Morning Reading List, 11.11.08


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

Sen. Barbara Boxer is 68 today. It is close, but most of you did save a Wednesday newspaper for posterity. Smithsonian Magazine shares tips on “How to Save your Election Day Newspaper”. Apartment Therapy shows readers “How To… Reuse Political Campaign Signs”. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Happy to say I’m NOT an angry journalist anymore. Took a buyout and more than a month later, I couldn’t be happier. Less wealthy, perhaps, but I can now sleep, spend time with my friends and family and SMILE! You can do it too. There IS life after the newspaper!”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to Friday’s post on “Update: Tribune Changes“: Reader ALPHABAMBI writes, “You know what’s really fun working the TV reporter side of Tribune in DC? Doing 35 liveshots a day for Trib stations all over the country for $300.00 a day. Less than 10 dollars a hit. Take it or leave it.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • The New York Observer reports, “CBS Names Chip Reid New Chief White House Correspondent; Jim Axelrod Moves to New York”

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  • E&P reports, “API Hosting ‘Crisis Summit’ for Newspaper Industry”
  • Regarding today’s post on “WaTimes v. WaPost,” a tipster tells us, “in the Post story about newspapers selling out, they didn’t mention the Washington Times either.”
  • Washingtonian reports, “Bob Novak has been covering politics — and making people mad — for half a century. Now battling a brain tumor, he talks about his illness, the best and worst presidents, and what he’d do differently.”

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  • TVNewser reports, “Olbermann Signs Contract Extension with MSNBC”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “Scarborough’s Morning Joe is Hotter than Imus”

  • PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler writes, “A different Nielsen service measures PBS viewership at local stations and from what I can gather, based on preliminary numbers from a sampling of some 50 stations, PBS did not grab and hold many viewers. Both the rating and the share of households watching at any one time was about one percent, although a bit better in the western U.S. That means roughly one million households and 1.3 million people. Those numbers were not very good, according to officials here, below normal prime time ratings and below election coverage generally and the election special four years ago. This, in part, is something afflicting many television outlets these days as viewers have steadily more outlets to choose from, not to mention the impact of the Web on TV watching.”

  • The AP’s David Bauder asks, “What happens to cable news without a campaign?”

  • Baltimore Business Journal reports, “Comcast reorganizing CN8 operations, cutting jobs”

  • B&C reports, “Now more than ever, Fox News Channel feels like TV’s right place at the right time”
  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “Don’t write Fox News’ obituary just yet”
  • The New York Observer reports, “Juicy Bits Surfacing in Rather Case: In 2004, CBS Considered Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter Independent Panel”

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  • CNet’s The Social reports, “In a panel at the Web 2.0 Summit, Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams wouldn’t concretely answer one of Silicon Valley’s biggest unanswered questions: how the company plans to make money. But he gave some strong indications. Hint: it’s not advertising.”
  • Promo Magazine reports, “Live from ad:tech New York: Mulling Multiplatform Media”

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  • All Things Digital’s Media Memo reports, “Time Inc. to Employees: Want to Quit? We’re All Ears”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Newsweek’s Wolffe inks Obama book deal”

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  • Chicago Tribune reports, “On Thursday, Sirius XM Radio noted in a regulatory filing that sluggish auto sales ‘have negatively impacted subscriber growth’ and that it is in discussions with lenders regarding new financing options. It said ‘such financing may not be achieved or, if achieved, may not be achieved on favorable terms.'”

  • Radio Ink has a Q&A with Air America Radio CEO Bennett Zier.

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  • Weekly Standard’s Stephen F. Hayes provides a “McCain campaign postmortem.”

  • A release announced, “The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce it is accepting entries for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards and the New America Award. The SDX Awards honor excellence in professional journalism in 53 categories, covering print, radio, television, newsletters, photography, online and research. The New America Award recognizes public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States.” For more information, click here.

  • Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine “announced the categories for the 2009 Reed Awards and opened the web portal for political professionals to enter their work.” Entries may be sent through here. he deadline for submissions to the Reed Awards is December 15, 2008.
  • MediaDailyNews reports, “Big media executives had jaw-dropping moments this week, conceding that the advertising bottom is falling out of their Teflon earnings proclamations earlier this year. The best of them will move beyond steep cost cuts to develop enterprising new business ventures while riding out the recession for at least another year.”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reports, “Obama’s Other Transition: Handling a Tougher Press Corps”

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  • C-SPAN is looking for a Marketing Representative.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Writer and an Editor.

  • The International Center for Journalists is looking a Russian translator.

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