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New TV Series: How Do I Get a Job At…?

Mediabistro TV has launched a brand new series called “Score That Job,” which becomes the fifth original series to go into production. Starring  Mediabistro’s career expert, Vicki Salemi, the series tackles the question, “How do I get a job at…?”

Salemi, who has interviewed the likes of Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Tony award winner Bernadette Peters, relentlessly grills HR execs and hiring managers and uncovers the truth about how to land a job at some of the most popular hip media companies out there. Salemi is undoubtedly an experienced interviewer. When she first began, she was a freelancer working for College Bound Teen magazine and had a day job in HR. “Angelina Jolie was my first celebrity interview ever in 2004…I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging, Ben Affleck, Meredith Viera, she’s incredibly smart and savvy, Lady Gaga in 2008, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matt Damon, Madonna, and Girard Butler, it goes on and on.”

What are Salemi’s interviewing tips? “The key to a great interview is persistence and preparation,” she told FishbowlDC in a phone interview this afternoon. “Being on air [means] it flows more like a conversation. If I’m conducting a phone interview, the interview can go a different way or move in a different direction. When the cameras are on, you are in the hot seat. It’s also not letting them get away with anything, really pushing, getting granular. I think the best questions sometimes come up organically.” What’s more, she added, ask open ended questions. “I learned this from sorority rush. Ask, ‘how did you feel at this time, what was your biggest barrier?’” For the adventurous journalist, she recommends taking an improv class, which she did last year.

But not every interview goes well. What then? Read more

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A Young David Gregory Shows off Red Hair and Freckles

NBC’s “Today” Show played an embarrassing game of show and tell on Friday by showing school pictures of the hosts.

“My little girl who is at school now, she will not smile, not even on the retakes, she refuses,” NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory told the other hosts that included Meredith Viera, Jenna Bush, Tamron Hall and Al Roker. Bush made fun of herself midway through the segment as a picture of her younger self with glasses appeared on screen. “I mean, okay, I can’t even take myself seriously,” she said as the others laughed.

Gregory went temporarily silent as his picture flashed on the screen. “Hey Freckles!” Roker shouted out. Gregory, who didn’t look overly thrilled to have the picture on display, remarked, “That’s Encino Little League. In the valley.” Bush razzed him, saying, “You were a ginger! You were a ginger! You look like a valley kid.”

Watch here on HuffPost from a post earlier today.

Morning Dhue

We’ve been keeping tabs on the sudden public admission of alcoholism by ex-FNC anchor Laurie Dhue. This morning just after 8 a.m. she appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show” where she spoke with Meredith Viera.

Though FishbowlDC never pretended to be, say, a fireman attending the prayer dinner in Washington hosted by conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas last week, Viera acted shocked that a reporter was covering it.

“You did not know there would be anyone reporting this to the public,” Viera said gravely on this morning show, looking intently into Dhue’s eyes not knowing that many Washington reporters have covered this event in the past, not to mention the next-day journo-filled National Prayer Breakfast where President Obama spoke. Dhue replied, “I did not know there was a reporter in the room.”

But, in fact, there were several reporters scattered throughout that basement banquet room where Dhue admitted the harder details of her life — print, radio and TV. In fact, another speaker was Doug Hill, the ABC7 weather reporter. He discussed the sudden death of his young son, a tough divorce, previous thoughts of suicide and wanting to drive himself off a bridge not to mention his incredible fears of thunderstorms after his childhood home was struck by lightening.

All quotations used from this morning’s Today Show segment were from FishbowlDC’s original report. Dhue said FNC has backed her in her recovery. “They know about my struggle with this and they have been very supportive,” said the ex-anchor who left the network in 2008.

FYI: Dhue reached out to anyone struggling with the issue, saying she’s on Facebook for anyone who wants discuss alcoholism.

Ex-FNC Anchor Laurie Dhue to Appear on Today Show to Discuss Alcoholism

After her bombshell alcoholism admission last week at Cal Thomas‘s prayer dinner at the Washington Hilton, former Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue has been invited on NBC’s “The Today Show.” Meredith Viera is scheduled to interview Dhue Wednesday in the 8 a.m. hour.

Her segment is slated for four minutes. She will discuss her addiction, recovery and her path through the news world. She publicly disclosed her alcoholism for the first time at the syndicated columnist’s annual dinner. She was one of four keynote speakers who was asked to tell her story of faith.

Dhue lives in Manhattan.

‘Dynamite’ Karaoke: The Competition Blows Up

It’s incurable. The song is stuck in our heads — “I like to move move move move….Cause I told you once/I told you twice…”

Taio Cruz‘s “Dynamite” is now horrifyingly burned into our memories. But it’s not Cruz’s voice we hear — it’s Matt, Al, Meredith, Ann — and Ed. Earlier in the week, NBC’s Today Show hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Ann Curry and Meredith Viera sung the tune. Of course some think their polished version pales in comparison to the recent live performance by CNN’s Senior White House correspondent Ed Henry. He belted out, let’s say, a brave, uninhibited performance, with his son and daughter at Capitol Karaoke at the Rock N Roll Hotel.

Henry offered an American Idol type critique of the NBC hosts: “It was a good effort by Matt, Meredith, Ann and Al but their cover version is just a little too slow tempo for my kids. The Today Show team should keep their day jobs because they can’t hold a candle – or a stick of Dynamite I guess – to my Mila and Patrick.”

Watch NBC’s performance here.

CNN’s Clothing Choice

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A reader writes in: “Memo to CNN fashion department– don’t let your anchors trot out their new spring colors in time of tragedy and despair. CNN’s Kiran Chetry hosted American Morning on Tuesday in a stark white trenchcoat, and Paula Zahn dressed as if she was reporting from happy hour at a ski lodge. Even Katie Couric and Meredith Viera could agree that somber was best…”

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