Morning Reading List, 09.11.08


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Daniel Okaka turns 84. Bob Packwood turns 76. The Obama girl speaks! Most of you find Sarah Palin appealing as a person and a candidate. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I don’t care how much money I make in my new Web job or how much extra time I can now spend with my family. I would trade it all just to be able to go back to being a reporter.”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Palin & The Media“: Reader PancakeBreakfast writes, “For crying out loud. Can’t the media just let Republicans believe what they want to believe without insisting on ‘facts’ or ‘proof’? It’s called faith, and the media should get some. Shame on them.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • Bacons Blog reports, “Whitney Blake recently left the Washington Examiner, where she served as a business reporter covering green building and urban planning and development. She previously worked for The Weekly Standard magazine.” Also, Mary Katharine Ham has left the Examiner for the Weekly Standard.

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  • The New York Observer reported yesterday, “On Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m., The Times will round up the newsroom on the third floor at its Eighth Avenue building to toast the accomplishments of the 32 reporters and editors who covered the Olympics — the majority of them from the sports department. There will be Champagne and egg rolls to reward the ‘stunning’ coverage The Times produced on the Web, and in the newspaper, wrote executive editor Bill Keller in a staff memo. In an earlier staff e-mail, he lauded the staff and subjected the note, ‘Our Gold Medalists.’ But in these difficult times, journalistic success is not a protection against the inevitable downscaling affecting the newspaper industry. Just five days earlier, Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. informed the staff that starting in October, for four days a week, the sports section would lose its stand-alone section, and would be tucked inside the business section. Similarly, the Metro Section, for six days a week, will be inserted into the A-section, behind the International and National reports.”

  • ASU’s Maguire on Media reports, “The Minneapolis Star Tribune got some press a week or so ago when it gave The Associated Press the required two year’s cancellation notice. The Star Tribune is at least the fifth and perhaps the biggest paper to take this action. Newspapers appear convinced newspapers are very low on AP’s priority list. Newspapers want lower prices and, more coverage. Nobody really says it, but I think newspapers around the country want more affection and/or respect too from AP.”

  • Cast your vote now for The Washington City Paper’s Totally Awesome 80s Photo Contest

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press reports, “Dana Milbank Rocks The Eastern Media Elite”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Woodward: My wife will shoot me if I write another Bush wars book”

  • E&P reports, “Gannett to Re-Org, Cut 100 Management Positions”

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  • Cable Nets to Carry Presidential Forum

  • Ted Koppel’s Questioning Skills Are Worth More Than Alaskan Crude

  • “ABC News today announced the sponsoring of five college campus bureaus as part of the network’s ABC News on Campus initiative, and named the five college bureau chiefs at the respective schools. The program is a partnership with five top journalism schools across the country to educate and mentor talented college students. The news division created the on campus multimedia bureaus to provide opportunities for student journalists to report on stories in their area and produce a wide array of content for ABC News’ various digital and broadcast platforms, including, ABC News NOW, ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘World News with Charles Gibson,’ ‘Nightline,’ mtvU, ABC News Radio, and NewsOne.”

  • A Fox release announced, “FOX News Channel (FNC) will present Service Nation Presidential Candidates Forum on Thursday evening, live from Columbia University 8:00-10:00PM ET. In Primetime, FNC’s Brit Hume will host ‘America’s Election HQ…The 9/11 Presidential Forum,’ live from 8:00-10:00PM ET. The Forum will include Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain’s speeches on service and civic engagement post 9/11. FOX Business Network will also present live coverage, hosted by Neil Cavuto from 8:00-10:00PM ET.”

  • Russert Gets Paul White Award

  • Soup Cans has some suggestions for MSNBC’s newest show. “There were no surprises during last night’s debut of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC last night. Our gal Maddow bashed the McCain-Palin ticket, chatted with a visiting Keith Olbermann and then quarreled with ‘uncle’ Pat Buchanon, who still can’t correctly pronounce Daily Kos. But we have one not so trivial issue with Maddow’s new show. Her red, white and blue set is way too much (yes, the same goes to you, Fox News!) and caused us major sensory overload. Get new wall decor and color schemes, Maddow, and fast! That is unless you and your producers want it to look like a set leftover from an short-lived early 90’s MTV talk show.”

  • TVNewser reports, “McCain Ad Featuring Katie Couric Removed From YouTube”

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press gives “7 Reasons Why Gibson Got The Get”

  • The New York Observer asks, “What Happened to NBC?”

  • Culture11 writes, “MSNBC’s political director becomes a unlikely star.”

  • Gawker reports, “Chris Matthews ‘Thrown Under The Bus’ After Shareholder Complaints”

  • Soup Cans reports, “Ted Koppel pulled a Campbell Brown on NPR a couple of nights ago. The ABC news legend was guesting on Talk of the Nation along with Randy Scheunemann, the director of foreign policy for the McCain campaign, when talk turned to water-cooler subject of the moment, Sarah Palin, whom Koppel delightfully referred to as the ‘rookie on the team.’ Oh, Ted. Game on.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer suggests, “What ABC News anchor Charles Gibson should ask the candidate”

  • TVNewser reported yesterday, “Lou Dobbs doesn’t just play Lou Dobbs on TV. TVNewser attended Dobbs’ first Independent Convention broadcast last night, as the CNN anchor is focusing this week on independent voters in the wake of the DNC and RNC.”

  • TVNewser Columnist Gail Shister writes, “Cold State, Hot Story For Alaska Transplant Felling”

  • A PBS release announced, “On Election Day, PBS KIDS GO!sm encourages early elementary school kids to share their voices with new episodes of WORDGIRL and ARTHUR and online resources and content at, PBS Parents and PBS Teachers.”

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  • “Beginning Monday September 15th, Teatro Goldoni will be hosting FACEBOOK NIGHTS. This round for lots of convention Twitter catch up….sorta like the CNN Grill at the conventions… Chef Enzo Fragione to offer three course ‘recession priced’ fine dining experience. If you’re on FB and want to meet all the ‘friends’ you don’t know, now’s the time. Log into Group FB Nights at Teatro Goldoni and reserve under FB.”

  • You Tube is launching “YouTube’s First Journalism Contest”

  • Take the Huffington Posts’ online survey.

  • CoveritLive announced the new features of “Private backchannel messaging for you and your Panelists/Producers”, “Larger, more visible Tips”, a new Toolbar
    “Better support for users who cannot use iFrames” and “Chrome and Safari support”.

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  • reports, “Mel Karmazin, trying to shore up Wall Street support for Sirius XM Radio, told analysts that regular radio “sucks” as an investment while the company he heads deserves more respect because of its growth prospects.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Newly merged Sirius XM Radio said yesterday that it doesn’t have enough cash to pay back the $300 million in debt due early next year but that it has not looked into selling its Northeast Washington building to raise money.”

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  • A release announced, “Eight distinguished mid-career arts journalists have been selected as Fellows for the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program. With support from the Getty Foundation, the program, now in its seventh year, seeks to establish a new standard of excellence in arts and culture coverage. The Fellowship’s philosophy is guided by a core belief in the importance of first-hand encounters with artists and journalism colleagues. The three-week program begins November 1, 2008.” For more information, click here.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “The American public paid a lot of attention to the presidential campaign last week as the Republican Party took center stage. More than half watched at least some television coverage of the Republican convention in St. Paul, and the speech by GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin stands out as the highlight of the event. And perhaps as a consequence, by the end of the week, John McCain’s image had improved significantly.”

  • Washington Post reports, “As Campaign Heats Up, Untruths Can Become Facts Before They’re Undone”

  • Steve Losey, the pay and benefits reporter for Federal Times and guitarist in Gaslight Society, a local garage rock-blues band, is getting ready to release his band’s first album Sept. 20 at a show at Fat Tuesday’s in Fairfax, Va. The show will start at 9 p.m. Fat Tuesday’s is at 10673 Braddock Road in Fairfax, in the University Mall.

  • The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Online Journalism were held Wednesday morning at the Natl Press Club. The top prize was $10,000. For more info, click here.

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “Obama knocks press on ‘made-up controversy'”

  • The Boston Phoenix reports, “Why McCain’s Machiavellian war on the media could cost him the presidency”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Palin keeps flight off the record”

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  • is looking for a Freelance Writer.

  • The Intriago Group is looking for a Skilled Reporters.

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