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Fashion Editor Recalls Cosmopolitan Power Play

At age 31, Zoey Washington is sitting pretty. She’s worked for Marie Claire, Vogue and Essence, and is currently a senior fashion editor at People Style Watch, an accessories editor for Elle and more.

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Washington, who attended Maryland’s Garrison Forest high school, spoke to the Baltimore Sun about her steady, impressive rise. Her answer to how she got it started reminds of the value of perseverance:

“At Garrison Forest, every senior completes a [senior project]. I wrote to the fashion director of Cosmopolitan magazine every day for roughly two months until she agreed to let me do my [project] with her (she was a graduate of Garrison). I don’t recommend that anyone repeat my behavior.”

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Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now! 

NYT Sportswriter Recalls Her Extra-Credit First Assignment

AndrusHeaderFor the second year in a row, Karen Crouse was one of the keynote speakers at the Andrus Center Conference on Women and Leadership at Boise State University. In connection with her return Idaho appearance, the New York Times sportswriter spoke with Boise Weekly staff writer Jessica Murri and revisited the classic way her career aspirations took hold:

[High school student] Crouse decided to make a swimming magazine, went to her local swim club and asked to interview Mike Bruner – the Michael Phelps of the 1970s.

The way Crouse tells the story, Bruner’s coach, Bill Rose, told him he had to stay after practice for an interview with a journalist.

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CBS LA’s Jackie Johnson Channels The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

In 1964, Catherine Deneuve announced herself to the film world via the French musical drama The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. This month, CBS LA meteorologist Jackie Johnson and photographer Cliff Lipson have teamed for a playful, 50th-year anniversary tribute to the movie for a feature in CBS’ Watch! magazine. Here’s an exclusive first look at one of the article’s seven photos.

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The issue and this piece (“Ain’t No Sunshine Until She’s On”) is on its way to magazine subscribers this week and will hit newsstands September 23. Johnson is a woman of many talents, often sharing via Twitter and Instagram her latest painting and artful photo efforts.

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Fast Company Editor on Why She Ditched Hudson, New York

ReyhanHarmanciTwitterProfilePicReyhan Harmanci (pictured) gave it a good go. A job with Modern Farmer led her and partner Patrick in 2012 from San Francisco, where they were priced out of the home-buying market, to the upstate New York community of Hudson.

But after two years, Harmanci is now back in the big city – NYC – and reflecting in the New York Times on her pursuit of a “small town fantasy:”

In a startup, it’s easy for work to dominate one’s personal life. In my case, managing a small team in a small town erased the distinctions altogether. After work, the staff in Hudson’s only amusement seemed to be bouncing around the town’s handful of bars. Besides my colleagues, I had few actual friends.

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AP Writer Gets the Huge Brangelina Scoop

JakeCoylePicWhen AP welcomed Jake Coyle (pictured) as one of two new film writers last fall, it said it looked forward to both he and [since departed] Jessica Herndon breaking news. Boy, did the wire service get that right.

This morning, Coyle – ahead of People, TMZ, Paris Match and any other number of logical outlets we can think of – broke the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s wedding in France this past weekend:

Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Provence’s Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France.

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Scarsdale Rudely Interrupts NYT Couple’s Retirement

Seymour Topping and his wife are already paying a hefty annual real estate tax bill. But according to a recent report by Journal News ”Tax Watch” columnist David McKay Wilson, the couple may be forced to move due to a newly revised assessment of their property’s value.

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The pair’s yearly property-tax burden is set to double from $43,415 to $85,704. Or, more than the amount originally paid for the 13-room, two-acre property in 1967:

“I was in absolute shock,” said Topping, 92, who lives with his wife, Audrey, 86, a photographer and author. “We looked forward to living out our last years here. Now it has become impossible to live here unless I borrow money to pay the taxes.”

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Celebrity Interviewer Louise Gannon Notches Another

LouiseGannonTwitterPicWhen British freelance journalist Louise Gannon (pictured) was recently asked by the blog Fashion North how one becomes a master interviewer, she gave five solid tips. Her advice included:

Tip 4: “WHAT SELLS IS GETTING A LINE”

“…You have to think what do they want to know, what does that magazine [or newspaper] want, you have to really make it work for that magazine and that’s always got to be in your head because first and foremost it’s your job to produce something good out of the situation that you’re in… You have to turn it into something that can work and be entertaining and can sell.”

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Kevin Sessums: From Food Stamps to FourTwoNine

One great advantage of profiling a wordsmith like Kevin Sessums, formerly among Tina Brown‘s marquee writers at Vanity Fair, is that he can be counted on to deliver marquee quotes.

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Here for example is how he describes, to New York Times reporter Laura M. Holson, what he deems to be a signature Brown talent. Sampled after Sessums made an infamous remark about a Roseanne Barr VF cover in the post-Brown era:

He recalled being seated at a booth at the Royalton Hotel soon after when Ms. Brown stopped by. “‘I heard what you said about that cover!’” Mr. Sessums said she told him. “‘Oh! You are the Oscar Wilde of New York!’,” Mr. Sessums nodded at her. “That is her way of complimenting me and denigrating me at the same time,” he said. “She was really good at that.”

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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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Kara Swisher’s Stated Goal: One ‘Really Good’ Scoop Per Week

About a third of the way through Benjamin Wallace’s crackling New York magazine profile of 51-year-old tech journalist extraordinaire Kara Swisher, there are two reminders of how effectively she blankets her beat.

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Exhibit Re/a:

Swisher has heard of current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer holding a meeting in which she graphed the impact on Yahoo’s stock price of various Swisher posts.

Exhibit Re/b:

“It is a constant joke in Silicon Valley when people write memos for them to say, ‘I hope Kara never sees this,’” says Facebook’s [Sheryl] Sandberg.

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