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Time Inc. Shuffles Publishers

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 19:30

Time Inc. has made some changes to its Time, Fortune and Money team. Meredith Long has been promoted to group publisher of the trio, while Jorg Stratmann has been upped to associate publisher.

Long most recently served as publisher of Time. “Meredith is an incredible talent, and we are lucky to have her at Time Inc.,” wrote Time Inc. exec vp Evelyn Webster, in a memo. “Her leadership and energy at Time have been infectious, and I look forward to watching her bring those strengths to Fortune and Money.”

Stratmann most recently served as associate publisher of Time. “Jorg brings a remarkably disciplined and focused approach to selling and will continue to drive results across this broader portfolio of brands,” noted Webster.

As a result of these promotions, Fortune and Money publisher Eric Danetz is leaving his role and “is considering positions inside and outside of Time Inc.”

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Will Smith Tragedy Leaves Local Newspaper Columnist Numb

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 19:00

The tragic weekend shooting death of former New Orleans defensive end Will Smith is all over the front pages of today’s Crescent City newspapers. And at the top of those same newspaper websites.


The circumstances of the crime are still being sorted out. In the meantime, there are the resonant thoughts of New Orleans Advocate sportswriter Rod Walker, filed under the print headline “How Many Wake-Up Calls Does New Orleans Need?” and under the Web headline “Four Years Ago, Will Smith Said It Best – ‘New Orleans… Please Stop the Violence:”

Smith’s death came four years after he went to Twitter and sent out a plea after a slew of murders hit the city. “Wow, 20 murders in 26 days? New Orleans… please stop the violence,” Smith tweeted Jan. 26, 2012.

Smith is the 31st homicide victim in New Orleans this year. If you’re looking for some silver lining, that number is down from the 46 homicides committed by this time last year, according to NOPD spokesperson Tyler Gamble.

Walker rightly notes that in a city played by violence, it doesn’t matter what the exact circumstances of the Saturday night incident turn out to be. ‘It shouldn’t have ended this way,’ he writes.

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Marie Claire Publishes 5 Covers for ‘Fresh Faces’ Issue

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 18:45

gallery-1459966154-mcx-freshfaces-allcoversMarie Claire has published five covers for its annual Fresh Faces issue, which celebrates “the most exciting up-and-coming talents today.”

This year’s honorees include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hailey Baldwin, Zendaya, Kylie Jenner and Ellie Goulding.

In case you needed another reason to pick up a copy, in an accompanying interview, Jenner says “I started wigs, and now everyone is wearing wigs.” Amazing.

The Fresh Faces issue hits newsstands April 19.

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Esquire Adds to Team

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 18:13

Relatively new Esquire editor Jay Fielden is wasting no time in adding some big time talent. According to The New York Post, John Lahr, Dwight Garner and Jay McInerney are all coming aboard as contributors.

Lahr was most recently The New Yorker’s chief theater critic. Lahr has contributed to the New Yorker since 1992.

Garner comes to Esquire from The New York Times, where he served as literary critic. Garner has been with the Times since 1999.

McInerney is a novelist, most famous for his 1984 work, Bright Lights, Big City.

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Former Daily News Reporter Leaves Rich Hong Kong Legacy

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 17:45

Chan Yuen-ying, the one-time New York Daily News reporter who won a George Polk Award in 1993 for her investigation of Golden Venture, a smuggling ship that ran aground in Long Island with 282 illegal immigrants on board, is retiring this fall from the Journalism and Media Studies Centre she launched at the University of Hong Kong in 1998. She’s not quite sure what she will do next, but she told South China Morning Post reporter Jeffie Lam that she will continue working in the field in some way:

Chan, 69, said that although she had no detailed plans, she would stay in the media industry after leaving her post at the school. “Once you are a journalist, you are always a journalist, don’t you think?” Chan said.

Journalism had kept her young, she said, as she had never stopped learning.

“As a journalist you can write articles you don’t know anything about,” she laughed, recalling her epic interview with cellist Yo Yo Ma on a flight in the U.S., despite knowing nothing about music.

During her time in the U.S., Yuen-ying was also a Nieman Fellow and a field producer for NBC. She will be succeeded at Hong Kong University by professor Keith Richburg. who spent 33 years working for the Washington Post and was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

P.S. We searched for that Yo Yo Ma piece, but could not find it. If any reader happens to know when and where it was published, please send us the info.

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N.Y. Media Excited for Primary That Actually Matters

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:30

Typically, by the time New Yorkers get to vote in their presidential primary, the race is all but over.

However, thanks to a complete moron on the cusp of winning the Republican nomination and a grumpy uncle clinging to hope on the Democratic side, New Yorkers and New York media finally get to cover an interesting primary.

Jim Rich, editor of the Daily News, told Politico he loved the rowdiness of this campaign season. “It’s truly a New York presidential campaign this year,” he explained. NY1’s Pat Kiernan added that this is the first time since he started anchoring in 1997 that “we [New Yorkers] were anything more than a rubber stamp.”

For more, check out Politico’s great piece on how New York media staffers are feeling in the week before the primary.

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Daily Mail Joins The Hunt For Yahoo

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:10

The UK’s Daily Mail has joined the list of potential suitors for Yahoo. A Daily Mail spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal “we have been in discussions with a number of parties who are potential bidders.”

If the Daily Mail makes a bid, private equity firms would be involved in some capacity. The Journal reports that one way a deal could go down is for a Daily Mail private equity partner to purchase all of Yahoo, with the Daily Mail taking over Yahoo’s news and media brands.

A second method involves a private equity firm buying Yahoo then merging its news and media brands into a new company, along with the Daily Mail’s digital brands.

The deadline for Yahoo bids is April 18. Hold on to your hats. We’re talking to you, Marissa Mayer.

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Pitchfork is Moving to 1 WTC

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:00

Conde Nast is moving Pitchfork Media and its staffers to One World Trade Center. The music site is currently located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

According to WWD, Pitchfork—which Conde purchased last October—will take up residence on 1 WTC’s 40th floor.

Apparently some staffers at Pitchfork are already discussing renovating their WTC offices to feel more like home, but raise your hand if you think that actually happens.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Feds Looking

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:30


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St. Louis Post-Distpatch Sports Columnist Introduces Himself

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 19:00

Jose de Jesus Ortiz (pictured) knows he has big shoes to fill. But judging by this weekend’s introductory column, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has chosen a journalist up to the challenge of succeeding the late Joe Strauss, who passed away last December from leukemia.

Ortiz starts off by recalling his first visit to St. Louis. He was a teenager, on his way to USO basic training, and picked up a souvenir for his mom along the way. Ortiz goes on to highlight an even more dramatic moment from those early life years:

We’ll also hold our local athletes accountable – on and off the field. For instance, we’ll have no sympathy for athletes who drive drunk. I nearly was killed by a drunken driver when I was 13, prompting a man to pace back and forth in front of me saying, “He’s going to die! He’s going to die!” as my dad cradled me in his arms while we waited for paramedics to arrive.

So, yeah, I take that selfish crime quite personally.

Ortiz has been a sports beat writer since 1997. He started out with the Long Beach Press-Telegram, covered the Mets for the Newark Star-Ledger and, starting in 2001, the Astros for the Houston Chonicle.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Tony La Russa Will Miss the Thoroughness of Joe Strauss

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Cincinnati Enquirer Goes Retro for 175th Anniversary

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 17:40

Remember when newspaper front pages were filled with long columns of fine print and generally more modest headline font sizes? That bygone style has been adopted today by the Cincinnati Enquirer in honor of the paper’s 175th anniversary.


This afternoon, Enquirer Media president Rick Green will throw out the first pitch at the Reds’ MLB home game against the Pirates. In a note to readers, written together with editor Peter Bhatia, he sounds an optimistic note:

Journalism, in many ways, has never been healthier. There are more sources for information than ever before. There have never been more “consumers” of content. There are specialized sites for every topic. You can find out where “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” originated with just a few key strokes. (Of course, Ohioans know it comes from the 1840 presidential campaign of [William Henry] Harrison and his vice president, John Tyler.)

Here’s the important thought: Even with the challenges to our industry over the past decade as the shift to digital has taken hold, journalism remains strong.

Our recent investigations of parks operations in Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Sewer District speak to the important work still being done by journalists. Such content remains the No. 1 priority for The Enquirer news operation as we place an even higher premium on deep, meaningful reporting and compelling storytelling. It is what Cincinnati deserves and expects of The Enquirer.

As for printed newspapers, it would be a mistake to write them off. There’s no question our long-term future is in the digital space, but newspapers remain popular among large numbers of readers and advertisers. It’s an audience that has yet to abandon us, and we refuse to abandon it even as we expand our reach and investment digitally.

CincinnatiEnquirer175years_FeaturedThere’s also an extended feature about the Enquirer’s first edition. The April 10, 1841 issue was just four pages:

Enquirer founders John and Charles Brough made no bones about the mission of their new paper.

On the front page of the first edition, they promised to “sustain the principles and policy of the great Democratic party.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of objective journalism, but it was common in 1841 for newspapers to align themselves with one political party or another. It was an ink and paper version of Fox News vs. MSNBC playing out in every major city.

On April 24, the paper will publish a special section for subscribers about changes made at the paper over the years. Other features today include a look back at editorials.

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A Tribute to Hugh Hefner’s Chicago

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 00:15

If you’re looking for some potent Playboy nostalgia on this, Hugh Hefner’s 90th birthday, we recommend “A Playboy’s Guide to Hugh Hefner’s Chicago.” Compiled by Chicago Tribune graphics reporter Kori Rumore, the April 4 spread is filled with vintage photos, locator maps and rich anecdotes.

One of the highlighted landmarks is, of course, the original Playboy Mansion at 1340 North State Parkway. There’s a fun picture of Hef crouched next to the basement pool, and by coincidence, cross-town that same April 4 in Chicago’s other paper the Sun-Times, actress Melissa McCarthy was also waxing about the Mansion. The building, converted into luxury condominiums in the early 1990s, served as an exterior filming location for this weekend’s McCarthy comedy The Boss:

McCarthy laughed as she recalled how she “weaseled my way into that house. I’m such a fan of old architecture, and that’s one beautiful building!” The actress spotted a woman exiting the building while they were filming outside, “and I asked her if I could get inside. She was so gracious. I don’t usually do this, but I did play the celebrity card,” said McCarthy with a laugh. “I even got to see the trap door that led to the grotto, back when Hefner lived there — saw the pole that led down into the grotto and the whole bit.”

To paraphrase a famous line from the movie Hefner will be watching tonight at the other Mansion, McCarthy came to Casa Hefner for the waters.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Problem With a Hugh Hefner Biopic: Not Enough Conflict
Hugh Hefner Makes Like Willy Wonka
A Vintage Job Interview and a Vintage Couch

Photo via: Playboy Enterprises.

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Child Reporter’s Exploits Resonate With Pair of Female Journalists

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 06:00

It was a heck of a week for Hilde Kate Lysiak, the nine-year-old Selinsgrove, Pa. reporter who rocked social media with her defense of an April 2 Orange Street News exclusive about a local murder.


On Thursday, she dropped by Good Morning America (with mom) and visited The New York Times newsroom. Friday, the paper returned the favor by writing about her exploits.

Then there’s this weekend’s take from New Jersey newspaper reporter Phaedra Trethan. In the Cherry Hills Courier Post, she starts off by explaining that as a nine-year-old in 1980, she read books that were too mature and watched the nightly news with her mom. The piece eventually ropes in a co-worker:

My colleague, Tammy Paolino, grew up with a journalist dad, too. Her father, Charles Paolino, was a reporter for the Perth Amboy Evening News, and later the managing and executive editor at The News Tribune and later the Gannett-owned Home News Tribune.

“Our kitchen and TV room were always filled with books, magazines, newspapers,” she remembered. “My most vivid memories at Hilde’s age are intertwined with Life magazine images of the last days of Vietnam, the unfolding of Watergate, Muhammad Ali, the post-Kennedy days of Jackie O.”

“When my dad would get home each evening, my parents would have tea, booting us out of the kitchen. But we’d be back underfoot, if only to swipe a cookie off the table, and we’d listen as they grappled with the gas crisis, the deaths of favorite Hollywood stars, and the resignation of a president.”

Trethan further contextualizes the uproar in some circles over Lysiak covering a crime scene by relating her efforts to navigate through today’s media world with her daughter, age 6, and the thoughts of Paolino on how to raise two boys “who will share Hilde’s curiosity about life, and her commitment to the facts, the truth, even when those things aren’t pretty.” Well spun.

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Neal Karlen Helped Prince Fill a Paisley Park Time Capsule

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 03:40

Fascinating interview in the Minnesota Star Tribune. Columnist C.J., for her latest chat with Neal Karlen (pictured), got the writer and area native to share a number of Prince stories.

It’s well known that Karlen interviewed Prince several times for Rolling Stone. Less well known are the facts that he has written a rock opera with the versatile star and also worked with Prince on some materials now sitting in a Paisley Park time capsule:

“I made sure he paid me [for the time capsule], which he’s famous for not doing, so I had an excuse not to write about him again. I was working on a rock opera with him, the libretto. I could have made a living off him. I’ve had so many opportunities to write biographies of him, but I don’t want to. That’s why I can write all this stuff about Prince.”

“He flew me to Los Angeles, put me up in a room, an expensive thing. He wanted to explain in his words why he was changing his name to that symbol. I had a Mercedes-Benz while I was waiting. I didn’t know what it was, he wanted me to write something. Meanwhile, my then-wife was freaking out over unrelated stuff. I sat there waiting in the hotel room for three days and finally it was, “I have got get home to Minneapolis. My life is falling apart.” Within five minutes I get a call that he’ll pick me up.”

“He then had a mansion in L.A., I don’t know if he still does. He just played pool and explained how the old Prince was dead and this was the new person. He didn’t look up once. I remember he spoke in perfect paragraphs and I realize the guy knows what he is doing. I was doing a book on Warner Bros at the time and he knew every angle of the business and the journalism business, too. I think people don’t realize how smart business-wise he is. Everyone gravitates to him. I had to gravitate away or I would never be taken for anything but his Bobo, which I never was. What he liked is that I would write not nasty stuff but not we-are-not-worthy, at least it was honest [articles].”

Karlen puts Prince at the top when asked by C.J. to name the “five most memorable Minnesota personalities” and has some interesting plans for the mementos he has gathered over the years from the musical and entrepreneurial genius. Read the full article, which includes a six-minute video interview excerpt, here.

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RD Recap: Cuts at Mashable; Changes at Condé Nast Traveler

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 23:12

Mashable cuts about 30 editorial staffers as it looks to focus less on hard news and more on branded content and entertainment. Among the big names out in the reshuffle are executive editor Jim Roberts, chief revenue officer Seth Rogin, global news editor Louise Roug and business editor Heidi Moore. Additionally, the entire politics team is gone, along with managing editor Jonathan Ellis and half of the editorial video team. Meanwhile, the company, which just raised $15 million from Turner Broadcasting, adds Vocativ’s Greg Gittrich as chief content officer and Ed Wise as chief revenue officer. “Branded content is the business model for media going forward” said Pete Cashmore during Thursday’s staff meeting. “It’s very, very clear that branded content is the future.”…

Condé Nast Traveler moves Candice Rainey to executive editor, replacing Peter Jon Lindberg, who returns to freelancing after a short stint at the publication. Articles editor Lauren DeCarlo takes Rainey’s former position as deputy editor, while Alexandra Postman, the former editor in chief of Whole Living, joins as features director… Elizabeth Gilbert and Farnoosh Torabi score plush gigs as columnists for O, The Oprah Magazine. They’ll write about self-expression and creative living, and financial advice, respectively…

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 21:00

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

Newsweek Sets Traffic Record Time Inc. Restructures, Debuts ‘InStyle Collection’ Times Square, Then and Now THR Reveals ’35 Most Powerful People in Media’ Harvey Levin’s Great O.J. Theory

Keep up-to-date with the latest FishbowlNY news. Click here to sign up for the daily newsletter, bringing you our articles each afternoon directly to your inbox.

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RIP: Nashville Alt-Weekly Editor Jim Ridley

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 20:30

JimRidleyPicFormer Nashville Scene managing editor Jack Silverman has shared some sad news. His colleague Jim Ridley, the paper’s editor, who lost consciousness and collapsed at the alt-weekly on March 28, has passed away. Ridley was 50.

A photo at the top of Silverman’s touching obituary is a reminder of how precious life is. It’s from his recent February wedding and shows him standing happily with Ridley. Silverman also reminds how his pal got going in earnest professionally while still a teenager:

At 13, Ridley started contributing reviews to The Tennessean’s book page. In an April 1, 1979, review of James Conaway’s novel World’s End, Ridley wrote, “The prose clumps along like a centipede with broken legs, and the story is presented episodically, something like a cross between The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight and Fools Die, with none of Breslin’s wit or Puzo’s spellbinding storytelling.”

Six months later — three months after his 14th birthday — he offered this assessment of Mary Stewart’s Arthurian saga The Last Enchantment: “Stewart’s Merlin is made out to be an obnoxious, persnickety fool, and he speaks like a combination of the worst elements of John Cheever, a used-car salesman and Abigail Van Buren. The legend was treated with more respect by Monty Python. Throw this one to the dragon.”

Silverman goes on to share more colorful details, including a line Ridley used in his pitch in 1989 to become the Nashville Scene’s film critic: ‘Remember, Gene Shalit is a disease, and we are the cure.’ He began contributing to the publication shortly thereafter. RIP.

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Meredith Partners With Food Mag ‘GFF’

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 19:00

image005Meredith has jumped aboard the gluten hate/profit train and announced a partnership with the food mag GFF: Gluten-Free Forever.

Under the agreement, Meredith will handle distribution and ad sales for the title, beginning with its spring issue.

GFF was founded in 2014 by editor in chief Erika Lenkert. Lenkert and her staff—who are based in San Francisco—will stay on with the magazine.

“With the increasing consumer demand for gluten-free recipes and products, GFF fits into our portfolio of wellness-minded publications, resonating with Meredith readers who are looking to adapt a more health-conscious lifestyle,” said Meredith Group editorial content director Doug Kouma, in a statement.

GFF has a newsstand circulation of 250,000 and sells for $9.99 an issue.

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Bloomberg Adds to UK Team

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 17:45

Bloomberg has hired Eric Pfanner to lead its business coverage in the UK. Pfanner comes to the company from The Wall Street Journal, where he served as senior corporate reporter since 2014.

Prior to his time with the Journal, Pfanner spent almost two decades with The New York Times.

At Bloomberg, Pfanner will help guide business coverage by “inserting a broader perspective and working across different teams in London and beyond,” wrote Benedikt Kammel, Bloomberg’s managing editor of global business news in Europe, in a memo obtained by Politico.

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Facebook to Allow Media Outlets to Post Branded Content

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:51

Good news, Facebook users: More ads are headed your way! According to The Wall Street Journal, the social media company has changed its ad policy to allow media companies to post sponsored content.

While this is a good thing for media outlets—they can rake in some additional cash using Facebook’s exposure—it’s going to kind of suck for users. Sponsored content, branded content, native advertising, whatever you want to call it, no one likes it. We do, however, enjoy the spin Facebook is putting on the announcement.

In a blog post, Facebook product manager Clare Rubin wrote, “People will now be connected to more of the content they care most about on Facebook as publishers and influencers gain an incentive to share more quality content, of all kinds, with their fans.”

Thank you Facebook, thank you so very much.

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