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Jill Abramson Quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald

PhillipsExeterLogoThe list of famous authors who have attended Grade 9-12 New Hampshire institution Phillips Exeter Academy is long and impressive. It includes Peter Benchley, George Plimpton, Gore Vidal and Dan Brown.

However, when former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson spoke to current students there last Thursday at an event sponsored by student newspaper The Exonian, she decided to punctuate her remarks with the words of another name-brand author. From an item by Exeter Newsletter reporter Erik Hawkins:

Abramson closed her talk with praise for F. Scott Fitzgerald and his sense for detail and pacing that is necessary not only in great fiction, but in great journalism and quoting the final line of his landmark novel The Great Gatsby.

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PRNewser’s Joe Ciarallo On The Menu

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Joe Ciarallo, the new full-time editor of Mediabistro’s PR blog PRNewser, joined hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven on today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Joe talked about his plans to expand PRNewser’s coverage and Mediabistro’s PR-related content, as well as some problems within the PR industry.

“From last fall on through the spring there was a big cutback,” he said. “Marketing is often the first thing to go, so that was obviously a challenge for a lot of internal marketing teams and agencies. Budgets weren’t the same. A lot of firms get paid a monthly retainer…the Council of PR Firms, which monitored over 100 agencies in their surveys, said the retainer average was down I think 30 percent. So a lot of people are expecting that to bounce back and we are seeing a lot of positive signs lately.”

Besides the recession, PR agencies are being challenged by the growth of social media and learning how to reign it in and use it to their advantage, Joe said. “We’re building the car as we’re driving down the highway at 60 miles an hour,” he said.

Also discussed: how PR agencies handle internal publicity, covering the PR industry past and present and the huge success of Dan Brown‘s new book, “The Lost Symbol.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Brown’s Tome Hits Stands|Wasserstein Pulls Out Of BusinessWeek Bidding|Forbes.com Tries Palm Pre App|WSJ Ready To Charge For Mobile Content|”Regis & Kelly” Producer Gelman Dishes

GalleyCat: Dan Brown‘s long-awaited novel, The Lost Symbol hit bookstores today.

BusinessWeek: New York magazine owner Bruce Wasserstein has dropped out of the running to buy BusinessWeek.

Min Online: Forbes.com launched an app for the Palm Pre.

Paid Content: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch told attendees at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XVIII Conference that The Wall Street Journal will soon start to charge for mobile access on the Blackberry and iPhone.

Julie Menin’s Give and Take: A four-part interview with “Live with Regis and Kelly”‘s longtime producer Michael Gelman, once the youngest producer of any national talk show. In the first part (above) Gelman says he thinks Regis Philbin will never retire. “Being the host of our show is the closest thing to retirement you can have,” he said.

FishbowlNY Editor Amanda Ernst Joins This Morning’s Menu

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It was an all-blog morning as GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst to the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Amanda spoke about the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s semi-annual report due out on Monday and what it might mean for the magazine industry. She also discussed one magazine that is expected to post positive numbers in the upcoming report, Saveur and her recent interview with the epicurean magazine’s publisher Merri Lee Kingsly. Saveur is leaving its competitors in the dust by approaching ad sales in a new and different way, motivated by Kingsly’s unconventional approach, Amanda explained.

Also discussed: Sen. Edward Kennedy‘s upcoming memoir and how it will fare against Dan Brown‘s much-hyped new release and A&E‘s acquisition yesterday of Lifetime.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • Company-wide salary cuts at Washington Business Journal- FishbowlDC

  • Paste magazine turns to beer- FishbowlNY
  • Five million copies of new Dan Brown book coming in September- GalleyCat
  • Fox News and MySpace team up for uReport community- WebNewser
  • Readers eating up Food Network Magazine- MediaJobsDaily
  • FBLA Goes to the Party: 7th Python Screening

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    At a discreet screening room on Sunset, a select group gathered to watch The 7th Python, the new documentary from Frozen Pictures. The film, a portrait of rock legend Neil Innes, of Bonzo Dog Band and The Rutles fame, is the work of Burt Kearns, Brett Hudson, animator Bonnie Rose, editor Dan Brown, and producer Sean Connors. Crowd reaction was strongly approving of the film, which is touching, hilarious and inventive.

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    Hanging out were Weird Al Yankovich, Emo Philips, Martin Lewis, Allyson Holloway, tv producers Peter Brennan and Lisa Lew. Chelsea Lately writer Steve Rosenfield assured us that Chelsea Handler herself is really funny. We’re so relieved. LA Timesman Randy Lewis said his story for the Calendar section would run on Saturday.

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    Innes, here with a fan, will be at the Monday screening of All You Need is Cash as part of the Mods and Rockers film fest of the American Cinematheque.