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Taking a Lunch Break…

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 23:00

lunch at michaelsOur intrepid reporter Diane Clehane skipped her usual rounds at Michael’s today.

She’ll be out next week for Thanksgiving, and will return to 55th and 5th, ready to dine and dish, on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

In the meantime, here are some recent columns to chew on:

Seventeen’s EIC on Why Gen Z Will Take Over the World

Hammerstein Scion Weighs In on Sondheim, Scandal and the Burden of a Famed Name

Hearst’s Eliot Kaplan: ‘We Are the Go-To Company Right Now’

N.Y. Democratic Committeeman: ‘Trump Is George Wallace With Twitter’

Categories: News

Huffington Post Staffers Explain Why They Signed Union Cards

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 20:00

WGAEastLogoThe email is signed by 83 members of The Huffington Post editorial staff. It’s an impressive alphabetical list that begins with Detroit-based national reporter Kate Abbey-Lambertz and ends with D.C. health writer Jeffrey Young.

The group wants friends and colleagues to fully understand their decision to seek to follow in the footsteps of Salon, Vice, Al Jazeera, Gawker, Think Progress and Guardian US. Primarily, the attempt to unionize through WGA East is a reflection of their belief in the editorial mission at hand:

It’s about much more than just principles. We cherish working here and know that many of our friends and colleagues do too. We would feel even more invested in the place we love if we were employed under a union contract. Why? A union contract is a formal way of making sure that workers have input in how the company is run. It is, in effect, making official the collaborative spirit that permeates this place.

It is also a practical way to address issues that have impacted many of our current and former colleagues. Inconsistent compensation and lack of clarity in management decisions are just two issues that have contributed to a troublingly high turnover rate. We want to stay here and build healthy careers here, with our friends, doing good journalism among colleagues and managers we care about and respect. Unionizing will give us even stronger roots by giving us a voice and a stronger community of colleagues.

The email signatories reflects only those out of HuffPost’s roughly 350 total editorial employees who have chosen to currently go public with their WGA East endorsement.

LesyJAbregoandDadAnd in terms of timing, today’s Huffington Post blog item by author and UCLA professor Leisy J. Abrego couldn’t be more appropriate. It’s titled: “Honoring My Father: The Immigrant, the Union Activist” and describes how dad cut short a burgeoning career as an air traffic controller to move his family from El Salvador to the promise of a better future:

He worked for over 30 years at the Holiday Inn/Luxe Hotel in downtown L.A. Through his leadership and participation in collective action, he has contributed to the labor movement history being created by this wave of Latino immigrants in the city. Today, he is a server at another hotel restaurant and still a member of the union.

On the eve of his 60th birthday, I pause to honor my father. He helped me with my math homework, taught me to ride a bike, play baseball and appreciate the music of Pink Floyd, Carlos Santana, Cat Stevens, Rubén Blades and Joan Manuel Serrat. He challenged me to be the best at what I do, regardless of where I am. But the biggest lesson he taught me is that we can find the most meaning in this country by fighting collectively for our rights and those of others.

A WGA East rep tells FishbowlNY that union cards signed by Huffington Post employees are continuing to come in daily as part of what is an ongoing effort. The rep emphasized that “the signers to this letter represents a broad base of support and unity that exists amongst HuffPosters across titles, departments and geographic regions.”

Previously on FishbowlNY:
HuffPost Seeking Unionization

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Condé Nast Folds Details Magazine

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 19:24

01 Details September 1990_thumb_w_580Turns out the rumor that Details was getting closed down was true. According to The Wall Street Journal, the December issue of Details—which was founded in 1982—will be its last.

For Details, the writing was on the wall for months. Ad sales were continually sluggish. Things became especially uneasy when just two months ago, Details editor Dan Peres attempted to squash the closure rumors, but came across as someone who was unsure about his own answers.

Now Peres, along with Details CRO Drew Schutte are out of jobs. As for other Details staffers, Condé president Bob Sauerberg said that he thought about 20 percent of the 60 employees would find new roles at the company.

As part of the changes, GQ will take on more style coverage. It will publish its bi-annual GQ Style issue more frequently and will eventually transfer to

“It’s been tough the last few months” Sauerberg told the Journal. “Consumers love the magazine [Details]. It’s not fair or right.”

In other Condé news, the ad sales staff of Self and Glamour are getting combined. Both will continue as print publications. However, as a result of the move, Self publisher and CRO Mary Murcko is leaving the company.

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Changes at Fashionista

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 18:30

Fashionista has made a few editorial moves. According to WWDLauren Indvik has shifted from editor in chief to editor at large. She had served as editor since 2013.

Also, senior editors Dhani Mau and Alyssa Vingan have both been named editorial director. They’ll both help with Indvik’s duties.

Fashionista CEO John Lerner said Indvik’s change “is an opportunity for her to actually write.”

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A Florida Pal Welcomes Back Michael Riedel

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 18:15

RazzleDazzleCoverRobert Plunket has known New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel a long time. It’s a comfort zone that will no doubt make tonight’s conversation at the Florida Studio Theatre one of the more memorable stops on the book tour for Riedel’s new tome Razzle Dazzle.

Ahead of his moderator chores, Plunket wrote a great column in Sarasota magazine about his friendship with Riedel. He remembers the time Riedel was none too impressed with his cameo-ing as the Pope in a dinner theater production. As well as how it all began for the pair in the Big Apple:

I’ve known Michael for 30 years or so, ever since he was 23, a recent Columbia graduate and just starting his career in New York. I was then at the peak of my power – a not very famous novelist though a frequent contributor to The New York Times. I sensed a kindred spirit in Michael, and one night at Joe Allen’s when we were both a little tipsy I gave him the advice that made his career: “Attack the mighty.”

Well, Michael took me at my word. From then on he began to operate outside the accepted rules of behavior. As one writer put it, “He became an attack dog in a world of lapdogs.” He began to crash parties. He repeated backstage gossip. He wrote about things that people begged him not to write about. And most importantly, he began to needle Frank Rich.

If you’ve forgotten when and why Riedel was slugged by theater types, twice, Plunket’s got those details as well.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Post Theater Critic Recalls His Friendship With David Brown

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Gawker Editor Discusses New Direction

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 17:27

Now that Gawker is a politics site, editor Alex Pareene explained his vision for the future in a memo that is (of course) insanely long. It’s also hilariously self-serious because everyone at Gawker believes Gawker is more important than it actually is. What make this memo fun is that Pareene even explains that he doesn’t want Gawker to be so self-serious. Irony!

Sadly for us, we’re paid to read these kinds of things. Good for you — we pulled the worthwhile items from Pareen’s note and pasted them below. If you enjoy hurting yourself and want to read the whole thing, head over to Jim Romensko. Otherwise, enjoy:

The problem with Vox is that it’s utterly humorless and the problem with Buzzfeed is that so much of it is utterly stupid. And so we mock Buzzfeed for their viral garbage and Vox for their artless style, but if we’re going to do that, we *have to* make sure that we’re smarter, better, funnier, and sharper than the competition.

The ideal Gawker story should expose a meaningful hypocrisy, or reveal an emperor’s nudity, or hold the rare heroes actually working to un-fuck the world up for praise, or make an unexpected but necessary argument.

We are needed now more than ever. It’s utterly unacceptable that Donald Trump is a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination and there’s no prominent national publication even attempting to embody the puckish spirit of SPY.

Politics means the campaign, sure, but it also encompasses business, money, the Internet, culture, and most of the rest of the beats Gawker has always been on.

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Ben Carson Camp: NY Times ‘Took Advantage of Elderly Man’

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 17:00

Ben Carson’s camp is scrambling to cover the tread marks left by a damning New York Times story, which said Carson’s own advisors doubted his ability to understand foreign policy.

Part of the Times’s report was based on an interview with Carson’s “top advisor” Duane Clarridge. Carson’s team now says Clarridge was simply a confused old man and shame on the Times:

Mr. Clarridge has incomplete knowledge of the daily, not weekly briefings, that Dr. Carson receives on important national security matters from former military and State Department officials. He is coming to the end of a long career of serving our country. Mr. Clarridge’s input to Dr. Carson is appreciated but he is clearly not one of Dr. Carson’s top advisers. For The New York Times to take advantage of an elderly gentleman and use him as their foil in this story is an affront to good journalistic practices.

We wonder, how does Clarridge feel about being described this way?

As for the Times, senior politics editor Carolyn Ryan told Politico that if Carson’s camp didn’t think Clarridge was a good person to speak to, they shouldn’t have suggested him.

“It was Ben Carson’s closest adviser, Armstrong Williams, who recommended that we talk to Mr. Clarridge and described Mr. Clarridge as a ‘mentor’ to Mr. Carson on foreign policy,” said Ryan. “Mr. Williams also gave us Mr. Clarridge’s phone number. Mr. Clarridge picked up the phone and our reporter, Trip Gabriel, conducted a very straightforward interview with him. Mr. Clarridge was the only adviser whose name was given to us by Armstrong Williams.”



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David Beckham is People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 16:02

sma-cover-a-435People has named David Beckham the Sexiest Man Alive. We thought it would be Chris Pratt’s year, but alas, he’ll just have to be happy starring in mediocre movies that make truck loads of cash.

As always with this ridiculous award, the winner was self-effacing. “I never feel that I’m an attractive, sexy person,” the 40-year-old husband of Posh Spice told People.

Sure. Okay. David f-ing Beckham has never felt like he’s an attractive man. It must be awful to have to act that stupid.

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Tribune Publishing Adds Two NY Times Vets

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 15:41

Tribune Publishing has named Rajiv Pant chief product, technology and user experience officer, and Mohit Pandey senior vp of engineering and mobile.

Both Pant and Pandey previously worked for The New York Times. Pant served as chief technology officer and Pandey—who comes directly from the Times—headed up mobile engineering.

Pant will report to another former Times staffer, Tribune digital president Denise Warren. Pandey will report to Pant.

Both Pant and Pandey will join Tribune November 3o.

Categories: News

Niche Media Rebrands as GreenGale Publishing

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 15:11

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 9.13.46 AMNiche Media—publisher of Gotham, Hamptons, Ocean Drive, Philadelphia Style and more—has rebranded itself as GreenGale Publishing. The name comes from its married owners, Jane and Jeff Greenspun Gale.

Staffing changes came with the rebrand. Editorial director Mandi Norwood will now also serve as chief editorial and creative officer. Gotham editor in chief Catherine Sabino and Capitol File editor in chief Elizabeth Thorp are both out.

Courtland Lantaff, publisher of Ocean Drive; Alison Miller, publisher of Los Angeles Confidential; and Daniel Uslan, publisher of Michigan Avenue; have all been named vp, group publisher.

JP Anderson, Michigan Avenue’s editor in chief, and Spencer Beck, Los Angeles Confidential’s editor in chief, have both been promoted to group editor. They’ll oversee the editorial teams for nine of GreenGale’s luxury lifestyle magazines.

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People Names VP of Sales

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 14:42

Time Inc. has named Robert Elder vp of sales for People.  He most recently served as vp of national sales for Live Nation Entertainment.

Elder previously worked for Maxim and Sony Digital Entertainment.

“Rob has extensive digital media sales and product experience, as well as entertainment and experiential knowledge, which will help drive People’s success across our growing multi-platform portfolio,” said People and EW group publisher Karen Kovacs, in a statement.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Taking on The NRA

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 14:33



(Images: Newseum)

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Gawker Names New COO

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 01:09

Josh Albertson, most recently a vp at Vox Media, is joining Gawker Media as its new COO.

Albertson worked with Vox after the company purchased Curbed, which he co-founded. He previously worked for and Bloomberg.

According to Recode, Albertson is succeeding Scott Kidder, who is moving on from the company. “I’m thankful to @nicknotned and the rest of the Company, and excited to try something new,” tweeted Kidder.

The Albertson addition comes hours after Gawker Media announced a series of layoffs due to a company-wide restructuring.

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RD Recap: Changes at Gawker; A Surprise Pair of Layoffs at the NYT

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 23:21

It’s a Tuesday, so there must be some moves at Gawker Media. Katie Drummond leaves her deputy editor role at to become editor in chief of Gizmodo. Current head Annalee Newitz is off to Ars Technica, where she’ll be tech culture editor. Meanwhile, Michael Hession says goodbye to Gizmodo as well. He’s off to join Brian Lam‘s Wirecutter crew. Additionally, Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan goes to Vocativ, where she’ll be a deputy to former Jezebel editor Jessica Coen. The entire company is dealing with an over 5,000-word piece about its problem with women. And a lot more cuts and big changes are coming…

David Leonhardt is leaving The Upshot, the New York Times’ data-driven blog he founded. He’ll stay with the paper, however, joining the opinion section. “I have asked David to take on a formal role in helping the Opinion section amplify and expand the pioneering work that editors and designers for Editorial and Op-Ed have been doing on digital platforms,” section editor Andrew Rosenthal wrote in a note… The NYT fires assistant news editors Kyle Massey and Vanessa Gordon… The Los Angeles Times loses Booth Moore to a buyout. She had been at the paper for 18 years and fashion critic since 2004. Her husband, Adam Tschorn, also works there, but he won’t take the buyout… Sue Brooks is the new global head of product at Reuters. She had been at the Associated Press… Read More

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Gawker to Become Politics Site

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 21:09

Well this is kind of unexpected. According to The New York Times, Gawker is revamping its focus from general news/lifestyle coverage to politics.

We say “kind of unexpected” because back in July, there was talk that Gawker was going to relaunch as something new. Talk of a change began after Gawker grossly outed a married man, then wrongly stood by the post that was eventually taken down. The drama ended with two top Gawker editors resigning instead of admitting that they were wrong.

As a result of the revamped Gawker, 10 staffers are expected to lose their jobs.

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Quartz Hires Reporters Away from Slate, NPR

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 20:45

Two hires, two internal memos. That’s the pre-Thanksgiving skinny from Quartz.

Announcing to staffers today the imminent arrival of Alison Griswold was editor in chief and president Kevin Delaney:

Dear Quartz –

I’m very happy to announce that Alison Griswold is joining Quartz as a business reporter in NYC on Nov. 30.

Ali comes to us from Slate, where she’s one of the main business and economics writers and covers a wide range of topics. Her recent reporting includes pieces on Uber such as this one based on a public-records request, an in-depth look at Venmo scams, and a chummy open letter to McDonald’s when it stopped reporting monthly same-store sales. Ali’s review of Robert Reich‘s latest book appeared in the Sunday NYT book review this past weekend. She earlier wrote for Business Insider, Thomson Reuters, and Forbes, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale. You can follow her @alisongriswold.

At Quartz, we expect Ali’s coverage to extend widely based on news or other interesting business developments, and that it will develop into specific obsessions over time.

Please join me in welcoming her!


And letting employees know about the newest addition to Quartz’s Things team, Chris Groskopf, was executive editor and VP of product Zach Seward:

Hi, all.

Chris Groskopf has started as a reporter on the Things team. He’s working from Tyler, Texas, and splits his time between there and Washington, DC.

We’re really excited that Chris has joined us. He is extraordinarily talented in data analysis, among other skills, and brings with him a ton of experience working on teams of journalists who code. He previously worked for NPR’s visuals team, the PANDA Project, and the Chicago Tribune’s news apps team.

Many of Chris’s data tools are widely used by journalists, including many of us. Now we can more easily ask him questions. :) I think his most recent project, called Agate, is going to change how data analysis is done in newsrooms. You can read more about it here. (By coincidence, in the world of minerals, agate is a variety of quartz.)

Please join me in welcoming Chris. You can follow him on Twitter or GitHub. And of course you can find him on Slack.


Congrats to both.

I’m excited to say that I’ll be joining the team at Quartz after Thanksgiving as a business reporter

— Alison Griswold (@alisongriswold) November 16, 2015

Spent my first vacation day fiddling with cutting edge JavaScript tooling. It remains spectacularly, mind-bendingly bad.

— Christopher Groskopf (@onyxfish) November 17, 2015

Categories: News

Chevy Chase Says Randy Quaid Hit Him Up for a ‘Lot’ of Money

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 20:00

There’s a ton of ribald fun to be had for SNL fans who choose to listen to the latest episode of Gilbert Gottfried and Frank Santopadre’s Amazing Colossal Podcast. That’s because the guest is Chevy Chase who, in typically candid fashion, addresses all kinds of show lore.

Chase also talks about the sad current fate of Randy Quaid:

“He [Quaid] called me. He wanted to borrow some money. That’s all I’m going to say, but it was a lot of money. And apparently, every so often he would say – ‘I know Chevy Chase!’ Like that’s going to help him.”

“But you know what? This is a delightful, delightful, funny, funny actor. Who seems to have taken drugs, or something. I don’t know what’s happened to him. He never was a druggie of any kind, or drinker. But he seems like it now, doesn’t he? I mean it’s a little weird when you do Rupert Murdoch getting f*cked in the ass by Randy Quaid, with a beard – again – down to his c*ck.”

Bookmark/listen to the podcast here.

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People Magazine Sets the Sexy Table

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 19:34

SMATinderNYPeople magazine has been working all the angles ahead of tonight’s big reveal on Jimmy Kimmel Live of 2015’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

The publication partnered with Tinder to highlight a select male user in each state. That’s the New York winner at right, who along with the rest of the Tinder group will be featured in the print issue arriving Friday. Fans of the franchise were also given the option of playing with the #SexiestBitmoji Alive, but the Twittrer response to that seems to have been rather lukewarm.

There’s also, inevitably, a quiz, allowing readers to determine which Sexiest man is their perfect match. The editorial crew at People, if nothing else, definitely entertained themselves with some of the multiple choice options:


And just a reminder for any fans who might fire off a “SMH” tweet about their preferred hunk being passed over for SMA honors. Before tweeting SMH over SMA, remember that the star has to say yes to the honor. Reputedly, Ryan Gosling has said no several times in years prior.

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IBT Media Names Tech Editorial Director

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 18:20

IBT Media has named Marc Perton editorial director, tech, a new role at the company. Perton joins the company from Havas Worldwide, where he served as creative director of content.

Prior to Havas, Perton served as Engadget’s editor, GDGT’s director of content and Consumer Reports’s executive editor of online media.

At IBT, Perton will oversee the company’s current tech verticals and create new tech-centric sites.

“As IBT Media develops its existing tech brands and expands by launching new sites within the vertical, we want to have a comprehensive approach to coverage for the ever-crucial technology beat,” said IBT Media co-founder and chief content officer, Jonathan Davis, in a statement. “Marc has a keen sense of audience development and critical eye for news. We’re thrilled to add him to our growing team.”

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Australian Journalist Reveals Her ‘Luck Has Run Out’

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 18:00

AdeleHorinBlogBannerAdele Horin, a recently retired Australian newspaper journalist whose career included a stint as New York correspondent for The National Times, has shared some heartbreaking personal news this week via her blog. The lung cancer first diagnosed and treated in 2014 has returned:

I want to say it’s unfair. I never smoked; I’ve been too much the ‘good girl’ all my life. But the lung cancer detected in 2014, operated on and treated with chemotherapy, has raged back. The prognosis is poor. I hope for miracles and I look at Clive James with hope. Whatever happens, I’ve been so lucky.

But right now dear readers, I’m too sick to continue to write the blog. Maybe I will be able to re-start it again. But if not, I want you to know what a privilege it has been to be part of such a thoughtful community. I valued your comments and your following. You’ll still be able to access my writing and readers’ comments from the past two and a half years at the same web address.

FishbowlNY joins the many colleagues and readers who have already expressed their sympathies with regards to the 64-year-old blogger facing a renewed battle against the disease. Among the letters sent to the Sydney Morning Herald is this one from Jennifer Briggs:

I was so sorry to read of Adele Horin’s misfortune. I met her 30-odd years ago when she was a young journalist and writing a report on Australia’s first community mental health crisis team, of which I was a part.

I think that there has been little “luck” in what she has achieved. I have never forgotten her – I was impressed to see that a busy journalist would take so much time and care to thoroughly understand a complex topic and to correctly represent what we were trying to do. Now again I find myself admiring Adele for her amazing grace and courage in the face of great personal adversity.

Horin’s reference to Clive James relates to the fact that after being diagnosed in 2010 with leukemia and “limited time”, the Australian poet and novelist has been able to outlast that prognosis with the help of a new drug.

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