009 edition of The New York Times.

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  • A release announced, “Continuing its growth trend from 2008, ABC News ‘Nightline’ kicks off 2009 with strong growth in all categories—season and quarter to date, week to week and year to year. ‘Nightline’ posted 3.99 million total viewers for the week of January 5, 2009, growing 22% compared to last week, according to Nielsen Media Research. Among Total Viewers, ‘Nightline’ increased 34% compared to the same week last year, while ‘Letterman’ declined (-11%) and ‘Leno’ declined (-1%). The program also grew 11% season to date and 21% quarter to date.”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ won in households and key demos for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009. The NBC program was No. 1 in homes nationally, posting a 3.1 rating and 8 share. ABC came in second with a 3.0 rating and 8 share, ABC in third with a 2.2 rating and 6 share and FOX placed last with a 1.3 rating and 4 share. ‘Meet the Press’ has now placed first in households for 118 straight weeks and 478 of the past 479 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).”

  • A release announced, “Beginning at 11 a.m. ET, Jim Lehrer anchors PBS’ inauguration coverage, which includes political analysis from Mark Shields and David Brooks and historical context from Peniel Joseph, Ellen Fitzpatrick and Richard Brookhiser. PBS plans to include coverage of Barack Obama’s arrival at the White House, excerpts of the church service and Obama’s speech to the nation from the Capitol steps.”

  • The Age reports, “US networks jockey to serve an Obama overload”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “FCC reviewing NBC’s Golden Globes telecast”

  • Reuters reports, “CBS says ratings success proves network TV viable”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Choire Sicha, who recently interviewed Anderson Cooper for the Los Angeles Times, posted on his blog an interesting tidbit: he was barred by CNN from asking any ‘personal questions’ in the interview”

  • Alexis Glick, an anchor and vice president of business news for Fox Business Network, will deliver the keynote address on The Business of TV News at the upcoming TVNewser Summit. Other speakers include Tammy Haddad, Rick Klein and Paul Slavin. For more info, and to register, click here.

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  • A release announced, “As part of ABC’s Presidential Inauguration coverage, ABC News Digital will provide extensive coverage of the historic day’s events. On January 20, from 11:30AM EST to approx 1:30PM EST, will offer live streaming coverage of President-elect Barack Obama’s oath of office and inaugural address embedded directly on the Homepage. The live streaming coverage, the first of its kind to be directly embedded on the Homepage, will be presented in 16 x 9 widescreen format and sponsored by Audi. The site will also offer up to three other live streams of the day’s events, accessible on the Homepage.”

  • Legal Times has joined the Twitter revolution.

  • Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro reports, “TV Over the Web: Still a Fuzzy Picture”

  • ClickZ reports, “On her inaugural day on the job, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz sized up her new employer as a company ‘with great assets that could use a little management.’ And she expects to bring that to Yahoo.”

  • “In April of 2008, video journalist Pierre Kattar donated his kidney to a complete stranger to save his father’s life. He documented the unique experience of participating in an eight-person kidney exchange.” Check out his video here.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Plans 100 Layoffs of Recruiters”

  • Congrats to Joe Curl, whose new blog has been linked on Drudge.

  • Craig Newmark, founder of, is delivering a keynote at User-Generated Content Conference & Expo. For more info, and to register, click here.

  • CNet News’ The Social reports, “Twitter hires its first biz-dev guru”

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  • Salon reports, “As the economy lurches, glossy magazines scramble to downsize a luxury-living message for an anxious readership.”

  • reports, “American Express Publishing Lays Off 33”

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  • A release announced, “NPR will be the only radio broadcaster of ‘We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at The Lincoln Memorial,’ the opening celebration for the 56th Presidential Inaugural, live on Sunday, January 18. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be offered by NPR to public radio stations nationwide, and be available as a simultaneous stream at the Web sites of many stations. NPR’s special will air from 2:00-5:00PM (ET), with the official celebration scheduled to begin live at 2:30PM (ET). For information about the broadcast and updates about local stations airing ‘We Are One,’ visit:

  • A release announced, “WAMU 88.5 will provide extensive on-air and online audio
    and video coverage of the 56th Presidential Inaugural, including local coverage from the WAMU 88.5 Newsroom, national coverage from NPR, and live video from the Associated Press on the station’s website, From 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, WAMU 88.5 will air NPR Music’s exclusive radio broadcast of the opening celebration for the Inaugural festivities, ‘We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at The Lincoln Memorial.'”

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  • “On Sunday, January 18th, at noon, People For the American Way Foundation will hold a dramatic reading of the US Constitution at the Newseum. The reading will feature a distinguished cast of Americans from a variety of backgrounds and will commemorate the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. The event will be held in a TV studio before a live audience and will be simulcast before thousands of museum patrons on the giant LED screen in the building’s Great Hall. … For more information or to RSVP, please contact Josh Glasstetter or Drew Courtney of People For the American Way Foundation at 202-467-4999 or”

  • An AEI release announced, “The eminent social scientist and writer Charles Murray has been selected to receive the American Enterprise Institute’s Irving Kristol Award for 2009. He will receive the award and deliver the Irving Kristol Lecture at the Institute’s annual dinner on March 11, 2009, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Michael Moore In Legal Trouble With War Photographer”

  • The Star Telegram reports, “Texas Christian University to add ‘convergence laboratory’ at Schieffer School of Journalism”

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  • National Education Association is looking for a Senior Web Editor (Journalism).

  • US News & World Report is looking for a Year Long Education Internship.

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