If this is not the final contribution to the New York Times by Carol Vogel as a four-decades-spanning staffer, it’s very close: a piece over the weekend about the opening of a LACMA exhibit showcasing Chinese conceptual artist Xu Bing. (The Times does not comment on these sorts of individual matters, so we were unable to confirm.)
Vogel recently took the NYT buyout, after a year that saw her legacy sullied by some Wikipedia lifting reported by FishbowlNY. However, as she recently told Artnet, she plans to continue contributing to the Times post-buyout. Here is her full initial statement to the publication:
As I’m sure you have probably read, the Times is offering voluntary buyouts and for those of us who have been here a while, it’s a good deal. So after much soul-searching I have decided to take management up on the offer and resign. (I am joining quite a list of well-known bylines.)
Rolling Stone has asked Columbia University to figure out just how bad it f*cked up its UVA rape story.
As you probably recall, the magazine published a giant piece about a rape on UVA’s campus that was so badly reported we suggested a round of firings was in order.
Here is the full statement from publisher Jann Wenner:
T: The New York Times Style Magazine has promoted Malina Joseph Gilchrist from senior market editor to market director.
Joseph Gilchrist had been senior market editor of T since February of last year. Prior to joining T, Joseph Gilchrist served as senior market editor of The Wall Street Journal’s Off Duty section.
In a memo announcing the promotion, T’s editor, Deborah Needleman wrote, “Malina’s commitment to discovering — as well as doggedly covering — the very best the fashion, luxury, fine jewelry and beauty markets have to offer, combined with her ability to lead while engaged in the myriad minutiae of putting together shoots for fashion director Joe McKenna and the other top stylists, makes Malina ideally suited to assume this new role.”
You might think snagging a Pulitzer nomination and being the head of one of the nation’s most prestigious critics’ organizations would lend you a little job security. You’d be wrong.
Per Adams and Stephen Whitty‘s linked Facebook post, the Star-Ledger vet shared today that his full-time film critic position is being eliminated heading into 2015. The current chair of the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) plans to continue contributing to the paper as a freelancer.
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Hackers to Sony: We’ll Stand Down if You Never Release Movie (CNN)
The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a “very wise” decision to cancel the Christmas day release of The Interview, a source close to the company said. TVNewser The emails, sent Thursday night, included the message “you’ve done the right thing.” The emails suggested information stolen during the hack could be released if Sony fails to ensure that the film is never seen. Re/code In an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday, David Boies, the studio’s lawyer, said The Interview will be released. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd, adding the studio is still trying to determine the best distribution outlet that would also ensure people’s safety. THR / AP North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North, and have vowed to respond. TMZ According to sources connected with the studio, Judy Smith — the inspiration behind the Olivia Pope character on Scandal – has been quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal.
No entertainment news story was stretched as far across 2014, or with such sickening, cumulative power, as the one involving Bill Cosby. To reflect those facts, we have chosen to recap the trail in the form of a modified holiday song sheet. This is no sing-along; more like a shock-along.
On the first day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
An angry ex-attorney.
On the second day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
A double shot of stand-down comedy.
On the third day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
Three thousand meme mockeries.
This is absolutely the last thing Fusion reporter Tim Pool wanted to be sharing on the Saturday before Christmas. But because he lives on a Brooklyn block next to the intersection where two NYPD cops were brazenly and fatally ambushed this afternoon, he is live streaming at press time via YouTube as he reacts and investigates.
A friend texted Pool this afternoon when the horrific news of the shooting first broke, asking if Pool lived near the incident scene. Pool, via the stream above, explained that once he looked out his window, he realized the shooting had occurred very close to his Myrtle Avenue front doorstep in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Twitter disasters are the quickest source of outrage, and outrage is traffic.
But the one that resonated immediately with us comes a little later:
Justine Sacco had a face that wasn’t made up of pixels.
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