As part of WNET’s “Thirteen Days of Harper Lee,” which began July 5, the New York PBS station will be showing a newly updated version of Westchester filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy‘s 2010 documentary Harper Lee: Hey, Boo. The broadcast begins Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET and Murphy will be live-tweeting for the 90-minute duration using the hashtag #HarperLeePBS.
There’s plenty more on Murphy’s plate, including a Saturday afternoon Reddit AMA and a Monday evening Q&A screening of her documentary at Lincoln Center. In an article published today, she tells Journal News contributor Clarice Silber that Go Set a Watchman will please To Kill a Mockingbird fans:
“I can’t yet share my thoughts about the book, but I think anyone who wants to know about [the characters] is going to be delighted,” Murphy said [of her advance look at Go Set a Watchman].
On Thursday, WNET’s MetroFocus will air an interview with Murphy and post an extended version of the conversation online.
In what amounted to more a performance piece than your average collection reveal, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren of Viktor & Rolf recently revealed their Wearable Art collection at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
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Have no fear, she’ll be back at her regular perch at 55th and Fifth next week.
In the meantime, here are some recent columns to chew on…
Clean Eating doesn’t follow health food trends, choosing instead to stick to its own pre-established standards, found here, on what constitutes clean eating.
The site itself posts a lot of recipes that hew to those principles, but what editors would like to see from freelancers are pitches within the realm of service journalism. Bonus points if it’s service journalism in list form.[Web editor Jennifer] Davis-Flynn is primarily seeking service-driven pieces for the blog that cover the broader topics of lifestyle, health and wellness. “I’d love to find someone who is great at writing attention-grabbing listicles,” she noted. So think along the lines of: “10 Ways to Get More Protein Into Your Diet,” “5 Ways to Reduce Stress at Work” or “5 Ways to Reduce Emotional Eating.” Blog posts should range from 500 to 1,000 words.
For more, read: How To Pitch: CleanEatingMag.com
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Last month, Louisiana attorney Michael Rubin won Foreword Reviews magazine’s 2014 prize for Book of the Year in the Thriller & Suspense category. This week, he is in New York to connect with fellow authors and more potential readers at ThrillerFest. The \"premier conference for thriller enthusiasts\" started today at New York’s Grand Hyatt and runs through the weekend.
Donna Britt, a reporter with Baton Rouge CBS-TV affiliate WFAB, caught up with Rubin before he boarded a plane for NYC. He told her that he is already at work on a sequel to his Civil War era first novel and offered this compelling summary of The Cottonwood Curse:
“The story addresses three universal questions, not unique to the South: Can we ever know all about our great-great grandparents? Number Two: Would knowing that change our perceptions of who we are and how we view others? Third, Do we have an obligation to tell that truth, if that would help someone we care about, but would also hurt somebody else?”
One more event note; today at lunch, the winners of the Best First Sentence contest were announced. Last year, some cited highlights included:
Death couldn’t part us soon enough. [Katalin Burness]
Quizz Murphy propped himself against the cold facade of an office building and summoned a nearby sparrow to pluck the lice from his beard. [J.E. Fishman] [Jacket cover courtesy: Louisiana State Press]
There are some new faces settling into the EW Comic-Con Studio at San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel. Alongside the magazine’s editors, writers and SiriusXM hosts, a quartet of moviepilot.com creators under a new partnership are also set to interview this year’s attendees. The creators are:
• Ly Velez (pictured), a 20-year-old based in Florida;
• Traelon Randolph, a Minneapolis comic book fan who just turned 20 earlier this week;
• Rose Moore, a longtime Moviepilot creator, 30, who calls Vancouver, Canada home;
• Arnie Bohannon, a 29-year-old Young Adult chronicler who maintains a popular Hunger Games fan blog.
The main point of delivery for this group’s videos will be Facebook, where Moviepilot is closing in on five million Likes and claims an overall engaged audience of 29 million. It’s a smart move by EW to work with these creators, as well as Moviepilot’s EIC and several other staffers who are also in attendance.
“Comic-Con has always been about celebrating the fans and finding new ways to connect them with their favorite actors, directors, showrunners and franchises,” EW editor Henry Goldblatt said in the recent release. “We’re thrilled to target even more fans through this partnership with Moviepilot.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Facebook Film Application Founder Moves Closer to Hollywood
Avengers: Age of New Journalism
Trading was halted on the New York Stock Exchange just after 11:30 a.m. ET, and the timing could not have been worse for WSJ.com. Not long after reports of the NYSE technical difficulties began to surface on Twitter, The Wall Street Journal’s homepage turned up a 504. Article pages are loading. The story about the NYSE halt reads, “A technical glitch was registered ahead of the U.S. stock market’s open but was apparently resolved before shares began trading at 9:30 a.m.
WSJ.com began coming back online for some users around 12:08, but was directed through wsj.com/europe. The mobile app is accessible. We’ve reached out to Dow Jones for comment.
Update: A message here reads: WSJ.com is having technical difficulties. The full site will return shortly.
The summer issue of Howler magazine, a quarterly, hit newsstands May 29.
And while a lot of magazines could have come up within this particular production time frame with the idea of Sepp Blatter being the target of some cover fun, it takes a special sense of FIFA/FIFA foresight to tee up that fun at the foot of Carli Lloyd. Looking at the cover now, there’s an extra sense of delight knowing just how hard and far #10 can pinpoint that allegedly corrupt noggin’.
Per the Issue #8 cover lines “Bad Parma: The Sorry State of Italian Soccer” and “Sepp’s Blather,” the Howler gang also know their way around a catchy headline. To editor George Quraishi, creative director Joel Speasmaker, cover illustration artist Kemi Mai and colleagues, we say: “Bravooooooooooooo!”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
FIFA Corruption Scandal Emblazons International Front Pages
The New York Times is bringing its native advertising service T Brand Studio to London. The new operation will open in August and be led by Kaylee King-Balentine, who has been named director of T Brand Studio, International.
King-Balentine most recently T Brand Studio’s executive video producer. She joined the Times in 2013. She’ll oversee an initial staff of four in London.
The Times launched T Brand Studio last year.
Film review and news site The Dissolve is dissolving. The site, which is owned by Pitchfork, was simply unable to make enough money to keep the doors open.
“Sadly, because of the various challenges inherent in launching a freestanding website in a crowded publishing environment, financial and otherwise, today is the last day we will be doing that,” wrote The Dissolve’s founder and editorial director, Keith Phipps.
The Dissolve was launched in 2013.
The New York Daily News’ editorial board has no love left for Bill Cosby. A headline from the paper’s opinion section reads “Bill Cosby, Dead To Us.”
This is a not a bold move, but we’re glad the paper put it so bluntly. There really isn’t any other position to take on Cosby. More than 25 women have accused him of sexual assault. Declaring Cosby “dead” is the least the Daily News can do.
The editorial comes after newly exposed court documents from 2005 revealed that Cosby had admitted to obtaining drugs with the intent of using them on women he wanted to have sex with.
“While the statute of limitations on criminal prosecutions may have expired, his disgrace will live forever,” wrote the Daily News. “Just imagine the first sentence of his obituary.”
Dave Weigel is returning to The Washington Post as a national politics reporter. He most recently worked for Bloomberg Politics. Prior to that, Weigel worked for Slate and previously, WaPo.
“Dave will bring his one-of-a-kind perspective and voice to our campaign team, where he will focus on the people and movements that are galvanizing so much of modern politics,” wrote national editor Cameron Barr; deputy national editor Scott Wilson; associate editor Anne Kornblut; and senior politics editor Steven Ginsberg, in a memo.
Weigel’s new role at WaPo will also include a new podcast on politics. He’ll also focus on Rand Paul‘s quest for the White House.
Weigel joins WaPo July 20.
At HMDM, Sebastian will be will oversee a shared 24-hour news desk, all breaking and viral news, and contribute to every Hearst site.
“Michael is a sharp reporter with deep experience and an understanding of our brands and the kind of news that resonates with our audience,\" said Kate Lewis, vp and editorial director of HMDM, in an announcement. “He is as comfortable writing as he is managing and editing, and he will be a strong and steady leader for this team as we build out our newsroom.”
Sebastian joins Hearst July 20. He’ll report to Lewis.
(Image: Twitter/Michael Sebastian)
Short of a promotion, it’s about as sweet and convenient a career move as possible. In May, Danielle Sacks (pictured) moved from one side of the 29th floor at 7 WTC, where she was a senior writer for Fast Company, to the other side, where she is now a senior editor for sister publication Inc.
“There have been about five trades between the Yankees and the Mets,” spokesperson Drew Kerr tells FishbowlNY. “That’s about how many times an employee has moved between the two magazines owned by Mansueto Ventures, Inc.”
Sacks was with Fast Company for 12 years. When she took part earlier this year in the magazine’s series for which employees curate recommendations of third-party content, she was headlined as a “journalism geek.” A few months later, in the annals of Mansueto, she ranks as journalism freak.
Mansueto HR director Miles Merwin confirms this type of Mansueto lateral move is rare. “J.J. McCorvey moved from Inc. editorial to Fast Company editorial,” he tells us. “Kelsey Rodenbiker moved from Fast Company marketing to Inc. marketing. Amy Christiansen moved from Fast Company ad sales to Inc. ad sales some three years ago. That’s about it out of some 213 current regular employees.”
[Photo courtesy: Inc.]
From being viewed initially as a novelty, drone photography has quickly advanced to the point where it's now as serious a form of photography as any other. Dronestagram, a commonity for drone photography fans, recently announced the winners of its second Drone Aerial Photography Contest, which received more than 5,000 submissions.
The BBC plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs with a focus on streamlining management as well as slimming down the marketing and communications teams. In total, that figure represents roughly five percent of the 18,000-person workforce. “A simpler, leaner BBC is the right thing to do and it can also help us meet the financial challenges we face,” Tony Hall, the director general, wrote in a memo announcing the news. “We’ve already significantly cut the costs of running the BBC, but in times of very tough choices we need to focus on what really matters—delivering outstanding programs and content for all our audiences.”…
The New York Times loses Rebecca Howard, who has been overseeing the video team for the past two and a half years. The former AOL staffer is moving elsewhere “to focus on emerging media platforms,” according to a memo from Times’ digital chief Kinsey Wilson… Bill Carter, who took a NYT buyout, lands a SiriusXM radio show in addition to his gigs as contributor at The Hollywood Reporter and CNN… Kirsten Danis moves from The Wall Street Journal to The Marshall Project, where she’ll be managing editor… The Los Angeles Times recruits Dexter Thomas “to cover Black Twitter,” while also hiring Lisa Biagiotti to help with video and social, in addition to handing out a few new job titles to existing staffers… Read More
Shane Smith is nowhere to be directly found in the Columbia Journalism Review’s big summer piece about Vice. Why? Well, Bloomberg View’s Justin Fox has a pretty good potential explanation:
Author Chris Ip couldn’t focus on the ineffable appeal of Smith, because Smith wouldn’t talk to him. Advertisers read the Wall Street Journal, the people at Vice probably figured, but they don’t read CJR. Also, a CJR article was likely to focus on the potential conflicts between Vice’s role as advertisers’ and TV networks’ conduit to the millennials and its aspirations as a news organization – which Ip’s piece in fact does.
Fox draws interesting parallels between Smith/Vice and the early days of William S. Paley with CBS. He argues that: a) Paley also knew how to create content that appealed to the audiences advertisers were looking to connect with most; and, b) Like Smith, Paley was a guy advertisers wanted to hang out with.
Fox misses out on one other key aspect of all this. Smith and Paley were born on the same date: September 28. It’s enough to make Vice perhaps start populating this limited-use tag.