Morning Reading List, 10.20.08

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40 years ago, Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. Tom Petty is 50. Snoop Dogg is 37. You thought that Colin Powell was going to endorse Obama, just going to show that FB readers are oh so smart. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “There will be more job cuts at my newspaper after only a couple month’s respite from the specter of layoffs. I guess those of us that are left will have to do less with more! I’m thinking we’ll now have job cuts every quarter now to appease the shareholders when the bad numbers come out. It already feels like we’re cut to the bone.”

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  • This week’s classes include How to Become a Successful Television Producer, Writing Comedy for TV and Intro to Public Relations.


  • Gawker reports, “Rachel Sklar Leaving Huffington Post”

  • A tipster tell us that Washington Times metro reporter David Lipscomb resigned to take a position as a staffer for a DC city councilman.

  • The New York Times reports, “The Fox News Channel announced that it had signed Glenn Beck, the host of a widely viewed talk show on Headline News, a sister network of CNN.”

  • CNet News reports, “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey steps down”

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  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Tribune Co. confirmed Thursday that it has notified the Associated Press this week that the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and its other newspapers it might end their relationship with the news cooperative, effective in October 2010.”

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  • A release announced, “ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ continues to grow among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 compared to last year while the competition declines, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally ‘Nightline’ increased among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 season to date and 4th quarter to date while the competition again declined. NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ is experiencing its worst start to the season among Total Viewers and A25-54 since at least 1991, which is as far back as Nielsen’s electronic records date. CBS’ ‘Letterman’ is also experiencing its worst start to a season among A25-54 since at least 1991and its worst start to a season among total viewers in 10 years (since 1998).”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008. The program was No. 1, averaging 3.894 million total viewers”

  • The Los Angeles Times’ Top of The Ticket reports, “McCain tells CBS’ Letterman that Sarah Palin’s going on NBC’s ‘SNL'”

  • Politico’s Shenanigans presents, “All of D.C. cable in one breath, basically”

  • Beet.TV reports, “CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer told Andy at the TimeWarner Politics 08 Summit that he keeps his opinions out of The Situation Room. ‘I’m sort of an old-school, serious, hard news reporter who likes to do the news in a responsible way and not necessarily showcase my opinion, but to try to get some information out of the guests or out of the news stories that we’re doing,’ he says.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Yesterday, FNC’s executive VP responded to Sen. Barack Obama’s characterization of Fox News in this New York Times Magazine story.” Check it out here.

  • reports Tom Brokaw’s response to the question, “Are there times when a new development emerges that you feel a need to want to call Mr. Russert and get his opinion?” Brokaw responded: “Several times every day I say aloud, ‘Timmy, where are you? We need to talk.'”

  • Media Matters reports, “CNN reports leave out relevant facts on ACORN voter registration allegations”

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  • Media Daily News reports, “Digital Beats Traditional Media”

  • reports, “Financial sites see record spikes in visitors”

  • Reuters reports, “YouTube advertising will boost Google by 2011”

  • The New York Times reports, “Google’s DoubleClick Boss Oversees Display Ads”

  • The New York Post reports, “Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is plotting a possible push into the digital-music business in the wake of MySpace’s launch of MySpace Music last month.”

  • ValleyWag reports, “A tipster tells us that Yahoo plans to cut 3,500 jobs, chiefly in sales and finance, on December 10 — while keeping plans for a multimillion-dollar holiday party days before the cuts”

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  • CNS reports, “Publisher Niche Media Lays Off Staffs From Magazines Philadelphia Style And Ocean Drive”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Niche Media Appoints Editorial and Creative Directors; Expands Custom Publishing Division; Increases Publication Frequency for 2009; Partners with Travel Channel; Creates State-of-the-Art Photo Studio”

  • Folio reports, “Just weeks after settling a lawsuit with dozens of publishers, Mygazines, the controversial Web site that allowed users to share digital copies of hundreds of magazines, has closed.”

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  • A release announced, “Summer ratings are in, and public radio station WAMU 88.5 is #5 in the Washington, D.C., market overall, with a 5.4 share. The station’s broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition from 6-10 a.m., weekdays, ranked #2 in the market, with a 7.6 share and more than 340,700 weekly listeners. The Diane Rehm Show is number one in its 10 a.m.-noon timeslot with a 6.1 share; the show’s ‘Friday News Roundup’ wins its timeslot with a 6.9 share.”

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  • Courier Mail reports, “NEWS Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has expressed great confidence in the media giant’s future and its ability to weather the global financial crisis.”

  • TVWeek reports, “Redstone Holding Company in Debt Talks After Viacom, CBS Fall”

  • Jezebel suggests, “New Rule: If You’re Going To Write Stupid, Pretend To Be Pretty”

  • Politico reports, “Press resisting temptation to call the race”
  • Huffington Post reports, “Via Romenesko, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reveals in an online chat that the Secret Service is stopping people reporters from interviewing people at Palin rallies”

  • The State reports, “Whatever their other contributions to politics and the nation, Sarah Palin and Barack Obama have been crack for the news business. Across the spectrum, viewership, Internet traffic and readership are way up during this interminable election season”

  • MSNBC reports, “Sarah Palin’s office has discovered a renewable resource to bring millions of dollars into Alaska’s economy: the governor’s e-mails. The office of the Republican vice-presidential nominee has quoted prices as high as $15 million for copies of state e-mails requested by news organizations and citizens. No matter what the price, most of the e-mails of Palin, her senior staff and other state employees won’t be made public until at least several weeks after the Nov. 4 presidential election, her office told on Thursday.”

  • reports, “The western media is on the brink of ‘two years of carnage’, the Guardian’s digital director has said.”

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  • A Progressive News Site is looking for a Deputy Managing Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for a Freelance Acquisitions Editor.

  • Berlyn Inc/The Prince George’s Sentinel is looking for a Production Manager.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a Sports Reporter.

  • Army Times Publishing Company, A Gannett Company is looking for a sharp, creative managing editor.

  • Eagle Publishing Inc. is looking for an Editorial Staffer.

  • The Center for Democracy & Technology is offering a Senior Public Interest Fellowship.

  • AACC is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Reporter.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day