Kierna Mayo is moving up at Ebony. The Johnson Publishing title has named Mayo editor in chief.
“In strategizing about what EBONY needs today, it’s clear that it is time to return to the maverick spirit that gave us our wings in the beginning,” Mayo said. “We don’t need permission to be daring.”
The new Ebony includes Tina Knowles, complete with crown, for the July cover. Daughter Beyonce has been sharing the photoshoot on her official site.
Mayo had been Ebony’s editorial director since 2011. She’ll be based in the New York office of the 73-year-old, Chicago-HQ’d company. Meanwhile, Kyra Kyles, who has been editorial director of sister publication JET, has been promoted to vp, head of digital for ebony.com and jetmag.com.
The Ebony brand reaches more than 10 million readers every month in print and digital platforms.
Eric Zinczenko has been named CEO of Bonnier Corporation. Zinczenko most recently served as executive vice president of the company. He has been with Bonnier since 2007.
Zinczenko will succeed David Freygang, who is retiring from Bonnier Corp but will remain on as a consultant through the end of the year.
“I am looking forward to working with my passionate colleagues as we further the ambitions of our company, expand even deeper across multichannel platforms, and continue to cement our status as one of the largest special-interest media companies,” said Zinczenko, in a statement.
Nicholas Blechman has been named The New Yorker’s new creative director. Blechman comes to the magazine from The New York Times, where he has served as art director of the paper’s Book Review since 2006.
In a memo to staffers, The New Yorker’s editor David Reminck said of Blechman, “For over two decades, Nicholas has been a smart and original contributor to the international design and illustration world.”
Blechman succeeds Wyatt Mitchell, who departed the magazine for Apple.
The impossible challenge of beating the Golden State Warriors without Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao caught up with the Cleveland Cavaliers this weekend. In the second half of Game 5, season MVP Steph Curry was able to overcome the dogged defense of Matthew Dellavedova, hoisting along the way some truly ridiculous three-point shots (even for him).
If the Warriors go on to win the NBA title, a couple of recent articles will be worthy of re-examination. In April, Canadian website The 10 and 3 crunched some numbers and declared Cleveland to be North America’s \"Most Miserable Sports City.\" (That’s their methodology, illustrated above.) Then came the New York Times Upshot crew; in early June, they bestowed on Cleveland the U.S. crown of “Most Cursed.”
There’s an additional journalistic layer to these two sets of rankings. Last week, The 10 and 3 gang wondered about the similarities between their piece and the one by The Upshot. From the follow-up June 10 post by Zack Gallinger and Arik Motskin:
The format of the [Upshot] piece looks like ours, along with the imagery of fans’ heads draped shamefully in paper bags; the methodology section and metrics sounds a lot like ours too, and the language sounds disturbingly familiar (\"we’re looking at you, Buffalo\").
In the reader comments, Gallinger confirms that The 10 and 3 contacted the Times and were told The Upshot had not seen their item prior to June 4 publication.
Last year, after many overseas freelance pieces, Jonah M. Kessel was promoted to the position of contract video journalist covering east Asia for the International New York Times. From that new, solidified vantage point, he authored \"Jade’s Journey Marked by Death,\" a documentary about the heavy toll of Myanmar jade mining that has just been honored with a 2015 Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards.
Sharing with Kessel in the prize for Excellence in Digital News are article author Dan Levin and photographer Adam Dean. Separately, the paper’s chief diplomatic correspondent in Beijing Jane Perlez and photographer Tomas Munita won individual SOPA awards – Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, Excellence in Feature Photography – for their look at the plight of Myanmar’s Muslim minority Rohingya.
Munita’s photos are breathtaking. From SOPA’s 2015 Journalist of the Year (the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Nancy Carvajal) to the MINT human trafficking series by Ashwaq Masoodi (Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues), the 2015 SOPA honor roll will restore your faith in the future of longform international journalism.
The term \"catalyst-in-chief\" was applied to Frank Zachary by author and scholar Steven Heller. With the news that Zachary, a celebrated art director and longtime Town & Country editor in chief, passed away Friday at the age of 101, it is Heller’s profile that provides some of the most eloquent in-the-moment distillations of this man’s many talents.
The Heller piece was published when Zachary was awarded a 1990 Medal by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). From the essay:
Zachary created working conditions where the unexpected was expected, yet novelty was always eschewed. \"The beauty of Frank’s work is that it never followed a single thread,\" says Sam Antupit, design director of Harry N. Abrams and former art director of Esquire. \"Things that he initiated might have been copied [by other magazines] but they never approached his remarkable execution.\" Working for Zachary did not necessarily insure fame and fortune (though many of his \"discoveries\" did do quite well) but resulted in something even more valuable, the confidence to exercise self-expression, push conventions and be more than just a pair of tired hands.
An equally fitting way to remember Zachary is to turn to the pages of the magazine he stamped. Succeeding Town & Country editor EIC Jay Fielden recalls traveling to Florida to meet with Zachary, alongside tributes from Roger Angell, G. Bruce Boyer and James Villas as well as a look at some of the many graphic journalism highlights. RIP.
[Screen grab via: townandcountrymag.com]
New York Times regular contributor Shivani Vora recently had a piece in the paper titled \"Where to Go in La Brea, Los Angeles.\" The headline is somewhat confusing, as the article is about a trendy stretch of La Brea Avenue in the mid-city district. At the very least, the headline should have used “on” rather than “in.”
The article reverberated strongly with at least one resident of the specific, Grove adjacent block. From Kyle Fitzpatrick‘s latest weekly CityThink blog post for Los Angeles magazine:
The Times lavished long-distance praise on the \"more than a dozen trendy new restaurants and boutiques selling home goods and fashions from up-and-coming designers\" I pass by every day. It gave me an urban nightmare.
When I discovered it, the article in question rendered me speechless. I turned my laptop to my co-worker. \"Look at this,\" I motioned, the color draining from face. She squinted and then laughed – hard. \"Oh my god, you have to move now,\" she said. I just stared back. I felt hot. It’s possible I was in shock.
Once I could think again, I had questions: Did Venice locals feel so queasy when GQ decried Abbot Kinney “the coolest block in America”? Did Silver Lakers have such dread when Forbes called their home “America’s best hipster neighborhood”?…
Fitzpatrick criticizes some details of the piece and ponders further what impact this might have on the vibe currently flowing between 2nd and 3rd Streets.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
NYT Corrects Some Underpriced LA Living
Concerned LA Residents Planning Weekend Protest Against GQ
Kicked off with 24 hours of Madonna, iHeartMedia’s brand new Minneapolis-St. Paul FM station 96.7 Pride Radio aims to be \"The Pulse of LGBT Twin Cities.\" But like so much of FM radio these days, the behind-the-scenes geography is more diverse.
The brand manager, Don Parker, is based in San Francisco, where he also serves as senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia San Francisco and Sacramento. In addition, both of Pride 96.7’s evening on-air personalities – Pacey (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.) and Christie (10 p.m. – 2 a.m.) – are spinning from the Bay Area. The rest of the station’s on-air talent will be working from San Diego, Washington D.C. and Tampa, Florida.
\"96.7 Pride Radio will have a wide variety of pop music hits and dance remixes from the ‘90’s to now,\" explains Parker to FishbowlNY. \"As of now, we don’t have any Prince songs in rotation.\" (We had asked, naturally, if Minneapolis-St. Paul’s most famous musical resident was in the launch mix, which started pulsing on the dial and elsewhere at 5 p.m. CT Thursday.)
Another logical question for us was the idea of celebrity bumpers, e.g. hearing in-between songs something along the lines of – \"Hello, this is Elton John and you’re listening to Pride 96.7!\" Parker confirms he is in the process of gathering such items. The station’s on-air personalities will also occasionally feature in-studio guests.
\"96.7 Pride Radio’s on-air personalities are all members of the LGBT community with local and national fan bases,\"says Parker (pictured, at left, with Nick Jonas). \"To provide an accurate representation of our diverse communities across the country, they are based in various cities throughout the U.S.\"
Adds Hartley Adkins, iHeartMedia’s executive vice president of operations, in the release: \"June is Pride Month, and I can imagine no better time to launch a station this important to the Twin Cities community. This groundbreaking station represents a place for amazing music and entertainment, but also a platform for the LGBT community. 96.7 Pride Radio is a destination to express opinions, be heard and connect.\"
Parker is a radio vet whose years of industry experience include launching Houston’s KTBZ \"The Buzz\" and previously serving as NextMedia Group’s vice president of programming. For the next two weeks, Pride 96.7 is playing music without commercial interruptions. The station actually sits on the Twin Cities FM dial at 107.9 and can additionally be streamed across iHeartMedia’s various digital and mobile Apps.
In honor of today’s 150th anniversary of the San Francisco Examiner, the paper has combed through its archives to produce a number of entertaining reminders. Things like Mark Twain’s exact staff status when the paper was launched in 1865 and a very unfortunate Christmas Day typo involving Jack London.
There are also some wonderful reminiscences from David McCumber, a former editor who today oversees The Montana Standard. He spoke with reporter Laura Dudnick about the insane way that the paper got its Gary Hart photo scoop in 1987. McCumber was on the phone with columnist Hunter S. Thompson and Hart’s campaign manager Bill Dixon, at the exact moment Dixon learned The Miami Herald was about to break the story of an alleged sex scandal involving Hart:
As the story developed, McCumber and Thompson discovered that the woman involved was named Donna Rice. But a photo of her had yet to surface.
“I’m talking to Hunter about it and he said, ‘I know Donna Rice. She used to go out with Don Henley,'” referring to the former Eagles singer who at the time lived near Thompson in Colorado, McCumber said.
Henley was not home at the time, but McCumber recalled that Thompson broke in to Henley’s house and snatched a Polaroid photo of Rice that was thumbtacked to a corkboard in Henley’s kitchen.
“He took it to the Aspen airport, put it on air express, sent it to me in San Francisco, and we beat the world by a full cycle with the photo of Donna Rice,” said McCumber.
When the going gets wild, the wild get going. Read the rest of McCumber’s anecdotes here. Happy anniversary, Examiner!
This week, Metro Newspapers is hiring a night editor, while DailyMail.com needs a U.S. health editor. Storyful is seeking a content strategist, and BBC Worldwide Americas is on the hunt for a senior publicist. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.Night Editor Metro Newspapers (New York, NY) U.S. Health Editor DailyMail.com (New York, NY) Content Strategist Storyful (New York, NY) Senior Publicist BBC Worldwide Americas (New York, NY) News Editor Travel + Leisure (New York, NY)
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TVNewser: Kermit the Frog played “World News Polka” on ABC’s World News Now. We can’t be the only ones who think the Muppets aren’t the least bit interesting, can we?
FishbowlDC: For a good time, ask Ben Carson about LGBT rights.
GalleyCat: Here’s a movie about Lance Armstrong, if you can stomach it.
Yahoo snags former JCPenney CMO Debra Berman to be the company’s senior vice president of consumer marketing. She starts next month… Sandy Smith steps in as publisher of the Philadelphia Business Journal, taking over for Lyn Kremer. He had been director of advertising at the Washington Business Journal, a position he started in April 2012… Meghan Barr says goodbye to the Associated Press, joining Boston.com as a senior editor. She had been based in New York… Real Simple promotes Sam Zabell from assistant to associate editor of RS.com, while adding five others to the team…
Dick Costolo is done as CEO of Twitter. It’s a move many saw coming, although doubtfully this soon. Co-founder Jack Dorsey will take over on an interim basis while he continues to run Square. Costolo goes out on a positive note… Jalopnik loses editor in chief Travis Okulski, who is off to inject some nitrous into Road & Track’s website. Patrick George moves into the managing editor spot at the Gawker Media property, which will look for a new top driver… Spin Media bucks the recent trend, moving from Los Angeles to New York. In the process, the company has cut at least 15 jobs and the New York Post hears that more are on the way… Jim Romenesko announces his “retirement” but will continue to post media news on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels… Read More
The exact date has yet to be finalized. But ahead of the August relaunch of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, the publication has announced three hires and two senior-level promotions.
Joining T (left to right) are: deputy editor Hanya Yanagihara, staff editor Hannah Goldfield and senior online editor Isabel Wilkinson. Yanagihara was previously an editor at large with Condé Nast Traveler; Goldfield formerly served as associate editor of newyorker.com and head of the magazine’s fact-checking department; and Wilkinson will apply knowledge gained as senior editor with The Cut and fashion and art editor at The Daily Beast.
From the announcement:
“T was essentially in start-up mode over the last couple years,” said editor in chief Deborah Needleman. “With a lean staff, we recast the editorial direction of the magazine, broadening it into a general-interest style magazine, examining stories through the lens of culture and ideas. The business [ad pages in 2014 vs. 2012] grew 15%, and we are now positioning ourselves for future growth and opportunity.”
In concert with Yanagihara’s arrival, Whitney Vargas has been promoted from deputy editor to executive editor, while Emily Stokes has been upped to the position of articles editor. Stokes, joined T Magazine in March 2014 as senior features editor, was previously with Harper’s magazine.
This month’s T, in Sunday’s print editions, is all about Summer Beauty. The magazine publishes 13 times a year.
[Photo courtesy: New York Times]
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At the age of 79, Anne Roiphe has just published her tenth novel, Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind. She’s got at least one more planned, and next winter, when daughter Katie’s novel The Violet Hour arrives, it will be dedicated to mom.
Looking back on five decades of journalism, literature and life in Publishers Weekly, Roiphe shares one blazing memory after another. Including this one about her celebrated 1970 sophomore effort Up the Sandbox, made into a movie with Barbra Streisand two years later:
I received a call from my editor. ‘Sales of your book are incredible in one bookstore on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The store can’t keep the book in stock because the demand is so high…’ My aunt who lived a block away from that bookstore was buying out the full supply again and again, not realizing the store would only re-order and re-order more. She was trying to keep her friends from reading it.
My next editor at Simon and Schuster was of the three-martini-lunch kind. He was fired finally for sleeping the afternoons away at his desk. And then I wrote books of all kinds. I had remarried a psychoanalyst. We had tuitions to pay. We had life to consider which is far more important than art, I quickly came to see.
Roiphe wrote Up the Sandbox after divorcing at age 27. By the time the book came out, two years later, her mother had passed away. But along with the aforementioned aunt, other family members were equally \"furious\" about what she had shared in a thinly fictionalized form. Read the rest of Roiphe’s Publishers Weekly essay here.
[Jacket cover courtesy: Seven Stories Press]
Prior to her time at JCPenney, Berman was VP of marketing strategy and engagement for Kraft Foods.
“Debra’s extensive background in helping brands define and connect with consumers, coupled with her data and analytics-driven approach to drive marketing performance, makes her an ideal fit for this role,” wrote Kathy Savitt, Yahoo’s CMO and head of media, in a memo.
Berman’s appointment is effective July 6. She’ll report to Savitt.