Michael Wolff—the Vanity Fair columnist, entrepreneur, and curmudgeonly media provocateur—trekked uptown last night to explain to a crowd of Columbia Journalism School students why they were wasting their money.
In a recent column in USA Today, Mr. Wolff argued that Columbia’s J-School was a racket and Steve Coll, newly named dean of the school, was the wrong person to run it. He was dismissive of the school’s nascent digital journalism program, noting that the school “curiously hir[ed] a Web editor from London to run it.”
Michael Wolff’s mother, Van, died Tuesday morning after a two and half year illness, the Observer has learned.
Mr. Wolff wrote about his mother’s declining health and worsening dementia in a moving and controversial story for New York Magazine in May that questioned the modern approach to end-of-life care.
There’s nothing like a pre-holiday Friday afternoon news dump. While just about everyone is off drinking on a patio somewhere, we imagine, toasting to Katie Holmes’s freedom and Adele’s spawn, Adweek confirms WWD’s report that Prometheus Media CEO Richard Beckman is stepping down.
Former Huffington Post technical director Cindy Jeffers has been named CEO an CTO of Salon, the company announced today. Salon founder David Talbot had been serving as interim CEO after digital media entrepreneur Richard Gingras departed in July last year to become head of news products for Google.
Adweek news editor Alex Koppelman announced via Twitter that he is leaving the more-than-a-trade-mag for the New Yorker, where he will be associate online news editor.
A few minutes later, fellow news editor Brian Braiker announced he would be leaving for the same post at the US office of the Guardian. Read More
After weeks of speculation in the New York Post, a denial in WWD, and some confident tweets, Michael Wolff is leaving his post as editorial director of Adweek, Prometheus Media announced on the trade magazine’s website today.
Executive editor Jim Cooper will oversee day to day operations Read More
The New York Post says media columnist Keith Kelly is on vacation, but it appears he found time to contribute reporting to today’s article, “Staff Cries Wolff,” which says anonymous Adweek executives are considering not renewing editorial director Michael Wolff’s contract next month, citing his reportedly brusque management and loose spending practices.
“If you want to make an omelet you have to break some eggs,” e5 Global Media CEO Richard Beckman told The New York Times Tim Arango. Mr. Beckman was explaining his decision to tap Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Wolff to run his company’s Adweek Media Group.
Mr. Wolff, who is known for Read More
Richard Beckman hasn’t been shy about trying to hire big names for E5 Global Media. He tapped Janice Min to run The Hollywood Reporter (that’s gone well, in sort of an awesome low-brow way). He was trying to get Richard Johnson from the New York Post earlier this summer, but Mr. Johnson couldn’t Read More
The Web, Apps
Wired‘s buzzed-about “The Web Is Dead” cover story went live on its website today, and there’s a fair amount of content to sift through. The issue includes dueling commentaries from editor-in-chief Chris Anderson and Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff on who is to blame for the Web’s “demise” — to get this out Read More