Catch up on our seminars, panel discussions, and special events
||mb Seminar: Journalism Ethics, Online and Off
Get tips from an industry expert on how to navigate situations that aren't black and white.
By Lynda Gorov, April 15, 2008
|mb Seminar Transcript: Fact-Checking
A fact-checking guru offers tips on breaking into her line of work.
By Katherine Wessling, March 4, 2008
|mb Seminar Transcript: Pitching for Dollars
A writer with bylines in over 70 publications reveals his secrets to the fine art of pitching.
By James Sturz, February 19, 2008
|mb Seminar Transcript: Grammar and Style Essentials
An industry expert breaks down English grammar to help you write clearly and with style
By Mikola De Roo, January 29, 2008
|mb Seminar Transcript: Travel Guidebook Writing
A travel-writing guru shares key lessons for those hoping to write in new places.
By Michael Grosberg, November 7, 2007
|mb Seminar Transcript: Writing For Radio
A print mag vet-turned-Studio 360 editor shares key lessons for those seeking a new realm of freelance writing.
By David Krasnow, August 14, 2007
|mb Seminar Transcript: Figuring Out Blogs, Podcasting, Wikis, and Whatever's Next
By Sree Sreenivasan, March 16, 2007
|mb Seminar Transcript: Fashion Writing 101
January 24, 2007
|mb Seminar Transcript: Design Writing for Designers
Want to parlay your design expertise into article bylines? In this mb seminar, our resident expert design writer tells you how.
January 17, 2007
|Transcript: Writing and Selling First-Person Pieces
Want to make your own experiences work for you? Writers and editors of first-person pieces tell you how
November 20, 2006
|Panel Transcript: From Journo to Big Book
From news, sports and international reporting, our panelists put their journalism experience into successful book projects. They describe how they pulled it off.
October 31, 2006
|Transcript Excerpt: Pitching Biz TV News
Want to get your client on TV? Producers and bookers from CNBC, CNN, ABC News and Bloomberg tell you how.
October 25, 2006
|Transcript: Pitching to TV & Cable Networks
A veteran TV programming exec breaks down how to pitch your show ideas to networks and production companies.
By Laurie Scheer, September 18, 2006
|Seminar Transcript: Podcasting 101
Podcasting is cheaper and easier than you'd think. A pro walks you through what you'll need to get started.
By Duy Linh Tu, September 6, 2006
|Panel Transcript: Get a Freelance Life
Six writers who've made freelancing work for them share their best tips on securing assignments and pay, and answer questions on how they craft pitch-perfect queries
August 14, 2006
|Transcript: Tricks of the Trade
A seasoned trade journalist guides freelancers who want to get down to business
May 9, 2006
|Transcript: Writing and Publishing a Memoir
Advice from writers, editors and agents who've done it
April 19, 2006
|Transcript: Copyediting 101
Basic rules for better writing — and possibly a better career
April 3, 2006
|Transcript: How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal
Simon Spotlight editor Ryan Fischer Harbage explains what makes a proposal sell
March 15, 2006
|Panel Transcript: Hello, Images, Meet Text
Understanding the interplay of art direction and editorial
February 28, 2006
|Transcript: Going Solo
How to start your own media business
February 13, 2006
|Authors and Their Editors: Rafi Zabor and Lorin Stein
Author Rafi Zabor and FSG editor Lorin Stein discuss Zabor's latest, I, Wabenzi: A Souvenir
January 31, 2006
|Panel Transcript: Making Them Spill
Celebrity journalists explain how to extract secrets from sources
January 25, 2006
|Panel Transcript: How to Pitch a TV Show
Our experts (and mb instructors!) share their stories about turning ideas into programs
January 18, 2006
|Transcript: Financial Sanity for Everyone
Start the new year with a healthy financial outlook
January 11, 2006
|Transcript: How to Become a Celebrity Interviewer
Celebrity profiler Precious Williams shares her secrets to getting published everywhere from the Enquirer to Elle
January 3, 2006
|Transcript: Women's Magazine Panel
Six women's magazine editors explained their secrets and answered questions at mediabistro.com's third annual Women's Magazine Editor Dinner.
December 28, 2005
|Transcript: How to Write and Publish Music, Book, and Movie Reviews
Staffer turned freelancer Troy Patterson discusses pitching, writing, and selling your reviews
December 13, 2005
|Transcript: Authors and Their Editors: Jill Ciment and Victoria Wilson
A series of discussions between writers and the editors who help shape their books
November 30, 2005
|Transcript: Cookbook Writing 101
Melissa Clark, author of more than a dozen cookbooks, tells you how to take your favorite recipes from the kitchen to the bookstore
November 11, 2005
|Transcript: Authors and Their Editors: James Frey & Sean McDonald
First in a series of interviews of authors and the editors who helped shape their books
October 19, 2005
|Authors and Their Editors: James Frey & Sean McDonald
Transcript excerpts: the author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard in conversation with his editor at Riverhead Books
October 19, 2005
|Transcript: Radio Rookies: Landing a Job in Talk Radio
Using what he's learned from succcesses and mistakes, Sirius Radio host Jason Page shows you the best way to enter the industry.
October 11, 2005
|Transcript: Interviewing Techniques for Journalists: How to Get Anyone to Tell You Everything
Investigative reporter Polly Kreisman shows you how to get the most out of your subjects by sharing two decades of interview experience.
September 13, 2005
|Transcript: Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Having the Career You've Always Dreamed Of
Feeling chained to your desk? Fantasize about a different job? Pamela Mitchell has successfully reinvented her career twice in 14 years. She shares her experiences to help you find the work you love.
August 1, 2005
|Transcript: The Whole Woman
Learn from the experts tips on negotiating a higher salary, managing your finances, and asking for what you want—and what you deserve.
June 20, 2005
|Transcript: How to Find Eight Million Stories in New York
The secret to finding great, saleable stories on the streets of New York lies in knowing where to look, getting people to talk to you, and knowing which stories editors hate (Hint: Frankfurter salesmen and the "phenomenon" of white cab drivers are verboten!)
May 2, 2005
|Transcript: How to Be a Late-Night TV Joke Writer
Writers from Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update," and Best Week Ever share their secrets for breaking into this very competitive field.
April 18, 2005
|Transcript: Breaking into Design Journalism
If you want to write about design, you've got to be versed in its players, its publications, and its peculiar lexicon. Whether you're a writer looking to switch specialties, or a designer hoping to transfer your success to the page, this seminar offers great tips. With Metropolis magazine editor Julie Taraska.
March 28, 2005
|Transcript: On the Radio: Getting In, Staying In
How do you know if a career in radio journalism is right for you? Should you be a broadcaster? A producer? How do you get started? The pros explain it all.
January 28, 2005
|Transcript: Breaking into Alternative Weeklies + Pitch Slam
A New York Press and a Village Voice editor share their secrets to breaking into free tabs across the country.
November 15, 2004
|Transcript: How to Publish Your Mystery Novel
Publishing a mystery novel is a great way to break into the book biz, and you don't have to be Sue Grafton to do it. In this panel, mystery editors, authors, and agents will guide you from pitch to published product.
October 11, 2004
|Transcript: Publishing Your First Novel
You've got the writing part covered—now learn the business of publishing from five authors and one literary agent. Find out what to expect from your agent, your publisher, and your publicist—and what you can do to make your book sell.
September 13, 2004
|Transcript: Breaking into Teen Magazines + Pitch Slam
Learn how to sell yourself, from pitch to piece, to editors at CosmoGIRL!, Teen Vogue, ELLEgirl, and more.
August 23, 2004
|Transcript: Breaking into Music Journalism
How can you get a gig freelancing for music magazines? What's it like to cover the Grammys and the VMAs? How much industry knowledge should a music journalist have? Us music editor Shirley Halperin answers these questions and more in this guide to writing about the music biz.
August 9, 2004
|Transcript: Breaking Into Women's Magazines + Pitch Slam
In the second edition of one of our most popular panels, learn what pitches get accepted, where writers go to find article ideas, and all the other secrets to pitching women's mags.
July 26, 2004
|Transcript: Intro to Travel Writing
It takes more than a passport and a facility with languages to become an expert travel writer. Learn the basics from successful freelancer James Sturz.
July 12, 2004
|Transcript: How to Get a Literary Agent + Pitch Slam
How do you get an agent if publishers won't look at your work without one? How can you get your work solicited if you can't send unsolicited submissions? Our panel of literary agents explained the secrets of their trade.
June 21, 2004
|Transcript: The Basics of Freelancing for Newspapers
Freelance writer and former New York Times reporter Julia Campbell takes you through the basics of freelancing for the dailies—from finding sources to reporting and writing to crafting the perfect pitch.
June 7, 2004
|Transcript: Get Your TV Program On the Air
You've got great ideas for television programming, but you're not sure where or how to pitch them. Here, four development executives from major cable networks tell you what they're looking for and how you can deliver it to them.
May 17, 2004
|Transcript: Publish Your Book, A-Z
You've written your masterpiece. Now what? You need a real understanding of the book industry to get it published, from finding an agent to crafting a proposal to jump-starting sales. Publishing vet Anita Diggs teaches everything you need to know.
May 3, 2004
|Transcript: The Real World of Freelancing
How do freelancers manage their lives? Five successful full-timers shared their practical strategies and secrets on how to make ends meet, keep up relationships with editors, and make your freelance career a money-making business.
April 19, 2004
|Transcript: Get Your Children's Book Published
What kind of submission makes an editor's heart beat faster? What does it take to get published these days? What are the current trends in children's books, and should you pay any attention to them? Viking Children's Books senior editor Melanie Cecka addressed these questions and more.
April 5, 2004
|Transcript: A Conversation with Tina Brown
You know Tina Brown from The New Yorker, Talk, and Vanity Fair. Now she's the host of CNBC's Topic [A] and a Washington Post columnist. Our Jesse Oxfeld interviewed Brown last week about her new gigs, her old ones, and what it's like to change careers.
March 8, 2004
|Transcript: Pitching for Dollars
Successful freelancer—and expert pitcher—James Sturz can teach you to write irresistible article proposals.
March 1, 2004
|Transcript: Breaking into Men's Magazines + Pitch Slam
Learn the ins and outs of what editors at top men's magazines want, from pitch to piece. Featuring Playboy's Chris Napolitano, Esquire's Brendan Vaughan, Maxim's Ky Henderson, and Men's Health's Lisa Jones.
February 23, 2004
|Transcript: Journalists, Write That Screenplay
If you're a journalist, you already have experience with aspects of screenwriting that are most important: meeting deadlines, adapting tone, paying careful attention to wordcount, incorporating notes for revision, finding new ways to address evergreen topics. NYU Film School screenwriting instructor D.B. Gilles teaches you how create that sellable screenplay.
February 2, 2004
|Transcript: Health Writing for Journalists
From understanding the lingo and translating it to being the first to discover a medical study, doctor and journalist Ivan Oransky teaches you all there is to know about the world of health and science writing.
January 5, 2004
|Transcript: Grammar for Journalists
From serial commas to infinitives, InTouch Weekly copy chief and grammar geek Garry Wasko lays (or is it lies?) down the law on some of the most troublesome grammar and diction issues that all media professionals should always get right.
December 1, 2003
|Transcript: Cookbooks 101
NEW! MB SEMINAR TRANSCRIPTS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB! Writing a collection of great recipes is one thing; writing a cookbook that will be able to sell in this competitive marketplace is quite another. Melissa Clark, who has won both James Beard and Julia Child awards for her cookbooks, taught an mb seminar on all the steps necessary to transform your favorite recipes into a finished book.
November 3, 2003
|Breaking Into Music Magazines and Pitch Slam
At long last, the transcript from March 18, 2003, when music-mag editors gave pointers on getting into their books.
July 21, 2003
|A Conversation with Steven Brill
Event transcript from July 8, 2003, when mb's Jesse Oxfeld talked to the founder of Court TV and Brill's Content about his new book, After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era.
July 14, 2003
|What's Next for The New York Times?
Event transcript from June 24, 2003, featuring The Trust co-author Susan Tifft, former longtime Times reporter Syd Schanberg, Newsweek media reporter Seth Mnookin, and New York and Folio: media analyst Simon Dumenco.
June 30, 2003
|Breaking into Entertainment Journalism
A long-lost transcript finally surfaces: Editors from Us Weekly, Premiere, and TV Guide on how to get into their pages. Plus a pitch slam.
March 18, 2003
|Sell Your Short Story: Panel
Featuring Chris Napolitano, senior editor, Playboy; Michael Curtis, senior editor, The Atlantic Monthly; Molly Rosen, fiction editor, YM; Jeff Johnson, fiction editor, Jane.
Fiction is still part of the media industry. As anachronistic as that may sound, quality fiction is still on the editorial lineup of many mainstream consumer titles. But how do you get your work read? How do you get noticed?
December 2, 2002
|Book It! How to Publish Your Memoir
Featuring Luke Janklow, agent, Janklow & Nesbit; Gillian Blake, senior editor, Scribner; Rachel Klayman, senior editor, Free Press; Amanda Beesley, author and playwright.
Everyone has a story to tell. What makes yours something others will want to read? Why should your memoir be published, and what about it will make it sell? Hear from editors, agents and authors who have gotten memoirs published about how you can make your experience a good read...and a great sell.
November 6, 2002
|Breaking into Travel Writing
Featuring James Sturz (NYTimes), Claire Hochachka (Blue), David Kaufman (Centurion), John Newton (Conde Nast Traveler), Paula Szuchman (NY Post) and Peter Frank (Travel + Leisure).
Learn from the experts how to get your travel stories onto the right desks and into the publications that pay. And you don't have to go any further than where you are now.
October 29, 2002
|Investigative Journalism Panel
Featuring Michael Wolff, National Magazine Award–winning columnist for New York magazine; Chris Vlasto, senior investigative producer for ABC News; Walt Bogdanich, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigations editor at The New York Times; Frank Koughan, Emmy Award–winning producer for 60 Minutes.
Is investigative reporting—the most costly, time-consuming form of journalism—obsolete in today's budget-conscious, ratings-obsessed newsroom? Are we more reliant on press agents and official mouthpieces than ever? A panel of America's top investigative journalists discuss the future of their craft, the pressures of saturation coverage, and the sensational stories we're not reporting—and why.
October 22, 2002
|Breaking into Sex Writing
Featuring Emma Taylor and Lorelei Sharkey, editors and "Em & Lo Down" columnists, nerve.com; Jamie Bufalino, sexpert, Time Out New York; Jonathan Ames, author and New York Press contributor; Tristan Taormino, editor-at-large of On Our Backs and columnist for The Village Voice; Amy Sohn, "Naked City" columnist, New York magazine.
New York's top sex writers bare it all.
October 9, 2002
|Book It! How to Publish a Children's Book
Featuring Scholastic editor David Levinthan, Puffin editor Jen Bonnell, Henry Holt editor Reika Simonsen, and children's book authors Elizabeth Winthrop, Kristin Kemp, and Brian Floca.
Learn from the experts at the premiere of our new panel series, Book It! Our first topic: Children's Books. Hear from children's books editors and authors about how to get your project from idea to proposal to published, and how to promote yourself and your work every step of the way. You don't have to be Dr. Seuss to be a success.
September 25, 2002
|Breaking into Food Writing
Featuring Saveur editor-in-chief Colman Andrews, Food & Wine executive editor Pamela Kaufman, Cooking Light editor-in-chief Mary Kay Culpepper, Gourmet senior editor Nanette Maxim, and food freelancers Carolynn Carreño (Saveur, Food & Wine, New York Times, etc.) and Melissa Clark (New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Town & Country, etc.)
So you want to be a food writer? Pick up all the tips you need here from these award-winning journalists, who address questions such as how much culinary know-how you really need, what kinds of stories food editors are hungry for nowadays, whether you should pitch recipes, and more on the best way to break into food writing.
September 23, 2002
|Breaking into Teen Magazines
Featuring Teen People's Sandy Fernandez, Teen Vogue's Nicole Vecchiarelli, YM's Jana Banin, CosmoGIRL!'s Susan Schulz, and freelance writers Jeannie Kim (formerly an editor at YM) and Stephanie Booth (Seventeen, Teen, Teen Beat, Teen People, etc.).
Teen magazines are one of the biggest, most lucrative, most stable markets in the industry. The insiders give you advice on how to write for the teen market, which pitches work and which don't, and the one critical make-or-break factor for your query (it's not your clips or experience).
September 18, 2002
|Secrets and Lies: Gossip Columnists Tell All!
Featuring The Village Voice's Michael Musto ("La Dolce Musto"), New York Post's Jared Paul Stern ("Page Six," "Nightcrawler"), New York magazine's Marc S. Malkin ("Intelligencer"), and MSNBC's Jeannette Walls ("The Scoop"). Moderated by Albert Lee.
Read what New York's top gossips have to say about publicists ("dogs guarding Hell"), blind items ("It's usually Courtney Love"), outing gay celebrities ("The lawyer gave me trouble with David Hyde Pierce. I was like, 'Excuse me?!'"), and Madonna ("She's in a play in London called Up For Grabs where her tit falls out of her blouse — by mistake, ha ha ha. It's so predictable at this point.") Plus, more on their sources, humble beginnings, and advice to would-be gossips. It's an evening of wicked, hilarious dish.
July 16, 2002
|Breaking into Men's Magazines
Featuring Esquire's A.J. Jacobs, Playboy's Chris Napolitano, Men's Journal's Marc Cohen, and freelance writers Michael Kaplan (Maxim, FHM, Details, Cigar Aficionado) and Nicole Beland (Men's Health, POV). Moderated by Albert Lee.
Whether you're a veteran newspaper or trade reporters, a copywriter, or just starting out, you can crack the field by reading these insiders' pointers on what editors are looking for, whether you should "lad up" a pitch, and special advice for women writers.
July 7, 2002
|Is the Business Media Asleep at the Wheel?
Featuring New York magazine's Michael Wolff, Fortune's Andrew Serwer, The Economist's Matthew Bishop, and Gramercy Capital's Joan Lappin. Moderated by The New Yorker's James Surowiecki.
Did journalists completely miss the boat on Enron, Worldcom, and Tyco? And how responsible — or irresponsible — was the press during the late-'90s boom? The sparks fly as Wolff poses this provocative question to his fellow journos: "If Mary Meeker is going to jail, shouldn't you?"
June 10, 2002
|What's New About "New" Women's Lifestyle Magazines?
Featuring O: The Oprah Magazine's Valerie Monroe, Real Simple's Lesley Alderman, Body & Soul's Jenny Cook, iVillage.com's Jennifer Howze. Moderated by Victoria Rowan.
"Women's lifestyle" (versus "women's service") magazines are taking the category by storm. What's in: being "real," "your own person," "good to yourself." What's out: fantasy lives that require extreme fashions, extreme plastic surgery, or extreme personal training to achieve. But are readers really being served up something better? Hear what the new girls on the block have to say.
May 21, 2002
|The Future of Music Journalism
Featuring Blender's Andy Pemberton, Spin's Jon Dolan, The Village Voice's Chuck Eddy, The Source's Tracii McGregor, and The Boston Phoenix's Douglas Wolk. Moderated by Victoria Rowan.
Yeah, MP3s are cool, but where are rock critics really headed? Eddy posed this fiery challenge to Blender's editor-in chief: "In what way do the reviews in Blender communicate more than the reviews in Creem did 30 years ago? Explain that to me. People communicate about music by talking about how it works in life, how it works in their life. Not by writing these little detached, clinical blurbs. What does that communicate? It's not communicating. It's tossing a few adjectives at a reader. It communicates nothing."
May 21, 2002
|Breaking into Women's Magazines
Featuring Glamour's Alison Brower, Marie Claire's Michael Callahan, Fitness' Trisha Calvo, Woman's Day's Stephanie Abarbanel, and freelance writer Liz Welch (Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmo, etc.).
There are so many different women's titles — and yes, they all want different things. The insiders tell you how to join them on the inside. Plus, crazy war stories, including the freelancer with the unbeatable exclusive: an invite to Saddam Hussein's birthday party. ("Never heard of her, her clips were atrocious — I assigned it on the spot.")
April 2, 2002
|Breaking into Book Writing
Featuring Pocket Books senior editor Luke Dempsey, Free Press VP/senior editor Bruce Nichols, agents Carol Mann and Eric Simonoff (Jankow & Nesbit), and authors Colin Beaven and Lizzie Simon.
How can established magazine and newspaper journalists write books? What's the best way to refine your ideas into a proposal? Do you really need an agent and what are the secrets to landing a good one? The strategies you need are here.
April 2, 2002
|Is the Design Media Too Sheltered?
Featuring Architectural Record's Robert Ivy, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, New York Times reporter Julie Iovine, architect and documentarian James Sanders, and Metropolis' Karen Steen. Moderated by Victoria Rowan.
With the rise of cool new design magazines like Wallpaper*, *Surface, Nest, has style trumped substance? Or have they simply brought intelligent design to the masses? "If you wonder why certain architects are stars and others aren't," says Sanders, "the first place to look is magazine architecture photography." Our panelists discuss the best places to find accessible design writing, why serious design mags flourish in Europe, and the problem of architecture critics who just want to get invited to parties (you know who you are).
March 26, 2002
|Gay Editors at Mainstream Magazines: Ghetto or Gestalt?
Featuring New York Times Magazine's Adam Moss, Vibe's Emil Wilbekin, Maer Roshan (formerly of Talk), Fortune Small Business' Arlyn Tobias Gajilan, Henry Scott (formerly of Out). Moderated by Newsweek's Marcus Mabry.
Is it important to note that many of the industry's top editors are gay? Says Moss, "The fact is that I actually edit a magazine that is pretty gay... If anyone actually inhibits the amount of gay material we publish, it is me." Wilbekin's take is: "I'm not trying to turn Vibe into the 'gay urban music magazine,' but gay issues are very important... to the politics of urban music." Says Roshan: "Being gay informs what I assign as much as being Jewish or being Iranian."
March 12, 2002
|Dishing With the Food Media
Featuring The New York Times' Amanda Hesser, Saveur editor Colman Andrews, Food Arts editor Michael Batterberry, and restaurateur/chefs Matthew Kenney (Commune, Canteen) and Patricia Yeo (AZ). Moderated by Prune chef-owner Gabrielle Hamilton.
What kind of power do food critics really wield? Would fusion cuisine have been possible without the press? Do famous chefs actually spend any time in the kitchen? Food journalists face off with their media creations: celebrity chefs.
February 19, 2002
|Is "Vanity" Fair? Constructing the Celebrity Profile
Featuring PMK Public Relations' Cindi Berger, Esquire's Lisa Hintelmann, and veteran celeb journalist Mim Udovitch. Moderated by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt.
It ain't J.J. Hunsecker's world anymore. Learn how the celebrity profile is made today. Hintelmann discusses how she became the first-ever full-time celeb wrangler (at GQ); Udovitch shares her interviewing war stories; and Berger, who reps Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, and Rosie O'Donnell, wields her PR might ("I have a very long memory").
February 8, 2002
|Launching Your Own Publication: Secrets of Our Success
Featuring Nerve.com's Rufus Griscom, Tin House's Rob Spillman, Heeb's Jennifer Bleyer, New York Metropolis' Andy Wang, DailyCandy.com's Marcy Swingle, Ghent's Stephen Kosloff, and Flavorpill.com's Sascha Lewis.
Seven media mini-moguls who've survived and thrived reveal their lessons learned about how to attract investors, building media buzz, and — oh yeah! — journalism.
January 22, 2002
|How You Can Be a Better Fact-Checker
Featuring Vanity Fair's chief of research John Banta.
Banta authors this comprehensive guide for veterans and beginners alike. Here's the most efficient way to mark up a page proof, deal with phone bullies, and research a controversial quote (the Internet? Big time waster). Plus, case studies of real stories in People, The New Yorker, and service and opinion pieces.
December 12, 2001
|Freelance Survival Strategies: Surviving the Slump
Featuring Talk's Phoebe Eaton, Time Inc.'s Jod Kaftan, Nerve.com's Emily Nussbaum, and freelance writers Richard Baimbridge, Sara Eckel, Alix Strauss, and Clive Thompson. Moderated by freelance writer Lynn Harris.
The market's tougher than ever. How can you survive? By following these successful editors and writers' tips on writing a stellar query, cracking foreign and corporate venues you haven't considered, leveraging your freelance pieces into radio and TV, and catching an editor's attention without being a stalker.
November 30, 2001
|No Laughing Matter: Comedy In Unfunny Times
Featuring Time's Joel Stein, The Onion's Carol Kolb, Comedy Central's Eric Drysdale and Chris Regan, ModernHumorist.com's Michael Colton, The New York Observer's Jason Gay, and stand-up comedian Todd Barry. Moderated by journalist and comedian Lynn Harris.
Humorists discuss how they tackled the challenge of being funny after 9/11. Wondering how The Onion's special 9/11 issue was put together? "At first," reveals Kolb, "we didn't intend to do a paper about the issue." Did irony truly die at Time? Admits Stein, "I really have not been very busy since... It's not fun to work there. There's all this war stuff."
November 3, 2001
|The Pink Ghetto: Why Don't Women's Magazines Get Respect?
Featuring Glamour's John Godfrey, Elle's Laurie Abraham, Bust's Debbie Stoller, Mode's Kathy Bishop, and former Cosmo editor Chandra Czape. Moderated by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt.
Women's magazines win fewer National Magazine Awards than men's titles, and don't get nearly the same respect. And when a smart women's title like Mirabella enters the market, it usually doesn't survive for long. Is it all a matter of perception or are they getting what they deserve? Their editors defend and discuss.
October 10, 2001
|Beyond Adrenaline: High-Risk Journalism
Featuring Vanity Fair writer Sebastian Junger, war journalist Stacy Sullivan (Newsweek, The New York Times), photojournalist Teun Voeten, and New Jack: Guarding Sing Sing author Ted Conover. Moderated by Newsweek's Mark Dennis.
Journalists on the front lines share some surprising truths about why they risk bullets for a story. "I’m really doing it for myself," says Junger. "The article is not going to benefit that much from it. You understand a situation much better by interviewing people in a refugee camp... In the trenches I was amazed at how quickly I dropped all pretenses of bravery, nobility, and concern for the Afghans."
August 3, 2001
|Times v. Tasini: Freelance Rights in the Wake of the Tasini Victory
Featuring National Writers Union president Jonathan Tasini and New York Times lawyer George Freeman. Moderated by Ray Dowd, chairman of the media law committee of the New York County Lawyers Association.
The adversaries in the historic Supreme Court freelancers' rights case, New York Times Co. v. Tasini, face off again to discuss what Tasini's victory means for freelancers everywhere. A startling behind-the-scenes look at how the case unfolded, including a cameo by Ken Starr, details on the brave new world of contract negotiation, and the possibility of a future class-action lawsuit on behalf of 27,000 Times freelancers.
July 26, 2001
|Media Culpa: Can the Media Start a Recession?
Featuring The Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell, The New York Observer financial columnist Christopher Byron, and former CNBC newsman Geoff Lewis. Moderated by The New Yorker's James Surowiecki.
Now that the bubble has burst, should the stock-market cheerleaders in the media share in the blame? Our panelists discuss the productivity myth, BusinessWeek's pivotal role in hyping a "New Economy," and how CNBC is actually a lot like ESPN.
April 6, 2001