Morning Reading List, 06.18.08


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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

Happy Birthday Roll Call! Monday marked the publication’s 53rd anniversary. The first issue of Roll Call was published June 16, 1955. Today’s the birthday of David Lat. 146 years ago, slavery was abolished. 55 years ago,
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed. 24 years ago, Sam Bowie was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan. It’s the birthday of Salman Rushdie.

What CNN staffer was told this yesterday: “You ever think about what we could get away with behind the cameras?”

A release announced, “The Newhouse School today expressed its sympathy at the unexpected death of journalist Tim Russert. ‘We were shocked and saddened to learn of his passing,’ says Newhouse Dean David M. Rubin. ‘We extend our condolences to his family, his colleagues and all those who have watched and admired him through the years.’ Russert was to receive the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award from the Newhouse School at the upcoming Mirror Awards luncheon on June 23. The award will now be presented posthumously.”

Most of you have cried in the last week, about something.

Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “There’s a jackass reporter in my office that continually tries to snake away my stories or piggyback on the big stories I’m working on. Do your own work.”

Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • A release announced, “The Glover Park Group announced that Kevin Madden, a prominent communications and political operative, will become Senior Vice President at the firm. Madden, who has served as a senior communicator for presidential campaigns and Congressional leadership, will join Glover Park Group’s public affairs division, engaging immediately on a range of public policy challenges faced by the firm’s clients.”

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  • “The media marked the kickoff of the general election with a focus on how Barack Obama and John McCain differ on major issues such as the economy and the war in Iraq, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of election coverage.”

  • The AP reports, “Gannett Co.’s May operating revenue fell 11 percent on a sharp drop in ad sales, the publishing company said Tuesday.”

  • “A Pew polls shows, With the major party nominations now settled, the images of the candidates’ wives are coming into sharper focus. While opinions about Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama are mostly positive, Mrs. Obama has emerged as the more high profile and controversial spouse.”

  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. said Wednesday its total revenue fell 6.6 percent in May as a slight rise in circulation revenue couldn’t fully offset an 11.9 percent drop in ad sales.”

  • The Hartford Courant asks, “Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez’s attack on The Courant for allowing readers to post racist and hateful speech on the paper’s online comment boards raises an issue increasingly confronting newsrooms across the country as newspapers rapidly transform from primarily a print to an Internet business: How far should newspapers go in policing that kind of speech?”

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  • Bernard Goldberg writes in the Wall Street Journal, “Russert Took Media Bias Seriously”

  • The New York Observer calls Russert, “Man of Ambition”

  • St. Petersburg Times TV critic Eric Deggans writes, “Russert protege could take reins”

  • A Cramer Hill Little League t-ball team hailing from Camden, N.J. will appeared on CN8’s “Your Morning” program Wednesday morning. The co-ed team consisting of five and six-year-olds has been invited to the White House on June 30 to test their skills against a team from Puerto Rico.

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “NBC shouldn’t replace Russert with Brokaw”

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  • “HuffPost’s OffTheBus has just launched ‘OffTheBus Listening Post.’ OffTheBus records and uploads Obama and McCain press conference calls so anyone can hear them. The calls are usually posted 60-90 minutes after they end.”

  • His Extreme-ness writes, “Here at the glass-enclosed nerve center of Extreme Mortman, we’ve always tried to avoid using bad language. We’re aware that America’s youth is watching, and we don’t want to corrupt their minds or have their parents block our site.” Find out how his Extreme-ness gets around those pesky standards here.

  • FamousDC reports, “The blogosphere is on fire this morning over the recent news that the Associated Press wants to now charge bloggers a per word usage fee. G.E.N.I.U.S. So, which mental giant over at the dinosaur facility came up with this stroke of brilliance? The (cr)AP, who hasn’t quite joined the 21st Century, will be immensely disappointed to find out that the new ‘fee’ platform won’t be appreciated by anyone in the blogosphere — a community growing by the hundreds each day. The same community that prides themselves on dishing out link love to other bloggers.”

  • Reuters reports, “Global entertainment and media revenue is forecast rising by an average of 6.6 percent a year to $2.2 trillion by 2012, boosted by advertising-supported digital and mobile media and an explosion in the adoption of broadband.”

  • Social Media reports, “How citizen journalism is changing political reporting”

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  • Washingtonian reports, “Peter Fay always thought he was a woman trapped in the body of a man. At age 63, after a long career on television and radio, he’s decided to become what he feels he was meant to be.”

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  • Dow Jones reports, “A House subcommittee voted Tuesday to block the Federal Communications Commission’s rule allowing cross-media ownership in the country’s 20 largest media markets. The provision is part of a spending bill that provides funds to the FCC and would deny the agency any funding to implement the rule.”

  • The New York Sun reports, “Tomorrow marks the 74th anniversary of the Communications Act of 1934, the legal framework for federal regulation of all manner of communications through the Federal Communications Commission. … By many accounts, the FCC is just beginning to flex its muscles. During its first 60 years, the FCC was one of the more obscure federal agencies. In recent years, however, editorial pages — some with praise, some with a tut-tut, and some with uncontrolled hysterics — have commented frequently on FCC decisions, or lack thereof.”

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  • Leading Authorities Inc is looking for a Marketing Writer.

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