Morning Reading List, 12.14.07

Good morning Washington. On this day in 1799, George “Big Poppa” Washington passed away. Pour out some of whatever you got at the George Washington distillery.

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  • Newsday reports, “The owner of TV’s graphics-rich, fast-paced Fox News Channel could transform the staid Wall Street Journal into a paper with shorter pieces and eye-catching graphics while also expanding its coverage of hard news and politics, experts said.”

  • Eat The Press reports, “TVNews Throwdown! Brian Stelter’s Non-Compete Officially Expires”

  • DCRTV reports, “Now, we hear from Newseum Director Of Communications Mike Fetters, who tells us that all is on track to open the facility to the public sometime during the spring of 2008. Much of the Newseum’s staff has already relocated to the architecturally stunning Pennsylvania Avenue building, from office space in Arlington.”

  • News Corp. Completes Takeover of Dow Jones

  • The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association is hosting Cocktails & Conversation this Saturday December 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets with special guest Ambassador Michael Guest. For more info, click here.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows,Oprah Winfrey’s well-publicized appearances with Barack Obama have raised Obama’s visibility, especially among African Americans. Roughly a quarter of Americans (26%) say they have heard more about Obama recently than any other presidential candidate, up from just 10% in November. Meanwhile, though Hillary Clinton remains the most visible candidate overall, the proportion citing her as the candidate they have heard the most about fell from a high of 61% in November to 41% in the current poll.”

  • A reader writes in, “From a trade journalist who knows a lot of young people at The WaPo: This whole debate about youth at top newspapers is old and totally ill informed. Downie began at the Post — as a summer intern. So did the associate editor (and former managing editor) Bob Kaiser. The Post has been hiring summer interns for decades and keeping them on staff. Summer intern classes have had as many six or seven people stay on board full time after their stints. What’s interesting now is that these interns are no longer having to put several years of their time out in an outer county Metro bureau. Because of buy-outs, younger reporters are assigned beats and huge stories like: the national economy, Iraq, national education, the Sniper shootings, the collegte student loan scandal, the Pat Tillman case, the old Boston/New England bureau, foreign postings in Africa, Pakistan, Eastern Europe, Abu Graib, and then cush Style jobs, too. They’ve written huge stories for the Sunday Post magazine. Oh and they also fill some of the top jobs on Metro, where they routinely get on 1A perhaps more than foreigcorrespondents and have covered top beats like immigration, the area’s largest school systems, DC politics, whatev. Although Mr.Bacon’s piece may have been an abberation from the good work those young reporters do, the age-based argument against him only distracted the debate in a stupid way and raised this silly idea that the Post is erring because it’s all of a sudden relying on young reporters. The Post has ALWAYS relied on young reporters — a testament to its greatness.”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 3, ABC News’ ‘Nightline” beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the second week in a row. The last time ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ two weeks in a row was May 1995. In addition, ‘Nightline’ continues to close the Total Viewing and Adults 25-54 gaps with CBS and NBC. *Note: CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ aired repeats due to the WGA strike.”

  • 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, December 9, 2007.”

  • An ABC release also announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, December 9, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ closed the Total Viewing gap with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ by a significant 62% and the key Adults 25-54 demo gap by 43% compared to the same week last year. And season to date, “This Week” closed the A25-54 gap with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ by 48% and the Total Viewer lead by 39%. Year to date, ‘This Week’ closed the Total Viewer gap with NBC by 25% and demo gap by 21%.”

  • reports, “MTV Networks has reached a deal to make available for free on AOL Video clips of a range of its content, culled from, among others, the Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Spike TV brands.”

  • B&C reports, “Comcast filed a breach of contract suit against the National Football League in the New York State Supreme Court.”

  • DCRTV reports,News Blues tells us that Caroline Lyders, who quit two weeks ago as morning news anchor at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, was seen in DC this week, auditioning for the co-anchor job opposite Leon Harris at Channel 7/WJLA.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC News president David Westin announced that David Reiter will become executive editorial director of ABC News.”

  • The Beacon News reports, “Brokaw: We still feel impact of ’60s”

  • Hotline’s Nora McAlvanah thinks that “Des Moines Register debate moderator Carolyn Washburn, it occured to us, is a dead ringer for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

  • Also from yesterday’s TVNewser, “The women of The View welcomed FNC’s Greta Van Susteren today, with the conversation a round-up of the top news stories du jour. ‘I had fun,’ Van Susteren tells TVNewser. ‘These women are having a great time and it is obvious…that is why they are so successful.'”

  • “CNN’s Digital Network,, brought more unique users to the site last month than any month before,” reports TVNewser.

  • The “World News” webcast presented the 1st Annual Campaign Ad Awards, courtesy of Rick Klein. Check it out here.

  • ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports: “The Republican presidential candidates will take the stage first at the ABC News, WMUR-TV and Facebook debates in New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan 5, 2008. The order was selected Wednesday night with a little Granite State flare and tradition. Under the watchful eye of WMUR anchor and political director Scott Spradling, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner placed two balls — one blue for the Democrats, one red for the Republicans — into a bottle and mixed them up. Mr. Gardner then positioned the bottle so that a ball would fall out – and the red ball was revealed.”

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  • Jeff Jarvis on “Newspapers v. facebook.”

  • The 463 reports, “This sucks. The National Journal’s Technology Daily is shutting down. This means that the country’s only source of focused daily technology policy news will soon be no longer.”

  • unveiled a drastic redesign. Chcek it out here.

  • Washington Post reports, “Leveraging new technologies and the growth of social networking Web sites, several online-giving pioneers have been trying to expand the pool of potential donors by democratizing philanthropy and making it more transparent.”

  • Lucy Kafanov (2007 Hottest Media Types) has a reporter’s blog with PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Check it out here.

  • CNet reports, “A top Republican in the House of Representatives is demanding that Google answer a barrage of questions about privacy, some of which are related to the company’s proposed purchase of the DoubleClick advertising firm.”

  • reports, “Supporters of “citizen journalism” argue it provides independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media don’t provide.”

  • “Jayson Blair’s” blog is up and running. Check it out the latest post — “Enough updates, iTunes

  • Huffington Post’s Lawrence O’Donnell writes, “After the Today Show used video clips of me talking (ranting, to some) about the racist history of the Church of Latter Day Saints as a lead-in to Matt Lauer’s interview of Mitt Romney, I feel compelled to clarify the obvious: religious affiliation is not a good reason to vote for or against a candidate for president.”

  • E&P presents, “Our Monthly List of 30 Most Popular Web Sites — With First Year-Over-Year Comparison.”

  • reports, “Newsknife found New York Times 168 times as the top source for a major news item at Google News during 2007. This makes it our Top News Site of the year.”

  • One reader takes issue with our polls. “bathroom polls on shampoos, conditioners, showers. what’s next – how often do you wipe?” We invite suggestions!

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “The Best Movie About a Reporter Ever: A Real ‘Ace’ Forget ‘The Front Page,’ ‘All the President’s Men’ and all the others. Take a good look at Billy Wilder’s 1951 cult classic, ‘Ace in the Hole,’ starring Kirk Douglas, finally available on DVD.”

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  • Is Newsweek “days old news, competently delivered“?

  • Brian Stelter reports, “Discovery Holding to Become Public in 2008 Offering.”

  • Gary reports, “A list of the people laid off and bought out at Business Week has just appeared on Talking Biz News, and I must admit that I am shocked. The casualties include some of the best biz journalists around, people I’ve worked with in the past and admire: Tony Bianco, Jeff Laderman, Gail Edmonson, Larry Lippman and Amy Dunkin. (No offense to the rest, but I’m just mentioning the ones I’ve worked with directly on stories.)”

  • reports, “BusinessWeek on Wednesday unveiled a reshuffling of its editorial team and layoffs of a dozen staffers on the business and editorial sides, cuts staffers had expected for months. The move is an effort to integrate Business Week’s online operations more efficiently with the print effort.”

  • Folio reports, “There were 389 new magazines launched in 2007. There were also 636 magazines launched in 2007. Exactly how many depends on who’s doing the counting.”

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  • Defiant FCC chief refuses to delay vote

  • FMQB reports, “Just when it looked like the merger of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio was becoming closer to reality, lawmakers on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee have expressed concern about the Justice Department’s review of the proposal.”

  • reports, “Sirius and XM, the top two US satellite radio providers, yesterday faced growing doubts over their ability to secure antitrust clearance for a $13bn merger announ-ced in February. The jitters on Wall Street about the deal were reflected in a sharp drop in the shares of the two companies, with XM falling 9.9 per cent to $13.21 and Sirius losing 6 per cent to close at $3.29.”


  • Politico’s Michael Calderone writes, “Huck camp backtracks on Mormon question”

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  • A tipster tells us, “NBC loses another hot media type to CBS… Christine Delargy finished up at NBC last week and starts at CBS next week as an assistant and researcher for DC bureau chief Chris Isham. Hot media type Jen Yuille also made the move from NBC to CBS earlier this year.”

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  • The Council for Excellence in Government is looking for an Outreach and Communications Director.

  • Roll Call Group seeks a staff writer for USBudget.

  • National Real Estate Magazine is looking for a Sales Manager.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is seeking a Staff Writer.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is seeking a Business and Policy Reporter.

  • U.S. News & World Report is seeking a Freelance Editor.

  • Campaigns & Elections magazine is looking for undergraduate students who are studying journalism or political science (best if both). The ideal candidates should have experience at print publication, a strong interest in politics, completed at least two years of college coursework, a GPA of 3.0 or higher and experience in an office setting. Must have proven ability to write clear, concise articles about politics. Experience with HTML is a plus. Please submit a resume and writing samples. Please submit cover letter, resume and writing samples to with the subject line “Internship”

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