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FJOTD: Edward R. Murrow of Good Night, Good Luck

Smoking, what every growing journalist needs!

Wow, we’re heading into new territory. Exciting, no? This is our first Fictional Journalist of the Day that is based on an actual journalist! There will be more to come. Also, if we have to tell you who this is and who it’s supposed to be, you should be ashamed of yourself.

We’ll tell you anyway, after the jump of course. Now for the links!

– This has to be a joke. There’s no way this is their official blog. Are you kidding me? (America Airlines on friggin blogspot)

– More bloggers on blogger burnout. At what point do we start comparing bloggers to addicted gamers? (Boston Herald)

– Douchie financial “humor” blogger takes a stab at snarking journalists/Washington Post. Comments indicate results were less than desirable. Aside: what the hell happened to Dealbreaker? Did they jump the shark while we weren’t paying attention? (Dealbreaker)

– This was supposed to go on yesterday’s job posts, but here you go. Ever wanted to intern for free, from your own home? The Big Lead, a five-tool sports blog, may have something for you. (The Big Lead)

– Schadenfreude! Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez is having trouble finding a job. We sure didn’t see that coming. It would probably help if he could actually recall what he did at his last gig. (NY Times)

– Hopefully, we’ll be getting to these soon. (Britannica Blog) Continue reading

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When less is more: Why sometimes it’s best to just stick to what you know

Your guide to the perfect life

Here’s a perfect example of why not everyone needs a public forum. We were actually going to just put this in the FJOTD, but we decided this needed some extra space. So yesterday on AOL’s TVSquad, blogger Jay Black had an interesting idea on why the media should shut up about the struggling U.S. economy already.

His reasoning? Ignorance is bliss. To simplify, if you want to avoid a recession, all you have to do is just not talk about it. Continue reading

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FJOTD: Kermit The Frog

Hi all! Today’s Fictional Journalist of the Day is our first one of the nonhuman sort. His name? Kermit the Frog! He’s had a wonderful, wonderful career with Sesame Street News and in our opinion, is probably one of the best frog reporters ever!

It's not easy being green.. and a reporter!

More on Kermit after the jump! First, our links:

Pulitzers are out! Washington Post grabs six, and the NY Times takes home two. (Pulitzer.org)

CBS is thinking of using CNN while reporting… is that lazy or economical? (NY Times)

Don’t pay to learn how to be an entrepreneurial journalist, it’s all online! (Be Successful News)

This whole covering the negatives thing during the presidential primaries is really getting the people at Baylor kind of down. Well, not really, but they are discussing it! (Baylor)

Sure, anyone can participate in citizen journalism. Teaching it on the classroom, however? That might be a little more tough. (MediaShift Idea Lab)

The Tupac-Diddy story we told you about from the LA times has been officially retracted… finally. (LA Times)

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FJOTD: Miranda Vera Cruz de la Jolla Cardinal!

This is….you know who this is.

Continuing with our streak of random and obscure Fictional Journalist of the Day, we present to you Ms. Miranda Vera Cruz de la Jolla Cardinal! More on her later.

We apologize for the lateness of today’s FJOTD, but we’ve been a bit swamped lately with… well you don’t want to hear it and we won’t bore you with it. So onto the links!

– This is fitting for tonight’s big game. Hopefully it’ll get you in the mood as graduates earning an average salary of $67k root against those earning $59.1k. UNC ($75.1K) and UCLA ($86.6) can take solace in their larger average salary after choking in the Final Four. (PayScale)

– Hm… I didn’t know being a journalist could get you underaged tail. “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” Yay, Wooderson. Boo McConaughey. (North Jersey via The Big Lead)

– Want extra cheddar on the side? Take up a hobby that actually pays. Why isn’t blogging on that list? Oh, wait… (AOL)

– You mean it doesn’t pay, and can get you fired? (Yahoo! Finance)

– So does this mean Katie Couric is getting used to coming in last place? (Washington Post via Romenesko)

– Sounds like something out of a horror/murder mystery flick. Bloggers are being taken out like flies! The main suspect? An inactive lifestyle. Behind it all, it’s just another profile on what blogging is. You already know how we feel about that. (NY Times) Continue reading

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FJOTD: Heather Holloway!

She’s getting the hard news one way or another … that was inappropriate…

We know what you’re thinking. Really? Heather Holloway from Thank You for Smoking? Really? We’re short on time today, so we wanted someone cheap, easy and that will suffice for now. Keep in mind, however, that this young and driven reporter managed to take down this man, albeit even if only for a short time. And though it cost her her integrity, her job, her reputation, her… let’s just say it was a heavy price. The fact is she paid it, willingly. Anything to get the story. More on her later. Yes, there’s more.

Now, onto today’s links!

– Newsmagazines are getting makers over shedding the extra weight. (WSJ via Romenesko)

– No March Madness money for the LA Times staff, which basically means there’s no real madness. So essentially it’s just March. Or it was March, we guess. (The Big Lead)

– If you can’t beat ’em…. Also, we swear we’re not stalking her. Honest. (Media Bistro)

– This is kind of pathetic. Actually, on second thought, not kind of. Completely. (The Bad and Ugly)

– Newspapers aren’t the only ones cutting jobs. Misery loves company? (NY Times) Continue reading

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She’s not bitter, she’s not bitter at all

Jealous?

Okay so ABC News anchor Gigi Stone and her co-anchor are reading a story on falling models… turns out, Stone has some bones to pick!

“They have a terribly hard job just walking up and down, getting paid millions of dollars, thinking the whole time…” Continue reading

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Media cover-up? You don’t say!

The Associated Press ran a story today about the lack of headlines covering the Iraq war in the U.S. media. It’s no secret that it’s been an unpopular subject for the current administration, and quite frankly (and perhaps callously), five years and 4,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq later, it seems that the American public may just be tired of hearing about it.

This is, for the most part, a nation of escapism. Britney Spears, Anna Nicole Smith (may she rest in peace), The Hills (are you friggin’ serious right now?), etc.

The short attention span of the mass population (and we’re not saying we’re not a part of that group) just doesn’t care about things that don’t affect their day-to-day lives. Out of sight, out of mind is sort of a mantra around these here parts.

For the minority that do care, and are aware (and we’re not saying that we’re a part of this group either), they get drowned out by the bull horn that is the American media.

So why do they do it? Are they pushing a political agenda? Or are they just chasing profits? It’s probably a mixture of both, with a bit of special sauce on the side, we assume.

We’ll part this post with one of our all-time favorite quotes: Continue reading

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