Morning Reading List, 08.13.08

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Karl Rove resigned one year ago today. In 2007, Phil Rizzuto died. In 1995, Mickey Mantle died. It’s Nora McAlvanah’s birthday (Fidel Castro, too). Yesterday’s picture was of Cokie Roberts holding Jake Tapper’s daughter in the “This Week” greenroom. Congrats to Weber Shandwick Account Executive Katie S. Kindelan on getting the right answer. A tipster tells us, “Jim Spiegelman, the VP of Communications & Public Affairs at the Aspen Institute (and former consulting editor at BusinessWeek), turns the big 5-0 on Wed, Aug 13!” PBS has “Five Good Questions for Ray Suarez”. Merlin Mann offers, “Blog Pro Tip: Write headlines that make it fast and easy for commenters to misunderstand what you didn’t say in the post they didn’t read.” And OKnox tweets, “Sec Rice speaks on Georgia at the White House — while the photogs are in the news-free Pres Bush event. Shooters NOT happy.” BLIND ITEM: What journo got stuck in a Capitol Hill elevator yesterday for a few minutes? Was that Sam Arora at Science Club last night? And Robert Bluey and Paul Parmley at the Nats game? And was that Catherine Andrews at Komi? Politico presents “You Report,” “your chance to tell Politico readers about important political stories in your backyard — and earn $100.” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “They recently laid off a number of people at our newspaper, and now the ones who are left are all pretty much looking for jobs because who knows when the next round of layoffs will occur. If you can’t offer people job security, you should just throw in the towel as a business because you will never be able to maintain quality workers or produce a quality product. My advice to everyone who can is get out. I would really like to see some of the journalism organizations cover this situation from the journalists viewpoint and try to help them. The least they could do is write a few articles about starting over in another career, transitioning from this career to the next, and what opportunities are out there for former journalists.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Hottest Media Types: Your 2008 Winners“): Reader HalotaButz writes, “Congrats to all for your hard work on the campaign trails, especially Rob. Well earned!” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • The News-Observer shares, “How we reported the Edwards affair”

  • Soup Cans has an interview with New York Times columnist David Carr.

  • “For the eighth time in nine weeks, Democrat Barack Obama generated significantly more coverage than his Republican rival, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of campaign coverage last week.”

  • A SPJ release announced, “Jay Bookman, editorial page writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is the 2008 recipient of the $75,000 Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, which is presented annually by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists.”

  • “David Stout, domestic correspondent for the Continuous News Desk, is answering questions from readers Aug. 11-15, 2008. Questions may be sent to To move directly to the most recent answer, click here.”

  • The Times Online reports, “No one can accuse The New York Times of papering over its mistakes. America’s most famous newspaper today issued a formal correction to a review of a Broadway production of West Side Story published no less than 48 years ago.”

  • Gawker reports, “What The Enquirer Can Teach You About Good Journalism”

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  • A NBC release announced, “During the week leading into the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ had an impressive ratings win, outperforming ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ and CBS’ ‘Evening News’ by placing first in total viewers, homes and among the key demographic adults 25-54 during the week of August 4, 2008. Anchored from Beijing, China on Thursday and Friday of the week, the NBC broadcast attracted 7.771 million total viewers”.

  • A C-SPAN release announced, “C-SPAN announces today its ‘Convention Hub,’ a unique online addition to the network’s coverage of the upcoming 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions. Convention Hub, comprised of two websites, is designed to track coverage of the political blogosphere and social media, while making embeddable C-SPAN convention video available for online use. C-SPAN’s Democratic Convention Hub and Republican Convention Hub are slated to launch at: later this month, just prior to the start of the two political party conventions. C-SPAN has engaged New Media Strategies (NMS), an Arlington-based online intelligence and marketing firm, to design proprietary software technology for Convention Hub. C-SPAN will maintain editorial control over each of the websites.”

  • CNN announced, “For the first time since winning their parties respective nominations, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will both appear during the high-definition CNN broadcast of the Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion. The candidates will speak separately with the forum’s host, pastor and author Dr. Rick Warren, and will discuss issues including compassion, faith, values and leadership.”

  • A release announced, “CN8, the Comcast Network confirms prominent guests during coverage of the Democratic and Republic Conventions.” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and former N.J. Gov. Christie Todd Whitman are among the confirmed guests.”

  • The New York Times reports, “CNN announced Tuesday that it would ‘double its domestic news-gathering presence’ by assigning journalists to 10 additional cities across the United States.”

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert writes, “Fox News suffers another debate snub; bloggers take a bow”

  • TVNewser reports, “Phelps Race May Get Coast-to-Coast Live Coverage”

  • Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008 presents Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart on the state of politics.

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc’s CNN plans to double its newsgathering presence in the United States, even as threats of an advertising recession have led to job cuts at other news organizations. The pioneer global cable news network said on Tuesday it will double the number of regions from which its newsgathering staffs operate to 20. It will begin operations in Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Houston; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Seattle.”

  • TVNewser reports, “As MSNBC was in the early stages of planning coverage of the DNC, the network was told a spot adjacent to Denver’s Union Station would be available. Organizers were even prepared to light the 19th Century Beaux-Arts building for MSNBC’s prime time coverage… until they figured out how much it would cost.”

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  • Tech Crunch reports, “Facebook Is Not Only The World’s Largest Social Network, It Is Also The Fastest Growing”

  • Fortune presents “Another view on Twitter”

  • The Business and Media Institute reports, “There’s a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. But speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and ‘government dictating content policy.'”

  • The Maynard Institute Richard Prince writes, “Black Press Not in Synch with Expanding Web”

  • StartUp Meme reports, “Twitter has just announced the imposition of limits on the number of people that you can follow. The new restrictions limit you to follow not more than 2000 people at any given time. The rationale for this is to limit follow spam.” Tech Crunch reports, “Twitter’s 2000-Follow Limit Raises A Ruckus. But How Many People Can You Seriously Watch Anyway?”

  • E&P reports, “Clarity Media is adopting a pay-per-page view strategy for Examiner newspaper blogs. reported that bloggers coined ‘examiners’ will receive anywhere from $2.50 to $10.00 for every 1,000 page views. The blogs will cover 25 categories in 60 cities.” And Gawker reports, “Newspaper Chain Launches Blogs, Borrows Our Pay System”

  • Next Monday, from 10am to 11am, the National Press Club is offering a class on Twitter. “The class will be limited to 10 participants. Participants must bring their own lap-top and cell phone. There is no charge for the class. Register by contacting Beth Shankle at or 202-662-7509.”

  • “The Opening Keynote Speaker for this year’s WebbyConnect is NY Times Chairman and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.” Other confirmed speakers include Jim Paratore, Executive Producer of TMZ, Aaron Koblin from Google’s Creative Lab and Jason Hirschhorn, President of Sling Media Entertainment Group.

  • launched The Pindell Report, “a ranking of competitive races across the country.” Check it out here.

  • launched the 2008 Political Landscape map, “offering readers interactive, state-by-state coverage of the presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial races this election season.” Check it out here.

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  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “On Wednesday, radio stations in Los Angeles and Orange County will get their ratings for the first time from a new electronic monitoring system, replacing the decades-old method in which listeners scribbled in a diary what they’d been tuning in to.”

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  • E&P reports, “Coverage of the John Edwards affair — or the lack of it — brought mixed reactions from major news editors as well as close observers who disagreed over whether the ‘mainstream media’ did enough to look into allegations prior to the politician’s confession last week.” And, PBS’s “Jeffrey Brown examines why the mainstream media remained silent on the story amid the flurry of tabloid reports.”

  • This year’s SPJ convention will include “several large group gatherings on important topics to the journalism community. These sessions will be the only events happening at the convention in their time slot. There will be nothing running concurrently to them.” Learn more here.

  • The Mediabistro AvantGuild Newsletter announced, “Our How To Pitch section is without a doubt one of our most popular series. As the archive keeps getting bigger and better, it can become more time consuming to find the magazines you want to pitch. So we’re thrilled to announce we’ve added more search options: lead time and pay rate.”

  • MediaBloodhound reports, “While cable news dutifully devotes nonstop coverage to the latest random criminal cases — kidnappings, shootouts, murderous love triangles, car chases — it’s telling when a supposed break in one of the biggest manhunts in FBI history, for a terrorist who murdered and poisoned multiple American citizens with anthrax, takes a backseat to nearly every other story. That is, if it’s mentioned at all.”

  • A Newseum release announced, “Convicted ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski has written a letter to a three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel about the display of his 10-by-12-foot cabin as a central artifact in an exhibition at the Newseum marking the FBI centennial.” (More from the WaPo)

  • is asking for your help. “This spring more than 250,000 people clicked to send a message to the Senate saying that the we won’t stand for any more media consolidation. The Senate listened. This May, they voted overwhelmingly to overturn the FCC’s most recent giveaway to Big Media. Now we need you to click here and send a message to the U.S. House asking them to do the same thing. This isn’t just another online petition. We’re connecting online and offline actions to make the most of every click. Soon we are going to hand-deliver these petitions to members of Congress in their home offices, so it is vital to add your name now.”

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  • U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C. is looking for an Online Producer. To apply, please send resume to

  • Potomac News is looking for a Continuous News Desk/Cops Reporter, an Experienced Communities Editor and a Visuals/Presentation Editor.

  • Richmond Times-Dispatch is looking for a Columnist/Reporter.

  • The Center for Responsive Politics is looking for Fall 2008 Interns.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for an Editor.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for a Program/Field Producer for Monthly International Affairs Program.

  • Federal News Radio is looking for an Anchor/Web Manager.

  • AAAS is looking for an Art Director and an Associate Art Director.

  • Qorvis Communications is looking for an Interactive Project Manager and a Senior Web Developer.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day