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Archives: December 2010

Blogging Job Wants Journalist (Not Blogger)

See there’s this job stripping, but we don’t want a stripper we want an actor who takes off her clothes for money. See the difference? Neither do we.

From the never confused Craigslist:

Journalist needed- for Daily Deal Articles (Los Angeles)


Date: 2010-12-30, 7:54PM PST
Reply to: job-ufx5x-2136991922@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


Need an experienced Journalist (not blogger) to write press releases and articles for a new daily deal website.

1. Must be an experienced Journalist (not blogger)
2. Must have published articles and press releases, preferably for online or print newspapers or wire services
3. Must be very familiar with daily deal websites such as Groupon.com
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Second City Network Reviews the Year

This is directed by our old pal – the Mouthpiece Theater Killer Andy Cobb.

Full credits are here.

Science Debunks Celeb ‘Secrets’

Celebrities promote incredibly weird trends. Would purse dogs ever be ubiquitous without some It Chick having them? Wheat grass, oxygen bars and L Ron Hubbard. Whole bunch of iffy things made really popular by people with familiar names.

Now meet science. Science made by people qualified to talk about what you should be doing for your health – ya know scientists. Scientists to tell you that your liver detoxes your body, so put the cayenne away.

Kate Kelland at Reuters writes:

To try and counter the effects of some of the wildest health and fitness tips, SAS published its own “easy-to-remember pointers for celebrity commentators”:-

* Nothing is chemical-free: everything is made of chemicals, it’s just a case of which ones

* Detox is a marketing myth: our body does it without pricey potions and detox diets

* There’s no need to boost: bodily functions occur without boosting

* Energy and fitness come from…food and exercise: there are no shortcuts.

Read whole piece here.

KTLA Reporter Among Your OWN Show Contestants

Billboards for Oprah Winfrey‘s new TV network are all over LA and now, the city is returning the favor. Of the ten finalists culled from 15,000 online and offline applicants for Your OWN Show, exactly half are from the LA area.

Leading the local pack is KTLA reporter Elizabeth Espinosa (pictured). As older sister to a brother with a learning disability, she wants to put together a program that can help other families dealing with similar household dynamics.

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Be Selective | Hip Mayor is Hip | The Little Dipper

Oprah Winfrey to Launch OWN on New Year’s Day

This Saturday, January 1st,  Oprah Winfrey will launch her much anticipated Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to 85 million homes across the country. The network is launching in partnership with Discovery Communications, who put up $110 million to make it happen. This despite the fact that Oprah says she only put 10% of her time into launching the network.

The LA Times just posted a second profile of the endeavor in the past two weeks on its Show Tracker blog.

A marquee show on the new channel will be “Oprah Presents Master Class,” a biography series showcasing Winfrey’s conversations with such luminaries as Maya Angelou, Condoleezza Rice, Diane Sawyer and Simon Cowell.  Twenty-five episodes of “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes” will follow the making of the final season of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  Personalities nurtured by Winfrey, including Phil McGraw and Dr. Mehmet Oz, will be featured in prime time.  Winfrey herself encouraged the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, to participate in a six-episode documentary series called “Finding Sarah,” which, according to OWN, will explore Ferguson’s “lifelong battles with weight, relationships and finances.”

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The Best in Media Writing

The blizzard continues to snarl travel plans, leaving a ton of people bored out of their minds in airports across the nation. It’s times like this when having something good to read (or plenty of alcohol) comes in handy, and Joe Pompeo over at The Cutline has put together a great list of long-form media writing to help.

Number one on the list, which we agree with, is the Roger Ebert profile by Chris Jones in Febuary’s Esquire. It’s an amazing piece that offers a look into the life of Ebert, who hasn’t been able to speak since his thyroid cancer surgery in 2006.

Other articles featured in Pompeo’s list include a Nick Denton article by Ben McGrath in The New Yorker and a Glenn Beck feature by Mark Leibovich in the New York Times Magazine. Give some of these articles a try if you’re looking for something to take your mind off of the holiday travel madness.

Pondering Jack Black’s Giant Penis

Strange things are bound to happen when a freelance travel reporter sets sail for the Bermuda Triangle. But quite frankly, FBLA was completely unprepared for the scene about a third of the way through Gulliver’s Travels that sees Jack Black whip out his privates and dangle them off-screen, for an extended period of time, above Lilliput’s citizenry.

While the 20th Century Fox family film showcases a remixed version of Jonathan Swift‘s fabled kingdom, the basic big-person-little-people ratio remains the same. Ergo, viewed from below, the manhood of our moonlighting mailroom clerk Lemuel Gulliver would be the equivalent of a small dirigible.

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La Cucina Italiana Finds New Publisher

Earlier this month George Hirsch announced that he would be stepping down as Publisher of La Cucina Italiana, and today, the magazine has found his replacement: Gregory Slattery from Bauer Media Group. Slattery was the company’s Vice President and Publisher, overseeing publications like Woman’s World and ID Magazine.

Hirsch improved circulation and ad revenue during his time at La Cucina, so Slattery has some big shoes to fill. To help, we’ve already forwarded him FishbowlNY’s legendary grilled cheese recipe for consideration in an upcoming issue. It’s Italian because we watch Rocky while making it.

AOL Launches Hollywood Patch

Hollywood now has its very own AOL Patch site, and our initial impressions are good. Two exclusives headline the homepage – one about a Hollywood Farmers Market permitting flap, and one bringing word that beloved bar and restaurant Kung Pao Kitty is closing at the end of the week. No more cream cheese wontons!

The bearer of this bad news is Anna Bakalis, also the site’s editor. In her introductory post, she writes:

Along with a trusted group of freelancers, many of whom are veteran L.A. journalists, we’ll be regularly covering local issues that matter most to Hollywood residents, such as development, blight, traffic, parking, business growth and schools.

Contributors includes Tina Daunt, Steve Galluzzo, and David Markland. Familiar bylines are a good sign that Hollywood Patch won’t have to contend with the plagiarism allegations that have plagued some Patch sites.

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