The editorial staff of ThinkProgess, which joined the Writers Guild of America, East last year, has agreed to its first contract.
The contract stipulates that reporters and editors earn a minimum salary of $45,000. In the first year of the contract, almost a third of the bargaining unit will receive raises of between nine percent and 20 percent, with the average raise at six percent. Other conditions of the contract include paid family leave, 401(k), editorial independence and health benefits.
“This collective bargaining agreement is a testament to the power of content creators who organize in a digital workplace,” said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East, in a statement. “The ThinkProgress union bargaining committee came to the table with a set of reasonable demands; and we are pleased that an agreement was reached that reflects their values and worth.”
The Players’ Tribune has named Jared Schoenfeld vice president, brand partnership sales.
Schoenfeld was most recently the Miami Dolphins’ managing director, new stadium partnerships. He previously worked for CAA and The Madison Square Garden Company.
“It’s been important for us to integrate brands into The Players’ Tribune in an authentic way and now with Jared leading sales efforts, we’ll be bringing more partners onto the platform to support the innovative branded content we are developing,” said TPT president Jaymee Messler, in an announcement.
It was an odd choice. On the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Paul Simon decided to perform a song indelibly associated with his one-time partner Art Garfunkel. And even those with the greatest respect for Simon were forced to admit that this rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” wasn’t very good.
The social media ribbing of Simon was gentler than the chorus that greeted the likes of Scott Baio and Phil Robertson a week ago at the RNC. One recurring theme was astonishment that Simon, on this night, sounded more like a person trying to pull off a late night karaoke version.
Paul Simon doing a drunk guy at Karaoke singing Paul Simon impression. Pretty solid too.
— Kyle (@MakeBelieveKyle) July 26, 2016
Paul Simon sounds like my little brother Jimmy when he’s drunk and we go to karaoke at midnight.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 26, 2016
If someone who wasn’t Paul Simon sang like this over a Paul Simon song at karaoke they would kick him out.
— Marc Moose Moder (@moosesicman) July 26, 2016
Paul Simon sounded like a senator walked up to the mic and decided it was karaoke night #DemsInPhilly
— Eric Connor (@cericconnor) July 26, 2016
Whose Paul Simon? Sings like me 2am drunk karaoke.
— Luwanda (@LuwandaJenkins) July 26, 2016
On the Photoshop end, Seriously.tv quickly altered a shot of Garfunkel on stage to encapsulate the bifurcated rendition. In case you missed it, Paul Simon’s DNC performance is below.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Paul Simon Breaks Down ‘The Werewolf’
He’s the man of the DNC hour, cheered by some and vilified by others.
Today, from the Ecuadorean embassy in London, Julian Assange spoke with Democracy Now’s Juan González and Amy Goodman about the havoc wreaked by Friday’s #DNCLeaks release. Most notably, the DNC convention exit of Deborah Wasserman Schultz. From the interview:
“Now, of course, Hillary Clinton has tried to immediately produce a counter-example by putting out a statement, within hours, saying that Schultz is a great friend, and she’s incorporating her into her campaign, she’s going to be pushing for her re-election to the Congress.”
“So that’s a very interesting signaling by Hillary Clinton that if you act in a corrupt way that benefits Hillary Clinton, you will be taken care of. Why does she need to put that out? Certainly, it’s not a signal that helps with the public at all. It’s not a signal that helps with unity at the DNC, at the convention. It’s a signal to Hillary Clinton partisans to keep on going on, you’ll be taken care of. But it’s a very destructive signal for a future presidency, because it’s — effectively – it’s expanding the Overton window of corruption. It doesn’t really matter what you do, how you behave; as long as that is going to benefit Hillary Clinton, you’ll be protected.”
Assange also points to an attachment in the DNC Leaks as perhaps the most important part of the trove: a compilation of donor with the file name ASpreadsheetofAllThings.
The Associated Press has rebranded its sponsored content division as APContentWorks.
The division, which does not include AP writers or editors, creates custom ads for a wide range of companies, from Starbucks to the NFL.
Paul Caluori, the AP’s director of digital services, said the new branding was a logical next step for the division.
“Our AP assignments team has a storied history of helping brands engage audiences, and the creation of AP ContentWorks was the natural extension of this service,” explained Caluori, in a statement.
He’s a former Pennsylvania Governor and the 2016 Democractic Host Committee chair. And today, Ed Rendell is also on the front page of a special DNC edition of free daily Metro Philadelphia.
Plenty of stuff to enjoy here. With sports talk radio personality Glen MacNow, Rendell runs down six Philadelphia sports figures that should consider running for political office. This duo also itemizes a list of “Favorite Political Movies.” It’s a safe movie list; no Wag the Dog or Where to Invade Next here.
Events like the DNC provide big boosts to daily newspapers. Metro Philadelphia is also distributing inside today’s paper and elsewhere a special DNC-themed glossy magazine. Features there include “Experience the DNC Like a Philadelphian.”
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Fortune has launched a new, weekly podcast titled Fortune Unfiltered.
The show is hosted by Fortune digital editor Aaron Task and features interviews with CEOs, executives and more. The first Fortune Unfiltered guests include MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, GE vice chair Beth Comstock and VaynerMedia’s Gary Vaynerchuk.
“At Fortune, we are constantly expanding the scope of how we produce and distribute our content, and podcasting is a natural extension of what we are already doing in print, on the web, in video and at our events,” said Task, in a statement.
Have you visited HuffPost Good News lately?
Stories recently posted include :
As Arianna Huffington explains to Nick Tabor in an interview gathered for this week’s big New York magazine cover story on the state of the media, this kind of uplifting content has helped make Good News her site’s most socially amplified vertical:
”HuffPost Good News is now the number-one Facebook page site wide, aside from HuffPost’s main Facebook account. And a visitor to a Good News piece is twice as likely to share or comment versus an average HuffPost article. In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, we raised $141,000 with Good News stories like this.”
The embedded hyperlink for Huffington’s words “like this” seems to be missing. But in a year that has been filled with negative news, it’s heartening to hear that Facebook is moving the needle in the positive direction.
Is there such a thing as a hate read? We ask because former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is working on an autobiography.
Makes sense. It’s not like he’s getting sued for sexual harassment or anything. An autobiography should definitely be at the top of his to-do list.
The Four Seasons pool room was the coolest spot in midtown Manhattan on Friday morning, resembling a spa more than a renowned restaurant for power brokers. The chairs set up for the auction were empty, but a packed house is expected on Tuesday morning to bid on all the contents. The air conditioner and bubbling water were among the only audible sounds during the auction preview, which continues until early afternoon today.
During our visit, the former patrons were out of town at their summer houses, and no waiters and bartenders were around anymore, either. In their place were photographers and security personnel. Co-owner Julian Niccolini was on the phone in the grill room, and we overheard him inviting the caller to stop by, saying, “Come on over, it’s an open house this weekend!”
All the furnishings and fixtures were tagged with lot numbers, from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s black leather Barcelona chairs to Eero Saarinen’s white enameled aluminum tulip chairs in the ladies room. The tableware with the iconic four trees logo was on display in all the seating areas, even on the grill room’s balcony, aka “Siberia”. Also for sale: the awning signs from the outside entrance, a sausage grinder from the kitchen, caviar bowls and a zabaglione server.
Picasso’s Le Tricorne, the tapestry-curtain mired in controversy that used to adorn one of the walls, is now on view at the New York Historical Society. But the preview featured other expensive or notable artworks: Johnny Swing’s “Murmuration”, a sculptural sofa of welded nickels and stainless steel in the downstairs entrance (auction estimate: $100,000 – $150,000) and “EAT”, a Robert Indiana screenprint, estimated at $1,000 – $1,500. (though likely to sell for more)
Much has been written about the power meals that took place at The Four Seasons over its storied 57-year history, along with the media and corporate executives that frequented the restaurant, like Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart and Donald Trump. Among the items on display at the preview that serve as a reminder of how times have changed were the ashtrays. While there were no business cards left, we did take home a matchbook as a final memento.
Tom Junod has joined ESPN The Magazine as a senior writer. Junod joins ESPN from Esquire, where he had worked as a writer at large since 1997.
Junod is a two-time National Magazine Award winner and a James Beard Award winner for essay writing. For Esquire’s 75th anniversary, the magazines’ editors selected Junod’s The Falling Man piece as one of the best in Esquire’s history.
“Tom is joining the ranks of what we think is the premiere writing staff in journalism,” said ESPN editorial director Chad Millman, in a statement. “His stories are incredibly impactful and have the ability to transcend sports, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”
A big “Thanks for nothing” goes out to New York today for publishing The Case Against The Media By The Media, which gives members of the media a chance to do what they love the most: Talk about themselves in the grandest, most self-important ways possible.
The giant piece features a slew of media members discussing the current state of the press.
We’re not entirely sure what the goal of the article was, other than to repeat what other studies and articles have shown before (No one trusts the media! The media business is broken!). Oh, and to get the media talking about itself, which it will certainly, gladly do.
Michael Bloomberg, unconvinced that the racist sociopath Donald Trump would be a good president, will instead endorse Hillary Clinton during this week’s Democratic National Convention.
According to the New York Times, the Clinton campaign reached out to Bloomberg’s team weeks ago and asked Bloomberg to speak at the convention. Bloomberg decided on an endorsement after drafting a speech on his political views and Clinton selected Tim Kaine as her running mate.
Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri was obviously pleased. She told the Times Bloomberg will bring “a unique and important voice that lays out the choice in this election.”
Now that Verizon has confirmed it’s buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion, the question of Marissa Mayer’s future immediately becomes a hot topic. Or rather, a hotter topic than ever before because people have been talking about Mayer getting canned for years. According to Mayer, she’s not going anywhere.
“I’m incredibly proud of everything that we’ve achieved, and I’m incredibly proud of our team,” wrote Mayer, in a note to staffers. “For me personally, I’m planning to stay. I love Yahoo, and I believe in all of you. It’s important to me to see Yahoo into its next chapter.”
This could mean two things: Mayer is indeed going to be with Yahoo for many years to come or she’s merely going to be with Yahoo until the Verizon deal is finalized in 2017.
We find it hard to believe that she’s going to work for Yahoo past the closure of the deal. And if she’s not, the New York Times reports she’s due roughly $57 million in severance. That’s not a bad way to go out.
The title of New York magazine’s cover story is “The Case Against the Media. By The Media.” But one of the people not making that case is New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet.
The first quote pulled from Baquet’s interview and dropped into the main article is about the unnatural tone of discourse promulgated by cable news. But if you click into the full transcript of Baquet’s conversation with national affairs editor Gabriel Sherman, it’s a different story. Baquet reminds that reporters and outlets are “20 times more widely” read today than before, and also marvels at what today’s media landscape allows for. On both sides:
“So, I grew up in New Orleans in a working-class family, and I had access to two newspapers. An afternoon newspaper and a morning newspaper. That same kid growing up in New Orleans right now, assuming he has access to a computer, can read the Guardian for free, can read newspapers and news reports in many languages, often for free, can read Facebook, can look at video, has access to the world, can see art that’s in the Museum of Modern Art on his phone, this vivid reproduction, for free.”
“Put aside — the crisis we’re in is a crisis about the institutions like The New York Times and the Washington Post that deliver news. But in terms of the quality of journalism, man, I came in last week to help run coverage of what happened in Texas, and I could call up the editor of the video unit and ask for a video. That is not a world I grew up in. That is stunningly better. It’s just better. Journalism is better than it ever was.”
Baquet also disputes the notion that the media is responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. Read those thoughts here. For anyone interested in the machinations of the media, New York’s newest issue is essential beach reading.
Exactly one year ago, Boston Globe reporter Farah Stockman was framing President Obama’s visit to Kenya with an op-ed piece headlined “With Brothers Like Malik Obama, Who Needs Enemies?” He tied Malik’s comportment to such predecessors as Roger Clinton and Billy Carter.
Stockman first met Malik in Kenya in 2009, when he visited the town of Kogelo to try and interview the president’s step-grandmother.:
Malik flagged down my taxi and invited me inside. We chatted about Washington, D.C., where he’d briefly lived. He complained that journalists seeking information about his family failed to donate to his foundation. But it was a nice conversation. So imagine my surprise when he sent me an e-mail afterward accusing me of being a Republican operative out to destroy Obama’s presidency.
I asked him why he believed such baseless lies. He called me an arrogant white person.
Today, it is the turn of New York Post investigative reporter Isabel Vincent to give Malik the megaphone. Her story, with its revelation that Malik, a registered vote in the state of Maryland, plans to come to the U.S. in the fall to cast a vote for Trump, has already been picked up by Fox News and tweeted about by The Donald:
The last straw, Malik said, came earlier this month when FBI director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state…
But what bothers him even more is the Democratic Party’s support of same-sex marriage.
“I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” he said.
Thanks to Julian Assange, who remains based at Ecuador’s British embassy, and now Malik, it’s been a rough weekend for the DNC ahead of this week’s convention in Philadelphia. Vincent and Post colleague Melissa Klein also have a sidebar about how a check for $100,000 from tech mogul Ranvir Trehan briefly and mistakenly wound up in the hands of Malik’s foundation.
Wow, President Obama’s brother, Malik, just announced that he is voting for me. Was probably treated badly by president-like everybody else!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016
Siva Vaidhyanathan’s best-known book is all about Google. But it was via another Silicon Valley behemoth that the Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia first found out he was going to be portrayed on-stage in the play Privacy, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and is currently playing at New York’s Public Theater.
From a write-up by the school’s media relations associate Katie McNally:
“About four months ago, I got a Facebook message from an actor friend telling me that he had just auditioned to play me in a play off Broadway,” Vaidhyanathan said. “That’s how I found out I was in it and my character actually had lines.”
His friend didn’t get the part, but Vaidhyanathan was excited to learn that actor Raffi Barsoumian had been cast as him and that Barsoumian wanted to Skype to prepare for the role.
Privacy playwright James Graham first contacted Vaidhyanathan last fall. In adapting his British play for American audiences, he wound up dropping into the show a number of folks like Vaidhyanathan. Other co-opted academic players include professors from MIT, Harvard and George Washington University.
Vaidhyanathan says watching himself in a preview of Privacy was the “weirdest” moment of his academic career. His wife Melissa Henriksen, who also works at UVA as associate director for university engagement at the Applied Research Institute, told McNally Barsoumian perfectly captures her husband’s mannerisms and speaking habits.
The sold-out Privacy runs through Aug. 14.
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