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“We expect big things from Australia.”
So says Huffington Post chief executive officer Jimmy Maymann of the outlet’s plans to launch the outlet’s 14th international edition in the second quarter of 2015. The move comes on the heels of similar moves by BuzzFeed and Mashable. From the announcement:
“Australia is a rare combination of both a digitally advanced economy and a relatively young digital media market,” Maymann notes. “Australia is the third largest digital ad market in Asia, and has the third highest rate of social media penetration in the world.”
“At the same time, its shift to digital news consumption is still in relatively early stages, with digital media readership continuing to grow at 11% annually and still only 50% of all readers regularly consuming news online. The combination of these characteristics make Australia a very exciting destination for our latest Huffington Post edition.”
As is standard with HuffPost international editions, the site will have a major, locally rooted partner; in this case, Fairfax Media. Editorial headquarters will be in Sydney and start off with about a dozen full-time hires.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Maymann confirmed that The Huffington Post will retain a 51% stake in the AU venture, standard for its international editions. Herald reporter Dominic White writes that the battle for this partnership opportunity was heated, with Fairfax Media beating out a pair of other suitors – News Corp and Yahoo!7.
Mr. President, which era of Taylor Swift are you? If we’re lucky, that will be one of the questions posed to President Obama, during BuzzFeed’s first presidential interview. The session will take place February 10, with BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith asking Obama questions during a sit-down at The White House.
As with all things BuzzFeed, this is going to be a social network heavy event. Smith will hold a Q&A on Facebook to ask users what questions he should ask the President. Yes, that’s effectively a Q&A for a Q&A.
BuzzFeed fans can also submit questions via Snapchat, email (obamaIRL@buzzfeed.com), Tumblr, Instagram and every other platform imaginable. Obama will also participate in a BuzzFeed Motion Picture video that will be shared exclusively on Facebook.
Smith described interviewing Obama as “a nice tribute to the work my colleagues have done to take this place from an ambitious, zany experiment to one of the most ambitious new news and media organizations in the world.”
When Suge Knight, on behalf of talk show host Arsenio Hall, demanded in February of 2014 an apology from Brian Williams, no one could have guessed how dramatically things were going to veer from there. Not to mention coincidentally.
On January 29, 2015, Knight was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles and is now charged with murder. On that same day in New York, Williams took U.S. military veteran Tim Terpak to a Rangers hockey game; his subsequent NBC Nightly News report about this excursion is what lit the match, via Facebook.
When Knight ignored the prepared joke and went off-script that night for Hall, he framed the omission of Hall from an NBC Nightly News item as being like an east coast-west coast rap rivalry. The item for which Williams apologized February 22, 2014 was related to the debut of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Hall was canceled after a single season and Fallon, as we all know, is now on the east coast. In the days of Jay Leno, several people famously went on the show for Mea Culpas, most notably Hugh Grant and Kanye West. Even in the short time that Fallon has been on the air, Jonah Hill appeared done the same, apologizing for a gay slur hurled at the paparazzi.
Will Williams be back on The Tonight Show, perhaps even as part of a last-ditch PR campaign to save his anchor desk job? Hard to say. But one thing’s for sure; the only silly rap videos starring Williams to come in the future will be from YouTube users rather than 30 Rock.
At the 1982 Grammy Awards, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy won Album of the Year. It was Lennon’s first collection of original studio material since 1974 and was released in November 1980, a month before the ex-Beatle was shot and killed in New York City.
Now comes the Taschen limited edition Collector’s Edition hardcover of the same name. Edited by Josh Baker and overseen by Ono, the 174-page clamshell cover item sources the other photographs besides the iconic album cover taken by Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama over a period of two days in September 1980.
The New York Times’ T magazine has an exclusive first look at the book trailer and an explanation of how the project came about:
The book was Ono’s idea, Shinoyama explains over email, through a translator (he does not speak English). It was triggered by a 2010 exhibition in Tokyo celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album. “There were many pictures that Yoko had never seen for over 30 years,” he says. “She said to me, ‘Thank you for taking images of my happiest time. How about making a photo book with these pictures?'”
Some fans in the NYT comments are reeling at the $700 price tag for the book (the Art Edition retails for $1,800). But that’s often the case for high-end Taschen book releases. Other catalog items include a $5,000 Rolling Stones book, a $2,500 Annie Leibovitz compilation and a $750 Barbra Streisand book.
Each of the 1,980 numbered copies of the Double Fantasy book are signed by Ono and Shinoyama. The two Art Editions are being limited to print runs of 125 copies and include a pigment print signed by the photographer.[Album cover courtesy: Capitol]
What a week it has been for Emily Sharp, a freshman journalism major at Oklahoma University and assistant life and arts editor for student newspaper The Oklahoma Daily.
On Super Bowl Sunday, very close to the exact moment when Pete Carroll and his offensive coordinator were (wr)etching their names into the Bungle Hall of Fame, she posted the contract for Jack White‘s February 2 concert at the school. A trivial detail about a guacamole recipe was seized upon by social media, and by Tuesday, Sharp was explaining her public-information methods and public-need-to-know motives in a follow-up article:
White said at the concert, \"Just because you can type it on your computer doesn’t make it right.\" We agree completely.
This is something journalists go over extensively in media ethics courses and within their organizations. Two of our standards, as outlined by the Society of Professional Journalists, are to seek truth and report it and to minimize harm. We reported the truth of what the university paid White and what White requested in his contract.
Journalism must hold public figures accountable. By our university paying White and his band $80,000 to play on campus, he is a public figure. Also, the university officials who booked White were public officials tasked with managing money, some of which comes from students’ fees. We reported the costs so students could see how their money was being spent, who was spending and on whom it was spent.
As a result of Sharp’s reporting, White’s agency William Morris Entertainment (WME) has reportedly crossed off OU from future client appearance consideration. Meanwhile, also per Sharp, the university essentially broke even on the expensive Monday concert event, taking in monies that were $1,000 short of costs.
P.S. Sharp is also an author. Check out her Los Angeles-set fiction debut here.
It’s a long way from Nolensville, Tennessee to Los Angeles, California. But as Dave Paulson, an entertainment and music reporter for The Tennessean breezily reminds, that’s the captivating trajectory attached to Meghan Trainor’s gargantuan hit song \"All About That Bass,\" competing Sunday in the Grammy categories of Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
Here’s how Paulson delightfully starts out his article:
If you ever visit Kevin Kadish‘s recording studio, you’ll be greeted by his neighbors, but they won’t say much. They’re cows.
The producer and songwriter lives and works out of his country home — built in 1880 — on a backroad in Nolensville, and he’s surrounded on three sides by a 100-acre Angus farm. He converted the stand-alone garage into a full-fledged studio and soundproofed it to stop any “moos” from getting into the mix.
Kadish recalls how Trainor, when she first visited the studio, spied \"All Bass, No Treble\" on his laptop running list of potential song titles and put together the killer ditty, with a little chorus help from the producer, in a matter of a few moo-minutes. The parody video tributes to Trainer’s pastel number have reached all the way back to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pduszh4ADTU" target="_"Nashville Public Library.
Read the rest of Paulson’s article here.
At an event last night at The New School, New York Times columnist David Carr moderated a panel on podcasting’s resurgence. The discussion featured Sarah Koenig, whose wildly popular “Serial” podcast, exploring the true story of a 1999 murder of an 18-year-old student in Baltimore, has to date reached 65 million total downloads.
Alongside Koenig were Alex Blumberg, creator of the podcast “StartUp” on Gimlet Media and founder of NPR’s “Planet Money”; Alix Spiegel, co-host of NPR’s new series “Invisibilia”; and Benjamen Walker, a founding member of Public Radio Exchange’s Radiotopia and host of the podcast “Theory of Everything.”
All of the guests, except Walker, were current (Koenig) or former producers of public radio program “This American Life,” hosted by the formidable Ira Glass. Primarily, panelists discussed what the podcast boom might mean for the future of public radio.
Koenig, who admitted to being a podcast virgin before “Serial,” said she was “shocked” by the response to the series and soon realized the platform was “an intimate experience” unlike that of “This American Life.” Since “Serial” took off, she said she frequently gets phone calls and actual snail mail from listeners who “assume we’re friends.”
Spiegel added there were “opportunities for depth” that existed with podcasts versus public radio. “You can do a three-hour story [via a podcast],” she said. “It’s like a blank slate.”
A former reporter for ABC News and The New York Times, Koenig compared the process of creating “Serial” to investigative reporting. For example, she described how her team attempted to recreate events documented in police reports from the 1999 murder investigation in order to prove their plausibility.
The flexibility of the medium was described as another appeal. Said Blumberg: “Anybody can listen anywhere at any time. It creates freedom.”
When Carr asked what the “secret sauce” was to a compelling narrative, Koenig said she learned “there has to be something at stake, tension” and “an element of surprise.” Blumberg said his two building blocks were incorporating anecdotes and “moments of authentic emotion.”
The discussion can be viewed in its entirety here.
First off, let’s start with the way Lucky Group president Gillian Gorman Round framed the layoffs this week at Lucky magazine to New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly. His sources say around 15 were let go; Round puts the number at under ten:
\"We were just doing some readjusting on the editorial side.\" Gorman Round said.
And when Kelly asked if Lucky magazine, spun off from Condé Nast last summer, is profitable, Gorman Round beat a-gorman-round the bush:
She declined to say if the venture was profitable, before adding, “We are very financially robust.”
Read the rest of Kelly’s report here. It includes some nasty allegations about how the affected employees’ accumulated time of service prior to the 2014 spin-off was treated.[Slide image via: luckymag.com]
Crain’s New York reporter Cara S. Trager was unable to get Observer Media Group executives to comment. But according to her very reputable other sources (two Observer staffers, advertisers), the Winter 2014 issue of Yue magazine is the publication’s 13th unlucky final one.
From her report:
Yue was a joint venture between the Observer Media Group, whose holdings include the pink-sheet New York Observer, and China Happenings, a company that bills itself as a multimedia and consulting agency focusing on the lifestyle and culture of contemporary China. Chiu-Ti Jansen, who launched China Happenings, served as Yue‘s publisher and editor.
… According to a 2012 Women’s Wear Daily story, Yuereportedly had a controlled circulation of 35,000, including 8,500 copies that were mailed to Chinese residents in New York whose incomes surpassed $250,000. Other copies were dispatched to hotels, restaurants and business and cultural venues that attract Chinese travelers.
Launched in the fall of 2011, the bilingual publication’s cover subjects have included Elementary star Lucy Liu, Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang and male model Zhao Lei.[Image via: yuemagazine.com]
GalleyCat: Oprah Winfrey is creating an adaptation of Natalie Baszile’s book, Queen Sugar. It’s a good day to be Baszile.
TVNewser: Now several pilots are giving different versions of that infamous Brian Williams helicopter flight. We choose to believe the one not being paid off by Williams.
TVSpy: A news helicopter that was following a police car chase also caught a fight outside a mattress store. File this under “Only in LA.”
Time Inc. restructures its communications division. Jaison Blair, currently vice president of investor relations, is the new senior vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. Time, Fortune and Money communications vice president Daniel Kile moves up to senior vice president of brand communications. Executive vice president of corporate communications Teri Everett and Nancy Valentino, senior vice president of communications and brand development, are out. Meanwhile, Matt Bean — last seen as editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly, a job he didn’t really want, where he lasted just a year — moves to senior vice president of editorial innovation, a fancy title for head of native advertising…
So long, farewell to The Dish. Andrew Sullivan’s team will stop publishing the site, announcing the news about a week after the head man said he was done writing for his creation. “The simple truth is: all three co-owners of the site, me, Patrick Appel and Chris Bodenner, have come to the conclusion that the practical, financial and editorial challenges of continuing on are simply too great for us to bear as we are, let alone without me,” he wrote in a post about the news… The Huffington Post installs Gabriel Arana as senior media editor. He had been a guest editor at The Nation… Twitter data editor Simon Rogers adds a job as Vox contributing editor to his slate… Read More
In the background of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover is a glimpse of Tennessee luxury resort Blackberry Farm. The idyllic locale has previously been plugged into covers of Garden and Gun, Bon Appetit and American Spa. But this is a whole new level of exposure [pun intended].
Outlets in The Volunteer State are celebrating this angle, as well they should. Here at FishbowlNY, we were tickled by some less obvious juxtapositions involving cover model Hannah Davis and her meadow background. Think of Davis as a Tennessee BFFF (Blackberry Farm Friend Forever).
1) The dress code for Blackberry Farm’s award-winning restaurant The Barn would stop the cover girl at the door. Jackets for men, equivalent dress for women.
2) The editors of SI may have overlooked a slightly better cover opportunity. One that could have helped assuage critics who complain that the cover is too racy. Per recent visitor and journalist Kristin Luna, there is a Puppy Bar on the premises, one that Davis could have sourced for some extra cover help. From Luna’s travel post:
That’s right, you read that correctly: You can drive right up and borrow a pup. OK, so technically it’s a kennel, but whatever; at any point during your stay, you can phone up the trainer and ask to go cuddle some truffle dogs! I know, right?
3) On the heels of this foxiest of Time Inc. honors (save perhaps for 2014 Sexiest Man Chris Hemsworth riding a Blackberry stallion), the resort is this weekend hosting one of its annual fox hunts. But don’t worry, these events usually end with the hunters scaring a fox back into a hole.
4) Heterosexual male reaction to the Swimsuit Edition cover on Twitter was, in many instances, a moment that required these users to remind themselves to breathe. In April, rising Southern stars Need To Breathe will be performing at Blackberry Farm.
5) Finally, the genealogy of this spectacular Tennessee getaway is rooted in a 1939 visit by Chicago’s Florida Lasier. After she “snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble,” the Smoky Mountain foothills area was christened. Perhaps, in honor of Davis’s jaunt across the meadow last summer, a patch that meadow can be named in her honor. We have a thoughts in that regard; sadly, none of them can be repeated here.[Photos via: Facebook]
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Refinery29, known mostly for its fashion coverage, is expanding. The site, founded by Justin Stefano and Philippe von Borries in 2005, has added a food vertical. It will be led by Elettra Wiedemann, who has been named executive food editor.
Wiedemann — daughter of Isabella Rossellini — seems to be the perfect person for the role. She is a former model and the founder of Impatient Foodie. She has also contributed to Teen Vogue, Cherry Bombe and more.
“We’ve seen great interest from our readers around food-related content, and Elettra’s point of view and background in the culinary arts complement Refinery29 perfectly,” said Refinery29 editor-in-chief Christene Barberich, in an announcement. “I’m very excited about having her on the team and building out this category that fuels so much of our everyday lives.”
Brian Williams — who repeatedly lied about being shot down in a helicopter in Iraq — has been given a solid nickname. Courtesy of The New York Post, from now on, please refer to Williams as Lyin’ Brian. It’s a great way to repay him for his bravery in the face of the truth.
Halbfinger will also have the help of deputy Washington bureau chief Paul Volpe and national security editor Bill Hamilton.
“David will have strong partners on the campaign: he will work closely with Paul Volpe, our deputy, who brings dazzling creativity and smarts to our report across all platforms, and Bill Hamilton, our political enterprise editor, who is among the most talented and thoughtful architects of long-form stories anywhere,” wrote the Times’ Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan, in a memo.