Morning Reading List, 04.14.08

Good morning Washington.

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  • You think Anderson Cooper is the next anchor of the CBS Evening News, but one reader writes in, “Dude, you know who’s perfect to take Katie’s chair? GWEN IFILL. She should be on your poll list. She has print cred, already anchors an evening news program much of the time as Lehrer’s substitute, and has the all the gravitas it took to moderate the VP debate in 2004.”

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because this business can break your heart in all sorts of ways”

  • This week’s classes include Interviewing Techniques, Travel Writing Boot Camp and Humor Writing.


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  • Business Week reports, “This could go down as the year the newspaper broke—the year that the melting icebergs finally fragmented; the year that the old ways were definitively unmasked as unsustainable amid steepening revenue declines and a steady procession of buyouts and layoffs. The story is substantially different for Pearson’s London-based Financial Times. Like other major British upmarket newspapers, it winced its way through staggering losses earlier this decade, losing $60 million-plus in 2003 and more than $17 million in 2004. Unlike others, it has staged a remarkable turnaround.”

  • Portfolio’s Kevin Maney writes, “I just want to point out that from my particular point of view, the Pulitzers seem completely disconnected from what works with readers in journalism. I was at USA Today for 22 years. We didn’t ‘chase’ Pulitzers, but we certainly desired them. The paper nominated my columns a few times. It nominated exceptional pieces by very talented colleagues many, many times. The journalism establishment judging the prizes never gave USA Today the nod to win.”

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “With the presidential campaign in something of a lull, public interest in campaign news has declined. Last week, 33% of the public paid very close attention to campaign news, down from 44% in mid-February. Public interest in the campaign, which had consistently surpassed attentiveness to previous presidential contests, is now comparable to the level measured in April 2004”

  • Reuters reports, “Shareholders should withhold their votes for three nominees to the New York Times Co board, a key shareholder services group said on Thursday. Shareholders should vote withheld for current board members David Liddle, Ellen Marram and Thomas Middelhoff, RiskMetrics’s Institutional Shareholder Services unit said in a report released on Thursday and written on April 9.”

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  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, April 6, 2008 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 3.478 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, April 6, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers. This is the 18th time this season and sixth consecutive week ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ in Total Viewers”

  • A reader asks, “RE: Radio-TV dinner. ‘CNN personalities Gloria Borger, Ed Henry, Dana Bash, Jessica Yellin and Carol Costello are expected to attend.’ When did reporters become ‘personalities’?”

  • And another curious reader asks, “How in the hell are all these people going to Wednesday’s dinner on the same night as the Dem Pa. debate?”

  • A C-SPAN release announced, “C-SPAN … will bring the voters and issues of Pennsylvania to its national audience the week of April 15-22. Among the highlights featured in the week-long election special will be LIVE programming from eight Pennsylvania cities, interviews with voters and elected officials, and one-on-one discussions with students at eight area colleges. C-SPAN’s signature morning program, Washington Journal, will be LIVE from Pennsylvania each morning at 8:30 am ET. Washington Journal will originate from C-SPAN’s Campaign 2008 Bus, which will be traveling the state meeting voters and exploring local opinions on national issues”

  • UPI reports, “The Los Angeles Press Club said it plans to honor U.S. broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff with its Daniel Pearl Award.”

  • Multichannel News reports, “CNN will engage a multiplatform effort to cover Pope Benedict’s first official papal visit to the United States next week, officials said Thursday. Online as well as on CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN Radio and Headline News, CNN will report on the pope’s address to the United Nations, his meeting with President George W. Bush, his visit to Ground Zero in New York and other events.”

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  • ValleyWag reports, “Is the Drudge Report shrinking? One blog thinks so, and cites Alexa data — by far the most inaccurate of the website-measurement sites — to prove it. Is Drudge shrinking? No, but it also isn’t growing as fast as some other sites, including the 3-year old Huffington Post.”

  • Club for Growth is starting a new blog, called VP Watch, “dedicated solely to all the speculation, rumors, gossip, research, etc. about potential vice-presidential picks.”

  • Beet.TV reports, “Charlie Rose, the thinking person’s late night talk show host, has undertaken an ambitious plan to edit 4000 hours of archives into short Web videos under four minutes. A library of some 800 clips will be available when the portal/syndication platform launches this summer.”

  • is up and running, headed by Roger Marmet, the former head of Discovery’s TLC.

  • Crains New York reports, “ has career goals. The news Web site announced on Thursday an agreement with Monster Worldwide Inc. that makes the online job site the exclusive career services provider for”

  • WebProNews reports, “AOL has launched the AOL Technology Network, which includes the blogs Engadget, Switched, TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog), and the DownloadSquad. AOL says its Technology Network will give users a resource to compile information about technology news and products. For advertisers it will allow them to integrate ad campaigns across the network of sites.”

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  • Crain’s New York reports, “Thursday morning, Dow Jones ripped the veil off its new glossy weekend magazine WSJ., from The Wall Street Journal. At a presentation for advertisers the publisher laid out the latest page in its strategy to capture more consumer luxury advertising. The unit of News Corp. also introduced the title’s editor, Tina Gaudoin, who last fall launched the Times of London’s luxury magazine, Luxx.”

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  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for March 31-April 6 shows, “Two liberal radio hosts, Randi Rhodes and Ed Schultz, generated headlines and a backlash last week for their rhetoric in attacking Hillary Clinton and John McCain. And some conservative talkers see pro-Barack Obama media bias behind the calls on Clinton to withdraw”

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  • National Public Radio is looking for an Assistant Product Manager, Marketing.

  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for a Reporter, Financial News.

  • The Democratic National Convention Committee is looking for a Deputy Press Secretary in Denver. Interested individuals should submit resume and cover letter to with “ATTN: Deputy Press Secretary” in the subject line.

  • American Architectural Foundation is looking for a Manager, Communications.

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