Faye Penn has joined InStyle as editorial projects director.
Penn is the founder of Brokelyn and former executive editor of The Observer. She previously served as features editor for New York and The New York Post.
“InStyle’s cross-platform momentum is on the upswing, and we are serving our readers with more incredible access and exclusive content than we ever have before,” InStyle editorial director Ariel Foxman told WWD.
Penn will report to Foxman.
Ad Age publisher Allison Arden is stepping down from her role as publisher. According to Ad Age, Arden is moving on “to focus her energy on a new venture dedicated to corporate excellence.”
Arden has been with Ad Age for 18 years. She was named publisher in 2007. Arden will continue her role until parent Crain Communications finds her successor.
“Allison has been a great leader for Ad Age, and strong voice for the industry,” said Crain president and editorial director Rance Crain. “We’re thankful for the intelligence and creativity she’s brought to Ad Age. It’s an exciting time for everyone as Allison is freed up from the day to day role as publisher, to focus on new initiatives to grow the Ad Age brand and explore her personal passion.”
Gwyneth Paltrow, who is better than you at everything, has decided to enter the world of book publishing. Paltrow and her site, Goop, are getting a book imprint at Grand Central Publishing, called Goop Press.
Goop Press will churn out books that carry a Goop-approved message. “With so much incredible content now being produced at goop.com on a daily basis, we’re excited to memorialize it for audiences across the world,” said Paltrow, in a statement.
The first book will be Paltrow’s It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook, set to debut in April of next year.
We can’t wait to hear what Paltrow thinks of as “easy.” “Step one: Take your private jet to Paris and buy half a pound of truffles.”
At the top of a brief Nov. 8 Page Six item, Richard Johnson wrote that Joseph Kapsch was let go from TheWrap “after mistakenly claiming on Facebook that he had a new job there as editor at large.” But as it turns out, the only person guilty of false statements here is the reporter.
On Facebook this morning, former TheWrap executive editor Kapsch has produced a two-page Oct. 27 job offer letter sent to him by site CEO Sharon Waxman. The document lists nine distinct areas of duty for Kapsch as editor at large, describes him as a “valued member of the company” and confirms a start date of Nov. 2. From the post on Kapsch’s personal Facebook page (excerpted here with his permission):
Since Johnson says “his editor says his article is fine as is” and refuses to issue a correction to the defamatory hit job planted against me by my former employer, he leaves me no choice but to handle this on my own. I DID NOT “mistakenly claim” that I had a new job…[The] offer letter issued to me for the position of editor at large at TheWrap was sent to me just 2 days after I mutually agreed to step down as executive editor, as well as the original email correspondence which the job offer was sent. If Page Six does not correct their EGREGIOUS article in the next 24 hours, I can assure you that my lawsuit against my former boss Sharon Waxman and TheCRAP is going seem like child’s play in comparison to the defamation lawsuit I file against the NY Post.
IBT Media has named Eric Gonon vp for video and strategy. Gonon most recently worked for Auctionata AG as senior vp.
Prior to Auctionata AG, Gonon worked for CNN, Businessweek and CNBC.
“Expanding and optimizing our video production capabilities for both newsroom and native content is a top priority for the company as we continue to innovate and expand our news operations in the U.S. and around the world,” said IBT Media’s CEO and co-founder Etienne Uzac, in an announcement. “Eric has a strong news background and will collaborate across editorial, business and product teams.”
Gonon will report to IBT Media co-founder and chief content officer Johnathan Davis.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has been handing out journalism awards since 1945. But this year, thanks to the doubling of an endowment from The Kavli Foundation, two big changes are in evidence.
For the first time, international journalists were allowed to submit their work for prize consideration. A second tier was also added to all eight awards categories, in the form of a a Silver award ($3,500 prize) to go along with the Gold Award ($5,000).
A good example of what all this wrought is 2015’s Silver award winner in the Print – Large Newspaper category. Behind Andrea McDaniels’ series for The Baltimore Sun about the toll on residents living in violent neighborhoods, there is a three-part series by Le Monde’s Nathaniel Herzberg:
Herzberg told his readers about the decline of the stethoscope as the undisputed symbol of the working physician; the efforts of scientists since the time of the ancient Greeks to understand the migration and metamorphoses of the European eel that crosses the Atlantic twice during its life cycle; and the diminished allure of mice as experimental subjects for the study of human diseases. Tim Radford, former science editor of The Guardian, called the articles “a triptych of elegant studies in essay form.” Regarding the piece on the stethoscope, he noted: “Who knew how much history lay in that iconic length of tubing?”
Other 2015 winners include PBS NewsHour’s Miles O’Brien, The New York Times, the BBC and Minnesota Public Radio. The awards will be presented in Washington D.C. in February.
BuzzFeed’s movie division—BuzzFeed Motion Pictures—has named Michelle Kempner publisher, a new role at the company.
Kempner has been with BFMP since last year, most recently serving as director of operations.
“As we grow, Michelle’s work will maintain a culture of test and learn, ensure employees have access to the resources they need, and scale BFMP operations in support of a worldwide video team across BuzzFeed,” BFMP’s president Ze Frank wrote in a memo that was obtained by THR.
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME)—the organization behind the National Magazine Awards aka the Ellies—has launched a new award for young people, because getting old is terrible and everyone knows it.
The ASME Next Awards will honor print and digital journalists under 30 years old. Sid Holt, ASME’s CEO, said recipients “will shape the future of magazine media, both in print and online.”
Candidates must be nominated by an ASME member and work full time or freelance for an MPA-approved print or digital publication. The Next Awards will be chosen by a panel of judges chaired by ASME president Mark Jannot.
Vox continues its push into the video world, recruiting PBS Digital Studios programming head and co-founder Matthew Vree as executive producer of video. While at PBS, he developed Blank on Blank, Everything But the News and many other hits. “Matt is incredible at making really smart, really watchable videos at scale, and his perspective and approach will be a huge addition in growing our video team,” said editor in chief and Vox.com co-founder Ezra Klein…
Politico is continuing its European expansion, recruiting Francesco Guerrera and Kate Day to be chief financial correspondent and associate editor, and editorial director for growth, respectively. Guerrera had been at The Wall Street Journal and Day at the Telegraph Media Group. Expect more additions in the near future… Goodbye and hello to Dear Prudence. Emily Yoffe will no longer write Slate’s advice column, replaced by The Toast co-founder Mallory Ortberg. Yoffe is off to work as a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where she’ll write for the magazine and website… TheWrap.com loses executive editor Joseph Kapsch, who reportedly clashed with staffers…
After 38 years with the Reno Gazette-Journal, reporter Ray Hagar (pictured) retired at the end of October. In an interview posted this week with friend and colleague Julia Ritchey of KUNR-FM public radio, it was hard to avoid the incident for which Hagar is infamous – getting clocked on Nov. 10, 1978 by Yankees manager Billy Martin:
“He was upset and he was drunk and just hauled off and hit me,” Hagar says. “It was 10 and a half months of hell, to be honest with you, for all the public attention it caused.”
Six months after the incident, a settlement of $7,500 was paid to Hagar to cover dental work. The money was paid out not by Martin but by the Reno Big Horns, the Western Basketball Association team whose game had brought the baseball manager in contact with Hagar that night.
The Martin fracas occurred at the very beginning of the journalist’s time at the paper. Hagar’s last published assignment was covering a visit to northern Nevada by Donald Trump. Listen to the full interview here.
[Photo via: @RGJRayHagar]
The Floss 500 features many different categories, including Science, Math, Sports, Art, Games, Business and more.
The December issue of Mental Floss—available next week—is also sponsored entirely by Toyota, so you can expect to see lots of ads for cars. Before you complain about that, remember — advertisers pay the bills.
Over the weekend, New York Post sportswriter Tim Bontemps headlined an article “Who’s Worth Watching on the Nets? Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.” The Brooklyn Nets rookie got his first start last Friday and while Bontemps is moving on to the Washington Post to serve as national NBA writer, he’s surely going to keep an eye on #24.
Last month, Hollis-Jefferson and his younger brother shared a video of their surprise gift to mom of a new home. On her birthday.
This month, Hollis-Jefferson is looking sharp on the cover of Fashion Avenue News. When asked in the accompanying interview by editor at large Alvertis Alexander who inspires him, he pointed once again close to home:
“My biggest thing growing up was making my mom proud, putting a smile on her face that lights up the room a million times.”
Copies of the magazine are available exclusively at the Magazine Cafe at 15 West 37th Street.
The Financial Times has named editors in Africa and Asia. Details are below.David Pilling has been named Africa editor. He previously served as the FT’s Asia editor. Pilling previously served as the FT’s Tokyo bureau chief. He will retain his role as assistant editor. Pilling has been with the FT since 1990. Jamil Anderlini, most recently Beijing bureau chief, succeeds Pilling as Asia editor. Anderlini served as Beijing bureau chief since 2011. Prior to joining the FT, he was Beijing business correspondent for the South China Morning Post and chief editor for China Economic Review.
Here’s how it’s going to flow. From Time Inc.’s soon-to-be fully vacated Time and Life building headquarters, the company’s archives are being shipped to a warehouse in Putnam County, N.Y. From there, the materials will gradually be redirected, box by box, to the New York Historical Society on Central Park West. To be sorted through, cataloged and selectively exhibited.
No mere array of file folders — though an array of file folders one and a half miles long would certainly be worth noting — the archive includes a 1937 Oscar; a globe of the Earth, wrapped in 1988 by Christo himself; a receipt for a three-month gift subscription to Time for the 15-year-old John F. Kennedy; and Life’s carbon copy of an ad hoc contract signed Nov. 23, 1963, by Abraham Zapruder granting the magazine, for $50,000, exclusive worldwide print rights “to my original 8 mm color film which shows the shooting of President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.”
Time Inc. archivist Bill Hooper will help supervise the work, dividing his time between the Historical Society and his company’s new offices.[March 23, 1923 cover of Time magazine via time.com]