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Hardcore Pawn Cast Talks About the Weirdest Things Ever Pawned

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Maybe you have dreams of working on a reality show one day? Hardcore Pawn is the pawn shop show shot in Detroit starring the Gold family.

Father Les and daughter Ashley sat down with mediabistroTV and told us the five weirdest things they’ve seen come across the pawn shop counter.

So next time you need cash and you’re worried the pawn shop won’t give you cash for your dusty basement treasure, just remember these guys bought something called a “Death Mobile.”

Next week we’ll find out why Pawn Shop shows are so popular.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl’s Advice For Journalists Both Old and New

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ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl tells mediabistroTV in part two of Media Beat, the days of pounding the pavement (or the phone), getting the story, and writing it up for that evening’s newscast or next day’s paper 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 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.

Larry King: My First Big Break

In celebration of Larry King‘s 80th birthday today, the mediabistroTV crew took the train down to Washington, D.C. to ask the iconic talk show host to look back on his long career and tell us how he got his first big break.

The current host of “Larry King Now” on ora.tv gave us some sage advice about interviewing guests and had some inspiring words for those toiling away unnoticed. King told us “listening is as important as asking” during an interview and if you’re good at what you do, someone will notice.

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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.

Score That Job: Dow Jones

If our recent Cubes episode giving you an insider’s look at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal made you think about working there, here’s your chance to find out how to make that happen.

Vicki Salemi, mediabistro’s very own career expert, author and editor sits down with Meredith Lubitz, vice president of Talent Acquisition at Dow Jones to hear what it takes to go from candidate to employee.

A couple of hints? Who you are outside the office is just as important as who you are inside. So tighten up that social media presence. They want to know what you’re saying to the world.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Cubes: VIP Tour of Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal

Unlike most divorces, Dow Jones, the home of the Wall Street Journal, got to keep its space in the Midtown Manhattan News Corporation building after the parent company split into separate print and broadcasting units. The publishing arm, housing WSJ, kept the News Corporation name while the broadcast and entertainment part now calls itself 21st Century Fox.

Hosted by Wendy Bounds,Wall Street Journal Editor and host of WSJ’s video offering “Lunch Break,” the kids at mediabistroTV got to see the legendary standing receptionists, drew inspiration in the hallway of Pulitzer Prizes and tried not to end up as gossip fodder on the twitter page of the lobby’s chandelier.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Media Beat: Jeremy Scahill Talks About The Event Behind His Film ‘Dirty Wars’

Jeremy Scahill is the National Security Correspondent for The Nation and a New York Times bestselling author.

His second book, “Dirty Wars” was recently the basis of a film by the same name. Scahill told 10,000 words contributor Mona Zhang the story behind his first book about Blackwater and how an investigation in to a night raid by US Joint Special Operations Command became the driving force behind the film “Dirty Wars.”

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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 what he sees as a war on journalists in the US and whether he thinks anyone can be an objective journalist.

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

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Cubes: VIP Tour of Code and Theory

Code and Theory is a creative agency behind publishing websites like “The Verge,” and “Interview” magazine. They also have an odd fondness for the Dewey Decimal System (so if you have library science skills, they might need your help)

Managing partners Steve Baer and Mike Treff took the mediabistroTV crew on an Olde Timey New York meets modern design tour of their fifth floor offices. The guys showed how they added wide open spaces, planned randomness and hip wood floors to the windows, the wood and the brick that originally came with the building built by the Astor family in 1886. Then there were the books, the many, many, many books.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

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