Morning Reading List, 12.01.08

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

Yes, Chuck Todd seems to be losing weight. Deb Howell: “Ten Ways to Keep a Newspaper Strong.” “Meet the Press” gets Barack Obama for Sunday, December 7 (but will the NYTimes ever get any love from the White House?). 45 years ago today, The Beatles released their first single, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” in the United States. Four years ago, Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time on NBC Nightly News. Stansfield Turner is 85 today. Other birthdays today: Josh Kraushaar, Karen Tumulty, Brett Lieberman, Barbara Martin, Natalie Wyeth, Jordan Lieberman. Birthdays you missed over the long weekend: Karen Hanretty, Heather Guay, Amy Pritchard, Andrew Glass, Kyle Sheldon, Pamela Brown. You think Ted Koppel as “Meet the Press” host is a bad idea. Tammy Kupperman Thorp, Kenny Day, Ian Kessler, Brian E. Ashin, Eric Schweibenz, Dave Jones, Gautham Nagesh, Robyn Bissette, Christopher Law, Philip Shade, Samara Thery, Joe Warminsky, Tony Vanky, Kate Sadler, William Kiniry, Jane Chick, John Yang, Jill Jackson, Max Friedman, Lyndsay E. Polloway, Jack Cline and Alan H. Patterson all correctly guessed that Wednesday’s picture was of Bistro du Coin. “Filmmakers Behind Fake McCain Adviser Discuss Tricking The Media.” Congratulations to The Salt Lake Tribune’s Thomas Burr who is newly engaged to his girlfriend Jen. Slate’s John Dickerson shares “what we learned from Obama’s press conferences.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that you still find dickheads who think they know what’s going on in the newsroom, while they play god from lofty offices.”

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  • This week’s classes include Intro to Magazine Writing, Nonfiction Book Proposal and Intro to Copy Editing.


  • Media Life reports, “Reality craze is over for broadcast TV”

  • One Man’s Military-Industrial-Media Complex

  • CNN Pitches a Cheaper Wire Service to Newspapers

  • ‘Chaos’ Erupts Around CNN Correspondent During Mumbai Live Shot

  • The Live Feed reports, “Nielsen announced the results of a second annual media consumption survey that found television and Internet usage continues to increase — even though broadcast ratings have declined.”

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  • The AFP reports, “Technorati announced on Tuesday that it was laying off six employees and cutting pay for the remaining members of the blog search engine company. Richard Jalichandra, the president and chief executive of the San Francisco-based startup, a leading site used to track and index blogs, announced the moves in a posting on the company blog.”

  • The Washington City Paper’s Mike Riggs writes, “A month ago I suggested that Slate was growing old. I based my opinion on a rather untimely article about the word ‘FAIL.’ The argument still stands. My evidence? A new article by Farhad Manjoo on how to use Skype.”

  • Defamer reports, “Washington Post readers expecting an audience with Alec Baldwin last hour were disappointed when the star backed out of his live chat appearance at what appears to be the last minute. ‘Alec is running a few minutes behind schedule,’ the editors noted shortly after 1 p.m. ‘We should be starting soon.’ And then, not long afterward, the final indignity: ‘Alec Baldwin had to cancel. We will try to reschedule for either later in the day or a future date.’ Probably just something about an overlooked sushi date with his daughter; that’s the life of a working Dad for you.”

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  • Publisher bet big on Obama

  • Folio reports, “Calling it nothing less than one of the company’s ‘most important and far-reaching ventures ever,’ the Reader’s Digest Association has entered into a broad agreement to publish a quarterly magazine and various multimedia offerings—including a social network—aimed at the Christian audience. RDA is partnering with Dr. Rick Warren — pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and the author of the best-selling ‘Purpose Driven Life’ — to produce what it calls ‘an inspirational multimedia platform’ that includes a magazine, DVDs and a ‘Facebook for Christians.'”

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  • Morning Joe Team In Talks To Start Radio Show ‘By The Beginning of the Year’

  • The New York Times reports, “Radio advertising was down 10 percent last month from October 2007, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau, the 18th consecutive month of declines.”

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  • The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism shows, “Two questions drove last week’s media coverage. First, should the government offer a financial bailout to the hurting American auto industry? Second, what do the appointments to his cabinet say about how President-elect Obama will govern? Taken together, the country’s financial crisis, and the auto industry’s troubles in particular, amounted to the largest topic of media coverage for the week of Nov. 17-23. The transition plans for the new Obama administration followed, and together they accounted for more than half of the media’s attention last week.”

  • AJR asks, “Far fewer news reporters hit the campaign trail with the presidential candidates for long stretches of time this year. Is that necessarily a bad thing?”

  • CampusProgress presents, “Extreme Makeover: Conservative Pundit Edition.”

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  • Regent University is looking for a Journalism Professor & Chair.

  • Congressional Quarterly Inc. is looking for a Senior Writer, CQ Weekly.

  • American News Project is looking for a Social Networking/Distribution Intern.

  • NPR is looking for a Host, Weekend All Things Considered.

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

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