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A media odd couple was formed on Monday, when BuzzFeed and The New York Times announced that they will join forces to cover the Democratic and Republican national conventions in live-streaming video “TimesCasts” on NYTimes.com.
The collaboration, which serves to lend the Times’ growing video department a jolt of buzzy, young talent while cementing BuzzFeed’s nascent journalistic credentials, was born from the Twitter-based mutual admiration of New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts and BuzzFeed editor-in-chief, Ben Smith. The two met IRL when they sat on a panel together during Social Media Week in February.
Certain rumors about Marcus Bachmann, husband to presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, have not gained much traction in mainstream-press publications’ profiles of Ms. Bachmann, despite the best efforts of Dan Savage, Jon Stewart, et al.
Ryan Lizza’s exceptional New Yorker profile of of Ms. Bachmann, published today, outs Mr. Bachmann–as a confirmed oddball (what Read More
The F.D.I.C. on July 1 signed a 10-year lease for 100,000 square feet at the Empire State Building. The government corporation, headed by the recently Ryan Lizza–profiled Sheila Bair, plans to relocate about 250 employees in its regional and field offices at 20 Exchange Place downtown.
Downtown elected officials aren’t pleased. U.S. Representative Jerrold Read More
Noam Scheiber, the columnist and senior editor at The New Republic, is writing a book about the Obama administration’s handling of the economic crisis. It will be published by the flagship imprint of Simon & Schuster and overseen by editor in chief Priscilla Painton, who acquired the book at auction last month. According to Ms. Read More
John Koblin looks at editors who moonlight as writers, and talks to The New Yorker‘s David Remnick who says, "As much as I love editing, reporting and writing is a way for me to get out of the house a little bit, metaphorically… Otherwise, it’s just the apartment and the office." Plus: As Read More
New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza finalized an agreement Monday with Vanessa Mobley of the Penguin Press to write a book about President-elect Barack Obama’s first year in office. Mr. Lizza’s contract, worth a sum in the mid-six-figures, was negotiated by his D.C.-based literary agent, Gail Ross. It is, to date, his second book deal, Read More
Jeffrey Frank, a senior editor at the New Yorker whose stable of writers includes the likes of Ryan Lizza, Nick Lemann and the magazine’s own editor David Remnick (he edited this week’s 12,000 word piece on race and Obama), is leaving the magazine at the end of the year to pursue a book.
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In the Times today, the Miller campaign debuts another kind of sourcing: fake anonymity. The male source is described as a “senior Miller strategist who also advised John Kerry last year.” Unless they’re being truly generous with the term “advised,” that’s pollster Mark Mellman, who reportedly insisted on anonymity “because he did not Read More
One tale of triumphant inheritance gave way to another Tuesday afternoon, as The Lion King yielded the stage of the Disney Theater to Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s State of The New York Times presentation. Bongo drums, a witness reported, were faintly visible in the wings as Mr. Sulzberger-sans necktie, in a navy suit and blue shirt-delivered Read More