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A Journalism Career That Started in the Toilet

TheParisHeraldCoverThose were the days… After getting out of the Army in 1960 and setting his sights on journalism, James Oliver Goldsborough enrolled in law school at UC Berkeley.

Then, per a write-up today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Marylynne Pitz, this happened:

An Army buddy called from Daly City, just south of San Francisco, with great news. “We’‍ve just fired the assistant managing editor for drinking in the toilet. Would you like to try out?” his friend asked.

After a six-month stint in Daly City, Goldsborough moved to the San Francisco Examiner, where he was a cub reporter.

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NFL Game-Fixing Chronicle Among NYU Prof’s Resurrected Books

ForbiddenBookshelfLogoFive eBooks were chosen to kick off “Forbidden Bookshelf,” a new, ongoing series curated for Open Road Integrated Media by Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media studies at NYU.

The idea to highlight squelched and lapsed tomes grew out of Miller’s frustration at being unable to find certain titles for assigned course work. Speaking with blogger Kevin Gosztola, Miller has highlighted the five launch titles, which include Dan E. Moldea‘s Interference:

As Moldea summarized on Keith Olbermann’s sports program on ESPN, his book came out in 1989. He alleged that no fewer than 70 NFL games had been fixed, no fewer than 26 past and present NFL team owners had documented ties to illegal gambling or an organized crime syndicate and no fewer than 50 investigations had been killed as a result of a “sweetheart relationship.”

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Author Credits FishbowlNY for Asian Publishing Deal

On the Internet, you just never know who might be reading.

RandyJerniganPic2Case in point: our June 24 post “Busy Author Circles Marie Osmond, Daniel Radcliffe and Ellen DeGeneres.” In the two weeks since publication, something exciting and wholly unexpected has transpired for Utah-based writer Randy Jernigan. Per some text provided by Jernigan’s U.S. publishing company rep:

On Monday July 7, contractual agreements were signed between Jernigan, Creative Partners Publishing and a newly formed Japanese publishing firm, Bunkyo-Ku Ltd. of Tokyo.

This agreement gives the Asian company co-publishing and distribution rights for the Asian market to Jernigan’s The Life and Career of Daniel Radcliffe and all succeeding books in the “fan book” series.

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Busy Author Circles Marie Osmond, Daniel Radcliffe and Ellen DeGeneres

RandyJerniganPicHere’s what Utah-based writer Randy Jernigan has lined up for 2014-15. Biographies of Marie Osmond and the British Royals, and the first two installments of a new fan book series covering Daniel Radcliffe and Ellen DeGeneres.

All on the heels of Losing to Win!, his fall 2013 account of shedding 158 pounds and beating a perilous case of diabetes/hypertension. And The Road to Happiness, a spring 2014 self-help sliver.

Jernigan is a veteran entertainment journalist who has contributed over the years to national magazines, newspapers and TV programs. From today’s announcement:

“I’ve always been an admirer of Ellen’s work – not just as a talk show host and comedian, but as a person too,” says Jernigan. “Ellen does a lot of wonderful things for people – on the show as well as in her personal life – that most people never hear about. She’s an inspiration to a lot of people out there and I’m excited to be including her in this fan book series.”

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Brooklyn Novelist Makes the Most of Stephen King Mix-Up

You’re going to be reading a lot more in the coming days about Emily Schultz, a Canadian author now based in Brooklyn. In the wake of her 2005 novel Joyland being mistaken and purchased last year by many thinking it was a 2013 Stephen King tome of the same name, she decided to do something creative with the resulting monies. She launched a Tumblr that itemizes how she is spending the mix-up bounty.

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Her latest King-cuckolded purchases are some IKEA items and a haircut for (we assume) boyfriend Brian. From a blog post by Vancouver Province contributor (and Schultz’s former colleague at Harlequin Books in Toronto) Peter Darbyshire:

Schultz says she hasn’t heard from King, although he’s welcome to comment. “If anything though, I hope my blog would make him laugh,” she says.

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Michael Hastings Gets Some Posthumous Love from Fox News Journo

TheLastMagazineCoverFrom the latest wave of reviews for Michael Hastings‘ posthumous novel The Last Magazine, out today, one jumps out. A rave in the Washington Post by Fox News chief D.C. correspondent James Rosen:

The [titular] magazine, you’ll not be surprised to learn, is a mid-Manhattan snake pit of literary ambition and fame-lust, where the international editor, an Indian intellectual-cum-socialite, vies with the managing editor, a bow-tied Southern historian, for the throne of editor-in-chief. The publisher has played up the parlor-game angle, and yes, some fun is to be had identifying Media Luminaries skewered here via roman à clef (Fareed Zakaria, Nick Denton, Lally Weymouth, et al.)…

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Glenn Greenwald Skype Interview is Right in NSA’s Wheelhouse

NoPlacetoHide_CoverAhead of tonight’s book event in Seattle, journalist Glenn Greenwald did a Skype interview from Rio de Janeiro with alt-weekly The Stranger. Kudos to associate editor Eli Sanders for the clever first question, and to Greenwald for the hilariously upsetting answer.

So, I’m making this call on Skype. How much could the NSA know about me just based on the medium I’m calling you through?

Oh, they’re completely in the system of Skype. I mean, they have virtually unfettered reign over Skype calls. Actually, one of the most interesting stories we did was about how easily Microsoft cooperated with the NSA to make sure that they had full reign with Skype.

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A Discarded Son Adopts a Fresh Byline

VictorFeraruPicHis autobiography, Victor’s Luck, is in the final stages of editing. In the meantime, there is this tantalizing blog post, headlined “There Is A Lot To A Name.”

Born Victor Lopez, this survivor’s story is incredible and one that you may, by now, have heard about. In The Huffington Post item, Victor reveals a key new detail that finalized just last week:

My adopted aunt and uncle came to my [Guilford College] graduation. Afterwards at a house gathering, on the best day of my life, my Uncle Kenny and Aunt Diana said, “You do not owe your biological family anything. F*ck them. And that is a legal term.” My uncle is a New York attorney, so he would know these things.

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NYT Reporters Recommend a Few Good Books About Journalism

TheImperfectionistsCoverIn this weekend’s Sunday Book Review, there is a fun, brief item from John Williams. Echoing the general theme of David Carr‘s latest column, he asked Carr as well as Ravi Somaiya, Jonathan Mahler and Peter Lattman to highlight their favorite books about journalism.

The most intriguing comment comes from Lattman. Like Mahler, he chose a work of fiction rather than non-fiction, but not for the reasons you might assume:

Lattman selected The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, about a “dying English-language newspaper in Rome. This debut novel from 2010 does a better job of capturing a newsroom and its characters than any non-fiction book I’ve read.”

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A Celebrity Photographer Who Has Seen, Heard It All

TheWayWeWereCoverJayne Mansfield dancing with the son of a Florida mortuaries billionaire… A 1974 Los Angeles “It boy” moving away to become a counselor for Eskimos with AIDS…

As Dana Goodyear found out recently when she spent time with famed celebrity photographer Julian Wasser in Los Angeles, these are the strange moments that for him, ultimately defined his beat:

“Living here, it’s an endless stream of stories like that. When you come from a normal place, you just become aghast at what you hear in this town.”

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