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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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FJOTD: Howard Beale!

“No wire hangers, EVER!” … wait, wrong quote…

Hey! Long time no see! Now, you probably saw this one coming. Today’s Fictional Journalist of the Day is none other than Howard Beale of the iconic 1976 movie Network. Why? Because he’s mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore! That, and he was “the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings.”

On that note, let’s look at the links!

– This is what happens when you go on hiatus for extended periods of time. Ugh. On the bright side, it looks like we’ll be hangin’ with Mr. Cooper now. (NY Daily News)

– Interesting behind the scenes look at The Smoking Gun. (NY Times)

– How does your salary stack up? (Parade)

– A little late now, we know. However, this is a pretty good read for a few reasons. First, we find out that one of the contributors at TheBigLead makes less than $40k. Second, the readers/commenters subsequently give him the bidniz for said annual income. Third, tax advice for gamblers! (The Big Lead)

– Celebrity incomes! (Parade via AOL)

– Another interesting read on Gawker’s payscale and blogger compensation strategy. It’s riveting stuff people! Trust us. (MediaShift via Romenesko)

– On a related note, the temptation to pander and hype stories is greater than ever. (NY Observer also via Romenesko)

– For you freelancing freelancers, some part time jobs with benefits might help. (AOL Jobs) Continue reading

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FJOTD: Two for One Special!

We don’t know what to write here.

We’d like to apologize for going MIA yesterday. We’re just going to blame it on technical difficulties and move on from it. To make it up to you, we’re giving you not one, not one and a half, but TWO Fictional Journalists of the Day! Today!

For this selection, we have chosen Andy Sachs and Miranda Priestly of The Devil Wears Prada. Now, you could argue that they’re not really journalists, and the aptly named Sachs (inappropriate!) was just a typical pretentious college grad at best.

We’ll have more after after the jump. But first, the links:

– You might get put off by the headline, but they make a good point about comments. Newspapers are adding comment sections for their online articles, but then subsequently disregarding them. The point of the comment section is to drive discussion and provide readers with a forum to be heard. Otherwise, what’s the point? Leave us one, we’ll talk to you. (Online Journalism Review)

– Hm, remember how we had the post about the UK teenage tycoons? Here’s America’s answer! America! F**K YEAH! (Forbes)

– Money lessons for the couch potato. Bloggers, pay attention. (AOL Money & Finance)

– More perks of the job! Our favorite? Smug Reporter vs. the Roided Revenger. (Gawker)

– And the Webby goes to… (Webby Awards)

– Here’s a piece on men’s mag publisher Felix Dennis. We used to be BIG fans of Maxim back in the day. We stopped reading it when we realized we were paying to read ads disguised as content. (Times Online)

– The good news about the newspaper bloodletting? Fresh eyes, of course. Will this be looked back on as the Great Journalistic Purge of the 2000s? (Slate)

– Interesting idea, and a lot of great reads. We’ll be keeping tabs on this. (Britannica Blog) Continue reading

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FJOTD: Clark Kent

On a crime-free day around on the corner of Fifth Street and Concord Lane, the super introverted, super passive, super geeky (but in a strange way, super dreamy) Clark Kent can be found at The Daily Planet. When he’s not writing for the newspaper or rocking a sweet pair of thick, plastic frames, he goes by his alter-ego (though some argue it’s the other way around) Superman.

More after Clark Kent after the jump! But first, our links:

Don’t worry! Investigative Journalism is thriving in some places, like uh.. Albany! (Editor and Publisher)

Ever wonder what happened to Miss Emily Gould? She’s living the life of a freelancer these days, and running a blog! (Emily Magazine)

Ever wonder why other people blog? Here’s your chance to find out. (Problogger)

Fox news is falling behind… on ratings, that is. (Crooks and Liars)

Gee… those message in a t-shirt things sure make our job hard sometimes. (Mamapop)

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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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FJOTD: Danny Tanner!

Good night, Michelle!

OK, I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably thinking a) WTF happened yesterday? b) WTF is Danny bleepin’ Tanner the Fictional Journalist of the Day?! Well, hold your horses, because a) APRIL FOOLS! You thought we would have more posts, and we didn’t! b) Danny bleepin’ Tanner wasn’t a professional parent (he did that on the side, that’s how badass he was), he was originally a sportscaster turned morning show host. So, he fits the bill.

More on him later, now for a post April Fools link bonanza:

-The struggles of non-profit blogging, and the perversion that soon follows. (Food Court Lunch)

– For the masochistic newspaper guys. (Blogging Stocks)

– Yay! Propaganda 2.0! I wonder if they’re focusing on driving user-generated content. (Wired)

– Bloggers are movin’ on up! (The Denver Channel)

– Major League Baseball vs. Media in a best of seven series. (The Enquirer via The Big Lead)

– Why do people keep kicking newspapers while they’re down? Ahem, um…cough…what? Who? (The Platform via Romenesko)

– Wall Street analyst gives his thoughts on quadrantONE, newspaper stocks. (The Analyst’s Review) Continue reading

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