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Utah Reporter Faints on Air & Then Finishes Interview

The show must go on, right? How’s this for an impeccable work ethic? After Brooke Graham, KUTV reporter passed out in Utah, she got right back up and continued to report.

She tweeted, “Apparently if you want your phone to ring constantly for 72 hours the best thing to do is pass out on live TV.” Read more

ABC’s Jonathan Karl Talks About Covering a Tough Beat Like The White House

How does a top network reporter break through the official White House talking points? ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl has been busy trying — and in the process has gotten into it twice over the last month with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, including just yesterday.

In this installment of Media Beat, Karl had some good advice for budding journalists looking to cover a tough beat like the White House. His advice? Go back to the basics: Be aggressive while pursuing the story, develop your sources, be fair and do your best to be objective.

Karl also revealed some interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits from campaign 2012. You might be surprised to know how little Karl saw candidate Mitt Romney—even when flying on the same plane.

Meredith Vieira Describes Her New Talk Show in Three Words

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Photo credit: Erek Ekroth

On Monday night at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards, we snagged an exclusive with Meredith Vieira and the very humble journalist and former Today show anchor dished about her upcoming show.

What can we expect from The Meredith Vieira Show which debuts on the tube next fall?

“I used three words to describe it,” she tells MediaJobsDaily. “Heat, heart and humor.” Read more

Soledad O’Brien: Don’t Listen To Other People’s Career Advice

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Soledad O’Brien has had quite the year. After leaving the CNN morning show in March, the journalist launched Starfish Media Group. The company is “dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories,” and has formed partnerships with Al Jazeera America, HBO and CNN.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, O’Brien talks about how motherhood prepared her to be a CEO and the importance of listening to yourself when it comes to your career:

In a commencement speech at Harvard earlier this year, you told grads not to “listen to others people’s take on the life you should lead” because “by not listening, you can figure out what your heart is telling you to do.” Can you give an example of when you had to follow your own advice?
Oh my gosh. I have to follow it all the time. When I was leaving NBC News to go to CNN, people would say, “What?! Why would you possibly leave the Today Show to go to cable?” If I would’ve listened to people, I would’ve been on a great platform but I wouldn’t have grown as a journalist. So far, most of the steps in my career have been really good.

To hear more from O’Brien, read: So What Do You Do, Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group?

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WATCH: Five Things I Didn’t Learn in J-School

Something they don’t always teach in college is that the real learning doesn’t happen until you’re out of school. But by then it’s called gaining experience or working on your craft. And you get paid for it.

Stephanie Tsoflias, New York market TV reporter and Mediabistro instructor gives her list of the top five things she didn’t learn in journalism school.

If you like what you hear, click on this link to sign up for Tsoflias’ “TV News reporting” class or go to mediabistro.com/courses to search for something else you may want to learn.

From Blogger to Talk Show Host, Nitika Chopra Reveals the Secrets to Success

on airLet’s face it: Most of us have a blog and a professional brand whether or not there’s a full-time job involved. And most of us have big dreams to cultivate our brand and launch it into a show, product…anything!

Nitika Chopra is one of us but here’s the difference: She’s been there, done that and sat down with us to dish.

Last night at the premiere of her show, Naturally Beautiful, in New York City we picked her brain to learn the secrets to her success. After all, she started her blog, Your Bella Life, with the sole purpose to become a talk show host!

In our exclusive interview, Chopra dishes:

“I was very, very clear [about what I wanted] and I was also very clear that no one knew who I was. So, I was like, ‘Okay, that’s nice that you want a talk show but no one knows you so you’re probably not going to get one tomorrow.’ Instead of giving up, I decided that I was going to figure out what are the elements of a show like the guests that you would have, the topics that you would have and me being on camera and put that on a website. And I literally meditated on it every day for the past four years and then I got a show.” Read more

Long Island Teacher Forced to Resign After Reality TV Appearance

In 1968 Andy Warhol famously stated, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Acknowledging oh-so-true this really is, when you claim your own 15 minutes, will your shining moment cost you your job? A Long Island teacher found out the hard way.

Meet Stefan Sherie. Newsday reports the 30 year-old teacher appeared shirtless at a pool party in a scene in Bravo’s show, Princesses: Long Island.

The episode aired in early June and as per the piece, a little more than two weeks later Bellmore-Merrick Central School District administrators and union representatives informed him he would get fired if he didn’t resign. Read more

Chef Roblé on His Life as a Reality TV Star

When you’re watching reality TV, and we know you do watch reality TV, do you ever wonder what’s really going on? How did the reality stars become reality stars? How much do they get paid and is anything faked?

MediabistroTV asked Chef Roblé Ali, star of Bravo’s “Chef Roblé & Company” those very questions. Watch the film to see what he says.

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Media Beat: Brian Stelter’s Choice, Work in TV News or Cover It

How did an 18-year-old college student in Maryland gain the trust of and get access to TV executives and anchors in New York? “By posting 10 or 15 posts a day meant that the industry knew it was a reliable consistent source,” says Brian Stelter, creator of TVNewser and now a media reporter for the New York Times and author of the just released book “Top of the Morning.”

As he neared graduation, Stelter had to make a choice: work in TV news, or cover it.

Media Beat: Brian Stelter on Being Matt Lauer’s Nemesis

Brian Stelter, who launched TVNewser almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year of network morning news shows which saw one anchor pack her bags, another face a serious health issue, a ratings leader fall — and lose a quarter of its audience — and an entirely new show launch.

In his first interview for the book, Stelter tells us about the secrecy behind “Top of the Morning,” the access he got, and what he thinks about being called Matt Lauer‘s nemesis.

  • Part II, tomorrow: What happens when Brian Stelter Tweets something he shouldn’t?

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