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Archives: September 2008

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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! 

And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Print Demise

newspapergg.jpgWe’ve been so focused on the catastrophic collapse of the U.S. economy and the sometime suspension of certain presidential campaigns that it’s been awhile since we touched base with the demise of print journalism. To wit, here’s a new theory as to why newspapers are struggling to make the transition to online — look no farther than the most-emailed list!

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Lichter Gets Political About McCain

Entertainment attorney Linda Lichterlichter.jpg posted an alarming story on her Facebook blog site this week. It was quoting a woman who had been on vacation a resort where John McCain and his wife were relaxing for a week after his last presidential bid.

Now, it was more than eight years ago, but the alarming part is what the woman (and by default Lichter) had to say about McCain.

Believe it or not, it is related to his current Presidential bid.

Lichter, who represents half of the indie world in Hollywood, was concerned because Facebook readers and idle curiosity types were assuming that she wrote this piece maligning McCain. While Lichter is not claiming to be McCain’s biggest fan, she wants it clear that she simply posted the woman’s story.

Below is a copy of the woman’s declaration:

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One Poll Where John McCain Is Beating Barack Obama

obama09.30.08.jpgBetween the debate suspension debacle, the ongoing Sarah Palin implosion and his continued fall in the polls, last week wasn’t great for John McCain.

In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, the media continues to write about the Arizona Senator more than his Democratic counterpart. Marketwatch, tell it like it is:

According to the LexisNexis(R) Analytics 2008 election dashboard, Sen. McCain was the subject of 9 percent more U.S. media coverage than Sen. Obama last week, the fourth consecutive week that Sen. McCain has received more press coverage than Sen. Obama since the election dashboard began tracking U.S. press coverage in early-July. Prior to Sen. McCain’s four-week streak, Sen. Obama had garnered more press coverage in each of the previous eight weeks that were monitored.

But is the coverage positive or negative?

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Broken Bones Will Not Keep Gwen Ifill From Thursday’s VP Debate

340xgi.jpgTVNewser is reporting that despite breaking her ankle in a fall down the stairs in her home last night PBS host, and VP debate moderator Gwen Ifill will not be suspending her debate duties this Thursday.

Meaning, we suppose, that among other things Sarah Palin will have to remove “broken bones” as a possible excuse to get out of Thursday night duties.

Achieve Internet Fame or How to Upgrade Your Personal Brand

nametag02.jpgFormer mediabistro.com intern, Wired cover girl and new puppet Julia Allison is teaming with 1938 Media‘s Loren Feldman and Wine Library TV‘s Gary Vaynerchuk to teach you the secrets of personal branding and Internet fame at mediabistro.com’s one-night seminar.

Sign up here for the October 7th event (with wine tasting to follow) or check out the details after the jump.

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Craig Newmark Hearts Fishbowl, Fishbowl Hearts Him Back

Craig Newmark tells CNN that when it comes to online reading he “checks out the Fishbowl sites.” Hi Craig! We are also big fans — we have Craigslist to thank for our apartment, desk, kitchen table, and DNC accommodations, the list goes on.

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Is it the Weekend Yet?

Sure, it’s only Tuesday, but man, has it already been a long week. Since it’s never too early to think about the weekend, what are your plans?

What Are You Doing This Weekend?
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Palin and McCain Doubleteam Couric: Gotcha Journalism, ‘Is That a Pizza Place?’

There is something ironically satisfying about the fact that Katie Couric‘s return to the spotlight is in large measure due to her current takedown of Sarah Palin. The latest Couric-Palin interview (sort of like the 2.0 Frost/Nixon interviews except no one expects to see them further acted out anywhere but SNL) also features John McCain! On paper this certainly seems like a coup for Couric — the first joint sit down interview with the GOP ticket — in reality, however, it’s hard not to conclude the McCain camp is just plain scared to send Palin out there solo again.


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Will There Be a Veep Debate?

Will Sarah Palin actually make it to the Veep Debate this Thurs.?
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Gwen Ifill fell. Which as it’s fun to say – probably hurts like hell. Eek, now we’re rhyming.

We think it’s a Tonya Harding by the McCain camp. Get Ifill on meds. Keep her from asking any follow up questions.

And if you think that’s a crazy rumor with no basis – it’s no worse than LAT’s Top of the Ticket post about Hillary Clinton taking over for Joe Biden after the debate.

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