Salon has cut six staffers as part of “budgetary cuts.” According to Politico, assistant managing editor Ruth Henrich and life editor Kim Brooks were among those let go.
Henrich had been with Salon since the late 90s; Brooks since 2009.
“Salon Media Group took steps that we believe will put the company on a stronger path forward,” said Salon CEO Cindy Jeffers, in a statement. “We made the difficult decision to reduce our staff, in addition to other budgetary cuts. We hope these steps will move us in the direction of profitability and align us more closely with our strategy.”
The New York Daily News has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nominee. The paper’s editorial board described Clinton as “a superprepared warrior realist” who is “unsparingly clear-eyed about what’s wrong with America while holding firm to what’s right with America.”
This is probably a good time to point out that the News’ owner Mort Zuckerman is a longtime ally of the Clintons.
Still, the News made a passionate case for Clinton. “She fully understands the toll that adverse economic forces have taken on the country,” continued the endorsement. “She is supremely knowledgeable about the powers a President can wield to lift fortunes in need of lifting.”
While the paper’s board lavished praise upon Clinton, it also took some time to bash Bernie Sanders.
The News said the Vermont senator is “a fantasist who’s at passionate war with reality” and then went through each of his talking points and tore them down. “As would happen with any ideological phenomenon, close inspection of Sanders’ thinking clarifies that trust is misplaced,” said the News.
The theme of the 37th annual Mississippi Picnic, scheduled for Saturday June 11 at 5th Ave. and 72nd Street, was to be “Nothing But the Blues,” in honor of B.B. King. Today, that theme is appropriate for very different reasons.
Per a report in The Clarion-Ledger, the New York Mississippi Society, fearing the impact of protests planned for that day over recently signed House Bill 1523, has decided to cancel the event. The new law allows businesses and circuit clerks to deny services to same-sex couples:
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, a regular attendee of the picnic, said he is disappointed by the decision.
“I am disappointed we won’t be celebrating Mississippi’s rich and diverse culture in Central Park this year,” Bryant said in an emailed statement. “I’m confident many New Yorkers feel the same way. I will be happy to participate in the event should organizers revive it in the future.”
Clarion-Ledger reporter Kate Royals got some interesting comments for her report from Chris Awwad, an openly gay Mississippi native currently completing his medical residency in Brooklyn. Read the rest here.
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Time Inc. continues to shuffle staff on the business side, promoting Meredith Long to group publisher of Time, Fortune and Money. She had been publisher of the company’s eponymous publication. “Meredith is an incredible talent, and we are lucky to have her at Time Inc.,” Time Inc. evp Evelyn Webster wrote in a memo. “Her leadership and energy at Time have been infectious, and I look forward to watching her bring those strengths to Fortune and Money.” Jorg Stratmann is the new associate publisher for the group, while Fortune and Money publisher Eric Danetz “is considering positions inside and outside of Time Inc.”…
New Esquire editor Jay Fielden names New Yorker contributor John Lahr, novelist Jay McInerney and New York Times book critic Dwight Garner as contributors; they will all be keeping their day jobs. Not exactly new blood, but good additions regardless… T: The New York Times Style Magazine loses deputy editor Hanya Yanagihara, author of the acclaimed novel A Little Life, and articles editor Emily Stokes. Stokes joins The New Yorker’s website as features editor…
On Twitter, this season-long baseball yarn will be told via the accounts @1927Diary, @MylesThomas27, @1927_NYYankees and @FordFrick. Other strands encompass espn.com, Medium and the archives of Major League Baseball and The New York Times.
The Diary of Myles Thomas, debuting today, swings ambitiously at serialized long-form historical fiction. From the announcement:
Created and produced by Douglas Alden – a digital entrepreneur, three-time Emmy Award writer-producer-director and a founding member of Classic Sports Network (now ESPN Classic), where he was the head of programming and production for the network’s first five years – 1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas is a bold and innovative retelling of the 1927 Yankees season on and off the field. Blending serialized, deeply-researched historical fiction with social media, the story will be published along the same timeline as the events of the entire season actually unfolded almost 90 years ago.
At the heart of this ambitious project is the diary of Myles Thomas, a real-life pitcher and teammate of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the rest of “Murderer’s Row”. Throughout the season, Thomas is the protagonist who, through a mixture of historical detail and narrative license, brings modern baseball fans inside what it was like to be a member of the Yankees and to live in America at the height of the Roaring 20’s.
Included in the social media stream will be real-time Twitter updates from every Yankees game played in 1927, synchronized to the original date and game times.
The New Yorker has launched a new iPhone app titled ‘New Yorker Today‘ that offers users a constantly-updated look at Newyorker.com content as well as print pieces.
New Yorker Today is free to use for one month, but after that non-subscribers will be asked to pay up once an article limit is reached. New Yorker subscribers will have unlimited access.
A digital subscription to The New Yorker—which includes New Yorker Today and all its apps—is $8.99 per month.
Here’s a perfect bookend to the recent coverage of 9-year-old Pennsylvania journalist Hilde Kate Lysiak.
Meet Edward Connolly, a 70-year-old journalism student at the University of Mississippi (a.k.a. Ole Miss). The Whitehall, N.Y. resident – a retired engineer and Vietnam veteran – decided to get a new degree in five-month on-site increments. His wife Lyn is also a concurrent mature student at Ole Miss, focused on history and music. From the hottytoddy.com profile by Jeff McVay:
“Subjectively I guess you would call me a junior based on the fact that I am taking 400 and 500 level courses,” Connolly said, “but I don’t have a schedule for a graduations date. I’m taking courses more or less electively based on what my advisor recommends me for. Most are junior or senior level and very focused on actively writing, deadlines and the narrative form.”
Connolly is already doing some freelance writing and cites Meek School of Journalism and New Media professor Joseph Atkins as a key mentor. He also joking notes that he’s one of the few journalism students who is older than his classroom mentor. And one whose youngest (of three) children is older than any one of his classmates.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
This Laker Girl Has a Journalism Degree
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The City of Scenes is a new, four-part podcast series tied to the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Hosted by Bloomberg Associates’ Katherine Oliver and Vulture’s Jada Yuan, the program highlights the logistics of on-location New York film and TV shoots.
For Episode #1, Oliver and Yuan are joined by Girls producers Jenni Konner and Ilene Landress. The pair chat about the challenges of Episode #42 and the Panic in Needle Park-inspired storyline featuring the characters played by Christopher Abbott and Allison Williams (Charlie and Marnie). At one point, Konner jumped in to praise Landress:
“Our [Girls] crew gets along like no crew I’ve ever seen, in my life. And they’re so kind to each other, and such family. And no one even sleeps with each other. That’s how much they’re a family.”
“And one of the reasons is that Ilene and our other producer, Regina Heyman, I think that they crew up in a very particular way… I find it to be a very female way of crewing up. Which is very specific. Which is very concerned with the best versions of everyone, but it’s the best versions of everyone and how they get along with the best versions of everyone else.”
“So, ‘Does this grip get along with this gaffer?’ These are the questions that I think women ask that men don’t ask, in my experience in working with men producers… We get the best, but we also get the best who all get along and respect each other, and there’s no tension on our set. I do think there is something inherently female in the way these two women crew up.”
Ciara is Essence’s latest cover star. In the accompanying interview, the 30-year-old singer discussed her upcoming wedding to Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson and her desire to live “with as much lightness as possible,” whatever that means.
Ciara, as most know, was engaged to the rapper Future (they also have a son together named Future). They separated less than a year ago, and she’s already engaged to religious nut Wilson.
The two have publicly claimed that their pre-marrital celibacy pact is fantastic, but we all know there’s only one reason why Wilson popped the question so damn quickly.
The May issue of Essence is on newsstands April 19.
Blake Shelton is probably going to get his day in court. Or at least, some money in a settlement. On Monday, a judge said she was likely to allow his defamation case against Bauer Publishing and In Touch to go forward.
Shelton is suing Bauer Publishing for $2 million after In Touch published a cover story that alleged (among other weird things) Shelton was in rehab for alcoholism.
The New York Post reports that Bauer’s attorney Elizabeth McNamara argued the judge should ignore the “Rehab For Blake” headline and focus on the article, which contained accusations of excessive drinking backed up by evidence.
Shelton’s lawyer countered that the article’s anecdotes were “absolutely 100 percent false.”
Forbes is expanding its podcast offerings with the launch of Forbes Podcasts, a name that is fairly self-explanatory.
The Forbes Podcasts network consists of 10 podcasts that focus on young, entrepreneurial women.
“Today if you see a woman with headphones, she is increasingly tuning in to a podcast with her listening options ranging from the oddly entertaining to the empowering,” said Forbes vp of its Women’s Digital Network, Christina Vuleta, in a statement. “We’re excited about the opportunity to bring new voices to podcasting and leverage the medium to help Millennials bring their own stories to life.”
Below are the new podcasts along with Forbes’ description of each. They’re all available on iTunes.Creating Espacios – Interviews with Self-Made Latinas Who Are Innovating in Their Spaces. The Failure Factor – Stories of Career Perseverance. Mentoring Moments – Women You May Never Meet Will Become Your Mentors. Two Inboxes – Interviews with the Side-Hustle Generation. Uncommon Ground – Hear from a Male and Female Guest From the Same Industry as They Discuss the Different Perspectives, Challenges and Unique Skills They Each Bring to the Table. And/And – How to Thrive at Your Family and Your Career, Together. The Limit Does Not Exist – A Podcast for People who Don’t Fit in Boxes. Well, Technically – A podcast about the Intersection of Technology and Everything Else. Hiding in the Bathroom and Other Unlikely Secrets of Success – Successful Entrepreneurs Share the Strategies and Tips You Won’t Learn in Business School. First 200 Days – Founder Stories about How to Build a Company.
Quartz, the business site from Atlantic Media, has named Sarah Slobin things editor. Slobin joins Quartz from The Wall Street Journal, where she most recently served as senior graphics editor.
Slobin had been with the Journal since 2009. She previously worked for The New York Times and Fortune.
“Sarah is perfect for the role because she shares our goal of pushing on the boundaries of what business journalism can be,” wrote Quartz vp of product and executive editor Zach Seward, in a memo. “Her perspective on visual storytelling influenced how we first approached it here at Quartz, and now we can bring things full circle by officially welcoming her to our newsroom.”
Bloomberg Media is bringing its business news content to India via a partnership with India-based Quintillion Media.
The new joint venture, BloombergQuint, will cover broadcast, digital and live events across the South Asia country.
“At Bloomberg, we’ve set out to build the leading multi-platform global business and financial media company,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith, in an announcement. “Currently, almost half of our digital traffic comes from outside the United States and this figure continues to grow. Partnering with Quintillion Media in India is a game-changer for the country’s digital and broadcast media industries, and for Bloomberg Media globally as we take our investment to an exciting new phase.”
Condé Nast understands that it’s nice to be wanted; even better to be paid for it. According to Crain’s, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has paid more than $47 million to cover the cost of Condé’s remaining lease at its previous headquarters in Times Square.
In 2011, Port Authority—desperate to sign a big name to the list of tenants at 1 WTC—agreed to pay the remaining money owed on Condé’s 4 Times Square [pictured] contract.
Unless 4 Times Square owner The Durst Organization finds someone to take over the old Condé digs, Port Authority be on the hook for Condé’s payments through 2019. If that happens, Port Authority will have shelled out roughly $200 million on empty office space.
Thankfully for Port Authority, a source told Crain’s Durst is indeed close to signing a new tenant at 4 Times Square. We imagine the Port Authority execs are crossing their fingers.
T: The New York Times Style Magazine has lost two senior staffers. According to WWD, deputy editor Hanya Yanagihara and articles editor Emily Stokes are both departing the title.
No word yet on Yanagihara’s next move, but Stokes is headed to The New Yorker to serve as features editor for Newyorker.com.
Yanagihara joined T last summer. She previously served as an editor at large with Condé Nast Traveler. Stokes joined T in 2014. She previously worked for Harper’s as an associate editor.
Vintage Tattoo Flash spans the first roughly 75 years of American tattooing from the 1900s Bowery, to 50s Texas, through the Pike in the 60s and the development of the first black and grey, single-needle tattooing in LA in the 70s. It draws from the personal collection of Jonathan Shaw — renowned outlaw tattooist and author — and represents a selection of over 300 pieces of flash from one of the largest private collections in existence
Chris Arnade’s latest piece for The Guardian is another brutal reminder of the toll being inflicted on American families by the ravages of heroin addiction. The Bronx-based photographer-writer and longtime former trader has been periodically traveling to various corners of the country to share snapshots of an epidemic that has grown well beyond big cities.
The focus of his April 11 missive is a pair of mothers in Binghamton, N.Y. Under the lead photo, the caption reads:
Penny Stringfield at her church: ‘I raised Johny four blocks from this church. He went to Sunday school, sang in the choir in this church, and then I buried him in this church.’
Arnade’s lede treads similarly devastating territory:
Penny Stringfield sits in the church where she buried her son Johny, recounting his death from a heroin overdose. She is composed, doesn’t raise her voice and doesn’t break down. She has told this story many times in the year since his death, and she is determined to tell it many more. “We need to end the stigma and shame of addiction,” she says.
For Johny, an active athlete in high school, it started with painkillers prescribed for a serious knee injury. From there, he moved on to marijuana, OxyContin, pills and finally heroin.
The second mother in the piece, Alexis Pleus, lost her son Jeff to heroin addiction two years ago. It’s shockingly almost the exact same story: he was a “good kid” until a football injury led him to prescribed painkillers and a downward, fatal spiral.
Pleus has already answered one insightful commenter from the U.K. Another reader makes this point:
peter nelson: In my 6 decades on this planet I’ve had countless injuries and surgeries where I’ve taken prescription opiate painkillers. I’ve never had any problem stopping them, and on the longer prescriptions I tapered off them at an appropriate rate to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
I’ve never been tempted to abuse them, use them recreationally, or use them out of boredom, anxiety or existential angst. This whole article makes it seem like these two guys were hapless victims of forces beyond their control. But in fact they made very specific CHOICES to use powerful, addictive drugs inappropriately, and they and their families suffered the consequences.
Arnade’s other articles in this excellent series can be found here.