PodcastOne has named Jim Berk chief executive officer. Berk was formerly the CEO of Participant Media.
Berk will report to PodcastOne founder and executive chairman Norm Pattiz. Berk will also join the company’s board.
“We have created an unmatched footprint in the podcast space and now are building a more robust executive team to allow PodcastOne to take full advantage of our organic growth and strategic opportunities,” said Pattiz, in an announcement. “Jim has done tremendous work in transitioning companies to their next stage of growth, and with him joining the PodcastOne leadership team, our possibilities are endless.”
Snapchat is expanding its media empire with the launch of a tech/lifestyle site called Real Life.
The site, according to Snapchat staffer Nathan Jurgenson, “will be about how we live today and how our lives are mediated by devices.” Real Life will launch June 27 and publish roughly one piece per day, blah blah blah.
That’s all fine and good. What is not good is Jurgenson and others referring to Real Life as a “digital magazine.” We’ve talked about this before, but let us repeat: A “digital magazine” means nothing. Nothing. IT IS A WEBSITE.
Describing a site as a magazine doesn’t make it more sophsticated. In fact, it signifies the exact opposite: The people behind the site are trying way too hard and it will likely be complete garbage.
The New York Times editorial board has declared that the NRA—by ignoring wide-ranging support for gun restrictions—is complicit in terrorism:
Few places on earth make it easier than the United States for a terrorist to buy assault weapons to mow down scores of people in a matter of minutes. The horrific massacre in Orlando last weekend is only the latest example. And all this is made vastly easier by a gun lobby that has blocked sensible safety measures at every turn, and by members of Congress who seem to pledge greater allegiance to the firearms industry than to their own constituencies. There is a word for their role in this form of terrorism: complicity.
The Times added that the obvious support for new, stricter gun laws makes the NRA’s stance “all the more maddening.”
“The gun industry lobbyists may be beyond reason, but the lawmakers have a duty to respond to their constituents,” explained the Times. “Unfortunately, after each new massacre, far too many offer nothing more than condolences and moments of silence. That silence is killing us.”
Gannett is in talks to acquire several New Jersey newspapers.
According to The New York Post, the big prize for Gannett—which already owns six papers in Jersey—is The Record, the state’s second-largest paper. The largest is Newark’s Star-Ledger.
The Record is based in Woodland Park. It has been owned by the Borg family since 1930.
The New York Post has named Daniel Halper Washington bureau chief. Halper comes to the paper from The Weekly Standard, where he served as online editor.
Halper is a well-known conservative who penned Clinton Inc., a book that was highly-cricitcal of the Clintons.
“I’m psyched to be working for the best newspaper in America,” Halper told Politico. “This came about from the grace of God. I was very fortunate to be approached and I’m psyched to be there.”
From a U.S. consumption perspective, it’s easy to forget sometimes that The Daily Mail is also a British print newspaper. On Thursday, this was the front-page headline:
On page 2 of today’s editions, there is the following correction to the piece, written by deputy political editor Jason Groves and political reporter James Slack:
In common with other newspapers, we published a reputable news agency’s story yesterday which said that stowaways intercepted in east London had told police that they were “from Europe.” In fact, while they had travelled to the U.K. in an Italian vehicle from mainland Europe, the migrants told police they were from Iraq and Kuwait.
To the Mail’s credit, the online, corrected version of the article features a similar note at the bottom. On the other hand, the incorrect June 16 headline may have impacted the way more than a few readers vote in the country’s upcoming EU referendum.
Previously on FishbowlNY
An Entirely Forgivable Orlando Sentinel Front-Page Typo
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In the entertainment business, performers who have achieved the rare feat of winning an Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony are referred to as, reverentially, an EGOT. We’re not sure what the equivalent short-form should be for a journalist who has worked at all four major New York area dailies (TPNN?), but whatever your preference, Martin Gottlieb can now claim it.
This week, Gottlieb put an end to four and a half months of retirement by joining Newsday as assistant managing editor, investigations. For those keeping score, the 68-year-old newspaper veteran did a 90-day “lobster” shift at the New York Post in 1971; served as managing editor and a reporter at the New York Daily News; and worked as both a reporter and editor for The New York Times. Along the way, he was also editor of The Village Voice.
From this week’s announcement:
Gottlieb led The New York Times team that won a 1997 George Polk Award for an investigative series on allegations of corruption at the nation’s largest private hospital chain, Columbia/HCA Hospital Corp. He has been global editions editor of The Times, overseeing editorial operations of The International Herald Tribune, and an associate managing editor at The Times.
Gottlieb joins Newsday as Keith J. Kelly reports that The Record, where Gottlieb most recently served as editor, may be acquired by Gannett. Under his stewardship, the New Jersey paper famously led on the story of the 2013 George Washington Bridge traffic tie-ups and related political entanglements.
In his farewell note to The Record readers in January, Gottlieb singled out Port Authority reporter Shawn Boburg and editor Dan Sforza for their work on that front. He also offered a hint of what his baseline approach at Newsday will be:
It’s not by accident that that short phrase from E.M. Forster lingers: “Only connect.” Journalistically, there’s nothing better than when we do.
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When Don Knowler journeyed back to the site of some of his most historic reporting, he was treated like a celebrity. Once fellow tourists on the South Africa tour bus learned that he had chronicled for The Star the Soweto anti-apartheid uprising (which began on the morning of June 16, 1976), they wanted to pose with him for photos.
The broader message of Knowler’s piece in Australia’s The Mercury newspaper is much more sobering. For a great many members of the black majority that rose up, life these days for them and their offspring is not much better:
To say I was disappointed on return is an understatement.
Having written about the black struggle for so many years — I became The Star’s correspondent in the last two years of the Rhodesian liberation war leading to the independent Zimbabwe — I had expected more from the new South Africa, as I had expected from the emergent Zimbabwe. I had hoped the wealth and affluence of the white suburbs of Johannesburg, and indeed South Africa, might have transferred to the black population in general. From what I could see the daily grind and struggle was much the same as during the evil days of apartheid.
Knowler goes on to detail some of the sights that drew him to this conclusion, which include the emergence of Sandton and Gateway as alternative city centers. A powerful and eloquently written piece. Knowler is retired now, but used to work as an editor for The Mercury.
Some readers may recognize Knowler’s name from The Falconer of Central Park. He recently republished his 1984 book about life in Central Park, written when he was a London-based journalist, adding a new introduction.
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Good piece in the latest WSJ magazine by Stinson Carter about Hollywood’s current love affair with non-fiction magazine features as the basis for movie projecs. A genre cemented by the runaway success of Argo.
Carter chatted with Joshuah Bearman, author of the Wired article from which Argo was drawn. He also airs out this astute observation from Spotlight co-writer Josh Singer:
Another element that may be bolstering these types of films is the recent change to the Academy Award nomination rules. “It wasn’t too long ago that there were only five best picture nominees, and now there can be up to 10,” says Singer. “What I think has been great about expansion is that a lot of people want a little statue. So you have hungry producers and they say, ‘Hey, it’s not just five. I can get in, I can get nominated.’ Non-fiction movies tend to do well in this category, so that expansion makes it that much more lucrative to make these movies—it gives hope.”
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Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have GQ taking on Vogue.
GQ’s latest features Kim Kardashian “As You’ve Never Seen Her” which, unless she’s dressed as Ronald McDonald, is likely not true. If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that we’ve already seen Kim K in every possible way.
Vogue, meanwhile, went with Amy Schumer doing The Annie Leibovitz — a move in which a person lays down and makes their hair as big as possible while wearing a really long dress.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving the Financial Times and Reuters. Details are below.Alexandra Scaggs has joined the FT to cover financial markets and the US economy. She previously worked for Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal. Tim McLaughlin has been named team leader for Reuters’ Boston-based funds team. He previously served as a correspondent/wealth management team leader.
Back in its day, the telegraph was the latest and greatest slice of content automation. A contraption that allowed vowels, consonants and sentences to magically ricochet to intended recipients.
So… If we were the content artists about to be formerly-known as Tribune Publishing, we would be all over the fact that Monday June 20, the official debut of tronc, inc., coincides with the filing date in 1840 of a patent for said telegraph device, by one Samuel Morse.
“This started the telecommunications revolution,” an expert once told The History Channel. Hello?! Tronc, you’re continuing the most glorious chain of content-automation history imaginable. Is the June 20 date a coincidence? Shhhh. Don’t tell anybody. Instead, get Tribune chairman Michael Ferro to ring that bell. Hard.
In fact, if you’re looking for the perfect sound byte to accompany this 6/20/2016 PR spin, we’ve got it for you. Go here and convert the string “tronc, inc.” to Morse code. The result sounds positively retro-cool.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
@TroncOfficial Asks, Twitter Answers
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The Financial Times is expanding its sponsored content by purchasing a majority stake in Alpha Grid, a marketing company that specializes in that type of advertising.
“Alpha Grid, with its reputation for quality, innovation and strong client relationships, will further strengthen the FT’s presence in branded content, especially in the area of digital and video,” said FT CEO John Ridding, in a statement. “We have been working with the team for some time now and feel they are a strong fit for our strategy and ambitions.”
This is the first acquisiton made by the FT since it was bought by Japanese newspaper company Nikkei Inc. last year.
The first is the existence of website Loudoun Now, a community-owned operation that covers local goings-on in its Virginia neck of the woods. If you want to be inspired by the existence and potential of such operations, just check out the staff bios.
The second, per our headline, is a very fun item contributed to the site by Jan Mercker. The piece is about Heather Green, a one-time New York journalist who moved back to the Loudoun area last fall and has penned a memoir titled To Catch a Cat:
In 2004, Green was working 70-hour weeks as a technology reporter for BusinessWeek and living on Manahattan’s Upper West Side. She was dating her now-husband Matt – an architect who had left the city for the working class suburb of Union City, NJ – but was hesitant to commit and using the fact that he lived across the Hudson River as an excuse to keep her distance.
But during a weekend visit to Matt’s New Jersey neighborhood, Green found a feral cat and her three kittens near his house. And her decision led her into the weird and wonderful world of cat rescue and also sparked an emotional transformation.
“It took me outside of that day-to-day and made me reassess a lot of things. It made me decide I’m really lucky to find this guy and why am I not committing to him,” Green said. “I could have a different life outside of just working all the time … It sort of taught me about connection.”
To Catch a Cat comes out July 5.
Jacket cover courtesy: Berkley
HGTV Magazine, launched in 2012, is increasing its rate base. Starting with the January/February 2017 issue, the magazine’s circulation will jump from 1.25 million to 1.3 million.
This will be the seventh rate base increase in HGTV Mag’s short history. The last increase was in 2014.
While we’re spreading the good news for the title, we should point out that the June issue was its largest yet, in terms of ad sales.
That was mostly thanks to pharmaceutical and beauty ad dollars, which were up 110 percent and 116 percent, respectively, compared to June of 2015.
Condé Nast has purchased the tech and business site Backchannel.com. The site will join Wired and Ars Technica as part of the newly-formed Wired Media Group.
As part of the deal, Backchannel founder and editor and former Condé staffer Steven Levy will return to Condé; Sandra Upson will continue to serve as executive editor; and Wired writer Jessi Hempel will join the team, overseeing editorial.
“Backchannel is one of the most highly-respected tech business brands and seamlessly complements Wired and Ars Technica to create the premier group of leading editorial brands covering the technology sector,” said Fred Santarpia, chief digital officer of Condé, in a statement. “Backchannel’s unique and highly-engaged audience of tech enthusiasts also creates new opportunities for our advertisers.”
Time’s latest cover is moving for all the wrong reasons. Against a black background, the names and ages of all 49 victims of the Orlando shooting are listed.
Inside the issue, Time Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer noted how this tumultous election season played a part in the nation’s reaction to the massacre:
The next steps seemed easy to predict: national mourning, bipartisan shows of unity and a redoubling of resolve. But somehow the script went sideways, and the country veered off track. It was not just that these murders struck at the tender inflammation of three long-divisive topics: guns, God and Gays. The killer attacked in a season of turmoil as voters considered an election that was fast becoming a national referendum on the country’s very identity, its commitment to pluralism and its role as a beacon in the world. The terror this time did not unite. It tore.
The new issue of Time hits newsstands tomorrow.
Town & Country has made a few changes to its masthead. Details are below.Norman Vanamee has been named articles director. He most recently served as contributing editor for Architectural Digest. Whitney Robinson has been named style director. She previously worked for T&C from 2010 to 2015. Adam Rathe join as senior editor, arts and culture. He previously worked for Out and DuJour. Danielle Stein, most recently features director, has been promoted to deputy editor. William Kahn has been promoted to fashion market and accessories director. He most recently served as senior market and accessories editor.