Morning Reading List 05.06.09

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It is day 107 covering the Obama administration and week 14 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



Boston Globe: The Boston Globe‘s largest union reached a tentative deal with the New York Times Co. shortly after 3 a.m. this morning, agreeing to a substantial pay cut, unpaid furloughs, and modifications to the lifetime job guarantee provisions that protect almost 200 employees in the Boston Newspaper Guild.

NYT is over all this negative coverage.

Time looks at whether Amazon’s latest will re-kindle the newspaper industry. Josh Quittner: On Wednesday, Amazon is expected to introduce a new, bigger-screen Kindle aimed at the textbook market and newspapers. Joining CEO Jeff Bezos onstage will be New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger — signaling some kind of partnership between the Times and Amazon.

Does Rupert Murdoch have a plan to start charging for online content in the works? The Daily Beast: According to a knowledgeable source, the team is said to be “looking at hardware” to deliver the content in a “user-friendly way.”


CBS’ Katie Couric is in the Middle East with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and blogging about the trip here.

According to Politico’s Playbook, Secretary Timothy Geithner will be on “Charlie Rose” tonight.


The Platform: Newsweek and the Alchemy of Buzz,” by Peter Osnos.


Webnewser: This design critique of the Twitter pages of various TV news personalities identifies NBC anchor David Gregory’s site as the most stylish.


Continuing the “to stand or not to stand” in the press briefing room for the President discussion, Politico notes NBC’s Chuck Todd appearance on Laura Ingraham’s show. “I was in the room once with President Bush as White House correspondent… I stood for Bush.”


Today is the Commerce subcommittee’s hearing on “The Future of Journalism,” chaired by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and with testimony by Steve Coll, Arianna Huffington and others.

An update on jailed journalists Roxana Saberi, Laura Ling and Euna Lee from TVNewser here. Saberi’s case will be heard next week in an Iranian appeals court. She has been on a hunger strike since April 18th. Lee and Ling will soon face trial in North Korea and a possible conviction could carry a sentence of up to 10 years.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Playbook

REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…


US News senior editor Justin Ewers will take a smaller role at the magazine. He informed colleagues yesterday he will no longer be full-time, but will remain a contributing editor and may freelance. “While I do hope to stay in journalism in the future,” Ewers wrote, “I will also be looking for other opportunities.” (h/t Calderone)


HuffPost Investigative Fund is looking for freelance journos to pitch financial crisis/bank bailout stories.

Washington Flyer Magazine is looking for an editor.

Check out MediaJobsDaily.

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