Daisuke Wakabayashi has joined The New York Times to cover Google. He most recently worked for The Wall Street Journal on the Apple beat.
Wakabayashi had been with the Journal since 2008. He previously worked for Reuters.
Wakabayashi will start August 29. He’ll be based in San Francisco.
Newsday went ahead and tallied it up. According to their math, John Sterling by last Friday had called 4,453 consecutive Yankees games on the radio – 4,286 regular-season contests and 167 post-season matches. Add this weekend’s series with the Angels and the total now stands at 4,456.
The streak started back in 1989, after Sterling came over from Turner, where he had been calling Altanta Hawks and Braves games. As he told reporter Jim Bambauch, he thought it might finally end earlier this year:
Sterling’s iron man run almost ended this season, he said recently, because he was prepared to take a personal day to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in June.
But in a fortuitous scheduling twist, Sterling said the ceremony fell on a Yankees day off when the team was home, preserving one of the more impressive and perhaps lesser-known streaks in all of sports.
Vin Scully, who will retire at the end of the year, has of course been broadcasting for much longer, but without a consecutive element like this. The closest thing Newsday could find to the Sterling streak is Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek, who called 4,347 regular season and playoff games before missing one finally in 2004. (By our math, Sterling passed Cheek at the beginning of this regular season when he called an April 17 home game against the Mariners.)
Sterling’s co-host since 2005 has been Suzyn Waldman. The pair, who have their detractors, signed new multi-year deals with WFAN at the beginning of this season. The 78-year-old play-by-play man told Newsday he hopes to continue calling Yankees games for many years to come.
Photo of Sterling with former Knicks, Rangers broadcaster Bob Wolff courtesy: WFAN
Deadspin: Alex Pareene, Hamilton Nolan, Ashley Feinberg, Jordan Sargent
Jezebel: Kelly Stout, Rich Juzwiak, Gabrielle Bluestone, Brendan O’Connor, Hannah Gold
Gizmodo: J.K. Trotter, Marina Galperina, Hudson Hongo
Despite these new posts, “there is an assumption that it will be temporary for many of them.” Mysterious!
The New York Times’ public editor Liz Spayd thinks the Times needs to chill with its Facebook Live content. The reason? Most of the Times’ Live videos are terrible.
“After watching countless hours of live video in the past few weeks, I have hit upon many that are either plagued by technical malfunctions, feel contrived, drone on too long, ignore audience questions or are simply boring, by I imagine most anyone’s standards,” wrote Spayd. “…It’s as if we passed over beta and went straight to bulk.”
While Spayd has a point, so too does Times executive editor Dean Baquet. He stood up for the Times’ Live videos by noting that the Times can’t be afraid to fail.
“Have we done some stuff that’s not so pretty? Yes. But the newsroom needs to get comfortable using their imaginative brains to tell stories in different ways,” said Baquet.
Spayd is right, a lot of Times Live videos are garbage. But Baquet is also correct — the Times needs to keep innovating.
Also, let’s not forget that Facebook paid the Times $3 million to make these videos. In other words, we’re all stuck with subpar Live content until the Times figures it out.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Isaac Lee—Univision’s chief news, entertainment, digital officer—discussed Univision’s acquisition of Gawker Media.
Lee said the Gawker sites will be expected to continue exactly what they’ve been doing. “I do expect them to keep their voice and their authenticity,” said Lee. Well, except for Gawker.com, which was shuttered. While Lee wouldn’t comment on that, it’s obvious that the Hulk Hogan lawsuit made the site disposable.
As for why Univision bought Gawker Media, Lee stated the obvious.
“No one can own all millennials, but we need to own iconic brands that matter to them,” explained Lee. “That’s why the company has been snapping up sites such as The Onion and The Root. Music, humor, gaming, technology — that’s the currency of this generation. That demographic is only going to grow, be more diverse and be more powerful.”
The Great Summer Of Change continues at Time Inc. According to Politico, “a few dozen” staffers are getting cut by tomorrow, in yet another attempt to right the ship.
The latest round of cuts—that come just weeks after Time Inc. cut 110 staffers—will come from across all of Time Inc.’s brands.
Time Inc. has undergone massive changes over the past few months. In July, the company restructured its editorial, business and sales teams. Then, just last week, Jana Partners invested $62 million in the company.
The Jana cash infusion led many to question if Time Inc. will soon be purchased or if massive layoffs were on their way. With roughly 150 staffers out in under a month, looks like we now know the answer.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The Wall Street Journal and Self. Details are below.Mike Colias has joined Journal as its General Motors reporter. He most recently worked for Automotive News. Self has named Dania Ortiz fashion director. She previously served as fashion market and accessories director.
At the beginning of the week, Matt Taibbi railed against the U.S. political media in a Rolling Stone piece titled “The Summer of the Shill.” He takes aim primarily at MSNBC, CNN and Fox News:
The last month or so of Trump-Hillary coverage may have been the worst stretch of pure journo-shilling we’ve seen since the run-up to the Iraq war. In terms of political media, there’s basically nothing left on the air except Trump-bashing or Hillary-bashing.
Today, it is New York Post coulmnist Michael Goodwin’s turn. Under the headline “American Journalism Is Collapsing Before Our Eyes,” he recalls his time as a New York Time reporter under Abe Rosenthal versus where he sees the paper today:
The Times now is so out of the closet as a Clinton shill that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of evenhandedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages.
A recent article by its media reporter, Jim Rutenberg, whom I know and like, began this way: ‘If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?’
Whoa, Nellie. The clear assumption is that many reporters see Trump that way, and it is noteworthy that no similar question is raised about Clinton, whose scandals are deserving only of “scrutiny.” Rutenberg approvingly cites a leftist journalist who calls one candidate “normal” and the other “abnormal.”
Just ahead of Samberg’s 38th birthday last week, Playboy posted an interview conducted with the multi-talented writer and actor for the September issue by contributing editor Stephen Rebello. The Centerfold may be gone, but The Playboy Interview lives on to ask questions like, ‘Growing up, did you have sexual fantasies about any celebrities?’
There’s a lot of fun reminiscing by Samberg about everything from his first apartment in Los Angeles, a three-bedroom on Olympic Blvd. he dubbed “Lonely Island,” to one of his earliest comedy video efforts:
“There is a monthly event-network-website thing called Channel 101, started by Dan Harmon, who went on to create Community, and Rob Schrab, who later co-created The Sarah Silverman Program. They screen a bunch of fake TV shows of five minutes or less.”
“A live audience votes and the top “shows” get “renewed,” meaning you make another episode and just keep going until you’re eliminated. It started as an exercise for them and their friends, then it got more traction and they started to get submissions from all over. We created a few shows for it, the most successful of which was The ’Bu, a deadpan spoof of The O.C. I love that Zucker brothers style of dry comedy. That’s where we met Jack Black and Steve Agee and lots of really cool people in comedy.
Samberg also recalls the details of his Saturday Night Live callback audition, and the moment that Lorne Michaels decided to hire him.
By the way, for those in the L.A. area who might be interested, the next screening of Channel 101 is Aug. 27 at the Downtown Independent movie house. They’ve been happening at that location since 2010, following previous stints at Cinespace, Toi on Vine and, very briefly, Schrab’s living room in 2003.
And really, we can’t stop there; we must also point to the moment a couple of years earlier when it truly began:
An innocent lunchtime decision to rent a bad film leads to a creative challenge: Attendees of that night’s screening of Jaws 4 in Rob Schrab’s living room must bring their own “prediction” of Jaws 4’s storyline, in the medium of their choice. To complement the puppet shows, poems and mix tapes, Schrab offers up a video featuring his own penis in the lead role and a DV revolution begins.
Minnesota-based wine, food and travel writer Bill Ward came up with a heck of a media angle. The result, “The Curious Case of Sports Writers Who Switch to Wine,” was posted today by the Columbia Journalism Review.
The 1,897-word feature samples interviews conducted with 10 journalists who made the titular transition. One writer, Alan Goldfarb, got hooked on French wines when the career of a newspaper sports reporter included a generous expense account. Another, Bruce Schoenfeld, agreed with the notion of a general overlap between discovering wine and a good athletic prospect:
Schoenfeld, Travel & Leisure’s wine and spirits editor and a prolific freelancer, points out that “sportswriters are very unlike the [slovenly] stereotype. Of all journalists, they travel the most, they see the world, their orientation is international. They also have a lot of down time for meals. So you have to be remarkably uncurious to not explore [food and wine].”
The rest of Ward’s article is full of similar, enticing tidbits. All in all, we enjoyed this one as much as CJR’s recent piece on the journalistic origins of D.B. Cooper. More of Ward’s writings can be found at his blog Decant This.
Anything that brings more attention to Scholastic’s nationwide annual News Kids Press Corps program is fine by us.
This year, one of the 35 teenage journalists chosen for the 2015-16 edition was 12-year-old Forte Greene resident Adedayo Perkovich. Her on-site report about the 2016 Democratic National Convention has been reprinted today by Brooklyn’s Our Times Press newspaper.
Another example of the program’s reach is an Aug. 11 piece filed by Benjamin Schiller, born in 2002. He covered a Trump rally in South Florida:
In the press area, I encountered Brent Batten, a columnist for the Naples Daily News. I asked about the differences between covering the presidential primary season and the general election. “It’s [less intense] during the primary season,” Ballen said, “because people support multiple candidates of the same party. In the general election, all of the voters typically support their party’s nominee.”
The Scholastic student reporting program also teaches participants how to put together compelling on-camera work. Pieces this summer include 11-year-old Ryan Stoltz’s interview with Seth Meyers and Esther Applestein’s hang with Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda. (We’re guessing in the latter case her parents might have been more excited about the assignment than she was.)
On Wednesday, Boston magazine reported with a certain level of astonishment that General Electric chief technology officer Vic Abate was choosing to remain located in the Schenectady area rather than follow his company’s head office move to the Fort Point section of Boston. Thursday, Schenectady’s Daily Gazette responded with a cheeky blog post that backed up the wisdom of that decision.
Today, there is a Boston magazine riposte from staff writer Kyle Scott Clauss, who also penned the Wednesday item:
The [Gazette] piece does make a few valid points. Real estate is much more affordable in Schenectady, and “Electric City” is an infinitely cooler nickname than “Beantown” – that is, if anyone here actually called it that. But Union College over Harvard? The Mohawk Hudson Trail over the Freedom Trail? Whatever they call their Italian enclave over the North End? Get real.
Clauss goes on to joke that if there are indeed lobsters to be had in his city for 15 cents a pop, he’ll gladly treat his Daily Gazette counterparts to a seafood feast.
Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.Roger Ailes Bragged About Hiring Someone to Physically Assault Gabriel Sherman Daily Beast Amends Controversial Olympics Article Time Inc. Adds Kevin Martinez Will Bourne Steps Down as Village Voice EIC Gawker Media Received Only 2 Bids
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Meredith Corp. has named Steve Crowe as vp of consumer marketing. Crowe most recently served as Hallmark Data Systems’ vp, COO and general manager.
Prior to his stint with Hallmark, Crowe worked for Time Inc. for more than a decade.
Crowe will report to Andy Wilson, Meredith’s senior vp of consumer revenue.
This Sunday marks the 185th anniversary of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion. Just after midnight on Aug. 21, 1831, the Southampton County, Virginia slave instigated actions that would lead to the deaths of dozens of whites and hundreds of African-Americans including, eventually, his own.
Ahead of the traditional Telluride-Toronto kickoff of film awards season, this calendar date loomed as another date of prominence for The Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker‘s acclaimed film about the rebellion. However, thanks to the twin punch of Deadline and Variety, another date and anniversary now hangs over the filmmaker and Fox Searchlight Sundance acquisition: Aug. 21, 1999.
That’s the date Parker and the film’s co-writer Jean Celestin, then students at Penn State, had a sexual encounter with a drunk woman. The two men were arraigned Oct. 21, 1999 on charges of rape and sexual assault. Parker was acquitted Oct. 7, 2001. Celestin was found guilty and subsequently appealed, leading prosecutors to drop of the case.
Media reactions to Parker and Celestin’s troubled personal histories continue to pour forth. Today on Jet.com, writer LaSha explains how she initially had differentiated the situation involving Parker and Celestin with the approach she previously took to the works of Bill Cosby and R. Kelly:
I had convinced myself that not making any further public endorsement of the film was enough. I planned to see it quietly. No one had to know that I supported Nate Parker. I have never been a fan of his. I don’t remember seeing any of his films. I was supporting the story, not the storyteller. The neutrality I detest in others was suddenly not so bad.
I, a Black woman, all too familiar with being preyed upon, stalked and even violated by a Black man, was satisfied to ignore this woman’s story, having persuaded myself that this one time, the fact that the accused wasn’t convicted was enough to grant him the benefit of the doubt. Just this once, the stone wall I usually erected for victims of assault crumbled. Just this once, maybe enough time had passed… Gradually, but not unconsciously, I had become privately what I loathed publicly.
And now, standing again after I have fallen from the high horse I rode so proudly, starts with me first accepting that art and artist are inseparable. As invaluable as Turner’s story is to me, it is not worth my conscience. I cannot afford the price of hypocrisy.
Another powerful perspective was offered earlier this week on Ebony by Texas Southern University alum and teacher Josie Pickens:
As a college professor who teaches mostly 18-20 year olds, I live with the reality that rape is a serious (and dangerous) crime that is heavily ignored (and often covered up) on college campuses. This is why, every semester, when I teach critical thinking and rhetoric to students, I make sure we have at least one conversation about rape and consent. And every semester, to my surprise and dismay, hardly any of my male students (and not enough of my female students) really understand what consent is (or that it is binary, or that it is “conditional on a participant’s ability to revoke their consent”).
My students are surprised that their drunk and drugged sexual encounters could very well be considered rape, because they believe that rape is sex performed forcibly by strangers in dark alleys, not with the girls and guys they crush on, flirt with and take back to their rooms after a night of partying. They are wrong, and they have been failed by the adults in their lives who are charged with sending them out to be safe – and to create safe spaces for others – in the world.
Former Politico CEO Jim VandeHei and chief political writer Mike Allen haven’t launched their media venture yet, but they have made several hires.
The latest additions, according to CNNMoney, are Alexis Lloyd and Matt Boggie. They both previously worked for The New York Times. Lloyd will serve as chief design officer; Boggie as chief technology officer.
VandeHei and Allen already have David Nather (previously with Politico), Nick Johnston (Bloomberg) and Bubba Atkinson (IJ Review) on board.