Morning Reading List, 09.22.08

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

33 years ago, an attempt on President Gerald Ford’s life was made by Sara Jane Moore. Tomorrow is Ana Marie Cox’s birthday. How many Washingtonians will exact their revenge on Stephen Colbert when he visits DC? You think Sarah Palin should make an “SNL” Cameo. Was that Mayor Bloomberg talking about taking over hosting duties on “Meet the Press”? Sunday was Dean Baquet’s birthday (Hat tip: Playbook). Politico reports, “Franken helps craft McCain ‘SNL’ skit”. From The Writer’s Almanac on Sunday: “It was on this day in 1970 that the first modern op-ed page appeared in The New York Times. People sometimes think that ‘op-ed’ stands for ‘opinion-editorial,’ but it actually stands for ‘opposite the editorial page.’ Op-eds began in the 1920s, but they were forums for newspapers’ columnists, not for outside writers. The modern op-ed was created by New York Times journalist John Bertram Oakes. Oakes received a commentary letter that he thought was excellent, but it was too long to print as a letter to the editor, and it couldn’t be published in the op-ed page since it wasn’t by a columnist. So he got the idea for an op-ed page that would include outside opinions. Oakes spent 10 years trying to convince publishers that is was good idea. Finally the Times editors agreed, and published the first version, and it’s become the model for op-ed pages worldwide.” Did YOU make Reid Wilson’s crab fest this weekend? Saturday was Moira Bagley’s birthday. Were you at Tommy Burr’s birthday bash on Friday? Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry at the PR people who always feel the need to say, ‘I used to be a reporter.’ Yeah. Used to be. Get over it.”

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  • This week’s classes include Breaking into Political Writing, Intro to Copy Editing and Intro to Travel Writing.


  • The American Prospect reports, “Yesterday The San Diego Union-Tribune became the latest newspaper to shutter its D.C. office. The recent spate of bureau closings strikes a major blow for comprehensive political coverage, but it is also a warning about newspaper survival.”

  • SFPPC reports, “Examiner archives open at UC Berkeley”

  • David Brooks, Rankling Folks Right and Left

  • Washington City Paper reports, “WaPo Turns in Limp Palin Piece”

  • MarketWatch reports, “New York Times shares jump on August report”

  • Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell writes, “In a hotly contested election, readers are on the prowl for any story they think is unfair to their candidate. Republican-leaning readers criticized two Page 1 stories on Sept. 12 — one about Cindy McCain’s drug addiction almost 20 years ago and the other about a remark in a speech by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.”

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  • A 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, Sept. 14, 2008 in all categories. The program was No. 1, averaging 4.035 million total viewers.”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of September 8, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Letterman’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the third straight week. This marks ‘Nightline’s’ nineteenth victory (plus one tie) over ‘Letterman’ among the key A25-54 demographic this season and the fourteenth victory (plus two ties) over CBS among Total Viewers.”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, September 14, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ posted 3.60 million, the program’s highest total viewer delivery in over six years (since February 3, 2002). This marks George Stephanopoulos’ highest total delivery since he began anchoring the program. In addition, ‘This Week’ posted its highest A25-54 demo delivery in over 5 years (since March 30, 2003). This also marks the sixth week in a row ‘This Week’ grew in total viewers.”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Fox demands McCain camp remove Garrett from ad”

  • TVNewser reports, “Olbermann Comments on MSNBC Ratings”

  • Thing Progress reports, “McCain Campaign Refuses To Appear On The Rachel Maddow Show”

  • TVNewser Twitterviews Rick Sanchez.

  • A Wikileaks press release announced, “Fox News demagogue, Bill O’Reilly, has been hacked and the details passed to Wikileaks.” For more, click here.

  • Huffington Post reports, “Lehrer Discusses Contours Of Presidential Debate”

  • B&C reports, “ABC News laying off ‘a handful’ of full-time, part-time staffers at Washington, D.C., bureau.”

  • PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler writes, “Alaska Governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin was the focus of a lot of the messages in the Ombudsman’s Mailbag this week, but not because of anything she had said or done. Rather, it was about an unscripted, political wisecrack about her made during a live PBS fund-raising pledge program, and an online poll about her on the weekly public affairs program NOW. One was a mistake and the other perfectly reasonable, in my view. Aside from a sampling of letters printed below about both episodes, program officials also offer their responses.”

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  • A release announced, “The Online News Association drew a record-breaking crowd of digital journalists to its annual conference, held Sept. 11-13 at the Capital Hilton. More than 700 journalists from around the world attended ONA08, which this year expanded to feature the latest social media tools designed to distribute news content across the web.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Silicon Alley Insider’s departing managing editor Peter Kafka has the latest comScore numbers regarding Internet search engine traffic and if you’re not Google, it’s not pretty.”

  • Tech Crunch reports, “New iPhone App Will Make You A More-Informed Voter”

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  • New York Post reports, “Another Top Turnover Means Change at Life & Style”

  • The Nation Institute has “an expanded version, with primary documents attached, of a story that appears in the October 6, 2008 issue of The Nation.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman asks, “Why aren’t more people buzzing about Harper’s?”

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  • Richard Princes’ Journal-isms reports, “In ’05, NPR Paid Gordon $478,000 to Host ‘News & Notes'”

  • WMAL has won the Marconi.

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  • A release announced, “The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced the 2008 election results for its Council. There were 10 open seats: six open Freelance seats and four open Staff seats. In the election, there were 444 valid ballots cast. The results were: Elected as Freelance members on the Council were: Gina Gionfriddo (i) (319*, 71.8%**), Walter Bernstein (i) (260, 58.6%), John Auerbach (i) (240, 54.1%), David Steven Cohen (i) (236, 53.2%), Jerome Coopersmith (196, 44.1%), and Jeremy Pikser (i) (195, 43.9%). Elected as Staff members on the Council were: Cath Twohill (245, 55.2%), Marianne Pryor (i) (218, 49.1%), Elizabeth Turrell (189, 42.6%), and Art Daley (174, 39.2%). All terms begin immediately and run through September 2010. WGAE President Michael Winship, Vice President Bob Schneider, and Secretary-Treasurer Gail Lee continue to serve their two-year terms, which run from 2007-2009.”

  • Washington Post asks, “Why is Sarah Palin granting so few interviews?”

  • The AP reports, “Shares of Media General Inc. more than doubled in value Thursday, a day after the media company declared August its best month all year despite reporting a year-over-year decline in revenue.”

  • Slate asks, “What is ‘certain’ to dominate headlines between now and Election Day?”

  • CJR has a video of “Bill Grueskin Discusses Trends in Journalism”

  • The Minnesota Independent reports, “St. Paul won’t prosecute journalists facing ‘unlawful assembly’ charges from the RNC”

  • Media Matters’ Jamison Foser looks at “The media’s counterproductive focus on negative campaigning.”

  • National Journal’s Stuart Taylor writes, “I no longer trust the major newspapers or television networks to provide consistently accurate and fair reporting and analysis of all the charges and countercharges.”

  • Politiker’s Rob Tornoe asks, “News stories can be corrected, but what about editorial cartoons?”

  • Washington Life reports that Sally Bedell Smith’s next biography will center around Queen Elizabeth and is slated to come out in 2012.

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  • The Magazine Group is looking for an Associate Editor/Copywriter (New Opportunity)

  • GalleyCat reports, “Bestselling NY Times Columnist Seeks Unpaid Research Assistants To Finish New Book”

  • Travelex/Ruesch International is looking for a Marketing Manager (North America Acquisition).

  • Business Financial Publishing is looking for a Marketing Manager.

  • The Development Executive Group is looking for a Web Marketing Associate.

  • Department of Health and Human Services is looking for a Director, Office of Communications and Legislative Activities.

  • The Humane Society of the United States is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • Rosetta Stone Ltd. is looking for a Publications Manager.

  • Washingtonian Magazine has an opening for an Editorial Internship

  • Transport Topics Publishing Group is looking for a Seasoned Reporter

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