How did you get your start in journalism?
I decided to become a reporter during a brief stint as the worst Domino’s pizza employee Bemidji, Minn., has ever seen. During deliveries, I usually took roundabout detours to hear stories on NPR, which sounded a lot more fun than schlepping pizzas through the snow. My customers never ate anything hot.
Morain also shares a fun story about one of his favorite moments as a reporter. It happened at a New York art auction and involved some very intimidating high stakes. Check out some of his recent articles here.[Photo via: @MichaelMorain]
From a meteorological point of view, Ashleigh Fryer is already a clear winner. After graduating from Boston University in 2013 with a B.S. in Journalism, she wound her way west, where since that year’s fall she has worked as a senior editor for newspaper the Malibu Surfside News.
There’s much more to envy once you read Fryer’s latest item, all about the incredible life of cook, restaurateur and teacher Geraldine Gilliland (pictured). This year alone, Gilliland has been voted LA’s \"Irish Woman of the Year,\" put out a new cookbook and kicked off a summer home cooking series to die for:
Beginning last Saturday, June 6, Gilliland translated her culinary skills into a far more intimate setting, reviving the monthly cooking classes she used to conduct on her 250-acre Corral Canyon ranch – Rancho Chiquita – for small groups of friends, neighbors and Malibu locals.
The three-hour classes are open to chefs of all skill levels and Gilliland said each one will feature the talents of famous guest chefs… Attendees will have the chance to dine on food, wine and tequila pairings, all while taking in Gilliland’s sweeping views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean.
Gilliland came to the U.S. in 1975 as part of an Irish tour group. When it came time to head back east from LA to New York, and home to Ireland, she decided to stay in America. Good call.[Photo via: geraldinegilliland.com]
SocialTimes: A report found that everyone hates using social media for customer service issues. Using the phone, on the other hand, was described as a fantastic experience.
FishbowlDC: CNN’s Jake Tapper would love to interview Pope Francis because “he’s so fascinating and compelling.” The holy man is known for making a mean Manwich.
PRNewser: Senator Lindsey Graham would like several First Lady’s, thank you very much.
It’s a bright and sunny day whenever the spirit of David Carr is actively remembered. Such was the case over lunch today at Cipriani 42nd Street, during the official presentation of the Newhouse School’s 2015 Mirror Awards.
Carr was honored with the I-3 Award for impact, innovation and influence. As we all know, those are three “i’s” that Carr knew how to vigorously and stylishly dot.
Also celebrated today as winners:
Benjamin Wallace / New York magazine / Best Profile
“Kara Swisher Is Silicon Valley’s Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist. How Does That Work?”
Yang Xiao / Nieman Reports / Best Commentary
Anna Griffin / Nieman Reports / Best Single Article (Digital Media)
“Where Are the Women? Why We Need More Female Newsroom Leaders”
Anna Hess / Pacific Standard / Best Single Article (Traditional, Legacy Media)
“Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet”
Bob Garfield, Katya Rogers / On The Media / Best Single Story – Radio, Television, Cable or Online
“OTM Goes Inside Washington”
Bryan Burrough, Sarah Ellison, Suzanna Andrews / Vanity Fair / John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting
“The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light
Congrats to these winners and AMC Networks president-CEO Josh Sapan, who accepted the Fred Dressler Leadership Award. That more distant but hearty sound of clapping in the distance comes from, you-know-who.
— Jacqueline Gonzalez (@JacquelineJG) June 11, 2015
AMC’s Josh Sapan chokes up a bit remembering David Carr, for whom he was “one of 4,000 Deep Throats,” as he accepts “the Freddy” #mirrors15
— Anne Godlasky (@annieisi) June 11, 2015
— John Bonazzo (@johnbonazzo) June 11, 2015[Photo via: @ProfHB]
High above New York on the 35th floor of One World Trade Center is the test kitchen for Bon Appétit magazine.
It’s here editors test the recipes foodies everywhere rely on to impress dinner party guests, feed the family lunch, or even mix up an after-work cocktail.
We convinced senior food editor Alison Roman to take us on a tour of the new space and show us how they turn everyday ingredients into something magazine worthy.Adweek responsive video player used on /video.
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The year was 1956. As a Southern California student fresh out of high school, Dustin Hoffman was struggling at what was then called Santa Monica City College. Until someone suggested he look into taking an acting course.
Hoffman couldn’t help but reminisce during an interview with Elvis Mitchell for weekly KCRW-FM radio show The Treatment, since the pair were sitting in the basement of a building on the very same Santa Monica campus:
“I went here because I was such a bad student. They had to sweep me out of high school… I was the one who always flunked everything, and then took the same thing the second time, and begged the teacher to give me a ‘C.'”
“I think James Dean had preceded me here. But I had not thought about acting. I wanted to play jazz piano. I was a music major. And my friend said, ‘Take an acting course.’ And I replied, ‘Why? I’m not interested in acting?'”
“And my friend said: ‘But you get three credits, and they won’t flunk you. It’s kind of like gym.'”
Hoffman’s dropped by The Treatment to talk about his participation in a new Bay Area startup, MasterClass, started by – fittingly enough – David Rogier, a former classmate of his daughter Rebecca at nearby Crossroads high school. Listen to the rest of the conversation here to hear great stories about Midnight Cowboy, the impact on Hoffman of Rebel Without a Cause and his memories of one particular Steiger-Brando scene in On the Waterfront.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. This week we have Elle taking on Complex.
Elle’s latest cover star is Amber Heard. We assume that in the accompanying profile she attempts to convince us all that wanting to be married to Johnny Depp is normal.
Speaking of outside-the-box, Complex features FKA twigs, who would likely turn into a pile of dust if she knew the public had stopped caring about her odd look.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
Josh Tyrangiel and the Bloomberg gang never miss a trick. When we quickly scanned through the online version of the massive 72-page piece by Paul Ford that is the entirety of the June 15-28 The Code double issue, we were greeted with the following admonishment in the left-had margin:
Ha ha. This widget made us guiltily think back to a couple of high school English assignments, and what might have similarly happened those times we jumped to the final page of a literary classic because, you know, an essay had to be written.
If ever an article deserves to be read in print, it is Ford’s treatise (The Code issue hits newsstands Friday). And for those so inclined, the code for The Code can be viewed at GitHub.
There are many chapters in Ford’s gargantuan piece, including:
What’s With All These Conferences, Anyway? (and why are there so many men in this field and why is it so hard for them to be in groups with female programmers and behave in a typical, adult way?)
Why Are Coders Angry?
The Time You Attended the E-mail Address Validation Meeting
Along with Ford’s piece, there’s a brief introduction and a Table of Contents page. The rest of the 112-page print issue is ads.
Finally, per usual, the cover is unique, written this time in the programming language Python 3. View it here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Paul Ford Joins The New Republic as Contributing Editor
Jon Stewart did something fairly rare on Wednesday night: He tore into The New York Times. Stewart took issue with the Times’ article about Marco Rubio’s finances.
As he correctly pointed out, the article—which showed that Rubio had four traffic tickets (gasp!) and owned an expensive boat—was more gossip than news. “How is this front page news?” Stewart asked. “I can’t think of a single person who would be bothered by this.”
When the Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg defended the piece by claiming “This is kind of the game, right?” Stewart went off. “Yeah sure, it’s a game, it’s a f*cking game,” said Stewart. “What’s The New York Times gonna do, exercise editorial control?”
Rupert Murdoch is nearing the end of his run as CEO of 21st Century Fox. According to CNBC’s “numerous sources close to the Murdoch family,” Murdoch will step down as CEO and allow his son, James Murdoch, to take over. Rupert is expected to stay on as executive chairman.
James will work with Rupert’s other son, Lachlan Murdoch, in guiding the company. You might remember James from the phone hacking scandal, but apparently everyone is cool with him now because, you know, money. Investors told CNBC that “James has matured as a leader, has a detailed knowledge of the company’s operations and is the driving force behind the company expansion in digital distribution.”
In related media empire news, 21st Century Fox COO Chase Carey will also step down to take on an “undefined” role with the company.
These assorted moves do not have a date attached. They could happen next month or at the end of the year. Please don’t let that stop you from discussing them.
Not only is Michelle Obama the cover star of More’s July/August issue, she also served as guest editor. Obama was the magazine’s first-ever guest editor, and this marks the first time a First Lady has guest edited an entire magazine. Imagine walking into work to find out Obama was editing. No pressure!
The issue is focused on the theme “More Impact.” Information boxes scattered throughout the magazine offer readers tips on how to become more involved with the issue at hand.
The issue also highlights Obama’s duties as First Lady and gives some background on the women who have inspired her. In the essay “What Women Owe One Another,” Obama writes about the importance of women supporting each other.
The July/August issue of More hits newsstands June 23.
The Wall Street Journal is relaunching its Asia and European editions. The new paper will replace WSJ Europe and bring back the broadsheet, full-color look. The Journal switched its WSJ Europe paper from broadsheet to compact in 2005, in an effort to save on costs.
The Asia and Europe editions will be available Monday through Friday.
The papers are expected to launch—along with two new digital homes—in September. There will also be iPad and Android versions of the new products.
The papers will combine familiar Journal sections—like What’s News, Business and Tech and Money and Investing—along with regional content.
This morning at the Cxense conference in Oslo, Norway, Digital First Media CEO John Paton spoke to attendees about \"A Future Powered by Data.\" Meanwhile, today here in the U.S., mobile technology company Rumble has announced the launch of a new product suite, Content Business Insights and Personalization.
In each case, the underlying message is the same. Media companies that gather the most data about their mobile users will be in the strongest position to succeed. Digital First Media has been using Rumble products since March of 2014.
\"Our company has a pretty good reputation for understanding how digital is chasing our core business, which is largely print,\" Paton tells FishbowlNY via telephone from Oslo, explaining his participation in several conferences like Cxsense each year. \"We’re $1.1 billion in revenue, the second largest newspaper company in America, with 76 dailies and hundreds of other kinds of products. And about a couple of hundred million dollars in digital ad revenue.\"
“We decided that, like all legacy companies, you have to have a very strong hands-on cost control,” he continues, “because you’re moving from one line of revenue, which is shrinking, to a fast-growing line of revenue, the digital piece. And which in turn is fragmenting, on different platforms.”
“So we decided that from a digital perspective, it would be important for us to have a very lean, startup approach to our digital development. To bring skills in-house and have rapid deployment. And work with really advanced companies in the field, to expand and become their partners. So we did that with Rumble.\"
From a June 2015 Rumble Mobile Content Insights Performance brief, here’s an example of the kind of language today’s newspapers executives must be familiar with:
In examining the data of more than 150 mobile properties, Rumble found that a user typically scrolls through a feed with 2.3 stories 3.2x, resulting in 7.3 opportunities for audiences to engage with content. A five-story content density, however, typically generates 2.5 scrolls, resulting in 12.5 opportunities for engagement.
In a separate telephone interview from New York, Rumble co-founder and CRO Uyen Tieu (first name pronounced: \"Wen\") outlined the context of today’s product launch, known internally as Project X. \"This is the third wave of major innovation that we’re bringing,\" she says. \"We are going to be providing our customers, who are invited into a beta program, granular levels of data that they haven’t been able to get before.\"
\"For instance, an editor will know for a single piece of content the full user profile of who has clicked on it. Who’s shared it, who’s read it, down to household income, gender, other interests, political leanings, returning user… Really amazing level of data that the giants of the mobile world like Facebook, Google and Twitter have in troves. In the age of mobile, where optimization – the ability to maintain your users – is so important, you really need this level in order to be able to compete.\"
Paton concurs. \"All of this goes to the audience,\" he notes. \"Understanding what they’re doing, where they came from, what they do in an App or on your site. Learning how to target that audience with appropriate advertising or appropriate products. This next step with Rumble, which is about the collection and analysis of that data, is also a next step in understanding how to better monetize our audience.\"
Paton, whot sits on the boards of The Guardian, Prisa and El Pais, says he travels to Europe about once a month. When asked about Scandinavian media companies that are best handling the transition from print to digital, he mentions Schibsted. Yesterday, before speaking with FishbowlNY, Paton had spent part of his day in Oslo catching up with that firm’s former CEO Kjell Aamot.
\"There’s only so much real estate on your Samsung 6 and iPhone 6. You want to make sure that the advertising is relevant. It’s got to be effective for the advertiser and something, an experience, that the user can live with. That type of data analysis, that’s the most important for me that comes out of this new development from Rumble.\"
\"Mobile is where everyone’s vast amount of audience expansion is coming from. In that moment, when you have that big growth in audiences, you have an enormous amount of data that can be monetized in different ways, other than just advertising. But you can’t do any of that unless you have the data itself.\"
Tieu makes mention of another strand of this seismic shift. \"I’ve spoken to a lot of publishers,\" she says. \" Some are even giving up on on the idea building out their own mobile ad sales force, because it’s so complicated to sell mobile at scale. And they’re turning to programmatic, and other machines, exchanges to sell their mobile inventory.\"
\"My take on that is, three years ago, people said there was no money in mobile. And lo and behold, three years later, Facebook is making three billion dollars. Money is always there, but the ability to actually get data at scale and show advertisers – these are the users you’re actually reaching; I know where they’ve been, what articles they’ve read, when and where they read it. That’s the level of insight that publishers have not been able to give on a silver platter to advertisers.\"[Photos of Paton, Tieu via: rumble.me, @jxpaton]
With all this talk of the care and feeding of New York’s one percenters fueling the city’s tabloids these days, it seemed only fitting that today’s lunch was with Paul Caine and Jacki Kelley of Bloomberg Media Group, a company which is central to the life of masters and mistresses of the universe all over the world.
Paul Caine, Diane Clehane and Jacki Kelley
Paul is global chief revenue and client partnerships officer at Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg L.P.’s global multi-platform media organization. It encompasses the entire Bloomberg media empire: web, mobile, television, digital video, radio, print magazines and live events platforms. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he was CEO of Westwood One, the largest independent national audio media company in North America. In a matter of months, Paul rebranded the company and oversaw its sale to Cumulus Media Inc. for $260 million. (In a bit of fortuitous timing, two of Westwood One’s former CEOs, David Landau and Spencer Brown, stopped by our table to say hello.) I’ve known Paul since his days at Time Inc. and he’s always been, without doubt, one of the nicest guys in the business.
Jacki, who previously helmed digital products for Yahoo and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, joined the company a year ago and since then, has relaunched the company’s flagship digital destination, Bloomberg Business. She has also aligned the company’s varied media properties under one umbrella, which has proven to be quite the success story. The company has seen a double-digit bump in traffic since January and had its best traffic month ever in April, with 20.8 million uniques, surpassing The Wall Street Journal for the first time. “That was really significant because we are a digital company first,” Paul told me. And one which currently has 90 million video streams per month.
The numbers Paul and Jacki were reeling off during lunch were indeed head-spinning. Bloomberg terminal owners (whose MHI is $576,000) are forking over an average $25,000 for their annual subscription. So the bar, to say the least, is set very high. Aside from providing the world’s top-tier influencers up to the minute (literally) news on the global markets, finance, technology and politics, Bloomberg is now poised to command the same authority on the leisure pursuits of their discerning customers.
Last week, Bloomberg Media unveiled the redesigned Bloomberg Pursuits magazine, a quarterly guide to the burgeoning luxury market, which is sent to terminal subscribers who opt-in to receive it. “A very elite and elusive audience,” noted Paul. Advertisers for the first issue include Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Hermès. Where all of Bloomberg’s other media properties encourage a ‘Lean In’ mentality, Paul explained Bloomberg Pursuits, edited by Emma Rosenblum, is all about ‘leaning back’ offering readers curated information and inspiration on how to spend their most valuable commodity of all — their leisure time. Like all of Bloomberg’s other editorial products, editorial content from Bloomberg Pursuits will figure prominently on all platforms: mobile, television, digital video, print, radio and live events. The Summer 2015 issue features tennis star Maria Sharapova on the cover.
Fondly recalling those days not too long ago when the city seemed like it was in a lot better shape under the Bloomberg administration, I asked Paul and Jacki how Michael Bloomberg‘s legendary work ethic and fierce independence shapes the company and its products. “Bloomberg’s different business model allows us a different long-term prospective and to invest differently. It allows us to be more ambitious,” said Jacki. Paul weighed in saying, “We don’t spend time thinking about advertising models, we think about providing great content. Some media companies create vehicles just to serve advertisers.” Using Pursuits as an example, Paul told me the reboot wasn’t designed to attract advertisers, “but they love the quality.”
“Mike never wanted a subscription fee,” said Jacki. The terminal subscriptions “serve as a paywall” explained Paul, allowing “the focus on real, hardcore journalism across all platforms.” I was surprised to learn Bloomberg has more news bureaus around the world than CNN, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times combined. Jacki pointed to the roster of top-tier journalists that fill the ranks like Game Change authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (who host With All Due Respect on Bloomberg TV) and their most recent hire, former ABC News president David Westin, who starts later this month as an on-air personality. Jacki declined to elaborate further on what precisely David will be doing, but said he will appear on “one program and maybe multiple shows.” All of this, she said, points to the ongoing innovations that Bloomberg is making within the company in addressing the burning question in media today: What does a modern newsroom of the future look like?
Technology, of course, has always been at the heart of Bloomberg’s strategy for growth. Bloomberg Business was just named a business news launch partner of Apple’s iOS 9. Bloomberg has a long and layered history with Apple (and employs eight full-time staffers to cover the company). Jacki also pointed out that when CEO Tim Cook “made his highly personal announcement” that he was gay, he choose Bloomberg Businessweek to tell his story. Undoubtedly there will be plenty of interesting stories being told at the Bloomberg Technology Conference in San Francisco next week. Speakers include Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. That same week, Businessweek will publish an entire issue devoted to code.
“Mike stands for quality,” said Paul as we finished up our coffee. “He wants people to have the best information about everything. It’s not about influencing them. Our customers are really smart–and they require us to live up to that.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Denise LeFrak and friends
2. Peter Brown
3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Warren Hoge
4. Leonard Lauder and Brad Grey
5. Allen & Co.’s Stan Shuman
6. Jolie Hunt and pals
7. Michael Kassan
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia
9. Andrew Stein
10. Tracey Jackson
11. Steve Rattner
12. Jennifer Maguire Isham; Second seating: Vanity Fair’s David Margolick
14. Simon & Schuster’s Alice Mayhew
15. Paul Scura and Charles Koppelman
16. United Stations Radio’s Nick Verbitsky
17. Judy Price
18. Galvanized CEO David Zinczenko with his chief strategy officer Jon Hammond and former Top Chef Masters host Kelly Choi, author of the new 7-Day Flat Belly Tea Cleanse. Did you know today is National Iced Tea Day? Now you do.
20. Producer Joan Gelman and Joan Hamburg
21. Penske Media Vice Chair Gerry Byrne and Ed Bleier
22. GQ publisher Howard Mittman
23. Tribecca Films’ Stan Maker
24. British Heritage publisher Jack Kliger with his wife, Amy Kliger and Chris Phillips from Apartment Therapy (Catchy name for a website, no?)
25. PR maestro Tom Goodman
26. Cynthia Lewis and an exotic-looking dark-haired gal
27. Paul Caine, Jackie Kelley and yours truly
28. Bisila Bokoko
29. Clinton Global Initiative’s CEO John Needham
81. LAK PR CEO Lisa Linden with Greg Wagner, development director at the University of Albama
Faces in the crowd: ‘Jersey Girls’ Kira Semler and Vi Huse at the bar … Business consultant Mike Berman in the Garden Room
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
TVNewser: Rachel Maddow is the queen of cable news streaming. Your move, Bill O’Reilly.
GalleyCat: The U.S. book and journal publishing industry created $27.98 billion in revenue last year. Americans: We read!
SocialTimes: EA Sports’ latest UFC game includes Ronda Rousey, in case you were interested in destroying every opponent.
For those of us in the media-watch trenches, it amounts to a momentous bit of summer redaction:
But… what does it mean? Is Jim Romenesko hinting here that he’s getting ready to bid a permanent adieu to Gannett, Patch and other favorite topics? And if so, as Michael Hotchkiss so cleverly put it, who the heck is going to give him the details on this big news?
Well, thanks to a brief email exchange this afternoon with the man himself, FishbowlNY has some of those details. The good great news is that there are no plans for a full retirement. This is the reason the replacement word, above, is in quotes.
“My Social Security doesn’t start for another 13 weeks, but I decided to start my version of retirement early and enjoy the summer,” Romenesko tells us. “I’ll continue to be active on Twitter and Facebook, and I’ll post to the website when I see something that interests me. (That seems to be happening a lot in recent days.)”
In other words, moving forward, Twitter will remain the place to check in. To quote from another eminent and greatly missed media chronicler:
This profession is “not gonna retire your loans as quickly as it should, and it’s not going to turn you into a person who’s worried about what kind of car they should buy, but that’s kind of as it should be. I mean, it beats working.\"
P.S. Our thanks to regular reader Marty Chase for pushing us forward today on this item front.
When we read the news that New York Observer media reporter Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke had accepted a marriage proposal over the weekend from New York Daily News senior feature writer Justin Rocket Silverman (pictured), we immediately started pondering the last-name possibilities.
\"Phone call for Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke Rocket Silverman!” a Maitre D might holler. Or this, off a teleprompter in the near future at MSNBC: “Joining us now to discuss the Bill de Blasio situation is Justin Rocket Silverman Bloomgarden-Smoke.\"
Maybe it will just wind up being that Kara stays the same and the groom switches to Justin Bloomgarden-Smoke. From Silverman’s article in today’s papers, titled: “More Men Taking Wives’ Last Names Instead of Vice Versa, Like Marco Perego and Zoe Saldana:\"
Brooklyn artist Carter Kustera, 52, went even further than getting a new Social Security card when he married Anna Kustera and changed his name from Kevin Carter.
Kustera staged an elaborate funeral for his former identity and built a giant glass mausoleum with a coffin and effigy of Kevin Carter inside. The mausoleum was eventually purchased by a private collector and is now situated on a New Jersey estate.
\"My family was very accepting,\" said Kustera, \"but my wife’s family to this day doesn’t understand. They are very Eastern European, and in that culture a woman always takes her husband’s name.\"
Should Kara and Justin choose to go the full last-name-combo route, they may well encounter DMV “hassles” simlar to the ones detailed in Silverman’s article by one Zach Weinersmith.
Anyone know a man who took wife’s last name upon marriage. I want to interview that man for a Daily News story! email@example.com
— Justin R Silverman (@justinrocket) June 8, 2015[Photo via: @justinrocket]
There’s a great interview this week with the departing Daily Show host. Conducted by Piers Manning for the Wisconsin Gazette, the Q&A covers a variety of topics.
We loved Stewart’s answer to the last question. In many ways, the reply perfectly encapsulates the dexterity of the comedian’s POV. Check it out:
Was this [coping] as a child? Because I read where you endured anti-Semitic bullying as a child.
You know, I came into a type of abuse, which all children face as a child in all places. Children have a unique and special quality where they will assess you, find your weak spot, find what it is that they will hang on to and utilize it. But in no way was it, this was not a Louis Malle movie, it was in no way more than what the Italian kids in my school faced for being Italian. Or the Irish kids. Or the dork kids or the tall kids or heavy kids.
Because of how my brain is wired, I tended to deflect it as humor where kids genetically superior to me would use fisticuffs. That, I don’t want to ever portray it that I ever suffered under this oppressive, it was very middle-class kid bullshit. I’m generally someone who likes to prat fall and run.
That last sentence arguably applies, in a very succinct manner, to what looms August 6. After 16 years of Comedy Central pratfalls, Mr. Stewart is ready to run on to new media yard challenges.
Read the rest of the Wisconsin Gazette convo here.