Morning Reading List, 01.25.08


Good morning Washington. Five years ago, the Department of Homeland Security opened its doors.

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  • Most of you, almost all of you, have invested money in stocks.


  • Kathleen O’Malley, an assistant national editor at the Washington Times, is leaving to take a position on the copy desk of the Indianapolis Star.” Her last day at the Washington Times is Super Tuesday.

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  • The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s Campaign Coverage Index shows, “Republicans attracted more of the media’s attention than did Democrats last week. Fully 45% of campaign stories focused on GOP candidates, while 40% were significantly or primarily about the Democratic Party.”

  • From DCRTV:

      In February, the Washington Blade plans to move its offices into the National Press Building at 14th and F. The region’s gay newspaper is currently located in the U Street corridor. “This new location offers us support services for hosting community groups that we just didn’t have” at the Blade’s current site, says Blade publisher Lynne Brown. The 40-year-old weekly got its start in offices at 930 F Street, which later became the famed 930 Club music venue…..

  • How Bill Kristol Landed that ‘Times’ Gig

  • Guest Poster Walter Dellinger on Journalism and Objectivity

  • Why doesn’t the New York Times stand up for Linda Greenhouse?

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  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of January 14, 2008. The Williams-led newscast averaged 9.566 million total viewers”

  • Ranking the Local TV Forecasters: Who’s the best of the best?”

  • Debate Ranker: CNN Scores With Contentious Debate

  • An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ placed 1st among key demo viewers last week, tying with NBC’s ‘Nightly News’; both broadcasts averaged 2.80 million and a 2.3/8 among Adults 25-54. Among Total Viewers, ‘World News’ averaged 9.23 million, placing second. Week-to-week, the ABC News broadcast closed the Total Viewing gap with NBC by 13%. Compared to this week last year, the Total Viewing gap between ABC and NBC was 55% smaller.”

  • An NBC release announced, “‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams will moderate a debate among the Republican presidential candidates Thursday, Jan. 24, 9-10:30 p.m. ET, live on MSNBC from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. Tim Russert, moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ and NBC News Washington Bureau Chief, will join Williams in questioning the candidates. Chris Matthews will anchor post-debate analysis on MSNBC, 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. ET.”

  • TV Decoder reports, “As a seemingly endless series of presidential candidate debates have proven this election cycle, the posture of the debate moderator can make the difference between a forgettable evening and a feisty one.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Last night’s Democratic Debate in South Carolina on CNN (from 8pm-10:05pmET) was the No. 1 most-watched primary debate in cable news history among total viewers and all key demos.”

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  • Tonight at the Press Club, check out a panel “for a Web writing/editing panel … from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Zenger Room. The panel will be geared toward journalists hoping to make the transition to online, as well as anyone interested in digital media. We’ll have a diverse panel of experienced online media professionals from publications such as Smithsonian Magazine and NPR to talk about their work, give advice to aspiring journalists, and talk about future trends in digital journalism. For more information, please contact Christine Dell’Amore at or 301-520-7153. Please RSVP to 202-662-7501.”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “When Chris Matthews’ long-winded monologue at the opening of the January 17 Hardball program eventually touched down with an apology to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) for the way the cable talker had been treating the candidate on the air, the moment represented an unmistakable victory for the liberal blogosphere. By not only getting Matthews to apologize, but by also forcing the rest of the press — post-New Hampshire — to back off its, at-times, overtly sexist coverage of a prominent Democratic contender, the blogs have already had more impact on how the traditional press covers this presidential campaign than they did during the entire 2004 White House run.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Automattic, the commercial arm of the popular WordPress publishing platform for blogs, has received $29.5 million in financing from four companies, including a small portion from The New York Times Company.”

  • Media Week reports, “This may be the Internet age, but when it comes to political advertising, the traditional media are still candidates’ preferred channels. Online political advertising will total only $20 million in 2008, according to a forecast from Borrell Associates, scheduled for release later today (Wednesday). Online political advertising lags online’s 9 percent overall ad share, representing less than 0.5 percent of 1 percent of all political advertising, a tiny sliver by any measure.”

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  • The Washington Post reports, “Over the last five years, Ted Genoways, VQR’s editor, has taken a staid old literary magazine and transformed it, adding not only great journalism but also color photos, comics, cartoons, eye-popping graphics and anything else that strikes his fancy. In those years, VQR has been nominated for 10 National Magazine Awards and has won two. It deserves them. It’s a great magazine.”

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  • Greenpeace is looking for a Director of Media Relations.

  • is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • Direct Marketing Association is looking for a Director, Public Affairs.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for a Research Associate: Higher Education.

  • Liberty University is looking for a Promotional Copywriter.

  • The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is looking for a Manager for New Media.

  • Conservation International is looking for a Writer, External Affairs.

  • Goucher College is seeking an Internet Communications Manager.

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