Morning Reading List, 12.04.08

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In memoriam: George Peterson. 30 years ago today, Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco’s first female mayor. What about the White, White House Press Corps? Richard Prince: “Obama Calls on Two Journalists of Color.” What does Dan Froomkin regret about his coverage? Jackie Kucinich is a year older today. Yesterday was the birthday of Adrienne Fragatos and David Meyers. Michael Wolff has a chat today. The Washington City Paper calls Harry Jaffe the Batman of metro reporters. E&P has the “October Page Views for Top Newspaper Sites.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry at statements from publishers who claim they are ‘committed’ to delivering quality news while their chains cut staff to the bone. Grow a pair and tell the truth for once: Layoffs are will negatively affect your ability to practice good journalism. Period.”

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  • TVNewser reports, “Miles O’Brien To Leave CNN. Network Shutters Science, Space and Tech Unit”

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  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. expects the planned closure of its New York-area distribution operations in January 2009 to cost $48 million to $53 million, according to an amended Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday.”

  • NiemanJournalismLab notes, “In the web version of his most recent column, The New York Times’ Frank Rich squeezed 32 links among his 1,560 words. The mere presence of links might not seem so notable — except that only one of the Times’ 10 other op-ed columnists had included even a single link in his or her most recent piece.”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe talks to Manuel Roig-Franzia “a Washington Post staff writer for eight years, but he’s never worked in Washington. Returning from a three-year assignment in Mexico City, he’ll now be writing features for Style and showing up in the newsroom. What will change?”

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  • A release announced, “For the just-completed November Sweep, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ placed 1st in the key demo rating. The ABC broadcast averaged a 2.3 among Adults 25-54, tying NBC’s ‘Nightly News.’ Among Total Viewers, ‘World News’ averaged 8.84 million, placing second. Compared to the same period a year ago, ‘World News’ grew its key demo audience, increasing 1% sweep-to-sweep.”

  • 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 24-30, 2008. During the week, the Williams-led newscast averaged a whopping 9.833 million total viewers”

  • A release announced, “MSNBC’s primetime lineup continues its incredible hot streak post-election, with ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ and ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ soundly out-rating CNN in both total viewers and the key adult demographic, and ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ besting CNN’s ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ in A25-54, according to program data from Nielsen Media Research. This is the second consecutive month that ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ has out-rated ‘Larry King Live’ in A25-54.”

  • A release announced, “Retirement Living TV (RLTV), the first network dedicated to adults 50+, announced today the new season of Encore with John Palmer. It will air on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., EST, starting December 9, 2008.”

  • Slate’s John Dickerson asks, “Can Obama give the media more of what it wants by giving cable TV less?”

  • Gawker reports, “Joan Walsh and Christopher Hitchens Reenact ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf'”

  • NRO’s Kathryn Jean Lopez confesses, “I have not watched Meet the Press since the Tim Russert (R.I.P.) tribute show. I don’t imagine that David Gregory — congrats and good luck to him — will change that newfound practice.”

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “Camden, New Jersey isn’t a regular stop for the Beltway power elite, so a reader steeped in the local politics was a bit surprised to see the Hardball host popping up there at a fundraiser hosted by local power broker George Norcross. Camden, while not actually in Pennsylvania — where Matthews has been meeting the kind of local Democrats one does to test the waters around a Senate bid — is a standard stop for Pennsylvania pols, an essential fundraising stop right across the river from Philadelphia, and Norcross is the region’s top political dog.”

  • CNN Observations reports, “Ali Velshi has quietly assumed the position of ‘Chief Business Correspondent'”

  • Wonkette reports, “Jim Lehrer Tells Creepy Stories About Cannibals, For Laughs”

  • Submit your question for Time’s Ask Joe Scarborough

  • The New York Times reports, “CNN edged out the Fox News Channel as the most popular cable news channel in November among the 25-to 54-year-old viewers that advertisers covet.”

  • Roll Call reports, “Matthews Moving Closer to Senate Bid”

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  • The New York Observer reports, “Meet Slate’s New Columnist: Eliot Spitzer”

  • CJR explores “How Should Journalists Use Twitter?”

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  • The Washington Note has a few words from anonymous source “To All Those Waiting for the Obama Team Phone Call”

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  • The Miami Herald reports, “NPR is under siege from listeners complaining that it’s running underwriting messages — public-radiospeak for ads — for the Department of Homeland Security’s E-verify Program, a sort of electronic work permit that the federal government is employing against illegal immigrants. In fact, it’s not just listeners. NPR ombudsmen Alicia C. Shepard reports that she’s even getting grief from public-radio managers.”

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  • The Washington Times’ Jennifer Harper reports, “Newsmen have become the news. And the gossip. One may run for office. Many are vying for a single plum job. Another is suing his old network for millions. It is a long way from the austere days of Eric Sevareid, when staid anchormen left stardom to Hollywood.”

  • GalleyCat reports, “As we noted yesterday, writers are scrambling to find new opportunities during this disastrous recession: from videogame scripts to Amazon Kindle ebooks to blogging programs to television writing. Today, FishbowlNY spotted a smart project mounted by journalism professor David Johnson, combining journalistic research and video games. Johnson has applied for $987,000 in Knight Foundation money to build a virtual version of Washington D.C. for journalists and gamers to explore together.”

  • FishbowlNY’s Diane Clehane reports, ‘I told Carl that I caught All the President’s Men (which he co-wrote with Bob Woodward on the heels of their game-changing coverage of Watergate for The Washington Post all those many years ago) on TMC the other night. ‘How does it hold up?’ he asked me. Pretty well, I told him. ‘It’s been years since I’ve seen it,’ says Carl. I had to ask him what he thought of the reports that the soon to be ex-president wouldn’t exactly incite a bidding war for his memoirs in the months following him leaving office. Carl dismisses the notion that their would be no takers for the book. ‘Presidents never have difficulty getting their memoirs published,’ he told me.”

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  • AKQA, Inc. is looking for a Contract Copywriter.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Meetings and Special Programs Coordinator.

  • Thompson Publishing Group, Inc. is looking for a Vice President of New Product Development.

  • Aquent is looking for a Database Account Manager.

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