Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, one of the most well-regarded NBA reporters, plans to launch his NBA site The Vertical this Friday, Jan. 29.
In an interview with Katie Nolan, Wojnarowski gave his fans plenty of details about the new site.
The Vertical will debut with a behind-the-scenes look at an NBA team as it prepares for a regular season game. The piece will be penned by Michael Lee, who previously worked for The Washington Post. Chris Mannix, formerly of Sports Illustrated, will host The Vertical’s video features and JJ Redick, currently of The LA Clippers, will host a weekly podcast. That’s in addition to The Vertical podcast, hosted by Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski has been with Yahoo since 2006. The New York Post reported that he recently signed a four-year contract extension with Yahoo that will pay him roughly $2 million a year.
National Geographic Partners has named George Stone editor in chief of National Geographic Travel.
Stone has worked for Traveler as a writer and editor for the past 18 years, most recently serving as an editor at large.
“George’s passion about the power of travel to transform lives and connect cultures is evident in his work as a writer and editor for Traveler for nearly two decades,” said Partners’ editorial director and National Geographic editor in chief Susan Goldberg, in an announcement. “George has a knack for creating print and digital features that resonate with new audiences — and reflect his spirit of adventure and fun.”
Stone will report to Goldberg.
For the Sioux City Journal in Iowa, Ally Karsyn is a features reporter while Kirby Kaufman covers City Hall and Native American issues. But tonight, on stage, they will be fellow storytellers, kicking off a once-a-month event devised by Karsyn.
Karsyn was inspired in part by The Moth, the themed storytelling series launched in New York in 1997. Here’s how she recently explained her free-admission project to Journal readers:
One of my favorite things about being a journalist is being able to connect with people I would not otherwise get to meet. It’s a privilege to be invited into people’s homes, into their lives, if only briefly, to sit down at a kitchen table with them and just talk.
It’s made my life so much richer and better than I could ever imagine and that’s something I can’t keep to myself. It must be shared.
That’s why I’m starting a little something called Ode, a storytelling series where community members tell true stories on stage to promote positive impact through empathy.
The stories to be told the last Wednesday of each month must be true, able to be related in 10 minutes or less and read from a prepared, first-person essay. Joining the pair of reporters for kick off tonight at 7 p.m. at ISU Design West will be writer Donna Brooks and motivational speaker John Paul Engel.
Per the illustration above, the debut theme is breaking points and new beginnings. The Facebook page for the event series can be found here.
The drama between Nexstar, Meredith and Media General is officially over. Nexstar has agreed to purchase Media General for $4.6 billion in cash and stock. The new, combined company will be called Nexstar Media Group.
Last September a deal between Meredith and Media General was almost completed, but Nexstar stepped in with a sweeter proposal. Don’t feel too bad for Meredith though, it is getting a $60 million termination fee from Nexstar.
The transaction—which is expected to close by the end of the year—was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
Perry Sook, Nexstar’s chairman, president and CEO, described the deal as “strategically and financially compelling.” Sounds about right.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving USA Today and Bustle. Details are below.Michael Kuntz has joined USA Today as senior vice president of digital revenue. He most recently served as Gawker Media’s senior vice president of global sales and partnerships. Bustle has named Emily Shire politics editor. She previously worked for The Daily Beast.
Delayed for a day by the weekend blizzard, 25 journalism students from the University of Georgia made their way back home Monday night. During their six-day visit, they met with various New York media companies and organizations.
One of the more motivating tours the group took was at AOL. That’s because the person giving the tour, Lesley Hauler, was this time last year herself a journalism student at UGA. Now, she was the one giving the tour in NYC instead of taking them in 2015.
— Lesley Hauler (@LesleyHauler) January 22, 2016
The group leveraged the blizzard into some local news coverage and their own report. The school’s DiGamma Kappa Professional Broadcast Society, which organizes these trips, was established in 1939.
Marketing isn’t for the faint of heart. We can apply all our smarts and experience to predict outcomes and anticipate surprises, but sometimes we just need to throw it all into the pot and stir it up. Identifying the elements that have high potential to precipitate trouble makes you much more able to handle them like a pro and nip disasters in the bud.
Twitter makes big changes at the top, as Katie Jacobs Stanton and Kevin Weil leave. They were in charge of media and product, respectively. Engineering head Alex Roetter is also out, along with Brian Schipper, who had been vice president of human resources, and Vine general manager Jason Toff. That’s a pretty remarkable turnover, and there could be more moves in the near future as CEO Jack Dorsey attempts to turn around his flagging company, which saw its stock fall to an all-time low after the news. Insiders expect Dorsey to take on a larger, product-focused role going forward, while CTO Adam Messinger “will be taking over all of engineering and consumer product, design and research user service, and Fabric into one group,” according to Dorsey…
New York Times graphics editor Amanda Cox is the new editor of The Upshot. “Amanda Cox has a singular reputation among her colleagues with The Upshot and the Graphics desk. She’s creative and collegial and has a rare force of intellect,” writes executive editor Dean Baquet… Time Inc. taps John Marcom as senior vice president, strategy and business development, for the company’s international business. He was most recently a co-founder of Media BBQ but had worked at Time Inc. in the past, including as publisher of the Asia edition… Shax Riegler takes over as executive editor of Architectural Digest. He had been content lead at the Consumer Reports Home and Appliances group. His experience in the shelter world includes stints at House Beautiful and House & Garden…
Things have worked out extremely well for Eric Noe (pictured) since he departed New York in 2014 for the West Coast. At the time, he was managing editor of ABC News digital and though Participant Media has extremely solid financial backing, it was still a bit of a career gamble.
Noe joined takepart.com as editor in chief and two years later, has added the title of senior vice president. As such, his purview has been expanded:
Noe will oversee all aspects of digital content development, production and publishing for takepart.com. Under his leadership, TakePart has launched multiple editorial tentpoles focused on current issues. Overall, the tentpoles successfully garnered 1.8 million page views and 1.6 million visits.
Participant Media has also announced that TakePart colleague Jay Ku has been promoted to senior vice president in charge of advertising and brand solutions. Ku started the same year as Noe, 2014, as vice president. Both will report to executive vice president of digital Karina Kogan.
TakePart currently has a staff of 20 full-time writers and editors. Among the personnel: editorial director, environment Todd Woody, previously with Forbes, Fortune and Quartz; deputy editor Sarah Wright-Killinger, formerly of Yahoo News and the L.A. Times; news editor Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, who joined from the Associated Press; culture and education editor Liz Dwyer; and food and culture editor Willy Blackmore.
Joanna Coles is quite hip. According to WWD, the editor of Cosmopolitan has joined Snapchat’s board of directors.
For those wondering, Hearst president David Carey doesn’t see any conflict of interest.
“Here at Hearst, potential board roles are reviewed on a case-by-case basis,” Carey told WWD. “I’m very pleased that Joanna is on the board of directors of such an important and ascendant technology company.”
Cox was most recently the Times’ graphics editor. She joined the company in 2004.
“Amanda Cox has a singular reputation among her colleagues with The Upshot and the Graphics desk,” wrote Times executive editor Dean Baquet, in a memo to staffers. “She’s creative and collegial and has a rare force of intellect. She is responsible for some of the most innovative work the Times has done over the last decade, and her input has lifted the work of dozens of Times journalists.”
In related news, Kevin Quealy has been named a deputy editor of The Upshot.
But after that long run as deputy night editor, assistant news editor and deputy digital editor, the 44-year-old Shields is crossing over to amNewYork to become the rival paper’s editor in chief. From today’s announcement:
“I’m thrilled Bob Shields is joining the talented amNewYork team,” said Debby Krenek, Newsday editorial director and senior vice president digital media. “He is a seasoned journalist who will build on the strong foundation of Manhattan’s highest daily circulation newspaper.”
Added Shields: “I’m excited to lead the staff at amNewYork, which is a great newspaper. amNewYork has its finger on the pulse of the city and I look forward to bringing readers new and stimulating stories.”
Shields began his newspaper career in 1993 at Oneonta’s The Daily Star.
Headline of the day, so far. https://t.co/NvVA8VZXDu
— Robert Shields (@rshields37) January 26, 2016
It’s a new position for the revamped Hollywood trade, and stepping into it is Ramin Setoodeh, previously the publication’s New York film editor. From today’s announcement:
“Ramin has proven himself to be an invaluable part of our entire organization,” said Claudia Eller, Variety co-editor-in-chief. “His smart, insightful business coverage has contributed mightily to the resurgence of Variety as the industry’s leading news source on all things entertainment.”
In his two years at Variety, Setoodeh has written 23 cover stories for the magazine, including profiles of Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Murray, Barbara Walters, Eddie Redmayne, Megyn Kelly and Sylvester Stallone. Many of his cover features, including a recent story on equal pay for women, have gone viral online and trended on Facebook.
Setoodeh has been busy in Park City tracking Sundance Film Festival news. Earlier today, he filed a report with colleague Brent Lang about the record-breaking amount paid by Fox Searchlight for slavery drama Birth of a Nation:
The Weinstein Company, Netflix and Sony were among the companies making offers on the picture, Variety has learned. Bidding lasted through the night, with one company, believed to be Netflix, offering $20 million for the picture. The deal is the richest in Sundance history.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Cate Blanchett Revisits Sensational Cannes Quote
It ain’t pretty today if you click into the “Sports” section of the San Antonio News-Express website. Digital sports producer Nick Moyle wound up cataloging highlights of a different sort Monday night after his Spurs committed a season-high 26 turnovers and got blown out at Oracle Arena by the Warriors 120 to 90:
Much like a Stephen Curry 3-pointer, social media was swift and brutal. Spurs fans took to Twitter to express their emotions the only way they know how: through the power of meme.
— William Tran (@willsfrealtor) January 26, 2016
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich disagreed slightly after the game with the above meme take. His team weren’t old men but rather boys, beaten by men. Of course, there’s plenty more to come this regular season – three more contests between the two top-ranked teams, with Tim Duncan in uniform (he was out last night).
For the News-Express “Spurs Nation Postgame Wrap,” Jabari Young and Jeff McDonald discussed post-game on the Oracle floor if Duncan’s presence might have made a difference. To hear their thoughts, watch below.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
FishbowlNY Newsstand: The Warriors Are Golden
Glamour has named John Dioso executive director of editorial operations. Dioso previously served as executive managing editor of Cosmopolitan and Seventeen.
Prior to his roles at Cosmo and Seventeen, Dioso worked for Rolling Stone as deputy managing editor and managing editor for Us Weekly.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome John to Glamour,” said Glamour editor Cindi Leive. “His vast experience and killer track record in media will be key to Glamour’s continued growth this year and beyond. At a time when our audience wants us to connect with them on a range of platforms—via everything from live experiences to social media—John has the depth of experience necessary to help our brand seamlessly manage these new projects while continuing to produce first-rate content.”
Dioso’s appointment is effective February 16.
Investopedia has hired former CNN executive Caleb Silver as its vp of content. Silver left CNN in 2014 to found Frog Pound Productions.
Silver spent more than a decade at CNN and CNNMoney. He most recently served as director of business news for CNN.
“We are thrilled to have an editorial heavyweight like Caleb join our team,” said Investopedia CEO David Siegel, in a statement. “Last year saw Investopedia triple content production; with Caleb at the helm we have the opportunity to take original editorial to the next level with a forward-leaning strategy that not only helps our readers make sense of the day’s biggest headlines, but anticipates where the news is headed.”