Morning Reading List, 11.19.08

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

145 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Larry King is 75. Ted Turner is 70. Tom Harkin is 69. So, too, is Garrick Utley. Ahmad Rashad is 59. Ann Curry is 52. At right is a the only known photograph of Lincoln (circled) at Gettysburg. (Go to article.)You still think neither Hillary Clinton nor John Kerry should be Secretary of State. Kenny Day, Stephen Samaniego, Gregory Minchak, Craig Paridy, Paul Schur, Steve Holman, Mike Conneen, Steve Portnoy, Craig Brownstein, Lauren Poplawski and Michael Grass all correctly guessed that yesterday’s picture was of 18th Street, NW. Yesterday was the birthday of Andrea Stone. In its latest installment of “What Happens to Political Reporters Post Election?” FamousDC tells us, “After spending endless nights on the campaign trail, it comes as little surprise that WaPo reporter Chris Cillizza is ready to pack it in. The Fix, as he often refers to himself, recently announced that he will not head to the White House to camp out next to Helen Thomas, but instead follow his heart and try his hand at music. His first album, which he just finished, will be a Bob Dylan and Dr. Seuss inspired compilation.” BBC presents, “20 of your most hated cliches.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “my editor in chief doesn’t know how to spell ‘sieve’. And he’s editor in chief.”

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  • The Washington City Paper reports, “On Monday, the New York Times announced another successful poaching operation: David Segal, a New York City-based reporter for the Washington Post’s Style section, would be joining the Gray Lady as a business features writer.”

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  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Rupert Murdoch and the Reverse Ferret — Explaining the mogul’s flattering treatment of Barack Obama in the New York Post.”

  • Contra Costa Times reports, “Woodward, Bernstein hold court in Walnut Creek”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Times Columnist William Kristol is ‘Not Such a Fan of the Mainstream Media’; Says of Sarah Palin ‘I Barely Know Her”

  • GalleyCat reports, “Joan Didion Writing Screenplay for Film about Katharine Graham”

  • USAToday reports, “Hearst-owned King Features hopes to give comic-strip fans and newspaper publishers a reason to smile Tuesday when it unveils what it calls the most ambitious effort yet to turn ‘the funnies’ into a revenue-generating attraction for newspaper websites.”

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  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer: “Media Panel Before “Media Project’

  • A release announced, “60 MINUTES drew 25.1 million viewers last Sunday, the largest audience among all the programs on television so far this season. The audience was 60 MINUTES’ largest in nearly a decade and the program posted its best delivery in the key demographics in almost nine years. The television event of the season, featuring the first post-election interview with President-elect Obama and his wife, Michelle, was also a hit across all CBS digital platforms.”

  • A 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 10-16. During the week, the Williams-led newscast averaged 9.295 million total viewers.”

  • A release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 8.9 million Total Viewers and a 2.3/8 among Adults 25-54, placing second for the week of November 10th. Compared to this week last year, ‘World News’ grew its key demo audience by 3%. This marks the third consecutive week the ABC broadcast has posted year-to-year gains in this category.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Morning Joe Tops American Morning for the Week”

  • Media Matters reports, “Win or lose on Election Day, Republicans and conservatives hold majority on Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday”

  • Maxim presents, “TV’s 10 Hottest News Anchors”

  • UPI reports, “Unhappy people watch significantly more television compared with happy people who are more socially active, vote more and read more, U.S. researchers say.”

  • Q&A Cafe host Carol Joynt tells FishbowlDC that, due to her being under the weather, Readers Digest’s Carl Cannon will fill in for her today. The guest is widely acclaimed American architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen.

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  • Rosen/Huffington: “Thanks to the People Who Worked on OffTheBus; Here’s What Comes Next

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  • The Washington Blogger November Meetup is tonight at 7:00 PM at Regional Food and Drink 810 7th St NW. To RSVP, click here.

  • Reuters reports, “Huffingtonpost to fund investigative journalism”

  • U.S. News & World Report has given its video library a brand new look. Check it out here.

  • Washington Post’s Jose Antonio Vargas reports on “The YouTube Presidency”

  • Crain’s New York reports, “Struggling AOL kicks off a national roadshow Monday evening at the American Museum of Natural History to promote its network of 75-plus Web properties which include AOL Music, Moviefone and AOL Money & Finance.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Media Company Shares Fall As Ad Concerns Grow”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “BBC: ‘Web will be our second biggest channel by 2012′”

  • TechCrunch reports, “AOL Gets Out Of User Generated Video Business”

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  • The AP reports, “The New York Times Co. said Monday it is closing its quarterly sports magazine, Play, to cut costs and focus on other Sunday insert magazines such as its weekly travel publication, T, in a falling ad market.”

  • ValleyWag reports, “Forbes memo confirms print, Web staff merging”

  • The AP reports, “National Geographic, best known for its yellow-framed magazine and often breathtaking nature shows, is getting into video games. National Geographic Ventures, a unit of the nonprofit National Geographic Society, was set to announce Tuesday it will work with game publishers to turn its material into games for PCs, consoles and handheld devices.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “Layoffs. That’s just about the only news in the magazine business at the moment, and it’s happening on a scale the industry’s never seen before. But for some magazines, it’s not entirely a new experience. The big newsweeklies and business titles have been periodically downsizing for years — closing foreign bureaus, shedding layers of reporters and researchers, buying out the oldest and priciest editors.”

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  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Sirius, XM hear a lot of static for merging their lineups”

  • The New York Times reports, “The Nielsen Company is entering the radio ratings business in the United States. In a deal to be announced Tuesday, the radio broadcaster Cumulus Media will start relying on Nielsen’s measurements of 50 of its small and midsize markets in the third quarter of 2009. Clear Channel Radio will use the Nielsen data for 17 of the markets.”

  • USA Today reports, “As Sirius, XM signals merge, customers are confused”

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  • The Atlantic is hosting the Green Intelligence Forum tomorrow at DC’s Newseum. Speakers including Thomas Friedman and Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman. For more info, click here.

  • “At 24% of the newshole, the incoming Obama administration was narrowly the biggest story in a week in which Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were among the top three newsmakers, according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • E&P reports, “Ron Martz, who had wanted to give up his post as president of Military Reporters and Editors because he no longer covers the military full time, has agreed to stay on for another year. Martz, a former 26-year staff writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who left the paper in 2007 and has been freelancing and teaching since, admits no one else wanted the job.”

  • The Knight Fellowships Program announced, “Beginning with the 2009-10 fellowship year, the program will put a new emphasis on journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.”

  • A release announced, “ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom producing journalism in the public interest, today announced new awards to honor outstanding investigative work by governmental groups in the United States. The ProPublica Prizes for Investigative Governance will recognize some of the best reporting done by such groups as the Government Accountability Office, Congressional committees, inspectors general, state attorneys general, special counsels and prosecutors and others from any branch of government at the federal and state levels. Entries are being accepted now and will be judged by an independent, non-partisan panel of journalists, present and former public officials and other leading citizens.” For more info, click here.

  • AFP reports, “US media ramps up to cover new White House”

  • The FORTUNE 500 Forum is December 1-3, in Washington D.C. For more info, click here.

  • reports, “A majority of Americans say Hollywood doesn’t share their moral values, according to a poll commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League.”

  • CNet News reports, “Murdoch to media: You dug yourself a huge hole”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Ex-News Corp exec: Downturn will be ‘very, very ugly'”

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  • NPR is looking for a Producer I, II or III.

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