Morning Reading List, 12.19.08

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Emily Lenzner, Kenny Day, Torrey Shearer, Craig Brownstein, Tom Reynolds, Nate McCray, Carolyn Landes, Vanessa Parra, Andy Gross and Gautham Nagesh all knew that yesterday’s picture was of 14th Street, NW. Today’s the birthday of Shannon Flaherty. Tomorrow? Murray Waas. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Journalists are just another group with ‘union’ mentality. Screw the customer, ignore the realities of the economy and whine when they don’t get to write whatever they want. Poor babies.”

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  • Business Wire reports, “Tony Metcalf Named Editor in Chief of Metro USA”

  • Poynter Online reports, “USA Today’s Founding Visual Editor, Richard Curtis, Retires”

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  • E&P reports, “‘New York Times’ To Launch ‘Instant Op-Ed'”

  • The New York Times reports, “As newspapers cut costs, reporting in the capital suffers.”

  • The Bivings Group looks at “The Use of the Internet by America’s Largest Newspapers” in its latest study.

  • Media Shift presents, “Your Guide to Alternative Business Models for Newspapers”

  • E&P reports, “After four years running USA Today, outgoing editor Ken Paulson says he is most proud of the paper’s investigative work. And he adds that he is not leaving to escape the mounting newspaper industry problems, but to go to what he calls the ‘Yankee Stadium of the First Amendment.'”

  • Romenesko has “McClatchy Washington bureau chief’s memo to staff regarding New York Times’ story on DC bureaus”

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  • A release announced, “On Monday, December 11, 1995, NBC News’ ‘Today’ reported on a massive snowstorm in Buffalo, N.Y., the U.S. Marines arriving in Bosnia, Michael Jackson’s collapse during an on-stage rehearsal, and the possibility of MSN and NBC starting a 24-hour cable news channel. That day also began an unprecedented run in broadcast television — it was the first day of ‘Today’s’ 13-year, 679th-consecutive-week winning streak.”

  • A release announced, “ABC News ‘Nightline’ continues to experience growth season and quarter to date, and versus the same week last year according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 8, 2008. In total viewers, ‘Nightline’ posted 3.92 million, a growth of 13% compared to the same week last year. ‘Nightline’ also increased 9% season and quarter to date. Among Adults 25-54, ‘Nightline’ posted 1.77 million, increasing 5% versus the same week last year and 2% season and quarter to date.”

  • 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 14, 2008 in all categories. In his first week as the new moderator, the David Gregory led broadcast was No. 1, averaging 4.748 million total viewers”

  • MSNBC asks, “Will FCC lighten up under Obama?”

  • reports, “Study: Young people watch less TV”

  • Check out Molly Henneberg on the Redskin’s pre-game Kickoff show last week here.

  • Washingtonian reports, “Sportscaster James Brown, a star athlete and student at DeMatha and Harvard, learned valuable lessons at his mother’s knee — and learned even more when he failed in the NBA. Now he plays the game of life as if he can be cut at any time.”

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  • MediaWeek reports, “During the traditional nine-to-five work week, 65 percent of online video viewers streamed at least one piece of content in October”

  • Wired reports, “MPAA Reining In Illicit Movie Sites, Downloading Unabated”

  • You too can be Facebook friends with

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  • reports, “‘Digital Influencers’ Get Info from Magazines, TV First”

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  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Proposals Up for Vote Offer Sirius Limited Aid”

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  • Dow Jones reports, “Advertising Outlook Grows Dire As Industry Faces Shakeout”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Save The Books! Famous People (and Others) Tell You What Books To Buy”

  • The Deal reports on “The last days of the moguls”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “The arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week on corruption charges drew public interest at levels rivaling or topping most national political scandals of the past few years. About three-in-ten (29%) Americans say they followed the breaking scandal ‘very closely,’ while another 35% say they followed the story ‘fairly closely.’ Only the congressional check bouncing scandal of 1992 and the alleged Clinton-Lewinsky affair in 1998 rated higher in terms of public interest. Roughly a third of Americans followed those stories very closely (36% and 34% respectively) when they first became public.”

  • Slate’s John Dickerson writes, “Obama deserves some time before the media start piling on about the Blagola scandal.”

  • “Help support training and professional development programs for working journalists.” Donate to The National Press Foundation here.

  • The Fix reports, “One of the most common — and popular — mantras during the campaign of President-elect Barack Obama was the call for more transparency in government — an obvious rejection of the secrecy that often shrouded the administration of President George W. Bush.”

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  • Al Jazeera is looking for a Head of News and Current Affairs and a News Editor.

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