The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “As is often the case with campaign news, voters say they would like to see more coverage of the candidatesâ€™ positions on the issues. More than three-quarters of the public (78%) would like to see more coverage of the candidates’ positions on domestic issues and 74% would like to see more coverage of foreign policy positions.”
Poynter Online reports, “The Times informed the Guild late Tuesday afternoon they may not have enough volunteers from the Newsroom to achieve the staff reductions announced last month. Terry Hayes, V.P. of Labor Relations, told the Guild that The Times may need to resort to involuntary layoffs and that there is a possibility some of those layoffs would be done out of seniority order. Bill O’Meara, President of The Newspaper Guild of New York, requested the Times extend the deadline for volunteers to apply for a buyout in the hope enough people would step forward and avoid the need for an involuntary layoff.”
Robert Nileswrites, “Competition is back in journalism, and many reporters are losing their jobs in the confusion. Here are some tips to help you avoid that end.”
Peggy Drexler writes her “long goodbye” to the newspaper.
Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Last month, the New York Times conceded plagiarism when I informed it that a Feb. 23 Times dispatch had lifted — almost verbatim — two lines from an 18-month-old Miami Herald story about the illicit drug paco. The Times reporter, Alexei Barrionuevo, told his bosses that he didn’t remember pinching the lines from the Herald but acknowledged that he must have retrieved them while Googling for information. A second case of plagiarism by Barrionuevo has come to my attention. On July 15, 2005, Bloomberg News moved a story about the United States lifting ‘mad cow’ import restrictions on Canadian cattle. On July 16, 2005, the Times ran a very similar story, also pegged to a conference call with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns.”
An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, March 2, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. This is the 13th time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ in Total Viewers and the 12th time beating CBS among the key Adults 25-54 demo. ‘This Week’ posted 3.06 million Total Viewers, outperforming ‘Face’ by 410,000. This is the program’s largest lead over ‘Face’ since November 11th. Among Adults 25-54, the program posted 1.21 million, beating CBS by 290,000. This is the program’s largest lead over ‘Face’ since January 27th.”
A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, March 2, 2008 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was top rated averaging 4.563 million total viewers”
Also from NBC, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet
the Press with Tim Russert’ topped the Sunday morning public affairs
competition in all categories throughout the February 2008 sweep period. During the sweep, the Russert-moderated program attracted 4.338 million total viewers”
Also from ABC, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of February 25, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS ‘Letterman’ among the key Adults 25-54 demographic. This is ‘Nightline’s’ best performance among Adults 25-54 since the week of December 3, 2007. The program posted 1.75 million, beating CBS by 90,000.”
The Huffington Post reports, “David Gregory Gives Obama A Pass On ‘I Won Michigan’ Slip”
TVNewser reports, “Felix Gillette writes in the New York Observer about CBS anchor Katie Couric missing out on moderating a debate during this primary season. Gillette notes that Couric is one of the only high profile anchors yet to host a debate. ‘How did the highest-paid anchor on evening television get upstaged by Brian Williams, Brit Hume, Charles Gibson, Wolf Blitzer, Tim Russert, George Stephanopoulos, Campbell Brown, Chris Wallace, Natalie Morales and on and on?’ asks Gillette.”
“FNC’s Brit Hume talked with the magazine of his alma mater, the University of Virginia about how he got his start in the biz and about the current state of TV journalism,” reports TVNewser.