21st Century Fox has named Paul Cheesbrough chief technology officer, a new role at the company. Cheesbrough most recently held the same role for News Corp.
Cheesbrough previously served as chief information officer for News Corp U.K. Prior to his time with News Corp, he worked for the BBC and IBM.
Cheesbrough begins December 1. He’ll report to executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch.
Epicurious has launched a new app that, as its name implies—Epicurious Recipes & Food Videos—places an emphasis on video.
“We believe that the future of recipes is video,” said Eric Gillin, Epicurious’ executive director and head of product for Condé’s Food Innovation Group, in a statement. “When you open Facebook, when you open Instagram, more people are learning to cook and getting inspiration for their next meal from food videos than ever before.”
The app debuts will 90 new recipe videos and 10 new series. There are shopping lists, holiday menus, cooking tips, recipe collections and more. Each day Recipes & Food Videos is updated with new content that Epicurious editor David Tamarkin hopes will make the app a must-have.
“We challenged ourselves to come up with a whole new way to think about food content,” explained Tamarkin. “Our goal is to give the reader what they want, when they need it – from the grocery aisle to the kitchen counter. The new app lets us do that better than ever before.”
Kristin M. Hall, a Tennessee native and Nashville-based entertainment writer for AP, had an interesting item to close out the month. The iconic Grande Ole Opry brand is kicking off far-reaching bricks-and-mortar expansion ambitions with a Time Square outpost.
The venue is scheduled to open around April 2017. From Hall’s item:
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., which owns the Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, on Thursday announced plans to open the Opry City Stage, which will feature retail space, a listening room and private event space, a bar and a restaurant. Colin Reed, chairman and CEO, said Ryman hopes to expand the country music-themed concept to other tourist-heavy cities, but they wanted to start in New York. …
Visitors will be able to watch live performances at the Opry City Stage, or watch Grand Ole Opry performances from Nashville via screens. The Bluebird Cafe, the songwriter venue in Nashville, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International, will also help curate performances in the venue.
By the time of the opening, there should be a few good new country songs a certain New Yorker named Donald Trump.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving TheStreet and Vanity Fair. Details are below.TheStreet has named Jeffrey Davis president of its institutional services business. He most recently worked for Barclays Bank. Bess Levin has joined Vanity Fair’s The Hive. Levin previously served as editor of Dealbreaker.com.
At the outset of what would turn out to be a most distinguished journalism career, Tom Brokaw in Los Angeles covered Ronald Reagan‘s first run for public office. Over the weekend, he was at Rowland Hall, an elementary and secondary school in Salt Lake City, to deliver the 2016 “In Praise of Independent Journalism” lecture sponsored by the McCarthey Family Foundation.
Per a summary report by the Deseret News, he warned that whoever wins next week’s U.S. presidential election will have a lot of national healing to address. The event, free and open to the public, also featured several questions from high school students:
“You’re linked to your generation around the world in a way that other generations were not,” he told one 12th-grade student during a question and answer session.
Asked by another 12th-grader about the most memorable moments his career, Brokaw said the most difficult was 9/11, while the most impactful were the fall of the Soviet Union and China’s rise to power. The most memorable people were those who are not famous, but whose contributions to the world around them are heroic.
The chairman of the McCarthey Family Foundation, Philip G. McCarthey, praised Brokaw at the event for challenging the “uncritical and unequal reporting” that framed many early months. This effort McCarthey said helped spark colleagues and outlets towards better fact-checking.
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Meredith Corporation has named Jennifer Tung executive editor of Martha Stewart Living.
Tung most recently served as editorial director for non-fiction at Ballantine Books, a Random House imprint.
“Jennie’s extensive experience covering everything from food and home to beauty and style makes her an ideal fit for the Martha Stewart Living brand,” said Living editor in chief Elizabeth Graves, in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring Jennie on board.”
Wick Allison, chairman and publisher of Dallas glossy D magazine, launched the publication in 1974 and returned to it in the mid-1990s after a sojourn in New York, where he built up another magazine brand, Art & Antiques. Per his editor Tim Rogers, Allison is very involved in the selection process each month of the print edition cover:
There’s nothing we fret over more each month, as a staff, than the cover of the magazine. It’s the thing that Wick gets the most involved with, sometimes killing designs at the very latest stage of the production cycle. To gather something resembling objective data, we have printed multiple preliminary cover designs and accosted downtown passersby to ask which version they found most appealing.
This month, Rogers asked readers which of the two covers above would entice them most to buy a copy at the newsstand. At press time, the vote is split right down the middle, with the mug shot garnering 51% of the vote and the scalpel, the cover Wick and co. went with, collecting 49%.
The November cover story about Plano spine surgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch follows an October cover heralding the area’s “Best Docs.”
— Matt Goodman (@goodmoine) October 17, 2016
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Michael Golden, The New York Times Company’s vice chairman, is retiring at the end of the year.
While the 67-year-old Golden will step down from his executive management role, he’ll continue as a director and vice chairman of the Times’ board of directors.
Golden was named vice chairman and elected to the Times’ board in 1997. He previously served as president and COO of the Times’ Regional Media Group, publisher of the International Herald Tribune, senior vp of the Times and more.
“Words are inadequate to convey my deep appreciation to Michael for all he has done over his many years in management at The New York Times Company,” said Arthur Sulzberger, the Times’ chairman and publisher, in a statement. “He’s been a true partner to me in leading this institution through multiple periods of monumental change.”
Media outlets are growing tired of sponsored links. The main reason is that in a time when more people than ever doubt the media’s legitimacy, the links can sometimes lead to incorrect or even offensive articles.
Sponsored links are shown below an outlet’s content, typically headlined with something like “Around the Web” or “You Might Also Like.” For an example, just look below this article. Adweek’s sponsored links are all under that “More From The Web” headline.
The problem is that often the links take readers to questionable sites that are essentially just more ads or contain incorrect information. Sometimes sponsored links are just downright unethical, like a link about Hollywood stars’ bikini bodies shown below an article on eating disorders.
While some outlets still use the links, Slate and The New Yorker have abandoned them. Keith Hernandez, Slate’s president, told the New York Times the ads are “built on a premise for publishers to maximize revenue — it’s not built on a premise of finding the next great things for your readers to do.”
“When you’re looking at things from that prism and you’re not maniacally obsessed with monetizing every single pixel, Outbrain [a sponsored link company] is very obviously not fitting into your equation anymore,” continued Hernandez. “If your readers’ trust and loyalty is No. 1 as the thing you care about most, you can’t have that on your page.”
The cover of New York’s Election issue, which is out today, pulls no punches. There’s Donald Trump, with just one of of the many ways you could describe him (see also: racist, moron, misogynist, sexual predator) plastered across his face.
Yet the bluntness of “Loser” isn’t as simple as it seems. Here’s what New York editor Adam Moss had to say about this great cover:[There are] three ways in which it could be interpreted: as Trump speaking (single word epithets being his specialty); as a description of Trump; and as a call on the election result. On this latter point, who knows – and we confess to being a little rattled when the [James] Comey letter news broke just as were shipping it. But in the end we felt that the power of Kruger’s image transcended any one meaning you could read into it. The issue analyzes many aspects of Trump’s extraordinary candidacy, and an important point is spelled out in the headline we appended to the bottom corner: Trump has already changed America, not much for the better. Which adds a fourth meaning: in that sense we are all losers too.
NPR has named Neal Carruth general manager of podcasts, a new role at the company.
Carruth has been with NPR since 2000. He served as supervising senior editor, business desk, since 2012.
In his new role, Carruth will oversee all of NPR’s podcasts, including Planet Money, Pop Culture Happy Hour and more.
“He will support the teams working on those shows, strengthen connections between our podcast portfolio and the newsroom and member stations, and support innovation and new program development across NPR as a key member of the newly expanded NPR Story Lab,” wrote Anya Grundmann, vp for programming and audience development and Chris Turpin, vp of news programming and operations, in a memo obtained by Poynter.
The Financial Times is the latest newspaper to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. In an editorial, the FT first blasted Donald Trump before turning to its thoughts on Clinton.
“Mr. Trump has demonstrated contempt towards American democracy itself,” explained the FT. “He has persistently raised the prospect of a rigged election and declined, even when pressed, to guarantee he would accept the result. He has threatened to jail Mrs. Clinton. Such arrogance is unprecedented and it points to a fatal flaw in his character. The first role of the president is to be commander-in-chief, in charge of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal. Mr. Trump has a thin skin and a questionable temperament. For all his many years as a reality TV host, he is simply not ready for prime time.”
Hey, love that TV joke!
The FT then went on to endorse Clinton, albeit almost begrudgingly.
“Mrs. Clinton carries enough baggage to fill a Boeing 747,” wrote the FT. “She is not trusted by the majority of voters… Despite her faults, Mrs Clinton is eminently qualified to be the first woman elected to the White House. She has the Financial Times’ endorsement.”
Yikes. We wonder if the FT knows it didn’t have to endorse Clinton?
For the past 42 years, Liz Pressman, currently an archivist with the New York Post, has adhered to the principles of the Wiccan religion. It makes sense that on the weekend preceding Halloween, she would bodly reveal and seriously address that aspect of her life, via a first-person essay put together with the help of colleague Jane Ridley.
The piece, crowned by a striking portrait and the headline “What’s It Like Being a Witch in New York City” (without the question mark), starts off with Pressman recalling how her personal beliefs cost her an investment banking job in the late 1990s. She later circles back to how it all began:
Young and rebellious, I was just 16 when I was initiated into Wicca by some friends. The daughter of a Jewish father (my dad is the journalist Gabe Pressman) and a Catholic mother, I’d long been considered “different” in my hometown of Yonkers. Like the boy in The Sixth Sense, I talked to dead people–including my late grandparents. But, unlike that child, I was never scared. The spirits that appear to me are beautiful, shimmery beings offering advice and reassurance.
My initiation ceremony took place in a Berkshires forest in June 1975 when a coven of young witches “cast circle”–creating a safe place between the natural and the spirit worlds–by kissing each other on the lips. Completely naked, I felt at one with the gods and goddesses in the Wiccan tradition.
Pressman reached the highest level of Wicca, high priestess, ten years ago. For more info on her dad, who started out as a TV reporter in the 1950s and is now in his early nineties, check out this wonderful 2015 Wall Street Journal profile.