Tonight at 6 p.m. ET, the editors of The Cornell Daily Sun will host a Town Hall telephone conference call. The topic: the paper’s decision to cut back its print schedule starting this fall from five days a week to three. Next semester, there will no longer be print editions on Wednesdays and Fridays.
From the note posted by editor in chief Sofia Hu, managing editor Phoebe Keller and associate editor Paulina Glass:
Over the coming months, we will expand and strengthen our website, incorporating more graphic and interactive features. We will put more thought and effort in recruiting, training and mentoring our staff in order to build a more collaborative community of writers, editors, photographers, designers, videographers and business associates.
We will also rethink our print paper, which remains integral to our coverage, and use it to showcase more in-depth stories from all sections. Our three print publications each week will evolve to feature long-form features and polished, extensive stories. With stronger pieces from news, opinion, sports, arts, dining and science, we will give you more compelling reasons to pick up The Sun’s physical copies.
In a separate email to alumni, reprinted by The Ithaca Voice, the editors acknowledged that the paper has been incurring an operational loss for the past seven years.
This is also the week that a number of outgoing contributors have penned their final columns. In his farewell, sportswriter Ben Shatzman cites the legacy of a famous predecessor:
The late Kurt Vonnegut ’44 wrote for this very paper in the early 1940’s. I skimmed through The Sun’s archives the other day and found some of his work. Man, he was special: articulate, smart, witty, funny. He had it all, years before the world outside of Cornell would grow to adore him. I take pride in continuing a tradition that once included Kurt Vonnegut.
Among my favorite passages of his is the following:
Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’
In another farewell column, arts and entertainment writer Mark DiStefano notes a highlight that occurred this year:
My biggest WTF moment came last November when Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, sent an email to me asking for clarification due to the dip in quality I had perceived in his work of late. I was enthralled and flabbergasted at the same time — who knew an Academy Award-winning director reads this shit?
The Sun, founded in 1880, is Ithaca’s oldest morning daily and was the first collegiate member of the Associated Press.
Good Housekeeping has named Lindsey Benoit brand communication and strategic projects director, a new role at the magazine.
Benoit joins GH from Women’s Health, where she served as director of communications and special projects.
Prior to Women’s Health, Benoit worked as an associate director of public relations for Self.
WWD reports that Benoit will report to GH editor in chief Jane Francisco.
Time Inc. has made some changes to its tech and product engineering operations team.
Kurt Rao has been named senior vp of technology operations, a new role at the company. He previously served as vp and corporate CIO for Time Warner. Jen Wong, president of Time Inc. digital, will add oversight of product development and engineering.
As result of these changes, Time Inc. CTO Colin Bodell and chief data officer JT Kostman are leaving the company. Bodell joined the publisher two years ago; Kostman last year.
New Republic has named Suzanne Wilson director of sales and promoted Erika Velazquez Alpern to vp of marketing and communications.
Wilson previously served as sales director for Worth magazine. She also worked for Crain’s New York Business, USA Today and The New York Times.
Velazquez Alpern joined NR last April and helped launch the magazine’s audience development strategy. She previously worked for The Guardian US.
Facebook vp of search Tom Stocky has posted a lengthy rebuttal to the report that Facebook workers were told to suppress conservative news stories.
Stocky said that his team and Facebook execs “have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true.”
Stocky countered that Facebook staffers who oversee the Trending Topics feature merely review stories, they don’t approve or insert them if they don’t pop up organically. Stocky even added that doing so would be “technically not feasible.”
“We have in place strict guidelines for our trending topic reviewers as they audit topics surfaced algorithmically: reviewers are required to accept topics that reflect real world events, and are instructed to disregard junk or duplicate topics, hoaxes, or subjects with insufficient sources. Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to systematically discriminate against sources of any ideological origin and we’ve designed our tools to make that technically not feasible. At the same time, our reviewers’ actions are logged and reviewed, and violating our guidelines is a fireable offense.”
As for what readers can expect from GQ Style, editor Will Welch summed it up with one word: Thrive.
“What the hell does luxury even mean in 2016? At this point, the term is an empty shell—a talking point for marketers up-selling their wares,” wrote Welch. “Do you know anyone who wakes up and aspires to general luxuriousness? I do not. What we’re all really after—and what GQ Style is all about—is the charged-up feeling that comes from living a limitless, unbound life. Making money is cool, but what we truly want is to flourish. We want to thrive.”
Michael Palmer, who starts today, arrives at our sister publications in Los Angeles with a wealth of video content production and engagement experience. He was most recently consulting to Hello Giggles as head of video. Previously, he was senior vice president of Defy Media and founded Clevver, Defy’s teen-focused digital media brand, in 2006. He also created and launched the YouTube channel Smosh Games.
Palmer will report to co-presidents Janice Min and John Amato. From the announcement:
“Michael has created some of YouTube’s most viewed content and we’re confident his stellar experience will play a crucial role in defining, leading and executing on new video initiatives for the business,” said Amato.
Added Palmer: “Growing digital video efforts for two of the most exciting and highly respected companies in media is a career-defining opportunity. With audiences hungry for video content, we’ll be able to leverage The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard’s unparalleled coverage of entertainment and music to reach new audiences as we strengthen our relationship with existing ones.”
So far this year, a total of 67 Hollywood Reporter and Billboard videos have crossed the one-million-views threshold on Facebook. Most are on the Billboard side and include a look at the choreography for Meghan Trainor’s “No!” video, a Justin Bieber birthday card and a posthumous tribute to Glenn Frey.
Palmer’s first job in Hollywood, while studying film production at USC, was interning as an assistant for Jerry Bruckheimer. A few years ago, he talked to the L.A. Times about that early formative experience:
“That was a real eye-opening experience, going from being a film student from San Diego who has these ideas of Hollywood, to working for Jerry Bruckheimer, who is the biggest [name] you can get, in terms of making movies. It really showed me this is a business, just like every other industry, although the way this industry works is wacky.”
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In central Paris, in particular, most of the places that Atget photographed are still there, and still posing. You can see the effects of weathering and acid rain on them; you can see the disrespectful marks of graffiti; and most of all, you can see that the magical streets of the city are choked with traffic and parked cars. However, among all the other Parises that coexist so thickly in one amazing metropolis, Atget’s Paris is still definitely and hauntingly there.
At one point during the latest episode of Larry King Now, the host notes that he has been a radio and TV broadcaster longer than the combined ages of New York-based EDM duo The Chainsmokers. That is indeed correct. King started doing his media thing 59 years ago in 1957, while Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall (pictured below, right to left) are, respectively, 26 and 30.
It’s always fun when the wise one sits down with youthful guests. During another portion of the interview, King runs the pair through a rapid-fire-questions bit called “If You Only Knew.” Taggart has a great answer when asked by Larry to name a guilty pleasure. “I don’t feel guilty about any of my pleasures,” he states.
Another one of the quick questions relates to the “craziest or strangest fan encounter:”
“At a show in Italy,” recalls Pall, “this fan in the front row, this girl, was staring at both of us performing. And she just pulls out a hair buzzer, and she starts shaving her long hair and like mixing it around on the stage, because it was kind of like a small crowd. And when you think it couldn’t get any weirder, she starts eating the hair. And she disappeared before we could get any answers.”
New episodes of King’s Ora TV and Hulu program are posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Other recent guests have included Susan Sarandon, Colin Cowherd and Charo.
As you might expect, Vice CEO Shane Smith made sure to act as ridiculous as possible during the company’s recent NewsFront.
Variety has promoted Eric Legendre and Celine Rotterman to co-managing directors of international advertising and strategic partnerships.
Legendre most recently served as international account manager. He has been with Variety since 2007. Rotterman also previously served as an international account manager. She has been with Variety since 2010.
In other Variety news, Henry Chu has been named European bureau chief. He previously worked for The Los Angeles Times as its London bureau chief.
Condé Nast has named Beth Lusko head of revenue for Condé Nast Aurora, the company’s new women’s media network anchored by Glamour and Self.
Lusko most recently served as associate publisher for The New Yorker. She had been with the magazine for the past seven years.
“Beth’s success and reputation are exceptional,” said Aurora’s publisher and CRO Connie Anne Phillips, in a statement. “Her deep expertise will help us realize the tremendous potential of our offering, especially in the digital space.”
The 26th edition of Glamour’s Women of The Year Awards will be bigger and held in Los Angeles.
The day-long event—held on Nov. 14—will feature a Live segment, in which attendees can meet and hear from past and present Women of The Year winners. That list includes quite a few amazing women, from Lupita Nyong’o to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Women of the Year has honored the world’s most pioneering women for 25 years, and we’re thrilled to build on that history by giving our audience of young women a chance to hear directly from our winners through the Women of the Year Live summit,” said Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive, in an announcement. “Holding the event on the West Coast also allows us to reach new audiences — which is so crucial in this momentous year for women, with so much discussion about women’s achievements in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and, of course, politics.”