On Monday, the cover of T magazine’s upcoming “The Greats” issue featuring Michelle Obama garnered a lot of attention. But for our money, the star of the Oct. 23 issue is Italian chef Massimo Bottura.
There’s a crazy video, shot by filmmaker Yuri Ancarani, in which Bottura cooks up his famous “Crunchy Lasagna” dish in a soundproofed, microphone-rigged room and serves the dish to a robot figure. For the accompanying piece, Jeff Gordinier spent three days in Modena, mixing in along the way with some Harvard Business School folks and nearby Umbria resident Nancy Silverton. From his piece:
Should you visit Bottura’s home, which he shares with Lara Gilmore and one of their two children (the other is in college), it is a safe bet that he will brandish old 78s of classic jazz — Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman and Billie Holiday. Bottura spent a short time cooking in New York in the early 1990s, and he plays his records on a vintage hand-cranked Victrola that he bought for $150 on the streets of SoHo. “When you are obsessed, really obsessed …” he says, then trails off.
Bottura’s restaurant, Osteria Francescana sits at the top of the 2016 ranking of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.”
While Charles Osgood has closed out his legendary run on CBS Sunday Morning, he continues to do radio. With relish.
In the spirit of that side of his career, Radio Ink today shared the first of a three-part interview with Osgood. He jokes in the intro that a radio and TV career fell somewhere in between his dream of playing shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles and being relegated to the role of organ player at a shating rink. Osgood also reaffirms just how important radio was to him, growing up:
Rod Serling, who worked in radio for a while before he went to television and did the famous Twilight Zone stories, used to say that in radio you didn’t have a picture, so you had to create one. In radio, if you said, “there was a castle on a hill,” then all of a sudden there were millions of castles built. Each person in his own head created this castle.” …
“In some way or another, in radio, you have to make or find a castle or a picture of one, or set it up so that it will help you to tell the story. But television is so picture driven that almost nothing else counts. People tend to neglect writing in television because they say a picture is worth a thousand words. The exact opposite is true. A thousand pictures can’t replace the perfect word.”
Osgood creates four “The Osgood File” broadcasts per day for the CBS Radio Network, each running about a minute and a half. Today for example, one of his introduced topics was how the California drought is affecting things on the island of Catalina.
If Donald Trump had over the weekend scanned daily newspapers published well beyond the nexus of New York, he might have theoretically done this to the Saturday Oct. 15 front page of Montana’s Billings Gazette. To highlight yet another example of “biased” coverage.
But this is in fact an early proof of that day’s Local Edition, accidentally uploaded to the database of front pages maintained by newseum.org. It certainly caught our attention. The final edited-and-approved headline for reporter Jayme Fraser’s story was “Trump Leads in Montana, But Voters Aren’t That Fond of Their Choices”
Darrell Ehrlick, editor of the Billings Gazette, tells FishbowlNY the draft headline took its cue from the story’s first quotation from Montana State University political science professor David Parker. (“It’s highly unprecedented to see two major party nominees be so poorly thought of. It’s the first time ever we’ve had two candidates that people just really dislike.”) The day after this edition, the Gazette endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
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Mashable has named Jessica Coen executive editor. Coen most recently served as Vocativ’s editor in chief.
Prior to her time at Vocativ, Coen worked for Vanity Fair, Gawker and New York.
“Jessica’s ability to consistently tell great stories with a distinct voice makes her the perfect executive editor for Mashable,” said Mashable chief content officer Greg Gittrich, in a statement. “She’s creative, competitive and has an extraordinary breadth of experience leading agenda-setting editorial operations. We’re excited she’s joining Mashable as we see big growth in audience and engagement across platforms.”
In 1972, David Leigh, a history teacher at Forest Hills Consolidated School in Jackman, Maine initiated a very cool project. Students were tasked with getting some of the era’s featured subjects in Time, Newsweek and so on to autograph their magazine covers.
As Rachel Ohm, a reporter for The Morning Sentinel, explains, the recent canonization of Mother Teresa has generated renewed interest in the collection’s Dec. 29, 1975 artifact. From her piece:
The designation [of Mother Teresa] makes items touched by the woman now known to the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, such as the magazine cover, also considered relics by the Roman Catholic Church.
“Love others as God loves you. God bless you,” Mother Teresa wrote along with her signature on the cover of Time. She also sent a typed letter saying she would pray for the school’s students and a small prayer card.
Leigh, now retired, admits that some of the autographs sent back are not authentic. He kept some of the magazines, including a cover signed by Donald Trump, while the Mother Teresa one and about 100 others remain at the school. Another prominent piece in the collection is a June 20, 1977 Newsweek cover signed by James Earl Ray, the man convicted of assassinating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Cover by Bob Peak via: time.com
MNI Targeted Media Inc., a subsidiary of Time Inc., has made several promotions. Details are below.Heather Hein has been promoted to vp of sales for the northwestern region. She was previously director of sales in the central region. Patti Pruett Trow has moved up from director of the southeast region to vp of sales for the southern region. Kevin Whitlow has been promoted to director of sales for the southwestern region. Whitlow previously served as associate director of the southwestern region. Dean McClearn has been promoted to director of account development for MNI’s digital arm Harpoon. He previously served as Harpoon’s associate director of account development.
Woven Digital, publisher of HitFix, UpRoxx and more, has laid off roughly 20 staffers.
According to Ad Age, a majority of the cuts came from HitFix, which Woven acquired in April. The laid off HitFix staffers weren’t needed as their roles were already handled by UpRoxx staffers. Some sales, tech and management employees were also among those let go.
“This is a very normal part of scaling up and scaling down a business,” a Woven spokesperson told Ad Age.
As many have speculated, it appears Donald Trump’s ultimate endgame is to launch a TV network.
The Financial Times reports that Trump’s son-in-law and Observer owner Jared Kushner engaged Aryeh Bourkoff, the founder and CEO of investment bank LionTree, about setting up a Trump outlet. The discussion was reportedly “brief” and “has not progressed since.”
That’s probably because Trump—as poll after poll shows he’s getting destroyed by Hillary Clinton—has gone even further down his miserable wormhole. It’s kind of difficult to ask an investment bank to take Trump seriously when he has the maturity of a three year old.
Still, we hope Trump TV (Trump News Network? TNN!) happens, because it will be amazingly terrible. We’ve already watched Trump embarrass himself through a garbage presidential campaign, might as well give him Trump TV and let him fail again. It’s the only thing he’s good at.
The Atlantic is cracking down on ad blocking. Starting today, when users who have ad blocking installed visit TheAtlantic.com, they’ll be given three options: Whitelist the site, buy an ad-free model or leave.
The ad-free subscription will cost users a mere $3.99 per month.
In a note to readers, Kim Lau—the Atlantic’s senior vp of digital and head of business development—explained the reasons behind the move.
“For our publication to continue to grow and be sustainable, we need to create an environment where readers can accept and feel good about ads alongside our work—or else support it in alternative ways,” wrote Lau.
In other words, advertisers pay our salaries, so either pay for the magazine or watch it disappear.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Bustle and O The Oprah Magazine. Details are below.Sam Escobar has joined Bustle as senior affiliate editor. She previously worked for Good Housekeeping. Corrie Pikul has been named health editor for O, The Oprah Magazine. as Health Editor. She previously served as Self’s health and wellness editor.
The profile of Leonard Cohen in the Oct. 17 issue of The New Yorker is a long-form “Hallelujah.” A winding narrative of more than 11,000 words covering every aspect of the 82-year-old singer’s life: Montreal, Greece, embezzlement, touring and, rather notably in terms of timing, Bob Dylan’s thoughts on Cohen’s songwriting genius.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) October 16, 2016
Remnick spent time in Los Angeles for the piece, visiting Cohen at the mid-Wilshire home where the artist lives on the second floor, above his daughter and her family. At one point there, the writer experienced a very unexpected situation in the company of Cohen’s close friend Robert Faggen, a professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College:
So it was more than a little surprising when Faggen and I returned to the house one afternoon thinking that we were on time and were informed, in the sternest terms imaginable, that we were not. In fact, Cohen, wearing a dark suit and a fedora, settled into his medical chair and gave us the most forbidding talking-to I have experienced since grade school. I’m one of those tiresome people who are rarely, if ever, late; who show up, old-mannishly, for flights much too early. But there had apparently been a misunderstanding about the time of our visit, and a text to him and his assistant seemed to have gone unseen. Every effort to apologize or explain, mine and Faggen’s, was dismissed as “not the point.” Cohen reminded us of his poor health. This was an abuse of his time. A violation. Even “a form of elder abuse.” More apologies, more rebuffs. This wasn’t about anger or apology, he went on. He felt no rage, no, but we had to understand that we were not “doers,” none of us have free will. . . . And so on. I recognized the language of his teacher in Mumbai. But that didn’t make it sting any less.
The lecture—steely, ominous, high-flown—went on quite a long time. I felt humiliated, but also defensive. In the dynamic of people getting something off their chest, the speaker feels cleansed, the listener accused and miserable.
Online, Remnick’s piece is titled “Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker.” In print, the headline reads “How the Light Gets In.” In both cases, the focus is a truly incandescent personality.
Online, all six “O Cannabis” series pieces are available for binge reading. In print, they started circulating over the weekend via PostMedia’s various newspapers. Here for example is the Saturday front page of the company’s Toronto flagship:
With the legalization of recreational marijuana looming in Canada in 2017, and the proximity of the country to the U.S., there are all sorts of relevant and interesting passages for American readers. Here is just one, from “The Fame Game” article by Vancouver Sun reporter Denise Ryan, which examines celebrity-branded hemp products and leads with the partnership struck between Bob Marley’s daughter Cedella and a Seattle company:
Olivia Mannix, founder of Cannabrand, a Colorado-based company specializing in cannabis product branding, says they have made the stereotypes associated with pot smoking their first target.
That meant changing not just what the product looks like, but how it’s described. First, language will be cleansed of words with sticky, outdated associations. You won’t be calling it marijuana anymore, for example.
There is also a nifty online database-feature that allows readers to compare the incidence of marijuana-related criminal offenses in two respective Canadian provinces or cities. Great stuff.
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On a recent episode of The Late Late Show, James Corden’s guests were Julie Chen, Kristin Chenoweth and 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs. At one point in the discussion, a pair of fantastic photographs were shared by the host.
The first one followed Behrs recalling how influential Chenoweth had been for her growing up and showed her as a youngster at the stage door in New York of an early Wicked performance. “Oh my god, look at us” Chenoweth exclaimed.
The second photograph is even better. When Chen was asked to name her celebrity crush, The Talk co-host revealed it is Lenny Kravitz and that one night, she finally had her chance to meet him at a party she attended with husband Les Moonves.
But evidently, Moonves was going to do whatever it took to make sure to limit the dreaminess of any snaps. As Chen explains, her CBS Corporation chairman-hubby put his arm around Kravitz as she approached and blocked out all but the very top of her head from the photo.
In Lloyd Grove’s interview piece with New York Times public editor Liz Spayd (pictured), her predecessor Margaret Sullivan describes the job as “tense” and “fraught.” Spayd is the sixth person to hold the position and has been on the Gray Lady ombudsman beat for four months now.
At one point in the article, the key role of her assistant Evan Gershkovich is touched on. Given the potential of whatever he reads and passes to produce an end result that will get under the skin of one ore more reporters and editors at the paper, perhaps it should be spelled ‘pores’ rather than ‘pours.’ From the article:
“No one has been belligerent,” said Spayd, who knows that journalists as a class (including herself, including the author of this story) can be a thin-skinned and reflexively defensive lot. “There are people who are pretty pointed, and are unhappy about what I’m writing. But I haven’t had somebody be rude or in my face. Not yet.”
Spayd added that the despite the ambient stress of her work—which already has been nitpicked both inside and outside the Times for, allegedly, some of the same flaws she’s paid to identify in others— “I’m surprised that I’m much more comfortable taking it from all sides than I would have expected I might be. It doesn’t faze me. I knew coming in that that’s what this job is, and I’m not going to be the popular girl. I’m not going to have a lot of friends at the cafeteria table.”
Speaking of sitting down for a meal, that’s how Grove frames his column, from the perspective of his lunch with Spayd. He appears to be winking at the reader, in recognition of his subject matter, with the description of her food as ‘an abstemious lunch of undressed salad and plain pasta.’ Read the rest Grove’s article here.
The journalists have departed. As Stephen Castle reminds in The New York Times, when a pair of reporters who work for Scottish newspaper the Sunday Post packed up their things this summer, they brought to a close the physical presence of the newspaper reporters on London’s famous Fleet Street. Emblematically, parent company DC Thompson kept the office, but only for the purposes of housing non-editorial staff.
Meanwhile, The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade earlier in the week had a fun piece about a recent reunion of reporters who used to work for the Stratford Express, an East London weekly newspaper. Many staffers moved on to bigger Fleet Street jobs. The paper, where Greenslade also once worked, closed in 2011. From his column:
West Ham was the major local team and it was [sports editor Trevor] Bond who was responsible for the iconic Stratford Express headline after England’s 1966 World Cup victory.
In recognition of the fact that the goals were scored by two West Ham players, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, and the team was captained by another Hammer, Bobby Moore, Bond’s headline said: “West Ham 4, W. Germany 2.”
Castle has some other great stuff as well, and suggests that the closest thing in recent years to any sort of Fleet Street glory involves the wedding of a guy named Rupert Murdoch.
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The University of Missouri School of Journalism has been handing out annual Medals for Distinguished Service in Journalism since 1930. Next Tuesday, it will be time to celebrate the 2016 honorees.
It’s an eclectic mix. On the organization side, there is Politico, the TV series POV and the AAF Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism. And in terms of individuals, this year’s recipients are THR and Billboard Media Group co-president Janice Min, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Metro columnist Tony Messenger and a very distinguished photographer, Rich Clarkson.
From the school’s announcement:
Clarkson has been named by American Photo magazine as one of the 50 most influential individuals in American photography. His storied career includes stints at the National Geographic Society, the Denver Post, the Topeka Capital-Journal in Kansas and Sports Illustrated. He founded Denver-based Clarkson Creative in 1987 for the creation and management of unique projects based in various uses of fine photography.
He organized the photographic coverage of the Munich and Montreal Olympics for Time magazine, the Moscow Olympics for Sports Illustrated and for the Atlanta Olympic games. His company does all the photography of the 91 national championships of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Clarkson chairs the National Press Photographers Association’s Council of Presidents.
In addition to a gala banquet, next Tuesday’s festivities also include a full day of Master Classes. Min will kick things off in the morning with a session titled “The Power of Saying No: How to Gain Influence as a Journalist,” while Politico executive editor Peter Canellos will wrap it up in the afternoon with “Covering Presidential Politics: From Clinton I to Clinton II.” Congrats to all honorees.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Cuban Blogger Among Missouri School of Journalism Honorees
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Runner’s World debuted 50 years ago as Distance Running News. In celebration of its birthday, the magazine has six covers featuring Kevin Hart and Alexi Pappas.
As you can tell, the covers represent three separate time periods — the 70s, 80s and present. They’re all great, but our favorite is probably Hart’s 80s cover, if only because the giant walkman is on full display.
Our hats are off to the creative team at Runner’s World. This is good stuff.
Google good, Facebook bad. That’s what some publishers believe after having used Google’s AMP (accelerated mobile pages) and Facebook’s Instant Articles.
According to Digiday, AMP now accounts for 10 to 15 percent of publisher search traffic. That’s insane. The main reason? AMP-enabled links are lightning fast, so people use them. Thrillist said AMP provides 15 percent of its search traffic; USA Today said it generated 12 percent of its mobile views; and The Verge put it at about 14 percent.
“For AMP to almost immediately climb to this 10 to 15 percent number as a contributor to the overall search pie, as a product goes, it’s almost unprecedented,” Shahzad Abbas, vp of digital media at SEO consulting company Define Media, told Digiday.