Morning Reading List, 06.12.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You were unimpressed with The Sopranos finale.

  • From TVNewser: “What’s it like for the U.S. television network pool that accompanied Robert Gates on his around the trip May 30 through June 6? NBC News cameraman Jim Long has produced a two-part video to show you.”

  • Check out Clark Hoyt’s first column as the New York Times’ Public Editor and Public Eye’s review.

  • The Examiner reports, “Tuesday night in Baltimore, the Orioles and Nationals renew the ‘Battle of the Beltway’ with both teams’ fans getting to choose which set of announcers they want watch or listen to.”

  • USA TODAY announced in a release that they are offering “an innovative text messaging service that provides real-time news and information to users through their mobile phones.”

  • David Bauder writes, “Fox spent half as much time covering the Iraq war than MSNBC during the first three months of the year, and considerably less than CNN, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • D.T. Max looks inside the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, “the literary archive of the University of Texas at Austin, contains thirty-six million manuscript pages, five million photographs, a million books, and ten thousand objects, including a lock of Byron’s curly brown hair.”

  • The Observer asks, “If the net is killing newspapers, why are they doing so well?”

  • Mark Bowden writes, “Every newsroom in the country is dealing with layoffs and cutbacks. The trend lines are far more worrisome today than they were when I started, and much as I loved my career in newsrooms, I think twice today before advising any young person to seek a job in one. But I still do recommend it, and I still think newspapers will survive.”

  • Alexandra Nicholson is the new communications manager at USA Today.

  • Mark Potts writes, “There’s a lot of talk about media convergence, about traditional reporters spreading their craft into new media in ways that are as facile as what they do in print. But for all the talk, there aren’t enough sterling examples of beat reporters plying their trade as well–or better–in the new media as they do in the old.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Journalism fellowship programs are feeling the fallout of the media industry’s turmoil.”

  • John Harrington catches news outlets “giving credit where credit isn’t due.”

  • Mary Anne Ostrom looks at “How Google, YouTube power their way to center of 2008 campaign”

  • AP reports, “YouTube co-founder Steve Chen said on Saturday consumers in many parts of the world will have access to the popular video-sharing Web site on their mobile phones by next year.”

  • Netly News looks at the Prodigy and MySpace parallels. “I wonder if Myspace isn’t doing the same thing for social networks, and whether it’s headed for a similar fate at the hands of Facebook.”

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Yahoo is launching a new celebrity-oriented Web portal in a partnership with the syndicated newsmagazine ‘Access Hollywood.'”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission began its review of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s proposed $4 billion purchase of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. after a delay of more than one month.”

  • Glenn Harlan Reynolds reviewed Andrew Keen’s How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture.

  • Some reader reaction to this:

    -“Didn’t USA Today already partner with the Politico. How are they juggling the Politico and ABC News?”

    -“Is it at all curious that the Politico is partnered with a different network this time than for the Reagan library debate on MSNBC”

  • James Pethokoukis has been named Assistant Managing Editor for the “Money & Business” section of U.S. News & World Report, replacing Tim Smart who was recently promoted to Managing Editor.

  • New York Times reports, “Takeover Zeal in the News Industry Is Seen Subsiding”

  • B&C reports, “In the race to capitalize on the popularity of broadband video, newspapers are continuing to take a page from TV stations’ playbooks by producing increasingly sophisticated newscasts and other Web programs. And although the newscasts may not pose a threat to stations’ ratings, newspaper executives are hoping they will help secure their lead over broadcasters in the battle for local ad revenues on the Web.”

  • E&P reports, “Amid champagne corks and moving boxes, New York Times staffers selected all the news that was fit to print for a final time at their century-old headquarters on Saturday. The newspaper’s Manhattan employees were busy packing up their storied stone building in Midtown and moving the newsroom into a shining new tower just a few blocks away.”


  • AFF is looking for the next editor-in-chief of its quarterly magazine, Doublethink.

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