Assistant editor Kimberly Scott was first to report the story on March 19. Five days after Barista’s restaurant owner Stephen Ward hoisted up high above his establishment a giant copper bull purchased for $130,000 in Las Vegas, angering the community with the artwork’s over-sized genitalia and the idea that the appendage was dangling across the street from a high school.
Scott followed late last week with a second dispatch, confirming the offensive portion of the sculpture had been snipped. “The famous weenie’s gone!” Ward told Scott.
Stories like this don’t come along too often for any news outlet, let alone one serving the smaller communities of southern Utah. Below are just a few more examples of the Barista’s owner’s quotable comments.
Ward, on the anger over the sign being reflective of other community issues:
\"If I put Pinocchio up there, its nose would be too big. It’s me. It’s me. It’s not the bull. It’s not the restaurant. They don’t like me.\"
Ward, on his decision to modify the bull statue:
\"It has nothing to do with the city, at all. I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to have that penis taken off, so you can see more of the beautiful… I love the joints and the plate work, instead of that atrocious party hat. It was so stupid, because it [the genitalia] looks like a party hat.\"
Ward, on city officials claiming they only saw a three-inch drawing of the sculpture before it was installed:
\"When they need to lie, they lie; and when they don’t, they don’t; so, whatever’s convenient for them works for them just fine. I mean, they lied. It was bolted to the parking lot for three weeks. Every person in this city saw it. It was bolted right there for three weeks to the black top.\"
The Barista’s owner was able to produce and show to the St. George News a saved email from one city official, praising the statue after having viewed it in the parking lot. At press time, the restaurant website had crashed due to all the incoming Web traffic. We can only imagine how good a month March will turn out to be for the St. George News, which is in its first year of operation.
The Apple Watch is ugly and unnecessary, but at least it’s interesting to see how media companies are crafting new offerings to fit the device. The latest entry is from The New York Times, which is rolling out one-sentence articles as a way for users to stay updated on the news.
The Times’ one-sentence alerts — a free extension of the Times iPhone app — will include articles from a wide range of sections, including Business, Politics, Science, Technology and Arts.
The Times alerts will feature headlines and short summaries that can be viewed by swiping. Users can save articles for later viewing, or use the Handoff feature to continue reading on other Apple devices. And as you can see, the one-sentence articles will even contain emoji.
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Cablevision, owned by James Dolan, is prepared to make its offer for The New York Daily News. According to Reuters, it will be one dollar. That’s right, Dolan thinks the Daily News is worth less than a Snickers.
We’re not saying Dolan is wrong, especially considering the massive annual losses the tabloid incurs and the giant cost of maintaining a daily print product:
Cablevision’s $1 bid takes into account the New York Daily News’ reported $30 million annual loss and $150 million investment in a printing press, and declining circulation that relies heavily on newsstand sales rather than on subscriptions, the source said.
However, even though we recognize that the business of print is tough, it’s sad to hear that someone thinks the Daily News is worth so little.
Thankfully for Daily News’ owner Mort Zuckerman, Cablevision isn’t the only bidder. Others interested in the paper include John Catsimatidis, owner of Gristedes, and media entrepreneur Jimmy Finkelstein. Hopefully they offer more than some pocket change and lint.
Refinery29 has made three changes to its fashion team. Details are below.Paula Goldstein Di Principe has been named fashion director. She comes to the site from Purple, where she served as site director. Previously, Goldstein Di Principe oversaw digital development at Dazed & Confused. Anne-Marie Guarnieri joins as deputy editor, fashion, beauty, and shopping. where she will oversee ideation and editorial elevation of these three categories. Guarnieri was most recently xoVain.com’s editor-in-chief. Prior to xoVain, she was a senior editor at Allure. Connie Wang has been promoted to fashion features director. She previously served as style director.
Nick Baumann is joining The Huffington Post as a senior enterprise editor. He was most recently a senior editor at Mother Jones, where he has worked for the past eight years.
Baumann is also a contributor to The Economist and his writing has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic and Washington Monthly.
In a memo to staff, Ryan Grim, HuffPost’s Washington bureau chief wrote that adding Baumann “enhances our ability to produce stories that are not simply quick, breaking news items and aren’t massive takeouts, either.”
Baumann will join HuffPost in May. You can read Grim’s full note below.
Nick Baumann will be joining us in May as our senior enterprise editor. As Rachel and Greg continue building out our longform unit, creating this position enhances our ability to produce stories that are not simply quick, breaking news items and aren’t massive takeouts, either. The pieces that fall in the middle of those two poles can end up being the most impactful things we do, changing the way people think about an issue in real time, drawing on and adding to news we’ve been breaking in an incremental fashion along the way. Once upon a time, these types of stories, at their best, would run on the front page of the newspaper, when such things existed. The printed product may be obsolete, but the front page itself was a good mechanism to force editors and reporters to think about how a story will be relevant 24 hours or more from now. These stories aren’t determined by an arbitrary word length, but by their approach to the piece. Nobody is better for this task than Nick, as many of you who’ve had the pleasure of working with him in the past know already.
Nick, as is the model here at HuffPost, is a reporter at heart and in his eight years writing for Mother Jones has produced some of the magazine’s finest journalism. He is also a longtime contributor to The Economist (or so he claims; he can’t produce a single bylined piece to back that up) and has published everywhere across the spectrum.
But, of course, most importantly, if you don’t already follow him, he’s @NickBaumann.
Hanzi • Kanji • Hanja compares the capacity of some of today’s finest contemporary logograms and Chinese character designs to one-off ideas for books, movies, campaigns and brands, and celebrates traditions in a modern context.
The first edition of the New York Bulletin won’t be available in comic book stores until the end of the month. But thanks to the advantages of dealing with fantasy rather than fact, the front-page headline is already set.
Per the weekend announcement, if it’s happening in Battleworld, the Bulletin will have it covered. The Marvel Comics newspaper extra is designed to get fans excited for the company’s massive May-December rollout of dozens of titles, collectively dubbed \"Secret Wars:\"
From Greenland in the North to New Xandar below the Shield, our reporters have eyes and ears everywhere!
Who is the mysterious and “quiet” vigilante who leads the Inhuman rebellion? This tell-all expose will keep you up-to-date on Inhuman affairs! Homicide, mischief and mayhem! Scan the Police Blotter for a list of major crimes put to a halt by the Thors! Looking for a great vacation spot? Don’t miss the new, expanded Travel section!
Ha ha. And evidently, these superheroes have already figured out that it’s best to join the evil known as sponsored content rather than try to fight against it.
TVNewser: Syrian President Bashar Assad told Charlie Rose that the media’s coverage of the country is “malicious propaganda.” That’s one hell of a hot take.
SocialTimes: A little too obsessed with American Idol and The Voice? There’s an app for that.
GalleyCat: YouTube fame translates to a book deal for 18-year-old Jenn McAllister. See kids? You don’t need school after all!
On Thursday, April 16, the current editor of the New York Times will deliver the school’s 58th Dean Stone Lecture. Baquet’s speech will be titled “Quality Journalism in the Digital Age – Challenges & Opportunities.”
From today’s announcement:
University of Montana School of Journalism dean Larry Abramson says Baquet is the perfect choice for a lecture that marks the beginning of a second century of journalism education at the school.
\"Reporters and editors are watching the Times closely to see how the paper faces the challenges of the digital revolution,\" Abramson said. \"This is a great chance for our students to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of a great news organization.\"
The lecture is named for the first dean of the UM School of Journalism, Arthur Stone. The series brings a renowned journalist to campus each year to mentor journalism students and deliver a public lecture.
And just in case you’re wondering: Larry is not related to Jill.
On Friday’s episode of weekly podcast Meet the Movie Press, Mashable entertainment editor Josh Dickey told his old pal Jeff Sneider that he had finally come up with a solution for his conflicted feelings about how to cover Furious 7. He would write two, separate standalone reviews: one good, one bad.
Those items have now been posted, without cross-link winks. Beyond readers who see tweets like the one below, or pay close attention to the permalinks, there is no real threat to the integrity of Dickey’s pseudo-scientific experiment.
Post-Furious 7 preview screening, Dickey realized there was no point in simply panning the latest dashboard bro’ installment. Thanks to the franchise’s built-in appeal, each film’s ever-earlier “summer movie” release date and the stamp of the late Paul Walker, this thing is going to gargantuan. Domestically, internationally, Web-tastically.
So instead, Dickey will keep a close eye on each side of his Dr. Jaguar and Mr. Honda take, to note which one gets more social media action, comments and so on.
— Mashable (@mashable) March 30, 2015
[Image courtesy: Universal Pictures]
The most notable media person to make the list was Bloomberg Media chief digital content officer Joshua Topolsky:
A former DJ, the Pittsburgh native was named editor of techie webzine Engadget in 2008, putting him at the center of the schism between old and new media. In 2011, he co-founded The Verge, a tech-news website that launched with 4 million unique viewers—and had gained an additional 10 million by 2014, when its parent company, Vox Media, was valued at more than $200 million. That success caught the attention of Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith, who hired Mr. Topolsky last summer to bring his multiplatform news model to the company.
For the full list, click through.
Sydney-based arts writer Steve Dow starts off his David Byrne interview piece in The Saturday Paper with majesty and erudition:
Ritual fascinates and inspires David Byrne. Reading Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński’s The Emperor, a 1978 account of Haile Selassie’s iron rule in impoverished Ethiopia, he found its descriptions of servitude beautiful. They reminded him of non-naturalistic, avant-garde contemporary performance or East Asian theater, and his own ritualized gestures in pop performance.
It was another, subsequent newspaper article that put Byrne on the trail of Imelda Marcos, who he discovered was not only once a Studio 54 regular but also pals with Andy Warhol. The resulting concept album and musical, Here Lies Love, were done with Fatboy Slim; a run of the show recently ended at New York’s Public Theater and Byrne is now Down Under casting a forthcoming Australian production.
Byrne tells Dow that as far as he knows, Marcos has not seen the musical (it was also staged in London). But a Philippines-born cast member gave the former First Lady a copy of the album, and a Filipino journalist separately played her some of the tracks.
Here Lies Love, which is titled after Imelda’s hoped-for and preferred epitaph, is but one of several esoteric directions recently explored by the now 62-year-old Byrne. Last year, he kicked off the Greek Theater concert season in Los Angeles with a tribute to one-time Nigerian musical star William Onyeabor.
[Image via: herelieslove.com]
Once you’re in a position to manage people, you quickly realize that the ability to do so effectively requires attentiveness and careful execution. It is also a role that requires balancing polar tendencies: you want to be friendly and approachable, but not so friendly that your staff can walk all over you. And you will drown in work if you don’t delegate, as you will if you micromanage when you do delegate:
Ah, the catch-22 of delegating a task to a team member only to minutely oversee his every mouse click. The three senior managers we talked to each cited it as the No. 1 gripe employees have about their bosses.
And [Allen & Gerritsen EVP Amy] Muntz totally gets it. “I was a complete micromanager when I first started out,” she says. “Like many new managers, I tried to stay on top of every little thing my team did, which was unproductive and exhausting. It eventually led to me having to let go.”
The fact is being a great manager means you are comfortable setting the vision and empowering the talented folks you have on your team, adds Muntz. “The best managers don’t tell others how to do their work; they help create and nurture an environment where their team can do their best work.”
As you struggle internally, you may not be aware of how your actions are perceived externally by staff. We’ve created a list of 10 management mistakes and how to fix them. Do you see yourself in any of them?
For more, read: 10 Toxic Mistakes You Could Be Making As a Boss
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The New York Times has promoted Kinsey Wilson from editor for strategy and innovation to executive vice president, product and technology.
Wilson joined the Times in February. He came to the company from NPR, where he served as executive vice president and chief content officer.
Times CEO Mark Thompson and executive editor Dean Baquet offered the following joint statement on Wilson’s appointment:
The company’s initial plan was to appoint an executive vice president who would work as a partner to Kinsey in his newsroom role. Since early February, though, as Kinsey has become a key contributor and grasped the challenges and opportunities of our digital transformation, we have become convinced that unifying these responsibilities under his leadership makes better sense and offers us an opportunity to accelerate the progress that is already underway. Kinsey is the ideal person for this role. He is a digital visionary with deep roots in journalism and he’s a dynamic leader with a keen understanding of digital products and technology.
In related news, David Perpich has been named senior vice president, product. He was most recently general manager of new digital products. Perpich will report to Wilson.
Prior to last night’s screening of The Grim Game at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, Harry Houdini’s 1919 silent feature hadn’t been publicly shared in decades. Larry Weeks, a devoted Brooklyn-based Houdini fan who passed away last year shortly after confirming his ownership of the only known copy, previously showed it in 1973 at The New School.
In the film, which was re-premiered last night with live musical accompaniment, Houdini plays a newspaper reporter who fakes his uncle’s death, only to then be framed for the man’s actual murder. From the program notes:
The plane crash sequence was an accident during filming that the producers decided to incorporate within the plot. Fortunately, both flyers were able to get their planes under control and land safely. At the picture’s premiere, Houdini offered a $1,000 reward to anybody who could prove the collision had been faked.
Rick Schmidlin, who negotiated TCM’s purchase of the film from Weeks last year, told the New York Post’s Lou Lumenick that the former juggler and children’s party entertainer drove a hard bargain. Sunday night’s screening at The Egyptian was a big deal in the Houdini world, with Schmidlin separately explaining to the LA Times’ Susan King that fans were flying in from all over the U.S. to attend.
The movie, the second of five silent films made by Houdini, will be broadcast on TCM in the near future.
[Image courtesy: TCM]
Meredith Corporation has named Kim Martin chief strategy officer. Martin most recently served as president and general manager of We TV. She held that role for nine years before transferring into a consultant role in 2013.
Prior to her appointment at We TV, Martin was executive VP of distribution and affiliate marketing for Rainbow Media, which owns AMC, Fuse, IFC and We TV. She previously worked for Discovery Network for 10 years.
Martin’s appointment is effective April 13. She’ll and report to Meredith chairman and CEO Steve Lacy.