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The Drudge Infographic

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 20:55

Intermarkets, the Reston, VA firm that handles advertising for The Drudge Report, has put together a graphical representation of the site’s power as a traffic referrer.

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In 2014, Drudge sent 99 million clicks the Daily Mail’s way. The UK newspaper was the biggest beneficiary of Drudge referrals last year. Other papers at the top of the site’s referral flow in 2014: the Washington Post (44 million) and The New York Times (36 million).

Our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter didn’t do too badly either. In 2014, they garnered 25 million referred clicks from Drudge.

As several people on Twitter have noted, it’s kind of hard to believe that the average Drudge site visit lasts 30 minutes. But that’s what the infographic claims, which perhaps is a reflection of people taking that amount of time to read through the articles that they are clicking through to.

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NY Times Launches Women in The World Site

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 19:40

The New York Times became an investor in Tina Brown’s event series Women in The World late last year. When the news was announced, the Times promised a new website for the brand. Today that site makes its debut, at nytimes.com/womenintheworld.

The new site features responsive design and is updated throughout the day with content from Women in The World’s editors and producers. The event series even has a snazzy new logo.

The next Women in The World conference is April 22 to April 24 at the David H. Koch Theater. The summit will feature a keynote address from Hillary Clinton.

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Travel + Leisure Gets Full Makeover

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 19:25

TravelLeisureMay2015The redesigned print issue, arriving in the mail this week, is the publication’s thickest May issue since 2008. Publisher Jay Meyer told Travel Weekly editor-in-chief Arnie Weissmann he believes this is a sign that advertisers are fully on board with the new look and layouts.

The redesigned website soft-launched today, with plans to layer in ads and other elements by April 15. The biggest change at the digital operational end is that instead of around a dozen posts per week, the site will now publish upwards of 20 content items daily. From the Travel Weekly piece:

\"Contributing networks are very much in fashion,\" editor Nathan Lump said. \"One key difference is that all of our people will be paid. We have a sophisticated audience, and the types of people who can bring the expertise they need are the kinds of people who require payment for their work. They’re professionals.\"

New magazine sections include Beyond and Takeaway, for which travel writers will highlight a destination through items they acquired during a trip. Other sections have been renamed. Radar is now Here and Now, while Trip Doctor has been re-christened Upgrade.

Read digital director Sarah Firshein’s welcome to the new website here.

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Sofia Vergara Covers Vanity Fair

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 18:30

Sofia Vergara is Vanity Fair’s latest cover star.

When the 42-year-old actress was asked what she thinks of critics that say her Modern Family character, Gloria Pritchett, is a stereotype, Vergara replied, “If Gloria is a stereotype, so what?”

Well said, Sofia. Well said.

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Pitch Timely Stories on Black Hollywood for Juicy

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 18:07

Juicy-Art“Know the magazine you’re pitching” is an adage so timeless it seems hardly worth repeating, and yet, Juicy editor in chief Paula T. Renfroe receives plenty of pitches from writers who don’t get what the pub is about.

“I feel like writers aren’t as familiar with Juicy as they should be. I find myself saying, ‘No, that’s more Essence. No, that’s more People. No, that’s more Us Weekly.”

If you know Juicy covers the life of black Hollywood’s celebs and helps readers recreate their hair and makeup looks, then you may be ready to pitch. Just make sure your idea is timely, and your pitch follows these guidelines:

Email with two published clips. Be specific about details, particularly for hair and beauty. “The looser the pitch, the less likely it is that I’ll accept it. But the tighter — not the wordier — and more concise, the better,” Renfroe advised. “What makeup artist you’re going to talk to, whose face they’ve worked on, what products they used, that’s a win-win for me. But something like, ‘I’d like to find out who does Kelly Rowland’s face and get back to you,’ is not a good pitch.”

For more, read: How To Pitch: Juicy

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Photographer Sam Horine Closing In on 500,000 Instagram Followers

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 18:00

It’s been a pretty good few days for photographer Sam Horine. Over the weekend, The Daily Beast called him \"NYC’s Best Instagrammer. And the British Journal of Photography has separately interviewed him and showcased some of his shots.

One thread that runs through the interview is, what goes around comes around. Horine is a big believer in the positive karma that comes from helping promote other people. Something he learned early on, during his days shooting musical acts:

\"I had a few friends in bands,\" he says. He began taking photographs in exchange for free gigs. \"They’d put me on the guestlist and I’d get free drinks in exchange for shooting their shows.\"

Soon other indie bands were commissioning him for promo shoots, and opportunities quickly started to open up for him. \"I became friends with lots of the people involved in the music scene – publicists, managers, other photographers, media people – and the relationships we formed were kind of symbiotic,\" Horine says.

\"As we all moved around from job to job, we would always help each other out. ‘Hey, you need a free liquor promo for a show? I know a guy. Oh, you need someone to shoot this thing or that? I’ll do it.’\"

The Daily Beast kudo is not the first time Horine has been called NYC’s Best Instagrammer. When asked by TK what one of his craziest opportunities because of his 443,000 followers on the platform, Horine shares a great story:

\"A couple years back I was invited to India with a friend of mine from Tokyo to come and taste this crazy cognac that retailed for like 30 grand a bottle. They flew us over there in business class, put us up in six-star resorts, and we rode elephants around while drinking fancy champagne before coming back to the hotel for tuxedos and a boat taxi to a private island, where we ate this crazy meal prepared by chefs flown in from Paris.\"

\"At the end of the meal, as they were finally getting towards the big event where we’re going to try this cognac, the waiter brings out a big tray of it and carefully gives everyone at my table a glass. As he finally gets to me, I’m the last one to get it, he shifts his weight or loses his footing momentarily and this glass of insanely expensive cognac tips over and pours all over me, to the horror of both the waiter and cellar master, who’s sitting next to me. For what seems like an eternity we’re all silent before this French journalist goes, \"Um, do you mind if I lick that up off the table?\" We all start laughing and joking about how my tux is worth twice what it was just a minute ago.\"

As part of the Daily Beast honor, Horine took over the outlet’s Instagram account on Monday and Tuesday.

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Hollywood Reporter Unveils ’35 Most Powerful People in NY Media’

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:40

LCK.hiresThe Hollywood Reporter has published its fifth annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list. The list actually includes 53 people, but hey, whatever. Meaningless list? Meaningless numbers.

The 35 (53) who made the cut are “The stalwarts who bear the standard as well as the newcomers who are creating and exploiting the profusion of new platforms for the hotter-than-ever commodity now known as content.” That’s a mouthful.

Below are some of the city’s most powerful. Please be sure to cower if you ever meet them.

Roger Ailes Shane Smith Robin Roberts Larry Wilmore Anna Wintour Chris O’Shea Richard Horgan Gayle King Jonah Peretti Arianna Huffington Jesse Angelo
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Jeter Publishing to Publish Rob Gronkowski Book

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:03

Jeter Publishing, the book imprint founded by the best baseball player ever and all-around great man Derek Jeter, has landed its first big name. Literally. The book is by Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski’s book—It’s Good to be The Gronk—is an autobiography. While the title is sort of funny, check out Gronkowski’s quote from a press release:

If you want to be a chiseled six foot six inch All-Pro football player who makes big money to score touchdowns and win Super Bowls, and if you like to have just as much fun with your family and enjoying life, then this book is for you!

Hahahaha! What? Did a 13 year old write that? This book is going to be quite a read.

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Fortune Adds Six Former GigaOM Staffers

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:35

510_2015_04_01Fortune is beefing up its tech coverage by adding six former GigaOM staffers. GigaOM—which was founded in 2006—abruptly shuttered in March.

The new additions to the Fortune team include Stacey Higginbotham, Barb Darrow, Katie FehrenbacherMathew IngramJeff John Roberts and Jonathan Vanian.

Higginbotham will focus on the Internet of things; Darrow on cloud computing; Fehrenbacher on energy tech; Ingram on media and the social web; Roberts on tech law; and Vanian on business tech.

“These journalists are leaders in covering an interconnected group of technologies – cloud computing, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors, social collaboration, energy technology – that are profoundly remaking the foundations of global business,” wrote Fortune editor Alan Murray, in a memo to staffers. “Readers of Fortune increasingly recognize they need to master the implications of these technologies for their companies, or face disruption by others who do. We intend to be their guide – in print, on the web, and through our conferences.”

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Chilling NY Times A1 Shows Walter Scott Footage

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:15

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Todays’s New York Times is chilling. It features stills from the video that captured police officer Michael Slager gunning down Walter Scott as Scott fled.

Slager has been charged with murder, but once again—as we asked with The New York Daily News’ cover on Eric Garner—why does a front page like this even exist?

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:00

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Senior NYT Writer Among 2015 Medill Honorees

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 04:30

If you want to feel truly humbled, turn down the Twitter for a moment, stop trying to figure out who was nominated for which Webby and read this:

Jack Barstow is a senior writer at The New York Times. He and a colleague were awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their stories on Wal-Mart using bribery to dominate the market in Mexico. He was also awarded the Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting in 2009. In 2004, The New York Times was awarded in the Public Service category for the work of Barstow and Times colleague Lowell Bergman that examined the death and injury of American workers due to neglect by their employers. In addition, Barstow’s investigations have won three George Polk Awards, a Goldsmith Prize, an Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton, a Peabody Award, a Loeb Award, an IRE Award and an Overseas Press Club Citation. He also has been a Pulitzer finalist three times

Barstow is one of five alumni who will be added to the Medill School’s Hall of Achievement at a ceremony in May. The others are communications executive Patricia L. Blackburn, Fleishman=Hillard president Jack Modzelewski, Barstow’s Pulitzer-winning NYT colleague James Risen and Fox Searchlight president Nancy Utley.

At separate ceremonies in April and the fall, honors will also be bestowed to a pair of TV series creators: Mary Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane)and George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones).
 
[Photo via: northwestern.edu]

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Donald Fagen Kicks Off Rolling Stone/Coachella Diary in Style

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 01:45

It’s the throwaway details in the Steely Dan man’s first dispatch for Rolling Stone that are most hilarious.

For example, at one point on his recent flight from JFK to LAX, Fagen was concerned about the flight attendants noticing his teary-eyed reaction to watching Selma:

Experiencing all this [Civili Rights movement history] again, I’m inconsolable. I hope the pretty stewardess doesn’t catch me crying. Or especially, the old bitch stewardess.

And later on, after Fagen was comfortably nestled over the weekend at The Beverly Hills Hotel, where his two Coachella dates have been filled out on the calendar with other gigs like playing Robert Downey Jr’s April 4 50th birthday in Santa Monica, he remembered a most backhanded compliment:

Another time [at the Beverly Hills Hotel], in the Nineties, an obviously gay doorman came up to me and said, in all seriousness, “Congratulations for anticipating the faux-lounge music craze.” I know, it’s not the French Legion d’Honneur, but, OK, thanks, buddy.

 
[Image via: coachella.com]

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Craft Pitches With Cross-Generational Appeal for Parade

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:33

Parade-ArtParade magazine doesn’t go for the targeted demo strategy when it comes to courting readers. In fact, it’s just the opposite. “Cross-generational” appeal is what editor-in-chief Anne Krueger is going for: “They remember [Parade] from when they were a kid,” she says of the pub’s readers.

Writers looking for something a little different from the usual FOB coverage areas can try pitching to the magazine’s “One-Page U” section.

With its reference to one-day university classes that are popular across the country, this department covers a trending topic in bite-sized segments that fit onto one page of about 750 words. Recent topics have included crowdfunding and superbugs.

For more, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Parade

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RD Recap: BlackBook Returns; Changes at National Journal

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:10

Revolving DoorHeather Muir moves to Real Simple as beauty director. She leave Fitness, where she had been for three years, after stints at Allure, Seventeen and Cosmopolitan… BlackBook returns to print with founder Evanly Schindler at the helm. He’ll head up editorial and creative direction… Salon says goodbye to Blake Zeff, who had been politics editor. The former communications man for Sen. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign is launching a new venture that “will be internet-based, with a non-traditional approach to covering national news and politics.”… The Marshall Project loses managing editor Tim Golden. He’s off to write a book about Guantanamo Bay…

National Journal recruits S.V. Dáte. He’ll work with George Condon on the White House team, and will also cover Jeb Bush, about whom he wrote a book. Dáte had been Washington editor at NPR and previously worked at the Times Herald-Record, the Orlando Sentinel and the Associated Press, among others… The Washington Post promotes The Fix senior editor Aaron Blake to managing editor, whilesigning up Jerry Brewer as sports columnist… Real Clear Politics snags former Washington Examiner political correspondent Rebecca Berg to cover the 2016 presidential election…

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Media Minutiae

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:00

TVNewser: Jon Stewart defended his successor, Trevor Noah, by explaining “He is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual, and man, I think, you give him that time, and it’s going to be well worth it.” We don’t really have a choice, right?

SocialTimes: A new report confirms suspicions that ads are everywhere.

FishbowlDC: A smart hire by CNN Politics — it has added Jodi Enda.

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GonzoFest Organizers Hoping Bill Murray Will Join This Year’s Party

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:30

Hunter S. Thompson’s final piece of published writing, for ESPN in 2005, involved Bill Murray. Ten years later, the organizers of this weekend’s fifth annual GonzoFest in Louisville, Kentucky are hoping Murray will join them for Saturday’s festivities.

The associated hashtag #BilltotheVille hasn’t exactly been burning up Twitter, but who knows? As is Murray’s wont, maybe the performer will indeed surprise organizers with an appearance this weekend.

Another interesting aspect of the 2015 edition of GonzoFest is plans for a bronze statue of Thompson. Provided the crowd-funding comes in, the sculpture will be designed by local artist Matt Weir, with some input from Thompson’s pal Ralph Steadman, and unveiled at next year’s GonzoFest. Design drawings will be featured at this Saturday’s celebration.

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The Secret to Getting Published in The NY Times

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 20:37

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A round of applause to Bruce Levin, who figured out that it’s easy to get published in The New York Times. All you have to do is ask.

(h/t: Jeff Gohringer)

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How to Get Your Story Pitch Out of the Inbox Wasteland

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 19:10

Writing a good pitch email requires imagination: imagine you’re an editor, a gatekeeper who must sort through the scores of pitches that hit your inbox on the regular. Keep that sense of inbox inundation in your head as you write your pitch. Think about what it will take to not make your idea sound like every other vague, generic proposal the editor is going to pass over.

Our latest “Journalism Advice” column will take you through the steps that will help make your pitch stand out. For one, think about the pitch as a prelude to who you are as a writer and reporter:

When dealing with editors, especially ones she’s never worked with before, [full-time freelancer Farran Powell] makes sure that the editor will have a sense of her personality by the second sentence of her pitch email. “It’s just like reading a book… someone will glaze over if you don’t write in an exciting way, so I have something in the first sentence or two that shows my personality right off the bat.”

For more, read: The Elements of a Strong Pitch

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Vox Adds Five

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 19:05

Vox has added five staffers to its team. Details are below.

Javier Zarracina joins as Vox’s first graphics editor. He previously worked for The Los Angeles Times as a graphics and data editor. Jon Allen has been named chief political correspondent. Allen most recently served as Bloomberg News’ Washington bureau chief. Margarita Noriega will be Vox’s first short-form editor. She comes to the site from Fusion, where she oversaw social storytelling. Dave Roberts is joining as an energy and climate reporter. Roberts previously covered the same beat for Grist. Soo Oh has been named news app developer. Oh previously served as a news developer at The Chronicle for Higher Education and The LA Times.
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