Morning Reading List 02.18.09

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Its day 30 covering the Obama administration and week 3 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



What do President Obama and WaPo’s Kevin Merida have in common? Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe sat down with WaPo’s new top editor for national news, to find out. “I’m about to take over a big job in tough economic times… It’s the toughest job I’ve every had. Neither of us has had much experience at it,” Merida says here.

Today’s “journalism is doomed” clips of the day, from Advertising Age, “Topic A in Rapidly Shrinking Medialand: What’s Your Plan B?” and Peter Osnos on “The Future of News.”


ABC’s Barbara Walters and CBS’ Steve Kroft spoke at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications yesterday. The headline? Walters on the future of network news: “I think the only programs that will still be there as they are now in 10 years are the morning shows. Everything else you can TiVo and watch later or read about on the internet.” Portfolio has a write-up here.

And if you haven’t gotten your fill of Barbara Walters yet this am… read about how Sen. John McCain won’t be a guest on The View any time soon.

MSNBC’s David Shuster is one of the latest DC journo to join Twitter and as reported on TVNewser, revealed this week that he would have a segment each night looking at what’s being talked about on the net. “Every day at this time, we’re going to bring you a key issue in the progressive blogosphere,” said Shuster. So far he’s booked Josh Marshall of and Jane Hamsher of

From Yeas & Nays: Bob Johnson, the founder of D.C.-based BET and the first black billionaire, says he’d relish the opportunity to work with the country’s only other black billionaire, Oprah Winfrey.


Nieman Journalism Lab has its top 15 newspapers sites of 2008 list up. The NYTimes, USA Today, WashPost, LA Times and the Wall Street Journal round out the top five, in that order. DC’s Politico also makes the list, at number 12.


Gawker has an unconfirmed report from tipsters that Newsweek is shutting down its London bureau and essentially closing down its LA and San Francisco bureaus too.


Someone please give this kid a job.

The German Marshall Fund is currently accepting entries for the 10th annual Peter R. Weitz Journalism Prize for outstanding and original coverage of transatlantic and European issues. More information and the application can be found here.

The Regional Reporters Association and that National Press Club’s Newsmaker Committee are co-hosting a panel Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Press Club (West Room) on continuing coverage of the stimulus. RSVP at

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