Huffington Post senior media reporer Michael Calderone is first to this week’s biggest media story not named Sean Penn. The announcement of David Carr‘s successor.
Per the memo from NYT executive editor Dean Baquet and business editor Dean Murphy, sliding over into the most prominent and long vacant U.S. media critic opening is Jim Rutenberg, chief political correspondent for New York Times Magazine. From Calderone’s dispatch:
In the memo, Baquet and Murphy write that Rutenberg – a former media reporter for The Times and the New York Observer – is “returning to his media roots.” They recalled his past reporting on the emergence of Fox News and Dan Rather’s retracted 60 Minutes report on George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. More recently, Rutenberg wrote a Times Magazine cover story on Fox News star Megyn Kelly.
Thanks professor but the subject is in fantastic hands already-yours, cheers https://t.co/505mPoBa0i
— jimrutenberg (@jimrutenberg) January 12, 2016
Thanks to a recent and heavily reported vendor switchover, Brazilian immigrant Alvaro DaSilva no longer hurls copies of The Boston Globe out the window of his SUV early each morning. But the Newton, Ma. resident continues to faithfully deliver copies locally of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Boston Herald.
PRI reporter Jeb Sharp’s profile of DaSilva is both a clever leveraging of the Globe delivery fiasco and a reminder that this kind of work is not for the faint of heart. From her piece:
DaSilva doesn’t have any weekends – Sunday is actually the hardest day in the newspaper delivery business. He’s only taken one week’s vacation since 2009. Plus a day off for his son’s birth and his last two anniversaries. Even so, he says he really grateful for the newspaper job and that it’s helped him grow his own construction business during daylight hours.
When we get back to his house after delivering hundreds of newspapers, it feels like the day should be over. But it’s just begun. He’ll take a shower, have some coffee, read the paper and then drop his daughter at school on his way to work.
Oh man, that’s great. He not only delivers print newspapers. He still finds time in his crazy two-job schedule to read one of them. The Globe lost a good man.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
One of the Last Great Newsstands Is Still Standing
Requiem for the Newspaper Vending Machine
[Image via: bostonherald.com]
Tina Brown’s Women in the World has unveiled some details for its seventh annual Women in The World Summit.
The event will be held April 6-8 at Lincoln Center’s David Koch Theater. Notable guests and participants include Meryl Streep, Laura Bush, Christine Lagarde, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Megyn Kelly.
“With the world in turmoil the need for women’s voices and perspectives has never been more important,” said Brown, Women in The World’s CEO and founder, in a statement. “For the seventh year, women on the front lines of news will convene in New York to set the agenda for progress and change in the year ahead.”
Tickets for the summit can be purchased here.
The latest New York cover story features celebrities and creative types telling their “breakthrough moment.” The entire piece is great, but below are some excerpts from our favorites.
When I was a high-school student, a sophomore, in my little town, Ocean City, New Jersey, 1947, I got a job for the town weekly. I was a schoolboy reporter, and I was getting stories published in the town weekly about the school’s activities. I knew I only had one chance in my life to get a job, and it was this great job. I was like this is what I want to do. When I was 15, I was doing what I’m still doing at 83. Otherwise I’d be sweeping the streets.
…We had an East German telex machine, and all of a sudden it turned on, and I got a note from Barbara Epstein, the co-editor of The New York Review of Books, asking me to write a piece for them, and suddenly the world, which seemed very, very far away, became a little closer.
There was one party in New York for the Folk Art Museum — they had an antique show at the Armory. And I brought in the food and decorations. That armory is a giant place, and they allowed me to bring in my beautiful chickens — a rare breed. I brought them in poultry cages and people were shocked to see real chickens alive and well.
…I handed in my apron — I remember the moment so clearly. It was a red apron, and I gave it to the guy across the bar, and I knew this was the greatest moment of my life. I knew that I would never again not be telling jokes to make money.
“Mr. Rupert Murdoch, father of Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, James, Grace and Chloe Murdoch, and Miss Jerry Hall, mother of Elizabeth, James, Georgia and Gabriel Jagger, are delighted to announce their engagement,” read the statement.
If this actually happens (hey, who knows!) this will be Murdoch’s fourth marriage. Fourth. Does Murdoch know that he doesn’t have to get married all the time? He’s 84 for god’s sake! What’s the point? Why not just date her until you die? Not to sound harsh but c’mon, he maybe has six more years left.
At some point Murdoch has to realize he’s not very good at being married, right? Right?
Vox Media’s Racked has named Britt Aboutaleb its new editor in chief. Aboutaleb most recently served as managing editor of Yahoo Style.
Prior to Yahoo, Aboutaleb worked for Allure, Elle and Fashionista.
Vox vp and editorial director Lockhart Steele told WWD that Aboutaleb would be charged with “taking Racked to the next level.”
Aboutaleb’s appointment is effective February 1.
Not too long ago, Sam Lansky carried a crack pipe in his pocket, a bag of crystal meth in his wallet and worked briefly as a paid escort. Today, he’s the clean and sober deputy culture editor at Time magazine.
With a life trajectory like that, it’s easy to understand why a publisher agreed to publish the memoir of a 27-year-old. The Gilded Razor is out today. From Sherryl Connelly‘s recent preview piece in the New York Daily News:
It was his [Dwight School pal Jesse] – all names have been changed – who did him a real solid, introducing him to a doctor supposedly recommended by the school. In the waiting room he ran into a fellow student whose father was the president of a major media conglomerate. The classmate exited looking quite pleased.
Lanksy made some general complaints about being restless and unhappy, worried that he wouldn’t be able to realize his full potential. He left with a sheaf of prescriptions and a bright eye on a perpetually stoned future, Lansky wrote.
He was “rapidly subsumed by the mundane glamor of Manhattan, a breathless circus of coke lines at Bungalow, white-gloved doormen in funny hats, tiny dogs in quilted coats.”
Lansky was at The Strand bookstore last night to sign copies and speak with Out magazine editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin. Among those providing launch-phase reviews for The Gilded Razor is Kevin Sessums:
Lansky turns Manhattan into a kind of Bret Easton Ellis Island. Lansky guides us, with a voice all his own, through the chaos of his addiction into a clearing where sobriety awaits him. It is a book filled with, to quote Lansky at one point in his narrative, ‘too many beautiful people doing too many ugly things.’ Yet, through the beauty of Lansky’s writing, the ugliness subsides and a kind of hard-won hope takes its place.[Jacket cover courtesy: Gallery Books]
Creative work that promotes athletes, leagues and associations, media and news outlets, teams and brands is now being accepted for the third annual CLIO Sports Awards.
PatterNodes is similar to other node-based apps in that it's designed to allow users to create graphical patterns, gradients or illustrations based on repetitions, beginning with defining a series of linked steps.
It’s a powerful way, at the turn of a new year, to frame the topic of homicide: remind readers, chronologically, of the community residents whose lives were violently extinguished the previous year.
For Gannett’s Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La., reporter Seth Dickerson concentrated this weekend on death by gun violence. His list includes a pair of victims from the Trainwreck movie theater shooting:
Ages: 33 and 21
Died: July 23
Breaux and Johnson died in a shooting at the Grand 16 Theatre, an event that rocked Lafayette this summer.
John Russel Houser stood up from his seat during a showing of the romantic comedy Trainwreck and opened fire on the crowd of moviegoers before turning the gun on himself as Lafayette Police and other agencies arrived on the scene.
Breaux was killed on the scene, and Johnson died in the hospital. Nine others were injured in the shooting.
In Pennsylvania’s Erie Times-News, Ed Palattella led off a remembrance of victims of homicide with a man whose name – Paris B. Hilton – was often a frequent source of amusement:
As for his name, which he shared with the famous 34-year-old female socialite from Beverly Hills, Calif., Hilton, 63, was less prone to argue than he was to chuckle.
“He took it as a joke,” [his brother Steve] Lee said. “He laughed that he was older than her. When he said his name was Paris Hilton, people would laugh at him, like OK.”
Hilton was killed the afternoon of Jan. 7, 2015. One of his housemates, Sandra Gray, punched him in the head at the small residence in the 300 block of West 18th Street, where Hilton’s common-law wife was also staying.
Erie police said Hilton, who had health problems, died from head injuries he suffered when he fell backward after suffering the blow.
Gray, 45, had a prior record for prostitution and had been using crack cocaine and drinking all day before she struck Hilton, authorities said. She said she hit Hilton when he tried to grope her – a claim his family called untrue.
Some of the other profiles of 2015 homicide victims in Paletta’s piece were written by other reporters.
So suggests Andrés Martinez, a professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and a columnist for L.A. website Zócalo Public Square. In his latest missive for the latter, Martinez writes that he is happy Sheldon Adelson has purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The alternative scenario(s), he argues, are generally much worse:
Having worked at four different newspapers, I know there are always trade-offs when it comes to who owns media, and that the character of owners isn’t solely determined by whether they are local or out of town, individual or corporate. It is hard to come by truly judicious and independent owners who can act as truly neutral community arbiters.
The profile of the ideal media owner, from a public interest standpoint, is an individual or family with deep roots in a community that is focused primarily, if not exclusively, on the news business, and won’t compromise that journalistic integrity to advance other business interests. Think of the Sulzbergers of New York or the Grahams of Washington.
This is not the contrarian view. It’s the realist’s view, from a veteran of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Read the rest of his piece here.
As news of David Bowie’s passing spread last night, DJs at the Golden Globes after-parties in Beverly Hills started playing some of the trailblazer’s many greatest hits. Soon, a new version of Bowie’s 1982 Globes-nominated composition will also be ringing out far and wide.
Shooter Jennings announced last week that his new album releasing Feb. 26 includes a cover of “Cat People” featuring Marilyn Manson. It’s part of an LP tribute to the song’s titanic producer Giorgio Moroder, but of course will now also stand as a fitting tribute to Bowie.
On Twitter last night, Moroder posted a photo taken at the time of his collaboration with Bowie. At the 1983 Globes ceremony, Bowie lost individually to another artist with the last name of Jennings. RIP.
What a great loss… I was fortunate to work with a genius on “Cat People.” #DavidBowie
When Crosscut’s Laura Kaufman profiled Lee Lauckhart, the owner of Seattle newsstand First & Pike News, he revealed that he was keeping the operation solvent by taking no salary and relying on his Social Security. Four years later, this self-described “last of the Mohicans” is still going.
The latest area journalist to highlight Lauckhart’s Pacific Northwest print bastion is Seattle Times staff photographer Alan Berner. The gallery and accompanying item will warm the heart of anyone old enough to remember a time when scanning and sampling the wares of a neighborhood newsstand was as regular a media-consumption routine as scrolling through Google News on a smartphone. From the piece:
Newspapers at Pike & First are down from 180 to a couple of dozen largely because of transportation costs. But the stand carries the Nome Nugget, a weekly from Alaska at the end point of the Iditerod.
The most expensive magazine is about $85, with runway fashion photos from Europe. “Not too many copies sell,” Lauckhart says.
This past fall, Pike & First celebrated its 36th anniversary of operation on the waterfront at Pike Place Market.
Reading Berner’s piece, we couldn’t help but be reminded of one we wrote a number of years ago as well, about the oldest newsstand in Los Angeles. Since that article, World News at the corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga Blvd.’s has greatly reduced its frontage, but is still hanging on. And we imagine still, today, that Madonna still moves magazines like no one else.[Photo via: firstandpikenews.tumblr.com
Allure has added four staffers to its masthead. Details are below.Renee Rupcich, who most recently worked for Nylon, has been named design director. She previously worked for Domino and Men’s Vogue. Amanda Meigher has been named managing editor. She previously served as managing editor at Teen Vogue. Rachael Wang, who previously worked for Glamour and Style.com, has been named fashion director. Jeremy Allen has been named senior photo editor. He previously worked for Bloomberg, GQ and Vogue.
Robert Kolker is joining Bloomberg Businessweek as a member of its projects and investigations team.
Kolker, the author of Lost Girls, has spent more than a decade at New York mag.
“He brings a combination of narrative grace and reporting skill that define our most ambitious stories,” wrote Bloomberg projects and investigations executive editor Bob Blau and Businessweek editor Ellen Pollock, in a memo. “In his 17 years at New York Magazine, Bob produced a body-of-work impressive for its range and depth.”
Chris Hughes, who bought the New Republic in 2012, is done with it. According to The Wall Street Journal, Hughes has put the magazine up for sale.
Hughes has decided to sell the magazine because the media business is just not that easy. In a memo to staffers, Hughes explained he underestimated “the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company in today’s quickly evolving climate.”
“After investing a great deal of time, energy, and over $20 million, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for new leadership and vision at the New Republic,” continued Hughes. “Although I do not have the silver bullet, a new owner should have the vision and commitment to carry on the traditions that make this place unique and give it a new mandate for a new century.”
Hughes apparently has already had discussions with potential buyers, including other media companies and philanthropic groups.
Executives from 25 media outlets have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to press Iran to release Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian from prison.
Rezaian, who holds dual citizenship in Iran and the United States, was arrested in 2014 and charged last November with alleged espionage. The length of sentence was not disclosed.
The letter—from execs at the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and more—said journalism is “a fundamental human right” and Iran should release Rezaian.
“Iran has never offered any evidence that even makes a pretense of justifying this imprisonment,” the letter stated, according to the Times. “Many of our organizations employ journalists who, like Jason, operate in countries, like Iran, that do not always hold a high regard for the free flow of information. We understand the risks involved.”
Apple has some apologizing to do. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said that because of a glitch, the company had been underestimating the audience for its Apple News app.
Cue said that while more than 40 million Apple users have tried the News app—which launched last September with more than 50 news outlets as partners—he had no idea how many returned after the first go or how many users went on to visit partners’ sites.
“We’re in the process of fixing that [glitch] now, but our numbers are lower than reality,” said Cue. “We don’t know what the right number is.”
That is obviously not what news outlets wanted to hear. Not that they can say much; they’ve already signed on and Apple is too big a player to ignore. Julie Hansen, president of Apple News partner Business Insider, said BI remains “bullish on its [Apple News] potential.”