THE NEW MEDIA ECONOMY
Everyone knows that media is not the most stable industry and that it’s hard to find an affordable apartment in New York. But surely somebody who is gainfully employed at a media organization with a recognizable name would not be denied an apartment just because the whole industry is shaky, right?
“Last week, I was denied an apartment because I have a full-time job in the media industry,” AOL.com frontpage editor Allie Compton wrote on HuffPost earlier this week.
Nicole Cliffe, the books editor at The Hairpin, is leaving The Awl network’s site to start her own. Ms. Cliffe is partnering with Mallory Ortberg, who is a familiar name over at The Hairpin and has contriubuted to Gawker, The Atlantic and The Gloss. The new site will launch on July 1.
“Where am I going? Well, on July 1st, Mallory Ortberg and I are launching our own site,” Ms. Cliff wrote, in her goodbye post on The Hairpin late this morning. “You’ll hear more about it later. Leaning in, following your dreams, etc.”
The New York Times is looking for some New York-based authors to feature in their “Sunday Routine” column, where “prominent New Yorkers recount their weekend rituals.” Nice to know that writers are still considered prominent New Yorkers!
“Looking for a few good authors (NYC residents) to star in our Sunday Routine column this summer,” book publishing reporter Julie Bosman tweeted today. “Publishing PR people, pitch away.”
The Last Word
I can now check off “fired” from my bucket list. That’s right, after four years as a features reporter at the New York Daily News, I have been canned. No surprise. It was a long time in the making. Five months, to be exact. But the swiftness and finality of the act still threw me Read More
The American Society of Magazine Editors held its annual award ceremony tonight at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. They gave out elephant-shaped statues to magazines and everyone clapped.
New York magazine got the Ellie for Magazine of the Year, which they can add to the award they won yesterday for Cover of the Year (that aerial shot of a half blacked-out city during Hurricane Sandy was pretty good). Some magazines just have it all!
But there were other winners, too. Although none was very surprising, The New Yorker failed to nab a single statue, despite some nominations.
The Daily Beast announced today that they were “have parted company” with media critic Howard Kurtz. The announcement came just a day after Mr. Kurtz came under fire for a blog post where he made the false claim that basketball player Jason Collins, who recently came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated cover story, Read More
Lewis Lapham, the former longtime editor of Harper’s Magazine, started smoking in 1952, and he’s been going at it with zeal ever since.
“I developed an early passionate attachment,” Mr. Lapham, 78, said last night in his deep, mentholated monotone, “which could be considered an addiction.”
Mr. Lapham was discussing his smoking habit with the Read More
“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap,” Dolly Parton famously said. Well, nowhere is that more true than in Hipster Brooklyn, a magical land that The New York Times seemingly “discovers” once every five weeks. In today’s Style section, the Times sent intrepid middle-aged Manhattanite reporter Henry Alford to Williamsburg to live like the locals do (which, coincidentally, is also the way one would live if one were living one’s life according to trend stories in the Times Style section).
So how much did Mr. Alford’s long weekend of living the artisanal life actually cost the newspaper, which confirmed that it covered Mr. Alford’s expenses but, citing policy, declined to share costs?
New York Times
Carolyn Ryan will move from metro editor to political editor at The New York Times, the paper announced today. Meanwhile, Wendell Jamieson, who, as per the memo, has a heart that “beats Noir New York” will move up from deputy editor to helm the Metro section.
The change comes early in the election cycle, but apparently, there is a lot going on.
The New York Times’s public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote a post yesterday in which she took the paper to task for running Larry David’s satirical Op-Ed about the Boston bombing in the Sunday Review. The piece, which was based on last week’s press conference where the mother of the alleged Boston bombing suspects insisted that her sons were innocent, was a fictionalized Q&A in which Mr. David imagined what his own mother would say in similar circumstances.
But was it inappropriately soon after the attacks for humor? Ms. Sullivan ultimately decided that it was, a sentiment that was shared by many of her readers—one of whom was the well-known author Joe McGinniss.