Morning Reading List 03.31.09

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Its day 71 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



WaPo managing editors Raju Narisetti and Liz Spayd took your questions on the paper’s changes in yesterday’s online discussion “Ask the Post.” “We do worry about the impact of change and try to make sure we are communicating the changes in advance and doing it with readers such as yourself in mind.”

NYY plans to eliminate several weekly sections, including its stand-alone City Section, as well as possibly the regional weeklies in New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and Connecticut, and the Friday Escapes section. The timeline is unclear, but a staffer said that City has only four issues left.

USAToday launched “Hotel Check-In,” an online business traveler community.

AP: List of newspapers that have cut publication days to save money.


NYT’s David Carr: Cable News Stokes Political Fever. “There is no question that the stakes are high in this presidency, and it’s hardly an epiphany that in order to feed the 24/7 beast, cable news has to turn every little thing into a big event. But something else is at work here. Gorged on ratings from a historic election and still riding on leftover adrenaline, the cable networks have steadfastly remained in campaign mode. And the hyperbolic rhythms and requirements of a cable news world have never seemed less relevant to the story at hand.”

Shenanigans: HARPO productions confirmed to Shenanigans that Oprah sat down with Elizabeth Edwards over the weekend at her home. This lovely interview is due to air May 11th.


CBS’ Mark Knoller proves the Secret Service wrong. Find out how here.

NPR ombudsman assures us that the network is not cutting all newspaper subscriptions.

VF: “In an ailing radio industry, with a graying audience and a pro-government landscape, Rush Limbaugh should be shuffling off into irrelevancy. Instead, his outrageous attacks have everyone debating whether he’s the G.O.P.’s de facto leader, while the party shapes its ideology to fit his needs.”


FishbowlNY: goes global. “The Global Edition is, in fact, a folding in of sorts of the International Herald Tribune website, also owned by the Times Co., and by the sounds of it it may not be a total coincidence that the change happened directly on the heels of the Times’s cutbacks last week.”

Journalists who work primarily on the Web are more hopeful about the future of news than their traditional media colleagues, according to a new survey. But even they have an “uneasy optimism” about the future, the study showed.


The Daily Beast’s Big Fat Story is “Magazines In Crisis, the Incredible Shrinking Newsstand.”


AP reports North Korea will put the two American journalists detained in North Korea on trial for illegal entry and hostile acts. No word yet on when the trial might take place.

VF’s Christopher Hitchens on how he was beaten up by Facist bullies in Lebanon.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

JOBS after the jump.


Urban Land Institute is looking for a website director.

Also be sure to check out mediabistro’s MediaJobsDaily.