Morning Reading List, 11.14.07

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  • You find NBC’s Green Week theme journalistically troubling.

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of November 5-9, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ won among Households (6.3/12) and tied for first place among the Adult 25-54 rating (2.3/9). Among Total Viewers, the ABC broadcast averaged 9.18 million, with just 50,000 separating ABC and NBC for the week. This marks ‘World News” best delivery among Total and key demo viewers in more than eight months (week of February 26, 2007).”

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the No. 1 network evening newscast, winning the week of November 5-9, 2007 in both total viewers and among the key demographic adults 25-54.”

  • Gannett Blog reports, “Gannett disclosed that revenue at its U.S. newspapers rose just 11% in the third quarter from the year-ago period, a Gannett Blog reader reminded me today. That’s down from 12% growth in the first and second quarters — a rate that was already below the industry average.”

  • reports, “According to a report by Global Media Intelligence in association with its partner Merrill Lynch, movies no longer make money in large part because of the ever-growing participation deals studios make with stars, directors and producers.”

  • AP reports, “About 500 unionized news writers could soon join their creative colleagues on the picket line. The writers, employees of CBS News television and radio, are expected to overwhelmingly approve a strike authorization. Represented by Writers Guild of America East, the writers were scheduled to vote Thursday.”

  • “With the exception of the war in Iraq, international affairs tend not to generate major media interest. But General Pervez Musharraf’s Nov. 3 declaration of emergency rule in Pakistan proved to be a dramatic exception to that rule — and there may be several disquieting reasons why,” according to the Pew News Coverage Index for November 4-9.

  • The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, “a national pro-life Political Action Committee, officially launched its online 2008 campaign efforts with the unveiling of a new website to highlight pro-life candidates.” According to the release, “The website,, allows Susan B. Anthony List members to bundle contributions for pro-life Congressional candidates, access political updates about key Congressional races, register to vote and engage in pro-life advocacy efforts.”

  • TVWeek reports, “An online powerhouse is getting ready to take on TV. Twentieth Television has entered a deal with Internet mega-site Yahoo! to develop a series featuring popular Web videos for syndication that could air next year.”

  • The Washington Social Diary reports on “the gala affair that was held to honor the Iraq and Afghanistan wounded who reside at Walter Reed Army Hospital.”

  • A release announced, “Navy TV, a new online TV network featuring the U.S. Navy 24 hours a day on demand, was launched today at Hosted by the United States Navy Memorial and created for all to use and enjoy, Navy TV plans to showcase a variety of cutting-edge short videos highlighting today’s Navy at sea around the world as well as classic clips from the service’s proud history.”

  • The University of Maryland announced, “Award-winning journalists will discuss the techniques, hazards and rewards of covering the most difficult stories of our time when they gather in Shoemaker 2102 beginning at 2 p.m. Nov. 19. D.C.-area anchor Mike Walter of WUSA-TV will join Australian journalist Gary Tippet of The Age and Natalie Pompilio, a writer based in Philadelphia who has provided on-the-ground coverage of the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. All are members of The Dart Society, an organization that provides outreach to journalists who cover trauma.”

  • AP reports, “News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, spent $1.7 million to lobby the federal government in the first half of 2007, according to a disclosure form.”

  • CNET reports, “no one should be surprised that newspapers are struggling and that newspaper alliances springing up to tackle online ads have that whiff of desperation.”

  •’s new music blog Post Rock recapped Bruce Springsteen’s concert at the Verizon Center. Check it out here.

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins reports, “Bob Schieffer’s big weekend get? GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee! He’s surging! Dynamic! And how best to play up your guest’s surging dynamism? Well, it’d probably be wise to avoid asking questions that were posed to the candidate just days before on Hardball. Unfortunately, Schieffer spent a lot of his time covering the same well-worn ground on Sunday morning.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Earlier this year, Google quietly added a new feature to its maps program, a tool that allows users to customize driving directions by clicking and dragging on a map to create a detour. A few months later, the developers of Gmail, Google’s free e-mail program, unveiled an upgrade to allow messages to synchronize with other e-mail systems. The alterations to these popular programs are minuscule compared with two larger recent news events: Google’s announcement of a partnership, called Android, to make it easier to navigate the Web on cellphones, and its introduction of OpenSocial, a cooperative effort to make it easier for developers to create tools for social networking sites such as MySpace.”

  • New York Daily News reports,Dan Rather was in Cuba Monday, hoping for a gift from above in the form of an interview with Fidel Castro. He’d been told it wasn’t going to happen, but he’s not giving up. ‘I have no expectations,’ said Rather. ‘Do I have hope? I always have hope. You drive to the heart of the story and give yourself your best chance.’ It’s been that way for the past year, since news legend and former CBS anchor Rather joined Mark Cuban’s HDNet.”

  • AP reports, “News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday he intends to make access to The Wall Street Journal’s Web site free, dropping subscription fees in exchange for anticipated ad revenue.”

  • The Daily Record reports, “Sandy Hillman has resigned as vice chairman of Baltimore ad agency Trahan Burden Charles to start her own public relations agency.”

  • The Fayetteville Observer has a “Q&A with Bob Woodward”

  • Wired reports,Barry Diller Says He Might Like to Buy AOL”

  • Richard Benedetto writes in Politico, “In wartime, low death toll is news, too”

  • The San Francisco Chronicle reports, “The crowd of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs making big bets on a global revolution in green technology added one more big name Monday: Al Gore. The former Democratic vice president and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner announced he is joining the prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in the firm’s effort to finance global warming solutions.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is expected to unveil his plans for reforming the agency’s media ownership rules as soon as Tuesday, which could pave the way for the proposed sale of Tribune Co. (TRB) to receive regulatory approval.”

  • Martin writes in the New York Times, “If we don’t act to improve the health of the newspaper industry, we will see newspapers wither and die.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Cable-television companies including Comcast Corp. are fighting a plan by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to claim new regulatory powers.”

  • B&C reports, “MSNBC Monday launched its redesigned Web site. Surfers will be able to customize the site to reorder the stories any way they like, says the news channel, including tabs that allow them to access up to 15 stories in each section. Those stories will also have more videos, photos, and slide shows.”

  • CNBC reports, “News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch said on Tuesday the company had made a strong start to the second quarter with the global credit market squeeze so far not having much affect on forward advertising.”

  • Huffington Post’s Alex Leo asks, “When Is a Scandal Like a Gate?”


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