Nate Silver Went Against The Grain for Some at The Times (NYT / Public Editor’s Journal)
I don’t think Nate Silver ever really fit into the Times culture and I think he was aware of that. He was, in a word, disruptive. Much like the Brad Pitt character in the movie Moneyball disrupted the old model of how to scout baseball players, Nate disrupted the traditional model of how to cover politics. A number of traditional and well-respected Times journalists disliked his work. The first time I wrote about him I suggested that print readers should have the same access to his writing that online readers were getting. I was surprised to quickly hear by email from three high-profile Times political journalists, criticizing him and his work. They were also tough on me for seeming to endorse what he wrote, since I was suggesting that it get more visibility. FishbowlNY This is all understandable. Old people don’t like change, and writers have egos. And maybe Silver acted a bit too above everyone else and that earned him some pages in the Times’ burn book. HuffPost / The Backstory On Monday afternoon, this reporter asked Silver about the Times public editor’s column, whether he felt constrained by the Times newsroom culture, and if he had enough support from colleagues. “I had plenty of support, I felt, from [executive editor Jill Abramson] and from other key people at the Times,” Silver said. “I don’t really want to dwell too much to my relationships there. It was not — I would say, I love the people at ESPN.” Silver added that any cultural issue was “not a big factor” in his decision. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer “I’m interested in running a website, building out a business here, and having my opportunity to weigh in on different topics,” Silver said, responding to Times public editor Margaret Sullivan’s comments. “I’m not interested in who I’m getting a beer with. I have plenty of people in my social circles for that.” TheWrap / MediaAlley In a conference call with the press, ESPN president John Skipper said FiveThirtyEight will be similar to Bill Simmons’ Grantland, which is also owned by ESPN. The FiveThirtyEight name and URL were purchased for an undisclosed amount. Previously, Silver owned those rights and licensed them to The New York Times for a three-year contract. Its deal with Silver is a “long-term, multi-year deal.” TVNewser Put another way: If Silver leaves ESPN in a few years, FiveThirtyEight will not be going with him, but rather staying with ESPN and ABC. paidContent Silver stressed that “we’re not pulling back from politics. We’ll probably hire at least one more person to cover politics fulltime” and said that the new site’s only guaranteed coverage areas will be sports, politics and some economics. As for other topics, “if we find the right person, we might hire in that vertical… We’re looking for people who can think, do math and write. Those skills don’t always overlap, so it’s going to be an intense search process for us.” TVNewser Silver’s migration from the Times to ESPN represents more than a new URL — it augurs a sea change in the news business itself, experts say.
CNBC’s ‘Money Honey’ Explores Her Options (NY Post)
Call her “Show Me the Money, Honey.” CNBC’s No. 1 star, Maria “Money Honey” Bartiromo, with her hefty five-year contract set to expire late this year, is in play and is shopping herself around to rival networks, sources familiar with the situation tell the Post. Bartiromo, 45, whose hustle and knack for landing exclusive interviews with newsmakers hasn’t been able to stem the steady decline in ratings for CNBC overall and her show in particular, is taking advantage of an open “negotiating window” and has talked to Fox Business Network and CNN, among others, sources said. TVNewser Bartiromo is quietly putting out feelers to gauge the interest in her services, a source in the agent community confirms to TVNewser. Business Insider Bartiromo joined CNBC in 1993. A couple of years later, she made history as the first person to report live from the New York Stock Exchange floor.
New York Post Suffers From Losses, Cuts, Falling Sales And Low Morale (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
Will the New York Post be the first of new News Corporation’s newspaper casualties? Rupert Murdoch’s feisty tabloid is said to be losing somewhere near $100 million a year. It is selling barely 500,000 copies a day, of which more than 200,000 are digital editions. Over the course of the past year it has lost almost 10 percent of its sale. And its newsroom has been hit by a round of redundancies, sapping internal morale. Meanwhile, it would appear that its editorial content is no longer setting the agenda.
The Man Who Helped Hire Marissa Mayer Resigns From Yahoo! Board (Mashable)
Dan Loeb, an activist shareholder and member of Yahoo!’s board, was largely responsible for pushing out one of Yahoo!’s CEOs and hiring current CEO Marissa Mayer, boosting the company’s stock in the process. Now, he has agreed to sell back most of his shares and resign from the board with a hefty profit. Yahoo! announced Monday that it will buy back 40 million shares — more than half Loeb’s stake in the company — for $1.2 billion or $29.11 per share. AllThingsD According to sources, Yahoo!’s media head Mickie Rosen is leaving the Silicon Valley Internet giant. Rosen, who reported to COO Henrique De Castro, is one of the highest-ranking execs to depart the company in recent months.
Time Warner Names Joseph Ripp CEO of Time Inc. (Ad Age / Media News)
Time Warner has named Joseph Ripp the next CEO of Time Inc., resolving one big question as the publishing unit prepares to strike out on its own but surprising observers who had bet on another candidate. Ripp is CEO of OneSource Information Services, a business information provider. He previously held a series of posts at Time Warner and Time Inc., which he joined in 1985, including senior VP, CFO and treasurer at Time Inc.; exec VP and CFO at Time Warner; and vice chairman of America Online. FishbowlNY In a statement, Jeff Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner, said Ripp “Is respected as a strategic leader who has delivered financial results throughout his career, and he also happens to have a thorough understanding of Time Inc.’s business.”
TV Station Deletes Story That Ripped Off Another Publication, Got Facts Wrong (Poynter / MediaWire)
Providence, R.I. TV station WLNE-TV (also known as ABC6) posted a story Friday that “inappropriately included facts from a GoLocalProv.com article,” general manager Chris Tzianabos told Poynter in an email. “In addition to failing to give GoLocalProv.com proper credit, ABC6 mistakenly misconstrued some of the facts. We regret our mistake and we have taken appropriate internal action.” TVSpy GoLocalProv.com reported Friday on restaurants in the Providence area with the highest number of health violations. The piece reported on citations at restaurants across the region and included a slideshow of the top 25 restaurants with the highest number of violations. In WLNE’s story on the health violations, which included no attribution to GoLocalProv, the station reported “25 of the city’s restaurants have health violations.” For the original article, GoLocalProv inspected data from the past three years and found the number of restaurants with violations was more than twice that.
Spike Lee Asks Kickstarter Users to Do The Right Thing (LA Times / Movies Now)
Spike Lee was a pioneer in several ways when he started making movies in the 1980s. Now with a new Kickstarter campaign, he’s become the latest director to jump on the go-to vehicle for 21st century pioneers (and the occasional celebrity). FishbowlNY Although this somehow feels way more organic than either Zach Braff or Veronica Mars, there is sure to be a lot of debate about a man who gets paid big bucks to make Nike commercials bringing his pitch to Kickstarter.
In The Summer, Univision Is Numero Uno (NPR)
For three consecutive weeks this summer, Spanish-language TV network Univision won the primetime ratings among young adult viewers. The network is bragging about its primetime ratings domination with full-page ads in the LA Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. It’s English-language video exclaims: “For the first time ever, Univision is now the No. 1 network in any language.”
ABC Veteran Is Al Jazeera America’s New Leader (NYT)
Al Jazeera America, the coming international news channel financed by the emir of Qatar, on Monday named an ABC News senior vice president, Kate O’Brian, to be its president. O’Brian, a 30-year veteran of ABC, has overseen all news gathering for the network news division since 2007. A spokesman for Al Jazeera said O’Brian would have full responsibility for the new channel’s strategy and editorial operations. TVNewser In her new role O’Brian will be responsible for leading AJAM’s newsgathering and programming. Even without a president, the channel has been staffing up and slating programs, so O’Brian will be joining a channel in progress.
Netflix Touts Subscriber Bump From Arrested Development (Variety)
Netflix may have pulled in some additional customers with the revival of cult hit Arrested Development, but the company’s overall growth in the second quarter wasn’t enough to satisfy investors. The Internet video subscription company added 630,000 U.S. streaming subscribers in the quarter ended June 30, in line with previous guidance, as execs boasted that Arrested Development provided a small but measurable lift in the period.
Gannett Television Revenues Rise 3.6 Percent (TVSpy)
Gannett Co. reported $204.8 million in television revenues during the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 3.6 percent on the year-ago quarter. Retransmission revenues rose 62.3 percent, while core advertising revenues were up 1.5 percent. HuffPost / AP Gannett Co., the owner of USA Today and other newspapers and television stations, said Monday that net income fell 5 percent in the most recent quarter as newspaper advertising revenue fell and the company took charges for job cuts and other restructuring costs. TVSpy “Our long-term strategic plan — with a focus on both investment and execution — continues to position us for success well into the future. Gannett’s pending acquisition of Belo, and finding new ways to get content and offerings to the right user at the right time, are steps in our long-term strategy,” president and CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement.
Google Reader Died Because No One Would Run It (BuzzFeed)
No one took ownership of Google Reader internally because it wasn’t a top priority for Larry Page and his inner circle of lieutenants. And if you aren’t working on something that the boss cares about, then what’s the point?
Local Newscast Uses DMCA to Erase Air Crash Reporting Blunder (Wired / Threat Level)
Local San Francisco television news station KTVU has embarked on a novel use of copyright law to cover up embarrassing footage. It has been issuing takedown notices to YouTube for videos showing its anchor literally reading fake names of pilots involved in the recent airline crash at San Francisco International Airport. Poynter / MediaWire Leaders from the Asian American Journalists Association and KTVU met Friday to talk about what led to the station’s infamous slip-up. AAJA president Paul Cheung said via email that AAJA initiated the conversation.
Byron Kalet Looks to Launch Popular Noise Print Magazine (Unbeige)
We first encountered Byron Kalet several years ago as the design- and music-savvy mind behind the Journal of Popular Noise, an experimental audio magazine (published from 2007 to 2010) that took the form of a twice-yearly trio of seven-inch vinyl records tucked inside letterpress-printed, hand-folded packaging. Now the Brooklyn-based designer, art director, and musician — who once described Seattle band Foscil, featured in JPN, as “the Dick Avedon to my Alexey Brodovitch” — is looking to launch a print magazine, Popular Noise.
The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone Controversy Is Kanye West’s Fault (Gawker)
A reliable source tells us that Rolling Stone had a Kanye West profile planned for the Aug. 1, 2013 cover. This would have only been the third print Yeezus-era Kanye interview, after Jon Caramanica’s instantly classic New York Times Q&A and W Magazine‘s June feature. But for whatever reason, West apparently pulled out of the story. So the digitally illustrated Dzhokhar Tsarnaev profile photo was the magazine’s back-up plan for the cover, tied to Janet Reitman’s 11,000-word opus.
ClaireEMonaghan excessive and unnecessary,aren’t there more pressing issues to cover?
Hayden Gill yawn
Tracy Stigleman As long as they don’t name it North, I’m ok.
Michael Okoye Whats all the fuss? She can as well be any other pregnant woman any where in the world.