Adventures in Social Media
Around the town
“OMG @OneDirection’s new song leaked!” might sound like something a giddy tween would tweet, but it was actually tweeted by the Daily News’s official account.
Then there was this gem: “Teacher fired after taking teens for penis piercings. There’s a picture of him going all: ¯\_( )_/¯”
And this one too: “Is this _really_ why @TaylorSwift13 said STFU at the VMAs?”
Like, OMG! If that doesn’t sound exactly how a 93-year-old newspaper ought to talk, the struggle to find a Twitter voice is not unique to @nydailynews.
stop and shop
Dan Froomkin and Liliana Segura are joining Glenn Greenwald in his new, Pierre Omidyar-backed venture (The Omidiyar Group).
The Daily News has thrown its editorial weight behind a new cause: racial discrimination of shoppers.
The paper, which strongly defends the NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic also accused by critics as profiling, has taken an unmistakable position of outrage.
Pudu Déjà Vu
Matt Chaban left Crain’s for The Daily News, where he started this week as the real estate editor on the features desk. Mr. Chaban covered real estate for The New York Observer before leaving these salmon-colored pages for Crain’s New York in January.
Although the bow-tied reporter was only at Crain’s for a short amount of time, he had nothing but nice things to say about the publication. And this one. And his new one (he started yesterday).
Yesterday, a baby pudu—the world’s smallest breed of deer—was born in the Queens Zoo. The Daily News was so taken by its cuteness that they published two articles about the birth. Reporter Lisa Colangelo wrote an article for the paper (which was also posted on the Queens section of the website), while reporter Deborah Hastings covered the birth for the national section.
But which article was better? Let’s compare.
off the record
Remember back in March when The New York Post unveiled their bus tour of the city? Well, the Times is on it! The New York Times’ William Grimes hopped aboard the TMZ and The New York Post bus tours and reviewed the tabloid takes on New York for the paper of record.
And Mr. Grimes seems to have had a remarkably similar experience to Barry Paddock, who reviewed the tour for The Daily News back in March. Both Mr. Grimes and Mr. Paddock found the Post tour kind of dull and mostly empty.
“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.
Today is layoff day at The Daily News, reports Capital NY, who put the number at around 15–columnists Albor Ruiz and Joanna Molloy and reporters Christiana Boyle and Robert Gearty among them.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that a round of pink slips was imminent at the News. Although this is the most significant number of layoffs since editor in chief Colin Myler took over in November 2011, there has been a slow trickle of departures over the past months. Features editor John Oswald left in March, and features reporter Jacob Osterhout vented his rage in a goodbye email after he was let go earlier this spring.
Former New York Post reporter Lachlan Cartwright is returning to New York next week to work for the Confident@l, The Daily News’s gossip section, for which he will cover nightlife and entertainment.
The Australian Mr. Cartwright, who left New York for London last year, came to the Post after a seven year stint as a reporter at the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun. Since decamping for England, Mr. Cartwright has written for the Sun, as well as freelanced for a host of New York- and Australia-based publications.
This morning, The New York Post gave the news that Anthony Weiner is contemplating a political comeback a pun-filled cover treatment.
Meanwhile, the Daily News devoted its front page to their ongoing coverage (some may call advocacy) of the gun control debate.
On a day when every tabloids’ favorite congressman is back in the spotlight, the Daily News‘s front page seems an odd choice. In a two-tabloid town, how, we wondered, has this impacted sales of the News?
In a highly unscientific survey, we canvassed 15 newsstands in the vicinity of the Observer‘s midtown office. Of the vendors we talked to, eight said that The Post outsells the News, two said that News sells better and the remaining five said that they were neck-and-neck.