Morning Reading List, 09.16.08


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You thought SNL’s “Sarah Palin” opener with Tina Fey was “amazing.” Did you know that Philip Klein is a Brick Breaker champ? Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m tired of having to explain to Joe Public why he’s paying so much to fill up his stupid Hummer. A half dozen gas prices stories in two weeks. And many more to come.”

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  • As of September 22, Sarah E. Baker will no longer be with ABC News. She is joining CNN as an editorial producer in their Washington bureau.

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  • A release announced, “’s flight community, Today in the Sky, has won the Online Journalism Award for Topical Reporting, Large Sites. The Online Journalism Awards, emblematic of the best in online journalism, were handed out by the Online News Association (ONA) at its annual conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept 13. In 2007, won the Online Journalism Award for General Excellence Award, Large Sites.”

  • New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt writes, “Using Barack Obama’s middle name, Hussein, and referring to Sarah Palin as Ms. instead of Mrs. is rooted in newsroom tradition and has nothing to do with politics.”

  • The AP reports, “Gannett’s Aug. publishing ad revenues fall 17 pct”

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “The Obama campaign is challenging Amir Taheri’s column in today’s New York Post, which says that during his visit to Iraq, Obama asked Iraqi leaders to postpone a final agreement on U.S. troops until the next administration takes office.”

  • The American reports, “The newspaper industry is collapsing. How to save an American institution.”

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  • A CBS release announced yesterday, “‘Presidential Questions,’ the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric franchise series of reports expanding on Couric’s acclaimed ‘Primary Questions’ series broadcast during the 2008 primary season, will debut on Wednesday (17). Couric has interviewed Sen. John McCain and is scheduled to interview Sen. Barack Obama tomorrow (16). The series is scheduled to run on the CBS Evening News each Wednesday until Election Day.”

  • The New York Times’ David Carr writes, “Having a woman in the anchor chair with a history of roaming across all kinds of subject matter might be a pretty good asset.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “An impostor slipped into a baggy Charles Gibson suit tonight to interview Sarah Palin on ABC’s World News and 20/20. The impostor asked decent questions, just like the real Gibson who interviewed the candidate for broadcast on Thursday night, but the impostor failed to chase her down with follow-ups that prevented her from espousing the trite and platitudinous.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN has the ‘Magic Wall,’ FNC has the ‘Bill Board,’ and now MSNBC has their own fun piece of technology — the Microsoft Surface. It is the first time the public gets to see the device in use.”

  • B&C reports, “NBC News and MSNBC are like great beer and fine whiskey. They’re each satisfying on their own, but when mixed, expect trouble. So after watching all the drama recently, I have one solution that would allow both brands to continue as independent success stories: separate them.”

  • Fox News announced, “Because of the damage due to Hurricane Ike in Cincinnati, Sean Hannity’s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin will be postponed for 24 hours. The interview will proceed Wednesday morning in Youngstown, Ohio and will still be presented in two parts — Wednesday and Thursday — on Hannity & Colmes (9-10 PM/ET).”

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  • The New York Times reports, “New Builds on Its Community of Subscribers”

  • I Want Media reports, “The CEO of the hit microblogging service aims to take Twitter mainstream — and find a business model. But Twitter won’t ever replace newspapers, he says. ‘We will always need a medium that carries more words.'”

  • ONA reports, “Newest Online Journalism Award category won by and”

  • A release announced, “The Slate Group … launched The Big Money (, a business site that provides intelligent and informative commentary and analysis that is both relevant to a user’s every day life and sophisticated enough for a veteran in the financial community. The Big Money will cover the intersection of business and a variety of areas including technology, green initiatives, media, fashion and food.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fresh off a completed contest on MySpace, NBC News is shifting to Facebook. NBC Learn (the education arm of NBC News) has released ‘What’s Your Vice Presidential iCue?’ on the Facebook application. It is the third in a series of 10 video trivia quizzes by NBC Learn on the Facebook application. The first two focused on Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain.”

  • “ has teamed with the bipartisan Porkbusters coalition that coalesced after Hurricane Katrina and has been a thorn in the side of Trent Lott, Ted ‘Bridge To Nowhere’ Stevens and dozens of members of Congress ever since. We’re giving Flip video cameras to stringers who need them (and paying people who don’t) to submit video reports about pork in their regions. We’re also paying mileage. We launched the series today with this video.” They also launched a “Porkbusters On Patrol” channel.

  • “The Barack Obama campaign has used the Internet to his advantage throughout his campaign. However, in the last few weeks, John McCain has boosted his online presence and has begun to at least narrow the technological gap with his opponent, according to a study released … by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

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  • The New York Post reports, “Controversial celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg, a self-professed ‘hard-core Dem,’ deliberately took a series of unflattering shots of Republican nominee John McCain for the current cover of The Atlantic — and then bragged about it on a blog.”

  • A release announced, “AARP, one of the world’s largest member organizations with over 40 million members and the leading organization for people 50+, today announced that AARP Services Inc. Media Sales will be increasing the rate base of both its lifestyle publication AARP The Magazine and its news publication AARP Bulletin from 23.5 million to 24 million with the January/February 2009 issue. … In addition to its unequaled reach, AARP The Magazine has targeting capabilities with scale through three demographically targeted editions. The rate base for each edition breaks down to 7.6 million for ages 50-59, 7.8 million for ages 60-69 and 8.6 million for the age 70+ edition.”

  • TVNewser reports, “New Yorker Column Short on Facts, Long on Attacks of ABC News”

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  • A release announced, “The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education have teamed up to form the nation’s first Higher Education Cabinet, comprising presidents, trustees and leaders from 76 colleges, universities and higher-education associations. The goal of the cabinet is to identify trends and direct discussions about the most pressing issues facing higher education today.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “Why the Palin phenomenon is doomed”

  • Media Shift’s Idea Lab reports, “Can the Political Press Self-Correct? Spinewatch Hopes it Can”

  • Splice Today reports, “What if the impossible happens and Obama loses the election? Among Democrats, expect a rash of rage, depression, angst and finger-pointing at the media.”

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  • U.S. News & World Report is looking for an Editorial Intern.

  • National Academies Press is looking for a Bookstore Manager/ Exhibits Coordinator.

  • Guardian News & Media is looking for an Office Manager, Guardian America.

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