Morning Reading List, 05.30.07

By Patrick 

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You would rather have 15 hour work days and a three day weekend.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for May Sweeps, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ averaged 2.55 million Total Viewers, marking the program’s best May sweep among Total Viewers since 2002. In addition, ‘This Week’ was the only Sunday discussion program to increase among Total Viewers.”

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was the “top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, placing first in all categories during the May 2007 sweep period.” During the month, the NBC program attracted 3.405 million total viewers, a 30% advantage over CBS’s “Face the Nation”, a 33% lead over third place ABC’s “This Week” and 128% more than FOX’s “News Sunday” 1.493 million.

  • Tribune Co. redraws newspaper management chart

  • The AP reports, “CNN will give away access to an online video service that now costs $25 a year, becoming the latest news organization to revamp its revenue model on the Web.”

  • A quarterly report of the PEJ News Coverage Index for Spring, 2007 shows, “The war in Iraq has dwarfed all other topics in the American news media in the early months of 2007 — taking up more than three times the space devoted to the next most popular subject. But only a portion of this has focused on the state of things in Iraq itself, and even less about the plight of Iraqis and the internal affairs of their country, according to a new study of the American news media.”

  • Is that Tucker Carlson staring at you on the cover of The Georgetowner?

  • C-SPAN announced that that they are kicking off a week of “Road to the White House” coverage featuring 2008 presidential candidates all week.

  • The New York Times reports, “The Federal Trade Commission has opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Google’s planned $3.1 billion purchase of the online advertising company DoubleClick, an industry executive briefed on the agency’s plans”

  • Media Matters for America yesterday released “Left Behind: The Skewed Representation of Religion in Major News Media,” a special report “documenting the disparity between media coverage of conservative and progressive religious leaders.” Check it out here.

  • A reader asks, “have you seen yesterday’s wapo and NYT food sections? they ran the same cover story”

  • New York Times David Carr writes, “Many of the journalists who are in Iraq have been backed into fortified corners, rarely venturing out to see what soldiers confront. And the remaining journalists who are embedded with the troops in Iraq — the number dropped to 92 in May from 126 in April — are risking more and more for less and less.”

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index shows, “Overall, the immigration debate was the second most popular topic for the week of May 13-18, filling 19% of the airtime on the cable and radio talk shows according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index. And the hosts’ response was a clear illustration of the talkers’ unique role in the news landscape.”

  • Dale McFeatters writes of the Democrats shunning Fox: “This is still the run up to the primaries and the Democrats are appealing to a narrow base of party regulars and activists and that quite clearly isn’t Fox News but shunning the network seems uncomfortably close to running from a fight. It’s certainly not what you would call bold.”

  • reports, “According to new estimates by the Newspaper Association of America, online advertising revenues reached $750m in the first quarter of 2007, just over 7 per cent of the total advertising revenue of $10.6bn.”

  • A reader writes, “Not that I am trying to stick up for Politico — I am with everyone else in often questioning just what it is they are doing over there — just want to explain why they didn’t have anything (most likely) about the Goodling story. They’re deadline was probably Thursday, maybe Friday, last week. Whereas Express actually worked on Memorial Day and got real, updated news in the paper. On another note, how low can you go: BlogJam?!?”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The unexpectedly stiff borrowing terms that Tribune Co. accepted in its plan to go private are likely to increase the chance of significant asset sales by the Chicago-based media company, debt experts say.”

  • Were there firetrucks outside the New York Times DC bureau yesterday? Why?

  • In his first ever podcast, former Vice President Al Gore talks to TIME’s Eric Pooley about his new book, The Assault on Reason, his crusade to stop global warming and the reasons he has been so careful not to rule out a presidential bid.

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Tribune Co. disclosed Friday afternoon that its earlier agreement to sell two Connecticut newspapers to Gannett Co. for $73 million has been called off in the wake of an unfavorable arbritrator’s ruling regarding Gannett’s plan not to honor an existing union contract at one of the papers.”

  • Meredith Books announced that Daryn Kagan has signed a publishing agreement with their book division. “The agreement will include a book based on Kagan’s unique brand of positive and hopeful news stories from her popular Web site,”

  • PublicEye on “Faulty Fox News?”

  • It’s DCRTV’s May Fundraiser.

  • AFP reports that Gore “criticized the ‘trivialities and nonsense’ of celebrity gossip in the media and called on people to focus instead on issues like Iraq and climate change.”

  • Jack Shafer wonders, “Can Murdoch Pass the Stink Test?

  • reports, “Internet ad revenue grew 35% in 2006, with search, display, classifieds and lead-generation categories continuing to rise at a healthy clip while e-mail, sponsorship and slotting fees remained flat or lost share of the total online ad market.”

  • reports, “Brands ranging from Gap to Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Nike and Adidas are increasingly finding a home on YouTube, MySpace and similar sites, where their videos, commercials, behind-the-scenes footage and fashion shows are posted for free. These sites have the potential to transform the way fashion brands reach their current and future customers since hundreds of thousands of people can view a single spot — with humorous ones scoring the most hits.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The independent firms that measure online traffic have been accused of undercounting minority Web surfers, overestimating visitors by more than double and ignoring Web users at work.”

  • Variety reports, “ABC is hoping to reinvent the newsmagazine for the YouTube generation with a show produced by ABC News but based on user-generated video. Hourlong skein ‘i-Caught’ will get a six-week run on the network starting Aug. 6 at 10pm on Mondays with an eye toward a midseason return if it performs as well as the network hopes.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Magazine publishers are facing a radical postage rate restructuring that favors those with large circulations and transfers costs to small- and mid-circulation publications.”

  • The AP reports, “Sony Corp. says it will introduce its first HD Radio products in July, joining the growing group of companies seeking to make the next-generation digital radio technology a standard feature in audio products over the next several years.”

  • Deadline Hollywood Daily reports, “NBC Entertainment Prez Kevin Reilly has been fired. … Meanwhile, NBC has clinched 36-year-old prolific producer Ben Silverman as its new showbiz honcho. He’ll have a bigger title than Reilly did. It’ll be NBC Universal West Coast chairman or something.”

  • Rain Bird Corporation is putting out the call for entries to The Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition, which seeks short films (1-20 minutes in actual or excerpted run time) that focus on the topic of water conservation. “Narrative, documentary, animated, experimental and/or student-made productions should explore approaches and ideas to intelligently manage and efficiently utilize the Earth’s most precious resource.” Contest rules and entry guidelines are available here.


  • Atlantic Media Company is offering a Diversity Fellowship. They are also looking for an Advertising Director and an Account Manager.

  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is looking for a Communications Associate, a Writer/Editor and a Media Manager.

  • SmartBrief is looking for a Business News Producer/Editor

  • Biblical Archaeology Society is looking for an Assistant Editor

  • Voice of America is looking for a News Division/writer.

  • The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland is looking for a J-Lab Project Coordinator.

  • The Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter and a Sports Reporter.

  • The Wall Street Journal is looking for an Advertising Sales Representative.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

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