Morning Reading List, 08.24.07

Good morning Washington.

  • Looks like a lot of folks have been phoning it in this summer, taking more than five vacation days.

  • The next Washington Blogger Meetup is September 19, 7:00 PM. learn more here.

  • “For the fifth consecutive year, Bloomberg Television is number one among U.S. cable TV networks in delivering cable television’s most affluent audience, according to the 2007 Mendelsohn Affluent Survey,” according to a release.

  • Media Daily News reports, “New and emerging digital media platforms may be the rage on Madison Avenue and in the news media, but some highly regarded consumer research suggests they still have a long way to go before they replace traditional media as effective advertising alternatives with most consumers.”

  • In Praise of Paper.” And “I Really Need You to Read This Article, Okay?”

  • Yesterday’s Wake Up Call wondered, “Where have we seen this before?”

  • Check out the bookmarks of your favorite NYT reporter.

  • Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions

  • Ari Fleischer Draws New Battle Lines

  • Donnie Simpson Has Talked His Way Into 30 Years On the Air

  • The Globe and Mail reports, “When The New York Times’s old editorial boardroom table went up for sale this month, it was a Canadian antiques dealer who won it at auction.”

  • DCRTV reports, “Even though the DC TV market is still growing — it gained about 36,000 TV homes betwen 2006 and 2007 — it will slip from the 8th to the 9th largest Nielsen-rated market for 2008. DC exchanges place with the faster-growing Atlanta market, which was 9th in 2007. NYC, LA, and Chicago remain the top three markets”

  • USA Today reports, “The broadcast networks will feature fewer than 20 live-action, 30-minute sitcoms, about half as many as five seasons ago. The decrease also could reflect the loss of viewers: No sitcom has finished in the top 10 since Everybody Loves Raymond in 2005.”

  • AFP reports, “MySpace and MTV said Thursday they have joined forces to let candidates for the US presidency individually discuss ideas and issues with young people in online webcasts.”

  • The AP reports, “Condemning the Fox News Channel as a warmonger that’s agitating for a U.S. attack on Iran, documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced an ‘online viral video campaign’ Wednesday calling on television news organizations ‘not to follow Fox down the road to war again.'”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Dow Jones & Co., the publisher that agreed to be acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., named Almar Latour managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Online.”

  • Poynter Online examines the “Says vs. Said.” debate.

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “The journalism that bloggers actually do”
  • From CJR: “Drudge Barks, TV News Bites”

  • Wordyard reports, “If you’re going to write a cranky op-ed complaining that bloggers aren’t fit to shine real reporters’ shoes, as a journalism prof named Michael Skube did recently in the LA Times, and then you cite Josh Marshall as one of your examples of these failures to pound the pavement, you shouldn’t be surprised if people snort in derision. Love it or hate it (I love it), Marshall’s Talking Points Memo is the model of a muckraking blog; it regularly breaks stories.”

  • Gary Weiss writes, “We journalists are unique in the animal kingdom in that we feed on our young. (OK, maybe pussycats do that too … whatever.) One example is the constant barrage of criticism directed at the new Conde Nast biz magazine, Portfolio.”

  • Variety reports, “A coalition of civil rights and minority advocacy groups has blasted Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin J. Martin for ‘patronizing and insulting’ public remarks he recently made alleging that their opposition to a la carte cable subscriptions has been bought and paid for.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “A strange-bedfellows alliance — defense giant Raytheon Co. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., a company known for broadcasting Oprah Winfrey’s self-improvement advice — is bidding for a contract that could help ease flight delays by overhauling the air traffic control system.”

  • Market Watch reports, “Deutsche Bank downgraded U.K. media group Pearson to hold from buy, saying its education unit could suffer from pressure on U.S. state tax revenues over the next couple of years, while its business news unit “has been the main loser” from recent deals in the sector.”

  • And, finally, from the “This Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With FishbowlDC, But, Sure, What The Hell” Category: Political strategist Doug Heye has a piece in the latest Capitol File on wine.


  • Worcester County Times is lookng for a staff reporter.

  • The Star Democrat is looking for layout editor.

  • American Association for Justice is looking for a Writer in the Communications Department.

  • Martinsville Bulletin is looking for a Sports Editor.

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