Gwyneth Paltrow is InStyle’s latest cover star. As such, we’re all reminded just how obnoxious the actress can be.
When InStyle asked Paltrow about launching Goop, she replied, “I’ll think, ‘Oh my god, I used to have a life of a spoiled movie star… What the f—? Why did I do this to myself?'”
Do you think, just for one second, that Paltrow is actually working hard on Goop, or that she had other people do that for her? And even if she is working hard, she is a filthy rich celebrity. This allows her the privilege of launching a completely absurd site that continues to exist only because she’s a filthy rich celebrity.
It’s comforting to know that in times of extreme uncertainty, Paltrow remains exasperatingly glib.
For the first time in Men’s Health’s 29-year history, the cover features a Men’s Health staffer.
That giant man pictured above is none other than Men’s Health fitness director BJ Gaddour, who shared his body transformation story with the magazine.
Gaddour weighed 275 pounds in high school and now, well, now he’s huge in a good/frightening way.
When Gary Esolen penned a 25th anniversary piece for New Orleans alt-weekly Gambit in 2006, he harked back to how the name of the outlet was chosen.
Back in those days, it had nothing to do with whether or not a URL was already registered:
We had typesetting equipment on the way, and a space to work in provided on spec by Joe Bernstein, upstairs at his old Spaghetti Factory restaurant. I was living in a loft in the Quarter, and one Saturday we assembled there, knowing it was time to name the baby.
Julia Nead, our first art director, had been playing with logo designs, and since we did not have a name for our newspaper yet, she used different words to illustrate the style she had in mind, which was a convergence of classical and modern typography. One of the words she used to illustrate her idea was “gambit,” picked up from the title of a Nero Wolfe novel by Rex Stout. When I asked her why she chose Gambit, she said “Look at it. A big round letter, the G. A peaked letter, the A. A wide letter, the M. A thin letter, the I. And the T with its hat on. It has everything.”
Esolen, a one-time assistant dean at Cornell University who moved to New Orleans from upstate New York in 1978, passed away in September at age 75 after a brief illness. Upon his arrival in The Big Easy, he first started writing for another weekly newspaper, Figaro. When that paper ceased publishing in 1981, he moved over fully to Gambit, which he had a year earlier with Philip Carter.
Dominic Massa, executive producer of special projects for New Orleans CBS-TV affiliate WWL-TV, put together a warm tribute to Esolen. It’s rich, long and full of reminders of the long-lasting local contributions made by Esolen.
By the way, the name Gambit turned out to be extremely appropriate. Esolen decided to move to New Orleans on essentially a whim, having visited the city only once briefly beforehand. RIP.
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Check out the beginning of a Dec. 23 article penned by stylist and journalist Natalie Decleve (pictured) for Harper’s Bazaar. It left us thinking that we should all be so lucky as to have a friend like Andy:
I didn’t know where, but I knew I was going. I told my landlord I’d be giving up my dreamy, West Village apartment, distributed my worldly possessions between friends and storage, and prepared to uproot. Coincidence or universal alignment linked me with a long lost buddy who was looking for a travel partner in July. Andy, a (mostly) retired lawyer who plays banjo and climbs mountains for fun, had just returned from wrangling horses in Iceland after three months in Berlin and was bound to North America for visa reasons.
Decleve, a California native who has lived in New York for the past 10 years, will be posting weekly updates about her search for a new place to call home. Along with the U.S., she is also checking out the Caribbean and Europe.
She loves New York, but still yearns for a place that offers a bit more of a holistic and natural connection. Decleve doesn’t mention politics or President-elect Donald Trump in her first installment, which sees her traveling from Annapolis to Sedona. But surely that was a factor in her decision to uproot and possibly settle beyond U.S. borders.
Decleve’s ancestors are Belgian, so perhaps she will wind up in Bruges.
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In keeping with many of 2016’s celebrity deaths, New York restaurant Da Silvano died suddenly and at far too young an age. And, as is also sometimes the case with such grim matters, the plot quickly thickened after the beloved West Village Italian hangout closed its doors Dec. 20 at age 41.
According to Page Six report by Emily Smith, owner Silvano Marchetto is getting a divorce:
Sources tell us that flamboyant Italian-born restaurateur Silvano’s stunning decision to drop the curtain on his boldface-beloved restaurant happened after lawyers for [wife Marisa] Acocella asked to see the restaurant’s financials as part of the divorce proceedings. They were married for 12 years.
Silvano, who told The Post that he blames the closing on rent and labor costs, has also faced a lawsuit from his staff for alleged nonpayment of tips, and is being asked to make a settlement said to be about $300,000.
No mention of these alleged circumstances was made in the restaurant’s brief Facebook farewell. The media twist here is that Marchetto’s wife is an author and cartoonist for The New Yorker. Check out some of her work for the magazine here.
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Some media outlets are having a difficult time with mobile notifications. Part of the problem is that—surprise!—readers likely treat the tiny alerts as the whole story even though they clearly aren’t.
“I would bet money that most users read most alerts to get general awareness of what’s going on in news, but open and tap on only a handful of them,” Sasha Koren, editor of the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab, told CJR. “I have no data to back this up, but if true, it suggests that the alert may often be the sum total of what those users know about a topic.”
Another issue for publishers is how to correct false push notifications. Without reliable information about how many readers actually receive the alerts, there’s no clear cut way to fact check an incorrect message that was just beamed to thousands of people.
Then there’s the technical side of notifications. Sometimes alerts are sent too soon, sometimes they’re sent to only some readers, etc. Publishers also often don’t know how many readers actually click through on alerts or simply see it and then read the related article on their computers.
There’s clearly a lot of obstacles here, but media outlets can’t afford to take a wait-and-see approach. Mobile is the future, and push notifications are a big part of it.
Business Insider’s head of audience development Meena Thiruvengadam is leaving the company to pursue another opportunity.
Thiruvengadam had been with BI since late last year. She previously worked as the editor of Yahoo Finance and as a reporter for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal.
Heading into the holiday break, we made some attempts to resolve one of this year’s great journalism mysteries: the professional fate of The Daily Beast London editor Nico Hines following his extremely misguided article about using an online dating app to cruise male athletes housed at the Rio Summer Olympics Village. As you may recall, the incident expedited the credentialed journalist’s departure from Brazil.
We were unsuccessful. However, on the same general front, SB Nation’s Outsports earlier this month conferred upon Hines (and his asleep-at-the-wheel Daily Beast editors) the honor of “Assholes of the Year.” The tandem beat out Curt Schilling and North Carolina Republicans. The associated post by site co-founder Jim Buzinsky ends with two solid observations:
Hines has yet to publicly apologize. His last post on Twitter was Aug. 10, a day before the article appeared.
The Daily Beast has not issued a post-mortem on how the story wound up being published. As I’ve written before: The Daily Beast needs to explain its editorial process — whose idea was it for the story? How many editors read it before it was published? Who made the final decision to hit “publish”? Who OK’d the headline? Were any LGBT Daily Beast staffers consulted on the merits of the story prior to publication? Why did it take all day to delete the story? Was Hines or any other staffer punished? What safeguards are in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again?
Hines joined The Daily Beast in 2013, coming over to the site from the London Times. There are still a few days left before this Olympic year comes to a close. It would behoove Hines to make some sort of statement.
After a ten-month national search, a successor to Michael Sheehan was found. On Jan. 1, Doug Franklin (pictured) takes over as chief executive of The Boston Globe.
Franklin, who retired in 2015 after a long career with Cox Enterprises, admits he likes to work. From the recent announcement:
“Doug has experienced virtually every challenge our industry faces today — and succeeded at every turn,” said Globe owner and publisher John W. Henry, who has owned the Globe since 2013, in a memo to staff. “As I’ve gotten to know Doug over the past few months, I’ve come to understand that he is fearless, energetic, articulate and passionate in his desire to help the Globe achieve our long-term goal of creating a sustainable business model for high-level journalism.”
During Sheehan’s three-year tenure, the Globe won three Pulitzer Prizes. The outgoing CEO also receives in the piece by Mark Arsenault some additional high praise from Globe editor Bian McGrory:
“I probably shouldn’t say it, but he’s one of our biggest sources of tips. Everyone thinks he’s a choir boy, and they tell him everything. He’s actually a sieve, thank God, and the Globe is better for it.”
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As a media blogger, sometimes it’s about amusing one’s self along the way.
To wit, below are some FishbowlNY item headlines from the past year for which this writer relied on puns and word play. A few require reading the item to make full sense of the headline. And, despite our best efforts, we have been unable to get the complete back-story for that spectacular $5,000 L.A. Times reimbursable submitted by Sasha Frere-Jones.
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Here’s something you don’t read every day: A newspaper is actually going to add to its newsroom next year.
According to Politico, The Washington Post plans to add more than 60 staffers to its team in 2017.
Fred Ryan, WaPo’s publisher and CEO, said new staffers will likely be spread among the paper’s mobile video unit, “rapid response” investigative team and breaking news desk.
The hiring binge is expected to be completed by the end of Q1 2017.
Simone Biles, the 19-year-old gymnast who crushed the Olympics over the summer, has been named The Associated Press’ Female Athlete of The Year.
During the Olympics Biles won a record-tying four gold medals and a bronze. That was enough to propel her past another Olympic athlete—Katie Ledecky—for the number one spot. In a vote by AP editors and news directors, Biles received 31 votes out of a possible 59; Ledecky received 20.
“Over the course of 10 days in August, the biggest meet of her life ended like pretty much all the others in the four years that came before it: with Biles standing atop the podium, a gold medal around her neck and the sport she’s redefining one boundary-pushing routine at a time staring up at her,” wrote AP sports writer Will Graves, in a post announcing Biles’ win.
John Leland, who currently writes for The New York Times, started out his career in the mid-1980s freelancing for The Village Voice. The same decade that one of his recent “Lens” blog subjects, Ryan Weideman, drove a New York taxi to help make ends meet and photographed some his passengers.
Zoe Szathmary, upon graduating from Rutgers in the spring of 2013, started out as an associate producer with CNN’s documentary unit. She joined the DailyMail.com in 2014 and heading into this holiday season, picked up on Leland’s piece for her own report.
Sometimes, aggregation is good. Anything that helps acquaint more readers with Weideman’s stunning work is welcome. The Times piece got 10 reader comments, including:
Nancy De Pas: That’s me in the front! Barbara and Romy behind me on the right, and I don’t remember who else. The blonde, brunette and redhead – in our rockabilly doll dresses and punky leathers- we were memorable to say the least. I don’t remember the picture at all but do remember that dress, the red crinoline, and the zebra slingbacks I wore with them. We were probably on our way to or from Danceteria where I worked, usually the 3rd floor or another one of the great nightclubs of the era… Area, Palladium, Mudd, Roxy or… who knew? Great picture, thanks for the new 15 minutes of fame.
Weideman’s paperback about all this, In My Taxi: New York After Hours, was published in 1991. If you can find it on Amazon, it now costs about the same as a ride to the airport. And from his artist’s representation page, it appears he has continued more recently in the same vein.
Jason Zengerle is joining The New York Times Magazine as a contributing writer.
Zengerle will continue to serve as a politics correspondent for GQ. He previously worked as a contributing writer for New York.
Prior to his time with New York, Zengerle served as senior editor for New Republic and senior staff writer for Politico.
The Associated Press has promoted Michael Weissenstein from Cuba bureau chief to Caribbean news director.
Weissenstein is a veteran of the AP. He previously served as a Mexico City correspondent, an editor and reporter in New York and an editor in London.
“Mike is an excellent journalist and wordsmith who has shepherded our coverage of Cuba through the island’s 2014 rapprochement with the United States to the death of Fidel Castro last month,” said Paul Haven, the AP’s news director for Latin America and the Caribbean, in a statement. “I’m thrilled that he will be expanding his reach to the rest of the Caribbean.”
A few weeks after the passing of Gwen Ifill, PBS NewsHour digital reporter-producer Kenya Downs, who covers race matters and education, helped put together a resonant tribute. She gathered from various women journalists of color their reflections on what Ifill’s life and legacy meant to them, delivered in the form of a “Dear Gwen” letter.
Each letter is worth reading in full. Here’s how New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor started off her letter:
Thank you for telling me to know my name. The first time I met you, I said my name was Yamiche but that you could call me “Miche.” And you said, “Do you really want to be called ‘Miche?’ Don’t let people give you nicknames.” That stuck with me, because I think as I get older and as I look at all the breadth of your work, I think of knowing myself and knowing my name and owning who I am. It was so important that you told me that.
The other letters are from McClatchy’s Hannah Allam, NPR’s Kat Chow, the Washington Post’s Krissah Thompson, CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson, her colleague Tanzina Vega and Downs along with PBS NewsHour colleagues Pamela Kirkland and Jasmine Wright. RIP.
Previously on Adweek:
Gwen Ifill Is Remembered and Mourned
PBS NewsHour Devoted Almost Entirety of Last Night’s Show to Honoring Gwen Ifill
Tonight’s Episode of Washington Week Is a Tribute to Gwen Ifill
Gothamist LLC is the latest media company to feel the heat of a lawsuit. According to The New York Post, the outlet has been sued not for something one of its staffers wrote, but for lewd comments by readers.
The suit comes courtesy of Madalina Iacob, who is suing Gothamist because commenters called her a prostitute. Gothamist’s article was about Iacob’s legal battle with her landlord, but the post featured a photo of Iacob in a racy Halloween costume. Since comment sections are often filled with morons, the natural next step for some readers was to call Iacob a hooker.
Iacob is seeking $1 million in damages because “Her accomplishments and dreams in life were completely destroyed through the cruel comments and instead she was portrayed as a sex worker,” according to the suit.
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) December 27, 2016
When Barack Obama is done being president, he’ll likely have his choice of jobs (please, please take the NFL from Roger Goodell). Apparently one business he isn’t interested in is media.
White House communications director Jen Psaki shot this idea down during an appearance on Reliable Sources. When asked about Obama joining the media world, Psaki replied, “[I think] He’ll be an interested observer, but he won’t be directly involved in the media business.”
Of course Psaki can’t read Obama’s mind, so there’s always a chance.