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Peter Green Joins Crain’s New York

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 18:17

3ab4c41Peter Green has been named Crain’s New York Business’ assistant managing editor for news. Green most recently served as a partner for Bruin Media.

Green previously worked for The New York Post, Metro U.S. and Bloomberg News.

Talking Biz News reports that at Crain’s Green will be oversee all beats and help create packages for Crain’s revamped print magazine.

Green will report to Crain’s editor Jeremy Smerd.

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NYU Student Explains Reasoning Behind ‘White Student Union’ Facebook Page

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 17:30

NYULogoNew York University is not amused. Per a report in the Daily News, it has asked Facebook to intervene with regards to the Facebook group NYU White Student Union:

“There is no such organization as this at NYU, the Facebook page is using NYU’s logo illegally and without permission, and we have contacted Facebook to demand the NYU logo be removed,” NYU Director of Public Affairs Matt Nagel said in a statement to the Daily News on Monday. “We reject — and we call on others to reject — efforts such as this to derail or distort candid, thoughtful discourse on race.”

On Facebook, the page is described as serving ‘a community for NYU students of European descent.’ The group administrator has quickly responded to the Daily News item by David Boroff, Dale Eisinger and Jason Silverstein:

I would like to thank the Daily News for reporting on us, but I feel that I need to correct some misstatements and clear some things up. First of all while we do want to empower white students, we feel that the phrase “white power” is meant to imply connections with historically racist groups, and we do not condone racism in any form or have any connections to these groups. We are here to celebrate whiteness, not to denigrate other groups.

Mr. Silverstein did reach out to us via private message at 12:15am last night, after I had retired for the evening. I intended to respond to his inquiry this morning, but then saw he went ahead with his report.

Separately, the page’s founder spoke to The Tab but chose to remain anonymous, saying only that they are an undergrad student from Montclair, N.J., studying at the College of Arts and Science. From the conversation:

Can non-white students join?

Of course. We want allies of all races if they are willing to use their time with us advocating for our issues. We have had many students of color reaching out with sympathetic messages, particularly those of East Asian descent.

Is this part of a national movement of white student unions and how is that progressing?

Yes it is. We are small, but there are activists at colleges around the country currently and we are in touch informally with each other and support each other. There is no centralized organization though, it is mostly on a volunteer basis at this point. We urge any concerned students that agree with us to start their own White Student Unions on their campus.

This morning, the group administrator also acknowledges that a mountain of media requests have come in. So expect to see more coverage as we head into Thanksgiving. Read the rest of The Tab Q&A here.

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IBT Media Names Enterprise Editor

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 17:00

IBT Media has named John Simons enterprise editor, a new role at the company. Simons most recently served as IBT’s business editor.

“John is at once a terrific shaper of stories, a deft line editor, and an all-around excellent colleague,” said IBT’s global editor in chief, Peter Goodman. “He has conceived of and guided some of our more memorable work and we are thrilled to see what comes of this significant step forward in our evolution.”

Succeeding Simons as IBT’s business editor is Roland Jones. Jones comes to the company from Fortune, where he served as senior editor for news.

Both Simons and Jones will report to Goodman.

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Rihanna Marijuana News Trail Goes Up in Smoke

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:20

How many red flags do you see in the following paragraph?:

While speaking at a cannabis convention in Negril, Jamaica this week, Rihanna announced her new line of marijuana, according to a reggae website covering the event.

The above excerpt was propagated over the weekend by the Ledger Gazette, a publication that proclaims itself to be ‘an independent news site focusing on trending news & research.’ In this case, they should have thrown a little more research at the trending news. Or at least paid attention to the tags in the original, source item.

18KaratReggaeLogoPublished Nov. 12, the article on is headlined “Rihanna Launches MaRihanna, Her Own Brand of Marijuana.” No reporter byline underneath; just the tags Entertainment, Humor, Marijuana. Emphasis on the “H,” man

The Cut, another one of the many outlets that picked up this scent (although to the credit of writer Allison P. Davis, she expressed skepticism), has the sad additional paragraph:

Update: Rihanna’s publicist responded to our e-mail inquiry. Sadly, this story is completely untrue. Looks like we’ll just have to settle for smokingLeafs by Snoop.

Remember, kids. Fool’s gold is all over the Internet. For the record, here is a list of the actual bud winners from the High Times Cannabis Cup held in Negril Nov. 12-15. Strains cited for prizes include – we kid you not – Trump’s Hair Glue #4.

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Vox Joins Snapchat

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:10

Vox is the latest media outlet to join Snapchat’s Discover feature, which already features 16 other publishers.

Vox will have three staffers dedicated to creating Snapchat content. Depending on how things go, the company could add two more staffers. Vox’s director of programming, Allison Rockey, said the Snapchat team has a tough task ahead of them.

“We had to be very realistic,” Rockey told DigiDay. “People have a short attention span when they’re on their mobile device.”

Just two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal joined Snapchat. Other news outlets featured on the app include People, Refinery29, National Geographic and CNN.

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Wenner Media Cuts Staffers

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 15:32

Layoffs have hit Wenner Media. According to Politico, “a handful” of staffers were cut, including Peter Stevenson, who was just named deputy editor of Men’s Journal in September.

Cutbacks at Wenner are hardly surprising, given the fact that the company is bracing itself for a $25 million lawsuit.

Just weeks ago, Phi Kappa Psi—the fraternity at the center of Rolling Stone’s botched campus rape story—filed the multi-million dollar defamation suit against Rolling Stone and the piece’s author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

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Daily News Drivers Approve Contract

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 15:00

Perhaps threats are a good business plan after all. Weeks after being threatened by an all-digital New York Daily News, the drivers’ union for the paper approved a new contract.

Earlier this month, Daily News CEO Bill Holiber sent a letter to the union explaining that if the revised contract wasn’t approved, the Daily News would switch to digital only. That move would’ve cost more than 200 drivers their jobs.

According to The New York Post, the union approved the new contract 172 to 72. The revised contract freezes pensions plans, give 34 drivers a buyout and drop the number of routes from 106 to just 48.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Connect The Dots

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:15


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Hulu Releases Trailer for 11.22.63

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 19:45

While everyone is rightfully excited about a certain Dec. 18 J.J. Abrams project, there’s another one in the pipeline that looks no less intriguing. Tied to the assassination on this date of President John F. Kennedy, the Hulu original series 11.22.63 stars James Franco as a Maine high school teacher who travels back in time to try and prevent this national tragedy.

The series is based on the 2011 novel by Stephen King. When the author spoke with NPR in November 2011, he explained that he first tried to write the book in 1971, when he himself was a high school teacher. Later on, with King finally ready to tackle the project, he undertook an extensive research process:

“When I went into this project, I knew very little about Lee Harvey Oswald,” King says. “I could have picked his face out of a lineup, and I watched him shot to death on TV two days after the Kennedy assassination, but I knew almost nothing about him.”

What he found out was disturbing: “His mother was a domineering force in his life,” King says. “Lee slept with her in her bed until he was 11, and until he was 13 years old, a weekly ritual was that he would take off all his clothes so she could look at him and see whether or not he was getting manly yet.”

Cleverly, Hulu plans to make use of another resonant date for the debut of the eight-part series. 11.22.63 will debut Monday Feb. 15, a.k.a. Presidents Day. Oswald is played in the series by Australian actor Daniel Webber.

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Journalism Professor Recalls Dream-Nightmare Job

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 17:20

TedGeltnerPicOnce upon a time, author and journalism professor Ted Geltner (pictured) had the Seinfeld of full-time jobs. In a very funny New York Times piece, he recalls what it was like to be tasked with eight hours a day of nothing.

At the time, Geltner was burned out on the daily newspaper beat. He secured a job at a company that created monthly in-house magazines and annual directories for professional associations. Each editor was responsible for a distinct group of associations. When Geltner started, the sales staff had yet to tee up his purview with a single charge:

I approached my supervisor and several co-workers about how I was expected to fill my time. Should I assist other editors? No, I was told, they work independently with their associations, so that wouldn’t be necessary. Should I study up on the publications I would produce? No, each association was different, so that would serve no purpose. My supervisor pointed to my cubicle and the employee manual, making it clear that at this point I was infringing on her valuable time.

Shades of Office Space. While no one at the company seemed to care if Geltner spent hours at the smoking-area picnic table, there was at least one workplace rule that could not be ignored. This editor of nothing had to be ready for no work at 8:30 a.m. sharp:

One morning, I entered my cubicle at 8:35 to find a note on my desk from my supervisor. “We expect everybody here on time,” she told me. “Please don’t make me ask you again.” My idle presence would apparently be needed for the full eight hours.

Geltner’s New York Times piece does a great job of delineating how a perceived dream job can gradually turn into a nightmare. He wound up exiting the company before anything close to a full association workload arrived.

When Geltner subsequently started working part-time at a newspaper in support of graduate school studies, he was tasked with the most menial of assignments. But in his case, let’s just say it felt more like he had been handed that day’s opinion pages.

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Report: Condé Nast Traveler Publisher Got Whacked While Traveling

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 20:00

CondeNastTravelerAugust2013CoverAs we noted Friday, Bill Wackermann is out as publisher of Condé Nast Traveler, replaced by Brendan Monaghan, who starts Dec. 7. In the wake of the announcement, New York Post media columnist Keith J. Kelly did some digging and what he found was not pretty:

While getting laid off never comes at a good time, Wackermann’s heave-ho came at probably the worst time — in the middle of a morale-building Caribbean cruise with his national sales staff, sources told The Post.

Wackermann was forced to leave the group mid-cruise and fly home to get the bad news, sources said.

According to Kelly, it got worse in the form of when and how Wackermann’s co-workers were informed of the Condé Nast decision. In addition to being publisher, Wackermann was the publication’s chief revenue officer.

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Jeremy Barr Takes Over for Michael Sebastian

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 18:45

JeremyBarrHeadshotMore than once on the Politico Media beat, associate editor Jeremy Barr (pictured) has noted a covert Friday news dump. While this is not quite that, it’s certainly why we missed until today some big personal news tweeted out by the reporter Nov. 20. On the flip side of Thanksgiving, Barr will start crafting his investigative work and commentary for Ad Age.

Barr joined Capital New York in the spring of 2014. He was previously a contributor to Poynter and also interned for AFP while earning his 2012-13 Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Barr replaces Michael Sebastian, who departed Ad Age a few months ago for a choice position with Hearst. And perhaps soon, at his new home, Barr can report on Politico Media finally updating their URL. We’ve certainly dealt with our own share of website issues, but c’mon Politico!

Barr’s first item for Politico was about a blog launched by disgraced former New Yorker writer Jonah Lehrer. We look forward to reading his inaugural contribution to Ad Age as the publication’s digital media reporter.

1/ Ok, so: Today is actually my last day @POLITICOMedia. After the holiday, I’ll be starting as a digital media reporter for @adage.

— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) November 20, 2015

2/ POLITICO/Capital NY has been wonderful to me, and I’ll miss everyone here. And, I’m sorry for eating the majority of the office candy. — Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) November 20, 2015

3/ No changes for my Twitter feed, which will still be mostly screenshots of articles (with pithy comments) and livetweets from media panels

— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) November 20, 2015

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A Bittersweet Natalie Wood Auction

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 12:00

Four years ago today, the following statement was being circulated in the media:

Robert Wagner’s publicist issued a statement saying his family supported the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department “and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30-year anniversary of her tragic death.”

The “profit” dig was a veiled reference to Marti Rulli and former Splendour captain Dennis Davern, co-authors of the 2009 book that led to the re-opening of the Wood LASD investigation. As the anniversary of Wood’s Nov. 29, 1981 death looms, it is the Wagner family who are being accused of trying to inappropriately profit.

BonhamsWood_10On Monday at Bonhams on Madison Ave., as part of the latest TCM-sponsored offering of movie memorabilia, more than five dozen items owned by Wood will be auctioned. Given Woods’ terrifying final hours, some of the artifacts are downright eerie.

Three of four signed documents in Lot #50, for example, relate to Wood’s WGA registration of Motherlove Company, a project-related entity, just months before she died. Lot #53 meanwhile features Wood’s bound screenplay and related archive for Brainstorm, the posthumously released film that co-starred her and Wagner’s special guest aboard the Splendour that 1981 Thanksgiving weekend, Christopher Walken.

Frontiers Media columnist Mike McCrann, who worked on an unpublished biography of Wood in the late 1970s and spoke with the actress at the time about the project, is horrified by her inclusion in the Bonhams auction. He argues that the items should have been donated to a museum or non-profit, concluding his op-ed with:

Shame on Robert Wagner and his family for allowing this to happen. Natalie Wood deserved better!

In the Bonhams auction notes, stepdaughter Natasha Gregson Wagner explains that “So much of this memorabilia has just been sitting around in a storage room since 1982 and I thought it would be nice for it to be seen, for the public to have some of it.” She has also unveiled Natalie, an $85 fragrance created in honor of Wood, which is available now via the Web and will be marketed into stores over the coming months.

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NY Jobs: Slate, Rodale, amNewYork

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 00:29

This week, Slate Magazine is hiring a staff writer for Moneybox, and Rodale needs an online sales planner. Meanwhile, amNewYork is seeking an editor in chief, and Thrillist Media Group is on the hunt for an illustrator. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Staff Writer, Moneybox Slate (New York, NY) Online Sales Planner Rodale (New York, NY) Editor in Chief amNewYork (New York, NY) Illustrator Thrillist (New York, NY) Content Developer LRN (New York, NY)

Find more great NY jobs on the Mediabistro job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented media pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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RD Recap: Condé Shutters Details; Niche Media Rebrands

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 23:13

Down goes Details. The men’s magazine that was perpetually on the chopping block finally gets shelved by Condé Nast brass. The decision is all about economics, man. “It’s been tough the last few months,” company president Bob Sauerberg told The Wall Street Journal. “Consumers love the magazine. It’s not fair or right.” But it is the new reality. Editor in chief Dan Peres and publisher and chief revenue officer Drew Schutte are out, and about 80 percent of the publication’s roughly 60 staffers will follow. But that’s not all that’s going on back at the Condé mothership. Self–which some thought had been headed for the great magazine bin in the sky–will continue publishing, but its ad sales team is joining forces with Glamour’s. Mary Murcko, Self’s publisher and CRO, is saying goodbye. In total, 55 Condé staffers are out, and it’s hard to think that the cuts are over…

Niche Media, now called Greengale Publishing, fires Gotham editor in chief Catherine Sabino and Capitol File editor in chief Elizabeth Thorp. Hamptons EIC Samantha Yanks takes over the top spot at Gotham as well, while Capitol File executive editor Amy Moeller moves up to editor. Company editorial director Mandi Norwood adds a creative content officer title to her business card. A few on the business side land promotions, while there are more layoffs in editorial and advertising… Time Inc. says goodbye to Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin, who had been in the job for more than two decades, and also parts ways with editor Eamon Lynch. It doesn’t sound like it will end with those two, either… Marie Claire snags Entertainment Weekly’s Caryn Prime as managing editor, with Hilary Elkins joining as research director. They replace Catherine Gundersen and Pamela Vu, respectively… The New Yorker hires New York staff writer Ben Wallace-WellsRead More

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 21:00

Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.

Condé Nast Folds Details Magazine Husband of NYPD Officer Killed on 9/11 Returns Glamour Magazine Award David Remnick‘s Advice to Yale Students Annalee Newitz Joins Ars Technica Gawker to Become Politics Site

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The Cosa Nostra of Old? Forget About It

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 20:30

One of the 23 Emmy Awards claimed over the years by veteran New York TV reporter Mary Murphy was for her coverage of the John Gotti trial. In other words, the Queens native is able to bring a great deal of wisdom and perspective to the topic of how the Goodfellas game has evolved.

The spark for Murphy’s PIX Investigates report was the recent acquittal of 80-year-old Vincent Asaro, a real-life inspiration for Martin Scorsese‘s 1995 classic Goodfellas. In the shadow of ISIS, an organization that has horrifically picked up where Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano left off, Murphy was told that the Costra Nostra is actively engaged these days in mortgage fraud, online gambling and black-market prescription drugs:

“For the most part, the mobsters have stopped killing people,” veteran journalist and author Jerry Capeci told PIX 11 Investigates. “The mob has a rule: no more bodies in the streets.” Capeci conceived and writes for weekly online site

Murphy leads off the print portion of her report with the fact that Uncle Louie G’s, an Italian ices and ice cream store that took over an old haunt of Gotti’s – the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club on 101st Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens – is now boarded up.

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FT Lunches With America’s Satirist-in-Chief

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 18:45

FTJohnOliverWhen Financial Times global media editor Matthew Garrahan recently arrived at the restaurant Blue Ribbon on West 58th Street with John Oliver, the pair encountered more proof of the HBO host’s far-reaching likability. This incident really speaks volumes:

As Oliver enters the restaurant, which is on the ground floor of a hotel, Oliver is ambushed by two guests. It turns out they are pharmaceutical reps who caught a scathing segment he did on his show in February about the lengths to which the prescription drug industry goes to market its wares to doctors. But rather than yell at him or threaten to beat him up, all they want is a selfie.

Along with Jon Stewart essentially going – ‘Hey, that HBO deal looks like fun!’ – this is a reminder of how intelligence, humor and the full support of a hard-working research staff can warm the hearts of even pharmaceutical reps(!)

Garrahan covers all the bases, from the heckles that most often rained down on Oliver during the latter’s stand-up comedy days, to Oliver’s childhood, to what the 38-year-old Brit readily describes as professional failure in the U.K., to the reporter and subject’s shared affinity for the Liverpool Football Club.

Also, ahead of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix arrival, Oliver told Garrahan there is no reasonable defense for the lack of women in the late night TV talk game. Read the full piece here. And below, the piece from Last Week in February, which includes the classic Oliver line: “One analysis suggests that in 2013, nine out of the top ten drug makers spent more on marketing than they did on research. Drug companies are a bit like high school boyfriends. They’re much more concerned with getting inside you than being effective once they’re in there.”

[Illustration, used with permission: Sam Kerr]
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Newsweek Honors Paris Attack Victims

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 18:08

Newsweek Cover ParisNewsweek is the latest magazine to publish a moving cover dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks.

As for a “tipping point” in the fight against ISIS, well, we certainly hope so.

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Jack Shafer Welcomes Gawker to the ‘Freak Show’

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 17:30

A few years ago, TMZ very seriously looked into starting a Washington, D.C.-focused Web spinoff. In the end, Harvey Levin decided not to go down that path, choosing to expand instead into the world of professional sports scandals.

Into that same political breach has now stepped Gawker. In response, Politico’s Jack Shafer frames Nick Denton’s move as a continuation of the long journalistic tradition of filtering politics through a tabloid sensibility. He also connects: the Wonkette dots:

One way to look at Gawker’s move, perhaps, is as Gawker Media’s return to its decade-old old franchise, Wonkette. Launched in 2004, it hosed the political space with writer Ana Marie Cox’s pith. This was politics for laughs and for outrage. Later, none other than Alex Pareene helmed Wonkette, after which it was sold by Gawker in 2008. Like the new, Wonkette served insight and entertainment as it punctured pompous and the hypocritical politicians with an adolescent’s vengeance.

Speaking of Wonkette and connecting the dots, they’ve got a fun item today getting to the bottom of a Honeymooners-worthy Donald Trump quote. The site hopscotches from Crooks and Liars, to Mother Jones, to Yahoo to get to the bottom of it all. With a parting shot to you-know-who:

Gawker didn’t get in on this particular game of telephone. They f*cked it up all by theirselves, directly from Yahoo

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