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Archives: November 2013

Morning Media Newsfeed: Baldwin Out at MSNBC | Logan on Leave | News Orgs Ordered to Pay

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Alec Baldwin’s Show Will Not Return to MSNBC (TVNewser)
Alec Baldwin‘s Friday night show Up Late has been pulled from MSNBC. The network and Baldwin’s representative Matthew Hiltzik released a short statement: “We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC.” An MSNBC spokesperson adds, “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.” NY Post / Page Six Baldwin was suspended — supposedly for two weeks — after he screamed at a Post photographer, calling him a “c*cksucking f*ggot.” The 30 Rock star was supposed to resume his weekly show Friday. But his latest rant, which drew fire from gay-rights organizations, gave the NBC Universal bosses a great excuse to cancel a show that wasn’t working anyway, after just four episodes. Gothamist “Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air!” Baldwin said to Gothamist. “I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘c*cksucking maggot’ or a ‘c*cksucking motherf*cker’… ‘f*ggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know.” TVNewser As for Bashir, he is off for the week on a “pre-planned vacation.” New York Daily News Behind the scenes, there were clashes between staffers on the show and the anger-prone actor. “Both sides seemed to not be able to work with each other,” an insider said. “He told them he didn’t want to work on the show, and they said well, we don’t want you working on it,” a source close to the situation said.

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John Henry Puts Telegram & Gazette Back on the Auction Block

NewsTelegramLogoEmployees at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the other major paper included in the recent John Henry-New York Times deal, grumbled when their new owner quickly visited the Globe newsroom but failed to simultaneously greet, meet them. Now we know why.

Per a report this afternoon by Telegram & Gazette reporters Bob Kievra and Aaron Nicodemus, Henry told the paper’s employees he has put the paper back up for sale in hopes of finding a more locally connected Central Massachusetts patron:

“I think it’s important for the Telegram & Gazette to be under local ownership,” he told a gathering of the newspaper’s staff in the newsroom this afternoon. “I have been talking to local people who have expressed an interest. There’s absolutely nothing imminent…”

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Persistence of Ian | Saying Goodbye | Good Idea

scottianGalleyCat: Anthrax’s front man, Scott Ian, is penning a memoir. It will reportedly shred.

TVNewser: After 30 years, John Zarrella is leaving CNN.

PRNewser: According to a new promo for the upcoming X-Men movie, it was Magneto who killed JFK. Makes about as much sense as all the other theories.

The Night Walter Winchell Slept Through a Major Celebrity Scoop

TheFatLadySangIn case you hadn’t noticed, we cannot get enough of The Fat Lady Sang, Hollywood legend Robert Evans‘ brand new memoir. Our copy is ready and waiting this holiday weekend, set to take precedence whenever a football or leftovers munch break allows.

We’ve also been gobbling up Evans interview coverage and must congratulate LA Times reporter Susan King for concocting the most appealing lede we’ve read so far. She frames today’s article with a bit from the book about the time aspiring actor Evans, while on a 1950s red eye from New York to LA, had a dalliance in the sleeping-berths area of the plane with an older female movie star. Among the other passengers sleeping in the confined area containing six beds – Walter Winchell:

There was something daring, even dangerous in having a mile-high rendezvous while the influential Winchell, who could make or break celebrities, was just two feet away. “That’s the only reason I did it,” said Evans in a recent interview, flashing his killer smile.

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ProPublica Adds WSJ Veteran

propublicaJulia Angwin is joining ProPublica as a senior reporter. Her focus will be privacy, technology and the surveillance state.

Angwin, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, comes to ProPublica from The Wall Street Journal, where she covered technology and media. She had been with the paper for over a decade. In 2010, she oversaw a team of reporters whose work ultimately led to a Gerald Loeb Award.

“Julia brings with her a magnificent portfolio of work, and she will be a stellar addition to our staff,” said Robin Fields, ProPublica’s managing editor, in a statement.

Find Your Niche At This Science-Driven Beauty Site

YouBeautyYouBeauty.com is not your average beauty website. Yes, you’ll hear about the latest mascara, but you’ll also read about scientific studies and take quizzes straight from universities and research institutions.

Writers can land up to $1 a word here, provided they have strong writing and reporting chops. So how can a freelancer get a foot in the door? Writers should start by researching the site and then zeroing in on a niche:

With research and science at the core of YouBeauty’s content, high-quality reporting and writing is paramount. As such, editors generally work with writers who have previous experience covering topics on one of the site’s existing channels. “We really want people who specialize in their different segments because we get in depth,” said editor-in-chief Laura Kenney. “So it helps for someone to come in who has a [specialty] that they’re very confident in writing about and then pitching us in-depth stories for that vertical.”

To hear more advice on how to get published, including editors contact info, read: How To Pitch: YouBeauty.com.

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America’s ‘Longest Married Couple’ Blankets Media

John and Ann Betar, the 102-year-old husband and 98-year-old wife who celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary Monday, have been all over the news lately. They have been celebrated by outlets that both pre-date (New York Daily News, Daily Mail) and post-date (Gawker, TODAY) the days when he courted her at the wheel of a Ford Roadster.

The most shameless, bad-pun headline that occurred to this writer would have begun: “For Betar or Worse: Connecticut Couple…” Thankfully, the closest anyone came to that was: “Who Said It Wouldn’t Last?….”

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Dateline NBC Delves Into Unsolved Murder of Newspaper Reporter’s Brother

The Rainey family, which includes former LA Times media critic James (he is now on the paper’s political desk), is heading into a second Thanksgiving with the excruciating pain of an unsolved family murder. On May 31, 2012, James’ older brother Robert, a chiropractor in west Los Angeles, was found murdered in his office by the first scheduled patient of the day.

As part of its online “Dateline Detective” feature, Dateline NBC this week is shining another light on the specifics of the crime and urging anyone who witnessed anything that morning around the Venice Blvd. location to contact the LAPD.

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NY Times Publishes Pic of President Being Photobombed

This is a nice picture in The New York Times, isn’t it? Taken by Jewel Samad, it shows President Barack Obama doing presidential things. But look a little closer. Notice anything? Like maybe, this:

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Barbra Streisand Asks Australian Reporter: ‘Are There Kangaroos Popping Around There?’

“I love the way you talk… It’s such a great accent.” That’s how Barbra Streisand begins a 1964 interview in her Funny Girl dressing room at the Windsor Garden Theatre on Broadway with the late Australian radio reporter Binny Lum, who passed away last year at age 97.

Thanks to Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive, that conversation and many other Lum celeb chats can now be accessed over the Internet. The institute has lovingly archived the work of Lum, who hosted an afternoon show on Melbourne’s 3XY. Per the institute, here’s how Lum in her memoirs framed the Streisand conversation:

I guess Barbra looked fairly basic, in slacks and a sloppy joe top, but her personality was a different thing. She had a disarming, down-to-earth naturalness which the Americans might call “kooky”…

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