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.
When we wrote earlier this year about the extensive recent operational changes at CBSSports.com, we pulled from Jason McIntyre’s excellent report the following:
Mark Swanson, the former managing editor at CBSSports.com, says, emphatically, “no consumers give a shit who breaks stories. Everyone has them within minutes. We thought there was value, but there’s none. This isn’t opinion. This is empirical.”
It’s a remark that has stayed with us ever since. And yes, we realize the irony of us aggregating it from The Big Lead. Today, in an interview with The Guardian’s James Silver, Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron (pictured) addresses the same general issue by recalling one of his earliest conversations with owner Jeff Bezos:
One area Bezos was especially keen that Baron address was the issue of aggregation. “One of the first questions he asked was: ‘You do these long narratives, these deep investigations, but after you’re published, within 15 minutes, half a dozen websites have decided to aggregate you – and they get more traffic than you do. How do you propose to deal with that?’” Baron’s solution was, in effect, to fight fire with fire; hiring in-house bloggers, not only did the Post start aggregating itself, but it began aggregating other people’s content too.
Is it working? Yes. Alongside the Post’s original reporting, this approach–as Silver notes in his piece–helped the Post reach 83.1 million multi-platform U.S. unique visitors in September, a new record. Read the rest of Silver’s piece here, which extensively addresses the paper’s Donald Trump–Billy Bush scoop.
Image courtesy: Twitter
Fusion closed out this past work week with a positive update concerning the recent efforts of employees to unionize.
— Fusion Media Group (@FusionMedia) October 28, 2016
In an email to employees, president-COO Boris Gartner and president-CCO Daniel Eilemberg indicated that they suggested to the Writers Guild of America East on Wednesday than an electronic vote mechanism be used. From the email:
We believe the Gizmodo Media Group anonymous electronic vote procedure upholds Fusion’s journalistic commitments to diversity and that all voices be heard–majority and minority voices.
This is a diplomatic way of Fusion saying that it believes dissenters are just as valid a voice that of pro-union employees. When Gawker Media conducted a similar electronic vote in June, with the help of eBallot, the final tally was 75% of voting employees in favor and 25% against.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Fusion Executives Respond to Employee Unionization Effort
Fusion Execs Double Down on Anti-Union Talk
Periodically throughout the 2016 U.S. election season, a Twitter hashtag about Americans contemplating a move to Canada has trended. Another one in fact popped up this week.
Now, we can add to this trend the cover of the Oct. 29 issue of The Economist. For their story “Liberty Moves North,” the magazine has added to the Statue of Liberty a maple leaf and hockey stick. As you might imagine, this Statue of Libert-eh is noteworthy news in Canada.
CBC News senior correspondent Neil Macdonald compares this week’s cover to a pair of previous Economist ones highlighting the Great White North, and summarizes the flattering POV:
This week’s edition praises Canada for its embrace of immigration, proportionately more than any other rich nation, and the Liberal government’s decision to welcome far more Syrian refugees than America, a nation that is far more responsible for creating Syrians’ misery.
It praises Canada for pursuing free trade, for maintaining a sound social safety net, for its sane gun laws, for its embrace of multiculturalism, for its willingness to suspend austerity when necessary and for its progressive, redistributive fiscal policies.
It even makes a great virtue of Canada’s gelid equanimity, its lack of spice and fire, quoting Dickens’ relief at finding in Canada, after an 1842 visit to America, “public feeling and private enterprise in a sound and wholesome state; nothing of flush or fever in its system.”
The Economist piece includes a sly dig at the Republican nominee’s core supporters. ‘Low-income men–Mr Trump’s base in America–are less likely to die prematurely in Canada, which suggests they are less beaten down.’
Image courtesy: The Economist (click to enlarge)
There was a notable moment of comic relief during last night’s discussion at Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center on East 65th Street of anti-Semitism directed at journalists via social media. The conversation was part of “An Evening With Jeffrey Goldberg,” a look at the 2016 U.S. election moderated by Julia Ioffe.
Ioffe, a Jewish journalist whose profile of Melania Trump in the May 2016 issue of GQ engendered a hateful response from Trump supporters, cited at one point her ranking in a recent report by the Anti-Defamation League’s Task Force on Harassment and Journalism. Only she got it wrong. From a report on Mondoweiss:
Ioffe said that she was number 7 on the ADL’s “Top Ten” list of [anti-Semitic tweets] targeted journalists. In fact, she is not on the ADL “Top Ten” list. Though Goldberg, who is number three, consoled her, “There’s always next year.”
Ioffe also at one point made a comparison with regards to her Melania-article plight that is definitely a stretch. All told, an informative and thought-provoking event summary by Mondoweiss founder and co-editor Philip Weiss. The site is celebrating by the way its 10th anniversary this year.
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In 2011, Elle magazine’s Brazilian edition famously featured transgender model Lea T on the cover. Five years later, they’ve continued their progressive ways.
A photo posted by ELLE Brasil (@ellebrasil) on Oct 26, 2016 at 4:15pm PDT
That’s Valentina Sampaio, on the cover of Elle Brazil’s November issue. A spokesperson for L’Oreal, she famously came out via video on International Women’s Day.
The cover photo by Gui Paganini is stunning. Check out more of his work here.
H/T: Yahoo News
A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. Details are below.Adrienne Roberts has joined the Journal’s Detroit bureau and global autos team as an automotive reporter. She previously worked for Crain’s Detroit Business. HuffPost has named Wajahat Ali as host and contributor. Ali is a lawyer, playwright and a New York Times contributor, among other things.
On Saturday at a conference in San Antonio, members of the National Association of Science Writers will decide whether or not to approve a critical amendment to their governing constitution. The amendment would allow public relations professionals to be part of the NASW’s leadership.
Undark has been covering this whole matter extensively. For the site’s latest coverage, Seth Mnookin crafted a sly lede and shared all the pertinent details:
In a survey that was conducted as part of an NASW ad-hoc committee’s report on the [proposed] amendment, close to 10 percent of responding NASW members said they would resign if the amendment passed and around 5 percent said they would leave if it did not. (Because the first group is disproportionately made up of high-profile journalists, there is concern that that a first wave of departures could lead to a much more significant exodus. NASW has more than 2,500 members and a little more than a quarter of them responded to the survey. Of that group, 39 percent labeled themselves as only journalists, 17 percent labeled themselves as only PIOs, and 22 percent classified themselves as “other.”)
Mnookin discloses near the top of the piece that he has belonged to NASW since 2011 and has been an elected member of the organization’s 15-member board since 2014. Saturday’s agenda concludes with NASW’s awards gala dinner at the Witte Museum. Read the rest of Mnookin’s report here.