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Today show logo GTVNewser: There are a lot of cameos in Sharknado 2, including some from the Today show hosts. And here we were thinking plot would drive the sequel.

AllFacebook: Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, wants to know if a quesadilla qualifies as a sandwich.

FishbowlDC: The Hill has a new editor-in-chief.

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A New York Journalist Fit for Two Romance Novels

SeamsCoverThe first romance novel, Seams, was published by Lori Bell through Amazon’s CreateSpace in March. From the plot description:

Kelsey Duncan has settled into a life in New York City as a newspaper reporter. As a journalist, she thrives on telling other people’s stories. But it is her story, her life as a woman in her late twenties, that she sometimes wishes she could rewrite. Or at least rejuvenate with passion and excitement and fulfillment…

The sequel tome, Unraveled, came out in May. Per a write-up in the Belleville News-Democrat, Bell is a Midwestern stay-at-home mom of two children who, previously, was a newspaper reporter through 2005 after graduating with a journalism degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville:

“I gave up what I thought I would do for a career,” she said. “I didn’t regret it, but there was a hole there. As a writer, I think you need to keep feeding that passion.”

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Grandparents.com, a Lifestyle Site for the Baby-Boomer Generation

Grandparents.com is not the hub for people seeking advice on hearing aids and assisted-living facilities; it’s a site that caters to grandparents who are as young as 52, says editor-in-chief Ellen Breslau.

Freelancers will be pleased to hear that no section of the site is off limits to pitches. However, Breslau admits it’s “gotta be a ‘wow’ pitch,” as the site already has 15 regular contributors.

Breslau also warns against sending in pitches that deal with disciplining grandkids or how to get along with adult children. As for dos, Breslau says:

People should think in terms of modern-day grandparenting and aging. People are much more vibrant and active and healthy these days. They travel, and they have second and third careers. We are really speaking to that person.”

For more information on what to pitch this lifestyle website, read: How to Pitch: Grandparents.com.

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NYT Fashion Director Vanessa Friedman: ‘I Get a Lot of Feedback’

HaaretzLogoEarly on in Haaretz’s interview article with New York Times fashion director and chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman, the former Financial Times reporter pays the readers at her new place of employment a solid compliment:

“The nice thing about the Times is that it has very interactive readers, very engaged readers, and so I get a lot of feedback – definitely more than I did before. It helps me understand who’s reading and their thinking… whether or not we agree with each other.”

Friedman met reporter Sahar Shalev in the lobby of a Tel Aviv hotel. She came to Israel for a visit to the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design and a viewing of fashion design graduates’ final projects.

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Fareed Zakaria Joins The Atlantic

Fareed Zakaria is joining The Atlantic and its business site — Quartz — as a contributing editor. He will also participate in Atlantic Live events. Zakaria will continue his current roles a host for CNN and a columnist for The Washington Post.

Zakaria previously served as a Newsweek columnist and editor of International Newsweek. His also served as an editor-at-large for Time, which had one rough spot — in 2012, he was caught plagiarizing a New Yorker article. Nevertheless, The Atlantic is happy to have him.

“This is one of those wonderful high-water marks in The Atlantic’s 157 year history,” said David Bradley, Atlantic Media’s chairman and owner, in a statement. “Our founders (Emerson, Holmes, Longfellow…) would welcome Fareed enthusiastically — and then worry about raising their own game.”

This EIC’s Ambitions Are ‘Much Bigger Than Bikinis’

Joe Pompeo‘s piece in the August issue of Capital magazine about the National Enquirer is full of descriptive detail.

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Sourcing of Enquirer stories, the reporter writes, sometimes ‘looks thinner than a supermodel’s waistline.’ More flatteringly, he found editor-in-chief Dylan Howard to be ‘looking sharp in his tortoise-shell glasses and dark-blue linen Ludlow suit’ during a recent visit to the AMI publication’s consolidated NYC operations. To Pompeo, Howard appeared even a little… angelic:

The cherubic 32-year-old was installed in the Enquirer’s top masthead slot when American Media Inc. moved the title back to Manhattan from the company’s flagship Florida headquarters this May. His ambitions are much bigger than bikinis.

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Rodale Promotes Paul Collins

rodale logo GPaul Collins has been promoted to associate publisher of Rodale’s Runner’s World and Running Times. Collins has been serving as ad director for both brands since 2010.

Collins has been with Rodale since 2006. He previously served as Bicycling’s ad director and director of Rodale’s Sports Marketing & Events Group.

“Paul has everything we’re looking for in an associate publisher,” said Molly O’Keefe, Runner’s World and Running Times’ publisher, in a statement. “He has a dedication and passion for our brands. He has the ability to connect with partners and understand their expectations, and also the creativity and leadership to pull together programs that meet and exceed everyone’s goals. I’m excited to be able to promote Paul to this new position where we will continue to work together for these two dynamic brands.”

Fans Propel #ShawnToNumber1 on iTunes

ShawnMendesVineCanadian-born singer Shawn Mendes is currently down to #6 on the iTunes Top Albums chart. But last night, his $3.99 EP was sitting at the top, thanks to an army of supportive fans.

From a report by Mashable associate entertainment editor Brian Anthony Hernandez:

“Let’s get this bad boy to No. 1,” Vine star Mendes told nearly 26,000 fans who were watching his live stream commemorating the release of his first EP on Sunday night.

Smiling at the camera in a small studio in Dallas, the 15-year-old urged the viewers to tweet #ShawnToNumber1, and within 37 minutes of making the EP available on iTunes, his music catapulted to the top spot on the iTunes Top Albums chart. Meanwhile, the hashtag became Twitter’s top trending topic as his army of 1.5 million followers rallied in support.

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Michael Wolff: NY Times Should Buy CNN

CNN304x200Michael Wolff has an interesting take on who/what should buy CNN should it ever be up for sale: The New York Times. Well, Wolff wrote that the “most obvious buyer is CBS,” but his runner-up is the Gray Lady.

Before you laugh this off, it’s actually an interesting idea. Wolff says the partnership would benefit both brands. The Times would gain the much needed ad dollars that come with TV. Meanwhile, CNN will finally be seen as a respectable news company if it has to maintain the standards set by the Times.

“In that combination, news, increasingly devolving from platform specificity, takes a major leap forward by creating a quality news company widely distributing its product through all outlets,” explained Wolff. “Television can’t do quality news, but it has great profits. Print still has high news standards, but ever-dwindling profits — so voila!”

Voila! Now let’s make this happen.

Ad Age Promotes Zmuda, Adds Two

Ad Age logo GAd Age has promoted Natalie Zmuda to deputy managing editor. She most recently served as marketing editor. Zmuda joined Ad Age in 2008, after five years with Condé Nast.

In addition to Zmuda’s promotion, Ad Age has announced the following hires:

  • Karen Edelman joins as senior editor of event content. For the past decade, Edelman ran a consulting firm that organized events for Forbes, Fortune and more
  • Malika Toure joins Ad Age as a reporter, focusing on Toure was most recently an intern for Ad Age’s sister pub Creativity.

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