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Linked: NFL "Logo Crisis"

Brand new - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:48
Former NFL quarterback, Boomer Esiason, and curent CBS Sports commentator, offers his negative opinion on Landor's Super Bowl logo system in Wednesday's CBS Sports Minute. (Audio at the link).... Armin http://www.underconsideration.com
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Noted: New Logo for Morning Edition

Brand new - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:42
(Est. 1979) "Morning Edition is an American radio news program produced and distributed by NPR (formerly National Public Radio). It airs weekday mornings (Monday through Friday) and runs for two hours, and many stations repeat one or both hours. The show feeds live from 05:00... Armin http://www.underconsideration.com
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Times Public Editor Addresses Elimination of Race Beat

Unbeige - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:30

In her latest column, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan addressed the paper eliminating its race/ethnicity beat.

In a memo earlier this week, the Times announced that Tanzina Vega — its only reporter on the beat — was moving to the Metro desk. We asked the simple and obvious question: Why do this now, when it seems we need this more than ever?

Sullivan spoke to executive editor Dean Baquet, who said the move was “not a cosmic decision about how we cover race” and that he hadn’t decided what to do with the beat. Susan Chira, an assistant managing editor, said it would be a mistake to keep the race beat confined to one person. “We all have to raise the issues and discuss it through a wide array of topics – housing, culture, school desegregation,” explained Chira.

While that’s true, there is no harm in keeping Vega on the beat while stressing that reporters need to keep race and ethnicity as a focus point in their coverage. The Times can do both, but it’s not. That’s a poor decision.

For her part, Sullivan offered a more neutral take on the situation:

While it seems counterintuitive to increase and improve race coverage by discontinuing the race-and-ethnicity beat, the proof will be in the stories and the coverage ahead… But I hope the editors are right. The historical moment looms large. It demands great coverage from The Times on race.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Unbeige - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:00

NY_DN NY_NYP NY_NYT WSJ

 

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Nickelodeon to Stream | Amazon Sales Up 20 Percent

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Nickelodeon to Offer Streaming Service as Viacom Steps Up Digital Efforts (NYT)
Nickelodeon, the entertainment group focused on children’s programming, said on Thursday that it would start a new subscription streaming service in March that will be available outside traditional cable or satellite television packages. Reuters Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman did not offer much detail, including pricing, about the subscription offering, but said more information will be revealed next month. Deadline It won’t carry the Nickelodeon brand name, and most of the details of the mostly mobile service will have to wait until the channel’s upfront presentation to advertisers in the spring, Dauman told analysts Thursday morning. Although it will be introduced there, he declined to say whether it would include advertising. THR The decision to offer a way to see the popular kids network without cable or satellite TV subscriptions follows a trend in the entertainment industry. In recent months, HBO, CBS and other networks have announced similar plans. WSJ There are roughly 10 million broadband-only homes that don’t subscribe to pay television, according to some industry estimates. The challenge for traditional media companies will be to attract those customers without cannibalizing their lucrative existing businesses based on cable and satellite TV subscriptions.

Amazon’s Net Sales Up 20 Percent in 2014 (GalleyCat)
Amazon’s fourth quarter 2014 net sales reached $29.33 billion, a 15 percent increase compared to the $25.59 billion net sales the company reported in the fourth quarter 2013. THR The Seattle-based tech giant has announced adjusted earnings per share of 45 cents, a significant amount higher than the 18 cents per share that analysts had been expecting. For the full year, Amazon reported a 20 percent increase in revenue to $88.99 billion and a loss of 52 cents per share. Mashable The company’s Prime service grew its membership by 53 percent worldwide off a base of “tens of millions” in 2014. The profit is good news for Amazon, which had recently seen its shares dip as the company announced continued losses in previous quarters. For 2014, Amazon still lost $241 million after logging a profit of $274 million in 2013. Variety Amazon, which is gunning for Netflix in the subscription-video space, invested $1.3 billion in its Prime Instant Video last year, according to founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Netflix, by contrast, spent $3.8 billion in 2014 on additions to its streaming-content library globally, up from $3 billion the year prior.

‘Sorry, Joe': CNN’s New Day Brags About Winning Streak (TVNewser)
CNN’s New Day has momentum, and the network is ready to brag about it. In a full-page ad in The New York Times Thursday, CNN teased MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, saying \"Sorry, Joe, while you were leaning forward, we were moving ahead.\" Variety The ad then goes on to detail how New Day has beaten Morning Joe for the fourth consecutive month in snaring the most viewers and for the seventh consecutive month in capturing viewers between 25 and 54 — the demographic most favored by advertisers in news programming. Mediaite HLN’s Morning Express has also overtaken Joe, beating the MSNBC show in the demo for nine straight months. What makes this ad particularly incisive is that when New Day began to outpace Morning Joe last spring, Scarborough chalked it up to MH370 coverage.

Viacom Net Earnings Drop, U.S. Ad Sales Fall 6 Percent (THR)
Viacom on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter financials affected by currency fluctuations and ratings challenges. Deadline For the quarter that ended in December, Viacom reported net income of $500 million, down 8.6 percent from the period in 2013, on revenues of $3.34 billion, up 4.6 percent. The revenue number was short of the $3.41 billion that analysts anticipated. Not including a charge for a pension settlement and a one-time tax expense, earnings came in at $1.29 a share, a penny ahead of consensus. B&C Operating income for Viacom’s Media Networks unit, which includes Nickelodeon and MTV, was down 1 percent to $1.104 billion in the quarter. Revenues were up 4 percent. The company said domestic affiliate revenue rose 8 percent and worldwide affiliate revenues were up 6 percent. Domestic advertising revenues were down 6 percent. Worldwide advertising revenue was up 3 percent, with the acquisition of Channel 5 in London creating a 60 percent increase in international advertising revenues.

Univision Extends CEO Randy Falco’s Contract Through Early 2018 (THR)
Univision Communications said Thursday that it has extended the employment agreement of president and CEO Randy Falco through January 2018. Variety Under Falco, Univision has invested in bringing its content to new and nontraditional audiences. The company, the largest Spanish-media operation in the U.S., has helped to launch El Rey Network, a new English-language cable outlet led by director Robert Rodriguez; Fusion, a news-and-entertainment cable network jointly owned with ABC News; and streaming-video hub UVideos. Univision has also grown more aggressive under Falco’s aegis, making the case to advertisers that a growing audience of Spanish-speaking Americans deserves more consideration — and ad dollars. Deadline Univision now has 16 broadcast, cable and digital networks as well as 61 TV stations, 61 radio stations, and multiple online products. Falco’s also credited for helping to forge the company’s Fusion joint venture with ABC, investing in El Rey, and creating bilingual digital video network UVideos.

Showtime Inks Exclusive Licensing Deal With Canada’s Bell Media (THR)
Canadian broadcaster Bell Media has signed a long-term licensing deal with U.S. cable channel Showtime to raise its game against Netflix Canada. Bell’s pact with Showtime parent CBS will see the Canadian broadcaster bring the Showtime brand and exclusive access to hit shows to pay TV service The Movie Network and Bell’s newly launched SVOD CraveTV. Deadline Over the course of the new pact, both of those outlets will become Canada’s exclusive home of Showtime-owned first-run programming along with the majority of its catalog of scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and specials. Variety In the past, Showtime had licensed individual shows to Bell Media outlets, just as it does with foreign TV outlets around the world. But the Showtime-branded blocks are a first for CBS Corp.’s pay TV service, which has grown dramatically in stature in the U.S. but has virtually no international presence as a brand unto itself.

Al Jazeera Wants This Memo Leaked (TVNewser)
Salah Negm, the director of news for Al Jazeera English, is grateful that an internal memo outlining style guidelines was leaked this week. In fact, he sent a memo to staff calling the leak a \"blessing\" and thanking whoever leaked the information. Poynter / MediaWire Negm sent a memo to employees Thursday with the subject line \"TO BE LEAKED.\" In it, Negm thanks the employee or employees who have leaked memos about the news organization’s attitude toward events such as the Charlie Hebdo shooting and decisions not to use the words \"terrorist\" and \"Islamist.\"

Google Misses Its Q4 And Wall Street Is Fine With That (Re/code)
Somebody else might see their stock tank if they missed their revenue and earnings goals, but Google did just that, and now its stock is headed up, a couple percent in after-hours trading. THR Google Inc. reported higher revenues for fiscal 2014 of $66 billion, an increase of 19 percent over the prior year, on Thursday. Revenue for the fourth quarter was $18.1 billion, an increase of 15 percent over the same quarter a year earlier. That was a bit below Wall Street analyst estimates of $18.7 billion for the quarter.

The FCC Wants Your Broadband Internet to Be Faster, So It Changed The Definition (Mashable)
Internet service providers will now need to offer faster service if they want to label their products as “broadband.” The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to change the minimum speeds for what can be considered broadband Internet. WSJ Additionally, the FCC’s biggest ever auction of wireless spectrum closed Thursday and drew a record $44.9 billion in bids, a boon for taxpayers and a sign of the growing cost of supporting Americans’ smartphone habit.

National Journal Magazine Hires John B. Judis as Senior Writer (FishbowlDC)
National Journal magazine has hired John B. Judis as a senior writer, announced Richard Just, editor of NJ magazine, Thursday afternoon. Judis, author and former senior editor for The New Republic, will write feature stories for the magazine in his new role — including the next issue’s cover story, \"The Emerging Republican Advantage.\"

Major Changes Coming to InStyle, StyleWatch (FishbowlNY)
Time Inc. has made some major changes involving the InStyle and People StyleWatch leadership teams. For starters, Ariel Foxman — currently InStyle’s editor — has been promoted to editorial director of both brands, a new role at the company.

Spotify Seeks to Raise About $500 Million (WSJ)
Music streaming service Spotify AB is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on a new round of private fundraising, potentially putting off an initial public stock offering for another year, said people familiar with the matter.

Obama to House Dems: Don’t Read Huffington Post (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
President Barack Obama warned House Democrats on Thursday not to read the Huffington Post if they want to be informed on trade issues. \"Get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post,\" Obama said at the House Democratic retreat in Philadelphia, according to a source in the room.

Modern Farmer Lives (Capital New York)
Observers sounded the death knell for Modern Farmer, the food and culture magazine, when The New York Times reported that it had ceased publication Friday. But it isn’t dead yet: the magazine has hired Sarah Gray Miller to oversee its operations on an interim basis, it announced Thursday.

Warner Bros., Sony to Launch Streaming Video Service in SE Asia (Variety)
Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Television are teaming up with Singapore’s Singtel to launch a streaming video service in South East Asia. The companies have formed HOOQ to offer more than 10,000 Hollywood films and TV shows, as well as local-language content via streams or downloads on a variety of platforms.

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Reviewed: Friday Likes 115: From ContentFormContext, Creature, and Eszter Laki

Brand new - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:53
Get ready to have your taste glands salivating this Friday with wine, hard cider, and dim sum work from Seoul, Seattle, and Budapest.... Armin http://www.underconsideration.com
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Casey Kasem’s Long-Distance Deviation

Unbeige - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:30

Amy Wallace’s detailing in GQ magazine of the sad, final days of Casey Kasem is framed by a resounding question: Why did he put up with second wife Jean for all those years? She was difficult and, more importantly, extremely rude from the get-go to his three kids from a previous marriage. Though not in a way that could ever prepare them for what transpired in 2013-14 in Holmby Hills, Las Vegas, Seattle, Montreal and Oslo.

Maybe that long-distance dedication from New Zealand was an omen. On the January 24, 1981 edition of American Top 40, just a month after Casey and Jean Kasem had tied the knot in Beverly Hills, the host read a long-distance dedication of Wayne Newton’s \"Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast\" and then, towards the end of the program, revisited some previous correspondence. From Pete Battistini’s book American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: The 80s:

\"You know, occasionally we get letters from listeners whose long-distance dedications have been read on the show. Usually, they want to tell us about the effect the dedication has had on their lives. I’d like to read you one of these follow-up letters. It’s from a woman in New Zealand. And she writes…\"

Dear Casey: About two years ago, I wrote and asked you for a long-distance dedication to a guy named Calem. I told of how I’d come to the States to look around, but gotten mixed up with the wrong people and drugs. When Calem found me, I was a mess. I didn’t care about anything, least of all, living. Calem helped me to get by without drugs, and to find all the beautiful things in the world again. He then used his savings to get me back home.

It wasn’t until I’d been home a few months that I realized how much I missed and loved him. A friend of Calem’s wrote me and said that Cal felt the same way. Anyway, I asked you for the long-distance dedication \"You Needed Me\" by Anne Murray. And you played it.

To cut a long story short, Cal and I are now happily married, and have been for a year. We have a three-month old baby girl named Casey, after you. We want to thank you. For without that dedication, none of this could’ve happened. We’re the three happiest people in the world. Signed with love, Tinny, Caleb and Casey.

\"Well, Tinny, Calem and Casey, thanks for letting us know how great things worked out for out for you. Now, on with the countdown.\"

ShutterstockKerriKasemPicketingVintage Top 40 stuff, right? The only problem is that when Battistini went back and looked at the times the referenced Murray song had been long-distance dedicated (September 1978, August 1979 and October 1980 – yes, Murray was that popular), none of the letter writers were named Tinny. And no dedication info matched up with what Kasem read the air that January 24, 1981.

Battistini tells us that outside of his 80s book, one of a pair he has written about American Top 40, no one has ever been able to disprove his conclusion that this was a bogus long-distance dedication.

\"As far as I know, it was a fake,\" the author tells FishbowlNY via email. \"Were there other faked letters to Casey? Odds are certainly in favor that there were. But if true, they’d be much more difficult to prove. And I’m not aware of any other examples.\"
 
[Top photo of Casey, Jean and Liberty Kasem, 1991: Vicki L. Miller/Shutterstock.com; bottom photo of Kerri Kasem protesting in Holmy Bills October 1, 2013: s_bukley/Shutterstock.com]

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Podcast Fans Are Ready for Adam Carolla + Dennis Miller

Unbeige - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 00:00

Adam Carolla currently occupies the top spot on PodcastOne’s “Top 25 Podcasts.” The network also broadcasts Dennis Miller’s daily Miller Time musings.

iTunesTopComedyPodcasts_01_29So what happens when these two name-brand stars are combined? Well, there’s no actual first episode of the weekly PodcastOne offering PO’DCast yet. But per the screen grab on the right, the 30-second promo for the show debuting this weekend has vaulted to the top of the iTunes Comedy Podcasts chart, as folks check in and subscribe.

In the 30-second tease, Miller explains that as far as “whose voice most mirrors what’s in my head, it’s this cat…” E.g. Carolla. Beginning Saturday, we’ll all get to hear what the pairing sounds like.

On a recent Miller Time, the host revisited with guest Kenny G the days in the 1980s when the saxophonist opened for Miles Davis and got Davis’ seal of peer approval. “You would think that the critics would take that and not be so hard on my music,” G suggested with a laugh. Responded Miller: “Once Miles tells you you’re OK, I would elicit the disapproval of the critics. I would feed off of it.”

G also related the hilarity of now accompanying his son Max to Megadeth concerts. “Picture me inside the mosh pit…” he told Miller. “All these metal heads are going, ‘Hey man, my mom really loves your music. Can I take your picture?'”

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Media Minutiae

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 23:00

PRNewser: We tried (and failed) to not laugh at Comcast referring to a customer as “Asshole Brown.

GalleyCat: Michael Fassbender will play Steve Jobs in the film about his life. Good luck satisfying Apple fans Mikey!

TVNewser: NBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin described Navy SEAL Chris Kyle as a “racist” who went on “killing sprees.” Safe to assume Mohyeldin gave American Sniper two thumbs down.

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Fishbowl Five With Terri White, Editor of Time Out New York

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 21:54

Last year was a period of transformation for Time Out New York. Terri White, who joined the publication last January as editor-in-chief, restructured the editorial staff and brought on a new award-winning art director, Chris Deacon. “I really believe the success of Time Out meant becoming a true multiplatform brand in New York. So instead of having two separate teams [print and digital], we built one big content team, and I brought in a lot of new senior staff,” said White. The result was an aesthetic change and a refresh of the content that really spoke to New Yorkers.

“Time Out’s always been a great source of information, but to me, it should also take the temperature of a city,” explained White. “So we started to do these new city identity pieces… about why we love this city so much. But also, I thought it would be interesting to delve into the good, bad and the very, very ugly of New York. So we did an issue on anxiety, we did features on sleep [and] on the perils of dating.”

Here, White answers five questions on Time Out‘s social success, a day in her life, her favorite NYC neighborhood and more.

FBNY: TONY recently won Folio’s Eddie & Ozzie Award for Best Use of Instagram for your Food & Drink Awards 2014 cover contest. How did that idea come about?

TONY_instagram-coverWhite: We have a lot of annual franchises at Time Out we’re famous for, and Food & Drink Awards is one of them. And my thing is they’re brilliant and they mean a lot to the reader, but how can we reinvent them each year. So we started off with a brainstorm of what’s happening with food and drinks in 2014. How can we execute it in a way that reflects that it’s 2014 and not 2004? And we got talking about how some of the best food imagery you see these days is actually on Instagram, and we’re not talking about a photographer’s Instagram; we’re talking about your friends or somebody you know or somebody you follow. So we thought it would be really interesting to capture that and bring the reader into the creation of that content. So we sent out a challenge and we said, OK, here are the finalists in the Food & Drink Awards. We want to put a reader’s photograph on the cover, our first-ever Instagram cover.

It’s no longer an us versus them sort of culture, in terms of we give you information and then you consume that information. To me it’s about how can we create a community in which we’re part of it and then the reader’s part of it. We’re a brand for New Yorkers by New Yorkers. The thing that we share with the readers is we all live in New York, we’re all experiencing New York, and so we want to bring them even closer to the brand than they ever have been before, and the Instagram contest did that really well.

FBNY: So what is an average day like for you?

White: It’s pretty hectic. I wanted Time Out New York to feel like a brand that people can zip into every hour, every day, every week. So for that reason we have a morning meeting about 10:15, which is just a quick standup meeting. The editors all come and they pitch ideas for digital that day, especially for the blog. So that gives us a chance to really talk about things that are happening right there and then in New York. If we hear of an amazing new opening or people talking about Taylor Swift is the ambassador for New York or Bushwick is named one of the coolest places in the city, we can start that dialog with our reader immediately.

And then I’ll have meetings with my senior editors, we’ll talk about how the website performed the day before and how we’re pacing to our target for the month, is there anything we need to do in terms of the content strategy to change how we’re doing — do we need more page reads, for example, is there something we should be running this week, next week? And then there’s obviously a natural production cycle with the actual physical print mag, which goes out on a Friday.

So I spend most of my day sort of really just immersed content. No day’s really the same, which is part of what I love about working for a brand like Time Out — it’s like an idea factory, a creation factory. We’re always brainstorming, we’re always like trying to think of new and cool and exciting ways to do things. So it’s pretty much like the world’s greatest job, I’d have to say.

FBNY: What are some lessons you’ve learned in your editorial career that you’re applying to your current position?

White: I’ve previously worked on teams which have had very separate digital and print entities. And I’m a very firm believer — and I have to say we’ve seen success with this at Time Out — of everybody working across every platform. For a brand to really be powerful you have to really execute content to such a high standard in a full 360-degree approach. What will [the reader] enjoy in print which then inspires them to go online, and then what will they see on social, which then drives them to pick up the print magazine?

FBNY: What is your favorite part of New York?

White: Well I live in Alphabet City — and it’s funny because a lot of my friends live in Brooklyn. They’re like, ‘Come and live in Brooklyn; it’s really cool.’ But I love Alphabet City. It’s got such a sense of community. There are lots of public parks out there. I came home one day, and I was looking out my window and there’s a woman rolling around on a wooden box in a leotard, and I still to this day have no idea what was going on, but I was like, ‘This is awesome.’ To me [the neighborhood] feels like real New York.

FBNY: What’s next for Time Out?

White: So 2015’s our twentieth anniversary, which is super exciting. I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress on the print publication, so we just won [MIN’s] Most Improved Publication award, which was great recognition for the work we’ve done [last] year. We’re about to launch a mobile responses platform, which we’re super, super excited about. So we’re going to be much more aggressive digitally, even more so than we have been this year. And we’re going to be rolling out a blogger network. I think we got Time Out New York back to being a talked about brand. We have people like Julian Casablancas and Karen O on the cover, Michael Cera, John Waters. It’s just been a great, great, great [past] year and I think 2015, it’s only going to get much bigger and better.

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From Romania with Corrections

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 21:00

This is one of the more unusual notations at the bottom of an article crediting additional contributions:

HuffPost software engineer Dan Fratean, who translated Chivu’s Facebook posts, contributed to this report.

The Facebook posts in question, by 25-year-old model Loredana Chivu, are in Romanian. With Fratean’s help, colleague Hilary Hanson is calling out the New York Daily News, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror for getting the story completely wrong. From the Bing translation of a message posted by Chivu earlier today:

It’s the first time in my life when I feel the need to comment on articles in the newspapers. Unfortunately the media in Italy, Spain and England published an article that is totally false…

Dad died February 27, 2008. My appearance in Playboy was in June 2009. Dad loved me enormously and never in my life have I disappointed him!

In other words, the timeline fails to support the sensational narrative that dad took his own life because of his shame over her nude pics.

P.S. The byline for the NYDN pick-up also caught our eye. It reads Cen and when we clicked to find out more about the one-name author, there was only the Chivu item listed along with zero bio information.
 
[Cropped cover of Chivu on the June 2009 Romanian cover courtesy: Playboy]

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Harper’s Bazaar and Nylon Make Changes

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:45

A couple Revolving Door items today, involving Harper’s Bazaar and Nylon. Details are below.

Aeriel Brown is joining Harper’s Bazaar as deputy photography director. Brown comes to the magazine from Entertainment Weekly, where she served as senior associate photo editor since 2012. Brown begins February 17. Nylon has added head of brand strategy to Michelle Lee’s role as editor-in-chief. In the new role she’ll oversee the magazine’s branded content. Lee joined Nylon last year.
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Major Changes Coming to InStyle and StyleWatch

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:00

Time Inc. has made some major changes involving the InStyle and People StyleWatch leadership teams. For starters, Ariel Foxman — currently InStyle’s editor — has been promoted to editorial director of both brands, a new role at the company.

Foxman’s good news is bad news for StyleWatch founding editor Susan Kaufman; she is out. “We thank Susan for her service and contributions to StyleWatch and to Time Inc.,” said executive VP Evelyn Webster.

On the publishing side, InStyle’s publisher Nina Lawrence will now oversee StyleWatch, and Stephanie Sladkus, StyleWatch’s publisher, will report to Lawrence.

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Cover Battle: Golf Digest or Fortune

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:00

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. This round we have Golf Digest taking on Fortune.

Golf Digest’s latest cover features pro golfer Billy Horschel daring us all to start dressing like penguins. A bold proposition, Bill.

The latest Fortune cover, meanwhile, features a unicorn startup bro. He wants to talk to you about his new photo app that automatically elongates horns. Every unicorn knows that size matters, so it’s going to be in high demand.

So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.


Which Cover is Better, Golf Digest or Fortune

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A Southern Living Farm-to-Coffee-Table Project

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:45

The \"News & Press\" section of NYC interior designer Bunny Williams’ personal website has something of a magical rabbit hole quality. Scanning the array of magazine covers and clicking into the PDF articles reveals a world full of folks able to afford this superstar’s services.

BundoranFarmBannerHer webmaster will soon be adding an inordinate amount of coverage emanating from Virgina to the digital newsstand. The designer, who grew up in Charlottesville, has been tasked with designing Southern Living’s 26th Idea House, set to open in late June at the “preservation development” Bundoran Farm and be featured in the magazine’s August issue. From a Richmond Times-Dispatch write-up by real estate reporter Carol Hazard:

The 4,500 square foot two-story Idea House is being built on a 21-acre lot edged by a woodlands and pasture, said Hunter McCardle, vice president of Natural Retreats, the developer of the house and community. The house is on the market for $2.395 million.

Bundoran Farm is a conservation-based community… Three tenant farmers work the land there — a cattle, horse and sheep farmer; an orchard grower; and the Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard. Only 99 homes will be built in this community with 1,100 acres of pasture, 1,000 acres conserved as managed forest, 200 acres for orchards and 15 miles of trails

… “People love farms but not necessarily the hard work,” added McCardle , about farm life and those who buy into the community.

Ha ha. Ain’t that the kale-loving truth. Southern Living may also support this year’s Idea House with a companion source book.

[Image via: bundoranfarm.com]
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A Superhero Movie Co-Written by a Newspaper Man

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:45

Last November, indie film The Posthuman Project screened in Times Square as part of the annual Urban Action Showcase. Tomorrow in Oklahoma City, the teen superhero drama will debut theatrically, not far from the newspaper where its co-writer has been working for more than a decade.

Matthew Price, features editor at The Oklahoman since 2009, started writing a weekly column about comic books for the paper in 2001. Today, he also blogs about the topic (\"Nerdage) and co-owns in Norman, with wife Annette, the comic books store Speeding Bullet Books & Comics. From The Posthuman Project’s Facebook page:

From the beginning, people in the film industry told us we weren’t going to get a theatrical release because we didn’t have any “stars”! Just goes to show with a great script and talented cast/crew, you can make an indie film that WILL get a theatrical release!

We couldn’t have done this without you all coming to the screenings during our festival run. If you’re near Oklahoma bring the whole family to support the film at AMC Quail Springs the week of Friday Jan 30th!

Price co-wrote the screenplay with Sterling Gates, an Oklahoma native currently based in LA. Gates is the author of the DC Comics graphic novel series Superman: New Krypton Saga. Congrats to everyone involved.

Editor’s Note: Sadly, there is no superhero saving the fortunes of daily newspapers. As we were writing this item, Romenesko linked to news that 18 Oklahoman staffers are being laid off through the end of today. Read the developing details here.

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Newsweek Cover on Sexism Draws Outrage

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:59

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Newsweek’s latest cover is pissing off a lot of people. It’s a startling image, and the Twitter universe let loose on it. One called the cover “garbage.” Another said it was “horrid.” A few mentioned that the cover ruined whatever the cover story happened to be.

Of course, if anyone bothered to read the accompanying article, they’d see that the cover is almost perfect. Sure, it’s a little dumbed down for the subject it’s addressing. However, it definitely conveys that Silicon Valley sees women as objects, and that’s a big problem. Which is exactly what the Newsweek cover story explains.

Newsweek’s could’ve been a little smarter, but there’s no reason for outrage. Critics should save that for the real issue — which is detailed in the article that they refused to read.

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Linked: "You're not wrong, you're just an asshole."

Brand new - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:57
This is bound to be popular: Steve St. Pierre comments on the Brand New comments section.... Armin http://www.underconsideration.com
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Noted: <![CDATA[New Logo for Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport by Sullivan Higdon &amp; Sink]]&gt;

Brand new - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:52
(Est. 1929, previously Wichita Mid-Continent Airport) "Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (IATA: ICT, ICAO: KICT) is a commercial airport in Wichita, Kansas, United States. The airport is about 7 miles (11 km) west of downtown Wichita and the largest and busiest airport in the... Armin http://www.underconsideration.com
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Mashable Raises $17 Million; Business Insider $25 Million

Unbeige - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:30

gravatar photo.jpgMashable and Business Insider have both raised good chunks of funding. Mashable raised  $17 million in Series B funding, led by Time Warner Investments. BI raised $25 million, led by Axel Springer.

It’s not surprising that both companies have enjoyed large funding rounds. Mashable has increased its revenue by 45 percent over the past year. Meanwhile, a “person familiar with BI” told The Wall Street Journal that the site turned a profit over the second half of last year, and revenue has grown “steadily.”

Traffic to the sites is also on the rise. According to ComScore, Mashable’s traffic increased by 17 percent in 2014, while BI’s jumped 55 percent.

The funding will trickle its way down to new staffers; each company plans to hire 100 new employees each.

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