Morning Reading List, 05.11.07

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  • An ABC release announced that “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” ” outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ in both Total Viewers and Among Adults 25-54 for May 6. “This is the 13th time this season “This Week” beat “Face the Nation” in the key Adults 25-54 demographic. It also marks the 10 th time this season “This Week” outperformed “Face” in Total Viewers.”

  • A NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was “the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, placing first in all categories for the week ending on Sunday, May 6.” On Sunday, the show attracted 3.435 million total viewers, 42% more than ABC’s “This Week’s”, a 45% advantage over CBS’s “Face the Nation’s” 2.376 million, and a 203% lead over FOX “News Sunday’s” 1.132 million.

  • ABC also announced that “Nightline” “continued its growth trend in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic” for the week of April 30. According to the release, “This is the third consecutive week that ‘Nightline’ grew year-to-year while its competitors declined.”

  • ABC announced,” ABC News’ Senior Foreign Correspondent Jim Sciutto will report from the Darfur region of Sudan on the ongoing genocide there. A series of reports will air on ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ beginning Monday, May 14. He will also file for other ABC News’ broadcasts, including ‘Good Morning America,’ while in Sudan.”

  • Slate reports, “In the name of ‘operations security,’ the Army established new regulations last month that sharply restrict the content of letters, e-mails, blogs, and articles written by military personnel, and require a security review before they can be published.”

  • San Diego’s City Beat has an interview with New York Times columnist Frank Rich.

  • Gannett announced that Florida Today won the top Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in News and Terry Eberle and Randell Beck tied for Editor of the Year.

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “Working off vague guidelines as content floods in, the people running sites like YouTube and MySpace are determining what’s acceptable in political communication. And often their rules and regulations are no clearer than those that governed the old-media world — where they even exist at all.”

  • Keith Kelly gives the run down of Times’ 100, my seating arrangement.

  • Dan Gross reports, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calls Ted Koppel the all-time master at knowing when to cut somebody off. After Monday night’s mayoral debate at the National Constitution Center, Matthews, the Nicetown native host of “Hardball,” told us the key to moderating a debate, or hosting a cable news/talk show, is listening and knowing when to jump in.”

  • B&C reports, “There were fewer than 1,106 complaints about TV violence in all of the fourth quarter of 2006 according to the FCC’s most recent figures. Violence did not even make the list of top programming complaints to the commission.”

  • From a reader: “I cant tell you how many times the Post has nabbed my story and reported it as something new months, sometimes more than a year, after I wrote about it. And it’s like I wrote about it once or twice. This is stuff that got repeat, front page play before the Post touched it … and then, of course, didnt give any credit. That makes me absolutely furious.”

  • A reader adds to the ratings lull surrounding CBS: “Building on that idea, imagine if CBS used that name; replaced the anchor desk with a bar; changed the theme music to some John Coltrane solo or Dave Brubeck tune; changed the voiceover from Cronkite to Ice T or that guy from HBO’s ‘Hookers at the Point;’ and let Katie do the news smoking a cigarette after about nine martinis. Then you’d probably at least attract the women who used to watch her on ‘Today’ and get a decent spike in the 25-54 demo.”

  • The Kiplinger Organization, publishers of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere magazine. Time Warner was the only other media company recognized.

  • Watch the winning entries of C-SPAN’s 2007 StudentCam Competition here.

  • FMBQ reports, “A new study from Bridge Ratings looks at the power of cell phones and their usage in relation to radio. Phones are becoming increasingly tied into music and information delivery, with 30% of those surveyed interested in receiving radio broadcasts via their phones.”

  • Politico tells us “How to befriend a blogger.” Gawker weighs in here. And allow us to make two additions: Never follow-up an email with a phone call, especially by saying “I just wanted to make sure you got my email.” You want to know if we didn’t receive your email? The email bounces back. #2: Keep modes of communication consistent. Don’t return an email with a phone call, don’t return a phone call with an email.

  • “HipCricket reports that mobile text messaging is the fastest growing communications medium on the planet,” according to Radio Ink.

  • The AP reports, “Tribune Co. Chairman and CEO Dennis FitzSimons told shareholders Wednesday that the deal to take the media conglomerate private represents ‘a new beginning’.”

  • Business Week reports that advertising giant BBDO Worldwide is releasing a study of the daily rituals of more than 5,000 people in 21 countries. “More than half of all Indian respondents surf the Web before leaving the house, while less than one-third of Americans or Canadians do.”

  • New York Post reports, “News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch announced a sweeping effort today to make his global media empire carbon-neutral by 2010.”

  • announced the debut of Pop-Ed, “a daily music video created based on the news of the day. Locally acclaimed artist Jake Brennan will compose and perform the music video, which will be posted on”

  • Slate’s John Dickerson offers “ideas to fix the lousy presidential debates.”

  • Yesterday, Sen. Ted Kennedy sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Army Peter Geren “urging him to reconsider the recent ban on military blogs on the Internet.”

  • FNC’s Megyn Kelly is today’s commencement speaker at UTenn.

  • A reader calls this “the best headline ever.”

  • Politico has the inside scoop on the “TV chick-lit might be headed for the Capitol.”

  • Media Week reports, Yahoo CEO Terry Semel, preached about the inevitability of Web and TV convergence, while at the same time knocked the major broadcast networks’ efforts to push digital media in their upfront sales presentations.”


  • The American Society for Engineering Education is looking for an Editor.

  • Inside Higher Ed is looking for a Website Marketing Manager for their online publication.

  • GAGE is looking for a marketing/PR intern.

  • Island Press Center for Resource Economics is looking for a publicity intern and a production assistant.

  • The American Society for Engineering Education is looking for a Assistant Managing Editor.

  • Red 7 Media is looking for a Sales Account Manager.

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