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How to Get Ink in Inc.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:58

Inc-ArtSmall-business lodestar Inc. achieved profitability less than two years after its 1979 introduction, eagerly snatched up by small-business owners. The pub identified a need and filled it with service pieces on how to transform inspired ideas and innovative tendencies into a functioning, thriving business.

Those freelancers who are able to prove their stuff might just find themselves in a long-term, contractual relationship with the magazine. The place to look to break in is the “Tip Sheet,” section, which contains pieces that are “800 to 1,200 words, and offer solutions to problems vexing small businesses or highlight trends important to founders and startups.”

Alternatively, if you’re a data viz wizard, go for an infographic.

“We’re always looking for fresh, new ways to visually present data,” says [editor James] Ledbetter. “That’s a skill that some are very good at, but a lot of people don’t have.” A great example, which Ledbetter says ran in the May 2015 issue, depicted the impact of appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank, the hit reality TV show in which contestants attempt to get funding for their fledgling endeavors.

For more, read: How To Pitch: Inc.

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Newsday Names General Manager

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:47

Newsday has promoted Ed Bushey to senior VP, general manager of Newsday Media Group. Bushey has been with Newsday since 1993, most recently serving as senior VP of audience and operations.

“Ed continues to impress me with his creative and innovative approaches to problem solving and his strong leadership abilities,” said Gordon McLeod, Newsday Media Group’s publisher, in a statement.

Bushey’s appointment is effective immediately.

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Blogger Banned from Three Maine Restaurants After Writing *Positive* Review

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:00

On April 15, John Golden, who writes about food and restaurants for Maine Today under the blog name The Golden Dish, was instructed by the co-owner of new Portland restaurant The Honey Paw not to publish an article about his visit. But Golden went ahead with a May 1 posting, and now, all hell is breaking loose.

The journalist received an email last week telling him he was no longer welcome at The Honey Paw and two other Portland restaurants owned by the same group. And today, the Press-Herald has picked up this weird story. Weird, because the May 1 review of The Honey Paw that Golden shared was a rave:

Golden said he wasn’t surprised to receive the restaurateurs’ email, because they had given him an ultimatum, but he said the decision to ban him is “ridiculous.”

“[Arlin] Smith said to me, ‘We don’t want you to represent us,’ and I said, ‘I don’t represent anyone. That’s not what a critic is,’\" said Golden, who has also written for Downeast magazine, The New York Times, the Boston Globe and Gourmet, as well as the Maine Sunday Telegram.

In an interview at Hugo’s, [co-owners Andrew] Taylor and [Mike] Wiley said they regret that their disagreement with Golden has become public, but they stand by their decision.

\"We’re opening ourselves up to criticism,\" Taylor said. \"There will be people who are going to say, ‘What a bunch of jerks,’ but that’s not necessarily who we are. I’m sure there will be others in the industry who say, ‘Good for you.’ I don’t think we’re alone in thinking John Golden isn’t a particularly professional food writer for this town.\"

The paper spoke to a couple of legal and workplace experts, who are divided on whether the ban fits into the general ‘No Shoes; No Shirt; No Service’ privilege. The article also itemizes the trio of restaurateur’s issues with Golden’s earlier recent coverage.

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AOL Looking to Spinoff HuffPost

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:04

While Verizon is busy hammering out the deal to buy AOL, AOL has been doing its own wheeling and dealing. Recode reports that AOL has been discussing spinning off The Huffington Post, with German media company Axel Springer the most interested.

If a deal is made, it will likely be a joint venture. If HuffPost is sold outright, it could fetch more than $1 billion.

AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong did nothing to quiet the rumor of a spinoff. In fact, it seems every AOL site is up for grabs.

“We’ve spoken to partners about content and scaling,” Armstrong told Recode. “Obviously, we’ve seen a lot of interest in the content brands we have. So over the course of the summer, stay tuned.”

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Daily News and NY Post Blast Tom Brady

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 15:59

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 9.52.48 AMWhile The Boston Herald is supportive of Tom Brady’s balls, The New York Daily News and New York Post are not.

As for who said it best, we give the edge to the Daily News. The “Goodell Shows Some Sack on Deflategate” headline seals the victory because it’s gross and funny. Mostly gross.

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The Boston Herald Has Tom Brady’s Back

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 15:15

BostonHeraldBradyOn today’s front page, the paper has a new name for the PSI scandal: Inflate-Gate, a reference to what it believes is an excessive reprimand. Inside, the title of a famous Dostoeyevsky novel is tweaked for editorial purposes, under the headline “‘Crime’ and Punishment:”

The conclusions reached by NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent in his incredibly officious letters to the team and to Brady would be laughed out of court based on the evidence in hand. But Vincent clearly didn’t need evidence of wrongdoing; it was enough simply to call Brady a liar as he pretty much did.

\"The integrity of the game is of paramount importance to everyone in our league,\" Vincent insisted.

What about the integrity of a league that makes up rules and punishments as it goes along?

At press time, The Herald’s online readers are pretty much in agreement with the editorial board. A combined 68% of readers think the evidence was “too thin” and the NFL was “out to get” the Patriots.

Meanwhile, in the hometown of the team that was on the other side of those AFC Championship balls, Indianapolis Star sports columnist Gregg Doyel sits completely above the front-page fold today. His op-ed is titled “The Lesson: Cheaters Do Win” and begins:

He got away with it. Tom Brady did. So did the Patriots. They got away with it, all of them, because what they did was cheat the Colts in the AFC Championship.

 
[Front page image via: newseum.org

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Prevention Names Creative Director

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 15:10

Prevention has named Courtney Murphy its creative director. Murphy most recently served as Good Housekeeping’s creative director.

During her time at Good Housekeeping, Murphy led the magazine’s team through two redesigns. She also won merit awards from the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) and two ASME nominations.

“What I love about Courtney is that she loves digital first thinking and has a journalistic bent,” Prevention’s editor, Bruce Kelley, said in a statement. “That’s in addition to being one of the top design talents in magazines, with an incredible eye and a keen understanding of our demo and brand.”

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 15:00

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(Images: Newseum)

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Verizon Buys AOL for $4 Billion

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:38

Can you hear me now? You’ve got takeover. In a stunning move, Verizon has purchased AOL for $4.4 billion. As part of the deal, AOL will become a subsidiary of Verizon. Tim Armstrong, AOL’s CEO, will continue to lead AOL after closing.

In a memo to AOL staffers, Armstrong did his best to make it sound good for all involved:

I have been a buyer of AOL over the last 5 years – and that is an investment in one thing – our talent. We have reviewed every hire coming into the company over the last 5 years and we have taken extraordinary risks and faced extraordinary challenges over the last 5 years. There is nothing more meaningful than watching our team turn-around this great company and restoring it to growth when most people had left it for dead.

Your job and what you do on a daily basis should be enhanced by the market opportunity this deal is targeted to capture. The simple answer to the question of ‘what does this mean for you?’ should be, ‘I just got more resources, more support and more growth opportunity.’

Of course everything is more “simple” when you’re the CEO. We highly doubt AOL staffers share Armstrong’s excitement.

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Media Minutiae

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:00

LostRemote: Comcast is sponsoring Taylor Swift’s tour. Concert attendees can expect delays, subpar service and rude treatment.

TVSpy: Awkward, live interviews make for fun TV.

LostRemote: American Idol is finally ending. We never thought we’d see the day.

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ESPN’s Mike & Mike Headed to Times Square

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 21:45

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic’s long-running ESPN Radio show Mike & Mike is getting a change of scenery. But the switch won’t be implemented until the Monday after next year’s Super Bowl.

Mike and Mike - May 16, 2013

From today’s announcement:

Being located directly above ABC’s Good Morning America studio will allow for a wider variety of in-studio voices from the world of entertainment and pop culture for Mike & Mike as the shows work together on bookings. GMA contributors will also appear when opportunities arise – for example, Robin Roberts on sports, GMA legal analyst Ryan Smith discussing legal matters or ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee on weather impacting sports.

When appropriate, Golic and Greenberg will appear on GMA. The production teams will work together to create content for both shows as news dictates. The backdrop of the new set will highlight the vibrancy of New York City, which will be shown regularly during bumps.

According to ESPN, the four-hour weekday program gets more than 4.6 million viewers and 4.2 million terrestrial listeners per week. See you soon, Mke and Mike!

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Jack Shafer is No Longer a New York Times Magazine Ethicist

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 20:30

The three-headed monster that is the current configuration of the New York Times’ Ethicists column has a new third head. Per Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple, out is Politico’s Jack Shafer, replaced by NYU philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah.

From Wemple’s item:

[NYT Magazine editor Jake] Silverstein \"didn’t think the thing was working and wanted to try somebody new,\" Shafer said. \"And, you know, he made the call that a lot of editors make.\"

Of the set-up in which three people react to a single issue, \"I think that the three-headed beast is a very hard way to go at that,\" says Shafer (disclosure: a friend), who notes that there’s a \"reason interviews are almost always two people.\" (Shafer’s departure was first reported by Capital New York’s paywalled newsletter.)

Shafer’s former colleagues, Kenji Yoshino and Amy Bloom, remain on board. And no surprise Capital New York got the scoop; Shafer works there.

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Send Your LA Love Story to the Los Angeles Times

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:52

Our Personal Essay Market series continues this week with details on a fresh batch of publications seeking essays on topics that include relationships, religion, travel and gardening.

Among the options for freelancers is the perennially popular “Modern Love” series, but The New York Times isn’t the only game in town for relationship essays. If your town happens to be in SoCal, try pitching the LA Times’ “L.A. Affairs” column.

Los Angeles Times — “L.A. Affairs”
This first-person column in the Saturday section chronicles romance and relationships, and the essay should tie into Southern California. A past example is a woman who reunites with a college friend on an online dating site and finds love was there all along.
Length: 750-850 words
Pay: $300
Assigning editor: Assistant managing editor Alice Short. Please submit essays to HOME at LATIMES dot COM.
Editors’ advice: In addition to details outlined in our submission guidelines, we’re especially on the lookout for stories about new and recent relationships that give a sense of today’s dating scene.

For more, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part II

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A Joanne Carson Footnote

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:40

Joanne Carson remained loyal to Truman Capote, and vice versa. We were reminded of this over the weekend because upon hearing of the passing of Carson at age 83, we re-read the interview she gave last fall to Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian.

Carson told the reporter than when she split from Johnny in 1970, all sorts of people abandoned her, including Joan Rivers. Six years later, when an excerpt from Answered Prayers was published in Esquire, Capote lost a lot of friends, but not Carson.

Capote spent a lot of time at Ms. Carson’s Bel Air home and pushed for her to write a book about her Hollywood experiences. From the LAT article:

“The book was Truman’s brilliant idea,” said Carson. He brought her to his publisher, Random House, where she pitched “Carson, Capote & Co.”

“Truman had the start of all these chapters laid out for me: ‘Cary Grant came over to sit at my table.’ Or ‘Marlon Brando was on his way to the Polo Lounge to have lunch with Johnny and me.’..”

But she didn’t have Capote’s killer instinct. “I was going to write a lovely story about my friendship with these people,” she said. But the editor assigned to work with her — whose name she can’t recall — wanted something less anodyne. She never picked up her pen again.

There is a single 38-page chapter from the book project, typed by Carson and heavily edited in longhand by Capote. Perhaps – via the executors of the estates – the edited version will be shared. It would be a nice way to remember the late Carson and her close friendship with the celebrated writer.
 
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Artist Offers New Glimpse of Truman Capote at La Côte Basque

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This French Mixologist is Headed to Manhattan

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 18:20

NoillyPrat_FeaturedIn 2013, Thrillist described The Prescription Club bartender Romain de Saussure as \"the man to know when it comes to cocktails in Paris.\" That endorsement rings doubly true in 2015, as de Saussure has just won an international competition sponsored by French vermouth brand Noilly Prat.

From a report in UK’s Bar magazine:

Romain was the winner in a competition that featured 17 bartenders from five countries who were challenged to create the “world’s best-tasting Noilly Prat Classic Dry Martini Cocktail.”

His all-expenses-paid prize trip to New York City will include a visit to the Knickerbocker Hotel, reputed to be the birthplace of the classic Dry Martini cocktail in 1912. After 95 years reused as offices, the building on the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street was reborn as The Knickerbocker in February this year.

Perhaps Romain can guest bartend at a New York joint (or two) during his visit to our fair mixology shores. His winning concoction made use of Bombay Sapphire infused with green olives and rosemary, and a garnish of a grapefruit peel.
 
[Image via: noillyprat.com]

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Jo Confino Leaves The Guardian for HuffPost

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:06

Jo Confino is leaving The Guardian to join The Huffington Post as executive editor of its Impact and Innovations department. Confino had served as executive editor for The Guardian for more than two decades.

Business Insider reports that at HuffPost, Confino will oversee the site’s Business, Green, Impact, Science and Technology verticals.

“I was so impressed by his deep understanding of the shift that’s happening in business and culture, generally, but specifically how the business world is waking up around the fact that ideas that were once fringe are now part of the mainstream — environmental stewardship, well-being practices in the workplace, gender and racial equality, impact investing,” Arianna Huffington told BI.

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June LeBell is Back on the Radio

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:00

For three decades, June LeBell was a fixture at New York City radio station WQXR. Hired on as the first female announcer on a major commercial classical music radio, she hung up the mic in 2002, but now, is back on air in South Florida with a weekly Sunday afternoon one-hour interview program for WSMR-FM titled June LeBell’s Music Conversations.

Marty Clear’s profile piece in The Bradenton Herald s full of rich personal detail. LeBell, who fled New York City in the wake of 9/11, has married for the first time and most recently vanquished ovarian cancer:

She was living in Sarasota when a friend from the New York music world, Edward Alley, gave her a call. He had a retired down here with his wife and had seen LeBell’s name in the paper and gave her a call. In New York, LeBell had interviewed both Alley, who was a conductor and the manager of the New York Philharmonic, and his wife on her New York radio show. They renewed their friendship here, and some years later, after Alley’s wife died, he and LeBell started dating. LeBell married for the first time in her life when she was in her mid-60s.

LeBell also currently writes about the arts, lectures around the country and teaches at the Sarasota Institute of Lifelong Learning (SILL). Her new radio program, which has featured both locals and international stars such as conductor Leonard Slatkin and opera singer Marilyn Horne, is co-produced by Alley.

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Real Simple Adds Lifestyle Editor

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 16:33

Real Simple has named Sarah Yang lifestyle editor of Realsimple.com. Yang comes to the site from Hearst, where she served as a web editor for House Beautiful, Elle Décor and Veranda.

“With her deep digital experience and her vast knowledge of lifestyle topics, I know Sarah is going to be a huge asset to our team,” said Realsimple.com’s editor, Lori Leibovich, in a statement.

Yang’s appointment is effective immediately.

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NY Times Nail Salon Story Leads to Policy Changes

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:45

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 9.25.43 AMGovernor Andrew Cuomo has ordered “emergency measures” to protect the city’s nail salon workers mere days after The New York Times published a well-reported story on the industry’s harsh and exploitative working conditions. Behold, the power of newspapers.

Cuomo told the Times that effective immediately, a task force would crack down on nail salons. Any salon that failed to comply to the new rules—manicurists must wear gloves, salons must be bonded, and more—will be shut down.

This is, quite simply, amazing. The Times—and Sarah Maslin Nir, who reported the story—likely saved lives by producing this incredible piece of investigative journalism.

This is why newspapers are important. This is why everyone should be a paying subscriber to the Times.

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NY Times Relaunches Free, New Look NYT Now

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:30

IMG_2140As expected, The New York Times has relaunched NYT Now as a free app. The app, which previously asked non-Times subscribers to pay $8 a month for access, also has a slightly different look.

NYT Now’s previous version had one stream for articles pulled from the Times and another for stories curated from around the web. The new version is a single stream, with Times stories appearing at the top. NYT Now also highlights new stories and uses a card system, which makes the reading experience faster.

We liked the old NYT Now, but these are nice improvements.

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