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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 told us a story involving names like Ted Turner, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin¬†that sounded more like a who’s who than your typical tale of “how I got started.” Plus, he may have given us the key to his longevity as a talk show host when he told us, “Listening is as important as asking.”

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WATCH: Three Tips on How to Use Social Media and Keep Your Job


No doubt you’ve heard the cautionary tale of the anchor or reporter who overshared on social media and found themselves quickly underemployed? So how do you juggle your social media life with your professional life?

Stephanie Tsoflias, Mediabistro instructor and working TV reporter, shares her top three tips for keeping your job while using social media.

If you like what you hear, click on this link to sign up for Tsoflias’ “TV News reporting” class or go to mediabistro.com to search for something else you may want to learn.

WATCH: Five Tips for Making it to a Top Market


We asked Stephanie Tsoflias, Mediabistro instructor and reporter in the New York market, to share five simple tips that will help you move up to bigger and better things.

Her first tip? Master your craft.

Be sure to go to mediabistro.com and click on the education tab to explore all the classes we offer that can help you do just that.

Score That Job: Dow Jones

Dow Jones is home to companies like The Wall Street Journal, Factiva and Barron’s. And if our recent Cubes episode giving you an insider’s look at its sleek open office design made you think about working there, here’s your chance to find out how to make that happen.

On this installment of Score That Job, 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

Dow Jones, parent of the Wall Street Journal, kept the home in the Midtown Manhattan News Corporation building after the parent company divorced itself and formed separate print and entertainment units.

Wendy Bounds,Wall Street Journal Editor and host of WSJ’s video offering “Lunch Break,” showed the kids at mediabistroTV that everything’s going to be OK by giving them a tour of the multi-floored heart of Dow Jones.

The guys were greeted by one of the legendary standing receptionists, got as close to a Pulitzer Prize as they’re ever going to get, took a color-toned glimpse into the paper’s past with wall sized silkscreens of old newsroom photos and managed 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, ‘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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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.

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 on the corner of Prince and Broadway. 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.

Rosanna Scotto: My First Big Break

If you don’t live in the New York TV market, you may know her from the cable clip show “The Soup” as the woman who puts up with co-anchor Greg Kelly‘s antics.

Rosanna Scotto, morning anchor for New York’s FOX owned station WNYW, sat down with the mediabistroTV crew to talk about how St. Patrick’s Day and the antics of world-famous director Woody Allen are what lead to her first big break.

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Cubes: VIP Tour of Huge

In this episode of Cubes, the crew takes its first trip across the East River to see the DUMBO digs of ad agency Huge. No, they don’t live in a Disney film, DUMBO is New York for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” meaning it’s in Brooklyn.

Under that Manhattan Bridge Overpass, the mediabistro crew found the Huge folks hiply ensconced in the same space where the cardboard box was invented. Don’t sweat it if you’re not into the whole ‘cardboard box thing.’ You can always enjoy the play on words about to unfold with Huge Dogs, Huge copy machines named after Huge Dogs, and Huge conference rooms named after celebrities who are huge but not Huge. Or you can just click on the image below to watch the moving picture show.

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

Jerry Springer: My First Big Break

Say the name Jerry Springer and the first thing that comes to mind might be a daytime talk show where people throw chairs at one another to make a point. So it may not be much of a surprise to learn Jerry got his start in politics.

The former lawyer, former campaign adviser for Robert F. Kennedy, former mayor of Cincinnati and former anchor for the city’s NBC affiliate tells mediabistroTV his career wasn’t launched by one big break as much as it was the result of being ready for anything.

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