Morning Reading List, 10.25.07

By Patrick 

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • McDonalds is King.

  • One picture you won’t see in the soon-to-be-reopened Newseum: Al Neuharth dressed as Jesus Christ.”

  • The Baltimore Business Journal reports, “The Federal Communications Commission has fined Sinclair Broadcast Group $36,000 for failing to tell viewers that the federal government paid a conservative pundit for the commentary he made on a Sinclair-aired program.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Last week, Stephen Colbert in his eponymous avatar as a nincompoop right-wing talk show host, went on ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.’ Amid a hail of blow kisses, he said he was mulling a run for leader of the free world and 15 minutes later on ‘The Colbert Report,’ he declared, ‘I am doing it!’ A trip to the altar of the Sunday morning talk show seemed like the next beat in the joke, which arrived on schedule … when Mr. Colbert appeared on ‘Meet the Press.'”

  • MinOnline reports, “300 entries from 138 magazines have been narrowed down to 21 top covers for this year’s ASME Best Cover Contest. There are three finalists for each of the seven categories. The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, and New York Magazine led all entrants with two finalists each. Below are listed the categories and finalists. … The winners will be announced at this year’s American Magazine Conference, October 28-30, in Boca Raton, FL.”

  • New York Times reports, “Bolstered by lower printing costs and strong movie and fashion advertising, The New York Times Company yesterday reported a small but increased third-quarter profit.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “The Clintons learned the importance of knowing how to take a punch, but more essentially, they learned how to change the subject and how to selectively use the White House megaphone to drown out negative stories.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “The new new new Journalism thrives on the new anxiety in journalism: avoiding redundancy.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Internet radio webcasters are hoping a Senate hearing … will renew legislators’ interest in their negotiations with the recording industry over royalty fees.”

  • Robert Bluey reports, “Washington Examiner senior White House correspondent Bill Sammon has some good advice for bloggers: quit the naval gazing and start reporting.”

  • End of the line for the Economist?”

  • Perino on the benefits of global warming

  • Mitch Pugh, editor of the Sioux City Journal, issues a public “Mea culpa” to USA Today’s Ken Paulson.

  • Music man Josh DuLac gets tutored by other music men.

  • Mixed Media reports, “Things I Learned About Stephen Colbert …watching Frank Rich interview him at the 92nd Street Y.”

  • After Sunday’s debate, FOX News announced the network received almost 50,000 viewer text message votes for the winner of the debate.

  • Politics and Prose announced they have a new General Manager. “Michael Link, our general manager for the last three years, has moved to Cincinnati to work as a marketing manager for Joseph Beth, a midwestern chain. We all hated to see him go, but now we have a wonderful new general manager to take his place, Tracey Filar Atwood.”

  • A Zogby poll shows, “Fifty-two percent of cable subscribers said they would prefer to buy individual channels, while 35% favor the current bulk package system.”

  • Merle Jacobs has resigned from the Washington Times copy desk and joins the Washington Examiner.

  • Save the Date! Tuesday November 13th, 2007 is the 1 Year Anniversary Party for Pamela’s Punch.

  • 60 years of VIPs for ‘Meet’ anniversary

  • The New York Times reports, “Google, which dominates the market for advertising on the Internet, seems to be hoping to do the same thing on television. The company is set to announce a partnership … with the Nielsen Company, the voice of authority in measuring television audiences, that will give advertisers a more vivid and accurate snapshot than ever before of how many people are viewing commercials on a second-by-second basis, and who those people are.”

  • The Telegraph reports, “Today the New York Times carried a page one report — linked, naturally, by Drudge — which breathlessly reported how Drudge was now in league with Hillary Clinton as well as various shadily-portrayed Republican operatives. Being chums with Drudge, the piece suggests, is the route to victory in 2008.”

  • Mass Inc. reports, “Young Americans are embracing new media but failing to develop an appetite for news”

  • Robert Bluey announced, “My New Job as Editor of”

  • A tipster tells us, “The Grosvenor who bought American Heritage is the same family whose name adorns the Grosvenor Metro station and Grosvenor Lane.”

  • Detroit Metro Times editorializes, “I had dinner the other night with a fine reporter and writer who works in another city where I was once a consultant. She loves what she does, and is good at it; she covers community news and sports. She has done this all her life, and still enjoys it. But she is now 48 years old and is a little concerned about security. That’s because she makes … $28,000 a year. That’s enough to make me pray daily that all the executives of every large newspaper company, but especially Gannett, get some terrible skin infection that isn’t covered by health insurance. What makes me maddest is not that they aren’t paying this poor woman even half of what she is worth.”

  • SAJA announced, “As part of their mission to encourage in-depth coverage of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora, SAJA & SAJA Group Inc are pleased to announce a call for submissions for its third Annual SAJA Reporting Fellowships (SRF). Open to freelancers and staff journalists in any medium, the fellowships are meant to encourage in-depth reporting projects by providing grants to cover a portion of reporting expenses.”

  • JibJab is launching a new section of the website tomorrow called “JibJab Sendables”. “JibJab Sendables is our effort to reinvent online greetings (which, by any standards, are lame).” Check it out here.

  • “Carl Bernstein: Hillary Will Continue Bush’s Legacy of Secrecy,” writes Jon Wiener.

  • From Drudge Report, “According to notes from CNN’s Monday news meeting network president Jon Klein tells employees to use the California fire tragedy to ‘push’ their ‘Planet in Peril’ special, but warns reporters not to ‘irresponsibly link’ the fires to ‘Global Warming.'”

  • New York Times reports, “To some within the neoconservative movement, the announcement of John Podhoretz as the next editor of Commentary magazine — the same job his father, Norman, held for 35 years — is the best of all possible choices. It is a model of what Adam Bellow (son of the Nobel-winning novelist Saul) called the ‘new nepotism,’ combining the ‘privileges of birth with the iron rule of merit.'”

  • Poynter reports, “Gannett launches Center of Excellence call centers”

  • E&P’s Pauline Millard writes, “The Online News Association conference closed last Friday and most of the 600 participants left Toronto with some new ideas and pockets full of business cards. One thing I noticed at the awards banquet was how much amazing journalism is being done on the web — and how little of it gets acknowledged outside of these industry events.”

  • The Federal Election Commission is meeting this morning to review federal election law compliance issues for XM Satellite Radio’s POTUS’08 channel. The commission will also review a notice of proposed rulemaking for bundled contributions, and release a policy statement making permanent a program for probable cause.

  • FishbowlNY reports, “MarketWatch Turns 10”

  • Standard & Poor’s reports, “Blogs–especially the big-name brands such as TechCrunch, Gawker, GigaOm, Boing Boing, and the Huffington Post–appear to have attractive business models. This is good news for traditional media companies that are being marginalized online and off, and are hoping to catch up to–and cash in on–a rapidly evolving Web 2.0 world.”

  • Folio asks, “The Eternal Question: Is Print Dead? Heck, No!”

  • Financial Times reports, “E.W. Scripps likely to review newspaper assets in Q308; trust structure does not preclude sale options.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co. reported third-quarter profit that fell less than analysts estimated, easing investor concern that Sam Zell will have trouble financing an $8.2 billion buyout of the second-biggest U.S. newspaper publisher.”

  • USA Today reports, “People in the know are really digging Digg. Digg leads the pack among the new and increasingly popular social-media websites. Like competitors, StumbleUpon, Reddit and others, Digg lets users vote on what its community should be reading.”

  • The Media Mob reports, “Yesterday’s news that Us Weekly blogger Noelle Hancock (a former Observer staffer) is jumping ship to the soon-to-relaunch got us thinking about what the Post’s plans are for the new Web site. … However! A quick glance at the Nielsen/NetRatings stats for the past three months shows that the only site that’s shown growth is, which had 6.5 million unique U.S. visitors in September, up by more than 1.5 million since July.”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “The Financial Times will allow users following a link from Google to access one story without affecting their quota of free stories or requiring registration.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc. has been slow to react to sweeping changes in Web consumer behavior and online advertising shifts, but it is picking up its pace, its top executives said on Tuesday.”

  • Machinist writes, “Why I miss the dead-tree newspaper: I can skim the print version of the New York Times in a half-hour. You can’t do that online!”

  • TVNewser reports, “Former NBC News boss Neal Shapiro is joining the board of Gannett, owner of USA Today and about a hundred other newspapers/websites. Shapiro, who left NBC in 2005, is president of New York’s WNET.”

  • Blogging from her book tour for the Huffington Post, Valerie Plame Wilson responds to criticism about her book from right-wing blogs.


  • The ABC News Political Unit is now seeking three full-time spring interns in Washington, D.C. “If you write well, don’t mind getting up early, and have some familiarity with web publishing, send a cover letter and resume to as soon as possible, with the subject line: ‘INTERN’ in all caps. Please indicate in your cover letter the dates of your availability.”

  • U.S. News & World Report is looking for an Assistant Managing Editor.

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

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