Peter Goodman, who departed IBT Media last week, has landed back at The New York Times. Goodman will serve as a London-based economics correspondent.
Goodman previously worked for the Times as a national economics correspondent from 2007 to 2010. He left the Times to join HuffPost as its business editor.
Goodman joined IBT Media as editor of The International Business Times in 2014.
“Peter’s posting in London signals our continued commitment to global business and economics coverage of the highest standard,” wrote Times business editor Dean Murphy, in a memo.
After exiting the paper last fall, Little starts this weekend as the new morning-line oddsmaker and track handicapper at New Jersey’s Meadowlands race track. From the announcement:
“I enjoyed my many years in the newspaper industry, but was looking for a change,” said Little. “To get the chance to work at the Meadowlands, and take on the challenge that comes with morning-line odds making, is something I am looking forward to.”
Noted Meadowlands CEO and GM Jason M. Settlemoir: “Adding a talent at the Meadowlands the likes of Dave Little is a huge benefit. “Dave has been around harness racing forever and adding his level of expertise will only enhance our already strong racing product.”
Little’s years with the Daily News date all the way back to the 1990s. Here’s how he set the scene in a Jan. 20, 1995 column titled “Milestone for Moiseyev:”
Everything looked routine Jack Moiseyev guiding a 3-5 shot to a safe win in a race at the Meadowlands. But when he guided For the Children to a decisive score during Wednesday night’s third leg of the Trendsetter Series, Moiseyev had accomplished something special. He became the eighth driver in the history of the sport to reach the 6,000-win plateau. What made his feat even more impressive was that he is the second youngest of the eight to reach the milestone. Moiseyev is 34. Walter Case Jr. was 31 when he did it. “My grandfather Max is 93 years old,” Moiseyev said, “and has been an owner for a long time. My dad is around 60 and still training. He had a big stable at Freehold in the late ’70s and I drove for the first time when I was 17. I then drove regularly when I was 19 or 20.”
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In 2010, famed magazine editor Terry McDonell shared a collection of poems written in the 1970s. The 64-page book, titled Wyoming: The Lost Poems, came with a posthumous endorsement from Hunter S. Thompson.
This summer, it will be time for more tales involving that dynamic duo, thanks to a McDonell memoir. Keith J. Kelly has some fun details about how Knopf beat out several other potential suitors to acquire the rights to the Aug. 2 release. Here’s the synopsis:
Over the last four decades, McDonell has been at the helm of some of the most influential beacons of American journalism: from his early days at Outside through tenures at Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and, most recently, as co-founder of LitHub. Now he tells us what really happens between editors and writers – behind the scenes and between the lines – with deadlines ticking.
Here are intimate portraits of the most important (and most eccentric) journalists, novelists and media personalities: from Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton to Richard Ford and James Salter; from David Carr and Steve Jobs to Jimmy Buffett and one remarkable Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. And here is an insider’s unimpeachable advice on how to get, and keep, the best writers; what makes a great lede and headline; how to style a cover that flies off newsstands (whether or not there’s a celebrity on it); how to build the online traffic that translates into dollars; and how – in whatever format – a good editor really works.
The memoir deal for McDonell, 71, was brokered by ICM’s Amanda “Binky” Urban, 69. The author established his own consultancy after exiting Time Inc. in 2012.
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Drawn from TASCHEN’s limited Collector’s Edition, this monograph explores each of Ai’s career phases up until his release from Chinese custody. It features extensive visual material to trace Ai’s development from his early New York days right through to his recent practice.
Richard Beckman quits Vice Media after less than a year on the job. The former Condé Nast executive, who was publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair and CEO of Fairchild Publications, came on board as CRO last May with a great deal of fanfare and had success helping launch Viceland, but wants to move on. “It’s been a remarkable year, but my entrepreneurial skills beckoned, and I wanted the opportunity to focus on all my skills running something rather than just my sales and marketing skills,” Beckman told the New York Post. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, Vice co-founder Shane Smith replaces the dealmaker…
The Guardian recruits Jill Abramson as political columnist. The former executive editor of The New York Times will write a piece every two weeks. “For over 40 years, Jill has been a trailblazer for women in journalism, and brings an unparalleled knowledge of the relationship between politics and the media in the U.S.,” Guardian US editor Lee Glendinning said in a statement. “We’re delighted to add her experience, depth and gravitas to our distinct take on this fascinating election.”… The Ringer hires two more staffers, grabbing Kevin Clark from The Wall Street Journal and Complex’s Justin Charity. They’ll be staff writers, covering football and culture, respectively… Jennifer Jacobs moves to Bloomberg Politics, where she’ll be senior reporter on the 2016 campaign trail. She had been chief politics reporter at The Des Moines Register…
It started with the 2003 book Roy Orbison: Invention of an Alternative Rock Masculinity. Post-publication, author Peter Lehman was contacted by British documentary filmmaker Jeremy Marre, who eventually used the book as a guide for his December 2015 BBC-TV documentary Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones.
Tomorrow night, at Arizona State University, the documentary will have its U.S. premiere, with a Q&A to follow featuring Marre and Lehman, director of the school’s Center for Film, Media and Pop Culture. From a report by student Marshall Terrill for ASU Now:
Lehman was impressed with Marre’s vision and knowledge of material; he had also directed documentaries on such famous musicians as Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Otis Redding.
“The conversation showed me Jeremy was taking the subject matter very seriously in not repeating the same cliches that are often associated with music documentaries,” said Lehman, who is also a professor of film and media studies in the Department of English.
“He was going to come to Arizona and interview me [for the documentary], but ironically I was going to be in Italy for a silent-film festival that week. He asked me if I could stop in London on the way back, so I made some arrangements and it worked out perfectly.”
Similarly, the March 30 premiere is an offshoot of a trip by Marre to the U.S. planned primarily for other reasons. In the ASU Now piece, there’s lots more info about Orbison’s career as well as the added bonus of some song analysis by the school’s senior music lecturer Mike Shellans (also embedded below).
Ashley Graham is having a pretty damn good year. Just one month after landing a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover, the 28-year-old model is featured on the April edition of Maxim.
In the accompanying interview, Graham—who has been modeling for more than a decade—discussed how she wanted to take advantage of her moment in the spotlight.
“I know these celebrity entrepreneurs are just people,” said Graham. “They’ve just been given the right opportunities and have soared with them. And that’s what I’m trying to do.”
On March 6, the last member of the cast still living, Kathryn Popper, passed away at the age of 100. She was Welles’ personal assistant and appeared briefly towards the end of the film as a photographer.
And next month, a new book by Harlan Lebo, Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker’s Journey, will arrive in bookstores April 26. The author’s research confirms that William Randolph Hearst and senior Hearst executives were aware and involved in attempts to publicly discredit Welles at the time of the film’s production and release. In a piece this week in The Guardian, Lebo provides a colorful reminder of the grimy ways of the era’s tabloid press:
On a lecture tour before Citizen Kane’s release, Welles was warned by a police investigator: “Don’t go back to your hotel. They’ve got a 14-year-old girl in the closet and two photographers waiting for you to come in.” But the director at the time blamed a “hatchet man” from a local Hearst paper.
Indeed, one of the most interesting revelations in Lebo’s book is the idea that Welles believed at the time that Hearst was not connected to the smear campaign. The author also hints in The Guardian interview that there are more stories to be mined from the Welles archives at Indiana University.
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Atlantic Media has named the finalists for its annual Michael Kelly Award. The Kelly Award honors Michael Kelly, a former editor of The Atlantic and National Journal, who died while covering the Iraq war in 2003.
The following finalists were chosen because, according to Atlantic Media, they mirror the “courage, determination, and passion exemplified by Kelly.”Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Esther Htusan of the Associated Press for “Seafood from Slaves.” Alissa Rubin of The New York Times for her reporting on the treatment of women in Afghanistan. Ian Urbina of The New York Times for “The Outlaw Ocean.” James Verini of The Atavist Magazine for “The Doctor.”
The finalists—and the winner of the $25,000 first prize—will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 17.
Consumer Reports and its union have partnered to offer buyouts to veteran staffers. The news came via a memo from CEO Marta Tellado.
In the note, which was obtained by Talking Biz News, Tellado said a contract extension with CR’s union had been reached, but buyouts were being offered “In order to provide many of our long-serving employees with the opportunity to make a meaningful choice about their future.”
The voluntary separation program (VSP) is being offered to CR staffers of 10 years or more. The packages will be distributed between now and April 4.
Though Tellado wrote that the VSP was “not financially motivated, and there is no target number of acceptances we have set,” you can bet that layoffs are coming if not enough staffers accept the package.
Literary site The Millions has named Lydia Kiesling its new editor. Kiesling has been a staff writer for the site since 2009. She has also contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian and more.
In a note announcing the change, The Millions founder and founding editor Max Magee heaped praise upon Kiesling.
“She is a special talent, and I have complete confidence in her ability to inject new energy and ideas into The Millions while maintaining the quality and tone that we are known for. Lydia’s unique voice and intelligence has won over new readers to The Millions even as she has become a writer to watch beyond the confines of this magazine. I don’t doubt that Lydia will surpass what I have done as editor.”
Peter King has been with Sports Illustrated since 1989. Thanks to a just-signed, multi-year contract extension, that’s where King will remain.
King told CNNMoney that although he considered moving on from SI, Time Inc.’s support of his site—MMQB.com—gave him a reason to stay.
“I am so bullish on the future of an independent site covering football with room to grow,” said King. “And the backing of Time Inc. was really important, because the company has committed to expanding The MMQB with quality hires. That was significant.”
In an effort to adjust to the changing habits of digital readers, The New York Times is filling in some holes in its paywall.
The Times launched its paywall in 2011. In real life that’s not that long ago; in internet years, that’s forever. Back then, the Times thought allowing unlimited articles via Facebook and Twitter was a good idea. Now? Not so much. Re/code reports that paper is limiting the number of articles Facebook and Twitter users can read without paying for a subscription.
Facebook users who exceed 10 Times articles a month will now be shown a prompt to subscribe [pictured]. The same goes for Twitter users. Full disclosure: we’re Times subscribers, but don’t have our account linked via Facebook.
The Facebook cap only applies to articles that take you to the Times’ site. Users can enjoy as many Instant Articles—Times articles hosted by Facebook—as they want.
According to a Times spokesperson, the paywall hole-filling is just an experiment, but we’d be surprised if the Times abandoned the policy.
Vice Media has acquired Pulse Films, a London-based production company. In addition to staff at its headquarters, Pulse employs more than 100 people across offices in LA, New York, Paris and Berlin.
Pulse produced 200 films during the last year, including the forthcoming Shia LaBeouf movie American Honey.
“Pulse are one of the few companies in the world that consistently produces content we admire,” said Vice Media co-presdient Andrew Creighton, in a statement. “Vice’s acquisition of Pulse is a natural step in a relationship that has been enormously productive for both companies.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bill Simmons’ forthcoming site The Ringer continues to add talented staffers. The latest to join the team are Kevin Clark and Justin Charity.
Clark will serve as a staff writer covering the NFL. He most recently worked for The Wall Street Journal as an NFL reporter. Clark had worked for the Journal since 2010.
Charity will serve as a culture staff writer. He most recently worked as a staff writer for Complex. Charity previously worked as an account director for the Brunswick Group.
In 2007, the same year that Business Insider was founded, Mario Ruiz arrived at The Huffington Post. He spent five years there working closely with Arianna Huffngton before opening his own agency, Mario Ruiz Public Relations (MRPR), where clients included those two companies as well as others such as Bloomberg, Complex and Vocativ. In 2014, Ruiz folded MRPR into Dan Klores Communications (DKC).
This week, Ruiz has begun a new organic career chapter, joining Business Insider full-time as senior vice president, communications. In this newly created position, he will oversee communications for Business Insider, Tech Insider and seven international editions of Business Insider. From this morning’s announcement:
“Mario served as our PR consultant during a pivotal period when we were growing especially rapidly, and we came to know him as an exceptional corporate communications and media professional,” said Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget. “We are thrilled to be able to bring him in-house.”
“Mario’s experience and deep knowledge of the digital and media landscape, coupled with his ability to think strategically while getting results, makes him an excellent addition to Business Insider as we continue to grow our brand around the world.”
In January, per comScore, Business Insider had 43 million monthly unique U.S. visitors. Google Analytics from February pegs the global reach of the company’s sites at more than 100 million. Its next site, Insider, is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of this year.