Morning Reading List, 07.17.07

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  • Most of you think is disgusting.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Homer Simpson Has What the Bancrofts Want — Editorial independence.”

  • Bill Mitchell, the Editor of Poynter Online, is asking for your opinion on the website with a survey. “We want to know what’s important to you and others in your organization.”

  • A NewsHour release announced that The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer “begins series of conversations with experts exploring the many proposals for bringing troops home from Iraq. Senator Carl Levin discusses his proposal in an interview with Judy Woodruff Monday, July 16, 2007.”

  • Moore Moves On — But He’ll Still “Be A Lot More Skeptical” About CNN

  • Via DCRTV: “FTVLive tells us that trade pub Broadcasting And Cable is facing “a dire financial situation” with ad sales way down. And a traffic slump at its website. Big cuts are coming. B&C was born as DC-based Broadcasting magazine. The now Reed Business Interactive publication is based in NYC but still maintains a DC news bureau…..”

  • Mr. Motown Himself Takes Another Personal Hit on the Silver Screen

  • I Want Media interviewed Bill Keller on the future of the New York Times.

  • From Presto Vivace Founder Alice Marshall: “Content Is Not King: Why PR Should Pray for a New Business Model for New Media”

  • A dLifeTV release announced the lineup for their seventh season, “which kicks off on July 15 (airing Sundays at 7PM ET on CNBC).” Included in the lineup is Chris Matthews who “talks about denial and living with diabetes.”

  • A reader writes in to alert us to another Postie couple: Allison Klein and Eric Rich, who came to the paper within a few months of each other in 2004.

  • New York Times reports that Vinod Gupta, “was unusually successful in working his way into the Democratic fold, to the point where he found himself sleeping in the Clinton White House, vacationing with the former president and appointing the Democratic chairman, Terry McAuliffe, to the board of one of his companies. He gave consulting contracts worth $3 million to Mr. Clinton, and recently hired the son of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Because of those close links with Democrats, he stirred conflict-of-interest questions by buying a company that does presidential polling for CNN.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “Michael Moore’s CNN diatribe reveals a lot … It shows how TV news milks a story”

  • From The Independent: “As Fleet Street mourns ‘Mail’ legend Nigel Dempster, Oliver Duff salutes the craft of the gossip columnist newspapers gossip columnists”

  •’s Ken Vogel writes, “Burnett, the reality TV pioneer behind ‘Survivor’ and ‘The Apprentice,’ is teaming with MySpace on a politically themed reality show with an interesting twist. Unfortunately for him, this one could run afoul of federal campaign finance laws.”

  • Wired reports, “Although Assignment Zero produced a strong body of work, consisting of seven original essays and some 80 Q&As, the real value of the exercise was discovery. We learned a lot about how crowds come together, and what’s required to organize them well. But many of the lessons came too late to help Assignment Zero.”

  • B&C reports, “we have to question the purpose of airing out the laundry. When you’re getting $15 million, you’re not doing yourself any favors to make those comments in public. It’s more, shall we say, refined to remain silent. Is Couric trying to drive viewership, even as she drives her colleagues further away?”

  • Legal Times profiles the top communications lawyers in the business.

  • The International Reporting Project announced a “Gatekeeper Editor Trip to Korea for U.S. editors and producers interested in learning more about the Korean peninsula. We may travel to North Korea as part of this trip.”

  • The International Reporting Project (IRP) at The Johns Hopkins
    University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will take up to 12 U.S. gatekeepers on an all-expenses-paid fact-finding trip to
    Korea from November 2 to November 14, 2007. “You are invited to nominate yourself or another gatekeeper from your news organization’s senior staff.” Application forms are available here.

  • CQ announced the launch of reClip where “you can access gavel-to-gavel video coverage of congressional floor debate, pinpoint video clips of members and post those clips directly to news stories on your Web site.” Sign up for your free trial here.

  • E&P reports, “White House ‘dean of correspondents’ Helen Thomas … said the renovated press area is cleaner and better, but presidential responses to reporters are not.”


  • The Alliance for School Choice is looking for a Research Manager.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Congressional Leadership Reporter.

  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is looking for a Media Reviewer.

  • Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter, a Copy Editor and a Managing Editor.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext