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Transgender Advocate Janet Mock on What She Learned at People.com

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After writer and former People.com editor Janet Mock came out as transgender woman in a 2011 Marie Claire article, she made it her mission to raise awareness about the social injustices experienced by the trans community and to give young trans women an outlet via social media to share their personal stories.

Mock, whose memoir Redefining Realness was released this month, recently spoke to Mediabistro and discussed what she learned during her early days in digital media:

People.com was a stepchild of People magazine, which was the juggernaut. They were creating… the mold and creating what social media is and communicating [immediacy] to readers… And so that’s how my career was. It was sitting in a cubicle. I wasn’t a features editor. I didn’t write long-form pieces that I thought I would be writing. I was writing smaller blurbs, learning to sharpen language, and communicate what readers actually wanted and how to entice them to click on things without sensationalizing.

To hear more from Mock, including her take on the Piers Morgan controversy, read: So What Do You Do, Janet Mock, Writer,Transgender Advocate And Author?

Morning Media Newsfeed: Netflix, Comcast Deal | Morgan to Be Canceled | Baldwin’s NY Mag Essay

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Netflix to Pay Comcast for Smoother Streaming (WSJ)
Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure Netflix movies and television shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers, a landmark pact that could set a precedent for Netflix’s dealings with other broadband providers, people familiar with the matter said. In exchange for payment, Netflix will get direct access to Comcast’s broadband network. Gizmodo The announcement comes after months of dispute between Netflix and broadband providers about who should pay for increasing bandwidth loads. NYT The deal is a milestone in the history of the Internet, where content providers like Netflix generally have not had to pay for access to the customers of a broadband provider. But the growing power of broadband companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T has given those companies increased leverage over sites whose traffic gobbles up chunks of a network’s capacity. Netflix is one of those sites, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all Internet traffic at peak hours. CNNMoney Comcast is the No. 1 cable company in the U.S., with about 23 million subscribers. This announcement comes just 10 days after Comcast entered into an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable. The Washington Post The Netflix deal is controversial because it shows Comcast’s sway over the media and technology industries. With its bid for Time Warner Cable, Comcast would have more than 30 million U.S. Internet subscribers in every major U.S. market, making it powerful in any negotiations for the carriage of programs and apps to cable television and Internet users, analysts say.

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Parents of Daily News Photo Chief Killed in Weekend Car Accident

There is more terrible, tragic car accident news to absorb from this weekend.

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Alexander Hitchen, managing editor, pictures at the New York Daily News, is on his way to Spain with his wife to collect the bodies of his parents. The elderly pair were hit by a car on Sunday while crossing a road in the resort town of Altea, where they own a home.

Brian Hitchen, an “ebullient and joyful” former Fleet Street newspaper editor who received a Commander of the British Empire award from Queen Elizabeth in 1990 for his journalism efforts, died in hospital from sustained injuries; wife Nelli was declared dead at the scene. From this afternoon’s item by Daily News reporter Corky Siemaszko:

Daily News editor-in-chief Colin Myler broke the news to the staff on Monday.

“Brian was a warm, generous and incredibly talented journalist and editor,” Myler said. “He was a mentor to so many Fleet Street journalists who adored him. But above all he was devoted to Nelli and his children and grandchildren. It is such a tragic loss.”

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First Time | Digital Books | Know The Clothes

ShutterstockPiersMorganLA_FeaturedTVNewser: Piers Morgan is in danger of having people actually agree with him after he called Bill O’Reilly “a dick.

GalleyCat: Oyster, which billed itself as the Netflix for books, has launched an iPad app. Libraries had no comment.

UnBeige: Bill Cunningham understands textiles.

Word Master | Bad Image | On or Off

clintonCNNTVNewser: When imagine when Bill Clinton told Piers Morgan that “You [CNN] are doing better, you are more entertaining now, which is good,” he was being sarcastic.

AllFacebook: The ACLU is a porn peddler. At least according to Facebook.

FishbowlDC: Please note — some people like facial hair, some people do not.

East Coast Media Figures Reveal Favorite LA Haunts

New York freelance writer and journalist Jeryl Brunner recently book ended her fall 2011 release My City, My New York with a west coast-focused second tome. Among the many fun little snippets in My City, My Los Angeles are various excerpts from NYC media boldface.

The very first passage in the book comes from Nicholas Kristof, who reminisces about meeting his wife in LA back in 1986 and enjoying the benefits of being done by east-coast-deadline time. Others who shared with Brunner their favorite corners of Lalaland include Fred Armisen, Cheryl Tiegs and the bi-coastal Piers Morgan:

“My favorite place in LA is Manhattan Beach… it reminds me of a British seaside resort…”

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Larry King Revisits CNN ‘Slap in the Face’

Larry King has done a lot of media since scooting over to Ora TV. Still, FishbowlNY is a little surprised at the relatively minimal coverage generated by this week’s appearance on The Howard Stern Show.

The broadcaster and bagel meister covered a number of topics including – in a blunter way than we typically recall – the Piers Morgan transition. From the interview, as transcribed by the good folks at classicallite.com:

“I always had four-year contracts. Well, three years ago, CNN came to me and said ‘Hey, we’re going into a new direction and we’re only gonna give you a one-year contract.’”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Judge Sorry in Leak Probe | Anchor Conners Fired | Morgan Bans Loesch


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Judge Apologizes for Lack of Transparency in James Rosen Leak Probe (The Washington Post)
The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online. The gesture of transparency by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth comes at a time when the Obama administration is under scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, including one showing that the Justice Department had secretly probed the news-gathering activities of Fox News reporter James Rosen. Politico / Under The Radar The Justice Department is denying that it tracked the phone calls of Rosen’s parents as part of an investigation into how Rosen got classified information about North Korean nuclear test plans. “We did not wiretap the phones of any reporter or news organization. Nor did we monitor or track the phone calls of any reporter’s parents. No records were obtained from the computer servers of any news organization,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement. TVNewser The news of the full extent of the investigation comes as editorials take aim squarely at the Obama administration for valuing secrecy over freedom of the press. The Washington Post / Dana Milbank There are various reasons you might not care about the Obama administration’s spying on Rosen and labeling him a “co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor” in an espionage case. Liberals may not be particularly bothered because the targeted journalist works for Fox News. Conservatives may not be concerned because of their antipathy toward the news media generally. And the general public certainly doesn’t have much patience for journalists’ whining. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: Judge Sorry in Leak Probe | Anchor Conners Fired | Morgan Bans Loesch


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Judge Apologizes for Lack of Transparency in James Rosen Leak Probe (The Washington Post)
The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online. The gesture of transparency by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth comes at a time when the Obama administration is under scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, including one showing that the Justice Department had secretly probed the news-gathering activities of Fox News reporter James Rosen. Politico / Under The Radar The Justice Department is denying that it tracked the phone calls of Rosen’s parents as part of an investigation into how Rosen got classified information about North Korean nuclear test plans. “We did not wiretap the phones of any reporter or news organization. Nor did we monitor or track the phone calls of any reporter’s parents. No records were obtained from the computer servers of any news organization,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement. TVNewser The news of the full extent of the investigation comes as editorials take aim squarely at the Obama administration for valuing secrecy over freedom of the press. The Washington Post / Dana Milbank There are various reasons you might not care about the Obama administration’s spying on Rosen and labeling him a “co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor” in an espionage case. Liberals may not be particularly bothered because the targeted journalist works for Fox News. Conservatives may not be concerned because of their antipathy toward the news media generally. And the general public certainly doesn’t have much patience for journalists’ whining.

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Quick Book | Wise Lady | Many Moves

TVNewser: Piers Morgan is writing a memoir tentatively titled How to Annoy People Without Really Trying.

AllTwitter: Joan Rivers said “When it all goes to shit, don’t worry, it’ll all come back.” This was also the original title of Cypress Hill’s “When The Shit Goes Down.

GalleyCat: A good roundup of job changes at book publishing houses. It’s exciting.

 

 

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