New Republic CEO Guy Vidra is stepping down. According to a memo from Vidra that was obtained by Politico, Vidra is leaving the magazine at the end of April.
“I want to let you know that I have decided to transition to an advisory role at TNR,” wrote Vidra. “I will continue in this capacity through the end of the month and will then make myself available to help as the magazine moves forward to a promising future under [publisher] Hamilton Fish and [owner] Win McCormack.”
Vidra’s resignation marks the second big name New Republic departure in the last few weeks. On April 14, editor Gabriel Snyder said he was leaving the magazine.
In a solid case of “newspaper said, tabloid said,” the New York Times is disputing a New York Post story about massive layoffs coming to the Times.
The Post reported that the Times will cut “hundreds” between August and November. The Post also pointed out that Times’ execs are currently conducting talks with the Times’ union about reduced severance packages.
Times executive editor Dean Baquet was not happy about the Post’s report, and said it was “totally made up.” NPR’s media correspondent David Folkenflik tweeted that Baquet admitted the newsroom will shrink, but the Post’s story was also “cheap guess work.” Folkenflik added that the Times is indeed talking with its unions, and more will be clear later in the year.
In other words, bookmark this report. Because while Baquet is denying the Post’s account, it’s certainly possible that eventually we’ll see the Post was correct all along.
Gannett Company—owner of more than 100 newspapers including USA Today—wants to expand. The company has offered to buy Tribune Publishing for $815 million. The deal, proposed on April 12, includes Gannett assuming $390 million of Tribune’s debt.
Gannett wants to make this move because—despite adding debt and more brands—it’ll save the company roughly $50 million in “synergies” savings.
“We believe Gannett is uniquely willing and able to propel Tribune into the position of strength that will allow its beloved and historic publications and other assets to survive and thrive in this challenging environment,” wrote Gannett CEO Robert Dickey, in a note to Tribune CEO Justin Dearborn. “Given the opportunity to benefit from the significant premium and near-term liquidity, we are confident that Tribune’s stockholders will embrace our offer.”
Tribune Publishing, which owns The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and nine other papers, is reviewing Gannett’s offer.
“On receiving the April 12 proposal, the Company [Tribune] communicated by telephone to Gannett that the Board of Directors would engage financial and legal advisors to assist it in reviewing the proposal,” said Tribune, in a statement. “The board is now engaged, with the assistance of its advisors, in a thorough review. The board is committed to acting in the best interests of shareholders and will respond to Gannett as quickly as feasible.”
Running at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris until July 17, 2016, The Douanier Rousseau. Archaic Candour exhibition has as its goal to "shed a critical light on his art by reflecting on the notion of archaism." The idea here is to move away from the more traditional approach of viewing the work of Rousseau as "naive" and thus outside the mainstream of art.
On several occasions, Star Tribune music critic Jon Bream (pictured) was banned by Prince from the artist’s Glam Slam nightclub in Minneapolis. He was also in the audience of The Arsenio Hall Show in February 1993 when Prince applied lighter fluid to a printout of Bream’s review of the Love Symbol Album during a stage performance of “My Name Is Prince” and set the document on fire.
In a video conversation with Star Tribune features editor Sue Campbell posted today, Bream recalls another funny episode during a last-minute trip he made to Denver in 2013. He had been summoned there at the last minute and wound up having a joint interview conversation with Prince, starting at 4 a.m. in the morning:
“That previous fall, I had written something questioning whether he was wearing an Afro wig, because he kept changing from straight hairstyle to just an afro. And just in the middle of it [the interview], he turned to me and said [pointing to his hair], ‘This is real! And what’s up with your hair? What happened to your hair, Jon Bream?’ Because I used to have more hair back then, almost like a little Afro, back in the day.”
In today’s terms, Bream’s pan of the Love Symbol Album is fairly benign, with none of the kind of mean-spirited language that is typical of such missives today. Prince probably did not appreciate reading that one of the tracks (“The Morning Papers”) amounted, in the critic’s opinion, to a ‘bad Billy Joel impression. But if we had to guess, this second-to-last paragraph is what probably light the fire:
Prince’s most indulgent selection, the closing “Sacrifice of Victor,” may be the album’s quintessential piece. It begins with Kirstie Alley, playing a journalist, on the telephone trying to interview Prince about his widely reported affair with a young princess of Cairo. Alley wants him to the tell the truth, but he confounds her with mysticism and then churns out a furious funk (George Clinton meets James Brown at Paisley Park) that finds Prince singing about school integration, brotherhood and the importance of education, as preached to him by his real-life surrogate mother, longtime Minneapolis activist and social worker Bernadette Anderson.
Alley played that same reporter role to introduce the Feb. 22, 1993 Arsenio Hall program.
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Timothy Thompson, who joined the Black Panthers movement in 1970, is among those on the front page of today’s San Francisco Chronicle. That’s him, below at the top, right, recreating the famous clenched-fist salute.
The Oakland Museum of California will mark the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers this fall with special exhibit, “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50.” The museum held a press conference Friday to publicize those Oct. 8-Feb. 27 plans.
Thompson is also featured in coverage of the press conference by the Bay Area’s ABC-TV affiliate. Although whoever transcribed reporter Wayne Freedman’s report for the Web text version is guity of a Sigmund-to-the-Freud slip (we’ve crossed out the mistakes and added, in brackets, the correct words):
“The news media had jumped us up to be a bunch of gun-toting thugs [brothers] when that was not what we were about. We were about [our] love for our people and making our [community] people better,” former Black Panther Timothy Thompson said.
The Panthers movement was started in Oakland in 1966. But exactly when will be a topic of debate this fall in October, which Friday Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf declared will be “Black Panther History Month.” For example, the local CBS report says the Black Panthers were founded Oct. 15, the generally agreed upon date. But for the Chronicle piece, Sam Whiting spoke to movement co-founder Bobby Seale:
The one person who does not agree on that date is Seale, who was reached by phone Friday, as his plane landed after a speech at the University of Oregon. Seale said the founding date was Oct. 22, 1966, which was his 30th birthday and the day he and the late Huey Newton finished the “10 Point Platform and Program” for the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (as it was originally called).
Seale will be hosting a 50th anniversary celebration in the Bay Area Oct. 21-23 in partnership with the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party.
Fox News makes a number of high-level changes, the most significant of which is moving Michael Clemente to head up a new unit focusing on longform specials unit. He had been executive vice president of news and editorial, a position that Jay Wallace will now fill. The reshuffling comes as a surprise, with one report saying that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes made the decision without consulting Rupert Murdoch or any of his sons. “Michael’s wide-ranging broadcast background is perfect for this position — I’m confident that his extensive experience in long-form producing will result in development and execution of high quality specials,” Ailes said in a statement…
Bloomberg launches a Middle East edition, headed by digital news editor Leila Taha. “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in our evolution towards a global, digital-first, multi-platform media brand,” Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith said in a statement… Reuters adds Liana Baker and Lauren Hirsch to the deals team… Is Time Inc. chief technology officer Colin Bodell headed for the exit? That’s the rumor coming from inside, according to Keith Kelly… New York slims down its ad staff, including executive director of creative and marketing services Sona Hacherian…
Rob Kuznia, a 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner noted for no longer being in the journalism field at the time he won the award, was recently back in his high school stomping ground of North Dakota Tuesday to deliver the University of North Dakota’s annual Hagerty lecture. The lecture is named in honor of late Grand Forks Herald editor Jack Hagerty.
Today’s summary in the Dakota Student starts off with a crisp, engaging lede:
More than 20 years ago, Rob Kuznia delivered newspapers for the Grand Forks Herald. Now, he’s delivering lectures as a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Features editor Lucas Amundson goes on to touch on some of the points made by Kuznia, who now handles PR for USC’s Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles while also still occasionally freelancing. In the spirit of not compounding the aggregation problems that the former Daily Breeze reporter spoke about, we will simply instruct to click here for more details.
A cool side note. In the audience for the speech at the Empire Arts Club April 19 was Hagerty’s widow Marilyn, who still writes for the Herald.
This past weekend, Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper became the second player in MLB history to hit home runs against the Phillies in six consecutive games at Philadelphia. It’s the kind of stat that baseball purists love, claimed first way back in 1955 by Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks.
Something else that group can look forward to is a new biography of Banks, by a journalist who knew the retired player well. Kevin Roderick, who runs LAObserved, shared the news of Ron Rapoport’s deal with Hachette Books for Ernie Banks: A Life, and also linked to a great obituary Rapoport wrote for the site in January 2015. There are hints in that piece of the ground that will be covered in the book:
Once, when I pressed Banks to tell me how he really felt about never playing in a World Series, his smile was replaced by a resigned look. “Sometimes I’m at a Hall of Fame reunion,” he said, “and I’ll look around and see I’m the only one in the room who never played in a World Series. I’ve had nightmares about it. Once I even talked to a psychiatrist. There wasn’t much he could say, just that I’d done the best I could and it wasn’t meant to be.”
Then there was his complicated relationship with Leo Durocher. Ernie said the only time he became truly angry was when Durocher intimated that he was at fault for the Cubs’ famous meltdown during the 1969 pennant race. The real problem, Ernie said, was that Durocher was jealous of his popularity. “Leo thought he should be Mr. Cub.” he said.
Not until both men had retired, and Durocher, sensing his mortality, embarked on a charm campaign, was the bitterness truly healed. “Leo attended a reunion of the 1969 team many years later,” Ernie said, “and stood up and said, ‘The one thing I regret about that year is the way I treated Ernie.’ That made me feel good.”
Rapoport, a former sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Los Angeles Daily News, has written seven books covering everything from golfer Bobby Jones to the 1960s comedy team of Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen. The Ernie Banks bio is due in the spring of 2018 and follows an earlier biography by Phil Rogers in 2011 and Banks’ autobiography published in 1971.
Earlier this month, the Cubs brought out of storage an Ernie Banks statue that had been removed in 2014 in connection with Wrigley Field renovations. The statue was officially re-introduced April 8.
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A couple Revolving Door items for you today, involving Sports Illustrated’s MMQB and The Huffington Post. Details are below.Albert Breer, most recently a reporter for the NFL Network, is joining MMQB. He had been with the NFL Network since 2010. Breer previously worked for the Boston Globe and the Sporting News. The Huffington Post has hired JM Rieger, currently at Roll Call, to join its team in DC. Rieger will work with the HuffPost Video team and report to Sharaf Mowjood, HuffPost Video’s senior politics producer and Ryan Grim, HuffPost’s DC bureau chief.
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are coming to Madison Square Garden. This marks the first time the awards show will be held at the home to the sad sack Knicks.
“The VMAs deliver some of pop culture’s most defining moments and we’re grateful to our New York home and Madison Square Garden for rolling out the red carpet for what is sure to be the biggest night in music,” said MTV president Sean Atkins, in a statement.
The 33rd edition of the MTV Video Music Awards will air August 28.
Juana Summers has joined CNN Politics. Summers most recently served as Mashable’s political editor.
Summers previously served as a reporter for NPR, covering Congress and education. Prior to her time at NPR, Summers worked for Politico.
Rachel Smolkin, CNN Politics’ executive editor, tweeted that she was “thrilled” to have Summers joining the team.
Like most newspapers, The Financial Times is struggling to find its way. According to Politico, a memo from FT managing editor James Lamont stated that plummeting ad dollars have the paper’s execs “braced for tough times in the months ahead.”
Lamont wrote that because some companies have pulled out of newspaper advertising altogether, print ad dollars have “been far softer than expected in the first quarter of this year.”
As a result of the “daunting trading conditions,” Lamont said the FT will make cuts to four areas: There will be a delay in hiring; travel expenses will be reduced; part-time staffers will rarely be brought on and print production will be streamlined.
“It’s far better to take precautionary measures than find ourselves playing catch-up later in the year if the trading conditions do not improve,” added Lamont. “We will review our performance at the end of the second quarter.”
The New Yorker’s latest cover, Purple Rain by Bob Staake, is a great way to honor Prince. Click through for New Yorker staffers’ remembrances of the iconic artist.
Robb Report has named Matthew Carroll senior vp, publisher/head of digital sales. Carroll comes to Robb Report from Travel + Leisure, where he served as vp, associate publisher since 2014.
Carroll also served as vp, business lead for Wallpaper. He previously served as senior vp, group publisher for Modern Luxury Media.
“With a professional reputation within the publishing and advertising sales industry that far proceeds him, Matthew brings a proven track record of driving exponential sales growth, and developing talented, successful executive teams,” said Robb Report executive vp and publishing director David Arnold, in an announcement.