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Archives: January 2011

WABC Brings New Technology With Updated Helicopter

WABC is getting close to unveiling a new helicopter for coverage on its newscasts. The latest version of “Newscopter 7″ will feature state-of-the-art technology.

The station has begun running promos showing the new chopper.

However, a Channel 7 spokesman says there’s no timetable for when it will be ready for air, as engineers are fine tuning the broadcast equipment.

One detail the WABC spokesman did pass along is the chopper is a Bell 407, “and that makes it the most powerful Newscopter 7 we have ever had.”

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning At A Glance

KTLA Reporter Vies for ‘Best Journalist on Twitter’ Award

As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, the Academy to watch this week is not the one on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Rather, it’s the virtual amalgamation known as the Real-Time Academy of Short-Form Arts and Sciences.

That’s the group in charge of selecting Shorty Award winners for the third annual ceremony in March. West coast Real-Time Academy members include Craig Newmarket, Alyssa Milano and MC Hammer. With one day left to go in the first phase of 2011 public voting, KTLA weekend anchor Cher Calvin (@chercalvin, pictured) is trying to muster a final push. She’s currently in the #12 position for “Best Journalist on Twitter,” ahead of Rachel Maddow (#13) and Keith Olbermann (#16), but needs to place in the top six to become a social media wizard category finalist.

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People.com Seeks Celeb-Obsessed Managing Editor

If you live-tweeted the Golden Globes “because it was fun,’ and can predict off-screen engagements with near-psychic ability, this is the job for you. People.com is looking for a managing editor to run its 24/7 breaking celebrity news website with passion and vision.

In this role, you’ll be expected to manage a team of reporters in order to be on top of breaking news in film, television, style and celebrity lifestyle. You’ll also conceptualize and oversee feature packages, while producing smart, fun, accurate and SEO-optimized content. New technology should be exciting to you, as you’ll be collaborating on initiatives for both social media and mobile products.

The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of editorial experience at a major consumer newspaper or magazine brand, with a majority of those years at the senior editor level or higher. You must have online experience to pass “go.” Those who can manage a team of 15-plus, and have working understanding of HTML, CMS and metrics will sail right to the top of the resume pile. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

Weekend Sherpa Seeks Editorial Manager for New SoCal Edition

Are you a skilled writer, editor and manager? Do you have a passion for outdoor activities? Weekend Sherpa is looking to expand its popular San Francisco-based publication to the Southern California area, and needs an editorial manager with your talent to fill the gig.

In this role, you’ll manage a team of freelance writers with the goal of giving readers ideas, inspiration and information on getting outdoors. You’ll need to bring your A game, as you’ll not only be responsible for at least 50 percent of the research and writing, but you’ll also be expected to get out and do the activities you’re promoting.

To be considered, you should have significant editorial experience, preferably online. You should be passionate about SoCal’s outdoor offerings, and be able to translate that enthusiasm into your copy. The job is salary-based, but those will sales and marketing experience have an extra opportunity to take part in the company’s bonus incentives. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

Roses are Roses | Cookie Love | Twitter Fight

  • UnBeige: Check out the collection 20-foot tall rose sculptures on Park between 57th and 67th. Just warning you in advance: It’s art so you can’t make fun of it.
  • eBookNewser: The Martha Stewart cookie iPad app has been updated for Valentine’s Day, because nothing says romance like making your significant other fat.
  • FishbowlDC: Huffpost Hill isn’t a fan of MSNBC’s Courtney Hazlett.

Lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray Describes Life in Media Bubble

TexasLawyer.com staff reporter Miriam Rozen has penned a commendable profile of Ed Chernoff (pictured), the Houston lawyer hired within 48 hours of Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 to defend the pop superstar’s controversial bedside provider Dr. Conrad Murray.

Because of the constant and expensive Houston-LA commuting brought on by the case, Chernoff decided last fall to rent an apartment in Hollywood. He says he has learned to no longer answer calls on his cell phone from numbers he does not recognize, because they are usually unwelcome media inquires. He also describes the impact of the media attention on his firm Stradely, Chernoff & Alford:

“We’ve handled lots of high-profile cases. It’s one thing when you have three cameras out there as you leave the courthouse. It is another when it’s 300,” Chernoff says.

Chernoff and partner Bill Stradley say Murray’s defense has taxed their firm’s time and resources; forced them to figure out how best to handle the deluge of media inquiries; and required major case-juggling among the five lawyers at the firm.

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Wizard Entertainment Shutters Wizard And ToyFare Magazines

FishbowlNY received a tip today from former Wizard magazine features editor Andrew Serwin informing us that both Wizard and ToyFare titles have printed their last issues.  The two magazines have been in circulation for nearly two decades and received some public acclaim, however in recent years both have dealt with issues of unpaid bills and widespread layoffs.  The two magazines will be replaced by an online publication titled Wizard World.

Founder and CEO of Wizard Entertainment Gareb Shamus released a statement claiming that this move will provide readers with the type of content they are seeking on a modern platform.

This is a very exciting day for Wizard World and the industries it serves.  The new digital magazine Wizard World will give consumers the content they want in a magazine format with which they are familiar, but distributed in a form that is always available at any time on any device. It is a natural evolution for us in this market.

Wizard World will debut sometime in February.

WPIX’s Jennifer Jordan Moonlighting at WCBS 880

You probably know Jennifer Jordan for her reporting at several New York stations.  Jordan, who currently does TV work on WPIX/Channel 11, will also be featured on the radio at WCBS 880.

“We’ve brought her in to train for per diem anchoring,” Tim Scheld, WCBS-AM news director, says.  

Beyond that, Scheld says her future at WCBS is to be determined. But, for now, the Daily News reports Jordan will likely average two days a week.  

This marks a return for Jordan to CBS, having worked at WCBS/Channel 2 earlier in her career. The Peekskill native also has been on WWOR/Channel 9.

California Watch Partners with Major Daily Newspapers

Last year, California Watch – a watchdog reporting initiative launched in 2009 by Berkeley’s non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting – sold stories on an individual basis to 80 different news outlets.

This year, they are aiming for more of a package deal, partnering with a limited number of media outlets to offer a set number of investigative stories and access to daily posts. They’re calling the new initiative the California Media Watch Network and announced the participation today of the Orange County Register, the San Diego Tribune, the Sacramento Bee, the Bakersfield Californian, the Fresno Bee and the San Francisco Chronicle. California Watch editorial director Mark Katches writes that more newspapers members are forthcoming and that the organization is looking to dynamically involve its network partners:

We want to find more opportunities to work from the ground up with reporters and editors in Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno or Southern California. We’ve already begun discussions with network partners to explore more ways to work together. And we had a conference call last week about one such story that we hope to pursue with at least two network members.

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