Vox Media Buying Curbed.com Network of Sites (NYT)
Vox Media, a company with three strong digital brands, including the technology site The Verge, is adding to its portfolio. The company plans to announce on Monday that it is buying Curbed.com L.L.C., which runs three Web publications that deliver in-depth neighborhood coverage, with attitude, of real estate, dining and retailing. Fortune Fortune has learned that ambitious digital media startup Vox Media will acquire Curbed Network, a saucy trio of urban lifestyle and entertainment blogs, for a mix of cash and stock valued between $20-30 million. Though Curbed has just 5 million monthly unique visitors, the deal will help Vox Media grow its business in new categories, including home, food and style. Business Insider When asked why he’s interested in a local play like Curbed, which is published in 32 cities, Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff replied, “It’s not a local play. These are huge mainstream consumer categories: Food/dining, home/real estate, style/retail are among the most popular cable networks and TV shows, magazines… yet who really owns the categories from a digital media perspective, especially among rich young adults online?”
Lara Logan: ‘The Truth Is, We Made A Mistake’ (TVNewser)
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan ended Sunday’s 60 Minutes with an apology for her report three weeks ago on the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. As we’ve been reporting, Logan’s primary source for her report was a former U.S. contractor named Dylan Davies, who wrote a book about that night. But the account in his book — the basis of Logan’s story — differs from an FBI incident report. NYT The apology lasted only 90 seconds and revealed nothing new about why CBS had trusted Davies, who appeared on the program under the pseudonym Morgan Jones. Off-camera, CBS executives were left to wonder how viewers would react to the exceptionally rare correction. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media For many journalists, Logan’s apology left much to be desired. “Lara Logan says her source Davies insisted he’d told her same story as he told FBI — but that was a lie. CBS put all its marbles on a liar,” Howard Kurtz, the media critic at Fox News, wrote on Twitter. GalleyCat Simon & Schuster has pulled Davies’ new book on Benghazi after new information has called into question the book’s credibility. TheWrap Fox News, which also used Davies’ account in its stories about the attack, says it is standing by its Benghazi coverage. “We stand by our reporting on Benghazi, and given what is still unknown, we anticipate further fact finding from those who know the truth about what took place on 9/11/12,” said Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news at Fox News.
The Onion Folds Remaining Print Editions (FishbowlNY)
The Onion is folding its remaining print editions and going all digital. Their last issues will be Dec. 12. The satirical paper has been slowly shutting down its print editions over the past few years. At one point, The Onion in print was available in 17 markets. However, as any fan of newspapers knows, times aren’t what they used to be. Ad Age / Media News Over the past several years the company has been disappearing from newsstands steadily as advertising shrank. Its most recent edition in Chicago, for instance, was just 16 pages and included only two full-page ads, both for Camel cigarettes. New York Daily News Derek Cuculich, a spokesman for the Chicago-based media company, told the Daily News that the process of cutting out printing operations has been going on for years. “On the employment front, we had to let go three full-time employees in Milwaukee,” Cuculich said via email on Saturday. LA Times / Share It Now The last gasp for The Onion in print comes just a few months after its own obituary for newspapers, lampooning the state of the print industry. “Print Dead at 1,803,” read the headline.
CNN Lays Off Top Entertainment Producers as Part of Reorg (TheWrap)
CNN has laid off top producers from its entertainment group in a reshuffle of the unit, TheWrap has learned. Among those laid off were longtime executive producer Karen Bonsignore and part of her team including Jennifer Wolfe, Doug Hyde, Denise Quan and KJ Matthews, according to an individual with knowledge of the layoffs. Bonsignore had worked for CNN for 32 years. TVNewser There were staffing changes last week at three CNN bureaus, TVNewser has learned. About a dozen people have been let go from posts in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York as the network redefines those positions.
Big Layoffs Hit MySpace (ValleyWag)
First as tragedy, then as farce: A tipster close to MySpace tells us the undead social network canned a “massive number of people” from its LA office Friday. “Entire departments.” A “New MySpace” rep hasn’t confirmed the number, but the firings are real. This should come as no surprise: despite employing some very talented editorial staffers for tight music coverage and implementing a swanky new design, MySpace can’t shake the fact that it’s MySpace. Los Angeles Business Journal MySpace laid off 5 percent of its staff, according to a company spokesman. MySpace COO Chris Vanderhook said the layoffs are meant to consolidate the team to bring the website closer to profitability.
NSFW Corp Lays Off Three, Including One Famous Former Anthony Weiner Intern (Capital New York)
On Thursday, the Not Safe For Work Corporation, which publishes nsfwcorp magazine, laid off three of its staffers. Two of them shared the news on Twitter: sex and science editor Leigh Cowart and political reporter Olivia Nuzzi, who was once referred to as a “slutbag” by an Anthony Weiner spokeswoman.
Postal Service to Make Sunday Deliveries for Amazon (NYT)
The cash-short United States Postal Service, which has failed to win congressional approval to stop delivering mail on Saturdays to save money, has struck a deal with the online retailer Amazon.com to deliver the company’s packages on Sundays — a first for both, with obvious advantages for each.
Internal Shifts at Time Inc. (WWD / Memo Pad)
Nancy Gibbs, the newly crowned managing editor of Time magazine, has promoted Michael Duffy and Radhika Jones to deputy managing editors. According to Gibbs, the duo is a “perfect complement to one another,” as Time continues to develop its digital strategy, a feat that happens to be at the top of her list.
Home Depot Apologizes for Racist Tweet Sent From Its Twitter Account (ABCNews)
Home Depot is apologizing for a racist tweet and blaming the agency that sent it from the company account. The home improvement retailer pulled the tweet and apologized on Twitter, saying, “We have zero tolerance for anything so stupid and offensive. Deeply sorry. We terminated agency and individual who posted it.” TheRoot The tweet showed two African-American drummers and a third man in a monkey mask with the caption, “Which drummer is not like the others?” PRNewser Home Depot’s damage control efforts currently amount to “it was our agency’s fault.” Really? This sounds a lot like “shoot the messenger” to us.
Time Magazine’s ‘Gods of Food’ Cover Story Stokes Controversy (New York Daily News / New York Eats)
Time magazine is getting some flak for what was supposed to be a cover story that celebrated a group of tastemakers they called “The Gods of Food.” The food community is calling the magazine out for the conspicuous absence of any “goddess” chefs. The issue in question is its Nov. 18 publication entitled “The Gods of Food: Meet The People Who Influence What (And How) You Eat,” a cover story that identifies chefs, food writers, activists and policymakers who shape the gastronomic landscape. On the cover of every international edition except the U.S., chefs Alex Atala, David Chang and René Redzepi share the spotlight. FishbowlNY Eater associate editor Hillary Dixler has been on the Time case. After noticing that no female chefs adorn the international-edition cover of Time‘s Nov. 18 issue, she kept digging and found it was mostly men (nine to four) on the “13 Gods of Food” list inside. Dixler followed her initial coverage with a refreshingly frank set of Q&A responses from the responsible editor, Howard Chua-Eoan. Eater In the conversation, Chua-Eoan explains how Alice Waters almost made the cut, how Time simply reflected the “harsh reality” of the culinary world and why he thinks the media has no obligation to “advocate for anything” when it comes to the gender gap among famous chefs. “There was no attempt to exclude women,” he says of the issue. “We just went with the basic realities of what was going on and who was being talked about.”
Bloomberg Fights Back: New York Times Front-Page Report Is ‘False’ (TheWrap)
Bloomberg News has rejected a report in The New York Times alleging it killed articles on the corruption of Chinese officials out of fear. The Times report, published Saturday, claims Bloomberg feared the government would kick its reporters out of the country. Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief Mathew Winkler also reportedly compared this to “the self-censorship by foreign news bureaus… inside Nazi-era Germany.”
An Inside Look at How CNN’s Crossfire Has Become The Ultimate Social TV Show (LostRemote)
CNN’s Crossfire aired from 1982 to 2005 before being cancelled. Eight years later, the show has returned, and its relaunch premiered in September, built on a social TV backbone. The main difference between the original Crossfire and its reboot has been the impact of social media on the latter. #Crossfire has trended domestically on Twitter 26 times on 14 different days in October, and the follower numbers for the @Crossfire account have increased fivefold since the show’s launch.
Cosmo Editor Joanna Coles Thinks Digital Is Good for Magazines (Adweek / Joanna Coles)
If you want to be culturally relevant, you have to be on digital. The world is much less exclusive now than it used to be. Fashion is a really good example — it was going on in Paris and Milan, and a designer would tell women what to wear. But, it turns out, that’s not what women really want. They want to be involved in the conversation and to have clothing that fits with their lives. I think social media makes participants of all of us, and that is a fantastic thing. FishbowlNY This is pretty iconic. To celebrate Adweek‘s 35th anniversary, the issue hitting newsstands Monday features on the cover industry vet Ron Berger, flanked by sons Cory and Ryan.
Stars And Stripes Boots Up for Battle (Politico)
It’s hard enough for any newspaper to succeed in an era of soaring costs, fierce digital competition and declining circulation — now throw in Pentagon cuts and Washington dysfunction and watch the drama unfold. The iconic military paper Stars and Stripes not only faces the same problems as the rest of the print media, but it’s also gripped with a drawdown of troops and automatic defense cuts that are making business that much harder.
NPR Combines Interactive, Multimedia Desks Into One (Poynter / How To’s)
In an effort to make its storytelling even more Web-optimized, NPR is combining its interactive news applications desk and multimedia desk into a new “good Internet team.” That’s not what it’ll officially be called, said Brian Boyer, the news apps editor who will oversee the as-yet-unnamed visuals desk. Each day, the team will aim to answer the question, “What’s the right way to tell this story online and visually?”
JoceBrownSugar Give your date your full attention and leave the smartphone tucked away. Show you know how to communicate in person.
lamonbrooks unlss it’s an emergency, absolutely not.
lizdeutermann No. It’s incredibly rude and lacks class.
MNI_TimeInc Yes, ok to check your phone on a date. Let them know right away that you’re rude, so they’re not surprised later. (: