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Vice’s Correspondent Confidential Reveals Journalists’ Untold Stories

There are two distinct narratives for journalists covering the same story for a long time: the story they publish, and the story they tell themselves or their friends over a beer. Producer Carrie Ching wants to reveal those untold personal stories with her new Vice web series, Correspondent Confidential, which screened last night at the Explorer’s Club on the Upper East Side. Every episode is a brief, animated tale told by a reporter, and a different artist illustrates each one.

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NY Times Launches ‘The New York Times Minute’ Video Feature

The New York Times is taking the phrase “New York minute” quite seriously. Today the paper launched “The New York Times Minute,” a one minute long video, posted three times per day. The videos — airing at 6 am, noon and 6 pm — will highlight the biggest stories at that moment. Think of it as the Times for people with really short attention spans.

“Video is a fast growing and important part of our news report,” said Jill Abramson, the Times’ executive editor, in a statement. “The New York Times Minute series is a natural extension of our journalism that allows our viewers a quick and useful way to keep up with the news.”

It’s not a bad idea, especially considering the Times posts links to the stores that are covered below the video. That gives people a fast and easy way to delve deeper into whatever interests them.

Clyde Phillips to Aspiring Writers: ‘Read Everything You Can’

MediabistroTV recently talked to Clyde Phillips, bestselling crime novelist and current showrunner for Nurse Jackie. He shares some advice for aspiring writers, and tells why novel writing is not that different from TV writing:

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

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

During this month’s New York City Wine and Food Festival, we caught up with a few celebrity chefs to talk shop. (Although we can neither confirm nor deny the rumored food-poisoning bout at one particular event, we can confirm that the nibbles of pasta, meats, cheeses and mini cupcakes at the NYCWFF Grand Tasting were pretty darn tasty.) In our video interview (Part I of II), Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli tells us about the joys of bacon; Restaurant: Impossible‘s Robert Irvine (whose new Food Network show, Restaurant Express, premieres on Nov. 3) gives us his top three uses for pumpkin; and Andrew Zimmern, host the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America (new season airs on Nov. 4), reveals the places in NYC that he hits up “without fail” whenever he’s in town.

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Jonah Peretti, Studio Mogul?

That’s how the BuzzFeed founder may soon be viewed on the west coast and beyond, per his recent conversation with LA Times reporter Andrea Chang. The company recently moved its west coast office to a new location on Beverly Blvd. and also leases production space nearby.

Peretti notes that Psy‘s mega-popularity came from that video’s “shareability,” and says video is a big missing piece of BuzzFeed:

The LA team, he said, is building the “TV studio and movie studio of the future” by creating original videos to fit these new patterns of media consumption…

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Kimmel Twerk-Prank Makes This Freelance Writer Look Like a Genius

It’s the media stunt being heard around the world this morning. Everyone from Mediaite to Salon to the New York Daily News is applauding Jimmy Kimmel for choreographing a fake viral “twerk fail” video with the help of Hollywood stuntwoman Daphne Avalon.

But we want to shine a light on another LA lady – Desi Jedeikin (pictured). This freelance writer was among those who smelled something fishy and posted a solid piece on Smosh to that effect last week titled “7 Reasons Why the ‘Worst Twerk Fail EVER’ is Fake.” Jedeikin asked questions like this:

Why Wasn’t the Music Loud from the Start?: I’ll tell you why. Because the music being turned up was probably a signal to her accomplice. BOOM. Watch out Sherlock. There’s a new master sleuth in town!…

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YouTube Restores Gender-Reversed ‘Blurred Lines’ Critique

Black Nerd Comedy‘s Andre Meadows has the scoop via What’s Trending on some interesting YouTube flip flopping.

As was widely reported Tuesday, the Google video hub briefly removed “Defined Lines,” a cheeky reverse-gender take-down of Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” uploaded over the weekend by a group of law students at New Zealand’s University of Auckland. There’s no outright nudity, but fyi the lyrics are definitely NSFW.

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AP Solidifies LiveU Partnership

The Associated Press must have liked the way LiveU’s mobile video technology allowed it to cover the Nelson Mandela story from a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. Because today, it has announced an expansion of its use of the portable backpack units.

The big thing with LiveU is, of course, that it allows reporters to connect back to the newsroom and client newscasts via 3G/4G instead of through a more costly and elaborate satellite uplink. From today’s announcement at journalism.co.uk:

“Every major news story that breaks will have live coverage from a video eye-witness within minutes of it happening,” Sandy MacIntyre, AP’s director of global video, told journalism.co.uk. “When journalists arrive on the scene their first thought is going to be ‘we need to get on air live’ – this new technology allows them to do that quickly and cost-effectively.”

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AOL Partners with Taboola for More Video Views

AOL recently carried a report about Taboola being enlisted by Hearst and TIME to try and help those media companies generate more video-view revenue. They must have liked what they heard, because now AOL has partnered directly with the same company.

Per Peter Kafka of All Things Digital, the AOL move will layer in Taboola’s video recommendations widget in place of a previous deal with Outbrain. From Kafka’s item:

Video used to be a small business for AOL but has grown dramatically, primarily via its acquisition of video syndicator 5Min, which AOL bought in 2010. That year AOL did about $10 million in video revenue; last year [CEO Tim] Armstrong said the company was going to do $100 million in video.

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