Morning Reading List, 05.22.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s the un-endorsement that really matters: Perez Hilton says its time for Hillary to drop out. Did you know that his Extreme-ness has an “” windbreaker? Told ya so: NPR has done some solid reporting in China. Congratulations to two area college journalists — Jake Sherman from The GW Hatchet and Emma Zayer from the upstart Daily Colonial all-online newspaper — who were named by UWire as among the top 100 college journos in the nation (The Hatchet was also named the best non-daily in the country).

It’s the Associated Press’ birthday (1900), which makes it considerably older than another birthday boy: Richard Keil (and Jon Ward…hat tip Playbook). And Ruth Marcus celebrated her 50th on May 15. One year ago today XM launched POTUS. Green Room Girl has some new pics. Mediabistro contributor Emily Gould is the cover girl on this weekend’s NYT Magazine. The Mediabistro Circus was quite the event. Did Tim Russert really fart on television“?!? There’s more WaPo buyout news: Travel writer Cindy Loose is taking the buyout along with Phillip Blanchard, business copy editor (who says he’s now available!)

Also, there were some good guesses on yesterday’s picture Morning Roundup Picture, including, “John Boehner….? Or have I just horribly insulted some poor guy….?” We also got Kevin Madden or “a young” Bill Hemmer. But you want to know who it really was?

Get that answer and your your morning mix of media Meusli after the jump…

More after the jump.

(The picture was Eddie Vedder)

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:


  • You think “Morning Joe” is worse without Joe Scarborough.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I hate it when public officials try to deny access to open records. (Especially when they want to hide something or keep a big story a little quieter.) There’s a reason they’re open people, if something goes wrong on your watch, that’s YOUR problem!”


  • Politics magazine announced, “we’ve added two superstars to Politics magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, Whit Ayres and Joe Trippi.”

  • reports,Rob Grimshaw has been appointed as the new managing director of Grimshaw, who will take up his new position on June 1, moves from his current post as global online advertising director, where he was part of executive management team and responsible for overseeing digital strategy and site development.”

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  • E&P reports, “Going Mobile — The End of the Newsroom As We Know It?”

  • Slate’s readers had some thoughts of their own in reaction to Jack Shafer’s piece, “Who should succeed Leonard Downie Jr. as editor of the Washington Post?” Names mentioned: Tom Kennedy, Norman Grigg, Dan Froomkin, “Someone with a brain,” “Someone with a modern outlook.”

  • Columbia Journalism School has the remarks from Dan Balz, the Henry J. Pringle Lecture, Journalism Day 2008.

  • Tonight, check out Politico’s Charlie Mahtesian and Jeanne Cummings at Part 2 of Rosslyn Renaissance 2008 “Rooms with a View” Lecture Series form 6:00-8:00p.m. at the Boeing Conference Center, 1200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. To RSVP call (703) 522-6628 or email

  • The Hill reports, “A little birdy tells ITK that for the past week, a small brown bird has been living in the Senate Press Gallery. Dubbed Robert C. by surrounding scribes, the bird has been pooping on Carl Hulse’s fan; hence The New York Times reporter’s cleverness: ‘sh– has literally hit the fan.'”

  • Daily Sparks Tribune reports, “Woodward gives interesting speech at WIN dinner”

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  • MarketWatch reports, “Time Warner and Time Warner Cable to separate”

  • Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily reports, “HBO’s Richard Plepler, who rose from top corporate communications officer and exec VP to the company’s programming boss in a promotion that raised creative eyebrows, has decided to get some help from a source very familiar to him: The New York Times. Specifically, from Frank Rich, the NY Times’ weekly Op-Ed columnist and formerly America’s most powerful drama critic, who as of today keeps his day job in journalism but also signs on as HBO’s creative consultant”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Charlie Rose Likes Morning Joe (So Does Jeff Zucker)”

  • Variety reports, “A dominant Fox is set to be crowned the winner of the 2007-08 television season, one that the broadcast biz — and perhaps even Fox — would just as soon forget.”

  • TVNewser reports, “An Anonymous Tipster Asks… ‘Are the TMZ-like helicopter shots of Ted Kennedy at his home really necessary on MSNBC?'”

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  • Gibraltar Associates, LLC and Tew Cardenas, LLP, launched Vision Americas, a new web channel focusing on the importance of U.S.-Latin America ties.

  • The Newspaper Association of America’s blog reports, “Newspaper Web sites attracted more than 66.4 million unique visitors on average (40.7 percent of all Internet users) in the first quarter of 2008, a record number that represents a 12.3 percent increase over the same period a year ago, according to a custom analysis provided by Nielsen Online for the Newspaper Association of America.”

  • BtoB reports, “Consumer magazine Web sites averaged 70.7 million unique monthly visitors during the first quarter, according to the Magazine Publishers of America. That is an 11.9% increase over the same period in 2007.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “The New York Times is remaking itself as a digital enterprise, but don’t expect it to start taking its cues from Gawker Media anytime soon when it comes to employee compensation. ‘There’s been a lot of talk recently about paying journalists by the page view, and I just think that’s a ridiculous idea,’ said Aron Pilhofer, the Times’s editor for interactive news, during a session this morning at the Mediabistro Circus. ‘I think we’re a long way from reporters paying attention to page views.'”

  • Reuters reports, “Hulu, the video website owned by News Corp and NBC Universal, said on Tuesday its service will be distributed on seven new sites, making its archive of popular television shows more widely available.”

  • CNet News reports, “Facebook has just published new photos and descriptions of its impending profile redesign to its Facebook Profile Previews page. The new profile design will, as we have known for a while, be centered on tabs.”

  • Reuters reports, “NBC, CBS, and Fox charged on Tuesday that Redlasso, a closely-held website operator, has violated copyright laws by streaming video clips of their news, sports and television shows without permission.”

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  • Folio reports, “Which magazine has the youngest readers? Which has the oldest? The biggest household income? The lowest? How many copies of Bridal Guide are passed along? Those are some of the questions that can be answered twice a year, when Mediamark Research releases the results of its survey of some 222,210 U.S. adults.”

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  • Poynter Online reports, “Americans Say They’re Well-Informed, But Dissatisfied With Coverage of Iraq War”

  • NewsBusters reports, “In all the fuss over Barack Obama going on ABC and telling his opponents to ‘lay off my wife,’ some might have assumed that Obama was implying that Michelle Obama wasn’t a major player in the Obama campaign. Read the transcript again, and you’ll notice he never says that. (Michelle, however, felt compelled in that interview to deny Robert Novak’s buzz that she axed Hillary from the ticket.)”

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  • Thompson Publishing Group, Inc. is looking for an Associate Editor/Writer.

  • NPR is looking for a Senior Editor, Overnight

  • National Glass Association is looking for an Assistant Editor.
  • Freedom House is looking for a Managing Editor, English (Iran Programs)

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