Reuters reports, “At least 65 journalists were killed around the world because of their work last year, the highest figure for 13 years, and nearly half of them died in Iraq, a leading media watchdog reported on Monday. The figure compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, in its annual report, ‘Attacks on the Press,’ was one more than that cited by the New York-based group in a Dec. 18 statement and compares with 56 in 2006.”
The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s Campaign Coverage Index shows, “Fresh off his Florida primary win, John McCain attracted more media coverage than any other Presidential candidate last week. He appeared as a significant or dominant newsmaker in 37% of all campaign stories, and generated about 75% more coverage than his nearest GOP competitor Mitt Romney”
ConWeblog reports, “A Feb. 5 WorldNetDaily column takes a certain amount of glee in the fact that the ‘strongly liberal’ Washington Post is losing circulation”
The New York Observer reports, “Rupert Murdoch was on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto … and discussed how he had ‘no ill-will’ against Hillary Clinton and how he planned to change the culture of the Wall Street Journal (in part, by moving their offices to Midtown).”
A NBC 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 28, 2008. The Williams-led newscast averaged 9.699 million total viewers”
TVNewser reports, “Johnny Dollar has the video of FNC anchor Shepard Smith absolutely unloading on a viewer who has a tendency to email Smith incessantly. Her email rant against Smith today regarding his supposed anti-Romney-bias gets him so riled up he reads it on air (something he says he’s wanted to do ‘for years!’).”
An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.37 million Total Viewers and a 2.4/8 among Adults 25-54 for the week of January 28th. For the week, ‘World News’ placed first in the Adult 25-54 rating (2.4) and Households (6.5/12), tying NBC’s ‘Nightly News.’ Season-to-date, ‘World News’ is the only evening newscast to grow its Total Viewing audience, increasing 1%; NBC is down 3% and CBS is down 12%.”
Dow Jones reports, “News Corp.’s (NWS, NWSA) fiscal second-quarter net income rose 1.2% on improved results in its television, cable-TV and Internet businesses that were partially offset by lower results in film and TV production and losses at affiliates.”
TVNewser reports, “It’s not just any Tuesday: Hannity & Colmes in the early afternoon, Brian Williams at lunchtime and Cooper, Blitzer and Dobbs at high Noon. The networks have moved up their prime time talent, using them throughout this Super Tuesday. TVNewser attended today’s ‘CNN-Time America Votes 2008’ special at the Time Warner Center, which featured CNN’s biggest names.”
The Los Angeles Times reports, “Public broadcasting officials vowed Monday to fight drastic cuts President Bush is seeking to make to federal financing for public television and radio, warning that the reductions would seriously impair station operations.”
TVNewser reports, “If you live in Albuquerque, Chicago, Las Vegas, L.A., or Memphis, and you’re looking for real-time Super Tuesday election updates, you’ve got another way to get your information. The Memphis Business Journal reports that ‘Clear Channel Outdoor is joining with NBC News and MSNBC.com to provide digital reporting of primary election results” using a network of LED billboards.’
Variety reports, “Six national cable television programming companies have jointly sued the Federal Communications Commission, claiming that the agency’s so-called dual carriage requirement is a dual foul. C-Span, Discovery Communications, the Weather Channel, TV One, A&E Television Networks and Scripps Networks allege that the requirement constitutes both a First Amendment violation and an unfair advantage for broadcasters. The cablers are asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to toss the requirement, which forces cable operators to offer an analog version of a broadcaster’s channel as well as a digital one for at least three years following the transition to all-digital in early 2009.”
Washington Post reports on CNN’s debut of its “Magic Wall.”
“HuffPo’s Sam Stein reports Sen. Hillary Clinton has accepted the offer to participate in a debate expected to air on Fox News on Monday,” reports TVNewser.
Jon Klein said: “I Think I’m Going To Have a Heart Attack” Find out why here.
TVNewser reports, “After receiving some criticism over the weekend for his financial support of Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney, CNN political analyst and conservative author Bill Bennett’s support was disclosed during CNN’s America Votes 2008 special.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports, “If New York ever needed to make its case for being the center of the media universe, Tuesday is one of those days. For the first time in recent history, each state in the tristate area — Connecticut, New York and New Jersey — is holding a primary that will matter, thanks to the wide-open nature of both parties’ races and an expanded Super Tuesday. The media industry is gearing up to cover the races from the New York-based news divisions. If that wasn’t enough, Sunday night’s heroes the New York Giants will be feted with a ticker-tape parade in downtown Manhattan and a giant celebration across the Hudson River at their Meadowlands home. Add in Fashion Week and a big convention at the Javits Center, and it’s all shaping up to be a huge news day.”
The Los Angeles Times reports, “E-mail newsletters seek riches in niches”
Poynter Online reports, “On Jan. 25, Simon Owens blogged about new research about why more and more journalists are fleeing the newspaper business. Owens didn’t just quote from the paper by Dr. Scott Reinardy of Ball State University — he also interviewed the author and presented information from that original reporting in his post. Owens’ post got noticed not only by Poynter’s Jim Romenesko, but also by Editor & Publisher, in this Jan. 25 article by Emily Vaughan. According to Owens, when he saw Vaughan’s article as originally posted to the E&P site, he was taken aback: ‘Though some of the facts [in her story] came directly from the study itself, many of the facts reported were lifted directly from my article — facts that came from my interview with the professor in question. Was I given any credit for my reporting? None at all. It’s presented in such a way as if the reporter had gathered those facts herself.'”
This week on WETA’s videoblog Author, Author! is Garrett Graff, the author of The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House.
The New York Observer reports, “Newsweek, which for decades has called midtown its home, is nearing a deal that would move its offices downtown to 100 Church Street. According to a source, the magazine giant has a lease out with the building’s owner, Alex Sapir president of the Sapir Organization, though the papers have yet to be signed”
A SIRIUS release announced, “Indie Talk, an exclusive, groundbreaking talk radio channel that will serve as an uncensored, unfiltered forum for independent thought and opinion will launch tomorrow, Wednesday, February 6 at 9:00 am ET on SIRIUS channel 110. The channel will feature veteran actor and political maverick Ron Silver, among others. Indie Talk will give an equal voice to individuals from any affiliation or background, target the blogger generation, and be a platform for listeners across the country to react to breaking news, issues and buzz.”