Morning Reading List, 07.22.08


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Most of you think that journalists & news orgs are too excited about Obama’s trip abroad. Five years ago today, Oday and Qusai Hussein were killed. It’s the birthday of Kay Bailey Hutchison, Bob Dole and….George Clinton. A GWU release announced, “Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ and former congressman (R-Fla.), will address graduates of GW’s Graduate School of Political Management during its 21st graduation ceremony. The celebrated political analyst will share his expertise in the areas of politics, legislation, and public service” this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. Yeas & Nays reports, “A liberal press? ‘Hell no!’ says Helen Thomas.” Jay Rosen Twitters: “A curmudgeon is a newsroom personality type proposing that what journalists need to secure their future is a bigger and better crap detector.” BlogNetNews says: “curmudgeon is a newsroom personality type whose crap detector is damaged alerting on hope, optimism and change.” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “A realistic outlook from a current journalist: If you are in college right now studying journalism, I would advise you to change majors. Do not leave college without getting a minimum of a master’s degree in something other than journalism. Freelance, if you can find a freelancing gig, but do something else as a full-time profession.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • Courtney Mabeus has left the Federal Times.

  • Legal Times’ BLT has more on David Lat’s move to New York.

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  • “It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. Business coverage is either packaged in an increasingly thin stand-alone section or collapsed into another part of the paper. The crossword puzzle has shrunk, the TV listings and stock tables may have disappeared, but coverage of some local issues has strengthened and investigative reporting remains highly valued,” according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “U.S. newspaper editors still optimistic, survey says”

  • DCRTV reports, “Sunday’s 12-page broadsheet print Sports section in the Washington Post featured only one ad – a 1-and-1/2-inch by 1-and-1/2-inch display promotion for an appearance by adult film ‘superstar’ Teanna Kai at the Paper Moon club in Springfield”

  • The New York Times reports, “As Papers Struggle, News Is Cut and the Focus Turns Local”

  • Gawker looks at “Why Newspapers Shouldn’t Allow Comments”

  • Variety’s Brian Lowry writes, “TV, radio will regret print’s plunge”

  • Romenesko reports, “WP not surprised by criticism of 12-part Chandra Levy series”

  • Drudge reports, “An editorial written by Republican presidential hopeful McCain has been rejected by the NEW YORK TIMES — less than a week after the paper published an essay written by Obama, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.” TVNewser reports, “Cablers Cover Rejected McCain Op-Ed.” The New York Times defends its decision.

  • The AP reports, “New York Times defends not running McCain op-ed”

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  • A release announced, “Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will sit down with Tom Brokaw as he concludes his overseas tour in London for a ‘Meet the Press’ exclusive interview to air on Sunday, July 27 for the full hour.”

  • A release announced, “During his much-anticipated tour through the Middle East and Europe, Senator Barack Obama will visit Iraq, his first trip to the country in more than two years. When Senator Obama arrives in Baghdad, ABC News’ Terry Moran will conduct an exclusive interview with the Democratic presumptive nominee, who has sought throughout the campaign to establish his foreign policy credentials.” The interview aired Monday night on a special edition of “Nightline.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Would ‘Rathergate’ Make a Good Movie? Hollywood Insiders Working on Screen Adaptation”

  • B&C reports, “Jay Leno is coming to ABC, and Nightline is dead. That’s the overwhelming assumption around the television industry these days. While the smart money is indeed on ABC landing Leno, there is no reason ABC should kill off the Nightline brand.”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister reports on “The Cable TV Rising Star, Who Doesn’t Own a TV”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “It was MSNBC’s turn at the TCA today, which has become a hot spot for media stories the past couple of weeks.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Wedding bells for Fox Business Network DC correspondent Rich Edson. He was married yesterday to his Dumont, NJ high school sweetheart Cheryl Cappiello. The new Mrs. Edson begins a master’s program at Georgetown this fall.”

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  • Nieman Reports Summer Issue reports, “Using moment-by-moment observations, ‘Twitter entries build a community of readers who find their way to longer articles because they are lured by these moment-by-moment observations.'”

  • A release announced, “Rock the Vote and Comcast Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, announced today at the Tri-Caucus Youth Summit in Washington, D.C., that they have entered into a multimedia partnership to encourage young Americans, ages 18-29, to register to vote. The Summit was hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc (CBCF) and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). The partnership between Rock the Vote (RTV) and Comcast will include a series of co-branded Public Service Announcements and Internet outreach on Comcast’s family of networks, including E! Networks, VERSUS, The Golf Channel, TV One, FearNet, Comcast Sportsnet networks, PBS Kids Sprout, CN8 and G4. Comcast and RTV will be registering young Americans online through these networks’ websites as well as at,, the Comcast voter outreach resource, and Comcast Latino, the Spanish language website at All websites will be using RTV’s innovative, easy-to-use online voter registration tool.”

  • The New York Post reports, “Times vs. Journal Digital Battle Royale! Landman Says WSJ Has Done ‘Nothing’ With Its Web Site”

  • Check out Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff’s coverage of Netroots and 23/6’s Lee Camp’s play by play.

  • A release announced, “Modern Luxury Media, the largest publisher of city magazines in the United States, today announced it has acquired Juli B. Inc, publisher of, the online luxury and lifestyle brand distributing content via email to upwards of fourteen cities and 700,000 readers. The acquisition is a significant first move by Modern Luxury in a series of planned digital initiatives that will deliver new and engaging content and interactions between Modern Luxury’s readers and advertisers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.”

  • NowPublic reports, “This is The MostPublic Index, a detailed barometer of the most public news influencers of today’s digital world. It illustrates how a new breed of influencer is shaping the media environment and what’s heard by the general population. Today, news makers and reporters are increasingly indistinguishable. In fact, a teenage Twitterer may have as powerful a voice as the New York Times editorial board. Therefore, NowPublic has defined this new type as a ‘news influencer.’ The first MostPublic Index identifies the 50 most influential individuals in New York.”

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  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Conservative political commentator Sean Hannity, whose talk show is second only to Rush Limbaugh’s program, will be distributed through both Citadel Broadcasting Corp.’s ABC Networks, his current radio home, and Clear Channel Communications Inc.’s Premiere Radio Networks. ABC will continue syndicating the show to Citadel-owned stations. Starting in December, Clear Channel will syndicate the show everywhere else.”

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  • Spot.Us presents, “Ten Tips For Journalists to Fundraise Money”

  • E&P reports, “Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who backed out of a candidates forum at Unity ’08 later this week in Chicago, will speak to the joint convention of minority journalists association when he returns from his overseas tour, Unity said late Saturday.”

  • The Independent reports, “Harold Evans is one of journalism’s great innovators. He tells Joy Lo Dico why style and content are mutually indispensable”

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  • Bisnow is looking for a COO.

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