Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Why The Journolist Matters


For the average person, the Journolist doesn't matter. With bills to pay and kids to feed, who the hell is Ezra Klein and what is a 'Journolist'? That's where Marisa Tomei comes in.

And as much as it may sound like it, it's not a version of the Chewbacca defense.

Marisa had her claim to fame in with her role in My Cousin Vinnie as the girlfriend to the title character. The role where she won an Oscar.

And after that, she kind of dropped off the scene. She had a supporting role here or there but for the most part, she's been in independent films with no major studio behind it. Most notably, Cyrus.

When the rest of the nation watches movies that Hollywood makes, Hollywood watches independent movies. Sort of a farm team for potential movie talent.

Hence, why Marisa is on the cover of Shape Magazine this month. She's done her time with the smaller, independent films has a chance to move on to bigger roles. She was noticed by the movers and shakers and the time is due for another big role. A PR machine behind her is getting in gear with a puffball interview done for the magazine and a photohshopped picture on the cover.

The same with the Journolist.

2. Ben Adler – Newsweek, POLITICO
3. Mike Allen - POLITICO
[. . .]
51. Ezra Klein - Washington Post, Newsweek, The American Prospect
52. Joe Klein - TIME
53. Paul Krugman – The New York Times, Princeton University
54. Lisa Lerer - POLITICO
[. . .]
84. Ben Smith - POLITICO

If you listen to the radio news updates on the hour, many of those stories are based from The Politico.  The New York Times is what the alphabet networks base their nightly newscast on.  Not everyone on the Journolist are daily reads for the of the news industry but a good portion of them are.

Many of the sites and news bureaus that staffed members of the Journolist are what other news bureaus based their daily reads from.

It's a long way to go for just a picture of Marisa Tomei.

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