Morning Reading List, 12.18.08

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Ramsey Clark is 81 today. An overwhelming amount of you say that your news organization will trim its sails in 2009. Rachel Gantz, Andy Gross, Bruce Alter, Kenny Day, Hilary Woodward, Alex Wayne, Amy Cavanaugh, Stephanie Woodrow, Thomas Burr, Jessica Lee, Margaret Jones and Cole Deines all knew that yesterday’s picture was from the National Museum of the American Indian. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Attention all Foodies — Check out Thummit, “a social recommendation service that lets you easily share and save recommendations from friends and other trusted sources.” Use invite code DCeats. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Holding people accountable for their actions is one of the driving purposes of journalism. Why are the soulless bastards who are destroying the U.S. newspaper industry — and their cohort administrators at the newspapers who pay their salary — not accountable to their employees?”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “WaPo: Only Positive Obama Ads, Please“: Reader ValricoJohn writes, “Newspapers are struggling financially, some cutting back their editions, laying staff off, some going to online editions only, and this newspaper has decided that it will reject some paid advertisements???” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • A tipster tells us that Neenah Ellis, a former NPR producer and the wife of NPR’s Noah Adams, is now the general manager of WYSO, the public radio station run by Antioch University out of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

  • TVNewser reports, “TVNewser hears NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel may be headed to the White House for the network.”

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  • The New York Times reports, “The News Corporation announced that it would move its stock listing from the New York Stock Exchange to the Nasdaq stock market, effective on Dec. 29.”

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  • A release announced, “FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a special New Year’s Eve program ‘U Party 2009’ on Dec. 31, 2008 from 10PM — 1AM EST. Hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer will ring in the New Year live from Times Square in New York City, with FNC’s Greg Gutfeld, Jill Dobson, Griff Jenkins, Rick Leventhal and Courtney Friel. They will be joined by live guests along with performances by LoCash Cowboys, Chuck Wicks and more.”

  • Media Matters awards Sean Hannity “Media Matters’ 2008 Misinformer of the Year”

  • D.C. Examiner’s Julie Mason conducts a three minute interview with Courtney S. Cohen “a Los Angeles native living in Washington and working as an assistant to ABC News’ ‘This Week’ host George Stephanopoulos. She is also the show’s celebrated ‘Green Room Girl,’ posting pictures and notes about the people she meets on the blog.”

  • TVWeek asks, “How Tough Is TV?”

  • TVNewser reports, “Headline News Becomes ‘HLN'”

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  • “Politics4All made it through three rounds of voting to win first place for
    the best political Website in Mashable’s 2nd Annual Open Web Award’s
    for People’s Choice.” Read more here.

  • Gawker reports, “The Huffington Post announced just weeks ago that it had landed $25 million in new investments. Now, their traffic is (predictably) plunging. Arianna Huffington’s dealmaking abilities are awesome.”

  • Right Wing Watch reports, “It seems that Joseph Farah, founder, editor and CEO of the right-wing rag WorldNetDaily, is not much of a fan of Wikipedia.” Find out why here.

  • Washingtonian reports, “The Washington-based PR firm Qorvis Communications and the law firm Patton Boggs have teamed up to launch a new iPhone application for the inauguration. Free to download, the app is designed to help out-of-towners find their way around the city.”

  • A release announced, “In its first analysis of online media, the Parents Television Council found that extremely graphic content and harsh profanity are just a click away for kids entering seemingly innocent search terms on YouTube, the most popular destination for online video that has undertaken several policies to control inappropriate content. The PTC’s latest study, The ‘New’ Tube, not only analyzes content in 280 of the most popular YouTube videos between March and October 2008 according to Compete Data Hub, but also takes into account the text commentary and advertisements that were available alongside the videos.” Check out the full study here.

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  • A release announced, “Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) members will be greeted with dramatically different sight when they open their mailboxes this month. Hallowed Ground, the group’s award-winning membership magazine, is sporting a new look meant to emphasize the dramatic visual images of the Civil War and showcase the preservation organization’s wide range of activities. It is the first makeover of the magazine in nearly decade.” Check it out here.

  • Check out The New Yorker’s George Packer’s latest blog post on Sean Penn’s recent reporting for The Nation and on Caroline Kennedy’s qualifications for the Senate seat.

  • One reader says, “This is me muttering about Time naming Obama its person of the year ONE DAY after its Washington bureau chief said he was going to work for Biden. Not like Jay Carney made the choice, but isn’t this … unseemly?”

  • A release announced, “The Institute for Politics Democracy & the Internet (IPDI), part of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University, today announced that the upcoming 16th Annual Politics Online Conference would be produced in partnership with Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine.” Learn more here.

  • reports, “American Media Lays Off About a Dozen Staffers”

  • Jossip looks at “5 Indestructible Magazines”

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  • Check out the wsRadio iPhone Network — “Turning iPhones into Radio Receivers.” Learn more here.

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  • This holiday season, donate to Reporters Without Borders. For more information, click here.

  • “The National Journalism Center is seeking Spring and Summer interns, who will be placed at media outlets around the Washington. D.C. area, gaining real-world experience from professionals in the field. Interns receive a $1,000 per month stipend for the duration of the 12-week program. Students can take their internships for credit, as well.” Learn more here.

  • CJR asks, “Which book would you recommend to the journalistic community?”

  • Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni writes, “I wrote a story last month noting that President-elect Barack Obama had broken the record for number of press conferences held by an incoming POTUS. Since then he’s shattered every record imaginable.”

  • On Obama Pressers, Washington Post’s Dana Milbank writes, “No Comment — and NoDoz”

  • A release announced, “Barbara Feinman Todd, an associate dean of journalism at Georgetown University and co-director of the Pearl Project, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against eight government agencies this morning. The decision to turn to the courts was reached after 27 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed by Feinman Todd and her students yielded no useful information from the government. The Pearl Project seeks to uncover the truth behind the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi, Pakistan. The project began as an investigative journalism course at Georgetown University and was co-taught by Feinman Todd and Asra Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and friend of Pearl. The project is now sponsored by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.”

  • Salameh Nematt writes at The Daily Beast, “Shoes aren’t the only things President Bush had to duck this week — Arab cartoonists from around the world have been taking their best shots in newspapers, on websites and blogs. Do the following cartoons (complete with translated captions) hit the mark or step on the joke?”

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  • The Observer Newspapers are looking for a Reporter.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, Michael Calderone, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day