Kanye West (and lots of dead people) grace the cover of the latest T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
The accompanying cover story, penned by Jon Caramanica, features West discussing his favorite subject. You get one guess what that is.
T Mag’s Culture Issue hits newsstands April 12. Any insane Kanye quotes pulled from the article will hit the Internet in about 30 minutes.
The New York Daily News loses about $30 million a year, yet there are four parties interested in buying the paper from Mort Zuckerman. It must be weird/fun to be a person who is intrigued by a property that hemorrhages cash.
Everyone knows about James Dolan and Cablevision’s infamous one dollar offer. That deal, according to The New York Post, wasn’t as bad as it sounded. It also had Dolan signing up to keep the Daily News printing at Zuckerman’s printing press in New Jersey.
Media entrepreneur Jimmy Finkelstein and super market magnate John Catsimatidis—who was considered the front-runner a few weeks ago—are also interested in buying the Daily News.
As for the fourth person? No one knows. The Post has a source describing him or her only as a “high net-worth individual.” Which, when you consider that they’re going to buy a paper that loses millions per year, they better be.
A barbecue restaurant isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of interesting media happenings.
However, next Monday April 13, you might want to head to Hill Country Barbecue in Brooklyn. New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein will be there to discuss a wide-range of topics as part of the restaurant’s “Brisket Sessions” interview series. The discussion will moderated by LinkedIn executive editor Dan Roth.
Silverstein—who was named editor of the Times Mag in 2014—is the second big time guest of the restaurant. The first Brisket Sessions featured Seth Myers.
If we whet your appetite (you had to know we were going to use that pun) click through to purchase tickets.
As print journalism has shook, shimmied and rolled, it’s safe to say Tricia Booker has made a career progression that affords her a uniquely powerful venting mechanism. The one-time staffer at Jacksonville, Fla. alternative newspaper Folio Weekly is today a boxing instructor. Based in Ponte Vedra, she also teaches writing and cares with her husband for their three teenage children.
Booker took time this week to revisit the pair’s Folio Weekly mid-to-late 1990s glory days. Her piece kicks off with a Hunter S. Thompson quote and some fabulous NYPD Blue scene setting, before moving on to thoughts about each member of the small editorial team:
John Citrone had originally applied to be a news writer, but in the arts and entertainment world, he found his niche. As the city’s arts scene emerged from obscurity, John worked to keep new artists rising and cultural events relevant.
In a hilarious, telling exchange between John and Fred Durst, leader of the manically popular band Limp Bizkit, Durst threatened Citrone for referring to Limp Bizkit in a Best of Jax issue as the “best example of Southern Culture on the skids.” Later, when the two met to confront the issue, Durst tearfully confessed that he wished he could really sing so he wouldn’t have to rap. “You’re all right,” he finally told Citrone. “I want you to write my autobiography.”
We thank Booker for a Fred Durst anecdote that has nothing to do with Robert. And urge you to read the full article. Like a balmy Florida summer breeze, it conjures up a warmer time in print journalism. One that the pace of the Web and Smartphones has today almost completely eradicated.
Magazine veteran Brandon Holley, whose resume includes the top editor job at Elle Girl, Jane and, most recently, Lucky, has finally found her place — in the digital space. Her first major stint working at a digital media company was as general manager and editor in chief of Yahoo’s first foray into women’s content, Yahoo Shine, from 2007 to 2010. There, she catered to more than 24 million readers (as of October 2010), according to comScore. Holley’s latest role is CEO of Everywear.com, a new fashion styling app with a software platform, launched this month. It uses Tinder-like swiping and live chats with some of her fashion editor colleagues to help women, akin to Lucky readers, put looks together:
As a magazine editor, I had access to amazingly talented fashion editors who would go into my closet and create outfits from the clothes I already owned. Then they’d tell me exactly what pieces I needed to buy to maximize my existing wardrobe. It was such a fantastic, empowering and effortless way to dress and shop that I felt passionate about bringing this service to the online shopping experience.
Here, Holley answers five questions on her latest venture, how she thinks print mags are adapting to digital and more.
FBNY: Let’s step back a bit. In your career, you took over for some iconic editors; namely, Jane Pratt and Kim France. Was there some pressure that came along with stepping into their roles?
Holley: Well, I was attracted to the titles that those women developed, and I loved what they did. Each did a different thing and each was not really just about straight-off-the-runway looks. And I’m always attracted to what women wear in their daily lives and what they think about, so both titles were really exciting for me to take over. You know, the staff on each magazine was amazing. Having developed some of my own magazines, it’s a different thing when you inherit a magazine. You have to work within the confines and make better what you can and stay true to the mission where it makes sense. That was a fun challenge. But I’ve always enjoyed much more starting my own thing.
FBNY: Both Jane Pratt and Kim France moved on from Condé Nast magazines, whether by choice or not, to start their own digital ventures as well. How do you feel about your time at the publishing giant? Any hard feelings about being fired from Lucky?
Holley: No, I mean I think that was all just a matter of shifting direction for the magazine. It has nothing to do with me personally. I’ve been doing this long enough to not make it personal. It just the way things go. It’s part of the job that you take.
I loved Condé Nast. I mean I started at Condé Nast in ’97 at GQ, where I went to my first Europe fashion shows and learned from the amazing Jim Moore, who is an incredible icon. So Condé Nast is like family to me. I’m still in touch with people there, and, you know, our paths may cross again. Running a magazine is a very high pressure job, so that goes along with the territory, but that’s never been something I shy away from.
FBNY: So tell us about Everywear. How did you come up with the concept?
Holley: The concept came from years and years of having fashion editors help me with my style. I’ve always had good style, but I’ve never been a style genius. These fashion stylists that I worked with were amazing. They have this special sixth sense that allows them to see things that other people don’t see. Someone like a Laurie Trott, or Anne Keane from Lucky would think about my wardrobe and say, ‘Based on the stuff you already have, these are the things that you need.’ So, if you get this V-neck cashmere sweater pullover, she would lay out what it would go with and we would plan out outfits. If I was shopping with one of these editors they would say, ‘Don’t get that, get this.’ I wanted to make a service that would bring that kind of thing to every woman. So we came up with Everywear, which is the context of the things you already own and then finding things that match and creating dozens of outfits from it. Just like a Lucky magazine has done, but with your own clothes.
Then I started hiring some editors, like Kusum Lynn, who I’d worked with before. And then my CTO, Adam Helfgott, who built LookBooks, came in and helped build this amazing product around it.
FBNY: Do you think print magazines are finally figuring out what they need to do to stay relevant in the digital era?
Holley: I think it weighs on their entire digital strategy. So that’s different for different brands, right? For Lucky, it probably means ecommerce, which is what they did. For Vogue, it means something different. For Vanity Fair, it might mean deeper [emphasis on] entertainment, which is the way they’re going. I think some magazines have a problem because they don’t have that thing that makes them relevant now. You [need] something that can have some extension beyond just content — unless you’re the New Yorker, which [focused] on getting their archives together and creating an insanely great content site. But then you think of a lot of women’s magazines, what is their relevancy beyond just fashion photos and text? I think that’s the harder question. It will be interesting to see what a lot of magazines do, what route they choose, because [you can’t just] put out cute Instagram photos. That’s not enough.
FBNY: Would you personally ever return to print?
Holley: Nope. [laughs] Never. I want to build something amazing that has a cultural relevance and I just don’t feel like my best use is in print anymore.
I love magazines, but the digital side excites me more because I can work one on one with women. It’s more of a feedback loop. You know, magazines you kind of send out into the world and then you do a focus group. But with a website and a platform, you can learn and you can change and you can move, and it’s just super creative and really exciting. I’ve always been less the fancy-pants fashion editor and more [interested in] what do women really need, where can [they] get information that will help them in their daily lives? So this is kind of me at my best. This is my favorite thing I’ve done.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
SocialTimes: LinkedIn, the purveyor of unwanted emails, has purchased online education platform Lynda.com.
FishbowlDC: According to a new poll, Cubans love President Obama. It’s called “recognizing something good.”
TVNewser: Good news for trivia fans — Richard Quest is hosting a new quiz show on ABC.
According to a new study from the University of Kansas, female journalists are more likely to quit the field and are more uncertain about their jobs than male reporters.
Scott Reinardy, professor of journalism, surveyed more than 1,600 journalists (more than 500 were women) about their levels of burnout, job satisfaction and support, role overload and if they were considering leaving their jobs. The female participants reported higher levels of role overload and desires to leave journalism. They also reported receiving less support from their employers than men.
The study’s findings merely reflect that our society’s tired old gender roles are alive and well.
“Journalism, as a profession, hasn’t really grown in terms of gender as we’d hoped, said Reinardy. “So what you’re getting is a less diverse newsroom. It’s not going in a positive direction.”
(h/t: Jim Romenesko)
Launching in the fall, Stanford in New York is a three-year pilot program that aims to cycle small groups of undergraduate students through a thoroughly Manhattan academic quarter. With some specialized course options added to the mix.
Here for example is part of the description for the course “Writing in the City:”
Writers like Zadie Smith, Nathan Englander and Colson Whitehead will be invited to the class to discuss their work and the city’s influence upon it; students will be encouraged to attend literary events like the Moth Storytelling Series, Amanda Stern’s famous Happy Ending Reading Series and the literary lectures at the 92nd St. Y. Students will visit the city’s independent bookstores—icons like the Strand and St. Mark’s Bookshop, but also secret gems like Michael Seidenberg’s tiny Upper East Side shop, Brazenhead Books.
Students will pay a visit to the New York Public Library to learn how writers use its incomparable collection for research. A panel of experts from the publishing industry — magazine and book editors, publishers, and literary agents — will visit the class to discuss the essential relationship between writers and those who bring their work to print.
The program is scheduled to run once in the 2015-16 academic year, twice in 2016-17 and three times in 2017-18. Today, the university announced that the inaugural group of participating students has been finalized:
The first cohort of students – 11 juniors and nine seniors – represents 16 disciplines, ranging from computer science to architectural design, from human biology to medieval and ancient art history, and from symbolic systems to East Asian Studies.
More than 50 students applied for the 20 available slots. In choosing the first cohort, Stanford took into account each student’s intellectual goals, disciplinary backgrounds and particular interests, and factored in the university’s desire to create a diverse and balanced group. The students will prepare for Stanford in New York through individual meetings and a group orientation session on campus during spring quarter.
The NYC program is being overseen by Rosina S, Miller. Read her Stanford Q&A.
P.S. Due to rising rents, Brazenhead Books is currently searching for a new location, effective July.
[Photo of Miller with student: L.A. Cicero]
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have The Fader taking on Interview.
The Fader’s latest issue features Bill Cosby’s favorite comedian, Hannibal Buress. Say hi, Bill.
Interview went a different route with its cover, which features a delicious ball of cotton candy.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
Arriving on newsstands Friday, the debut issue of Bauer’s Simple Grace is priced at $3.99 and aimed squarely at a faith-based female audience. Per Folio s Michael Rondon, the initial run is 200,000 and the first-issue page count 144.
According to MediaPost, there’s a long feature inside the first issue in which singer Amy Grant talks about caring for her dementia-addled parents and another about Susan Mellen, the California woman who was declared innocent last fall after serving 17 years in prison. (One of the things that allowed Mellen to get through this hellish ordeal was her faith in God.)
Notice there is no hint of either one of these stories on the May 2015 issue cover (at right). A curious choice. Then again, maybe EIC Carol Brooks, who also oversees the Bauer title First for Women, knows something about this type of reader that we don’t.
Another possibly missed coverline opportunity was something tied to the just passed Easter holiday. Bauer president Ian Scott told Keith J. Kelly that Bauer is looking to grow this new monthly “organically.” Scott also said he deliberately limited ad sales in the May 2015 debut to just three pages.
Staffers joining Newsweek Europe include Harry Eyres, Nicholas Shakespeare, Adam LeBor, Rudolph Herzog, Miranda Green, Alex Renton, Sarah Helm, Graham Boynton, Catharine Ostler, Alice Hart-Davis and Nick Foulkes.
The new sections—Weekend and Business—are available online and in print.
“We are now quite simply Europe’s top news magazine, a magazine designed, written and edited in Europe for Europe,” said Newsweek Europe’s editor-in-chief, Richard Addis, in a statement.
With all the parenting blogs populating the Internet, Parent & Child, the magazine targeted to parents of the elementary-school set, knows that its pieces must stand out from the Web’s vast offerings. It does this by going deep: “It’s the strong focus on learning and education — delivered in a smart, deeply reported way — that distinguishes Parent & Child from other parenting magazines,” according to editor in chief Jane Nussbaum.
There are plenty of learning- and ed-focused FOB sections to target when pitching.
New freelancers can break into the magazine with front-of-book pitches, especially service-oriented ones based on recent findings (these typically clock in at about 1,000 words). For the learning and discovery-focused “Busy Minds” section, focus on hot education topics that parents need to know about — but avoid common core-standards stories. For “Happy+Healthy,” editors are seeking pitches on familiar health and behavior dilemmas with a fresh twist. Another smart section to pitch: “Me Time,” where essays, mom-focused service stories on love and relationships, family finance, and work/life balance pieces all have a home.
For more tips, including the key to successfully pitching a feature, read: How To Pitch: Parent & Child
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Ahead of the return tonight of Louie on FX, Vulture has been “taken over.” The default, lookalike menu page that pops up is a custom-made native ad campaign and, per Ad Age’s Michael Sebastian, the biggest one yet for the New York magazine site:
New York’s creative services department produced the content while working with FX’s agency Moxie. The magazine’s editorial staff did not contribute to the project.
“This is the largest custom-content program we’ve done on Vulture so far,” said Larry Burstein, New York’s publisher. “It’s sponsored content people will really enjoy.”
Maybe. We had a little trouble for example figuring out the infographic (at right) featured in one of the fake stories. Still, all in all, if there has to be sponsored content, Louis C.K. is at the top of our list of who we would prefer to get it from.
Marie Claire has added four contributing editors. Details are below.Amanda de Cadenet, a journalist and television host, will contribute to Marie Claire and its website. De Cadenet is the host of the interview series The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, and has worked for magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Spin. Sarah Kunst is a venture partner at Future Perfect Ventures. She will contribute to the magazine. Courtney Diesel O’Donnell, head of external affairs at Airbnb, will also contribute to the magazine. She previously worked as director of marketing for The Clinton Foundation. Alexandra Robbins, an author of four New York Times bestsellers, will pen feature stories for Marie Claire. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and more.
In what seems like a story from the roaring 20s, Chelsea is now ground zero for a good old fashioned newspaper war. The New York Post reports that publishers Straus News and Community News Group both will have weekly papers getting distributed in the neighborhood.
Straus News escalated things by launching Chelsea News, a new weekly paper for the West Side hood. There are now 50 distribution boxes for Chelsea News—a spinoff of Straus’ Chelsea Clinton News—in Chelsea.
Les Goodstein, president of Community News Group was unfazed by the addition of Chelsea News. His paper—the previously bi-weekly Chelsea Now—is upping the ante and going weekly.
This could get ugly. Someone drop a dime to the coppers.
Andrew Rashbass, Reuters’ CEO, is leaving the company to become executive chairman of Euromoney. In a memo to staffers, Steven Adler, Reuters editor-in-chief, announced that he would take on Rashbass’ role in the interim, but is taking his name out of the running for CEO.
“As Thomson Reuters starts its search for a new Chief Executive Officer of Reuters, I have been asked to lead the commercial side of the operation on an interim basis, in addition to continuing my duties as editor-in-chief,” wrote Adler. “I have told Jim [Smith, Thomson Reuters president and CEO] that I will not be a candidate for Reuters CEO and that I am looking forward to helping with the search for the right person for that role.”
Before joining Reuters in 2013, Rashbass served as publisher of The Economist and managing director of Economist.com. Prior to his time with The Economist, Rashbass worked at Associated Newspapers.
Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Walter Scott.
Sadly, as Time editor-at-large David Von Drehle notes in his cover story, there remains this:
Meanwhile, the outcome for [Officer Michael] Slager is impossible to know. Though he was being held without bail, though he was denounced by officials from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, though his own lawyer dropped his case and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said flatly that the shooting was ‘wrong,’ it remains difficult to convict a police officer in many jurisdictions.
Hearst Integrated Media, the sales and marketing division of Hearst Magazines, has promoted Robbin Tick and hired Ariel Tensen.
Tick, most recently group advertising director, has been upped to executive director of beauty strategy. She held her previous role since 1999, when she joined Hearst from Us Weekly.
Tensen has been named associate group fashion director, a new role at Hearst. She comes to Hearst from Women’s Wear Daily, where she served as fashion and retail director.
Both appointments are effective immediately.