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It Comes Down to This…

It’s been an exhilarating 2 1/2 years at FishbowlNY. But this is a bittersweet day. Whenever there is change, there is inevitably sadness. Today is my last day at FBNY. I’ve been hired by the New York Daily News as a TV writer for their newspaper and Web editions.

As I celebrate my 15th wedding anniversary, I say so long to an enriching experience, which helped forge an opportunity that was too good to pass up.

After 20+ years in broadcasting (and still filling in at WFUV), my “reinventing” was underway as a media writer in 2009. That part of my career got a huge boost starting in August 2010 as FishbowlNY co-editor.

My series marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was one of my proudest Mediabistro moments.

In time, this blog site writer would start to scoop the “big boys” with breaking news or exclusives. It’s mind-boggling to think that I’m now one of those “big boys.”

I didn’t win an Oscar, but I have a few people to thank for making my time at Mediabistro so enjoyable.

It starts at the top with Chris Ariens, the editorial director of all things Mediabistro. He allowed me to do “my thing” with minimal interference, except when warranted.

Chris O’ Shea is the co-editor who brings a wit and knowledge to everything he writes, and he was a pleasure to work “alongside.”

At sister site, TVSpy, I’ll miss sending my FBNY stories to senior editor Merrill Knox.

Obviously, the publicists and on-air talent helped shape my stories.

But given my other special day, I also have to thank my wife for dealing with my telecommuting responsiblies.

Then there are the FishbowlNY readers, with their comments and tips, or just simply their “clicks.”

Thanks for an wonderful experience. I begin at the Daily News next week. My email is jbarmash@nydailynews.com. Keep in touch!

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