Morning Reading List, 01.23.09


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

Birthdays: Kriston Capps & Georgetown University. Frank Lautenberg. Antonio Villaraigosa. Thomas Carper. Happy Anniversary to Roll Call TV, which just celebrated its one year anniversary. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I suck at this job. I’m sad. PR people piss me off. I piss myself off for whining. Maybe I need prozac, but what came first: the depression or the journalism??!?!?!”

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  • A release announced, “Three major investigative reports that used social science research methods as key parts of their probes were named today as winners of the 2008 Philip Meyer Journalism Award. Scripps Howard News Service took top honors for ‘Saving Babies: Exposing Sudden Infant Death.’ Reporters Thomas Hargrove, Lee Bowman and Lisa Hoffman found administrative inconsistencies in the state and local review boards that examine infant deaths.”

  • Silicon Alley Insider has a “Plan To Fix The New York Times”

  • Critical Mass reports, “Responding to our question about the speculation that the Washington Post Book World‘s days are numbered, new Washington Post honcho Marcus Brauchli tells us, ‘We are absolutely committed to book reviews and coverage of literature, publishing and ideas in The Post. Our readership has a huge interest in these areas.’ Fingers crossed.”

  • Critical Mass reports, “Signatures are being gathered for a petition to save the Washington Post’s Book World. The text is below. If you have written for Book World — or simply understand how important it is to preserve the section — and would like to sign, please write to The deadline is Friday, January 23. Here is the plea to the WaPo board and editors”

  • Portfolio’s Market Movers reports, “How Not to Fix the New York Times”

  • New York Magazine reports, “The New York Times Parties for the Obama Economy”

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  • Bloomberg reports, “Barack Obama attracted the largest television audience for a presidential inauguration since Ronald Reagan in 1981, and record numbers watched the swearing-in on Web sites including Time Warner Inc.’s CNN.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “NBC’s new bureau chief is learning fast that power doesn’t work in the capital the way it does back home in New York”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens looks at “The First Press Briefing”

  • A release announced, “Four of the nation’s top business reporters, Alexis Glick, Diana Henriques, Steve Pearlstein, and Ali Velshi, will join moderator Marvin Kalb to explore the ‘business of business reporting’ on the next edition of The Kalb Report, Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the National Press Club. The panel will examine the global economic crisis, the roles journalists have played in this evolving story, how the media affects the market, and how business influences the news media. The Kalb Report is produced jointly by The George Washington University Global Media Institute, Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center, and the National Press Club. The series is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Stu Schwartz, Father of CNN’s Dana Bash, Retires from ABC News”

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  • E&P reports, “Top 30 Newspaper Sites for December Show Big Dips After Election Mania”

  • reports, “Slate’s Double X Aims for Growing Women’s Online Market”

  • Check out’s “The Obama Era: New Voices of Power” — video interviews with senior Obama officials, White House and cabinet. Watch the video here.

  • Yesterday, The Washington Post Company launched the beta version of, a Web site offering a unique look at the world of Washington through its key players and personalities. Check it out here.

  • A release announced, “AARP, the leading organization for people 50+, today announced the debut of exclusive new online resources and content to help the more than 44 million caregivers across the country in their unique daily challenges. AARP’s Ambassador of Caregiving, Gail Sheehy, will serve as a major contributor to the online caregiving portal on”

  • Local freelancer Kelly DiNardo has a fresh new website ( Check it out for behind the story items on her projects and, soon, some insight into a recent Michelle Rhee experience.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Media Firms Team Up to Test Online-Video Ad Formats”

  • Beet.TV reports, “Audi Drives Off with Massive Inauguration Online Video Jackpot — Pre-Roll Ad has 70 Million Views”

  • The Times Online reports, “Twitter to hit the big time with explosion in microblogging”

  • Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar has lots of photos from inauguration. Check them out here.

  • FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol and Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar tell Liz Glover that DC is now the place to be.

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  • A release announced, “This week, PEOPLE publishes a special-double Inauguration issue featuring President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover, a first in the magazine’s 35 year history. In a special 33-page report, PEOPLE looks at the historic Inauguration of the 44th President, detailing everything from the swearing-in to all of the celebrations. The double issue will be on–sale for two weeks, with a cover price of $4.49.”

  • Newsweek’s Kurt Soller issues “An Official Apology to Ben Affleck”

  • Bestselling author and editor of Newsweek, Jon Meacham stopped by the Barnes & Noble Studio ( to discuss his presidential portrait of Andrew Jackson in his most recent work, American Lions. Check out the latest edition of Barnes & Noble Tagged! here.

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  • Mediabistro is throwing a cocktail party in DC. The party is on Tuesday at K Street Lounge and the first drink is on the house with a 2 for 1 drink special 6-7 pm. To RSVP, click here.

  • Check out “Journalists and Social Media: Sources, Skills, and the Writer” —
    A panel discussion with Jay Rosen (NYU), Shirley Brady (, and Andy Carvin (NPR) taking place in NYC on January 28. For more info, click here.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Journalists protest limits on press at second Obama swearing-In”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “WSJ, Dershowitz, and Now Laura Ingraham Sent White Powder in Mail”

  • Slate’s John Dickerson reports, “The president’s new press secretary proves adept at an old game: saying nothing.”

  • The Washington Times reports, “White House photographers happy with access”

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  • The Economic Policy Institute is looking for an editor for new website.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Freelance Energy Writer.

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