Morning Reading List, 12.16.08

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

Most of you are excited about going home for the holidays. Paul Bedard, Bruce W. Alter, Mike Conneen, Jack Smith, Aimee Goodwin, Will Glynn, Lisa Rowan, Kat Torre, Marty Kady and Reid Wilson all correctly guessed that yesterday’s picture was of 2nd Street, NW. The New York Times reports, “The New York apartments and lofts which were once the scenes of old-fashioned drunken carnage — slurred speech, broken crockery, broken legs and arms, broken marriages and broken dreams — are now the scene of parties where both friendships and glassware survive intact.” Gridskipper has a “Georgetown Survival Guide.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “We may all be angry but can we keep the use of language to what we would print in the newspaper? After all, isn’t that ground what we hope to maintain? Be smart. Yes I’m a J”

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  • Richard Whitmire announced on his blog, “At the end of December I will leave my job as an editorial writer for USA Today, one of thousands departing the mainstream media. Since I intend to keep writing on education issues I will remain president of the National Education Writers Association until spring when my term expires.”

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  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “NYT wiretap source revealed”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Victims Include Mort Zuckerman”

  • Fortune makes “The case for and against Sam Zell”

  • LA Observed reports, “Newspapers Don’t Matter”

  • The Boston Phoenix asks, “Is NewsMax’s Kessler getting liberal?”

  • The New Yorker reports, “When the Tribune Company announced that it was filing for bankruptcy, last Monday, Sam Zell, the man who bought the company a year ago, for $8.2 billion, said that its problems were the result of a ‘perfect storm.’ You take readers and advertisers who were already migrating away from print, and add a steep recession, and you’ve got serious trouble. What Zell failed to mention was that his acquisition of the company had buried it beneath such a heavy pile of debt that any storm at all would likely have sunk it.”

  • The Corner’s Iain Murray writes, “AP Loses All Credibility”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “A memorial service for Robin Toner, the veteran New York Times political reporter, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Toner passed away Friday from complications of colon cancer. She was 54.”

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  • The San Francisco Chronicle reports, “White males rule Sunday news shows”

  • Shepard Smith shares what he has learned.

  • On The Media reports, “Journalists know so much about what they cover that they’re often experts. Dan Abrams, former General Manager of MSNBC, is launching Abrams Research which seeks to hook up eligible journos with paid consulting gigs. Bob asks Abrams about the ethical issues that arise when capitalizing on journalistic expertise.”

  • reports, “Ratings in for ‘Peril’ on CNN”

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  • Tech Crunch reports, “Twitter And HuffPo Take A Post-Election Breather”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reports, “For Tina Brown, It’s All for The Beast”

  • Ana Marie Cox pegs Bill Kristol as the #1 loser in Washington.

  • The New York Times reports, “With staff changes and reductions across the media industry, even a blog post can be too time-consuming a way to announce who is in and out of a job. That is why a public relations employee turned to the instant-blogging platform Twitter to create The Media Is Dying, a Twitter feed that documents media hirings and firings in one-sentence bursts of text.”

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  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “Newsweek looks like a magazine in decline”

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  • The Times Union asks, “Who, what, when, where and why is J-school so big?”

  • Lifehack has “15 Useful Event Promotion Tips”

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  • Free Speech Radio News is looking for a Development Manager/Outreach Coordinator.

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