The Daily Dot has added Gaby Darbyshire to its board of directors. Darbyshire previously served as a co-founder and COO of Gawker Media.
Darbyshire currently serves as principal of Framestore Ventures. She joins Daily Dot founder Nicholas White and Sandusky Newspapers CEO David Rau on the Daily Dot’s board.
“Gaby’s experience running one of the original, iconic sites that established digital publishing in the Web 2.0 era makes her an ideal advisor for the Daily Dot,” said White, in an announcement. “She built an exciting brand in a challenging industry by being equal parts innovative and disciplined, and that makes her a perfect strategic fit.”
Today, we can all enjoy the SI Films featurette The World of Messi, a 12-minute profile of one of the world’s two best soccer players. Tomorrow comes the accompanying Sports Illustrated cover story, for which the FC Barcelona star was photographed by Yu Tsai.
There are many riveting revelations contained in the video. Among them, the Barcelona star’s sideline plans when he comes to the U.S. in June to play in the Copa América:
“In Argentina’s opening game, we meet Chile on June 6 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif… Soccer will be the main focus while I’m in the Bay Area, naturally, but part of me is also hoping to meet Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Seeing him play is magical…”
“Our small sizes, and even our playing styles, are similar… If you watch Curry play—or, just as revealing, warm up before the game—you notice his relationship with the ball. It’s like his body and mind are always on the same wavelength with el balón. I try to have that connection in my sport too.”
Messi met with Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl in Barcelona for the cover story. The magazine also spoke to key figures in the player’s life, including former agent Josep Maria Minguella and previous FC Barcelona manager Carles Rexach.
Penske Media Corporation (PMC), publisher of Variety, WWD, Deadline and more, has named George Grobar chief operating officer. Grobar previously served as executive vp.
“Over the last decade, George has been one of the single greatest contributors to PMC’s success and relentless growth,” said PMC chairman and CEO Jay Penske, in a statement. “His knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly continue to be instrumental as we continue to scale the business globally.”
Grobar has been with PMC since 2009.
Bloomberg Media has named Ambika Nigam and Claisian Phillips global head of mobile applications and global head of audience growth and strategy, respectively.
Nigam most recently worked for Ideo as senior business design lead. She previously worked for Ogilvy & Mather and OppenheimerFunds.
“We’re currently focused on growing and refining our digital portfolio in the goal of becoming the number one global business and finance media organization, and Ambika and Claisian will have an important impact on our evolution, specifically in regards to OTT, mobile and audience growth strategies,” said Bloomberg Media head of digital Scott Havens, in a statement.
People is coming to your TV. The Time Inc. publication has partnered with ABC News to launch People’s List, a limited-run series covering the biggest pop culture and human interest stories.
People’s List premieres June 11 at 8 ET on ABC. The hour-long show is hosted by Jerry O’Connell (Kangaroo Jack can only carry a man so far) and Suchin Pak.
In addition to covering the five big pop culture stories of the moment, the show will include content from People’s features, including PeopleStyle, Scoop and The Jess Cagle Interview.
Cagle—editorial director of People and EW—and Rich Battista—executive vp of Time Inc. and president of its entertainment and sports group and video—will serve as executive producers for People’s List.
Cindy Jeffers, CEO and CTO of Salon since 2012, is departing the site. She is being replaced by former NBC veteran Jordan Hoffner.
Jeffers joined Salon from The Huffington Post, where she served as technical director.
“We thank Cindy for her many years of service and contributions, and wish her well in her future endeavors,” a Salon spokesperson told Politico.
Vice Media has promoted Ciel Hunter to head of content. She most recently served as executive creative director. Hunter has been with Vice for 11 years.
“She is a perfect example of what makes us unique,” said Vice CEO and founder Shane Smith, in a statement. “Starting as an intern then climbing up the ladder as the company grew. Being on the cutting edge of content and partnerships as we re-shaped the landscape with Creators Project. At the pointy edge of the spear where tech and content collide and with an unerring nose for quality.”
Hunter succeeds Alex Miller, who is headed to Vice’s London office to take on the role of creative director, Viceland EMEA.
From Milan, Italy, illustrator Marco Venturi has depicted Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s current challenges as a station on the crosscurrents of digital media. It’s the cover of this week’s issue of Variety, and the imagery is striking.
When Mayer gave her first post-Yahoo interview in the fall of 2012, she cited Vince Lombardi’s ethos of “God, family and the Green Back Packers.” And then famously added: “I think that for me, it’s God, family and Yahoo — in that order.” (Mayer is a Lutheran Christian.)
Four years later, that order is no doubt still the same for Mayer, who gave birth to twin girls in December. But as the Variety cover line hints, the third component may soon no longer be an active concern.
Another one of illustrator Venturi’s recent covers made use of a similarly cheeky historical context. In advance of New York digital editor Todd Spangler‘s cover story, there is always this Mayer take from Christianity 21st Century.
Image via: @AWallenstein
An element introduced by the artist in the 1930s, Francis Bacon used a barely visible cubic or elliptic cage around the figures depicted to create his dramatic compositions. The Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms exhibition demonstrates the ongoing development of the motif, which Bacon tested in different ways from its inception.
New York Times international senior video correspondent Adam B. Ellick took on a different assignment this weekend. The result was a rousing and at times genuinely funny Commencement address delivered to the graduating class of his Alma Mater.
At the oustet, Ellick recalled that when it was his turn to graduate in 1999, the Commencement speaker was “the great civil rights activist” Maya Angelou. He paused at the podium and raised his eyebrows, provoked a crescendo of laughter among the audience of 1,332 graduates and invited guests. “It’s a huge honor to be back here today,” he continued, “but I’ve got to say, you’ve really lowered the bar around here.”
Ellick said he was a “lost kid” on that graduation day, unsure about what he should do next. At the time, he wanted to both marry his college girlfriend and travel the world. “She told me to pick one or the other, and let’s just say… I’m still not married.”
And in recalling his first big scoop for student newspaper The Ithacan, a report about college athletes with violent-incident arrests being allowed to continue playing, he noted, “this was before people could hate you on Twitter. So they just hated you in person.” That meant among other things that Ellick could no longer get into any local bars where the bouncers were school athletes.
And when Ellick, a few years into his professional life, pitched himself as a freelance newsman, he adopted the corporate moniker Ellick News Link and bandied about a royal “we.” The approach worked. “I was soon the rare journalist in the world who could say he was threatened by Ithaca College athletes… and the Taliban.”
Mixed in with the jokes were a series of vivid guiding principles. Per an excellent summary by the Ithaca College senior associate director of media relations David Maley, Ellick’s advice includes the idea of showing compassion, even for people you dislike:
“There is real journalistic and personal benefit to listening to people who you abhor. I obviously don’t condone the Taliban, their violence and their reckless murder, but I do regret not including more about their views in my film…You may be thinking, ‘Who cares what the Taliban think? They shoot schoolgirls. They’re evil.’ But opposing views don’t just go away over time. We can’t just zap entire ideologies from Earth, even though we try with drones.”
Ellick, who garnered wide attention for his reporting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, was listened to by a group bearing a most appropriate medallion saying. Each year, Ithaca College mints a different one for graduation day, and this year, it was the following African proverb: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to for far, go together.’
One final, cool footnote. Ellick’s college mentor, Dr. Jill Swenson, who relocated last spring ago to Appleton, Wis., drove from there to Ithaca to be in the audience for Sunday’s Commencement event. She was surely proud of her former student, who revealed that her stern view of deadlines still crops up in his mind every time he has one at The New York Times.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving Popular Science and Men’s Journal. Details are below.Michael Schnaidt has joined Popular Science as deputy design director. Schnaidt previously served as Men’s Health’s senior art director. Clint Carter has joined Men’s Journal as a senior editor, focusing on gear, tech and adventure travel. He previously worked for Men’s Health as a senior associate editor.
In a memo to staff, Bloomberg Businessweek editor Ellen Pollock notes that quite a few Canadians have worked at the publication over the years. Continuing in that tradition is Miranda Purves (pictured).
Purves, a journalist who has amassed some impressive career credits north of the 49th parallel, starts today as features editor. Here’s the full memo:
I’m pleased to announce that Miranda Purves is joining Bloomberg Businessweek today as a features editor. Miranda was most recently the editor in chief of Flare magazine in Toronto, where she oversaw a major redesign of the 37 year-old Canadian fashion media brand.
At Flare, she introduced long-form journalism, running features investigating the impact of diamond mining in northern Canada, leather processing in Bangladesh and the litigation surrounding the Yasmin birth control pill. Previously, she was a senior editor at ELLE and Mademoiselle. So, yes, she probably knows more about fashion than you do. (And I’m hoping she’ll keep her opinions on my wardrobe to herself.)
Miranda began her journalism career at the National Post in Canada and also served as a story coordinator for The Ren and Stimpy Show in the early 90’s! Her freelance writing has appeared in ELLE, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Salon and the ParisReview.com.
For those wondering if she’s Canadian, Miranda has dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship. At some later point we will convene a symposium on why so many Canadians have worked at Businessweek over the years.
Please welcome Miranda.
Nice job by Pollock on the breezy-memo front. She injects the perfect amount of wink here. Other Canucks who have barreled down the Bloomberg Businessweek halls include Sheelah Kolhatkar, Tracy Ma, Lee Wilson, Barry Maggs, Steph Davidson and Diane Brady.
Photo via: flare.com
Ahead of a recent appearance at the inaugural Women’s Conference of Florida, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson spoke with the Tampa Bay Times. The paper’s first question related to the current status of the new media startup Abramson initially planned to devote her time to, post-NYT.
Based on her answer, that enterprise, assuming the startup still moves forward, may have to do so without her or, at best, count on Abramson in a smaller, advisory capacity. Abramson described the enterprise as “stalled:”
“It was going to be the focus of my work, but now I have a full load with teaching at Harvard, which I love doing. I’m teaching two courses each semester next year. I have signed up to write a book about the tumult in our profession and where it’s heading. I write a political column for the Guardian and I’m a new grandma. My daughter is a surgeon married to a surgeon and they live in Boston. During the school year I live with them to be an extra pair of hands and heart. So I’m pretty booked.”
Wow. That’s not just a busy schedule. That’s also a hell of a sitcom. Someone, get on it. The last question posed to Abramson by by Tampa Bay Times staff writer Justin Griffin is about Hillary Clinton. Reading Abramson’s answer, she could just as easily be talking about herself.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Jill Abramson: My Return to Harvard Has Been ‘Heaven’
In today’s The Noise Report, Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch picks up on the recent controversy over the Houston Chronicle failing to massage quotes from Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez. The incident has prompted the paper to review its editorial policies when it comes to remarks made by article subjects whose first language is not English.
Deitsch checked in with some colleagues about how they handle this issue. Among those responding was New York Daily News NBA columnist Frank Isola:
“There was a Knicks player who would often say, ‘with the way with how we played…’ I thought it was right and respectful to edit that. I think it would be mean-spirited not to. There was another player who would say ‘flustrated,’ which I took as a combination of flustered and frustrated. I would print frustrated.”
“There are times when I do believe quoting someone verbatim is proper and impactful. When I read J.A. [Adande]’s [The Undefeated] story, I automatically thought of Micheal Ray Richardson’s ‘The ship be sinking.’ That’s a classic. Plus, I loved the guy as a player. Also, players will use ‘ain’t’ in a lot of their comments. I use it myself in tweets. Most of the times I leave it. It comes across as slang, as opposed to poor grammar. The Knicks have had Italian and Spanish players and a majority of the times I would touch up their comments unless it read better verbatim. Same thing with Latin baseball players…”
Also commenting to Deitsch about this topic: Newsday New York Jets beat writer Kimberley A. Martin, ESPN NFL reporter Mike Reiss, ESPN Deportes reporter Marly Rivera, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Yahoo Sports hockey writer Greg Wyshynski. Rivera’s examples relating to some of the Spanish-language interviews she has conducted with native English speakers are especially interesting.
The Power List includes the top 100 people in tech, media and marketing.
While creating the list, Adweek editors considered “company value, revenue and revenue growth, market performance, consumer reach and affinity, their standing among rivals, the number of employees overseen, key acquisitions and partnerships, industry accolades and media buzz.”
Zuckerberg moved from number three last year to number one this year because he dominated the news cycle like no one else.
Below is the Power List’s top five. Head over to Adweek for the rest of the winners.Mark Zuckerberg Larry Page Tim Cook Robert Iger A.G. Lafley
New York’s pop culture site Vulture has named Jen Chaney a TV columnist. Chaney most recently freelanced for several publications, including Esquire, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate and more.
Chaney previously spent more than a decade with The Washington Post, serving as a movies and entertainment news editor and reporter.
Chaney is also the author of As If, The Complete Oral History of Clueless.