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Hearst Prepares for Lawsuit Over Unpaid Internships

Hearst BuildingWe’ll begin this story with a disclaimer: Hearst is a Mediabistro partner. There you go.

That said, the publisher has a huge PR problem on its hands in the form of a big-news lawsuit—and its lawyers have begun to prepare by contacting affected parties in order to solicit positive testimony. We’re not quite sure that will work.

The story: When Diana Wang applied for an internship at Harper’s Bazaar, her only real goal was to make her mark on the fashion industry. She knew that it wouldn’t amount to a full-time job (it was her seventh unpaid internship), and she told New York Magazine of saving every penny in order to afford the opportunity to work as “head accessories intern” at Bazaar.

The work was considerable: Wang supervised eight other interns, and she claims that editors at the magazine told her that her internship “should be considered a real job.”

Unfortunately, the internship did not lead to the fashion gig she craved—or any other gig. Her supervisor was bold enough to tell her that she wasn’t ready for a job in fashion and that she should consider another internship. With that, she started considering her options. Given the fact that she worked a full-time schedule and drew no discernible benefits from the internship, Wang decided to file a lawsuit claiming that the internship was actually an unpaid job—and 3,000 other former interns joined her.

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Revolving Door: Lots of Video, An Intern Lawsuit, and More

Comic book author Alonzo Washington is on "TheGrio 100" list.

At an event yesterday, The Huffington Post and AOL introduced The Huffington Post Streaming Network (HPSN), a live network that will broadcast 12 hours per day starting this summer. HuffPo founding editor Roy Sekoff will run the network which he says will be a mix of CNN, The View, and YouTube.

The New York Times has launched “Business Day Live,” a live video show that will focus on the top business headlines of the day. It will air each weekday and appear on the outlet’s homepage.

The Wall Street Journal has also launched a new program, “Off Duty,” a lifestyle show based on WSJ Weekend that will air each weekday at 6 p.m. ET on the outlet’s YouTube channel. It will be hosted by reporter Wendy Bounds. This adds to the list of shows that the WSJ already has, including “Lunch Break” and “Mean Street.”

A former Harper’s Bazaar intern is suing Hearst for unpaid minimum wages. According to the lawsuit, accessories intern Xuedan Wang worked unpaid between 40 and 55 hours per week between August and December of last year. The plaintiff and her lawyers hope to build a class-action lawsuit. [via Reuters]

Bloomberg head Lex Fenwick has been named CEO of Dow Jones & Co. He replaces Les Hinton, who left the post in July. Fenwick joined Bloomberg in 1987 and was tapped to head up Bloomberg Ventures in 2007. [via WSJ]

TheGrio.com has revealed “TheGrio 100,” its list of “history makers and industry leaders” making waves in the U.S. today. Among those on the list are the mayor of Jacksonville, FL, Alvin Brown, Google’s Torrence Boone, and marine biologist Daniell Washington.

Clickthrough for more of the week’s media changes.

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Revolving Door: CNN, ‘Harper’s Bazaar,’ YouTube, and More

CNN is revamping its morning programming, bringing Ashleigh Banfield and Soledad O’Brien into the line up. The morning will be broken into two shows, from 5a.m. to 7a.m. and 7a.m. to 9a.m. Daytime staffing is also undergoing a reorganization.  [via TVNewser]

Harper’s Bazaar has launched a Brazilian edition with Maria Prata serving as EIC. It debuts with the November issue featuring Brazilian model Giselle Bündchen on the cover. Harper’s Bazaar is now published in 16 languages.

Competition is heating up for Middle East coverage, The New York Times says.

YouTube is launching 96 channels worth of original content that will feature celebs, sports, news, and more. Content partners will include Hearst, Ashton Kutcher, and The Wall Street Journal. You’ll start seeing the new video channels in November. Or will you? TechCrunch wonders aloud how the site plans to get viewers to tune in.

Every Day with Rachael Ray is now officially part of Meredith. The first issue under the Meredith name will be February 2012. Linda Fears, editorial director of Meredith Food Content and EIC of Family Circle will oversee EDWRR‘s content. And Christine Guilfoyle has rejoined the publication as publisher. [via Fishbowl NY]

More media moves after the jump.

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‘Vogue’ Is In Vogue on the Newsstands

Numbers released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ Rapid Report show that while much of the fashion magazine industry is suffering a loss in newsstand sales, Vogue is up about 16 percent from its average sales number for the first half of 2010.

Adweek suggests a few reasons for the jump: Hot covers featuring celebs like Lady Gaga in March (which sold 445,000 copies, the top seller for the first half), a rebound in the sale of luxury goods, and increased visibility of EIC Anna Wintour, which we noted a couple of weeks ago after Wintour’s acceptance speech at the Webbys went viral.

Marie Claire was down 21 percent (along with Harper’s Bazaar), with EIC Joanna Coles noting that a few chances it took with the cover didn’t pan out, like featuring a man, Bradley Cooper, perhaps before he revealed to the world that he could speak French. InStyle and People Stylewatch were among the other fashion magazines that took a hit.

The Audit Bureau numbers also show that Justin Bieber covers aren’t doing so well on the newsstands. According to WWD, Vanity Fair‘s Bieber cover is set to become the worst seller in 12 years. Other magazines, like Teen Vogue, which also featured the teen star also showed a dip in numbers.