Morning Reading List, 05.16.08

Good morning Washington. The EPpY Awards have been announced. Today is Bob Edwards’ birthday. And Tracy Sefl is deservedly reaping the rewards of all that good karma sent her way. Big Russ is reaping the rewards of all that scotch sent to him by Terry McAuliffe.

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:


  • Most of you would work at the Washington Post in a second if offered the job.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Y’all, I had lunch today with a PR girl who switched sides. Direct quote: My days are far less stressful. My salary’s a lot higher. But I miss journalism every day. How bout them apples?”


  • The Guardian reports, “Thomson Reuters, the news and information giant created when the Canadian group bought its rival for £8.7bn last year, has today confirmed it is about to outline significant job losses in an internal email to staff.”

  • Reuters reports, “Battered U.S. newspaper Journal Register Co JRCO.PK may have found a savior to help it stave off default. Ancora Capital is willing to invest at least $25 million to shore up the struggling newspaper publisher in return for a significant ownership stake, the company disclosed in a filing with U.S. securities regulators on Wednesday.”

  • AAN and Medill Announce AltWeekly Awards Finalists.” The Washington City Paper has six finalists in five different categories.

  • Media Life reports, “Things would certainly look tough for the Financial Times, Britain’s salmon-colored business newspaper, now that The Wall Street Journal has a new owner. As a global player, Rupert Murdoch is far savvier about international media than the old owners of the U.S. business daily.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “The Knight Foundation just announced the winners of its second annual Knight News Challenge, a contest that funds ideas to transform community news through digital technology. A total of $5.5 million is being awarded to 16 different projects. One clear thread among several of the 16 projects that were selected: A focus on mobile phones and mobile technology.” For the full list of winners, click here.

  • Media Matters asks, “Will Post and Journal Call for Release of Cindy McCain’s Taxes as They Did with Teresa Heinz Kerry?”

  • Washingtonian’s Tim Wendel writes, “Stephen Hunter, one of America’s top film critics, also writes novels filled with the guns and violence he loves in movies. Whether armed with a pen or a .45, he’s a force.”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, May 11, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among total viewers and Adults 25-54. This is the eleventh week in a row and the 23rd time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ among total viewers. Among the key Adult 25-54 demographic, this is the 14th time this season ‘This Week’ beat CBS. ”
  • 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, May 11, 2008 in all categories. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.138 million total viewers”
  • CNBC reports, “Until this year, this annual ‘Upfront’ ad sales week in May has been reserved for the broadcast networks to sell their ad time. But this year Time Warner’s Turner cable channels positioned their upfront ad sales period smack dab in the middle of the action, sending the message that they’re taking on the nets head-on.”

  • USAToday reports, “Networks may struggle to meet upfront expectations”

  • A release announced, “C-SPAN will air its feature documentary, ‘The Capitol’ Memorial Day weekend beginning Sunday, May 25 at 9:00 PM (ET), and will re-air the special Monday, May 26 at 3:00, 8:00 and 11:00PM (ET).”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “How the Nets Covered the Edwards Endorsement of Obama”

  • Gannett Blog reports, “Gannett Broadcasting President Dave Lougee (left) warned employees in a letter today about planned changes meant to protect a ‘majority’ of the company’s TV station jobs — but apparently not all.”

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  • The AP reports, “Google has surpassed Yahoo to become the most popular Web site in the United States, according to comScore Inc.’s rankings by the number of unique monthly visitors.”

  • The Washington Post announced that Pierre Kattar earned a local Emmy nomination in 2008 for his story on “Contamination and a Crusade” in the Public/Current/Community Affairs — Feature Segment category. Also, colleagues Ben de la Cruz and Nancy Donaldson have earned a nomination for their collaboration on “Living with PTSD” in the Public/Current/Community Affairs — Program/Special category. Both projects launched as part of packages produced with the newspaper.

  • Max Frankel, former executive editor of The New York Times, talks to Columbia News Tonight about the state of journalism.

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “It was big news when Bloomberg announced Monday that Norman Pearlstine, a senior adviser at the Carlyle Group, had joined the company as chief content officer. After all, Pearlstine had been the top news executive at Time Inc. and The Wall Street Journal.”

  • TechCrunch reports, “Report: Al Gore’s CurrentTV Offered $100 Million For Digg In 2006″
  • The Guardian reports, “Nearly half of all internet users would support a voluntary code of conduct for bloggers and online commentators, according to research. A survey by legal firm DLA Piper said 46% of web users think bloggers should sign up to a code that reflected the laws on defamation, intellectual property and incitement, with 15% ambivalent and 4% strongly opposed.”

  • Business Week reports, “Why Twitter Matters”

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  • The White House announced yesterday that President Bush announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Bethlehem to attend the Palestine Investment Conference May 21-23, 2008. Among the delegation is Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aspen Institute.
  • FishbowlNY’s Noah Davis reports, “Bonnie Fuller to Announce New ‘Media’ Venture ‘Shortly'”
  • The Boston Phoenix reports, “It’s time to cover John McCain again — and here are ten good places for the media to start.”

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  • Federal Election Commission is seeking a Press Officer.

  • Saudi Press Agency is seeking an Administrative Assistant.
  • Street Sense is looking for an Editor for Homeless Newspaper.

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