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Archives: July 2009

Advice From “The Hills” Kristin Cavallari

Don’t you wish life was as easy as it is for reality show “star” Kristin Cavallari? This video from the newest cast member of “The Hills” made us giggle — especially her advice to Kate Gosselin (“I’d change my name to Katherine and throw that dork’s collection of Ed Hardy sh*t in the yard, and then light it on fire”) and Sarah Palin (“You’re doing everything right!”).

Happy Friday!

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After Months Of Guest Hosting, Guy Raz Takes Over “All Things Considered” This Weekend

raz.pngPublic radio network NPR has officially appointed its former defense correspondent Guy Raz weekend host of afternoon news show “All Things Considered.” After serving as guest host on the program for months, Raz will step into his new position officially this weekend.

“The news doesn’t end on Friday,” Raz said. “It continues through the weekend. We’ll cover it, but we’re also a place where you’ll hear new voices, interesting music and compelling personal stories.”

The Saturday and Sunday versions of the one-hour show draw 2.2 million listeners, NPR said.

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Lily And The LA Weekly

1lil.jpgThe July 30 issue of LA Weekly has an article about the loss of Lily Burk, the 17-year-old murdered last week in downtown Los Angeles. What the story doesn’t mention – and I respect the author’s need to maintain journalistic distance in the face of such a horrifying event – is that Lily was once a part of the Weekly community. Her father is Greg Burk, a journalist who worked at the paper for over two decades. As a writer and editor, Burk helped to build and shape the alternative newsweekly; as a friend and mentor – and, on more than one occasion, the lone voice of reason – he helped to foster the community within it.

Greg and his wife, Deb Drooz, used to open their home for staff parties, and that was where many of us at the paper met Lily. Kids were always welcome at the Burk household on these occasions, and Lily was as excellent a hostess to the children as Greg and Deb were to their parents. Lily took the other kids to her room to play, shared her toys and occasionally led them on a rampage through the adult section of the party, screaming and giggling.

The LA Weekly community that attended those parties has mostly disappeared from the building now. After new owners took over the paper a few years ago, the staff was dismantled. But the community, though scattered, still exists. We keep track, we keep in touch, and we’re devastated by the news of Lily’s death. We have no idea what to do for our old friends, no idea how to fathom their loss. Many of us didn’t know Lily very well, but we’ve learned a lot about her in this last week. We’ve learned that she was following in her father’s footsteps to become a writer, that she got a perfect score on the verbal portion of her SATs and had a gift for writing short stories. We may not have known his little girl well, but we know Greg, and we know that if Lily had become half the writer her dad is, she would have been brilliant. The world has been robbed of not just a dear, sweet spirit but a strong and gifted voice.

Listen: ‘Methland’ Author Talks Long-Form Journalism

reding.jpgToday’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Nick Reding, author of the new book, “Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town.”

Reding discussed the media’s reaction to the country’s methamphetamine abuse epidemic, responding to newspaper coverage and meth-themed art in New York City. In addition to the book, Reding has written for Harper’s, Outside, Fast Company, and Details, and he shared tips about working with subjects during long-form nonfiction pieces.

Click here to listen to the whole show, which was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven. You can listen to all the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321.

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Anne Thompson Leaving Variety

Anne Thompson writes on her Variety Blog:

This is my last post at I loved my stint here, but I’m moving on, taking Thompson on Hollywood to its new home.

I’m going independent in more ways than one. Sunday night I’m launching a new Thompson on Hollywood, housed at IndieWIRE, the web-savvy, thriving online indie trade founded by Eugene Hernandez 13 years ago. The site has continued to grow since it was acquired by Ted Leonsis and Rick Allen‘s innovative documentary site SnagFilms last year.

Good luck to you Anne!

Another Cost Cutting Measure: Condé Cuts Newspaper Subscriptions

4timessquare.jpgOver the past year, Condé Nast has tried a number of cost-cutting measures — from limiting corporate car use to shutting down whole magazines. Yesterday, the company said it would no longer be paying for its employees’ newspaper subscriptions. Is this evidence of McKinsey & Co. at work?

According to a memo leaked to Mediaite, the company will no longer pick up the tab for newspaper subscriptions, single copies or house accounts at Hudson News — unless a title can’t be found online or in the Condé library.

What will they cut next? Gym membership discounts? Visits from the sushi chef? Where will they draw the line?

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LA Will Finally Have an Awesome Marathon

lam_logo_222.jpgLA’s marathon was ugly and hilly and elite runners were boycotting it. Then the religious community tried to drown it by brow beating it into a Monday in May. We heard the death rattle.

Then the City Council decided to move it back to Sunday (like how every other city with a marathon does it, save Boston). And now the LAT reports all the cities involved have approved the Stadium to the Sea route starting from Dodgers stadium to the ocean. Scenic and downhill! People could actually travel to Los Angeles to run our marathon.

We’re getting a little misty eyed.

Dan Rather Wants Uncle Sam to Want to Save News

Dan Rather spoke at the Aspen Institute this week and gave an impassioned “state of the media” speech included a plea to the president find a way to help.

“I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said.

Andrew Travers at the Aspen Daily continues:

Corporate and political influence on newsrooms, along with the conflation of news and entertainment, has created what Rather called “the dumbing down and sleazing up of what we see on the news.”

It has also thinned the amount of investigative and international journalism. The latter loss of correspondents covering America’s two foreign wars, Rather opined, is both a critical detriment to the nation and a disservice to our troops.

Tears welled in the lifelong reporter’s eyes as he discussed the dwindling number of war correspondents.

Via IWantMedia

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