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How Real is Reality Show Hardcore Pawn?

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Ever wonder if those wacky characters you see on your favorite reality shows are real or if their just actors following a script?

Recently, we got a chance to ask the people who might know, the starts of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn Les and Ashley Gold.

Watch the video to hear what they have to say about their roles in the show and where they find those fantastically wacky customers.



Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

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Why Jose Antonio Vargas Brought ‘Documented’ to CNN

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Jose Antonio Vargas‘s documentary Documented makes its CNN debut this Sunday. The film follows the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist’s journey from outing himself as an undocumented immigrant to advocating for comprehensive immigration reform

If he takes a side on one of the most controversial issues of the day, does he still consider himself a journalist? WATCH:

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Erin Burnett: My First Big Break

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

VIDEO: Career Advice From Kathie Lee and Hoda at the Matrix Awards

TVNewsers were out in force at this year’s Matrix Awards, held recently at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Mediabistro’s Vicki Salemi caught up with some of the attendees — including Queen Latifah, Gloria Steinem and the event’s emcees, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb — for some career advice from the red carpet:

Jim Cramer: My First Big Break

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You may know him for his stock-picking strategies, staying ahead of the bulls, and out of the way of the bears. But Jim Cramer‘s big break happened far from Wall Street, in Tallahassee, Florida, at a sorority house, which became the scene of a grisly crime.

Following a humble start as a newspaper reporter, along the way Cramer became a magazine writer, a lawyer, a hedge-fund manager, an online publisher and a best-selling author. And he did it all while honoring his parents’ wishes. Here’s Jim Cramer’s First Big Break.

Maria Bartiromo: What’s Your Show?

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After 20 years at CNBC, Maria Bartiromo has hit the ground running at Fox. Bartiromo is among a small group of TV news anchors who host two shows on two different networks. MediabistroTV visited Bartiromo on a recent Friday where her day started with editorial meetings for her FBN show, then a round of affiliate interviews, followed by the 2-hour “Opening Bell,” then a planning meeting for her Sunday show on Fox News Channel. In a “What’s Your Show?” first, we ask Maria Bartiromo: “What Are Your Shows?”

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Alicia Menendez on Fusion, Six Months In

Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez says the formula for reaching millennials is pretty simple: authenticity, levity and ubiquity. Menendez was a panelist at last week’s TVNewser Show talking about the importance of the millennial audience, and about her network, Fusion, six months in. WATCH:

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TVNewser Show… in a Minute

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As we start planning for the next TVNewser Show & Media Job Fair, here’s a look back at last week’s event at which more than 900 people gathered to talk shop, learn about the future of the business, or find a job… and there was cake.

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Attention TV News Executives: Here’s What Your Younger Demo Wants

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Of the many stresses that might keep TV news’ executives up at night, one of the biggest is how to get those all-important younger viewers to tune in regularly as increasing competition grows on digital, social, and second screen platforms.

With more than 900 people attending the TVNewser Show Media Job Fair on Tuesday — most in the younger demo — we figured we’d go straight to the source.

Responses ran the gamut, from a desire for increased anchor participation on social media, to more quick, on-the-go news, to lightening up the mood a little bit. And some respondees poured cold water on the notion that young people don’t like hard news.

Marlee Matlin: ‘I Don’t Have Time to Hear It. I’m Tired of Barriers.’

When it comes to bad closed captioning, Marlee Matlin has a lot to say.

A tipping point came five years ago when Matlin, who’s been deaf since the age of 18 months, sat down with her daughter to watch the “Wizard of Oz” on Netflix. There were no subtitles. Her Tweet started a caption revolution. “Noise is good, because the purpose was good,” Matlin says.

The Academy Award-winning actress is now working with VIKI, which crowd sources program translations in more than 200 languages, for the Billion Words March. The FCC is behind the initiative, and in February outlined new rules aimed at stopping inaccurate closed captioning.

Along with her interpreter of 29 years, Jack Jason, we sat down with Matlin to talk about life off screen, and on. The Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars contestant tells us which competition show she’d like to appear on next.

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