Morning Reading List, 12.12.08

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Eight years ago, the Supreme Court stopped the presidential recount in Florida, effectively making Republican George W. Bush the winner. Ed Koch is 84 today. Frank Sinatra was born on this day in 1915 (you hear that Doug and Peter?) You are downright pessimistic about the journalism job market. Today is the birthday of 630 WMAL’s Chris Plante and Jen Richer. Ever want to know who owns Slate contemplates “The State of the Cookie.” DC Concierge provides a guide to “The DC Singles Scene.” Defamer presents, “The Best Letterman Interviews of 2008.” Lifehacker asks, “What’s the Last Thing You Want to Hear After You’ve Been Laid Off?” And Slate contemplates “Layoff Spin.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “The executive editor spends more time blogging and getting into comment section pissing matches than inspiring decent journalism.”

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  • TVNewser reports, “Since the news of NBC’s layoffs at the DC bureau last Friday, more big names exiting the bureau are emerging this week. NBC News reporter and senior investigative producer Jim Popkin is taking a buyout, after nearly 14 years with the network. Popkin helped create the NBC News Investigative Unit after 9/11, and the unit has won four national Emmys, among other awards.”

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  • Slate’s Daniel Gross explains “How Sam Zell’s Tribune Went Bankrupt”

  • In a recent online chat, Dana Milbank answers pressing questions about “the f word.”

      Chicago: What are the Washington Post’s rules for censoring profanity? It always struck me as puerile to convey an expletive but not spell it out. I mean what the bleep. We know what is being communicated but we don’t want to see those evil letters. Please don’t say it’s to protect the children. Though getting children to read it might preserve some of the Post’s rapidly deteriorating long-term prospects.

      Dana Milbank: It is on a case by case basis, so sometimes we really bleep up. While I did triumph once with the f word, I have also had scores of perfectly harmless phallic references circumcised.

  • FireDogLake writes, “Yo Debbie: Tell Washington Post To Correct Lies About Employee Free Choice”

  • FT asks, “Who will mourn local newspapers?”

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “Gannett says revenue down, more job cuts coming”

  • The Times Union reports, “Bob Woodward shares Watergate memories”

  • The Washington City Paper Erik Wemple writes, “Today’s new strategy memo from Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth filled its quota of bland and unspecific principles. And on the specifics front, it left quite a deficit.”

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  • TVWeek reports, “Turner Research Shows Overall TV Viewing Up, Networks Down This Year”

  • TVNewser reports, “The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation will honor Susan Grant, EVP of CNN News Services and Cokie Roberts, commentator for ABC News and NPR, during its First Amendment Awards Dinner on March 12.”

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  • Morning Delivery reports, “Reaction To The Pulitzer Board Widening Its Net”

  • reports, “Huffington Post teams up with GlobalPost for international coverage”

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  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media writes, “How ‘Newsweek’ Facelift Is an About-Face”

  • The National Press Photographers Association reports, “Greenberg v. National Geographic Comes To An End; Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Appeal”

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  • NPR reports, “Unemployed Radio Hosts Inquire About Prospects”

  • Josh Gertstein writes, “As NPR announces layoffs and program cancellations to fix a $23 million budget hole (see here and here), it might be useful to consult the network’s tax filings to see what the highest paid employees are/were making.” To find out more, click here.

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  • Ralph E. Hanson looks at “The Blagojevich Case & The Press”

  • CJR’s Charles Kaiser has the “Winners & Sinners” on “BlagoGate, the NYT, NBC, and others”

  • E&P’s Fitz and Jen report, “Consolidation? Good Luck on That”

  • “The American Society of Shitcanned Media Elites, or ASSME as they are affectionately known, is a support organization for newly downsized members of the magazine, newspaper, book publishing, advertising, TV and web industries. ‘Through time-tested methods (alcohol, social interaction), we seek to sustain and inspire this beleaguered professional subclass.’ True to this mission, the organization is hosting a party Wednesday, December 17 at Ella Lounge in New York City from 8PM to 11PM.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Firms Push for a More Searchable Federal Web”

  • Ann Althouse asks, “Why am I getting the feeling that the mainstream media will do what it can to obliterate the connection between Rod Blagojevich and Barack Obama?”

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  • Government Executive is looking for an Events Content Producer.

  • Atlantic Media Company is looking for a Developer.

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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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