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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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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.

Where Do NFL Stars Who Don’t Make it to the Super Bowl Watch the Big Game?

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Joining the more than 6,200 members of the media in New York this week for Super Bowl XLVIII, is the occasional NFL star not playing in the big game. But Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith is in New York this week for another reason: launching his “Design for Brad Smith” competition. This morning MediabistroTV sat down with Smith to talk about the competition and to find out where he’ll be watching the game. We also got his take on the talk of the pre-game: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

We’ll have more on the “Design for Brad Smith” competition during our coverage of New York Fashion week next week. And to watch more mediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Why ABC’s Jon Karl Uses Twitter ‘in Doses’

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In the old days, a good reporter’s responsibilities included pounding the pavement (or the phone), getting the story, and writing it up for that evening’s newscast or next day’s paper.

As ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl tells us in part two of our MediaBeat interview those days are long gone.

Social media has changed the game, adding the need for reporters to both monitor and engage. An early “reluctant adapter” to Twitter, Karl now says it’s impossible to cover his beat without it. But he cautions against overuse: “You can’t be distracted by all that stuff.”

And what advice does he have for up and coming reporters in this new digital age? Don’t forget the basics.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl on Pushing Beyond Official White House Line

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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 a MediaBeat interview conducted at ABC’s Washington Bureau, Karl told us about the need to remain skeptical of what the White House is telling you, regardless of who’s in office. He 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.

  • Part II, tomorrow: Does Jonathan Karl find Twitter too distracting for good reporting?

 

Bonnie Bernstein Takes Over Oprah’s Studio

Back in the day, Oprah Winfrey would give away new cars from her Harpo Studios in Chicago. Part of the iconic studio has turned a corner and was recently taken over by CampusInsiders.com, a site devoted to college sports. The face of the venture is Bonnie Bernstein, the veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter. Beginning next week, she’ll host a new daily show from Harpo.

How will this sports show be different from everything else out there? In part II of our Media Beat interview, Bernstein tells us it’s all about the insiders.

From Gymnast to Sports Reporter, Bonnie Bernstein’s Got a New Balancing Act

When sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein learned her new gig would include being both the face of the venture, as well as an executive, the college gymnast leapt at the opportunity.

The veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter joined CampusInsiders.com earlier this year. She will be a host as well as the VP of Content and Brand Development. With a daily half hour show set to launch next week — originating from Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Studios in Chicago — Bernstein tells mediabistro she’s ready for the next phase of her career.

What Journalists Can Do About Spying Eyes

Jeremy Scahill, the National Security Correspondent for “The Nation,” has no love for Fox News but he says he’ll defend that network, and any journalist, against attacks from the Obama Justice Department. In this Media Beat Extra, Scahill tells mediabistro’s Mona Zhang “a unified front” is what’s needed to combat the government’s attack on journalism.

Media Beat: Jeremy Scahill, ‘No One’s an Objective Journalist’

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation and New York Times bestselling author, recently sat down with 10,000 words contributor Mona Zhang to talk about his new film “Dirty Wars,” which is based on the book of the same name.

Scahill tells mediabistroTV about his views on objectivity in journalism and addresses what he sees as a war on journalists in the US, “I don’t have much love at all, if any, for FOX News or for James Rosen,” Scahill said. “But I’m against what the justice department is doing to FOX News and to James Rosen.”

  • Part II, Wednesday: The gruesome discovery that sparked the “Dirty Wars” movie.

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

Brian Stelter, who launched the blog you’re reading almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year 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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