Hearst has promoted Good Houeskeeping editor Jane Francisco to head of the lifestyle group.
The lifestyle group includes Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Women’s Day. Patricia Haegele serves as publishing director of the group.
“I think those other brands have a distinct personality that has evolved,” Francisco told WWD, of taking on Redbook and Woman’s Day. “When Elle Décor, Veranda and House Beautiful were put together [Heart’s design group], they had one marketing team…they had very specific direction from each of brands. Hearst was able to be more efficient and reduce overlap and create more unique content for each of the three brands.”
Quartz is giving bots a chance to reshape the mobile news world. With a $240,000 grant from The Knight Foundation, Atlantic Media’s business brand is launching the Quartz Bot Studio.
“Bots are software you can talk to, either through text input or voice,” explained Zach Seward, Quartz’s senior vp of product and executive editor, in a post. “They fit neatly into these new media platforms because, without a graphical interface to click or tap on, the only way to control them is often through conversation. And chatting with a bot — even in a stilted fashion— requires a level of smarts that has come to be known as AI.”
“Anyone intending to create media in this environment needs to understand all of these areas,” continued Seward. “That’s why we’re launching the Quartz Bot Studio, with the support of Knight Foundation. The studio will experiment with applications of bots, AI, and related technologies for journalism on new platforms. And we’ll share what we learn with everyone.”
Fortune has named Andrew Nusca digital editor.
Nusca was previously deputy digital editor, a role he held since 2013.
Nusca is succeeding Aaron Task. Task—who is leaving the magazine, according to Politico—joined Fortune last year after spending several years as Yahoo Finance’s editor in chief.
The Wall Street Journal is giving trivia fans their fix with the launch of WSJ News Quiz.
The daily quiz—housed within the Journal’s app—features 10 news-related, multiple choice questions that are based on Journal stories. For those of you already thinking of ways to cheat, each question has a 20-second limit, leaving little time to go searching for the answers.
Interestingly, the News Quiz is a result of the Journal’s internal Mobile Challenges, which empower staffers by encouraging them to submit product ideas.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this evening, involving The Atlantic and BuzzFeed. Details are below.McKay Coppins has joined The Atlantic as a staff writer. He previously worked for BuzzFeed. The Wall Street Journal reports that Frank Cooper, BuzzFeed’s chief marketing and chief creative officer, is leaving the company. Cooper previously worked for PepsiCo and AOL.
The SportsBusiness Journal chatted with Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer for one of its recent weekly The Sit-Down interviews. It’s an entertaining read.
Ballmer hints that his Staples Center days are numbered, largely because the downtown Los Angeles facility is not optimized for basketball and suffers because of its multi-purpose use as a hockey facility. He is also pretty candid about the current balance sheet:
“I’m a new owner and I’ve heard this is the golden age of basketball economics. You should tell our finance people that. We’re sitting there looking at red ink, and it’s real red ink. I know, it shows up on my tax returns. So it is real red ink. “
“OK, some of that’s decisions we made… the luxury tax, etc. But there’s still real issues for the owners [and] real issues for the players, and people get a chance to go through that. “
Some have speculated that Ballmer will be the first NBA team owner to figure out how to effectively pipe out games through the cloud. That kind of future is a ways away, but he touches on it in the interview with references to how Apple and Netflix have impacted the music and TV-film industries.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Clippers Bust Out the Quotes After Steve Ballmer Boogie
After five years as Haaretz senior U.S. editor, Chemi Shalev has returned to Israel, where he will continue to write as a columnist about matters involving the Israeli-American community. His departure left a void that has essentially been filled at the Israeli newspaper by Taly Krupkin.
From today’s announcement by Haaretz editor in chief Aluf Benn:
Krupkin joined Haaretz’s foreign news desk in 2013. Over the past year, she has written news and features from across the United States and was part of the newspaper’s team covering the presidential election. She holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in English Literature.
Haaretz has also appointed a Washington D.C. correspondent, Amir Tibon, who will start in January. He is currently a diplomatic correspondent for Walla News. Congrats to both.
Image via: haaretz.com
The quartet of Pulitzer Prizes won or shared by Ken Armstrong (pictured) include the 2012 prize for Investigative Reporting (with Michael J. Berens, Seattle Times) and the 2016 prize for Explanatory Reporting (with T. Christian Miller, ProPublica). He currently works for The Marshall Project, remotely, in Seattle.
When he guested on public radio program Access Utah, host Tom Williams chuckled at the mention in Armstrong’s website bio of covering a story in Twin Falls, Idaho involving a woman who mooned the police. For a local newspaper called the Times-News:
”When you are a reporter, you do all stories-big and small-and I have to tell you, the story of the woman who mooned the police has stayed with me about more than any other. It still remains, many years later, one of my favorite stories.”
“It was because she was so adamant about how she would do it again. It was fun being able to interview her. Because it was something where, a lot of times it’s difficult to reach people, under circumstances like that, but she was happy to talk about what she did.”
This Utah Public Radio program is part of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, which is designed to help expand and support celebrations of the organization’s 100th anniversary. Another Campfires event is set for the 92nd Street Y next Tuesday. More info about that one, here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Genesis of ‘An Unbelievable Story About Rape’
Photo via: bykenarmstrong.com
One half of lunchtime ESPN New York radio duo Hahn & Humpty represents the New York Islanders. Now, Rick DiPietro and co-host Alan Hahn are getting some reinforcement from the gridiron.
Chris Canty, who played as a defensive end through the end of the 2015 NFL season and has since been doing the odd bit of ESPN 98.7 FM work, is joining the noon-to-3:00-p.m. weekday roster. From today’s announcement:
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the 98.7 ESPN team,” said Canty. “After spending my ‘first career’ on the field, I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and perspectives with New York sports fans.”
Tim McCarthy, senior vice president & general manager ESPN New York, added: “Adding Chris-a former New York Giant and Super Bowl Champion who grew up in the Bronx-is a great addition to our lineup. Chris brings tremendous football credibility to the station.”
Canty started his playing career in 2005 with the Dallas Cowboys, suited up from 2009 through 2013 with the Giants and ended his run with the Baltimore Ravens. He will continue to host 98.7 FM’s New York’s Gameday program, heard Sundays from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Forbes has entered into the book industry with the launch of ForbesBooks, its first book publishing imprint.
ForbesBooks is a partnership between Forbes Media and Advantage Media Group.
“We see adding a book imprint to our business as a unique growth opportunity in the marketplace, and it’s in line with our strategy to diversify revenue streams and expand our global reach,” said Forbes Media COO and president Mike Federle, in a statement. “We chose to partner with Advantage because its team brings experience and insight, along with an innovative, speed-to-market model unencumbered by traditional book publishing cycles.”
Vox, the general intetest brand from Vox Media, has hired Valerie Lapinski as managing producer of video and promoted Joe Posner to executive producer.
Lapinski joins Vox from The Guardian U.S., where she served as head of video. She’ll report to Posner.
Posner had served as Vox’s director of multimedia since 2014.
The 1980 “Miracle on Ice” was revisited in a most dynamic way during a recent edition of “Television Sports Today,” the class taught at the College of William and Mary in Virginia by former ABC-TV senior vice president of sports Jim Spence. The class guest Nov. 16 was retired New York Times sportswriter Dave Anderson, 87, who still occasionally contributes to the paper.
Per a nice write-up by Kellen Holtzman of the Virginia Gazette, the two colleagues reminisced about a number of topics, including when Spence asked Anderson to name an all-time favorite assignment. Anderson pointed to covering the 1980 Winter Olympics U.S. hockey team:
“There was so much interest in it,” Anderson said. “It was national pride. It was also such a great upset. They were college kids and they had some very good players, but they had no business beating the Soviet team.” …
Spence watched the Soviet game with four-time Super Bowl champion Lynn Swann, who told him the raucous scene, with 8,500 fans waving American flags to and fro, was more thrilling than any Super Bowl he played in.
During the talk, Anderson also recalled a compliment once paid to him by a fan at a charity golf tournament. “You taught me to read,” the person said.
Image courtesy: New York Daily News
Time Inc. has rejected a buyout bid proposed by Edgar Bronfman Jr. (pictured).
Bronfman is a managing partner at Accretive LLC, a private equity firm that typically invests in tech companies.
The New York Post reports that Bronfman teamed up with Len Blavatnik and Ynon Kreizto buy Time Inc. at $18 a share.
Time Inc. rejected the offer, which would’ve been a 30 percent premium on its Friday closing price.
CNN has acquired the social video messaging app Beme with plans to invest in the company and launch a new media brand.
Beme was founded by Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett in 2015. The app allows users to post short videos that are automatically uploaded and shared with users’ followers. As a result of the deal with CNN, Beme will be shuttered.
Neistat and Hackett will help CNN “build technology to enable the new company and also develop mobile video capabilities for CNN’s portfolio of digital properties,” according to an announcement.
The new brand will launch next year.
“The new company will be devoted to filling the world with excellent, timely and topical video and empowering content creators to use technology to find their voice,” said CNN. “It won’t be what most people think of as ‘news,’ but it will be relevant to the daily conversations that dominate our lives.”
The changes at Bloomberg Businessweek continue.
Businessweek also recently shuffled its editor and lost a deputy editor.
Marc Siegel, who served as vp of audio sales for Bloomberg Radio, has also been let go.
Someone had to do it. In the wake of the death of Fidel Castro, the Guardian went with the following headline for its article about the many failed CIA assassination attempts against the Cuban leader.
The “634” in our headline, per Guardian contributor Duncan Campbell, is the total amount of attempts Castro’s security forces calculated had been made over the years against their boss. And that’s likely not including others like the one referenced in a fun Montreal Gazette piece about the time Castro visited Montreal in 1959 to participate in a Junior Chamber of Commerce toy drive on Cuba’s behalf:
At 11 p.m., Castro went to the “Cuban Toy Dance” attended by 3,000 Montrealers, despite the fact the RCMP warned him they believed gangsters from New York were on their way to Montreal to assassinate him. Two days before, police apprehended a man with a bomb at a Castro rally in New York.
As Campbell notes, when U.K.’s Channel 4 made a documentary based on the book Executive Action: 634 Ways to Kill Castro, written by former head of the Cuban Secret Service Fabian Escalante, they upped the total to 638 Ways to Kill Castro. Campbell in his article touches on a number of the many highlights including a contaminated cigar, a doctored scuba diving suit, a deadly chocolate milkshake and perhaps the closest call of all, involving a female double agent and a most generous offer of assistance from Fidel himself.
It will rank as one of the oddest print-publication juxtapositions of 2016. From Berlin this week, magazine 032c has unveiled a 22-page spread titled “Calabasas.” And from Westwood, Calif., the West Coast media continues to report about the hospitalization of Kanye West, the man who conceptualized the storyline that frames the photos shot by the famed duo Mert & Marcus (Mert Alan, Marcus Piggott).
— 032c (@032c) November 24, 2016
The 032c Winter Issue is going to make major headlines through the weekend for a second reason. On one of the three issue covers, Khloé Kardashian posed while fully nude, exposing her right breast and posterior. From the beginning of the 0C32c feature:
Calabasas is the Bethlehem of reality television and the location of Kanye West’s Yeezy studio, an industrial space with Intel as its neighbor. The studio is a testing site for a new type of uniform, a search for the base unit of clothing. In 2016, he and Kim Kardashian West broke ground on a new Calabasas home by Axel Vervoordt that remains under construction. There, they were joined by Travis Scott, Khloé Kardashian, Amina Blue, Young Lord, Hafiia Mira and Grace Bol to model the Yeezy Season 3 collection.
032c has tipped online just a small portion of the full “Calabsas” feature, but it does include the Khloé cover. In continental Europe, such an image is standard fare, celebrating the beauty of the female form. In puritanical America, not so much.
On Nov. 24, 2013, Comedy Central debuted Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, the performer’s first stand-up comedy TV special in over two decades. Directed by Robert Townsend, the special was culled from material performed at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center in Southern California.
Tomorrow, Nov. 24, 2016, the embattled comedian will try to convince himself that he is not finished. Beyond a pending criminal trial, Cosby has been reduced to a footnote. He was mentioned briefly in the song above, performed last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live by Bono and Halsey with accompaniment from Herbie Hancock. And in a new book about Joan Rivers, he is removed from the lore of having recommended Rivers to The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.
Improbably, The Cosby Show is coming back to TV airwaves Dec. 19, on the Atlanta-headquarted cable channel Bounce TV. And in case you missed, in a brief filed in court earlier this month in connection with a defamation matter, Cosby’s attorney Angela Agrusa wrote:
‘When Mr. Cosby is cleared from all liability and charges, and the impact of plaintiffs’ defamatory conduct has subsided, he expects to resume his career, and there is no reason to believe otherwise.’
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The 12 Days of Cosby