Watching, the movie and TV recommendation site from The New York Times, is officially live.
The site allows users to find something to watch by offering a number of filters. You can sort offerings by streaming service, “what you’re in the mood for,” genre, and more. There’s even a Recommendation of The Day, by Times TV editor Gilbert Cruz, TV critic Margaret Lyons or movie writer Monica Castillo.
Watching also comes with a biweekly newsletter written by Lyons and Castillo.
That’s the way it is… in a pocket of northern California.
— Tom Miller (@KCRAMiller) November 3, 2016
We’ve got a few weeks to go before Thanksgiving, but thanks to Tom Miller, a Walter Cronkite School of Journalism graduate working in Sacramento for TV station KCRA, we are already thankful for the story of a turkey known as Downtown Tom.
This turkey has been hanging around a local Wells Fargo in the city of Davis and is so aggressive towards humans that some residents have been forced to call 911 for advice or help. Miller has the transcripts of several of those calls and they are, quite frankly, gravy.
On Tuesday, some Wildlife Department officials chased Downdown Tom for a half-hour, trying (unsuccessfully) to capture him. But the effort did chase him away from downtown. If Downtown Tom knows what’s good for him, he will stay there until at least December.
Watch Miller’s report here, on this, Mr. Cronkite’s centennial birthday.
H/T: Jeremy Goode
Mic has relaunched its MicCheck iOS app — now called Mic — to take full advantage of rich notifications in iOS 10. The result is an app that users might never actually open.
When iPhone users receive a notification from Mic, they simply press down and are shown a short video or other content.
“We see this as a big reduction in friction for mobile news consumption,” explained Mic’s team, in a post about the app. “With traditional news apps, you receive a notification, swipe it to open, launch the corresponding app, load the article or video and then consume. With Mic on iPhone, you get the notification and consume the story directly upon 3D Touch.”
To keep Mic notifications from becoming overwhelming, Mic users select the topics that interest them. Over time, Mic will use the data collected from users’ habits to offer even more personalization.
Mic’s new app is available now in the iTunes store.
This election is unlike any other, and so The New York Times making an unusual move: Everything online is free.
From Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, the Times will open up all of nytimes.com’s content for everyone to enjoy. Or, should Donald Trump win, for everyone to read and wonder what the hell is wrong with us.
“This is an important moment for our country,” said Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., of the decision to open the site. “Independent journalism is crucial to democracy and I believe there is no better time to show readers the type of original journalism The New York Times creates every day.”
New Yorker editor David Remnick announced in a memo that John Bennet is retiring and Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn has joined the magazine.
“[Bennet] has been a remarkable, innovative, and sympathetic editor at The New Yorker for a long time,” wrote Remnick. “What he has given to The New Yorker, to his writers, to all of us, is exemplary and impossible to quantify.” Bennet will leave The New Yorker at the end of the month.
Foley-Mendelssohn will join as a senior editor. She has worked at The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review and more.
That’s not a typo in our headline. The newspaper at Eximius College Preparatory Academy in the South Bronx spells it the King Arthur-Batman way. And today, at the 13th annual Newsies, the Knightly News, a paper started in 2015 and guided by 11th Grade journalism and English teacher Rachel Renick Anderson, won the top prize in the Best New Newspaper category.
The awards, presented today at Baruch College as part of the New York City High School Journalism Conference, featured a visit from CNN Digital vice president for programming S. Mitra Kalita, a lunchtime press conference given by New York chief digital officer Sree Srinivasan and various workshops. Among the sessions were “The Devil Is in the Details: Copyediting 101,” presented by Dan Adkison of The New York Times, and “No Cheering in the Press Box: Objective Sports Reporting,” with Nate Chura.
On the Photojournalism prize side, the winner was Emma Harwood, from Brooklyn Technical High School, for her photos of New York’s Chinese New Year celebrations. Congrats to all of this year’s honorees and kudos to the adults at the New York Daily News for the great coverage.
— Baruch College (@BaruchCollege) November 3, 2016
Two years ago this month, Miami Herald LGBT Issues reporter Steve Rothaus (pictured) quickly wrote up a piece about Jennifer Gable. At age 32, the Twin Falls, Idaho transgender woman had passed away suddenly from an aneurysm; his story focused on the fact that her father had chosen to present her at the open-casket funeral in the guise of her previous male identity, with her hair cut short and her body outfitted in a suit and tie.
Rothaus is a alumnus of Florida International University and this week, as part of a very good piece by student reporter Stephanie Castro, Rothaus recalls the viral momentum that followed:
Rothaus wrote the article in 30 minutes and went back to work. That same night, the article had received over half a million views on the Herald’s website. Within two days, it had gone viral with more than a million page views.
“The reason why it was so highly read was because I was the only source for information. After I spoke to the funeral home the family shut them down and told them not to talk to anyone else,” said Rothaus.
As a result, the story was picked up by websites all over the world which linked back to Rothaus. It ended up becoming the most-read single story, not just on the Miami Herald web page, but the entire McClatchy Company, for that year.
In the article, Rothaus also recalls his initial entry point at the Herald, a Sunday shift that paid off thanks to his patience. Read the rest here.
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Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Time taking on Condé Nast Traveler.
Time’s latest is a welcome reminder that this election is almost over. Although, let’s be real: We’re going to miss this lovable duo and their silly antics.
Relatedly, Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards issue features a suggestion on where to move should Donald Trump win the election.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
When Michael Ferro swooped in to the ranks of the Chicago Sun-Times post-bankruptcy in 2011, he did so on the wings of a holding company called Wrapports LLC. He and partner Timothy Knight explained at the time to an AP reporter of that the tongue-twisting moniker was a mash-up of two converging media ideas: the “wrapping” of a print newspaper and the “rapport” of online technologies. (On the company website, it looks now as if the preferred mash-up is that of wrap and [electronic device] ports.)
Once Ferro set about trying to transform the operations of the Sun-Times, there was also a content management system christened Hermes, after the Greek messenger to the gods. However, per Felix Salmon’s Bloomberg profile of Ferro, the CMS application eventually earned a less flattering nickname amid broader issues affecting the development team:
Hermes was rife with problems and was eventually shut down. Frustrated employees had taken to calling it “herpes.”
But without a doubt the most fascinating bit of etymology in Salmon’s piece is the revelation that the name Tronc was conjured up by Ferro before his involvement with Tribune Publishing. The fact that the word was initially thought of for something else entirely and yet still works as an acronym for Ferro’s current media efforts is downright bizarre. Again, from Salmon’s piece:
In early 2014, according to Josh Metnick, former chief technology officer at Wrapports, Ferro got excited about a new product, which he wanted to name tronc—borrowing a word that dates back to the early 20th century, when hotel and restaurant workers would collect service fees in a “tronc,” a fund that would later be communally distributed. The idea, Metnick says, was to create a kind of digital “tronc box,” whereby newspapers would be able to collect micropayments from the readers they were serving far and wide across the web. At around the same time, in February 2014, the Sun-Times became the first major newspaper in the country to accept bitcoin in exchange for access to its paywalled stories. The cryptocurrency experiment was short-lived, and the cyber tronc box never got off the ground. Even so, Ferro held on to the tronc name, which he would later repurpose to much commotion.
On top of this Tronc curve was BuzzFeed’s Jim Dalrymple. He tweeted out as a joke in June this derivation of the name, and was of course surprised to read via Bloomberg that he was right on the funny-money.
— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) November 3, 2016
Ferro’s vision for the future newspapers gives some the hebegeebees. This from a man for whom Higi is not just a Chaddic language spoken in a region bordering Nigeria and Chad but also the name of his health-monitoring app.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Tronc Still Owns America’s Oldest Continuously Published Newspaper
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Sports Illustrated ramped up its normal production schedule in order to help honor the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series win in more than 100 years.
The Cubs issue of SI will come to newsstands and subscribers as early as this Saturday and be available nationwide almost a full week early.
“Cubs fans have been waiting 108 years for this, so we figured it was only right to let them see their team on the cover of Sports Illustrated as World Series champions as soon a possible,” said SI executive editor Stephen Cannella, in an announcement. “A historic moment deserves a unique and historic issue of SI.”
Time Inc.’s third quarter wasn’t great, but it did have some positives. Although overall revenue was down three percent to $750 million, digital ad revenue jumped 63 percent compared to 3Q 2015.
The digital ad revenue increase was mainly thanks to Time Inc.’s acquisition of Viant, native advertising and its booming programmtic sales service.
“As we continue our aggressive transformation to a digital-first company, I am pleased with the strong growth of our digital advertising revenues and digital audiences in the third quarter,” said Time Inc. president and CEO Rich Battista.
Though digital revenues soared, print ad revenues declined by 10 percent, to $288 million.
Condé Nast’s Wired Media Group—which includes Wired, Ars Technica and Backchannel—is launching a membership program for execs who want to stay ahead of the tech curve.
The Emerging Tech Council is an online community featuring live events, meetings, virtual conferences, dinners, a curated reading list, a members-only newsletter and more. The price tag for a Emerging Tech Council membership (up to five people) is a mere $4,000 per year.
“Our goal with creating the Emerging Tech Council is to provide executives with a cost-effective, reliable pipeline to the next wave of emerging technologies, in order to future-proof their businesses against the relentless disruption,” said Kim Kelleher, CRO and publisher of the Wired Media Group, in a statement.
The Tech Council’s first virtual event will be in January 2017, featuring a discussion on artificial intelligence and machine learning with Ars Technica’s founder and editor in chief Ken Fisher.
The Economist is the latest magazine to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. At this point it might easier to count the magazines that haven’t expressed support for her.
“The choice is not hard,” explained The Economist’s editorial. “The campaign has provided daily evidence that Mr. Trump would be a terrible president.”
After listing a few of the many reasons why Trump would be a disastrous president, The Economist explained why Clinton deserves her shot.
“Our vote, then, goes to Hillary Clinton. Those who reject her simply because she is a Clinton, and because they detest the Clinton machine, are not paying attention to the turpitude of the alternative. Although, by itself, that is not much of an endorsement, we go further. Mrs Clinton is a better candidate than she seems and better suited to cope with the awful, broken state of Washington politics than her critics will admit. She also deserves to prevail on her own merits.”
Politico has named Paul Volpe executive editor. Volpe comes to the company from The New York Times, where he most recently served as deputy politics editor and deputy Washington bureau chief for digital.
Volpe had been with the Time since 2011. He previously helped launch the news start-up TBD and worked for The Washington Post.
Volpe is succeeding Peter Canellos, who will now serve as editor at large. Canellos served as Politico’s exec editor since 2014.