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Royal Baby Prince George Lands Vanity Fair Cover

Prince George hasn’t even celebrated his first birthday yet, but he’s already snagged his first Vanity Fair cover. This is quite an achievement, because it’s not like VF has an unnatural obsession with the British monarchy.

The cover promises “exclusive” articles inside, such as “How the future king spent year one.” We don’t have the exclusive access VF does, but have a rough idea what George was doing: eating, crying, sleeping, shitting and peeing. That’s it. We’re sure the piece is riveting though.

Hardcore Pawn Stars Talk About the Weirdest Things They’ve Pawned

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Two members of Detroit’s Gold family, the stars of truTV’s hit reality show Hardcore Pawn, recently made a swing through New York City.

We asked Father Les and daughter Ashley about some of the weirdest stuff they’ve seen people sell for quick cash.

Number one on the top five list? Jack Kevorkian‘s “Death Mobile.”

Next week we’ll ask the Gold’s why they think Pawn Shop shows are so popular.

The New Yorker to Launch New Paywall

Beginning July 21, The New Yorker’s content — dating back to 2007 — will be available for all to read online. We suggest you take advantage of this, because in three months, the glossy is closing everything back up; sealed behind a new, metered paywall.

The New York Times reports that the motivation behind opening up newyorker.com was to find out how readers interacted with the site, and then use that data to construct the revamped paywall. The magazine also hopes to add subscribers via the promotion.

We’re excited about this idea, because in the past, it was almost pointless to go to The New Yorker’s site unless you were a subscriber. You never really knew which articles would be available to non-subscribers, and the selection was always minimal.

David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, admitted as much. He told the Times that their method for selecting magazine content that was available online was “awkward” and had “long since outlived its conception.”

Niche Media Sold to Greengale Publishing

niche media logo GNiche Media — publisher of regional magazines like Aspen PeakGotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Ocean Drive and more — has been acquired by Greengale Publishing from Greenspun Media Group.

Greengale Publishing is owned by Jane Greenspan Gale and her husband, Jeff Gale. Greenspun Media is a family company, held by Greenspan Gale and her siblings.

Niche Media was founded in 1998 by Jason Binn, currently the CEO and founder of DuJour Media. In 2006, Binn sold Niche to Greenspun.

“These magazines are stronger and more relevant than ever,” Greenspan Gale said in a statement. “They deliver beautiful and inspiring editorial content while playing an important role in their communities and in the marketing plans for brands who seek to reach our audience.”

As part of the deal, Katherine Nicholls was named CEO of Niche Media. She previously served as president and COO.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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Rosie O’Donnell to The View (TMZ)
Rosie O’Donnell has made a deal with The View, sources say. The show is likely to make the announcement shortly. TVNewser In the wake of TMZ’s report, there is increased speculation that the new right-leaning panelist will come from the cable news ranks. Abby Huntsman, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle and Margaret Hoover, a CNN contributor, are being considered as co-hosts. Mediaite O’Donnell was famously one of the show’s co-hosts from 2006 to 2007. The TMZ report also says The View is actively seeking out conservative women to join the show. Sarah Palin put herself out there this week as a possibility. HuffPost O’Donnell left the show after a notorious on-air fight with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She has been a guest on the show since then. O’Donnell’s return is the first step in the show’s overhaul. The View has seen the exit of all of its co-hosts except Goldberg this season: Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy recently announced their exits, and Barbara Walters retired in May. Variety ABC daytime execs are in the midst of a extensive search for new producers to take the reins of The View as the show prepares to replace most of its panelists for its 18th season.

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Good Question | Welcome Aboard | Proceed with Caution

FishbowlDC: CNN’s Jake Tapper wonders “Why Washington won’t work.” He’s going to need some time. Check back with him in about 30 years.

TVSpy: Say hello to the newest TVSpy’er — Mark Joyella. Hello!

TVNewser: Stacey Dash, who has been divorced three times, talked to the New York Post about dating. Maybe take any advice she doles out with a grain of salt.

NYC Celebrity Dentist Fundraises More Art

DrGauseCharitableDentistryAs Princess Gabbara reminds in a recent ebony.com item, the idea of Dr. Lee Gause selling curated art to underwrite dental care for the uninsured makes perfect sense:

Gause’s dental office was once an art gallery so it’s only natural, he says, that it’d be converted back to one from time to time, where works from the legendary Andy Warhol to local, up-and-coming street artists are displayed for sale. Ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $120,000 per piece, 100 percent of the art sales go toward treating people, who might not otherwise be able to afford the highest quality of dental care.

Gause labels these efforts the Smile Design Gallery. In addition to the in-office for-sale displays, he also stages monthly related art exhibits.

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Pitch The Root Stories on Faith and Happenings in the Western United States

The Root, the news website that reports on today’s world from the perspective of African-Americans, aims to not only publish timely, thought-provoking stories, but also to be a “part of the conversation that’s going on in the [black] community,” says managing editor Lyne Pitts.

Writers are encouraged to join that conversation by pitching relevant stories on politics, pop culture, sports and entertainment. But there are other untapped themes that Pitts hopes to expand upon — and could very well get your pitch a second look:

Our folks are people of faith. If you look at any survey, the majority of African-Americans consider themselves churchgoers. We don’t talk about the importance of faith in people’s lives and we don’t have people we go to as freelance writers in the faith community. I think that’s important and that’s an area where we could see some improvement.

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New Jersey Newspaper Employee’s Mental Illness Chronicle Strikes a Chord

AsburyParkPressLogoThere are certain assignments and topics that journalists cherish. For Asbury Park Press reporter Shannon Mullen, this week’s “Story Behind a Story” was surely one of those occasions.

Mullen’s article is about the response garnered by co-worker Kathy Maloney‘s very first piece for the paper. Published on May 11, “My Life With Joe” recounted the administrative assistant’s struggles with her late husband’s mental illness:

Since the story appeared, Maloney, an administrative assistant in the newspaper’s design studio, has been inundated with emails, notes and phone calls from as far away as Ireland, where she has relatives.

One of the emails came from a woman in Ireland who lost her son to suicide. “There are so many points in the article that I can relate to,” she wrote. “I think it is such a brave thing to share your experience, where I can’t approach it. I wish I could.”

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