For those of you on the edge of your seat wondering what Brian Williams’ fate will be, we’ve got some news: You’re going to have to wait a little longer.
One week after we learned that NBC News was trying to keep Williams—but in a different role than Nightly News anchor—CNN Money reports that “It is increasingly clear that Lester Holt is going to stay in the NBC Nightly News anchor chair.”
Which is pretty much exactly what everyone already knew. We also already knew that if NBC News execs don’t figure out a new role for Williams he’ll leave the network.
Please continue your Williams vigil until we have more information.
The New York Times has added three staffers to its audience development team. Details are below.Tim Herrera has been named growth editor. He previously worked for The Washington Post’s audience team on special projects, newsroom technology development and strategy. Michael Gold also joins from WaPo. Gold will work on the Times’ social team. Prior to WaPo, Gold worked for The Baltimore Sun. Joining Gold on the social team is Lindsey Underwood. She previously worked at Slate.
At St. Anne School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey this morning, Friar Mychal Judge awards were handed out to students who exhibited the qualities the late FDNY chaplain was known for: friendliness, kindness and compassion. The citations were voted on by teachers and fellow classmates.
At the New York Press Club tonight, a group of reporters were honored with Mychal Judge Heart of New York prizes, for a story or series \"most complimentary of New York.\" The 2015 winners are WFUV 90.7 FM’s George Bodarky (“How Sweet It Is: Riding in the Candy Cab“), Woman Around Town’s Alix Cohen (“Clown Care: When Laughter Heals“), Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner Jr. (The Urban Gardener) and NY1 News (How NYC Works).
And at St. Joseph’s Park in East Rutherford next Sunday, a life-size bronze statue of Judge will be unveiled, with Bergen County firefighters and others in attendance. The origins of the sculpture, created by Brian Hanlon of Hanlon Sculpture Studio, date back to the very day Judge lost his life:
People first began talking about the idea of a statue in 2001, after a mass was celebrated on September 11, said James Cassella, mayor of East Rutherford. Cassella had known Mychal since the 1960s, when Mychal arrived in East Rutherford and became active in the parish and in the community.
\"I was in high school at the time,\" he said. \"I became friendly with Mychal and, through the years, even after he left our town, and I would see him at events around North Jersey.\"
Internationally acclaimed designer and illustrator Dan Stiles offers a collection of over 200 concert posters for many of today's leading acts including Arctic Monkeys, Wilco, The XX, Sonic Youth, Girl Talk and Sigur Ros.
TVNewser: ABC News has announced its 2016 election coverage team. They are all liberals. Kidding! Maybe.
GalleyCat: A study found that UK fathers need to read more to their kids. American fathers respond to the report by smiling smugly.
FishbowlDC: Pierre Garçon continues to do good things in DC. And we’re not talking about football.
There is no shortage of material serving the memory of Denise McCluggage, who passed away recently in Santa Fe at age 88. Starting with the former San Francisco Chronicle, New York Herald-Tribune and Competition Press journalist’s own words:
I am asked from time to time: \"When are you going to do your autobiography?\" I answer: \"I don’t do fiction.\" That reply has become a set piece and usually gets a laugh.
A suggestion came back from a knowing colleague: \"Just call it a memoir – that’s what I did. Then it’s as accurate as you can remember. It doesn’t have to be ‘true.’\"
McCluggage had a fling with Steve McQueen. She raced at the Nürburgring. She won her class at Sebring, driving a Ferrari 250 GT SWB. She won at the Grand Prix of Venezuela sports-car race, driving a Porsche 550. And in the Rallye Monte Carlo, driving a Ford Falcon.
She knew everybody who mattered in our world – Juan Manuel Fangio, Dan Gurney, the Rodriguez brothers, Carroll Shelby, Phil Hill, Jim Clark, Stirling Moss, Wolfgang von Trips – but she also knew us, and she made us feel like knowing her colleagues was just as important to her as knowing certified legends.
McCluggage did find time to write a how-to book about downhill skiing, another sport she mastered during her thrilling life. RIP.
Marie Claire has named Lea Goldman executive editor. She most recently served as features and special projects director, a role she held since 2012.
Goldman is the magazine’s second executive editor. Riza Cruz, who has been executive editor since 2012, continues to serve in that role.
Goldman’s appointment is effective immediately.
Fifty years ago this summer, Larry Dablemont started at Missouri’s Houston Herald as the paper’s first outdoors columnist. To mark a monumental half-century as a journalist and author, Dablemont has filled his first June column with tender professional memories.
When Dablemont originally chose to tackle journalism, he was well-known in the area as a fishing guide on the Big Piney River. He started in that capacity at age 12 and explains that it was through those activities that he met his future newspaper mentor:
When I began that job of writing weekly outdoor columns at the age of 17, it was to become something far greater than I could have ever dreamed. Never has a week passed since June of 1965 that one or more of my newspaper columns on the outdoors has not appeared somewhere and when you consider my lack of writing talent, that is amazing… to me at least.
Over the years, I’ve written more than 4000 columns appearing in more than two hundred different newspapers in five or six different states. I figure I have sold about 700 feature articles to outdoor magazines. I sold my first magazine article when I was 19 and a year later wrote my first article for Outdoor Life about a wooden johnboat I had used for many years on the Big Piney River, a story entitled \"Old Paint,\" which won a national award in 1971.
There is a bittersweet undercurrent to Dablemont’s recollections. Towards the end of the column, he notes that 50 years of modern-age progress have been very unkind to the area’s rivers and springs.
The columnist also suggests that one of the reasons his current syndicate group of 30 newspapers is limited to a few Midwestern states is that ‘editors [in Los Angeles or New York or Chicago] would dump my best work in the trash can!’ Their loss.
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The initial statement from HOT 97 about Sunday night’s Summer Jam disturbance was circumspect. It includes this passage:
… a small number of people created an unsafe environment, and for the safety of all guests, the New Jersey State Police were on scene to disperse the crowd…
Today, on the station’s airwaves, on-air personalities rightfully used much more urgent language to address the minority of MetLife Stadium attendees who spoiled it for others and prompted New Jersey State Police officers to show up in riot gear. From the AP report:
Laura Stylez of the HOT 97 morning show criticized those who threw bottles at police, and DJ Ebro Darden said Monday that fans shouldn’t have tried to jump the fence to get inside the venue.
“You cannot throw bottles at police,” Stylez said on air Monday. “What is wrong with you?”
For a detailed recap of the performances, click here.
— EBRO In The Morning (@EBROINTHEAM) June 8, 2015
The questions you ask a potential employer during a job interview should be infused with the same strategic thinking as the answers you give to the questions asked of you. You should prep accordingly, thinking through both the content of the questions you’re planning to ask and your approach.
When it comes time for you to get your questions in, make sure they reflect your knowledge of the position and the organization you’re applying to. And don’t forget to act like you belong:
“If you act as if you are already joining the team and planning out how you will begin to be impactful, the manager will also start to see you in this light,” Ray Massery, a creative recruiter at Paladin, a media-industry staffing company, shares. Try: “What is the most important or most immediate task that needs to be tackled?” or “What could I do in this role that would be most beneficial to you and the team?”
For more, read: Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
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Apparently, this is a problem for NGU. In what stands – at this early summer juncture – as a leading candidate for the most elegiac FishbowlNY tip of 2015, our tipster informed over the weekend that ‘none of these categories fits my lifestyle.’ Here’s NGU’s full communique:
Massive gigolo complex. None of these categories fits my lifestyle. I ask for nothing but your care for my heart, before a massive stroke kills my being. On a scale of 1 to 10, I feel like a -120 through no fault of anyone but my soon to be X wife. Shoes filled with broken-hearted blood. I have my hand out but not looking for a handout. There is no future but now. Grab my hand as you pass. The window is open for now. Love is for you. NGU
NGU, we feel your pain… And poetry.
Larry Kramer, publisher of USA Today since 2012, is retiring. According to USA Today reporter Gregory Korte, Kramer will step down from his role June 26 and join the board of directors at the new Gannett Publishing company.
Kramer—who founded Marketwatch.com—came to USA Today backed by more than 20 years as a journalist. He has won the National Press Club Award, the AP award for news writing and the Gerald Loeb award. His staffs have won two Pulitzers.
At USA Today, Kramer succeeded Dave Hunke.
Ron Kelly has been named managing editor of Family Circle. The move marks a return to Meredith for Kelly, as he previously served as a managing editor for several of the company’s brands.
Kelly returns to Meredith from Bauer Publishing, where he served as features director for Closer Weekly.
Kelly’s appointment is effective May 26.
The escape of two inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, the first such incident in the facility’s 150-year history, has shocked state officials and fascinated fans of The Shawshank Redemption. That’s because minus the poster of Raquel Welch and the fact that the pair of real-life convicts are very much guilty of murder, the escape path eerily echos the painstaking methods of Tim Robbins’ character Andy Dufresne.
It’s an angle that pretty much every media outlet has tapped in the aftermath of Saturday morning’s discovery that David Sweat and Richard Matt were not in their cells. Here are three of the most recent examples:
‘Their alleged path conjured images of The Shawshank Redemption…’
‘Officials said Sweat, 34, and Matt, 48, cut through steel walls at the back of their adjacent cells and steel pipes while making their Shawshank Redemption-style breakout…’
‘…two convicted murderers tunneled out of a U.S. maximum-security prison near the Canadian border using ideas borrowed from The Shawshank Redemption…’
[London Daily Telegraph]
There are hundreds more references like these. Missing at press time is comment from Shawshank director Frank Darabont and star Robbins. Darabont, coincidentally, just sold his LA home.
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