Morning Reading List, 02.28.08


Good morning Washington. On this day in 1991, the first Gulf War ended.

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  • You think the Obama/Muslim garb photo will have a negative affect on Obama’s campaign.


  • In a release, The Education Writers Association (EWA) “announced the winners of the 2007 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing.” Among the winners was The Roanoke Times for “Virginia Tech Shootings.” Check out all the winners here.

  • Some Gridiron details!

  • How the ‘Times’ almost didn’t back Hillary

  • On the now famous Obama pic, Howard Kurtz says, “I think this is a tempest in a turban. I doubt it will hurt Obama in the slightest. And while some Clinton staffer might have peddled it, Hillary Clinton herself pooh-poohed the matter, saying she’s done the same thing many times. (Still, the image was all over TV.)”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Over the next week, Newsday reporters and editors are expecting an announcement about job cuts. … On Feb. 13 Sam Zell — who bought Newsday’s parent company for $8.2 billion in December — wrote in an e-mail that there would be job cuts at every Tribune paper. The L.A. Times made its announcement the next day—100 to 150 jobs would be lost — and the Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant put their estimates at about 45 jobs. Newsday has yet to make its decisions on job cuts.”

  • Reuters reports, “The New York Times Co is expected to meet with four board candidates backed by a dissident investors group ‘within the next week or so,’ a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, as the publisher braces for a second shareholder uprising in three years.”

  • Tsk tsk to Page Six: Mr. Llloyd Cutler has passed, despite what yesterday’s piece suggests.

  • E&P reports, “Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau Chief Michael Tackett welcomed new Tribune Company Chief Sam Zell’s challenge to reorganize the D.C. bureau and said his staff is ‘locked, loaded and ready to change.'”

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “Poor members of Congress. Polls show everybody hates ’em. They seem more focused on talking sports than solving problems. So where can they turn for relief? Alas, now even the funnies are off limits.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “An overwhelming majority of Americans (82%) are aware of news reports that John McCain may have had an improper relationship with a female lobbyist several years ago. About half (48%) of the public has heard a lot about this story, which first appeared in the New York Times late last week. Another 33% has heard at least a little about the story. By a nearly two-to-one margin those who have heard about the McCain story think the New York Times was wrong to publish it — 57% say the Times did the wrong thing in publishing the story, 33% say the paper did the right thing.”

  • American University School of Communication is hosting a panel on March 5 on media and the military presented Dart Society, “a group of journalists dedicated to improving the coverage of violence and tragedy.”

  • WJLA reports that after some angry readers have logged complaints for getting unwanted Examiners delivered to their homes, “Maryland Delegate Tanya Shewell has introduced legislation to stop this. If the bill passes, publishers of free papers would have to listen. They’d get 7 days to stop delivery or face fines up to 100 dollars for each time the request is not honored.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “The Times Plagiarizes the Miami Herald”

  • A release announced, “The National Press Club joins other journalism organizations in expressing concern about a decision to hold a newspaper reporter in contempt of court for failing to disclose her news sources. Former USA Today reporter Toni Locy is being held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton for failing to reveal her sources for stories she wrote about the federal government’s investigation of former Army scientist Steven J. Hatfill’s potential connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks. Hatfill is suing the government.”

  • A reader tells us, “and, the times sports section got honorable mention in the APSE competition.”

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  • Today, Nathan’s Q&A is featuring NBC 4 weatherman Bob Ryan.

  • From DCRTV:

      Marc “Nigel” Sterne (right), who is an on-air sidekick on and producer of 3WT’s morning shows, won Wednesday night’s third annual Funniest Sports Celebrity Contest at the DC Improv. Sterne, a Brit, is a past successful participant in the event. The runner-up was Monica Livingston, a retired DC Divas running back. Sportstalk 980’s Frank Hanrahan and Channel 9’s Levan Reid, both making their stand-up comedy debuts, made positive impressions on the DC Improv crowd and the judges, but could not overtake Sterne and Livingston, we’re told. The judges included Channel 4’s Lindsay Czarniak and Dan Hellie, Washington Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg, and SportsTalk 980’s Holly Fantaskey. Net proceeds will benefit Funniest Celebrity Charities…..

  • A NBC release announced, “MSNBC’s telecast of last night’s
    Democratic candidates debate drew 7.8 million viewers (9-10:36 p.m. ET), becoming the most watched broadcast in the eleven year history of the network, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

  • Check out The PBS Pledge Drive Drinking Game.

  • FisbowlNY reports, “Media giant Comcast was caught red-handed packing an FCC hearing on network neutrality in Boston with random people picked up off the street in order to keep critics of the corporation from attending.”

  • The AP reports, “The organizer of a federal hearing at Harvard Law School on Comcast Corp.’s treatment of subscriber Internet traffic on Wednesday said ‘seat-warmers’ apparently hired by the company prevented other attendees from getting in. Comcast has acknowledged that it hired an unspecified number of people to fill seats, but said the seat-warmers gave up their spots when Boston area Comcast employees who were advised about the hearing arrived.”

  • A BIG FishbowlDC fan writes in about our earlier post on “Morning Joe” and says that: “The stats you cite show that Morning Joe is getting lower ratings today than Imus got last year. Morning Joe’s ratings aren’t falling, because Morning Joe didn’t exist last year. I’d argue that dropping only 17% from Imus, who grew his audience both on radio and TV over years, is pretty impressive.”

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  • Dow Jones reports, “The chief executive of Time Warner Inc.’s (TWX) AOL Internet unit said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) controversial $41.8 billion bear-hug offer for Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) is a ‘mistake.'”

  • CNet reports, “Facebook first announced last year that it was working on a redesign of members’ profiles; now, the social-networking site has unveiled previews of its upcoming new look. The Facebook profile redesigns will start rolling out in the next few weeks.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “A coalition of media and public interest organizations went to federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday urging a judge to reconsider his order to shut down a muckraking website that publishes leaked documents from businesses and government agencies worldwide. Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen and several news organizations, told U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White that two orders he issued last week against were prior restraints that violated the 1st Amendment.”

  • Wonkette declaresAndrew Sullivan Wins Cleveland Debate”

  • Check out The New York Times’ Baghdad Bureau blog.

  • reports, “YouTube said it is testing a new experimental personalized homepage with a small group of users it has selected at random.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Internet advertising may be showing itself more vulnerable to a consumer slowdown than many in the industry had hoped, according to new search-ad data released this week. The report from research firm comScore Inc. showing a decline in the number of consumer clicks on Google Inc. search ads in January amplified existing concerns about the effect of a broader economic slowdown on the Internet.”

  • Slate just launched a pledged Delegate Calculator: you can plug in your own predictions and find out whether it’s possible for Clinton to catch Obama, and other possibilities.

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  • reports, “At least one major media conglomerate has ruled itself out of the running to buy Reed Business Information, the Reed Elsevier division that puts out Variety, Publishers Weekly and Broadcasting & Cable, among others. A spokeswoman for Condé Nast Publications (which also owns WWD) said Tuesday that the company isn’t interested.”

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  • Washington Post reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio said yesterday that it gained subscribers in the fourth quarter and lost less money, signs that its business is improving even as the company’s merger with XM Satellite Radio Holdings remains stuck in a regulatory limbo more than a year after it was proposed.”

  • Capitol News Connection is now offering custom promos for Ask Your Lawmaker and a web-driven new Ask Your Lawmaker show!

  • Chip Scanlan asks Poynter Online’s Steve Myers what he learned while editing this article about David Folkenflik’s transition from print to radio.” Listen here.

  • DCRTV reports, “Presidential cousin Billy Bush, who once did mornings on the now defunct Z104 in DC, has inked a deal with Westwood One to host a talk and music radio show airing weeknights. ‘The Billy Bush Show,’ slated to debut in April, will be produced by Rob Silverstein, who produces TV’s ‘Access Hollywood,’ which Bush co-hosts — and will continue to do so. The new radio show will focus on entertainment news, celebrity guests, and listener calls, and feature a website with live streams and a Bush blog…”

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  • A release announced, “Can a business law anthology provide a window into seismic cultural change? Such is the case with the just-released book on User-Generated Content: New Business Models and Legal Issues. Edited by prominent music industry attorney Jeff Liebenson of New York’s Herrick, Feinstein LLP and published for the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, User-Generated Content taps the insights of 28 executives and attorneys working at some of the most creative and pivotal media companies worldwide, including Yahoo, EMI Music Publishing, The New York Times, Comcast, Clear Channel, Boston Consulting Group, Fremantle, RealNetworks, Orange/France Telecom, Gracenote and Saatchi & Saatchi. The book is a beacon for anyone following the sea change caused by the democratization of content creation across every major entertainment and information medium.”

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  • BizBash Media is looking for Freelance News Reporters.

  • Georgetown University is looking for a Senior Writer/Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking an Assistant to the President.

  • One Economy Corporation is looking for an Executive Web Producer and a Senior Web Designer.

  • Fenton Communications is looking for an Account Coordinator and a Senior Vice President.

  • National Journal Group is looking for an Online Producer.

  • Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Communications/Web Coordinator.

  • Northwestern University/ Medill DC is looking for a Training Tech Support Mgr Wash.

  • A national television talk show is looking for a TV Sales Manager.

  • AOAC International is seeking Freelance Technical Writer

  • Human Rights Campaign is seeking an Editorial & Web Content Manager

  • General Dynamics is looking for English and Foreign Language Editors/Writers

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