Today, the paper announced its latest hire. Starting later in June as city editor will be Christopher Robbins (pictured), who is leaving his post as features editor at Gothamist. From this afternoon’s announcement:
“Chris is a shoe-leather digital reporter and editor, a rare combination,” said Voice editor-in-chief Will Bourne. “We know he is going to supercharge our editorial operation. We can’t wait for him to roll in here and get started.”
Robbins joined Gothamist five and a half years ago as an intern. Among other things, he is leaving behind a very funny mini-bio:
Chris was born and raised in “The South,” meaning that he spent many years sighing and drinking iced tea under magnolia trees. Fed up with life in the NASCAR belt, he arrived in New York with two suitcases, a bike and a nose that had yet to smell urine on a daily basis. Chris is well aware that he is named after a famous, future ambassador to Lithuania from the U.K. Stop asking him about it.
Ha ha. The Village Voice is currently distributing around 110,000 weekly print copies, on upgraded 35# bright white newsprint stock. Check out some of Robbins’ most recent reporting here.
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What’s a suitable way to follow a Genius item headlined “How Often Does Drake Go to the Cheesecake Factory? An Investigation”? If you’re article author Lauren Nostro, joining the site full-time works just fine.
Nostro started this week as music news editor. She was previously managing editor of Complex Music. Her arrival is one of two new post-Memorial Day full-time hires announced today by the site:
Ken Partridge, a music writer and contributor to Billboard, The AV Club, Pitchfork and Nylon, also joins the company as an editor.
Genius also today officially welcomed Billy Disney, who arrived earlier in May as head of video. Disney worked previously for Mic and The Verge, where he was lead director of video for three years. These latest hires bring the total Genius staff to 62, which includes 56 staffers based at the Gowanus, Brooklyn HQ. You know, the place where people like Fabolous (pictured) help celebrate things like a Spotify integration.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Drake Happily Makes Time for Nardwuar
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This is quite fascinating.
During a recent visit to Rome, Greg Kandra, a Roman Catholic deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn, met up at his hotel with Sébastien Baillard, a reporter for French Catholic daily La Croix. Topic #1 was the Jubilee of Mercy; topic #2, at Kandra’s behest, was Pope Francis.
Baillard, who writes for French Catholic daily La Croix, scored a recent exclusive interview with the Pontiff, together with his editor in chief Guillaume Goubert. Kandra was curious about that experience and among the things he learned from the French reporter was:
“As a journalist we always want to be able to predict, to say what is going to happen. With this pope, you have to accept that you don’t know where you’re going and you’re going to be surprised, in a good sense. This pope has always something new to tell us.”
“For example, when he creates cardinals. The cardinals themselves do not know beforehand that their name is going to come out. And so I remember interviewing all the new cardinals at the last consistory, and asking them how they discovered they were cardinals and they said, ‘Well, I heard it on the news or my sister saw it on TV and told me.’ So they’re surprised themselves.”
Pope Francis’ decision to bring Syrian refugees back to Rome was equally surprising to the papal press corps. Baillard says a scant 24 hours notice was given.
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Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Vanity Fair taking on Esquire.
VF’s latest features Queen Elizabeth II with a few corgis, who happen to be among the ugliest dogs around. The super small legs are just weird. The truth hurts, Internet.
Esquire, meanwhile, chose Viggo Mortensen as its cover star. In the accompanying interview, Mortensen took the bold stance that he—a rich, famous white man—only does what he enjoys. Radical.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment or do both.
GQ has named John Ortved senior associate editor and Paul Robertson associate publisher of marketing.
Ortved’s work has been seen in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and more.
Robertson previously worked for InStyle as an associate publisher of marketing.
Diane McFarlin (pictured) graduated from the University of Florida a month after the release of All The President’s Men. By the time she took over as dean of the College of Journalism and Communications in 2013, the media landscape had changed dramatically from those Woodward-Bernstein days. But as an interview with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune proves, she’s been well up to the challenge.
McFarlin was previously the publisher and executive editor of the Herald-Tribune. She began her career at age 15 at the Lake Wales Daily Highlander, covering a youth commission meeting, doing various things that summer and continuing on the following summer after high school graduation:
She was in charge while the publisher and managing editor were traveling when a warrant was issued for the sports editor’s arrest on charges of molesting youth league players. She wrote the story and laid out the paper.
At the University of Florida, McFarlin has added a director of entrepreneurship and partnerships to help funnel graduates into some of the newer storytelling opportunities, which she acknowledges have replaced for the most part the reporter gatekeeper roles of old. McFarlin also, in 2015, created The Agency, a division of the Journalism and Communications program that allows advertising and public relations students to work on ad campaigns with companies like Procter & Gamble.
Read the rest of Anthony Clark’s piece here.
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The New York Times and Mic have added to their business teams. Details are below.Tracy Doyle has joined T Brand Studio—the Times’ branded content arm—as creative director, fashion and luxury. She most recently ran her own creative agency, Tracy Doyle LLC. Doyle previously worked for Interview and Baron & Baron. Sharmi Gandhi has been named Mic’s senior vp of business development. She joins Mic from Vevo, where she was most recently served in the same rolel. Gandhi previously worked for BBC Worldwide.
Forbes has unveiled its second annual America’s Richest Self-Made Women list, with Diane Hendricks—the co-founder of roofing supply company ABC Supply—taking the top spot.
Hendricks is reportedly worth $4.9 billion. That will come as no surprise to anyone who has had their roof replaced.
Oprah Winfrey was the runner-up on Forbes’ list, with a net worth of $3.1 billion. Judy Faulkner ($2.4 billion), Doris Fisher ($2.4 billion) and Johnelle Hunt ($2.3 billion) round out the top five.
Beyoncé, for those wondering, came in at the 57th spot. The singer using fake marital strife to sell records is worth about $265 million.
InStyle has named Sam Broekema accessories director and Elana Zajdman accessories editor.
Broekema most recently served as Harper’s Bazaar’s executive accessories editor. He previously worked for Vanity Fair and Self.
Zajdman previously served as Marie Claire’s accessories editor.
“As we expand print, digital and video content production within our fully integrated accessories department, Sam and Elana will be very strong additions to the team — their impeccable taste and backgrounds are ideally suited to their respective roles,” InStyle’s fashion director Melissa Rubini told WWD.
Elizabeth Spayd is taking over as The New York Times’ public editor early next month. That means she’s had plenty of time to think about which topics she wants to tackle. In a short interview with Politico, Spayd gave her take.
Spayd, who joins from Columbia Journalism Review, said her biggest priority when she takes the reins from Margaret Sullivan is the “Digital transformation at the Times and the myriad challenges it brings up.”
Spayd also joked that she had hired two staffers — “a food taster and a body guard,” noting that “I never figured this job as a friend maker.”
We like this attitude. It will be needed when Spayd starts criticizing the nation’s best newspaper from inside the paper itself.
A few Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Yahoo, CNET and Meredith. Details are below.Dana Oliver has been named Yahoo Beauty’s beauty director. She joins Yahoo from The Huffington Post, where she was most recently executive fashion and beauty editor. Joan Solsman has joined CNET as a senior media reporter. She previously worked for The Wrap, Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal. Marla Newman has been named Meredith Digital’s vp of sales. She most recently served as global head of agency development at AOL and Microsoft.
In 2014, the cover of the June 23 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek looked like this:
This morning, a similar and equally powerful cover design was unveiled for the June 6, 2016 issue:
Both covers were conceived and designed by creative director Robert Vargas. A rep for the magazine tells us that in each case, Vargas felt that the compelling nature of the quotes erased the need for images or illustrations. “Quotes from the story drove his creative decisions. They really imparted the story all by themselves.”
The 2014 cover story, titled “How General Motors Silenced a Whistle-Blower” and reported by Tim Higgins and Nick Summers, won a 2015 New York Press Club Award for Business Reporting in the Magazine division. Stay tuned for perhaps some similar glory next year for “Sixty Million Car Bombs: Inside Takata’s Air Bag Crisis,” by Susan Berfield, Craig Trudell, Margaret Cronin Fisk and Jeff Plungis.
From 1999 to 2007, Tricia Romano reported about underground New York culture in her Village Voice column “Fly Life” and was also, for a period during that time, an editor at the Voice as well. One of the writers she edited, Dan Savage, was for most of that same span the editor in chief of Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger.
Now, all these years later, Romano will take over the same EIC position, with Savage serving as the publication’s editorial director. From the announcement:
“Working for The Stranger is a dream job and will be a homecoming for me, as the paper gave me my first paid story assignment when I was just starting out,” said Romano. “I look forward to furthering The Stranger’s vaunted tradition of calling it like it is and building on the powerful prose and distinctive voice that has made it a Pulitzer Prize–winning publication.”
Added Savage: “Tricia is tough, she’s smart, and she gets this city. I’ve admired Tricia for years, and I’m really glad that the stars have finally aligned and we were able to partner with her.”
Romano moved back to the Seattle area in 2011 and was most recently a lifestyles features reporter for the Seattle Times. She has written for a wide variety of other publications as a freelancer, including Radar magazine, for which she once profiled ‘the world’s best little-person Britney Spears impersonator.’ Romano starts June 29.
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