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Lois Beckett, who has been with ProPublica since 2011 and writing most recently about gun violence, gun policy and related topics, is about to start applying those skills at a new media home. Starting next month, she will be a senior reporter at Guardian US focusing on gun control.
From today’s announcement:
Beckett joins from ProPublica, where she has reported on gun violence and gun policy since 2013. She has focused most recently on the intersection of race and urban gun violence, and won a 2015 Deadline Award for her Essence magazine collaboration on the human cost to families affected by firearm deaths. Before joining ProPublica in 2011, Beckett reported for the Nieman Journalism Lab and SF Weekly.
“Lois brings an innovative approach to both data-driven storytelling and enterprise reporting,” said Guardian US editor Lee Glendinning. “She will work with all of us as we seek to deepen our coverage in another area where Guardian US can truly make an impact.”
Beckett starts Feb. 3 and will be based in New York. This is a new position at Guardian US. Congrats![Photo via: @loisbeckett]
Women’s Health is getting into the podcast game. According to WWD, the magazine is set to launch “Uninterrupted,” a weekly show that will cover the heavier topics that Women’s Health touches on, like politics and news.
Uninterrupted, which debuts on Feb. 1, will feature Gloria Steinem its first guest. The show will be hosted by senior issues editor Caitlin Abber.
“We wanted to have a way to highlight other voices,” Abber told WWD. “We’re still going to cover relationships, but we think that this [podcast] ties in directly to women’s issues, from body issues to LGBTQ to careers.”
On today’s ESPN Radio broadcast of The Dan Le Batard Show, an NFL team was casually referred to as “the Washington Racial Slurs.” It got us wondering how many other outlets have penciled in this unusual nomenclature.
During the 2015 NFL season, only a handful of other places have opted for this same R—– S—- descriptor, including NBC Sports, Forbes and the blog Pigskin Today. We had to go all the way back to the pre-season to find a headline mention. From Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion writer Jeff Darcy’s Aug. 13 item:
Team owner Dan Snyder, the Donald Trump of the NFL, continues to insist the ethnic slur honors Native Americans, despite the fact that at least 23 Native American tribes have called upon the owner to change the team’s name…
While the team’s name is disparaging, the logo on the side of their helmets is not. Especially when compared to the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo.
Washington’s helmet logo was introduced in 1972. It was proposed by Walter Wetzel, then president of the National Congress of American Indians. The logo was modeled after the Buffalo nickel and team’s logo from when they were originally called the Braves while playing in Boston.
The Indians’ “Sambo” style, bright red Chief Wahoo actually matches Washington’s team name better than their own helmet logo. With it’s bright red skin color, hook nose, teepee shaped triangle eyes and name, the Indians mascot is a blatant racial stereotype.
Interesting stuff. And that summer 2015 designation of Trump? Well, that stands as a spot-on political scouting report.[Image via: @Redskins]
The February issue is Southern Living’s largest since May 2008. There are four separate covers and inside, each feature is in some way connected to the magazine’s past.
“This is a moment for us to honor the things that make us all ‘Southern,’,” wrote Southern Living editor Sid Evans, in a note to readers. “For this issue, we profiled people from every corner of the South—chefs and writers, gardeners and decorators, artists and musicians, and (of course) our loyal readers. Put them all together and you have a collection of people who are bound by one thing – a shared passion for the South.”
Southern Living is also hosting a 50th birthday party in Birmingham, Alabama on January 25. The event will be held at Time Inc. Food Studios.
A couple Revolving Door items for you today, involving The New Yorker and The Hollywood Reporter. Details are below.Adrian Chen has joined The New Yorker as a staff writer. Chen previously worked as a feeelance writer, contributing to The New York Times, Wired and more. THR has named Anna Lisa Raya senior awards editor. Raya previously worked for AwardsLine, a Deadline Hollywood publication.
They didn’t have Twitter back in 1996. But the lack of diversity at an Oscars ceremony hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and produced by Quincy Jones was still very much part of the public discourse.
The March 18, 1996 cover story by Pam Lambert resonates for another reason when re-read this Oscar season. It includes quotes from Reginald Hudlin, who is is co-producing the 2016 Academy Awards with David Hill:
Hollywood’s power circle “has levels of segregation that would not be accepted in IBM or American Express,” says black filmmaker Reginald Hudlin (Boomerang). “An individual actor or director can come and go, but those people are there for decades. That’s where we need to make great changes…
“The budget ceiling for African-American productions is dramatically lower than for so-called mainstream projects,” says Warrington Hudlin, who has produced four of his brother Reginald’s movies. Hudlin cites their experience after their first studio film, House Party, grossed over 10 times its $2.5 million budget. “One would think that the interpretation would be, ‘Here are guys who have their ears to the ground, so let them come back with a more challenging budget to make even more money,’ ” he says. “But instead the response was, ‘No, you’ll do another movie in the same budget range.’ ”
Part of the studios’ justification, Hudlin says, is their contention that “blacks don’t sell overseas.” Yet he points out that Eddie Murphy’s 1988 movie Coming to America, made for $39 million with a virtually all-black cast, did a whopping $350 million internationally. And last year’s Bad Boys, starring the lesser-known Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, scored $75 million overseas. (Its U.S. take was $64 million.) “There’s conventional wisdom that catches on,” Hudlin says. “Statistics come out that. refute it, but people hold on to it.”
Warrington goes on to suggest that the lack of a Best Supporting Actor nomination that year for Don Cheadle‘s turn as Mouse and Devil in a Blue Dress is “deeply, deeply disturbing.” And he provides writer Lambert with an article ending that might as well have been articulated yesterday:
“If Hollywood wasn’t racist, it wouldn’t be American. I’m neither complaining nor whining,” Hudlin says. “I like to always operate from an illusion-free place.”
The National Review is a conservative publication, but the editors there have had enough of Donald Trump. So much so that they asked 22 conservative thinkers to contribute essays about why Trump must be stopped.
“Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him,” explained a note from National Review editors. “Count us out. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.”
Naturally, Trump decided to give his thoughts on the magazine:
National Review is a failing publication that has lost it's way. It's circulation is way down w its influence being at an all time low. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2016
Maybe National Review’s next issue should include essays that will educate Trump about the apostrophe.
To honor the event, the Times launched a great interactive tool that allows users to navigate through the Times’ digital history. The interactive features audio, video and nytimes.com milestones, like its coverage of Princess Diana’s death.
If you’re snowed in this weekend and haven’t finished off all the alcohol, give the interactive a whirl.
Variety has named Carolyn Horwitz managing editor. Horwitz comes to the magazine from Entrepreneur, where she served as executive editor.
Prior to her time at Entrepreneur, Horwitz worked for Architecture/Interior Press and Billboard.
“We are ecstatic to have Carolyn join our team and we look forward to embracing her creative ideas as we grow our Variety content and brand in a myriad of ways,” said Variety co-editors Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein, in an announcement. “Carolyn brings to the job a combination of ingenuity, confidence and strong editorial and management skills.”
Brooks Barnes goes for a ten chip:
“10 Sundance Movies With Heat”
Kyle Buchanan wagers 50% more:
“The 15 Most Anticipated Movies of Sundance 2016”
E!’s Marc Malkin bests them both:
“Sundance 2016: 19 Movies We Can’t Wait to See”
Amateurs. If you really want to have a shot at the Google News listicle pot, at least two dozen is where it’s at. Right, Wired?
On this festival opening day, honorable mention goes to Ebony and Vanity Fair for wedging in the other hot film topic of the moment. At the former, you can read “Black Sundance: Ten Films Not to Miss,” while the latter – ahead of what FishbowlNY hopes will be an all-black cover for the annual Hollywood issue – presents “Sundance Preview: 19 Films That Could Be the Next Oscar Breakouts.”
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Seventeen taking on The Hollywood Reporter.
Seventeen’s latest features Tori Kelly. We have absolutely no idea who Kelly is, but that’s probably a good thing for Seventeen, given that we are slightly out of its target audience range.
THR’s latest features Brie Larson doing yoga. We think. We’re not quite sure what she’s doing here, but if this is yoga, THR’s editors hopefully recognize the irony of putting “#OscarsSoWhite” and a white actress doing yoga on the same cover.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
The tradition continues. Following in the crossover footsteps of James Crugnale and Jordan Chariton, another Mediabistro-slash-Adweek media watcher is moving on to a full-time position with TheWrap.
Beginning Monday, TVNewser co-editor Brian Flood will be TheWrap’s new media reporter, replacing Chariton, who is doing a bang-up job on the 2016 presidential campaign beat with The Young Turks. One slight difference with regards to Flood is that he will bring to TheWrap some additional knowledge of and experience within the sports media. He will remain based in New York, traveling to L.A. as needed.
“I am very fortunate that TVNewser hired me to cover the media industry after a 10-year career strictly covering sports,” says Flood. “The opportunities that Adweek and TVNewser gave me have resulted in an exciting next chapter in my career.”
As a reminder of just how much sports is central to Flood’s M.O., his dog is named Posada, after Jorge Posada. He tells us Posada is “thrilled” with the fact that his owner will be tethered to a familiar home office for the new gig. Ha ha.
Before TVNewser, Flood was at CBSSports.com and the NFL league office. He says a podcast is already in the planning stages at TheWrap and that he will be looking, from the Jan. 25 get-go, to build up the site’s sports media and sports business coverage. Congrats to Flood and we wish him all the best as he begins this exciting new career chapter.
P.S. Two years after TheWrap, Crugnale is now associate science editor at The Weather Channel.
Genius has added Insanul Ahmed as a senior writer and Khalila Douze as social media manager.
Ahmed comes to Genius from Complex, where he served as video producer and editor. Douze most recently served as The Fader’s social media editor.Other recent additions to Genius include director of content Brendan Frederick, artist relations manager Rob Markman and editor John Kennedy.
Fortune has published its second annual Unicorn List, which features private companies valued at $1 billion or more. That means your daughter’s lemonade stand did not make the cut. Next year, maybe.
Leading The Unicorn List is Uber, valued at a whopping $62 billion. Below is the top 10.
1. Uber ($62 billion)
2. Xiaomi ($46 billion)
3. Airbnb ($25.5 billion)
4. Palantir ($20.5 billion
5. Didi Kuaidi ($16 billion)
6. Snapchat ($16 billion)
7. China Internet Plus ($15 billion)
8. Flipkart ($15 billion)
9. SpaceX ($12 billion)
10. Pinterest ($11 billion)
Al Jazeera America is cutting 197 staffers as a result of it shutting down operations. The Huffington Post reports that the layoffs will take place between April 13 and April 30. April 30 is the official date of Al Jazeera America’s closure.
Al Jazeera Media Group announced early this month that it was closing Al Jazeera America after less than three years due to financial struggles.
“The decision that has been made is in no way because AJAM has done anything but a great job,” wrote CEO Al Anstey, in a memo to staffers at the time.
Upworthy, the news and entertainment site founded by Eli Pariser and Peter Koechley in 2012, has a new look. Here’s the old Upworthy logo:
And starting today, two versions of the revamped logo:
Upworthy vp of marketing Jenn Lindenauer said a new logo was neccessary because the site had changed since it launched. Upworthy now features more original reporting and video offerings.
“We wanted the Upworthy logo to be more,” explained Lindenauer. “Upworthy: positive and lively, engaging and innovative, and ever-focused on our bedrock mission of changing what people pay attention to. After looking at lots of different options that were terrific but not quite #Upworthy, we landed here.”
We have to be honest, we like the old logo better. But we don’t own Upworthy and to each his/her own.
It’s worth noting that if you listen to the entire Allegedly podcast that got this whole mini-media feud started, Heather McDonald was actually quite fair about her former boss, Chelsea Handler. While she made a couple of remarks that were widely disseminated, she more often complimented her seven-years E! colleague and acknowledged Handler’s right to run things as the host saw fit.
McDonald also revealed on that Jan. 19 podcast that when Chelsea Lately’s run was abruptly ended, she and the other writers got the short end of the contract stick. While other staffers received severance packages, she says the writers on WGA contract did not.
Today, on her weekly podcast, McDonald starts off by responding to the criticism leveled at her by Handler via Howard Stern and Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusxXM programs on Tuesday. From the top of today’s episode of Scoop With Heather McDonald:
“I have never exchanged stories with Us Weekly or any other publication about Chelsea Handler or any other celebrities, in exchange for them running photos of me. This never happened…”
“I’m an honest person. If you listen to this podcast, I have an amazing memory and I am brutally honest.”
From there, McDonald does a fun riff with guest Amy Phillips about this topic, with the pair respectively adopting the personas of Real Housewives Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Chelsea Handler Fires Back at Heather McDonald
In what seems like a regular thing now, Gawker Media is getting sued. According to The New York Post, Ashley Terrill is suing Gawker, editor John Cook and writer Sam Biddle for libel. She’s seeking $10 million in damages.
According to Terrill’s suit, she had suspicions that her computer had been hacked while she was working on a story about sexual harassment at Tinder. A friend suggested that Gawker might be able to help, so she sought out Cook and Biddle. All three allegedly made an agreement to keep the material and Terrill’s identity confidential.
Instead, the suit claims, Gawker later published their own Tinder story and featured Terrill’s name often. Gawker’s piece also claimed Terrill was engaging in “character assassination” of Whitney Wolfe, a Tinder co-founder.
Terrill alleges that Biddle went back on his word because he had a relationship with Wolfe and another Tinder staffer.
A Gawker spokesperson told the Post that Terrill’s suit was “frivolous,” but Gawker had to bring on an investor just to help with its legal fight with Hulk Hogan, so another lawsuit should probably be described in any other way than that.