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Gawker Media Moving to Flatiron District

GawkerOn the heels of Nick Denton scoring the #7 spot on Joe Pompeo‘s list of “The 50 Most Influential People in LGBT Media” for The Advocate, there is a larger and much more significant multiple-of-seven Gawker number: 114.

That’s the address on Fifth Avenue where the company will soon relocate. From Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke‘s report:

“We will be moving out of the walk-up Nolita loft space that has been our home since 2008. Earlier today, we signed a lease for three floors of 114 Fifth Avenue,” Denton wrote in a staff memo that will go out this afternoon. Gawker Media signed a 15-year lease on three floors of the building, with plans to sublet one floor for the time being.

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Mark Ruffalo Embeds at the Boston Globe

ShutterstockMarkRuffaloHa ha. Check out the tail end of the first few sentences of this Boston Globe item written by the tandem of Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein:

Actor Mark Ruffalo was at the Globe on Monday to do research for his new movie Spotlight, in which he’ll play Globe investigative reporter Michael Rezendes, a member of the Pulitzer-winning team that broke the Catholic sex abuse scandal. Ruffalo was seen in the newsroom, the cafeteria and the library — not that we were following him.

There’s also a nice shot of Ruffalo and Rezendes, powwowing in front of a computer.

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So You Want to Interview a Celebrity?

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While landing a celebrity interview may be hard, the interview itself may prove even more of a challenge. You’ll likely be working under a limited time frame, provided a list of blackballed question and topics, and, chances are, the celebrity won’t be the only person joining you for the interview.

If you can come up with an original hook, are tenacious about getting through to a publicist, do your research and prep well, that first successful celebrity interview might not be your last. Just remember to keep your idolization in check, as did Kristen Fischer when she interviewed Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey:

I never told Dempsey that I all but wore out the VHS tape of his ’80s flick Can’t Buy Me Love because I watched it so much… and I never called him McDreamy or told him I had seen every episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Although I was nervous to interview one of my favorite actors, keeping a professional tone helped foster a better dialog.

For more advice on acing your celebrity interview, read: The Keys to Landing a Celebrity Interview.

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Nylon Adds to Team

Nylon has added three members to its team. Details are below.

  • Preetma Singh has been named market director. Singh comes to the magazine from WSJ., where she served as market editor.
  • Diane Clements has been named Los Angeles director of advertising. Most recently she held the same role with Rolling Stone.
  • Scot Bondlow joins to represent Nylon in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Bondlow is the president of Bondlow/reps in California. Currently, he oversees advertising sales, sponsorships, branding and marketing partnerships for The Sports Illustrated Golf Group.

New York Film Festival Adds Edward Snowden Doc

It’s never happened before. But to understand why the New York Film Festival has for the first time in its 52-year history added a movie to its main slate after that main slate was officially announced, one need turn only to the reaction of the event’s chief executive.

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From Scott Feinberg‘s Hollywood Reporter item:

New York Film Festival director Kent Jones said in a statement, “Seeing CITIZENFOUR for the first time is an experience I’ll never forget. The film operates on multiple levels at the same time: a character study (of Edward Snowden)… A real-life suspense story… And a chilling exposé. When the lights came up, everyone in the room was alternately stunned, excited and deeply troubled. A brave documentary, but also a powerful work from a master storyteller.”

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Dana Liebelson Joins HuffPost Politics

photo.jpgDana Liebelson is joining The Huffington Post’s politics team. Liebelson has worked as a reporter for Mother Jones and contributed to The Week and Marie Claire.

“At HuffPost, she’ll focus on tech policy and politics but won’t limit herself to any particular topic, continuing with the remarkable breadth she’s shown so far in her career,” wrote Amanda Terkel, HuffPost politics managing editor, in a memo announcing the news.

Liebelson joins HuffPost’s Washington bureau in October.

Denver Website Rallies Broncos Fans Against Phil Simms

The handiest way to get a sense of why Denver Broncos fans have so quickly signed a petition asking CBS Sports to stop assigning former Giants QB Phil Simms to their team’s televised contests is @philsimmsquotes. The Twitter account live-tweets color commentary made by Simms during NFL broadcasts, and among the snippets highlighted during the Broncos September 14 contest vs. the Kansas City Chiefs is: “When you’re in this air, you’re lighter, you’re faster.”

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Local website The Denver City Page, sensing an opportunity, threw up a change.org petition protesting Simms’ “biased drivel” and in a matter of just a few days, the petition is closing in on 30,000 signatures. Many of the signature comments espouse the same, basic theory:

Scott Feiler: I’m signing because Phil Simms doesn’t give insight to the viewers. Instead he indirectly attacks the Broncos organization and fans. Most likely because of personal matters possibly stemming from his son [Chris] not working out when he was on the team.

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New Monthly Print Magazine Pays Its Way to 400,000+ Circulation

CaliforniaSundayLogoOn Sunday October 5, more than 400,000 subscribers to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times will find something new within the bundle on their doorstep: The California Sunday Magazine, a startup devised by freelancer Douglas McGray and Federated Media co-founder Chas Ewards.

The monthly, print-side half of the pair’s business model is most intriguing. Not only does it give them instant traction at both the advertiser and circulation-base ends. But if successful, it could prove to be a model of revenue for other grouped regional newspapers. From a piece by Michael Learmonth, global tech editor of the International Business Times:

McGray and Edwards are paying the newspapers for distribution, much like Target would for an ad insert, and targeting 400,000 people who live in affluent neighborhoods. The rate card for the print edition is $40,000 a page; Edwards says the magazine will launch with 10 advertisers, including Google Play, Lexus, Converse, MailChimp and the Ace Hotel.

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NY Times Exec Editor Dean Baquet Explains His Biggest Fear

dean baquetAs executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet has a lot on his mind. But what’s bothers him the most? What worry swirls in his head? Baquet told The Daily Beast his primary fear is how the Times reports on dangerous areas.

“My biggest concern is how to cover the world right now when it’s really dangerous,” explained Baquet. “How the hell are we going to cover what is a new, heightened U.S. intervention in a region in which the enemies of the U.S. have proven that they do really bad things to journalists? That’s the thing that keeps me most awake at night.”

Baquet also said that he worried about President Obama’s attempts to stop any reporting on national security subjects. He described Obama’s attitude toward the press as “disturbing.”

For more from Baquet, check out the full interview.

Modern Farmer Names Cara Parks Executive Editor

Modern Farmer Media — publisher of Modern Farmer — has named Cara Parks its new executive editor. Parks most recently worked as a freelance journalist, crafting pieces for publications such as The New York Times, The New Republic, Slate, and more. She also worked as an adjunct professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Previously, Parks served as a deputy editor for Foreign Policy and a world editor for The Huffington Post.

“I am thrilled to have Cara Parks join the Modern Farmer team,” said Ann Marie Gardner, Modern Farmer’s CEO and editor-in-chief, in a statement. “She not only has great ideas, is a brilliant writer, and strong, fast editor, but she comes with immense global experience from digital sites that deal with global issues. Cara is exactly the person to take Modern Farmer to the world and grow our digital and print platforms to a greater audience.”

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