Morning Reading List 02.03.09

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It’s day 15 covering the new Obama administration. And day 2 for us.

Today FishbowDC wishes a Happy Birthday to Rep. Rob Wittman. Send us your birthday and we’ll celebrate it here too.

Congratulations to newly engaged Anne E. Kornblut and Jon Cohen. From Mike Allen’s Playbook: Cohen “proposed Friday during a stroll through the Jefferson Memorial. The couple then went to Eve, a fancy restaurant in Old Town. The wedding will be sometime later this year, probaly in the fall.”

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NYTimes executive editor Bill Keller takes questions from readers through the end of this week in “Talk to the Newsroom.” On the demise of newspapers, the “existential question,” Keller says, “I’m an in curable optimist about the future of good journalism, and of The New York Times in particular. I expect people will still be applying for columnist jobs after I’ve gone.”

The AP reports several newspaper executives have launched public relations campaign to counter “gloom-and-doom” industry reports. More on that further down on the morning reading list.

Romanesko reports it costs more than $10 to produce and deliver each Sunday San Francisco Chronicle.

The Washington City Paper reports are ending their two-year publishing partnership. The Onion’s staff will be moving out of offices in the Arlington headquarters of the Washington Post this spring.

FishbowlNY reports on the launch of, an attempt by a group of newspaper execs to save the industry.

You can read more on the discussion of the future of newspapers here, here and here.


Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace (in that order) will each sit down this afternoon for one-on-one interviews with President Obama in the Oval Office.

Katie Couric will be the first woman to deliver the Class Day address at Princeton University. In the annoucement here, Princeton called Couric a “pioneering woman in an often male-dominated profession.”

TVNewser reports David Gregory “working like hell” to live up to Russert legacy. Gregory makes TVWeek’s “12 to Watch in 2009.”

Greta Van Sustern’s blog might soon be shutdown. From her note to GretaWire bloggers, “Because I promised you the behind the scenes, I figure I should alert you to the fact there is a good chance that I will shut down GretaWire soon. As you might have guessed, it is really time consuming…”

Replacing the commemorative newspaper frontpage… DVDs. From the NYTimes, ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC are selling copies of their Inauguration Day coverage.

Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet reports everyone’s favorite trainwreck Gov. Blagojevich will begin media tour that includes David Letterman, Larry King and the Today Show.


Washington Whispers’ Paul Bedard reports on the latest trend on Capitol Hill- Twitter. Apparently Speaker Pelosi, Senator Dodd and Senator McCain are really starting to get into it.

This is interesting- the NYTimes has mapped out Twitter chatter during Sunday’s Superbowl game. Check it out here.


Just about everyone in Pres. Obama’s new administration makes an appearance in Annie Leibovitz photoshoot for the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair. Check out the slideshow here. From Vanity Fair’s release: “The photos were taken between January 15 and January 21- a time when, as everyone knows, the subjects were awfully busy. Hillary Clinton came directly from being sworn in as secretary of state, and the economic team gave Leibovitz only a couple of minutes before racing off to their next meeting. Understandably, the new president was unable to sit for a portrait. Fortunately though, Obama had sat for Leibovitz in early 2007 for V.F.’s Africa issue, shortly after announcing his candidacy. We may not have been the only ones who had a hunch at that time…”


The International Women’s Media Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowships. Applications will be accepted until April 15th and the fellowship runs from September 2009-May 2010. Interested applicants should email

HAT TIPS: Romanesko, Mediabistro, Playbook, Lynn Sweet, Washington Whispers, Washington City Paper