Morning Reading List, 05.21.07

By Patrick 

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of May 6-11 shows, “The Fort Dix terror plot, the Attorney General’s Congressional appearance, French presidential elections, and the Iraq debate all seized top space in the universe of talk media last week.”

  • PR Newswire reports, “300 World Leaders Call for Peace and Interfaith Respect on Eve of Washington Times’ 25th Anniversary”

  • Deb Howell isn’t a fan of the Post’s “half pages.”

  • Regarding this, a reader writes, “actually, a substantial number of guests left the building during the fire alarm and never returned to their seats, missing Rev. Moon’s message.”

  • An NPR release announced, “NPR and Iowa Public Radio, which previously announced they will partner to produce two live national presidential debates in Des Moines for public radio on January 9-10, 2008, will make the recordings of these debates fully accessible to all media outlets and individuals, without license restrictions, following each of the original broadcasts/webcasts.”

  • The Examiner launched a local event calendar on Friday. Check out the new feature here.

  • Bloomberg announced, “Clear Channel Communications Inc.’s directors accepted a revised $19.5 billion buyout offer from two private equity firms after two big shareholders indicated support for the bid.”

  • On this, a reader comments, “Interesting how Politico’s map doesn’t include any WaPo blogs.”

  • Fortune reports, “As audacious as Rupert Murdoch’s $5 billion offer for Dow Jones was, News Corporation’s internal plans to launch Fox Business Channel to go head-to-head with CNBC are surprisingly cautious.”

  • Sen. Kerry was unable to make the Washington Times’ 25th Bash.

  • The AP reports, New York Times Co. “said Thursday its April sales dropped 2.2 percent on weakness in all of its print media groups.”

  • Women’s Wear Daily reports that Jeff Bridges will play Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter in the movie adaptation of onetime Vanity Fair contributor Toby Young ‘s book, “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.”

  • From our cousin, GalleyCat: “Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is reported to be in the Penguin Group headquarters on Hudson Street, taking a meeting.” Hmm…

  • The Gazette of Politics and Business announced that they have promoted two employees to publisher positions. Cliff Chiet, Vice President of Sales for The Gazette and General Manager for The Gazette publications in Montgomery County, will take on the role of Publisher. Mary McAndrew, who served as the Director of Advertising for The Gazette of Politics and Business, has been named Associate Publisher.

  • In his chat, David Broder responded “yes” when asked if “staff cutbacks at major newspapers impacted their ability to cover this administration?”

  • Columbia Journalism grads were treated to some advice from Washington Post vice president at large Benjamin Bradlee, “urging students to be active as alumni and retain community bonds to bolster the future of their field.”

  • In a chat with Public Eye, Jeff Greenfield said media bias does not lie in politics, but it in culture.

  • CJR reports, “Newspapers are killing cartoonists — another brilliant business move”

  • The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal give Luke Mullins a shout out for his piece in the May-June issue of the American magazine.

  • Former Lieberman staffer, Dan Gerstein announced on his blog that he “signed on as a regular columnist for The Politico.”

  • A TVNewser reader questions the exclusivity of some television “exclusives.”

  • The AP reports, “The media’s recent legal and competitive challenges to Internet video pioneer YouTube haven’t fazed co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who have diligently sought to make money for new owner Google Inc., as well as the creators of the content that fuels their Web site’s whirlwind growth.”

  • WebProNews reports, “Lawsuit magnet YouTube is partnering with CNN to be a co-sponsor for the first of six Democratic Party debates for the 2008 race.” Well, the first sanctioned by the DNC anyway.

  • A release announced that The Magazine Group president and founder Jane Ottenberg “is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Award in the Greater Washington region.”

  • A reader sends us this link for a complete look at the local Emmy nominees.

  • Still debating a potential David Gregory move, on reader has this to say: ” On Gregory — no one in the general audience knew he’d be on…no real promotion. Numbers now are meaningless.”


  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a reporter to cover teaching and curriculum issues for the Faculty section.

  • The American Prospect Online is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • Atlantic Media is looking for a Market Research Manager.

  • John Hopkins University is looking for a Communications Coordinator for SAIS.

  • is looking for a Web content producer.

  • A national PR firm is looking for a Senior Account Executive/Account Manager.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for an Associate Editor for Architectural Lighting

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Group Direct Mail Specialist.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a reporter for the North America desk.

  • Agra Informa Inc. is searching for an Assistant Editor for the highly respected weekly publication Food Chemical News.

  • Patuxent Publishing Co. is looking for and Assistant News Editor.

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