Morning Reading List, 10.19.07

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  • Blueberry is your bagel of choice, but everything takes a close second.

  • From a tipster: “preggers Campbell Brown spotted with film crew at Tryst in Adams Morgan”

  • Matthew Felling asks, “If It’s Sunday, It’s …. Who?

  • Can you answer this week’s CQ Political Trivia.

  • From a tipster: “Stephanie Decker left The Politico. She’s now at The Weekly Standard.”

  • From a tipster: “Be sure to give a shout out to DC’s public radio stations — WAMU and WETA — as they are approaching the end of their pledge drives. Get FishbowlDC readers to donate!!!”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Media giant Viacom Inc. is suing YouTube Inc., but it’s also taking lessons from the online video service.”

  • NY Daily News reports, “The average American TV home last year had a set on for 8 hours and 14 minutes a day, according to the latest figures from Nielsen Media Research.”

  • MSNBC In NJ: Past Its Prime

  • Reuters reports, “Television broadcasters should be required to air daily public service announcements alerting viewers about the transition to digital television in 2009, the head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.”

  • Guardian reports, “The Financial Times has apologised and paid libel damages and costs to Singapore’s prime minister and the country’s founding father after accusing them of nepotism.”

  • Market Watch reports, “Dow Jones & Co. on Thursday reported a 87% decline in third-quarter profit compared to the year-earlier period, which included a gain on the sale of six community newspapers.”

  • Guardian reports, “More than 160 years of articles from the Economist are set to become available online with the launch of The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003.”

  • TV Week reports, “Video-sharing Web sites took a small hit in traffic in September, as television networks pressed hard to promote streamed episodes of fall premieres on their own Web sites.”

  • The Washington Post is “Taking a Whack Against Comcast”

  • The Guardian reports,Rupert Murdoch has laid out drastic plans to shake up the Wall Street Journal and launch an assault on the mainstream American newspaper industry.”

  • launched the “Campaign Finance Search” that “allows you to find out who your friends and neighbors are supporting in the 2008 presidential campaign and how much money they have donated. Users can easily search by name, zip code or amount contributed.”

  • New York Times reports, “The head of the Federal Communications Commission has circulated an ambitious plan to relax the decades-old media ownership rules, including repealing a rule that forbids a company to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city.”

  • New York Times reports, “As the blood washes from the floor at AOL’s former headquarters in Dulles, Va., where most of the company’s 1,200 layoffs occurred Tuesday, the survivors are going to look around and figure out who is still there and what businesses the company is still in. Unlike in past rounds of layoffs, there are reports that more than a dozen products will simply be shut down.”

  • DMNews reports, “Social community sites such as Wikipedia are good places to reach online communities but are not the place for marketing, according to yesterday’s keynote at the DMA 07 Conference & Exhibition.”

  • Portfolio Mixed Media reports, “Remember how MySpace founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe had to sign a new contract with News Corp. sometime this month or pack up their desks? Well, they’re not going anywhere. A well-placed News Corp. source tells me they’ve reached a new agreement, which the company will announce any day now. No response yet from MySpace or News Corp. reps.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp. will probably end subscription fees at and will open the MySpace social- networking Web site to developers in a push to add readers and advertisers, Chairman Rupert Murdoch said.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “In an unusual cross-industry accord, a consortium of media and Internet companies led by Walt Disney Co. and Microsoft Corp. agreed to a set of rules they will abide by in the contentious area of posting copyright content on the Web.”

  • Crain’s Cleveland Business reports, “As the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians do battle this week to determine who will play the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series, there’s a subtler game being played among baseball writers in the press box. This game, however, isn’t about who will get the bigger, better scoop on their competition or who can write the better or cleaner prose. No, this debate goes to the professional core of the journalists and who pays their paychecks. Specifically, the paychecks of writers working for, and other team web sites managed by Major League Baseball.”

  • CBS reports, “Valerie Plame Wilson chides President Bush for not firing anyone for the leaking of her covert CIA identity, which caused a national scandal and an investigation resulting in a perjury and obstruction of justice conviction against Vice President Richard Cheney’s chief of staff. She also tells Katie Couric that she has learned of the damage that the leaking of her identity caused agents of the clandestine service and it is serious. Wilson speaks to Couric in her first interview for a 60 Minutes report to be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.”

  • From NY Social Diary: “When Washington needs a diversion from the day in and day out of our own government, the diplomatic corps are graciously at the ready. Whether it’s a glass of fine Shiraz in Australia, fresh pasta in Italy, high tea in the U.K., or a warm skol in Sweden, the best ambassadors throw open their doors and transport guests to their homeland. The invitation will be to either the embassy or the residence. Whether it’s one or the other matters; the embassy is fine for receptions and the like, but it’s the residence that is the ‘A’ ticket for seated luncheons and dinners.”

  • A tipster tells us, “The Post, USA Today and Wash. Times sports fronts all had strip ads across the bottom of their front pages” on Wednesday.

  • Washington Post reports, “The music is far from dead, but rock radio in Washington seems to be long past its heyday, and is trudging ungracefully into its sunset years.”

  • reports, “With other newspaper publishers relenting to Wall Street’s demands, Gannett will stay the course for now.
    On a conference call Wednesday following the publisher’s third-quarter earnings report, Gannett CEO Craig Dubow said the company has no intentions of separating its broadcast TV businesses from its newspapers.”

  • TV Decoder reports, “NBC’s exclusive interview with Senator Larry Craig in a prime time special, ‘Matt Lauer Reports,’ attracted just 5.7 million viewers in the 8 p.m. time slot Tuesday, according to Nielsen’s estimates.”

  • New York Magazine reports, “We Might Know Whom Rush Limbaugh Threatened”

  • PCMag reports, “These are the Web sites, services, and apps that have your local newspaper fearing for its life.”

  • World Association of Newspapers reports, “What will the newspaper look like in 2020? The World Association of Newspapers asked 22 futurists, academics, industry insiders, internet pioneers and other media experts to envision the newspaper of the future, and their responses say much about the present state of the newspaper business.”

  • As part of ‘Our Dumb College Speaking Tour: The News Business and How it’s Done — An Evening with Two of the Most Important Writers in Journalism History,’ [Todd] Hanson and colleague Chris Karwowski, senior writer at The Onion, spoke Tuesday evening to a nearing full-capacity crowd at College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center.”


  • FDAnews is looking for an Executive Editor.

  • Bisnow on Business is seeking an experienced business news editor to join our rapidly growing company as our Editor-in-Chief.
  • PBS Interactive Learning is looking for a Content Manager for PBS PLUS.

  • PBS is looking for an Associate Director, Online Facilitation.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for an Economics Reporter.

  • Center for Independent Media is looking for Washington Managing Editor.

  • Direct Marketing Association is looking for a Director, Public Affairs.

  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is looking for a Public Relations Manager.

  • American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is looking for a Communication Specialist.

  • National Association of Realtors is looking for a Web Content Strategist.

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