Morning Reading List, 11.30.07

Good morning Washington.

  • You think Facebook is stupid (but admit it — you secretly love it).


  • The Examiner announced the addition of two reporters — Leah Fabel who most recently worked on a web-based project on the role of faith in American and Freeman Klopott who for the past 14 months has been covering city government, environmental issues and general assignments for the Keene (N.H.) Sentinel.


  • How about some straight talk to go along with newspaper transformation?”

  • Editors say news in print will stay


  • The AP reports, “The desire for greater control over how search engines index and display Web sites is driving an effort by leading news organizations and other publishers to revise a 13-year-old technology for restricting access. Currently, Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and other top search companies voluntarily respect a Web site’s wishes as declared in a text file known as ‘robots.txt,’ which a search engine’s indexing software, called a crawler, knows to look for on a site.”

  • Washington Post reports, “AOL has begun flooding the Web with dozens of new and updated products, many of which do not even bear its famous name, in an attempt to expand its network and reach people wherever they may be. With a partner, it runs edgy celebrity gossip site TMZ. It recently started Bluestring, a site that scours the Internet for one’s photos, videos and music and stores them in one place online. And it has unveiled a video search engine called Truveo used by Microsoft’s Web sites, the technology portal CNet and others.”

  • Check out the latest Washington Social Diary.

  • Salon’s Joan Walsh on “Integrity and slime, in old media and new


  • Big local tv news: “WJLA Grabs Top Spot At 11 p.m. From WRC”

  • Matthew Felling wonders why Ann Coulter is on C-SPAN (perhaps it’s because she wants to be the WH press secretary)

  • A look at PBS’ Newshour.

  • reports, “The four US television networks in a pay dispute with Hollywood television writers over online video advertising are in line to generate $120m of revenues in 2007 from free web streaming of their content, according to a leading media buyer.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “With little time to spare for Tribune Co., the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission proposed regulatory relief Wednesday that would help Chicago billionaire Sam Zell close the $8.2 billion deal to take the media conglomerate private by year’s end.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Coming off a setback at the hands of the cable television industry, the head of the Federal Communications Commission moved to reassert himself on Wednesday by proposing that the commission quickly adopt a rule that would prevent Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable company, from becoming larger, commission officials said.”


  • His Exrtreme-ness tells us, “A rare night out for Extreme Mortman yesterday as we joined the steadfastly magnificent folks at Reason magazine to hear ‘Confessions of a Political Hit Man: An Evening with Roger Stone.’ We found the literary libertarian company pleasing — and Roger Stone even more pleasing still.”

  • Jon Fine’s media predictions for 2008.


  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Schedules Researcher, Committees Reporter and an Assistant Documents Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Experienced Editor and an Editor/Writer.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is seeking a Bureau Chief.

  • Voice of America is looking for a Web journalist.

  • The Bay is looking for a Local/Breaking News Reporter.

  • The Navy League of the United States is seeking an Assistant Editor.

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