Morning Reading List, 12.03.07

Good morning Washington. It’s Julianne Moore’s birthday today, which means it’s a great day, and, amazingly, it falls only one week after Freckle Pride Day.

  • You think J-school is a waste of time.


  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia for Nov. 30?

  • “The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies announced … that Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism will assume responsibility for the administration of the AltWeekly Awards.”

  • Deborah Howell on “Throwing a Flag on the Taylor Coverage.” And Clark Hoyt on “Fact and Fiction on the Campaign Trail.”

  • Stung by Politico Report, Giuliani Puts Up His Dukes

  • Amy Argetsinger agrees that J. Freedom du Lac’s name is coolest.

  • Howard Dean addresses the Gridiron Club.

  • A Project by American University Students in The Washington Post reports, “Election year after election year in recent decades, candidates and the media have spent significant energy courting young voters and reporting on how they view issues and campaigns. Yet, year after year, voting data shows that the turnout of young voters has been disappointingly low.”

  • One Georgetown resident has something to say about newspaper delivery.

  • This Friday at Busboys & Poets Tony Deifell shows scenes from upcoming film & tells stories from Seeing Beyond Sight.

  • His Extreme-ness says,Howard Kurtz Is Right!”


  • A release announced, “During November when the stock market has swung wildly, viewers tuned to CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, for fast, accurate, actionable and unbiased business news. In measured ratings, CNBC had its best November in total viewers since 2000 in
    Business Day and its best November in the key adults 25-54 year-old
    demographic since 2003. It was also CNBC’s best month in Business Day
    programming in total viewers since August 2002.”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for November sweeps, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demo. This is the second consecutive November sweep ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation.’ This was also ‘This Week’s’ best November sweep performance among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 since 2001.”

  • Hostage Taker Talks With CNN’s DC Bureau

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, November 25, 2007 in all categories.”

  • ABC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of November 19, 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ was up in Total Viewers (16%) and in the Key A-25-54 demo (7%) verses a year ago, while both ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ declined in both categories double digits verses the same week a year ago. In addition, ‘Nightline’ continues to close the gaps with ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ among total viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable-television provider, said regulators have no support for a proposed rule that would limit its growth.”

  • MediaWeek reports, “While November saw little change atop the cable news heap, with Fox News Channel retaining its perch at the peak with an average prime time delivery of 1.41 million viewers, the month will end on an up note for at least one other network. MSNBC will close out November within firing distance of CNN, averaging 230,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 demo versus CNN’s 232,000.”

  • A release announced, “CN8 ‘Your Morning’ spotlights the upcoming presidential election, presenting contender views on major political issues in ‘Candidates Scorecard,’ a week-long programming series debuting Monday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 a.m. Political experts throughout CN8’s Maine to Virginia footprint inform viewers where the four leading Democratic and five leading Republican candidates stand on critical subjects such as the war in Iraq, immigration policy and national health care.”

  • A PBS viewer writes,Gwen Ifill had a Fox News moment on the Nov. 26 NewsHour when she referred to ‘Hamas seized power’ … Would she refer to Bush winning the Presidency as ‘Bush seized power’ when he actually won the second election (the first one, seizing power is still a question). Hamas actually won a democratic election. Are there Israeli sensors on PBS who check the wording of these reports? Insertions of words such as this taints the fair and unbiased reporting reputation of PBS.”

  • HuffPo doesn’t like Fox’s coverage of the Hillary campaign office hostage situation.

  • Crains New York reports, “ABC News said Thursday that it reached a tentative new contract with workers represented by the Writers Guild of America East that includes a 3.5% wage increase and a one-time signing bonus.”

  • Reuters reports, “A U.S. economic recession could hammer those media and entertainment companies that rely heavily on advertising next year, curtailing experimentation when the industry needs it most.”

  • CJR’s Gal Beckerman writes, “CNN Needn’t Apologize”

  • Los Angeles Times’ Tim Rutten writes about the recent CNN debate, “In fact, this most recent debacle masquerading as a presidential debate raises serious questions about whether CNN is ethically or professionally suitable to play the political role the Democratic and Republican parties recently have conceded it.”

  • Erin Burnett Apologizes, Wishes Bush a Great Weekend

  • Jeff Gannon writes, “CNN’s YouTube Republican presidential debate will go down in history as one of America’s biggest media scandals alongside Dan Rather’s fake documents and Will Duranty’s Pultizer Prize-winning pro-Stalin proganda for The New York Times.”


  • Can Youth Sports Coverage Pay Off Online?”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The Disney CEO said Thursday that cable TV companies need a Google-like search mechanism if VOD is to reach its full potential. Type in ‘rat DVD’ at Google and you’ll easily find ‘Ratatouille,’ he said, but that’s far from the case for VOD.”

  • Former ‘Bowler Garrett Graff discusses “Prehistoric Pols.”

  • Is ZocDoc coming to D.C.?

  • FishbowlNY has a stocking stuffer idea — The Larry Craig Talking Action Figure.

  • MediaPost reports, “To the agency world, digital is like that stalking cyborg in James Cameron’s sequel ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day.’ That’s according to Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post.”

  • Reuters reports, “Facebook is good for keeping up with high-flying buddies, MySpace is for teenage offspring and the BlackBerry is a full-time addiction, according to top media executives who were quizzed on their personal media habits at this week’s Reuters Media Summit.”

  • AJR reports, “With an arsenal of technology — including handheld digital video cameras, satellite dishes and laptops — seven ABC News journalists who took on new posts around the world this fall may be set to change the definition of ‘foreign correspondent.'”

  • Information Week reports, “Online retailer Amazon on Thursday launched in public beta its question-and-answer Web site that lets users share knowledge with each other, and offers rewards to those who consistently provide quality information.”


  • Check out some more pics from CQ’s party last week.

  • The AP reports, “A woman and her son have sued The National Enquirer, claiming the supermarket tabloid fabricated stories that said she gave birth to a son fathered by Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.”


  • ABC News goes inside a White House Christmas.


  • The Post editorializes on the XM-Sirius merger.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Sales Assistant, BusinessWeek (DC Bureau).

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for a Publicist.

  • Defense News is looking for an IT Staff Writer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Assistant, Tell Me More, a Production Assistant, Tell Me More, an Assistant Editor, Tell Me More, an Associate Editor, Tell me More and a Production Assistant, Arts & Information.

  • Examiner Newspapers has Design openings in D.C. area. and is looking for Design Directors.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Senior Graphic Designer Multifamily Executive.

  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Field Producer-Fox NewsEdge.

  • Federal Reserve Board is looking for a Manager, Editing.

  • CBS News is looking for a Video Editor.

  • Army Times Publishing is Seeking Writers/Reporters.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Communications Assistant.

  • Voice of America is looking for talent for the Zimbabwe Project.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a Sports Ace.

  • The New Republic is looking for a Reporter-Researcher.

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