The origins of the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York date back to before 1776. That juxtaposition is something Scottish newspaper The Herald made good use of recently for its lede about the organization’s 260th annual banquet, scheduled for this Friday at New York’s University Club:
America may not be getting its first female president, but a U.S. Scottish society older than the presidency itself is about to get the first female speaker in its 260-year history.
That honor goes to Scottish-born BBC-TV journalist Kirsty Wark, whose two children live in New York. She will be presented with the organization’s Mark Twain Award, a.k.a. “The Sammy.” She told The Herald she is bringing a bottle of Arran Smuggler’s malt whiskey for the event’s silent auction.
The organization funds American scholarships for Scottish youth and also supports hospitals in both Scotland and New York. During her time this week in New York, Walk will visit the New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospital.
Walk has been with the BBC since 1976.
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That was a critical juncture in the career of Cella Irvine, who passed away earlier this month at age 59 from thyroid cancer. From The New York Times obituary:
At Hearst, Irvine guided the company’s first digital ventures, including an interactive newspaper and the marketing of CD-ROMs.
Within two years she was the general manager of Sidewalk, an early online guide to local businesses started by Microsoft. Sidewalk, described as a digital version of urban newsweeklies, emerged as one of the most heavily trafficked sites on the internet. Ms. Irvine stepped down when the guide was sold to Citysearch in 1999.
Irvine went on from there to work for Digitas, the About Group and Vibrant Media. She was also a founding member and chairwoman of the New York New Media Association (NYNMA), which closed in December of 2003.
Condolences and memories are being shared via legacy.com. RIP.
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Joe Weisenthal (pictured) will have a new title to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The managing editor of Bloomberg Media’s markets coverage and co-host of Bloomberg TV’s What’d You Miss has been promoted to executive editor of news.
From the memo circulated today by Bloomberg Digital senior executive editor Jared Sandberg:
In his new position, Joe will help serve the news needs of the consumer audience and better coordinate with the rest of Bloomberg News, using his seasoned sense of reader tastes to expand our audience. He will be instrumental in shaping coverage beyond markets news and setting the pace for our flagship consumer website. Embedded with Rak Saluja‘s U.S. homepage team and Top, Joe has already helped refine news practices ranging from story framing to headlines and optimal web play.
Since joining Bloomberg in 2014, Joe has built a nimble markets team for Bloomberg Digital. Working closely with other markets editors and writers, he has offered an endless stream of coverage ideas for reporters across Bloomberg. Tireless and always excited about the news, he plays on every platform: the terminal, the web, television and podcasts. Joe launched and co-anchored the daily television show, What’d You Miss? He also created and co-hosts the Odd Lots podcast with Tracy Alloway and he has anchored a number of our live webcasts.
The promotion is effective immediately. Weisenthal will continue co-hosted What’d You Miss.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Bloomberg Expands to Africa
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Bloomberg has expanded to Africa with the launch of Bloomberg.com/Africa.
The regional edition of Bloomberg.com will feature content from Bloomberg’s seven bureaus in Africa and the company’s global team.
“Africa is playing an increasingly significant role in the global economy,” said Antony Sguazzin, managing editor of Bloomberg, sub-saharan Africa. “With the launch of this dedicated regional digital platform, we are establishing a home to showcase the best of Bloomberg’s rich content on the people, companies, politics and economies shaping the continent.”
One of the classiest guys to ever walk the planet, Paul Newman passed away Sept. 26, 2008, leaving behind a towering legacy of film, race track achievements and philanthropy. However, as a piece by New York Times contributor Zach Schonbrun explains, there’s a generational gap at work now in the grocery aisle where Newman’s Own popcorn, salad dressings and pasta sauces are sold. For example, a recent survey found that only 12% of millennials know that all profits from these products are donated to charity.
“Paul Newman Who?” the article headline begins. In recognition of the fact that many millennials are not familiar with the actor’s charity, which has donated now just under $500 million, a new marketing campaign is afoot:
Newman’s Own worked with the production company the Narrative Content Group, which is based in Atlanta, to produce videos that highlight a few of the 600 charities the company works with each year. Three of the videos were released Monday on social media platforms; the rest will be circulated in 2017.
Newman’s Own is also rewording and repositioning the “All Profits to Charity” banner that typically frames Mr. Newman’s face. The new label, which is expected to start appearing in stores in December, will be more prominently located on the products. The wording has also changed to “100 Percent to Charity,” which Newman’s Own feels is a slight but significant clarification to consumers.
Some of Narrative Content Group’s clients include AT&T, Delta and Dunkin’ Donuts.
People has named Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 2016’s Sexiest Man Alive. Rumor has it Donald Trump was the runner-up.
In the accompanying interview, Johnson—who seems like a genuinely good dude—said he was proud of his family, always exfoliates and is ready for his friends to make fun of him for winning.
The latest People hits newsstands Friday.
WWD reports that New York has promoted Lauren Kern to executive editor of New York Media and David Haskell to editor for business and strategy.
Kern was most recently exec editor for New York. She previously served as editorial director for New York from 2004 to 2010, before leaving for The New York Times Magazine. Kern returned to New York in 2014.
Haskell most recently served as deputy editor.
The Sidney Hillman Foundation has opened up nominations for the 2017 Hillman Prizes, which honor investigative journalism and commentary that serves the public interest.
All submissions — see the form here — must have been published or aired in 2016. It’s free to enter. Nominations must be in by January 30, 2017.
Hillman Prize categories include Book (nonfiction), Newspaper Reporting, Magazine Reporting, Broadcast Journalism, Web Journalism and Opinion and Analysis Journalism.
All entries are judged by the following panel of journalists: Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent, The Atlantic; Jelani Cobb, professor, Columbia Journalism School and staff writer, The New Yorker; Alix Freedman, Global Editor, Ethics and Standards, Reuters; Hendrik Hertzberg, staff writer, The New Yorker; Harold Meyerson, executive editor, The American Prospect; and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation.
Winners of the 2017 Hillman Prizes will be announced in April of next year.
Facebook has finally taken a small step toward dealing with the amount of fake content floating around its newsfeed and Trending section. In an update to its Facebook Audience Network policy, Facebook said it would now ban fake news sites from its ad network.
“We have updated the policy to explicitly clarify that this applies to fake news,” a Facebook spokesman told The New York Times. “Our team will continue to closely vet all prospective publishers and monitor existing ones to ensure compliance.”
The moves came immediately after Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg again said the site had no impact on the presidential election. He even hilariously stated that “more than 99 percent” of Facebook content is authentic.
Taking money away from these fake news sites is a good start, but that’s all it is, a start. In order for real progress to be made, Facebook needs to stop fake news sites from appearing on the site.
If that doesn’t happen, Facebook will still drive traffic to these sites, and Facebook users who are a few crayons short of a box will continue to believe the content because “I saw it on Facebook.”
International Data Group (IDG) might be sold to a Chinese investor group led by IDG of Greater China’s chairman Hugo Shong. The price tag, according to Reuters, is likely more than $1 billion.
IDG was founded in 1964 by Pat McGovernis, who died in 2014. The company publishes many media brands, including PCWorld, Macworld, GamePro and more.
While the talks are rumored to be in the final stages, no deal has officially been made.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The New York Times and Reuters. Details are below.Jesse Drucker has joined the Times as a business reporter focusing on taxation and corporate finance. Drucker most recently worked for Bloomberg. He previously worked for The Wall Street Journal. Reuters has named Anna Irrera a reporter covering finance and technology. She previously worked for Financial News.
When an author is active on Twitter, it’s a lot of fun to follow along as they settle in to a book tour. So keep your eyes over the next few weeks on @AronoffOfficial.
That’s the account of super-drummer Kenny Aronoff, whose wonderfully titled book Sex, Drums, Rock ‘n’ Roll arrives today. He flew from Los Angeles to Indiana for a TV appearance last Friday and this week, following an appearance on syndicated radio program Coast to Coast AM, will be at the Grammy Museum tonight and Book Soup on Thursday.
The drum set used in the clip above belongs to Fox 59 Morning News co-anchor Zach Meyers. Not only that, but as the interview progresses, Meyers and Aronoff engage in an informal drum battle, taking turns with the sticks. To Meyers’ credit, Aronoff marvels at his foot speed.
Aronoff studied at Indiana University Bloomington and lived in the area for 35 years. He has played over the years with John Mellencamp, Melissa Ethridge and many more.
Jacket cover courtesy: Backbeat Books
It’s a forgotten footnote to the Donald Trump drumbeat. In November 2015, Broadway musical School of Rock teased previews with a guerrilla poster of the aspiring presidential candidate, done up Andy Warhol quadrangle-style. As New York Post columnist Cindy Adams noted at the time, the framing credits for the illustration were beyond bizarre: Scandalios Fine Art, on loan from the Golden Thistle Foundation.
Now comes another, directly related footnote. On the most recent Graham Norton Show, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber recalled that Trump expressed a desire to attend the musical’s opening night at the Winter Garden Theatre, Dec. 6. However, Trump changed his mind after Webber expressed fears that The Donald’s attendance would be too disruptive. “Look, it’s the kids’ night,” Webber remembers telling Trump. “You’re so famous. Don’t you think it would be a good idea, perhaps… And he was good about it.”
School of Rock began previewing at the Winter Garden Nov. 9, 2015, exactly one year ahead of Election Day. It’s also of course based on a movie that was released in the fall of 2003, just ahead of the debut of the reality series on NBC that would raise Trump’s fame to new levels.
In July, for The Wall Street Journal, Ken Dryden compared the election tactics of Donald Trump to those of one of his most formidable former hockey opponents: the Philadelphia Flyers. In September, in the pages of the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Hall of Fame NHL goaltender and former Canadian Liberal Party MP offered up this take:
In our Internet-fueled world, where anything you say can be captured and dragged out by anyone, anywhere, any time, he is a perfect target. He has lived his life in public; he has insisted on attention. His record of outrageous doings and misdoings is outrageously lengthy, there to haunt him at every step. Yet to be embarrassed is to be weak, so Mr. Trump rejects embarrassment. He knows you can’t fight every argument with counterargument, every charge with counter charge. You can spin, create doubt or not give a darn. He chooses the last. Unhauntable, he is the post-Internet person.
One of Dryden’s arguments throughout the 2016 U.S. election campaign has been that Hillary Clinton’s game was not strong enough. Today, he is offering up some post-election analysis in the Toronto Star; for those who voted for Hillary, this may be a good place to stop reading. From Dryden’s latest op-ed:
They-Clinton and the media-didn’t understand that the people who supported Trump, and who kept supporting Trump, hate them. They hate everything they are and stand for. They hate that in the big cities where Clinton-people live, with the jobs they have, and the education they have received, they can see a future for themselves. The Trump people aren’t so sure. …
For the first time, these voters had a horse to ride, a horse that hadn’t been put down in the primaries. Sometimes the devil you don’t know is the devil you want. Trump supporters aren’t likely any more racist, xenophobic and misogynistic than anyone else. They supported Trump because everyone else made them feel small.
Granted, the last portion excerpted is a stretch, arrived at more easily north of the 49th parallel, far from the U.S. trenches. But overall, Dryden is a voice worth reading. He also recently taught an innovative course at his Alma Mater, McGill University.
Pictured: March 14, 2016 issue cover of Time magazine
Hearst Magazines has namd Sascha de Gersdorff executive editor of Cosmopolitan.
De Gersdorff most recently served as Women’s Health’s deputy editor. She had been with Women’s Health since 2009.
“Sascha and I worked together for five years at Women’s Health, and I’m thrilled to bring her on board at Cosmopolitan,” said editor in chief Michele Promaulayko, in a statement. “She is passionate about the topics that empower young women to live their healthiest, strongest lives, and she brilliantly champions those causes on and off the page.”
De Gersdorff’s appointment is effective December 1.
Next to Kate McKinnon singing “Hallelujah!”, this may be the best possible news for downcast Hillary Clinton supporters. Nikki Finke has decided after much contemplation to return to the journalism beat. Beginning in the new year, she will share her views about the media as a senior columnist for Mediaite.
From Dan Abrams’ announcement:
Nikki will have complete autonomy to opine, and I quote: “on what she wants and how she wants to say it,” which were her only conditions for joining us. The hiring of Nikki comes as Mediaite has welcomed record traffic (and is on track again to break that record this month) and become a, if not the, leader in the national debate over media and politics. I am confident that Nikki’s fearless voice, which so many know all too well, will now help take Mediaite to new heights.
A huge coup for the website. In a statement, here’s how Finke frames it: “I can write regularly or irregularly, long or short, fiercely or forgivingly. At this stage in my 40-year journalism career, that’s what I want and need.”
Read the rest of the Abrams announcement here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Nostalja! Nikki Finke Helps Deadline Celebrate 10 Years
TheStreet has promoted Tara Murphy from managing editor to editor in chief.
Murphy joined TheStreet in March. She previously worked for The New York Daily News, Hearst and Forbes.
“In just a few months, Tara has combined three disparate newsrooms into a single 24-7 digital powerhouse, with reporters in Europe, Asia and across the U.S.,” said TheStreet CEO David Callaway, in a statement. “She is a transformational editor coming to us at just the right time as we combine our news products into an elite financial news and data journalism operation.”
Murphy will report to Callaway.
A note in this week’s issue of New York magazine about the publication framing President-elect Trump as a “LOSER” on the cover of its previous Oct. 31 issue starts with a paragraph that contains a sentence with two “maybe’s” and a reference to polls “we no longer believe.” Welcome to the quicksand world of post-Nov. 8.
The editors of the magazine admit they very nearly scrapped the cover. As the issue was going to press on Friday Oct. 28, the infamous announcement from FBI director James Comey crossed the wire. After what is deemed a “brief reconsideration,” New York stuck with the Barbara Kruger artwork, and the editors admit they cringed post-election at the idea of the issue sitting on newsstands. From the note:
We, and Kruger, had always intended for our cover to convey multiple meanings: certainly that Trump was running behind, but also that America itself was losing, dragged down into a filthy dumb-show campaign. And, Kruger herself adds, “Donald Trump has a keen instinct for locating the most vulnerable place in the character of anyone who disagrees with him — my labeling him with the word he most feared was just a comment on and reenactment of that strategy.” (Not to mention that Trump himself uses single-word epithets so enthusiastically.)
With all due respect, there’s no way any of those other layers were going to be clear to the average reader. The grimacing black and white close-up of Trump with the red sticker-like proclamation of him being a “Loser” tipped yet another media outlet’s conviction that he had no chance.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
New York Calls Trump a ‘Loser’