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Hack Talking Head Claims Hack Leno Joke Was His First

A “Leno Joke” is a term used by comedy writers for the first joke you think of and throw out…that Jay Leno will do that night. Leno is many things, but a joke stealer? No. His jokes are not difficult. They’re obvious jokes. His stage act is slightly edgier (think more dick jokes) but really he’s a white bread – middle-of-the-road – middle-of-the-country comedian. And he has an army of writers and people called “faxers” who write the jokes he uses. He pays for all of them. He has final approval of all the jokes he tells.

Enter Andy Levy, a guy you’ve never heard of, on Red Eye, a show no one (including Leno) has ever seen. Red Eye is an after hours gab fest on the Mecca of comedy and wit, the Fox News Channel.

EW writes:

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Liberals!? In Hollywood?! OMG!!

You mean everyone in Hollywood doesn’t lean Mel Gibson?!

Your favorite FishbowlLA editor Tina Dupuy and Cenk Uygur discuss this new revelation from Ben Shapiro on The Young Turks.

Julian Assange Awarded UK’s Martha Gelhorn Prize for Journalism

While American talking heads have decided Julian Assange should be assassinated, journalists in the UK think telling the truth is a worthy pursuit.

The New Statesman reports:

The internet activist and founder of whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, has been awarded the highly prestigious Martha Gelhorn Prize for Journalism 2011.

The prize is presented annually to a journalist “whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth that exposes establishment propaganda, or ‘official drivel’, as Martha Gelhorn called it.”

The judges ruled unanimously in favour of Julian Assange, whose work in exposing classified information to the public was described as “a truth-telling that has empowered people all over the world.”

Eli Pariser on Algorithms Being the New Gatekeepers

We know you didn’t miss this speech by Eli Pariser at TED. We’re just humoring you by posting it now. He brings up an important discussion for journalists and civically minded – do these algorithms tell us what we need to know and not just what it thinks we want to know?

Whitney Friedlander Out at LAT

Online producer Whitney Friedlander is leaving the LAT’s Arts and Entertainment section. Ahem.

She tells FishbowlLA, “I did resign yesterday and I am heading to the Milken Family Foundation in a few weeks to be their Online Communications Editor.”

Congrats on the new gig Whitney!

Argentina Debates Paying Writers a Pension

We want you to note how hard it is to not start this post with Evita lyrics. We won’t do it – we just want you to realize that we could have but we have self-control.

Anyway, Argentina is considering paying authors who have contributed at least five books over the past 20 years a monthly stipend for their service.

Rory Carroll of the Guardian UK reports:

The idea, inspired by similar initiatives in France and Spain, would offer the pension to those who are aged over 65 and have published at least five books or invested more than 20 years in “literary creation”.

“Writers support the general culture of a community. They are individual creators who generate a sort of social richness that is difficult to quantify,” Carlos Heller, a deputy from the socialist party who sponsored the initiative, told the BBC.

These foreigners don’t understand that people will write just for the exposure. They don’t need money.

Former Seacrest Intern Gets National Radio Show

Tim Mihalsky, a native of Thousand Oaks, would schlep over that hill everyday to get coffee and answer phones for Ryan Seacrest. That was five years ago. “I used to watch Ryan and Ellen talk all morning long and thought, ‘I could do that’ and I now I am,” Mihalsky tells FishbowlLA.

The now 24-year-old built his radio show from the ground up, called advertisers and markets himself offering them his original daily content. And now FoxRock Syndication Services has Tim’s show on their roster.

The lesson here: Never give up and always be nice to your interns. They may have a national platform one day.

Congrats Tim! Here’s a link to his site.

Entire press release below:
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Kathy Thomson Tapped as COO of LATMG

Congrats on the new gig Kathy!

LOS ANGELES TIMES MEDIA GROUP NAMES KATHY THOMSON AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

LOS ANGELES, May 6, 2011— The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) today announced that Kathy Thomson has been appointed as president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. In this newly created position, Thomson will report directly to Tribune Company President and Chief Executive Officer and Times Publisher and CEO Eddy Hartenstein and oversee the company’s growing portfolio of products, including all editorial, advertising sales, business services, marketing and operational functions.

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KTLA: ‘I Will Not Be on YouTube!’

 

We don’t know what to say.

Isn’t the Rapture in a couple of days? This has to be a sign.

The Atlantic‘s ‘Nearly 100′ Fantastic Journalism List

Conor Friedersdorf, Atlantic editor and founding editor of The Best Of Journalism, has his 2010 “Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism” list up. Yes, we know you’re just going to scan the page for your name, those you love and those you hate.

But after that make sure to read Richard Morgan‘s amazing piece about his seven years of freelancing.

Freelancing is an adventure the way “Locked Up Abroad” is an adventure. Journalism even at its best is already a fairly caustic and draining experience. All the qualities that make you a great journalist make you a terrible person: gossip, urgency, obsession, noisiness, theatrics and hysterics.

Indeed.

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