Morning Reading List, 01.31.08


Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Jackie Robinson and Justin Timberlake.

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  • You think swearing in the office is absolutely allowed.


  • Adam Blickstein is the new Press Secretary for the National Security Network. Previously, he served as Congresswoman Jane Harman’s Press Secretary for nearly a year and a half.

  • U.S.News & World Report ( announced that Ron Bernstein is the new as senior vice president and general manager of online sales and marketing.

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  • Portfolio reports, “Tough times are coming for entrepreneurs as market turmoil cools the I.P.O. market, a New York venture capital investor says. Murdoch blundered in not making the Wall Street Journal free, he adds.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “The presidential campaign continued to dominate national news coverage last week, and the public remained highly engaged in the ongoing contest. Nearly 40% of the national newshole was devoted to the campaign, and 36% of the public listed the campaign as the single news story they were following more closely than any other.”

  • A Georgetown University release announced, “Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) will mark the 33rd anniversary of the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting with a ceremony and discussion honoring the 2008 winners on March 31, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium.”

  • Medill reports, “It’s less than a week from Super Tuesday and the numbers are in: 29 percent for Hillary Clinton, 27.8 percent for Barack Obama and 6.1 percent for John Edwards. That’s not the election results, but the breakdown of campaign stories about the leading Democratic candidates for president. Trouble is, some observers say, the amount of news coverage affects the amount of votes each campaign gathers.”

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  • Reagan-ful Setting For CNN GOP Debate

  • Scarborough to Brzezinski on Morning Joe: ‘[D]on’t make me backhand you’

  • A NBC release announced, “The networks of NBC News — NBC, MSNBC,, NBC 2 Go and NBC News Radio — will present continuing live coverage of the Super Tuesday primaries, when voters in 24 states cast their ballots in Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and caucuses. ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams will lead the network coverage, joined by NBC Washington Bureau Chief and moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ Tim
    with live coverage of election results on NBC, 10-11 p.m. ET. The special coverage will be live across all time zones.”

  • The New York Times reports, “In the extremely tight ratings race between the two leading evening news broadcasts, ABC’s ‘World News With Charles Gibson’ last week edged past its rival, NBC’s ‘Nightly News With Brian Williams,’ for the first time in eight weeks. Nielsen estimated that the ABC newscast drew 9.8 million viewers, its highest average in nearly a year and slightly more than the 9.6 million who tuned in to NBC.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Earlier this week, Variety reported that ABC would blow out their entire Tuesday entertainment programming in favor of five-hour Super Tuesday coverage. Today ABC announced that Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos would join Charles Gibson for the “Showdown: Coast to Coast” special, beginning at 8pmET”

  • TVNewser reports, “NBC News political director Chuck Todd was first to report the news that John Edwards is dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president. MSNBC reported the news at 9:02:20amET, Fox News was next, sourcing the AP at 9:03:50. Headline News had it at 9:06 and CNN reported the drop-out at 9:08, again sourcing the AP.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Channel won Monday’s cable coverage of President Bush’s final State of the Union address, beating CNN and MSNBC combined in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo (Live +SD). But as Fox News Channel declined in viewership year-over-year, CNN increased.”

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  • Politico reports, “The Associated Press plans to move beyond the traditional campaign trail dispatch this Friday by launching ‘The Measure of a Nation,’ a multimedia project exploring the cultural forces that bear on selection of the next American president.”

  • Wavelength asks, “Should the government support journalism?”

  • The AP reports, “The Wall Street Journal has just accepted Facebook’s request to be online friends. Hoping to tap into the growing buzz of online social networks, the Journal is adding a feature to its Web site that will allow readers to see which Journal stories are popular among that user’s Facebook friends.”

  • IWantMedia reports, “The head of Google’s content partnerships insists that the Internet behemoth won’t be a competitor to traditional media. Producing content is ‘not our business,’ he says. ‘Journalists, news bureaus — that’s not what we do.'”

  • AJR reports, “In September, tore down the subscription wall known as TimesSelect, releasing its columnists and much of its archive back to the general population, once again to be blogged, Googled and read by all. stands in a long line of great and small news sites that have tested and jettisoned subscription models over the years.”

  • Mediabistro talks to Politico’s Michael Calderone. “From joining Politico to hitting the campaign trail with Tim Russert, this reporter discusses his big year”

  • AJR reports, “While the line ‘according to Wikipedia’ pops up occasionally in news stories, it’s relatively rare to see the user-created online encyclopedia cited as a source. But some journalists find it very valuable as a road map to troves of valuable information.”

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  • A NPR release announced, “NPR News ‘Election 2008’ will offer seven consecutive hours of live, comprehensive broadcast and webcast coverage of Super Tuesday on February 5, from 8:00PM-3:00AM (ET). Two teams of NPR News hosts will anchor the coverage of the landmark event from NPR’s worldwide headquarters in Washington, D.C., with 20 correspondents reporting from the field. NPR News coverage will air on NPR Member stations around the country. It can also be streamed free and live from as well as the websites of many stations. Robert Siegel and Michele Norris will anchor from 8:00PM-12:00M (ET). At Midnight, Scott Simon and Andrea Seabrook assume the anchor chairs until 3:00AM (ET).”

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  •, the online magazine of Campus Progress, is launching a new blog called Pushback and is looking for bloggers. E-mail your applications to Rob Anderson at

  • Dezenhall Resources is hiring for an entry-level communications job.

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