Ever since Michael Bloomberg returned to Bloomberg LP, things have been a mess. The latest sign of the chaos within the company was Bloomberg firing digital editor Joshua Topolsky, essentially because he built an ugly website.
A new report from The New York Times shed some additional light on the Bloomberg situation. The takeaway is that Bloomberg enjoys messing with things and isn’t even sure if the media divison of Bloomberg is worth keeping around.
“On some days, the people said, he [Bloomberg] seems bullish about the media company,” reported the Times. “On others, he seems to see it as a threat to the terminal business, to be managed accordingly.”
The environment has become so odd that Bloomberg even told TV staffers to wave their hands more.
“He asked one presenter for more on-air arm movement. He asked another to gesticulate with a pen. And he has personally overseen the graphics shown on screen, which now resemble those seen on the terminal.”
Unfortunately for staffers, this seems to be the new normal. When you work at Bloomberg, expect plenty of Bloomberg.
Wall Street Journal veteran Jason Anders has been named business editor of the paper. Anders had served as deputy editor, page one, since 2011. He joined the Journal in 1998.
“The move to the corporate desk is a return of sorts for Jason,” wrote Journal editor Gerard Baker, in a memo to staffers. “He was instrumental in building the desk when the print and online newsrooms merged in 2008 and worked to hone our real-time approach. His digital experience with the Journal dates back almost to the dawn of the digital age.”
Anders is succeeding Dennis Berman, who was moved to financial editor late last month.
When Time Inc. sold a 28-acre Birmingham, Al. campus to Samford University last year, the deal included a clause allowing the company to lease back one of three buildings and maintain its Southern Progress Corporation division. However, per New York Times food correspondent Kim Severson, there’s now an additional layer.
Time Inc. is building 28 test kitchens, a dozen photography studios and a dining room, with plans to open that end up at the beginning of 2016. The kitchens will be used for all Time Inc. publications, not just those that fall under the Southern Progress umbrella (Cooking Light, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Health, Sunset). From Severson’s piece:
In addition to editorial content, the studio will hold chef demonstrations, private dinners and events for loyal readers. The company will also use it to produce native advertising, which are ads that resemble news articles, and live events with advertisers.
For the report, Severson got some perspective from former NYT food colleague Amanda Hesser, who now runs website Food52. She writes that Time Inc. will still maintain several test kitchens in New York.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Time Inc. Sells Sunset’s Test Kitchen and Gardens
The Summer issue of Stay Thirsty Magazine is simply spectacular. From investigative journalist Gerald Posner’s detailing of his hunt for Josef Mengele’s Auschwitz papers to sportswriter Joe Posnanski peeling away the layers of a new book about Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, it’s grand subject matter drawn down to an intimate scale.
For New Yorkers, the piece de resistance is Steven Jay Griffel’s conversation with former NYPD detective Ralph Friedman. Among Friedman’s many celebrated exploits is the fact that between 1970 and 1984, he made more than 100 off-duty arrests. Here he is talking about how he was able to rack up that incredible number:
\"The rush had to be fed. I was always aware of my surroundings and always spotting someone with a gun… be it on duty or off duty. I made arrests in the gyms when working out… I went to Yankee Stadium with my brother with two girls and we made a robbery arrest while leaving the stadium…”
“One night I was riding my Harley from Manhattan to Queens with a girl and we pulled over on East River Drive and we were making out on one of benches facing the water… and while were making out I notice three guys nearby and they’re watching and approaching. I knew they were up to no good. I told the girl, “If you see me go for my gun, just drop to the ground.”
Doctors didn’t think Friedman would ever walk again after he was T-boned in a car accident by an unmarked police car. But he proved them wrong.
Also in the Summer issue – Jay Fox‘s look at iconic NYC dive bar Subway Inn.
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New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist Stephen Witty first interviewed actor Norman Lloyd (pictured) in 2007. Ahead of Trainwreck, in which Lloyd co-stars, he has logged another chat with the 100-year-old Hollywood wonder.
When Lloyd worked with Alfred Hitchcock, every shot and line was meticulously planned. Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck is the opposite. It was Lloyd’s first experience with improvised film dialogue and the Jersey City native says it’s ultimately part of what keeps him going:
“I have my whiskey every day, and wine with dinner. No special diet. It’s just attitude, I think. For example, I’ve been in this business over 80 years, but working on Trainwreck, working improvisationally – I had never experienced that before. And as a consequence I found it very creative in its way. It was a new and in the end a very delightful experience – and so, if there is a secret to living a long and happy life, I think that’s it. Do your work. Be curious. Stay interested.”
That’s pretty much what another performer who lived to be 100, the late George Burns, used to preach: you’ll live long if you are able to do what you love. Most 100-year-olds would also note that improv has the benefit of not requiring the memorization of lines. But not Lloyd. The ageless performer also shares some interesting thoughts on why it never quite worked out for in Tinseltown for boy wonder Orson Welles.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Peter Bart Pays Norman Lloyd the Highest Compliment
Last summer on StockLogos we featured the work of Ann Frazier, who created an animated graphical history of NFL teams. Now it's the turn of Reddit user gordontrue, who created the animated GIF below showing the logo evolution af all 30 NBA teams. Why? Who knows. But the result is pretty cool.
As FishbowlNY well knows, sometimes when coining a headline, it’s primarily about the writer-editor amusing themselves.
Here, Playbill managing editor Robert Viagas is picking up on an exclusive report by Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. out of Comic-Con, relating to the 2016 film project Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While “apparate” does not appear in any English-language dictionary, it’s a proper way to conjugate the J.K. Rowling lexicon. (The forthcoming Warner Bros. movie, part of a planned trilogy, is based on a book put out by Rowling under a pseudonym in 2001.)
For all those English-language purists, it could have been much worse. Viagas could have opted for “Robert Fogler Gets Muggled” or any number of HP-hed variations.
Ahead of this afternoon’s campaign stop in Phoenix, The Donald dominates the print and Web editions of Arizona’s leading newspaper.
The Gannett publication has all the angles covered, right down to Homer Simpson’s recent magical journey through the “ginger forest” that lies atop Trump’s head and Patrick Jones asking New Yorkers who said it – Donald Trump or show character Mr. Burns. Trump is a circulation and Internet traffic lightning rod; you can bet that today’s numbers for The Republic will be far above the usual Saturday fray.
Trump was originally slated to visit the Arizona Biltmore hotel, but the 2 p.m. event has since been moved to the larger Convention Center to accommodate the expected crowd. And that, per another The Republic item, has made several local politicians unhappy:
“Mr. Trump certainly has a First Amendment right to bluster as much as he wants, and even to pander to our worst instincts in a sad attempt to win votes at the expense of hard-working, honorable, law-abiding Latinos,” [council member Richard] Valenzuela said.
“However, we should draw the line at allowing him to use the Phoenix Convention Center — a public building funded by all of our taxpayers’ dollars — to stage his hate-filled circus.”[Image courtesy: newseum.org]
Per a longstanding New York Daily News tradition, the paper mocked up a personalized front page Thursday to bid farewell to 18-year employee Bill Hutchinson. “Hutch” is trading his job at a paper founded in 1919 for another position with a daily launched in 1865.
— Bill Hutchinson (@bill_hutchinson) July 10, 2015
Former Daily News national editor Mark Mooney put together a nice summary of the send-off festivities in the newsroom and Fraunces Tavern. He also included this sly dig at the digital divide enveloping “New York’s Hometown Newspaper:”
The paper’s growing reliance on its website – which has no resemblance to its print edition – was on stark display. As Hutchinson left to a standing ovation from his print colleagues, the digital staff stayed in their seats, either unaware of the tradition or of Hutch’s contribution to the paper.
Hutchinson, a graduate of San Francisco State University, was a 2013 Hoover Media Institution Fellow at Stanford University.
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Joshua Topolsky leaves Bloomberg following clashes with Michael Bloomberg over the direction of the website. Will more staffers follow him? … The Washington Post gets Dave Weigel back from Bloomberg Politics. He’ll be national politics reporter at the paper he left in 2010, after his short stint as a blogger went haywire. He’ll launch a podcast and also focus on the Rand Paul presidential campaign in his new job… The New York Times loses Derek Willis, who is off to work in the politics department at ProPublica. The data journalist joined the Times in 2007… Bill McClellan takes a buyout at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, along with five other reporters and two editors. He’ll continue to write a Sunday column…
Fusion starts a “news lab,” headed up by Aleks Chan and Jason Gilbert with the help of Casey Tolan, Nidhi Prakash, Charles Pulliam-Moore, Katie McDonough, Michael Rosen, David Matthews and Patrick Hogan… The company also hires Lauren Tara LaCapra to lead the business coverage… And finally, Fusion recruits Clarence Kwei as vice president of product… Vice Sports grabs Reggie Love, formerly basketball-teammate-in-chief to the president, as editor at large… The Cut, New York Magazine’s fashion site, poaches Refinery29 editorial director Mikki Halpin to be deputy editorial director, in addition to grabbing Racked executive editor Izzy Grinspan. She’ll be senior editor… Read More
The latest ESPN The Magazine \"Body Issue\" is on newsstands starting today. It’s the seventh for the publication’s deputy photo editor Nancy Weisman, who has been working on the popular annual showcase since it launched in 2009.
For the 2015 edition, golfer Sadena Parks posed in 109-degree weather on a course in Scottsdale. But as Weisman wrote this week, the most memorably challenging shoot circumstances occurred a few years earlier:
Our location for the Tyson Chandler 2012 shoot was a residence in Topanga Canyon outside Los Angeles. The drive up a two-mile dirt road on the edge of a cliff was so scary, I actually had to get out of the car and walk to the location. When Chandler’s agent from New York arrived, she also appeared on foot – crying and scared to death. “I am not happy!” she exclaimed. “Tyson is not coming here!”
Ten minutes later, Chandler’s SUV limo rolled up. He was so rattled he had to lean against a wall until he could get his legs to stop shaking. He told me he was afraid of heights and was plotting how he would have to pull his wife and himself out of the moving vehicle should it start to fall off the edge of the cliff. We all finally got ourselves together and came away with breathtaking images.
Maybe that’s why later that same year, Chandler showed no hesitation when Jonah Ballow of KnicksNow.com asked what his worst fear was. The good news for the 7’1″ center is that his new professional home is as flat as a pancake.
Here’s something no one expected: Bloomberg digital editor Joshua Topolsky has been fired. According to Politico, head honcho Michael Bloomberg clashed with Topolsky over the revamped Bloomberg.com, and that led to the end of Topolsky’s tenure.
Despite this, sources told Politico that the departure is “amicable.”
Topolsky had been with Bloomberg since 2011. The company isn’t expected to announce the seperation until next week, but now that the news is out we doubt it takes that long.
We’ll update as more details become available.
We’re not quite sure, but we think Hulu has purchased some ad space on New York’s site.
We’ve reached out for confirmation, and we’ll update when we hear back.
There’s a certain irony in the fact that the following remarks were made in an open field in Sun Valley, Idaho, where media company billionaires and others have gathered for the annual Allen Co. let’s-make-a-deal gathering.
Answering Bloomberg Markets anchor Olivia Sterns‘ final question, New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson began by saying that based on his visits to journalism schools, “there’s no lack of enthusiasm for becoming a journalist.” Sterns then quickly interrupted interrupted with, “No, but there’s a lack of appetite to pay $92,000 a year.” That steered Thompson to a more wistful view:
“Well I think, obviously, people have got to make a choice. I think the profession, the geometry looks very different. The barriers to entry are much lower; you can do journalism and get it to the entire world from your dorm room…”
“Generally, it’s becoming a more uncertain profession. Thinking about a 20, 30, 40 year career is tougher. And so, it’s different. Becoming a journalist is more like the other creative industries, like becoming an actor, or becoming a novelist, or becoming some other kind of writer. And people love to do that, but you have to accept that it’s not going to have all the benefits of creativity and not for everyone, all the benefits of certainty of money to pay that mortgage.”
Wise words. J-school and The Juilliard School are indeed far more closely aligned today than ever before. Break a leg or break a meg. All the world’s a stage and, now also, a Smartphone screen. But the good news: Thompson has crystallized your motivation.