Morning Reading List, 01.29.09

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Just laid off a bunch of people at my paper today. I’m safe. But it sucks seeing hard-working people being let go.”

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  • Mike Long is now blogging at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood. Check out his first review, Revolutionary Road, here.

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  • David Swensen, the chief investment officer at Yale, and Michael Schmidt, a Yale financial analyst, opine in the New York Times, “Today, we are dangerously close to having a government without newspapers. American newspapers shoulder the burden of considerable indebtedness with little cash on hand, as their profit margins have diminished or disappeared. Readers turn increasingly to the Internet for information — even though the Internet has the potential to be, in the words of the chief executive of Google, Eric Schmidt, ‘a cesspool’ of false information. If Jefferson was right that a well-informed citizenry is the foundation of our democracy, then newspapers must be saved.”

  • Washington City Paper reports, “An note went out to Washington Posties today, announcing the creation of a new beat in the National section. Said beat ‘will blend the reporting of politics, campaign finance and lobbying to examine how powerful forces are exerting their influence on the levers of government.’ Not precisely the most novel of Washington reportorial pursuits, but always worthy.”

  • Regarding The Washington Times, a reader tells us, “‘Jan. 20 front page is shown in opener of’s new video previewed on CNN today. Only newspaper shown.’ That’s because WaPo and NYT were being read at the time of shooting, and not available. waTimes was just sitting there and available…”

  • The AP reports, “McClatchy suspends quarterly dividend indefinitely”

  • Washington City Paper reports, “Washington Times Unveils New(?) Catchphrase for Both Its Readers”

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  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Stephen Colbert ‘Interviews’ Bill O’Reilly”

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  • AFP reports, “Traffic to US newspaper websites up 16 pct: Nielsen Online”

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  • Orbitcast reports, “Source: Satellite Radio iPhone App going public soon”

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  • “Coverage of Barack Obama’s historic inauguration and his busy first days as President dominated the media narrative the week of Jan. 19-25, according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • FishbowlLA’s Tina Dupuy reports, “Purple Ticket Holders Still Red in the Face”

  • Politico reports, “After running a campaign with Bush-like discipline in press relations, President Barack Obama promised a ‘new standard of openness’ on his first day in office. His administration is rolling out regulations to ensure a more transparent government. His aides have been addressing citizens online, bypassing reporters to reach the public directly. All this makes the Washington press corps, already struggling with low approval ratings and low profits, potentially less relevant.”

  • “The public paid very close attention to the inauguration of Barack Obama as president last week, while keeping a close eye on the nation’s troubled economy. More than four-in-ten (42%) Americans say the inauguration of the nation’s first black president was the news story they followed most closely. By comparison, 25% say the same of the economy, according to the latest Pew Research Center weekly News Interest Index survey”

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  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Freelance Media Project manager.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, Michael Calderone, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day

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