Morning Reading List, 04.17.08

Good morning Washington.

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  • Most of you are not excited to have the Pope town.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’d like at least a SIMILAR salary that a few of the men in my office make. I’m a woman, and was told recently I won’t get anymore raises because my salary is too high. (Instead I get ridiculous bonus plans from here on out that are crafted to be virtually impossible to hit.) Meanwhile, a male friend in same office in very similar position is making $13,000 more than me. And he keeps getting raises. Talk about incentive to quit.”


  • The AP reports, “With classified revenue dwindling, the news industry must get better at tailoring articles and display advertising to online readers, several newspaper executives said Tuesday.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Several reporters and editors say they’re noticing an increasingly changed dynamic where more stories with little fresh news are getting packaged with strong placement. We’ll call it fake news: stories that are driven by speculation, or a rehashing of collected detritus that was already circulating among blogs and the gossip mill on a reporter’s beat.”

  • A tipster tells us about yesterday’s Post, “Today’s Style section of the Washington Post printed TV ratings from Nov. 2005, oops! I guess that’s the template they keep in there and somebody forgot to upload last week’s Neilson ratings.”

  • A Pew survey of journalists reveals, “Many Journalists See Uncertain Future For Nightly TV Broadcasts and Fault Current Coverage”

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  • A release announced, “Black Television News Channel (BTNC), the nation’s only African-American news network, scheduled to launch in 2009, today announced a multi-year carriage agreement with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), the country’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. Under the agreement, BTNC expects that it will be added to Comcast systems in the following key African American markets: Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Baltimore.”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will anchor The Situation Room live from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 17. The special program will focus on Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church during the pope’s final day in the nation’s capital. Blitzer will also provide in-depth coverage of the pope’s address at 5 p.m., which will be held on the Catholic University campus and delivered to the heads of more than 200 Catholic U.S. colleges and universities and to the superintendents from the 195 Catholic dioceses.”

  • TVWeek reports, “Executives of ESPN, Disney/ABC, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting and Fox are taking the unusual step of publicly warning Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin about any attempt to force a la carte programming distribution on cable providers, calling it ‘troubling’ and ‘devastating to consumers.'”

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  • A release announced, “Passport, a blog written by the editors of FOREIGN POLICY magazine, won top honors Monday at the Best of the Web Awards presented by Media Industry Newsletter (min). Presented annually, min’s Best of the Web Awards recognize leaders in consumer and business-to-business online magazine publishing and are among the industry’s highest honors in the digital medium.”

  • Wall Street Journal’s Buzz Watch reports, “The question of what drives people to read blogs is a big one for traditional media losing time with their audiences to the Internet and companies looking to tap the Web for marketing. It’s also of more than passing interest to bloggers themselves (including us here at Buzzwatch). One view suggests that, with such a broad smorgasborg of blogs and posts to choose from, readers will only dine on the most compelling content. But some researchers who studied a group of blog readers say one factor may be unappreciated: Habit.”

  • Variety reports, “The BBC is unveiling a $1 million-plus news revamp, including a new name for international web BBC World: BBC World News. BBC News 24, the pubcaster’s domestic 24-hour news web, will be redubbed BBC News. Changes are being made so the webs can be more easily identified with other BBC news coverage across various platforms.”

  • WebProNews reports, “CBS has launched a citizen journalism Web site where users can upload video and images of news events from their mobile phones. Users of can upload content from their phones by sending an MMS to the short code ‘85888’ or by email. Users can enter a brief description into the body of the text or email to explain what the content is about.”

  • MediaWeek reports, “The New York Times announced that it plans to begin delivering content to the chumby, a portable, coffee cup-sized wireless device designed for consumers wishing to access a condensed version of the Web.”

  • ars technica reports, “Comcast has just announced its plan to lead an industry partnership in the creation of a ‘P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities’ that would apply both to users and to ISPs. Comcast spokesperson Charlie Douglas tells Ars that the cable giant is already prepared to argue for a protocol agnostic approach to network management, an increase in upstream capacity to help alleviate congestion, and more transparency about its network management practices. If Comcast can get the ISP community on board with such proposals, more power to them, but we’ll refrain from judgment until we see who’s invited to sit around the table.”

  • BtoB reports, “Newspaper Web sites attracted a record 66.4 million unique visitors on average in the first quarter, up 12.3% from the same period last year, according to an analysis by Nielsen Online on behalf of the Newspaper Association of America. The number of visitors represented 40.7% of all Internet users.”

  • Reuters reports, “News Corp and Time Warner Inc’s willingness to make a deal with Yahoo Inc is seen as a tacit admission that big media empires will not go it alone on the Internet any more.”

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  • reports, “Here at the minday Digital Media Summit, a group of media buyers told an audience of magazine publishers that they are uniquely positioned to monetize their content as they expand their Web presence. For starters, magazines are generally blessed with a highly engaged, targeted audience whose passions converge on a single, easily identified topic.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “For decades, journalists have relied on such time-honored books as the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style. But if these well-thumbed arbiters of language and grammar seem a tad too 20th century for your tastes, enter The technology-centric publication plans to unveil a stylebook that will not only modernize its popular decade-old version but also provide a fresh, sophisticated look at current issues facing online media.”

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  • The AP reports, “One of Media General Inc.’s largest shareholders said Wednesday he plans to vote for a slate of directors nominated by a dissident shareholder looking to make changes at the struggling media company. Mario J. Gabelli, whose investment company holds about 22 percent of the company’s Class A shares, told the newspaper publisher and television station operator of his decision in a letter filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “The Free Flow of Information Act would be a nightmare for journalists.”

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  • Belo Capital Bureau is looking for a photographer-editor.

  • McKee Nelson LLP is looking for a Marketing Communications/Graphics Coordinator (DC).

  • Army Times Publishing Company is seeking a Deputy News Editor for Navy Times and

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • Washington Business Journal is looking for a Web Reporter.

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