You think journos make good dinner guests, or is it that they make better dinner guests than your family?
An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the most-watched evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households, and Adults 25-54 for the week of October 29-November 2. Averaging 8.57 million Total Viewers and a 2.1/9 among Adults 25-54, the ABC broadcast outperformed NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 310,000 Total Viewers and 80,000 key demo viewers.”
An NBC release announced, “NBC News in partnership with HotChalk is launching today the most comprehensive digital, curricular resource ever available on American presidential politics. The pioneering Decision ’08 resource, designed specifically for classroom instruction, offers the latest, up-to-the-minute presidential election news through a video-on-demand user interface, allowing teachers to effortlessly customize their lesson plans with compelling and relevant content to bring the election process and political issues to life.”
An ABC release announced, “ABCNEWS.com increased unique visitors 21% to 15.7 million in October 2007, versus the same time last year, according to ABCâ€™s measurements. ABCNEWS.com saw 150.8 million page views, up 19% from the previous month and 9% year-over-year.”
A tipster tells us, “former Washington Times staff photographer Liz O. Baylen, who left the Times in the summer of 2006, has been hired as a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times.”
The CPB announced, “Chris Boskin Elected Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting”
Radar presents, “The New York Times’ Andrew Rosenthal on Iraq, Times Select, and his father’s secret past”
The Washington Times reports, “Is the right-wing conspiracy so vast as to include even Mark R. Levin’s dogs? The conservative talk-radio host disavows any political or ideological motive behind his new book, ‘Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish.'” The book is currently #2 on Amazon’s top 100.
PEJ News Coverage Index for the week of Oct. 28 shows, “The presidential race was easily the biggest story in the media last week. But while much of the coverage focused on the attacks on Hillary Clinton at the Democrats’ Drexel University debate, the press also reassessed several other candidates.”
Bloomberg reports, ” Google Inc., seeking to expand beyond the Web, said it plans to create a mobile phone operating system for handsets sold by Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc.”
Wall Street Journal reports, “Taking the reins at a time of intense pressure for change, Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner Inc.’s chief executive-elect, said he would consider all options for restructuring, and he acknowledged that the media company is unlikely to look the same in two years.”
WWD.com reports, “Just minutes after the announcement Monday that Time Warner Inc. chief operating officer Jeff Bewkes was chosen to succeed Dick Parsons as chief executive officer of the conglomerate, rumors of structural changes at the company, including a possible Time Inc. spin-off, started again.”
His Extreme-ness launched a new campaign for the Weblog Awards.
A reader asks, “Anybody else wondering if the Taylors named their baby after Bruce Willis’ character in Die Hard?”
Doug Elfman writes, “Howard Kurtz gave his new book the wrong title. Reality Show: Inside the Last Great Television News War is really about The First Inconsequential Television News War, since it’s obsessed with the current TV news anchors.”
PJNet’s Leonard Witt writes, “we have to make a distinction between reporters and the writers who are writers and reporters too. I think in terms of a continuum from straight news reporting to feature writing to literary nonfiction.”
Chicago Tribune reports, “Five of the nation’s top newspaper companies are taking steps to create a national online advertising network they hope will help them recapture ad revenue leaking away from their print products. Sources close to the situation said Gannett Co., Tribune Co., Hearst Corp., Media News Group and Cox Newspapers may band together to form a common ad sales force that could offer national advertisers ‘one-stop shopping’ for ad space on big-market Web sites across the nation.”
MediaWeek reports, “Magazine publishers have heard it all before, and speakers at the American Magazine Conference last week only reinforced it: They are behind on integrated marketing, they need to catch up to consumersâ€™ online habits and their Web sites are dwarfed online by the big foots of the digital world.”
The New York Times reports, “Copyrighted work like a news article or a picture can hop between Web sites as easily as a cut-and-paste command. But more than ever, as that material finds new audiences, the original sources might not get the direct financial benefit — in fact, they might have little idea where their work has spread.”
Mediabistro says, “Get on your soapbox and pitch ‘Culturebox,’ the Slate section that’s the best way to get in the door,” when pitching Slate.
A reader sends us this, “To Chris Anderson…from a flack. This lazy jackass whines because he gets 300 emails a day? That’s sounds like the abridged version of my daily inbox. Tell him to go work at the 7-11 if he can’t handle the overwhelming, time-consuming flood of communications that online journalists like have forced upon us, thanks to their 24 hour newscycle and constant search to make news when there isn’t any.”
Stars and Stripes reports, “Stars and Stripes is parting ways with America Supports You, the Defense Department program that gives publicity to groups supporting U.S. servicemembers.”
Associated Press reports, “Yahoo Inc.’s chief executive and top lawyer on Tuesday defended their company’s involvement in the jailing of a Chinese journalist. Irate lawmakers accused them of collaborating with an oppressive communist regime.”
Reflections of a Newsosaur reports, “Sunday newspaper sales have fallen to a 32-year low of about 51.3 million, according to projections based on the latest report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.”
Journalism.co.uk reports, “The editor of Timesonline today told the Society of Editors conference that Google was ‘hugely dangerous’ to the newspaper industry.”
The Daily Cartoonist reports, “E&P report that Washington Examiner editorial cartoonist Nate Beeler and Chicago cartoonist Eric Allie have been picked up by Cagle Cartoons syndicate. Both cartoonists tend to be right-leaning.”
New York Observer reports, “The first President George Bushâ€”the one with two middle namesâ€”is 83 years old now and isnâ€™t one to give many interviews. And when he does consent to a sit-down, they always seem to be done with an understanding — either explicitly stated or an agreement between gentlemen — that he is not to be uncomfortably probed about his son’s presidency and the seemingly vast foreign policy differences between father and son. It is probably unfair, then, to blame Chris Wallace, the host of ‘Fox News Sunday,’ for conducting a lengthy, exclusive interview with the former President that left every relevant question unasked.”
PRWeek reports, “Salon.com still thriving as brand evolves”
MarketWatch reports, “Time Warner Inc. said Tuesday that its chief financial officer, Wayne Pace, will retire at the end of 2007.”
Information Week reports, “Big media companies’ efforts to extend copyright are hurting creators’ abilities to find audiences for their work, argues cyber-rights activist Cory Doctorow.”
Reuters reports, “Four out of five U.S. adults go online now, according to a new Harris Poll.”
Content Bridges reports, “The newspaper industry’s circulation swoon continues, and at a pace that hasn’t changed much over the last three years.”
Portfolio looks into “Chris Anderson vs. Public Relations Spam”