Morning Reading List, 06.05.07

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  • Christian Science Monitor’s John Edward Ames writes, “Reporters used to strive for accuracy, brevity, and clarity. Now it’s suspense, setting, and back story.”

  • C-SPAN continues coverage of Campaign 2008 with plans to air live coverage of the New Hampshire Republican Party Dinner on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on C-SPAN Radio and streamed live on

  • New York Magazine reports, “Jane Pauley may not watch Katie Couric, but ‘I love the fact that she gets an anchor chair,’ she said at the Children’s Health Fund gala last week. … She doesn’t watch Brian Williams, either, despite working at NBC News for much of her career. ‘I’m watching The NewsHour,’ she says. ‘But Jim Lehrer — really, I would like to buy him some new ties.’

  • Slate unveils its new and improved “Fray.”

  • Stephanopolous fills in for Charlie Gibson.

  • Huffington Post’s Steven Barrie-Anthony writes, “It’s a terribly confusing time to be a young journalist, but you won’t hear many of us complaining out loud. Jobs are too precious, corporate owners too fickle.”

  • DCRTV hears:

      A source tells DCRTV that Washington Post Radio, WTWP, has fired three producers as part of “budget woes. Managers at all three Bonneville stations – WTOP, WTWP, and Federal News Radio – were told to make cut backs in budgets because of fiscal problems at WTWP. While WTOP and FNR both make a profit, WTWP is hemorrhaging cash. Rumors of a hiring freeze at all three stations as well as other cut backs have been floating around the Ledo Pizza Glass Enclosed… Today the first blood was spilled.” One of those axed was a producer for political commentator Mark Plotkin, we hear…..

  • His Extremeness writes, “Does anyone at MSNBC watch its own programming? Either way, Scarborough has to follow Imus out the door.”

  • Roll Call’s Senior Copy Editor Cassy Foster is leaving to become the No. 2 at the floral association magazine.

  • B&C reports, “The FCC’s profanity rulings against Fox have been thrown out and its “fleeting expletives” policy as currently defended found to be ‘arbitrary and capricious’ by a federal court.”

  • The Council on Foreign Relations announced that it has launched “a comprehensive special section on dedicated to providing up-to-date coverage of the foreign policy issues affecting the campaign.” The site includes John Edwards’ “recent foreign policy speech at the Council and his exclusive one-on-one interview with Executive Editor Mike Moran. All of the presidential candidates have been invited to discuss their foreign policy agendas at the Council.”

  • From a reader:
      “In response to the reader all worked up about the pole-vaulter story, who insists that there was “more important” news that should have gone in its place. I’m guessing that was the first issue of the Washington Post this person had ever read. The Post — like, oh, basically every other paper in the country — routinely puts feature stories on the front page, for the sake of a good “mix.” These feature stories are ALWAYS less “important” than some of the stuff you’ll find inside the A-section. But they’re arguably more interesting. We are in the business of selling papers here, Nothing to be ashamed of.”

  • Deborah Howell answers the age old question, “So what does an ombudsman do every day?”

  • A CNN release announced that CNN Radio “has launched a dramatically redesigned Web site to provide its worldwide affiliates with continual updates on the latest in news, sports and business as well as easy access to the network’s latest and greatest audio. The new Web site offers registered affiliates a seven-day archive of audio in both MP3 and WAV formats and an audio player to preview the clips. The site’s audio cart provides users the option to download single cuts or multiple cuts.”

  • InfoWorld reports, “Google is making its controversial Book Search engine available to publishers interested in putting it on their Web sites. This is the first time Google’s Book Search service has been available outside of its main site in the domain.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. book sales will increase less than 4 percent annually during each of the next five years as the publishing industry competes with the Internet and other media, a study found.”

  • Variety reports, “CBS chairman Sumner Redstone and CEO Leslie Moonves reignited the prospect of a merger between CBS News and CNN at CBS’ annual meeting — and this time they’re talking about a full-blown acquisition of the cable news net. Serious talks on such a merger ended years ago.”

  • Reuters reports, “Television stocks are the hottest in the media segment now and shares of Belo Corp. could rise by 30 percent if it separates its broadcasting and newspaper divisions, a report in Barron’s said on Sunday.”

  • reports, “The chief media regulator in Washington,” Kevin Martin, “indicated yesterday that months of lobbying on Capitol Hill by XM and Sirius Satellite Radio about the benefits of the companies’ proposed merger has done nothing to change his sceptical view of the deal.”

  • The Observer reports that Journalists at The Wall Street Journal may stage a walk-out if Rupert Murdoch buys the title’s parent company Dow Jones, “according to sources close to the publication.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Tribune Co. announced Friday that it has reached a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service that would return to the company as much as $350 million of a disputed $1 billion tax payment it made in late 2005.”

  • While major magazine companies are looking down the road to who could take over the helm, Advertising Age has the details on some top contenders.

  • The World Association of Newspapers discovers, “Young people perceive traditional media as more accurate, trustworthy and reliable than new media, but many get most of their news and information from another source entirely — family and friends.”


  • AFF is looking for the next editor-in-chief of Doublethink. David Skinner, who has accepted the head job for Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment of the Humanities. Alas, the Skinner Era of Doublethink is coming to an end. For more details and information on how to apply here by June 22.

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