Morning Reading List, 09.01.08


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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

Monday is Bill Beutler’s birthday. George Archibald asks, “Anyone got a spare garage apartment that a soon-to-be homeless ex-journalist might rent?” Alaska’s KTVA discusses the Palin announcement. TVNewser talks to “Dave Marash On His ‘Really Exciting’ New Job”. Also, TVNewser reports, “Recent Palin Interviews, Queued Up For Cable”. CJR reports, “GOP Veepstakes-press lays an egg”. Check out this installment of PBS’s “Ombudsman’s Mailbag.” New York Observer reports, “Twin Cities, Tired Reporters”. New York Times’ David Carr looks at the new landscape of media parties. Politico reports, “News media follows Gustav south”. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Well, it all started this morning when I woke up. From then on, things didn’t improve much.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to Friday’s post on “Olbermann Takes on Chuck Babington“): Reader feelingrandy writes, “And Sean Hannity speaks only the truth….” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • This week’s classes include Beauty Writing and Editing, Children’s Picture Book Writing and Memoir Writing.


  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. said Tuesday that its July revenue from continuing operations fell 10.1 percent this year as advertising revenue slipped 16.2 percent. Overall revenue dropped to $235.9 million in July from $262.3 million in July 2007, the publisher said.”

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  • The New York Observer reports, “Marcus Brauchli, Bourbon in Hand, Gets Ready for the Post”

  • PRWeek interviewed Politico’s Jim VandeHei.

  • The Washington Post’s Deborah Howell looks at “An Evolving Model for Editing”

  • Forbes reports on “Politico’s Moment”, “The upstart site for all things politics is the belle of the ball in Denver. But what happens after the election?”

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  • A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network proved that voters want comprehensive coverage of the nation’s political conventions, as evidenced by spikes to the network’s on-air, online and ON DEMAND Democratic National Convention programming. CN8 remains on the campaign trail at the Republican National Convention, spotlighting former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and other Republican newsmakers from Sunday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 4.”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, August 24, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers. This is the 30th time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ among Total Viewers. Additionally, ‘This Week’ continues to grow among both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic.”

  • A PBS release announced, “With the evening’s events at the Republican National Convention cancelled, The NewsHour will not have a primetime special on Monday evening but will cover both the landfall of Hurricane Gustav and the limited happenings in Minneapolis during the regular NewsHour Monday.”

  • A release announced, “PBS/NewsHour 2008 Democratic Convention Coverage Draws Estimated 3.5 Million Viewers Thursday Night.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008 in all categories. The program was No. 1, averaging 4.300 million total viewers”.
  • Charlie Gibson blogs on McCain’s VP Pick & Obama Speech.

  • A release announced, “On August 28, night four of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, ABC News was the most-watched broadcast network in total viewers. ABC’s primetime coverage averaged 6.58 million Total Viewers and a 2.4/ 6 among Adults 25-54. The coverage aired live across the country from 10-11:07 p.m., ET.”

  • A NBC release announced, “America turned to the networks of NBC News for its coverage of the Democratic National Convention. During the week that the DNC gathered in Denver, Colorado, more than 7.852 million viewers tuned into the networks of NBC News. With Brian Williams anchoring the network coverage live from Denver, NBC News was the #1 network broadcast, attracting 17% more viewers than ABC and 44% more than CBS in total viewers and 25% (4 tenths) more than ABC and 43% (6 tenths) more than CBS in A25-54.”

  • A C-SPAN release announced, “Next Monday through Thursday, this historic campaign season continues with C-SPAN’s 24-hour political coverage of the four days of the Republican National Convention. Start your day with Washington Journal, our signature call-in program, live from the Twin Cities, 7-10 am ET. In the evening, watch C-SPAN’s distinctive no-commentary, non-commercial, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican National Convention itself. On C-SPAN2, every evening, 8-11 pm ET, we present highlights from the day in politics. Our signature call-ins create a convention town hall for your participation.”

  • Pointing to this, this, this and this, a Media Matters release announced, “Media misinformation on Palin comes early and often”.

  • Nielsen shows that the four day average for the Democratic National Convention for live and same day coverage reached 22,489 households.

  • Media Matters reports, “NBC and MSNBC anchors ignore their own political director’s criticism of media’s ‘hyping’ of purported division among Clinton supporters”

  • The Baltimore Sun reports, “ABC, NBC, CBS to reverse years of limiting prime-time coverage in an effort to compete with cable television.”

  • Jezebel reports, “A couple of weeks ago, I set up an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly for Glamocracy (appearing soon, by the way, and she is super-nice) and mentioned to her fabulous publicist that I always really liked Bill Hemmer, with whom Megyn co-anchors a show. And, by ‘liked’ I mean, ‘thought was completely cute.’ And there’s nothing I like better to do than embarrass myself in front of a really hot guy, so I asked if it was possible that I could take a picture of Bill Hemmer just to gush, and his publicist did me one better and let me interview him… and then he insisted that I get in the picture with him. And he put his arm around me! Gushing aside, he was also super-nice and smart.”

  • The Baltimore Business Journal reports, “Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, Comcast again sparring over carriage”

  • Business Week reports, “Election campaigns give local stations a huge boost—but it’s not enough to rescue 2008”

  • The New York Times reports, “Cable, Quietly, Introduces an Anytime Elections Channel”

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  • A release announced, “Maintaining its No. 1 ranking in total minutes for more than a year, the CNN Digital Network secured the top spot in the Current Events and Global News Category again for the month of July. (Source: Nielsen Online) Additionally, the CNN Digital Network stands as the No. 1 news site for video when ranked by total video streams according to Nielsen Online, VideoCensus.”

  • TVNewser takes us “Behind-The-Scenes at ‘Largest Live Operation’ on the Web”

  • Convention Daily reports, “Bloggers Plan To Blanket GOP Convention”

  • The Guardian reports, “Podcasts’ popularity surges in US”

  • Los Angeles Times’ Web Scout reports, “Jim Romenesko’s media news site — once considered an edgy, gossip-heavy addiction for journalists, but now in the post-Gawker world seen as a virtual oak tree of old-time journalistic restraint and standards — has taken some hits lately, including this body blow from an apocalyptic Howell Raines. The deposed New York Times executive editor brands Romenesko as, yes, just another print-bred dinosaur, one who doesn’t quite get that the online revolution he helped usher in will eventually push him to the side as well.”

  • PBS’s Media Shift reports, “Bloggers Make Progress Covering Convention at DNC”

  • Cupcakes Takes The Cakes reports, “Ana Marie Cox, Rachel Sklar, and Glynnis MacNicol explain what cupcakes have to do with the DNC”

  • The Providence Phoenix reports, “Jobs are out there, even with the Internet remaking the media business”

  • PBS’s MediaShift looks at “The Best 2008 Political Convention Coverage Online”

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  • Washington Post reports, “David Candow, the man who makes National Public Radio sound like National Public Radio, has a simple piece of advice for anyone who wants to get in front of a microphone: Try to sound like … you”

  • A release announced, “Air America Media ( will be reporting live from the Republican National Convention, taking place September 1-4 in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Talk show host and political pundit Ron Reagan will join Lionel, Thom Hartmann, Rachel Maddow and David Bender, reporting on all programs originating from Minneapolis-St. Paul and co-anchoring the evening coverage with Bender.”

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  • Howard Kurtz reports, “The media’s watchdogs, having spent weeks barking up the wrong trees in search of John McCain’s running mate, immediately started growling at his surprise choice”

  • The Nation reported last week, “It’s often alleged that political journalists are too cozy with the powerful sources they cover. Events in Denver will do little to dispel that suspicion, with politicians, lobbyists and journalists schmoozing and boozing together. Sometimes they even sponsor the same parties. Case in point: the jam-packed Politico/Glover Park Group party last night.”

  • Ana Marie Cox writes in CQ, “Convention Parties: Dancing to a Different Tune”

  • MediaBloodhound reports, “Was the U.S. media admirably discreet or just plain ineffectual in covering news of the arrest of three men suspected of plotting to assassinate Barack Obama during his acceptance speech at Invesco Field?”

  • The Fix’s Chris Cillizza writes, “When The Fix’s final GOP Veepstakes Line came out, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wasn’t even on it. So, what happened?”

  • AdWeek reports, “Agency creative directors put their spin on the presidential campaigns”

  • “Human Events Political Editor John Gizzi started profiling possible McCain running mates last spring and by the time he was done Gizzi had looked at 15 possible GOP contenders for the post. He could have stopped after one. Yes, the first profile in Gizzi’s veepstakes series was none other than Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin.” Check it out here.

  • The New York Observer reports, “Who’s Sitting Where in Invesco Field Press Box?”

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  • NPR is looking for a Reporter/Correspondent, Digital News and a Homepage Editor, Digital News.

  • Transport Topics Publishing Group is looking for an Online Reporter.

  • Stars and Stripes is looking for an Ombudsman.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for an Art Director.

  • The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is looking for an Advertising Copywriter.

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