Condé Nast is reshaping Teen Vogue into a digital-first brand. The company has announced that it is reducing the magazine’s publishing rate to just four times per year.
The first of the quarterly releases—each tied to “key audience moments relevant to young readers’ lives—will debut in the spring of next year. That issue’s theme is young love.
As Teen Vogue reduces its print output, it will increase its video, digital and social production.
Leading the Teen Vogue revolution is Amy Oelkers, who has been promoted to head of revenue for Teen Vogue. She most recently served as the mag’s executive head of digital sales.
The rest of the Teen Vogue leadership team includes Elaine Welteroth (editor), Phillip Picardi (digital editorial director), and Marie Suter (creative director).
The New York Times has launched a new podcast series titled Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.
The show is hosted by Stephen Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books series and co-host of Freakonomics Radio. Tell Me Something is taped in front of a live studio audience. Each episode features one audience member presenting something that a panel of experts might not know. The panel then goes on to quiz the audience member about that item.
“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know may feel like a game show — and it is — but it’s really just a new way of doing journalism, by inviting anyone in the world to get on stage and share new and useful information,” said Dubner, in an announcement. “It’s also the most fun I’ve ever had doing journalism, and I hope listeners will feel the same.”
It happened by accident.
Journalists are on the bandwagon. I'm not. https://t.co/BapSwi3JJc
— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) November 7, 2016
As Michael Wolff explains in his latest USA Today column, his moves from one neighborhood to another, combined with a certain amount of laziness and difficulties with web voter registration, dropped him off the election rolls as a voter. Today, he extols the professionl freedom that he feels has come to be associated with this status:
While I don’t eschew opinion, I find not voting lets me at least roam freely over a rainbow of them. Voting—if I had to vote, I would have to be a Hillary person, which I would much prefer not to have to be—is necessarily reductive. Not voting, surprisingly liberating. I can be anybody I want on a given political day. …
True, it’s hard to be engaged in politics and not have a position, whether you admit it or not. But you might be surprised how much not voting lets a position become more fluid. And in fact makes you look at voters as people who, perhaps for the best of reasons, have not so much committed themselves as limited themselves.
Coincidentally, Wolff’s treatise comes on the heels of a Nov. 4 memo circulated by Los Angeles Times managing editor Marc Duvoisin to staff, in which the boss reminds that beyond the purview of commentators and contributors to the paper’s Opinion section, it is not OK to ‘add commentary or vent personal feelings’ when engaged in political discussions on social media. This has been the Tronc newspaper’s policy for some time.
New York publisher Larry Burstein is stepping down from his role. Burstein had served as the magazine’s publisher for the past 13 years.
Burstein will leave New York a few weeks after a chief revenue officer is hired.
“I’ve found myself thinking about reinvention a lot lately, and with the company in a strong position have decided the time is right to do it once more myself,” Burstein wrote, in a memo to staffers.
“A trusted partner to editor Adam Moss and revered mentor to a new generation of sales and marketing professionals, Larry can move on knowing we’re on the strongest possible footing,” said New York Media CEO Pam Wasserstein, in a statement. “I’m grateful for his enormous contributions and wish him the very best.”
Journalists love to talk about themselves, so a round of applause to Politico for creating a “2016 Presidential Election Breakout Media Stars” list. Sixteen lucky reporters will now have something to do.
If you’re wondering who made the cut of “major drivers of the political narrative of each unique election cycle,” you definitely don’t know any of them, because they would’ve already told you.
Here are just a few of the reporters who broke out from whatever was holding them back in the first place:Katy Tur – NBC/MSNBC Jonathan Swan – The Hill Olivia Nuzzi – The Daily Beast/GQ Jennifer Jacobs – Bloomberg
With one day to go before the election, The Wall Street Journal has made it official: It isn’t endorsing a presidential candidate.
In an editorial about Donald Trump, the Journal took the stance of an angry teenager:
The Wall Street Journal hasn’t endorsed a presidential candidate since 1928, and if we didn’t endorse Ronald Reagan we aren’t about to revive the practice for Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Trump. Yet one of them will be the next President. The choice comes down to the very high if relatively predictable costs of four more years of brute progressive government under Hillary Clinton versus a gamble on the political unknown of Donald Trump.
Immediately after publishing this, the Journal stomped its feet, ran up the stairs and slammed its bedroom door while yelling “I hate you!” at its disappointed, exhausted parents.
A quick look at the online portfolio of freelance visual artist Justin Metz reveals a tremendous range of illustration, motion and design. For clients in advertising, publishing and beyond.
At the beginning of this U.S. election week, there is one image that stands out. The photo Metz manipulated in 2012 for one of two possible Bloomberg Businessweek covers.
Thankfully, neither Mitt Romney or President Obama looks as haggard as Metz and Businessweek imagined for that Nov. 8, 2102 issue. A development editor Ellen Pollock chuckles about this morning:
It’s time to check back and see how we did. Not so great, it turns out… although we did get the hair right. The president IS a lot grayer than he was four years ago. That said, we won’t judge: No matter who you support for president, this crazy election season probably gave you a few gray hairs, too.
Pollock notes that once again this week, two different Businessweek covers are in the planning stage. But this time without any ageing layers.
Founded by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou in 2011, the annual International Reggae Poster Contest is designed to celebrate international reggae culture, encompassing all popular Jamaican musical genres.
On LinkedIn, Nancy Benac summarizes it very simply. She has worked as a “Newswoman” for Associated Press since 1980.
Translation: Benac has covered her fair share of U.S. presidential elections and it is one of her recent stories that crowns the front page of today’s Sarasota-Herald Tribune in South Florida. Her item leads, correctly, with the observation that this is the U.S. election ‘that put the “ugh” in ugly.’
Over on the West Coast, in a northern California county that voted 74% in favor of President Obama in 2012, the Marin Independent Journal front page looks more like something that would be handed out at U.S. voters group-therapy meeting. It’s all about residents being “Unhappy With Candidates From Both Parties” and simply “Surviving” this dreadful campaign.
The “Great Divide” that Sarasota voters are reading about this morning is a theme that echos across the country. For a front-page article in today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jeff Caplan, a senior news reporter who fittingly recently moved over from the sports department, frames it as follows:
Through the bickering, the boorish behavior and bad-mouthing; the endless fact-checking, fact-ignoring and even fact-creating; accusations of a rigged election and a dishonest media; widening gulfs among races, religions, gender and class; an awakening of the so-called alt-right; Twitter rants and condemnations and, of course, the most infamous email server of modern times, one indivisible truth will be evident when polls close Tuesday night and a new president is declared: Americans will remain as vehemently divided as the day Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald J. Trump took the stage as the two most reviled candidates in United States history.
Images courtesy: newseum.org
We’ve been waiting for a good excuse to share what we feel ranks as one of the all-time greatest celebrity talk-show confessions. Thanks to U.K. gay men’s magazine Attitude, we now have that excuse.
— Attitude (@AttitudeMag) November 4, 2016
While some are rankled that “another” straight man has been chosen for the cover of Attitude, most others seem thrilled. With the artwork, the human specimen, the accompanying interview and opportunity to listen to the British star’s new album The Heavy Entertainment Show. In the cover story by John Grant, Williams talks about his battles with sex addiction.
The article follows Williams’ recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, during which he slayed the host and fellow guests Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and Daniel Radcliffe with a recollection of a mysterious woman who showed up one morning in the bedroom of a castle he and his band were renting and proceeded to take care of his “morning glory.”
There’s been a lot of debate lately about the value of reader comments. But in the case of a Wall Street Journal article posted late Friday about American Media, Inc.’s possible collusion to keep an unflattering Donald Trump sex-scandal story out of circulation, it is the reader comments that are by far the most interesting.
Sorin Domsa: Honestly, I could not finish reading the article. What it shows is a role reversal: WSJ becoming a tabloid and National Enquirer showing restraint, as any professional publication should do. I cannot believe that WSJ stooped this low. It is idiotic, because it puts a stain on business news WSJ is publishing. You may even wonder about WSJ market and economic data. Totally unprofessional.
No data, no proof, just biased dirt. I could write such a story about my or your affair with Hillary (God forbid). Of course, I will not renew my subscription.
Jeffrey Davis: The only thing learned from this article is WSJ highly invested in a hit piece 4 days prior to Election Day. Anybody can accuse anybody else of anything, an accusation is proof of…… nothing. It is eye-opening that a formerly respected daily would print such trash based upon rumor, conjecture, and thin air. Wonder if Gloria Allred paid her $500K yesterday too. Pardon me while I hold my nose as I pass the stench which now merits the front page of the journal. Shame.
Michael Carlucci: Come on WSJ, get yourself out of the toilet and get back to reporting some meaningful election news. I don’t care about some unpublished story about who Trump allegedly slept with 10 years ago.
Several additional commenters, like Davis above, are taking issue with how prominently the article is teased at the top of the wsj.com home page. That element is pictured, above.
H/T: Scott Marks
For just under two years, Sophie Gilbert has acted as culture editor for theatlantic.com. However, her recent decision to move back over to the writing side opened up a vacancy, and taking over those duties from Gilbert Nov. 21 will be Jane Yong Kim (pictured).
Gilbert will continue on as a staff writer for the Culture team. From today’s announcement:
Kim comes to The Atlantic from The Village Voice, where she ran the culture section in print and online. Before the Voice, she edited essays for Racked and was an opinion editor of Al Jazeera America.
‘Jane is an amazing editor, and Sophie is a phenomenal writer,’ website editor J.J. Gould wrote in a memo to staff. ‘They’re both much better at choosing modifiers than I ever will be. We’re all enormously lucky to have them.’
Omniture stats place The Atlantic’s October website traffic at 30.9 million records, a near-record, with the most page views logged for any month so far. On the newsstand end, sales are up 14% year-to-date.
Photo by Sarah Kessler, courtesy: The Atlantic
It’s a nice reminder of the Brit-cool of Benedict Cumberbatch that the actor is happy to give credit to the person who first turned him on to the idea of possibly portraying Doctor Strange. Talking recently to a group of mommy bloggers, the actor was pretty sure it was a Los Angeles Times reporter who made the initial suggestion. It’s one of several current interviews during which Cumberbatch talks about his latest movie’s highly unusual origins.
We did a bit of digging and, sure enough, it was an L.A. Times staffer. The journalist with the Marvel-ous sense of casting is Geoff Boucher, at the time overseer of the paper’s Hero Complex section. (Part of Cumberbatch’s hesitation likely comes from the fact that Boucher subsequently moved on to EW and now freelance.)
“The conversation [referenced by Cumberbatch] did [indeed] take place on the rooftop of Bad Robot,” Boucher tells FishbowlNY via email. “But it was actually the second time I mentioned to him that he might be perfect as Marvel’s magic man.”
“The first time I interviewed Benedict was in Venice for Sherlock and we really hit it off,” he continues. “Later that night, I was doing a stage interview with Michael Mann at the Egyptian Theatre and Benedict tagged along to watch and then we both had a late dinner at Musso and Frank’s with the director and his family. It was there and then I mentioned to Benedict that he would be great as Doctor Strange or as another supernatural comics creation, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.”
“That night though, Benedict seemed more intrigued with Mann’s notions about making a Western. I think he pictured himself more at ease in a saddle than a cape at that time.”
Boucher crossed paths again with Cumberbatch at the recent Doctor Strange junket. The film opens today, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating currently sitting at 90%.
A colleague of Boucher’s, Fandango correspondent Tiffany Smith, started off her allotted time with Cumberbatch at the Doctor Strange junket by asking, “What was it about this character in particular that made you, ‘Yes, I want to do the superhero thing?”’ Her reaction to his mention, once again, of Boucher is great.
Boucher tells us that in addition to freelancing, he is also currently doing some teaching at places including UCLA. Meanwhile, we couldn’t help notice the top comment left below Boucher aforementioned piece about Sherlock (by latimes.com user @cranberrybear). Great brains think alike!
HBO has pulled the plug on Bill Simmons’ Any Given Wednesday. The final edition will air November 9.
Any Given Wednesday debuted in June. Despite having plenty of star power — Malcolm Gladwell, Ben Affleck, Aaron Rodgers, Nas, Bob Costas and many more appeared as guests — Simmons admitted the show didn’t catch on.
“One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fan and pop culture junkies,” said Simmons, in a statement. “We loved making that show, but unfortunately, it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. And that’s on me. But I love being a part of HBO’s family and look forward to innovating with them on other ambitious programming ideas over the next several years — both for the network and for digital.”
HBO expressed full support of Simmons despite the cancellation.
“HBO is committed to Bill Simmons, and we are excited to bring his unique vision to bear on an array of new programming initiatives under the HBO Sports banner in 2017,” said Peter Nelson, executive vp of HBO Sports. “Bill is an award-winning executive producer in the documentary arena, and we will work closely with him in developing new and engaging content for our subscribers.”
After two days of deliberation, a 10-person jury in Charlottesville, Va. handed down its verdicts today in the defamation lawsuit filed by University of Virginia associate dean of students Nicole Eramo. They are very bad news for Rolling Stone magazine, parent company Wenner Media and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, author of the since-redacted November 2014 investigation “A Rape on Campus.”
BREAKING: @HenryGraff reports: Sabrina Erdely found liable (w/malice) on 6 claims. Rolling Stone found liable on 3 claims. Waiting on Wenner
— Henry Graff (@HenryGraff) November 4, 2016
Per the Washington Post, the trial began Oct. 17, with Eramo seeking $7.5 million in damages. She can ask for a different sum now, following the verdicts.
In a statement sent to FishbowlNY and other media outlets, Rolling Stone apologized for its mistakes:
For almost 50 years, Rolling Stone has aimed to produce journalism with the highest reporting and ethical standards, and with a strong humanistic point of view. When we published “A Rape on Campus” in 2014, we were attempting to tackle the very serious and complex topic of sexual assault on college campuses, a subject that is more relevant today than ever.
In our desire to present this complicated issue from the perspective of a survivor, we overlooked reporting paths and made journalistic mistakes that we are committed to never making again. We deeply regret these missteps and sincerely apologize to anyone hurt by them, including Ms. Eramo. It is our deep hope that our failings do not deflect from the pervasive issues discussed in the piece, and that reporting on sexual assault cases ultimately results in campus policies that better protect our students. We will continue to publish stories that shine a light on the defining social, political and cultural issues of our times, and we will continue to seek the truth in every story we publish.
As The New York Times reminded this past weekend via a piece focused on Jann Wenner, Erdely when she wrote the article in question had just begun a $300,000 writing contract with Rolling Stone.
Nicole Eramo sobbed as verdict was read. #RollingStoneTrial
— Courteney Stuart (@CourteneyStuart) November 4, 2016
In the November/December issue of Women’s Running, which hits newsstands Nov. 8, there is—as per usual—a fun page of information about the cover shoot.
Among the details shared under the headline “Behind the Shoot” is the fact that three days after supermodel Candice Huffine posed for photographer James Farrell for the cover above, she and her husband ran in the Brooklyn Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon. What makes this especially notable is that the day of the event, Oct. 8, was also the couple’s wedding anniversary.
The cover story by Sarah Gearhart starts off with Huffine recalling the pivotal runner’s point. A trip to Ibiza and a meal with her husband Matt Powers, who is a longtime runner. That’s how her following in his footsteps, and year-long training for last month’s Brooklyn run, took hold.
In the article, Huffine also talks about coming from the world of “plus-size models,” a term many hope will soon be obsolete:
“Curvy women should be in media. Curvy women can be on TV. We can wear amazing fashion. We belong. We are needed.”
The cover story ends with a cool sidebar look at Huffine’s four fellow Project Start Ambassadors. The Project Start initiative, which she created in partnership with the magazine, is designed to encourage others to try the sport of running. Husband Powers is involved, filming the Ambassadors, who include blogger Kelly Roberts and freelance writer-editor Alison Feller.
The hashtag for Project Start is #PSYouGotThis. Check out some of the tagged entries on Instagram.
A photo posted by Ali Feller (@aliontherun1) on Nov 3, 2016 at 8:28am PDT