Morning Reading List, 12.22.08

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

Jim Wright is 87 today. Paul Wolfowitz is 65. Diane Sawyer is 63. Glen Weldon, John Anthony, Craig Brownstein, Kenny Day and Alex Johnson knew that Friday’s picture was of S Street NW. Washington City Paper awards The Washington Times a spot in the “Manliest Workplace in D.C. Competition.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because after 20 years in journalism I’m begging my former interns for job leads.”

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  • This week’s classes include Environmental Writing and Reporting. Don’t forget that you can save $50 off this and any multi-week online course in January. But you have to enroll before December 31. Click here for more details.


  • Alex Isenstadt has joined the Congress team at Politico.

  • Antonia Ferrier is leaving House GOP Whip Roy Blunt’s office to work for House Republican Leader John Boehner as Press Secretary.

  • A release announced, “The Atlantic has named two new Integrated Account Managers—Detroit-based Stephanie Clement and New York-based Suzanne Grossman. Publisher Jay Lauf made the announcement, the latest in a series of additions to The Atlantic’s integrated national sales and marketing team since Lauf joined the title in April.”

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  • We hear Solomon sent this email to staff last week: “A remarkable day in which the Washington Times dominated radio and TV coverage and drew its largest single-day Web audience on record. As of 11:50pm tonight, we had 1.2 million page views from more than 350,000 new unique visitors. We are on pace in December to break 15 million page views in a month for the first time.”

  • The Washington Post’s Leonard Downie Jr. asks, “Could We Uncover Watergate Today?”

  • Roger L. Simon looks at “The Great ‘Byline Strike’ of ’08”

  • LAObserved reports, “No denial of latest LAT cuts rumor”

  • NRO reports that Roger Cohen writes, “Times have changed in the newspaper business”

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  • A release announced, “Nielsen continues to track the readiness status of the U.S. and local markets, as we get closer to February 17, 2009. Nielsen’s readiness data are based on sets and households in our National People Meter panel, which can be projected to U.S. television households, and our local metered panels, which can be projected to their respective television household populations.” Check out more here.

  • reports, “Chris Matthews eyeing return to NBC”

  • TVNewser reports, “The Cafferty File is Empty”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister looks at “Chuck Todd’s ‘No-Cut’ Contract with NBC”

  • TPM Josh Marshall writes, “MSNBC is announcing that Chuck Todd has just been appointed chief White House correspondent for NBC News. I must say I did not expect that. And it seems like an odd choice. Not a bad choice, but not at all what I would have expected from them.”

  • DCist reports, “NBC 4’s Jim Vance, one of Washington’s more beloved newsmen, now has a new feather in his cap: a mention on FAILBlog.”

  • Gawker presents, “Our Ten Favorite Videos of 2008”

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  • Slate has “Advice from Arianna Huffington, Om Malik, and more of the Web’s best pundits.”

  • TechCrunch warns, “PR firms are out of control. Today we are taking a radical step towards fighting the chaos. From this point on we will break every embargo we agree to”

  • Slate looks at “Slate’s Most-Read Stories”

  • DCist announced, “In case you missed it, we opened the 2009 DCist Exposed Photography Show for entries a couple weeks ago. We’ve been enjoying seeing our Flickr pool fill up with potential winners. If you’d like to enter, please read our rules, then fill out our brief application and submit the $5 fee. After that, pick your three favorite photos that show us the vibrancy and cultural uniqueness of Washington, D.C. and throw them in the pool by midnight on January 7. If you have any questions regarding your submissions, check our Flickr discussion board first, and go ahead and ask if it hasn’t already been answered.”

  • Media Web picks the journalists of the year

  • Romenesko presents, “Top 10 Romenesko posts of 2008”

  • Marc Ambinder asks you to choose the best political catch phase of 2008.

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  • FishbowlNY reports, “Media Stocks: The State of the Top 13”

  • Slate’s Timothy Noah writes, “Deep Throat was not a good man. It didn’t matter.”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “Bush Parties With the Press”

  • Nathan Bransford looks at “This Year In Publishing”

  • PRNewser reports, “Westwind Comm. President: Reporters Should Ask PR for Job Help”

  • GalleyCat reports, “Two television reporters just signed a deal to write about the time they spent embedded with the Sarah Palin campaign during the 2008 election. Television journalists Scott F. Conroy (CBS News) and Shushannah Walshe (Fox) just signed on to write a book tentatively entitled, Sarah from Alaska for PublicAffairs.”

  • B&C reports, “Report: Iraq Deadliest Beat For Journalists”

  • Support Project Censored, a media research program working in cooperation with numerous independent media groups in the US. Project Censored’s principle objective is training of SSU students in media research and First Amendment issues and the advocacy for, and protection of, free press rights in the United States.

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  • The News Leader is looking for an Education Beat Reporter for Web and Print.

  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Line Producer “America’s News HQ”.

  • Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, LLC is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • The American Prospect is looking for an Assistant Web Editor.

  • The Center for Independent Media is looking for a Grant Writer.

  • Eagle Publishing Inc. is looking for an Interactive Advertising Sales Executive.

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