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CNN Launches Style Vertical

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 17:00

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 7.58.17 AMCNN wants in on the fashion game, and so it has launched a new vertical: CNN Style.

The site is edited by George Webster and features content for people who enjoy the finer things in life.

A quick browse through CNN Style and you’ll find pieces on a $40 million private car collection, the Cartier panther (which features 545 diamonds) and Dolce & Gabbana’s history. The launch of the site has been guest-edited by famed architect Daniel Libeskind.

The reason for the who like the high-end focus, of course, is to attract high-end ad dollars. Our only question: Will Don Lemon contribute?

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NY Times Adds to Marketing Team

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:45

The New York Times Company has named Clay Fisher senior vice president, consumer marketing. Fisher most recently oversaw DirecTV’s digital marketing and media group. He had been with DirecTV since 2011.

“A proven leader and creative problem solver, Clay will step in to supervise an already strong consumer marketing team and will help to accelerate subscription growth across our vast product portfolio, including the Times’s print and digital subscription business,” said chief revenue officer, Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times’ chief revenue officer, in a statement.

Fisher’s appointment is effective July 13. He’ll report to Kopit Levien.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:00


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Guardian US Bolsters West Coast Team

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:00

There has been no shortage of Guardian US news this summer. The American side of the paper has recently announced plans for a news innovation lab, welcomed a new editor and added its first L.A.-based film writer.

MeropeMillsLinkedInToday, editor in chief Katherine Viner has announced three more major moves, two of them involving San Francisco. Executive editor Merope Mills (pictured) is relocating to the Bay Area from London to serve as west coast editor of Guardian US, while Washington correspondent Paul Lewis is also making the move there, where he will work as west coast bureau chief.

Mills has been with the paper for more than a decade. Prior to becoming executive editor in January 2014, she worked as Saturday editor, with Weekend magazine as an editor of film and music. During her time at the University of Manchester in the late 1990s, she was editor of the student newspaper.

The Guardian also announced today that Christian Bennett, head of interactive for Australia, has been promoted to global head of video and audio. He will relocate to London.

[Photo courtesy: LinkedInk]
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National Enquirer Had the Affleck-Garner Scoop First

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

NationalInquirer CoverThe cover story for the May 18 edition of The National Enquirer was headlined “Ben Storms Out!” Arriving on newsstands May 6, the article mentioned the D-word:

Sources said Ben left his distraught wife after “a fight to end all fights” over Jen’s accusations about his sexy new movie co-star and concerns about his drinking and other compulsive behavior.

Friends now fear the couple is heading for a $150 million divorce!

A few weeks later, The Enquirer followed with a second Affleck-Garner bombshell, suggesting that the couple had secretly separated:

The troubled parents of three children will officially announce their split within weeks, according to a source – setting the stage for a $150 million divorce!

\"Ben and Jen are through!\" said the Hollywood informant. \"He’s told Jen that he wants the official statement to come out before their 10-year wedding anniversary on June 29.\"

This afternoon, has that official statement. But as this unfortunate story propagates today and beyond, it’s worth noting that The Enquirer was all over it for a month and a half beforehand. The publication also during that stretch re-connected with a woman who claimed to have been involved with Affleck during his relationship with Jennifer Lopez. Accusations the actor denied.

FishbowlNY reached out to National Enquirer editor in chief and AMI vice president of news Dylan Howard. “We blew the lid off the hottest Hollywood scoop of the year – months before other titles even began to look at it,” he says, “with good, old-fashioned investigative reporting.”

“A story like this comes from having a source network that is truly embedded in the underbelly of Hollywood,” he continues. “It also comes from on-location reporting. We traveled to remote Nova Scotia to obtain shocking photo proof – Ben without his wedding ring, on Jen’s birthday. Inquiring minds wanted to know more, and it ignited the reporting that led to today’s announcement. So precise was the information we gathered, The Enquirer reported the divorce announcement would come exactly when it did.”

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RD Recap: Changes at HuffPo; Melissa Block Leaves All Things Considered

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:01

Revolving DoorThe Huffington Post, which gets a big, fancy New York Times Magazine feature this weekend, recruits Karen Mahabir from the Associated Press, where she had been digital products producer. She’ll be managing editor of news, overseeing the assignment desk and helping to organize the growth of the global news units… Nigel M. Smith moves from Indiewire to The Guardian, where he’ll be a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer. He had been managing editor at the film site… Proving how serious it is about hard news, Refinery29 poaches Al Jazeera America reporter and producer Kaelyn Forde to be its executive editor of news… American City Business Journals loses chief content officer Emory Thomas Jr. He’s off to the Puget Sound Business Journal, a publication under the ACBJ’s umbrella, where he’ll be publisher. He worked in the same position at the PSBJ from 2006 to 2011 and was the paper’s editor between 2004 and 2006…

Melissa Block leaves All Things Considered. She won’t say goodbye to NPR, instead serving as a special correspondent at the company. “Great reporting combined with compelling storytelling is vital to NPR’s future,” Mike Oreskes, NPR’s editorial director and senior vp of news, said in a statement. “No one exemplifies that blend better than Melissa. As All Things Considered listeners well know, Melissa has an amazing ability for telling the important stories of our age in a way that engages both the heart and the mind.”… Speaking of transitions, Ali Salama moves over to Bloomberg Pursuits as publisher. She had been group advertising director at Bloomberg… Read More

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Vulture Rolls Out ‘Stoner Week’

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:50

Sometimes, the headline says it all. To wit, here’s one today from New York magazine, part of “Stoner Week,” a week-long themed content Vulture series:


New York senior editor David Marchesese told The Denver Post’s Ricardo Baca that the timing was right:

“Marijuana is a lot more widespread and accepted than it used to be, and increasingly legal, and accordingly there’s been a shift in how it’s been portrayed in pop culture.”

\"The depiction of the stoner in pop culture has changed and normalized in a lot of ways, and there’s a different stigma – and not really a stigma – to people smoking pot anymore. Or certainly there’s less of a stigma than there used to be. The larger world’s changing, and has changed, so it’s a good opportunity to try and get at that a little bit with a package on Vulture.\"

The site has posted four articles so far. FishbowlNY looks forward to another tipped by Marchesese to The Cannabist, about the many sponsorships and endorsements emanating from “the celebrity weed game.”

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52 Magazines Launched in First Half of 2015

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:30

The first half of 2015 featured 52 magazines launches, down 23 compared to the first half of last year. As Crain’s New York points out, some of those new magazines weren’t exactly new.

Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy were relaunched as the super cool and with it Dogster and Catster. In April, Rodale revamped Organic Gardening as Organic Life.

While launches were down, so were closures. For the first half of 2015, 21 magazines folded. The most notable of those was probably Lucky. During the first half of 2014, 27 magazines were shuttered.

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Document the Extraordinary Lifestyles of Retirees for AARP The Magazine

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:17

AARP-ArtAARP The Magazine doesn’t view retirement as a consolation prize for getting older. Instead, this publication geared toward the 50-and-over set “celebrates all the possibilities of life after 50,” according to executive editor Margaret Guroff.

One thing to keep in mind when pitching is the three different published versions of the magazines, “the ‘A Book’ for 50- to 59-year-olds; the ‘B Book’ for 60- to 69-year-olds; and the ‘C Book’ for those 70 and older.”

As for what to pitch, try your hand at the Personal Best section in the back of the book.

This section is comprised of short pieces about the unusual hobbies and off-hours passions of remarkable people — a 60-year-old champion knife thrower, for example, or someone who learned to surf with one arm. These pieces are often written in the first person, so freelancers should pitch “as told to” stories. Writers must work with the subject and write the piece in the subject’s voice. Freelancers may also have luck with the “Travel” section, which is comprised of lots service-oriented stories; they should focus on fun trips readers will want to take and information on how they can take them.

For more, read: How To Pitch: AARP The Magazine

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Sportswriter Karen Crouse Has the Swimmer’s Advantage

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:15

New York Times sportswriter Karen Crouse is back in the pages of Swimming World magazine, where she worked for two years. This time, it’s in the form of a Q&A conducted by  intern Lillian Nelson.

Crouse credits her years a competitive swimmer, from Grade 9 through USC, as having fundamentally shaped the way she works today as a reporter. In her very first answer, she explains how it has given her a leg, another leg and two arms up:

“I definitely have more self-discipline and resilience than a lot of my non-swimming peers in journalism. And I’m more indefatigable (I once had an editor marvel at the hours I kept during an Olympics. Her exact words were: \"And you don’t even drink! I don’t know how you do it!”). I don’t know whether I would have been that way if not for swimming, but I definitely have great time-management skills and the ability to squeeze every ounce of production out of a day, which definitely stems from all my years of double workouts interspersed with advanced-level classes.”

Ha ha. Love that comment from her former editor. At another point, Crouse recalls one of the best compliments she has ever received; it was from a New York Jets receiver, who assumed by the questions she was asking that she must have formerly been an elite athlete.
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Teenage Daughter Kept PGA President in the Breaking News Loop

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 19:40

Here’s a fun, residual detail in the wake of the re-capture of David Sweat, the Clinton Correctional Facility inmate on the run over the weekend near the Canadian border.

DerekSpraguePGASweat’s presence in the small town of Malone, N.Y. thoroughly upended the flow of life there. At one point, there were reportedly some 1,500 law enforcement officials in the area. Derek Sprague, president of the Professional Golfers Association (pictured), hails from Malone and still lives in the area. As he told, on Sunday his teenage daughter Alexandra was his go-to breaking news source:

Sprague was driving to the Cricket Club with his wife, Jennifer, when his daughter called a second time.

\"My daughter – she’s a little newshound, maybe she’ll be a reporter some day – she has a scanner app on her cell phone,\" Sprague explained. \"She said, ‘Shots were just reported as being fired, no officers are down and about 12 state police cars are going flying by our house right now – sirens blaring.’ I said, ‘Keep us updated.’ Within minutes, we heard before it was ever reported on the news that he had been shot and taken into custody. This was about four miles from our house, probably.\"

Sprague took over as president of the PGA last fall after his predecessor made some unfortunate comments via social media.

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First Trailer for Oliver Stone’s Snowden Movie is Here

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 19:04

The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s Snowden—based on the infamous Edward Snowden—has arrived. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, but unfortunately, we don’t get a look at him.

Instead, we’re treated to a list of Snowden’s jobs accompanied by a brooding version of “This Little Light of Mine.” Well done, Hollywood.

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Working at The Huffington Post Sounds Awful

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 18:19

The New York Times Magazine has published a massive piece on Arianna Huffington and her Huffington Post empire. The one thing that stands out? It sounds like it’s a terrible place to work. Allow us to shed some light on the HuffPost world:

To work at The Huffington Post is to run a race without a finish line, at a clip that is forever quickening. The pace is stressful for many employees, who describe a newsroom with plenty of turnover. One former staff member I spoke with, who developed an ulcer while working there, called The Huffington Post ‘a jury-rigged, discombobulated chaos machine.’


One of Huffington’s most important insights early on was that if you provide bloggers with a big enough stage, you don’t have to pay them.

Thanks Arianna.

In an attempt to restore some semblance of editorial integrity, Huffington fired the freelancers who worked for the site and replaced them with young staff members. Many were recent graduates of Yale — her feeder of choice — whose chief qualification, aside from the obvious, was a willingness to work for a pittance.

From Yale to sidebood slideshow. Look at me now, ma!

One former employee said that some staff members take second jobs to cover their expenses. Many staff members rely on what has been called ‘HuffPost lunch’ — Luna Bars, carrots, hummus, apples, bananas and sometimes string cheese, all served gratis in a kitchen area of the office.

Man. Luna Bars aren’t even good.

Others who have worked closely with Huffington have found it a bruising experience, saying that she is perpetually on the lookout for signs of disloyalty, to a degree that bespeaks paranoia or, at the very least, pettiness. Employees cycle in and out of her favor, hailed as the site’s savior one moment, ignored the next.

One could say it would be difficult to “thrive” under these conditions.

‘Someone told my manager, ‘Arianna is really stressed out about the number of people leaving, so we need a bunch of people to sit at those desks in the path from the elevator to her office, to make her feel better,’ the former editor said. ‘So we sat there, waiting to say: ‘Hello! Greetings!’ as she walked by. It was supposed to be for two hours, but she got there at about 3 in the afternoon instead of 11 in the morning. It was absurd. I had to interrupt my workday because this woman was stressed out, because so many people had left, because they were stressed out.’

We saved the best for last.

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Refinery29 Names Executive Editor of News

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 17:56

eR-l5lw_Refinery29 is showing it is committed to hard news and politics by adding Kaelyn Forde as executive editor of news. Forde comes to the site from Al Jazeera America, where she served as a reporter and producer.

Forde previously worked for Al Jazeera English and the BBC.

Forde is aware that Refinery29 has been known mostly for its fashion content.

“We want to show our readers—both through our coverage of the 2016 campaign and beyond—that we live up to our motto that ‘our party is women,'” said Forde, in an announcement. “We believe millennial women want and deserve thoughtful, smart, multimedia news coverage that both informs and inspires them.”

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Bloomberg Pursuits Names Publisher

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:44

Ali Salama has been named publisher of Bloomberg Pursuits. Salama joined Bloomberg in 2014 as group advertising director.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Salama worked for Condé Nast and Universal McCann.

According to Talking Biz News, Salama will succeed Emma Winchurch-Beale, who is moving on to a role overseeing ad sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


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Indiewire Managing Editor Moves Over to The Guardian

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 15:30

NigelMSmithNormally, when someone based in New York gets hired by a British newspaper, it means they’re staying in NYC or heading across the Atlantic. But in the case of Nigel M. Smith (pictured), his move from Indiewire to The Guardian will mean a relocation to Los Angeles.

From today’s announcement:

Smith’s appointment as entertainment writer signals an increasingly global focus on film as The Guardian continues to increase its investment and presence in the U.S. As well as writing specifically for the U.S. edition, Smith will also act as part of The Guardian’s wider film team, led by Catherine Shoard, alongside reporters, writers and multimedia journalists based in London, New York and Sydney. He will report to Alex Needham, arts editor, Guardian US.

“Our readers are hungry for more of our unique, independent culture coverage and Nigel is the perfect fit,” said Lee Glendinning, editor, Guardian US. “We’re delighted to add his voice to our growing roster of US journalists.\"

Added Smith: \"As the company’s first-ever Los Angeles-based entertainment writer, I’ll strive to reflect the integrity of the brand while working to take it into new and exciting directions under the leadership of the Guardian’s amazing team, whom I admire greatly.\"

The Guardian also announced a “premiere” marketing partnership with the 2015 Telluride Film Festival. The paper will be the named sponsor for both Telluride Noon Sessions and the festival’s closing event, the Labor Day Picnic.

[Photo via: Indiewire]
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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 15:00





(Images: Newseum)

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Comic Book Writer Follows Lifetime Achievement Award With Graphic Memoir

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 01:50

MichaelDennisDonArnesonIn his forthcoming memoir, Don “DJ” Arneson will most certainly cover the topic of Lobo, the first comic book headlined by a black character that he created in 1965 for Dell Comics. But per an interview in the Lichtfield County Times, a much larger strand will be the impact of a tragic event in 1940:

In line with some popular superheroes’ origins, Arneson lost his father when he was five years old. \"My father’s death was the defining moment,\" he said. \"It ruled my life. It was a hot summer day, your dad goes away. He was killed in a car wreck.\"

Arneson said he compartmentalized the event in his mind. \"I resolved it would stay on one side,\" he said. \"In this way I separated myself from reality. Not in a psychological way but I created a separate reality and an opportunity to see the world from two viewpoints. A dead father was the driving impetus for what I do.\"

Arneson isn’t sure about the claims that Lobo, illustrated by Tony Tallarico and featuring a black cowboy on the cover, failed after just two issues because stores refused to unpack and display the shipped title. For his work, the Connecticut resident was recently honored with a 2015 Lifetime Achivement Award at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) in Philadelphia.

He told Times contributor N.F. Ambery that he is currently searching for an illustrator to draw up the comic book panels for his memoir.
[Photo of Michael Dennis with Arneson at the recent ECBACC event via: Instagram]

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NBC Drops The Donald

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:55

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 1.54.31 PMNBCUniversal has ended its “business relationship” with Donald Trump after The Donald made idiotic comments about Mexicans.

Trump, during his announcement that he will unsuccessfully run for the Republican presidential nomination, said Mexicans immigrating to America were criminals, rapists and drug addicts. Yes, he actually said this.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” explained The Donald. “They’re sending people who have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” What a guy.

As a result of NBC severing ties with Trump, CNNMoney reports that the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants won’t be broadcasted on the network. Celebrity Apprentice will still air, but without Trump as a host. The Apprentice is “being reevaluated.”

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What Is a Book Coach and Why Do I Need One?

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 21:41

Some person wearing a whistle telling you to do three more laps around the track, or that, yes, you can do that final push-up in your set–that makes sense. But a book coach? It’s not as if all you need to get through your novel is someone standing behind you telling you that when you finish that final paragraph you’ll be golden.

More than the name implies, a book coach is a mix of therapist, editor and personal cheering section. Some people hire book coaches to meet all of those needs; others for just one. Either way, a book coach can deliver what you need, even if you aren’t sure what that is.

Every writer will get something different out of a book coach because every writer has different needs. For example, [Esther] Hershenhorn, [a] children’s book coach, says some writers just need a critique of a picture book. Others need help moving the story to a more meaningful level or help with research so they can better understand their competition. And still others may think they have a book when, in fact, it’s an idea that works better as a magazine story.

For more, including knowing when to hire a coach, read: Why You Should Hire a Book Coach

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