Morning Reading List, 10.23.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You are rooting for the Red Sox over the Rockies in the World Series. Go Sox!

  • The Onion News Network reports, “For a majority of likely voters, meaningless bullshit will be the most important factor in deciding who they will vote for in 2008.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “About the same time that Rupert Murdoch was telling shareholders that his beloved News Corp. had become the world’s most valuable media conglomerate, the company’s worth was in the midst of sinking by $1.53 billion. But Friday’s massive stock market sell-off didn’t alter Murdoch’s message. By the end of Friday trading, News Corp. sported a market capitalization of $67.79 billion, larger than Time Warner, the former biggest media company in the world.”

  • From Richard Prince: “Williams’ Thomas Interview Goes to Time, Not NPR

  • The Weekly Standard’s Nick Swezey wins on Jeopardy! Tune in tonight to see if he wins again.

  • reports,Rupert Murdoch praised by Franciscan monk”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “What happens when two well-mannered journalists decide to have a war of words? You get the great Jeff Jarvis vs. Adam Nagourney e-mail war of ’07.”

  • A release announced, “The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced on Oct. 22 the latest class of seven Knight International Journalism Fellows. In keeping with the program’s commitment to selecting the best international journalists, the group includes the first Egyptian, Indonesian and African Fellows, as well as Fellows from Britain and the United States. They will address key societal issues through hands-on media projects in eight countries.” For more info, click here.

  • Variety reports, “Cables hang from open raceways overhead and parts of NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters don’t have air conditioning. But on Monday, NBC will complete the physical integration of NBC News with MSNBC, part of a multimillion renovation of the third and fourth floors of the 69-year-old art-deco gem.”

  • New York Times reports, “How many people visited, the online home of Vogue and W magazines, last month? Was it 421,000, or, more optimistically, 497,000? Or was the real number more than three times higher, perhaps 1.8 million? The answer — which may be any, or none, of the above — is a critical one for Condé Nast, which owns the site, and for companies like Ralph Lauren, which pay to advertise there. Condé Nast;s internal count (1.8 million) was much higher than the tally by ComScore (421,000) or Nielsen/NetRatings (497,000), whose numbers are used to help set advertising rates, and the discrepancies have created a good deal of friction.”

  • The Examiner reports, “Dan Patrick returns to Washington sports talk radio starting today and can be heard weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on SportsTalk 980 AM. Patrick will replace the popular local show hosted by FOX 5 Sports Director Dave Feldman and Comcast SportsNet’s Carol Maloney.”

  • TVNewser reports, “To Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York, Joe Scarborough welcomed viewers to MSNBC’s new Manhattan digs. Multiple cameras worked their way around the combined studio and assignment desk space showing off the 3rd floor facelift, which took just nine months to complete.”

  • Washington Post reports, “When AOL chief executive Randy Falco was the No. 2 at NBC for all those years, he liked to call himself ‘the conductor’: He made the trains run on time. He still makes the trains run in his new job. But for 750 AOL employees let go last week, the trains run one way only — straight out of the company’s Dulles campus.”

  • reports, “Comcast is working up its own version of Time Warner Cable’s Start Over, which lets viewers play back certain TV programs if they’ve missed the beginning of a show without the need for a digital video recorder.”

  • Media Post reports, “One of the strange conventions of science fiction film and television shows has been the idea that in the future, we will all dress alike. From “Twilight Zone” reruns to movies like The Matrix, Aeon Flux, and I, Robot, citizens of the distant future seem, for no obvious reason, to have given up the idea of dressing themselves as individuals. In the future, fashion is apparently doomed.”

  • B&C reports, “Meredith and Comcast are pairing up for a family-focused video-on-demand suite to launch in December.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “As you may have heard, we celebrated our 10th anniversary earlier this month by honoring 10 media movers and shakers from the past decade with Golden Boas awards. Among the recipients was FBNY frenemy Stephen Colbert, who, due to prior commitments such as campaigning for president and practicing his brow furrow, couldn’t make the award ceremony. No worries, we had a secret weapon. Before last night’s Colbert Report, Craig Newmark, our partner in mischief and Golden Boa winner, presented Mr. Colbert with his award, and boy did he look pleased. Well done Craig, well done.”

  • A release announed, “Carol Lin Reporting will mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a branded video series beginning on October 22. This special series will be available on the Carol Lin Reporting homepage, and will feature 10 hopeful and inspirational news stories about cancer survivors committed to creating change in the world through their journeys with cancer. This marks the very first time the two former CNN news anchors will collaborate on a project since each left CNN in 2006.”

  • and Newsweek today launch the second series of “How the World Sees America,” “a multimedia diary covering international news. reporter, Amar Bakshi is on the ground in Istanbul today talking with protesters about the deaths of seventeen Turkish soldiers by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.” For more info, click here.

  • An American University release announced, “John Douglass, associate professor and director of the film and media arts division at American University’s School of Communication, received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Washington D.C. chapter of the International Television Association (ITVA-DC) during the organization’s 2007 Peer Awards ceremony held Oct. 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.”

  • Baltimore Sun’s John McIntyre writes, “Copy editors have made a big mistake. For years, coming in to work, typically in the evening, after the Important People at the paper have gone for the day, editing through the night and producing, all things considered, a remarkably clean newspaper, they saw no reason to trumpet their achievements. The work, after all, the product, speaks for itself. Their misjudgment was thrown into high relief last week when Joseph Lodovic, the president of Dean Singleton’s MediaNews publishing concern, was quoted as saying, ‘We have to find ways to grow revenue or become more efficient by eliminating fixed costs. Why does every newspaper need copy editors? In this day and age, I think copy-editing can be done centrally for several newspapers.'”

  • CNN Money reports, “Last week could hardly have been grimmer for the newspaper industry. First off, Gannett and McClatchy — the two biggest newspapers publishers in the U.S., respectively — reported diminished revenues and profits. Meanwhile, following the lead of Belo, publisher of the Dallas Morning News, Scripps announced it was splitting its growing television and interactive businesses off from the company’s newspaper business so that investors could get excited about the company’s slumping stock price.”

  • Times Leader Editor and Publisher Richard L. Connor writes, “Smaller media markets, like TL’s, doing fine.”

  • Poynter Online’s Maurreen Skowran writes, “Amy Gahran is right that ad departments need to be souped up, as she said in comments to Rich Gordon’s Oct. 15 Tidbit on business models.”

  • John Robinson, News & Observer Editor discusses, “Yellow journalism and selling newspapers”

  • AU also announced, “American University’s Center for Social Media and the Digital Freedom Campaign will host a panel discussion on digital media rights featuring executives from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), followed by a free concert with independent musician Samantha Murphy. The panel begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 24, in the Wechsler Theater, located on the 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center on the university’s main campus. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Tavern on the 1st floor of the Mary Graydon Center.”

  • “Bad Legal Week For Reporters” reports FishbowlNY.

  • ValleyWag reports, “NBC Universal has quietly pulled the official channel on YouTube the two companies established last June.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Can you believe First, the upstart Christian video site became the nation’s fastest-growing Web property for August, according to ComScore’s Media Metrix. Its 1.7 million unique visitors represented a 973% increase in traffic over the previous month. In September, the number of visitors leveled off, but the length of the average user’s stay nearly doubled to a healthy 7.7 minutes, ComScore said.”

  • New York Post reports, “As the entertainment industry ramps ups the pressure on Google, MySpace and other Web companies to better police the illegal online trading of movies and music, it’s already looking toward even bigger fish to join in its battle against digital piracy: Internet service providers.”

  • San Francisco Chronicle reports, “In 2005, when Silicon Valley entrepreneur Michael Arrington started TechCrunch, his popular blog on Internet startups, he saw it mainly as a chance to indulge his obsession with young technology companies. But it turned out that Arrington had latched onto something big. TechCrunch became the go-to site for the scoop on new Web companies. And, as technophiles flocked to TechCrunch, advertisers followed suit. Arrington’s blog morphed from a labor of love into a fast-growing business.”

  • Media Post reports, “You’ve heard this before but probably have a hard time believing it. After all, your local newsstand is crammed with all sorts of newspapers, magazines, newsletters and free copies of The Onion, while Barnes & Noble has mountains of new titles and attracts legions of highly caffeinated book buyers. Perhaps you think rumors of print’s impending demise are exaggerated. They aren’t. But don’t worry. You won’t miss it either.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Friend of Mediabistro Russ Baker’s new Real news Project just scored an interesting story in conjunction with The Nation: Hillary Clinton has lured away ex-George W. Bush financier Alan Quasha to work with the Clinton campaign in an undisclosed capacity”


  • The Associated Press is looking for an APTN Newsperson.

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