The official umbrella name for this particular digital destination is Time Inc. Connect. Per Digiday’s Max Willens, the initial plan calls for the engagement of 50 to 75 influencers-slash-contributors each for separate communities focused on Beauty, Style and Food. It’s unclear at press time if and-or how these contributors will be paid.
The other Time Inc. digital platform tipped by Willens is called Springboard and will be anchored to events. For example, during the proof-of-concept phase, he writes that Essence magazine editors tapped people in or interested in South Africa to create content about the 2016 Essence Festival in Durban, which is scheduled for Nov. 8-13.
Another intriguing aspect touched on by Willens is that one or both of these contributor platforms might wind up being parked within Time Inc.’s The Foundry branded content studio. And as such, tilt towards the sponsored end of things.
To Time Inc.’s credit, they continue across all departments and properties to actively search for new ways to make digital content model work. It will be interesting to see how high up the chain of influencers they go for each of these Time Inc. Connect verticals.
It took several decades for photos to appear alongside articles in National Geographic magazine. And the publication’s trademark yellow border framing the cover wouldn’t be displayed until even later, 1910.
So what filled the very first issue, published this month in 1888? Per a fun item by Kristin Romney, one of the half-dozen featured articles, about that year’s historic blizzard, encompassed a stupendous level of subject-matter expertise:
The Great Storm of 1888 is considered “the deadliest, snowiest, and most unusual winter storm in American annals,” dumping more than five feet of snow in parts of New York, and leaving more than 400 dead.
The three-page summary of remarks provided by Society founding member Adolphus Greely, however, characterize it as “no means as violent as others which have occurred in the eastern part of the United States,” and go on to provide a cut-and dry account of the progress of the storm across the country.
Brigadier General Greely, however, had already seen much, much worse. As leader of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881, Greely survived a three-year struggle in the Arctic involving two failed resupply attempts, the loss of two-thirds of his crew and accusations of cannibalism.
Wow. The price for Vol. I, No. 1 was 50 cents. We were curious how that would translate into today’s terms, and according to one calculator, we’re talking $12.00. Read the rest of Romney’s summary look at the issue here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
30 Years Later, ‘Afghan Girl’ National Geographic Cover Still Resonates
Cover image via: nationalgeographic.com (click to enlarge)
Reuters has named Tiffany Wu managing editor for news in the Americas. Wu most recently served as Americas deputy regional editor and desk head.
“Based in New York, Tiffany will be responsible for helping to steer our coverage strategy and lead our daily news editing and our production teams, including our multimedia efforts,” wrote Reuters’ regional editor the Americas, Kevin Krolicki, in a memo. “As the senior news editor in our largest U.S. newsroom, Tiffany will also be on hand to run any story that requires us to mobilize quickly across teams in New York and the region.”
Wu has been with Reuters since 1998.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have The New York Times Magazine taking on Newsweek.
The latest Times Mag features an illustration of a bomb/microphone. The accompanying story is about how Donald Trump might force conservative talk radio to implode, which is something we wouldn’t necessarily mind.
Speaking of morons, Newsweek’s cover has Trump and an allegation that one of his businesses broke the law. Are you surprised by that?
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
The hashtag #NationalCoffeeDay is at the top of today’s U.S. and Canada Twitter trending lists. But just take a guess at how many other countries around the world are also celebrating this Sept. 29?
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) September 29, 2016
If you estimated anywhere near 19 other countries, pour yourself another cup. We’ve written occasionally about the provenance of so-called National Days, but this one takes the coffee cake.
The calendaring of National Coffee Days now extends from April (China, Portugal) to Oct. 1 (U.K., Sri Lanka, Pakistan). And while Saturday is supposed to be the day in the United Kingdom, a bunch of folks there are celebrating our National Coffee Day.
As if all this isn’t confusing enough, Saturday Oct. 1 is also, as first proclaimed last year, International Coffee Day.
As both a car collector and podcast empire owner, Adam Carolla rolls on. Earlier this week, he banked what is likely the funniest of all Norm Macdonald interviews in support of the latter’s new memoir. And in late August, Carolla bid big bucks for a Porsche once owned and raced by Paul Newman.
— Ron Futrell (@RonFutrell) August 25, 2016
Does Carolla really have that kind of money, some wondered when they read that the purchase amount at Pebble Beach auction was north of four million? Yes and no, as Road and Track explains:
Carolla is offering [for sale] five of his vintage Lamborghinis, including two incredibly rare Miuras, seeking a grand total of more than $4.3 million from the sale. Why the sell-off? Carolla’s rolling the money into the purchase of Newman’s Le Mans-winning Porsche 935, a gorgeous and historically important racer that took 2nd place at the race in 1979, and 1st place in 1981 and 1983. It’s also one of the only race cars to ever be sponsored by Apple, Inc., though today it wears its Newman-era Hawaiian Tropic livery.
Perhaps the only surprise is that Jerry Seinfeld didn’t beat out Carolla for this prized vehicle. Jalopnik has a great rundown of the Lamborghinis being sold by Carolla.
Reuters has signed two new networks — CBS and ABC.
CBS had been a Reuters client a few years ago, while this is the first time ABC has worked with the news outlet.
The addition of CBS and ABC means for the first time in Reuters’ history, it has contracts with all the major networks.
“Both ABC and CBS have realized that they cannot operate a successful news business without Reuters,” wrote John Pullman, Reuters’ global head of video and pictures, in a memo to staffers. “Like all our customers, they depend on the brilliant, brave work we produce day in, day out. These two deals are a testament to your hard work.”
Noor Tagouri, a reporter for Newsy, has made history as the first woman to wear a hijab in Playboy.
While there’s absolutely nothing racy about Tagouri’s photo, she has received some backlash. Here’s just a sample, from The Independent:
“I don’t see what there is to celebrate when a hijabi woman—member of an already maligned part of society—makes the ‘revolutionary’ choice to join forces with a sexist establishment that has debased other women by reducing them to sexual objects for generations.”
Despite this strong take, the majority of reactions we’ve seen have been supportive.
(Image: Kate Warren/Playboy)
Barry Blitt’s latest illustration for The New Yorker is wonderfully hilarious.
The beauty queen Donald Trump—plump and soaked with tears—is a nod to Trump’s rampant misogyny.
Trump once again showed his distaste for women when he told Fox News the morning after Monday’s debate that Alicia Machado—the former Miss Universe winner whom Trump called “Miss Piggy”—was “The worst, the absolute worst,” because she put on weight.
Trump calling anyone else “the worst” is rich with irony.
Dow Jones’ Mansion Global has named Pete Catapano executive editor, a new role at the company.
Catapano most recently served in the same role for Salon.com. Prior to Salon, he served as amNewYork’s editor in chief.
“In this new position, he [Catapano] will be responsible for running the daily day-to-day coverage in the newsroom, driving traffic to our news stories and strategizing on new editorial products,” wrote Mansion Global publisher and editor Mae Cheng, in a note.
Vanity Fair’s James Reginato on Britain’s ‘Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats’ and America’s Anglophilia
I’ve always been obsessed with the lives of the British aristocracy (Oh, how I miss Downton Abbey!) and their great homes that have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Oh, if those walls could talk. Many of those stately and storied houses have survived great wars, economic upheavals, and their fair share of scandal. That’s why I was excited to get the exclusive first interview with James Reginato, writer at large for Vanity Fair and a contributing editor of Sotheby’s Magazine, whose new book, Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats (Rizzoli) comes out next week. The book chronicles the fascinating lineage and examines the amazing architecture of the houses belonging to some of the leading families of Great Britain, in a lush and very weighty tome. (If I had to guess I’d say the book weighs about four pounds.) If you’re starting your holiday shopping early, it’s the perfect gift for the PBS-obsessed and lovers of traditional interior design and English country life.
I asked James, who was born in Chicago, why he’d chosen to take on such a quintessentially British subject for his first book. “There’s so much interest in this world and there’s an amazing amount of interest right now,” he told me. “Anglophilia has always been of great interest in America. I guess it’s because we don’t have our own royals.”
I told James he was sitting in the very seat Charles Spencer occupied when he ‘Lunched’ with me a while back, while in the states promoting his latest book. It turned out we had the Earl Spencer’s acquaintance in common. “I’ve been to his cricket games,” said James. “You know about those, don’t you?” Well of course, old bean.
Over the years James has written about the lives of Britain’s titled set and has made some helpful friends along the way. “Getting into that world is a tough nut to crack, let alone getting into their homes or castles.” But charming James found that, just like with commoners, all you need is one well-connected pal, and you’re in. “You can’t cold-call these people,” he said chuckling, “One person led me to the next and so on.”
With James’ unrivaled access into this rarefied world, the book takes readers on an exhaustive armchair house tour of 16 opulent residences (“They’re such a mix of grandeur and charm”) with many of the interiors shown here for the first time. “These houses are full of stories. I wouldn’t have been interested in doing this if there weren’t great stories. These houses shaped the lives of generations.” Among the luxe look-ins: Blenheim Palace which, with its seven acres matches the splendor of any of the British royal family’s residences—and is the property of the Dukes of Marlborough; the exquisite Old Vicarage in Derbyshire, last residence of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (née Deborah Mitford); Haddon Hall, a 900-year-old manor house christened the most romantic house in England, which belongs to the Duke of Rutland. “They have such great titles, don’t they?” enthused James.
Not surprisingly, the book’s pedigree is as upper crust as its subjects. Besides being a longtime contract writer for Vanity Fair (more on that later), James had a memorable stint as features director for W Magazine. The book’s principal photography is by Jonathan Becker, whose work regularly appears in Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. Viscount Linley wrote the book’s foreword. “I first met David (Linley) when he married Serena (Linley) and was a newlywed,” said James. “We’ve been friends ever since. He’d been to every one of these houses, so I was honored that he agreed to write the foreword.”
Speaking of the royal family, I was most intrigued by the inclusion of Dumfries House, an 18th century Palladian villa in Ayrshire, Scotland with an unparalleled collection of British rococo furniture, including many pieces by Thomas Chippendale. I recognized Jonathan’s photograph of a kilt-wearing Prince Charles standing in a doorway in the house as an image that appeared on the cover of Architectural Digest. James told me he’d originally written a piece on the house for the magazine and gone back and updated it for the book.
In the book, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (also known as Prince George’s grandfather) describes Dumfries House as “British craftsmanship at its best.” With the exception of the brief period of time from the late ’50s to early ’90s when it served as the dower house (the residence of a dowager aka a widow — think Downton’s Lady Violet) for the fifth Marquess’ widow, the stately manor had not been occupied for almost 150 years.
After a deal with the National Trust for Scotland fell through, Christie’s was hired to sell off its treasures at auction. That’s when Prince Charles stepped in. With a $40 million loan from one of his foundations and $50 million raised elsewhere, Dumfried was acquired by a specially created trust and restored to all its glory (The tea room is lined with a pink tartan by Vivienne Westwood.)
The Prince of Wales, who has a private apartment at the estate, has cleverly decided to open Dumfries House to the public. His Royal Highness has been known to stop and chat with visitors and ask about their dogs when he runs into tour groups on the grounds. No word on whether Camilla is chatty with the masses. “He’s proud of the efforts made to restore the house,” said James. “He’s smart to promote it.”
James told me he spent the last year and a half working on the book — and said his editor Philip Reeser at Rizzoli was “magnificent” and “meticulous” in his attention to detail. “That was extremely important for a book like this.” It took several trips to London and many hours spent in conversation with current owners of the houses, talking about the critical roles their ancestors have played in the nation to give the book a modern perspective. “Every generation finds a way to keep the house going and keep them relevant.”
For the next few months, James’ dance card will be full promoting the book. On Oct. 13, Jonathan and James’ editor at Vanity Fair, Aimee Bell (“a real pro”), will host a reception at the Carlton House (See you there!) The Royal Oak Foundation is sponsoring a lecture series in New York, Philadelphia and California. James will also be speaking at the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show and the Palm Beach Preservation Society. A simultaneous launch in London will kick off with a reception at Sotheby’s in the U.K.
When lunch arrived (roast chicken for him, Dover sole for me), I took the opportunity to ask James about his work for Vanity Fair, one of the last magazines who, with editor in chief Graydon Carter at the helm, lets writers write — and actually pays them well to do it. “[Vanity Fair] is one of the few magazines that gives the writer all the tools he or she needs whether it’s time, travel or research,” said James, who is under contract to write a specific number of pieces per year. “I’ve batted out some pieces in three days, others take three years. But if Graydon wants something in the October issue, you can write in three days. He’s very hands on in detailing his questions about your piece.”
I asked James if the EIC’s legendary disdain for a certain short-fingered vulgarian would result in a well-timed, scathing expose. If he knows, he isn’t telling, but we’re keeping our (normal sized) fingers crossed.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. HollywoodLife.com’s Bonnie Fuller and Penske Media’s Gerry Byrne, presiding over their monthly schmooze fest. They somehow managed to cram TiVo’s Tom Rogers, WinView Games’ Shannon Treusch, Joana Vicente, executive director of Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Collegefashionista.com founder Amy Levin, Shoptiques’ CEO Olga Vidisheva, PR consultant Kathie Berlin, Instagram’s Lila King, WWD’s digital director Sophia Chabbott , Schure Media Group’s Yvette Noel-Schure and Frank PR’s Lina Plath all at one table.
2 The always dapper Robert Zimmerman, whose kept very busy these days helming his marketing/public relations firm on Long Island and calming the nerves of Hillary Clinton supporters in his role as Democratic National Committeeman from New York.
3. British Heritage Travel’s Jack Kliger
4. Michael Wolff
5. Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Andy Bergman
6. Mickey Ateyeh hosting a fancy, fun lunch (place cards and ‘designer’ chocolates at every place setting – -swanky!) for Tita Cahn with Clive Davis and designer Greg Schriefer, producer Fran Wiesler, Rikki Klieman, The New York Post’s theater critic Michael Riedel, Mark Simone and Rachel Leifer.
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia and Barbara Tober
9. Pamela Fiori
11. Jack Myers
12. Producer Francine LeFrak with her sister and several pals.
14. Simon & Schuster’s Alice Mayhew
15. LAK PR CEO Lisa Linden and Cushman & Wakefield’s Harry Blair
16. Joan Kron, who was celebrating the completion of her new film, Take My Nose… Please! Which is about women, comedy and plastic Surgery. You may recall Joan gave me the scoop about the film over ‘Lunch’. Joan knows what she’s talking about. She was one of Allure’s original writers hired, by founding editor Linda Wells and also one of the casualties when Linda and virtually all the contract writers were shown the door. Great to see Joan has taken her unrivaled expertise in chronicling the world of plastic surgery and found a new avenue for it. Bravo Joan!
17. Judy Price
18. Jimmy Finkelstein
20. Joan Gelman and Sandy Pearl
23. Peter Price
24. Martin Puris
25. Tom Goodman and Ed Adler
26. Jean Dietz
27. James Reginato and yours truly
29. Noble Smith
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
For the first time in more than 70 years, since the 1944 election, both major party presidential nominees are from New York.
And as the race for the White House enters its final weeks, one locally-produced news show appears to be benefiting from Clinton-Trump. MetroFocus is a nightly newscast that airs on several PBS stations in the tri-state: Thirteen, WLIW21 and NJTV, at various times in the evening. The show, which is co-hosted by Jack Ford, Rafael Pi Roman and Jenna Flanagan, drew 312,125 viewers last week for all its airings: it’s most-watched week ever. MetroFocus added nearly 110,000 viewers, a gain of +54 percent, from the week prior.
The biggest share of the audience (182,055 viewers last week) came from viewers of WLIW, which mostly serves Long Island. The show, which is executive produced by former Fox News and CNN ep David Brown, expanded to 7 nights a week last October.
A show opening at The Royal Academy of Arts doesn't attempt to frame Abstract Expressionism within the admittedly kitch-ridden America of the 1950s but we can't hold that against it. Instead the focus is on the work itself, freed of any real-world context, as the champion of the movement Clement Greenberg would have been happy to observe.
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Opening today at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and running through Dec. 18, “Charlotte Brooks at Look, 1951-1971” honors the legacy of a true pioneer.
As Time magazine History and Archives editor Lily Roth and photo editor Lizabeth Ronk note in a piece about Brooks, when she started as Look’s first female full-time photographer, she was tasked with relatively benign assignments. But as the times changed, her purview became broader and and more meaningful:
As the relative stability of the 1950s gave way to the upheaval of the 1960s, Brooks chronicled the transformation from the inside. Among her subjects were Duke Ellington on tour through the segregated south; a young, working, single mother at a time when few were visible; and the first gay couple to marry legally in the U.S.
A talk with exhibition curator Ileana Selejan, The Linda Wyatt Gruber ‘66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography, is scheduled for Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. For media types, an even more enticing date to jot down on the calendar in connection with this show is Oct. 18. That evening, Selejan will moderate a panel discussion about “Photojournalism in the Age of Picture Magazines” with former Look and Life magazine photographer John Shearer and Annie Segan, the daughter of photographer Arthur Rothstein.
The show catalog, priced at $25, is also available to purchase online.
Image via: Facebook
That dreaded bit of newsroom terminology – “digital-only” – has reared its ugly head once more. This time via a report by Christopher Ayers, a producer of the Pittsburgh local edition of NPR’s Morning Edition.
On Friday, Sept. 30, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper founded in 1811, will put out its final paper edition. From the Ayers piece:[Parent company] Trib Total Media completed its second round of employee buyouts last week. Officials said Wednesday 95 staffers with five years or more experience accepted. An additional 106 full- and part-time employees are being laid off.
“We had hoped that the moves we made last fall would be enough to stabilize our financial position, but it simply wasn’t enough,” president and CEO Jennifer Bertetto said. “Like other news organizations, our company faces an intense financial reality that compelled us to make additional changes. These changes, although difficult, are necessary to ensure our long term viability. I am incredibly confident in the direction our organization is heading.”
The minor, related good news is that the paper plans to increase staff for its Westmoreland and Valley News Dispatch local editions.