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Soller joined Businessweek in 2013. He previously worked as a features editor for New York‘s fashion site The Cut.
Prior to The Cut, Soller spent two years as Esquire’s online grooming and style editor and a staff reporter for Newsweek.
Drones for Journalism: FAA Gives CNN Green Light (CNN)
CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. TVNewser The arrangement integrates CNN’s ongoing research partnership with Georgia Tech. The FAA will use data from the initiative for safe implementation of UAVs as newsgathering tools. FishbowlDC \"Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,\" said CNN senior vice president David Vigilante. \"Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the U.S. airspace.\" Mashable The FAA currently prohibits the use of drones in news coverage. Journalists and media companies argue, however, that doing so restricts their First Amendment rights. Gizmodo But while CNN’s own active efforts to bring drones into the newsroom started June 2014, experimentation with drone journalism is almost as old as the hobby itself. News agencies like the Associated Press have used drones to cover huge disaster stories, and journalism schools, such as the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, integrated drones into their classes. Clearly an interest exists, but the FAA’s tortoise-speed approach to UAV rule-making has left many either clamoring for permission or just doing it without any.
Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Gets September Premiere Date (THR / The Live Feed)
Stephen Colbert has his start date. The Late Show will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 8, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler announced Monday morning at the Television Critics Associations’ semiannual press tour. Capital New York Colbert will replace David Letterman, who will host his last Late Show on May 20, 2015. Over the summer, CBS will build out a new set and production offices at the Ed Sullivan Theater for Colbert, according to the release. Mashable Over the summer, the network is planning to air encores of its primetime shows in late night, according to Tassler. As for tributes to Letterman, she said the network is still “in conversations with Letterman about special programming leading up to his finale.” Adweek Tassler added that because his production office is just getting started — with his The Colbert Report team following him from Comedy Central to CBS — much of the Late Show format remains up in the air. Colbert will have music and guests on the show, but “whether or not he’s going to start with an opening monologue, he’s working on that right now,” said Tassler.
The Golden Globes on Facebook: 8M People Had Over 17M Interactions (Mashable)
The most-discussed moment on Facebook and Twitter about the 72nd Golden Globes was when surprise guest Prince revealed that John Legend and Common’s Glory from the civil rights movement film Selma won Best Original Song. AllFacebook Sunday night’s Golden Globes generated 17 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) from 8 million Facebook users during the event, up from 7.2 million interactions and 4.1 million users last year. LostRemote The Globes drove 2.6 million tweets between 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET — a 24 percent increase compared to last year. PRNewser The Internet is littered with story after story recapping all the goings-on at the Globes. From the red carpet to the always-great standup from our imaginary friends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, it’s all been sliced and diced with varying opinions conveyed. Varying except for one thing: Everyone loved George Clooney’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Variety In the overnights, the show earned a 12.6 household rating/19 share — down 11 percent from last year’s 14.1 and about on par with 2013. Still, the 12.6 is higher than every year from 2008 through 2012, the five-year span prior to the first year Fey and Poehler served as co-hosts.
Al Jazeera America Cuts Morning Shows (TVNewser)
Al Jazeera America will eliminate all morning news programming. Off-air staff will be reassigned to other shows or news hours, with many heading to primetime. New York Post The cable outfit told staff on Friday it’s canceling both its morning news report and Consider This with Antonio Mora at 11 a.m. It’s also scrapping its 4 p.m. news hour and pushing its 6 p.m. coverage an hour later to 7 p.m. In addition, Ali Velshi, the host of Real Money with Ali Velshi, and Joie Chen’s America Tonight are looking at less airtime — either shorter shows or fewer days per week. Variety The programming shifts are the latest signal of the uphill battle the network, backed by the government of Qatar, has faced in trying to establish a presence in U.S. television. Al Jazeera purchased Current, a nascent cable-news network owned partly by Al Gore, in 2013, and initially made headlines as it wooed big-name talent like Velshi, Chen and ABC News’ Kate O’Brian to its fold.
Charlie Hebdo Puts Muhammad on Cover of Post-Attack Issue (WSJ)
Since Charlie Hebdo lost eight staff members in a terrorist attack last week, millions of people have declared their support to the French satirical newspaper with the slogan \"Je Suis Charlie.\" Now the often-caustic publication, faced with the challenge of reconciling its new status as a cause célèbre with its reflex to mock, ridicule and offend, is putting an image of the prophet Muhammad on the cover of what is likely to be its most-read issue ever. NYT Since Friday, just two days after gunmen had slaughtered 12 people at the paper, about 25 members of the staff had been huddled in the offices of the left-wing daily Libération, under heavy police protection, to work on the next issue. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that the White House is leaving it up to media organizations to decide whether to publish cartoons from Charlie Hebdo that may be deemed offensive. When asked if the American people should be wary of how they depict Muhammad, Earnest said “no” and that “without question” Americans should be able to draw and depict the prophet Muhammad.
Following ‘Totally Muslim’ Claims, #FoxNewsFacts is Trending (TVNewser)
Just after #goldenglobes, the most trending topic on Twitter Monday morning was #foxnewsfacts. Here’s why: on Fox News Saturday night longtime terrorism analyst Steven Emerson said this on Jeanine Pirro’s show: \"There are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.\" HuffPost / AP Steven Emerson, an American author whose website describes him as a leading authority on Islamic extremist networks, has apologized for the comments. After the broadcast, Emerson quickly tweeted an apology saying his comments were “totally inaccurate.” PRNewser Additionally, over the weekend, Overlord of News Corp Rupert Murdoch let fly a couple of tweets that ignited immediate controversy. In response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Murdoch tweeted the following statement on Saturday: \"Maybe most Moslems [sic] peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.\" While the tweets drew many thousands of supportive and critical responses, author of the Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling proved one of the most vocal — and fantastically sarcastic — voices of opposition.
WaPo Names Noah Kotch Senior Editor/Director of Video (Washington Post)
The Washington Post Monday announced that Noah Kotch has been named senior editor/director of video at The Washington Post, effective January 12, 2015. FishbowlDC Kotch, a Yale University graduate, will manage a group of more than 40 professionals \"focused on producing original video for the Post.\" Kotch, who began his career at CNN, previously worked as a consultant and content adviser for digital media startups, and served more than four years as senior producer in which he oversaw NBC’s Today. Previously, he spent almost a decade as senior digital and broadcast roles at ABC, including serving as head writer for Peter Jennings.
Sony, Disney and DreamWorks Slam Anti-Poaching Lawsuit (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
On Friday, The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures and Blue Sky Studios fired heavy legal artillery at a proposed class action lawsuit that aims to punish the studios for allegedly conspiring to deny workers in the visual effects community better work opportunities. Variety The studios contend that an antitrust wage-fixing lawsuit filed by digital animation workers \"comes far too late\" and that their claims lack evidence. The workers, in class action complaints filed last year, claimed that studios conspired via non-poaching agreements and cite evidence uncovered in previous litigation against Lucasfilm and Pixar.
Gary Davey Replaces Sophie Turner Laing at Sky (Deadline)
Sky veteran Gary Davey has been given an expanded role as managing director of content. With the new oversight, the EVP of programming at Sky Deutschland replaces longtime Sky executive Sophie Turner Laing, who left the company earlier this year to become CEO of the newly formed Endemol Shine Group. THR Davey will combine the new role with his existing responsibilities, splitting his time between London and Munich.
Foreign Policy Announces Four New Hires (FishbowlDC)
Foreign Policy magazine’s CEO and editor, David Rothkopf, announced Monday that the publication’s editorial and design teams would be getting some new additions. The mag will be bringing Josef Reyes on board as its newest creative director; Sean D. Naylor as a senior reporter; Amanda Silverman as the story editor, print; and Ilya Lozovsky as assistant editor for Democracy Lab.
Twitter TV Data Can Help More Accurately Forecast Ratings: Nielsen (Variety)
How much social media activity actually causes a lift in TV ratings is still debatable. Now, Nielsen is promoting a new use for TV-related Twitter data: The researcher says correlating tweet activity with on-air promotions can let networks and advertisers better estimate a show’s eventual ratings.
James Risen Finally Off Hook in Leak Trial (Politico / Josh Gerstein)
New York Times reporter James Risen won’t be called to the witness stand at a leak trial for one of his alleged sources, but jurors may hear some of the words he uttered at a pre-trial hearing last week, according to lawyers and the judge overseeing the case.
Does Netflix Really Have 20 Million-Plus Users in China? (Variety)
North of 30 million monthly users access Netflix from countries where it doesn’t even offer service — including 21.6 million in China — if recent estimates from a British online-research firm are to be believed.
CNBC Expanding San Francisco Presence (Capital New York)
CNBC is expanding its presence in San Francisco. The financial news channel has named Mary Catherine Wellons San Francisco bureau chief, beginning Feb. 2, according to a note sent to staff there Monday morning by Nik Deogun, senior VP and editor-in-chief of CNBC Business news, and Kevin Krim, senior VP and GM of CNBC Digital.
Central Command’s Twitter Account Hacked (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was hacked Monday while President Barack Obama was delivering an address about cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission. The hack, by an individual or group claiming to be aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known by the acronym ISIS), took place shortly before 12:30 p.m. Monday.
David Hajdu, a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has found a new place to hang his critic’s hat. The former New Republic music critic is joining The Nation in the same capacity.
From the official announcement:
“Whether writing about jazz or classical music, comics or cool, David Hajdu is a writer – and listener – of great range, sensitivity, and depth, and we are delighted that he is joining The Nation as our music critic. I can think of no better critic to pick up the baton once carried in our pages by Nat Hentoff and Edward Said,\" says Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel.
\"I’ve admired The Nation from a short distance for years, and I know how lucky I am to have a publishing home where intellectual rigor and seriousness of purpose are the mandate. I hope I do okay,\" adds Hajdu.
Hajdu is also currently at work on his fifth book, a history of popular music to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.[Image courtesy: davidhajdu.com]
Last night during the Golden Globes, TheWrap senior film reporter Jeff Sneider shared several quick-burst video observations about what was going down at the nearby Beverly Hilton. As part of his initial dispatch, he gave a hearty NYU shout out to Jane the Virgin winner Gina Rodriguez.
Rodriguez and Sneider both attended the Tisch School of the Arts, starting with a shared 2002 Freshman year. Per the above, they resided at one point on the same Rubin Hall 7th floor. A day later, we were curious how much interaction Sneider had at NYU with Rodriguez.
Since he was majoring in Dramatic Writing and she took the Drama program, they never shared a Tisch class per se. But Sneider says he would see her around campus.
\"At NYU, you know that some of your fellow students are going to make it one day and become famous but you’re never sure who,\" he recalls. \"With Gina though, it was always clear there was something special about her. She’s come so far in such a short amount of time and I’m so proud to be able to say I knew her when.”
“Her Golden Globe win was historic for the CW,” Sneider adds, “and I predict even bigger and better things to come in her very bright future.” We agree.
UnBeige: The wisdom, wit and dazzling blog stylings of Stephanie Murg are on the move. Our sister site is exiting the Mediabistro fold. To Stephanie and future contributors, we say: “Break another ten years!”
AllFacebook: It’s not just Allison Janney who went gaga over Prince the Golden Globes presenter. The coolest one was also responsible for the annual extravaganza’s most intense Facebook activity.
TVNewser: Brian Williams says that as long as no animals get hurt during filming or staging, he’s fine with daughter Allison pushing the envelope. On Girls last night and anywhere else her burgeoning acting career leads her.[Image of “Grand Prince Hotel” via: BuzzFeed BFF]
We can well imagine how a Right-leaning Twitter user might read the following Twitter bio juxtaposition.
Truth be told, we did a double take upon alighting today on Aliyah Frumin’s personal feed after she kindly tweeted out a FishbowlNY item. But no – she does not sideline instruct corporate, individual and other entities how to craft a media message. Rather, the \"spin\" reference is all about stationary bikes:
Burner10961: Aliyah has a positive energy that makes her class fly by. Her classes are challenging and she pushes her students just hard enough. She changes it up from song to song and week to week, and she really makes an effort to connect with each and everyone member of the class. Her music selection is awesome and matches the drills perfectly. It’s no wonder her classes are always packed! I’ve taken a lot of spin classes and Aliyah’s is my favorite – a great workout and a ton of fun!
It’s not every reporter that can decipher national politics and meet the high expectations of the spinning masses. And if one day the subject of this recent Frumin piece decides to take one of her classes, all that we ask is that she give us advance notice.
Prior to joining MSNBC.com as a political reporter, Frumin was with the New York Daily News and New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Meet the NYC Journalist with a Byline That’s Hard to Beat
With prominent headlines like “Not Your Meemaw’s Wallpaper” and “$10 Gift Guide Full of Stuff That Doesn’t Suck,” and a link to InStyle‘s peek inside Lauren Conrad‘s Beverly Hills abode, it’s clear to see that Time Inc.’s latest online venture is targeting the coveted millennial demo. Launched today, The Snug aggregates home decorating and DIY content from several Time Inc. publications, including Real Simple, Southern Living and This Old House, as well as partner sites such as Apartment Therapy, PopSugar and Hometalk. This Old House editor Scott Omelianuk is the editorial lead behind the new initiative, while digital engagement will be headed up by social media editor Tabitha Sukhai.
In a statement, Time Inc. executive VP Evelyn Webster had this to say about the new mobile-friendly site:
Time Inc. is re-imagining the way we curate and deliver content for this highly coveted audience. The Snug is the first of the new social web sites that we plan to introduce in 2015. Market research has shown that the Millennials, known as the ‘Maker Generation,’ have spent billions on crafts and DIY projects in the last decade and are fueling the growth in this burgeoning sector. We are looking to speak to them through compelling new content and a new socially-engaging platform.
Sponsored content will be provided by Ikea for the first six months.
At first glance, the online job marketplace doesn’t appear to be a very lucrative choice for freelancers. Many of these services — which operate as either job boards or bidding sites — require constant vigilance and constant competition for low-paying writing opportunities. While the sites may require some effort, they do work:
If the convenience, user-friendliness and affordable access isn’t enough to draw in the hungry freelancer, the volume of opportunities should be. Elance-oDesk alone paid out $750 million to freelancers in 2013, demonstrating the vastness of the cyber workspace.
If you treat the initial gigs on offer as a chance to prove your worth, you have a real opportunity to cultivate clients, leading to more consistent and higher-paid work. For our latest “Get a Media Job” feature, we spoke with insiders and seasoned users of sites like Elance and Thumbtack to learn the tips and tricks you need to master the online job marketplace.
For more, read: What You Need To Know About Online Job Marketplaces
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Although in this case, the title \"ombudsman/public editor\" is reader-debatable.
Starting January 26, per an announcement made today, NPR will have a new ombuds-person. The good news for the NYC media community is that the chosen candidate will be primarily based in New York, not Washington D.C. The even better news is that after an extensive search, the public broadcaster has chosen the eminently qualified Elizabeth Jensen, whose career has spanned the New York Times, Current Public Media and the Columbia Journalism Review.
From the release:
\"Elizabeth is a widely respected journalist with a deep understanding of public broadcasting and will bring the highest level of integrity to this vitally important role,\" NPR president and CEO Jarl Mohn said. \"Our listeners will be well-served by her knowledge and experience from decades of covering the media industry. She will play a significant role in fulfilling NPR’s commitment to transparency.\"
Jensen added, \"I have covered NPR and public media for much of my career, occasionally critically when warranted, but I am also a devoted longtime listener. The mission of this remarkable news organization remains as important as it has ever been, even as the media landscape rapidly changes. As NPR’s ombudsman I look forward to engaging with other listeners and helping to bring transparency to NPR’s journalistic decision-making, just in a new forum.\"
The appointment is contracted for three years. Jensen will continue to contribute over these next few weeks to both Current and the Times.[Photo courtesy: NPR]
It’s by now a familiar battle cry. Digital content is ever-increasingly being consumed in the palms of Smartphone owner hands. And those palms must be greased.
From the top of a weekend welcome-to-the-new-site post by theweek.com EIC Ben Frumin (pictured):
So if the content is mostly the same, why did we redesign the site? A few key reasons:
Because you’re using different devices. In 2013, we had 14.4 million visits from mobile devices. In 2014, that number skyrocketed to 43.3 million. We saw similar growth on tablets, too.
Talk about a 300% increase wagging the 100% dog. Impressive. Overall, Frumin writes that unique visitors have grown from 2.5 million in 2012 to 4.5 million in 2013 to nearly 10 million in 2014. And unlike some other, recent mobile-driven redesigns, this one is as pleasant to navigate from the view of a desktop window.
To read the three other key reasons cited by Frumin for this 52-weeks-in-the-making overhaul, click here.[Portrait of Frumin via: theweek.com]
Sometimes, CAPS in a press release are completely WARRANTED. Especially when the release involves the big, bold world of spring-fall fashion and a name-brand subject matter expert.
From today’s New York magazine announcement that Cathy Horyn is joining The Cut as critic-at-large to comment on Fashion Week collections:
“Cathy is a GIANT in the industry, justly celebrated for her insights into fashion, superb writing and authoritative takes,” says editorial director Stella Bugbee. “We’re thrilled to add her voice to Fashion Week coverage at The Cut.”
Horyn joined the New York Times as chief fashion critic in 1999 and established herself as the preeminent voice on fashion during her tenure. She was awarded the CFDA’s Eugenia Sheppard Media Award in 2002 and is the author of Joe Eula: Master of Twentieth-Century Fashion Illustration (Harper Design, November 2014).
“I loved working with Cathy at the Times and I love even more the opportunity to work with her at The Cut,” says New York editor-in-chief Adam Moss. “She’s as good as they get.”
In December, The Cut registered its best month of Web traffic with 11.3 million unique visitors.[Photo courtesy: The Cut]
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Cathy Horyn Resigns from NY Times
Atlantic Media is now accepting entries for this year’s Michael Kelly Award honoring the spirit of the late Kelly (1957-2003), who was an Atlantic staffer, editor of The Atlantic and National Journal, and the first journalist to be killed while covering the war in Iraq.
Writers and editors who are based in the U.S. and whose newspaper, magazine or website work reflects the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth” that marked Michael Kelly‘s career are encouraged to apply for the award. Entries are welcome from those writing for pubs small and large, as well as young journalists. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 6.
One winning entry will be chosen with a $25,000 cash prize, and finalists will receive $3,000 prizes. Competitors can submit up to five pieces of work by email (PDF or Web links). Finalists will be announced in March and the winner in April.
You can learn more about Michael Kelly’s life and work, past award winners, and entry information here.
In the moment, those HFPA statuettes seem to mean a lot to the stars accepting them. But let’s see who might be holding some of last night’s gleaming trophies a few decades from now.
Starting today, you can make a bid for the Golden Globe Al Pacino won for his brilliant turn in 1973’s Serpico. The actor gave the trophy to his manager-friend Martin Bregman, and it is Bregman who has put the hardware up for auction, along with Pacino’s 1969 Tony for Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?.
From an AP report:
Ken Goldin, owner of West Berlin, New Jersey auction house Goldin Auctions, said that two awards by the same actor rarely – if ever – become available together.
The minimum bid on the Tony is $10,000 and the Golden Globe is $25,000. Goldin said he expects the Pacino items to go up to 10 times the minimum bids… Bids will be accepted starting January 12 through February 7.
Hoo-ha! And we have to hand it to Goldin. Launching the bid phase for an artifact from the 31st Annual Golden Globe Awards while details of the 72nd Annual edition are still fresh is a slick move. Pacino has won a total of five Golden Globes.[Photo of Pacino at 2014 Venice International Film Festival premiere of The Humbling: Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock.com]
Previously on FishbowlNY:
‘Stripper King’ Still Rues the Day He Said No to Al Pacino