Morning Reading List, 10.08.08

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

Jesse Jackson is 67 today. Darrell Hammond is 53. Blain Rethmeier turns a year older today and you have one more day to buy presents for: Leah Fabel, Aaron Blake and Chris Kofinis. You thought that McCain would win last night’s debate. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Stop being dream killers idiots. if someone wants to be a journalists, let them and stopped the worrying if they will take your job. We all know the industry stinks here in the U.S. and know where else in the world. If you want to be a reporter be one, don’t let the DREAMKILLERS stop you. The daily papers are struggling but some weeklies are staying afloat, keep that in mind.”

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  • PRNewser reports, “Portfolio’s Jack Flack to”

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  • Reflections of a Newsosaur reports, “For all the care newspapers put into their presidential endorsements, a mere three out of 10 people are likely to pay them any heed, according to the Pew Research Center for People and the Press.”

  • “In the final days before the election, The Washington Post’s top political reporters review the coverage, the shockers and what lies ahead in the 2008 race for the White House. Dan Balz, Marcia Davis, Kevin Merida and Jose Antonio Vargas will share their insights and perspectives on this historic race for the White House. The program will be moderated by Newseum Executive Director Joe Urschel and will feature an introduction from Post Deputy Managing Editor Milton Coleman.” The event will take place Monday Oct 13 at Newseum’s Annenberg Theatre from 7-8:30 pm. For more information, click here.

  • Fox News’ Brit Hume reports, “The Associated Press Plays the Race Card”

  • Perry Parks is “Rethinking a previous Romenesko Letter”. “After reading Dana Milbank’s reporting on how a crowd of 3,000 turned on reporters and videographers during a Sarah Palin rally, I need to update my letter regarding whether the news media should continue to legitimize the McCain campaign.”

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  • A release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 7.8 million Total Viewers and a 2.0/8 among Adults 25-54, placing second for the week of September 29, 2008.”

  • A release announced, “Americans turned to ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ for its coverage of the financial crisis last week. For the week, ‘Nightly’ drew 7.9 million viewers, leading ABC by 83K and CBS by 1.691 million.”

  • B&C reports, “The FCC has sent letters to military TV analysts as part of inquiry into Defense Department media push”

  • Soup Cans reports, “The great Will Lyman has narrated ‘Frontline,’ the bestest show on PBS, for the last 25 years. Lyman was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk to Soup Cans about his distinguished career, instantly recognizable voice and about how ‘Frontline’ teaches people that they can learn from their mistakes”

  • Washington Post reports, “Cox Communications, a cable television provider that offers phone service, did not infringe six patents held by Verizon Communications related to connecting Internet calls to standard phone lines, a federal jury ruled. The jury in Alexandria rejected Verizon’s allegations and declined to award the $404 million in damages the company requested.”

  • A Nielsen report announced, “61% of all US households have seen at least one debate.”

  • Nielsen reports, “According to a Nielsen analysis released Tuesday, ‘hockey moms’ — defined as women ages 25 to 54 who live in homes with children and who watched at least six minutes of the most recent Stanley Cup Finals on NBC — were more likely than average moms to watch the first two debates of the 2008 election.”

  • A release announced, “The Creative Coalition’s ‘YouVote Video'” launched on Monday “at 7:30pm on NBC’s Access Hollywood. Conceived and directed by filmmaker Sue Kramer, YouVote leverages the spotlight of the entertainment industry to inspire and encourage Americans to vote in the upcoming presidential election.”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister reports, “Lynn Sherr on Leaving ABC: ‘It’s a Very Different Audience, with Very Different Demands'”

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  • AgencySpy reports, “Gawker Media Publisher Nick Denton: ‘Our company has a ‘survival’ mentality.'”

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  • A release announced, “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has joined the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) Consumer Education Foundation and TD AMERITRADE Institutional to launch the Your Money Bus Tour. The Money Bus embarked from Jersey City, NJ, last week and will travel coast-to-coast for one year—visiting more than 60 cities nationwide to offer Americans free financial advice from professional financial advisors.” For more information, click here.

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  • Washington Whispers reports, “It’s not as if they’re going to pose for a ‘Girls of Foggy Bottom’ Playboy spread, but the female-heavy press corps of the State Department is relishing its girlness nonetheless. Some 11 major news organizations have women covering Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — the highest number ever.”

  • San Antonio Express News reports, “Though newspapers and TV stations face serious financial challenges as users increasingly turn toward free content on the Web, good journalism plays a vital role in a democracy and should be valued, Ken Auletta, an author and renowned media critic at the New Yorker, told a Trinity University audience Monday.”

  • Yesterday, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns opened the U.S. Department of State’s third annual Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. For more info, click here.

  • has “50 Things You Must Do by the End of the Year”

  • The Washington Post reports, “But John McCain wants us to talk about Barack Obama’s acquaintances. He and Sarah Palin are going to try their best to make us talk about anything but the big issues facing our country, because most Americans think Obama’s solutions are better than McCain’s. Knowing that, are we in the media going to aid and abet the McCain campaign’s obvious ploy?”

  • Mixed Media reports, “Pelosi Promises Shield Law for Journalists”

  • From The Hew Yorker Festival, The New Yorker reports, “The Media Judges the Media”

  • St. Petersburg Times reports, “Constantly under the watchful eyes of security, the media wasn’t permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park to talk to Sarah Palin supporters. When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head toward the bleachers where the crowd was seated, an escort would dart out of nowhere and confront him or her and say, ‘Can I help you?’ and turn the person around.”

  • Gawker presents, “The Gawker Guide To A Journalism Career”

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  • Washingtonian Magazine is offering an Editorial Internship.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Publisher, Foreign Policy

  • Eagle Publishing Inc is looking for an Interactive Advertising Sales Executive.

  • The World Bank is looking for a Social Media Specialist.

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