Morning Reading List, 06.26.08


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  • You think a newsroom should not require male journalists to wear ties to work.

    Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because this site used to be a place where you could escape momentarily, read comments from others out in the ‘global newsroom,’ get a chuckle or two and take some small comfort of not being in this alone, but now the tone has shifted. It’s much more vitreolic and bitter now. What gives? Could it be that we’re all under so much industry-imposed stress that we’ve forgotten how to be funny and sarcastic without resorting to f-this and f-that?”

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  • A release announced, “George Washington University President Steven Knapp has tapped Vice President for Communications Michael Freedman to lead the university’s new Global Media Institute. Freedman, the multi-award winning former general manager of CBS Radio Network News and managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International, has been named executive director of the institute and a professor of media and public affairs.”

  • Variety reports, “Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ has added Upright Citizens Brigade-bred comic Wyatt Cenac to its stable of news correspondents.”

  • MediaWeek reports, “Continuing the shift of resources from print to digital, Time magazine is moving to bolster its online video offerings with the appointment of a director of multimedia for, a newly created position. Craig Duff, an Emmy award-winning video journalist who has worked for CNN, Turner Broadcasting and The New York Times, will oversee the creation of multimedia content and train journalists in addition to doing his own video work, editor Josh Tyrangiel said in a staff memo announcing the appointment.”

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  • Yesterday, His Extreme-ness points out, “Three stories on today’s Washington Post front page ambitiously feature prominently one of life’s most elegant words: ambitious.”

  • An AP release announced, “The Associated Press will begin rolling out details of its new pricing to members this week, a plan that will return up to $21 million to its U.S. member newspapers. The reductions are part of the most important overhaul in pricing and structure of AP content in the history of the cooperative, and will greatly expand the content that newspapers receive, as well as simplify the process by which they are assessed. This historic shift changes the traditional arrangement, from AP providing pre-defined ‘wires’ to customers, to allowing them open access to AP content and the ability to create highly customized slices of news coverage.”

  • TNR answers, “Why internships in journalism are bad for young people, and bad for the industry.”

  • The New York Observer looks at “13 Months After Murdoch: The Journal Diaspora”

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  • FMQB reports, “A new poll from Rasmussen shows that just under half of Americans believe that a regulatory body similar to the FCC should regulate the Internet in the same manner as TV and radio. However, 35 percent disagree, while 16 percent have no opinion.”

  • reports, “MSNBC is creating MSNBC Films, a banner that will serve as a financing instrument for feature-length documentaries and turn the cable channel into more of a player in the feature world.”

  • Media Bloodhound reports, “On June 17, Lara Logan, CBS News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent, had this exchange with Jon Stewart:

    STEWART: Do you watch the news that we’re watching?
    LOGAN: No.
    STEWART: …in the United States? Do you see what we’re hearing about the war? So, we might actually know everything?
    LOGAN: If I were to watch the news that you hear in the United States—I’d just blow my brains out because it would drive me nuts.

    The following night, CBS Evening News spent the first four-and-a-half minutes of its broadcast on star golfer Tiger Woods’ injury.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “while reporting on upcoming Supreme Court rulings, FNC anchor Megyn Kelly recognized herself in the file video of the high court. Kelly covered the Supreme Court for FNC when she joined the network in 2004, which means (despite the fact the building has looked the same for about 75 years) Fox should get some new file video.”

  • Greta Van Susteren asks, “Is Senator Obama’s Campaign Booking CNN?”

  • reports, “Politicians can finally get their MTV. After declining political advertising since its inception in 1981, MTV is reversing course. The Viacom MTV Networks channel — once known for round-the-clock music videos and now home to a host of reality shows — says it will now take political ads, though only from political candidates and party political committees, not from third parties.”

  • PBS News Hour looks at how “A rise in the number of non-profit organizations funding journalism projects is changing how newsrooms gather independent content.”

  • Huffington Post presents, “Obama, Osama, And Other Media Tongue-Twisters”

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  • Bloomberg reports, “Internet advertising spending will surpass radio this year, with about 9.5 percent of ad budgets worldwide allocated to online media, said Steve King, head of Publicis Groupe SA’s ZenithOptimedia unit.”

  • BtoB reports, “Sixty-seven percent of C-level executives cite the Internet as their primary source of business information. That number has increased 37% since 2004, according to, which announced the results of an online study of 639 respondents conducted in January with research company Gartner Inc”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Only weeks into the general election campaign and already a notable tension is beginning to materialize within the Democratic Party. At question is Sen. Barack Obama’s relationship with the progressive netroots, the online community that helped aid the Senator’s rise to the presidential nomination, but has since seemingly played second fiddle in terms of courted constituencies.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc’s AOL will launch versions of its free Internet site in four Latin American countries on Tuesday as part of a strategy to expand outside of the United States.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, announced yesterday that it has backed off a plan to monitor customers’ Internet transmissions.”

  • The San Jose Mercury News reports, “A long-running legal battle over whether Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ripped off Harvard classmates in launching his social-networking Web site shifted to a San Jose federal courtroom Monday as high-powered legal teams squared off in a fight that could have huge consequences for the company’s future.”

  • BusinessWeek reports, “As content recognition software gets more sophisticated, expect more copyright-related battles online like the recent AP-blogger flap”

  • CNet News reports, “For all you Twitter addicts, here’s meat for another tweet: The company has closed another round of financing, this time led by Spark Capital, along with Jeff Bezos’ investment entity, Bezos Expeditions.”

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  • Bloomberg reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. fell for a sixth day, a slide that has knocked more than $1 billion off the value of their proposed merger since a top U.S. regulator recommended approval.”

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  • The AP reports, “Shares of most major media companies finished lower with the broader market on Tuesday, following signs that soaring fuel costs are taking a hard toll on corporate profits and consumer confidence.”

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  • American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science is looking for a Communications Associate.

  • Dow Jones & Co. is looking for a Reporter and Copyreader.

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is looking for an Econ Writer.

  • Editorial Projects in Education is looking for a Director of Photography.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day