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Join Us Tomorrow for a Career Lunch Hangout with a Veteran Freelance Copywriter

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Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET for our latest Career Lunch Google+ Hangout! Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios and MediaJobsDaily editor and career expert Vicki Salemi will be chatting with Kim Taylor, a veteran freelance copywriter and MediabistroEDU instructor.

Taylor has worked for a variety of agencies and brands, including David Levy, Brand Jam and American Express Platinum Travel. She’ll share her best advice for freelancers, on everything from managing your time wisely to scoring new clients and more.

Join the conversation with your questions and comments on TwitterFacebook or Google+ with the hashtag #mbhangouts.

Brooklyn Bridge Flags Swap Has Social Media Aflutter

Who? Why?

Those are the questions being asked today after one or more unknown parties replaced a pair of American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge towers with a pair of washed out, faded white ones featuring faint imprints of the Stars and Stripes.

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Complex Founder Tries to Bash GQ, Fails

For some reason, Marc Ecko — the founder of Complex — attempted to bash GQ on Twitter. We say attempted, because despite his declaration that Complex was “new” and GQ was “old,” he not only used the wrong Twitter handle for GQ, he got his own magazine’s handle wrong too.

Sigh. Better luck next time, Marc.

A Meeting of the Sperm Donor Minds

SpermDonorDiaryLogoFor the penultimate installment of his New York Times “Motherlode” blog series “Sperm Donor Diary,” writer David Dodge has shared the details of an unusual East Village coffee klatch.

As the imminent, identified sperm-donor father of a daughter (she is currently overdue), he sought a better understanding of what the future holds for his progeny by meeting with Flannery, fathered by a donor who currently lives in Atlanta and raised in the East Village in the 1980s by two mothers. Flannery’s dad, a gay man, has never come out to his family. Although he spent a lot of time with Flannery during her formative years, she, in turn, has never met any relatives on his side. From Dodge’s blog item:

I considered this for a moment: What must it be like to know you have these relations in the world — a grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins — who don’t know you exist?

“Until recently, I was very saddened by it,” Flannery explained. “It would be really cool to get to know them.” But ultimately, she let it go, partly out of fear for how her father’s family might react to her nontraditional upbringing. “What if I met my grandmother after all these years, and she was like, ‘You’re from the serpent?’ That would be devastating.”

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Alan Murray Named Editor of Fortune [Updated]

Alan Murray has been named the new editor of Fortune. He will be just the 17th editor of the glossy, which was founded in 1930 by the legendary Henry Luce. Murray most recently served as president of the Pew Research Center. He had been with Pew since 2012.

Prior to joining Pew, Murray worked at the Wall Street Journal in a variety of roles, most recently deputy managing editor and online executive editor. During Murray’s 10-year stint as the Journal’s Washington bureau chief, the bureau won three Pulitzers.

“Alan’s diverse background uniquely positions him to lead Fortune,” said Time Inc.’s executive VP, Todd Larsen, in a statement. “He is a digital champion and media visionary who can bridge every aspect of our business, moving effortlessly from the newsroom to the boardroom to television to conference stage.”

Murray will succeed Andy Serwer, who is leaving Time Inc. after 30 years.

Update (12:00 pm):
Below is Murray’s note to Pew staffers, announcing his decision to leave.

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Andy Wright Named New York Times Magazine Publisher

Wright, AndyAndy Wright, a 17-year veteran of The New York Times, has been named publisher of the New York Times Magazine.

Wright was most recently senior VP of advertising, overseeing categories such as automotive, finance, real estate, technology and conferences. Wright also led the Times‘ San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta sales offices.

Wright will keep his senior VP of advertising title and continue to manage the conference sales category in his new role.

“Andy is an exceptional leader with the experience and commitment needed to guide The New York Times Magazine’s advertising business as it begins its transformation under new editorial leadership,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times’ executive VP of advertising, said in a statement.

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Time Warner Cancels Shareholders’ Ability to Call Special Board Meeting, Guards Against Fox Acquisition (NYT / DealBook)
Time Warner is playing defense. On Monday, the company amended its corporate bylaws and removed a provision that allowed shareholders to call a special board meeting. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Time Warner said the change was effective immediately. Variety The media company’s board approved a measure to temporarily prevent a fraction of shareholders, some 15 percent, from forcing a vote on 21st Century Fox’s $85 per-share offer, according to public filings. The so-called special meeting provision may be re-instated at the company’s 2015 shareholders meeting. Deadline Hollywood The fear was that Rupert Murdoch — or anyone — could have tried to stampede short-term investors into accepting a deal even if the board concluded that it would not serve their long-term interests. Time Warner shares were down 1.6 percent in post-market trading following disclosure of the change. THR Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has bid about $80 billion to acquire Time Warner, but Time Warner’s board and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes have rejected the proposal. Some analysts predict that 21st Century Fox will eventually offer $100 a share for Time Warner. The conglomerate’s stock has climbed 23 percent in the past week on such speculation, and Monday it closed at $87.36. TVNewser People familiar with the original $80 billion proposal that was rejected said if 21st Century Fox took over Time Warner, it would sell CNN to prevent antitrust issues stemming from Fox News and CNN’s direct competitor relationship.

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Anything They Want | Truth Bomb | Good Question

RupertMurdoch_FeaturedTVNewser: Rupert Murdoch is considering increasing his offer for Time Warner. Among the options he’s exploring — selling Sky Italia and allowing Time Warner’s execs to adopt any of his children.

FishbowlDC: Thanks to the Republican party, the 17 idiots who truly thought that Hillary Clinton was poor now know the truth.

TVSpy: Investigative journalism at its finest — a reporter questions if farts can cure cancer.

What One Freelance Writer Learned After Taking the Leap to a Full-time Career

contract-salaried-blogThere are a lot of freedoms that come with being a freelance writer. You have the flexibility of choosing which publications to target and the types of stories to pitch. Not to mention you get to work from the comfort of your couch — in your pajamas, if you want.

However, as writer Amanda Layman Low discovered, the benefits of making the jump from a freelancer to a salaried position helped her not only become a better writer, but also learn more about herself. She was also able to stress less about finances. Layman Low says:

When I was a full-time freelancer, every moment was an opportunity for more income, more ideas. I never stopped working. As a salaried technical writer, I work from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, with no worries about missing an opportunity and losing out on a bunch of money over the weekend.

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