Morning Reading List, 11.10.08


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

Meet “The New Talking Heads.” Today is the birthday of Beth Brotherton and Michael Hacker. Tomorrow? Anna Kimsey and Matt Ortega. 39 years ago, “Sesame Street” debuted on PBS. One year ago, Norman Mailer died. Was that Portfolio’s Matt Cooper at the Dupont Farmer’s Market yesterday? And Shira Toeplitz
is rocking the stairmaster in Dupont? Saxby Chambliss is 65 today. Tracy Morgan is 40, Miranda Lambert is 25. Is “Luke Russert making friends at IU?” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. It was a year ago last week that Fareed Zakaria joined CNN. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “i’m angry at newspaper executives lack of imagination.”

There were tons of comments on Friday’s post, “Who Got To Ask Questions At The Obama Presser?“. Check out the back and forth here.

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  • This week’s classes include Comic Book and Graphic Novel Writing, Copy Editing Essentials and Travel Writing Boot Camp.


  • E&P reports, “The American Press Institute (API) will host an invitation-only, closed-door ‘summit conference’ Nov. 13 in which 50 CEO-level executives will ponder ways to revive the newspaper business. The one-day conference at API’s Reston, Va., headquarters will be ‘a facilitated discussion of concrete steps the industry can take to reverse its declines in revenue, profit and shareholder value.’ Former turnaround CEO James B. Shein will lead the discussion.”

  • Bloomberg to Lift Ban on Anonymous Sources?”

  • The Scoop on the Associated Press

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  • Huffington Post reports, “NBC opened its election night coverage at 7 pm with a special mention of their late colleague Tim Russert. Brian Williams, sitting alongside Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell, concluded his opening remarks by saying, ‘It is a night our friend Tim Russert would have loved. We’ll cover it here in his spirit tonight.'”

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  • A release announced, “C-SPAN’s annual StudentCam video documentary competition announced … a new feature on the StudentCam website ( that allows students to upload their documentaries directly onto the site. The national competition, now in its fifth year, invites all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to produce a five to eight minute documentary focusing on the topic: ‘A message to the new president: What is the most urgent issue for the new president to address after taking office, and why?’ Students can submit their documentaries through the StudentCam website in two steps. They must first complete the online entry form, and then upload their video entries directly through the link at the top of the website marked ‘Submit Your Videos Here.'”

  • A release announced, “As Internet users sought up-to-the-minute news, information, analysis and results on Election Day, the CNN Digital Network dominated all competitors, ranking No.1 in unique Visitors and Page Views. Additionally, Live, the Internet’s only multi-stream, live video news service, smashed previous records by serving 5.3 million live streams on Tuesday, Nov. 4.”

  • AFP reports, “Silicon Valley on Wednesday was looking forward to Barack Obama becoming a ‘tech president’ that will champion Internet freedom and innovation.”

  • NewTeeVee reports, “Historic Election Day Sets Traffic Records”

  • Fast Company reports, “Ad:tech Panel: Context is King — Finding Information in an Overcrowded World”

  • The New York Times reports, “On Monday, George Kliavkoff, the chief digital officer at NBC Universal, announced he would leave NBC at the end of the year to start, run or invest in digital media companies. Digital media is now a part of every unit of NBC and there is no longer a need for a distinct digital media head, he said in an e-mail message sent to NBC staff on Monday.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Twitter, Digg, YouTube, Times smash records on election day”

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  • TIME, Newsweek Election Issues Adding Press Runs

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Rahm Emanuel, Press Tamer — What to expect as Clinton’s enforcer becomes Obama’s chief of staff.”

  • CQ Politics presents “Cabinet Maker” where you can build your dream cabinet for Obama.

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  • Reuters reports, “Sirius XM warns auto troubles hurting growth”

  • Washington Post reports, “Until this week, four radio stations that attract largely minority audiences were perennial ratings powerhouses. Now, thanks to an electronic meter no larger than a cellphone, they’re suddenly also-rans. Radio stations such as WHUR (96.3 FM) and WMMJ (102.3 FM) — which have predominantly African American followings — and Spanish-language El Zol (99.1 FM) appear to be the biggest losers in the switch to a controversial new radio ratings system, which is based on portable ‘people’ meters. The stations’ listenership fell precipitously last month as the system went into effect.”

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  • Reuters reports, “The billions of dollars spent during the 2008 election cycle gave media companies a sorely needed boost, but the world financial crisis that exploded this fall will keep rattling them well into 2009.”

  • Reuters reports, “Media company E.W. Scripps swung to a third-quarter loss, suspended dividend and said it would cut 400 jobs as the advertising market continued to deteriorate, sending shares down to their lowest level in almost a decade. The owner of local newspapers and TV stations posted net loss of $16.8 million, or 31 cents per share, compared with a profit of $88.4 million, or $1.63 per share, a year ago.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “News Corp. (NWS) said its operating income will decline by a percentage rate in the low to mid-teens in its 2009 fiscal year — after previously predicting an increase — because of the global financial crisis and weakening economy.”

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  • The Roanoke Times is looking for a Botetourt County Reporter.

  • American Association of Museums is looking for an E-Communications Editor.

  • APCO Worldwide is looking for a Manager/SAE B2B Communications.

  • American Association of Museums is looking for a E-Communications Editor.

  • Capitol File is looking for an Account Executive.

  • The National is seeking an outreach coordinator.

  • Congressional Quarterly Inc. is looking for a Web Producer.

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