Twitter might just get sold after all. According to CNBC, the social network is talking with a few companies about a sale, including Google and SalesForce.
Formal bids from the companies are expected to come if the talks continue.
While that’s a big “if,” one source told CNBC that the conversations between Twitter and its suitors “are picking up momentum and could result in a deal before year-end.”
Atlantic Media is going all in on CityLab, its site dedicated to urbanization and city culture. The company is adding editorial and sales staff with the goal of increasing content and partnerships.
Leading this charge is Robert Bole, who has been named CityLab’s general manager. Bole previously served as an advisor to The New York Times and The Atlantic.
“Rob joins us this week with responsibility for expanding the site’s audience, its revenue, and its impact on the world,” wrote Atlantic president Bob Cohn, in a memo to staffers. “As GM, he’ll oversee all aspects of CityLab, including product, technology, sales, marketing, distribution, and content strategy. Look for new investments in most of these areas. Rob will be working closely with Sommer and her team to help the site reach ever-greater heights. His first goal is to double the site’s revenue and audience in 2017.”
The March 31, 1930 Time cover story “Pinch of Salt” was all about Mohandas Gandhi’s Salt March, a two-month act of peaceful protest being carried out at that time against British India rule. That’s the cover, on the right; Gandhi would go on to be voted Time’s 1930 Man of the Year.
Being on the cover of Time today doesn’t quite resonate the way it did in 1930, or at most other times when the magazine has featured political protests on the cover. One of the last, arguably, was when for the year 2011, Time famously chose “The Protester” as its Person of the Year, with Shephard Fairey providing the cover. The nomenclature for the annual honor was changed from Man to Person in 1999.
In today’s San Francisco Chronicle, sportswriter Ann Killion frames Colin Kaepernick‘s Time U.S. edition cover, on newsstands today, this way:
There were many who expected Kaepernick’s story to make it through one or two news cycles and then be over. I understand. That’s how most things work in our world. We don’t seem to have the patience to sustain interest in a topic for more than a few days, or hours.
But Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has created unexpected impact. One man’s action, which wasn’t even noticed at first, has been like a boulder dropped into a pond. The ripples continue to be felt throughout society.
When Time first reported about Kaepernick’s actions in late August, no doubt the editors at the magazine would have never guessed he would be on their cover just four weeks later. The shot of Kaepernick was not posed for Time; it’s taken from one of the athlete’s on-field protests.
At a Thursday press conference, San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly had a lively exchange with Santa Rosa Press Democrat columnist Lowell Cohn about the effect of the back-up quarterback’s actions on teammates. At one point, Cohn told the coach he thought Kaepernick should not talk to journalists post-game in the locker room about this whole thing, but rather, tell them he will do so at another time.
Everyone is still writing and talking about this. Even a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia magazine, John McWhorter, who has a sidebar in the Time Kaepernick issue.
Facebook has a video problem. The company has been vastly overestimating the amount of time users spend watching Facebook videos, and now publishers and advertisers are (rightfully so) pissed.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the ad buying giant Publicis Media was told by Facebook that its metric for tracking videos inflated video watch times by 60 to 80 percent. And that has been going on for the past two years. That, quite simply, is insane.
Of course Facebook has already issued a statement that everything is fine, and that the “error has been fixed,” but this is just the beginning.
Publishers flocked to Facebook video because they could tell advertisers about all the great metrics the site generated. Now that’s out the window, and so are the ad dollars that followed.
It’s a bad day for any media outlet that put time into Facebook videos, but it’s a lot worse for companies that have pinned their entire business strategy to the social network.
CNN Digital has made some leadership changes to its mobile and off-platform team. Marcus Mabry has joined the company as director and Christina Cuesta Kline as senior editor for mobile.
Mabry comes to CNN from Twitter, where he ran its Moments feature for the U.S. and Canada. He previously worked for The New York Times.
Cuesta Kline most recently worked for The Wall Street Journal as deputy editor for its mobile editorial team.
Mabry joins CNN September 29; Cuesta Kline October 4.
Yahoo has announced that the data from 500 million users was stolen by a state-sponsored hacker group in 2014.
Pretty much every type of user information was stolen during the attack: names, email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers, passwords and security questions.
A Verizon spokesperson (remember, it recently bought Yahoo) told the New York Times that the company learned of the hack just a couple days ago and had “limited information and understanding of the impact.”
If you’re a Yahoo user, it’s time to change that password and any other password that’s remotely similar to your Yahoo one. Then cross your fingers and hope for the best.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Details are below.Sara Castellanos has joined the Journal as a reporter covering emerging tech. She previously served as the tech editor for Boston Business Journal. Johanna Barr is leaving The Huffington Post for The New York Times. During her time at HuffPost, she served as a senior editor and news editor.
Decades ago, the building at 1000 Dean St. in Crown Heighs, Brooklyn was a place where people brought their Studebaker cars to be serviced. Soon, it will be where A&E puts together wing-tipped digital content.
Per an item by Crain’s New York Business reporter Daniel Geiger, A&E Networks has signed a 10-year lease to house at this Brooklyn location its new digital content agency 45th & Dean. The agency is named in honor of, yes, the forthcoming address as well as the network’s main New York headquarters at 235 East 45th Street:
45th & Dean will focus on creating branded content for the network’s advertisers as well as digital content for A&E. Most of the work it will produce for the network’s channels will be short-form, such as content for its websites, apps and social media, according to Steve Cohan, president of international and digital media.
“Let’s say you go to the History channel’s website and there’s a piece on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, that’s something this office will handle,” he said.
A rep for one of the building’s owners says A&E has a lot of existing employees who live in Crown Heights. The proximity to the Williamsburg offices of Vice, in which A&E has a stake, was apparently not a major factor. A&E staff will occupy the first and part of the second floors. Move-in is slated for early 2017.
Rob Reiner needs men ages 18 to early 60s to portray newsroom journalists for his latest project Shock and Awe, which begins shooting in The Big Easy Oct. 5. For anyone, unemployed journalist or otherwise, interested in this background assignment, all that’s needed is business attire and availability for all days (Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 23-26).
From Scott’s item:
Shock and Awe, which Reiner has been developing for several years, is based on a true story, focusing on a team of investigative reporters with the Knight Ridder newspaper chain who countered the Bush administration narrative linking Saddam Hussein to the al-Quaida terror network – and to weapons of mass destruction – leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Reiner is shooting from a script by Joey Hartstone, who also wrote the screenplay for the filmmaker’s forthcoming political drama LBJ, which will be the opening-night selection at October’s New Orleans Film Festival.
Toplining the movie are Alec Baldwin and Tommy Lee Jones. Shock and Awe reunites Reiner with Jorva Productions, which financed his 2015 drama Being Charlie, co-written by the filmmaker’s son Nick.
P.S. Presumably, there will also be female journalists featured in the film’s fictitious newsroom. It’s not unusual for extra casting calls to be broken out, separately, by gender.
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This is turning out to be an eventful week for matters related to the late poet Langston Hughes.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that thanks to a successful fundraising campaign, a Harlem home on East 127th Street where Langston lived for several decades is to be transformed into a cultural center. And today, in the print edition of The The New York Times, there is a full-page reprint of his 1926 poem “I, Too.” Although the fact that this print version immediately follows the unrest in Charlotte is purely coincidental, it is a powerful juxtaposition nonetheless.
— Pamela Paul (@PamelaPaulNYT) September 22, 2016
The poem is not a paid ad but rather part of a special section in the paper about the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Smithsonian’s 19th museum opens this weekend in Washington D.C.
A Times rep kindly passed on to FishbowlNY the backstory for today’s unusual poetry presentation. “Alicia Desantis in our graphics department, who also happens to have a Ph.D. in 19th century American literature, was part of the conversation about the headline for the section and recalled the phrase from the Hughes poem, “I, Too, Sing America.””
“Our Culture desk settled on that as the headline for the digital presentation that published last week. Wayne Kamidoi, who was designing the print section along with Fred Bierman, was pondering the back page of the section and wanted to do something simple and fitting. He thought of the poem and presented the idea, which the editors loved.”
Separately today, on the Smithsonian website, David C. Ward offers some great analysis of the featured poem’s language and imagery:
There is a multi-dimensional pun in the title, “I, Too,” in the lines that open and close the poem. If you hear the word as the number two, it suddenly shifts the terrain to someone who is secondary, subordinate, even, inferior.
Hughes powerfully speaks for the second-class, those excluded. The full-throated drama of the poem portrays African-Americans moving from out of sight, eating in the kitchen, and taking their place at the dining room table co-equal with the “company” that is dining.
Langston died in 1967. Click on the link below to hear him read “I, Too.” The poem was also read by Denzel Washington in the 2007 film The Great Debaters.
H/T: The Huffington Post
Alex Connock turns a number of memorable phrases in his look-back for London’s The Spectator.
A tour in 1990 of the finest suite at Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City delivered an aesthetic that ‘was Aladdin meets Donatella Versace’s underwear drawer.’ The reincarnation of Cleopatra with an Amex gold card would not have caused quite the same level of excitement among hotel staff as the sight of Michael Jackson, then at the peak of his musical and performance powers.
And Connock, who covered the opening of the Atlantic City resort for an American weekly, punchlines Trump’s PR wizardry as follows:
Jackson retired to his suite. I later heard a rumor that he’d been spotted disguised as an old woman, playing the slots with a plastic bucket full of quarters. Meanwhile, Trump got on energetically with the marketing — an Olympics of superlatives with only one contestant. Biggest, greatest, most expensive, finest, pure class, high-rollers, helicopters and gold. And that was just his hair.
Ha ha. On the second day of the Taj Mahal junket, Connock wound up on a private plane with Trump and Jackson, headed in Indianapolis. At one point during the flight, Jackson chatted with Trump about the fact that the latter was on the front page of the National Enquirer. To find out whose jet it was, and why this gang traveled to the Heartland, read on.
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There’s plenty of negative stories out there right now, so let’s cast a tiny bit of light into the darkness with this Women’s Running cover.
That’s Rahaf Khatib, a runner who created the Instagram account Run Like a Hijabi to inspire people who cover to stay fit and to help cast aside stereotypes about Muslim women.
According to Women’s Running, Khatib is the first Hijabi woman to grace the cover of a health or fitness magazine in the United States. That’s pretty f-ing cool.
Politico reports that Vice Media has named Carl Franzen managing editor of its tech site Motherboard.
Franzen comes to Vice from Popular Science, where he served as online director. He previously served as The Verge’s news editor.
Franzen is succeeding Adrienne Jeffries, who now works for Josh Topolsky’s upcoming site The Outline.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have The New Yorker taking on GQ.
The New Yorker’s latest has an illustration of Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, which means he’s likely days away from a season-ending injury.
GQ, meanwhile, features Lin-Manuel Miranda looking great as always. Perhaps if we buy this magazine his genius will rub off on us? It’s worth a try.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
The third paragraph of a recent New York Times article about Donald Trump’s wavering public and private statements regarding a tax-cut plan for small businesses reads:
Call it the trillion-dollar lie: Both assertions cannot be true.
Today on NPR’s Morning Edition, the paper’s executive editor Dean Baquet discussed the paper’s recent decision to use that L-word terminology. In very short order, Minnesota Public Radio’s Bob Collins, on his NewsCut blog, was breaking down the conversation:
That was a fascinating segment on NPR’s Morning Edition today when an NPR host, who works for an organization that steadfastly refuses to say that Donald Trump lies, quizzed the boss of the country’s most influential newspaper, who works for an organization that has no such qualms.
“It would almost be illiterate to have not called the birther thing a lie,” Baquet told NPR’s Steve Inskeep.
Read between the lines on that one. That’s Baquet likely calling NPR “illiterate.”
Baquet had some equally interesting comments when Inskeep asked him if Hillary Clinton lies.