Fifty years ago this summer, Larry Dablemont started at Missouri’s Houston Herald as the paper’s first outdoors columnist. To mark a monumental half-century as a journalist and author, Dablemont has filled his first June column with tender professional memories.
When Dablemont originally chose to tackle journalism, he was well-known in the area as a fishing guide on the Big Piney River. He started in that capacity at age 12 and explains that it was through those activities that he met his future newspaper mentor:
When I began that job of writing weekly outdoor columns at the age of 17, it was to become something far greater than I could have ever dreamed. Never has a week passed since June of 1965 that one or more of my newspaper columns on the outdoors has not appeared somewhere and when you consider my lack of writing talent, that is amazing… to me at least.
Over the years, I’ve written more than 4000 columns appearing in more than two hundred different newspapers in five or six different states. I figure I have sold about 700 feature articles to outdoor magazines. I sold my first magazine article when I was 19 and a year later wrote my first article for Outdoor Life about a wooden johnboat I had used for many years on the Big Piney River, a story entitled \"Old Paint,\" which won a national award in 1971.
There is a bittersweet undercurrent to Dablemont’s recollections. Towards the end of the column, he notes that 50 years of modern-age progress have been very unkind to the area’s rivers and springs.
The columnist also suggests that one of the reasons his current syndicate group of 30 newspapers is limited to a few Midwestern states is that ‘editors [in Los Angeles or New York or Chicago] would dump my best work in the trash can!’ Their loss.
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The initial statement from HOT 97 about Sunday night’s Summer Jam disturbance was circumspect. It includes this passage:
… a small number of people created an unsafe environment, and for the safety of all guests, the New Jersey State Police were on scene to disperse the crowd…
Today, on the station’s airwaves, on-air personalities rightfully used much more urgent language to address the minority of MetLife Stadium attendees who spoiled it for others and prompted New Jersey State Police officers to show up in riot gear. From the AP report:
Laura Stylez of the HOT 97 morning show criticized those who threw bottles at police, and DJ Ebro Darden said Monday that fans shouldn’t have tried to jump the fence to get inside the venue.
“You cannot throw bottles at police,” Stylez said on air Monday. “What is wrong with you?”
For a detailed recap of the performances, click here.
— EBRO In The Morning (@EBROINTHEAM) June 8, 2015
The questions you ask a potential employer during a job interview should be infused with the same strategic thinking as the answers you give to the questions asked of you. You should prep accordingly, thinking through both the content of the questions you’re planning to ask and your approach.
When it comes time for you to get your questions in, make sure they reflect your knowledge of the position and the organization you’re applying to. And don’t forget to act like you belong:
“If you act as if you are already joining the team and planning out how you will begin to be impactful, the manager will also start to see you in this light,” Ray Massery, a creative recruiter at Paladin, a media-industry staffing company, shares. Try: “What is the most important or most immediate task that needs to be tackled?” or “What could I do in this role that would be most beneficial to you and the team?”
For more, read: Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
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Apparently, this is a problem for NGU. In what stands – at this early summer juncture – as a leading candidate for the most elegiac FishbowlNY tip of 2015, our tipster informed over the weekend that ‘none of these categories fits my lifestyle.’ Here’s NGU’s full communique:
Massive gigolo complex. None of these categories fits my lifestyle. I ask for nothing but your care for my heart, before a massive stroke kills my being. On a scale of 1 to 10, I feel like a -120 through no fault of anyone but my soon to be X wife. Shoes filled with broken-hearted blood. I have my hand out but not looking for a handout. There is no future but now. Grab my hand as you pass. The window is open for now. Love is for you. NGU
NGU, we feel your pain… And poetry.
Larry Kramer, publisher of USA Today since 2012, is retiring. According to USA Today reporter Gregory Korte, Kramer will step down from his role June 26 and join the board of directors at the new Gannett Publishing company.
Kramer—who founded Marketwatch.com—came to USA Today backed by more than 20 years as a journalist. He has won the National Press Club Award, the AP award for news writing and the Gerald Loeb award. His staffs have won two Pulitzers.
At USA Today, Kramer succeeded Dave Hunke.
Ron Kelly has been named managing editor of Family Circle. The move marks a return to Meredith for Kelly, as he previously served as a managing editor for several of the company’s brands.
Kelly returns to Meredith from Bauer Publishing, where he served as features director for Closer Weekly.
Kelly’s appointment is effective May 26.
The escape of two inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, the first such incident in the facility’s 150-year history, has shocked state officials and fascinated fans of The Shawshank Redemption. That’s because minus the poster of Raquel Welch and the fact that the pair of real-life convicts are very much guilty of murder, the escape path eerily echos the painstaking methods of Tim Robbins’ character Andy Dufresne.
It’s an angle that pretty much every media outlet has tapped in the aftermath of Saturday morning’s discovery that David Sweat and Richard Matt were not in their cells. Here are three of the most recent examples:
‘Their alleged path conjured images of The Shawshank Redemption…’
‘Officials said Sweat, 34, and Matt, 48, cut through steel walls at the back of their adjacent cells and steel pipes while making their Shawshank Redemption-style breakout…’
‘…two convicted murderers tunneled out of a U.S. maximum-security prison near the Canadian border using ideas borrowed from The Shawshank Redemption…’
[London Daily Telegraph]
There are hundreds more references like these. Missing at press time is comment from Shawshank director Frank Darabont and star Robbins. Darabont, coincidentally, just sold his LA home.
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The “New York Times is a liberal newspaper” narrative will never go away. According to the Washington Free Beacon, in 2008, a foundation overseen by Bill and Hillary Clinton donated $100,000 to the Times. As you’ll recall, the paper endorsed—somewhat controversially—Hillary over Barack Obama. The horror!
At the time, there were plenty of rumors floating around that the Times editorial board wanted to endorse Obama, but was overruled by publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Did this donation have anything to do with that?
Maybe, maybe not. One thing thing is certain: This won’t change voters’ minds. If you’re a Clinton fan, you’ll dismiss the Free Beacon as a right-wing publication and (again) refute the rumor that Sulzberger changed the Times’ 2008 endorsement. You’ll also point to the fact that the Times has been highly critical of Clinton ahead of her presidential run.
If you’re not a Clinton fan, you’ll curse the Times, yell “I knew it!” and shake your fist at the sky. Then you’ll say a prayer that someone better than Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio emerges before next year.
Slate is launching a metered paywall for international readers. Readers can access up to five articles per month; anything beyond that and non-US readers will be asked to pay $5 per month, or $50 a year for Slate Unlimited.
In a note about the change, Slate editor in chief Julia Turner said the paywall was necessary because American advertisers don’t want to pay for an international audience.
“The end result is that, outside the United States, we are not covering our costs,” explained Turner. “That leaves us, as a business, with two choices: either make up for low ad rates by increasing the number of ads on the site, or turn to our readers to pay a fair share of the costs of producing the site. We’ve opted to do the latter.”
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John Derr was born in 1918, a year before a horse named Sir Barton won the first-ever Triple Crown. This weekend, it appears that the 97-year-old retired golf journalist and author passed away just moments after witnessing American Pharaoh’s historic run at Belmont.
From today’s AP obituary:[Daughter] Cricket Gentry said her father watched American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. She went to his house after the race Saturday evening and found him in his chair in front of the TV.
“It was like he had stood up and said, ‘Hooray!’ and then fell over,” said Gentry, a paramedic for 40 years.
As a sportswriter, radio broadcaster and TV journalist, Derr covered 62 Masters tournaments in Augusta, beginning with the one held in 1935, and personally attended seven more. Per his website bio, he became personal friends over the years with several of the sport’s legends:
Derr’s golf reporting earned him many accolades, including induction into four Halls of Fame, the National Journalism Award… He retained a lifetime friendship with golf greats such as Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. He reported Hogan’s initial victory in 1940 at Pinehurst and his British Open win at Carnoustie in 1953.
You’d be hard pressed to find another person alive today who has connected with more stars, heroes and influencers of the last century. John was a companion to Mahatma Ghandi, shared coffee with Grace Kelly and discussed defense doctrine with General Joseph Stilwell. He received a Bronze Star in India and was a neighbor to Stephen King in Maine.
Babe Ruth, Rocky Marciano, Margaret Mitchell, Bing Crosby… the list goes on. His presidential engagements include Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and a walking collision with Herbert Hoover. And upon asking Albert Einstein if he played golf, the theoretical physicist replied, \"Tried it once. Couldn’t understand it. Quit.\"
RIP.[Photo via: johnderrsports.com]
Let’s start with the trophy.
Each winner of a 2015 Saveur Blog Award, from Brooklyn Supper (Most Delicious) to Food Curated (Best Use of Video), received a special Le Creuset salt and pepper shaker. The sixth annual honors were handed out Thursday night on the rooftop of Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel by magazine editor in chief Adam Sachs and publisher Kristin Cohen.
Scanning the kudos menu, FishbowlNY couldn’t help but notice an extra layer of distinction: those honorees named both the Editor’s Choice and Reader’s Choice in their category. So an extra tip of the chef’s hat to The Woks of Life (Best Special Interest), Wine All the Time (Best Wine Coverage) and Orangette (Best Writing).
The top prize, Blog of the Year, went to Molly Yeh. The 26-year-old Midwestern New York transplant, who posts under the rubicon My Name Is Yeh, told North Dakota newspaper In Forum that maybe now, she is worthy of lunch with a certain legendary Grand Forks Herald newspaper columnist:
“Cookie salad forever,” Yeh said, referencing the Midwestern potluck classic she recently featured on her blog. “Do you think this means I could cold call Marilyn Hagerty now and ask her to lunch?”
Better Homes and Gardens will lose longtime editor in chief Gayle Butler. She’s stepping down after 30 years with Meredith and almost a decade at the head of the shelter bible. “Gayle has done an outstanding job ensuring that the brand is contemporary, modern and relevant to American women from Baby Boomers to Millennials,” Meredith National Media Group president Tom Harty said. Stephen Orr will take her spot at the beginning of July, moving over from his executive editor spot at Condé Nast Traveler. He previously worked as vp and editorial director of Martha Stewart Living…
The Financial Times loses Elizabeth Paton, who moves to The New York Times to “cover fashion and luxury across Europe,” which sounds like a truly excellent adventure… Meanwhile, the Times grabs Emma Carew Grovum for its opinion section… David Gelles moves to the Times’ Sunday business section where he’ll cover Wall Street and “progressive business practices.” Brian Chen lands a spot there as well, handling the consumer technology beat. We sense a lot of wearables in his future… T: The New York Times Style Magazine poaches Condé Nast Traveler’s editor at large Hanya Yanagihara to be deputy editor… San Antonio Express-News reporter Drew Joseph heads to New England, where he’ll work for a new Boston Globe project focusing on life sciences… Read More
TVNewser: Natalie Morales is “focused on the here and now,” which is redundant but something she repeats quite often anyway.
LostRemote: A lot of people are watching the promo for Caitlyn Jenner’s upcoming show. Jenner learned a thing or two from Kris, huh?
PRNewser: Can’t know the swimming pool industry’s hustle.
Starting in July, Katie Benner (pictured) from her base in San Francisco will move over from Bloomberg to cover Apple for the newspaper. From this afternoon’s note by business editor Dean Murphy and technology editor Pui-Wing Tam:
Previously, when at the tech blog The Information, Katie was among the first in the tech press to identify a key hedge fund manager pouring money into Silicon Valley startups. She also wrote deep dives on up-and-coming companies that are now part of the elite group of Valley startups.
Katie brings financial chops to the job, having written about Wall Street for nearly a decade at Fortune magazine, TheStreet and CNNMoney. She also has an eye for the offbeat and unusual. When she lived in Beijing, she wrote about “everything from monks to music,” she says. Not that she hasn’t endured some journalistic drudgery. At another point in her career, she was tasked with listening to Jim Cramer’s radio and television shows and writing synopses. “Yeah, it got a little repetitive.”
Per the last tweet below, some fun chatter erupted on Twitter after Farhad Manjoo stepped on the NYT Communications department’s toes.
— Lawrence Delevingne (@ldelevingne) June 5, 2015
@ktbenner question: if your newsletter is stopping, can you just email me each morning to say hello?
— Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) June 5, 2015
@ktbenner i don’t believe it until i see a medium post.
— drew olanoff (@drew) June 5, 2015
— Michael de la Merced (@m_delamerced) June 5, 2015
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) June 5, 2015