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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: Maya Gallo

Hello friends!

I apologize about the lateness of todays yesterday’s Fictional Journalist of the Day. Due to circumstances beyond my control (also known as work laziness and general procrastination) I wasn’t able to provide you with our FJOTD at the appropriate time. We cool? Ok great. (Insert hip handshake here.)

So today’s FJOTD is from the now defunct (but fully syndicated) Just Shoot Me. Who is it, you ask? This person is a a magazine writer with a lot of sass and a whole lot of ideas in their head. They’re also an avid supporter of the non-objectification of women and has a heightened interest in world issues. No, not David Spade! He was just an assistant. Today we are honoring Ms. Maya Gallo.

You go girl!

More on Maya later! First, the links:

– How Twitter can get you out of jail, kind of. (Mercury News)

– Ever wonder where top news editors think the future of journalism is heading? Here is your chance to find out. (Editors Weblog)

– Pirate Bay Blogging: Pure. Unadulterated, uncensored content. (Torrent Freak)

This takes cross posting to a new level. (PC World)

Greenwashing in journalism: The BBC and the publisher of Nashville Interiors have something in common: They’re both putting out eco-friendly products for consumption. Will this green twist resonate with readers? Only time will tell! One is an online magazine from the BBC that focuses on “eco-fabulous” clothing. As for that women’s magazine… it’s coming out in August. Let’s hope they’re printing it on recycled paper! (BBCBiz Journals)

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The (Selective) Information Age

Remember how cool it was when Google first came out with its customizable home page?

Choose wisely!

Google users were given the opportunity to dote over their home on the web — no, not their MySpace, their homepage. It was really cool how you could pick out things like “word of the day,” a fun flower pot that you could water, and the real draw… niche news feeds! But really, who would’ve thought that the “convenience” of picking news might be what is leading the minds of young people to the ground? 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. (

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: 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: Jenna Rink

Can someone please explain to us when the need for a high-powered, b-wordish woman is in a movie or television show, they always have to be a higher up in the magazine industry doing something like, say… fashion? Its always the same! We mean, they couldn’t have been anything else? Like a scientist, or a doctor, or a chef?

You mean there are other high powered professions for females out there other than magazine editor? You've bursted my bubble!


Hm. Scientist… doctor… chef… nope! Not feminine enough, sorry!

Luckily for us, not all fictional magazine editors are complete b-words! Or at least, intentionally are. Case in point: Jenna Rink from 13 going on 30!

Before we continue on our adventure on FJOTD’ing, here are today’s links:

OMG!! A reality TV show about a high school newspaper? On MTV? We wonder if its scripted. (MTV Reality Blog)

A final love letter from a journalist to his fiancée. (USA Today)

Blog first, book deal later. (

The Blogger Protection Act of 2008? (Blog Herald)

You guys are all dead to me! Yes, even you Justin Timberlake!  (Perez Hilton)

More on 13 going on 30 after the jump!

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Whoops, my bad.

Wow! Talk about embarrassing!

JK! No wedding here

This weekend, Star magazine reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married over the weekend. Unfortunately for Star news, that wasn’t the case:

Sources in a position to have information regarding a secret wedding ceremony between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had confirmed to Star that the couple married in the French Quarter Wedding Chapel on Saturday, March 29. “There were two weddings, one planned and one unplanned,” one source told Star. “Brad and Angelina’s was the planned ceremony. The weather wasn’t good, so we were indoors.”

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