Malcolm Gladwell is moving his unique takes from the written world to the audio realm with the launch of Revisionist History, a new podcast from the Panoply network.
History will feature Gladwell reexamining overlooked or misunderstood people, places and events from the past.
The series debuts June 16, with a new episode every Thursday for a total of 10 weeks.
Bloomberg Pursuits has named Nikki Ekstein travel editor. She most recently served as travel news editor for Travel + Leisure.
Prior to her time with T+L, Ekstein served as a travel correspondent for Food & Wine and a contributor to Serious Eats.
“Our readers are passionate about travel, and Nikki’s the perfect person to expand our coverage,” said Pursuits editor Emma Rosenblum, in an announcement. “She brings expertise, taste, and ace reporting. We’re thrilled to have her on board.”
BuzzFeed has decided to drop an ad deal between it and the Republican National Committee (RNC) because of Donald Trump. We don’t say this often, but well done, BuzzFeed.
In a memo to staffers, BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti said that while the RNC had signed a deal with BuzzFeed to “spend a significant amount on political advertisements slated to run during the fall election cycle,” BuzzFeed was pulling out of the agreement because Trump is a truly awful person.
“Earlier today Buzzfeed informed the RNC that we would not accept Trump for President ads and that we would be terminating our agreement with them,” wrote Peretti, in the memo obtained by Politico. “The Trump campaign is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and around the world and in some cases, such as his proposed ban on international travel for Muslims, would make it impossible for our employees to do their jobs.”
Time Inc. has made some changes to the Southern Living marketing team. Details are below.Jennifer Staiman has been named vp of marketing. She most recently worked served as vp, integrated marketing for Time Inc. Tricia Solimeno has joined as director of integrated marketing. She previously served in this same role for Time Inc. Claire Rock has been promoted from associate marketing director to marketing director. Rock has been with Southern Living since 2011.
Time Inc. is honoring Muhammad Ali this morning with a live, one-hour special. Muhammad Ali: A Tribute To the Greatest can be seen on EW.com, People.com, SI.com, Time.com, Facebook.com/SportsIllustrated and Facebook.com/Time at 10 a.m. ET.
The show will be hosted by Maggie Gray and feature commentary from Neil Leifer (the legendary photographer who captured the iconic image of Ali standing over Sonny Liston), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Reverend Al Sharpton, Bernard Hopkins, Tim Layden and more.
The special will air live from Time Inc.’s studios in Lower Manhattan.
“Muhammad Ali was a hero to Time Inc. viewers and readers across multiple titles, so it seems natural and appropriate for Sports Illustrated, People, and Time to partner on this live special program about his life and his legacy,” said Time Inc. chief content officer Norm Pearlstine, in a statement.
NPR is reporting that photojournalist David Gilkey and interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna were both killed while on assignment for the network in Afghanistan.
Gilkey and Tamanna were traveling with a unit of the Afghan army when the Humvee they were in was hit by rocket propelled grenades. The driver of the vehicle, a soldier in the Afghan National Army, was also killed. The Taliban was behind the attack and subsequent firefight.
“David has been covering war and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11,” said Michael Oreskes, NPR’s senior vp of news and editorial director, in a statement. “He was devoted to helping the public see these wars and the people caught up in them. He died pursuing that commitment. As a man and as a photojournalist, David brought out the humanity of all those around him. He let us see the world and each other through his eyes.”
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Politico and NBC News. Details are below.Megan Cassella is joining Politico as a reporter covering international trade. She previously worked for Reuters. Hans Nichols is joining NBC News as a correspondent focusing on the Pentagon. He most recently served as an international correspondent for Bloomberg News.
The bold new strategy tipped by Rodale earlier this year for Prevention magazine is finally here. When the July issue (pictured) hits newsstands next week, it will contain not a single ad.
From New York Times media reporter Sydney Ember’s item:
By going ad-free, [Rodale chairwoman and publishing group CEO Maria] Rodale said, Prevention will reduce its operating expenses by more than 50 percent. The savings will come in part because the magazine will no longer have to maintain a certain circulation level – a number very important to advertisers – which can result in magazines doing things like printing many copies of issues and offering steep discounts or giving them away free.
Ember lays out some of the other elements associated with the strategy besides the concept of a rate base being rendered obsolete. In the fall, to go along with this new print approach, Rodale plans to add a paywall to the magazine’s website.
The first issue of Prevention, which arrived in June 1950, was devoted entirely to polio.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Prevention Goes Ad-Free
Rodale Partners With Outbrain for Prevention.com Revamp
The utility can convert both Mac and PC fonts to OpenType, PostScript Type 1, TrueType and several webfont formats, including WOFF2.
Does the world really need another tool that creates color palettes from photographs? Softpress, the developer of the Mac site creation program Freeway and web-based photo gallery generator Exhibeo, would reply in the affirmative. Chroma begins in the usual way by analyzing an image you feed it, including RAW and PSD files, at which point it identifies the five most distinct colors. Nothing surprising there but then we're told that "Chroma uses an advanced algorithm to emulate the way the human eye perceives color and then creates a palette of natural-looking and complementary colors."
One of the best remembrances of Muhammad Ali this weekend comes from Jerry Izenberg. Partly because the 85-year-old Newark Star-Ledger sportswriting icon includes the bad with the good.
Izenberg first encountered Cassius Clay in 1960, on the steps of the Summer Olympics village in Rome. The boxer had the light heavyweight gold medal hanging around his neck:
“I’m the best. I’m the best. I’m gonna be the heavyweight champion of the world… heavyweight champion of the world… and I’m pretty, too…”
On he went in that non-stop staccato banter. Within a few years, it would become the soundtrack to every major heavyweight fight, and the background music to drastic changes in America itself, during the 1960s and ’70s.
In the fall of 1980, it was a different story. Ali took on Larry Holmes in Las Vegas, losing by TKO. His handlers stopped the fight after the tenth round. Here’s how Izenberg remembers that Oct. 3 night:
And here, I admit, I committed the most unprofessional act of my entire journalistic career.
Seeing the battered state of a man who had been my friend for so long, I jumped out of my ringside seat on press row and shouted up at referee Richard Greene. “For God’s sake, Richard, stop it now!”
Later, when I told Holmes that I had asked the ref to stop the fight, Holmes smiled sadly and said, “Me, too.”
But my strongest memory of that night applies to a bittersweet epitaph offered by an elderly African-American men’s room attendant at 4 a.m. as he handed me a towel.
“Did you bet the fight?” I asked.
“Yeah,” he said. “I bet on Ali.”
“Pardon me for asking, but why?”
“Why? Why? Because he’s Muhammad Ali, that’s why. Mister, I’m 72 years old. I owe the man for giving me my dignity.”
There’s plenty more in the Izenberg column. And crosstown in the Post, a fun related memory from Mike Vaccaro. Just a few weeks into his time with the paper in 2002, Vaccaro met Ali at Gallagher’ Steak House, where the boxer was launching Muhammad magazine. When Vaccaro told Ali that his mentor was Izenberg, Ali was intrigued:
“You know Jerry?” he said, and his face formed into a frown. Then slowly, he raised his right arm, formed a fist and nudged my jaw with a benign jab. “You’re ugly. Just like him.” And then he smiled. “Tell him I said that.”
Image courtesy: Newark Star-Ledger
When Michael Jordan turned 50 in 2013, Sports Illustrated put him on the cover for a record 50th time. Next week, to punctuate a much sadder occasion, Muhammad Ali will grace the cover of the magazine for the 40th time.
This particular shot of the prodigiously photogenic Ali was taken on Oct. 9, 1970 by Neil Leifer at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach. The June 13 issue of SI hits newsstands Wednesday.
On photographer Leifer’s personal website, there is a section devoted to Ali. That page is also a wonderful way to remember The Greatest, starting with Leifer’s most celebrated shot and moving a treasure trove of color and black and white memories.
Image courtesy: Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated
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Vox Media has suspended editor Emmett Rensin for a series of tweets that encouraged people to riot if a rally for Donald Trump came to their town.
The disciplinary action was the result of a few tweets, but this rather moronic and dangerous sentiment kicked it all off:
Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot.
— Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016
See Republicans? Liberals can be stupid too!
Rensin’s idiocy left Vox with no choice.
“We at Vox do not take institutional positions on most questions, and we encourage our writers to debate and disagree,” wrote Vox editor in chief Ezra Klein, in a statement. “But direct encouragement of riots crosses a line between expressing a contrary opinion and directly encouraging dangerous, illegal activity. We welcome a variety of viewpoints, but we do not condone writing that could put others in danger. In this case, Emmett’s tweets violated Vox’s standards and Emmett has been suspended as a consequence.”
The latest SiriusXM “Leading Ladies” conversation won’t debut until Friday June 10 (at noon E.T., on Channel 109). But to whet the appetite, the satellite network has shared a few excerpts.
Singer Gloria Estefan, when asked by Larry Flick if she would consider returning to Cuba to perform in concert, stressed that it’s complicated. Her father fought in the Bay of Pigs, and life in the wake of the Dec. 2014 normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations is still pretty miserable:
“The Castro government, with this opening, has actually created and made the Cuban citizens second-class citizens, in their own home. The tourists can go and do things, Cuban exiles can go and enjoy the things in Cuba, that the people that live there cannot enjoy or afford, and won’t be able to for a long time…”
“You can go to a pharmacy for tourist that has everything. A Cuban pharmacy has nothing.”
Estefan, who was born in Havana Sept. 1, 1957, stated she can’t imagine standing on a stage in Cuba and staring out at images of Che Guevera and Fidel Castro, while these conditions persist. She also expressed concerns that an appearance could trigger violence. (Estefan also stressed that she has no problem with other performers who choose to now play in Cuba.)
Others who have previously sat down with SiriusXM for “Leading Ladies” include NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell, actress Susan Lucci, model-turned-mogul Cindy Crawford and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The hosts for the conversation series vary.
Gannett has named Mizell Stewart vp of news operations for the USA Today Network.
Stewart most recently served as Journal Media Group’s managing director and chief content officer.
Prior ot his time with Journal Media, Stewart served as vp of content, newspaper division for E.W. Scripps Company.