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Last week was quite a whirlwind for New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter. Top of The Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, his look at the world of morning television, hit shelves, and Mr. Stelter found himself in the potentially awkward situation of appearing as a guest on morning shows to talk about a book about morning shows.
At press time, Mr. Stelter had done around 20 media appearances, with more scheduled. He was on Morning Edition, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN’s Early Start, Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition. Revelations were sprinkled throughout the tabloids and on the cover of Us Weekly, which featured a smiling photo of Ann Curry in a yellow cardigan, arms defiantly resting on her hips, with the headline “Stabbed in the Back: They called her ‘Big Bird’ and plotted to get rid of her. How Ann Curry’s coworkers tortured her and why she won’t forgive Matt Lauer.”
The Huffington Post Home vertical took us inside the magical, DIY home of everyone’s favorite media couple–New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter and NY1′s traffic reporter Jamie Shupak.
When Michelle Manetti, HuffPo Home’s associate editor, first met Ms. Shupak at a crafting event (side note: what’s a “crafting event”?), she was told that the traffic reporter had an amazing way with the home crafts. But she had to see it to believe it. And a tour of the West Village apartment that Ms. Shupak shares with Mr. Stelter convinced her. Ms. Manetti’s 18 picture slideshow convinced us that…um, they have a very nice place, thanks to Ms. Shupak’s craftiness and Mr. Stelter’s “trusting” personality.
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New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter finally did his laundry yesterday, something he apparently hasn’t done since 2008 or 2009. ”Did laundry last night. First time in 3-4 years. Is this what growing up feels like?” the 27-year-old Mr. Stelter posted on his Facebook page this morning.
Some of Mr. Stelter’s 174,012 Facebook subscribers commented to express their disbelief that anyone could wait that long to launder their clothing:
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Bill O’Reilly tore into New York Times television reporter Brian Stelter on The O’Reilly Factor last night, using Mr. Stelter’s “Gay on TV” article as proof that “most of the media will not even consider the traditional point of view on marriage.”
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New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson spoke at SXSW in Austin, Tex. yesterday, further proof of her tolerance for meta-media spectacles previously hinted at by appearances at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Iowa caucuses.
Ms. Abramson, well within her area of expertise, appeared in a conversation about “The Future of the New York Times” with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith.
Less than a year after her predecessor, Bill Keller, wondered aloud in the Times magazine if Twitter was making us stupid, Ms. Abramson said that the real question was whether or not to break news on Twitter without a story to link to. Some of her political reporters wanted to “issue an edict” against it, but she’s not ideological about it. She’d seen on the campaign trail that Twitter was a “revolution” for news gathering.
As New York Times reporter Brian Stelter accidentally informed the entire caring population (i.e. his Twitter followers), Christiane Amanpour is leaving ABC News’s This Week.
The New York Times Company seeks to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions through voluntary buyouts by the end of the year, Brian Stelter reported on the Times media blog. In a staff memo, executive editor Jill Abramson specified that there would be no layoffs.
This is the first major Times newsroom trim since Read More
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Since announcing her split with CNBC yesterday, business anchor (and, yes, Media Power Bachelorette) Nicole Lapin has been meeting with CNN’s HLN and the luxury lifestyle publisher The Robb Report, according to a source familiar with the activities of her new production company, Nothing But Gold.
Ms. Lapin is flirting with outlets for the new shows she’ll be producing. She’s no stranger to HLN; she regularly made appearances on the network as a CNN Live anchor, before she hopped to CNBC in January 2010.
In the mean time, she’s appearing on the CW’s Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers and the NBC’s Today show, and working on Decoding The Wall Street Journal, a book that will demystify the financial topics covered in the broadsheet. She’ll also launch a suite of online personal finance and investment tools along the lines of Mint.com.
In one of the more quotable moments from the documentary Page One, media reporter David Carr refers to his colleague, television reporter Brian Stelter, as “a robot created by The New York Times to destroy me.”
Since then, Mr. Stelter’s been doing damage control on his metallic reputation. He’s escorted CNBC beauty Nicole Lapin down Read More
New York Times television writer Brian Stelter announced earlier today, via Twitter, that he’s parlayed his social media presence and budding silver screen stardom into a book deal. The Top of the Morning, a history of AM talk shows, will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2013.
That is, if he figures out how Read More