To all those hashtagging with #TattooGate a duly noted issue involving a certain consumer product (the Apple Watch) and infinitesimal group of users (people with wrist tattoos), cut it out! We can only reclaim the original meaning of the “gate” suffix as envisioned by the late William Safire if we stop constantly trivializing it.
Here, in alphabetical order, are the so-called major “-Gate” scandals that the world has been treated to so far in 2015:
Arguably, only two of this young year’s such flare-ups – the ones involving U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis – are OG, or Woodward and Bernstein-era, worthy.
Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.NY Times Sports Page Goes Text Only InStyle Publisher Gets The Boot Seinfeld Swaps Places with ‘Talk Show Animal’ Letterman Robb Riedel Named Managing Editor of Food Network Magazine New York Press Club Award Winners Announced
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The following paragraph, taken from an article by AP writer Ryan Nakashima about how studios like Disney are increasingly relying on online “influencers” to generate buzz for movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, reminds that traditional journalism is a dwindling superpower:
“When you’re reaching young people, you have to go to where the authorities on culture exist,” says Angela Courtin, chief marketing officer for Relativity Media, the studio that has co-financed Fast & Furious series and is releasing action comedy Masterminds this fall. “They’re no longer in bylines of The New York Times or the Los Angeles Times. They’re now on YouTube and Snapchat and Instagram and Vine.”
It’s nothing new, of course. Here for example is how Boston Herald film critic James Verniere led off his C+ review of the Avengers sequel:
The question — Is this new Avengers movie any good? — is so beside the point, I don’t know why I am writing this. Whatever any critic says, the fanboy and fangirl legions longing to see this latest Marvel superhero film will march to the theaters like Eloi heading to the bone pits of the Morlocks.
One of the influencers mentioned in the AP article is 16-year-old Atlanta-based MoviePilot blogger Reid Jones, who was flown into LA for the Age of Ultron premiere (with his dad). Check out Jones’ articles here.
Today, several profitable decades later, the News Corp. and animated series twain are meeting in a most dynamic additional way. From an AM New York report:
Fox will unveil a bronze bust of Bart Simpson created by [actress Nancy] Cartwright outside the News Corp. building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas. The veteran voice actress, who will be on hand for the special event, said the statue is a testament to the writers, artists and the show’s other crew who made The Simpsons the longest running scripted sitcom of all time.
“For me as an artist, I like to think that art can change the perspective of the viewer and gives hope,” she said in a phone interview. “To be a part of this ensemble… I treasure it.”
Carwright has been doing some media appearances in and around the dedication. She told SiriusXM that she was “blown away” by how many people showed up for today’s 11 a.m. unveiling. The actress will be unveiling a second, similar “Bartman” statue next Friday at USC Film School.
Something has come between Kendall Jenner and her Calvin Klein’s.
A drone, in the nighttime hours of Wednesday April 29, piloted by graffiti artist KATSU. The result: some unplanned lines across the face of Jenner at the SoHo intersection of Lafayette and East Houston Street, on a Calvin Klein billboard featuring an image shot by Steven Klein (no relation). From KATSU’s interview with Wired:
“It’s exciting to see its first potential use as a device for vandalism,” he added, cheerfully…
KATSU is also gearing up to release a new, more user-friendly version of the graffiti drone “very soon.”
Hmmm. One man’s sense of excitement is another man’s SMH. Unless Calvin Klein cleverly engaged KATSU to drum up exposure for the SoHo billboard, this is a shameless and rather shameful publicity stunt. And judging by the massive amount of media coverage, it worked.
The latest AAM report on newspaper circulation shows that The New York Times enjoyed a solid first quarter. The gains were mostly due to an ever-increasing digital audience.
The Times’ total circulation (print and digital) was 2,178,674 for Monday-Friday and 2,624,277 for Sunday. Those numbers represented a seven percent increase for the M-F editions and a three percent jump for the Sunday edition.
As the Times reported in its first quarter earnings report, its digital version is doing quite well. The AAM report supported that. The AAM found that digital circulation for M-F was 1,552,723 and 1,476,385 for Sunday, representing a 14 percent and 10 percent jump, respectively.
The picture for print is (understandably) not as rosy. Circulation was 625,951 for M-F and 1,147,892 for Sunday, representing declines of six percent five percent, respectively.
We’re big fans of The New York Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan, so naturally we were excited to see that she shared some advice she has given to her students at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Below are just a few of the tips, but her entire piece is well worth checking out.You can lose your reputation and your career in an instant. Despite that, don’t be timid. Be brave; just don’t be brave and stupid. Ask for advice from smart people. Be aggressive — a passive journalist isn’t really a journalist. Put yourself in the place of the people who will be affected by your work. That doesn’t mean to pull your punches.
Bloomberg has made several promotions to its team. Details are below.Otis Bilodeau has been named global executive editor for TV. He previously served as executive editor for finance and investing. Christine Harper will succeed Bilodeau. She previously served as managing editor for finance. Alan Goldstein, currently overseeing the states and municipal finance team for the past year, will succeed Harper. Michael Shane, currently director of operations for Bloomberg Digital, becomes a managing editor. He’ll report to Josh Topolsky. Jared Sandberg has been named executive editor of Bloomberg.com. He will also report to Topolsky. Alec McCabe has been named head of podcasts for Bloomberg Radio. He most recently served as team leader for training in the Americas. Tim Coulter, currently an editor-at-large on Bloomberg’s London-based energy team, has been named a web senior editor. Winnie O’Kelley has been named global executive editor, covering legal, financial regulation and enforcement and market structure. Heather Smith has been named global managing editor for legal news. She most recently oversaw Bloomberg’s financial crime team in London.
Bossip.com has partnered with PodcastOne to launch Don’t Be Scared, Bossip’s first podcast. The weekly show will feature celebrity interviews and commentary on the news, sports, reality TV, and everything in between.
Marve Frazier, the chief creative officer for Bossip parent Moguldom Media and CEO of Bossip, spoke glowingly of PodcastOne.
“The Network allows for Bossip to showcase its voice while exposing its millions of fans to the talented people who deliver our special style of covering a wide-range of topics from urban entertainment to community issues,” said Frazier, in an announcement.
Don’t Be Scared is hosted by Bossip staffers David Dennis, Jason Lee and Danielle Canada. It premieres May 6.
This week, Inc.com is hiring a digital photo editor, while Digiday needs a reporter/blogger. Blue State Digital is seeking a project manager, and Exclusive Group Travel is on the hunt for an online photo editor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.Digital Photo Editor Inc.com (New York, NY) Reporter/Blogger Digiday (New York, NY) Project Manager Blue State Digital (New York, NY) Online Photo Editor Exclusive Group Travel (New York, NY) Senior Editor, ¿Qué más? CafeMom (New York, NY)
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The latest version of this designer-friendly 3D modeling and animation application boosts its rendering capabilities while maintaining its close ties to Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
TVNewser: A video of a Baltimore man putting Geraldo Rivera and Fox New in their place has gone viral. Sometimes good things do happen.
SocialTimes: Facebook is experimenting again. Everyone freak out accordingly.
Janko Roettgers (pictured), a senior writer with the recently dissolved GigaOM, is going to be able to keep right on going in the Bay Area. The married father of two, who lives in Oakland, has been hired as Variety’s first-ever senior Silicon Valley correspondent.
From today’s announcement:
“Janko has the expertise and experience to make a valuable contribution to our team,\" said Variety co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein. “Variety has moved aggressively in recent years to cover Silicon Valley’s impact on Hollywood, which makes having a respected journalist like Janko on the ground in the technology capital of the world a natural next step for us.”
Roettgers will start May 18 and report to Wallenstein. He will also work closely with New York digital editor Todd Spangler. And per a recent piece in our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter comparing the cultures of Tinseltown and Tech town, Variety’s new rep will have to do far less hemming and hawing:
One of the biggest contrasts is communication style: Hollywood never likes to say no, while “in tech, you are expected to give direct, even critical feedback and be brutally honest,” says Sibyl Goldman, Facebook’s head of entertainment partnerships. “That’s how products are improved and features evolve to become awesome.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Fortune Adds Six Former GigaOM Staffers
The New York Times has named Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Duhigg senior editor of the Times events business.
Duhigg has been with the Time since 2006. Prior to joining the Times, he was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.
“Charles will work with colleagues throughout the company to expand the conferences The Times already runs, like Cities for Tomorrow, the Luxury Conference, the magazine’s events, DealBook, Schools for Tomorrow, Food forTomorrow and the INYT conferences, and he will provide support to TimesTalks and our other successful live journalism events,” read a memo from executive editor Dean Baquet and editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal. “He will also work with the newsroom, the Editorial Department and our business-side colleagues to find other ideas that allow newsmakers and our journalists to take the stage together to discuss the biggest issues of the day.”
In November 2012, Sister Mary Ann Walsh introduced as part of her U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops media relations duties a blog post format that amounted to a tip sheet of five relevant news items and tidbits.
This week, in the wake of Walsh’s passing at age 68 from recurring cancer, her former USCCB colleagues (she left the fold last fall) are using that same “Five Things” format to pay tribute to her life as a journalist and PR person:
1. Mary Ann Walsh was born and raised in Albany, New York. She joined the Sisters of Mercy at the age of 17 and celebrated her jubilee year last October. The word “mercy” brought an easy smile to her face. She believed in her mission.
In the days following Pope Francis’ election, she picked up on his emphasis then on mercy. Her last piece for America magazine, where she had been working since last September, was on the pope’s call for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. She wrote March 25, “Pope Francis has made mercy a key theme of his pontificate and has spoken of an ‘age of mercy.’ People listen to him. There is a huge need for mercy in today’s society where hurt abounds in many areas. People seem open to mercy, which emphasizes forgiveness over judgment, as never before. We need this.”
When Walsh joined the USCCB in 1993, she was the first woman to hold the position of director of media relations. She joined America magazine last fall as U.S. church correspondent and continued to write for them as she battled the cancer. Warm memories of her are being shared by the Catholic News Service, where she was once Vatican correspondent and media editor:
Phil Pullella, senior correspondent in Italy and the Vatican for Reuters, told of his friendship with Sister Mary Ann that began when she was a reporter in Rome for Catholic News Service.
“I always called her ‘Mother Mary’ and she always called me ‘my son,'” he said in a note to CNS. “Mary Ann was an exceptionally generous woman… When she moved to America magazine, she wrote some of the clearest insightful, informed and entertaining columns about the U.S. church that I have ever read.”
In March, Walsh received the St. Francis de Sales Award, which honors lifetime achievements, from the Catholic Press Association. The America magazine obituary is here. RIP.