Bloomberg has added two staffers. Details are below.Lynnley Browninghas joined as a reporter on Bloomberg’s tax team. She comes to Bloomberg from Newsweek, where she served as a reporter covering corporate taxes. Bill Allison has been named campaign finance reporter. Allison previously served as a senior fellow for The Sunlight Foundation.
Despite what we think, The Huffington Post considers losers as actual people. That’s part of the rationale behind HuffPost’s new podcast — Candidate Confessional.
Candidate Confessional features conversations with political candidates who ended up losing. The show is hosted by HuffPost senior politics editor Sam Stein and investigative reporter Jason Cherkis. Confessional is edited by HuffPost Live producer Christine Conetta.
The first Confessional guest is Howard Dean. Upcoming guests include Michele Bachmann, Wendy Davis and more. Each will discuss what it was like to lose their respective elections.
“I see Confessional as a place for recovering politicians—and those still at it—to tell unvarnished stories from the campaign trail,” said Cherkis. “What we discovered through this podcast is that there is way more human drama in campaigns than is commonly perceived. And I hope listeners come away with a better understanding of our zany political process.”
A preview of the first season of Confessional is available here.
The New York Times is still searching for a new publisher of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. The role has been empty since last November, when Brendan Monaghan left to join Condé Nast Traveler as its publisher.
According to WWD, the Times has some candidates in mind to fill Monaghan’s spot. The frontrunner is former Teen Vogue publisher Jason Wagenheim.
Other names being floated through the rumor waters include former Details publisher Drew Schutte, Vanity Fair associate publisher Amber Estabrook and Departures publisher Steven DeLuca.
Serial has scaled back its publishing frequency to every other week. The New York Times reports that the fifth episode of Serial’s second season—which follows the case of Bowe Bergdahl—will be moved to January 21. The biweekly schedule will continue after that.
Executive producer Julie Snyder told the Times that the podcast was switching things up because staffers needed time for more reporting.
“There are more paths we need to go down,” explained Snyder. “Since we started broadcasting the show, we have gotten more people willing to talk, and because of that, it has opened up more avenues of reporting.”
MTV continues to take advantage of Grantland’s demise. The company’s MTV News division has added Molly Lambert, Mark Lisanti and Holly Anderson; each was previously a staffer for the now-shuttered Grantland.
Lambert will serve as lead music writer, Lisanti as senior director of TV and movies, and Anderson as director of politics and news.
The trio joins MTV News vp editorial director Dan Fierman, who left Grantland last October.
In other MTV News moves, Amy Nicholson has joined as chief film critic. She previously worked for LA Weekly.
Steve Reiss has been named deputy editor of ESPN’s yet-to-launch The Undefeated. Reiss comes to the site from Crain’s Chicago Business, where he served as managing editor.
Reiss had been with Crain’s since 2012. He previously worked for The Washington Post for more than two decades.
Robert Feder reports that Reiss will join The Undefeated in February.
The editors of EW have come up with a great cover line for their re-arranged Jan. 22 issue. It reads: “Young (And Old) Americans Mourn The Loss of David Bowie.”
There’s no doubt that many other publications throughout the week will be following suit with a special Bowie cover. The EW photo was taken by Herb Ritts.
Tonight also marks the return of The David Bowie Channel on SiriusXM. Originally presented in 2013, the channel went live again at 7 p.m. ET via The Loft (Channel 30). Fans can expect rare tracks and demo versions along with the usual range of Bowie classics. The special commemorative channel will run through Jan. 18.
The New Republic is up for sale, with owner Chris Hughes admitting defeat. “As a business, we have launched a brand marketing studio called Novel, built a flexible and fast mobile website, and developed our own content management system,” the Facebook co-founder wrote. “We have made it possible for The New Republic to survive and begin to flourish in its second century. Yet I will be the first to admit that when I took on this challenge nearly four years ago, I underestimated the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company in today’s quickly evolving climate.” So, what now? One media watcher’s best guess: “Despite the long odds, we haven’t seen the last iteration of the New Republic.” That’s probably true, but which staffers will remain?…
Allure undergoes changes now that new editor in chief Michelle Lee is in charge. She started by jettisoning roughly 15 staffers, big names that included creative director Paul Cavaco and design director Deanna Filippo. In their place she hires former Nylon staffer Renee Rupcich as design director, Teen Vogue’s Amanda Meigher to be managing editor, Rachael Wang as fashion director and senior photo editor Jeremy Allen… Bloomberg Businessweek poaches Robert Kolker from New York, where he spent 17 years. He’ll work on the project and investigations team… Meanwhile, Amanda Dobbins is moving to LA for a gig with Bill Simmons‘ new venture, whatever it may be…. Read More…
The Village Voice has brought former editor Will Bourne back for another go at the role.
Bourne previously served as the paper’s editor for just six months. He resigned after former Voice owners asked him to cut staffers when they previously told him there’d be no layoffs.
Voice owner Peter Barbey said Bourne reached out to him shortly after he purchased the paper. “He impressed me with his enthusiasm, his capability and his vision,” Barbey told Politico.
Bourne is just the latest Voice staffer to return to the paper. The Voice rehired Melissa Anderson and Michael Feingold earlier this month.
Elle’s Women in TV issue “shines a light on the must-see women on TV right now,” and this line-up certainly qualifies.
The latest Elle hits newsstands January 19.
Bloomberg has made several promotions. Details are below.Fion Li has been named Hong Kong bureau chief. Li has been with the company since 2011, most recently as an Asia bonds reporter. Shelby Siegel has been promoted to chief of staff for news. Chris Palmeri has been named Los Angeles bureau chief. Anthony Palazzo will now oversee the telecom and media team in London. Sam Mamudi has been named team leader for market structure in Asia. Bill Faries will take over as team leader for national security in Washington later this year. Elizabeth Fournier has been named team leader for deals in the Americas.
Huffington Post senior media reporer Michael Calderone is first to this week’s biggest media story not named Sean Penn. The announcement of David Carr‘s successor.
Per the memo from NYT executive editor Dean Baquet and business editor Dean Murphy, sliding over into the most prominent and long vacant U.S. media critic opening is Jim Rutenberg, chief political correspondent for New York Times Magazine. From Calderone’s dispatch:
In the memo, Baquet and Murphy write that Rutenberg – a former media reporter for The Times and the New York Observer – is “returning to his media roots.” They recalled his past reporting on the emergence of Fox News and Dan Rather’s retracted 60 Minutes report on George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. More recently, Rutenberg wrote a Times Magazine cover story on Fox News star Megyn Kelly.
Thanks professor but the subject is in fantastic hands already-yours, cheers https://t.co/505mPoBa0i
— jimrutenberg (@jimrutenberg) January 12, 2016
Thanks to a recent and heavily reported vendor switchover, Brazilian immigrant Alvaro DaSilva no longer hurls copies of The Boston Globe out the window of his SUV early each morning. But the Newton, Ma. resident continues to faithfully deliver copies locally of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Boston Herald.
PRI reporter Jeb Sharp’s profile of DaSilva is both a clever leveraging of the Globe delivery fiasco and a reminder that this kind of work is not for the faint of heart. From her piece:
DaSilva doesn’t have any weekends – Sunday is actually the hardest day in the newspaper delivery business. He’s only taken one week’s vacation since 2009. Plus a day off for his son’s birth and his last two anniversaries. Even so, he says he really grateful for the newspaper job and that it’s helped him grow his own construction business during daylight hours.
When we get back to his house after delivering hundreds of newspapers, it feels like the day should be over. But it’s just begun. He’ll take a shower, have some coffee, read the paper and then drop his daughter at school on his way to work.
Oh man, that’s great. He not only delivers print newspapers. He still finds time in his crazy two-job schedule to read one of them. The Globe lost a good man.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
One of the Last Great Newsstands Is Still Standing
Requiem for the Newspaper Vending Machine
[Image via: bostonherald.com]
Tina Brown’s Women in the World has unveiled some details for its seventh annual Women in The World Summit.
The event will be held April 6-8 at Lincoln Center’s David Koch Theater. Notable guests and participants include Meryl Streep, Laura Bush, Christine Lagarde, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Megyn Kelly.
“With the world in turmoil the need for women’s voices and perspectives has never been more important,” said Brown, Women in The World’s CEO and founder, in a statement. “For the seventh year, women on the front lines of news will convene in New York to set the agenda for progress and change in the year ahead.”
Tickets for the summit can be purchased here.
The latest New York cover story features celebrities and creative types telling their “breakthrough moment.” The entire piece is great, but below are some excerpts from our favorites.
When I was a high-school student, a sophomore, in my little town, Ocean City, New Jersey, 1947, I got a job for the town weekly. I was a schoolboy reporter, and I was getting stories published in the town weekly about the school’s activities. I knew I only had one chance in my life to get a job, and it was this great job. I was like this is what I want to do. When I was 15, I was doing what I’m still doing at 83. Otherwise I’d be sweeping the streets.
…We had an East German telex machine, and all of a sudden it turned on, and I got a note from Barbara Epstein, the co-editor of The New York Review of Books, asking me to write a piece for them, and suddenly the world, which seemed very, very far away, became a little closer.
There was one party in New York for the Folk Art Museum — they had an antique show at the Armory. And I brought in the food and decorations. That armory is a giant place, and they allowed me to bring in my beautiful chickens — a rare breed. I brought them in poultry cages and people were shocked to see real chickens alive and well.
…I handed in my apron — I remember the moment so clearly. It was a red apron, and I gave it to the guy across the bar, and I knew this was the greatest moment of my life. I knew that I would never again not be telling jokes to make money.