Mashable has added Andrew Springer and Ben Fullon to its team. Details are below.Spring is joining as director of growth. He previously worked for ABC News, where he oversaw its global social media for almost three years. Fullon has been named director of audience development. He joins Mashable from Vox Media where he served as director of paid media.
USA Today is having a rough morning. It started with a “breaking” story tweet about Cormac McCarthy’s death:
Of course, McCarthy is not dead. A quick phone call before these tweets would’ve helped.
To make matters worse, USA Today didn’t bother to just tweet that they had made a mistake. The paper followed these tweets with “updates” about a false “report” that it grabbed from a parody Twitter account.
Noticing the USA Today/McCarthy drama, Penguin Random House had the perfect response:
Cormac McCarthy is alive and well and still doesn't care about Twitter.
— Penguin Random House (@penguinrandom) June 28, 2016
The New York Times is looking to get a bit more local with the launch of California Today, its first state-specific newsletter.
The first edition of Today features items on wildfires and music festivals, which, oddly, is a couple of the first things we think of when we imagine the golden state.
According to Nieman Lab, Today—overseen by Times LA bureau-based staffer Ian Lovett—is just a test run. If it works out, more state-specific editions could follow.
At the beginning of the 22-minute video feature that accompanies the Sports Illustrated Summer Double Issue cover story, Caitlyn Jenner is shown cradling her 1976 Summer Olympics gold medal. She confesses that she “never takes this thing out.” But she did for the photo shoot at her home in Malibu, and the result is another iconic cover.
And as you gaze at this stunning cover image, shot by Yu Tsai, consider this rather shocking quote from Jenner when she was asked how she felt about her super-human decathlete body, circa-Montreal 1976:
“It disgusted me. I was big and thick and masculine. The rest of the world thought it was this Greek god kind of body. I hated it. But it’s what I was given, so I just tried to do the best I could with it.”
The hard-copy issue hits newsstands starting tomorrow, with the cover and stories destined to be conversation pieces all the way through the holiday weekend. Although Jenner did not return to Montreal for the piece, she did, with writer Tim Layden, visit other locations that played a key role in the path to the Olympics such as the University of Oregon and San Jose City College.
In support of the July 4-11 cover story, writer Layden guested on the latest episode of the SI podcast The Gray Area. Listen to that conversation with Maggie Gray, below.
Previously on FishbowlNY
Caitlyn Jenner Recalls a TMZ Low Point
Paul Caine, who joined Bloomberg Media just two years ago as global chief revenue and client partnerships officer, is leaving the company. According to a memo that was obtained by Ad Age, Caine is moving on to pursue “a new challenge.”
Caine arrived at Bloomberg after one year as CEO of WestwoodOne. He previously spent more than two decades with Time Inc.
Bloomberg COO Jacki Kelley is assuming Caine’s duties on an interim basis while the company searches for Caine’s replacement.
BuzzFeed wants young people to vote, so—with a little help from President Obama—the company has launched a week-long series asking people to register and then make their voices heard in November.
The project debuts with a short video featuring President Obama listing “5 things that are harder than registering to vote.” Obama is shown crafting a friendship bracelet, naming all the Game of Thrones characters who have died and more. The video ends with the President asking viewers to navigate to BuzzFeed.turbovote.org to register.
“If you don’t do it now, BuzzFeed will be reminding you all week with videos and articles about what it means to be American and to think about the next 20, 30, 50 years of our country,” wrote BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith, in a post announcing the initiative.
Women’s Running, a magazine founded in 2004 as Her Sports + Fitness, has experienced record growth over the past year.
Compared to 2015, unique visits to Womensrunning.com have jumped by more than 50 percent and hit the 1 million mark in April; a record for the title. Social audiences are also up for the Competitor Group brand — Women’s Running’s Facebook fans have tripled and it has enjoyed a 450 percent increase in Instagram followers since last year. The good news isn’t limited to the online world, either. Women’s Running circulation has also increased.
Women’s Running’s editor Jessica Sebor said that beyond a site redesign, a big reason for the magazine’s popularity is its goal of being inclusive. For evidence of this, just check out Women’s Running’s latest cover, which featured transgender runner Amelia Gapin.
“Women’s Running has always strived to speak to every woman, but over the last year, we have doubled down on that commitment,” explained Sebor. “This idea isn’t novel, but it is incredibly rare in the magazine industry. We’ll continue to exceed our reader demand to serve up real women and offer practical advice on how to be your healthiest self as we continue to grow.”
The New York Times is updating its metro section by removing columns and adding more in-depth stories.
In an interview with Politico, Times metro editor Wendell Jamieson explained, “I’m trying to reimagine coverage of what I believe is the greatest city in the world as part of a global news organization. How do you cover New York differently when you’re covering it for the world as well as local readers?”
One such change? Getting rid of many columns. In fact, the only ones that are safe are Jim Dwyer’s About New York and Ginia Bellafante’s Big City. Jamieson the Times decided to remove many of the columns because “It’s really an old daily newspaper confection.”
Keep an eye out for these changes to start rolling out over the next few weeks. Or you could just start complaining about them now.
July 6, 1972. That’s when David Bowie performed “Starman” on the BBC-TV show Top of the Pops, a seminal moment revisited by Rolling Stone executive editor Nathan Brackett and contributing editor Rob Sheffield on this week’s magazine podcast. Sheffield’s book about Bowie, written quickly and intensively following the performer’s death from cancer in January, is out today.
Here’s Sheffield, from the podcast:
“It’s weird how David Bowie was so obscure going into this. He was the guy who had a one-hit wonder record, kind of, three years earlier, Space Oddity. Which has been completely forgotten in the three years…”
“He goes on Top of the Pops to do his new song, “Starman,” which is the last song he wrote for his album. It’s called Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. And he gets up there, wearing his platform boots and his rainbow-colored jumpsuit, and his blue guitar, and his two different colored eyes. And his crimson mane of hair. And he does this song about an alien…”
“Starman” was very different from the Top of the Pops norm. The appearance was watched, at the time, by just about every future major British music star, from Bono and Morrissey to others, many of whom have taking in Bowie that Thursday summer night as a “touchstone.” Per Sheffield, the performance burst through the tube, appropriately, like a “complete thunderbolt.”
Especially one particular moment of the performance. Here’s how The Guardian’s David Hepworth put it in a piece a few days after Bowie’s death:
I went to YouTube just now to see if the memory I’ve kept in my head for more than 43 years is correct. When David Bowie appeared on Top of the Pops on 6 July 1972 performing “Starman,” did he really point at the camera on the line “I had to phone someone so I picked on you-hoo-oo”?
In the glory days of Top of the Pops you couldn’t watch things again. You retained them in the archive of your memory. People watched hungrily, believing it would be their only chance. It’s only slowly, in the years since 1972, that I realized that I wasn’t the only one for whom this was a key moment. The way Bowie pointed that finger, smilingly draped an arm around Mick Ronson, and looked beyond the camera to engage the audience sitting at home, stickily hemmed in by disapproving members of their immediate family, seemed of a piece with the new Ziggy Stardust persona we’d been reading about. It felt like an arrival long delayed.
Jacket cover courtesy: Dey Street Books
Under the headline “The Reluctant Memoirist,” South Korean-born author and TNR contributing editor Suki Kim has shared some fascinating perspective on her 2014 book Without You, There Is No Us. The book recounts Kim’s experiences as an ESL teacher in North Korea, where she ventured undercover in 2011 to glean an insider’s view of the secretive country.
Although the cover of Kim’s New York Times bestseller (pictured; click to enlarge) displays the words “A Memoir,” that was at the time and remains to this day something the author is not comfortable with:
In reexamining a terrible tangle of a situation, one can sometimes pinpoint that single moment when everything went wrong. During my decade-long research, I had always feared that this would happen in North Korea, where I would have no control over my fate. As it turned out, the moment took place in New York City, after I had finally finished my draft. Six months before publication, my editor sent over the design for the book cover. Something caught my eye: Below the title were the words, “A Memoir.”
I immediately emailed my editor. “I really do not feel comfortable with my book being called a memoir,” I told her. “I think calling it a memoir trivializes my reporting.” Memoir, after all, suggests memories – the unresolved issues of the past, examined through the author’s own experiences. My work, though literary and at times personal, was a narrative account of investigative reporting. I wasn’t simply trying to convey how I saw the world; I was reporting how it was seen and lived by others.
My editor would not budge…
Kim also delves into what she feels was a double standard put forth by many of the reviews for her book, and admits the whole post-publication experience fomented a lot of anger.
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Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM) has named Amy Odell—currently Cosmopolitan.com’s site director, a role which she’ll retain—director of editorial strategy for Redbookmag.com. Joining Odell as site director for Redbookmag.com is Ashley Mateo.
Mateo comes to Redbook from Shape, where she served as digital deputy editor. She’ll report to Odell.
“What’s so great about Redbook is that it’s real and relatable with lots of personality; I’m confident Ashley will translate that smart, funny, and friendly voice to the website,” said Odell, in a statement. “She’ll take on a variety of subjects important to young women and by doing so, will create an even bigger, more engaged community of Redbook readers on the internet.”
Named in honor of the Sunday Times of London journalist who was killed while covering the conflict in Syria in 2012, the Marie Colvin Fellowship sponsored by News Corp. has settled on its first Stony Brook University recipient. Heading to Mexico this summer to intern with the Wall Street Journal is 21-year-old 2016 graduate Hanaa’ Tameez.
From today’s announcement:
“We are so proud to sponsor this fellowship, named after a journalist who herself embodied the very best of this great and essential profession,” said Keisha Smith-Jeremie, Chief Human Resources Officer for News Corp. “Support for a free press is one of the pillars of News Corp’s philanthropy, because we seek to protect and defend the ability of journalists to fulfill their vital function around the world.”
Added Wall Street Journal development editor Michelle LaRoche: “The Wall Street Journal is pleased to offer Stony Brook students hands-on experience to match the high level of instruction they’ve received on campus. We look forward to working with these journalists as they embark on an exciting and meaningful career in the profession.”
Tameez, a journalism and Spanish double major, edited campus newspaper The Statesman during her time at the school. Check out some of her pieces here.
Sheelah Kolhatkar is leaving Bloomberg Businessweek to join The New Yorker as a staff writer.
Kolhatkar has been with Businessweek since 2010, serving as a features editor and national correspondent. Prior to her time with Businessweek, Kolhatkar worked for Time and New York.
As Politico notes, this is a bit of a homecoming for Kolhatkar, as she worked for Condé Nast Portfolio from 2006 to 2009.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving CNBC and The New York Times. Details are below.Darla Mercado has joined CNBC as a personal finance reporter. She most recently worked for the compliance firm Pension Resource Institute. Sapna Maheshwari has been named an advertising reporter for the Times. She comes to the paper from BuzzFeed, where she covered retail and e-commerce.
Walt Disney won France’s Legion d’Honneur in 1935. Eli Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who survived World War II concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald, received the same honor in 1984.
As a journalist at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953, Wiesel interviewed Disney. Four years later, per a column written by Wiesel in Yiddish for The Forverts (The Forward) that was unearthed by Tablet magazine contributing editor Menachem Butler, Wiesel visited Disneyland. The Anaheim, Calif. pit stop was part of a six-week cross-country road trip taken by Wiesel with his editor-boss at New York newspaper Yediot Aharonot, and the editor’s wife:
Several times in the article, Wiesel reflects on his appreciation of Walt Disney—“the person who created this land, this universe, must be a genius, a rare genius”—and then shares the anecdote that he was told of how Walt Disney often walks around Disneyland in disguise.
Wiesel understands why: “If one wants to calm his nerves and forget the bitter realities of daily life, there is no better-suited place to do so than Disneyland. In Disneyland, the land of children’s dreams, everything is simple, beautiful, good. There, no one screams at his fellow, no one is exploited by his fellow, no one’s fortune derives from his fellow’s misfortune. If children had the right to vote, they would vote Disney their president. And the whole world would look different.”
Butler was able to locate hard-copy articles of Wiesel’s old The Forverts columns at New York’s Center for Jewish History. Over the course of a year, he perused all of Wiesel’s The Forverts contributions, suggesting a book may also be in the offing.
The best part of Butler’s look at Wiesel’s “A Visit to the Wonderful Disneyland” piece is how he is able to resurrect the way Wiesel ties in some comments made by Disney at that aforementioned Cannes Film Festival in 1953. Read those words, and the rest of Butler’s Tablet magazine piece, here.
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Over the weekend, Caitlyn Jenner was a guest of the Aspen Institute’s Spotlight Health festival. She participated in a Sunday morning panel discussion moderated by journalist Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the Vanity Fair article that went along with Jenner’s indelible coming-out cover.
Andrew Travers has a good summar of the discussion in The Aspen Times. Here’s how Jenner recalls a certain critical moment in her transition from man to woman:
Jenner said she considered suicide herself a few years ago before she came out as transgender. Hounded by paparazzi over rumors she was transitioning, Jenner had surreptitiously gone to a doctor for an early-morning Adam’s apple shaving one day, she recalled. A security guard, she said, tipped off the tabloids. When TMZ’s Harvey Levin acquired a photo of her leaving the doctor’s office with a bandage on her neck, he called Jenner, who begged the paparazzo not to publish a story.
“I said, ‘Harvey, don’t do it,’” she recalled. “‘Why? Because it ruins my life. It ruins my family’s life. Don’t publish the story.’”
Of course, TMZ would publish it. And Jenner, over that sleepless night in her Malibu home waiting for it to go online, considered shooting herself. That low point, however, proved to be a new beginning, she said.
Elizabeth Spayd, the New York Times’ public editor, has shed a little more light on which story lines she’ll cover when she starts in a few weeks.
While Spayd has already said she’ll be watching how the Times deals with its digital transformation, Spayd told Poynter that she will also keep an eye on the business of the Times.
“My focus will be more toward the journalism, but the two are so intertwined,” she explained. “One of the struggles I think journalists have had is, they think they can look the other way and let someone else figure out the business side of what they’re in. That is just completely blind to the current reality.”
As for the inevitable grumbling that will come when she begins criticizing Times staffers, Spayd said “It’s really important to me to do a good job, and I can’t concern myself with whether my comrades in the newsroom like me or not.”
Interview magazine has named Jason Nikic chief revenue officer. Nikic joins the company from Hearst Magazines, where he most recently served as associate publisher.
Nikic had been with Hearst since 2012. He previously worked for The Atlantic and Rodale.
“I couldn’t be more honored to share in the responsibility in making sure that Interview continues to thrive,” Nikic told WWD. “That I share this responsibility with an editorial team that’s eager to find new ways to converse with their readers and users gives me the confidence that we will be able to present our partners with increasingly more innovative platforms to participate in this conversation.”
You read the headline right. Over the weekend, the New York Post Editorial Board decried a certain style of pizza that originated in Detroit and is now being served at a restaurant in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood. The headline deems this imported variation a “new hipster horror:”
Emmy Squared, on Grand Street, serves the rectangular pies – with sauce atop the cheese, and no outer rim of crust.
What a diss to Ray’s Original, Famous Original Ray’s and the city’s other classic slice-venders. Even aficionados of those Chicago quiches – “deep-dish pizza” – must be appalled.
For the record: Real pizza is round and flat, with melted mozzarella atop the sauce.
As you might imagine, the article has provoked a spirited response in Detroit. Per an item put together by Detroit ABC-TV affiliate Channel 7, Twitter shots fired touched on New York rats and more.
But the best reaction comes from website Daily Detroit. They’ve posted an op-ed response to the Post, titled “Dear New York Post: It Is You Who Are the Purevyors of Paltry Pizza.” For the record, it’s the better of the two op-eds:
Detroit pizza is strong. Yours flips, flops and folds, like your oompa-loompa colored, bloviating native son in the presidential race.
In Detroit, we don’t make a distinction of what is “real” pizza. We know New York and Chicago-style pizza exists. We also don’t need to say those are not real pizza because we know ours is clearly the better pie. Much better than the swimming pool of sauce that is the Chicago, and definitely your flat-looking, burnt-edged, flat-tasting round discs.
You chastise your Brooklyn neighbors; we welcome them as many keep moving to our city since you can’t seem to make much of New York City anything but a home for the Bourgeoisie.
As Deadline Detroit’s Allen Lengel notes, the Post pronouncement follows a Wall Street Journal look by Charles Passy at the increasing popularity around New York of non-traditional pizzas. That item was published around June 22.
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