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Mother Jones Exposes Animal Planet TV Show Abuses

Following seven months of investigating by ClimateDesk producer James West, Mother Jones has today published an article that may turn out to be to Animal Planet what Gary Baum‘s recent THR shot was to the American Humane Association (AHA). Titled “Drugs, Death, Neglect: Behind the Scenes at Animal Planet,” West’s report catches up to various incidents of apparent abuse and trickery on the set of the network’s Sunday night hit Call of the Wildman.

From a note to the media by the San Francisco-based magazine:

Alleged animal abuse: A baby raccoon died and others were endangered when they were removed from their mother to be staged for the show. For another episode, a zebra used in filming was drugged with sedatives. Two bats were found dead in the same Texas hair salon, where bats had earlier been placed for filming. As one source indicated, “the animals weren’t under stress until we arrived.”

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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.

Freelancers, Showcase Your Investigative Skills at Mother Jones

Mother JonesMother Jones, which launched in 1976, has always been a fearless pub, focused on holding those in power accountable for their actions. The mag has evolved over the years, and now focuses on a variety of topics, including politics, the environment and business accountability.

So how can a freelancer break in to this established, revered mag? Well, it helps to form relationships with the editors and to pitch fully formed stories, instead of just ideas:

Approximately one-third of the magazine is written by freelancers, many of whom have an ongoing relationship with the magazine. “We have some freelancers that we work with pretty regularly, but we also accept pitches for people who haven’t worked with us before,” said senior editor Nick Baumann. While no sections are off limits to freelancers, the feature well publishes the most freelance work. While many mags encourage freelancers to target pitches to a specific section of the book, “the best way to pitch MoJo is to have a story, and we’ll decide on our end what section we think it’s most appropriate for,” said Baumann.

To learn more about how to get published at this mag, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Mother Jones.

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Where Did All Those @Variety Twitter Followers Come From?

That’s a question that caught the attention of Hollywood trade watchers late Friday thanks to Ben Dreyfuss, engagement editor for Mother Jones. He noticed and shared that in late September, the follower count for Jay Penske‘s publishing concern had a “boffo” day.

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What may shock you even more is how cheap something like this is to pull off. Check out for example the prices from this instant-popularity purveyor; they suggest Variety‘s early fall surge could have cost as little as $500.

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Thinkmodo Raises Profile of West Village Cafe

The word “viral” gets bandied about a lot, but here’s one sure-fire way to know you’re in the middle of something genuine in that regard. When Asawin Suebsaeng published a Mother Jones piece Thursday about thinkmodo’s marketing efforts for Friday’s Carrie remake, the video below had “over 39 million views.” Today, it’s just shy of 40.5 million.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Ms. Magazine Editor Dies | HuffPost Live Goes Cable | AOL Music Axed

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Former Ms. Magazine Editor Mary Thom Dead at 68 (AP / Huffington Post)
Prominent feminist Mary Thom, a writer and former editor of Ms. magazine who also was an avid motorcyclist, crashed while riding on a highway and was killed, her nephew said Saturday. She was 68. NYT Thom joined Ms. magazine in 1972 as an editor, rising to become executive editor in 1990. She was known as a journalistic virtuoso who shaped the writing of many of the feminist movement’s luminaries, including Gloria Steinem.  Ms. “We who are Mary’s friends and family haven’t absorbed her loss yet; it’s too sudden,” said Women’s Media Center co-founders Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda in a statement over the weekend. “Ms. magazine, the Women’s Media Center, the women’s movement and American journalism have suffered an enormous blow. Mary was and will always be our moral compass and steady heart.” FishbowlNY Thom lived for decades in New York City and served as an editor for Ms. for nearly 20 years before leaving the feminist magazine in 1992. The glossy, which began as an insert in New York magazine, became a feminist powerhouse read in the 1970s but struggled to leverage commercial success with its ideological voice. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: Ms. Editor Dies | HuffPost Live Goes Cable | AOL Music Axed


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Former Ms. Magazine Editor Mary Thom Dead at 68 (AP / Huffington Post)
Prominent feminist Mary Thom, a writer and former editor of Ms. magazine who also was an avid motorcyclist, crashed while riding on a highway and was killed, her nephew said Saturday. She was 68. NYT Thom joined Ms. magazine in 1972 as an editor, rising to become executive editor in 1990. She was known as a journalistic virtuoso who shaped the writing of many of the feminist movement’s luminaries, including Gloria Steinem.  Ms. “We who are Mary’s friends and family haven’t absorbed her loss yet; it’s too sudden,” said Women’s Media Center co-founders Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda in a statement over the weekend. “Ms. magazine, the Women’s Media Center, the women’s movement and American journalism have suffered an enormous blow. Mary was and will always be our moral compass and steady heart.” FishbowlNY Thom lived for decades in New York City and served as an editor for Ms. for nearly 20 years before leaving the feminist magazine in 1992. The glossy, which began as an insert in New York magazine, became a feminist powerhouse read in the 1970s but struggled to leverage commercial success with its ideological voice.

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Human Rights Reporter and PTSD Essayist Accused of Violating Victim’s Privacy

Amidst the ridiculous hysteria that has surrounded Mac McClelland‘s personal essay about using violent sex to cope with PTSD, a possibly valid criticism has gone virtually unnoticed. It’s a criticism that’s particularly relevant to journalists who report on human rights abuses: A rape victim is alleging that McClelland violated her privacy.

The woman, who is being referred to as K., says that she did not give consent to be written about by McClelland. The women met while McClelland was in Haiti researching a story for Mother Jones about the displacement camps.

The allegation was brought to light over the weekend on Essence.com by Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat. She says that K. informed Mother Jones she did not want to be written about after McClelland live-tweeted personal information, including K.’s first name. McClelland has already taken heat for this, and rightly so – revealing identifying information about a sexual assault victim, even with their consent, which McClelland believed she had, can have devastating consequences.

But the Essence story leaves a lot out.

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Sarah Palin Attacks!!!

The Mother Jones cover for the November/December issue is scaring the hell out of us. Sarah Palin as the 50-foot woman, crushing houses and cars and neighborhoods, all while forcing upon her victims the world’s largest upskirt view. *Shudder*

The cover is for Mother Jones‘ Attack on the Middle Class!! package, which features articles about how President Obama lost control of the economic message, the troubles of the middle class, how the tea partiers are worsening the troubles of the middle class, and an excerpt from the graphic novel, The Adventures of Unemployed Man. There’s also a horrifying animation of 50-foot Palin in action, guaranteed to give you nightmares.

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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Feminist Press Honors Huffington|Mother Jones Focuses On Climate Change|More On The Vanity Fair Layoffs|Latina‘s Special Mexico Issue Brings In Ads

GalleyCat: Arianna Huffington was among the women honored by the Feminist Press at its 39th Annual Women Write the World Gala last night.

BayNewser: Mother Jones is gathering a group of publications to work collectively to report on climate change. The group may eventually include Slate, Grist, The Atlantic, Wired, ProPublica and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Gawker/The Awl: Where was Graydon Carter during yesterday’s Vanity Fair layoffs? Could he possibly have been on a private jet to Bermuda? And more dirt on the VF cuts: more than 80 percent of those let go were women.

Folio: Latina magazine’s Mexico-themed special issue drew the attention of advertisers like Sephora, resulting in a 6 percent increase in additional revenue for the issue.

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