Morning Reading List, 12.05.08

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Art Monk is 51. You think Chris Matthews running for U.S. Senate is a stupid career move. Yesterday was Politico’s Jennifer Hurley’s birthday. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I keep getting burned in this business. I’m not talking layoff, I’m talking editor-managers just being self-righteous dicks. So far I’ve yet to meet a person in management who does the right thing.”

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  • E&P reports, “Departing ‘Wash Post’ Ombudsman Howell Will Be Newhouse Consultant”

  • The Sacramento Bee reports, “Howard Weaver, McClatchy VP for news, retiring”

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  • E&P reports, “Newspaper and newspaper groups are likely to default on their debt and go out of business next year — leaving ‘several cities’ with no daily newspaper at all, Fitch Ratings says in a report on media released Wednesday.”

  • Think Progress reports, “During a recent interview with the National Ledger, conservative columnist Robert Novak was asked if he would reveal Valerie Plame Wilson’s secret CIA identity if he could go back and do it all over again. Novak noted that he has previously said he ‘should have ignored’ what he had been told about Plame, but he now claims he is ‘much less ambivalent'”

  • reports, “New York Times debuts aggregation homepage”

  • Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood reports, “Layoffs Gut Hollywood Reporter; Variety’s Stylephile Victim Of Recession”

  • Reuters reports, “WSJ editor sees hope for print ads”

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  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ won the November 2008 sweep in total viewers, homes and in the key demographic adults 25-54. For the sweep, ‘Nightly News’ averaged 9.184 million total viewers”

  • “Media Matters for America founder and CEO David Brock issued an open letter to Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, expressing deep concern over MSNBC’s failure to disclose retired General Barry R. McCaffrey’s relationship with defense contractors during his on air appearances as an NBC News military analyst.” Click here to view the letter.

  • The Washington Times reports, “Obama gets around to Fox News at a news conference”

  • “Chris Matthews has been making contacts in every nook and cranny of Pennsylvania politics. Diane Bowman, Dauphin County Democratic Party chairwoman, told she has talked with the MSNBC host about four times since April’s primary. Many of those times the ubiquitous pundit just wanted her thoughts about the presidential election and it relates to central Pennsylvania.”

  • A release announced, “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to thank the Fox television network and the creator of ‘The Simpsons’ for a recent episode that used comedy to challenge Islamophobia.” To view the entire episode, click here.

  • The Onion reports, “NASA Simulator Prepares Astronauts For Rigors Of An Interview With Larry King”

  • Advertising Age reports, “NBC Universal has begun cutting staff amid a faltering economy, people familiar with the matter said. So far, approximately 30 staffers in the advertising sales department have been told they are losing their jobs, said those with knowledge of the cuts, who requested anonymity.”

  • Reuters reports, “Television audience tracking firm the Nielsen Company has begun offering second-by-second viewership data to the first TV client to sign up for the service, providing insight into how many viewers watch each commercial, the company said on Tuesday.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “Media Job Losses Mount With Viacom, NBC Slashing Jobs”

  • PJNet reports, “Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, said she sees the possibility of PBS and National Public Radio (NPR) sharing resources to produce news programming for PBS.”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Oprah: Sarah Palin Is Snubbing Me”

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  • The Washington Blogger December Meetup will take place Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 7:00 PM at Regional Food and Drink. To RSVP, click here.

  • Check out U.S.News & World Report’s new President-Elect section on their site.

  • BusinessWeek reports, “Blogs Keep a Company Death Watch”

  • CNet News reports, “Twitter CEO: The revenue’s coming soon, but I won’t tell you how”

  • A release announced, “The Huffington Post (‘HuffPost’), a leading news and opinion site, is launching a World section with top news and opinion from around the globe. The World ‘vertical’ ( brings HuffPost’s signature blend of news, commentary, video and community to coverage of international affairs. The section features analysis from experts on US foreign policy and from bloggers situated around the world. The World section includes content from editorial partners with correspondents in more than 50 countries and is the latest content vertical to be added to The Huffington Post, which continues its expansion as ‘The Internet Newspaper.'”

  • NiemanJournalismLab reports, “While the traditional media react to falling fortunes, one of the news business’ smartest startups is thinking expansion — in staff and in revenues. Talking Points Memo has ambitious plans to expand its base of advertisers in 2009, hoping to capitalize on the popularity of its campaign coverage at a time when analysts are predicting a decline in online advertising sales.”

  • AFP reports, “In a reflection of the digital age, more online journalists are jailed around the world than journalists from any other medium, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported on Thursday.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Corporate austerity is reaching one of the most extravagant spenders of the boom years. Google Inc. has begun to tighten its belt.”

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  • Deets from American Spectator’s Wednesday dinner.

  • The New York Observer reports, “Atlantic Redesign Praised By Magazine Veteran”

  • reports, “Magazines Rethink Strategies to Deal With Economy”

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  • The New York Daily News reports, “Bill O’Reilly to give up radio show, one of the nation’s most listened to”

  • Reuters reports, “Sirius XM Radio Inc Chief Executive Mel Karmazin on Wednesday forecast double-digit revenue growth in the fourth quarter and is confident the company can refinance debt due in 2009.”

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  • The Washington Book Publishers Holiday Party and Book Exchange is next Wednesday at the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 6-8. Free to WBP members, you can RSVP at The cost is $10 for non-members and you can also join at the door.

  • Crain’s New York Business reports, “As book sales tank, companies are looking to cut costs. Random House will consolidate imprints and move top staffers around to trim expenses.”


  • BusinessWeek makes “Media Predictions for 2009”

  • FamousDC reports, “Dodd Takes Reporters Hostage.”

  • The deadlines for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards and New America Award from the Society of Professional Journalists are both Feb. 4, 2009. For more info, click here.

  • A release announced, “AT&T Inc. today announced a $30,000 contribution awarded to the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) to support a three-week online training program at the newly created Digital Journalism Center at the University of Guadalajara. AT&T’s grant represents the first corporate support for this program, which launched in September. This new center, a joint venture between ICFJ and the University of Guadalajara, is designed to educate Latin American journalists on delivering quality digital news to better serve the public interest.”

  • The Washington Times reports, “Badgley, Mischka cast critical eye on D.C.”

  • CFR is looking for nominations for the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship. It is “open to individuals who have covered international news as working journalists for print, broadcast, or online media widely available in the United States. The fellow is granted nine months of research, writing, and involvement in all activities at the Council in New York. The program gives the fellow an opportunity to broaden his or her perspective of international affairs and to pursue proposed research using CFR resources, such as participating in events sponsored by the CFR Meetings and Studies departments, speaking for and moderating study groups, and sharing expertise and advising on other CFR projects. To nominate, contact or 1.212.434.9489 by February 1, 2009.” For more information click here.

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  • The Washington Examiner is looking for Freelance Real Estate Reporters.

  • The Washington City Paper is looking for an Arts Editor for Washington City Paper.

  • is looking for a Senior Writer/Producer.

  • The Washington Times is looking for an Online Writer, Online Editor and an Online Reporter.

  • Al Jazeera is looking for a Senior Journalist and an Interview Producer.

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