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Jozen Cummings on How He Became the NY Post‘s Dating Reporter

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It’s safe to say Jozen Cummings never imagined he’d become a professional matchmaker of sorts. The former arts and entertainment writer is now a dating reporter for The New York Post‘s Meet Market column, where he sets up singles on blind dates in New York City.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Cummings discusses what it’s like setting up blind dates for strangers, the accidental success of his blog and how he scored his dream job:

Your background is in arts and entertainment, so how did you end up a dating reporter?
It was the first job that I ever got where I went in not knowing anyone. But when I saw the opening for Meet Market, I said “This is the job for me. This is the job I want.” I know that people know about my blog, but I never use it as a way to sell myself or my qualifications. I still feel strongly about this: you want a professional job, you’ve got to show the most professional work that you possibly can. So none of my clips were dating-related or anything like that. But I knew that it would help to show that I care a lot about this topic of dating, so I did send a link to my blog. Kind of like a bowtie.

To hear more about his writing process and how he cultivated an audience for his blog, read: So What Do You Do, Jozen Cummings, Blogger And Dating Columnist For The New York Post?

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Thomson Reuters Beats Wall Street’s Expectations, Plans to Cut 3,000 Positions (JimRomenesko.com)
Thomson Reuters on Tuesday reported a third-quarter profit of 48 cents per share, beating Wall Street expectations by 4 cents. “Our Financial business achieved positive net sales for the first time in more than two years,” CEO Jim Smith tells employees. He adds in his memo: “We will eliminate approximately 3,000 positions as we continue to reduce product and operational complexity across our company.” WSJ The cuts, equivalent to about 5 percent of Thomson Reuters’ workforce of about 60,000, were disclosed on the same day that the financial data and news firm reported a 38 percent drop in third-quarter earnings, due to weaker revenue. The Guardian The news and information company said most of the jobs would be lost from its financial and risk arm, which sells data terminals and other services to investment banks and brokers. The losses are on top of 1,000 cuts announced earlier this year. Including staff leaving and sales of businesses the company’s workforce will shrink by 5,500, or 9 percent, from the start of the year. The Globe & Mail “I think everybody in the world is trying to do more with less,” Smith said. “I don’t think the pressure on costs and keeping them under control is going to lessen. That said, what I hope is this strategy gives us a more predictable path in the future.”

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Rush & Molloy & Many Delightful Memories

ScandalCoverThere’s a new book out today from George Rush and Joanna Molloy. Scandal: A Manual is written mostly from Rush’s point of view and offers 256 pages of breezy anecdotes from the pair’s separate and combined days in the trenches of NYC celebrity gossip.

One of the main takeaways is how much more fun this beat was before the Internet took a firm 24/7 hold. It was never quite a noble profession, but pre-Gawker, TMZ and the rest, the pair only had to compete with the New York Post, most of the time in playful ways:

We tried not to yank people out of the closet. But we did sometimes give clues.We once ran a photo of ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass with Jamie Lynn-Sigler and Shannon Elizabeth as they picked out free stuff at a hospitality suite. Bass’ then-secret partner, Reichen Lehmkuhl, was with them.

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Garett Sloane Jumping from New York Post to Adweek

ADweekLogoThe move takes effect Wednesday.

At the New York Post, Sloane was a technology reporter. For Adweek, he will continue to patrol the same beat as a staff writer, focusing on major technology companies like Twitter, Google, Apple and Facebook.

One of Sloane’s latest contributions to the Post was a fun October 4 item about a company that benefited greatly from last week’s marquee IPO announcement:

What a bunch of stock twits!

Shares of Tweeter Home Entertainment, a Boston-based consumer electronics chain that filed for bankruptcy in 2007, soared Friday in a case of mistaken identity on Wall Street.

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Page Six Editor Gives NPR the 300 Sandwiches Update

By FishbowlNY’s calculations, the bread-and-butter courtship of a certain lucky guy by Page Six senior editor Stephanie Smith will be completed – assuming no holiday breaks – on January 29, 2014. Just in time for a logical, return Valentine’s Day gift.

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By then, also, who knows how many media appearances Smith will have logged. Not quite 300, like the number of daily sandwiches she is famously making for her boyfriend. But certainly in the dozens, if she so chooses.

This week, Smith dropped by NPR’s NYC studios to connect with Tell Me More host Michel Martin. Responding to the Internet criticism aimed at her engagement-ring efforts, Smith urged critics to actually read her blog posts. If they do, she suggested, they’ll understand the spirit of it all:

“It’s not just a girl making all this food to earn a man’s love. This is a journey between the two of us as we continue on towards engagement. And I don’t think I’m less of a woman or a hard-charging career woman because I want to do something nice for my boyfriend.”

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Where Does the New York Post Go from Here?

Col Allan told The Capital media reporter Joe Pompeo that he shall return, once newspaper turnaround work is completed Down Under. But many of those at the New York Post who spoke to the journalist aren’t so sure.

Watching over the editorial fortunes of the paper in Allan’s absence is Jesse Angelo, formerly of The Daily. Pompeo writes about a NYP retreat last fall up in the Hudson Highlands during which the since departed EIC made a scary confession:

At the beginning of the event, Allan offered a rare mea culpa from his perch at the back of the room.

“As most of you know, there was nobody less interested in the Internet at this newspaper than me,” one person who was there recalls him saying. “It seems I was wrong about that.”

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NBC Nightly News Staffer Tweets Out Pictures of Horrific Midtown Taxicab Accident

On a normal workday, writer Bradd Jaffy (pictured) is mainly concerned on Twitter with co-manning the @NBCNightlyNews feed.* But today, due to some ghastly 49th Street and 6th Avenue circumstances, it was his personal account grabbing the headlines.

Within minutes of Jaffy tweeting out some 30 Rock pictures of a wayward taxicab injury scene, some showing Dr. Oz, he was being contacted via Twitter by journalists. Gothamist’s Christopher Robbins and Juan Arellano of the New York Post were first to get in touch, in the latter case for example leading to this multiple-photo use.

Today’s midtown events are sadly reminiscent of a Venice Beach, CA boardwalk incident that claimed the life of an Italian newlywed tourist. The injured British female visitor had only just arrived in Manhattan last night.

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V.A. Musetto Gets an Apology from the New York Post

Deadline’s Jen Yamato caught up late Friday with axed New York Post freelance film reviewer V.A. Musetto. The journalist’s dismissal, two years after his retirement from full-time newspaper duties, was a major media story, mainly because of the way his exit was handled.

There was no phone call, no meeting. Just a curt email notification from chief film critic Lou Lumenick:

“Lumenick hates me and I don’t especially like him,” Musetto said. “We don’t get along. We never talked. After 40 years, to have some flunky just send me an email. But I did get a call from the woman in charge of entertainment who apologized for just sending an email.”

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Phishing Expedition Forces Outbrain to ‘Degrade Gracefully’ from WaPo, TIME, CNN

The terminology referenced in our headline comes straight from an afternoon Outbrain blog post explaining how the Syrian Electronic Army was able to briefly compromise the websites of the Washington Post, CNN and TIME:

At 10:23am ET, SEA took responsibility for hack of CNN.com, changing a setting through Outbrain’s admin console to label Outbrain recommendations as “Hacked by SEA.”

At 10:34am Outbrain internal staff became aware of the breach.

By 10:40am Outbrain network operations began investigating and decided to shut down all serving systems, degrade gracefully and block all external access to the system…

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Applauds New York Post Alum

For Class of 2008 grad Kate Briquelet, the perks of working for Business Traveler magazine were certainly nice. But it wasn’t until she jumped to The Brooklyn Paper that this focused, ambitious UW-Oshkosh and NYU Master’s of journalism grad felt she had finally hit her professional stride.

Briquelet has since moved on to the New York Post, where she works as an enterprise reporter for the Sunday edition. Later this fall, she will be honored at UW Oshkosh along with nine others as part of Homecoming Weekend. From a write-up in UW Oshkosh Today by current student Alyssa Kadansky:

Gersh Kuntzman, a former editor at The Brooklyn Paper, called Briquelet the “real deal.”

“She was relentless and driven, and she hates getting beat,” Kuntzman said. “During her time at The Brooklyn Paper, she tirelessly covered the case of the South Slope Sex Fiend — a mysterious groper who terrorized women in family-friendly Brooklyn and who for months evaded police. Her extensive reporting led police to step up their patrols and eventually led to an arrest.”

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