Meredith Corporation has made some changes to its editorial leadership.
According to The New York Post, Shape publisher Tim O’Connor has been let go and Chris Guilfoyle will take his place. Carey Witmer, how has been with Meredith since 1998, also has a new role.
O’Connor was named publisher of Shape last year. He joined Meredith in 2014. Guilfoyle was most recently senior vp and group publisher of Meredith’s women’s group and publisher of Better Homes & Gardens.
Witmer has been promoted to executive vp and group publisher of Meredith’s food group, which includes Allrecipes, Rachael Ray Every Day and EatingWell. Witmer previously served as executive vp and president of Meredith’s parents network.
In her latest column for New York Social Diary, 93-year-old Liz Smith lavishes praise on a trio of articles in the Aug. 29 issue of The New Yorker. The first is Paul Rudnick’s imagining of what might be in Melania Trump‘s diary; the second, Nick Paumgarten’s look at an exclusive restaurant in Eaton, N.Y.; and the third, a brief item about the popularity of the topic of Donald Trump on website Hello Poetry.
In the Sept. 5 issue of The New Yorker, there is another piece, about Smith herself. The longtime journalist looks back on her relationship with Trump as a reporter, and explains to Jeffrey Toobin how and why it coalesced unfavorably for her:
When the Post published a front-page story quoting Marla Maples calling her affair with Trump “the best sex I ever had,” Smith wrote a column urging Ivana to “stop sobbing over Donald Juan,” and observing that Trump “still relishes his macho-man publicity.” The Trumps’ divorce, followed by Donald’s brief marriage to Maples, gave Smith the story of her career. At the time, she was a regular on WNBC’s “Live at Five,” in addition to writing her column. She parlayed the Trump story into a big contract to move her column to New York Newsday, which is now defunct, like a number of the seven newspapers she’s worked for.
During the eighties, Smith enjoyed a good deal of Trump’s hospitality, including visits to his Mar-a-Lago estate, in Palm Beach. “I was left holding the bag, ethically, because I had foolishly appeared to have accepted a lot of favors from him,” she said. “The truth was I thought I could get him to give me money for my charities. He never gave me a dime. And I got the criticism I deserved.”
Facebook execs quite possibly spend so much time inside a digital world that they have forgotten how the real world operates. We say this because in an effort to reduce bias in its Trending news section (pictured), the social giant has fired more than a dozen editors who worked on the feature.
The move comes a few months after reports emerged that Facebook editors who worked on the Trending section were routinely told to suppress articles from conservative media outlets. That was obviously a problem. But this mass firing is not a solution.
According to Quartz, Facebook plans to replace the fired editors with engineers who “will work to check that topics and articles surfaced by the algorithms are newsworthy.”
So… Facebook fired staffers because of their inherit bias so it could replace them with other staffers who have inherit bias. Brilliant.
Bloomberg News executive editor Bill Grueskin is leaving the company.
According to Talking Biz News, Grueskin will continue to teach journalism classes at Columbia.
Grueskin joined Bloomberg in 2014. He previously spent more than a decade at The Wall Street Journal.
For the latest “New York Stories” series piece in the New York Daily News, Elizabeth Mitchell revisits the time and place framing the cover of Bob Dylan’s second LP. The photo with then-girlfriend Suze Rotolo was taken in February of 1963 on Jones Street in Greenwich Village; the album would come out three months later and fully launch the singer’s career.
It was an era when a two-bedroom apartment in the Village could be had for $60 a month. Dylan’s third-floor walk-up was in a four-story building at 161 West Fourth Street. Per Mitchell, the building still looks the way it did then:
The building where Dylan once lived sold in 2015 for $6 million. It sits empty, the bottom floors seeking business rental at $25,000 a month. Chris Coffey, a consultant at Icon Realty Management who handles the property, says they have no plans to change the apartment layouts, and they would prefer a tenant who would somehow honor the history of the neighborhood. “We would be happy to work with Mr. Dylan or anyone from his team on how best to pay tribute to his legacy,” he explains. “That along with a respectful renovation should make the building stay forever young.”
Also briefly mentioned in Mitchell’s article is a much darker chapter in the waning summer months of 1963. After Rotolo became pregnant, she and Dylan decided they couldn’t keep the baby and went to a New York City doctor for an illegal abortion. New York in 1970 became the first U.S. state to make abortion legal.
On Thursday, Dwayne Wade led off his portion of The Undefeated’s special town hall conversation about gun violence in Chicago by telling moderator Jemele Hill that his experience growing up in the city “was a lot of us killing us.” On Friday, a most horrific confirmation that this is still the case occurred.
It was 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. Nykea Aldridge, 32, was pushing a baby stroller and on her way to the Dulles School of Excellence to register some of her other four children for the school year. The man she was walking with was targeted; she was shot in the head and arm; she died, later, at the hospital.
Wade tweeted his reaction Friday. An on Thursday, he had arguably the very best description of the root problem during his portion of The Undefeated town hall. Said Wade:
“You try to come in, as an individual, and say, ‘OK, I have a foundation, I want to do something. What is the problem in the community?'”
“And I think it goes way back. I think it goes back to the Great Migration. I think that back then, when jobs were dried up, when we weren’t privileged to certain high educations, to even healthy foods. I think at that moment, at that time, I think we started to turn on each other. And we kind of adopted that mentality that, it’s about me surviving. And we still live that today.”
“It’s like, ‘I don’t want to tell no one else the information and knowledge I have, because I don’t want this person to be bigger or better than me.’ And that’s the mentality our community has taken. It goes way back. That’s why I think it’s important for all of us to help each other, to go back, to say, ‘You know what, where did this start, how did this start, and let’s see whether we can change there.'”
“And not try to be one individual. Not be ways or a foundation, and try to do one rally or speak about myself. It’s about a collective group, it’s about a whole coming together, and understanding that it’s deep-rooted. This is something that didn’t start today. This is something that is not going to end tomorrow. But this is something we can start the conversation, we can start the work today. And hopefully eventually, we can stop it.”
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An interesting WENN item made the rounds this week. Meryl Streep recalled her 1975 Broadway debut in Trelawny of the Wells, alongside John Lithgow, Mandy Pantinkin and Marybeth Hurt, and how the production was derailed by a New York magazine pan:
“We had preview audiences who were laughing and loving it and having a great time and then John Simon, who was a reviewer for New York magazine and famously cantankerous, wrote a shitty review and after that came out the audiences were nonplussed, because they were told how to feel.”
“The difference was really marked,” Streep continued. “That’s when I began to hate the critics. I remember when you would be in a play in New York City and there were three reviewers who really mattered — Clive Barnes, Simon and Mel Gussow.”
There’s just one problem. Simon did not write that review. The pan was in fact authored by Alan Rich, who took over the beat halfway through 1975 when Simon moved over to movie reviewing. A footnote, to be sure, but one we wanted to pass on. Here are a couple of excerpts from the review which, as Streep notes, changed the way audiences reacted:
The theater being the art of acting out lies, and audiences being ever willing to be raped by those lies, the mystic appeal of lies about liars remains paramount…
Its plotting is weak, its writing arid, maudlin and clumsy… Marybeth Hurt, the eponymous heroine, spends the evening in Mary Pickford imitations. Her leading man, Mandy Patinkin, whimpers and whines like a juvenile from the Second Avenue theater of yore.
Trelawney of the Wells previewed Oct. 3, 1975 and ran at the Vivian Beaumont Theater for 47 performances between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23.
Image via: lct.org
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It started with the sport’s best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, crying in the dugout with A.J. Ellis, his teammate and favorite catcher, upon learning the news that Ellis had been traded to the Phillies. Why the Dodgers chose to not more personally and directly alert Kershaw, we’ll never understand.
Then, with two outs in the ninth inning of that night’s game against arch-rivals the Giants, Dodgers shortsop Corey Seager, on his bobblehead night, broke up a no-hitter about to be notched by Matt Moore. There’s (usually) no crying in baseball, but Moore would have been entirely forgiven if he had also shed tears.
Never forget Corey Seager Bobblehead One Hitter pic.twitter.com/ZzJyHeAkNn
— andrew r. (@varsityoptimism) August 26, 2016
In the wake of Will Bourne’s dismissal from The Village Voice, Rolling Stone contributing editor Joe Levy has stepped in this week as the publication’s interim editor in chief. He will continue to contribute to Rolling Stone while he fills in at the Voice.
“We appreciate Joe coming on board to help while we look for a new EIC,” owner Peter Barbey said in a statement to FishbowlNY. “He is one of the best in the business and the Village Voice is lucky to be the recipient of his immense talents.”
One of Levy’s recent pieces for Rolling Stone was a cover story tribute to Prince, anchored around the performer’s final show in Atlanta:
As with so many visionary artists, there was a period in Prince’s career – almost all of the 1980s – when he seemed able to look around corners, when his music seemed to live in the future, and then assemble that future around us.
The Voice says finding a new EIC is a top priority, but that they are not rushing through the process. They are meeting with candidates now.
Pictured: Aug. 24-30 issue cover
BuzzFeed has named Todd Levy its chief technology officer.
Levy has served as BuzzFeed’s vp of engineering since 2014, when BuzzFeed acquired Levy’s Torando Labs.
“It is without hyperbole when I say that [Levy] has revolutionized the way we architect systems, improve software, collect data, and deploy code,” said BuzzFeed publisher Dao Nguyen in an email obtained by TechCrunch. “His mentorship within tech [has] been an inspiration to many, and I am very excited for him to formally take on Engineering leadership.”
Fun little piece in New York magazine. Alex Morris sat down for dinner with Nathan Lane, John Goodman and John Slattery, the stars of the upcoming Broadway revival of The Front Page, to talk about the media.
At one point, Lane remembered a profile that did not go well:
“The interviewer I knew very well, and the notion was we were going to talk honestly about things and it wasn’t going to be a puff piece. And then she told me the editor had said, “Go darker, darker.” So the article made me out to be bipolar. I mean, people wrote me and said, ‘You need medication.’”
“It was ridiculous – the darkest sad-clown story ever. And the first thing I said to her was, ‘Please don’t write the sad-clown story, that I’m the funny guy who’s sad, because if we start to talk about my childhood – you know, I had a rather tragic, Irish Catholic childhood – but we all have our pains and our sorrows. Please don’t make it that.” And it became the utmost version of that.
We’re pretty sure the piece Lane is referring to is this one.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
John Slattery: From Spotlight to The Front Page
Interactive One, publisher of TheUrbanDaily, HelloBeautiful and more, has named Jamilah Lemieux vp of news and men’s programming.
Lemieux comes to Interactive One from Ebony, where she most recently served as a senior editor. Lemieux had been with Ebony since 2011.
“Jamilah’s passion, knowledge and expertise on issues surrounding social justice, race relations, and pop culture make her a perfect addition to the Interactive One family,” said Interactive One’s senior vp of content and brands Kierna Mayo, in a statement. “Additionally, her unique ability to spark elevated conversation is a lynchpin of iOne’s future content strategy.”
But she is now writing a new chapter at Billboard as senior editor, features. She will work with features director Nick Catucci on long-form investigative features, profiles and special editorial packages. From this morning’s announcement:
“Rebecca has extensive experience covering the entertainment industry and has proven her ability to produce stellar content,” said Mike Bruno, senior vice president of digital content. “Her expertise will enhance our groundbreaking features, our special issues and our unparalleled storytelling as we continue to deliver the industry’s best content across platforms.”
Milzoff started this week.
Make way for more media reporting. On Monday, MediaFile, a new site run by George Washington University student reporters and editors will make its debut.
According to Poynter, the site will initially publish most of its content on Mondays and Thursdays and the occasional breaking news item in between. MediaFile’s editor in chief is Mike Nover, a 21-year-old senior.
Obviously MediaFile is going to be a work in progress, as it’s kind of hard for students to criticize a field they haven’t even experienced. Although if there’s one thing young people do not lack, it’s opinions. To that end, we say bring it on. The more the merrier.
Gannett’s pursuit of Tronc is almost comical at this point, but at least Gannett is finally making some headway. According to Politico, Gannett’s third offer for Tronc—issued last week—finally has Tronc execs considering a sale.
Gannett’s latest offer is rumored to be in the $18-a-share range, which would be a 20 percent jump from its initial offer. However, Tronc execs—perhaps finally sensing Gannett’s desperation—are considering a counteroffer of $20 a share.
If Tronc ends up selling, Michael Ferro—the largest Tronc shareholder—would stand to make a pretty penny or two. At $18.50 per share, Ferro’s investment company Merrick Ventures would rake in more than $50 million on a deal. Not bad.
The search for Arianna Huffington’s replacement as editor of The Huffington Post isn’t likely to be wrapped up any time soon.
According to Politico, it might be several months before a successor is hired. Making things interesting is the fact that a committee formed to find the site’s next editor includes three internal candidates for the job: Kate Palmer, Liz Heron and Ryan Grim.
As for Huffington, she told Politico that she won’t have any input in the hiring process. “HuffPost has to be full steam ahead into the future without any backseat driving from the founder,” she said, via email.