The Daily Beast is expanding its content with the launch of a style vertical. Interestingly, the vertical will cater to men’s fashion only.
The style vertical was developed by Daily Beast creative director Wendell Brown and vp of brand partnerships Andrew Bowen. The site features large photos heading each article.
There are also several new editorial series exclusive to the vertical, including Unlikely Style Icons (outside the box profiles) and How They Make It (a video series giving readers the back story on how fashion is created).
“Typical of The Beast, we’re not doing style content the way you would expect,” said Brown, in an announcement. “We’re going behind the scenes to give our readers a combination of inspiration, access and insight they can’t get anywhere else.”
A couple early morning Revolving Door items for you today, involving USA Today Network and HGTV Magazine.USA Today Network has added Estee Cross as the Northeast vp of digital sales. Cross previously served as the national director of CPG for Tumblr. Alex Rodriguez has joined HGTV Magazine as account manager. She joins from Meredith Hispanic Media.
Father Federico Lombardi is retiring from the Vatican press office, after ten years. That left the Basilica door open for a new person to take the reins and today, at a press conference, Pope Francis formally welcomed Lombardi’s successor.
He is Greg Burke, a Columbia University Class of 1983 alum and veteran journalist. Another reporter is also stepping in to take Burke’s place. From today’s report by Sean Smith of Catholic News Service:
Burke, a native of St. Louis and the current vice-director, succeeds the Italian Jesuit, while Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero will step in to Burke’s current role, making her the first female to hold that position.
Burke was Fox News’s Rome correspondent before being hired by the Vatican in 2012 as special communications adviser in the Secretariat before he was named by Pope Francis as the vice-director of the press office last December. Burke spent 24 of his past 28 years based in Rome as a journalist – with the National Catholic Register, Time magazine and the Fox News network.
Ovejero, who earned her Master’s degree in management strategies and communications from NYU, comes to the Vatican from Spanish radio broadcaster Cadena COPE. For the local academic record, Burke when at Columbia majored in comparative literature with a specialization in journalism.
At the press conference, Ovejero framed her status as the first female vice-director of the Holy See Press Office with humility and class. She told CNS the Church’s true female pioneers are “the ones who found the empty tomb and proclaimed the Resurrection to the apostles.”
P.S. One more reason to love this trailblazing Vatican staffer: the profile photo for her Twitter account is a still photo from the beloved journalism movie His Girl Friday.
Screen grab image of Ovejero via: YouTube
Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM) has named Jason Kleinman vice president of brand solutions. He most recently served as senior vice president of Guardian Labs and brand partnerships at Guardian News and Media.
Prior to his time with The Guardian, Kleinman served as The New York Times’ director of product marketing.
“From display ad products and branded content creation to data and research, Jason will play an incredibly important role as we continue to extend our unified platform and suite of ad products to the global Hearst network,” said HMDM president Troy Young, in a statement.
Carrie Budoff Brown has been named the new editor of Politico. She most recently served as a managing editor, overseeing Politico’s European newsroom.
Budoff Brown joined Politico when it launched in 2007. She served as its White House correspondent from 2009 to 2014.
Susan Glasser, whom Budoff Brown is succeeding, will continue as editor of Politico through the presidential election. Glasser will then become Politico’s chief foreign affairs columnist from Jerusalem, where she’s moving with her husband.
“When you think about miscarriages, we never hear what the dad feels.” So suggests Doyin Richards in “Miscarriage,” Episode 1 of Upworthy’s new seven-part video series What Daddy’s Do.
The episode was posted on YouTube today and will follow in Facebook tomorrow. The plan is for Upworthy to continue sharing on a weekly basis through the summer.
Some time ago, Richards took a photo of himself styling his two daughters’ hair. When he blogged about this on his site Daddy Doin’ Work, the image went viral.
We took a look at a couple of other, future episodes, and they are top-notch. In “Nails,” Richards talks about the eye rolls and side-eye that often greet him when, as a 6’2″ 205-pound black man, he walks into a nail salon with his daughters to get his own mani-pedi, with them. And in “Empathy,” Richards explains why he thinks that quality, along with resilience, are the most important ones a parent can instill in their children.
Nathan Coyle, most recently executive vp of business development for Refinery29, has joined Domino Media Group as its new CEO.
Coyle had been with Refinery29 since 2013. He previously worked for Creative Artists Agency.
Coyle is succeeding Domino Media Group co-founder Cliff Sirlin, who has joined Domino’s board of directors.
Smart move. As part of Andy Cohen’s plans to broadcast live from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, set respectively for Cleveland and Philadelphia, the Radio Andy maestro has recruited a former colleague. From today’s announcement:
“Having spent 10 years at CBS News, it’s a full-circle moment for me having Dan Rather lend his iconic voice to the Radio Andy stable at such a turning point in American politics,” said Cohen. “I’m amazed and awestruck that Dan has agreed to do this and can’t wait to hear what he has to say. And our listeners can count on [former Newsweek editor] Jonathan Alter too, for his wise and insightful analysis during this year’s election.”
Rather will file reports on the Tuesdays and Thursdays of both conventions. Radio Andy can be tuned in via SiriusXM Channel 102.
It’s not often that we get a granular look at what goes into managing the social media presence of a famous athlete or entertainment celebrity. But thanks to a lawsuit filed last week by Noah Scheinmann, we have some interesting new Lenny Dykstra stats to pour over.
Per the New York Daily News, Scheimann says he worked 18 hours a day (!) between May 4 and June 10, cranking out the tweets in support of the former Met and Phillie’s new book House of Nails:
Scheinmann says he is owed $15,000 for the Twitter and social work plus more than $76,000 for his share of other earnings Dykstra scored as a result of the media attention.
Another wrinkle is that Scheinmann, whose company is named No Regrets Entertainment, has known Dykstra personally for many years. The Times and Post also covered the lawsuit. The latter reminds of another aspect of all this:
The [Dykstra] tell-all has grabbed attention for wild anecdotes, including a cocaine binge with Robert De Niro, which the actor disputed to Page Six as “bullsh*t.”
Jacket cover courtesy: William Morrow
Melissa Harris-Perry is joining BET News as a special correspondent. According to Deadline, Harris-Perry will host shows and develop new, long-form content for the network.
Her first assignment will be covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions with with BET News correspondent Marc Lamont Hill.
Harris-Perry is an editor at large for Elle.com and a professor at Wake Forest University. She previously worked for MSNBC.
James Bennet, The Atlantic’s former editor, jumped ship to join The New York Times almost six months ago. The magazine’s leadership still has no idea who will replace him.
According to Politico, Atlantic Media owner David Bradley asked people he respects to suggest possible successors. That strategy resulted in a list of 500 names. So uh, maybe not the best idea.
Out of all of those people, the frontrunners are rumored to be The New York Times’ David Brooks, David Sanger and Michael Luo, and The Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt, Ruth Marcus and Carlos Lozada.
Liz Spayd, the New York Times’ new public editor, has an idea for the Times: Listen to your readers. In her debut column, Spayd argued that the Times can increase its audience by paying more attention to readers’ wants, needs and habits.
“More than most news organizations, the Times has hitched its future to building a loyal audience that will come back repeatedly and pay for the privilege of doing so,” explained Spayd. “These readers contribute more than half of The Times’s total revenue, almost unheard-of for a mass audience publisher. The goal is to double digital revenue within the next five years, and dedicated readers will be a key part of that.”
Spayd suggested that the Times open additional articles to comments and ask staffers to spend more of their days actually interacting with readers.
As for the notion that listening to readers isn’t a good idea because Times editors and staffers know best, Spayd disagreed completely.
“I don’t worry that the Times will go too far in incorporating reader ideas, nor do I think it will be careless in doing so,” she wrote. “I worry that it won’t go far enough.”
Gretchen Carlson—who is suing Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment—has opened the door for other alleged Ailes victims. In a series of interviews with New York, six new women (two on record) have said the Fox News boss sexually harassed them in various ways.
Kellie Boyle, a former Republican National Committee field advisor, said Ailes once explained to her that she’d “have to give a blowjob every once in a while.” Former model Marsha Callahan claimed that Ailes asked her to lift her skirt for him.
The uptick in accusers is obviously bad news for Ailes. If the smoke doesn’t clear, and instead gets thicker, there’s likely fire. Of course, his lawyer—Barry Asen—thinks otherwise.
“It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue,” Asen said, in a statement. “The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false.”
The New York Times has named Marc Lacey national editor. Lacey most recently worked as weekend editor. He has been with the Times since 1999.
Lacey previously worked as deputy foreign editor and a correspondent in Washington, Nairobi, Mexico City and Phoenix. He also served as the Times’ first Phoenix bureau chief.
“The Times is one of the last news organizations with an extensive network of national bureaus, staffed with reporters who offer daily, on-the-ground dispatches,” wrote Times executive editor Dean Baquet, in a memo. “It is one of the great jewels of our report — as we have seen again this week — and we are lucky to be able to entrust it to Marc.”
Mary Elizabeth Barnette was the first female editor of her student newspaper, the Ohio University Post. After she graduated in 1942 and moved to New York, she went on to become the first female reporter at Editor and Publisher.
This weekend, Barnette’s posthumous legacy has been cemented with the announcement by her Alma Mater of a new award. From a report in the Athens Messenger:
The Mary Elizabeth Lasher Barnette Women’s Leadership Award will be presented to women students of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism who demonstrate campus and community leadership and well as professionalism and excellence in academics, according to [daughter Betsey] Bruce.
“We want to honor our mother’s legacy by encouraging the next generation of women journalists to strive for excellence and professionalism as she did,” Bruce said.
The announcement was made Saturday during an event celebrating mom at the school’s Schoonover Center, where Bruce was joined by her two sisters. Barnette passed away in March at age 93.
When Pulp Fiction premiered at the 1994 New York Film Festival, there was the kind of dramatic moment that, today, would be punctuated by a trending Twitter hashtag. From a 2013 Vanity Fair oral history of the movie:
Tarantino sat with [Eric] Stoltz, who recalls, “We were sitting on one of those Juliet balconies, where you can look down on the audience. Just as the needle scene was happening, they brought the lights up. There was shouting: ‘Is there a doctor in the house?’ People ran down the aisle and carried this fellow, who had fainted, out. I started to feel bad. This is not what you want as an actor: to endanger people’s lives. And Quentin said, ‘This is exactly what you want, for people to get so consumed that they faint.’”
The movie was stopped for nine minutes. “I was sure people would think I planned it,” Harvey Weinstein said at the time. “Just another Miramax publicity device.”
On Friday at the 33rd annual Jerusalem Film Festival, Tarantino screened a 35 millimeter print of Pulp Fiction from his private collection for festival goers. And in the audience was a woman who was also present at the aforementioned 1994 New York Film Festival screening.
Another fun tidbit from Jerusalem Post contributor Hannah Brown’s report is her measure of the July 8 Shabbat night event’s popularity:
The Tarantino event sold out within minutes after it was announced, and I have to admit that for the first time ever, several people asked to buy my ticket — which was not for sale.
There’s another good write-up in the Times of Israel by that paper’s founding editor David Horovitz, who previously worked for the Jerusalem Post.
There was a lot of thought-provoking discussion last night on KFI AM 640’s The Tim Conway Jr. Show about this week’s events in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas. When guest host Mark Thompson opened the phone lines up to local law enforcement, he heard from several cops who carefully explained why they likely would have done the same thing as the officer involved in the Philando Castile incident.
Thompson was also joined in-studio at one point by producer and KFI on-air colleague Mo’ Kelly (pictured), who explained that as a black man he has had a number of tense encounters with police, all of which connect to that “first moment” of contact. Kelly started by detailing the earliest of these incidents, which took place when he was 12. He was in the car with his mother and had pulled into the parking lot of a bank in Torrance, Calif.:
“She left me in the passenger side of the car while she went in to the bank to conduct her business. She was in the bank a little longer than usual; I would say 15-20 minutes. And then a cop car pulled up to the right of where my mother’s car was parked, about 30 feet away, on the other side of the lot.”
“The cop came up straight to the car, within maybe five or six feet of me, and put a gun to my head. Did not say anything other than, ‘Get your damn hands up!’ or something like that. And I put them up in that position. He did not say anything after that. I don’t know if he was waiting for something, some other command, on his radio. And I was in that position, for a good 60 seconds at least.”
“And there are people outside watching this unfold… And all of a sudden, he darts away and into the bank. And I think back, if I had flinched or moved in another way, he was ready to shoot me… What I didn’t know at the moment was the bank was being robbed, like a silent alarm.”
When he told his mother what had transpired, she went back in to the bank to confront the officers. Later on, by way of partial explanation, a cop said of young Kelly, “Well, he does have a slight bit of a mustache, he appears older than he is.”
In the same conversation, Kelly goes on to recall another incident, when he was around 42. As he was driving home from work in the same community of Torrance around 1 a.m., he was pulled over by sheriff’s deputies with guns drawn and eventually told the reason was a non-functioning front headlight. When Kelly got home and checked his headlights, they were both working.
During that conversation with the deputies, Kelly was asked where he was going, where he was coming from, and so on. “I don’t know if the assumption was I stole the car, or I wasn’t where I was supposed to be,” he remembered. Kelly, who has never engaged in criminal activity, told Thompson there have been about a half-dozen other times during the course of his life where he has been approached by police, with guns drawn.
Photo via: Twitter
One of the countless tough reporting assignments this week belonged to Tammy Childress and Robert Sorrell, reporters for Tennessee daily newspaper the Bristol Herald Courier. Early Thursday morning, Jennifer Rooney, a 42-year-old mother of two who delivers the paper, was shot on the Volunteer Parkway while driving in her SUV to pick up that day’s batch. She later died of her injuries.
The black Army veteran accused of randomly targeting Rooney, a police officer and several other drivers told investigators he was troubled by this week’s shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. An assault-style weapon was reportedly used. From the piece by Childress and Sorrell:
By the time [husband] David Rooney arrived at Bristol Regional Medical Center, his wife was dead.
“When she arrived at the hospital, she was breathing but unresponsive,” David Rooney said, weeping. “Her heart had stopped and they couldn’t revive her.”
The suddenly widowed father had to tell their children [Grace, Chauncey] the unimaginable.
“I did the best I could,” he said. “The only thing I could think to tell them was that their mommy wasn’t coming home. Grace is kind of taking it in spells. She cries off and on, but she’s trying to keep her mind off of it. My son tends to bottle up his emotions, so, at this point, he’s handling it like it’s just another day. It will hit him eventually, and we’ll be here for him when it does.”
A scholarship donations page has been set up on GoFundMe on behalf of the couple’s two young children, ages 10 and 12. The Bristol, Va. paper, which has a circulation of around 40,000, is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. RIP.