Via an exclusive interview with Chicago Sun-Times urban affairs reporter and assistant city editor Maudlyne Ihejirika, Beverly Johnson has talked for the first substantive time about the aftermath of her recent bombshell Vanity Fair essay, in which she accused Bill Cosby of drugging her.
While Johnson says she was discouraged previously about including Cosby content in her memoir, there will be no such exceptions when The Face That Changed It All finally arrives from Simon & Schuster this summer. A full chapter in the book will be devoted to Cosby:
\"I’ve gotten more support than backlash,\" Johnson says about the Vanity Fair piece. \"I feel proud of helping create this lightning rod for a larger conversation that’s much needed in America — that whole silence on the rape culture that is here.\"
Ihejiriki also asked Johnson about her thoughts on Camille Cosby’s recent public stance. The supermodel-turned-businesswoman’s latest comments come on the heels of Chelsea Handler talking to Esquire, for the magazine’s April 2015 cover story, about how she feels she evaded the dark specter of Cosby a decade ago in Atlantic City.
There’s an interesting detail in Richard Sandomir’s NYT account of The Players’ Tribune’s impressive rookie year. When site editor-at-large David Ortiz added March 26 essay \"The Dirt\" to the Derek Jeter digital portal, he hit the Red Sox paper of record in the gut:
Within a half-hour of Ortiz’s post being published, the Boston Globe rushed onto its website a similar article, the product of an interview Ortiz gave March 11 to one of its reporters, Bob Hohler. That piece had been held since last week so it could be the centerpiece of the Globe’s Major League Baseball preview April 5.
\"When he [Hohler] filed it, we were wary,\" said Joseph Sullivan, the Globe’s sports editor. \"I worried about ESPN or Yahoo or the Boston Herald somehow doing a similar story. But I didn’t think about The Players’ Tribune.\"
Sullivan added: \"Thursday night was not a good night for me.\"
A producer for The Players’ Tribune tells Sandomir the Ortiz essay was the organic and largely unexpected byproduct of connecting recently with Big Papi at baseball training camp. Read the rest of the NYT piece here.
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The general consensus from the thoughtful side of the Lena Dunham reaction pile is that her March 30 issue “Shouts & Murmurs” piece is not anti-Semitic.
New York Times religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer, writing this morning for Time, disputes editor David Remnick‘s statement that Dunham was working in the Lenny Bruce, Larry David and Sarah Silverman vein. The Jewish characters in Girls are not lovable, a la Curb, nor does Dunham make her Jewish self the butt of the jokes, a la Silverman:
Is Dunham an anti-Semite? Of course not. She is just a young artist, with shaky judgment, and no real feel for the tradition of Jewish humor in which her editor, presiding over America’s most storied magazine, suggests she is working. And this whole episode has the salutary effect, I like to think, of folding Dunham more closely into the tradition of Jewish writers: sooner or later, if we’re doing our job, we all get called bad for the Jews.
Jonah Golderg, in The National Review, thinks the piece is a sad reflection of today’s challenged magazine industry times. And… not anti-Semitic:
I don’t think she was going for anti-Semitism, though she’ll happily pocket the edginess that accusation brings. Rather, like so much of what Dunham does, it reeks of self-indulgence. She clearly think it’s very clever. But as a piece of writing it’s remarkably un-clever. It’s not terrible. It’s more like a solid B in a college-writing seminar.
Finally, Bendik Kaltenborn, the Norwegian illustrator who drew the cartoon that goes along with Dunham’s words, tells Slate he thought it was funny when he first read it. And that the magazine asked for art changes:
“I’d done an illustration of Lena Dunham for a Norwegian magazine so had done some research on her and her life. I got sent the [article] text, and I Googled her dog and her boyfriend. Then I just drew the dog and boyfriend.
Meaning at first you actually drew Jack Antonoff?
Yes. It’s quite a personal text so I thought that made sense. But then someone at the New Yorker told me they wanted just a regular person, not her boyfriend. So I changed it.
They wanted him to look like a generic-looking guy?
Yes, that was the idea. The first version really looked like Jack Antonoff.
[Photo of Dunham with Judd Apatow at November 11, 2014 PEN Center USA 24th Annual Literary Awards in Los Angeles: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]
Coastal Living replaces editor Antonia van der Meer with Country Living executive editor Steele Marcoux, who once served as design director at her new home. “Steele is a great editorial talent who knows how to inspire print and digital audiences with smart packaging and storytelling, especially when it comes to style and design,” Time Inc. executive vice president Evelyn Webster and chief content officer Norman Pearlstine wrote in a memo announcing the news. Additionally, Time Inc. group editor Sid Evans plans to deepen “his involvement with the day-to-day operations at Coastal Living,” while Clare McHugh, who already oversees Health and All You, will take on Sunset and This Old House, too…
Time poaches Carrie Gee from Adweek and Jennifer Prandato from The Boston Globe. The pair have been named senior art director and freelance iPad/iPhone/print designer, respectively, while Allison Duda and Chelsea Kardokus get promotions in the art department… Brad Dunn returns to the Parade fold as senior vice president and chief digital officer at Athlon Media Group. He had been a consultant at AMG, but had previously spent eight years as the executive editor of Parade… The New York Times Magazine recruits Hairpin contributing editor Jazmine Hughes as associate digital editor. She’s part of editor Jake Silverstein‘s push to make the mag more relevant on the web… Read More
FishbowlDC: Ben Affleck appeared before a Senate subcommittee to plead his case that Batman should have a Boston accent.
TVNewser: Good Morning America and Today used the new Twitter app Periscope during their shows this morning. Matt Lauer, America’s new grandpa, suggested that everyone “read a book” instead.
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There has been a barrage of Radar and National Enquirer exclamation-mark exclusives this week aimed at the Hollywood actor.
On March 25, the Enquirer revealed publicly something that those who have been closely following the re-opened Natalie Wood investigation already knew. Namely, that Splendour captain Dennis Davern, Thanksgiving 1981 excursion guest Christopher Walken and Wagner were all classified as \"Persons of Interest\" when the cause of death on Wood’s certificate was changed. Davern has passed a polygraph test and Walken has spoken with LASD detectives. Wagner, so far, has refused to cooperate.
AMI is also revisiting Davern’s 2012 trip to Hawaii with investigators, at both the Enquirer and Radar ends, and today has published a handwritten two-page March 18 letter by Natalie’s sister Lana to the LA D.A.:
In a bombshell open letter to Jackie Lacey, obtained exclusively by the Enquirer, Lana penned: \"I am writing to plead with you to consider pressing charges against Robert Wagner.”
\"It has recently come to my attention that [detectives] feel very strongly they have sufficient evidence implicating Wagner in her death, but, that your office feels it is only circumstantial and therefore will not move forward.\"
Author Marti Rulli tells FishbowlNY that Wagner’s stance towards the current investigation is key. \"Wagner still refuses to cooperate, participate or talk with detectives,\" she says. \"That is making them highly suspicious of him, far more than they are suspicious of Davern and Walken. They are determined to solve this case, and it is Wagner who could help them do it, but he refuses to.\"
\"In his book Pieces of My Heart, Wagner stated that he went “over and over” (with Walken and others) details of what could have happened to Natalie. This is his chance to ask the detectives what they believe happened, and he has no questions?\"
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The Church of Scientology’s counter-PR campaign against Going Clear, the documentary debuting Sunday night on HBO, has two main prongs: Twitter account @FreedomEthics and a dedicated section on the Freedom magazine website tagged, simply, \"HBO.\"
One of the people helping the Church lead the charge against the documentary is Kathy Haggis, younger sister of Paul Haggis. The writer-director has been front and center all along here, from the 2011 New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright, to the follow-on book, to this weekend’s Alex Gibney HBO adaptation.
If you think what Kathy says about Paul in the March video above is shocking, there’s plenty more where that came from. Here for example is an excerpt from Kathy’s January 25 personal blog post, \"A Tale by Two Liars: Lawrence Wright, Paul Haggis:\"
Paul Haggis was cheated out of a credit on Lawrence Wright’s recent book (now a \"documentary\"). The credit should read \"written by Lawrence Wright, fabricated by Paul Haggis.\" And it should be subtitled with their mutual motive for concocting such a story: \"Never let the truth get in the way of a sale.\"
Another more recent post is titled \"Paul Haggis, Humanitarian? Really??\" Her WordPress blog, read before or after watching the HBO doc, serves as a potent reminder of the turmoil that envelops families split by a defection from the Church.
Prior to his four month stint at the Daily News, Birnbaum served as deputy managing editor for Politico. He previously spent nine years at The New York Post.
“Gregg will lead our breaking news coverage in the early hours each day, beginning at 6am,” wrote CNNMoney executive editor Lex Haris, in a memo. “He’ll be looking for the most important stories, those with the most impact, and opportunities to make some news too. Gregg is all about breaking news.”
Birnbaum begins his new role April 6.
The Latin Kitchen appeals to Latinos who have a strong knowledge of their culinary heritage. But it also appeals to non-Latinos who have the same affinity for the flavors and tastes of Latin cooking.
Almost all of the content found on The Latin Kitchen is open to freelancers. And writers who impress editors early on may find themselves getting assignments and writing regularly for the publication. Regardless of what section you’re pitching, you should stick to these general guidelines:
It’s rare that an article will exceed 1,000 words, and while each contributor to the site has a distinct personality, first person is not typically used in articles. Before pitching an idea, use the site’s search function to make sure the topic you have in mind hasn’t already been covered. Also note that freelancers who submit their own high-resolution photographs stand a better chance at landing an assignment.
For more, read: How To Pitch: The Latin Kitchen
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There are only 49 seats in the White House briefing room, which makes them highly coveted. So when changes were recently implemented, news organizations scrambled. Score a front row seat and you’re likely to get questions answered. Land in the back row? Good luck.
The best seats in the new White House briefing room belong to NBC News, Fox News (which beat out NPR and Bloomberg News years ago), the AP, ABC News, Reuters and CNN.
The AP typically gets selected first. After that, with each row, the chances of speaking to the President go downhill fast. Although as USA Today notes, there are exceptions: Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, in the sixth row, gets plenty of opportunities. As does Roll Call’s Steven Dennis in the last row.
As for everyone else in the last row — including staffers from BuzzFeed, the BBC, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News and more — they might as well bide the time passing notes and gossiping about the spring sock hop, because they’re not getting picked.
Tanzina Vega is leaving The New York Times to join CNN Politics. Vega had been with the Times for the past eight years.
During her tenure at the Times, Vega covered a variety of beats. Her work was especially admired when she she was named the paper’s first-ever race and ethnicity reporter. In January, the Times unfortunately (and wrongly) decided to dissolve the beat and shift Vega to the Metro desk.
“Tanzina, a reporter at The New York Times, will focus on the intersection of technology and politics,” wrote CNN Politics executive editor Rachel Smolkin, in a memo. “She’ll look at innovative ways the 2016 campaigns are using technology, the evolution of micro targeting and new twists in voter registration. She’ll also mine the blending of technology and politics beyond the beltway, from grassroots movements to civil rights to hashtag activism on social media.”
Vega starts April 20.
Time Inc. won’t be boosting Sports Illustrated’s video presence after all. According to The New York Post, talks between the publisher and CineSport — a sports video platform — have broken down.
A source told the Post that Time Inc. was looking for ways to bolster SI’s digital offerings, and talks were progressing. Then suddenly — as often happens with these kinds of things — nothing. “I thought Time Inc. was buying it and it was a done deal — and then they were not buying it,” said the source.
For what it’s worth, it seems like CineSport is still interested. Its founder, Gregg Winik, told the Post, “We are big fans of the Time and Sports Illustrated brands,” which is another way of saying “Nothing is over!“
On the heels of Mashable hiring its first-ever fashion reporter, the site has named Miriam Kramer its first space reporter.
Kramer comes to the site from Space.com, where — for the past three years — she served as a staff writer with a focus on space exploration, rocket launches and scientific discoveries. Prior to that Kramer served as a contributor to Popular Mechanics.
Kramer begins her new role in April.