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Trump is Time’s Person of The Year

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:00

POY.Cover.2016Donald Trump—a racist, fascist, misogynistic, bigoted moron and the president-elect—is Time’s Person of The Year. What a long way we’ve come since 2015, when Angela Merkel was POY.

Trump beat out Hillary ClintonBeyoncé, “The Hackers” and more to take home the win.

Can you even imagine how much this pleases him? He definitely doesn’t want to actually be president, but a meaningless award that comes with his face being plastered on a magazine across the country? That is something Trump truly wants.

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Politico Names Sudeep Reddy Managing Editor

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:45

Sudeep Reddy is joining Politico as managing editor. Reddy joins the company from The Wall Street Journal, where he served as deputy economics editor since 2013.

Reddy had been with the Journal since 2007. He previously worked for The Dallas Morning News.

“As Politico grows in size, it is more important than ever to think critically about how we bring greater diversity in every form to the coverage and to the staff, break down barriers, and expand opportunities for everyone to build skills in accountability journalism,” wrote Politico editor Carrie Budoff-Brown and editor in chief John Harris, in a memo obtained by Talking Biz News. “With a collaborative style, an obsessive approach to hiring and plain common sense, Sudeep is uniquely suited for this task.”

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: 75

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:30

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New York Times Vet Takes Over for Arianna Huffington

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 23:10

LydiaPolgreenLinkedInWe would hope that Huffington Post senior media reporter Michael Calderone would be the journalist with the scoop about the house that Arianna built. Don’t laugh; it often does not work out that way.

Per his report, a successor to Arianna Huffington has been selected:

Lydia Polgreen, a New York Times associate masthead editor and editorial director of NYT Global, has been named editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. …

In an interview, Polgreen said it was difficult leaving the Times, where she spent nearly 15 years, but that the role at HuffPost was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Congrats to Polgreen, as this purview remains one of the highest-profile positions in journalism. Polgreen starts in a few weeks.

Read the rest of Calderone’s item here.

So excited that my successor as EIC of HuffPost will be Lydia Polgreen, who I know will take HP to new heights. Here w/ Lydia & her wife.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) December 6, 2016

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South Sudan Expels American Journalist

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 22:40

JutinLynchPicJustin Lynch, a 25-year-old freelance American journalist based in the capital city of South Sudan, has had a very rough Tuesday. Working most recently for the Associated Press, he was shown the country door by government agents, who escorted him to the airport in Juba and put him on a flight to Uganda.

From the AP report:

Lynch, who had reported on human rights violations in the violence-plagued nation for the past six months, said he was arrested by members of South Sudan’s National Security Service who temporarily seized his mobile phones and allowed him to pack a bag.

The agents told him only that he was being deported for his journalistic work, Lynch said after arriving in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. Lynch, from Saratoga, N.Y., has been working for AP in South Sudan since July.

AP are standing by Lynch’s work and seeking further explanation from Sudanese authorities. The University of Maine alum is also an adjunct fellow with the New America Foundation.

A related statement from AP’s vice president of international news Ian Phillips can be read here.

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The Pursuit of Oscar-Host Happiness

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 21:15

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, two-time Oscar nominee and first guest Will Smith inadvertently offered up the perfect summary of the challenge facing each year’s Academy Awards host. By way of the trailer for his Dec. 16 film Collateral Beauty.

“Love; time; death,” Smith’s character Howard Inlet proselytizes. And that’s essentially how a disappointing Oscars telecast progresses, from the love of the room at opening, to the grinding weight of time, to the death of the master of ceremonies on stage. What Jimmy wants to aim for is “love; love; love.”

Yesterday was also the first day back in studio for the Kimmel crew following an extended two-week Thanksgiving break. The combination of staff having to re-adjust to the workday flow and absorb news that the boss had finally landed that big marquee assignment across the street melded for a surprisingly muted vibe. FishbowlNY was on site for Monday night’s taping and a post-show event hosted by Crown Royal, watching from the green room.

Beyond that, show writers and others who will actively help Jimmy with the 2017 Oscars assignment are suddenly facing holiday-season double duty.

The topic of Kimmel being announced Monday as Oscar host did not come up during the chat with Smith, a perennial front-of-house presence and a nominee in years proceedings were guided by Steve Martin and Jon Stewart. What’s more, 2009 Oscar host Hugh Jackman was initially attached to star in Collateral Beauty.

Looking at the big Oscars picture, the stage is now set for Kimmel to ease into a long and successful run as Oscars host, following in the footsteps of Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson and Bob Hope. Just as long as he sidesteps on Feb. 26 love… time… death.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Unbearable Lightness of the Oscars

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Thai Magazine Showcases ‘Gentle Trans Men’

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 20:00

LGBT publication Prism launched one year ago. To mark their first anniversary, they have released a December 2016 issue cover that is both a tonic and a triumph, showcasing seven transgender men.

ดีต่อใจ ครบรอบ 1 ปีกับ Prism ฉบับหน้าหนาวสะท้านใจ Gentle Transmen #หมดนี่เคยเกิดในร่างผู้หญิงมาก่อน #เรียกว่าผู้ชายข้ามเพศ #ไม่ทอม

— Ronnakrit.H (@IRonsaam) December 3, 2016

The issue is not yet available in English; however, local blog Coconuts Bangkok notes that the cover amounts to ‘rare exposure for the [trans] community in Thai media.’ From their write-up:

The issue “Gentle Trans Men” aims to create understanding and expose readers to the world of trans men, a community often mixed up with toms, queer women who identify as male and have a masculine identity; the label of which is unique to Thailand.

Kudos to editor in chief Wattina Tna Thongmit, photographer Surachai Saengsuwan and the rest of the Prism team.

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A Momentous Day for the Fraternity of Female Sportswriters

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 19:15

The Baseball Hall of Fame first started handing out the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing in 1962. When the next one is presented, in late July of next year, it will mark the first time the prize is presented to a woman: Claire Smith, 62, currently ESPN’s news editor of remote productions.

Smith was the first female sportswriter to extensively cover a Major League Baseball team beat, in the 1980s, for the Hartford Courant. From today’s report by the Associated Press:

Smith was given a standing ovation when her election was announced Tuesday at a Baseball Writers’ Association of America meeting, and she asked the other half dozen women in the room to stand alongside her as she spoke.

Her voice quavering, Smith thanked “the guys that stood up to the athletes and teams and said that we are your peers and we deserve to be treated like you.”

“I want to thank you as well as the women who walked the walk and fought the battles and got all of us to this point,” she said. “No one does this by themselves.”

Smith also wrote during her career for The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. She beat out on the ballot former Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer Jim Reeves and broadcaster Juan Vene.

A few years ago, the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism undertook an update of sorts of Jerome Holtzman’s seminal book No Cheering in the Press Box. One of the people interviewed for the project was Smith. From her essay:

The Philadelphia Bulletin was the best journalism school I ever attended. I worked with the likes of Bob Wright, Jim Barniak, Richie Ashburn. I got to edit Richie’s copy. It was great.

I started out on the news side as a news editor, and then I received an offer to become a high school sports writer at Newsday in Long Island. I accepted because this was my dream.

I went to talk to my editor at the Bulletin to notify him, and he said ‘You’re not even going to give a us chance?’ So, I said, ‘Well, it’s sports; it’s what I want to do.’ He replied, ‘OK, well let me see what I can do.’ Within a week, I was news editing in sports with a promise of writing soon to come. And it did.

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Poynter Adds 6 to National Advisory Board

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 19:00

The Poynter Institute has added six new members to its national advisory board, which meets annually to review Poynter’s practices and to advance journalism across the globe.

The new members include CBS News host John Dickerson; San Francisco Chronicle editor Audrey Cooper; executive director of Renaissance Journalism at San Francisco State University Jon Funabiki; Arizone Republic publisher Mi-Ai Parrish; CNN vp of digital programming Mitra Kalita; and WaPo reporter Wesley Lowery.

Outgoing board members include Jim BradyChris Callahan, Monica Davey, Lou Ferrara, Hugh Forrest and Ju-Don Marshall Roberts.

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Media Matters Alters Focus

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 18:29

Liberal media site Media Matters is expanding its scope beyond Fox News.

According to Politico, the new Media Matters will focus on exposing fake news and conspiracy theories. Leading this charge is Angelo Carusone, who has been promoted from executive vice president to president.

“There was a period of time which we were, rightfully so, described as the ‘Fox antagonist’s,” Carusone told Politico. “Now, our mission is to be principally focused on the value of journalism.”

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Julia Ioffe Joins The Atlantic

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 18:16

The Atlantic has hired Julia Ioffe as a contributing writer, focusing on national security, foreign policy, and politics.

Ioffe previously covered the election for Politico Magazine, served as a columnist for Foreign Policy and as a senior editor for New Republic.

In a statement, Atlantic editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg said Ioffe “is an indefatigable reporter, a gifted analyst, and an elegant writer.”

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NBC News Digital to Launch Tech Vertical ‘Mach’

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 17:15

NBC News Digital is launching a new tech, science and innovation vertical called “Mach.” The site, which is in beta at, is set to debut early next year.

David Freeman, previously managing editor of HuffPost’s impact and innovation, has been tapped as Mach’s lead editor. Freeman had been with HuffPost since 2011. He previously worked for CBS Interactive.

Joining Freeman as deputy editor of Mach is Matthew Kitchen, who previously served as homepage editor for

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Bloomberg Pursuits Ends Print Edition

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 17:00

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 10.32.44 AMBloomberg Media is folding the print edition of Bloomberg Pursuits. The December issue is its last edition.

Online Pursuits content will continue at, and no staffing changes are planned as of now.

Oddly enough, Pursuits—which launched in 2012—had just increased its print rate from quarterly to bi-monthly in March.

“We’re deliberately shifting Bloomberg Pursuits to a digital-first brand for our audience of global business decision-makers, which will include a continued commitment to luxury content that will appear across our multiple platforms,” a Bloomberg spokesperson told Folio, in a statement.

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NY Times Public Editor Regrets Critical Comments

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 16:45

The New York Times public editor Liz Spayd just found out how hard being a public editor can be. During an interview with Fox News, Spayd called out Times staffers’ tweets. Amid a wave of criticism, Spayd has now partially walked back her criticisms.

When asked about tweets by investigative reporter Eric Lipton (“White House as QVC. It has started.”) and Jerusalem bureau chief Peter Baker (“For a new president from reality television, a cabinet selection that resembles a pageant”), Spayd said told Fox News there should be “consequences.

“I think that’s outrageous,” said Spayd. “…They shouldn’t be tweeted and they shouldn’t — and it does concern me that that would be… I don’t know that any of those people should be fired, but I do think that when people go over the line like that, and I think some of those are over the line, that there ought to be some kind of a consequence for that.”

After being slammed for her comments, Spayd told Politico “In retrospect, I should have held back more, not knowing what the context was for the tweets. I think that’s a fair criticism. But I stand by my view that journalists should be careful, sometimes more careful than they are, with what they say on social media. That includes how it can be interpreted.”

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Verizon Will Give Yahoo Time To ‘Work on the Breach’

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 16:19

Verizon’s $3 billion deal to acquire Yahoo is moving forward, but CEO Lowell McAdam says investigating a massive security breach revealed in September is taking time.

“They’ve been doing all their work on the breach,” McAdam said this morning at the UBS Media and Communications Conference. “We need to give them a lot of time to do that analysis before we move forward on that.”

McAdam had positive things to say about another recent acquisition, AOL. “AOL continues to perform for us, it was up 10 percent in revenue in the last quarter,” McAdam said. As Verizon bulks up on mobile content and digital advertising solutions, it announced today it is selling its data center business to Equinix for $3.6 billion.

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The Advocate Names Lucas Grindley Editor in Chief

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 15:30

Here Media has named Lucas Grindley editor in chief of The Advocate.

Grindley—who was named LGBT Journalist of The Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association—will continue in his role as Here Media’s editorial director and senior vp.

“Lucas exemplifies the best of 21st-century journalism,” said Here Media CEO Paul Colichman, in an announcement. “His keen mind, social media savvy, and digital acumen have transformed The Advocate into a model of multiplatform content delivery.”

Grindley succeeds Matthew Breen, who served as editor in chief for the past six and a half years.

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Condé Nast Entertainment Names Senior VP of Production

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 15:00

Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) has named Bruce Perlmutter senior vice president of production, a new role at the company.

Perlmutter most recently worked for BuzzFeed as an executive producer. He previously worked for Fox, E Networks and more.

“Bruce has extensive experience producing content for next generation audiences across multiple platforms and formats,” said CNE president Dawn Ostroff, in a statement. “Our digital video network is ranked first in the Lifestyle Category, with premium programming designed to engage and inspire our affluent millennial audience. Bruce’s savvy production expertise will help us grow our network as digital video enters the next phase of its evolution.”

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Ken Wheaton to Depart Ad Age

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 14:50

WheatonKenFullKen Wheaton, Ad Age’s editor since last year, is leaving the publication at the end of the year to pursue fiction writing.

“You can call it pursuing a dream or just another midlife crisis, but it seemed like a necessary step,” Wheaton told Ad Age. “While I’d been able to crank out three novels earlier in my career, I’ve had a completed first draft in needs of revision sitting neglected at home for the last year-and-a-half and it’s been driving me nuts.”

Wheaton has been with Ad Age since 2000.

Ad Age executive editor Nat Ives and deputy editor Judann Pollack will take on day-to-day editing duties until Wheaton’s successor has been named.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Robot Attack

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 14:30


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Stephen Mooallem Named Village Voice Editor

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 13:16

Stephen Mooallem has been tapped as the next editor of The Village Voice as the iconic newspaper preps for its first major relaunch in its 60-year history. Mooallem will shepherd the launch of a new digital, print and event platforms called simply Voice.

“Stephen has the experience and perspective required to connect with our audience and engage new readers, said Peter Barbey, CEO and owner. “He has the strategic vision that we can build a brand around.”

It’s a return to Village Voice for Mooallem who began his career there as a contributor on the national news desk. He joins from Harper’s Bazaar where he was executive editor. Mooallem replaces Will Bourne who stepped down in August.

The Village Voice also announced that publisher Suzan Gursoy will add the title of chief operating officer. Gursoy will continue to lead business strategy and operations. Gursoy, former publisher of Adweek, joined The Village Voice earlier this year.

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