The A' Design Award & Competition, which is billed as "the worlds' largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts, products and services," is now in its seventh year and is somewhat unusual in that it encompasses a wide range of design disciplines.
Who better to report on the imminent redesign of Philippines daily newspaper the Daily Inquirer than a reporter from that publication? As Juliet Labog-Javellana notes at the top her article, the man tasked with overseeing that transformation, New York-based Dr. Norman García (pictured), has over the years been involved with hundreds of media brands.
This, though, is the 69-year-old’s first project in the Philippines. García first visited the Inquirer newsroom in April of 2015 and is back there this week ahead of Thursday’s scheduled launch:
“Many well-designed newspapers have ceased to exist, while many not-so-beautiful newspapers continue to thrive. Why? Because the content has been essential to the lives of its readers,” Garcia said in an interview for this article.
“My background and training are those of a journalist. So in each project I have emphasized the importance of the good story, with design there to package it and to make it more accessible,” he said.
García, 69, blogs actively and enthusiastically about his various projects. He will be sharing several posts this week in advance of the Oct. 6 unveil. He also, for the Inquirer write-up, highlighted his all-time favorite project. Hint: It’s a newspaper in South America.
Photo via: garciamedia.com
Politico is brining its Off Message and Nerdcast podcasts to Panoply, a podcast network.
“This partnership will make it easier for our listeners to tune in each week, as well as for new listeners to discover our compelling content,” said Politico president Poppy MacDonald, in an announcement. “Panoply will help to ensure we’re well-positioned to continue to grow our podcast audience.”
Off Message is hosted by Glenn Thrush, and offers a behind-the-scenes take on the presidential campaign trail. Nerdcast also features coverage of the presidential race and “backstage dope on how politics really works.”
From a zeitgeist point of view, Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show has yet to approach the level of John Oliver’s weekly investigations and James Corden’s carpool excursions. But it’s early; the talk show is just four months old.
When Handler welcomed Business Insider senior TV reporter Jethro Nededog to the Sony Pictures lot, she told him that she feels things had “clicked” six weeks into the production of her program, which streams three nights a week. Nededog’s article features a chronological set of photos taken by a Netflix supplied photographer, Neil Jacobs, and these pictures offer a great window into Handler’s staff, set and daily routine.
It’s also interesting to read Handler’s comments about transitioning to a show without advertisers and commercial breaks. Check out the full feature here.
Founded in 1991 and opened in 1995, Gilda’s Club New York City was the site Friday of a intimate celebration of Gene Wilder‘s life. Among those sharing memories of Wilder and his second wife Gilda Radner were actor Mandy Patinkin, who first met Radner when he shot a TV commercial in Canada at age 17, and Allan Zweibel, who wrote for her on Saturday Night Live.
From a report by The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman:
One day Patinkin put on his dressing room door an the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway a quote of Radner’s, or so he believed: “Enjoy the delicious ambiguity of life.” For a nervous person like Patinkin, “there is no person on earth that wanted to hear those words more than me then, and now, and tomorrow and tomorrow.”
A fellow actor told him the quote actually belonged to Joanna Bull, Radner’s cancer psychotherapist.
The next day, Patinkin bumped into film critic Joel Siegel whose wife had passed away from cancer, who told him he had just spoken to Bull about setting up a cancer center, and then Bull herself flew into New York, and soon Patinkin was involved in the setting up of Gilda’s Club with Siegel, Wilder and Bull.
Bull is writing a memoir and at Friday’s event, she revealed it will be called Delightful Ambiguity. During her remarks, she also revisited a landmark weekend for the cancer charity in Chicago that involved Princess Diana. As an added bonus, The Daily Beast article ends with the recipe for Chicken Wilder (as recalled by Zweibel’s daughter Robin), a dish the actor used to love to serve up for friends.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
RIP: Gene Wilder
Image via: gildasclubnyc.org
CNBC has made several hires. Details are below.Ester Bloom has joined as a senior editor for CNBC Make It. She previously worked for The Billfold and The Atlantic. Brandon Ancil, Mary Stevens, Qin Chen, Zack Guzman, Andrea Kramar, and Jarrett Bellini will all join CNBC full-time to work on Make It video. Kathy Mavrikakis has been named a production manager. She most recently served as supervising producer for The Late Show with David Letterman. Elizabeth Skadden, who most recently worked with Rolling Stone and Vice, has been named a producer.
Bonnier Corp. has named Colin Kearns editor in chief of Field & Stream. Kearns most recently served as the magazine’s senior deputy editor.
Kearns joined Field & Stream in 2008 as a senior editor. He previously worked for Salt Water Sportsman.
Kearns sis succeeding Anthony Licata, who will remain in his role as editorial director of the Bonnier Lifestyle Group, which includes Popular Science, Saveur, Field & Stream, Popular Photography, American Photo, and Outdoor Life.
Bauer Media Group has named Steven Kotok president and CEO.
Kotok is succeeding Hubert Boehle, who has decided to retire after 30 years with the company. Boehle had served as CEO of Bauer since 2005.
Kotok most recently served as president of The Wirecutter. He previously helped launch Maxim.com and served as The Week’s president. In 2010, he was named CEO of The Week.
“Steven’s extensive magazine and digital publishing experience means he is the ideal person to lead our US operations and drive its next phase of growth,” said Bauer Media executive board member Andreas Schoo, in a statement. “We are delighted he is bringing that knowledge and his leadership skills to Bauer at this important time for the business.”
New York’s The Cut has a great piece this morning featuring female journalists opening up about what it’s like covering Donald Trump. In short: It’s absolutely terrible, but they have a job to do.
Olivia Nuzzi, a reporter for The Daily Beast, said that prior to an interview with Trump, she was introduced as “very young.” When Trump saw her, he added “Very and young and very beautiful.”
Another reporter who asked to remain anonymous, said “I think you don’t realize the emotional cost of every single day, twice a day, being in rooms where the norm has become people shouting out, ‘Hang the bitch,’ ‘Kill her,’ ‘Cunt.'”
Rosie Gray, a BuzzFeed reporter, said Trump’s rampant misogyny has lowered the bar, allowing idiots everywhere to come out of hiding. “Trump has broken with the norm in terms of what you can and can’t say, and that has opened the floodgates,” she explained.
Facebook’s effort to be a one-stop shop continues today with the launch of an e-commerce feature called Marketplace.
Marketplace is essentially a mashup of Facebook and Craigslist. Users can buy or sell items with Marketplace, but all transactions are done in the real world.
That means yes, you still have to worry about dealing with crazies. However, perhaps things will be slightly improved on Marketplace, as everyone will have their Facebook profiles attached to the transactions.
Facebook Marketplace is first getting rolled out to users in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Other countries will be added over the next few months.
Jim Roberts, the veteran journalist whose previous stops included The New York Times and Reuters, is joining the public strategy company Mercury as its managing director.
Roberts most recently served as a consulting editor for The Hill. He previously worked as executive editor for Mashable and Reuters Digital. Prior to that, Roberts was an assistant managing editor at the Times for more than two decades.
“Roberts will drive the vision of the firm’s burgeoning digital business,” said a Mercury announcement. “He will work across Mercury’s global offices to provide critical strategy and guidance to clients about the use of digital platforms, mobile devices and social channels to communicate with their audiences and solve complex problems.”
At the beginning of 2016, Donald Trump made a brief issue out of the fact that Ted Cruz was born in Canada. The New York Times wrote about this in January, noting Cruz’s comical response via Twitter.
This weekend, a different person born at the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary is in Trump’s crosshairs: New York Times reporter Susanne Craig, who over the weekend revealed details from Trump’s 1995 tax returns after receiving in the mail. Chatting with Calgary Sun columnist Michael Platt in the wake of her big scoop with David Barstow, Craig deadpanned:
Craig, a former Calgary Herald intern who got her start writing stories for [weekly student newspaper] The Gauntlet, while studying political science at the University of Calgary, laughs when it’s suggested Trump has been haunted by Calgary this campaign.
“And I was born at the Foothills hospital, just like Cruz—it must be a conspiracy,” she says.
Craig interned at the Herald in the summers of 1990 and 1991. She then interned at the Windsor Star, where she was eventually hired. Craig would go on to work for the Toronto Globe and Mail and Wall Steet Journal before joining the Times in 2010.
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Jim Hare, a one-time mayor of Elmira, N.Y., has a monthly column in the Elmira Star-Gazette, the original cornerstone of today’s Gannett empire. Over the July 4 weekend, he retraced how the late Frank Gannett bought into the paper in 1906 (then known as just the Gazette), starting down a path that would lead to the creation of the Gannett Company in 1923.
In light of Sunday’s report by Politico’s Ken Doctor that Gannett’s long-rumored acquisition of Tronc is about to be announced, it’s fun to note that another former mayor of Elmira played a key role in the genesis of Gannett. And that a weird name was involved then, too. From Hare’s column:
Purchasing a half-interest in the Elmira Gazette was a challenge for Frank Gannett. He soon learned that Edwin R. Davenport’s partner, Royal Soper, was a front for David B. Hill, the real owner.
Hill was a former Elmira mayor, New York governor and U.S. senator whose political creed was “I am a Democrat.” By 1906, Hill had retired from politics and lived near Albany at his country home, Wolfert’s Roost. He was described as having a “dominating personality.”
Got that? One hundred years before Tribune Publishing was turned into Tronc, Royal Soper morphed into David B. Hill. The purchase price that got Frank Gannett started in the newspaper business was $20,000. He had only $3,000 of that, borrowing another $7,000 and giving Davenport promissory notes for the remaining $10,000.
Image via: gannett.com
Born in Washington, D.C., photographer Emily Berl (pictured) earned a B.A. in photojournalism and art history from Boston University and now makes her home in Los Angeles, where she freelances for a wide variety of high-profile media clients.
For today’s New York Times Styles section profile of You Must Remember This podcaster Karina Longworth, she took a vibrant shot of her subject at the wheel of a 1987 Mercedes. While Longworth’s podcast focuses on Hollywood film personalities and events preceding that make and model, Berl has snapped a range of more recent stars of film, TV and film.
Clicking through the Portraits section of Berl’s website, we were also struck by a photo of Pamela Anderson. The shot of Anderson seated on a bed was taken for an earlier 2016 New York Times feature but not ultimately used.
The photo of Longworth cleverly frames the subject matter of the Styles article. She is looking at herself in the rear-view mirror, a la “ready for my close-up Mr. De Mille.” And she is at the wheel of a prize of a kind that Hollywood hopefuls past, present and future all aspire to. Nicely done.
In print, the headline for Michael Schulman’s Styles piece reads: “The New Sound of Old Hollywood.” Online, the paper went with “Ghosts of Old Hollywood, as a Podcast.” Crowning both versions, a resonant view of KL in her SL.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Karina Longworth Hosts an Impromptu AMA
Photo by: Megan Miller
Published Sept. 13 by Scribner, Ethan Brown’s investigation of the unsolved murders of eight prostitutes in Jennings, La. between 2005 and 2009 has generated denials, an editorial and more. Republican Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany was quick to refute the book’s allegations that he was a client of three of the murdered prostitutes (and one other), calling Brown a “tabloid writer.” For a Sept. 15 article, the New Orleans Advocate also got a statement from the publisher:
“While we do not comment on our editorial process, Scribner is confident that Ethan Brown’s Murder in the Bayou is a responsibly reported account by an experienced journalist,” Brian Belfiglio, vice president and director of publicity at Scribner / Simon & Schuster Inc., wrote in an email.
That same first week of publication, Lafayette newspaper The Daily Advertiser, owned by Gannett, questioned Brown’s anonymous sourcing. In an editorial titled “Murder and the Death of Standards,” it zeroed in on those allegations about Boustany laid out in the last of the book’s 13 chapters:
It seems cruel and wrong that a person can build a reputation over the course of a lifetime, then have it publicly assailed by people who never show their own faces.
Only a single, identifiable person suggests Boustany was ever at the Boudreaux Inn—and that was for a campaign event. Suzette Bouley Istre, a manager, recollected Boustany visited once for a political meeting, fielded political questions and continued on to his next campaign stop. A Boustany spokesman said he had no record of that event.
Per an interview with the author published Friday in the New Orleans Advocate, Brown started his journalism career in New York in the 1990s as an editorial assistant at Details, has written several other books and took a professional break recently from reporting. Referring to some earlier 2010 New York Times coverage of the Jeff Davis 8 and a 1997 Dateline report about questionable Jefferson Davis Parish police activity, he is weary:
“I’m hoping there’ll be some measure of justice for people out there that comes out of this,” he said. “If it goes back into the ether, like everything else has out there, I’ll be sad. Because so much of this case—whether it’s literally dumping women’s bodies in the garbage or working to erase things from history, has been about erasure.”
Brown will visit the Barnes & Noble in Lafayette Oct. 8 to speak about his book and sign copies.
Jacket cover courtesy: Scribner
Heading into October, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii’s largest newspaper, faces a mandate familiar to many of its U.S. mainland counterparts. Trim the editorial staff because of a downturn in advertising revenues.
Per a report by Honolulu Civil Beat’s Rui Kaneya, the newspaper’s parent company Oahu Publications, a division of Canada’s Black Press Group Ltd., is aiming to cut 15 newsroom positions by Oct. 17. From Kaneya’s piece:
Dennis Francis, Oahu Publications president and publisher, told Civil Beat that the job cuts will affect all six categories of employees — reporters, copy editors, photographers, artists/graphics, online production and clerks — who are represented by the Pacific Media Workers Guild.
According to Sjarif Goldstein, a sports editor who serves as the union’s unit chair, five reporters and six copy editors are among those lose their jobs. The other four categories will each see one position eliminated.
Goldstein added that employees can also choose to volunteer for a buyout and receive a severance package of one week’s pay for each year worked, up to a maximum of 40. Oahu Publications, which also owns MidWeek, Kauai ‘s The Garden Island, West Hawaii Today and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, recently laid off eight non-union employees at these other publications, including Midweek editor Don Chapman. It also decided to leave 20 current vacant positions unfilled through the rest of 2016. Once the Star-Advertiser layoffs are complete, the newsroom staff will be down to 95 from the current total of 110 editorial employees.
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