Hugo Lindgren Out as Editor of The New York Times Magazine (Capital New York)
Hugo Lindgren is leaving his position as editor of The New York Times Magazine at the end of the year, Capital has learned. There’s no word yet on plans for a successor. Rumors of a change at the paper’s glossy Sunday supplement leaked out Monday afternoon. But speculation about Lindgren’s future at the magazine has been swirling for some time now, with multiple sources suggesting in recent months that he could be on his way out. The Atlantic Wire Lindgren was hired by Jill Abramson’s predecessor as executive editor, Bill Keller, in 2010. Previously, he’d worked for former Times editor Adam Moss. Among the side-stories emerging from a controversial Politico piece on Abramson last April was a rumor that the executive editor might be looking to shuffle Lindgren out of the magazine editor role. THR There’s no word yet on who will succeed him. Lindgren shook up the Times‘ publication with several personnel changes, jettisoning longtime Ethicist Randy Cohen in favor of Ariel Kaminer, then Chuck Klosterman.
ABC’s Amy Robach Diagnosed With Breast Cancer After On-Air Mammogram (TVNewser)
ABC News correspondent Amy Robach will have a double mastectomy this week to treat breast cancer, she revealed on Good Morning America. Robach was diagnosed after she had her first mammogram as part of ABC’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Robach writes on ABCNews.com she was reluctant to have a mammogram. “If several producers and even Robin Roberts herself hadn’t convinced me that doing this on live television would save lives, I would never have been able to save my own. So, on Oct. 1, I had my first mammogram, in front of millions of people,” Robach writes. “After breathing a big sigh of relief once it was done, my breath was taken away only a few weeks later.” NYT Robach appeared shaken up as she told viewers about her diagnosis on Monday. An ABC spokesman said she would take a leave of absence. FishbowlDC On Nov. 14, Robach will undergo a bilateral mastectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery. A spokesperson for GMA could not say how long Robach would be off the air following her surgery, saying only that “she will take as long as she needs to recover.” New York Daily News There are still many frightening unknowns about Robach’s particular diagnosis. “There’s a lot you don’t know until you have the surgery,” she said on-air Monday. “I don’t know about chemo. I don’t know what stage I am. I don’t know if it has spread. So we’ll find out those things in the weeks to come.”
News Corp Reports 3 Percent Drop in Revenue in First Quarter (Variety)
News Corp, the recently spun off publishing side of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, reported that its revenue fell in the first quarter of its fiscal 2014, due to lower advertising revenue and foreign exchange fluctuations. The company reported that its earnings before the deduction of interest, tax and amortization expenses increased 58 percent in the quarter ended Sept. 30 to $141 million, mainly due to the consolidation of Fox Sports Australia and lower costs at its newspaper division. Circulation and subscription revenues declined 6 percent, the company said. Ad Age / Media News The news division, which publishes newspapers in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, saw revenue fall 10 percent to $1.5 billion in the period, with Australia accounting for most of the decline. Circulation and subscription sales also shrank in the period, dropping 6 percent. Capital New York News Corp executives are touting mobile as a major growth area for the company, which in its current configuration has now been publicly traded for approximately four months following a corporate split that separated Murdoch’s publishing brands from various film and television assets.
CNN Wooing New York Times Media Reporter Brian Stelter (LA Times / Company Town)
CNN is in advanced negotiations with New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter, people close to the situation said. Stelter, who has covered the television news and entertainment industry for the Times since 2007, would do the same for the cable news channel and is also expected to host the Sunday morning media magazine show Reliable Sources, a position that has been vacant since Howard Kurtz left for Fox News earlier this year. Stelter has already guest-hosted the show a few times.
Jane Francisco Named Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping (FishbowlNY)
Jane Francisco has been named editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping. Francisco comes to the magazine from Chatelaine, a women’s lifestyle magazine in Canada. Francisco had served as its editor-in-chief since 2009. Prior to that, she served as Style at Home’s editor-in-chief. Adweek She will replace Rosemary Ellis, who is leaving the company to pursue “other opportunities,” which Hearst did not specify. Ellis’ departure shocked some in publishing circles. In the seven years she led the brand, she seemed to epitomize the editor as brand steward, leading the creation of Hearst’s first standalone brand, 7 Years Younger; the Green Good Housekeeping Seal; and multiple TV, digital and product extensions. WWD / Memo Pad Hearst did not comment when asked to provide further detail on Ellis’ departure and future plans. Circulation, which in 2010 totaled more than 4.4 million, fell to just under that level in 2012, amounting to a 1.6 percent drop over the two-year period. In the first half of 2013, circulation rose 1.2 percent, boosted by digital-replica sales of 35,859 from the introduction of the magazine’s iPad app.
FoxNews.com Reporter to Argue for Shield Law Protection Over James Holmes Story (TheWrap)
The latest chapter in the legal saga surrounding FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter will play out on Tuesday, as she argues before New York state’s highest court in a bid to avoid being compelled to reveal her sources for an article about Aurora, Colo. theater shooter James Holmes. TVNewser Winter will ask the Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling that says she can be compelled to testify about her sources. Winter’s story revealed the existence of Holmes’ notebook that he reportedly gave to his psychiatrist before he went on his shooting spree.
60 Minutes Benghazi Bungle Makes A Crack in CBS’ Great Wall of 57th (Capital New York)
Shortly after the Benghazi story was retracted by CBS, reporters and media observers began to wonder why well-sourced CBS News correspondents like John Miller (who has contributed to 60 Minutes) were not brought in to help look into the claims made by security contractor Dylan Davies. 60 Minutes still has not explained what went wrong in the course of its reporting, and how it became so reliant on the report of one self-described witness who had a book to sell. “They have always lived in their silo,” one CBS source said of the 60 Minutes team. HuffPost / The Backstory While Lara Logan and Jeff Fager have apologized and acknowledged that trusting Davies was a mistake, questions about the relationship between 60 Minutes and its discredited source — and the network’s response, or lack thereof — remain unanswered.
AP Faces Deadline on Bob Lewis (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The News Media Guild has told the Associated Press that it will take legal action if the news organization does not reinstate former reporter Bob Lewis and former editor Norman Gomlak before Nov. 18, it announced Monday. Lewis and Gomlak were among three staffers who were fired last month after publishing an erroneous report about then-Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Dena Potter, the other staffer, was an AP manager and hence not represented by the Guild.
Randi Zuckerberg’s Veterans Day Tweet Sparks Backlash (LA Times / Share It Now)
Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, is taking heat on Twitter for using Veterans Day to promote her new memoir. Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives was published last week. On Monday morning, Zuckerberg’s offer to give veterans a signed copy of the book was met with some disgust. PRNewser Sure, we get the direct connection between a semi-memoir about balancing your digital life with the real world and serving in the military… oh wait, no we don’t.
Vice Media Bulks Up News Division (WSJ)
Vice Media Inc., known for its edgy, youth-oriented online and TV programming, is more than doubling the size of its news operations, the latest sign that digital-media outlets see growth potential in news. Over the past two months, Vice has quietly hired more than 60 additional journalists, increasing the size of its formal news team to more than 100, to cover everything from Middle East war zones to health care reform through an expansion of its digital video offering, chief executive Shane Smith said in an interview.
Factchecking Goes Local in New York (CJR / The United State Project)
With the trio of PolitiFact, Factcheck.org, and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog now well-established, the factchecking space might seem crowded, but a new entrant is poised to take the movement in an important, and largely uncharted, direction. The site, TruePolitics, which has been in a privately-funded pilot phase since early September, plans to scrutinize the accuracy of statements made by politicians in the New York City metro area, including Connecticut and New Jersey, starting early next year. Though PolitiFact operates an affiliate network of state-based sites run by partner media organizations, TruePolitics would be the first major factchecking website in the U.S. with a state and local focus — a promising development given the likelihood that state and local politicians will be more responsive to media scrutiny.
Columbia Journalism Review Preparing to Name New Editor-in-Chief (Capital New York)
Columbia Journalism Review, the media-industry bible whose top masthead slot has been vacant since the spring, is expected to announce a new editor-in-chief soon. Sources familiar with the process told Capital that the search had recently focused on at least two top candidates: Liz Spayd and Eric Bates, who previously held senior newsroom positions at The Washington Post and Rolling Stone, respectively.
At Newspapers, Photographers Feel The Brunt of Job Cuts (Pew Research Center / FactTank)
Citing “new technologies” and “economic realities,” the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y., laid off its four remaining staff photographers earlier this month, joining the growing ranks of newspapers that are shrinking or eliminating their photography staffs. Along with their newsroom colleagues, news photographers have not been immune to the layoffs affecting the newspaper industry. But a landmark moment occurred this past May, when the Chicago Sun-Times axed its entire 28-person photography department. Another major U.S. daily, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, announced in October that it would lay off a significant number of its staff photographers.
Let’s Talk About Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon’s Errors (The Daily Caller / The Mirror)
How does that expression go? People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Apparently Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon has never heard of it. In his story about me in The New Republic late last week, one of Beaujon’s big contentions is that I make a lot of errors. He cited four examples, two of which weren’t actually errors at all.
Sara Morrison Leaves TheWrap, Will Write for Atlantic Wire (Capital New York)
Sara Morrison, the sole media reporter for Hollywood news and gossip site TheWrap, is quitting her job. Starting next week, she’ll be writing part-time for The Atlantic Wire in addition to seeking other freelance work. “We are happy to have Sara back at the Wire,” Gabriel Snyder, editor of the Wire, told Capital in an email.
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