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5 Ways Journalists Are Starting to Jam with Biz Stone’s Jelly

A week ago, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched his new venture, a crowdsourced question-and-answer service called Jelly.

And some social media editors are already getting a taste for it.

The app, which allows you to snap a photo of something and gather responses from others, drew more than 100,000 questions in its first week, according to RJMetrics, which analyzes startups’ traffic numbers and engagement data. About a quarter of them were answered.

RJMetrics CEO Robert J. Moore crunched some data he gathered using his own Jelly account, and found that over half of the questions asked in the first week contained the words “who,” “what,” “why,” “where,” “when,” or “how.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Score That Job: Lippe Taylor

Looking for a new job but getting frustrated? Are you trying to figure out who you need to talk to? What does a company really mean when they say they “work hard and play hard?”

In this episode of “Score That Job,” career expert, author and mediabistro editor Vicki Salemi sat down with Lori Rubinson of Lippe Taylor, a New York agency with clients like IKEA and Elizabeth Arden that focuses on women through public relations, advertising and social marketing.

>You may remember Lippe Taylor from an episode of “Cubes”: Cubes: Office Tour of PR Agency Lippe Taylor

Find out why they’re looking for someone who is creative, not “boring” nice and how you can “Score That Job.”

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Silverman, Cera Launch Comedy YouTube Channel

You can never have too much funny on the Internet, right?

Well, comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Michael Cera, the sketch duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and rap-comic Reggie Watts are the masterminds behind a new YouTube channel named JASH.

OK, so the actual name of the channel isn’t that funny, which stands for “Just Attitude So Hey.” But the content should be funnier if you’re into experimental comedy.

“We each have pages within Jash, and we each can curate those pages,” Silverman told The Hollywood Reporter at SXSW on Sunday. “This is what we think is funny. It may not be your cup of tea, but there’s no testing involved, there’s no second-guessing of what a 14-year-old boy would like. It’s just a place to do stuff and fail or not fail.”

Producers Daniel Kellison (Jimmy Kimmel Live!)Doug DeLuca (The Man Show) and Mickey Meyer (Epic Rap Battles of History) are also involved in the project.

BREAKING: BuzzFeed Uses Twitter to Interview Moviegoers Trapped by Westchester Mall Hostage Crisis

Approximately 200 moviegoers are trapped inside the Rave movie theater at the Howard Hughes Center mall in Westchester due to a hostage situation at the Nordstrom Rack next door. The SWAT team is keeping patrons from leaving the theater for their own protection.

BuzzFeed‘s new Los Angeles bureau has been communicating via Twitter with some of the anxious moviegoers:

An excellent (and nerve-wracking) example of what a strong news-gathering tool social media is for reporters. We’re holding our breath for the safe release of the hostages.

Daily Trojan Editor Revisits a Very Careless USC Shooting Night Tweet

It’s by now a familiar journalism trope: itemizing some of the inaccurate tweets, Facebook posts and online reports tied to a breaking news event.

In the case of Wednesday night’s Halloween party-related shooting on the USC campus, the trope encompassed an especially egregious Twitter turn. Per an an op ed in The Daily Trojan by managing editor Joey Kaufman:

One journalism student from Annenberg claimed the gunman was located on the third floor of the campus center. This eventually evolved into a rumor that the shooter was on the third floor of the Student Union building, just below the Daily Trojan’s offices. As you might gather, this became slightly unnerving for several DT editors, myself included, and staff members who stayed in the Student Union as part of an effort to finish production for this newspaper’s Thursday print edition, as well as provide updates regarding the shooting.

The reporter’s tweet was later deleted after they apologized, admitting it was “inaccurate.”

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Old Media Kicking Ass on Facebook

What you’re looking at is part of a chart of the media websites with the most shared and liked content on Facebook (click for full version.) While Huffington Post leads the pack, it’s worth noting that most of the sites in the top 40 are old media properties like the New York Times, the BBC, and the Washington Post. Our Los Angeles Times is number 18 on the list. New media giant Buzzfeed, who created the chart, is at number 8.

As Buzzfeed explains, the chart shows “the publishers with the greatest number of stories that have over 100 Facebook interactions in the month of September. A “Facebook interaction” is defined as basically any kind of thing you can do with a link on Facebook — a like, a comment, or a share. The data was collected by Newswhip, which tracks over 5,000 English language newspapers and pulls the likes, shares and comments for their stories from Facebook’s open API.”