Morning Reading List, 09.05.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington and Happy September.

  • You are not ready for summer to be over. We aren’t either.

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia? No peeking!

  • What did you think of the Politico’s redesign?

  • The Washington Post reports, “John Jay Geddie, 70, a reporter and editor who started a newspaper in Loudoun County three years ago, died Aug. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of kidney failure and pneumonia related to treatment for skin cancer. He lived in Sterling.”

  • Spend an evening with Peter Bagge, reason’s resident cartoonist, tonight at 1747 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 6.30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. RSVP to

  • Getting Ready in the Granite State

  • It doesn’t happen often: Olbermann bests O’Reilly.

  • Politico’s Jonathan Martin is “venturing off the eaten path” with his new feature, Trail Mix. “Now I’m asking you to ensure that all my surprises are good ones. I want to hear about the best, most out-of-the-way kitchens in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

  • Felling to take a taste of Morning Joe.

  • B&C reports, “The Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will not allow C-SPAN to televise the oral arguments in CBS’ challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency finding against the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl reveal back in 2004.”

  • Some of you wondered what happened to the Politico’s planned “Welcome back to Congress” issue yesterday. One Politico’r explains: “The Tuesday issue was, in essence, a welcome back issue, focusing on all the fight ahead, as you can see from stories. We will not be doing big full special issues, rather more targeted and focused coverage of specific areas.”

  • See Martha Raddatz’s interview with Gen. Petraeus. This is Raddatz’s 14th trip to Iraq.

  • The media’s Katrina malpractice

  • Mediabistro is hosting “The Future of Design” tonight, a panel discussion on what’s driving change in the design industry. The event is 7-9 pm at Cooper Union’s Wollman Auditorium, 51 Astor Place in New York. Cash bar reception to follow at Central Bar, 109 E. 9th Street. For more info, click here.

  • The DC Metro Moms Blog officially announced yesterday. It is a collaborative group of moms writing about their lives in Washington, D.C. Check it out here.

  • Jessica Taylor is starting as a Staff Writer/Online Producer at this week.

  • From the College Democrats Weekly Update 9/2/2007: “The UF College Democrats have received an invitation to see Helen Thomas speak in Orlando! On Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m., Helen Thomas, White House correspondent and author, will give a talk at the Orlando Public Library. … Tickets are $50 for non-library card holders.”

  • A reader points out this goof on the CBS Evening News: “Couric is in Iraq, got an intv with Bush. Swell, right? They ran the package and an audio track was missing on playback so we couldn’t hear the natural sound (troops cheering, etc.) AND at least one Bush soundbite had no audio so we could see him talking but couldn’t hear anything. This was the trip that was supposed to boost ratings…right? Whoops.”

  • A reader provides clarification on this, pointing out that podcasts are completely separate from paid downloads. Providers of paid downloads make a deal with iTunes for the programs to be sold at the iTunes online store. Providers of podcasts host the programs on their own sites — and iTunes simply provides links to the podcasts, grouped by subject or provider. So there is no “deal” regarding podcasts between iTunes and the vast majority of podcast producers, meaning you will still be able to get the MTP podcast on iTunes.

  • The Independent’s Stephen Glover writes, “The press has a new growth area — writing about itself on Wikipedia.”

  • Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff writes, “In every newsperson, not just Rupert Murdoch, there’s the dream of owning a newspaper—my paper. This retro dream is why, for the past six months, every Wednesday morning, I’ve been on a conference call about the subject of software design and digital engineering as it relates to the news. Although the discussion is specifically about how to make the news exciting (come on, guys, if it bleeds it ledes), it is often as tedious an hour as any I remember from high-school math. I’ve been able, however, using the mute button, to shower during these calls.”

  • AP’s David Bauder writes, “South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson turned to Woodruff for a ‘Nightline’ report on his recovery and return to public life this week following a brain hemorrhage. The Democrat probably figured no other reporter would better understand what he went through. Woodruff has quietly returned to work full time at ABC following the January 2006 bombing in Iraq that nearly killed him, already traveling to Cuba, Syria and throughout the United States to report stories.”

  • Over Labor Day weekend, was launched, “a new Web site from the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly that scrutinizes the accuracy of claims made by presidential candidates.”

  • CJR takes a look at Talking Points Media.

  • Check out TVNewser’s five questions with Fox News Channel’s Carl Cameron, the host of a GOP Presidential debate tomorrow night.

  • Freelance Switch offers this PSA: “The 10 Biggest Mistakes Freelancers Make, and How to Avoid Them.”

  • Salon has a confessional from a gossip addict.


  • The Hill newspaper is looking for an Online Video Producer.

  • The United States State Department is looking for a U.S. Diplomat/Foreign Service Officer.

  • is looking for a Web content producer.

  • Farmworker Justice is looking for a Communications Coordinator.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, All Things Considered, a Research Manager, Special Projects and a Listener Corespondence Supervisor.

  • Al Jazeera English is looking for a Package Producer, an Editor of the Day and a News Editor.

  • DISCUS is hiring a public relations manager with strong interest in luxury consumer goods PR. Three to five years public relations/special event/journalism experience required. $50K+ and outstanding benefits. Fax, e-mail or mail resume with cover letter to: FAX: 202-682-8896, or Human Resources, 1250 Eye Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.

  • Congressional Quarterly is hiring a Politics Reporter, a Social Policy Editor, a Multimedia Web Producer and a Homeland Security Reporter.

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