Meredith Corporation has named Andrew Amill publisher of EatingWell. Amill most recently served as vp, media sales for Weight Watchers Media Group.
“Andy brings a wealth of magazine and digital media experience to the EatingWell brand, including more than a decade of leading one of the industry’s top health and wellness brands,” said Meredith National Media Group president Jon Werther, in a statement. “We believe his background and success across media channels will enable us to continue to build on the great growth of the EatingWell brand.”
Amill succeeds Deidre Finnegan, who has been named associate publisher of Better Homes and Gardens.
Bloomberg Media has named Michelle Lynn global head of data science and insights, a new role at the company.
Lynn comes to Bloomberg from Dentsu Aegis Network, where she served as chief insights officer. She previously worked for Carat.
“Bloomberg’s heritage is rooted in data, and as we continue to build the leading global business and financial media company while achieving double digit revenue growth, the next step of our mission is to fully harness the resources of this organization to deliver exceptional solutions for our partners,” said Bloomberg Media COO Jacki Kelley, in a statement. “Michelle’s significant experience in data strategy and her agency perspective will bridge this gap, allowing us to infuse a new level of intelligence for our clients.”
Lynn’s appointment is effective September 6.
Hearst has tapped Seventeen executive editor Joey Bartolomeo to oversee the title while the company searches for Michelle Tan’s replacement.
Tan, who had served as Seventeen’s editor in chief since 2014, was unceremoniously let go while on maternity leave. The move has brought Cosmo editorial director Joanna Coles—who has Seventeen under her purview—some criticism.
According to The New York Post, Coles’ reasoning behind the timing was basically “Better sooner than later.”
The good news for Tan is that she will be paid through December 31, when her contract expires.
In the spring of 2015, “dry as a dead dingo’s donger” was among the expressions that helped the Twitter hashtag #AussieSayings trend. A year later, it’s part of the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary.
The Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand released the tome on Tuesday, 28 years after it first cataloged the origins and history of expressions like trackie daks, marn grook and mugachino. To mark the occasion, The New York Times has put together an interactive quiz. Here’s the question that has stumped readers the most thus far:
3. If something goes “straight to the pool room,” it is:
Inflatable and floats
The dictionary adds more than 6,000 new words to the original edition’s 10,000, including Canberran, for someone from the capital city of Canberra. Australian minister Andrew Barr told the Canberra Times he has written to Apple and Microsoft to ask that they add “Canberran” to their spellchecks, so Aussies can finally see that red, squiggly line disappear.
On July 5, in support of its annual Body Issue, ESPN.com posted a photo of UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s butt on its homepage. Here’s the butt:
Not a bad butt, right ladies (and men)? Perhaps even a good butt! However, this butt was just too much for ESPN.com readers, many of whom emailed ESPN’s public editor Jim Brady to complain.
Jonathan Ling said the photo was “not appropriate fare for the opening page of a respectable website.” Eugene Moseley noted that “showing a nude picture that shows body parts that wouldn’t be acceptable to show in public” is “going well over the line.” And poor Bill Gilman, well, Bill Gilman simply said the butt was “unacceptable.”
Notice anything about those names? They’re all dudes. Weird. We wonder, would they have been so angry and disappointed in this respectable website if the butt had belonged to say, Lindsey Vonn? Sadly, we may never know the answer.[Image: Mark Seliger for ESPN]
BuzzFeed has split in two. According to a memo obtained by Vanity Fair, going forward, the digital media outlet will be divided into BuzzFeed Entertainment Group and BuzzFeed News.
Along with the change, Ze Frank will become president of BuzzFeed Entertainment Group and Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, will lead the News division.
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in the memo that “This structure will allow us to be better at entertainment and better at news,” and those in News are surely hoping Peretti means that.
The entertainment portion of BuzzFeed has always been the money maker. Splitting it from News will allow it to grow; the same can’t be said for News. That means there’s a good chance the clock has begun ticking for BuzzFeed News.
The FBI is investigating a suspected Russian hacking attempt at The New York Times’ Moscow bureau. The hack occurred earlier this month and targeted other unidentified news outlets along with the Times.
The Times said there was no evidence the hack was successful.
“We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools,” said Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy. “We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised.”
The FBI believes the hackers were hired by high ranking Russian government officials. This comes just two months after Russian hackers, also believed to be working for Russian intelligence, breached the Democratic National Committee’s system.
This spring, a group of University of Oregon journalism students came to New York for a one-week media tour. Advertising students from the school had been making this kind of pilgrimage for years, but the 2016 trek marked a first for their less-sponsored content brethren.
Per a university write-up this week, the students visited 16 media companies as well as the journalism schools at CUNY and Columbia. They also met with alumnus Ann Curry.
The trip was made possible in part by a gift from the Penserio’s. Jim Penserio, who graduated from UO in 1975, recently retired from a position as Wall Street Journal talent editor. His wife, Karen Miller Penserio, is currently the paper’s editor of newsroom standards. Their tutelage turned out to be even more far-reaching for one UO student:
In addition to learning and networking, the trip gave students a chance to show East Coast media outlets what Ducks are all about, said Jonathan Bach, who graduated in June and is now interning at the Wall Street Journal’s bureau in Detroit.
“It was an opportunity for journalism students to represent the University of Oregon well,” he said, “and to show these newspapers and news outlets that the J-school at the University of Oregon really puts out excellent students.”
The Pensieros not only helped him pay for the trip, they helped secure the internship, Bach said.
Wonderful. Bach’s most recent piece for WSJ Autos is titled “That Vibrating ‘Wub Wub Wub’ That Comes From Cracking One Car Window? It’s Not Just You.” He led with the perspective of a 72-year-old Porsche 911 owner in Bethesda, Md.:
Mr. Brownstein and other Porsche drivers complain about the throb happening while traveling at highway speeds or racing down a track. “The noise gets very, very annoying” past 100 miles an hour, Mr. Brownstein said. The 72-year-old stores his homemade plastic “flic” in the glove box for when he is driving and doesn’t want to pop the sunroof, which also silences the throb.
A Porsche AG spokesman declined to comment.
Billboard has announced a content sharing partnership with Genius.
The deal will see Billboard-sourced material appear on select Genius pages. The content will link to back to Billboard.com.
“Stretching back nine decades, Billboard content tells the story of a music in a way nobody else can,” said Billboard senior vp of digital content, Mike Bruno. “With Genius, Billboard’s access, insight and expertise can reach millions of additional fans and enrich their knowledge and experience of the music they love.”
Want to read a great column? Then tap that smartphone or click that mouse over to “At Home in Oakland, in All Kinds of Ways.”
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.