Morning Reading List, 10.07.08

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Oliver North is 65 today. 40 years ago today, The Motion Picture Association of America adopted a film-rating system. 26 years ago, “Cats” debuted. 12 years ago, Fox News Channel debuted. 2 years ago, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was found shot to death in Moscow. A month out, you think McCain will win the White House. Congratulations to Roll Call’s Jen Yachnin who got married on Saturday. Tomorrow is a birthday for Michelle Jaconi, producer for NBC’s Meet the Press. Mark your calendars: Suspicious Package, the band featuring Tim Burger, Bryan Greene, Josh Meyer, Christina Sevilla and Tom Toles, is taking to the stage on Friday at 9 p.m. at The Red and The black on H Street, NE and the bar is running an “$8 ALL YOU CAN DRINK special”. The American Magazine Conference opened to a crowd of 400 magazine editors and executives in San Francisco on Sunday and covering it all. Check out up-to-the-minute Twitter coverage here. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because one of my supervisors has no problems posting his personal reactions to the debates on his Facebook profile…”

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  • This week’s classes include


  • A tipster tells us, “Natasha Allen will start at Politico as a page designer next week after working for a year or two on The Washington Times’ news copy desk”

  • The Peace Corps announced, “Josie Duckett has been appointed Director of Press Relations, effective immediately. Josie brings remarkable media and international affairs experience to the position. Since March 2007, Josie has been serving as the Deputy Director of Press Relations.”

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  • “Cartoonist to Put ‘Opus’ on Ice

  • Media Matters asked, “Why is the NY Times continuing to ignore McCain’s ‘own Bill Ayers’?”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Brauchli addresses staff on WaPo’s mission”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell reports, “A Campaign Still to Be Plumbed”

  • Daily Kos asks, “Is McCain ahead in newspaper endorsements?”

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  • A release announced, tonight, “Terry Moran will anchor ‘Nightline’ live from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, the site of the second presidential debate. The program’s entire half-hour will be devoted to post-debate analysis. Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos joins the program for the ‘Nightline’ report card. In addition, ABC News Political Contributors Donna Brazile and Matthew Dowd weigh in on the candidates’ performance.”

  • A release announced, “With just 29 days until Election Day, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ is hitting the road this week, reporting from 5 cities in closely contested states across the Midwest for the ‘Great American Battleground Bus Tour.’ While on the road, Gibson will sit down with both presidential candidates for interviews following their second head-to-head debate: Senator Barack Obama on Wednesday, October 8 in Indianapolis and Senator John McCain on Thursday, October 9 in Madison.”

  • Top of The Ticket is “Revealing the real source of CNN’s sources”

  • Gizmodo reports, “So That’s What CNN’s Political Crew Is Doing On Their Laptops”

  • TVNewser reports, “World News Bus Takes Detour Around Michigan”

  • The Daily Pennsylvanian reports, “CNN host Anderson Cooper discusses the importance of objective journalism”

  • AJR asks, “What Would Murrow Do?”

  • Washington Post’s John Kelly answers the question, “Who was the first to start using the White House as a backdrop for live political reporting? Where do they broadcast from? Do they pay rent, and who decides who gets the best pitch?”

  • Gizmodo reports, “VP Debates, Rickrolled”

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  • Bob Franken has a new blog! Check it out here.

  • The New Yorker looks at “The many lives of Arianna Huffington.”

  • AFP reports, “Google launches blog tracking service”

  • CNet News’ The Social reports, “Google video site YouTube is planning to host on November 22 a San Francisco gathering its active users called YouTube Live — ‘part concert, part variety show, and part party.’ The event is scheduled to take place in front of an audience at the Herbst Pavilion in Fort Mason Center and streamed live on the Web, as well as in the air, on the planes of sponsor Virgin America.”

  • Crain’s New York Business reports, “AOL signed a 15-year lease for an additional 76,000 square feet at its headquarters at 770 Broadway in a deal that marks a bright spot in an increasingly dim real estate market.”

  • Eat The Press reports, “he latest media luminary to bare all in 140 characters or less: Bonnie Fuller! The former AMI editorial director, Star revamper and Usbring-back-to-lifer has joined media personages like Howard Kurtz, John Dickerson, Sasha Frere Jones, Jeff Jarvis, Jay Rosen and Rick Sanchez and planted her flag on Twitter.”

  • The Independent asks, “Will the internet survive the economic meltdown?”

  • Palm Beach Post reports, “Web site thrives as conservative voice in West Palm”

  • “The editor and founder of TPM tells the story of how he went from running a personal blog to a small independent media empire.”

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  • James Warren writes, “This Week in Magazines — If Palin Read The Economist, Domino’s Crack Cocaine”

  •’s Simon Dumenco writes, “In the spring, around the time the American Society of Magazine Editors announced the nominees for the National Magazine Awards, I had yet another discussion with publishing-world colleagues about what an NMA is good for. The answer, I hate to say, is not much.”

  • reports, “Magazine of the Year: The Economist”

  • Eat The Press reports, “Colbert — And His Wife — Rock The New Yorker Fest”

  • “Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine Announces Judging Panel for Upcoming Reed Awards”. Some of the journos on the panel include Tucker Carlson, George Stephanopolous, Vaughn Ververs, Amy Walter and Reid Wilson.

  • reports, “Every year Advertising Age singles out 10 titles for its A-List recognizing outstanding accomplishment, growth, business and buzz among magazines.” Check out the list here.

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  • The Root reports, “Arbitron’s new ratings tool could destroy black-owned stations.”

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  • SmartBrief, Inc is looking for an Editor.

  • Inside Higher Ed is looking for a Higher Education Reporter.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for a Writer/Editor in Medical Technology.

  • Washington Business Journal is looking for a Design editor (Senior editorial designer/copy editor).

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