Bloomberg Politics has added two to its team. Details are below.Kathy Kiely has been named Washington news director. Kiely most recently served as managing editor of the Sunlight Foundation. Previously she was National Journal’s managing editor of politics for one year and a reporter for USA Today for more than a decade. Sahil Kapur joins as a correspondent. He was most recently a senior reporter for Talking Points Memo. Kapur will be based in Washington.
The New York Times is planning to offer its mobile app NYT Now for free. According to Capital New York, the Times will revamp the app as well, changing its look from a multi-stream to a single stream.
NYT Now is currently free for Times subscribers, and $8 per month for non-subscribers. After a year of analyzing NYT Now and its users, it was apparent to Times execs that they needed to get more from the app.
“Times executives therefore decided NYT Now could attract more readers — and potentially more revenue — as a free, ad-supported offering, particularly readers in their ’20s and ’30s who already make up the bulk of the app’s user-base, according to the Times,” reported Capital.
Earlier we guessed that NYT Now would be folded into the main Times app, but that take was quickly — and quite passionately — shot down by app editor Cliff Levy.
BuzzFeed is offering a four-month long fellowship for up-and-coming writers. The Emerging Writers Fellowship writers will work closely with BuzzFeed news’ editorial staff and will receive a stipend of $12,000.
Here’s Saeed Jones, BuzzFeed’s LGBT editor, with additional details:
These writers will focus on personal essay writing, cultural reportage, and profiles. During their time in fellowship, writers will be expected to pitch, report, and write with the added benefit of writing workshops, panel discussions with editors and writers from throughout the industry, and assigned readings. Mentorship within the program will focus on teaching writers how to thrive as freelancers as well as on staff at media organizations.
The deadline to apply for this fellowship is October 1.
The New York Times Men’s Style section debuts today in print and online. Its the paper’s first new section since Thursday Styles launched in 2007.
Men’s Style has some interesting features, like Encounters — which profiles “newsworthy gentlemen.” Encounters certainly starts off on the right foot, with a piece on Lee Daniels, director of Precious and The Butler and creator/director of Empire. Another feature we’re looking forward to is Dear Cooking Guy, an advice column penned by Sam Sifton. Today there’s a photo spread of fashionable Condé Nast editors.
“Men’s Style will offer a distinctively Timesian take on the male of the species,” wrote Men’s Style editor Jim Windolf, in a note to subscribers. “So whether it’s dressing, working, shopping, drinking, traveling or mating — we trust you’ll find much to like in our first issue. Even if you’re not a man.”
Men’s Style in print will publish on the first Friday of each month.
In a New York Times piece titled \"Going Out on Weekends Is No Longer Just for Amateurs,\" Michael Musto suggests two key factors are driving a renewed love of the weekend nightlife among NYC’s hardcore populace.
Firstly, it’s easier than ever, if-and-when needed, to hook up during the week using an App like Grindr or Tinder. Secondly, because of the rising cost of living in Manhattan and surroundings, chances are that if-and-when not if-and-when-ing, folks are working extra hard to pay the bills.
All of this is good news for Drew Elliott, who during the week is chief creative officer of Paper magazine and on weekends, co-promoter of the weekly Times Square/Paramount Hotel bash known as PrettyUgly. Per Musto’s article:
\"The weekend is when we can let loose and do what we want to do,\" said Mr. Elliott, who is also the chief creative officer at Paper magazine and a longtime party promoter. \"Everything today is about big and explosive and exciting.\"
Those same words could apply to Elliott’s cover efforts last fall involving Kim Kardashian and a champagne bottle. But as far as his own personal style, at the office or on the dance floor, this man of many talents prefers:
\"If asked to describe my style in a word, it would be villainous. I take a lot of inspiration from Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd in Who Framed Roger Rabbit). I like a balance between cartoon and classic. That said, I almost exclusively wear women’s clothing. I also love to trick the eye. All of my shoes are stacked. Whether it be Givenchy creepers or shoes from 8th street in Manhattan that I have customized on St. Marks Street, I must have a little lift.\"
The Post media critic writes this morning that Raul Martinez had been Condé Nast’s de facto corporate creative director for some time now. But on Wednesday, Martinez was formally promoted to the position by boss Anna Wintour, making it official and, officially, chuckle-worthy:
The change is likely to heat up the Condé-Hearst battle because Martinez’s business and life partner, Alex Gonzalez (pictured), works crosstown as the consulting creative director at Elle, a Hearst mag and one of Vogue’s main rivals.
Gonzalez earlier oversaw design overhauls at two other Hearst titles — Marie Claire and Town & Country. \"It’s hilarious,\" said one source, referring to the rivalry.
Gonzalez joined Elle in the creative director capacity last summer.
Kelly writes that the April 1 promotion has also been accompanied by a change in Martinez’s title and role at AR New York, the design firm he founded with Gonzalez. That still leaves an impressive count of three creative director titles in the Martinez-Gonzalez household.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Raul Martinez Named Corp. Creative Director for Condé Nast
As the Condé Nast World Turns
It’s not every day that that gossip column Confidenti@l zeros in on the other New York tabloid. But that’s the case this Good Friday, and it’s fun to read.
According to the NYDN gossip gang, Post EIC Col Allan’s \"close relationship” with Harvey Weinstein is playing a major part in the way the paper has been covering the current story of a 22-year-old woman who has accused the producer of groping her. The story was broken by the Daily News Monday, after which the Post outed Weinstein’s accuser on Tuesday’s front page and tarred her on Wednesday’s. From the Confidenti@l item:
But on Thursday, the Post mysteriously dropped the story completely and teased its Major League Baseball preview special on the front page. Not a word on Weinstein. Curious.
The News, on the other hand, reported exclusively that cops arranged a \"controlled phone call\" between the movie mogul and the Italian beauty and that he didn’t deny being piggish and groping her.
Insiders at the Post told us there was lots of yelling in the money-bleeding tabloid’s newsroom after Thursday’s report appeared exclusively in the News. Insiders estimate the Post is hemorrhaging more than $70 million a year.
In the forthcoming movie True Story, Jonah Hill plays former New York Times Magazine reporter Michael Finkel while James Franco portrays convicted killer Christian Longo.
Per a Q&A in New York magazine, Finkel explains that for research purposes, Hill had dinner with the reporter in Manhattan to ask an evening’s worth of probing questions. Franco, on the other hand, has been very public about his desire to have nothing to do with Longo. Had the actor paid a visit to the killer in prison, Finkel says he probably would have been surprised by how normal the man seems:
“‘He’s a complicated guy’ is about the nicest thing I can say about Longo. On some level, he’s the most frightening person you’ve ever met because he’s not frightening at all when you meet him. This is someone who not only is convicted of murder but freely admits that he’s guilty, so it’s not like there’s any question. And yet, he seems completely normal, despite the fact that you’re talking through bulletproof glass on death row at the Oregon State Penitentiary. [He] has a lively mind and quick wit. The disparity between the crime and the sort of cavalier conversation, the chitchat that this guy is able to do, is always startling and ridiculously creepy.”
Finkel says that the movie production was so well crafted that when he spent a day watching, it felt like “journalism PTSD.” Read the rest of Finkel’s conversation with New York contributor Dan Reilly here.
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Yahoo Parenting launched in October 2014 as one of several new targeted verticals Yahoo has rolled out over the past few months, the latest being Yahoo Autos. It’s clear the idea is to rule the online space on various high-traffic subjects. A smart move, natch. Yahoo Parenting is already leading the parenting category, with an average of 16 million monthly unique visitors, thanks, in part, to editorial director Lindsay Powers, who was promoted from senior lifestyle homepage editor at Yahoo. She’d previously been the online deputy editor at The Hollywood Reporter, and while on staff at Us Weekly oversaw the creation of the “Moms & Babies” channel on UsMagazine.com.
“It’s been so awesome to see how we’ve already shot to the top of comScore in such a short amount of time, and I think that we’ll only keep going up,” said Powers. Here, she answers five questions on covering celebrity kids, balancing work/life and more.
FBNY: What are your goals for Yahoo Parenting?
Powers: Our mission behind this site is to have a little bit of fun, be provocative and not [stir up] controversy for controversy’s sake, but to raise questions that keep parents up at night and to answer them [via] trustworthy experts. And it’s really important that we do it in a way that’s nonjudgmental because I do feel like sometimes the parenting space can get a little judge-y and we don’t want to go there.
I also think there are a lot of [publications] out there geared only towards one small subset of parents. I want our stories to resonate with people that may not even have kids — people that have teenagers, tweens, kids, babies, moms, dads, grandparents, everyone in between. It’s important for us to have a good space dedicated to that kind of coverage. Parenthood is the great connector; it doesn’t matter if you’re a celebrity, if you’re a normal Joe like me, I think we can all come together with our desire to do the best we can for our children and for our families.
FBNY: So what are the keys to engaging parenting content?
Powers: It’s a good mix of stories. You want newsy stories, you want some serious stuff, you want some things that will make you think, you want some things that will make you smile, something that you can look at while you’re eating lunch at your desk or when you have a couple of minutes to spare. You want something that would open your eyes. I love to do stories about studies. We did one recently about the way you can prevent peanut allergies in children.
Also, [as part of] National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we decided to cover a 10-year-old who had an eating disorder. So we published two essays, side by side, and one was from the 10-year-old’s point of view in dealing with this eating disorder and one was from the mother’s point of view. Because I don’t think you often hear from both sides of things, and a child’s point of view is just as important and interesting.
FBNY: Tell us about your typical workday.
Powers: I tend to start my hours really early. And that’s not only because my toddler son is up at the crack of dawn every day, but I’m in the office by 8 in the morning at the latest. I’m really hands on. I like to talk to my team about what’s trending, what stories we should cover. And then my first order of business is to put together our story budget for the day and get our lineup going. And then it could be any number of things. I’m in and out of meetings. I might have to go out and do a big presentation in front of our entire company and our CEO. I may have an event in the afternoon. But then, ultimately, as a parent I do have to leave between 4 and 5 to do the daycare dash, as I call it. And then a lot times it’s back to work later that evening after [my son’s] bedtime and dinner. I think that spending time with family is really important, and I would hate to not be able to parent my own child because I’m parenting a parenting magazine.
FBNY: Many celebrities, such as Kristen Bell, have been vocal about the line that some journalists cross when they include celebrity children in their stories. How do you handle this fine line in your coverage?
Powers: When we cover celebrity children, we take the lead from the parents themselves. Like, if Christina Aguilera and her daughter are on the cover of People, that seems a fair story for us to cover. We were looking at some photos published [the other day] that were, what I call, super stalky of the backyard of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s home, and it was like North West’s playground equipment, and that’s something we would not have covered because those photos seem to be intruding on privacy. But, you know, when a celebrity’s on the red carpet with their child, when they’re speaking out publicly about them, when they approach us to do an interview, I just feel that’s something that would be totally fine for us to include in our coverage.
FBNY: Where’s your favorite spot in New York City to take your son?
Powers: J.J. Byrne [Playground] in our Park Slope neighborhood is our hangout. And my son also loves museums. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum. He really likes MoMA. He has a thing for Monet; he will look at [his paintings] for quite a long time. He also loves the subway. He hasn’t learned that in New York we don’t make eye contact with strangers, so he loves to talk to people and say hi and touch them on the subway for fun.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
TVNewser: The Peabody Awards are getting a makeover. Weirdly, it starts with Fred Armisen.
LostRemote: Good news for E! viewers — Grace Helbig is joining the network.
GalleyCat: Parents rejoice, there will be more Minions for your kids.
O, The Oprah Magazine is celebrating its 15th year with yet another cover featuring Oprah Winfrey. While that’s not exactly surprising, here’s what is: Big O is finally ready to allow someone else to be shown on the cover.
At an event celebrating the anniversary, Winfrey told WWD, “I do not see myself on the cover for the next 15 years.” Lucy Kaylin, O’s editor, confirmed that there was already a plan for new cover stars ($1 million says Beyoncé is one of them). “It’s only human and appropriate for magazines to change it up, so she doesn’t have to be on the cover for the end of time,” Kaylin explained.
As for when, exactly, Oprah will not be seen on the cover of O? No one knows. So don’t hold your breath.
Newsday sports media reporter Neil Best has a lively look today at the recently fractured relationship between CBS Radio management and WFAN powerhouse Mike Francesca.
Francesca is unhappy about the fact that the TV simulcast of his show (on Fox Sports 1 and 2) is sometimes pre-empted, usually by an international soccer game. While he trashes CBS Radio management in general, he made a point of not including head honcho Les Moonves, who was once the subject of Francesca criticism. That in turn led Best to get some good comments from “The Man” himself:
Moonves said he is no stranger to criticism from employees, including Howard Stern and David Letterman. “What makes these the interesting personalities that they are is it’s important to take shots at ‘The Man,'” he said. “It just sort of goes with the territory.”
“Howard Stern went on the David Letterman show when they were both working for me wearing a picture of me and my wife and underneath it said, ‘I hate Les Moonves’ on his T-shirt. It doesn’t get much worse than that.”
Towards the end of the Newsday article, Francesca praises the network president and CEO for the way the latter handled both his 2007 criticism of the Don Imus’ firing and some contract negotiations the following year. And we’re not sure if this is a coincidence, but in the wake of the newspaper article, its author tweeted the following, below. Guess that goes with the territory, too.
— Neil Best (@sportswatch) April 2, 2015
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Michael Paulson, who covers theater for the New York Times, previously roamed the religion beat. Which makes him the perfect man for the job of profiling Hand to God playwright Robert Askins.
The subversive comedy, inspired in part by Askins’ experiences as a youth with a Texas church’s youth puppet ministry, is currently in previews at The Booth Theatre on Broadway. If the play is anything like a stroll through the neighborhood with its writer, it’s going to be a hit:
During a walk from the Cobble Hill coffee shop where he sometimes writes to the Park Slope restaurant where he tends bar, Askins quoted Nietzsche and Derrida, described himself as \"deeply weird\" and swore like, well, a satanic sock-puppet.
Paulson’s article, online today and in print Sunday, is chock-full of colorful paragraphs. Here for example is another, part of the reporter’s summary of 34-year-old Askins’ student days:
He graduated from high school – barely – took a year off to work at a Blockbuster video store, and then, at his aunt’s urging, enrolled at Baylor. There, he recalled, he drank too much, listened to Nine Inch Nails, wrote for a secret society’s satire magazine and was repeatedly rejected at play auditions. He still has a scar from when he fell and hit his face on a table while drinking. \"I was very angry, and self-destructive and I couldn’t talk to people,\" he said.
We like the print headline (“No Separation of Church and Stage”) much better than the bland one chosen for the online version. Either way, this is a fantastic bit of profiling.
[Photo via: handtogodbroadway.com]
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Sports Illustrated taking on Complex.
SI’s latest cover features Russell Westbrook, who racked up his 10th triple double last night. We wonder if he likes New York. He probably does. He’s probably thinking about the city and the Knicks and smiling and smiling. Probably.
Meanwhile, Complex went with a photo of Zoe Kravitz — daughter of terrible musician Lenny Kravitz — dressed like an extra in Matrix Reloaded’s rave scene.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
There has been no shortage of op-eds about the Trevor Noah brouhaha. One such article that has stuck with FishbowlNY is an April 1 Time essay by fellow stand-up Jim Norton.
Norton, who occasionally contributes, previously wrote about, respectively, Jay Leno and Charlie Hebdo. This time around, it’s not so much Noah that is on the Norton agenda as it is the social media world’s out-of-control obsession with “Whoa!”
The Norton article slug summarizes it perfectly:
We’re addicted to the rush of being offended
Towards the end of the piece, Norton, who knows a thing or two about jokes that make one half of the room raise whoop and the other half drop jaw, fleshes out that sentiment:
When we can’t purposefully get our feelings hurt by a comedian, we usually find another, albeit less satisfying, source of indignation. A few of the old standby’s are sports announcers, radio hosts, Twittering athletes and paparazzi-hating actors. These are always great sources to look to when we need to purposefully upset ourselves.
And make no mistake about it: Upsetting ourselves on purpose is exactly what we are doing. At least that’s what I hope we are doing. Because the other alternative is that Americans have collectively become the most hypersensitive group of whining milksops ever assembled under one flag. I find this second choice to be particularly humiliating, so I opt for the first.
It’s as if the old weather hacksaw, “Hot enough for you?” has been usurped via social media with a new one, “Outrageous enough for you?” While we’re not at all sure if Comedy Central made the right choice here, they evidently saw something in Noah that goes beyond Twitter. Maybe we should all, too.
Golf Digest’s latest cover, featuring Lexi Thompson, is drawing criticism for being tacky and sexist. As you can see, Thompson is topless. Sort of an odd photograph to convey a person’s “fitness and power.”
As most on Twitter and Digest’s site have pointed out, when Digest features male golfers on its cover they are presented as what they are — pro athletes and actual people, not objects. They are also always fully clothed. And sure, no one is in a rush to see a shirtless John Daly, but that’s not the point.
We’ve reached out to Mike O’Malley and Ashley Mayo, Digest’s executive editor and senior editor, respectively, for comment. We’ll update when we hear back.
The Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. They are historically bad and their fans know it.
Now fans can credit Businessweek for jinxing them this season. They are done. Mark it. The Cubs will not even make the playoffs this year.
Cubs fans have been through a lot, so they’re tough. But declaring that the “Cubs win!” and that “a sports empire is in bloom,” is just downright cruel.
Running Times chose to stand out by making elite runners its focus, both as the subject of features and profiles, and as the audience for service pieces that focus on how to prevent injuries and optimize training.
You may initially find more success pitching stories to the website rather than the bimonthly print magazine:
Since the print publication comes out just six times a year, there are some great freelance opportunities online. The site is updated daily and features exclusive content. Multimedia pitches that include editorial along with videos may help your pitches make it past the front gate, but only if the pitch itself is strong and well thought out. Pitches related to masters, high school, college and trails are always appreciated.
For more, including the sections to go after, read: How to Pitch: Running Times
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