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What to Pitch the Newly Revamped Saveur

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:10

Saveur-ArtSaveur’s been through a lot of changes in the past year or so: a new editor in chief in Adam Sachs, formerly of Tasting Table, and a new website, relaunched in May.

Part of the aim of the redesign was to tell a “a cohesive story across all of Saveur’s platforms,” so whether you’re pitching the print or Web editions, make sure you’re capturing the now-unified Saveur ethos. One aspect of that is avoiding trends.

The magazine is more interested in an unusual angle than something that’s trend-driven. Timely items are now also welcome. In the past, freelancers may have experienced a lengthy wait to see their story come to fruition. “We don’t have the same rubrics anymore,” said [senior editor Sophie] Brickman, who added it’s important for writers to submit stories they feel the most passionate and authoritative about. “If there’s a good story idea, and there’s a reason you should be the only person writing it, we want to hear from you,” she said.

For more, read: How To Pitch: Saveur

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GQ Dresses Justise Winslow for NBA Draft

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:03

GQ hooked up Duke’s Justise Winslow with a suit for tomorrow night’s NBA draft. In the video, GQ creative director Jim Moore and style editor Will Welch go over a few options with Winslow, before settling on a damn fine blue suit.

There’s a good chance Winslow will be adding a Knicks hat to that outfit, so we’re glad the kid got the star treatment from GQ. Honestly, as long as the Knicks don’t draft that over-hyped Euro player Kristaps Cornflake we’ll be happy.

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IBT Media Names CMO

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 17:32

IBT Media, publisher of Newsweek and International Business Times, has named Mitchell Caplan CMO. Caplan joins the company from Olson, where he held the same role. He also previously served as CMO for McCann and Y&R.

“Mitchell is going to live and breathe our brands, digging deep into their meaning to redefine and narrow how we see them, said IBT Media’s CEO Etienne Uzac, in a statement. “Ultimately, everything that involves a given brand will have to go through this identity and match this vision.”

Caplan’s appointment is effective immediately.

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2015 Gerald Loeb Award Winners Announced

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 16:26

Below are the winners of the 2015 Gerald Loeb Awards, which honor the best in business journalism. Congrats to everyone.

Beat Reporting Winner
\"Lobbying in America,\" by Eric Lipton, Ben Protess, Nicholas Confessore and Brooke Williams, The New York Times

Breaking News Winner
\"Abdication of the ‘Bond King,’\" by Gregory Zuckerman and Kirsten Grind, The Wall Street Journal

Commentary Winner
\"Wall Street Accountability,\" by Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica

Explanatory Winner
\"Borrowing Trouble,\" by Jason Grotto and Heather Gillers, Chicago Tribune

Feature Winner
\"California Goes Nuts,\" by Tom Philpott and Matt Black, Mother Jones

Images/Visuals Winner
\"Economic Tools & Visualizations,\" by Gregor Aisch, Wilson Andrews, Jeremy Ashkenas, Matthew Bloch, Mike Bostock, Shan Carter, Haeyoun Park, Alicia Parlapiano and Archie Tse, The New York Times

International Winner
\"Product of Mexico,\" by Richard Marosi and Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times

Investigative Winner
\"Medicare Unmasked,\" by Christopher S. Stewart, Christopher Weaver, John Carreyrou, Rob Barry, Anna Wilde Mathews and Tom McGinty, The Wall Street Journal

Local Winners
\"Misleading March to the Top,\" by Mike Hendricks and Mará Rose Williams, The Kansas City Star

\"Unchecked Care,\" by Chris Serres and Glenn Howatt, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Personal Finance Winner
\"Helping Retirees Navigate Pension Cuts in Detroit’s Bankruptcy,\" by Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

Video/Audio Winner
\"Inside Sysco: Exposing North America’s Food Sheds,\" by Vicky Nguyen, Kevin Nious, Jeremy Carroll, Felipe Escamilla, David Paredes, Julie Putnam and Mark Villarreal, KNTV

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:00


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Bill Keller’s Great Gawker Comeback

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:25

In case you missed it, this week’s very bizarre New York Times daisy chain went as follows:

1) Over the weekend, former newspaper staffer Anne Cronin (now with Bloomberg View) posted a couple of her annual “Seersucker Day” photos to a private Facebook group serving NYT alumni. The pictures show newsroom staffers re-enacting, in 1997 and 2001 respectively, the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide and a Nepalese royal family massacre.


2) An unnamed member of the Facebook group, ignoring protocol, subsequently downloaded the photos and sent them to Gawker.

3) On Tuesday, Gawker published the two photos, along with pro forma damage control comments from Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and a member of the NYT Communications team.

Followed by the best comment of all. While Andrew Rosenthal, shown in the 2001 photo, declined to comment, former foreign desk and eventual executive editor Bill Keller, a member of the 1997 shenanigans, had this to say:

Asked by email about his part in staging the photos, Keller responded: \"This is what journalists did with their childish impulses before there was Gawker.\"


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Time Inc. Going to the Dogs

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 08:45

Keith J. Kelly has, if you’ll pardon the expression, the Brooklyn poop and scoop.


Per an internal Time Inc. memo obtained by the Post media columnist, a 55,000-square-foot space being prepared at the Industry City complex in Sunset Park will, by years’ end, house around 300 members of the media company’s technology, production and engineering departments. Along with a great many employee pooches:

\"Dogs are permitted in the space (they must be on a leash in common areas),\" the memo says. \"We will keep conference rooms dog-free to accommodate staff with allergies; an area of the office will likewise be designated as a canine-free zone.\"

Kelly has arguably buried the leash. Further on down in his item, he mentions that former Entertainment
Weekly editor in chief Matt Bean will also be making the Brooklyn move, to oversee several projects including a new auto industry vertical, The Drive. Kelly has separately sourced details about the incoming editor and GM for The Drive.
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RD Recap: Martha Stewart Sells Company for $350 Million; Changes at WSJ

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 23:03

Revolving DoorMartha Stewart sells her eponymous company for around $350 million to Sequential Brands Group. She’ll get $167 million, not a bad payday, although Omnimedia used to be worth around $2 billion. “Martha Stewart’s impact around the world is staggering, and the empire she founded is unmatched in its industry. In fact, research shows that the Martha Stewart brand has 96 percent awareness among women in the U.S., and seven out of 10 women say that Martha has and does influence the way they think about, organize and manage their homes,” Sequential CEO Yehuda Shmidman said about the company he purchased. One big question that remains to be answered is how the sale will affect the publications, which have seen a significant decrease in ad revenue over the past decade…

The Wall Street Journal promotes business editor Dennis Berman to financial editor. According to a memo from editor Gerard Baker, the Pulitzer Prize and Gerald Loeb Award-winner “will play a prominent role in the Journal’s growing conference business, interviewing leading business figures onstage at our various events around the world.”… WSJ recruits Bloomberg deputy managing editor and Journal vet Jeanne Cummings to work in “a political editing capacity.” In her previous role, she helped launch Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s Bloomberg TV show, With All Due Respect… Read More

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How To Turn Your Travel Stories Into Published Articles

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 22:34

350x262blogAre you consumed by wanderlust? Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Turn your travel stories into salable essays and articles in Mediabistro’s Travel Writing course! Starting Tuesday, June 30, students will work with James Sturz, a former Vanity Fair staff member and published author, to workshop and improve their travel articles and stories.

In this six-week course, you will learn the rules of reporting, interviewing and finding sources for your travel stories. Each week, you will produce an exciting new article and pitch letter, investigate unfamiliar neighborhoods, seek out expert sources and workshop your writing with your peers. This course will take place in New York and will give you concrete direction on how to pitch and publish your travel stories to magazines, websites and blogs.

Get paid to do what you love! Register for Travel Writing today to pitch and publish your favorite travel and adventure stories!

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Gannett Newspaper Celebrates Another Stellar Awards Year

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 21:30

NYNPALogoWhen the New York News Publishers Association officially presents its 2015 Awards for Excellence next month in Albany, the oldest daily newspaper in the state will once again own the room.

The Poughkeepsie Journal, purchased by Gannett in 1977, learned this week that its impressive run at these awards has continued. From their report:

With 14 awards, the Journal has won the most honors in the prestigious New York News Publishers Association contest for the fourth year in a row…

The Poughkeepsie Journal has [also] led in awards for its circulation level for at least eight years in a row. Last year, the Journal won 16 awards, the most in the 40-year history of the contest.

On a related front, Barry Rothfeld, president and publisher of the Journal since 2004, is retiring today after 42 years with Gannett. Assuming his duties as interim publisher at the paper is executive editor Stuart Shinske.

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Perez Hilton Is the Next Bob Saget

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 20:20

It’s been an unpredictable summer for fans of 1987-95 ABC-TV series Full House. First, John Stamos was arrested in Beverly Hills on suspicion of DUI. Now this, from Perez Hilton via The Howard Stern Show.


From the report:

\"I’m really excited to announce… It’s really exciting for me, I’m going to be playing Bob Saget, basically, in a musical! There’s a new musical based on Full House called Full House: The Musical… We’re starting in Toronto in late August and coming to New York City in September.”

And yes, Hilton will be singing in the spoof. Which further explains his recent work with vocal coach Liz Caplan. The New York run will be Off Broadway, at Theatre 80. Here’s some promising info on the show’s writer-directors:

Bob and Tobly McSmith are huggable weirdos who met at a Furry Convention. They are the writers/directors of Bayside! The Musical!, Showgirls! The Musical! and JonBenet! Murder Mystery Theater! Bob and Tobly have been nominated for a cornucopia of honors including \"Most Likely to Improve Sexually\" (Tobly, 5th Grade) and \"Class Masturbator\" (Bob, 1st-12th Grade). Bob and Tobly are 95% sure that Bob Saget is their biological dad.

The disclaimer for the NYC tickets purchase website reads: ‘Due to strong language and no redeemable life lessons, this show is not suggested for anyone under 16 or over 100.’
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Strong Opinions Wanted at

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 20:00

There is no place closed to freelancers at the newly revamped And, like so many digital sites, the feed-the-beast nature of the Internet means editors want to see some compelling pitches.

If opinion writing is your thing, you and may be the perfect match. If you’ve already gotten the piece written down, editors will even accept your on-spec submission.

The “Opinion” section is one of the best places to get your foot in the door. Editors are looking for a diverse troop of voices with a strong opinion on just about any topic (but save your views on fashion, politics and lifestyle issues that have no bearing on tech culture for another outlet). Articles for this section run from about 700 to 1,200 words, are almost always written in the first person and can be submitted on spec.

For more, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch:

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Vice Launches Site to Help Sell Women Dove

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 19:02

BroadlyThe rebel empire that is Vice has stuck a deal with equally-rebellious Unilever to launch Broadly, a site aimed at young women.

Broadly—which goes live later this summer—will be video-heavy, with content covering politics, sex and fashion. It will also feature lots of ads for Unilever products, like Dove.

Here is a fantastic quote from Unilever’s chief marketing and communications officer:

We believe that Broadly can drive purposeful, authentic and lasting conversations with our consumers, particularly the worldwide community of young women who can now engage with content that focuses on what matters most to them.

The purpose, of course, is to sell women more crap, like Noxzema. Or TreSemmé. Or Sunsilk. Or Ben & Jerry’s. The possibilities are endless!

According to The Guardian, Broadly will be overseen by Vice director of content Tracie Egan Morrissey and publisher Shanon Kelley. Good luck to them.

(Image: The Guardian/Ben Pier/Vice)

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Hearst Adds Creative Marketing Director

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:27

Hearst has named Jana Gale executive creative director, group marketing for its Men’s Group. Gale was most recently senior creative director of advertising for The Lucky Group, a role she held since 2012.

At Hearst, Gale will oversee branded content for the Men’s Group brands, including Car and Driver, Esquire, Popular Mechanics and Road & Track.

Gale’s appointment is effective immediately.

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Quartz Launches Search Engine for its Charts

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 17:45

If you’re into charts, you know that Quartz, The Atlantic’s business site, does some great work. No doubt then, that you’ll be pleased that Quartz has launched Atlas, a search engine for its charts and data.

Available at, Atlas not only offers users access to Quartz’s many charts, it allows you to share them too.

“Atlas gives each of our charts its own home, along with a set of tools for interacting with them: You can now download the data behind our charts, embed our charts elsewhere on the web, grab an image of our charts, and of course share our charts on social media,” wrote Quartz’s executive editor and VP of product, Zach Seward, in a post. “They will look great regardless of whether you’re using a big screen or mobile device.”

For example, we typed “Russia” in Atlas, and presto: We now have a chart listing the street names in Russia. You don’t want to know what we can do with that information.

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Summertime… and the Flip-Flop Debating Is Easy

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 17:20

The topic: Men who wear flip-flops, beyond the beach.

The debaters: The Cut editorial director Stella Bugbee; fashion news editor Véronique Hyland; senior writer Jessica Roy; senior market editor Diana Tsui; producer Leah Rodriguez; associate editor of social media Ella Céron; associate editor Erica Schwiegershausen; editorial assistant Stephanie Eckardt.

The FishbowlNY verdict: Co-editors Richard Horgan and Chris O’Shea will continue to occasionally sport a pair beyond St. Tropez, the Hamptons and Malibu, perhaps even at a future meeting with New York magazine brass. Despite opinions like this:

Jessica: I think feet are disgusting, and I think men’s feet are particularly disgusting, and I don’t understand why you need to wear them if you are not at the beach. I think if you are a fashion guy with clean feet wearing fashionable flip-flops, then sure, by all means. But 99 percent of guys are not.

And this:

Ella: The minute you put a flip-flop on, the entire outfit just disintegrates… I would go barefoot in Soho before wearing flip-flops. I think I have, actually.

Other debate participants are not as repulsed by the Marc Jacobs menswear look. To find out who leans on the male-friendly side of the flip-flop debate, read on.

Shoutout to flip-flops for totally ruining otherwise attractive men.

— Ella Cerón (@ellaceron) June 10, 2015

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The Hustle of Martha Stewart’s New Boss

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:30

After helping the Wall Street Journal break the news of the acquisition of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia by Sequential Brands Group, reporter Dana Mattioli today shares the energetic background of Stewart’s new 34-year-old boss.

Sequential CEO Yehuda Shmidman grew up in Teaneck, N.J., in a family full of rabbis. But he aspired from the get-go to a career in business, and hurtled in that direction as soon as possible:

After college, Shmidman sold iPods pre-loaded with Jewish lectures on the streets of New York City. He got his break while at a concert where he spotted an acquaintance in the audience who was a successful businessman, he says.

\"I begged him for a job and ended up working for his licensing company,\" says Mr. Shmidman. From there, Mr. Shmidman moved to Iconix Brand Group Inc., also a licensing company, where he was chief operating officer, before taking the role at Sequential.

Reporter Mattioli, a graduate of American University in Washington D.C., has been with the Journal since 2006.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Martha Stewart Omnimedia Acquired for $350 Million

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Supermodel Lily Aldridge ‘Plays Like a Girl’

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:00

SELFMagazine_July2015The gang at SELF may have erred just a tad with their choice of July 2015 cover shot. Instead of a football, supermodel Lily Aldridge by all rights should be pictured kicking a soccer ball.

From the LA Galaxy’s report about her recent time on the west coast pitch with four team members:

Goalkeeper Brian Rowe, defenders Robbie Rogers and Leonardo as well as forward Bradford Jamieson IV all faced off against the Victoria’s Secret Angel and a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model for SELF’s \"Play Like a Girl\" issue…

Playing soccer is nothing new for Aldridge who readily admits that if she wasn’t a renown supermodel, she’d be a professional soccer player. \"I always thought I was going to be a soccer player, get a scholarship to college and then join the U.S. women’s team,\" says Aldridge, who told SELF that she’s played left forward for 11 years. \"Mia Hamm was my role model. I still look up to her.\"

Hamm has been leading the cheers for the U.S. women’s national team. Other athletes involved in Aldridge’s summertime magazine fun: AVP beach volleyball stars Sean Rosenthal and Casey Patterson, as well as New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckam Jr. The LA native currently calls Nashville home.

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Robb Report Adds Three

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:45

Robb Report has added three staffers to its sales and marketing team. Details are below.

John Ruvolo has been named chief digital revenue officer. He comes to Robb Report from Martini Media, where he served as chief revenue officer. Paige McCrensky has been named as senior VP of marketing. McCrensky also previously worked for Martini Media in the same role. Joseph Gallagher has been appointed as senior VP, digital partnerships. He most recently served as senior VP, channel sales for Collective, a programmatic advertising company.
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The Clandestine Life of Roberto Saviano

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:25

ZeroZeroZeroCoverIn 2006, Italian crime journalist Roberto Saviano unleashed Gomorrah, a detailed account of the Italian mafia in Naples. Next month, the English translation of his follow-up book ZeroZeroZero arrives. This one is all about the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels that control the international cocaine trade.

In between, Saviano spent five years living under armed escort in Italy before relocating to New York in 2011. For a piece in the July/August issue of The Atlantic, associate editor William Brennan met up with Saviano at the offices of the author’s American publisher, Penguin:

Italian authorities, working with the NYPD and the FBI, have established strict rules for Saviano’s life in New York. He has a midnight curfew and a mandate to stay in the state unless he gets permission to leave. Every time he lands at JFK, he is detained – sometimes for hours – until the authorities clear his entry.

His wallet reveals various fake identities. At one point in our conversation, he fished from his pocket an old ID from New York University (where he’d taught a course in 2011 on the organized-crime economy) and passed it to me, chuckling. A photo of a dour and very Mediterranean-looking Saviano sat incongruously above a name more fit for a British parliamentarian: David Dannon. When he returned to the U.S. last fall, he was issued a new ID – this one with a three-part Spanish name. \"It’s better than Dannon,\" he said.

ZeroZeroZero, like Gomorrah, was translated into English by Virginia Jewiss. She holds a PhD in Italian literature from Yale University; for the most recent spring term, from her home base in Rome, she led students through an interdisciplinary study of the city.
[Jacket cover courtesy: Penguin]

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