Morning Reading List, 05.06.08

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Good morning Washington. Birthday Rememberer Mike Allen told us yesterday that it was Dan Balz’s birthday and, today, it’s David Rogers’ birthday.

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  • It is close, but you think Sen. Hillary Clinton will win Indiana.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “How the hell do you expect the newsroom to ‘integrate’ when the people working on your website don’t bother to get around to posting a breaking story until over an hour after copy was provided? This isn’t print. That said, what’s the point in putting any work into it — finding out more details & getting quotes — when your story is then duplicated or replaced with wire copy that’s a reproduction of the press release? Your ineptitude can only beat us down for so long.”


  • Bill Ringle picks up stakes

  • “‘Zen Master’ of Times newsroom retires“. That’s The Seattle Times.

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  • The Onion writes, “Dying Newspaper Trend Buys Nation’s Newspapers Three More Weeks”

  • Reporters Without Borders publishes an updated list of its “predators of press freedom”. Check out the full list here.

  • Newspapers will eventually be free.

  • Variety reports, “As the beleaguered newspaper biz struggles to sustain market share, some of its new, cross-platform approaches to movie-section advertising are being embraced by studios and readers alike”

  • Legal Times is the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association’s “Newspaper of the Year” in its circulation division. The paper won 12 awards for editorial excellence from the MDDC April 18.

  • The Economist reports, “Some of America’s most venerable newspapers face extinction, unless they evolve”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Psychologists, journalists and celebrity chief executives crowd the top of a ranking of influential business thinkers compiled for The Wall Street Journal.” Number two on the list is New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

  • Poynter Online’s Jerry Ceppo reports, “When Competition Isn’t Healthy: Time for APME and ASNE to Merge”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe takes a look at, “Michelle Singletary, the Washington Post’s chief personal-finance columnist”

  • E&P reports, “Five Years After Blair Scandal, Howell Raines Has Few Regrets”

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  • Roberts declares ‘Wright-free zone’ for Obama interview

  • ABC’s Bob Woodruff to anchor ‘eco-newscast’ on cable network

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN’s political team will report live from the CNN Election Center and across Indiana and North Carolina when Democratic voters there go to the polls for these critical primaries on Tuesday, May 6. CNN journalists and analysts will be on-hand throughout the day to report the results and what it means for the presidential campaigns. CNN’s special prime-time programming will begin at 7 p.m., following wall-to-wall politics on The Situation Room, and will run late into the night.”

  • A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network continues its coverage of ‘America’s Next President’ spotlighting the Indiana and North Carolina presidential primaries, Tuesday, May 6 beginning at 8 p.m. Lynn Doyle, CN8 Political Director, hosts this live extended edition of ‘It’s Your Call’ featuring regional political analysts and commentary from CN8’s Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief Robert Traynham. To enhance the network’s interactive political programming, Doyle invites CN8 viewers from Maine to Virginia to call-in live to join in the debate and voice their opinions as the primaries unfold.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “That Tim Russert, Meet the Press interview from yesterday must have left quite the impression on Sen. Barack Obama. This morning on NBC’s Today show, Obama repeatedly referred to anchor Matt Lauer as ‘Tim,’ prompting Lauer to eventually correct him midway through the interview.”

  • B&C reports, “The Federal Communications Commission ruled that Telepictures Productions’ syndicated magazine show, TMZ, can feature candidates for public office without automatically invoking the FCC rule that requires stations to offer up airtime to other candidates. But it warned that stations were still on the hook if an appearance was deemed to be for the purpose of advantaging one candidate over the other.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes,Bob Schieffer could bail out CBS (again)”

  • TVNewser’s Krakauer reports, “Sen. Barack Obama appeared this morning on Fox & Friends (as did his opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton). At the end of the interview, he hinted at a possible appearance on the O’Reilly Factor, following in the footsteps of Clinton’s highly-rated appearance: ‘We’re looking forward to it. We’re going to see if we can fit it in.'”

  • 23/6 reports, “After Barack Obama’s denunciation of Rev. Jeremiah Wright this week, the TV pundits’ most favorite terms has been ‘thrown under the bus,’ as in ‘Rev. Wright has been thrown under the bus by Obama.’ Clearly, ‘thrown under the bus’ won’t be thrown under the bus anytime soon. Although Wednesday evening’s “The O’Reilly Factor” featured numerous utterance of the phrase, the term has spread over all of cable news.”

  • Media Matters reports, “Networks again refuse to go on the record about NY Times’ military analyst expose”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Daryn Kagan Visits Old Set, YouTube-Worthy Material Ensues”

  • Dan Rather to cover primary for HDNet

  • MediaWeek reports, “While many television networks, including NBC and CBS, are approaching the upfront marketplace with sales presentations that include hefty praise and pitches for their digital platforms, Fox is concentrating its efforts on selling television as the overwhelming choice for advertisers to get their best return on investment.”

  • TVNewser’s Krakauer reports, “Good Morning America’s 7 Wonders of America kicked off today, with anchor Robin Roberts at the Washington Mall in Washington, D.C. Joining Roberts were two special guests, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Insiders tell TVNewser this was just the second ever live morning show interview of the President — the first being with GMA’s Diane Sawyer after Hurricane Katrina.”

  • Also, yesterday, “Mrs. Bush took to the White House press briefing room to discuss the humanitarian effort for cyclone-stricken Burma”. Politico’s Michael Calderone has more.

  • Check out Lindsay Czarniak’s prom picture, circa 1995.

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  • An ABC release announced, “ continued to achieve record high traffic in April 2008, with 221.7 million page views, up 37% from the previous year. April marked the site’s fourth consecutive month of record page view growth. In April, reached nearly 22 million uniques, an increase of 43% compared with the same time last year, according to ABC’s measurements. Video views for the site increased by 50% compared to the same time last year, according to ABC.”

  • reports, “Times Online plans to collaborate with News Corp’s newly acquired Wall Street Journal website to monetise its huge US-based readership. Times bosses believe there are opportunities to cross-sell advertising between the two newspaper sites in a strategy that would strengthen both brands.”

  • The Telegraph reports, “The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead has formally called for an apology from US website the Drudge Report for breaking the news blackout on Prince Harry’s deployment to Afghanistan.”

  • Mediabistro presents, “A blogger offers advice to publicists for getting placement on the Web”

  • Seattle Post-Inteligencer’s John Cook reports, “Traditional media companies that refuse to invest in the Internet and withdraw into old business models are destined to fade away, opening the door for entrepreneurs to take advantage of the lack of innovation. That was the message from Merrill Brown, a media consultant and former editor in chief of who was speaking this morning at the Drilling Down on Local conference in Seattle.”

  • relaunches with video.

  • The Advocate reports, “If you are reading this article online, PQ Media’s recent research report might be accurate. The Stamford-based company said spending on alternative media, such as video game and online advertising, rose 22 percent to $73.43 billion nationwide last year, and the firm expects alternative media expenditures to grow 20.2 percent to $88.24 billion this year.”

  • reports, “The Huffington Post ‘ultimately means the death of professional journalists’, Andrew Keen told an industry gathering today.”

  • His Extreme-ness presents, “our first-ever user-generated short story. We hope you help us write the story by adding comments below. We’ll kick it off with the opening few sentences, then turn it over to you, the readers, for developing the story. Just add the next sentences as comments, and let the story grow.”

  • W Magazine reports, “With arguably the most popular political site on the Web, an endless roster of high-powered bloggers and a smart new book, Arianna Huffington is more influential than ever.”

  • A NBC release announced, “NBC News today unveiled iCue, a free, online, collaborative learning community informed by MIT research that incorporates gaming, discussion and video resources in a fun and safe environment. Created by NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, for students and lifelong learners ages 13 and up, iCue stands for Immerse, Connect, Understand and Excel, inviting users to ‘immerse’ themselves in self directed and peer-supported active learning using hundreds of videos and other resources from the NBC News archives; ‘connect’ with friends and peers through discussion forums, personal networks, and by sharing learning resources, comments, thoughts, and insights; deepen their ‘understanding’ of core content through thought-provoking games and online challenges; and ‘excel’ in coursework or personal learning goals while building critical thinking and 21st century communication skills. iCue is a dynamic and content rich experience, immersing users in EdutainNet — education, entertainment and peer networking.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “After Oversharing, Users Recast Their Online Personas”

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  • DC’s own Katherine Marsh, is the winner of the Edgar for Best Juvenile mystery. She is the DC-based managing editor of the New Republic.

  • reports on “A Revolt at The Nation!”

  • reports, “As the Afterglow From the Recent Ellies Fades, Introducing a New Way to Recognize Glossy Goodness”

  • The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash takes another look at “Prom Night.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “In the many academic discussions about ‘citizen journalism,’ few consider how it relates to public relations for nonprofits. On Apr. 28, Elizabeth Toledo wrote in PR Week about how citizen journalism affects non-profits. She raised some ethical concerns.”

  • The Times Online reports, “AOL contacts Microsoft as Steve Ballmer walks away from Yahoo! bid” Also, “AOL Seen Potential Winner In Microsoft-Yahoo Breakdown

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  • The New York Times reports, “‘The Takeaway,’ a brand-new show broadcast on 15 public radio stations, is gearing up to face off with the mother of all public radio shows, ‘Morning Edition.'”

  • A NPR release announced, “NPR News will offer live comprehensive broadcast and webcast coverage of the North Carolina and Indiana primaries starting tomorrow at 7:00 PM (ET) with NPR newsmagazine All Things Considered hosts Michele Norris and Melissa Block as anchors. The special is slated to conclude at 11:00 PM (ET). In the 10:00PM (ET) hour, a one-hour call-in special hosted by Neal Conan will give listeners a chance to react and discuss the evening’s results. Questions can be submitted by calling 800-989-8255 or through email”

  • Washington Post’s Marc Fisher reports, “In the Internet Age, AM Radio Needs Fine-Tuning”

  • CNet News reports, “The proposed merger of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio may have sailed through a U.S. Department of Justice review without conditions, but key congressional Democrats are urging the Federal Communications Commission to impose limits designed to protect consumers.”

  • Media Matters reports, “NPR’s Rudin said ‘I wish I hadn’t’ compared Clinton to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction”

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  • Washington Post’s Michael Abramowitz reports, “White House press secretary Dana Perino returned Saturday to her alma mater, Colorado State University at Pueblo (where she studied mass communications and graduated in 1993), to deliver the commencement address. ‘Believe me, I never once thought I’d be giving this speech one day, and I’m sure that many of my professors, some of whom are here today, would have believed it either,’ she said, according to the Web site of the television station KOAA. According to the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper, Perino told the graduates that she has had ‘the time of my life in the White House.’ Perino said: ‘I’ve learned so much. I study every night as if I’m going to have a final every day for the rest of my time at the White House. If I mess up, I’m just not going to flunk; I could start a war.'”

  • The AP reports, “Forty-one House members are calling on the Defense Department inspector general to investigate a public relations effort that relied on retired military officers to defend the administration’s Iraq war policies.”

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  • Reuters reports, “National television is the most trusted news source, ahead of newspapers and public radio, but the Internet is gaining ground, especially among the young, according to a major worldwide survey of trust in the media. The poll, conducted in 10 countries by GlobeScan on behalf of Reuters, the BBC and the Media Center, found that 82 percent of 10,230 adults questioned rated national television as their most trusted news source overall.”

  • Danny Hosein, a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, and Legislative Program Assistant at the Friends Committee on National Legislation here in D.C., is one of the latest winners in the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s Global Issues/Citizen Voices writing contest. Read his essay here.

  • Reuters reports, “Financial news and data firm Bloomberg LP, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is facing a lawsuit involving 58 women who say they had their pay cut, were demoted or denied opportunities because they had become pregnant.”

  • reports, “In a struggling economy, corporate America has announced 290,671 job cuts from January-April, up 9% from the same period last year. Media industry layoffs, however, are running 57% ahead of last year at 7,949 for the four-month period, according to a survey from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas that came out Thursday, which happened to be Labor Day in several European countries. The figure is nearing the 11,700 media layoffs announced for all of 2007.”

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  • Global Action for Children is looking for a Communications Manager. “To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples (solely authored by you), via email to or via fax to 202 589 0588. Your cover letter should address why you are interested in a position at Global Action for Children and why you believe you are a qualified candidate for the job. The deadline for applications is May 23 2008.”

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