Bloomberg editor in chief John Micklethwait and Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith have just announced some major changes to Bloomberg Businessweek.
In addition to revamping the magazine next year, Businessweek’s editor Ellen Pollock and deputy editor Brad Wieners are out. Pollock is being succeeding by Megan Murphy, who most recently served as Bloomberg News’ Washington bureau chief. Wes Kosova will succeed Murphy.
“Working out the exact details of this new BBW is the job of the next few months,” wrote Micklethwait and Smith, in a memo obtained by The Huffington Post. “But we are already clear that it requires deep change. Editorially, we want to integrate BBW’s journalists more deeply into the rest of the newsroom. Our content needs to become more targeted on business and finance, more global and more digital, with daily offerings of news, insights and analysis that help readers understand and compete in the world. And the commercial model will also change. BBW will remain our broadest business brand. But we will dramatically sharpen its utility and value to readers.”
Meredith has named Liz Vaccariello editor in chief of the Meredith Parents Network, which includes Parents, Fit Pregnancy and Baby, Family Fun, Parents Latina, Ser Padres and Siempre Mujer.
Vaccariello most recently served as Reader’s Digest’s chief content officer.
“Liz has an outstanding track record with many of the industry’s leading brands,” said Jon Werther, Meredith National Media Group’s president, in a statement. “We are confident that her leadership of content creation for our Meredith Parents Network titles will continue to enhance the already strong leadership position that they enjoy today.”
Politico has made a few changes to its DC bureau. Details are below.Kate Nocera has been named bureau chief. She most recently served as the bureau’s managing editor. John Stanton, most recently DC bureau chief, has been named senior national correspondent. Adrian Carrasquillo, previously a political reporter, has been named a White House reporter. Sarah Mimms joins as an editor. She most recently served as managing editor for Countable. Zoe Tillman joins as a reporter focusing on the federal courts and justice. Tillman previously worked for The National Law Journal/Legal Times.
Meet freelance Brazilian journalist Daniel Bacchierri. Using Instagram as his song sheet, he started chronicling the myriad of street musicians around the globe. Here’s his most recent post, at press time.
A video posted by StreetMusicMap (@streetmusicmap) on Nov 5, 2016 at 6:14am PDT
The project is self-funded. However, that will hopefully soon change. Per a great write-up on the Knight Foundation-University of Texas at Austin blog, the São Paulo-based content creator is one of two recipients selected for endowed participation in the 2017 “Entrepreneurship in Journalism” program at the Tow-Knight Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). From the article:
“I’m going to receive feedback from colleagues, teachers and U.S. startups, and exchange experiences in this environment of the university and of new businesses. I think I will enjoy this professional and cultural exchange a lot,” he said.
Bacchieri, who graduated with a journalism degree in 1999, stressed the importance of having management and business knowledge.
“At the time, we were trained to be an employee of large corporations, a reporter, editor or producers. That is, a cog in the wheel. But the crisis has affected everyone, even large groups. So the journalist of today needs to look for alternatives and often has to become the commander of the ship. It does not have to be a ship, it can be a small boat and you can navigate,” he said.
Bacchieri was first sparked to the idea of StreetMusicMap while traveling in 2014 in the Ukraine. The Knight Center post by fellow São Paulo journalist Marina Estarque has tons more information about the evolution of the project.
AOL is about to let five percent of workforce go. According to Recode, that works out to roughly 500 staffers getting pink slips.
As we saw yesterday with Univision’s announcement that it was cutting 200 employees, the AOL reduction is a result of a company-wide restructuring. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said most of the cuts will come from its corporate units, as the company focuses more on mobile, video and data.
“We have a mission and responsibility to continue to move AOL into the future – something we have done a good job of in the past,” wrote Armstrong, in a memo. “The best way for us to grow is to move in front of change rather than be moved by change.”
We certainly don’t believe that a large number of those who voted for Donald Trump in the recent U.S. election did so in reaction to their treatment by the media in major metropolitan centers like New York and Washington D.C. If anything, it was Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment that came closest to galvanizing Trump supporters with that sort of motivation.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 10, 2016
In a Huffington Post piece, former New York Daily News editor in chief Jim Rich, who joined the publication in October 2015 and departed not long before Election Day, cites and then challenges that media-influence theory:
The idea now that we in media need to do a better job of understanding what those cheering Trump’s vile rhetoric really want, or who they truly are, is utter nonsense. We know exactly who they are and what they want. They’ve made that abundantly clear. To talk around this point is to normalize behavior that as human beings, let alone citizens of this country, we should never accept as normal.
Attempting to equate the vitriol hurled at hatred as a combative measure with the vitriol of the hatred itself is a disingenuous way for racists to defend, and coerce us to accept, their racism.
A sad footnote to the Rich era was confirmed recently in Politico’s Morning Media dispatch by Joe Pompeo. The EIC chose to leave the paper rather than be forced to implement a new round of deep staff cuts.
For print media trivia buffs, the cover of the Nov. 28 issue of Time magazine is a keeper.
As design director D.W. Pine explains, it’s a very rare issue indeed that does not include the brand’s trademark red border on the cover:
The Nov. 28 issue marks only the fifth time in history that the traditional red border has not been used. The first departure was a black border on Time’s Sept. 11 special issue, put out just 36 hours after the events of that day—a subtle yet dramatic statement. The other three featured a green border for Earth Day (April 28, 2008), a silver border for the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 (Sept. 19, 2011) and a silver border for when Barack Obama was made Person of the Year (Dec. 31, 2012).
The issue, which arrives on newsstands Friday, frames the magazine’s pick for the 100 most influential photos of all time by turning the border into a graphical representation of a camera lens. White also reminds how the red border first came to be.
What a difference a week makes. Those that did show up at Michael’s last week were downright subdued with whispered conversations that kept the volume unusually low. Today, it was business as usual — at least it appeared so judging by the decibel level- with the power lunch crowd. With the Garden Room occupied by a flock of fashion folks for a private lunch (more on that later), the front room was jam-packed with suits, spinmeisters and a heavier than usual contingent of NBC Universal talking heads (Tom Brokaw, Mike Barnicle, former CNBC host Donny Deutsch).
I was joined today by José Diaz-Balart, a man whose star at the network is clearly on the rise. He is the co-anchor of Telemundo’s nightly newscast, Noticiero, as well as its Sunday public affairs show Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart. José is also the Saturday anchor for NBC Nightly News and frequently fills in as host on The Today show. He landed the coveted Nightly News gig earlier this year after having anchored his own show on MSNBC for two years.
Having never met José before, I was struck by his warmth from the start. As we made our way to our table, he stopped to shake hands and talk (in Spanish) with many of Michael’s servers who recognized him, giving out plenty of pats on the back. “These guys are our viewers,” he told me as we settled in for our chat. “I might not get the best table in a restaurant, but I do get the best service!” I knew I was in for some great conversation.
José, who was born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is based in Miami, has the historic distinction of being the only broadcaster to anchor the news on two major broadcast networks in two languages. I was surprised he had any voice at all given his seven-day work schedule and the virtual round the clock presence he’d maintained during — and after — the election cycle. Last Tuesday, after helming Telemundo’s morning show, he returned to the air at 6:30 p.m. to anchor the election coverage and signed off at 3 a.m.
The morning after, he was back on the air at 9 a.m. and hosted a one-hour special that evening on Telemundo that looked at the effect will Donald Trump’s presidency could have on the Hispanic community. “We visited the border and I talked with immigration attorneys. We went and talked to our viewers — the street cart guy in New York, the day laborers in Los Angeles standing outside the hardware store looking for work,” he told me between bites of Cobb salad. “It was important that we listened to viewers about their concerns of undocumented workers and tried to get them answers. We were dealing with a lot of fear. There are a lot of ‘what-ifs’ for a lot of people.”
While talking about election coverage, I mentioned that when MSNBC’s Brian Williams said, “No one counted the lawn signs” when it appeared Trump had confounded the pundits and the polls, I told José I had done just that and all I’d seen were Trump-Pence signs everywhere from Greenwich to the South Bronx. “I was in Philadelphia a few weeks before the election and I said the same thing,” he said. “In South Florida, which is traditionally Democratic, there were not nearly as many [Hillary] signs as there were for Obama eight years ago. They were everywhere.” A young lady in Las Vegas told him she was voting for Trump but wasn’t telling anyone. “She said, ‘I can’t because I’m afraid [Hillary supporters] will scratch my car.” The takeaway: “When you see no signs it’s easy to think there is no story,” said José. “Sometimes no signs is the story.”
“It’s sad we have lost the desire to have conversations with people with different points of view and to listen,” he said. With social media an echo chamber and the pervasiveness of opinion journalism, José said that Telemundo endeavors to strive for a different standard. “Our mantra is to inform without activism,” he told me. “We are very conscious that the people we serve need to know all sides [of an issue] so they can make up their own minds. We respect our audience.”
And that audience is enormous — and growing. Telemundo is the No. 1 producer of Spanish-language prime-time content and reaches 94 percent of United States Hispanic viewers in 210 markers. With more than 57 million Hispanics in the United States and 53,000 U.S born Latinos turning 18 every month, José says it’s long overdue that people recognize the overwhelming majority of Latinos are not immigrants. “The Latino community is part of the thread of the culture of the United States. They should not be seen as ‘foreign,” he told me. “When we speak of the Latino community, the image in people’s mind should be Wall Street, City Hall, Capitol Hill, small businesses and mergers and acquisitions, because that’s where the Latino community is.”
A certain segment of the network’s Spanish language viewer has another very specific reason for watching television other than to be entertained or informed, José explained.
Over the course of our nearly two-hour lunch, José shared many of the stories he’s heard from Latinos around the country of “mixed status,” families being torn apart by the current immigration policies. “Millions of people leave for work or school and wonder if their dad is coming home that night.” He continued, “There are over 750,000 kids — future dreamers — who don’t know any other country than the United States, having been brought here by a parent and legalized by President Obama’s DACA [which prevents undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from being deported],” he explained. “Because DACA was an executive action and not a law, there is a very real possibility it could be rescinded.”
At a press conference in November 2015 when Trump visited the border near Laredo, Texas, José attempted to ask the then-candidate about his now infamous comments about Mexicans and was “shouted down.” In his typically understated style Trump also told José he was “finished.” Having interviewed President Obama 13 times during his eight years in office, José told me he has, for “over a year” been requesting a sit down with Trump, having already scored a 15-minute interview via satellite earlier in the campaign.
I asked him what he thought of the president-elect giving reporters the slip last night having gone out to the 21 Club with his family without alerting the press pool. “The protocol of the press pool is important,” he said. “The reason the press pool exists is to bear witness.” As to whether Trump’s adversarial relationship with much of the press will continue into his presidency, José is taking a wait and see attitude. “On 60 Minutes he was trying to establish a post-candidate Donald Trump.” At the moment, what that means is anybody’s guess.
One thing’s for sure, if anyone is going to decipher what it all means for Spanish-speaking viewers, it’s José. “It is the privilege of my lifetime to be able to serve a national audience in two languages,” he said as we finished our coffee. “I speak about this all the time – about making a difference. I end every broadcast — in English and in Spanish — saying, ‘Thank you for the privilege of your time.’ I very much take that to heart.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Neil Sedaka presiding over a table full of pals including Kate Edelman Johnson
2. Bobby Friedman
3. Decamped from his usual perch at Table 8, New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia, Alex Hitz and Brooke Hayward
4. Donny Deutsch (yes, he was wearing a T-shirt) and Mike Barnicle
5. CBS’ Gil Schwartz
6. Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Andy Bergman
9. WABC radio’s Joan Hamburg
10. Producer Beverly Camhe
11. Mickey Ateyeh
12. LAK PR CEO Lisa Linden toasting with a table full important looking folks.
14. Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel
15. Jerry Inzerillo
17. Bobby LeBlanc
18. PR maven Susan Blond
20. Tom Brokaw
25. Tom Goodman
27. Jose Diaz-Balart, Camilo Pino and yours truly
Faces in the Crowd: Desiree Gruber hosted a swanky shoe-in for footwear designer Sarah Flint. The chic styles were on view in the Garden Room for the well-heeled crowd which included Dayle Haddon, Rosanna Scotto, Jane Hanson, Elizabeth Harrison and Hearst’s Jeanette Chang.
We’ll be home stuffing the bird next Wednesday in preparation for Thanksgiving. See you back at Michael’s in two weeks!
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
It’s been virtually impossible the past few months to turn the corner without coming upon a new Warren Beatty interview. The 79-year-old Hollywood legend has been working hard to promote his new movie Rules Don’t Apply.
So forgive us if we did a double take today when we saw the following at the top of Deadline’s home page:
We figured that perhaps, in the interview, there was a revelation on the order of Beatty deciding to throw in the marriage-towel ahead of next year’s 25th anniversary with Annette Bening. Or perhaps the actor sharing his decision to accept the offer of a cultural attaché position with the Trump Administration.
But no. From Beatty asking Pete Hammond to delay the start of recording to that bit about the Beverly Hills Hotel, this is no breaking news.
Previously on Fishbowl:
The Boundless Curiosity of Warren Beatty
For This Warren Beatty Interview, Certain Rules Applied
Business Insider is launching new sites in Italy, Japan and Africa.
BI Italy will be published in partnership with Gruppo Espresso, with Giovanni Pons serving as editor in chief. The site is expected to debut by the end of the month.
BI will team up with Mediagene Ltd for BI Japan. The site will launch January 16.
According to BI’s vp of international Roddy Salazar, plans for BI Africa are still being finalized.
Here’s your chance to play New York Times public editor.
Eagle-eyed New York Post media writer Keith J. Kelly noticed that the online version of a letter to New York Times readers from executive editor Dean Baquet and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. , carried on page A3 in the Sunday Nov. 13 print editions, no longer contains the following sentence:
We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign.
What happened? Here’s the explanation Kelly was given:
A Times spokeswoman acknowledged the missing sentence, but insisted it is “no great mystery.”
“The letter was originally drafted with our subscribers in mind,” the spokeswoman said.
She said the paper made the decision to run the letter on the homepage because “we thought an honest dialogue on the issues raised by this election with all of our readers was important.
“Given how broad the audience for the letter would be in that context,” she noted, “we removed the line to avoid it being interpreted as defensive.”
Hmmm. At the very least, the online version of the letter should contain an acknowledgement of this post-publication change. Your turn. What do you think?
Time Inc. has named Scott Kelliher president, technology and telecommunications.
Kelliher most recently served as vp and industry lead for Yahoo’s technology and telecommunications business. He previously worked for AOL and Virgin Mobile.
In other Time Inc. news, Michael Schneider, who currently oversees financial services for the East Coast as well as the technology and telecommunications categories, has been promoted senior vp, financial services.
Reuters has made three senior level appointments. Details are below.Arlyn Gajilan has been named deputy managing editor for operations. She most recently served as deputy editor for professional news. Gajilan joined Reuters five years ago. Paul Thomasch has been promoted to americas top news editor. He previously served as U.S. elections editor. Thomasch has been with Reuters since 1998. Ed Tobin has been named deputy top news editor for the americas. He most recently served as acting top news editor. Tobin has been with Reuters for 19 years.
Looking to cut costs after it experienced a rough third quarter, Univision Communications plans to give out between 200 and 250 pink slips.
The company—which owns Fusion, The Root, Gizmodo Media Group (GMG) and more—wants to cut about six percent of its workforce. The Washington Post reports that the cuts will mostly impact staffers at Fusion. GMG employees will not be let go.
The cuts also come with some restructuring, as Fusion and The Root will now operate under the GMG umbrella.
John Cook, who previously served as editor of GMG, is taking on a new role overseeing an investigations team. A new GMG editor will be named soon. Katie Drummond, most recently the editor in chief of Gizmodo, has been named executive managing editor of GMG.