Morning Reading List, 11.12.08


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

Norman Mineta is 77 today. Sammy Sosa is 40. Most of you did nothing yesterday to remember America’s veterans. TVNewser reports, “Insiders tell us that beginning today, Morning Joe will air on a slight delay.” The Telegraph reports, “Laura Bush to publish memoirs before President George W Bush”. The Atlantic’s Gabriel Sherman reports on the jockeying behind the school of choice for the soon-to-be first daughters. Congrats to Nancy Cordes who had a baby girl Monday afternoon, Lila. Huffington Post has a clip of Kate Beckinsale as Judith Miller (thanks to E&P). Oxford University has compiled a list of “top ten irritating phrases.” Can you guess who will cook for Obama? Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Used to be a report but gave it up for a profession that still has some nobility to it and hasn’t been overtaken by plastic proprietors of infotainment with the backbones of a chocolate eclair. The keepers of democracy? Your over-inflated egos wish”

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  • The New York Observer reports, “Times Internet Chief Vivian Schiller Leaves for NPR”

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  • The Guardian asks, “Jared Kushner bought the New York Observer for a reputed $10m when he was 25 — and has seen revenue rise 40%. But will he overcome print’s current crisis?”

  • The Century Foundation’s Peter Osnos writes, “The Associated Press (AP) is the most venerable major enterprise in the American news business. … The AP is actually doing very well. Global revenues are up. Its finances are strong. It has a digital strategy that includes video, mobile news, and plans for delivery of enhanced content to outlets both traditional and unfolding. The AP’s English-language competitors, Thomson-Reuters and Bloomberg, are heavily reliant on business news for most of their revenue, whereas the AP is supported by its general news services. And as I pointed out in last week’s Platform, ‘Make Google Pay,’ the AP was authorized by its board years ago to license ‘aggressively,’ so it does benefit from the emerging power of Web-based news on Google and other search engines.”

  • Slate reports, “Zen and the Art of New York Times Headline Writing”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Times Company Stock Hits Another 52-Week Low”

  • And, it looks like McClatchy’s stock also took a hit yesterday.

  • Gawker asks, “Do We See Rahm’s Knife Marks on Obama’s Leak to the NYT?”

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  • An ABC release announced, “During the week of the historic presidential election, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ placed 1st in the key demo rating and share. The ABC broadcast averaged a 2.5/9 among Adults 25-54, tying NBC’s ‘Nightly News.’ Among Total Viewers, ‘World News’ averaged 9.28 million, placing second by just 70,000, and a 6.2/12 among Households, taking 1st in that category. This marks ABC’s best Total Viewer and demo performances in nine months (weeks of 2/11/08 and 1/21/08, respectively).”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of November 3-9. During the week, the Williams-led newscast averaged 9.347 million total viewers — its best total viewer delivery since the first week of the Beijing Olympics, +66K more than ABC ‘World News” 9.281 million, and a whopping +3.287 million more than CBS ‘Evening News” 6.060 million.”

  • Crain’s New York Business reports, “Peacock network fails to take off, again”

  • BusinessWeek reports, “Obama Weighs Choices for FCC Chairman”

  • TVNewser reports, “Beginning today, MSNBC’s occasional Tuesday 2pmET hour formerly known as ‘New York Times Campaign Edition’ now called ‘New York Times Transition Edition’ … As of last Thursday, FNC’s 5pmET hour (and weekend daytime hours) known as ‘America’s Election HQ’ now called ‘America’s News HQ'”

  • TVWeek reports, “CBS News Boss McManus Plots Resurgence”

  • TVNewser reports, “60 Minutes Most-Watched Program Last Week”

  • A release announced, “A Public Policy Polling survey of Pennsylvania voters conducted shortly before last week’s election found that MSNBC host Chris Matthews would have a shot if he ran as a Democrat for the US Senate against long time Republican incumbent Arlen Specter in 2010.”

  • TVNewser Columnist Gail Shister asks, “What If Tucker Carlson Were On That Panel Looking into Rathergate?”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Chris Matthews Hypes Matt Lauer’s Palin Interview: ‘They’ve Got A Limited Budget At The ‘Today’ Show These Days, And They’re Spending On Her'”

  • Dow Jones reports, “E.W. Scripps Co.’s move Friday to suspend its dividend adds momentum to a trend among other struggling newspaper and broadcast companies with high-yielding dividends and beaten-down stock prices.”

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  • A release announced, “As of November 1st Wikileaks has accepted the Knight Foundation News Challenge 2009 and applied for $2.1M funding. As the Challenge has received over 2,000 submissions, Wikileaks is asking its supporters to draw Knight’s attention to the importance of the Wikileaks submission. The main goals aimed at with the funding will be development of regional interfaces, furthering the translation of the Wiki and enhancing our communication with media outlets, increasing the political impact Wikileaks can provide to sources as per its mission statement.” Check out Wikileaks’ submission here.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Don’t Count Drudge Out — His demise is overreported once again.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Eric E. Schmidt, chief executive, said that Google was better positioned than other advertising companies to survive a recession. Mr. Schmidt, 53, spoke earlier this week from the company’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters about his plans for managing Google in a downturn, the unraveling of an advertising partnership with Yahoo and his recent public endorsement of Barack Obama.”

  • Portfolio’s Market Movers reports, “The WSJ Breaks the External-Link Taboo”

  • Keep an eye out for Financial Times’ new website, slated to launch later this week.

  • The Economist reports, “Blogging is no longer what it was, because it has entered the mainstream”

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  • MinOnline asks, “Will Barack Obama’s Election Mean Good Or Bad Business For Magazines?”

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  • The International Herald Tribune reports, “Digital revolution comes to printed word”

  • The New York Observer reports, “NBC Political Director and on-air analyst Chuck Todd and his colleague, the polling expert Sheldon Gawiser, are rushing to put together How Obama Won, a state-by-state guide to President-elect Barack Obama’s victory that will be published as a paperback original through Knopf’s Vintage imprint sometime before the inauguration in January.”

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  • The AP reports, “Sirius XM Radio Inc. (SIRI) said its loss widened to $4.88 billion in the third quarter after the satellite-radio provider booked a hefty impairment charge related to a drop in the company’s stock.”

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  • Douglas Warshaw writes for The Daily Beast, “The press should have reported every time Sarah Palin refused to meet with credentialed members of the media.”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone asks, “Was Obama just the best story?”

  • E&P’s Joe Strupp asks, “The End of ‘Objectivity’ in New Era: A Good Thing?”

  • “Dave Sommer: Obama’s cheerleaders in the media do a disservice

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Right-wing media feeds its post-election anger”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Palin accepts the media filter: ‘That’s the way the system works'”

  • Julian E. Zelizer writes for The Daily Beast, “The days when the press granted presidents a few weeks of grace before pouncing are long gone.”

  • “Three election-related narratives dominated the press agenda the week of Nov. 3-9. Stories about the final days of the Presidential campaign, the election results, and the new Obama administration filled more than two-thirds (69%) of the weekly news coverage studied, according to a Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism report.”

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  • is looking for a Front Page Producer.

  • Inside Washington Publishers is looking for Print and online reporters.

  • Print Solutions Magazine is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • General Dynamics Information Technology is looking for web editors and a content manager.

  • Envision EMI is looking for a Marketing Coordinator.

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