Morning Reading List, 10.03.07

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  • An ABC release announced, “For the twenty-first time in twenty-three weeks, ‘ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ was the most watched evening newscast among Adults 25-54. The ABC broadcast averaged a 1.9/8 and 2.39 million among key demo viewers, 220,000 more than NBC’s ‘Nightly News.’ This marks ABC’s greatest demo advantage over NBC in nearly two months (week of July 30, 2007). Among Total Viewers, only 20,000 separated ABC (7.65 million) and NBC (7.67 million).”

  • A CNN release announced, “For the second time this year, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer at 4p dominated the P25-54 demo, raking first among all cable news nets for the month of September.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Video game technology and narrative theory combine to create story forms never before possible”

  • Dan Froomkin on Dana Perino on Seymour Hersh.

  • Video blogger James Kotecki joins Politico.” His welcome video can be found on’s homepage.

  • The National Press Foundation 25th Annual Awards Dinner will be held February 28, 2008. Mark your calendars!

  • Check out U.S. News’ “Capitol Bobbles.”

  • Who Actually Attended The NSA’s Secret Reporter Seminars?”

  • “Gannon: Helen Thomas was treated like ‘mafia don'”

  • The Swamp reports, “At some point either tonight or in the morning, the 100,000th reader’s comment would be posted here in the Swamp. It was tonight. We looked forward to reading it, and perhaps making note of it as well. (We are)”

  • ‘Tim Russert’ Moves To MSNBC

  • Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “For the last half year, thanks in part to vigorous noisemaking by the National Book Critics Circle and its energetic president, Swarthmore grad John Freeman, the publishing world has done almost as much talking about the ‘book review crisis’ as it has about the rectangular objects it sells. So far in September, no fewer than five panels in New York, at venues from Columbia Journalism School to Scandinavia House, have been devoted to some version of the ‘The Vanishing Book Review.'”

  • Bartiromo & Matthews To Moderate GOP Debate

  • MinOnline asks, “Why Can’t Magazines Collaborate With Agencies To Explore The Value Of Print Media?”

  • B&C reports, “ANALYSIS: Why the Networks Hate Premiere Week”

  • E&P reports, “You can only envy Facebook’s traffic, unless you’re Google or Facebook rival MySpace. A sophisticated and slick ‘social utility,’ the website has grown to 42 million members. It’s no wonder. Facebook is a truly useful and fun social networking tool — and it’s addictive.”

  • CJR’s Paul McLeary writes, “I’m curious to see what the reaction of The New York Times will be, if any, to John Burns’ comments about Iraq this past weekend. Accepting Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Burns ventured into that no-no area for Times reporters: offering personal opinions outside the pages of the paper.”

  • PEJ News Coverage Index: The ‘Tyrant on Tour’ Coverage Tops the News — September 23-28, 2007″

  • Starting last night and continuing for the next three Mondays this month, “World News” will air with limited commercial interruptions thanks to a single sponsor (adding about 5 minutes of extra time to each broadcast). Airing in conjunction with the sponsorship arrangement is a special series — “Key to Success” — that will examine solutions to some of the country’s most pressing problems. For more details, click here.

  • AASFE’s announced the winners of the 2006 Best Sections contest for the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors at the conference Thursday afternoon in Savannah. For the list, click here. They also announced the winners of AASFE’s 19th annual writing competition.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates adores the press, and he doesn’t care who knows it. Well, he’s a tad more direct than that—Gates adores the press, and he wants everybody to know it.”

  • Monday night on News Hour, Judy Woodruff spoke with Charlayne Hunter-Gault about the deadly attack on peacekeepers in Darfur. Charlayne spoke with Judy from Khartoum.

  • Poynter Online reports, “Attending events remotely, following proceedings through streamed technology and otherwise, has become more common over the past few years. But in the coming week, Shanghai will be breaking a couple of records in this field. The Special Olympics 2007 (meant for athletes with intellectual limitations) starts Oct. 2 in Shanghai. The achievements of 7,500 athletes will be broadcast on a special site, Special Olympics Live.”


  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation is looking for a Producer.

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