The Society of Professional Journalists has tapped three women to lead it into next year. Lynn Walsh will serve as national president; Rebecca Baker as president-elect and Alex Tarquino as secretary treasurer.
This marks the first time in SPJ’s 107-year history three women have held those roles at the same time.
Walsh serves as an investigative producer for NBC 7 in San Diego. Baker is the managing editor of New York Law Journal. Tarquino is Real Deal’s special issues editor.
In one of the oddest twists in today’s #Brangelina mad news rush, it fell to CNN senior international correspondent at the United Nations Richard Roth to ask George Clooney about today’s divorce news. The actor was at the U.N. Tuesday to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama about the refugee crisis.
As usual, Clooney very gracefully handles himself as he learns, live on camera, about the sad developments involving his two close friends. Roth, in the way that he asked the question, evidently thought Clooney already knew about it. The actor did not. It’s also likely Roth was instructed to ask about this matter by CNN HQ.
Watch the video here.
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The picture painted by Cosmopolitan executive lifestyle editor Helin Jung is dramatic. Here is how she describes the scene in New York today as TMZ’s docket-scoop began reverberating:
When news broke Tuesday that Angelina had filed for divorce, a roar reverberated through the Cosmopolitan.com office among the ranks of Team Jen. I heard gasps, then cheers, from co-workers who had been wanting vengeance for Jen since 2005. What a sweet, sweet moment of victory. America’s golden girl gets cheated on by her golden boy husband, and over a decade later, he’s thrown to the curb by the other woman. Isn’t karma a bitch.
Jung is having none of that. The headline for her item admonishes: “Stop Rejoicing Over Brad and Angelina’s Divorce.” Another cosmopolitan.com item, filed by Hearst digital editor Emma Dibdin, concurs, bannering: “Stop Dragging Jennifer Aniston Into Brad and Angelina’s Breakup.”
Perhaps drinks tonight are in order. And if Jung and Dibdin are looking for a third, may we suggest The Huffington Post’s senior news editor of entertainment Leigh Blickley. Here’s her headline.
The article text is just two singe-sentence paragraphs. With a cursory link to TMZ, which this morning broke the news that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt.
But the headline conjured up by Caitlin Morrison, deputy digital editor for free London business newspaper City A.M., is more notable and, as a result, is getting a fair bit of attention on social media. It reads, cheekily:
Jolie was appointed this spring as one of the guest lecturers for the fall 2016 course “Women, Peace and Security.” Not to be confused with a separate two-day intensive of the same name, which runs this weekend, Sept. 22-23.
P.S. In fairness to Pitt, he is also more than just an actor.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this late afternoon, involving Yahoo and The Daily Beast. Details are below.Myles Udland has joined Yahoo Finance as a writer focusing on markets, economics, and personal finance. He most recently worked for Business Insider. The Daily Beast has hired Erin Gloria Ryan as a senior editor. She previously worked as a deputy editor for Vocativ.
The latest alumnus to participate in Boston University’s career-advice Q&A series “Jump-Start Your Job Search” is Detroit News assistant managing news editor Walter Middlebrook. He graduated from BU in 1976.
Middlebrook says that although his father, who raised him in the Deep South during the days of segregation, was not an educated man, dad taught him the “value of work, ethics and self-esteem.” That steerage set him on a steady path through journalism:
“It was that foundation that led me to the journalists who would help me find my way through the pitfalls of this industry. Those individuals are David Nimmer, former managing editor of the Minneapolis Star, who offered me my first full-time job; Deborah Howell, former Newhouse News Service Washington bureau chief and former managing editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press; David Hamilton, former assistant managing editor of Newsday; and Don Forst, former editor of New York Newsday and the Village Voice. Probably the toughest S-O-B I ever worked for.”
When Forst passed away in 2014, The New York Times headline used the word “Feisty.” In the spirit of Middlebrook’s salty labeling, we dug through a few other clippings for some amplification. Here’s a great quote from the Newsday obituary:
“He was one of the most competitive newspaper people I knew, and wanted not only to beat the competition but to burn their houses, drive off their cattle and poison their wells,” said Tony Marro, the editor of Newsday from 1986 until 2002.
For The Village Voice, Anna Merlan recalled an infamous cover Forst was involved with in 1999 and also cited a tweet from Jen Snow, who remembered: ‘On my 1st day of work, as Don Forst’s assistant at The Village Voice, he said to me: “Exploit us, because we’re going to exploit you.” Love.’
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Sorry Chicago Cubs fans, looks like you’re going to have to wait another 100 years for that elusive next World Series win.
We say that because ESPN The Magazine not only announced the Cubs curse was over, it dedicated an entire issue to the team. If that’s not a full-scale jinx, we don’t know what is.
The only hope Cubs fans have is to buy every single issue and burn them all. Short of that, it’s all over. Might as well stop playing now.
Arianna Huffington’s new venture, wellness company Thrive Global launches November 30, which means it’s time for Huffington to fire up the hype train.
One of Huffington’s first stops on the press tour was CNNMoney. In an interview, Huffington divulged additional details about the company.
“Thrive Global is basically based on the need to change the way we work and live, and make it more sustainable,” Huffington explained. “We see more and more how people are sacrificing their health, their relationships because of a faulty belief that in order to succeed they have to burn out.”
Thrive will offer wellness training to corporations and publish editorial content on a site hosted by Medium. The training courses—designed to help companies increase productivity and reduce health care costs—will be available online or in-person.
Huffington also announced that Callie Schweitzer, most recently with Time Inc., has joined Thrive as managing editor.
Politico has promoted Cally Baute from executive director of audience solutions to vp and general manager of audience solutions.
Baute has been with Politico since 2011. She previously worked for Ogilvy Washington and Starcom MediaVest Group.
“Cally has been instrumental in developing advertising strategy and partnerships, and will be an important part of Politico’s continued growth in 2017 and beyond,” said Politico chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton, in an announcement.
The Wall Street Journal has acquired exclusive rights to the global markets and macroeconomics newsletter The Daily Shot.
The Daily Shot was launched in 2014 by Lev Borodovsky, Ph.D. He’ll continue to run the newsletter as it transitions to the Journal. Dennis Berman, the Journal’s financial editor, will oversee the operation.
The Daily Shot will shift to the Journal on Nov. 1. Once it does, the newsletter will be available to Journal subscribers only.
Berman said that the Journal’s goal with The Daily Shot is to keep it exactly the same.
“Lev has the single best and easiest-to-read markets emails I have come across,” explained Berman. “There is simply nothing else like it, and I am excited for Journal subscribers to get access to it.”
The New York Times has promoted Michael Slackman from international managing editor to international editor.
Slackman—who has been with the Times since 2003—is succeeding Joe Kahn, who was named managing editor last Friday.
“In the role of international editor, Michael will work closely with Jodi Rudoren, his main deputy in New York, as well as Dick Stevenson and Phil Pan, our Europe and Asia editors,” wrote Times executive editor Dean Baquet and Kahn, in a memo to staffers. “He will also work more directly with Lydia Polgreen, the editorial director of NYT Global, as we look for new opportunities to bring our report to a broader global audience.”
Rodale’s Women’s Health has made a few changes to its editorial team.
Leading the way is Michelle Stacey, who has been named the magazine’s first features director. Stacey previously worked for Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Shape and Martha Stewart Living.
Women’s Health has also hired Christine Demetres Giordano as art director. She most recently served as deputy art director for Allure and design director for CosmoGirl.
As for internal moves at the magazine, Cathryne Keller has been promoted from associate editor to senior associate editor.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The Huffington Post and The Nation. Details are below.HuffPost has named Emily McCombs editorial director of HuffPost Parents. She most recently served as executive editor for Elite Daily. David Marcus has joined The Nation as its literary editor. He previously served as co-editor of The Dissent.
For close to a decade, John Palattella oversaw The Nation’s arts and books coverage. But following his relocation to Europe, a change was in order. While Palatella is transitioning to the role of editor at large, with a focus on translations and serializations, David Marcus (pictured) has been installed in New York as the magazine’s succeeding literary editor.
From today’s announcement:
“We are delighted to have David, a superb editor, as wise about fiction and pop culture as about politics, philosophy, and history, take over the books and the arts section,” says editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel. “For two centuries, The Nation has been part of the literary lifeblood of America, and David brings a creative and compelling vision for the future of our cultural coverage in print and online.”
Adds Marcus: “I’m thrilled to be joining The Nation as the magazine’s literary editor. With its abolitionist roots and egalitarian commitments, the magazine has been a fount of social progress and critical dissent since its founding. It’s also played host to some of the smartest literary and cultural criticism around—from columns by Mary McCarthy and Clement Greenberg to John Leonard and Arthur Danto. It seems to me we’re in a moment in which an exciting new generation of critics and intellectuals is beginning to emerge—and I’m eager to bring their insight and arguments to a broader audience.”
Marcus was previously co-editor of Dissent. He has also taught the history of political thought at Columbia University, where he is a Ph.D. Candidate. In addition to commissioning freelance work, he will edit the contributions of film critic Stuart Klawans, art critic Barry Schwabsky and music critic David Hajdu.
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There are five publications in all: Dance magazine; Dance Spirit magazine; Pointe magazine; Dance Teacher magazine; and Dance Retailer News, a business-to-business publication. Macfadden Communications Group, which had owned Dance magazine since 2001 and the rest of the DanceMedia portfolio since it was created in 2006, has sold the lot to Frederic M. Seegal.
From today’s announcement:
Seegal, vice chairman of Peter J. Solomon Company, has made his career advising major media, telecom and internet clients. He brings to DanceMedia a seasoned knowledge of and passion for the performing arts, having served as president of American Ballet Theatre’s Board of Trustees, and as trustee for New York City Center, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Currently, he is a trustee for Gallim Dance, based in New York.
“I’m very excited about the potential for growth represented by these highly respected publications and the tremendous content they’ve created over the years,” says Seegal. “These magazines have enjoyed exceptional stability during a time when there has been sweeping change in the publishing industry, as they have continued to be the authoritative voice for the entire dance world.”
Dance magazine, which is overseen by editor in chief Jennifer Stahl, will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2017. Macfadden Communications Group will continue to provide digital services, print management, circulation and accounting. No immediate staff changes are expected.
Pictured: September 2016 Dance magazine cover (click to enlarge)
Coming to Broadway early next year is Come From Away, a musical about the surreal experience of some 6,000 passengers from 38 planes being re-routed to Gander, Newfoundland after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The show was also the subject of NPR Dallas correspondent Wade Goodwyn’s most recent report.
Per a recent profile on current.org, Goodwyn, 56, who is heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, started getting inspired by public radio as a student in New York, when he would listen to WNYC while commuting. After graduation, he gave the big city a long, solid shot before heading back to his home state:
Living on a freelancer’s salary in New York was an impossible dream, so Goodwyn returned to Texas. In those early days, Goodwyn confesses, his voice was rushed and his reporting pace slow. He spoke quickly to pack more details into each piece, which might have taken him three or four weeks to complete.
But he found that as he slowed down, and as he aged, his voice deepened. Some of his fans on Twitter have taken turns trying to describe it. “Texas timbre” is what one person called it. “Nonplussed drawl” wrote another. Still another opined: “His voice is like warm butter melting over barbecue’d sweet corn.”
Goodwyn works out of the Dallas home he shares with his wife and two teen daughters. The Current piece revisits the 1993 assignment that vaulted Godwyn from freelancer to a full-time staff position and ends with some interesting production perspective about the journalist’s 2012 visit to Falcon Lake, the country’s top bass-fishing location along the Texas-Mexico border but also an area overrun by one of the neighboring country’s drug cartels.
After a season of media tributes, the crescendo has today truly begun. Dodgers broadcasting legend Vin Scully kicks off a final seven-game homestand tonight and told Dan Patrick this morning that a special letter of dedication he wrote will be handed out to fans Friday Sept. 23 and that a big, additional surprise awaits the faithful at Dodger Stadium on Sunday Sept. 25.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth has been culling memories from Scully media colleagues and today continues that series with Fred Claire, who first met Scully in the late 1950s while working as a newspaper sports editor, before going on to serve as the baseball club’s VP of communications and GM. From today’s piece:
“There was one act of kindness that stands out in my mind as I think about Vin because it is symbolic of who he is. As the publicity director of the Dodgers, I was asked by a young man working for a radio station in the San Fernando Valley if he could interview Vin prior to a game and Vin, in his usual manner, agreed to help an aspiring reporter.”
“When the young man came to the press box, I could see he was nervous and excited as I introduced him to the Dodger legend. After using his tape recorder for the interview for more than a half-hour, the reporter came to me with a trembling voice and near tears in his eyes. The despondent young man said: ‘I messed up and pushed the wrong button and have nothing on my tape recorder.’”
“I went to Vin to explain what had happened and Vin’s reply was: ‘Let’s do the interview again.’”
“‘Let’s do the interview again’ always has echoed in my mind as I think about Vin. Vin didn’t mention it but I knew of the admiration he held for Red Barber in providing help to a young announcer with bright red hair and even brighter dreams.”
One of Hoffarth’s previous pieces on Scully media colleagues included Dick Enberg.
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For whatever its worth, ex-con Martha Stewart is voting for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.
“This is the most important election of the last hundred years,” Stewart told CNNMoney. “We have to be very certain that we elect a person who has experience, knowledge, a base of education in the world of world politics as well as domestic politics and so obviously I’m voting for Hillary Clinton. And we just can’t have a country run by someone who is totally unprepared for what comes.”
Stewart added that Donald Trump does not have the “diplomacy and kindness and introspection” required to be president. Fact check: True.