Craig Newmark, most widely known as the founder of Craigslist, has donated $1 million to The Poynter Institute. It’s the single largest donation in Poynter’s 41-year history.
The donation will be used to fund a large-scale, five-year program that focuses on fact-checking, accountability and ethics in journalism. The program will be overseen by Poynter’s new Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics. Poynter expects to make this chair a permanent role.
“I want to stand up for trustworthy journalism, and I want to stand against deceptive and fake news,” said Newmark, in an announcement. “And I want to help news organizations stand and work together to protect themselves and the public against deception by the fake media. Poynter’s the right place to do this work because the Institute has long been very serious about trustworthy news and committed to both training journalists and holding media organizations accountable.”
Newmark is a member of the Poynter Foundation board and has previously contributed funds to support Poynter’s projects.
Forget about the Critics’ Choice Awards and this morning’s Golden Globe nominations announcement. In Europe, all eyes are on an organization called France Football, scheduled tonight to announce the winner of 2016’s Golden Ball.
— France Football (@francefootball) December 11, 2016
Soccer watchers are buzzing because the cover of the organization’s official magazine appears to have been leaked on Twitter, with Cristiano Ronaldo triumphantly celebrating. The Real Madrid star is a heavy favorite this year, but still, it’s tantamount to Best Picture being revealed Sunday morning.
Ronaldo is on the road in Japan, so if he is indeed the winner at tonight’s official France Football ceremony, he will not be there in person to accept. It would be his fourth Golden Ball.
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Ryan Gosling is GQ’s latest cover star.
In the accompanying interview, Gosling—who is receiving heaps of praise for his latest film La La Land—told GQ about the time he got punched in the face by Harrison Ford.
As Gosling explained, he was filming the upcoming Blade Runner sequel with Ford, and during one scene, Ford caught him. The aftermath involved just a tiny bit of apology from Ford.
“He came by afterward with this bottle of scotch, and I thought, ‘Oh, I knew this was coming,’” Gosling told GQ. “And he pulled out a glass from his pocket, poured me a glass, and walked away with the rest of the bottle. So I guess he felt like he didn’t connect enough to earn a whole bottle. You know, they say don’t meet your heroes, but I would say the addendum to that is ‘…unless they’re Harrison Ford.’ ‘Cause he’s a cool motherf*cker.”
Glenn Thrush is leaving Politico to join The New York Times. According to The Huffington Post, Thrush will cover the White House for the Times.
Thrush most recently served as Politico’s chief political correspondent and senior staff writer for Politico Magazine. He joined Politico in 2008 after a stint with Newsday.
Thrush previously worked for The Observer, Bloomberg News, The New York Daily News and more.
Franklin Foer has joined The Atlantic as a feature and essay contributor.
Foer previously served as editor of New Republic for seven years.
“Frank Foer, simply put, is one of the finest magazine journalists of his generation, and his writing will help Scott Stossel, the editor of the magazine, reach our goal of publishing stories of truly global reach in every issue,” said Atlantic editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg, in a statement.
Foer will join The Atlantic early next year.
Joe Nocera is leaving The New York Times to join Bloomberg as a columnist for Bloomberg View and a features writer for Businessweek.
Nocera had been with the Times since 2005, most notably serving as an op-ed columnist for several years. Nocera most recently worked for the Times’ sports desk.
According to the Observer, “Nocera emailed Mike Bloomberg personally and ‘within 18 hours’ Nocera was contacted and an exit from the Times and a soft landing at Bloomberg were being negotiated.”
The biggest surprise of this film awards season is arguably Hell or High Water, a modern-day Western shot in Clovis, New Mexico by a Scottish filmmaker. At tonight’s Critics’ Choice Awards, the movie is nominated for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Acting Ensemble and Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster).
Another striking aspect of the film is the dedication that appears at end. The inscription is in memory of Mackenzie’s parents, who died within four months of each other in Perthshire during the making of the film.
Mackenzie’s mother Ursula Sybil Mackenzie passed away peacefully July 11, 2015, followed by his father John Mackenzie on Nov. 26, 2015, at age 86. Dad, a retired Royal Navy Rear-Admiral who went on in retirement to serve passionately as the executive director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust, received extensive write-ups in Scottish newspapers The Scotsman and Daily Herald.
The memory of dad also came up during an interview given by the director to the Irish Times:
Mackenzie’s late father, Rear-Admiral John Mackenzie, was, he admits, somewhat perplexed when David and his actor brother, Alistair Mackenzie (star of Monarch of the Glen), went into the arts.
“I did have a great aunt who was a sculptress in the 30s and 40s,” he explains. “But my father was very much a naval man and he was quite confused by our career choices.”
A keen photographer, Mackenzie trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, and took a job in a rep cinema, where he binged on canonical films.
“I had this revelation when I watched 2001, Alphaville, Stranger Than Paradise, Koyaanisqatsi and Caravaggio all in the same week,” he recalls. “Each of them blew my mind.”
One of the songs on the Hell or High Water soundtrack is Gillian Welch’s “I’m Not Afraid to Die.” That was most likely true of Mackenzie’s dad. RIP.
In this week’s much discussed Los Angeles magazine investigative report about the Los Angeles Times, several mentions are made of a devastating round of 2015 buyouts. One year later, the industry song remains the same.
From a report by Crain’s Detroit enterprise editor Bill Shea:
On Friday, a Detroit News staff memo from editor and publisher Jon Wolman and managing editor Gary Miles disclosed that [sports editor Phil] Laciura and three others had volunteered to leave the newspaper. The others are assistant managing editor Michael Brown, assistant photo editor Charlotte Massey and sports copy editor Craig Mantey. …
The rival Free Press continues to cut staff, as well.
Crain’s has been told that in addition to [high school sports reporter Mike] McCabe, the Free Press is losing reporters Ellen Creager, Mark Stryker, Mike Brudenell and Greg Gardner; photographers Jessica Trevino and Regina Boone; and a mix of copy editors, digital and other newsroom staff that includes Bill Collison, Sonya Vann, Cindy Heflin, Tim Good, Eric Millikin, David Darby, Jamie Smith and Amy Huschka.
Both papers circulated buyout offers in November, in an effort to meet 2017 budget-reduction goals.
H/T: Richard Prince / Journal-isms
The January cover of the U.S. edition of Vogue magazine was unveiled earlier this week. It showcases Ruth Negga, star of the dramatic film Loving.
— Alexander Wang, Inc. (@AlexanderWangNY) December 7, 2016
This weekend, Ireland’s The Independent has an item headlined “Oops! Vogue Magazine Seems to Think Ruth Negga Is British.” But that’s not entirely accurate.
Rather, in the cover story, which clearly understands that Negga was born in Ethiopia and raised in Ireland, there is at one point an awkward reference to her professional career in London:
At a time when most British exports to Hollywood have tended toward the aristocratic, this Irish-Ethiopian actress is a different kind of royalty, a “brilliant chameleon,” in the words of her friend the director Annie Ryan, fit for a world of equal rights and dissolving borders.
An edit of “British exports” to say, something like “British acting industry exports,” would have fixed the confusion. In the piece, reporter Gaby Wood mentions that she picked up Negga at the London apartment the actress shares with Dominic Cooper.
All in all, not quite on the level of what a certain Irish journalist warned could be a hazard of 2016 awards season.
Here’s a really fun media daisy chain.
It began Friday with the publication in the Los Angeles Times of a profile by Charles Fleming of podcaster, car collector and IPA brand man Adam Carolla. Later that same Dec. 9 evening, at the top of the KFI 640 AM radio program The Tim Conway Jr. Show, the host referenced the article, roped in Jay Leno and mentioned that both Carolla and Leno are listeners.
Two quick minutes later, Leno was patched through and on-air, calling in from his 1959 Oldsmobile:
“I heard my name. I’ve always listened to this show. So I called up because I like the food, I like the prices. He said, ‘Leno listens to the show,’ so I’m calling to prove that I listen to the show.”
Leno praised Carolla’s documentary work, answered a pointed question from Conway Jr. about Stephen Colbert and told a funny story about a recent visit to New York. When he arrived at SiriusXM headquarters to do an interview, a security guard in the lobby had an issue with his driver’s license:
“She looks at my license and it says James Leno. I go, ‘I know, but people call me Jay for short.’ I said, ‘Can you call upstairs?’ ‘Well, we don’t do that.’ I said, ‘I mean, Jay is short for James, it’s not that unusual. If I were Robert and they called me Bob, would you think that was really?’ ‘Yes, yes, it would have to say Bob.’
Thankfully, another guard at the lobby desk called upstairs and eventually some other folks came down with a printed card. Leno said James had been scratched out and Jay written in. Leno ended his conversation with some recollections about watching and being inspired by The Danny Thomas Show.
Today, at the tail end of a year that has seen far to many celebrity deaths, Spartacus has lived to fight another day. Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, turns 100.
There are many ways to slice and dice Douglas’s illustrious career as a film actor, humanitarian, author and more. From our point of view, today’s concerns about the rise of fake news point directly back to the film Douglas made with Billy Wilder in 1951. Ace in the Hole is, essentially, a fake-news story, about Chuck Tatum, a journalist who desperately makes it up as he goes along in hopes of reviving a derailed newspaper career.
It’s interesting to see the film referred to as a bonafide classic. It certainly wasn’t out of the gate, struggling at the box office and taking many more years to gain appreciation. It’s a reminder of how different stories, both fake and real, can be appreciated from new vantage points with the proper passage of time.
Let’s face it. For many print media concerns, 2016 was the equivalent of Don Cheadle‘s final moments in the NYTVR short You Are the Bartender.
However, for both The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine, Thursday night in Los Angeles was an opportunity to party like it’s 2006. You know, when the locales were always swanky, the elegant valet parking always magically taken care of and the bars always fully open.
The New York Times Magazine bash, at NeueHouse in Hollywood, was in celebration of this weekend’s “Great Performers” issue. Critics A.O. Scott and Wesley Morris talked about how the various “L.A. Noir” black and white shorts like the one above were conceived. Cheadle and Natalie Portman, who appears in another one of the NYTVR entries, were also in attendance. That’s Cheadle, below, sampling some of the VR with a Google cardboard viewer.
The New York magazine event was a little further west along Sunset Blvd. at the venerable Sunset Tower in West Hollywood. With tunes spun by DJ Kiss, it was the publication’s Vulture Awards parlay of its current Nov. 28-Dec. 11“Hollywood” issue. The aforementioned Portman is on the cover and she made an appearance there as well.
New York magazine brought out some big guns for the party. That’s CEO Pam Wasserstein, right, with Portman (click to enlarge). Also flying out from New York and mingling with the many celebrities were editor in chief Adam Moss and publisher Larry Burstein. Also spotted was contributing writer and Veep executive producer Frank Rich.
There may not be a more stylish double-barreled shot fired this awards season that Portman’s covers for New York and New York Times Magazine. The latter is one of eight, shot by Jack Davidson. The VR shorts were made in collaboration with Milk Studios, shot with Google’s Jump camera technology and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who was also in attendance at NeueHouse.
Awards season itself is a strange anachronism. Those journalists lucky to be a full-time part of it operate in a world where this kind of evening standard September-to-February operating procedure. It starts in the mountains of Telluride and ends in the Highland of Hollywood. Nice work, if you can get it.
The Atlantic has hired Rosie Gray as a reporter covering global affairs and U.S. politics for TheAtlantic.com.
Gray joins The Atlantic from BuzzFeed News, where she served as a reporter. She previously worked for The Village Voice.
“Rosie Gray is one of the most tenacious and indefatigable young reporters I’ve ever met, and her skills make her a perfect addition to an already outstanding web team,” said The Atlantic’s editor Jeffrey Goldberg, in a statement.
Esquire is putting its brand front-and-center for the kids with a live, 48-hour popup channel on Snapchat’s Discover section.
The channel is titled The Esquire Guide to Grooming. If that’s not self-explanatory enough for you, it will be packed with style and grooming tips.
Since we’re not 14 we don’t use Snapchat, but we’re sure the channel will be great. Esquire definitely knows those subjects well.
Current reports that NPR has made a few changes to its national team. Details are below.Sarah McCammon, who most recently covered the GOP during the election, will now focus on Mid-Atlantic regional news. Jennifer Ludden will oversee a team of energy and environment reporters. She most recently covered family life and social issues. Dana Farrington, most recently a homepage and engagement editor, has been named digital and social editor.
Observer subscribers who were caught off-guard by the paper folding were likely equally surprised by an offer of Star magazine.
The New York Post reports that Observer subscribers were sent a letter that said it was either Star—recent cover “Brad and Kate’s Nights of Passion!”—or a refund. The reason for the offer? Apparently Observer owner Jared Kushner is good buds with Star publisher David Pecker.
“The New York Observer will be ceasing publishing with the [Nov. 9] issue,” read the letter. “For the remaining service of your subscription you can select to receive one copy of Star Magazine for each paid copy of The New York Observer or a pro-rated cash refund.”
The letter threateningly added that for those who don’t reply by December 16, “your remaining subscription will be filled by Star Magazine.”
She asks them to create a Time magazine cover illustration, at least 20 years into the future, that presents why they might be chose as “Person of the Year.” Students are encouraged to model their imagined achievements on someone real and this year, Trisha Desai, who thinks she could win in 2036 for creating a new, technology-driven program that links service dogs with their owners, found esoteric inspiration. From a piece in the Daily Herald by Marie Wilson:
Trisha based her paper on the accomplishments of someone less widely known, a blind man who helped bring Seeing Eye dogs to the U.S. from Switzerland in 1928. The late Morris Frank inspired Trisha to innovate around the idea of service dogs and how they could better assist their human partners through the use of specialized devices.
“I’m interested in how service dogs are used to communicate,” Trisha said. “In the future, we’ll have more advanced ways of using technology.”
The project that makes her an award winner provides devices to dog and handler alike to help turn certain sounds or barks into signals for emergencies or everyday occurrences. She doesn’t have a dog but would love to get one — all as part of her research for the pioneering system she plans to develop by her early 30s.
The project has been going on long enough now that Axt-Pilon has laminated cover illustrations from students predicting their 2016 “Person of the Year” wins. The article has a number of photos of the covers drawn by this go-round Desai and others. Check them out here.
Pictured: Granger Middle School mascot