Morning Reading List, 05.08.08

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Good morning Washington.

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  • Most of you watched MSNBC last night for election returns.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I get here two hours earlier, stay an hour later and get paid several thousands less per year than the people I have to assist to keep my foot in the door. And they make me do all kinds of stupid crap that I would NEVER make an assistant do. Hell, I don’t even NEED an assistant, so I should be my newsroom’s favorite employee.”


  • A release announced, “The recently redesigned Science News has named Regan Pickett sales account executive. The position is based in Washington, D.C., the magazine’s headquarters. The announcement was made by Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News.”

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  • B&C reports, “A pair of powerful legislators want to know whether news networks bear any culpability related to a Department of Defense program to recruit ex-military officers to talk up Iraq and other policies on TV, online and elsewhere. Following a story in the New York Times about the program, House Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) have asked FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to investigate whether the program may have violated requirements of sponsorship identification.”

  • Media Matters reports, “Wash. Times quoted Indiana man saying Obama is ‘a Muslim’ without noting the assertion is false”

  • Check out the latest “Talk to the Newsroom” with Assistant Managing Editor Susan Edgerley.

  • Romenesko has a memo from New York Times’ Bill Keller in which he says, “We hope that the worst is now behind us. As I told you when we met in the Times Center in February, our plan from the outset was to move through this difficult process as quickly as possible so we do not spend a year bleeding from serial cuts. There are, of course, no guarantees, but so far nothing in the company’s performance or in the forecasts for the economy at large suggests we will be going through this again anytime soon. Moreover, we remain in a far better position than most competitors, thanks to a large base of extremely loyal paid subscribers, a digital news operation that is outpacing our rivals in readership and revenue, and the backing of a family that sees our work as both a civic trust and a durable business. Most important, we retain the strongest team of talented journalists in the business, and they — you — remain the key to all of our ambitions.”

  • Variety’s Brian Lowry writes, “As downsizing news outlets endeavor to ‘do more with less,’ one might think old-fashioned reporting and analysis would be enough to keep them occupied. But no, the prevailing trend extends beyond that into Carnac the Magnificent territory, prodding pundits to forecast what’s to come. Welcome to the age of all the news that’s fit to predict.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman explores, “Media ethics since the Jayson Blair bombshell”

  • Poynter Online reports, “John S. Carroll, former editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times, gave the annual Creason Lecture at the University of Kentucky on April 1, 2008. He spoke from notes, from which he adapted” this text.

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  • THR reports, Dan Rather fired another round against his former network Tuesday, charging in an amended lawsuit that CBS News labeled the anchor “too hot to handle” and prevented him from being hired by other networks following his acrimonious departure.”

  • MSNBC’s Courtney Hazlett reports,Ryan Seacrest might be adding hosting duties of another kind to his schedule in 2009. A source from within CNN says that Seacrest, who has filled in for his friend Larry King in the past, is involved in “serious negotiations” to take over ‘Larry King Live’ around year’s end. King told The New York Times in April 2007 that Seacrest would be his first choice to take over the show when the time came.”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “By so obviously snubbing Huffington, NBC looked petty. By stubbornly refusing to acknowledge its role in the Pentagon propaganda program, NBC looked weak. Behold your so-called liberal media at work. Of the two sad tales last week, one seemed petty; the other rather profound. In both cases, NBC News appeared more interested in protecting egos and holding off honest critiques than it did being held accountable.”

  • Rachel Sklar explores,John King, Virtuoso”

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, may report higher third-quarter sales today on increased advertising revenue from Fox Broadcasting’s ‘American Idol’ and February’s Super Bowl.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “ABC News will open several mini-bureaus in September 2008 in an effort to expand their news-gathering resources while training future journalists. The ‘ABC News On Campus’ program will open bureaus within the journalism departments at several top American universities allowing students to participate directly in ABC News programming. Campuses participating in the program include Syracuse University, the University of Florida and Arizona State University. ABC News on Campus will be unlike one of the education initiatives in which NBC News is involved: the partnership with the New York Film Academy in that students will work as staffers in each of the bureaus, contributing story ideas and using equipment provided by ABC.”

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  • Mark your calendar for The Washington Blogger May Meeting on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00PM at Regional Food and Drink.

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens
    reports, “With the Democratic primary still on, The NYObserver’s Felix Gillette looks ahead to the general election and the Google/YouTube presidential forum announced last month and planned for New Orleans Sept. 18.”

  • WebProNews reports, “If MySpace were to lose its top spot among social networks, it’d have a long way to fall. Though US visits to the powerhouse were down five percent since last year, MySpace still commanded nearly 74% of the social networking market, according to Hitwise.”

  • Wired reports, “ founder Jeff Taylor helped you find a job, and helped ease you into middle age. Now he wants to help you build the last web page you’ll ever need. is scheduled for a soft launch in June. It aims to provide a central location to house online memorials for those who have passed on. It’s starting with $4.3 million in funding, with The Wall Street Journal as a lead investor.”

  • Poynter Online’s Amy Gahran answers the question, “If you were to advise The Day’s editors about how to handle blog comments, what would you say?”

  • “This Thursday Paul Waldman and David Brock will be releasing a new chapter to their book, ‘Free Ride: John McCain and the Media.’ The new chapter is an update to the media coverage of McCain since the book was published and will be available at

  • Regarding this, a reader writes, “Nothing should be changed regarding comments. Many folks are laughing because they feel certain reporters are just getting upset because people are calling them on the inaccuracies, amateurishness, bias and slant in their stories! The current spirit of the Internet should remain 100 percent exactly as it is. This is, by the way, the United States–we practice freedom of speech here. For a newspaper person to get upseat about freedom of speech is one huge stinking piece of eliteism, divaness and hypocrisy. Hypocrisy.”

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  • Reuters reports, “Barnes & Noble Inc, the world’s largest bookseller, said on Tuesday it will sell digital and print magazine subscriptions though its online segment, The retailer said the site will sell subscriptions to more than 1,000 magazines at up to 90 percent off newsstand prices. More than 12,000 back issues of different magazines will also be available digitally, the company added.”

  • Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar writes, “Pre-Gaming The Time 100: Who Will Be There? And Will Any Of Them Be Named ‘Clooney?'”

  • PR Week reports, “Magazine awards reflect industry changes”

  • The New York Post reports, “Newsweek will move to 395 Hudson St., the west SoHo office building known to the public as the home of radio station Hot 97 — and once the scene of numerous rap-related shootings and beatings. Newsweek signed a lease yesterday for around 165,000 square feet. The move dismayed downtown advocates who had long expected the magazine to move to 100 Church St., close to Ground Zero”

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  • Crain’s New York reports, “Starting June, 140 CBS stations, as well as the AOL Radio network will be available on the Web through a single media player. Plans call for social radio widget too.”

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  • A release announced, “Ten Knight-Bagehot Fellows in economics and business journalism have been named by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for the 2008-2009 academic year. They include journalists from The Miami Herald, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Associated Press and Dow Jones Newswires. This year’s fellows include local Thomas M. Anderson of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Other fellows are: Elizabeth Harris of Worth Magazine; Brian Hindo of BusinessWeek; Megan Johnston of Financial Week; Richard G. Jones of The New York Times; Natalie Obiko Pearson of Dow Jones Newswires; Daniel Sorid of The Associated Press; Kyle Stock of The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C.; Stuart Washington of The Sydney Morning Herald; and Jim Wyss of The Miami Herald.”

  • Reuters reports, “Pope Benedict will text message thousands of young Catholics on their mobile phones during World Youth Day in Sydney in July, hoping going digital will help him connect better with a younger audience.”

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  • Consumers Union is looking for a Associate Editor, Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Director of Events & Communications.

  • American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science is looking for a Production Specialist.

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