The New York Times is cutting off its coverage of local art galleries, restaurants and theaters. The move is designed cut costs and reduce the number of freelance writers the Times uses.
Kurt Wenzel, one Times freelancer who reviewed restaurants, noted how this decision will impact local businesses.
“This is, in my opinion, the real shame of ending this part of the Metro section (beyond the livelihood of writers),” Wenzel wrote in an email to Deadline. “The fact that there is now much less oversight of local culture and entertainment. Local communities are the biggest losers, since a new theater run or restaurant won’t get the opportunity to reach the sophisticated audience that the Times attracts.”
Google has hired Kate Lanphear to oversee its new search product for fashion week.
According to WWD, the new product “includes a searchable calendar of shows, a feed of relevant stories and social media posts from featured designers and influencers.”
Lanphear previously served as editor of Maxim. Lanphear stepped down from that post late last year.
In addition to her role at Google, Lanphear is serving as a contributing editor for The Editorialist.
Among the passengers on Wednesday’s first U.S. commercial flight to Cuba in half a century: Michael Weissenstein, the Havana bureau chief for Associated Press. As he explains in his piece, the experience marked a big difference from the way he previously got back and forth from the island, via charter:
The electronic ticket cost $98.90 and took less than three minutes to buy on JetBlue’s website. For an extra $35, I hauled back 100 pounds of goods that are nearly unobtainable in Cuba: porcelain kitchen tiles, ice cube trays, a designer dress for my fiancee.
Who knew that ice cube trays were hard to come by in the launchpad of the Cuba Libre cocktail?
For air travel trivia buffs: the flight number was 387. The plane taxied away from Fort Lauderdale’s gate F10 and departed at 9:50 a.m. ET. The plane arrived in Santa Clara, Cuba at 11:05 a.m., eight minutes later than the scheduled arrival time.
Weissenstein has been working from Havana since August of 2014, departing the island about three times a year for vacation purposes.
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Amy Cosper, editor in chief of Entrepreneur, is leaving the magazine. Cosper served as the magazine’s editor since 2007.
Cosper also served as vp of Entrepreneur Media. She first joined the company in 1995.
Cosper tweeted that her post-Entrepreneur plans included “writing books, speaking, documentaries and a very long motorcycle ride.”
The day after Super Bowl XLV, Feb. 7, 2011, The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta described AOL’s deal to acquire The Huffington Post as “Tim Armstrong’s Hail Mary Pass.” That description was comically recalled Tuesday night by Arianna Huffington as she bid her official farewell to staff at a party hosted at Catch’s rooftop. Huffington is moving on to Thrive, while her game-changing content company now belongs to Verizon.
“If I knew more about football, I would complete the [New Yorker] metaphor in some inspiring way,” joked Huffington. “But I know enough to know that whatever kind of pass it was, it worked. Appropriately, the deal was signed on Super Bowl Sunday, actually at the Super Bowl. It’s the only part of a Super Bowl I’ve ever paid attention to.”
“And now here we are celebrating a new chapter, both for me and for The Huffington Post, just as football season starts again,” she continued. “Sadly, I am as clueless about football now as I was then, but I am very up on how many hours a night Tom Brady sleeps and how that helps improve his stats – though I have no idea what those stats mean.”
“Tim believed in our global expansion from Day One. In fact, he and I announced it days after the acquisition when we were in London. And now HuffPost is set to launch HuffPost Mexico in two days [Thursday], building a bridge between our two countries at a time when Donald Trump wants to build a wall. So thank you Tim for proving right the prediction I made on the day of the acquisition, that HuffPost was stepping off a train and getting on a supersonic jet.”
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It’s a risky move. Be that as it may, Variety Silicon Valley correspondent Janko Roettgers has the scoop this week on GoPro’s decision to try and reverse the course of several money-losing fiscal quarters by turning itself into a media company.
Roettgers paid a visit to the office of company CEO Nick Woodman, who teased some of the 32 (!) short-form series the company plans to roll out in late 2016 and 2017:
GoPro plans to launch 32 short-form shows late this year and early in 2017. Some of the titles in production include the travel show Beyond Places, the music format Off the Record and the family-themed This Is Gonna Be Fun and Kids Save the World. GoPro also teamed up with Real Madrid for a series on the legendary soccer club, and there’s one about New York motorcycle cops in training.
The shows are being produced by the company’s entertainment unit, which, until earlier this year, was headed by former CBS Corp. executive Zander Lurie. But Lurie left in January to become CEO of SurveyMonkey, and the division is now being led by Ocean MacAdams, who at various points has held programming posts at MTV, Warner Music and the Madison Square Garden Co.
There’s little doubt some of this content is going to be compelling. But can it be monetized? Then again, at the Emmys this year, one of the nominees is the GoPro-streamed Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Vox Media wants to expand internationally, and so the company has tapped Jonathan Hunt as vp of international.
Hunt joined Vox in 2104 as vp of global marketing and communications. He previously worked for Vice.
“Jonathan joined us exactly two years ago to create and scale our marketing partnerships and communications,” wrote Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff, in a memo to staffers. “He and his team have done a great job doing just that. His knowledge of our company and his past international business development experience will serve us well in this new role.”
“We will be sharing more details—such as where, when, and how we’ll expand into new markets—over time,” continued Bankoff. “Jonathan’s first order of business will be working closely with stakeholders throughout the company to determine our international priorities, opportunities and strategies moving forward.”
Hunt will report to Vox Media president Marty Moe.
The initial rate negotiated last fall between Tel Aviv-based freelancer Yardena Schwartz and Vice for a story about a Palestinian uprising and that event’s connection to the holy site Temple Mount was $500. However, following a personal emergency that disappeared her Vice editor for a week and undermined the topicality of the submitted item, she was offered a kill fee of just $75.
As Schwartz explains in a piece posted today on CJR, she had spent three full days working on the article. Since the decision to kill the piece had nothing to do with proper editorial considerations, she turned to her Alma Mater:
I typed up a quick email detailing what had happened and sent it to the Columbia Journalism School international alumni listserve. The subject line was, ‘Warning for freelancers re: Vice.’ Within minutes, my inbox was flooded with emails from other journalists who had suffered similar misfortunes with Vice. Most of the stories were worse than my own.
Not all of the journalists referred to in this story were approached this way. After hearing only negative anecdotes from former employees and freelancers, I tried to find people who had something positive to share about their experience with Vice. I put a call out on Facebook and within my network of other journalists… Out of 25 people I spoke to, emailed with, or interacted with through Facebook, three said they had a positive experience freelancing for Vice.
For the piece, Vice separately put Schwartz in touch with three freelancers who it promised would have positive things to say about their experiences. Her article quotes two of these individuals, but here’s the catch: both journalists are based in the U.S.
Whereas pretty much all of the attributed scenarios cited by Schwartz, besides her own, are international. Two journalists in Paris; one in Morocco; another, unnamed, in Europe; and a bunch of grievances in Canada. As she writes near the top of her CJR report, Vice’s A/P department was recently reconfigured with a new invoicing system and the engagement of an outside payroll processing company.
Let’s hope Vice gets it together moving forward on the international freelancers front. Because there appears to be little doubt that Vice’s rapid growth left a lot of lot of those folks holding the bag.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Vice Contributor Recalls Low Point of Iran Undercover Mission
Last night at MetLife Stadium, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed for four hours and three minutes. It’s The Boss’ longest-ever U.S. live performance, second only to a show in Helsinki, Finland, and as such is garnering a ton of entertainment news headlines today. A smaller focus of coverage is the presence at the show of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The River Tour wraps up Sept. 14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, where somewhat hilariously, local officials have granted The Boss an extra 15 minutes past the usual 11:15 p.m. performance curfew. Beyond that, a couple of other dates next month loom large. On Sept. 24, Springsteen will turn 67; and on Sept. 27, Simon & Schuster will release his 528-page memoir Born to Run.
Tuesday was a good night all around locally for music industry old timers. While Springsteen was bringing down the MetLife house, Rod Stewart, 71, was kicking off a new “Legends” members private series at The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y. The British star has his own devoted fans, as well. One in attendance told Newsday she named her daughter after Stewart’s song “Maggie May.”
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Twitter has hired Jayanta Jenkins as its global group creative director. Jenkins most recently served as global creative director of advertising for Apple/Beats by Dre.
Prior to his time at Apple, Jenkins spent seven years with both TBWA Chiat Day and Wieden + Kennedy.
Jenkins reports to Twitter’s vp of global brand strategy Joel Lunenfeld.
According to a new study by Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, when it comes to news, young people prefer social media over TV.
The report found that 28 percent of adults aged 18 to 24 use social media as their main source of news, compared to 24 percent for TV.
This is the first time social media has overtaken TV in the Reuters Institute’s report history, which has been conducted yearly since 2011.
As for which social media source is used most often, it’s Facebook by a landslide [pictured].
About half of those surveyed (44 percent) said they used Facebook for news. The runner-up was YouTube, at only 19 percent.
Meredith Corporation is bringing its Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app to televisions across the nation. Titled Dinner Spinner, the weekly half-hour, cooking competition show will begin airing on the CW Network October 1 at 11 am.
Dinner Spinner will feature two cooks competing against each other to create a unique meal for dinner. The meals will then be judged by a rotating panel of guests. Dinner Spinner is hosted by Gabe Kennedy.
“Unleashing the power of shared experiences and expert advice to energize home cooks to find success in their kitchens has always been at the heart of the Allrecipes brand,” said Meredith National Media Group president Jon Werther, in a statement. “Extending this unique blend of premium content to additional channels—with our highly-engaged Allrecipes community and influencers at the center—will further fuel the passion and excitement for our industry-leading brand.”
The Guardian’s Catherine Shourd was fortunate. Per her video interview with Woody Allen posted ahead of the U.K. opening on Friday of the filmmaker’s latest, Café Society, she was the very first journalist of the day to sit down with Allen at the London press junket for the film.
As a result, and per his own admission, he was livelier than he expected to be later on in the day. “I see 50 people in a day, so by three o’clock, it becomes boring. You’re the first one, so no, it’s not boring now. But by three o’clock, it will be boring.”
The other boring part of filmmaking, Allen told Shourd, is having to listen to the people who put up the money for his films make jokes.
In an essay for Fusion, Jorge Ramos—host of Fusion’s America with Jorge Ramos and Univision’s Noticiero Univision and Al Punto—argued that a Hispanic journalist should moderate one of the presidential debates. Weird, right? Maybe even racist??? Like, what about white males? Someone call Fox News.
Ramos, himself beyond qualified to host a debate, pointed out the ridiculousness of excluding a Hispanic moderator.
“Hispanics are the fastest-growing electoral group in the United States — a bloc of about 27 million eligible voters,” wrote Ramos. “Their support is crucial in swing states like Colorado, Nevada and Florida, so I’m not exaggerating when I say that no candidate can take the White House without Hispanics’ support. Yet a Hispanic journalist has never moderated one of the presidential debates. Why?”
Ramos, of course, already knew the answer to his question.
“I get the sense that both major candidates are afraid of just what they might be asked,” continued Ramos. “These Hispanic journalists, and many more, are part of a community seldom discussed beyond the single focus on immigration. Their questions could prove quite unconventional.”
For attorneys Susan Estrich and Marc Mukasey, the best way to defend Roger Ailes is apparently to act exactly like Roger Ailes. Given that Ailes has been accused of sexually harassing more than 20 women and bragged about hiring people to physically hurt journalists, this is not a good thing.
Yet Estrich and Mukasey both emailed The Daily Beast to launch personal attacks against New York reporter Gabriel Sherman, who was responsible for breaking the sexual harassment allegations.
“Gabe Sherman has made clear that nothing will stand in the way of his vendetta against Roger Ailes, and he will use any woman he can find—no matter how clearly and deeply troubled she is—to try to concoct allegations against Mr. Ailes,” wrote Estrich. “Gabe is running out of women he can use and abuse. Ultimately, it will be clear that the real enemy of women is Gabe Sherman.”
Did you catch all that? Estrich blamed the victims and said Sherman abuses women. Amazing rhetoric. Must feel pretty weird to have no soul.
Not to be outdone, Mukasey explained that “Gabe Sherman is a virus, and is too small to exist on his own, and has obviously attached himself to the Ailes family to try to suck the life out of them.”
Smartly, Sherman told the Daily Beast that he doesn’t take the attacks personally. He understands that while shining a light on roaches makes them scatter, it doesn’t keep them from coming back.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Men’s Journal and Vice. Details are below.Mike Conklin is joining Men’s Journal as a senior editor for its website. Conklin previously spent 13 years as editorial director of Brooklyn Magazine. Mary Choi is joining Vice as a culture correspondent for Vice News Tonight. Choi’s work has appeared in GQ, The New York Times and more.