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Valerie Berrios

Valerie is the managing editor at Mediabistro. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in mass communications for magazine journalism. She has previously worked at Accord Media, Everyday Health, Bridal Guide, and is the author of The Bridesmaid's Companion, published by Sterling/Hearst Books.

Gloria Steinem, Queen Latifah Talk Careers at the 2014 Matrix Awards

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The New York Women in Communications held its annual Matrix Awards in April, and our MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi was on hand to chat with powerful women in media on their careers. Presenter Gloria Steinem remarked on the importance of female mentorship; honoree Eileen Naughton, vice president of sales at Google, revealed what makes an outstanding Googler; and Grammy winner and actress Queen Latifah, also honored that night, shared why she made the leap from performer to daytime host. Also doling out nuggets of advice: Today show co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Watch:

Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

Sad to say, our fearless Lunch columnist Diane Clehane was feeling under the weather today, so she had to skip her usual rounds at Michael’s.

We have no doubt she’ll be back in top form next week and ready to dish about the latest and greatest goings-on of New York’s elite. In the meantime, here are some recent columns to chew on…

Bob Barnett, Million Dollar Decorators and the Guys Behind Bradley Cooper’s Boxer-Briefs

Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and the Skinny on Wacoal’s Sexy New Ad Campaign

Walter Isaacson, Harvey Weinstein and Johnny Weir I Linda Fairstein Emcees Authors In Kind

Michael Strahan, Maria Shriver and Dishing With LuAnn de Lesseps

Pitch Your Personal Essay to Marie Claire‘s Relationship Section

Personal-EssayIn our latest Journalism Advice column, we’ve got the second round of our Personal Essay Markets (see Part I here). If you’ve got a fascinating relationship story to tell, send it to Marie Claire. This is just one of the 15 markets we’ve compiled:

Marie Claire — “Love + Sex”
Marie Claire‘s “Love + Sex” section is looking for “strong, literary writing and non-formulaic essays based on compelling personal stories about the ways that smart, empowered women are navigating relationships and romance, heartbreak and sexuality, partnership and singlehood,” said editor Whitney Joiner.
Length: 1,000-1,500
Pay: $2 a word
Assigning editor: Whitney Joiner, WJOINER at HEARST dot COM
Joiner’s advice: “I’m happy to review either pitches or full submissions. Writers should definitely review past issues to get a sense of our style.”

To find out what other pubs are looking for, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part II.

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NFL’s Brad Smith on Fashion Week and the Super Bowl

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Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Brad Smith isn’t heading to Jersey to watch Super Bowl XLVIII, but he was in New York today to promote his “Design for Brad Smith” competition, the winner of which will be revealed during New York Fashion Week. This morning MediabistroTV sat down to talk to Smith about the competition. We also asked for his thoughts on the controversial comments Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made during his NFC championship post-game interview with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews.

Watch our Mediabeat interview below:

We’ll have more on the “Design for Brad Smith” competition during our coverage of New York Fashion Week next week. And to watch more mediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

Unfortunately, today’s Lunch at Michael’s fell victim to the Polar Vortex, Part Deux. Apparently, few VIPs wanted to trudge through the city’s slushy, slippery sidewalks. And we don’t blame them.

Our intrepid columnist Diane Clehane will be back to dishing about New York’s media moguls and glitterati next week. In the meantime, grab a mug of cocoa and catch up on some recent Lunch chatter:

Matt Lauer and Joan Rivers Do Christmas in January | Catching Up With Anne Fulenwider

Diane Clehane on the Lunch That Changed Her Life

The First Interview With Dr. Oz on His New Hearst Title

An Afternoon Dishing With Martha Stewart

martha-stewartFishbowlNY visited Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s test kitchen on the West Side Thursday afternoon to make chicken pot pies with Martha Stewart herself — and dish about, among other things, Season 3 of her PBS show Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, which premiered earlier this month (and will be exclusively sponsored by KitchenAid). A small group of journos and bloggers donned stylish striped aprons while listening intently to the domestic diva’s tips on stewing a whole chicken, combining it with buttery potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms, peas, thyme and cognac, and then layering an egg-wash-glazed puff pastry over the mixture-filled ramekins before popping them into the oven. Voilà. All the while, Stewart happily answered questions we peppered her with. Here are some of the tidbits we learned:

PBS keeps her busy. In addition to her Cooking School, Stewart is filming the third season of her other PBS show, Martha Bakes, and has just wrapped four shows in two days. She brought in the breakfast cookies she made on the show for us to nibble on while we waited for our pies to finish baking. “They’re about a pound each!” she said. No kidding. And delicious, we might add.

She gives credit where credit is due. Her test kitchen whips up around 1,000 recipes a year for the Martha Stewart Living magazines — and she credits her food editors, almost all of whom have been with her “for years,” with coming up with many of the inspired meals.

She wants to open a restaurant. “It’s so hard that life [as a restaurateur], but so fun,” she said. And the pot-pie recipe she shared that afternoon would be “the perfect lunch item.”

She likes football. Stewart isn’t cooking a Super Bowl meal — “I’m going to the Super Bowl!” she exclaimed. But if she were to prep something for game day, quesadillas and margaritas with “fresh lime juice and good tequila in sugar-rimmed glasses” would be on the menu.

More from Martha and photos from the event, after the jump.

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Profit From Your Passion in 2014

Profit-From-Your-Passion-tv-150We at Mediabistro have always been huge advocates of doing what you love — whether it’s breaking free of your ho-hum job in corporate law to work for magazines, like Brides‘ editor-in-chief Keija Minor did, or turning a passion for the written word into a lucrative novel- and TV-writing career (before the age of 25, no less, in Kara Taylor‘s case). And we aim to inspire — which is why we’re bringing back our Profit From Your Passion series. Each week in January, we’ll offer tips on how to pitch such prestigious pubs as the The Saturday Evening Post, give you a step-by-step strategy on how to perfect your book proposal, and share the secrets to success from media pros like Lucky founding editor Kim France, HollywoodLife’s Bonnie Fuller, and Dave Ramsey, finance guru, TV personality and author. Whether you desire a job in magazines, digital media, book publishing or TV/entertainment, now’s the time to pursue your dream. To whet your appetite, our first feature is How to Become a Six-Figure Freelancer. Yes, it is possible. See the full “Profit From Your Passion” lineup after the jump.

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Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

Sad, but true. Our fearless Lunch columnist Diane Clehane was feeling a bit under the weather today — though still on her high from chatting with Mrs. Patmore — so she won’t be dishing about the scene at Michael’s.

But, no worries, she’ll be back at her regular perch next week.

In the meantime, cap off the day with some recent Lunch chatter:

Dishing With a Downton Abbey Star

Walter Isaacson, Barry Diller and Dylan Lauren Go Hollywood

Paul Caine Sounds Off on Radio’s Next Act

VIDEO: How to Be the Next Celebrity Chef

In Round 2 of our video interview with Food Network chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli and Robert Irvine tell us what it takes to be the next celebrity chef. And they should know. Guarnaschelli, in addition to being executive chef of New York City’s Butter Restaurant, is a recurring judge on Chopped, hosts Alex’s Day Off and has appeared on Iron Chef America as both a judge and a challenger. She earned the title of Iron Chef herself on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption.

Irvine’s claim to fame came on Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible, which spun off into the ever-popular Restaurant: Impossible, now in its seventh season. The British star’s new reality-competition show, Restaurant Express debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

Also, see: TV Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern on Their Top Foods

Marie Claire’s Power Women Lunch Honors a ‘New Guard’ of Females

Marie Claire Power WomenIt was a packed house on the 44th Floor of New York City’s Hearst Tower this afternoon for Marie Claire‘s annual Power Women lunch, honoring 50 members of the “New Guard” — also known as the “most connected women in America.” Natalie Morales, Girls actress Allison Williams (daughter of Brian Williams) and Marie Claire‘s Nina Garcia were just a few of the famous faces in the crowd. Speakers included Harvard associate professor Amy Cuddy (of Ted Talks fame), who discussed the impact of body language when it comes to getting ahead in life and in your career. The gist was to exude confidence by taking up space (arms outstretched, head held high) rather than striking a cowering pose (crossed arms or legs). And if this feels unnatural, she said, “Fake it until you [not make it, but rather] become it.” For women especially, Cuddy said, “Having power makes you more present.”

Next, a panel consisting of Morales, Williams, Sallie Krawcheck (CEO of 85 Broads, a network of Wall Street women) and Sophia Amoruso (CEO of fashion ecommerce site Nasty Gal) discussed leveraging your connections. Morales stressed the importance of networking. When I met her before the panel, Morales told me it’s much easier for women to break into media (especially the digital realm) now than when she was getting started. And in fact, she was sidetracked doing a stint in banking before she was able to pursue her true passion of journalism.

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