Lisa Arbetter is moving on from her role as editor of People StyleWatch. The mag’s executive editor, Bethany Heitman, will serve as interim editor until Arbetter’s successor is named.
Arbetter returned to StyleWatch last year after previously serving as its deputy editor. Before rejoining StyleWatch she served as InStyle’s deputy editor.
“In today’s evolving media landscape, being an editor fosters an entrepreneurial spirit,” Arbetter wrote, in an announcement obtained by WWD. “I have greatly enjoyed working with the StyleWatch team and expanding the brand into new territories, but the time has come for me to explore the idea of starting my own business.”
As if we needed more fuel on the “Time Inc. is going to sell” fire, the publisher has hired Morgan Stanley and Bank of America to help field takeover and/or partnership offers.
While that isn’t proof a deal is imminent, the Wall Street Journal reports that the trio of Edgar Bronfman Jr., Len Blavatnik and Ynon Kreizto—who previously had their bid rejected by Time Inc.—remains interested in the publisher. And of course, there’s always Meredith lurking right around the corner.
The Meredith-Time Inc. rumors continue to swirl even though Meredith CEO Steve Lacy recently said “I want to be clear: There have been absolutely no meaningful conversations between our two companies since 2013.”
Sure, sure Steve. No meaningful conversations. That means there have been conversations! That’s all the rumor mill needs.
BuzzFeed has hired Anthony Cormier and Nancy Youssef.
Cormier, a Pulitzer-winner who most recently worked for the Tampa Bay Times, will serve on BuzzFeed’s investigative team. Politico reports he’ll start January 9.
Youssef will cover the Pentagon. She most recently served as The Daily Beast’s senior national security correspondent.
Vice Media continues to push the envelope, today with the announcement of a most admirable 2017 apprenticeship program.
Typically, a criminal record is a liability for those applying for full-time employment. Not so in the case of the Vice Apprenticeship Program, as Vice Media, together with the Center for Employment Opportunities, is specifically looking for such individuals. From the announcement:
The six-month apprentice program will provide formerly incarcerated people who have little to no college or workforce experience with skills across a range of fields, including production, editorial, marketing and other creative jobs, at Vice’s Brooklyn headquarters, paying $15 per hour for 40 hours per week.
Participants will gain access to some of the best creative and strategic minds in media and take advantage of VICE’s state of the art production facilities, including edit suites, voiceover studios, screening rooms, virtual reality and more. Participants will work across VICE’s digital channels, newsroom, television and film operations, and other divisions. The apprenticeship is open to anyone on parole, or anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 on probation, based in New York City.
“While working with President Obama on Fixing the System-our documentary on prison reform-I was struck by the high recidivism rate, and by the fact that once you enter into the system it is indeed very hard to get yourself out,” said Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith. “I am very proud to be a part of this program to try and alleviate some of these issues by putting our money where our mouth is. It is admittedly a small step, but hopefully other media companies will follow suit and not only push for change, but also nurture a whole new group of producers, shooters, cutters and hosts that will offer a new perspective not only on prison reform, but life itself.”
The key words here: “…hopefully other media companies will follow suit.” Bravo to Smith, CEO and Vice Media. Those interested in being a part of the Vice Apprenticeship Program are being asked to forward their information via email to VICEandCEOFellows@ceoworks.org. Good luck!
With 2016 almost in the books, it’s time to reflect on how our country is headed for complete doom in 2017 and vote for FishbowlNY’s Cover of The Year.
This year’s finalists include Time Out New York, SI, Businessweek, Paper, ESPN The Mag, Elle, Wired, Time, GQ and Vanity Fair.
Last year’s Cover of The Year winner was Bicycling, so all 2016 finalists are encouraged to ask Bicycling’s staff about the amazing prize they received. If they say “Nothing,” do not believe them.
Voting will run from today through Dec. 21, with the winner announced Dec. 22. Vote now! And as always, thanks for reading.
There has been an insane amount of reaction to Time magazine’s selection of President-elect Donald Trump as 2016’s “Person of the Year.” On social media, in the press and at neighborhood meeting places, with several people casually mentioning to FishbowlNY that they will never buy another copy of the magazine.
Today, from across the pond, Guardian columnist Jonathan Jones adds a cheeky take. After noting previous winners such as Genghis Khan and Vlad the Impaler, he writes:
The claim that Time gave Trump horns has spread so fast online that the magazine has actually felt the need to deny what surely started as facetious speculation. It insists that it had no such intention and this is simply what happens when you have a big M at the top of the page: “Any resemblance to … devil horns is entirely coincidental.”
Tell that to Father Jerzy Bolochs, the former exorcist and consultant to paranormal thrillers who I interviewed this morning in an abandoned cemetery outside Pisa. In his opinion this is no “coincidence”. That would be like saying the rain of sheep that fell on Paris on the eve of the Black Death was a coincidence.
Of course the editors of Time did not intentionally give Trump devil horns. God did. This is, fears Bolochs, one final sign before the Antichrist is inaugurated as president in the New Year.
As a nod to readers who fail to read the full article and immediately take their outrage to Facebook, Jones has made his priest’s last name match that of a popular U.K. expletive. The columnist eventually turns serious and suggests people are missing the real brilliance of photographer Nadav Kander’s cover shot.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
People Magazine Donald Trump Issue Racks Up Impressive Numbers
The New York Times will debut revamped arts coverage in print and online starting December 9.
Changes to the print section include a cleaner, more streamlined layout; themed pages once a week—Tuesdays (theater), Wednesdays (dance), Thursdays (pop music) and Saturdays (classical music); and online elements like Watching and Critic’s Picks.
Additions to online coverage include Instagram features, 360° videos of performances, personal recs from Times critics and more.
“I am delighted to introduce our redesigned arts report,” said Times culture editor Danielle Mattoon, in an announcement. “Whether you’re reading us in print or online, we’re all living in a digital world. Today’s changes are about helping our readers navigate the chaos of choice they face every day.”
ProPublica, the first online news organization to win a Pulitzer Prize, is expanding. The nonprofit will launch in Illinois next year.
ProPublica will first search for an Illinois editor, then once that person is selected, 10 staffers will be hired for the new location.
“llinois has a wealth of subjects for searching investigative journalism, and we see enormous potential for ProPublica Illinois to have a real impact,” said ProPublica editor in chief Stephen Engelberg, in a statement. “Our key priority now is building a team with strong local ties and established reputations within the community to lead this exciting expansion. We look forward also to working with local publishing partners to bring Illinois readers more high-quality accountability reporting.”
To the surprise of no one (well, maybe some people) the presidential election was the most talked about subject on Facebook during 2016.
The election beat out Black Lives Matter, Pokemon Go (sigh), and the deaths of icons like David Bowie and Muhammad Ali. Here’s the top 10 most discussed topics:US Presidential Election Brazilian Politics Pokemon Go Black Lives Matter Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Presidential Election Olympics Brexit Super Bowl David Bowie Muhammad Ali
Vice Media has formed a partnership with The Guardian that will include co-branded programs, collaborations between Vice and Guardian staffers and more.
“This partnership provides a test case for the way forward in multi-platform exploitation of content,” said Vice Media co-founder and CEO Shane Smith, in a statement. “And when that content is the foremost investigative news in the business it becomes even more imperative. Real, fact-based, trusted news has never been more important and this partnership, I am very excited to say, will provide just that.”
As part of the deal, the Guardian’s multimedia news editor Mustafa Khalili will oversee a team of Guardian staffers who will work out of Vice’s London bureau.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The Hill and The Wall Street Journal. Details are below.Kim Dixon as has been named editor of The Hill Extra’s healthcare vertical. Dixon comes to The Hill Extra from Politico, where she started and ran the European healthcare team in Brussels. She previously worked for Reuters. The Journal has named Jennifer Maloney a reporter covering the beverage and tobacco industries. She previously covered the book publishing industry. Maloney has been with the Journal since 2011.
Newsday Media Group (NMG) has named Andrea Rothchild senior vp, advertising sales.
Rothchild comes to NMG from LitteThings, where she served as digital account director. This is a homecoming for Rothchild, as prior to LittleThings, she spent two decades with Newsday in senior sales and management roles.
“Andrea brings to Newsday Media Group her strong sales leadership skills and a depth of media experience critical for the future,” said Newsday co-publisher Debby Krenek, in a statement.