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Gauging the Next ‘Golden Age’ of Journalism

We’re still mulling over remarks made last Friday in Lawrence, KS by ProPublica founder and executive chairman Paul Steiger. Accepting the prestigious William Allen White Foundation National Citation from the University of Kansas’s White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, he talked a lot about “golden ages” of journalism.

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According to Steiger, the last such era started in the mid-1950s and ran through the mid-1970s. Ergo, ending right around the time a massive amount of students were compelled by Woodward and Bernstein to head to J-school. Steiger takes issue with Henry Blodget‘s 2013 declaration that a new golden age is upon us. He says we’re perhaps close, but not quite there yet:

“Creating millions of lone-wolf, single-person bloggers doesn’t get us to a golden age. It can give us cat photos that make us giggle, news scoops involving an original fact or two, a trenchant analysis of finance or politics or sculpture, video of Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift nuzzling their latest boyfriends, or possibly some movie and book reviews worth trusting. All nice to have but not game-changing.”

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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.

Michelle Shocked Quits Twitter After Nine-Month War with Music Journalist

In the shadow of this week’s Phil Robertson GQ controversy, another scandal involving a celebrity and homophobic comments has come to a very sudden and suitably bizarre end. This one involves veteran freelance journalist Chris Willman, singer Michelle Shocked and her disastrous on-stage comments during a March 17 concert-tour kickoff performance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.

In March and April, MichelleShockedTweetthe Los Angeles-based Willman wrote extensively for Yahoo and The Hollywood Reporter about Shocked “Dixie Chick-ing herself.” His coverage sparked a nine-month Twitter war, with Shocked mercilessly targeting both the reporter and those having social media conversations with him. Finally, earlier this week, Willman informed his Facebook followers of the following:

Michelle Shocked just succeeded in her months-long campaign to get me suspended from Twitter. She is down to 32 followers and I have (had?) 16,500, but I guess numbers don’t matter when someone is determined to bring someone down with countless phony abuse reports…

Look at her Twitter account if you want to see her posting a photo of herself smiling, saying, “Ask not for whom the punk smirks. She smirks for Yahoo!” – meaning me, since she’s been out to get revenge on me ever since my first Yahoo story about her career-ending SF gig.

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New York Declares Taylor Swift ‘The Biggest Pop Star in The World’

New York’s latest issue proclaims that Taylor Swift is “the biggest pop star in the world.” Jody Rosen, the magazine’s pop critic, penned the cover story, and he certainly makes a good argument for the love loving Swift.

Is Swift really “bigger” than BeyBey? Or her lesser half, Jay Z? What about Katy Perry?

FishbowlNY will withhold any commentary on New York’s bold announcement until we read/experience Kanye West’s irrationally angry reaction.

Taylor Swift Doesn’t Sell Magazines

Poor Taylor Swift. So young, talented and rich and yet… Her face doesn’t sell magazines. Swift has appeared on the cover of a slew of glossies — from Vanity Fair to Glamour to Elle — but unlike The Kim Kardashian Effect of years ago, her image doesn’t mean much.

According to WWD, each time Swift has appeared on a cover, the sales have been nowhere near what would be expected. When Swift was on Vogue, the issue only sold 329,371 copies. That was way below Lady Gaga’s issue, which registered 602,000 issues sold. Her Cosmo cover ended up being the worst-selling issue for the magazine. And while Swift’s Glamour cover was good 443,000 copies sold, once again the songstress was beaten out, this time by Lauren Conrad. Now that’s depressing.

The evidence is clear: A Swift cover doesn’t guarantee better sales. So the only question now is, how long until Swift writes a break up song about magazines?

Three and a Half Decades Later, Stevie Wonder’s Radio Station Still Rocking

NBCLA anchor Michael Brownlee spent some time recently at KJLH 102.3 FM, the Inglewood radio station that has been owned since 1977 by Stevie Wonder. It’s one of only two African-American owned commercial radio stations in all of California.

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Grammy Awards Hires First Host in Seven Years

The ladies aren’t the only ones that love LL Cool J.

For the first time in seven years, the Grammy Awards have decided to go with a host in the rapper-turned-actor and co-star of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.

LL Cool J has previously served as host of the Grammy nominations concert. Queen Latifah was the last host of the Grammys back in 2005.

The Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are scheduled to perform on Feb. 12 from Staples Center.

“I will always have fond memories of my first Grammy Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true,” LL Cool J said in a statement.

Taylor Swift Appears on Vogue’s February Cover

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Taylor Swift graces the cover of the February Vogue (available January 24), and inside the magazine the 22-year-old songstress has plenty to share in an interview with Contributing Editor Jonathan Van Meter. Here are a few select quotes.

When Swift is asked about growing up:

“So… middle school? Awkward. Having a hobby that’s different from everyone else’s? Awkward. Singing the national anthem on weekends instead of going to sleepovers? More awkward. Braces? Awkward. Gain a lot of weight before you hit the growth spurt? Awkward. Frizzy hair, don’t embrace the curls yet? Awkward. Try to straighten it? Awkward!”

That does sound, uh, what’s a word for something that’s difficult to deal with? Ugh, well, anyway. Onward.

Swift on her love life:

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Weird Al Ready to Show Harold Camping How It’s Done

The Rapture never came May 21. Nor on Harold Camping‘s revised date of October 21. But switch around those numerals and swap out one weird guy for another, and you’ve got the next best thing for Angelenos–Weird Al Yankovic‘s “Alpocalypse” tour performance at the Pantages Theatre this Saturday, November 12.

One big difference between Harold’s Rapture and Al’s ‘Pocalypse is the fact that in the latter case, children under five will not be admitted. From the show’s promotional blurb:

Weird Al’s first full-length studio album in nearly five years debuted at No. 9 on the U.S. album charts, marking the highest-charting album of his storied career. Alpocalypse features the much-talked-about Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way” as well as parodies of hits by Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, T.I. and B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars. Al and his long-time bandmates were aided and abetted in the recording studio by guest appearances from Taylor Hanson and The Doors’ Ray Manzarek.

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Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic’s Global HQ

In this episode of “Cubes,” we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog is based out of two conjoined buildings in Manhattan’s SoHo district. The space includes Scholastic’s flagship bookstore, a huge rooftop terrace, one-of-a-kind Harry Potter memorabilia, and a 4,000-square-foot auditorium that recently hosted a performance from Taylor Swift.

For more videos, check out Mediabistro.tv, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV


Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic’s Global HQ

In this episode of Cubes, we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog is based out of two conjoined buildings in Manhattan’s SoHo district. The space includes Scholastic’s flagship bookstore, a huge rooftop terrace, one-of-a-kind Harry Potter memorabilia, and a 4,000-square-foot auditorium that recently hosted a performance from Taylor Swift.

For more videos, check out Mediabistro.tv, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV


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