Morning Reading List, 08.17.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • It’s another really close poll, but Imus wins over Morning Joe by just a hair.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, August 12, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ is the only Sunday morning discussion program up (4%) year to date versus last year while ‘Face’ declined 7% and ‘Meet’ declined 3%.”

  • The Telegraph reports, “Bebo has overtaken MySpace as the UK’s leading social networking site as young people increasingly shun the News Corporation-owned site. It had 10.7m unique users in July, compared with 10.1m at MySpace and 7.6m at Facebook, figures from internet tracker Comscore show.”

  • B&C reports, “In an effort to tap into the lucrative teen market, Hearst-Argyle Television launched the Web platform ‘High School Playbook’ …. Playbook employs a social-networking model to help users share video, news and views about all things high school, be it sports teams, cheerleaders or marching bands.”

  • Variety reports, “Dr. Phil’s about to face some serious competition online: Hollywood execs Robert Tercek and Matt Edelman are prepping to launch PeopleJam, a website set on helping people improve their lives. When the site bows in September, with the backing of former AOL Time Warner exec Robert Pittman and TiVo chief exec Tom Rogers, PeopleJam will serve as a channel on which visitors can interact with hundreds of experts on health and fitness, relationship, finance, career, spirituality and other topics.”

  • Also from Variety, “AOL may have lost the text-search battle to Google, but it’s aiming to take the crown in video searching. The Time Warner-owned portal is launching … a destination site for its video search engine Truveo. After spending years as a business that powers the backend of other video sites, Truveo will aim to attract consumer traffic — and advertising — through its own portal.”

  • Page Six reports, “It’s less than four weeks until the Sept. 10 launch of TMZ’s television show and, after the co-executive producer Bryn Friedman was canned last week, rumors started swirling that the start-up program could be in trouble.”

  • AP reports, “New York Times Co. said Thursday its July ad sales from continuing operations dropped 3.5 percent due to retail and classified ad declines. Total revenue from continuing operations edged up 0.1 percent.”

  • reports, “When USAToday relaunched its site in March as a social network around news, I and others thought it was big news. … Given the insane ability of social networks to drive traffic, this seems like a fairly safe promise to make. But so far, the data we have says it hasn’t paid off in terms of unique visitors or page views for USAToday.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Amid concern over the frenzy of entertainment blogs and tabloids competing for inside information on Paris Hilton’s days in jail and Mel Gibson’s tirade during a drunk-driving arrest, state lawmakers have taken steps to clamp down on some forms of checkbook journalism. A bill wending its way through the Legislature would make it a crime for law enforcement or court employees to profit by releasing confidential information gathered in criminal investigations or unauthorized photographs of people in custody.”

  • From The City Paper’s City Desk, “Note to WaPo Editorial Board: Stick with English”

  • His Extremeness tells us, “What Karl Rove Understood About International Broadcasting”

  • The Bivings Report gives us the “Top 10 Best Newspaper Websites”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “The average newspaper should expand by a factor of 50 the amount of space given to corrections if Scott R. Maier’s research is any guide.”

  • A tipster writes in to point out that Roll Call had the Leahy Batman item weeks back.

  • Emily Langer, previously at the Almanac of American Politics, just started as an editorial assistant in Outlook at the Post.


  • National Public Radio is looking for a Broadcast Recording Technician

  • Erickson Health is looking for a “Great Healthcare Writer/Reporter.”

  • BoatU.S. is looking for a Graphic Designer with Magazine Experience.

  • Pew Forum on Religion & Public is looking for a Communications Associate.

  • The Comcast Network is looking for a Videographer.

  • Campaigns & Elections magazine is looking for an Online Managing Editor and a Staff Writer.

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