Meredith has made a few changes to its leadership team. Details are below.Georgine Anton has been named president of Meredith Xcelerated Marketing. She previously served as vp, general manager. Kim Martin has been named chief brand officer. She most recently served as chief strategy officer. Doug Olson, most recently vp of interactive media, has been promoted to president and general manager of Meredith Magazines. Stan Pavlovsky has been named president of Meredith Digital. He most recently served as president of Allrecipes.com. Tom Witschi has been named president of consumer products. Witschi was previously CEO of the EatingWell Media Group, which Meredith bought in 2011.
For Sam Kinison fans, today is a big deal.
This afternoon at 3 p.m. ET, SiriusXM will premiere an enhanced amateur recording of the comedian’s final stand-up performance. The broadcast will take listeners back to the Grove Theatre in Upton, Calif., circa-March 1992. To set the scene, the broadcaster will also air, beforehand, a special Comedy Greats documentary:
Hosted by SiriusXM’s Ron Bennington, the documentary will include interviews with Louie Anderson, Andrew Dice Clay, Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, Barry Katz, Carl LaBove, Marc Maron, Jackie Martling, Jimmy Shubert and Mitchell Walters.
“Sam Kinison was one of the most influential and distinct voices in comedy, and was taken from us far too soon. This stand-up special and documentary will give fans new insight on the legendary comic, and is a great jumping-off point for those who were less familiar with his inimitable brand of humor,” said Jack Vaughn, senior vice president, comedy programming, SiriusXM.
Today’s premiere follows a similar combo of a Bill Hicks documentary and never-before-heard performance packaged and presented on SiriusXM earlier this year. Comedy Greats can be found on Channel 94.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Radio Show Offers Forensic Analysis of Sam Kinison’s Soul
Now that Arianna Huffington has announced that she’s leaving The Huffington Post, the site has some very big shoes to fill. So who might step into them?
A few names floated by Politico include editorial director for lifestyle Kate Palmer; executive editor Liz Heron and Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim.
Despite these solid candidates, Politico reports that “some staffers would like to see a big-name journalist from outside the company” succeed Huffington.
As Knicks fans, we would advise against this tactic. Hiring a big name when you have the chance to grow the company from within—with your own well qualified people—is almost always a mistake.
Ira Stoll writes on Heatstreat that when he used to work at Jewish newspaper The Forward, the running joke in the newsroom was that “the average age of our readers is dead.” This comes up because in his piece, he picks out a trio of advertisements from recent New York Times print editions that highlighted a new twist on adult diapers, a walking stick and an enhanced reading lamp, and wonders about the actual median age of the NYT print edition reader.
The old-school look and feel of the half-page ad for the Men’s Liberty product, which ran Monday July 18 and again Monday Aug. 8, is fascinating. The advertisement is laid out like an article and runs over 1,000 words, which says as much about the way older people still read hard-copy newspapers than any deep-dive study.
Another element that jump outs is the photo displayed in the center. A young man gazes down the side of a cliff rock, in a manner that is intended to convey what the new Men’s Liberty innovations might signify for the $7 billion adult diapers industry. He’s too young; the photo looks like it could be a bad composite; and evidently, for this ad’s target reader, it doesn’t matter.
And just to be clear – we’re not making fun of the Men’s Liberty product itself. Rather, it’s just kind of wild to see something like this in a 2016 newspaper, rather than in an old copy of Reader’s Digest lying around the summer cabin. Also, for anyone who followed that much ballyhooed recent Wall Street Journal business about men’s cargo shorts, Tucson resident Sam T. – a main source of quotes in the NYT paid advertisement – offers at one point an unintended coda.
The New York Times has acquired the design firm Fake Love. The deal was an all-cash acquisition.
Fake Love was founded in 20120 by Layne Braunstein and Josh Horowitz. The agency specializes in ad campaigns that incorporate live events and virtual and augmented reality.
“We’ve worked with Fake Love on projects in the past and have been very impressed with their experiential and creative skills,” said Times senior vp of advertising and innovation Sebastian Tomich, in an announcement. “We’re now very excited to pair their capabilities with our ad products on The Times, with T Brand Studio, as we expand into producing campaigns off of The Times and into the fast-growing worlds of VR and AR.”
Guardian US has hired Jane Spencer and promoted David Taylor.
Spencer has been named deputy editor, strategy. She previously worked at Fusion as editor in chief, digital and senior vp, emerging platforms. In 2007, Spencer was part of a Wall Street Journal team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the Journal’s ‘Naked Capitalism’ series on China. She joins Guardian US August 15.
Taylor most recently oversaw Guardian US’s coverage of the election. He joined Guardian US last year as head of news. Taylor previously served as head of news at the Times of London.
Competitor Group has named Erin Beresini editor in chief of Triathlete.
Beresini most recently served as an online staff writer for Outside. She previously worked as a senior editor of Competitor magazine.
Beresini is succeeding Julia Polloreno, will remain with Triathlete as editor at large.
“We’re thrilled to have Erin taking over Triathlete,” said John Bradley, Competitor Group’s senior vp of media, in a statement. “She’s a passionate advocate not only of triathlon but of active lifestyles in general, and has years of high-level media experience promoting these sports and lifestyles.”
The October issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine will hit newsstands Aug. 30. On the cover is former Baltimore Raven superstar linebacker Ray Lewis. We were given an advance look at the cover story, which stands as a must-read heading into the 2016 season for any serious NFL football fan.
Early on in the conversation with Cigar Aficionado publisher and editor Marvin R. Shanken, Lewis recalls the confident boast he made after his second active game with the University of Miami Hurricanes. He had just tallied 19 tackles, a sack and four pass-play breakups:
”The reporter asks me, ‘How good do you think you could be?’ And I said, ‘Honestly, before I leave here, I may be the greatest Hurricane ever to walk up out of the University of Miami.’ I’ll never forget the calls I got. But one of the calls was from Michael Irvin, and Mike called me and he said, ‘Damn it, that’s what we need. We got your back.’”
Cut to many years later. In 2000, Lewis led the Ravens to the most dominant defensive-season performance in league history. At one point during that run, there was a regular season game against the Houston Oilers and their formidable running back Eddie George:
“One play. It was a delayed screen. I watched that screen [on film] over 200 times, plus. [Steve] McNair, rest in peace, McNair comes out in the game and I look to the left, I say, oh my gosh — this has got to be this play. I said, “I promise you I’m going to knock him out.” I took off. By the time the ball touched Eddie’s hands, soon as it touched him, I caught Eddie on what a linebacker calls the sweet spot. [Lewis points to the side of his head.] Everything that I had been through in life I gave to that hit.”
By that point in the interview, the “everything” Lewis refers to has been outlined in poignant detail. There are also several article sidebars. One highlights the double murder charge Lewis was acquitted of in Atlanta and includes some brief new comments, while another compiles his quick thoughts on the various coaches he played for.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Cigar Aficionado Publisher Chats With De Niro
Essence has promoted Yolanda Sangweni and Charli Penn.
Sangweni moves up to digital content director for Essence.com. She most recently served as entertainment editor for the site.
Penn has been promoted to senior editor, relationships and lifestyle for Essence.com. Previously, she served as the site’s relationships and weddings editor for the site.
One loose rule of journalism is: the longer the Editor’s Note, the more legitimate the surrounding controversy. By that measure, the note at the bottom of a Daily Beast article by Nico Hines is medal-worthy.
The italicized annotation from editor in chief Jon Avlon totals 300 words and ends as follows:
Some readers have read Nico as mocking or sex-shaming those [Olympic athletes] on Grindr. We do not feel he did this in any way. However, The Daily Beast understands that others may have interpreted the piece differently.
Accordingly, we have made some editorial changes to the article, responding to readers’ concerns, and are again sorry for any upset the original version of this piece inspired.
Not exactly an admission of editorial guilt, but it’s better than nothing. Coverage of Olympic Village sexual shenanigans has become a tiresome hacksaw. The Daily Beast might also want to change the groaner of a tag (Muscular Athletes for Meets).
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Health taking on New York.
Health’s latest features Gina Rodriguez looking amazing while sharing her “Killer confidence secrets.” Secret number one? Be absolutely gorgeous and talented. Yes, it’s that easy!
New York, meanwhile, has Winona Ryder, fresh from a painful shower. At least that’s what it looks like to us.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment or do both.
Remember the Feb. 2, 2015 Newsweek cover that depicted a cursor lifting up the skirt of a female officer worker figure, with the cover line ‘What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women?’ The artist responsible for that much-discussed drawing and many other notable covers, Edel Rodriguez, is back on newsstands this week with his latest one for Time.
We’ve been here umpteen times before: the media predicting the end of Trump, with Trump then continuing his improbable political march. There’s no doubt this past week will be the biggest challenge yet to the elasticity of that equation. Hillary Clinton made a somewhat similar remark in 2008 to the one Trump is being pilloried for this week, involving then-Senator Obama and Robert Kennedy. However, Twitter was in its infancy back then and Fox News was still cementing its gargantuan power.
Rodriguez, a native of Havana, has also illustrated several children’s books and created a 2005 USPS stamp. Many years ago, he was an international art director for Time magazine and since then, has been commissioned by the publication for various covers. His most recent, previous one can be viewed here.
The accompanying Time cover story, meanwhile, can be accessed here.
As part of this year’s July 4 parade in Milton, Vt., a time capsule from 1991 was unearthed and opened. Among the artifacts was a copy of monthly newsletter Milton Matters, a publication started by former New York journalist Lynn Delaney.
In 1993, Delaney segued to a new enterprise, free weekly newspaper the Milton Independent, and today that publication is thriving under the leadership of executive editor Courtney Lamdin, 29, and associate editor Abby Ledoux, 24.
Lamdin was hired by Delaney in 2009 and earlier this year, her oversight was expanded to also include sister publications the Brandon Reporter and the Colchester Sun. She tells Seven Days staff writer Mark Davis that an important part of the reward is the scope of things in Milton, population 10,827:
“I always told myself I’d move when things got too repetitious and boring, and I wasn’t learning anything, but I feel like I’ve made this job what I’ve wanted,” Lamdin said. “I feel that’s something I could not duplicate at a larger paper. Maybe I’m selling myself short. But I feel like I can see the impact of my work here. That’s what keeps me here.”
Writer Davis has some inspiring details about the investigation that won the Independent a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) prize earlier this year, as well information about what went into Ledoux’s coverage of the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department. Both Ledoux and Lamdin are native Vermonters. Ledoux graduated from Emerson College in 2014, while Lamdin earned her journalism degree from St. Michael’s College in 2009.
Image via: miltonindependent.com
Previously on FishbowlNY:
A Very Clever Way to Sell a Newspaper
Kendall Jenner is the cover star of Vogue’s September issue. In the accompany profile, Jenner explained that she doesn’t enjoy the limelight as much as her other family members.
“I’ve always been superdifferent from all my sisters, especially my Kardashian sisters. They’ve always been into the glam thing and dressing up every day and being in the thick of it. Part of me loves that, but at the same time, I love dressing down and having my private life. It’s almost, like, empowering to know that no one knows we’re sitting here right now—because it’s not usually like this.”
We’re guessing that Jenner—a model who said all of this while being interviewed for a Vogue cover story—didn’t pick up on how ironic the statement was.
We guess this is what they mean by longform. This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine features one story. That’s right, one.
Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart—by contributing writer Scott Anderson—tells the origins of the Arab Spring.
The article spans 40,000 words and becomes the first single story to populate an entire issue of the Times Mag.
Along with fantastic photographs by Paolo Pellegrin, the piece comes with a virtual reality film created by Times video journalist Ben Solomon. The film can be viewed in the NYT VR app, available for download in the Google Play and iOS App stores.