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The Onion Launches iPad App

One of FishbowlNY’s favorites – The Onion – has launched its first iPad app. Available for free, the app includes content from the website, as well as video from its shows.

As Baratunde Thurston, Director of Digital for The Onion, notes, everything else in your world is now obsolete.

“Whatever other news applications you’ve installed up to this point can be deleted now. Also, please try to avoid touching our news in inappropriate places. There are good touches and bad touches.”

If you’ve got an iPad, this is definitely worth downloading. All we ask is that you keep your touching habits to yourself.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

The Onion‘s Baratunde Thurston on the Key to Writing a Catchy Headline

Baratunde Thurston has been with The Onion for about two and half years and is currently the “fake news” publication’s Web and politics editor. In this episode of Media Beat, we asked him about the key to writing a catchy headline. “I thought I understood how it works,” said Thurston of the time before he joined the publication and was looking in from the outside.

“We start with the headlines,” he said, adding that every week hundreds of headlines come in from the company’s full time writers and part time contributors. “Then the story is written from that angle on, which makes writing news a lot easier, if you can start with the headline,” he said.

Of course, The Onion wants to make sure those headlines travel fast on all platforms. Case in point: Thurston told us that The Onion‘s iPhone app shot to No. 1 in the “news” category on Apple’s app store within 12 hours of being released.

We also asked him about the funniest example of when someone thought an Onion headline was real. Watch the video to find out the answer to that question and more.

PART 2: The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston On Why Media Pros Should Diversify

PART 3: Baratunde Thurston: ‘I Don’t Know that Media Companies Need to Be Saved

Media Beat is mediabistro.com’s interview series with the movers and shakers of the media world. View all past episodes at MediaBeat.com. Follow Media Beat on Twitter.

Air America Media Celebrates New Web Site In Style

09.23.09 Launch Party 056.jpgIt’s not often that we find ourselves at media events eating Chinese take out in someone’s living room. But that’s exactly what we experienced Wednesday night as Air America Media celebrated the upcoming launch of its new Web site.

Newly engaged chief digital officer Michael Bassik (right), CEO Bennett Zier and chairman Charlie Kireker welcomed guests to the sprawling apartment located just north of Soho on Broadway and introduced the site’s editor-in-chief, Beau Friedlander, who talked about the venture, which the company hopes will become the homepage for progressive Democrats.

Air America’s on-air talent were also in attendance, including Ron Reagan, Lionel, Montel Williams and Ana Marie Cox. We also chatted with The Onion‘s Baratunde Thurston, blogger Maegan Carberry and Deanna Zandt. And happily, unlike one unlucky partygoer (or building resident) we avoided getting trapped in the elevator. We took the stairs.

More pictures after the jump.

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Baratunde Thurston Takes on Huffpo

Baratunde Thurston, comedian and web editor at The Onion interviewed White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett at Netroots Nation. Huffington Post was there to cover it. And Thurston objected to their tone. He called them out on Twitter:

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He posts a full account on his site.

The headline went from “Valarie Jarrett Heckled and Hissed at Netroots Nation” to “Valerie Jarrett Heckled By Some At Netroots Nation.” Hm.

FBLA Crashes Media Matters Inauguration Kick Off Party

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Don’t ask how we ended up with these people. Let’s just say security isn’t that tight.

First in the photo above is Al Franken. Yes, the soon-to-be Senator-Elect Al Franken.

Also spotted was Arianna Huffington, Norman Lear, Congressman Paul Hoades (D-New Hampshire), Baratunde Thurston of The Onion and several hundred other people.

We saw one woman’s boa catch on fire – so that’s the sign of a real party. We accosted Congressman Barney Frank who was a dismissive to us. Which from what we’ve heard is only surprising if one is from Los Angeles…ahem.

Another notable was Ben Fishel, who hosts the Media Matters Minute radio segment, he is Andy Rooney‘s grandson. And yes, because we know you’re super curious…Ben’s eyebrows are normal.

Election Night ’08: Party Lines

236nop.jpgYou don’t need us to tell you that last night was a night for celebration! Parties abounded across the city. While FBNY was twittering the night away at the CNN Grill, a number of other media types stuck to Will Leitch‘s apartment in Brooklyn. By all accounts we missed a good time at HuffPo’s big 23/6 bash (pictured NYO‘s Matt Haber and Portfolio‘s Jeff Bercovici). And for a sense of the scene on the streets check this out.

America’s Funniest Writers Talk Politics

abrambrigade.jpgDoes Dan Abrams have a future in comedy? Based on his very fun moderating skills during a panel of comedy writers at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on Monday night it’s certainly not out of the question. 23/6.com (one of our favorites) hosted the packed event “Pencils Down: America’s Funniest Writers Talk Politics,” in which comedy writers from The Daily Show, The Onion, and 23/6 discussed the ever-growing role comedy shows have been playing in this year’s election. Participants included Dennis DiClaudio (Indecision2008.com), Kevin Bleyer (The Daily Show), Baratunde Thurston (The Onion), Jason Reich (236.com). Did you know that The Onion has a fact-checking department!

After the panel Abrams spoke to TVNewser: “The election has never before been seen through the prism of comedians, there’s a deep sense the news media is sort of saying, ‘My big brother can play great baseball.’”