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.
Martha Quinn’s latest career chapter started innocently enough. Back in February, she hosted a special iHeart ’80s Party all-star concert at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Backstage, she ran into Bob Pittman, the man who hired her in that original decade as a seminal MTV VJ.
From Quinn’s Chartbeat podcast conversation with Gary Trust of our sister publication Billboard:
“It’s funny how it all works out. He wrote my resume.”
Pittman is now the chairman and CEO of iHeart Media. Reconnecting with Quinn led to her joining the regular rotation of iHeart 80s Radio (a.k.a. KOSF in San Francisco, at 103.7 FM on the dial. The station launched June 6 and Quinn hosts mornings.
On the podcast, Quinn revisits her days at NYU handing out toilet paper and light bulbs to the likes of Bill de Blasio, and how her MTV audition was conjured up on the spot at WNBC by assistant program director Buzz Brindle. Fun stuff.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
San Francisco at the Heart of iHeartMedia’s New LGBT Station
Photo via: iheart.com
Our intrepid reporter Diane Clehane had to skip her usual rounds at Michael’s today.
She’ll be back to dine and dish at 55th and 5th next week. In the meantime, here are some recent columns to chew on:
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 has turned out to be a momentous day for African-American-focused media properties. In addition to the revelation that Johnson Publishing recently sold Ebony and Jet magazines to a Texas-based firm, there was also the news that website TheGrio has a new owner.
From that announcement:
“We are excited to have TheGrio join Byron Allen’s ever-expanding Entertainment Studios media empire,” says David A. Wilson, co-founder and executive editor of TheGrio. “Byron shares our vision of growing TheGrio into the leading video content creator and distribution platform for African-Americans. We look forward to developing the next iteration of TheGrio, and the fact that it will remain 100 percent African American-owned is very significant.”
Per the illustration above, Allen’s company has a hand in a variety of different channels, all streaming in HD. It was also an active bidder at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for the acclaimed drama Birth of a Nation.
TheGrio was created in 2009 by NBC and sold back to Wilson and partner Dan Woolsey in 2014.
H/T: Richard Prince / Journal-isms
For a piece published today, Sunderland reveals that he had to pay a pair of brothers who double as Johnny Depp impersonators one dollar each. The sibling duo, referred to in the article as Johnny and Scissorhands, both agree that the accusations of domestic violence against the actor and restraining order filed by Amber Heard have had
little impact on the tourist and tips flow:
“Actually, business is even better now!” Scissorhands says. He clips the air with his scissor hands and then laughs. “I’m serious.”
The mission statement of this Vice site includes the stated goal of ‘representing the multiplicity of women’s experiences.’ In this case, that amounts to a no-comment from a Catwoman impersonator and a crotch-grab of a Depp wax figure by a Santa Monica resident.
There’s also this paragraph in the Sunderland piece, which reminds just how cavalierly this type of web content can be constructed:
“Amber was married. She was engaged to a chick. Her ex-girlfriend, her fiancée, [got a] restraining order against Amber.” Johnny then tells me, “I’m married, and my wife can take me to the level where I want to kill her, so I understand Johnny if he did.”
Image courtesy: Walt Disney Pictures
Joanna Bean started at the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph in 1990, the year the paper was awarded the first of its two Pulitzer Prizes. These days, she works as the assistant director of communications and media relations at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)where, tomorrow night, a special event will honor the paper’s pair of award-winning efforts.
The June 16 evening discussion is the latest in this year’s nationwide series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. From a Gazette write-up:
“I remember being this wide-eyed, brand-new reporter completely overwhelmed by what was happening in the newsroom the day he [Dave Curtin] won,” said Bean, who went on to play a formative editing role in The Gazette’s second Pulitzer-winning project almost a quarter-century later.
To produce “Other Than Honorable,” the 2014 prize-winner for national reporting, reporter Dave Philipps and photographer Michael Ciaglo spent months chronicling the struggles of wounded combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury and how the Army systematically failed them.
In 2014, The Gazette was the smallest-circulation newspaper awarded a Pulitzer. The daily publication abbreviated its name from The Gazette-Telegraph in 1997. The aforementioned winning efforts can be viewed here and here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Pulitzer Prize Board Co-Chair Reccommends a Couple of Books
Blake Lively is Marie Claire’s latest cover star.
In the accompanying interview, the relatively new mom said her 15-month-old daughter has “my meaty eyelids,” which is one of the weirdest ways we’ve ever heard someone describe eyelids.
The July issue of Marie Claire hits newsstands June 21.
Jeffrey Kanige, editor in chief of TheStreet.com since last year, has been named creative director of Blue Chip Content Studio, the company’s branded content division.
Kanige had previously served as The Deal’s editor since it launched in 1999.
TheStreet managing editor Tara Murphy will take on editorial oversight of the site.
Sports Illustrated is expanding its digital presence with the launch of a tech vertical. The site (Si.com/tech) will explore the world of sports, tech and media.
The vertical will feature content from SportTechie, the Media Circus column from SI reporter Richard Deitsch and much more.
“From video replay to VR, from social media to wearables and the total transformation of the full spectator and athlete experience, the crossroads of sports, media and technology is alive with innovation and is an integral part of the sports landscape today,” said SI editorial director Chris Stone, in a statement.
Vice has hired pretty much everyone. Details are below.Fatima Bhojani has been named an associate producer. Her work has appeared in Salon, The American Prospect, The Nation and more. Tyler Borchers joins as director of audience development. He previously worked for Time as senior audience strategy editor. Arielle Duhaime-Ross has been named climate and environment correspondent. She most recently served as a science reporter for The Verge. Axel Gerdau joins as a producer. He previously worked for The New York Times as a producer-shooter-editor. Kaz Ishii has been named motion graphics art director. He previously worked for the branding agency. Jay Caspian Kang joins as civil rights correspondent. He comes to Vice from The New York Times Magazine. Simone Landon has been named features editor for ViceNews.com. She previously served as a senior editor for FiveThirtyEight. Lauren Prince joins as a producer. She most recently served as a desk reporter for NBC News. Elspeth Reeve has been named a technology reporter focused on Internet behavior. She previously worked for The New Republic. Angad Singh joins as a production assistant. He most recently interned with CNN and MSNBC. Bijan Stephen joins as culture reporter. He most recently served as an associate editor at The New Republic. Karen Ye joins as a production assistant. She was previously a PA for Face the Nation.
According to the latest State of The News Media report from Pew Research Center, news magazines are doing their best to remain in the media game.
Single copy sales and total circulation of news magazines decreased only slightly—by three percent and two percent, respectively—from 2014 to 2015. Meanwhile, digital single copy sales jumped by 30 percent and digital subscriptions increased by six percent.
While this certainly doesn’t signify outstanding performance, news magazines are doing well considering another Pew stat — advertising at consumer mags continues to plummet:
One of the most frequent targets of fact-checking website Gossip Cop is Bonnie Fuller’s HollywoodLife, part of a PMC portfolio that also includes WWD, Deadline, Variety and IndieWire. Just the other day in fact, we were reading a GC item headlined “HollywoodLife Flip-Flops on Khloe Kardashian Pregnant, Steals Gossip Cop Exclusive.”
In a typed photo, Bieber said, “The website HollywoodLife is untruthful and hurtful let’s spam them and petition to shut them down! GO!!” He added in the caption, “Let’s spam and petition to shut this garbage website down.” The post, which has nearly 500,000 likes, has since become filled with comments from fans writing, “#shutdownhollywoodlife.”
And Bieber is not the first celebrity to speak out against HollywoodLife, or HollywoodLies, as it’s become known. [Selena] Gomez once wrote on Instagram that the webloid is “never true. Ever.” She also called the outlet the “worst” in a Billboard interview last year.
A quick check reveals a number of petitions have sprouted from Bieber’s call to action. Here’s one of the earliest we found, which aims to gather 1,000 signatures.
Twitter continues to bet big on SoundCloud. According to Recode, the social media giant has invested about $70 million in the audio distribution platform founded in 2007.
The Twitter investment—the latest from the company—is part of a larger round of funding that is expected to value SoundCloud at about $700 million.
“Earlier this year we made an investment in SoundCloud through Twitter Ventures to help support some of our efforts with creators,” said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, in a statement. “They’ve been great partners of ours over the years and their community-supported approach mirrors ours in many ways.”
Given the multiple tragedies that have befallen the city of Orlando (the murder of Corinne Grimley, the Pulse nightclub massacre and a horrific alligator incident at Disney World), we can barely imagine the emotional duress that everyone is under there. And so, while the misspelling of a paper’s home city in a front-page headline would normally invite cackles, not even close, in this case.
Online, Sentinel coverage of the Pulse massacre is gathered here. It is increasingly suggested these days that the future of daily newspapers lies not the form shown above, but rather in the sort of video content prominently featured at the /pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/ end.
Certainly, given the choice, it’s hard for a front-page story like for example the one on the bottom-right – about 90-year-old Pulse neighborhood resident Magdaline Thomas – to compete with the video version.
Image via: Newseum
More layoffs have hit The New York Daily News.
According to The New York Post, roughly 22 staffers on the advertising and business side of the paper have been let go over the past two weeks.
This is just the latest cost-cutting move from the Daily News. Ever since Mort Zuckerman tried—and failed—to sell the paper, things have been pretty bad. There have been layoffs, buyouts and a web operation that diluted what made the Daily News great — its New York focus.
Here’s hoping the tide turns soon.
Penske Media’s WWD has named Arthur Zaczkiewicz executive editor of strategic content development, a new role at the company.
Zaczkiewicz most recently served as WWD’s deputy editor of data and analysis. He previously served as a senior editor for WWD and financial editor for Fairchild Publications.
“The industry is experiencing an incredible evolutionary step, and WWD and Fairchild are responding to these changes by delivering more meaningful and analytical content,” said PMC CEO Jay Penske, in a statement. “This new role will meet the market’s need for deeper data and actionable information.”
A year ago, Channick revealed that the company had decided to sell Ebony magazine’s extensive photo archives. Tonight, he is scooping a much bigger deal. Ebony and Jet magazines, the latter now digital only, were sold last month along with some debt to Clear View Group, an Austin, Texas-based firm:
The new publishing entity, Ebony Media Operations, will maintain the magazine’s Chicago headquarters and its New York editorial office, as well as much of the current staff, according to Michael Gibson, co-founder and chairman of African-American-owned Clear View Group.
“We made this purchase because this is an iconic brand — it’s the most-recognized brand in the African-American community,” said Gibson, 59. “We just think this is a great opportunity for us.”
As part of the deal, COO Cheryl McKissack is being promoted to CEO of Ebony Media Operations. Ebony editor in chief Kierna Mayo is moving on, with Kyra Kyles taking over that position.
Read the rest of Channick’s piece to find out what assets Johnson Publishing is keeping, and where Gibson foresees taking this storied brand.
Pictured: June/July issue