Morning Reading List, 08.20.08


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

Most of you think that Obama will make his VP pick today. Kevin Madden, Andrew Taylor, Emmanuel Touhey and Tom Boyd all correctly guessed that this is Dana Perino. Jay Rosen says, “Hype Busting At Mother Jones Goes Bust.” Two years ago, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal (of the famous Iwo Jima photo) died. Robert Plant is 60, George Mitchell is 75, Connie Chung is 62 and Al Roker is 54. TVNewser’s Allison Krinsky interviews ABC’s Brian Ross. Yes, that’s Harry Jaffe’s manly picture in Rails to Trail magazine. Howard Kurtz tweets, “The biggest scoop in journalism is now WHEN the veep choices will be announced. Huh? We’re still clueless as to who.” Check out the three newest blogs in the blog network. MobileMarketingToday, MobileDevicesToday and MobileAppsToday join MobileContentToday as part of a 4-blog network covering the latest news and information related to the fast-developing mobile space. “Was that Lynn Sweet referring to herself as “Hip Sweet” on MSNBC last night? Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I feel like a dinosaur.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • The Boston Globe reports, “Jill Carroll, the Christian Science Monitor reporter held hostage in Iraq for more than two months in 2006, will start recruit training at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia on Monday, said department spokesman Dan Schmidt. Carroll will undergo five months of full-time training to become a firefighter and emergency medical technician. But she’s not up for talking about her career switch, Schmidt said.”

  • The New York Times reports, “MSNBC is removing the longtime host Dan Abrams — its onetime general manager — from his 9 p.m. program and replacing him with Rachel Maddow.”

  • A release announced, “Jonathan Dube has been named Vice President of and Deirdre Michalopoulos has been named Managing Editor of, News President David Westin announced today. Ms. Michalopoulos will report to Mr. Dube who will report to Paul Slavin, Senior Vice President, ABC News Digital.”

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  • Reflections of a Newsosaur reports, “With a growing number of newspapers on the market at a time they most likely will fetch historically low prices, somebody is going to start buying some of them. But don’t count on the usual suspects. Start thinking, instead, about such unconventional potential purchasers as the multibillion-dollar investment funds created by countries like Singapore or the sheikhdoms of the United Arab Emirates.”

  • The AP reports, “Newspaper publisher Media General Inc. on Tuesday said July revenue fell 13.8 percent to $68.3 million because of weak classified advertising. That compares with revenue of $79.2 million in July 2007.”

  • Ronnie Agnew looks at how the newspaper can open up the world.

  • Dennis Ryerson writes, “Best to wait to get scandal stories right”

  • Jeff Jarvis asks, “Are editors a luxury that we can do without?”

  • E&P reports, “Idaho Falls Paper Drops AP — Blames New Rates”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Roseanne Attacks Brad And Angelina, Slams McCain And Maureen Dowd”

  • TPM reports, “Associated Press Gets One Right”

  • Gawker asks, “Who Is The Mystery Person Who Got To Say ‘Fuck’ In The New York Times?”

  • Jezebel reports, “Longtime White House Reporter Helen Thomas Is Critical Of Even Her Own Behavior”

  • Washington City Paper reports, “If Barry Svrlugla’s reward for covering the Nats last season was to be the lead reporter on all things Michael Phelps, Chico Harlan deserves a front-row seat at the Second Coming. Since taking over from Svrluga earlier this season, Harlan has ably covered a team that is now re-threatening 121 losses.”

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  • A release announced, “More than 9.4 million people tuned into ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ during the first week of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The impressive delivery is the show’s biggest total viewer delivery since the week of March 3, 2008. With Brian Williams broadcasting live from Beijing, “Nightly” led ABC by 2.470 million and CBS by 3.794 million — its best total viewer advantage over both shows since the week of November 29, 2004. ‘Nightly’ led ABC by at least 2 million viewers every night of the week. On Friday, ‘Nightly’ beat ABC by a whopping 2.987 million, the best single day advantage since December 1, 2004.”

  • Boston Globe’s Steven Almond writes, “I’d like to issue a challenge to CNN or MSNBC or some other brave network to produce a weekly show that deals exclusively with a single pressing issue, and objectively analyzes each candidate’s policies with respect to that issue. Here’s how such a show work. It would require dumping all pundits, pollsters, and campaign operatives in favor of non-partisan sources (scientists, economists, and the like) whose only allegiance is to policy and its effects on the electorate. No replays of misleading ads, or sound bytes.”

  • TV Barn reports, “It’s official: ‘The Daily Show’ really is ‘the most important television program EVER'”

  • TVWeek reports, “A final draft of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform signals that its candidates will follow Barack Obama’s push for increased diversity in the ownership of broadcast media, as well as more educational content on the Web and television.”

  • A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network announced today a full slate of political programming in advance of 2008’s historic Democratic and Republican National Conventions. CN8’s experienced political team of Political Director Lynn Doyle, Special Contributor Larry Kane and Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief Robert Traynham all will host shows featuring prominent guests who will discuss what’s likely to happen at the conventions and analyze the potential impact. … In addition to airing on CN8, The Comcast Network, convention coverage will stream concurrently on the network’s award-winning Web site at, with online-only event highlights and exclusive interviews posted regularly. Comcast Digital Cable customers may also view ON DEMAND coverage of each night’s three-hour broadcast for up to two weeks following the initial airing under: Get Local/CN8/Specials and Get Local/Campaign ’08/Next President.”

  • NewBusters reports, “Todd Regrets Speaking of Potential Evangelical ‘Hatred’ of Obama”

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  • announced, “ today launches the ‘Pick Your President’ contest. Readers compete to correctly predict which states will make up the 270 electoral votes that John McCain or Barack Obama need to win the election. Using an interactive map, players decide whether electoral votes in each state will go toward the Republican or Democratic candidate and a tally keeps track of the total count.” To get started, click here.

  • Coming Aug. 23 — A New Poynter Online

  • The Morning News has “14 Ways to Use Twitter Politely”

  • Are you ready for the Food Bloggers Challenge?

  • The AP reports, “WSJ launches free news application for BlackBerry”

  • The Washington Blogger August Meetup is tonight at 7 p.m. at Regional Food and Drink. To RSVP, click here.

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  • “Ready to turn the page on your beat reporting and write a book? Join established authors for magazines, newspapers, and other mediums at a beat-to-book panel on Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m. in the Zenger Room” of the National Press Club. “Panelists will talk about how they turned their reporting beat into a book, as well as offer tips for how aspiring authors can research and sell their own work (and how to get over that first hurdle, the book proposal). Don’t miss this chance to learn about becoming an author from a journalist’s perspective. This event is open to the public. Please RSVP to Christine Dell’Amore,” Panelists will include Marc Sandalow, author of “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi’s Life, Times and Rise to Power”, Sharon Weinberger, author of “A Nuclear Family Vacation” Eric Roston, author of “The Carbon Age” Alicia Shepard, author of “Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate”

  • Politico reports, “Bob Woodward to reveal ‘The War Within'”

  • Eat The Press reports, “Embargoed Bob Woodward Book To Come Out Sept. 8th, So Look For It To Be Totally Scooped On Sept. 7th”

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  • A NPR release announced, “Three recent graduates with degrees from Harvard, Stanford and Yale universities and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism have joined NPR News as the 2008-2009 Joan B. Kroc Fellows.” They are Ailsa Chang, Eloise Quintanilla and Brian Reed. “The Kroc Fellowship, which is now in its fourth year, identifies three distinguished graduates each year and trains them in a yearlong intensive program at NPR and NPR Member stations. The program, made possible through the 2003 bequest from the philanthropist and widow of McDonald’s Corporation founder Ray A. Kroc, is dedicated to identifying and training the next generation of public radio journalists and continuing public radio’s commitment to public service.”

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  • “Last week, for the first time in nine months, another event generated more media attention than the presidential campaign. The conflict in Georgia filled 26% of the newshole from August 11-17 while campaign coverage registered at 21%, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • A PRNewswire release announced, “As the Official Newswire of both the Democratic National Convention (Aug. 25-28 in Denver) and Republican National Convention (Sept. 1-4 in Saint Paul), PR Newswire is the sole news distribution service providing media and online news sites worldwide with news issued by both conventions, as well as thousands of the world’s most powerful interest groups, associations, labor unions, think tanks, government agencies and other organizations.”

  • “Religion’s role in the presidential election, a new vocal atheism, beat blogging and other topics headline next month’s meeting of Religion Newswriters. About 250 journalists and others are expected to attend the 59th Annual Conference, convening Sept. 18-21, 2008, at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in Washington, D.C.” To register, click here.

  • “Media coverage of America’s ailing economy has followed a changing trajectory in the past year. The economic narratives have shifted noticeably, sometimes keeping current with economic events and sometimes lagging behind. And while public interest in the economy has generally exceeded media coverage, the relationship between that coverage and public opinion is a complex one,” according to a study released by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • Hilary Rosen lays out “‘New Rules’ for Mary Matalin, John McCain and the Rest of Us”

  • Check out the 23/6 Convention Show at 9p on Tuesday, Aug 26th in the Big Tent. The host is Sam Seder of Air America. Performers include, Matt Cooper of Portfolio Magazine, Eugene Mirman of Comedy Central/Late Night with Conan O’Brien/Flight of the Conchords, Lee Camp of Comedy Central’s “Fresh Debate ’08”, and Fred Armisen of SNL. And Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar. There will also be 23/6 videos shown between acts.

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  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Account Manager, International Publishing.

  • Army Times Publishing Company is looking for a Senior Staff Writer/Navy Times.

  • The American Prospect is looking for someone in Ad Sales.

  • NPR is looking for a Senior Interactive Graphic Designer.

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