We have a couple early morning Revolving Door items to note, involving Southern Living and Upworthy. Details are below.Lisa Cericola has been named Southern Living’s senior food editor. She comes to the magazine from Food Network Magazine, where she served as features editor for the past two years. She previously served as food editor of Today.com (formerly iVillage.com). Upworthy has added Ted Hesson as an editor. He most recently served as Fusion’s immigration editor.
When 35-year-old Hungarian photojournalist Teodora Maftei (pictured) trekked to the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest for an Oct. 30 concert assignment, she was just days away from having her work exhibited at local restaurant The London Street Atelier. Maftei was one of the many critically injured in the devastating fire, and today, her employer Pro TV announced that she had passed away from her injuries at a hospital in Israel.
The Facebook event page for the Nov. 2-Dec. 25 photo exhibit was transformed by the horrible events in Bucharest into something much different. Here for example is part of what the Atelier shared following last weekend’s Monday night opening:
Together with Teodora Maftei’s family, we would like to send you our gratitude, and a big thank you to all those who visited us last night for the opening of Teodora’s photo exhibition at The London Street Atelier. Photos from last night’s event will be taken to Teodora’s hospital room to help transmit her all the positive energy, sincere wishes and prayers of everybody.
“The doctors have advised me to keep speaking to Teo, even if she is in an induced coma. I will tell her all about last night’s warm atmosphere and the people who contributed to this exhibition” says Mrs. Viorica Maftei, Teodora’s mother.
Today, on that same Facebook page and elsewhere, staff of The Atelier and others are grappling with the news of Maftei’s passing:
Our friend Teo: funny, funky and fearless. We are devastated that Teo has lost her final fight. We celebrate her extraordinary life and that she died doing something she loved. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Rachel & LSA Team
Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity at the center of Rolling Stone’s botched campus rape story, has sued the magazine for $25 million. The suit is against the magazine and the author of the now-retracted piece, Sabrina Rubin Erdely.
The article in question—”A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA”—was published in November of last year. In the piece, Erdely claimed that a student named “Jackie” was gang raped by members of Phi Kappa Psi. However, soon after, almost every aspect of the article was disproven, leading Rolling Stone to retract it.
“Rolling Stone and Erdely had an agenda, and they were recklessly oblivious to the harm they would cause innocent victims in their ruthless pursuit of that agenda,” reads the suit.
Over the weekend, Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times, tweeted the following:
Still getting nasty msgs. I corrected error, apologized and had no intention to mislead. Never made a mistake? Please let me know.
— Jeffrey Gettleman (@gettleman) November 8, 2015
He is referring to an article that appeared online Nov. 4 and in print Nov. 5. A correction was added Nov. 6, explaining that some incendiary remarks attributed to Zimbawe’s President Robert Mugabe were in fact made up.
The source of the fakery was a Nov. 3 item in Kenya’s The Spectator. Although intended as satire, the brief item was not in any way tagged as such. Gettleman, in a Facebook post Friday that he also linked to via Twitter, explained his process of verification:
I emailed it [The Spectator item] to a Zimbabwean journalist in Harare to check if Mugabe had actually said those things. The Zimbabwean journalist told me that it appeared he had.
Many Kenyans, too, believed Mugabe had said those things. See this link.
After my article was published, I started receiving messages that the Mugabe quote was fake. I looked into it immediately and contacted The Spectator and an official in the Zimbabwean government. The Spectator admitted to fabricating the story, saying that it was using satire to fight corruption.
Gettleman, based in Nairobi, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. It’s likely very unusual for him to have not double checked such a quote with the source in question, The Spectator, before publication.
We’re still waiting for that big TMZ expose from The New Yorker. In the meantime, there is a solid op-ed from Toronto Star columnist Vinay Menon, penned on the occasion of the site’s 10th anniversary. (TMZ.com launched in beta mode on Nov. 8, 2005 and was officially launched exactly a month later, Dec. 8.)
The various tiers of Harvey Levin’s operation – TMZ.com, TMZSports.com, the daily half-hour syndicated TV show and the hour-long, more serious examination of what’s going on in the gossip trenches known as TMZ Live – generally have distinct editorial feels. And as reported by our sister site TVNewser, another tier – the TV version of TMZ Sports – is set to launch tonight at midnight ET on Fox Sports 1.
Menon does a good job of retracing the much more benign initial plans for the AOL/Telepictures site and how some footage of Paris Hilton dinging her car changed everything:
Tips and documents would be chased down. Money would change hands, a traditional no-no in journalism.
The only goal was to “break the agenda,” to expose the stories that were supposed to remain hidden. Levin was determined to become the most feared man in Hollywood.
And on this, its 10th anniversary, TMZ’s greatest achievement comes from legitimizing gossip, from turning the blind items and unsubstantiated rumors that were once fodder for supermarket tabloids into verified stories that now circle the globe, destroying reputations with indiscriminate finality.
Menon’s conclusions about the societal impact of TMZ are more open-ended. But he does make an interesting observation about the effect of the site’s relentless pursuit of celebrity death scoops.
Coincidentally, People magazine will later this month celebrate the 30th anniversary of its “Sexiest Man Alive” derby, with Jimmy Kimmel revealing this year’s winner on Nov. 17 and a Lifetime TV special celebrating the franchise Nov. 18. Thanks to TMZ, inaugural winner Mel Gibson is today branded very differently.
“Lauren brings a deep grasp of finance and markets along with real sensitivity to the everyday problems navigated by regular people seeking to manage their money, seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls,” said IBT Media editor in chief Peter Goodman, in a statement. “She will improve the fortunes of our readership, while expanding the reach of our journalism.”
Lyons Cole’s appointment is effective immediately.
When The New York Times reported earlier this year on rehearsals for the New York revival of a 2012 Chicago Goodman Theater production of The Iceman Cometh, they led with a reminder that working with Nathan Lane is much like the experience of watching him on stage. A blast:
Lane is making people laugh in a rehearsal room here, ribbing a fellow actor about his guttural delivery of one of Eugene O’Neill’s simpler exclamations.
“I’m not hearing ‘Ha!,’ ” he says, “so much as I’m hearing” – and here he does an exaggerated imitation of Brian Dennehy’s blurted moan. “Like an old Chevy starting,” Mr. Lane suggests, to general merriment. Mr. Dennehy shrugs and shoots back, “I’m more of a Ford man myself.”
The Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Iceman, co-presented by Scott Rudin, ran from Feb. 5 to March 15. Tonight, Lane and Dennehy will be reunited at the Edison Ballroom for Theatre Communications Group’s annual benefit gala. Lane is set to read a ‘love letter’ ode to Dennehy; the ceremony will also pay tribute to Jim O’Quinn, founding editor of TCG’s American Theatre magazine, which has been publishing since 1984.
From a report by Playbill:
In a statement Dennehy said, “Theater has always been my principal home and I feel greatly honored by TCG for what really amounts to a lifetime achievement award. I owe my reputation to New York, my theater hometown, and to Chicago, a city with an artistic soul unlike any other, to my long and wonderful relationship with [Iceman director] Robert Falls, who I met at an early point in my career, and Roche Schulfer and the Goodman Theatre – both of whom are, to me, essential parts of this award. To them and TCG I am thankful and grateful.”
Times theater critic Christopher Isherwood reviewed Falls’ version of Iceman both in 2012 when it played Chicago and in 2015 when it hit BAM. Per the latter write-up, the production’s power remained undiminished:
Mr. Falls’s magisterial staging of O’Neill’s harrowing drama, one of his very greatest, floored me when I first saw it at the Goodman Theater almost three years ago. Once again, at the conclusion of this blistering production, currently at theBrooklyn Academy of Music, I had to scrape myself up from my seat, with my innards churning.
Time has named new film and TV critics. Details are below.Stephanie Zacharek joins as film critic. Zacharek most recently served as chief film critic for Voice Media Group. She was a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Zacharek previously worked for Salon and Movieline. She starts November 16. Daniel D’Addario, a TV staff writer with Time for over a year now, has been promoted to TV critic. He previously worked for Salon and The Observer. His appointment is effective immediately.
Vox Media has named Matthew Vree executive producer of video. Vree most recently served as director of programming and executive producer of PBS Digital Studios, which he co-founded in 2012.
According to Variety, Vree will be based in San Francisco. He’ll be tasked with expanding Vox Media’s video team, located in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C.
Ezra Klein, Vox’s editor, described Vree as “a huge addition in growing our video team.”
Vree had been with PBS since 2007.
Slate has named Mallory Ortberg its new Dear Prudence columnist. Ortberg is the co-founder of The Toast and has previously written for Gawker and The Hairpin.
“Mallory is one of the most distinctive and exciting writers working today: wise, big-hearted, and devilishly funny,” wrote Slate editor Julia Turner, in an announcement. “She is also a devoted Prudie fan, and a close student of the column. I can’t wait to see where she takes it next.”
Ortberg is succeeding Emily Yoffe, who wrote the advice-column Dear Prudence since 2005. Her last piece will run Thursday.
ESPN president John Skipper spoke with Vanity Fair about the closure of Grantland, and though he doesn’t exactly say why he decided to shut the site down, he does offer some interesting quotes.
Skipper explained that he and other ESPN were torn over whether to shutter Grantland. “I loved the site,” said Skipper, but in the end, “I made the decision. There was no influence from [ESPN corporate parent] Disney on this.”
As for why he made that move, Skipper hinted that it was financial motivated, and then backtracked in the next breath.
“You look at the resources, the time, the energy necessary to do this well and balance that with the things you get from it. This was never a financial matter for us. The benefits were having a halo brand and being Bill Simmons related.”
Somewhat fittingly, Skipper did admit that he underestimated the impact of closing Grantland. “We lacked a full understanding of the bonding nature between Bill and those guys,” he said.
Politico Europe is expanding, and as a result, has added two staffers: Francesco Guerrera and Kate Day.
Guerrera has been named chief financial correspondent and associate editor. He was most recently The Wall Street Journal’s global finance editor.
Day joins as editorial director for growth. She comes to Politico from the Telegraph Media Group.
In a memo, Politico Europe executive editor Matt Kaminski; managing director Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson; editor Carrie Budoff-Brown and Politico co-founder John Harris explained the expansion:
The focus in the first half of next year will be to accelerate the growth of our Pro service and significantly expand our coverage to three new policy areas: financial services, agriculture & food and trade… By spring 2016, we will have six policy coverage areas in place, with the necessary editorial firepower in place in Brussels and other cities. And concrete plans are in place for a next round of further expansion later in the year.
A source told The New York Post that Kapsch was forced out after clashing with staffers. “He’s very talented, but he puts people down, and they complain,” said the source.
Sharon Waxman, who founded The Wrap in 2009, didn’t add to that narrative. “We wish him every success in the future,” Waxman told the Post.
This week, the Clinton Foundation is hiring a multimedia manager, while Marie Claire needs a managing editor. About.com is seeking a freelance content producer, and Meredith Corporation is on the hunt for a publicist. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.Multimedia Manager Clinton Foundation (New York, NY) Managing Editor Marie Claire (New York, NY) Freelance Content Producer About.com (New York, NY) Publicist Meredith Corporation (New York, NY) Video Editor Salon Media Group (New York, NY)
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In London for the U.K. premieres of Truth and Carol, Cate Blanchett sat down with The Guardian’s Xan Brooks for a delightful interview.
Among the many topics touched on is a May 12 Variety cover story by the publication’s New York film editor Ramin Satoodeh. The good news for Satoodeh is that he got the quote right; the bad news is that he, as many other journalists also would have, missed the wink-wink context:
Following Carol’s Cannes press showing, Blanchett told a Variety reporter that she had personally had many relationships with women – which was technically true, in that she has friends and family and colleagues. But the resulting story went viral, and eclipsed the movie itself.
“Look,” she says, rolling her eyes at the memory, “I also just played Mary Mapes, who’s a journalist. No one asked me how long I’d been to journalism school. If I played someone who has an affair, I think a reporter would probably think twice before asking, ‘Ooh, how many affairs have you had?’ It would be a slightly delicate area. But there are no holds barred about asking me whether I’ve had relationships with women. And so I facetiously said, ‘Oh yes, I’ve had many relationships with women’ – because frankly, who hasn’t? Of course I said it in inverted commas. But the inverted commas didn’t make the page.”
Blanchett goes on to joke about the prospect of people view Carol on their mobile phones. Read the rest here.
For 37 years, Bob Thayer filled the pages of the Providence Journal with his distinctive shots. But this week, that long run came to a sudden end. On Wednesday, Thayer called in sick to work and on Thursday, after he failed to report to the office, a city rescue team was dispatched to his home, where he was found unresponsive. Thayer was was 63.
— Journal Photos (@ProjoPhoto) November 6, 2015
One of Thayer’s signature shots was taken in 1995 at a fashion show in New York. The image of Oscar de la Renta peeking from the sidelines as a model strode down the runway won the 1995 World Press Photo award for Arts and Entertainment. From the Journal obituary:
“I was getting bored with the fashion, and I was looking for something different,” said Thayer. De la Renta “looked out for a fraction of a second, and I focused on him instead of the model.”
Although the picture was shot on color film, Thayer printed it in black and white because it allowed him to “use the fewest visual elements to make a point.”
Thayer, who earned his Master’s in Journalism from Columbia in 1975 and worked for three years at the Norwich Bulletin, is being warmly remembered by readers and colleagues in the article comments and on social media. Another wonderfully composed Arts and Entertainment shot by Thayer earned him a World Press Photo awards honorable mention in 1991. RIP.
— Gina Raimondo (@GinaRaimondo) November 6, 2015
RIP Bob Thayer, longtime @ProjoPhoto photographer and one of the most talented photojournalists in our state. He will truly be missed.
— RI Press Association (@RIPressAssoc) November 6, 2015
— William Hamilton (@waham) November 5, 2015
Glenn O’Brien, who had been GQ’s Style Guy before being replaced in August, moves to Maxim, where he’ll be editor at large. Despite the title, indications are that he’s essentially replacing the ousted Kate Lanphear as editor in chief. “Men’s magazines are more juvenile now. It’s like 12 ways to decorate your dorm room. I want to do something for a more mature audience,” O’Brien tells WWD. That is basically what Lanphear wanted to do as well, but perhaps O’Brien will have more success. Or maybe not. Either way, expect more changes at the publication as the new top guy will likely want to insert his own crew into the masthead…
Condé Nast recruits Cameron Blanchard as executive vice president of corporate communications. She comes from NBCUniversal, where she had been senior vice president of corporate communications… Lucky continues its slow, agonizing death as all nine of it last-standing editorial staffers lose their jobs. The Lucky Group CEO Josh Berman insists the publication isn’t done, but the reality doesn’t look good… Nylon promotes Melissa Giannini to editor in chief. She had been deputy editor, a position she’d held for three years since her move from Spin. She takes over for Michelle Lee, who is saying goodbye to the hipster fashion bible… National Geographic is laying off about 180 employees, or 9 percent of its staff, including four at the magazine, in what amounts to the largest layoff in its 127-year history… Read More…
Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.Lucky is Officially Done Layoffs Hit National Geographic Jon Stewart Signs Deal With HBO EW Very Cleverly Celebrates Julia Roberts’ 48th Birthday Joe Nocera Joins NY Times Sports Desk
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