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Meet New York’s Best-Dressed Newspaper Vendor

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 18:00

NYDN_8_6His name is Steeve Mackaya. He came to the U.S. from Gabon in 2013, lives in a homeless shelter Uptown and sells copies of the New York dailies each weekday morning from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. at an informal street perch in Chelsea.

In this Sunday’s New York Times, Metro section writer John Leland and photographer Moshe Katvan highlight the most striking aspect of this street vendor’s M.O.: a scintillating collection of suits. Katvan struck up an instant connection with Mackaya (whose name is typoed in the paper as Steve Malek); a bout with polio as a child has left the African native wheelchair-bound. At one point, Katvan hosted Mackaya at the photographer’s apartment:

Mr. Mackaya spoke loftily about the need for justice and dignity, and about how these were absent from his New York experience so far, especially in the homeless shelter. “We fled from the rain to avoid getting wet,” Mr. Malek said, speaking into a recording app on Mr. Katvan’s smartphone. “And we landed in the ocean.”

Mackaya keeps his collection of suits at a friend’s apartment, since the items cannot be housed at the homeless shelter. Meanwhile, on Katvan’s website, one of the Fine Art Portfolios shared is called “New York in Black and White.” Those 33 shots, a couple of which feature newspaper readers, further capture the unique spirit of the city.

P.S. For those who would like to directly support Mackeya’s efforts, he can be found at the southeast corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue.

Categories: News

RD Recap: WSJ Taps New Washington Bureau Chief; Layoffs at Time Inc.

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 00:00

Gerald (Jerry) Seib (pictured) will leave his position as Washington bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal in January. He’ll move into the role of executive Washington editor and chief commentator, continuing to write the weekly Capital Journal column, contributing to the Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter and producing commentary on U.S. foreign policy and international relations. “He will of course remain a fixture in the DC bureau and the broader paper, be a source of guidance and friendship and become even more of a Living National Treasure,” wrote WSJ editor in chief Gerard Baker in a memo announcing the change. Asia editor Paul Beckett has been named as Seib’s replacement. He’ll add on deputy managing editor to his title as well. The Journal also grabs Bloomberg News’ Mike Bender to cover national politics…

Tough times at Time Inc. as the company looks to cut 110 staffers. That’s about 1.5 percent of the total workforce… InStyle loses deputy editor Angela Matusik… Rachael Ray Every Day poaches Lauren Iannotti from Condé Nast’s Brides to be executive editor. She has held positions at Esquire, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine and Glamour… Business Insider makes Alyson Shontell editor in chief of its U.S. site. She had been executive editor at Tech Insider. TI editor in chief Gus Lubin is moving over to BI as senior correspondent… Gizmodo recruits Christina Warren as senior technology writer. She had been at Mashable…

Roll Call loses editor in chief Melinda Henneberger, who leaves after taking issue with planned staff cuts. Kris Viesselman moves into the editor spot. She joined in December as senior director of digital content and new products… Adam Bryant moves to editorial director of NYTLive, the events division at The New York Times. He had been deputy editor on the science desk, and was previously a business reporter, deputy business editor, deputy national editor and senior editor for features…

The View adds Sara Haines as co-host and Sunny Hostin and Fox News’ Jedediah Bila as contributors. Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris and Raven-Symoné will also host the 20th season. “We have such a smart, funny and fearless group of women who bring unparalleled passion and opinions to the hot topics table every single day,” said executive producer Candi Carter. “We have an exciting season 20 planned and plenty of surprises in store.”… Vice News poaches Shawna Thomas from NBC News. She’ll be Washington bureau chief and had been senior editor and senior producer of Meet the Press… The SEC Network gives former practice-string quarterback and Bachelorette winner Jordan Rodgers a job… And there are changes at Better Homes & Gardens, Clear Channel Outdoor and more

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Parsing the Seinfeld 9/11 Script

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 21:30

Right off the bat, Billy Domineau’s imagined Seinfeld episode “The Twin Towers,”about how the beloved quartet might have been roped into 9/11, is hilariously on point. We are greeted, per usual, with a Jerry monologue snippet that sets up the episode’s general theme:

“You think they ever get backed up at the gates of Heaven? Too many people die at once, it just overwhelms the system. It’s gotta be like the DMV on a Friday …”

Domineau posted his script Tuesday, leading to a wave of media coverage and, more importantly, a connection to a new agent. In these overly politically correct times, it’s wonderful to be able to read a manuscript like this. For those new to the Domineau material who might be looking to fire off an outraged tweet this weekend, a good place to start is the subplot involving a pair of wire cutters lent by Kramer to his pal “Mo Atta.”

Something tells us if Seinfeld were around today, there would be an episode connecting one of the principals to Vice, with maybe a Shane Smith cameo thrown in for good measure. To see how that outlet yadda yadda-ed about Domineau’s spec script, click here.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Hulu Gifts New York With Seinfeld: The Apartment
Mets Farm Team Are Masters of Seinfeld Anniversary Domain
Jerry Seinfeld Offers Up Classic Description of the Smartphone Scroll

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for The Week

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 21:00

Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.

Time Inc. Changes Sales Team Structure Time Inc. to Cut 110 Staffers Esquire Adds 2 Business Insider Promotes Alyson Shontell to U.S. Editor in Chief R.I.P.: Cartoonist Jack Davis

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Chris Christie, WFAN Morning Man

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 18:15

Boomer&CartonThe Governor & Carton. That was the modified line-up this morning on WFAN-AM’s popular morning drive-time show Boomer & Carton featuring Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton.

The Honorable Chris Christie sat in for Esiason, covering a range of topics starting with the New York Mets. After the last seven days, the Governor of New Jersey is probably feeling mighty happy to be occupying a WFAN chair rather than the GOP one he was in the running for.

As Asbury Park Press State House bureau chief Dustin Racioppi reminds, this is not the first time Christie has hit these airwaves:

Christie, an avid sports fan, occasionally fills in to co-host the show, which airs weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Invariably the discussion goes into personal or political territory, putting the governor in headlines. Christie addressed as much when Carton probed him on his personal life Friday.

“This is why my people say to me, ‘You’re doing the show again? Great,’” Christie said.

Ha ha. The podcast of Christie’s appearance is already up. The Governor, who we are all used to seeing on The Tonight Show and elsewhere, comes across even better on the older medium. Christie has got a great radio voice.

Categories: News

Another Editor Departs InStyle

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 18:00

Another top editor has departed Time Inc.’s InStyle.

Angela Matusik—who most recently served InStyle’s director of branded content strategy—is leaving the magazine.

“I’m sure many of you have heard about the restructuring at Time Inc., but I want to personally share my news with you,” wrote Matusik, in a post on LinkedIn. “After three exciting, fun and glitter-filled years at InStyle and, I will be leaving the stylish 9th floor of 225 Liberty on August 16th. I am so incredibly grateful to Ariel Foxman [who departed late last month] who gave me this opportunity, and who has been the best boss, leader and friend one could hope for.”

Matusik had been with InStyle since 2013. She previously served as executive editor of

Categories: News

Paul Beckett Named New WSJ Washington Bureau Chief

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 16:20

The Wall Street Journal has named veteran Paul Beckett its new Washington bureau chief.

Beckett has been with the Journal since 1998, most recently as Asia bureau chief. He previously served as the paper’s India bureau chief.

“Paul is one of our most accomplished, dynamic and thoughtful journalists,” wrote Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker, in a memo. “In a career at Dow Jones that has been characterized by remarkable range as well as depth, Paul has established a reputation for unflappable sound judgment, penetrating intelligence, warm collegiality and an unrivaled talent with the karaoke mic.”

Beckett is succeeding Jerry Seib, who will take on the role of executive Washington editor and chief commentator early next year.

Categories: News

Time Inc. Print Ad Revenue Declines, Digital Increases

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 16:10

The bad news for Time Inc.’s second quarter earnings: Print ad revenue dropped by 13 percent compared to last year and overall revenue was down one percent, to $769 million. The publisher also said it expects to sustain $35 million in restructuring costs as a result of its recent, massive reorganization.

The good news from Time Inc.’s report was that digital ad revenue jumped by a whopping 65 percent during 2Q. The acquisition of Viant—parent of Myspace—was the primary factor behind the huge increase. Still, even excluding Viant, digital ad revenue would’ve been up by 10 percent.

During a conference call with reporters, Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp said the company is doing its best to be nimble.

“In a world that is increasingly becoming mobile first and is dominated by Facebook and Google the pace of change is accelerating. There is a tremendous sense of urgency to our transformation work. We completed our spinoff just over two years ago and began our transformation journey.”

Categories: News

Let the Rio Statue Panoramic TV Shots Begin!

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 15:45

For the next 17 days, across all NBC Sports platforms, it will be impossible to avoid looking at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. The Art Deco landmark towers above the Brazilian city and is a natural TV control room throw-to for intros, extros and more.

Ahead of the Summer Olympics, a pair of Reuters photographers – Kai Pfaffenbach and Wolfgang Rattray – put together a stunning gallery of statue shots, all taken at sunrise. At the NBC end, no doubt sunset will also be a favorite framing device.


On some of today’s international newspaper front pages, there are some clever uses of the statue imagery. Above is one from Brazil’s Metro chain that sums up the perspective for many citizens from ground level. The headline heralds the 31st summer Olympiad with a wink and a question mark.

For a more majestic use of Christ the Redeemer, there is the Austrian daily Neuu Vorarlberger Tageszeitung, below. About an hour ago, the Olympic torch was carried past the statue.


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Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Military Summons That Sparked Al Michaels’ Broadcast Career

Categories: News

Facebook Changes Algorithm to Demote Clickbait Articles

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 15:03

Facebook continues to do whatever the hell it wants; publishers who depend on the traffic it provides be damned. In the latest twist to its News Feed algorithm, the company said clickbait articles—with headlines that “withhold or distort information”—would be seen less often by users.

We’ve all seen the headlines Facebook is describing: “The One Weird Trick to Make You Love Bread Fungus,” “He Watched Every Episode of 90210. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next” and so on. They were created and popularized by sites like Upworthy and BuzzFeed, and now thousands of sites use the same techniques. Facebook is hoping the changes to its algorithm rid your News Feed of these inane articles.

The problem for media outlets is they don’t know exactly what Facebook has deemed “wrong.” If an outlet that depends on Facebook traffic creates headlines that get flagged and demoted, that outlet is suddenly in a lot of trouble.

This is why hooking your media outlet wagon to Facebook is a bad business plan. Facebook execs can detach that connection whenever they want. And there’s nothing you can do about it except crash.

Categories: News

NY Times to Use Texts as Part of Olympic Coverage

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 14:50

As part of its coverage of the 2016 Olympics, The New York Times is experimenting with storytelling via texts. Yes, good ol’ fashioned SMS.

For those interested, text “Rio” to 63937. This will sign you up for texts, gifs and photos from Times deputy sports editor Sam Manchester, who is in Rio covering the games.

In addition to the updates, Manchester will ask for feedback from readers. This is your chance to finally have someone explain the allure of canoe slalom.

Categories: News

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Immigration Status

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 14:30

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Liverpool Newspaper Revisits John Lennon ‘Jesus’ Comment

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 06:00

RevolverBeatlesConsistently ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time, the Beatles LP Revolver was released on this date in 1966. To mark the 50th anniversary, it seems only fitting to point a celebratory article published in the lads’ hometown daily, the Liverpool Echo.

Music writer Peter Guy runs down over a dozen highlights, including a controversial comment made by John Lennon. The observation was shared in March, 1966, during an interview with Maureen Cleave of the London Evening Standard, but the remark only blew up later, around Revolver’s Aug. 5 release:

It was only when Datebook, a U.S. teen magazine, quoted Lennon’s comments five months later that extensive protests broke out in the Southern United States, leading to some radio stations banning Beatles songs, their records publicly burned, threats were made – plus picketing by the Ku Klux Klan.

The Vatican issued a public denouncement of Lennon’s comments.

Lennon’s comment in full reads: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock and roll or Christianity.”

We hate to disagree with Lennon, but in 2016, it looks like Christianity has the clear edge. Meanwhile, tonight, at Liverpool tea house Leaf, a group of local musicians led by Roxanne de Bastion will deliver an acoustic performance of the entire Revolver song catalog.

Cover image courtesy: Capitol Records

Categories: News

The Military Summons That Sparked Al Michaels’ Broadcasting Career

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 21:45

 Virginia Sherwood/NBCIt’s been some time since faithful FishbowlNY reader Marty Chase saw Al Michaels in person. A couple of decades to be exact, when Michaels was honored in 1991 as Sportscaster of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review.

When Chase tunes into NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics from Rio and hears the voice of eminently qualified daytime host Michaels, he will think back to that D.C. event, as well as the time in 1977 he sat in with Michaels and Lon Simmons at Shea Stadium during a Giants-Mets game. Inevitably, Chase will also recall events in Honolulu from the previous decade.

As detailed in Michaels’ 2014 autobiography You Can’t Make This Up, Chase, then an active military reservist, was called away from his duties as play-by-play man for Triple-A minor league baseball team the Hawaii Islanders. From afar, Michaels was recruited to step in.

“At the Washington D.C. event, I somehow wound up at the head table, with several politicians and local luminaries,” Chase tells us. “I spoke with Michaels that night and we joked about having to pronounce all the Samoan and Hawaiian athlete names. Al of course nailed that. Yours truly stumbled a bit.”

As Michaels boarded a 1968 flight to Hawaii from Georgia, where he was working at the time for Chuck Barris, he gave himself a pep talk for a job that would quickly lead to a second one with an island TV station. Coincidentally, the person at the center of that internal dialogue is this year wrapping up their own mighty broadcasting career.

From the aforementioned autobiography, co-written with SI’s Jon Wertheim:

Just sound like Vin Scully. That’s what I told myself on the flight to Hawaii. I had heard Vin’s voice in my ears since I was six. The authority, warmth, knowledge, creativity and maybe most important of all, the rhythm.

Categories: News

A Page From the Jonah Hill TMZ Playbook

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:30

There’s a very entertaining profile of Jonah Hill in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine. It was put together by Molly Young, who spent time with the actor at Susan Sarandon’s New York SpiN ping pong joint and a nearby lunch spot. Hill’s newest film War Dogs, opens Aug. 19.

At one point, the 32-year-old two-time Academy Award nominee succinctly and hilariously reminds what it’s like to be a celebrity in today’s viral, pay-for-embarrassing-play media world:

Once he was asked to audition for a part in a filmed musical adaptation, and he declined — because he can’t sing, but also because the long-shot possibility of his audition tape being leaked was too embarrassing to contemplate. This hypothetical struck him as even more embarrassing than a leaked sex tape, because after all, he said, “most human beings have had more practice at having sex than they have at singing.”

Speaking of Hill performances and media coverage, kudos to Young for also unearthing a telling quote about her profile subject from Cantor Yonah Kliger of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Academy Rule Change May Have Helped Put Spotlight on Magazine Articles

Categories: News

Cover Battle: Elle or Vanity Fair

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 19:37

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Elle taking on Vanity Fair.

Elle’s September issue features Cara Delevingne and seven exclamation points. Exciting!!!!!!!


Vanity Fair, meanwhile, has Alicia Vikander and only three exclamation points. Step up your game, VF.


So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment or do both.

Which Cover is Better, Elle or Vanity Fair?

Categories: News

Fox News to Remain Terrible

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 18:45

Fear not, Fox News fans, even though Roger Ailes is no longer with the company, the network will continue to be as terrible as it has always been.

During an earnings call, 21st Century Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch said Fox News has a “unique and important voice,” and that Rupert Murdoch—who is taking over for Ailes for now—will ensure that goes on.

As CNNMoney reports, Lachlan said his father “joins an existing team that is extraordinarily strong and equally devoted to its success.”

“There is no one more dedicated or more able to transition Fox News to new leadership than its founder,” added Lachlan.

This, dear readers, is what is known as shade. Ailes founded Fox News, not Rupert.

Categories: News

WSJ Names Jerry Seib Exec Washington Editor, Chief Commentator

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 18:18

The Wall Street Journal has named Jerry Seib executive Washington editor and chief commentator.

Seib has been with the Journal since 1977. He most recently serving as Washington bureau chief, a role he has held for the past six years. Seib will transition to his new role in January of next year.

“In this new role Jerry will continue to write the Capital Journal column, as well as broader commentary on US foreign policy and international relations,” wrote Journal editor Gerard Baker, in a note to staffers. “He will contribute occasional news analyses, and help to write and extend the reach of the Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter. He will expand his role in our events and conferences business and in our video output. He will of course remain a fixture in the DC bureau and the broader paper, be a source of guidance and friendship, and become even more of a Living National Treasure.”

Categories: News

From Fairchild Fashion Media to Santa Fe Public Radio

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 18:00

EllenBerkovitchPicThe long and winding journalism career of Ellen Berkovitch (pictured)  has included stints as a stringer in Paris and Milan for WWD, editor of the Fairchild Fashion Media publication Home Furnishings Daily and creator of the award-winning arts and culture podcast Adobe Airstream. This week, another colorful chapter has been added.

On Wednesday, Berkovitch began a new job as news director of Santa Fe public radio station KSFR 101.1 FM. From an item in the Santa Fe New Mexican:

After relocating to New Mexico in 1993, Berkovitch spent seven years as a freelance art critic for the Albuquerque Journal North, and then became a staff writer at The New Mexican’s Pasatiempo from 1999 to 2001.

In 2010, Berkovitch began podcasting, and in 2011 she studied documentary radio production at Duke Center for Documentary Studies online. In the past several years, as a freelance radio producer, she has served as a talk-show substitute host during the morning drive-time hour at KSFR. She has contributed stories to KSFR News,  Women’s Focus on KUNM and the Canadian Broadcasting Co.’s The Current.

The Medill School alum takes over for Zelie Pollon. And for anyone with an on-air radio background and hankering to join Berkovitch in beautiful Santa Fe, the station is currently looking for a morning drive-time host.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Former New Yorker Lands a Fabulous Aspen Job

Categories: News

Marissa Mayer Thinks Being Yahoo’s CEO is Harder Than Being President

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 17:02

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 10.57.10 AMIn an interview with Businessweek, Yahoo CEO (for now!) Marissa Mayer spoke about her tenure at Yahoo and the future of the company now that it’s being sold to Verizon. There’s some interesting items, but this particular exchange stuck out:

What’s it like to sell a company while you’re trying to do a turnaround at the same company?

There was a moment when someone said to me, ‘Wow, you might be the busiest person on the planet.’ In the Midwest, where I grew up, you shrug off a ­compliment like that and think a lot of people in the world are really busy, like President Obama. And then President Obama started posting YouTube videos for fun.


First of all, whatever Mayer is referring to here, it likely wasn’t actually Obama. He has staff who do that for him. Because he’s the president. And he’s busy. Busier than a corporate executive who can’t stop her company from hemorrhaging money.

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