How can you not love a media career that began like this:
Even though Serrano climbed the media ladder quickly, it didn’t happen overnight. He began, humbly, as a freelance sports writer for the Near Northwest Banner, a tiny neighborhood publication that a “little old woman” was printing in her garage. His first story was about Craig Biggio’s retirement from the Houston Astros. She paid him $15.
That nugget comes from a profile of author and former Grantland writer Shea Serreno. The article was written by by Travis Shafer for Stanford University’s The Peninsula Press and it’s a perfect piece of writing to save for the hammock this holiday 4 weekend. The article is framed by the birth of Serrano and wife Larami’s twin children. Dad decided to pursue journalism after he was unable to land work at Target, Walmart and the like.
The Near Northwest Banner is no more. But it looks like the woman who ran it, Frances Allday, is still writing letting her voice be heard here and there. A holiday to her, the Serrano family and all of our readers.
Jacket cover courtesy: Harry N. Abrams
Madison Stewart’s Twitter handle is @SharkGirlMadi. And her Twitter page background image looks like this:
In other words, she was probably the single and only HR consideration for what now amounts to the July 4 weekend barbecue conversation-stopper: “Me? I am Fusion’s new shark correspondent.” Here’s the full memo from president and chief content officer Daniel Eilemberg:
If we strive to be a voice for the voiceless, that also means being a voice for nature, animals and those who are fighting to protect their existence. Nico Ibarguen, who serves as the environmental correspondent for both FUSION and Univision, is a rare breed himself as we are not seeing news organizations or networks dedicate the time or resources to covering the environment. I can’t name another correspondent at a major network dedicated to reporting on the environment full-time. This does a disservice to the audience and the ecosystem we all benefit from.
We know young people are not only interested in, but care deeply about the world around them. I am proud of the several projects we have done over the past year and we are only just getting started. We are going to be expanding our coverage of the environment under the Project Earth brand, focusing on four key areas: Oceans, Extinction, Climate Change, and Food Sustainability. This is going to be a cross-platform effort that will range from social content to documentaries to VR experiences to in-person expeditions that will span the Fusion Media Group.
As we ramp up, I am excited to announce that Madison Stewart is joining FUSION’s Project Earth as our shark correspondent (which I think is an industry first). Madison will be working closely with Nico on our coverage of the oceans, with a specific focus on sharks. Some of you might remember Madison from our RiseUp event in D.C. in 2014 or from our SharkLand doclast year.
The ocean is the environment’s life support system and sharks are essential to keeping our oceans healthy. Unfortunately we face a sad reality: 95% of most species of shark populations are already gone and we slaughter 100 million of them every year. Part of the problem is that what most Americans know about sharks is limited to media coverage of shark attacks, which are usually laced with sensationalism, playing off people’s fear to drive ratings and clicks as opposed to providing facts and context.
Madison will work to shine a light on facts, myths, discoveries, and controversies surround the world’s shark population. She will bring her passionate voice to FUSION’s cross-platform coverage as well as Univision. Watch Nico’s recent piece where he went free-diving with sharks and reflected on their recent struggles to survive and the piece Madison did where she provides a lesson on swimming with sharks.
In the coming months we will look to link up with a range of partners (other interested news outlets, artists, philanthropists, etc.) to bring important stories about the environment and the world we live in to broader audiences. Information is power and we want to empower our audience stories that with inspire them to create positive change so we can have a thriving planet for generations to come.
If you have ideas please do not hesitate to reach out to Nico and please help me in welcoming Madison to the FUSION team.
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Fusion TV Hires a Chief Cannabis Correspondent
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Rodale’s Men’s Health has promoted Chris Peel and Gil Tiamsic to associate publisher and advertising sales director, respectively.
Peel most recently served as national ad director. He joined Men’s Health in 2011.
Tiamsic previously served as advertising sales manager. He joined the magazine in 2014.
The Daily Dot, a site dedicated to Internet culture, has revamped its look. The new Dailydot.com is cleaner and features larger images. Stories are arranged in large blocks, making navigation quick and easy.
As part of the redesign, Daily Dot has renamed its sections to “pay homage to digital culture.” We honestly don’t understand most of them, but that’s probably because we’re old.
Below is the complete list of the new sections, along with Daily Dot’s description of each.Debug (formerly Tech): The gadgets, platforms, and software that make your digital life possible. If it beeps, clicks, or blinks, you’ll find it Unclick (formerly LOL): A viral vortex of the dankest memes, savage roasts, and all the other ephemera of the Web. IRL (formerly Lifestyle): Where your off- and online identities collide. Upstream (formerly Entertainment): Tomorrow’s entertainment, today. Layer 8 (formerly Politics): Referring to Layer 8, the “political” layer of OSI networks, the section covers the intersection of the state and the Internet. Via (formerly Opinion): Thought leadership on the most important issues of the Internet generation shared via an abundance of web sources. Parsec (formerly Geek): A nod to Star Trek’s unit of measurement, Parsec goes traveling through the geek space to bring you stories that matter. Dot Esports: The best Esports coverage online. The Kernel: The Daily Dot’s Sunday magazine, bringing you stories about the Internet, technology, and life in this confusing thing called the modern world.
Keith J. Kelly got his hands on a resignation letter signed, sealed and delivered this week to the powers-that-be at People magazine by Sara Hammel, who spent 14 years with the publication. You’ll have to head over to his Post column to glean the full celebrity details.
We were intrigued by the final portion of Hammel’s missive. It involves her debut novel The Underdogs, published May 31:
I will say, what happens after that is that my debut teen mystery, the one I spent my adult life making into a reality, but which, despite the schlock regularly featured in its pages and online, People decided to ignore – more to the point, they ignored me entirely – even after I toiled away for them for 14 years. They wouldn’t even give me a digital post that I wrote, sourced and agreed to remove the name of my book from (LOL).
I’ll leave you with the kicker:
As I was crafting this letter, a tweet came through from one of your top editors, Kate Coyne, crowing about her full-page People feature promoting her brand-new book, accompanied by a colorful screenshot. “Don’t ask how, but I got in touch with someone at @people – now I’m in the new issue. So grateful!”
You should be, Kate. Enjoy it while it lasts.
A couple of key differences on the books front is that Coyne’s June 14 release is non-fiction and directly concerns the business that People magazine is all about. The tweet Hammel references above is gone. However, heading into the holiday weekend, executive editor Coyne seems to be putting a punctuation mark on this whole thing:
If the letter shared by Kelly leaves you wanting for more, Hammel published an 50-page e-book last weekend. It’s called Red Carpet Regret: Confessions of a Cynical Celebrity Journalist.
Jacket cover courtesy: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Toast—which ceased operations today—has gone out with a bang. The site has published a heartfelt note from none other than Hillary Clinton.
Clinton’s piece thanked The Toast’s founders for creating a safe space for women and urged readers to be proud of who they are:
As we look back at what this site has meant to so many of you, I hope you’ll also look forward and consider how you might make your voice heard in whatever arenas matter most to you. Speak your opinion more fervently in your classes if you’re a student, or at meetings in your workplace. Proudly take credit for your ideas. Have confidence in the value of your contributions. And if the space you’re in doesn’t have room for your voice, don’t be afraid to carve out a space of your own.
Read the entire post here.
Reuters has made a couple changes to its editorial team. Details are below.Don Durfee has been named managing editor of operations for the Americas. This is a new role at Reuters. Durfee most recently served as general manager of North Asia. He was previously bureau chief in Beijing and Hong Kong. Martin Howell has been named top news editor for Asia. He was previously top news editor and deputy editor for the Americas.
Athlon Media Group (AMG) has reached a deal to acquire the recently-folded Harris Publications. However, that doesn’t mean all of Harris’ magazines are coming back.
“We’ll be evaluating the 74 titles and see which ones serve our customers needs best,” AMG executive vp Tracey Altman told The New York Post.
D&N Publications also made a bid for Harris, but a judge ruled in AMG’s favor because AMG agreed to pay the printing company RR Donnelley. The printing giant said Harris still owed it $4 million.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM) has named Mark Marvel director of video sales and marketing, a new role at the company.
Marvel comes to the company from Time Inc., where he led video sales strategy fro Time. He previously worked for Microsoft and Esquire.
“Demand for video is increasing exponentially, from both consumers and marketers, and Mark will work with the sales, marketing and audience dev teams across our portfolio to find and deliver the perfect opportunities,” said HMDM senior vp and CRO Todd Haskell, in a statement.
The June 28 New York Times article was headlined “Pro-Brexit City of Sunderland Glad to Poke Establishment in the Eye.” But a day later, it was the Times getting poked by the paper of record in this northern British community of 273,000 residents.
In short order Thursday, the Sunderland Echo fired off the following three ripostes:
The first piece demands an apology from the paper and invites reporter Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura to return for a second, more complete visit. The Echo contacted The New York Times directly and concludes at the end of the piece that, ‘At the time of going to press, we have received no response.’ There’s also this paragraph:
“If The New York Times had stuck around it could have asked more than 50,000 people at the sell-out Beyonce concert or the hundreds of thousands of people who will soon be visiting the Sunderland International Airshow exactly what they think.
In “12 Things,” there is collected feedback from various locals, including a number of reactions along these lines:
Where are the photos of our beautiful parks and seafronts? Discussions with adults who live, work in some of the very many beautiful areas of Sunderland? No, Kimiko couldn’t do that! She came to do her worst and she achieved it.
The final item takes the form of an op-ed:
Many reasons have been suggested as to why Sunderland voted to exit. Was it immigration? Was is an anti-establishment vote, Was it a socio-economic divide, was it a protest? Was it the older generation to blame?Whatever the reasons were will be debated for many months to come.
But what we will not accept is that this city reached its decision because it is downtrodden, uneducated, deprived and living in a “time-warp.”
We’re pretty sure The New York Times will not be apologizing. However, a return visit by de Freytas-Tamura with photographer Adam Ferguson could be interesting, especially if it’s scheduled at a another crucial juncture of the Brexit road.
The story of Hilde Lysiak, a Pennsylvania nine-year-old who made headlines earlier this year with her efforts as a self-starting reporter and editor, just keeps getting better. On Thursday, Scholastic announced that it has signed the precocious youngster and her father, journalist Matthew Lysiak, to write a series of four children’s books for its Branches category.
The Orange Street News has 700+ paid subscribers and is read by hundreds of thousands more online. Hilde rides around the streets of Selinsgrove on her pink bike in search of her next big scoop. She has covered fires, tornado damage, and even a story about how a dog thwarted a local break-in.
“It’s amazing that after publishing my own newspaper I now get to work with Scholastic to write books that will be read by kids all around the world. It’s a dream come true,” said Hilde Lysiak. “I want kids who read these books to love reporting like I do.”
Scholastic senior editor Katie Carella first read about Lysiak’s exploits in the Washington, and says she immediately envisioned a fiction series. The deal was negotiated by Carella with Sharlene Martin at the Martin Literary & Media Management.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Child Reporter’s Exploits Resonate With Pair of Female Journalists
The news broke around 3 p.m. this afternoon, via reports by Recode and Politico Media. A press release from IBT Media followed shortly thereafter, which states that ‘the overall restructuring plan includes some staff downsizing.’
That’s putting it mildly. The number of International Business Times journalists affected is in the dozens, with Recode’s Noah Kulwin reporting that separate Newsweek layoffs will be revealed Friday. The resulting Twitter stream is the last thing anyone wishes to be reading on the cusp of summer’s first big holiday weekend.
Here’s a picture worth 730 days:
Here’s the site’s exiting editor of tech, media and culture, keeping it classy:
And here’s a reminder of the predicament colleagues at Newsweek now find themselves in:
In the Montreal Gazette, Brendan Kelly writes that Wednesday’s straight-up trade by the Montreal Canadiens of defenseman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Shea Webber is ‘the worst move by the Habs since Réjean Houle dealt Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche for a bag of pucks in 1995.’
Fellow Montreal sportswriter Andrew Berkshire goes one better in his sportsnet.ca piece:
There is a tendency in the era of social media to overreact to big trades, pronouncing an instant winner and loser without all the details. Sometimes the “wait and see” approach is wiser and shows maturity.
This is not one of those times.
The Montreal Canadiens have made possibly the worst trade in the history of their franchise, for no reason at all.
The trade follows the absence of a single Canadian team in the HBL playoffs, for the first time since before these two players were born. And it comes smack, Habs in-between Quebec’s St-Jean Baptiste Day provincial holiday (June 24) and Friday’s annual Canada Day celebrations.
In one Montreal French dailies, there are 12 pages devoted today to the Subban trade. The swap was also front-page news today in Nashville’s Tennessean. From sportswriter Joe Rexrode featured write-up:
This was not a prank. The Predators traded the face of the franchise, veteran defenseman Shea Weber, on Wednesday to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman P.K. Subban.
We’re talking about the most iconic player in the team’s 18-year history, the captain…
Image via: montrealgazette.com
Earlier this spring, The New York Times formalized its plans for audio content expansion, appointing Samantha Henig as editorial director for that area. Today, Kinsey Wilson and Sam Dolnick sent word of the newest addition to Henig’s team.
Joining the audio department in July, as an executive producer, will be Lisa Tobin (pictured), a senior producer at Boston NPR station WBUR-FM who helped create the paper’s most successful podcast to date. From today’s memo:
Modern Love, the first podcast to briefly displace Serial at the top of the charts, was Tobin’s idea. Lisa has launched feature shows, like the literary advice podcast Dear Sugar Radio, based on the cult-favorite advice column.
She has developed newsy shows, including a daily podcast produced in partnership with The Boston Globe during the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And, she has incorporated audio into giant multimedia projects, like Bulger on Trial.
If you want to listen to a chilling bit of audio, go to that Whitey Bulger WBUR-FM report and click on the embedded excerpt of testimony from the gangster’s former hit man. The witness talks about a certain 1988 Boston Globe article and then wait for this witness’ answer to the question, “You would have killed him [Bulger], wouldn’t you?”
At the end of today’s NYT memo, there is a very cool bit of tactical information. Once Tobin has arrived, she and Henig plan to solicit podcast ideas from any and all Times colleagues! That’s going to be a cool list.
Photo via: nytco.com