Morning Reading List, 10.04.07

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  • Trader Joes edged out Whole Foods as the grocery store du jour.

  • An NBC release announced, “As the competitive gap between ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ and ABC ‘World News’ continues to narrow, ‘Nightly News’ became the most-watched network evening newscast during the week of September 24-28, 2007.”

  • NBC also announced that Brian Williams “will moderate a debate among the Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9-11 p.m. ET, live on MSNBC from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. This is one of six DNC-sanctioned debates this fall; it is the second debate moderated by Williams. The debate will also stream live on and re-broadcast on Telemundo
    in Spanish.”

  • An ABC release announced, “In an election season tradition, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ will feature a special series — ‘Who Is?’ –- that explores the rarely seen private side of the presidential contenders. Through in-depth interviews with the candidates, anchor Charles Gibson goes beyond their standard stump speech to explore their backgrounds, the intimate details of their lives, and the events that have brought them to this point in their political careers. The series debuts on Thursday, October 4 with Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, and continues weekly through December on ‘World News’ and its webcast.”

  • announced it is launching a local blog directory “that makes DC-area blogs more accessible to our readers. The directory will include a searchable database and a dynamically updated list featuring fresh posts. It will also have a section of editor’s top picks, recently added blogs, and resources for bloggers such as legal tips and ways to avoid spam.”

  • AP reports, “The Federal Communications Commission is doing a swell job communicating with lobbyists, but with the public? Not so good, according to a government report.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Former White House Press Secretary, and FNC host Tony Snow makes his first visit to the Late Show with David Letterman” tonight.

  • The Hill reports, “Juan Williams, the liberal-leaning pundit of Fox News and NPR, is not a happy camper these days — the word ‘happy’ being the source of his ire.”

  • The Free Radio Alliance is sponsoring Free Radio Across America Day with a picnic on Capitol Hill to mark the official launch of the alliance on October 10 from 12-2.

  • The Gate presents the “first-ever Most Presidential Laughter From A Woman Contest!”

  • Huffington Post’s Eric Kuhn interviewed Cal Thomas about his latest book he wrote with Bob Beckel, Common Gourd.

  • Reuters reports, “Aspiring writers were on Monday challenged by two publishing groups to prove their readership appeal online to win a coveted publishing deal. The Penguin Group said it was teaming up with and Hewlett-Packard to launch an international writing contest that aimed to search for the next great novel with the winner to be published by Penguin.”

  • has “Twelve things journalists can do to save journalism”

  • The Nation reports, “The ongoing fallout over Bill O’Reilly’s recent racial comments is stoking tensions between Fox News and NPR.”

  • Media Biz reports, “For shareholders of big media companies, 2007 has so far been one to forget. All of the major media conglomerates have trailed the market. News Corp. (NWS) has been the best performer, gaining 5 percent. Shares of CBS (CBS) and Walt Disney (DIS) are relatively flat, up only 1 percent and 2.3 percent respectively. CBS’ former corporate sibling Viacom’s (VIAB) stock has fallen 5 percent this year. And then there’s my parent company Time Warner (TWX). It’s stock has plunged more than 15 percent in 2007.”

  • reports, “The nation’s 100 Leading Media Companies over the past year concocted more than a dozen major mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs with a total value topping $85 billion.”

  • reports, “In spite of that frosty reception, the Huffington Post has emerged as the fifth most popular blog on the web, according to Technorati, the internet tracker. The blog claims to attract 3.5m unique users a month.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Yahoo plans to unveil a revamped search engine that it says delivers faster, more relevant and engaging results than market leader Google, which handles more than half of the Web’s search requests.”

  • New York Times reports, “As if we needed any more evidence that the bubble is back in Silicon Valley, technology media company IDG plans to revive that hallmark publication of the era, the Industry Standard.”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe writes, “Newcomers Make Waves at”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “After two decades of cutbacks in international bureaus, ABC News is bucking the trend by creating one-person operations that will dramatically boost its coverage in Africa, India and elsewhere.”

  • New York Post reports, “American Media’s long nightmare may finally be over. The publisher of Star and The National Enquirer yesterday released its quarterly earnings report for the period ending June 30, 2007 – which the company said brings its fiscal reporting requirements to the SEC up to date for the first time in 20 months.”

  • Poynter Online’s Amy Gahran tells us, “What’s Coming Next in Contributed Content.”

  • Reuters reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Business Network says everyone has the right to strike it rich in America and it aims to show even the smallest investor how to do it. Seeking to dislodge incumbent business cable channels CNBC and Bloomberg Television, Fox Business said its rivals deliver financial news in a language understood only by the experts on Wall Street.”

  • USAToday reports, “The Web has an unlikely new rival when it comes to ‘interactive’ advertising: magazine pages.”

  • The International Center for Journalists announced the 2007 participants in the International Journalism Exchange. “The leading editors from 12 countries, including Zimbabwe, will spend time at U.S. publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Science magazine, and The Detroit News, among others.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman reports, “‘People tell me that my biggest character flaw is that I’m a Pollyanna,’ the general manager of the New York Times’ Web site,, told me. However, she couldn’t help but frown when pondering the reaction to the recent decision to kill the TimesSelect program.”

  • announced the launch of “360° Daily Angle,” “a joint video blog with NYC TV, the largest source of original programming about New York City lifestyle, culture, entertainment and history, and the official television network of the City of New York.”

  • The Atlantic announced in a release, “This November, The Atlantic will celebrate 15 decades in publishing.” Yesterday, the 150th anniversary issue was released online (subscription required). The magazine will be available on newsstands October 16.

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “For years, journalist Juan Williams has straddled the divide between two unique media worlds; the thoughtful and erudite journalism of National Public Radio (NPR), where Williams serves as an analyst, and the rowdy hothouse at Fox News, where Williams works as a contributor. Most of the time, the two worlds don’t collide. But recently they did, and NPR has the bruises to show for it.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Frank Luntz Slams GOP Front-Runners, But NPR Omits His Tavis Ties”


  • No-Va Living Magazine is looking for a Film, Book and Media Writer and a Pet Columnist.

  • National Geographic is looking for a Editor, Copy.

  • National Geographic is looking for a Senior Producer — Web Content

  • National Consumer Magazine is looking for a Sales Representative for D.C., Philly, Baltimore

  • U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is looking for a Communications Specialist.

  • The Cecil Whig is looking for an A-1 reporter.

  • Global Security Newswire is looking for a staff writer.

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