The Esquire Network is officially launching September 23. The channel, which is a rebranding of G4,is going to make their big debut with a two-hour special to commemorate the magazine’s 80th anniversary issue. The original programming will look at the past eight decades, all through the lens of the magazine’s coverage. Read More
New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan takes on the tricky issue of Anthony Weiner coverage on her blog today. Although the disgraced former congressman’s mayoral campaign kicked off with a soft, April 14 cover story in Times Magazine, Ms. Sullivan, reflecting, found the Times‘ coverage has gotten stiffer as the campaign roll-out progressed. Read More
Good morning! It’s been a confusing week: it’s cold, it’s hot, it’s sunny, it’s rainy, it’s Wednesday. But we are starting to get our bearings and maybe remember to bring an umbrella. And Book Expo America starts today so get ready for some book buzz, if book buzz is your thing.
In other news:
Anyone want to buy a digital-only weekly magazine? Looks like Newsweek is for sale…again. And just like the last time Newsweek was for sale, when Barry Diller bought the magazine for a song and merged it with The Daily Beast , it isn’t really about the (low) price, it’s about the assumption of liabilities. So it’ll cost ya in the long run. Although now that Newsweek is all digital, it does presumably cost less to produce. And it remains to be seen what the sale will mean for editor in chief Tina Brown. (Variety) Read More
“I feel like a Broadway play that’s won a Tony—after closing!” Daily News veteran editor JoAnne Wasserman said last week while accepting an award for mentoring from the Silurian Society. Ms. Wasserman was the Brooklyn borough chief until she was laid off this month as part of the News’s restructuring.
During her 27 years at the News, Ms. Wasserman had a no-nonsense, at times abrasive approach to toughening up interns and young journalists. For example, Ms. Wasserman recounted in her speech, she handed a flip-flop-clad intern the shoes off her own feet before an interview. Read More
When BuzzFeed announced the launch of its new business vertical, many people skeptically wondered how a site that is known for its animal listicles would carve out space in the relatively straitlaced world of business reporting.
“People on Wall Street like to laugh, they have humor,” Peter Lauria, editor of Business Buzz, told Off the Record. “So I think being able to mix serious scoops, smart analysis and fun stuff together is a fun recipe that we have the ability to do that no one else does.” Read More
Well, that was fast–if not unexpected.
Penguin’s Dutton imprint acquired what they are positioning as the definitive account of the Boston Bombings and subsequent manhunt and lockdown, written by Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell. Dutton is planning to publish the still-untitled book in time for the first anniversary of the bombing next April. Read More
Anthony De Rosa is going to Circa, the mobile news summarizing startup that launched last year, where he will be the editor in chief. Mr. De Rosa has been the social media editor at Thomson Reuters since 2011.
“There’s a huge opportunity to present news in a way that’s made for mobile. Nobody is thinking about this more than Circa and I’m thrilled to help move that mission forward,” Mr. De Rosa said in a post announcing his hire on Circa’s blog. “Matt and David have a proven record of success and I feel like we have a shared vision for transforming the traditional article format.” Read More
What are the odds? New York Times media reporter David Carr slipped in the rain on Thursday night and broke his arm in three places. In an odd twist of fate, Mr. Carr, while waiting to be treated at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Emergency Room, saw a be-wigged starlet in handcuffs who has become a tabloid fixture of late: Amanda Bynes.
Despite his injury, Mr. Carr, a prolific tweeter, naturally tweeted about the incident.
Running With Scissors author Augusten Burroughs wrote about marrying Christopher Schelling, his literary agent, in this week’s “Modern Love” column. The story, which was about the terminology change in going from “boyfriends” to “husbands,” made a solid case for a writer getting together with his (or her) book agent.
“I had known Christopher for 10 years and fought back my romantic feelings with a machete because he was my literary agent and there were a thousand other reasons my attraction to him was impossible,” Mr. Burroughs wrote. “I lost my internal machete war and finally confessed in 2009 to my best friend and the only agent in Manhattan who didn’t turn me down that I was in love with him.” Read More
It’s Memorial Day Monday and the sun is (finally) out. So of course it’s the perfect time to catch up on some media news. Right? Well, sure.Especially since, because of the way we live now, we are less able to unplug and take a break than ever. You are probably working right now!
Bob Sullivan, a columnist at NBC News wrote a well-timed piece about how the smart phone killed the three day weekend. According to new research, “we can barely get through three waking hours without working.” There is more about how we are always checking our phones and can’t unplug. Worth reading, especially if you want a three or four minute break from working, but don’t feel like taking an actual break from reading the Internet. (NBC.Com). Read More