Morning Reading List, 09.26.07

By Patrick 

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you read newspapers at work.

  • An ABC release announced, “For the just-completed 2006-07 season, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Adults 25-54. This marks ABC’s first seasonal demo win since 1995-96. For the season, ‘World News’ averaged a 2.1/9 and 2.62 million among Adults 25-54, outperforming NBC by 30,000 demo viewers. Among Total Viewers, ABC averaged 8.36 million and was the only evening newscast to grow its Total Viewing audience for the season (+3%). NBC finished the season down 7% among Total Viewers, while CBS dropped 9%.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ narrowed the gap with ‘ABC World News with Charles Gibson’ last week to a mere 36,000 separating the two broadcasts. For the week of September 17-21, 2007, ‘Nightly News’ attracted 7.655 million total viewers, ABC averaged 7.691 million, and CBS ‘Evening News’ had 6.052 million.”

  • “Simpson’s Sept. 16 arrest in a strange case involving a dispute over sports memorabilia was the top story last week, filling 13% of the newshole according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index for Sept. 16-21.”

  • Comcast Drops the Ball in Snyder Interview

  • “Chris Matthews: Not always such a big talker.”

  • In a release, The Parents Television Council “announced the launch of a new website,, that allows consumers to see for themselves just how much they are paying for cable networks they don’t want or don’t watch. The new website also allows visitors to calculate what their cable bills should be if they were allowed to ‘vote with their wallet’ by selecting only the cable networks they wanted.”

  • N.Y. Times creates more bestsellers

  • Katie Gill is leaving her job on The Washington Times copy desk to join Army Times. The copy desk has two new hires: Amanda Johnson and Jonathan Kelly

  • Al Jazeera English may not be available on cable, but it is now available on You Tube. Tune into

  • The Washington Post reports, “Radio One, the country’s largest radio broadcasting company targeting black listeners, may be returning its headquarters to the District from Lanham in a proposed deal that would require the city to provide $22 million in public financing, according to city officials.”

  • NPR Rebuffs White House On Bush Talk

  • Poynter Online reports, “Does news have a future? Author Michael Wolff writes in the October Vanity Fair ponders a couple of intriguing possibilities: creating a personalized news site, or that someday there may be ‘a world without any of this. One without the news.'”

  • A release announced, “The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs’ Center for Innovative Media presents reporters James O’Byrne, features editor for the Pulitzer-Prize winning New Orleans Times Picayune; Susan Feeney, senior producer at National Public Radio (NPR); and Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter at the New Orleans Times Picayune, in a powerful discussion about what it’s like to be on the front lines of disaster” at ” Disaster! In the Eye of the Storm: Katrina, Catastrophe, and the Media Amid the Wreckage,” to be held Oct. 8, 2007.

  • “Will major media conglomerates soon unload some of their biggest assets? Executives from top media firms were asked about possible spin-offs and/or division sales during two high profile media conferences last week.” Learn more here.

  • WSJ reports, “Microsoft is in talks to buy a minority stake in the popular social-networking Web site Facebook Inc., a sign of a new urgency by the software giant to jump-start its online business at a time when Google is widening its lead in the fast-growing Internet-advertising business. As part of its catch-up program, Microsoft also has quietly granted broad powers to an executive recently hired from outside the company, who is expected to help shake up the software giant’s online business.”

  • “Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and invite you to join a lively discussion, moderated by Politico’s Jim VandeHei and Ben Smith alongside communications professionals from the top presidential campaigns from both political parties. Panelists will showcase some of the tools, best practices, and innovative strategies they have found effective in connecting with voters during this busy primary season.” Check it out this morning 9-11 at the National Press Club.

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert: “Dan Rather is right”

  • The New York Post reports, “Microsoft Corp. needs to do a deal – the question the software giant is currently contemplating is whether it should do one with Facebook or Yahoo!, The Post has learned.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “ValueClick Inc., the second-biggest U.S. Internet advertising broker, rose 7.4 percent in Nasdaq Stock Market trading on speculation the company may be bought.”

  • AP reports, “Clear Channel Communications Inc . shareholders approved on Tuesday a $19.5 billion buyout of the nation’s biggest radio station operator, more than 10 months after the deal was proposed.”

  • Reuters reports, “ Inc launched an early version of its highly anticipated digital music download store, which is seen as a potential rival to Apple Inc’s dominant iTunes system.”

  • Washington Post reports, “The Republican CNN/YouTube debate may still be on — but so far two of the biggest names in the GOP field have yet to sign up for the Nov. 28 event.”

  • New York Time’s TVDecoder reports, “Readers of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times have seen some unusual pages in their papers recently: ads for various NBC properties that wrapped partially around various parts of the paper, partially obscuring the section fronts.”

  • Reuters reports that the New York Times “said on Monday that it will let readers receive and send property listings on their mobile devices, “regardless of whether their property search began in print, online or on The Times mobile real estate site.”

  • E&P reports, “In a nod to the morphing world of media and technology, The Wall Street Journal is combining its New York tech bureau with the Media & Marketing group. Rich Turner, who heads Media & Marketing, will oversee the merged bureaus. Almar Latour, the former New York technology chief, has been appointed’s managing editor.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The Nielsen Co. announced Monday it has opened up its new social networking Web site irreverently called Hey! Nielsen ( to the public.”

  • Mr. Magazine reports, “Details does not want you to buy Details…”

  • Media Life reports, “England may no longer be an empire in the classic sense, with colonies about the world, but it’s still very much an empire in the new virtual world, truly a global media empire to which the rest of the world still turns.”

  • Listen to Jack Cafferty on NPR talk about life as an alcoholic.

  • Slate’s Bruce Reed’s video gets snubbed by Mitt! Details here.


  • Politico & is looking for a National Internet Account Executive.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for an Art Director- Architect /Architectural Lighting.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • The (Annapolis) Capital has openings for page designer, copy editor.

  • The County Times is seeking a Full Time Reporter

  • Southern Maryland Newspapers is looking for an Editor.

  • The Gazette is looking for a Sports reporter.

  • The Daily Progress is looking for a Sports designer.

  • is looking for a Web Application Developer.

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

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