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.
The timing for a West Coast talk given by Susanne Craig, the New York Times reporter who divulged details about President-elect Donald Trump’s 1990s tax filings, was apt. The event took place just ahead of Alec Baldwin tweeting back to Trump that he would retire the SNL impression if the next Commander-in-Chief released his personal tax filings.
Rebeca Reyes, a staff writer for student newspaper The Daily Aztec, has a good summary of the Dec. 2 San Diego State University events. Craig was invited to speak at SDSU by journalism junior Tiffany Jones. During the journalist’s talk in Professor Martin Kruming’s Media Law & Ethics class, she gave some sound, simple advice:
Craig said journalism students should not be afraid to call people in or be afraid of the story that comes from an unexpected place.
“Keep an open mind,” Craig said. “Don’t be afraid that the story may take you to a place that you didn’t think. I think when people talk about bias or an agenda comes up too, I think you obviously have to have an idea of what the story is. Go after that, keep an open mind.”
This is the first time Craig has been invited by a student to speak at a school rathert than by a faculty member. Reyes has some fun detail about that angle, including Jones’ reaction when Craig said yes.
Craig, together with Jones and Professor Kuming, started last Friday with a breakfast discussion with a group of reporters from digital outlet inewsource and also was able to meet with the San Diego Union-Tribune investigative team.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Susanne Craig Jokes About Ted Cruz Connection
Last year Pantone's pick was Rose Quartz and Serenity, although we don't recall those colors being particularly prominent, do you? In fact, we're beginning to wonder just what this Color of the Year initiative is really all about.
When we hit today’s compilation of the top films of 2016 as chosen by New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis, A.O. Scott and Stephen Holden, the advertisement at the top of the page was for La La Land, opening Friday. And on that L.A. coast, the fact that the critically acclaimed Damien Chazelle musical is nowhere to be found on any of the Top Ten lists is confounding awards pundits.
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) December 7, 2016
A separate recent tweet from Los Angeles Times entertainment reporter Amy Kaufman, currently on leave to write a book, hinted at more potential trouble. She unpacked a screening copy of La La Land for her parents to watch here on the East Coast and it did not go well.
Dad asleep 5 mins into “La La Land.” Mom doubts it will be a $ hit because it’s “too weird” and wants to know where it got critical acclaim. pic.twitter.com/IhszRdkgvd
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) December 5, 2016
As always, each Times critic has keen observations about the year’s cinematic trends. And for the record, one of them does mention La La Land on the fringe of their Top Ten, under the heading “Other Loves.”
Josephine Livingstone (pictured) earned her B.A. at Oxford and her doctorate from NYU. On Jan. 3, she will begin applying that finely attuned mind’s eye as a staff writer for the New Republic, covering culture.
From Livingstone’s website bio:
You could describe my work as “alt-ac,” if you wanted. I hold a PhD from New York University (2015) in English. My dissertation was about race and maps and landscape in medieval European culture. I am interested in the conjunction of archives with emotion, so I made Web Safe 2k16 with my friends. I review a lot of books and write a column for The Awl about academia, called Lab Reports. I teach writing at NYU and produce events for n+1 and Ace Hotel New York.
Livingstone recently contributed a piece to The New Yorker website titled “The Unsolvable Mysteries of the Voynich Manuscript.” Check out this exquisite first paragraph:
The word “ink” is a child of the Latin incaustum, which means “having been burned.” In the Middle Ages, people thought that ink burned its way into parchment, because iron-gall inks go onto the page pale, then darken. This is not what’s happening, physically, but it makes sense as a metaphor: a medieval manuscript, because it was made by hand, is necessarily an original, even when it is a copy of something else. It cannot be standardized any more than a thing can be unburned.
Livingstone will report to deputy editor Ryu Spaeth. FishbowlNY’s suggestion to the New Republic receptionist on duty the morning of Tuesday Jan. 3 is to be ready with the greeting, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”
P.S. Just in case any media colleagues might be wondering, yes, a lower-case “the” is how this venerable magazine now spells its brand name.
On the fundraising page launched today by TYT Network, our former TV Newser colleague Jordan Chariton has been captured by YouTube with his eyes shut. As anyone who has followed Chariton’s YouTube and Facebook dispatches knows, he, field producer Emma Vigeland and the rest of The Young Turks team cover matters with their eyes very much wide-open.
In an impassioned plea, co-founder Cenk Uygur says it is more important than ever for his operation to go big. That quote in our headline comes from the very end if his message. Here’s a bit more:
Between now and the inauguration, we want to raise enough money to hire four new powerful investigative journalist teams. Each team will be anchored by a world-class investigative journalist. I can’t wait to tell you who we have in mind. You are going to love these people. But we need to raise the money first to get them to sign on. Each team will include editors, producers and camera people. We’re going to do this right.
With just one full-time reporter – Jordan Chariton – we’ve already broken so many important stories. We broke the Donna Brazile story, we broke the lead poisoning story in Indiana before the New York Times (based on a tip from one of our viewers), we covered the DNC tilting the primaries toward Clinton before any of the emails ever came out confirming it and we have been the only media outlet to be at Standing Rock from the beginning to end. And it was our very own Wes Clark and Michael Wood, responding to Jordan’s coverage, who brought 4,000 veterans there to protect the water protectors. Would that story have broken through without the coverage that you made possible? Look at what you have already built!
Now imagine what we could do with FIVE full reporting teams! Let me at ‘em. We have to keep Trump accountable. We have to keep the establishment accountable. No one is doing investigative pieces on the donors, the appointees, the leaders in Congress. There are so many things to investigate and uncover. Let us stand up for the American people.
Donation amounts have been pre-set to as low as $3. In other words, one cup of Starbucks, skipped, could help fuel this revolution.