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Kickstarter Feeds Food Policy Blog Civil Eats

There’s a brand new addition to Kickstarter’s most funded Publishing campaigns page. At around 5:51 p.m. ET last Friday, Civil Eats – a website that keeps a critical eye on the American food system – squeaked by its $100,000 goal and wound up with just a few hundred dollars to spare.

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But the important thing is that the site made its goal. In the five years that Civil Eats has been functioning, co-founders Naomi Starkman and Paula Crossfield (pictured, l to r) have never taken a salary or been able to pay contributors. But thanks to 1,153 backers, a lot of that is about to change:

Now that we’ve raised the initial money – it is after all, a Kickstarter, money to help us kick start our long-term goals – we will begin the process of bringing on a managing editor, create a pay structure to begin paying our writers and contributors, and developing and implementing a membership program to encourage individual support on the site.

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Wall Street Journal Weekend Radio Show Names New Producer

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It’s been only one month since Air America shut down its operations, yet not all radio entities are scaling back in their operations. Take for instance The Wall Street Journal Radio Network, with over 168 affiliates over its last 25 years on the air, and which produces segments such as the “Dow Jones Money Report,” “Watching Your Wallet,” “The Wall Street Journal This Morning” “The Wall Street Journal This Weekend.”

“The Wall Street Journal This Weekend” has named Mike Gavin as its new producer, a veteran of New Jersey’s WHTG/WBBO station. As the show’s new producer, Gavin’s duties include taking the day’s top stories from the paper and translating them to a different a medium; a not-easy task considering how thick the weekend editions of WSJ are. Says Executive Director of The Wall Street Journal Radio Network Nancy Abramson, “Mike’s creativity, extensive knowledge of the industry and commitment to providing the best radio programming will lead us to new levels of success.”

Before taking this job, Gavin was the coordinating producer of the show, and also ran the This Morning Blog.

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Ana Marie Cox Named GQ D.C. Correspondent

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Congrats to Ana Marie Cox, who has had no trouble finding a new job after her gig as correspondent at Air America expired when the media company shuttered in late January. The frequent Rachel Maddow guest (and substitute host) will be putting her prolific knowledge of the D.C. scene to good use as the new Washington correspondent for G.Q., helping shape the magazine’s D.C. Power List to be “less like a best-dressed list, and more like a Billboard 100,” as she told Politico‘s Michael Calderone this morning. This will be Cox’s first time working at a monthly magazine, though before the Condé Nast title she was Time.Com‘s Washington editor. Cox is perhaps most famous for founding the D.C. political snark blog, Wonkette.

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Update: Air America Bed Bug Free

max.jpgYesterday, we were worried by rumors that there might be a bed bug infestation at Air America‘s New York offices. But today, the Web site’s Really? blog confirms that the media company is in the clear.

Thanks to a visit from a bed bug-sniffing dog named Max, the 6th Avenue offices have been deemed safe and bug-free. What a cute pup!

Bedbug Dog Tells Air America No Bedbugs –Air America

Earlier: Air America Offices Get Checked For Bed Bugs

Air America Offices Get Checked For Bed Bugs

We made have found it hilarious when fake General Electric exec Jack Donaghy was plagued by bed bugs on “30 Rock” two weeks ago, but it’s no joke that the nasty critters have infected more than one media company in New York, including publishers, ad agencies and Fox News.

But just in case you thought the biting beasts had any political affiliation, we assure you they are equal opportunity insects, now setting their sites on progressive radio and Web news outlet Air America. We’ve heard from a few tipsters that employees from the company’s New York offices are working from home today as the space gets thoroughly checked for a possible infestation. We’re hearing that the source of the scare was one suspicious bug found in a tenant’s space that shares a floor with Air America.

Let’s hope it’s just a scare, since bed bugs are no joke: Fox News‘ infestation resulted in an employee lawsuit. However, in this case we hear that Air America has been very cautious and keeping their staff informed about what’s going on.

Clark: FNC Made A Lot Of Mistakes In Dealing With Bed Bug Infestation –TVNewser

Vets Honored By Media At IAVA’s Annual Gala

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Veteran and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez honored at last night’s Heroes Gala Photo: Brad Barket/PictureGroup

You’ve seen the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) commercials: They’re the ones on TV and on Hulu where a young man returns home from war and is greeted with empty streets reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic Roland Emmerich movie. Suddenly, another man in camo comes out to a street corner and shakes the man’s hand. IAVA’s slogan for 2009? “We’ve Got Your Back.”

And got your back they do: In 2008, Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq veteran and founder of IAVA, lobbied Congress to pass the G.I Bill which ensures affordable college education to all veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. This year, the IAVA is also working to increase health care coverage of veterans by $4.5 billion.

The stars were out last night at New York’s Gotham Hall for the third annual Heroes Gala of the D.C. grassroots lobby group, but nobody was looking at the celebrities. Instead, the real stars of the evening were the servicemen and women themselves, who populated the non-profit, non-partisan event hosted by Brian Williams, as well as Rieckhoff, MTV‘s Van Toffler and veteran-cum-actor-cum-motivational spokesman J.R. Martinez, who delivered the night’s most moving speech after being awarded for his courageous service for veterans.

More photos from the night after the jump

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Mother Jones Gets Bittman

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New York Times’ Mark Bittman Makes Dinner for Mother Jones Magazine Photo credit: Sarah Kehoe
Last night Mother Jones, the political magazine founded in the 70′s with a focus on investigative journalism, hosted a fundraiser at the Institute for Culinary Education. The New York Times‘ food writer Mark Bittman, who just completed the New York City Marathon two days earlier, hosted dozens of donors in the Institute’s kitchen, where they cooked up a “minimalist” meal.

Bittman, who contacted the magazine after their issue last year on food security, spent the night mingling with admirers and Jones staffers while teaching them how to roll their own pasta and make their own casseroles with more greens than meat.

Meanwhile, Mother Jones‘ had a couple announcements of its own.

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Web Journalists To Debate Business Model At Upcoming Mediabistro Panel

keyboard.jpgNext week, mediabistro will be hosting a panel that will discuss how social media is changing the face of journalism, whether an online business model is on the horizon and what that business model may look like.

We suspect this panel, moderated by BusinessWeek media columnist Jon Fine, will be similar to last week’s Reuters <a href="panel or this week’s Gotham Media panel about the media in crisis. However, while Reuters and Gotham Media offered insight from “old media” editors like Lawrence Ingrassia from The New York Times, the Financial TimesChrystia Freeland and Andrew Edgecliff-Johnson and Air America‘s Bennett Zier, next week’s panel will have a distinctive point of view from panelists with vast online experience including NYU journalism professor and blogger Jay Rosen, Mediaite.com Editor at Large Rachel Sklar, blogger Maeghan Carberry and former Star-Ledger staffer Matt Romanoski, who helped found NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

In the hopes of learning a little bit more about what this panel will focus on, we picked moderator Fine’s brain for a bit. “There isn’t an answer,” Fine said of the ever elusive online business model question for media companies. “But if you can get people to pay for something you’re in good shape.”

Expect panelists to wrestle with this conundrum, offer suggestions and advice and describe their own experiences. It all goes down July 16.

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Leaders From Air America, FT Say Future Of Media Is A World Of Niches

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From left: Dezenhall, Klein, Edgecliff-Johnson, Heyward and Zier talk the future of media

Another day, another panel talking about why the media is in crisis and what can be done to fix it.

Today’s panel at the Samsung Experience in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle hosted by Gotham Media Ventures — called “Media in Crisis: Is There A Way Out? — brought us no closer to a solution, but was more focused on particular problems and solutions than some of the other panels we have been to recently.

Moderated by Eric Dezenhall, founder of crisis management firm Dezenhall Resources, the panel included Financial Times Media Editor Andrew Edgecliff-Johnson, Newspaper National Network CEO Jason Klein, Air America CEO Bennett Zier and Andrew Heyward, senior advisor at MarketSpace LLC and former president of CBS News.

The panelists focused in on the main problems that are plaguing journalism today: the changing advertising market, media bias versus niche markets and rapidly changing technology.

Bias and emerging niche markets particularly fascinated the panelists, who all agreed that there is a future for niche publications — although they mourned the loss of unbiased news coverage and local reporting of large local newspapers.

“News has become a spectator sport,” Zier said, noting that every outlet strives to be the “est” — as in “youngest, oldest, blackest, hippest.” And that’s not a bad thing. “There is so much noise right now, you absolutely have to differentiate yourself,” he added.

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Ana Marie Cox Joins Air America

ana magggriegcox.jpgAna Marie Cox has a new gig. The former Wonkette, Time and Radar contributor, online fundraiser, and current columnist for The Daily Beast can now add radio host to her resume. Air America has announced it has hired Cox as their D.C.-Based correspondent. According to the release Cox will “contribute text, video and audio content to airamerica.com, as well as to a weekly program to air on Air America’s radio network.”

Cox tell us she will be doing “political stories from both outside and inside the Beltway.” She makes her debut next Monday just in time to cover the Inauguration. Full release after the jump.

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