Morning Reading List, 05.07.08

Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Tim Russert!

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  • You have, or will, attend a Nationals game this year.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Why are we adding more ad people to boost revenue when we don’t have enough reporters to create an effective product for them to sell?”


  • “For the second time this primary season, the words of Reverend Jeremiah Wright thoroughly dominated a weekly campaign narrative, with his relationship with Barack Obama accounting for 42% of campaign stories for April 28-May 4, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study.”

  • The Guardian reports, “The Financial Times has admitted that its female journalists are paid less than men in equivalent jobs — but has defended its employment practices, can reveal. In a confidential internal memo obtained by, the managing editor, Dan Bogler, acknowledged that ‘the bald statistics show that women are paid less than men for equivalent jobs at the FT’ but then said the problem was largely down to length of service.”

  • New York Magazine reports, “Erstwhile Timesman Gay Talese, whose 1969 The Kingdom and the Power is a classic study of the paper, is back on the beat, working with fellow Times alum Arthur Gelb on a documentary about the paper’s struggles in the digital age.”

  • The AP reports, “The Associated Press and more than 100 of its member newspapers are launching a service Monday that will make news stories available on Apple Inc.’s iPhone and other mobile devices. AP had announced the Mobile News Network at its annual meeting April 14 in Washington. AP’s president and chief executive, Tom Curley, said then that six newspaper companies were working to help develop the new service.”

  • A Pew release announced, “During U.S. Papal Visit, Media Focused on the Shepherd and His Flock — More than One-Third of Coverage Focused on Sex Abuse Scandal; Few Mentions of 2008 Campaign”

  • 23/6 reports, “In January of this year, Iraq war co-founder William Kristol began writing a column for the allegedly liberal New York Times. Some have faulted Kristol for his sloppy fact checking, while completely overlooking his god-awful writing style and predictable talking points. In fact, the point at which a person stops reading a Bill Kristol column reveals much about his character. The sentence that makes one mutter, ‘Jesus Christ!’ and crumple the Times’ op-ed section in disgust is as revelatory a Rorschach test. Take the Bill Kristol challenge, and learn a little something about yourself in the process.”

  • The Guardian reports, “The Economist’s bid to appeal to more youthful readers seems to be paying off after two 17-year-olds created a rap about the business title, while a Facebook fan group created by a teenage schoolgirl has enjoyed a surge in popularity.”

  • HPR reports, “New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for a series of pieces on the Monica Lewinsky scandal. She has written for the Times since 1983 and is also the author of two books. During a recent visit to Harvard Ms. Dowd sat down with the HPR and several other campus publications to discuss the changing world of print and broadcast media.” Check out the interview here.

  • The Washington City Paper reports, “The Washington Post’s Style section may be saying goodbye to its top editor, Deborah Heard, who has plowed 20-plus years of service into the paper. She is weighing an early retirement package.”

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  • ABC announced, “According to Household and Adults metered market data, ‘This Week’ ranked #1 in 4 of the top 10 markets: Philly, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta. ‘This Week’ was also #1 in Charlotte, NC’s biggest market”

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of April 28, 2008 in total viewers, adults 25-54, and homes. The Williams-led newscast averaged 8.183 million total viewers … Season-to-date ‘Nightly’ leads ABC by +227K viewers.”

  • ABC also announced, “For the week of April 28-May 2, ‘ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 7.96 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/8 among Adults 25-54, placing second. The ABC broadcast outperformed NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ on Wednesday and Friday evenings among Total Viewers. ‘World News’ posted week-to-week gains for the second consecutive week, increasing 2% among Total Viewers and 3% among key demo viewers compared to the prior week. Year-to-year, ‘World News’ also posted gains among Adults 25-54, increasing 1%.”
  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports,Dan Rather’s lawyers have served CBS with an amended complaint related to Rather’s fraud case against his former employer. The complaint will be filed with the court tomorrow morning. TVNewser has learned the amended complaint contains details about Rather’s last days at CBS including, we hear, particulars about that flawed National Guard Story.”

  • A release announced, “The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced today that renowned journalist Brit Hume will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 2008 Bradley Prizes. The fifth annual awards gala ceremony will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, June 4, 2008. The 2008 Bradley Prize recipients are: Gary S. Becker, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago; Victor Davis Hanson, Martin and Illie Anderson Fellow, The Hoover Institution; Alan Charles Kors, Professor of History, the University of Pennsylvania; and Robert L. Woodson, Sr., President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.”

  • MediaBloodHound writes,Bob Schieffer’s coverage during the George W. Bush years, weighed against his hushed compromising relationship with the president, belies the CBS newsman’s projected image as an unimpeachably principled journalist and typifies the way our media class operates.”

  • “TVNewser has learned ABC News is set to make a major announcement tomorrow morning regarding a partnership with several universities and their journalism programs. We’ll have more details as we get them. Over the last year, NBC News has also also gotten into the education initiative game launching programs for students ranging from middle school to post-graduate status.”

  • Check out Huffington Post’s “Russert Watch: Sunday, 5-4-08: In Which we Propose a New Name for Meet the Press”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “The O’Reilly Factor from Wednesday night cracked the top 20 most watched cable programs of last week (total viewers, live+SD). “Hillary (Clinton) did wonders for Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, and last Wednesday’s airing made the top 20 at #19,” writes Robert Seidman of TVByTheNumbers. The program ranked 12th in households in live+SD data.”

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  • Media Daily News reports, “Your new digital media business shouldn’t wait to be bought up by Google. ‘Google is great, if they are going to buy you,’ said Clark Hallren, managing director of J.P. Morgan Securities, speaking at a panel on media and financing at the Digital Hollywood conference in Hollywood, Calif. ‘It’s not logical to think you are going to sell to just one company.’ Hallren, and other financial experts, discussed a number of issues concerning the financing of new media properties during the panel called “Media & Entertainment Valuation Symposium.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Entering your Web site in the Webby Awards is a little like buying a box of Cracker Jack—everybody wins a prize. That’s only a slight exaggeration. The 2008 contest — the 12th annual — will dispense awards in 119 categories next month, honoring Web sites, interactive advertising, film and video sites and teams, and mobile Web sites. The organization will announce winners May 6, but it has already designated ‘honorees’ in each category, more than a dozen in some cases.”

  • Huffington Post’s Al Giordano looks at the “Primary Day Ritual.”

  • The AP reports,Stephen Colbert’s use of the Internet to connect with fans earned the Comedy Central host special recognition as recipients of the annual Webby awards for Web sites and online achievements were announced Tuesday.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Many media organizations are developing strategies for ‘serious games’. For example, bracketology (the process of predicting the field of the NCAA Basketball Tournament) is spreading into social networking sites and beyond March Madness.”

  • A release announced, “The Daily Source, an independent nonprofit
    organization dedicated to serving the public, has launched the beta of a news Web site that brings high-quality news and information from around the Internet to the public daily in a single place. … Editors at scan over one thousand publications including
    daily newspapers, television network sites, news magazines, journals, blogs and others. also gives readers easy access to establish links to other news sources, including local papers, a favorite sports site, or any sites of their choosing. The site allows seamless contact with members of the media and elected officials, and information on over 850,000 non-profits one can donate to or volunteer for.”

  • Regarding this, a reader says, “It’s not so much a question of civility. In order to maintain quality and protect the brand, newspapers and other news organizations have to do a better job policing the racist, sexist, violent and other crap people want to post on their sites.” And, another reader has this to say, “No additional ‘technology’ is necessary. The postings could be moderated by live people who exercise ‘judgment.'”

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  • CRJ asks, “On Imus in the Morning yesterday, Tim Russert supplied an answer to that question — bubbling online and, yesterday, on the New York Times’ op-ed page — given WrightGate, where is HageeGate? You know, not that it’s an apples-to-apples comparison (Obama’s relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and McCain’s relationship with Rev. John Hagee) but why have Wright’s way-out words received wall-to-wall coverage while Hagee’s hateful homilies have hardly been mentioned?”

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  • A release announced, “On June 6-8, a broad array of policymakers, scholars, media producers, grassroots activists and concerned citizens will gather in Minneapolis for the 2008 National Conference for Media Reform. This landmark event — hosted by Free Press at the Minneapolis Convention Center — is the central destination for the growing movement to create a more accountable, democratic and diverse media. The full preliminary schedule of events — including more than 75 panels and workshops — is available” here.

  • A release announced, “On May 17, the National First Ladies’ Library will host an array of esteemed historians and journalists, including keynote speaker Eleanor Clift of Newsweek, for a symposium focused on the importance of spouses on the campaign trail in past and current U.S. presidential elections.”

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  • FDAnews is looking for an Editor.

  • The News Leader is looking for a Sports Copy Editor/Page Designer and a Supervisory Copy/Design Desk Editor.

  • The BOSS Group is looking for a Managing Editor and a Traffic Manager.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an Online Daily Writer Position.

  • The Montgomery Sentinel is looking for an Entry Level Reporter.

  • Herald-Mail Company is looking for an Assistant Lifestyle Editor.

  • Daily News-Record is looking for a Sports Copy Editor/Writer.

  • Strauss Radio Strategies, Inc. is looking for a PR Pros Specializing in Broadcast.

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