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Portfolio Mag’s Madoff Breakfast

Kudos to Portfolio magazine for this morning’s thought-provoking panel about Bernie Madoff. Panelists: Elie Wiesel (pr. Eely Vee-zel), a prominent author and founder of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which lost money to Madoff; Harvey Pitt, ceo of Kalorama Partners and former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and Jim Chanos, President and founder of Kynikos Associates, a well-known short-seller. Portfolio Editor in Chief Joanne Lipman moderated. The conversation ranged from heart-felt to thought-provoking to vengeful. I Twittered it at http://www.twitter.com/laureltouby

Some of the questions raised: What is Affinity fraud? Why was there such a lack of accountability on the part of the SEC? Did Madoff have accomplices? Will the high-stakes banker-types at Lehman and Merrill be accused of criminal behavior? How can we trust that it was a $50b fraud when that number was what Madoff himself reported?

The best answer was given when someone in the audience asked Wiesel (who lost tens of millions of dollars to Madoff): “Could you ever forgive him?”

Wiesel repeats the question: “Forgive?” as if to consider it. Then, after a looooong pause, retorts “No!….He’d have to ask for forgiveness and he wouldn’t do that.”

A bit later, I’ll post some video. In the meantime, hit the “continued” link to find out more about what was said (and what went noticeably unsaid) about the Madoff Fraud…

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TVNewser Summit kick-off party!!


Video 1: In which, Laurel introduces herself to strange men at the party.

I attended the party to kick off the TVNewser summit Tuesday night. For those of you not in the know, the Summit (which happens March 10th. Still time to register!) isn’t just about all the pretty anchors. It’s about new TV news tech tools and ways to monetize digitally.

There were over 200 people RSVP’d and about 80 people showed up at the kick-off party in Tribeca Cinemas, from producers (NBC, FOX) to bookers to strategists. I went around the room and asked folks what they wanted to see covered at the Summit. And if we are able to touch upon half their questions and concerns, this Summit is going to kick butt!

Here’s a little more video, to catch you up on the flavor of the evening.

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Larry Kramer Tells Laurel at Michael’s: ‘We Need a New Generation of Storytellers’ – Watch the Video!

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Pictured above, Jack Rotherham of Metacafe.

Watch now:
mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby talks shop with Magid’s Mike Vorhaus, Polaris Ventures’ Larry Kramer, and Metacafe’s Jack Rotherham during lunch at Michael’s on 55th and Fifth (Part One).

— LAUREL TOUBY

While Diane Clehane has her Lunch at Michael’s column, mine will be the redux version. I was sitting at Table 24, the very back of the room, just on the borderline of Siberia (aka the Garden Room). I had the pleasure of three men’s company (Jon Fine is home sick; sorry, Jon!). Mike Vorhaus, a consultant with Magid, Larry Kramer, uber media guru at Polaris Ventures (formerly with MarketWatch.com) and Jack Rotherham, senior vice president of Metacafe.

We had a wide-ranging discussion about journalism, media people, video, business models on the Web and more. Find out what we learned, and check out more video after the jump:

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Conde Nast Portfolio’s Breakfast Panel

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This morning, Conde Nast Portfolio magazine hosted a swank Panel/Breakfast at the 21 Club. The topic: The Market’s Future: What’s Next for the Economy. Speakers: John Cassidy, Contributing Editor, Matt Cooper, Washington Editor, Jesse Eisinger, Senior Writer. Editor in Chief, Joanne Lipman moderated.

Attendees included: Mort Zuckerman, Peggy Siegal, Rick Lazio, Felicia Taylor, Richard Edelman, Harold Burstein, Bob Scully, Jonathan Dahl, Jonathan Wald . Noticeably absent Jon Fine, of Business Week (wink: my husband).

I twittered the event. For my transcript, click continue. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/laureltouby…

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Busy next week? Future of Business & Strategy Panel

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I’m not sure what’s more exciting, watching the excruciating debates in Congress or waiting for the Palin/Biden match on Thursday. What will we do NEXT WEEK to beat all that? Well, how about watching me and a few other business “experts” on a panel at the Future of Business & Strategy panel! The panel will be held October 7th at the Asia Society and I hope you can make it there.

As added encouragement, and for being a loyal mediabistro.com member, you get 10% off! Go here to register:
www.liminalevent.com or call 212-546-4625
USE the code: “Mediabistro” when you sign up!
More info on the event after the jump. Thanks for listening!

Laurel Touby
founder
mediabistro.com

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Help! I’m Speaking at a Writers Conference and I Need Your Thoughts

LT Boa Small size.jpgOkay, I am officially a procrastinator. I got asked to speak at this National Writers’ Workshop Conference down in Florida. The Topic: Best Practices in Freelancing.

The speech is coming up THIS WEEKEND and it occurred to me that I haven’t freelanced in…let’s just say many moons — voice mail existed, but email barely did!! So, I need your advice, my dear assigning editors and freelancers, on the best practices today. Your responses are anonymous and we’ll publish a useful article after compiling all the results.

ASSIGNING EDITOR SURVEY, click here.

FREELANCER SURVEY, click here.

If you would rather privately email me, feel free at LaurelT ATTTTT mediabistro DOTTTTT Com

Thanks so much for your help!

Laurel Touby
founder
mediabistro.com

Speaking of: How to Start a Media Company

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At parties and events, some entrepreneurial journalists (is that an oxymoron or what?) have started to ask “How do you start a media company?” and I’ve even considered writing a book on the subject. But, in the meantime, if you want my thoughts (and the insights of Arianna Huffington, Craig Newmark and a few other luminaries), you can attend this Media Talk on November 7th at 6:30 pm..

Since David Carr is the moderator, I’m sure it’ll be a bunch of softball questions, too :)
Details after the jump.

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Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism

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Citizen journalism, crowdsourcing, interactive news, etc. You hear the buzz-words, but very few mainstream organizations, are experimenting with these new forms of journalism.

The Knight Foundation is out to change all of that. They are giving monetary awards to people who are stepping up to the digital plate.

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Media Babies: Kai Etan Robin!

Since it’s the weekend, we’re bored and we forgot to do this two weeks ago, we thought you might like to meet a new media arrival: Kai Etan Robin. Kai’s father is Josh Robin, Political Reporter, NY1 News. Mom is Manoush Zomorodi, a regular around the ‘Bistro offices, as she teaches a few of our courses. What will Kai’s first media job be? Dairy industry beat reporter, according to Manoush.

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Kai Etan Robin, in Dad’s arms

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Chambermaid Book Party

bookcover_small.jpg Does a successful book party equal book sales success? If so, then Saira Rao‘s first novel, Chambermaid, is headed for stratospheric heights. The party was a rager, with over 200 people in attendance. Held in a Fifth Avenue Park-facing apartment, it was a delightful if homogeneous mash-up of well-heeled lawyers, bankers, media — and one actor:

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