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BBC’s Katty Kay Weighs Writing, Blogging With Paying The Bills

eBookSummit100x100.gifIf you ever wonder how authors and bloggers do it — that relentless, 24-hour-a-day publicity driving social media quest — you’re not alone. Katty Kay, a BBC journalist and author, is right there with you.

During an interview at mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit, Kay wondered aloud how self-promoting authors, bloggers and other freelance writers survive. Do they write while also having a full-time job to pay the bills? We’ve often wondered the same ourselves, but there seems to be no right answer. Even Kay acknowledged that she was able to write her book, Womenomics, in part because of her full time gig at the BBC.

But beyond an awareness of the challenges of the publishing and journalism world today, Kay did have some good advice for journalists: focus on your own brand through blogs and social networking. Gone is the conventional wisdom that journalists have to write a book in order to extend their credibility and notoriety. Now, it’s all about the blog.

“Journalists with a high profile in Washington have a blog that’s a high profile,” Kay said, citing George Stephanopolous, Jake Tapper and John Dickerson as good examples of this. She also said journalists are now using their blogs as a homebase while working for many different organizations or platforms. “The more places I have to get income from and to have a platform on, the safer life feels.”

VIDEO: Sister blog TVNewser talks with Kay at the eBook Summit about being a foreigner working on a U.S. news broadcast.

Earlier: eBook Summit: Digital Lessons For Journalists, News Organizations

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Slate’s Emily Bazelon Confronts Twitter Impersonator — And Now They’re Facebook Friends

fail_whale.jpgEmily Bazelon, Slate.com editor and founder of recently launched Double X, has an interesting way of dealing with people who impersonate you on Twitter: make them your Facebook friend.

Bazelon tells the story of how she dealt with her Twitter alter ego — discovered a few months ago by colleage and Twitter phenom John Dickerson. First she attempted to go about it the “right” way, contacting the Twitter people and using the Washington Post‘s legal power. But what finally pushed her doppelganger to stop tweeting was a simple strategy: Bazelon started using her own Twitter account. First tweet: “Well turns out the way to make me twitter is to get an impersonator to prod me.”

In the weeks that followed, Bazelon received an email from her Twitter impersonator, who turned out to be a male grad student in Ireland. They spoke on the phone. Then she made him her Facebook friend. It’s not a typical ending to a stalker story, nor is it recommended for everyone, but in the new world of social media — where impersonation can be mere flattery more than attack — maybe we’ll see more of this sort of thing happening.

As Bazelon sums up: “This is what social networking is supposed to be but rarely is, right? A haltingly warm one-on-one encounter between two people who would never have otherwise met. Twitter is the land of a million two-way streets. Now I follow my impersonator on it. And that, too, is a function of the new media map we’re just beginning to navigate.”

Online Women’s Mag Double X Launches

double x.pngWay back in November, Slate chairman and editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg told us about the three ladies that would be helming his newest spin-off venture, online women’s magazine Double X.

Today the co-editors, Emily Bazelon, Meghan O’Rourke and Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose (previously from Gawker female-centric blog Jezebel) and publisher Peggy White, formerly Yahoo! Finance’s GM, finally unveiled Double X.

Double X has maintained the XX Factor blog, first launched on Slate in fall 2007. The success of the women’s blog — which was founded by the three editors-in-chief of Double X — spurred the development of the full-fledged online magazine and will be in the middle of the new site’s homepage.

The ambitious site will feature photos, videos and quotes “of the day,” in addition to sections about what women are thinking about right now: work and business (called “On-Ramp”) and children and family (“XXtra Small”). Double X will also host two blogs, Nick’s Dream House, which will talk about decorating on a budget, and the Oyster’s Garter, about biology and the ocean. And, it will include a women’s interest Google news feed and content from ABCNews.com.

“There’s no web site out there like Double X,” O’Rourke said in a press release about Double X’s launch. “We’ll be thoughtful without being earnest, funny without being snarky. We’ll offer a feminist viewpoint without restricting ourselves to any sort of party line. And it will be the kind of conversation men will want to eavesdrop on.”

Full release after the jump

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WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza on Twittering the WH Briefings: ‘You Have to Recognize the Ridiculous in Order to Also See the Sublime’

hyperggggfx.pngWelcome to the Internet Presidency where Barack Obama gets to keep his Blackberry and journalists Twitter White House briefings. During the campaign, which among other things completely transformed how politicians will use the online world going forward, Obama talked a lot about how he intended to bring a level of transparency to this administration by making as much information as possible available to the public via the Web. His radio addresses, which are simultaneously posted on YouTube, are early evidence of this, as are many of the proposed changes on WhiteHouse.gov. However! Thus far (two weeks in) it looks as though it is those journalists covering the administration who are the ones truly forging ahead.

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Behold Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post who has been twittering Robert Gibbs‘ daily briefings at TheHyperFix since they began. “The old days of journalism where we simply put out the paper and assume people will find it and read it are over,” he tell us. No kidding. For the political junkies in the audience it’s a great peek behind the curtain into the very small, and previously very elite, White House press room. Also Cillizza, who demonstrates a near encyclopedic knowledge of who’s who in the room, where they sit, and their journalism background (also, from time to time, fashion choices), makes for a great tour guide. It’s a bit like a pool report but in 140 characters doses.

We caught up with Cillizza, who likens his twitter feed to a political version of Mystery Science 3000, to ask him what it’s like to be leading the 2.0 charge in the hallowed halls of the White House briefing room, whether Gibbs is actually controlling the Dow, and why he says there is no “right” way to cover the White House.

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The Debate Round Up: Debating the Debate

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VP Debates are like NASCAR races. Everyone watches to see the car crashes. If there aren’t any…well then it was just a night of seeing cars drive around in circles.

  • LAT James Rainey thinks Gwen Ifill is the one that won.
  • LAT Peter Wallsten used the word ‘grizzled’ for Joe Biden. The dude that got choked up and emotional when talking about his wife and children being in a car accident. Yeah, weird.
  • John Dickerson wrote that John McCain was the loser last night.
  • NYT editorial says Palin met the lowest expectations of any vice presidential candidate ever ‘mostly repeating cliches and tired attack lines’. Doggone it!
  • We like John F. Harris and Mike Allan‘s piece on Politico. It gave a decent rundown of the event.
  • Mike Madden, Salon’s Washington corespondent wrote,”Joe Biden was debating John McCain. And Sarah Palin was debating Sarah Palin…”

    Basically the folks writing about the debate – their general consensus was that Sarah Palin got a gold medal in the Special Olympics, but unfortunately she’s been recruited for the majors.

  • The Veep Stakes Sweep: A Round Up

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    Well, the Fall television schedule has yet to debut. The Olympics are over. The hurricane was a dud. The DNC is over. And well, now it’s Republican week. And, Republicans are pretty boring unless their secret gay affairs become public. So, that’s why the press is all aflutter with all things Sarah Palin.

    Here’s a couple of our favorites:

  • WaPo‘s Richard Cohen compares Palin the horse Incitatus that was Caligula’s consul and priest.
  • Slate‘s John Dickerson details her ‘experience’ and asks what this means about McCain’s judgment.
  • NYT‘s Maureen Dowd calls this whole thing with Palin a chick flick.
  • Salon‘s Mike Madden writes about Hurricane Bristol.
  • Local Alaska site Mudflats says that Palin is McCain’s ‘Bridge to No Where’.
  • Reuter‘s John Whitesides says that McCain’s choice is the wrong kind of buzz.
  • HuffPo‘s Bonnie Fuller asks if Palin is exploiting her teenage daughter.
  • Michael Carey says that we don’t know Sarah Palin…but really doesn’t get into it after that.
  • Tucker Carlson is in love with her. Which would be on our suicide note.
  • Huffpo has an entire page of Palin coverage.
  • As usual, Jonah Goldberg has nothing interesting, original or of note to say – but is an LAT columnist anyway.