Cave is relocating to Sydney to open the Times’ Australia bureau in March. He will be joining existing contributor Michelle Innis and will be joined by Jacqueline Williams, previously with the paper’s investigative unit. From the memo by international editor Michael Slackman, deputy international editor Jodi Rudoren and Asia editor Phil Pan:
Damien, a former correspondent in Mexico City and Miami who has been a leader in redefining national coverage, will lead the Australia effort, building a small staff and stable of freelancers. He is a digital innovator and creative team-builder who played a critical role in the successful launch of the Race/Related newsletter, one of our most dynamic and groundbreaking initiatives.
Marc Lacey says Damien sends frequent late-night emails with his many new ideas so “it appears that he does some of his most creative thinking in his dreams.”
“His journalistic instincts are refined,” Marc continues. “He is as collaborative as they come. And he cares passionately about the many issues associated with race.”
Williams, recruited from a Columbia University journalism class by Walt Bogdanich, receives high praise as well. Bogdanich deems her “the most delightful, responsible young reporter” he’s ever worked with. Read the full memo here.
— RN Drive (@RNDrive) January 24, 2017
Photo of Cave, Williams via: New York Times
Ozy.com, a content operation based in Mountain View, Calif., will soon celebrate its fourth anniversary. Launched by Emmy Award-winning journalist Carlos Watson and Samir Rao, it had Silicon Valley backing then. And it has added more now.
The company has banked a $10 million infusion of new funding led by GSV Capital. From today’s announcement:
This latest round brings the company’s total amount raised to $35 million with previous funders including Axel Springer, Emerson Collective and some of Silicon Valley’s top angel investors.
This significant investment in Ozy’s growth comes on the heels of the company’s exceptional performance in 2016, making a decisive move into television and live events, developing two additional revenue streams and achieving five-times growth.
Helping drive that growth was The Contenders, a political documentary series that aired conjunctively on PBS and BBC leading up to the 2016 U.S. election, as well as the inaugural Ozy Fusion Fest, held in Central Park. Participants in the event included Malcolm Gladwell, will.i.am and Senator Cory Booker.
One intriguing aspect of Bon Appétit’s brand new portal Healthyish is the fact that it comes with its very own eating instrument. Tomorrow through Feb. 1, a special Bon Appetit Healthyish Bowl will be available for pick-up at Sweetgreen locations by those who ordered it online.
Another bonus is the article “Samantha Bee Tells Us What Trump Wants for Dinner.” The titular answer comes at the very end of her Q&A with David Walters:
“Trump is a fast food guy; he likes McDonald’s. He likes the uniformity of it, and the bleachiness of it. He feels like it’s clean. He likes to have the same experience wherever he goes. If I were attending one of his State dinners—though I doubt that I would get invited—I’d probably have to bring one of my granola bars. Just in case.”
The launch of Healthyish is being bracketed by an in-kind February issue of Bon Appétit dedicated to that concept of good health through good food. Site editor Amanda Shapiro explains that the website name comes from a term that evolved internally at the magazine, used to describe how most staffers try to eat.
Bon Appétit plans to launch several more stand-alone brands like this in the third quarter of 2017. The debut-phase sponsors for Healthyish are Arla Foods, Michelob ULTRA, Purely Fancy Feast, Trop50 and Whole Foods.
At the top of this particular Jan. 23 news article on the website of New Jersey daily newspaper The Record, some of the terminology includes “restructuring,” “major strategic reorganization” and “highly transformative time.” Crowned by a deceptively generic headline.
It is not until the sixth paragraph that the human toll of actions by parent company New Jersey Media Group, publisher of The Record, is specifically detailed:
By week’s end, 141 employees are to receive notices required by New Jersey and federal law when significant layoffs are planned by private employers.
Gannett acquired New Jersey Media Group from the Borg family last summer. In the comments, a dozen and a half readers at press time are voicing their great displeasure with changes recently made to the print and digital editions of The Record. Another objects to the way the layoffs are being spun:
Jason Towlen: How will slashing journalist jobs help “meet the growing digital demands of readers”? Sounds like typical counterintuitive Gannett-speak to me. Shame on you, Bob Dickey, for destroying yet another NJ paper.
Politico has the internal memo circulated by New Jersey Media Group president and publisher Nancy Meyer. Read it here.
For the film year 1995, Mel Gibson was deemed by members of the Academy to be the Best Director, for Bravehart. A decade later, TMZ had him pegged as the town’s leading pariah. And now, for the year 2016, Gibson has nabbed his second Best Director nomination, for Hacksaw Ridge. On the heels of welcoming his ninth child.
HATING the fact that Mel Gibson got a nomination and that we have to see his awful mug for the next month. #OscarNoms
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) January 24, 2017
The selection of Gibson as a Best Director nominee is easily the most controversial aspect of this year’s Oscar nominations, revealed this morning via fuzzy-font livestream. The tweet above is representative of the majority first wave of reaction among female journalists.
Gibson stands alongside Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and others whose real-world transgressions have been relegated to the background at the Oscars in favor of finely focused artistic accomplishments. Let the debate continue!
“Mmm, no.” That’s how Margaret Sullivan greeted Recode poscast host Peter Kafka’s suggestion that her jobs at The New York Times and the Washington Post are similar.
From the conversation:
“I told him [Washington Post editor Marty Baron] that I thought that David Carr at The New York Times had done a great job. He of course agreed, as every sentient being does, and said that I would try to … I don’t think I can be David Carr but I would sort of model what I was doing on that, which means taking a kind of a getting up and looking at it from a little bit higher and broader perspective.”
The anniversary of Carr’s death is upcoming (Feb. 12). Sullivan and Kafka talk a lot about covering President Trump, which of course is a topic Carr would have run wild with. Carr’s legacy also continues at the paper in the form of talented namesake fellows Amanda Hess, John Herman and Greg Howard. Their terms will run through the beginning of 2017.
Released last fall, The Hostage’s Daughter is all about Brooklyn-based journalist Sulome Anderson’s attempts to pick up the pieces of a puzzle anchored to her father’s kidnapping. Terry Anderson, then AP’s chief Middle East correspondent, was famously grabbed by Shiite abductors in Beirut in 1985 and held captive until 1991.
Check out fellow AP reporter Larry Neumeister’s great lede:
She tried drugs. She tried arguing. She tried writing a book. After a quarter century, the daughter of the longest-held American hostage during Lebanon’s civil war says she’s found her father’s love. And it took coming face-to-face with one of his captors to do it.
The AP story has a cluster of great photos as well. Daughter Anderson met Terry for the first time at age six. Neumeister also spoke to dad, from the latter’s home in Orange, Va. A crisp, thought-provoking piece.
Jacket cover courtesy: Dey Street Books
It’s the first time an employee has held that title at the company, whose eight properties include The Verge, SB Nation and Recode. Nelson was previously vice president and head of global brand strategy.
From today’s announcement:
Reporting to Vox Media’s CEO Jim Bankoff, Nelson is charged with driving relevance, authority and aggressive business growth for Vox Media and its growing portfolio of brands and businesses. She will oversee a new marketing organization consisting of Brand Marketing; Portfolio Marketing (B2B); Revenue Operations; Concert; and Vox Creative.
“Lindsay is one of the industry’s most talented and innovative marketers,” said Bankoff. “Since joining Vox Media, Lindsay has increased Vox Creative’s revenue six-fold, making it the fastest growing and most awarded digital media branded content studio in the industry.”
In support of this move, Vox Media has also hired Armando Turco as Vox Creative’s first general manager. Turco, who had a long previous run with BBH New York, will report to Nelson and focus on identifying opportunities in mobile video, experiential and the development of new brands in partnership with advertisers. He also started today. Congrats to both.
Photo courtesy: Vox Media
World premiering tonight at the Sundance Film Festival, Crown Heights reconstructs the harrowing true story of Colin Warner, whose wrongful conviction for a murder in the Brooklyn neighborhood becomes the lifelong cause of friend Carl King. The drama, written and directed by Matt Ruskin, stars Lakeith Stanfield in the lead role.
As Ruskin tells Filmmaker magazine, it all started with a radio broadcast:
“After hearing Colin and Carl’s piece on This American Life, I was really blown away by them. I couldn’t get their voices out of my head. For Colin to emerge from two decades of incarceration with his humanity and his dignity intact, it’s extraordinary. And for Carl King to have such a sense of injustice that he would never give up on his friend, even after 20 years, it really stuck with me.”
Ruskin says that among the inspirations for the film’s look were Bruce Davidson’s book Subway, which he calls his “favorite time capsule of 1980s New York.” Listen to the original 2005 This American Life broadcast here.
Image via: sundane.org
Today, the news is good. Per an announcement this morning by Sprint, the telecommunications carrier has acquired a 33% stake in Jay Z‘s music streaming platform Tidal. Sprint will offer that content to its users as well as present special incentives at the other end to Tidal subscribers. As part of the deal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will join Tidal’s Board of Directors:
“Jay saw not only a business need, but a cultural one, and put his heart and grit into building TIDAL into a world-class music streaming platform that is unrivaled in quality and content,” said Claure. “The passion and dedication that these artist-owners bring to fans will enable Sprint to offer new and existing customers access to exclusive content and entertainment experiences in a way no other service can.”
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of a less flattering investigation by Norwegian publication Dagens Naeringsliv. As picked up and translated by Digital Music News, the investigative piece suggests Tidal last year was guilty of falsely inflating its subscriber ranks:
‘On March 30 of last year, Tidal issued a press release stating that the company had reached ‘three million members,’ the Dagens Naeringsliv report states. ‘The news story reported worldwide was that Tidal had three million paying subscribers. Tidal also specified to The Verge that this figure did not include trial subscribers. This was the last time Tidal reported a total number of subscribers to the public.”
The only problem with that? ‘In April 2016, one month after the press release issued by the company claiming three million members, Tidal made payments to the record labels for around 850,000 subscribers. The figure reported internally by Tidal in April is 1.2 million subscribers.’
Screen grab via: tidal.com
When Nebraska daily newspaper the Hastings Tribune caught up with New York personal trainer and January/February Runner’s World cover girl Amanda Butler, she was in Los Angeles, having just shot several commercial videos for Kate Hudson’s clothing company Fabletics. The 31-year-old Butler attended St. Cecilia High School in Hastings before moving on to university studies in Oklahoma.
— OCU Alumni & Friends (@OKCUAlumni) December 29, 2016
Butler has previously appeared inside the pages of Runner’s World as well as Shape, Self and Fitness magazines. But her only previous cover is a quarterly Women’s Health workout supplement. From the Hastings Tribune piece by Tony Herman:
“Runner’s World is a really great magazine,” Butler says. “They pick real people. It’s not just a celebrity on the cover every time. They are an awesome team to work with. I think they put out a very real and reliable product. I know a lot of people subscribe to it and a lot of runners love it for the content they provide. I don’t think they fluff things. I think they’re pretty real.”
After studying dance at OCU, Butler entertained on Royal Caribbean cruise ships before settling in New York. She currently teaches at New York gym The Fhitting Room.
Esquire this week nabbed a 2016 Ellie nomination in the Columns and Commentary category. Cited were a trio of pieces by Dwight Garner published in the September, November and December/January 2017 issues.
Equally worthy from that publication would have been Don Winslow’s masterful summer feature “El Chapo and the Secret History of Heroin.” With the extradition of El Chapo (a.k.a. Joaquín Guzmán Loera ) to the United States finally coming about this week, we couldn’t help but think back to Winslow’s take on the Mexican drug lord’s 2001 and 2015 prison escapes.
The author calls the escapes “catnip for the media” and, essentially, as reported and disseminated, fake news:
For the record, Guzmán did not [in 2015] go out that tunnel on a motorcycle. Steve McQueen escapes on motorcycles. My money says that Guzmán didn’t go into that tunnel at all; anyone who can afford to pay $50 million in bribes and finance the excavation of a mile-long tunnel can also afford not to use it.
Gentle reader, the man is worth $1 billion. He was thinking about buying the Chelsea Football Club. He went out the front door.
Winslow puts forth a similar dual smoke-screen for Guzman’s earlier 2001 escape. The notion of the drug lord being smuggled out in a laundry cart fed the folklore, but according to the reporter’s sources, it was more like a helicopter off the roof of that particular prison.
The main focus of Winslow’s article is how the gradual legalization of marijuana in the U.S. forced Guzman to find a different anchor drug. His choice, explains Winslow, is a big reason opioid and heroin epidemics are now ravaging all sorts of surprising corners of the U.S.country.
Along with Matt Taibbi’s rollicking coverage of Donald Trump for Rolling Stone, which is separately nominated in the ASME-Ellies Columns and Commentary category, this Esquire article was one of favorite pieces of magazine reporting done in 2016. Winslow has an equally provocative theory about El Chapo’s 2014 recapture. For that, you will need to read the article.
Previously on FishowlNY:
Author Don Winslow on How He Boarded the Train to Literary Success
Image via: Esquire
At this week’s AdExchanger 2017 Industry Preview event in New York, one panel discussion featured Rob Norman, global chief digital officer for WPP’s GroupM, Meredith Kopit Levien, executive vice president and CRO of The New York Times, and Dave Morris, CRO for CBS Interactive. At one point, Kopit Levien framed the evolution of the newspaper legacy-business-model in a manner that aligned New York with Detroit.
The assembly line here is pumping out content, not cars. But in both cases, there is a U.S. “Big Three” looming large:
“Up until now, we’ve been a niche consumer business with a $1 billion-plus newspaper ad business. Now we’re on a path to becoming a very big consumer business and a niche ad business. If you’re a content company and you’re not Facebook, Google or Snapchat, you’re in the niche ads business.”
Kopit Levien also talked at one point about Readerscope, a tool developed by The New York Times to help direct marketers identify the best narrative topics for them to pursue on nytimes.com. Watch the full conversation below.
We caught up today to a correction issued on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Wisconsin NBC affiliate WEAU Channel 13. What’s curious and most unusual is that the original error is at no point explained.
The incorrect Chyron was shown during the Sunday 10 p.m. newscast for a story co-produced with NBC Newschannel:
As that story was on-air, a graphic created by WEAU 13 News that included the incorrect spelling of President-elect Trump’s last name remained on the screen for about 53 seconds. Our staff recognized the error, and removed it from the broadcast.
The mistake is not a reflection of the station’s views on the incoming president, his associates or his supporters. We apologize for the error and regret that it happened.
Several commenters are wondering, what was the misspelling. Here’s your answer:
— Mr_Sconnie (@Mr_Sconnie) January 16, 2017
Call it a schadenfreudian slip. Perhaps even by a female member of the WEAU 13 production staff.
The Buenos Aires Herald was founded in 1876. Its Twitter slogan is “In Reporting We Trust.” And this week’s print edition, published today, is all about the man who was just inaugurated in Washington D.C.
From the paper’s front-page op-ed:
Take a deep breath, this is really happening. This morning, in Washington D.C., the United States of America, what was once laughed off and thought of as unthinkable by the overwhelming majority of politicians, pundits, journalists and citizens will become reality: Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.
There are a number of other Trump-related pieces in the paper. Patricio Navia writes about “Calling Trump’s Bluff;” Stephen M. Walt explains why he thinks President Barack Obama’s foreign policy was a failure; and staff writer Santiago Del Carril interviews Inter-American Dialogue president emeritus Peter Hakim, who led that organization from 1993 to 2010. Says Hakim:
“Latin Americans are concerned about U.S. relations, they may have not liked George W. Bush very much but he looks like a sweetheart compared to Trump. Trump seems not to have any kind of binding, connecting tissue between the various [Latin American] issues. There is that lack of logical connection. It just doesn’t quite all come together. Is that a tactic of Trump or simply he doesn’t have that connecting tissue? Is this going to continue when he becomes president? Or are we going to have the general type of leaders we are used to having?”
Image via: newseum.org
International Data Group (IDG), the parent group of PCWorld and Macworld, has been sold to China Oceanwide Holdings Group Company and IDG Capital.
Once the deal closes, Oceanwide will control IDG’s operating businesses and IDG Capital will control IDG’s venture business.
IDG will continue to be headquartered in Boston. While a new board will be named following the close of the deal, Kirk Campbell will continue as president and CEO of IDG and Michael Friedenberg will continue as CEO of IDG Communications.
Emanuele Farneti has been named the new editor in chief of Vogue Italia. Farneti will also serve as the head of L’Uomo Vogue.
Farneti more recently served as editor of GQ Italia.
“Emanuele, who has been at the helm of eight different publications in his career, is currently one of the most expert, admired and talented editors in chief we have in Italy,” wrote Condé Nast International’s chairman and CEO Jonathan Newhouse, in a memo obtained by WWD. “He is considered a real ‘magazine maker’ able to bring novelties, fresh layouts and high quality to each title he directed.”
Farneti is succeeding Franca Sozzani, who died in December.
The New York Times has tapped Celia Dugger to oversee its health care coverage.
Dugger has been with the Times since 1991. She most recently served as science editor, a role she’ll continue to hold.
In a note to staffers, Times executive editor Dean Baquet and managing editor Joe Kahn laid out the details of Dugger’s role:
Health reporters from Business Day, National and Science will join together to form a team reporting to Celia. She will also work with reporters covering health issues and their editors in the Washington bureau, The Upshot and across the newsroom. She will be expanding her team in the coming months. Well will also report to Celia, but will remain a self-contained operation that has been a model for the kinds of coverage we want to encourage across the Times.
Business Insider has launched a new, sub-saharan site in partnership with Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP).
BI sub-saharan Africa, debuting January 23, will be the first African edition of BI.
“We’re thrilled to launch our 15th version of Business Insider in Africa — a place of incredible change and growth,” said BI co-founder, CEO and global editor in chief Henry Blodget, in a statement. “Ringier has a deep understanding of the digital space and is the ideal partner to help us bring to sub-saharan Africa Business Insider’s unique voice and attitude.”
The finalists for the National Magazine Awards (Ellies) have been announced. Congrats to all. The winners will be unveiled during a presentation at Cipriani Wall Street on Tuesday, February 7. The event will be hosted by Lester Holt.
And now, for the nominees.
News, Sports and Entertainment
Honors publications covering politics, business and technology as well as pop culture and leisure interests
Bloomberg Businessweek; ESPN The Magazine; GQ; New York; The New Yorker
Service and Lifestyle
Honors publications covering health and fitness as well as fashion, design, food and travel
Bon Appétit; Elle; GQ Style; Marie Claire; Saveur
Honors publications serving highly defined reader communities, including city and regional magazines and active-interest titles
Chicago; The Hollywood Reporter; Kazoo; Modern Farmer; Powder
Literature, Science and Politics
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts
Aperture; Foreign Affairs; The Marshall Project; Mother Jones; Poetry
Honors overall excellence in magazine design
Bon Appétit; The California Sunday Magazine; GQ; New York; The Pitchfork Review
Honors overall excellence in magazine photography
AFAR; Aperture; The California Sunday Magazine; Powder; WSJ. Magazine
Honors the use of photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio
Honors the editorial direction of print or digital departments or sections
Honors magazine journalism that serves readers’ needs and aspirations
Honors magazine journalism that provides practical information about recreational activities and special interests
Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject
Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines
Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media
Honors the outstanding use of video in magazine media
Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles
Honors original, stylish storytelling
Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism
Columns and Commentary
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance
Magazine of the Year
Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence; audience engagement; and the success of branded content and services, including conferences and events
The California Sunday Magazine; Cosmopolitan; Mother Jones; New York; The New Yorker