Morning Reading List, 11.07.08


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Billy Graham is 90 today. 8 years ago, Hillary Clinton was elected to the Senate. Today is the birthday of Jamila Bey. Tomorrow? Brownie. Sunday: Megan Carpentier. ‘South Park’s’ creator on his tricky Obama beat McCain election episode. As a reporter, you think an Obama Administration will be more exciting to cover. Nate Carlisle wants you to vote on what his first Freedom of Information Request to President Obama should be. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Sick of print journalist treating the web like it’s a toy or something less then their product. All the while, they complain as the paper loses money and people get laid-off. Please either get on board or go away. The rest of us want to save our jobs and do kick-ass work.”

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  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “McClatchy’s Douglas moves to Congress beat”

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  • His Extreme-ness reports, “First Result Of Obama Presidency: Nation Suffers Severe Shortage Of Exclamation Points”

  • The New York Times reports, “Newspapers a Hot Commodity After Obama’s Win”

  • Washington Post reports, “Newspapers Sell Like Hotcakes as People Seek Mementos”

  • Innovation in College Media presents, “ICM Discussion: print and college newspapers”

  • Politico reports, “Obama press corps likely more diverse”

  • E&P reports, “On the Day After the Day After: Obama Newspaper Rush Continues — Millions of Extra Copies Out”

  • The Maynard Institutes’ Richard Prince reports, “For History, Only a Hold-in-Your-Hand Keepsake Will Do”

  • Gelf Magazine reports, “The author of Friday Night Lights is a fierce advocate of print journalism, even as he senses its imminent obsolescence.”

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  • A release announced, “CNN was the most-watched network on television from 8-12:30a on Election Night with an average of 13.3 million total viewers, ABC followed with 12.5 million, NBC had 11.9 million, Telemundo had 8.5 million, FNC posted 8.1 million, CBS averaged 7.5 million, MSBNC had 6.4 million and FOX posted 4.7 million. CNN’s 2008 Election Night coverage dominated the competition and resulted in its highest primetime ratings in the network’s 28-year history. CNN topped the cable news competition with an average of 12.3 million total viewers tuning in during primetime (8-11p)”

  • TV Barn reports, “Back to normal at MSNBC, which is to say, dysfunctional”

  • 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, Nov. 2, 2008. The Brokaw-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.662 million total viewers”

  • A release announced, “ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic for Sunday, November 2, 2008, according to Nielsen Media Research. Among Total Viewers, this is the fourth week in a row ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face.’ With 3.59 million Total Viewers, the program posted its largest total viewing advantage over CBS (710,000) in almost 7 years. The program’s A25-54 advantage over CBS was 270,000. ‘This Week’ has outperformed ‘Face’ four out of six weeks this season among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • Reuters goes “Inside the studios of Fox News on Election Night”

  • TVNewser reports, “While describing his appearance earlier in the show, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart described FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace as the ‘news’ part of ‘Fox News.’ And when Wallace joined Stewart on the set, he brought him a gift — a Fox News cookie from Karl Rove.”

  • The Maynard Institutes’ Richard Prince reports, “If you wanted to see black America’s reaction to the historic election of Sen. Barack Obama as the nation’s first African American president, you had to watch the two black-oriented cable networks, Black Entertainment Television and TV One.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “President-elect Barack Obama will try to use his office to hinder media concentration and to increase local TV news coverage, objectives that have stirred resistance from industry groups. The Illinois Democrat, who will succeed George W. Bush on Jan. 20, ‘is going to push for a more open, more diverse media,’ Gloria Tristani, a former Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, said in an interview.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “The Supreme Court Tuesday seemed split over the threat that vulgar words broadcast on television might pose to American children.”

  • The Sun Gazette reports, “It took a few tries and came by the narrowest of margins, but Arlington’s own Katie Couric can now officially call herself a ‘Virginia Legend.’ The TV news anchor was one of three Virginians who garnered enough votes to win induction into this year’s Virginia Legends Walk in Virginia Beach”

  • Check out TVNewser’s “Live Chat, with Greta Van Susteren”

  • Forbes asks, “After Election, What’s Next For Cable News?”

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  • A release announced, “The Washington Post and today launch ‘44: A Transition to Power: The Obama Presidency,’ a political news blog chronicling the new presidency and the vast changes in Washington that come with a new administration. Much like ‘The Trail,’ The Post’s highly-trafficked campaign blog, ’44: A Transition to Power: The Obama Presidency’ will be a destination for breaking news, video reporting and continuous insider updates. The Post’s political team will bring readers some of the first looks at which candidates are vying for top appointments and what issues will lead the president’s agenda come January.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Twitter explodes as users hail ‘president obama'”

  • ClickZ asks, “What Was Digital’s Impact on the Election?”

  • Tropicana is letting viewers “compare oranges to oranges” by providing analysis of election tweets. Check it out here.

  • Netpop Research reports, “Impact of the Internet on the 2008 Presidential Campaign”

  • Check out the Tucker Carlson podcast at First Friday.

  • reports, “By the end of the presidential election, you could be forgiven for being convinced the line between traditional media and online upstarts had irrevocably blurred. Anchors live blogged, cohosted a primary debate, and it was sometimes hard to tell which formerly ink-stained reporters rushing their scoops online were on the candidate’s plane and which never left their offices. And then there were the breakout stars of the Web, some already known to media and political junkies and some who emerged so quickly as authorities it took a while to remember how unlikely that rise would have been four years ago.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Election Web Sites Plot to Hold Their Viewers”

  • Ralph Hanson presents coverage from “The First Facebook Election”

  • Tech Crunch reports, “Hitwise Ranks Election Traffic To News Sites”

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  • Media Life reports, “In magazines, it looks worse than it is”

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  • Reuters reports, “Obama to hold first news conference on Friday”

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  • Media Daily News reports, “Media Stocks Soar On Election Day”

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  • Congressional Quarterly Inc. is looking for a Financial Affairs Reporter, an Inside Congress Editor, a Defense and Foreign Policy Editor and an Appropriations Reporter.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is seeking a Director of Research and Data Management

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