Recent graduates of Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. have found jobs with Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, CBS Sports and NBC Sports. That trend is certain to expand now that the private university has added Bachelor of Arts in Sports Media program.
The 24-course-credit degree will be available starting this fall semester. From the announcement:
“Students will be able to take advantage of Rider’s strategic location, near New York City and Philadelphia – two of largest media and sports team markets in the United States,” says program director and associate professor of journalism A.J. Moore. “Our communication majors have easy access to internships and other professional development opportunities and have a history of interning with major professional sports franchises, minor league organizations and Division 1 programs.”
The new B.A. will fit nicely with existing media properties at Rider. These include college radio station The Bronc 10.7. FM, the Rider University Network (R.U.N.) TV station and student paper The Rider News.
The New York Times continues to remake itself to survive in the future, and, according to Politico’s Joe Pompeo, “Project 2020 has sent a ripple of anxiety throughout the building. No one really knows what the place is going to look like a year from now, let alone by 2020.” Don’t expect changes immediately, but executive editor Dean Baquet plans to have the information he needs to make staffing decisions by the end of the summer. Meanwhile, Sapna Maheshwari leaves BuzzFeed for the Times. She’ll work on the advertising beat. And Nancy Gauss moves from deputy video editor to executive director of video. She’s been with the paper since 2008…
Sheelah Kolhatkar leaves a cushy job as Bloomberg Businessweek’s features editor and national correspondent for an even better gig, staff writer at The New Yorker. She previously worked at Condé Nast Portfolio… Hearst Magazines associate publisher Jason Nikic is off to Interview as its chief revenue officer. He’d spent four years at Hearst and previously held positions at The Atlantic and Rodale… And there are changes at Refinery29, BabyCenter en BabyCenter en Español and more…
There were already close to a dozen JIG Media brands, everything from Brooklyn Buzz to DIY Makeup to NYC Teachers. Now, another has joined the fold – New York for Seniors.
It’s both a website and free glossy print magazine. The debut issue was unveiled at a recent launch party at Brooklyn Borough Hall that featured a live jazz band, complimentary catered food and several vendor information booths:
In the launch issue, you will find exclusive interviews with Brooklyn Borough president Eric L. Adams, Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr., Queens Councilman Daneek Miller, Dr. David Rose, the Chairman of Medicine at Brookdale Hospital and more.
Created to keep NYC’s senior citizens updated and knowledgeable on key resources, health options, healthy living tips and lifestyle activities, that impact their lives, New York for Seniors is a movement that galvanizes the community toward improving the quality of life for our NYC senior population.
The very handsome-looking magazine is being powered by a partnership between JIG and New York-based senior healthcare distributor Alphacare.
Image via: nyforseniors.com
CBS Corporation has named Marc DeBevoise president and chief operating officer of CBS Interactive. DeBevoise most recently served as executive vice president and general manager of CBS Digital Media.
DeBevoise joined CBS in 2011 from Starz, where he had served as senior vp of digital media, business development and strategy.
“CBS Interactive is such an important part of our entire Company’s strategy for the future,” said CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves, in a statement. “Elevating Marc into this expanded role, on the heels of Jim [Lanzone]becoming our chief digital officer, ensures that we will continue down a path of innovation, finding new ways to distribute our world-class content however consumers want to interact with it.”
Today, Quartz editor in chief Kevin Delaney sent the troops an action-packed staffing email, detailing hires that span the summer and fall, and the website’s offices in New York, San Francisco, London and Hong Kong.
Joining the company next week here in New York will be photo editor Johnny Simon (pictured) and ideas editor Georgia Frances King. King is a native of Australia, while Simon – per our headline – started out back in 2009 with just about the most impressive summer internship possible. From the memo:
Simon is joining Quartz as our photo editor, working from New York starting July 5 and will report to Caitlin Hu. Johnny most recently was a photo editor at Mashable, where his work was included for recognition as Best Group Editing Portfolio by Pictures of the Year International 2016. Before that, he was a picture editor at MSNBC and Slate, and an intern at the White House. He holds a bachelor’s degree in visual communication from Ohio University.
King is joining our NYC staff starting July 6 as an Ideas editor, reporting to Paul Smalera. For the past three years, Georgia has been editor of Kinfolk, the influential “slow lifestyle” magazine from Portland, Oregon, known for its distinctive design aesthetic and its cultivation of a higher emotional quality of life. Before Kinfolk, she was second-in-command at frankie, an Australian magazine devoted to design, art, photography, and crafts, where she wrote articles, commissioned outside writers and oversaw its website. An Australian by birth, Georgia has also lived in India, Japan, and Denmark, and speaks Japanese. She has a bachelor’s in communications from RMIT in Melbourne.
Simon is the first full-time addition to Quartz’s photo department. Up to now, there have only been a pair of New York interns.
Also set to start in New York the following Monday, July 11, is Sari Zeidler as global growth editor. Her time here will be relatively short, however, as she is moving to the London office in that capacity in the fall:
Zeidler most recently developed and led the first social media strategy for BBC Worldwide’s features section in London, where she was responsible for a cumulative Facebook audience of more than 10 million and a Webby award-winning BBC Earth Instagram account. Sari also wrote for the BBC website and was earlier a digital producer for the USA Network and homepage producer at CNN. Sari has a bachelor’s in English from SUNY Albany and speaks Italian.
The other hires announced by Delaney today are Elijah Wolfson, who starts July 25 in San Francisco as deputy editor for health and science coverage. He is currently at Newsweek. On that same date in London, Eshe Nelson officially moves over from Bloomberg to serve as the site’s markets and economics reporter.
Finally,Quartz Silicon Valley correspondent Alice Truong has been promoted to deputy growth editor for Asia and India. She will head to Hong Kong in the fall, where she previously worked in Hong Kong, to help Heather Timmons and Diksha Madhok expand the Asia imprint. She speaks both Cantonese and Fujian-Hokkien.
Simone was a White House photo intern from May through August of 2009. Among other things, this stint allowed him when asked that year what he did over the summer to answer: “I managed the White House’s Flickr account.”
Photo via: LinkedIn
If you were at Madison Square Garden last night for the New York leg of the “Rock Paper Scissors” concert tour, you may have noticed a third featured attraction on the stage alongside Sting and Peter Gabriel. The projected background visuals.
Per a post this week from London, the performers – who first toured together 30 years ago – enlisted the help of students at London’s prestigious Royal College of Art. With Gabriel leading the charge:
A total of 10 students, 2 tutors and 4 alumni came together to work on the project, from across the School’s programmes: Animation, Information Experience Design and Visual Communication… Franziska Hatton and Louis Gauger, two of the students involved, spoke vividly of the energy and intensity of the project, and of the ways in which their knowledge was tested, pushed in different directions to new and fruitful ends.
Team members were given particular songs, from across the oeuvres of both artists, to think about how they might be ‘visualized’ – interpreted, or translated as pieces of communication that would sit alongside, complement and enrich the tune in a live performance context. Core to the process was a series of sessions with Gabriel himself, who regularly visited the College to see how the students were working, often giving them in-depth feedback and constructive criticism, as well as urging them to follow their inclinations, practical and aesthetic.
Playing a pivotal role in all this alongside Sting and Gabriel was the latter’s lighting and production designer Rob Sinclair. Well played, famous chaps.
Last night at MSG, duets performed by Sting and Gabriel (along with various individual songs from their extensive catalogs) included “Shock the Monkey,” “Englishman in New York” and “Sledgehammer,” during which the two performers managed a pretty good version of the Rockettes’ high kick.
Image via: rca.ac.uk
“Dr. Z Week” continues today at website MMQB.com and boy, what a treat one of Today’s entries is. We’re talking excerpts from titanic football writer Paul Zimmerman’s unpublished memoir.
There’s so much to savor here, starting with this tip of the hat by Dr. Z to New York Sun columnist Frank Graham:
I grew up with this kind of stuff. It was my English Lit seminar, my exploration into the classics. Graham, again, covering the Max Baer–Tony Galento fight in Jersey City in 1940, and I would have to call this my favorite lead:
‘They rolled the clock back last night and two cuckoos jumped out.’
I can quote you parts of that story. The fight ended when Galento couldn’t come out of his corner for the eighth round…
And post-fight, Baer, who was known as The Clown Prince, did a little waltz around the ring with a dwarf who was part of his ringside entourage.
‘Three cuckoos,’ was Graham’s closing line.
Zimmerman also writes about how he pounded the New York City pavement following Columbia Journalism School graduation. He then headed cross-country to Seattle and wound up down the Pacific coast at the Sacramento Bee:
The saying around the city room was that the style guide was written by someone who had been dead for 50 years, old C.K. McClatchy, the founder and owner. There were some weird rules it was necessary to remember. You weren’t allowed to use contractions. The old man just hadn’t liked them. Make that had not liked them.
These two excerpts are from the very beginning of the thoughts laid out by Zimmerman, now 83. Bookmark this one, and savor it over the forthcoming holiday weekend.
Screen grab via: MMQB.com
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.
Jacket cover courtesy: Crown
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.”