Morning Reading List, 08.25.08

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Weekend birthdays: Mike Memoli, Rob Bluey, Todd Harris. Friday bdays” Fran McMahon. Tom Edsall. Fox takes on CNN. A lot. You think Subway sandwiches are good for the price. David Broder takes a look back at the 1956 and 1960 Democratic conventions. Coming up this week — a look at 1964 GOP, the 1968 Democratic conventions and conventions from the 1970s and beyond. The Kojo Nnamdi Show, of WAMU, is headed off to broadcast live from both conventions. Kojo and his merry band of producers look forward to seeing everyone out West — and Midwest! Check out The .News’ new website. WWD Media has run down of which celeb mags will be represented at the conventions. Slate’s John Dickerson tells us “What to read to get ready for the Democratic National Convention.” Richard Prince looks at “Who’s Covering the Conventions”. Politics Magazine looks at “Obama’s Odd V.P. Rollout”. Vivian J. Paige provides readers with “A technology traveler’s toolkit”. National Journal looks “Inside Denver”. NewsHour tweets, “Our Twickr team will be cruising Denver on bikes — We’ll start all the fun reports tomorrow. Maybe some quotes from tonight’s media party.” demconvention tweets, “Our HD-quality video has launched! Check it out for complete, gavel-to-gavel coverage at http://gallery1.demconventi…This is male equivalent of one of those “Hillary Hair Cut” stories. Chris Cillizza presents, “5 Things to Love About Denver”. In a letter to members, wrote, “Today, the Associated Press (whose articles are published in thousands of newspapers nationwide) wrote a story about Barack Obama’s vice presidential pick that sounded more like right-wing FOX than an unbiased news organization.” Anna Shoup tweets, “wearing my PBS shirt and feeling the love from the locals.” Howard Kurtz tweets, “Denver press tent is decrepit and depressing. Must soldier on.” Rachel Sklar tweets, “Hilarious sign held up in Denver airport: Welcome, Mr. Blitzer!” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because people tell me their local newspaper has declined in quality. And they’re absolutely right.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • This week’s classes include Beauty Writing and Editing and Children’s Picture Book Writing.


  • A tipster tells us, “Tricia Miller has taken over the editorial assistant job at Roll Call that was vacated earlier this month by Dan Heim.”

  • A release announced, “Gena Fitzgerald, an award-winning broadcast journalist and media strategist, has been named executive director of the Journalism Center on Children & Families.”

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  • Jay Rosen tweets, “ asked me what would I do if I were print reporter at a mid-sized newspaper in a mid-sized city.”

  • A release announced, “Reporters Without Borders condemns the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department’s decision to have an undercover officer pose as a Newsweek reporter to find who was leaking information from the District Attorney’s Office about an ongoing criminal investigation.”

  • Gail Shister was being inducted into the NLGJA Hall of Fame this weekend.

  • “News coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing has been largely focused on three areas of competition and one athlete, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • A release announced, “U.S federal court judge Shadur took the extraordinary step on Monday of dismissing a long running case under the False Claims Act, for
    the leaking of a document exposing what could be a muti-million dollar fraud against the U.S government. The document, released by Wikileaks in late June is a contract between student loans giant Sallie Mae and its virtual subsidiary,
    USA Funds. The document has stimulated numerous investigative articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education over the last three months.”

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  • Top of The Ticket reports, “A hilarious new study of late-night political jokes … finds the network comedians clearly avoiding humor about Democratic candidate Barack Obama, while piling the jokes on President Bush and Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton. The study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs finds that only cable’s Comedy Central — whose primary comedians, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, more closely follow the day’s headlines, which have been dominated by Obama — has slightly more jokes about the freshman Illinois senator.”

  • A release announced, “Monday through Thursday, turn to C-SPAN for 24-hour political coverage through the four days of the Democratic National Convention. Start your day with Washington Journal, our signature call-in program, live from Denver, 7-10 am ET. In the evening, watch C-SPAN’s distinctive no-commentary, non-commercial, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention itself. On C-SPAN2, every evening, 8-11 pm ET, we present highlights from the day in politics. Our signature call-ins create a convention town hall for your participation.”

  • A release announced, “With the election just a few short months away, CNN takes politics to the streets once again with ‘Election Express Yourself’ — the network’s customized Airstream trailer designed to give Americans across the nation an interactive political experience. Election Express Yourself starts its current tour with a stop at the UMC Fountain at the University of Colorado-Boulder on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Election Express Yourself then travels to Denver for the final two days of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The trailer will be parked downtown between the Hyatt and the 16th Street Mall. All times Mountain.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN, FNC Reject Ayers Ad”

  • Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes reports, “In the Convention Ratings Race, We Already Have a Winner”

  • TNR asks, “Who Moderates The Moderators?”

  • Washingtonian plays “catch up with Lindsay Czarniak, sports reporter for NBC4.”

  • Washington Post’s Paul Fahri writes, “My counterparts at NBC News took exception to my last post about their reporting during the Olympics. Seems I missed a few things when I suggested that NBC’s news division had been co-opted by NBC corporate to help promote the Games. NBC News didn’t exactly dispute my main point. But they did offer a few more facts to fill out the picture.” Find out what here.

  • TVNewser reports, “CBS’ Harry Smith had the big get this morning, as he interviewed Sen. Barack Obama yesterday and discussed the presumptive nominee’s Vice Presidential choice (although, not by name). But someone tipped Obama to the fact that it was Smith’s birthday, and he had a special present for the anchor (Smith described it as a budding ‘bromance’).”

  • Steve Rhodes tweets, “Neither or are streaming any of their analysis. does have their special coverage.”

  • New York Times reports, “Networks Hope to Find Unique TV Moment at Democratic Convention”.

  • TVNewser reports, “HD Coming For World News”

  • New York Times reports, “Obama To Get The Brett Favre Treatment, Including Skycam”

  • TVNewser reports, “About 24 hours after John Roberts first got up anticipating the news, Sen. Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden his running mate late last night. And about 12 hours after the ‘3 a.m. text message,’ Obama and Biden took the stage in Illinois together for the first time. The cablers were there, of course (Headline News as well), as was ABC News, which broke in for a special report, anchored by Charlie Gibson.”

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  • The Nielsen Company released “an overview of the presidential campaign so far this summer, providing a closer look at the candidates’ online presence and buzz, their advertising campaigns, as well as TV viewership for past political conventions.” Among the findings, the study revealed, “The Huffington Post blog includes the most mentions of both Barack Obama and John McCain (June thru Aug 17), while Senator Obama maintains the lead in overall buzz volume on blogs and message boards.”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Bloggers are leading the charge against what they see as a conservative media”

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins reports, “Mark Halperin Blows Obama VP Story, Then Covers It Up”

  • Tech Crunch reports, “New C-SPAN Sites Get Way Unboring With YouTube, Twitter, Qik, Flash…”

  • Dusty Horwitt writes in The Washington Post about the “information avalanche” in online

  • We hear that TMZ will have a photog and some freelancers in Denver, doing celeb/politics coverage.

  • Politiker announced, “Over the course of the next two weeks nearly two dozen reporters from the network will be in Denver and St. Paul providing coverage of the national conventions.”

  • TNR looks at “The crash of the RNC’s Web 2.0 attack ad.”

  • A release announced, “Media Matters for America launched County Fair, a media blog featuring news links and progressive media criticism from around the web, along with original commentary from Eric Boehlert and Jamison Foser.

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  • Gawker reports, “The most telling economic indicator about Sunday’s New York Times Magazine investigation into Advanced Obamanomics is how it is not very economical with the words! There are 58 incidences of the word ‘but’ alone. (Plus 10 ‘yet’s, 6 ‘however’s and 2 ‘on the other hand’s.)”

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  • The Daily Standard reports, “Daniel Snyder Destroys D.C.’s Sportstalk Radio”

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  • Cincinnati Inquirer reports, “Nick Clooney prepares for academia”

  • Sign up now for the Mediabistro seminar, Writing Travel Guidebooks. “In his seminar on Tuesday, September 9, Michael Grosberg will give you the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work for the amazing Lonely Planet guidebooks, and how you can become an intrepid travel writer.”

  • Media Matters reports, “Media outlets reported allegations Biden plagiarized Kinnock, but not that he had previously credited him”

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  • Culture11 is looking for a top-notch freelancers.

  • The Atlantic is looking for a Renewal and Billing Manager.

  • Modern Luxury Media, LLC is looking for an Advertising Sales Executive.

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities is looking for an Associate/Assistant Director of Marketing and Media.

  • The Development Executive Group is looking for a Web Marketing Associate.

  • Government Executive is looking for an Advertising & Events Associate.

  • AARP is looking for Associate Editors.

  • The National Academies is looking for a Web Applications Support Assistant.

  • World Bank is looking for a Web Editor, Latin America and Caribbean.

  • NAEYC, The National Association for the Education is looking for a Public Affairs Intern.

  • Intriago Group is looking for skilled reporters for new online news site.

  • Danville Register & Bee is seeking a sports editor.

  • Daily News-Record is looking for a Reporter.

  • National Glass Association is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • The Associated Press is looking for an Airlines and Transportation Reporter.

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