Morning Reading List, 10.06.08

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Bob Schieffer plays the Grand Ole Opry! Caroline Weyforth celebrated a birthday over the weekend. Today: Tracy Sefl. Robert Stacy McCain. Kathleen Connery. Tomorrow: Barbara Martinez. Tom Williams. You think Gwen Ifill did poorly with the VP debate. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Pursuing a career in journalism was the most destructive thing I’ve ever done to myself! I can’t pay my bills, and I’m also on the verge of having to declare bankruptcy! F*** this thankless line of work!”

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  • This week’s classes include Breaking into Food Writing, Intro to Fashion Careers and Fiction Writing.


  • NYT’s Clark Hoyt on “Political Scorekeeping.”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “Investors that made big bets on newspapers in recent years are struggling with their balance sheets as advertising revenues continue to fall.”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe reports, “Post Company Stocks Take a Pounding”

  • Do Newspaper Endorsements Matter? Here’s One Vote for…Yes

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  • Allbritton’s Power Couple: WJLA and The Politico

  • A release announced, “The networks of NBC drew the most viewers for Thursday night’s Vice Presidential debate between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin. More than 18.1 million viewers tuned in to watch the debate on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. 12.820 million viewers watched the coverage on NBC, 4.412 million watched on MSNBC, and 917,000 on CNBC.”

  • Palin On Fox News: Couric Annoyed Me

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning its 44th consecutive quarter for 3Q’08. For 3Q’08, the program was No. 1, averaging 3.732 million total viewers”

  • A release announced, “ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ posted its highest total viewership since the program’s relaunch in November 2005, according to Nielsen Media Research. ‘Nightline’ also outperformed CBS’ ‘Letterman’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the fifth straight week. Additionally, ‘Nightline’ displayed its smallest A25-54 gap with ‘Leno’ for the first week of a season in over ten years and the smallest total viewing gap in over 8 years.”

  • A release announced, “ABC’s coverage of the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday, October 3 averaged 13.13 million Total Viewers, a 5.1 among Adults 25-54, and a 4.2 among Adults 18-49.”

  • Gawker reports, “Want to stay crucial moments ahead of your neighbors watching the vice presidential debate on a network feed? Try the Times’ website. Not only is the old-media stalwart streaming live video of tonight’s Biden-Palin faceoff with a surprisingly smooth interface, but it’s a good eight seconds ahead of the likes of CNN and MSNBC.”

  • Comcast announced, “As part of our election coverage, Comcast is making the Presidential/Vice-Presidential debates available to viewers On Demand. … The debate, which is being provided by C-SPAN, will expand the depth of information already available from Comcast, which includes coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions, major speeches from the candidates, Spanish language content and the first presidential debate. As soon as each the three remaining presidential debates take place, they will be made available the next day in the ‘Top Picks’ folder under ‘Elections.’ Additional election programming can be found On Demand in the ‘News & World’ folder under ‘Elections 08.'”

  • A release announced, “CBS news correspondent and Iraq car bombing survivor Kimberly Dozier will be presented with the Distinguished Media Achievement Award by the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club (SSMAC) Friday at the club’s annual military ball, one of the city’s premiere black-tie events. The SSMAC Distinguished Media Achievement Award is presented each year to a member of the media who has either served in the military or covered the media with distinction.”

  • A PBS release announced, “PBS/NewsHour Delivers Estimated 3.5 Million Viewers to Vice-Presidential Debate Moderated by Gwen Ifill.

  • A release announced, “Moderator Gwen Ifill of PBS received more plaudits from supporters of Barack Obama than from supporters of John McCain for her conduct during the vice presidential debate in St. Louis on Thursday night. 2,500 volunteers joined an online panel to rate the debate using Free Press’ ‘Citizens Media Scorecard.’ The two groups of partisans were loyal to their own candidate: 80% of McCain supporters thought Sarah Palin won the debate; 89% of Obama supporters gave the nod to Joe Biden.”

  • A release announced, “ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ was #1 among the key Adult 25-54 demographic on Sunday, September 28, 2008, outperforming NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ according to Nielsen Media Research. This marks the second week in a row ‘This Week’ placed first among A25-54. It also marks the fifth straight week ‘This Week’ beat CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ among key demo viewers. The last time ‘This Week’ placed first among A25-54 for two straight weeks was May, 2006.”

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  • Gawker lets go of 19 staffers.

  • A release announced, “Next New Networks, the new media company creating micro-television networks on the Internet, including Barely Political, Fast Lane Daily, ThreadBanger and Indy Mogul, announced today that its latest video from was the number one worldwide viral video based on number of views this week.” Check it out here.

  • reports, “ will break more news with online video, says head of video”

  • VentureBeat reports, “NPR crowdsources its fact-checking of the vice presidential debate to Twitter”

  • Folio reports, “A copyright lawsuit brought against a Web site launched earlier this year allowing users to share digital copies of hundreds of magazines has been settled. Lawyers representing a large swath of consumer and b-to-b publishers—including Time Inc., Hearst, Hachette, McGraw-Hill, American Media Inc., Reed Business Information, Bonnier, Ziff Davis and Forbes, among others—settled their case against the proprietors of on September 8, according to court documents obtained by FOLIO”

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  • CQ Politics reports, “The FBI has blocked two of its veteran counterterrorism agents from going public with accusations that the CIA deliberately withheld crucial intelligence before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. FBI Special Agents Mark Rossini and Douglas Miller have asked for permission to appear in an upcoming public television documentary, scheduled to air in January, on pre-9/11 rivalries between the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency.”

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  • Congressional Quarterly Inc. is looking for a Deputy Executive Editor and a Reporter.

  • AOPA is looking for a Web Production Editor.

  • ACOG is looking for a Communications Editor.

  • U.S. Green Building Council is looking for a Communications Coordinator.

  • American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science is looking for a Production Associate I.

  • The ONE Campaign is looking for a Web/Interactive Designer.

  • Preservation Magazine is looking for a Production Manager.

  • The Herald-Mail Company is looking for a Sales Representative — Digital Department.

  • Trout Unlimited is looking for a Vice President for Marketing.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • NPR is looking for a Supervising Editor, Digital News and a Producer I, Multimedia.

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