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Joining the San Francisco Chronicle paper to write about Oakland and the East Bay, Tuesdays and Fridays, is Otis R. Taylor Jr. (pictured). He was born in New Jersey and spent part of his youth in South Carolina before finally moving to the Bay Area.
Taylor highlights the important role played by music throughout his life, and how the music of an area like Oakland speaks volumes. A favorite group of his, Digable Planets, came back to the fore just recently when he was in Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival:
Digable Planets performed on a balmy afternoon. The group’s message of self-expression, self-love and self-worth resonates with me so strongly as I live through today’s turbulent social climate so exhausted by a collective lack of empathy. Either the music never gets old or we the people haven’t gotten very far together. I’m cool with it being a little bit of both, because that, among other East Bay issues, is something we’re going to discuss.
After Pitchfork, tired and dirty from a day of riding a bike and sweating outdoors, I ended up at a restaurant with a limp and watery representation of Chicago deep-dish pizza in front of me. There, in the booth next to me, was Butler of Digable Planets. I thanked him for the music. As we dapped, I told him where I was from: Oakland.
City columnists are one of the beats newspapers can still own. Down the coast, a bright spot of the Los Angeles Times, through all that recent tronc business, remains Steve Lopez. Great stuff.
Photo by: Liz Hafalia/San Francisco Chronicle
Fun piece today from senior features writer Michael Kaplan, who joined the Post in February. He explains that as a freelancer, the all-hours proximity of both kitchen and coffee shop food, together with a lack of office structure and lunch hour discipline, led him to balloon to 250 pounds. When he joined the paper, he was tipping the scales at 238 lbs. Today, he’s down to 208.
Kaplan admits he never took full advantage of his Park Slope YMCA membership, even though that facility was just six blocks away. He also frames his “fat freelancer” days with this funny memory:
I should have taken the hint when I crossed the street one morning last fall and some wiseguy in a car shouted, “Hey, it’s Michael Moore!” (OK, my hair had grown out a bit and I was wearing a baseball cap, but still.)
Kaplan admits that even though he feels much better now, not all can see the difference:
On a recent trip to Atlantic City, while riding a casino’s down escalator, a goofball going up pointed at me and said, “Hey, it’s Tom Arnold!”
The reporter is resolutely focused on soon being mistaken for neither one of those guys. He wants to lose 20 more pounds, which would bring him back to his college weight. Check out some of Kaplan’s feature writing here.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving Harper’s Bazaar and Vox. Details are below.Jennifer Csengody-Novetsky has joined Harper’s Bazaar as senior accessories editor. She previously worked for Bergdorf Goodman. Vox has added Yochi Dreazan to oversee its foreign coverage. He most recently served as Foreign Policy’s managing editor.
Mark Zuckerberg is Popular Science’s latest cover star. Inside the magazine, Zuckerberg discusses everything from eradicating all diseases to the future of virtual reality. On the latter, here’s one way Zuck imagines using VR:
“I’ll be able to say, ‘OK, we’re here together, let’s play chess,'” explained the Facebook co-founder. “Now here’s a chessboard, and we can be in any space. We can play chess on Mars.”
Coincidentally, Facebook owns a VR company called Oculus.
Her name is Jennifer Napier-Pearce. She replaces Terry Orme, who stepped down as editor last month. On Monday, with the paper’s owner, billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr., and publisher-son Paul Huntsman at her side, she met with employees.
From Tony Semerad’s report:
Napier-Pearce, a 47-year-old journalist who returns to the paper after a short stint at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, stepped into her new role Monday, capping years of ownership upheaval, layoffs and financial uncertainty for Utah’s largest newspaper.
An award-winning public-radio reporter, anchor and news director, Napier-Pearce began her comments to the paper’s 85 reporters, editors and photographers by turning to the Huntsmans and thanking them for buying The Tribune from New York-based Digital First Media in May.
Publisher Huntsman, whose brother Jon Jr. was once the governor of Utah, said his priorities include renegotiating the current deal with the paper’s joint-oiperation partner, the Deseret News, which is owned by the Church of the Latter Day Saints.
Photo by: Al Hartmann/Salt Lake Tribune
Jane Keltner de Valle is joining Architectural Digest as its style director. She most recently served as Glamour’s fashion news editor.
Prior to her time at Glamour, Keltner de Valle worked for Teen Vogue for a decade. Previously, she worked for Elle and W.
According to WWD, Keltner de Valle will join AD September 6.
Melania Trump is threatening to sue 10 media outlets for defamation. According to CNNMoney, Trump’s lawyer Charles Harder said the outlets were “on notice… for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an ‘escort’ in the 1990s.”
The outlets being threatened include The Daily Mail, The Week, Inquisitr, Tarpley, Before It’s News, Liberal America, LawNewz, Winning Democrats and Bipartisan Report. Politico is also “on notice” for its reporting on Trump’s immigration history.
Harder’s statement comes in response to a Daily Mail report that alleged a New York modeling agency that previously represented Trump “also operated as an escort agency for wealthy clients.”
Harder should be a well-known name by now. He’s the same lawyer who repped Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea when the wrestler sued Gawker Media.
The New York Times is headed north and down under. According to Politico, the Times is targeting Canada and Australia as the next places for expansion.
The Times is already in the early stages of hiring local reporters for the two new papers, which will no doubt draw some side-eyes from existing companies.
Canada has several large papers, but the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail are the most-widely read. In Australia the competition is a little less intense, with Melbourne’s Herald Sun as the only paper with more than 500,000 subscribers.
Jim VandeHei—the former Politico CEO who is launching a media venture with former Politico writer Mike Allen—has announced another round of hires. Unsurprisingly, they’re all from Politico.
Kate Gaertner, who served as associate director of corporate strategy for Politico, will join to work on strategy. Likewise for Claire Kennedy (previously Politico’s talent acquisition manager); and Karina Carlson (account manager).
The strong of hires comes less than a week after VandeHei added two from the New York Times.
It generally does not take a major newspaper four months to correct itself. Nor, usually, is the correction displayed with the kind of standalone prominence granted here.
However, once the particulars are absorbed, it’s easy to understand why the Times of London felt the need to banner the following Aug. 23 “Correction and Apology:”
The Irish daily edition of The Times was launched last September.
Michelle Tan, who has served as Seventeen’s editor since 2014, has been let go by Hearst.
Tan joined Seventeen from People, where she served as special projects editor. She first joined People back in 2002.
According to WWD, Tan “was notified that she would no longer be needed at Seventeen while on maternity leave.”
Jesus. That’s cold.
Per an announcement this afternoon, Brown is joining InStyle as editor in chief. She starts at the Time Inc. publication Aug. 29:
“With her dynamic point of view, collaborative spirit and deep expertise in fashion and celebrity, Laura will be an exciting and transformative force for InStyle,” said Jess Cagle, editorial director for Time Inc.’s Celebrity, Entertainment and Style Group. “Her rich experience combined with her profound storytelling skills across print, digital, video and television will take this powerful brand to even greater heights.”
Prior to Harper’s Bazaar, Brown was articles director at Details and a senior editor with W magazine. She has also hosted the M2M series In and Out of Fashion.
Photo courtesy: Time Inc.
The Wall Street Journal has promoted Andrew Dowell to editor for Asia Pacific. Dowell most recently served as the Journal’s deputy business editor.
Dowell has been with News Corp. in some capacity since 2005. He previously worked for Dow Jones Newswire. Dowell joined the Journal in 2010.
“Next month we mark the 40th anniversary of the launch of The Asian Wall Street Journal and it’s an opportune time for us to recommit ourselves to this most dynamic region of the world economy,” wrote Journal editor Gerard Baker, in a memo. :Drew will build on the splendid reporting and analysis we have done in the last few years and will work closely with our business colleagues to develop products that can tap Asia’s increasing demand for world class journalism.”
Dowell is succeeding Paul Beckett, who will take over as the Journal’s Washington bureau chief next year.
Daisuke Wakabayashi has joined The New York Times to cover Google. He most recently worked for The Wall Street Journal on the Apple beat.
Wakabayashi had been with the Journal since 2008. He previously worked for Reuters.
Wakabayashi will start August 29. He’ll be based in San Francisco.
Newsday went ahead and tallied it up. According to their math, John Sterling by last Friday had called 4,453 consecutive Yankees games on the radio – 4,286 regular-season contests and 167 post-season matches. Add this weekend’s series with the Angels and the total now stands at 4,456.
The streak started back in 1989, after Sterling came over from Turner, where he had been calling Altanta Hawks and Braves games. As he told reporter Jim Bambauch, he thought it might finally end earlier this year:
Sterling’s iron man run almost ended this season, he said recently, because he was prepared to take a personal day to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in June.
But in a fortuitous scheduling twist, Sterling said the ceremony fell on a Yankees day off when the team was home, preserving one of the more impressive and perhaps lesser-known streaks in all of sports.
Vin Scully, who will retire at the end of the year, has of course been broadcasting for much longer, but without a consecutive element like this. The closest thing Newsday could find to the Sterling streak is Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek, who called 4,347 regular season and playoff games before missing one finally in 2004. (By our math, Sterling passed Cheek at the beginning of this regular season when he called an April 17 home game against the Mariners.)
Sterling’s co-host since 2005 has been Suzyn Waldman. The pair, who have their detractors, signed new multi-year deals with WFAN at the beginning of this season. The 78-year-old play-by-play man told Newsday he hopes to continue calling Yankees games for many years to come.
Photo of Sterling with former Knicks, Rangers broadcaster Bob Wolff courtesy: WFAN
Deadspin: Alex Pareene, Hamilton Nolan, Ashley Feinberg, Jordan Sargent
Jezebel: Kelly Stout, Rich Juzwiak, Gabrielle Bluestone, Brendan O’Connor, Hannah Gold
Gizmodo: J.K. Trotter, Marina Galperina, Hudson Hongo
Despite these new posts, “there is an assumption that it will be temporary for many of them.” Mysterious!
The New York Times’ public editor Liz Spayd thinks the Times needs to chill with its Facebook Live content. The reason? Most of the Times’ Live videos are terrible.
“After watching countless hours of live video in the past few weeks, I have hit upon many that are either plagued by technical malfunctions, feel contrived, drone on too long, ignore audience questions or are simply boring, by I imagine most anyone’s standards,” wrote Spayd. “…It’s as if we passed over beta and went straight to bulk.”
While Spayd has a point, so too does Times executive editor Dean Baquet. He stood up for the Times’ Live videos by noting that the Times can’t be afraid to fail.
“Have we done some stuff that’s not so pretty? Yes. But the newsroom needs to get comfortable using their imaginative brains to tell stories in different ways,” said Baquet.
Spayd is right, a lot of Times Live videos are garbage. But Baquet is also correct — the Times needs to keep innovating.
Also, let’s not forget that Facebook paid the Times $3 million to make these videos. In other words, we’re all stuck with subpar Live content until the Times figures it out.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Isaac Lee—Univision’s chief news, entertainment, digital officer—discussed Univision’s acquisition of Gawker Media.
Lee said the Gawker sites will be expected to continue exactly what they’ve been doing. “I do expect them to keep their voice and their authenticity,” said Lee. Well, except for Gawker.com, which was shuttered. While Lee wouldn’t comment on that, it’s obvious that the Hulk Hogan lawsuit made the site disposable.
As for why Univision bought Gawker Media, Lee stated the obvious.
“No one can own all millennials, but we need to own iconic brands that matter to them,” explained Lee. “That’s why the company has been snapping up sites such as The Onion and The Root. Music, humor, gaming, technology — that’s the currency of this generation. That demographic is only going to grow, be more diverse and be more powerful.”
The Great Summer Of Change continues at Time Inc. According to Politico, “a few dozen” staffers are getting cut by tomorrow, in yet another attempt to right the ship.
The latest round of cuts—that come just weeks after Time Inc. cut 110 staffers—will come from across all of Time Inc.’s brands.
Time Inc. has undergone massive changes over the past few months. In July, the company restructured its editorial, business and sales teams. Then, just last week, Jana Partners invested $62 million in the company.
The Jana cash infusion led many to question if Time Inc. will soon be purchased or if massive layoffs were on their way. With roughly 150 staffers out in under a month, looks like we now know the answer.