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Archives: October 2013

Drew Barrymore, Beauty Columnist

Shutterstock_DrewBarrymoreThe multi-hyphenate keeps getting longer for the talented 38-year-old actress, director, producer, businesswoman and winemaker. Starting with the February/March issue of Brides, she can officially add columnist.

“Ask Drew” is the Condé Nast publication’s first ongoing celebrity column. Although the aforementioned issue is already put to bed so it can safely arrive at newsstands December 24, future issues will feature Barrymore answering reader questions.

“The column will be a resource for readers to learn about bridal beauty tips and tricks from Drew,” a magazine rep tells FishbowlNY. “She’s been a red carpet fixture for years and launched her own cosmetics line [Flower], which she is deeply involved in, so she will offer her unique expertise about looking your best for readers’ red carpet moment, their wedding and surrounding bridal events.”

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Marie Claire’s Power Women Lunch Honors a ‘New Guard’ of Females

Marie Claire Power WomenIt was a packed house on the 44th Floor of New York City’s Hearst Tower this afternoon for Marie Claire‘s annual Power Women lunch, honoring 50 members of the “New Guard” — also known as the “most connected women in America.” Natalie Morales, Girls actress Allison Williams (daughter of Brian Williams) and Marie Claire‘s Nina Garcia were just a few of the famous faces in the crowd. Speakers included Harvard associate professor Amy Cuddy (of Ted Talks fame), who discussed the impact of body language when it comes to getting ahead in life and in your career. The gist was to exude confidence by taking up space (arms outstretched, head held high) rather than striking a cowering pose (crossed arms or legs). And if this feels unnatural, she said, “Fake it until you [not make it, but rather] become it.” For women especially, Cuddy said, “Having power makes you more present.”

Next, a panel consisting of Morales, Williams, Sallie Krawcheck (CEO of 85 Broads, a network of Wall Street women) and Sophia Amoruso (CEO of fashion ecommerce site Nasty Gal) discussed leveraging your connections. Morales stressed the importance of networking. When I met her before the panel, Morales told me it’s much easier for women to break into media (especially the digital realm) now than when she was getting started. And in fact, she was sidetracked doing a stint in banking before she was able to pursue her true passion of journalism.

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Full Nelson | Angry Yelpers | Loopy Lauer

ShutterstockWillieNelsonandSonGalleyCat: On the heels of a third studio album in 16 months (To All The Girls…), on which he duets with everyone from Dolly Parton to Sheryl Crow, 80-year-old Willie Nelson has decided to give the autobiography thing a second spin. We’ll take this burst of artistic activity as yet another compelling argument for the full legalization of marijuana.

PRNewser: A class action lawsuit filed by some of Yelp’s most active unpaid reviewers confirms the old adage. You know, the one about panties never being an acceptable substitute for paychecks.

TVNewser: Savannah Guthrie told Jay Leno that Matt Lauer referring to singer Adele as “Estelle” was the “greatest moment of my life.” Guthrie might need to get out more.

[Photo of Wilson performing in San Francisco this past August: Josh Withers/Shutterstock.com]

How To Negotiate Pay Increases as a Freelancer

LifeAsAFreelancer

Becoming a freelancer full time can be an overwhelming undertaking. The reliability of your old job is long gone, replaced with a constant need to hustle for work.

And that’s not even going into the money issue. Freelancers often deal with a fluctuating financial situation. Some months you be may have more clients than you know what to do with, other times — not so much.

That’s why it’s so important to know what your work is worth:

I’ve found editors rarely pay much in increases; they have a budget for stories and that’s that. However, if you’re a steady contributor, you may be able to finagle an extra $50 or so. If the work isn’t too demanding, it might be worth your while to keep this client. Or perhaps you can negotiate other benefits. For example, instead of all rights to the work, your client takes only one-time rights, so you can easily sell the work (and make money) elsewhere.

To get more advice on freelancing, read: Pros and Cons of Life as a Freelancer.

– Aneya Fernando

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‘Social Media Professional’ Halloween Costume Goes Viral [Update]

Ha ha, this is hilarious.

The following is being passed around Twitter and appears to have been mocked up by the good folks at Auckland’s Social Media NZ.* Among those chortling are Huffington Post senior editor Kari Friedlander, GigaOM’s Matthew Ingram and mediagazer.com curator Patricia Sauthoff:

SocialMediaProfessional

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Anna Wintour: ‘Even If I’m Completely Unsure, I’ll Pretend’

Shutterstock_AnnaWintourThe recently minted Condé Nast artistic director shared some leadership tips with moderator Les Moonves as part of the 2013 Women’s Wear Daily CEO Summit. And what better place, really, since it was after a talk by Karl Lagerfeld at the 2012 edition of this event that the whole idea of adding to Wintour’s Vogue responsibilities took root.

FishbowlNY’s favorite passed-along Wintour tidbit in WWD media reporter Erik Maza‘s write-up reads as follows:

“I think possibly what people working for one hate the most is indecision. Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.”

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Jim Roberts on Why He Joined Mashable

MashableLogoAt the top of Jim Roberts‘ big mashable.com announcement, the recent Reuters digital recruit writes:

To some it might seem a bit of a departure. You might imagine a headline like: “Longtime New York Times and Reuters veteran forsakes legacy media for digital upstart.”

Perhaps, but only from an old-guard union employee manning a chugging printing press. For the rest of us, the more accurate headline is something like, “Jim Roberts Rises from the Ashes of Next to Join One of Next Big Things.” Mashable is already big, of course, but Roberts writes that he sees tremendous growth potential, especially in the area of video journalism.

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Ted Conover Revisits Harper’s Undercover Assignment

TedConoverPicThe article, titled “The Way of All Flesh,” ran in the May 2013 issue of Harper’s magazine. This week, author Ted Conover revisited his experiences going undercover as a USDA meat inspector in a Midwestern industrial slaughterhouse for the piece, as part of a Morse College master’s tea discussion at Yale University.

He told students that going undercover is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, he was surprised by the kinds of personal connections he was able to establish with other slaughterhouse workers. On the other, that kind of connection is only possible up to a point:

“I don’t think you can feel you really belong if you’re undercover, because you can’t express yourself in a full and honest way,” Conover said. “It’s a form of research I don’t recommend, because it’s hard over time to not be able to feel you belong or tell your friends back home.”

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Morning Media Newsfeed: Reuters to Cut 3,000 Jobs | NY Post Goes to Trial | NYT Ad Woes

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Thomson Reuters Beats Wall Street’s Expectations, Plans to Cut 3,000 Positions (JimRomenesko.com)
Thomson Reuters on Tuesday reported a third-quarter profit of 48 cents per share, beating Wall Street expectations by 4 cents. “Our Financial business achieved positive net sales for the first time in more than two years,” CEO Jim Smith tells employees. He adds in his memo: “We will eliminate approximately 3,000 positions as we continue to reduce product and operational complexity across our company.” WSJ The cuts, equivalent to about 5 percent of Thomson Reuters’ workforce of about 60,000, were disclosed on the same day that the financial data and news firm reported a 38 percent drop in third-quarter earnings, due to weaker revenue. The Guardian The news and information company said most of the jobs would be lost from its financial and risk arm, which sells data terminals and other services to investment banks and brokers. The losses are on top of 1,000 cuts announced earlier this year. Including staff leaving and sales of businesses the company’s workforce will shrink by 5,500, or 9 percent, from the start of the year. The Globe & Mail “I think everybody in the world is trying to do more with less,” Smith said. “I don’t think the pressure on costs and keeping them under control is going to lessen. That said, what I hope is this strategy gives us a more predictable path in the future.”

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