off the record
While the Giants clinched victory down in Indianapolis Sunday night, a contest of editorial mettle was taking place between New York’s top men’s magazines.
Shortly before kick-off, The New York Times reported that Hearst’s Esquire would post a movie-style trailer for a March print story about the Zanesville zoo massacre (remember when that suicidal exotic animal collector released 56 dangerous animals into a small town in Ohio?) along with a preview of the piece by Chris Jones. The latest in a series of editorial widgets (last month’s: a QR code on cover boy Bill Clinton’s crotch!), the trailer was designed to build buzz and boost sales of the print issue. The full story and a longer trailer would be online later, according to The Times.
The March issues of rival men’s magazines Esquire and GQ both feature stories about the Zanesville Zoo in Ohio, from which dozens of exotic animals were released last fall by the zoo’s suicidal owner, Terry Thompson.
Both pieces were written by men named Chris (Heath for GQ and Jones, for Esquire). Both are online Read More
last call at subway
Writer Chris Jones has gone on record as loving the dining experience at dear, departed Elaine’s — but despite that, he has a sophisticated palate. Yesterday and today, Mr. Jones, of the sportswriting-as-attending-church website Grantland (as well as Esquire, the magazine that once published “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”) went on a Twitter spree Read More
off the record
The ongoing rivalry between ESPN’s Grantland blog, founded by Page 2 star Bill Simmons, and Gawker Media’s Deadspin is shaping up to be more entertaining than anything either blog covers on the field.
For a second, it seemed Deadspin was losing yardage to Grantland, which had seen its buzz steadily increase since ESPN announced a Read More
The old online editor at Portfolio, Chris Jones, is joining the digital side of nytimes.com. The last time we heard from Mr. Jones, he was fleeing the increasingly encroaching presence of the business side at portfolio.com.
His new title looks very 2.0: "Senior Product Manager of the Business and Technology Verticals." The Times is Read More
When Women’s Wear Daily reported last week that Chris Jones, the managing editor of Portfolio.com, was resigning, he appeared to be another casualty of a magazine in crisis. Was Mr. Jones joining Jim Impoco in heading for the exits after failing to see eye-to-eye with top Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman?
The answer appears Read More
Chris Jones, Portfolio.com’s managing editor, has resigned after clashing with Portfolio editor in chief Joanne Lipman over hiring decisions for the site, Women’s Wear Daily reported this morning. Mr. Jones joins Jim Impoco–who was fired in August after also failing to see eye-to-eye with Ms. Lipman–as an early alum of the young business Read More