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RD Recap: Lee Glendinning Named Editor of Guardian US; Layoffs at Dow Jones

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 23:08

Revolving DoorThe Guardian installs Lee Glendinning as editor of Guardian US. She had been deputy editor there. “Lee was an integral part of the success of Guardian Australia from the beginning, and has had a similarly dramatic impact on Guardian US, bringing excellent news judgment, digital flair and personal tenacity as well as strong management skills,” Guardian editor in chief Katharine Viner, who had been Glendinning’s direct boss in America, said in an announcement. The move comes on the first official day of Viner’s new role. She took over for Alan Rusbridger, who left after two decades at the top of the paper. Expect more changes in the near future…

David Freedlander leaves The Daily Beast after two and a half years as senior political correspondent… Albert Cheng moves to Amazon, where he’ll be COO of Amazon Studios. He previously served as chief digital executive at ABC… CNN hires former Obama senior adviser for communications and strategy Dan Pfeiffer as contributor. He’s a replacement for former Obama aide Jay Carney, who left the network just six months after he joined… Dow Jones parts ways with more than 40 staffers, bringing the 2015 total up to over 90 people that were represented by the Independent Association of Young Publishers’ Employees. A company spokesperson says 126 members of the IAPE have been hired or transferred into the operation… Read More

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Media Minutiae

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 23:00

TVNewser: Christiane Amanpour thinks ISIS will be defeated before Brian Williams becomes an anchor again. Sorry, Brian.

AgencySpy: Important reminder — Yoplait is from France.

PRNewser: Google+ is finally good, according to Google.

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British GQ July Issue Just Keeps on Ticking

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 22:45

BritishGQJuly2015CoverThe issue arrives on newsstands and digital platforms Thursday. And in what amounts so far to one of the best lead-up campaigns that we’ve recently seen, the UK edition has whetted appetites with Vince and Lionel.

As you no doubt read somewhere Monday, Vince Vaughn made headlines with his excerpted thoughts on guns in the classroom. Today, it’s Lionel Richie‘s turn, ahead of headliner appearances at a pair of British music festivals:

While he doesn’t pretend that he now lives like a monk, Richie insists that this period [of on-the-road promiscuity] came to a fairly swift end:

“It wasn’t the sex and it wasn’t the drugs. It was… babies. Holy shit! The first time you get that phone call when someone says… ‘Hey, guess what?’ That’s called fear, shock and awe. That’s when I realized the gun was loaded, you know what I’m saying?…

You start hearing stories from guys in other bands of, ‘I went to Philadelphia to meet my kid,’ ‘I went to New York to meet my kid.’ That puts the fear into the heart of any 19 or 20-year-old. A lot of guys didn’t care. But fortunately enough, The Commodores had a different standard there. We had some basic ground rules. As much as I would love to think we were dangerous we weren’t as dangerous as the dangerous guys. We were Ivy League funksters as opposed to the hard core.”

There’s one more day left before June 4, and one more feature that is probably ripe for celeb teasing as well. That would be the one titled “Livin’ Like Leo! In Defense of the Ultimate Modelizer.”
[Cover image courtesy:]

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Here’s How You Can Impress Editors at

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 20:46

When pitching to, it helps to know that the site’s audience isn’t coming for just any content. Readers are there for advice, ideas, inspiration–everything someone who is starting a new business needs to know to ensure the business will be a success.’s audience puts a lot of trust in what the site puts out, so editors have to be careful when choosing its writers.  When you pitch to, you should be selling yourself more than one particular pitch.

Ultimately, the best way for writers to break into’s coveted stable is by pitching themselves. “We like to find good, smart writers who we know we can turn to for more than just a one-off,” [managing editor Jason Fell] explains. “If you think you have what it takes to write for us on the regular, give our online masthead a look and email the most appropriate editor. Tell him or her who you are and what your topic specialty is and include a couple of writing samples, as well as two or three sample story pitches.” In that case, Fell adds, the pitches “can give us a sense of your grasp on the topic and your knack for angles.”

For more, read: How To Pitch:

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Dutch Artist, Festival Tussle Over Giant Rubber Duck

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 19:40

HomepageDuckIt’s early in the week, but Philadelphia magazine senior writer Victor Fiorillo may have us all already beat when it comes to this frame’s wildest email subject line. A message he received Monday was titled: ‘Unauthorized rubber duck project in Philadelphia.’

The email was from Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. As Fiorillo explains, Hofman claims that after not being paid for use of his giant rubber duck artwork on the west coast, the same Tall Ships Festival is planning to use the prop again in Philadelphia at the end of June. The reporter spoke to both Hofman and an organizer of the Tall Ships events:

[Tall Ships Philadelphia producer Craig] Samborski claims that Hofman was paid for Tall Ships LA – he thinks it was $50,000 – but admits that Hofman may not have received his final payment. But, more importantly, Samborski says that the duck used in the Los Angeles event and now in Philadelphia isn’t even Hofman’s duck.

“It’s not his duck,” Samborski insists. “It’s just another large inflatable duck.”

Samborski claims the festival was forced to go a different route after Hofman delivered sketches rather than the requested engineering blueprints. And thanks to Fiorillo, the event organizer says he was going to make sure a credit for the LA duck to Hofman is removed from the official event website.

There’s also this legal opinion in the article from intellectual property expert Jordan LaVine:

“He [Hofman] is essentially claiming a copyright in large rubber ducks,” observes LaVine, whose clients include The New York Times, Martha Stewart and… “This just looks like a standard rubber ducky.”

[Photo via:]

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Jay Z, Bill Cosby and ‘The Establishment Negro’

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 18:20

ShutterstockJayZGreatGatsbyJames Strong has been a journalist for more than two decades and has been writing his syndicated weekly column “Strong Points” for the past five.

Strong points, indeed. Here is an excerpt from this week’s column by the Maryland-based writer, reprinted here with the author’s permission:

Jay Z needs to stop shuckin’ and jivin’. His plane descended into a storm and crashed. He is now a member of the establishment. But that’s not always bad. He should imitate the best qualities of those establishment blacks who love their people and carry a genuine concern for the future of the black community. He should follow the example of Bill Cosby — minus the rape, of course – and not exploit black America as if she were dandruff to be marketed as grains of gold.

Even during those years when he raped mostly white women, Cosby gave millions to black colleges, participated in civil rights marches and encouraged black kids to live a decent, honorable, hard-working life as eminently as an emerald.Thus, Jay Z should avoid those qualities the establishment negro, the opposite of the establishment black, is often praised for: Selfishness, deception, untrustworthiness, snitching, hypocrisy, greed and materialism.

Strong tells FishbowlNY that another recent column, which appears in various black newspapers, caught the attention of Venezuelan broadcaster TeleSUR. As a result, Strong is now a writer and consultant on a documentary the network is planning about the Baltimore riots. The film will have a crowd-funding campaign and be officially launched via a streamed event June 13.

“The documentary is going to present the street person’s view, rather than that of the journalists or pundits,” Strong explains. “We’ve got some good footage from the riots and also are in touch with a person connected to a Chinese tour group that was here at the time, to be able to use photos and video from their visit.”

By the way, there’s an interesting culinary aspect to Strong’s upcoming documentary kickoff event. A Baltimore vegetarian cook will be squaring off against a D.C. non-vegetarian cook.
[Photo of Jay Z at May 2013 New York premiere of The Great Gatsby: JStone/]

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Madhulika Sikka Joins Mic

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 18:04

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 12.01.01 PMMadhulika Sikka, NPR News’ executive editor, is leaving to join Mic, a site aimed at millennials. Sikka will serve as Mic’s executive editor.

Sikka had been with NPR since 2006; serving as executive editor since 2013.

Prior to working at NPR, Sikka worked for ABC News, World Monitor Television, CBS News, and NBC News.

Sikka has won a variety of awards, including four Emmys, two duPont awards, a Barone award and two Peabodys.

“It’s an interesting time to go to an organization like Mic,” Sikka told The New York Times. “What greater challenge can there be than to grow the next great news audience, which is the millennial audience?”

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New York’s The Cut Loses Another Staffer

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:47

The Cut, New York mag’s women’s vertical, has lost another staffer. According to WWD, senior editor Isabel Wilkinson is leaving to join T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Wilkinson had been with The Cut since 2013. She previously served as Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s fashion and arts editor.

Stella Bugbee, The Cut’s editorial director, now has at least three open slots — the space vacated by Wilkinson’s departure, as well as one for associate editor and one for deputy editor.

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News Corp CEO Criticizes BuzzFeed for ‘Trash Traffic’

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:04

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson wants advertisers to know that his company is good, other companies are bad. Let’s ignore the fact that News Corp was connected to hacking phones for a moment, and enjoy Thomson’s rants.

“A lot of advertisers are a little confused about where they should be advertising,” said Thomson, at London media conference. “If you look at a lot of so-called contemporary content sites, you know who they are, I don’t have to name and shame them—like BuzzFeed for instance—the amount of trash traffic on those sites is significant.” Love the “I’m not going to name names,” followed by an exact name.

Thomson then added that it is “easy to come up with a website that I guarantee you would hit a million hits within four weeks. We could have photos of cats, we could complement that with some photos of dogs, and silly little headlines which we’ve scraped from other sites, we could do that. It’s not difficult, even I could do it.” Wouldn’t you love to seem him try?

Before his talk was over, Thomson managed to squeeze in a dig at The New York Times, because that is what you do if you are a News Corp exec. “Unlike certain newspapers in other companies, we are not going to cut down to the bone and beyond,” said Thomson.

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Linked: Best Minor League Baseball Logo

Brand new - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 15:45
And the winner of the Baseball America's Logomania competition to determine the best logo by Brandiose in Minor League Baseball is…... Armin
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Never Mind the Lofty Journalism Aspirations

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 15:40

YourBandSucks_CoverThe reviews for Your Band Sucks, Jon Fine‘s look back as his days as a guitarist with punk rock band Bitch Magnet, have been solid. Ahead of a one-week book tour starting this weekend, the Inc. executive editor chatted with The Observer’s Matthew Kassel.

At the end of the Q&A, there is this exchange:

Do you think there’s something about having been in a punk band—having absorbed that kind of anti-establishment spirit—that lends itself to becoming a journalist?

Well, I mean, journalists have to be comfortable asking people questions they probably don’t want to hear, pursuing stories they don’t want you to pursue, hearing from people after you write about them. I’m not at a breaking news place anymore, but the definition of news is something that someone doesn’t want someone else to know, basically, so you need to come at it with a certain level of aggression and a certain level of assurance. You have to understand that you’re basically going to be despised. It’s good practice to be in an unpopular band before becoming a journalist, because journalism isn’t a popular profession with the human race.

In many ways, Fine is saying to the J-school crowd and beyond: Your Career Choice Sucks. And in so doing, echoing that wonky annual Career Cast ranking.

Thanks to the punk analogy, we’ve been busy this morning humming modified old school choruses like \"God Save the Newsroom\" and \"Anarchy in the TK.\" Fine’s Twitter feed is fun to follow right now, as he is linking to various interviews and tidbits connected to his forthcoming tour.
[Jack cover courtesy: Viking Press]

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Noted: New Name and Logo for Les Republicains

Brand new - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 15:39
(Est. 2015) "The Republicans (French: Les Républicains; LR) is a centre-right political party in France, and is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the country along with its centre-left rival the Socialist Party (PS). The Republicans was formed on 30 May 2015... Armin
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Jenny Anderson Departs NY Times for Quartz

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 15:26

JWApicsmallQuartz has hired Jenny Anderson as a reporter in its London bureau. Anderson most recently served as a finance reporter in London for The New York Times.

Anderson had been with the Times for more than a decade. She previously worked for The New York Post as a Wall Street reporter.

“At Quartz, Jenny’s mandate will be to write creative, smart pieces around topics such as education, global tax dodging, parenting, marriage, aging, women’s issues, health, fitness, and the conspiracy of central bankers,” wrote the site’s editor-in-chief, Kevin Delaney, in a memo.

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Kim Kardashian West Covers Glamour

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 15:15

July Cover

Kim Kardashian West, who recently announced that she was pregnant, is Glamour’s latest cover star. The 34-year-old uh, actress (?) opened up to the magazine about her struggles to get pregnant, and why she decided to air them on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

“I didn’t know that I was going to be so open with [my fertility challenges],” said Kardashian West. “But meeting people at my fertility doctor’s office who are going through the same things I’m going through, I thought, Why not share my story? It’s been really emotional.” And good for ratings!

The July issue of Glamour hits newsstands June 16.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

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(Images: Newseum)

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Reviewed: New Logo for IHOP by Studio Tilt

Brand new - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 13:08
Established in 1958 with the opening of its first location in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, IHOP (International House of Pancakes) is a chain of family dining restaurants serving all meals from breakfast to dinner. As of March, 2015, there are 1,650... Armin
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NYT Correspondent Exits Delhi’s Dark Cloud

Unbeige - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 02:10

After a three-year stint in South Asia, Gardiner Harris is this week relocating from India to Washington D.C. As he explained to NYT readers over the weekend, it was a matter of his family’s well-being:

My wife and I were both excited and prepared for difficulties — insistent beggars, endemic dengue and summertime temperatures that reach 120 degrees. But we had little inkling just how dangerous this city would be for our boys.

We gradually learned that Delhi’s true menace came from its air, water, food and flies. These perils sicken, disable and kill millions in India annually, making for one of the worst public health disasters in the world. Delhi, we discovered, is quietly suffering from a dire pediatric respiratory crisis, with a recent study showing that nearly half of the city’s 4.4 million schoolchildren have irreversible lung damage from the poisonous air.

Harris leads with a harrowing, middle-of-the-night anecdote and goes on to note that Delhi’s air quality is far worse than Beijing’s. He also writes that so many American families are choosing to exit the Indian city these days that it is severely affecting the enrollment rolls of the American Embassy School.

Reacting on the website First Post, Sandipan Sharma completely understands:

Living in the Indian capital, as many others will tell you, is a punishment best avoided. If you have the option, if you can find employment and happiness in some other city, if you love your children more than the job, stay away from Delhi.

Just as Harris’ wife sobbed for hours on a return flight to India some years ago, she no doubt was elated this spring heading in the opposite, permanent direction. Read the full article here.

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Selle Royal Taps Illustrators for Children's Day Celebration Bicycle Seats - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

The idea behind Project UP is to enlist the talents of designers and illustrators to create a very limited number of themed bicyle seats, as part of a non-profit initiative to bring attention to such societal issues as equality, environmental responsibility, obesity and poverty.

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Media Minutiae

Unbeige - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 23:00

TVNewser: Ted Turner and his amazing mustache return to CNN.

FishbowlDC: Speaking of CNN, Dan Pfeiffer, a former Obama aide, has been hired by the network.

GalleyCat: There will be a new book in the 50 Shades of Grey series for you to make fun of.

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Columbia, NYU Profs Set to ‘Raise the Bar’

Unbeige - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 22:45

There will be two rounds of *free* talks tomorrow night across New York City. The first starts at 6:30 p.m., the second at 8:30 p.m.

The range of topics to be addressed by Columbia and NYU professors in various neighborhood bars and cafes, as part of worldwide initiative “Raising the Bar,” is staggering. The mostly at-capacity talks include:

JOURNALISM INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES: REAL TALK FOR REAL PEOPLE: Journalists are trained to nose around in other people’s business. Even strangers will tell them deeply personal secrets. Of course, the very best journalists can conduct interviews without asking a single question. Their secret: The fine art of strategic, intuitive conversation. Learn the five interviewing principles that will change how you communicate in any setting — from romance, to office politics and beyond. [Speaker: Betty Ming Liu]

WHAT IF THE KNICKS AND NETS WERE RUN BY ROBOTS?: What if a robot helped run your favorite NBA team? Introducing the Automated General Manager, a computer program that does a better job than humans at drafting basketball prospects, trading for other players and draft picks, and signing free agents. Over the past ten years, the automated GM would have saved the average team hundreds of millions of dollars through substantially better on-court performance. It works by using an innovative machine learning technique that does not rely on hindsight, and applies it to a broad and deep historical database of player performance. Plus, all of the interactive tools, systems, and reports are available for free on Computers are already better than humans at Jeopardy! and chess. Now they are also better at building successful basketball teams. How many games is your team losing unnecessarily? Find out the true cost of ignoring modern sports analytics. [Philip Maymin]

NEW YORK SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY DROPOUT: Photographer Thomas Roma will speak about what it was like being a photographer when it was still something special. [Thomas Roma]

NYC POLITICS AND POLICY IN THE AGE OF DE BLASIO: Bill de Blasio began his mayoralty vowing to \"put an end to economic and social inequalities.\" It’s the pledge that, probably more than any other, helped get him elected. How has he done so far in keeping his promise? What policies might be most effective in reducing inequality in the city? Can any mayor really change the distribution of income in their city? [Ruth Fuchs]

Columbia adjunct professor of international and public affairs Irene E. Finel-Honigman might win for best speech title. Hers is called JAMES BOND, GREEK OLIVES AND INTERNATIONAL BANKING. All about those guys who are licensed to apply service fees.

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