Morning Reading List, 04.02.08

Good morning Washington. It’s Carl Kasell’s birthday! Charlie Rose is coming to town! Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about George Stephanopoulos. It’s the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, but more importantly, it’s the birthday of that thing that helps you answer the important question: Is my story idea new? (LexisNexis).

And OMG, first we get our first museum and now our own social network?!? Happy days are here again.

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:


  • You would rather bring Keith Olbermann home to Mom.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that I’m 36 years old, make $36K a year, and I’ve apparently peaked. Priced myself out of journalism. Too old and too overpaid.”


  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Whenever the economy starts to slide southward, the press starts sprouting horror stories spout about how ‘tax revenue shortfalls’ are starving state governments. Today’s (March 31) Washington Post Page One piece — ‘States Are Hit Hard by Economic Downturn: Many Cutbacks Felt by Most Needy’ — repeats so many of the genre’s clichés that the writers could have assembled the piece from memory.”

  • PBS’s MediaShift Mark Glaser writes, “Last week, I had the honor of giving a speech at Arkansas State University, as part of their Lecture & Concert series — at least, once I made it through the mechanical mayhem of American Airlines cancelling dozens of flights the same day I flew out. I also got to address a few classes in the College of Communications there, and meet with students who put together the school newspaper. It was heartening that out in the middle of the heartland of the U.S., classes on citizen journalism and public affairs reporting are being taken seriously. Plus, the students who work on the school newspaper (and who get paid to do so!) have been adding lots of original video reports to the newspaper’s website.”

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  • Who Should Replace Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation?”

  • A NBC release announced, “The road to the 2008 presidential
    election continues to lead to ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ (Monday-Friday, 11:35 p.m.-12:37 a.m. ET on NBC) as the late-night show welcomes presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) on Thursday, April 3. This will mark Senator Clinton’s third appearance on the late-night show.”

  • A RCN release announced, “RCN Corporation, a leading
    provider of video, data, and voice services to residential, business and commercial/carrier customers announced today that it will be a 2008 Official Sponsor and Corporate Partner of Washington’s Major League Soccer team, D.C. United.”

  • B&C reports, “Nielsen says that ad spending in the U.S. was up only .6% in 2007 over the year before, with Internet advertising showing the biggest percentage increase at 18.9%. American Idol had the most product plugs for a broadcast show, while American Chopper won big in the cable plug category.”

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  • Wired reports, “It looks like AOL is putting the pedal to the metal after its Third Screen Media acquisition. Today the web portal announced a partnership with NY-based Cellufun to launch a ad-supported mobile gaming portal. The end result fits well with AOL’s mobile aspirations: Cellufun will provide AOL’s mobile games channel with its social gaming chops, while the recently acquired Third Screen Media is slated to handle banner advertising for the portal.”

  • reports, “Columnist Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times opened up a group page with social networking darling Facebook to share photos and ideas from his travels.
    Kristof may have the investigative journalism business down to a fine art, but the dual Pulitzer winner finds himself embracing a challenge on a different realm than the world of Darfurs and Tibetan protests he faces today.”

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  • BtoB reports, “The Magazine Publishers of America announced Monday that it will present Magazines 24/7: Video, the group’s first conference focusing on videos on magazine Web sites. The half-day event, open to both MPA members and nonmembers, will be held June 10, at the Time & Life Building in New York. Among the sessions will be: ‘Video: What Works for Your Brand and Pocketbook,’ ‘Cashing in on the Video Craze’ and ‘Beyond YouTube.'”

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  • WAMU announced, “Jonetta Rose Barras, WAMU 88.5 resident political analyst and co-host of The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta, will receive two honors in May: a Hope Award from Calvary Women’s Services and an honorary degree from Trinity (Washington) University. Barras will be honored with the Hope Award at Calvary’s seventh annual Hope Award dinner, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at The City Club of Washington at Columbia Square. Barras will receive an honorary doctor of letters and deliver the commencement address at Trinity University’s 105th Commencement, scheduled for 11 a.m., Sunday, May 18, on the main lawn of the university’s campus in northeast Washington, D.C.”

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  • PRWeek reports, “From increased responsibilities to growing competition, the constantly evolving media landscape has created both challenges and opportunities for today’s journalists, finds the first-ever PRWeek/PR Newswire Media Survey.”

  • Recovering Journalist writes, “The latest edition of the Newseum opens in Washington in a couple of weeks, and John Robinson points out that admission will be $20 for adults. Twenty bucks? Excuse me?? Look, I know museum construction and operation is expensive, and somebody’s got to foot the $450 million bill for multiple interactive news displays. the ‘4-D time-travel experience,’ the TV news chopper hanging in the middle of the museum and all of the other bells and whistles. But I thought that was why Freedom Forum, Gannett’s house charity, and other corporate sponsors were paying for this exercise in news industry self-indulgency in the first place.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The stocks of major media and entertainment companies tumbled during the first quarter, with all sector biggies except for Viacom hitting new 52-week lows amid weaker overall markets and concerns about the advertising market outlook fueled by fear of a recession.”

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  • The News Leader is looking for a Copy Editor/Page Designer.

  • The Winchester Star is looking for the next Star reporter.

  • Global Environment Facility is looking for a speechwriter/editor contractor.

  • Belo Corp is looking for a Photographer-Editor.

  • API is looking for an Web Content Administrator.

  • Atlantic Media Company is Announcing the Atlantic Media Fellowship.

  • Washington Life Magazine is looking for a Executive Assistant/Events Coordinator.

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