Morning Reading List, 05.23.08


Good morning Washington. Have a great Memorial Day weekend! This is what we make sure to read each Memorial Day…we encourage you to do the same.

Where do you think the above photo was taken? Let us know your guesses, or tell us in the comments section. On this day in 1969, The Who released “Tommy” (Hat tip: Bill Sammon and eagle eyed readers) It’s the birthday of Erin Hartigan and Sasha Cohen. Guess which former, unaffiliated columnist has tried RSVP’ing for events as a Hotline staffer? It’s a good day over at Channel 4. We left out one area journalist who was also named by UWire as among the top 100 college journos in the nation. Will Quinn, columnist for The Hoya, here’s to you!

We’ve got your morning mix of media Meusli after the jump…

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  • Most of you have not been to the Newseum yet.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “My big boss said in a meeting that the product we bust our butts for is nothing but a wrap for advertising and we should remember that.”


  • WPNI’s Technical Architect and Red Bull enthusiast, Sylvain Nazef, is leaving to join Atlantic Media.

  • B&C reports,Ben Grossman was named editor of Broadcasting & Cable, overseeing both digital and print initiatives for the authoritative brand.”

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  • The World Editors Forum reports, “The Associated Press will present the full results of its qualitative, anthropological study of young media consumers around the world at the 2008 World Editors Forum in Gothenburg, Sweden, to be held June 1-4. The results of the 2008 Newsroom Barometer already revealed that the decline among young readership was news editors’ biggest concern worldwide.”

  • IPRA is hosting Politico’s Beth Frerking Thursday, June 5, to discuss “The Role of the Media in the 2008 Presidential Election.” For more info, click here.

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “Gannett is urging shareholders to reject a mini-tender offer from TRC Capital Corp., to buy 1.09 percent of Gannett’s stock.”

  • The AP reports, “The International Herald Tribune has jettisoned its ornate, 142-year-old logo for a more modern, simpler look. The detail-rich logo known by staffers as the ‘dingbat’ was removed for good from the Paris-based newspaper’s masthead Wednesday, replaced by the phrase, ‘The Global Edition of the New York Times.'”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the May Sweep, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among total viewers and Adults 25-54. This marks the first time ‘This Week’ beat CBS for the May sweep in eight years (May 2000). Among Total Viewers, ‘This Week’ posted its best May sweep delivery in 6 years, with an average of 2.63 million.”

  • According to the late-night metered market report for Tuesday, May 20, “Nightline” beat both “Letterman” and “Leno” quite significantly in households.

  • Media Matters is calling on viewers to call CNN president Jonathan Klein “and tell him that it’s NEVER OK to call a woman ‘a bitch,’ and demand an on-air apology from Alex Castellanos.”

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Cable News Out of Sync With Public Interest in Campaign”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “During last night’s coverage of the Kentucky and Oregon primaries, something unusual happened: each network claimed first place during three consecutive hours in the A25-54 demo.”

  • Media Bloodhound writes, “When MSNBC’s Chris Matthews unmasked right-wing radio host Kevin James for mindlessly pushing White House and GOP ‘appeasement’ talking points, Matthews also revealed the journalist he could be. And that’s what is endlessly frustrating about the longtime Hardball host.”

  • “In light of the presidential campaign season, the Media Research Center has started a weekly publication called ‘Worst of the Week.’ It highlights the worst bias in the campaign coverage. This week’s edition details how CNN used a Clinton adviser’s tape which completely mischaracterized John McCain as a flip-flopper on the issue of Hamas.” Check it out here.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc.’s stock may benefit from acquisitions and share buybacks after the world’s largest media company gets rid of its cable unit and receives a one-time payout, said analysts with ‘buy’ ratings.”

  • reports, “When Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said on the company’s post-earnings conference call three weeks ago that they’d be announcing details on their spinoff of its cable division ‘very soon,’ he meant it. This morning Time Warner revealed how it plans to spin off its 84 percent ownership stake in Time Warner Cable. As part of the deal, the cable company will pay a one-time $10 per-share dividend, which adds up to a $9.25 billion dollar windfall. Bewkes says this infusion will allow Time Warner to return cash to shareholders, invest in its content-focused businesses, or make purchases.”

  • CNet reports, “Social news site Digg has the beer-fueled Diggnation podcast, but its Conde Nast-owned rival Reddit is working on something more highbrow: a TV show on PBS.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc’s AOL Internet division will launch versions of its video service in Canada, India and Taiwan on Thursday as part of an aggressive global expansion.”

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  • Check out Politico’s James Kotecki’s latest video, and meet his alter ego, “Jimmy K”

  • Gigaom reports, “Twitter reached an agreement with investors today to raise $15 million in funding at around $80 million pre-money valuation. A new investor is leading the round with existing investor Union Square Ventures also participating. With this round, the company will have raised a little over $20 million in VC backing thus far.”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “It is easy to be skeptical about what has been labeled ‘citizen journalism,’ the imperfect term that lumps into one category everybody reporting news for anybody outside of the traditional media. Some major initiatives in this country have failed on both business and news-gathering levels. For every successful Web-based effort in crowd reporting put forth by the likes of Joshua Micah Marshall’s political blog, Talking Points Memo, there’s a, a well-publicized but ultimately failed effort to do community newspapering on the Web, with mostly community members providing the information.”

  • A release announced, “AOL today announced the next steps in its ambitious global expansion effort with the international launch of AOL Video, The new offerings will let consumers find and watch millions of videos in Canada, India and Taiwan at,,, respectively, without having to visit multiple websites. Additional plans are underway to launch Video Portals in the United Kingdom, France and Germany in the fall.”

  • E&P reports, “Wall Street Journal Online today announced the launch of a new section of its Web site that focuses exclusively on women in business. The new section, called ‘Journal Women,’ is described in a Dow Jones press release as ‘a place where ambitious professional and executive women can come together to read and share ideas on work, family and the intersection of the two.'”

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  • Salon reports, “In the age of blogging, great critics appear to be on life support. Salon’s book reviewers discuss snobbery, how to make criticism fun and the need for cultural gatekeepers.”

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  • Radio Ink reports, “Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) have written to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to ask for conditions on the merger of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio if the commission decides to allow the satcasters to combine. The XM-Sirius merger, approved without conditions by the Department of Justice in March, has been pending at the FCC for more than a year.”

  • Washington Post reports, “An array of today’s biggest rap and R&B stars, including Soulja Boy, Shawty Lo and Trey Songz, gathered at the 9:30 club on Tuesday night to celebrate the medium that made them famous. No, not video — radio! More specifically, the 20th birthday of the current format at local station WPGC (95.5 FM).”

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  • Business Week reports, “Barnes & Noble (BKS), the giant bookseller built through acquisition, may be on the verge of its biggest deal yet as it weighs bidding for top competitor Borders Group (BGP). Analysts say the deal could bolster Barnes & Nobles’ bottom line at a price tag, including debt, of well over $1 billion.”

  • The Deal reports, “As the battle over media consolidation heats up, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., has launched a new anti-consolidation offensive. On Wednesday the the senator requested that the Government Accountability Office launch an inquiry into the state of media in the U.S. and the impact of media consolidation on independently produced and owned content. Legislation Dorgan introduced last month that would roll back Federal Communications Commission rules easing restrictions on newspaper and broadcast deals was approved by the Senate on Thursday. It awaits approval by the House of Representatives, which is expected either later this week or sometime in the first half of June.”

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  • Landmark Community Newspapers of Maryland Inc. is looking for an Editor, Niche Publications.

  • International Center for Journalists, Knight International seeks website editor/ program officer.

  • World Resources Institute is looking for a Technical Writer/Editor

  • MedPage is looking for a Medical Reporter to Cover Washington D.C.

  • Washington Post is seeking candidates for the new position of National/Foreign Graphics Editor, who will report to the News Art department. Contact Michael Keegan (4-6322), David Hoffman (4-5553), Rajiv Chandrasekaran (4-6271), Dennis Brack (4-6012), Kathryn Tolbert (4-7277) or Peter Perl (4-6188) by Friday, June 6, 2008.

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