Morning Reading List, 12.15.08

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70 years ago, ground was broken for the Jefferson Memorial. 5 years ago, Strom Thurmond’s family acknowledged that Essie Mae Washington-Williams was his daughter. Mark Warner is 54 today. Weekend birthdays: Trey Ditto. Stephen Bach. Birthdays today: Emily Pierce. Sarah Bontempo. Rob Pegoraro. Most of you never purposely do NOT check email for a day. It is close, but you were unimpressed by David Gregory on “Meet.” Bruce W. Alter correctly guessed that Friday’s picture was of a mural is on the south side of C St., NW, at the corner of 2nd St., NW. Laurel Touby has “A Holiday Message From” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I wish I’d had the balls to go down with the ship, but I had to feed my kids and pay the mortgage. So, I got a better-paying, stable, non-journalism job that I hate.”

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  • Bill Beaman, who recently left Politics magazine, has been named a principal at Washington Media Group, a crisis and strategic communications firm launched three years ago by former investigative journalist Greg Vistica (Newsweek, Washington Post, 60 Minutes II). [Note: Vistica’s firm is distinct from the subgroup of Brumar Communications that goes by the same name].

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  • A tipster writes in, “We are reading a lot about no raises at the Post and cuts at Newsweek. Please tell your readers not to forget the Post-owned Gazette papers in the D.C. suburbs. A lot of turmoil there this summer and more to come early in 2009 with a redesign from tab to broadsheet and a second look at the workforce. The Post has still not reported any layoffs from those papers.”

  • The Washington City Paper asks, “Washington Times Beats Competition to Vatican Story — But Fairly?”

  • MediaWeek reports, “Meredith’s Lacy, WaPo’s Graham Talk Non-Ad-Supported Growth”

  • AJR reports, “Andrew Alexander looks forward to his new gig as Washington Post ombudsman.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Erik Wemple writes, “The memo that Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth sent to her colleagues on Wednesday is titled ‘The Road Forward.’ It’s a title that summons expectations of a strategic map, complete with directions, specifics: After going 10 miles on Print Highway, take the first exit for Internet Boulevard, etc., etc. Weymouth’s work product, however, had no such utility.”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell reports, “Women and men read The Post in roughly equal proportions, but female readers don’t read it as frequently, and the paper is failing to draw women with younger children. Readers who follow women’s sports or their daughters’ athletic teams complain that women’s sports don’t get the ink they deserve.”

  • The New York Times’ Clark Hoyt reports, “Separating the Terror and the Terrorists”

  • Project Beltway has the details on Robin Givhan’s recent talk at the Corcoran.

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  • A release announced, “ABC News ‘Nightline’ continues to experience growth season and quarter to date, according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 1, 2008. In total viewers, ‘Nightline’ posted 3.95 million, a growth of 9% season and quarter to date. The program is also up in total viewers compared to the same week last year. Among Adults 25-54, ‘Nightline’ posted 1.84 million, increasing 2% season and quarter to date, while NBC’s ‘Leno’ declined 3%.”

  • Fox 5 reports, “McCain Campaign Sells Info-Loaded Blackberry to FOX 5 Reporter”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, December 7, 2008 in all categories. The Brokaw-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 6.561 million total viewers”

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  • A release announced, “In October, CNN Digital secured the No. 1 spot in the Current Events and Global News category, as it served 134 million video streams — the highest month on record since tracking began in 2006. This is a 179 percent increase over this time last year. (Source: Nielsen Video Census, October 2008)”

  • Media Shift reports, “Pulitzers Open to Online-Only Entrants — But Who Qualifies?”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Gawker Writers Have to Work Weekends Now Too”

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  • Newser reports, “Newsweek and its parent, the Washington Post Co., announced yesterday a significant cut in its rate base, a further round of buyouts and layoffs, and a plan to make an already anorexic magazine even thinner.”

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  • The New York Times asks, “No Question We’re in a Financial Pickle. What Do We Call It?”

  • Sprint Nextel is hosting a briefing on Network Preparation and Key Initiatives for 2009 Presidential Inauguration on Tuesday, December 16 at 9:30a the National Press Club, Lisagor Room. RSVP is required to attend this event. Please contact John Taylor, 571-437-4685, or Rich Pesce, 03-433-4927, to confirm your attendance.

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  • The Atlantic is looking for a Marketing Director, AtlanticLIVE and a Digital Media Intern.

  • Check out the listings for paid internships at

  • Washington City Paper is looking for an Arts Editor.

  • AARP is looking for a Campaign Specialist-Health Issues (Long-Term Care).

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