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A Tall Tale from a Rudy’s Regular

ShutterstockOlegCassini2001There’s a ton of local color in New York Times metro reporter Annie Correal‘s feature piece “In New York City, Sunday Night Is for Regulars.” Correal roamed the city for a month on weekends, late, so as to chronicle the way residents reclaim their neighborhood bars and restaurants after the Friday-Saturday crush of outer-borough invaders.

When Correal visited Rudy’s Bar & Grill in Hell’s Kitchen, she met Frankie, a toupee-wearing regular who pulled out from his pocket a photo of famed fashion designer Oleg Cassini and claimed to be the man’s son. “No one in 10 miles knows what I know, “Frankie told her insistently. But his story didn’t check out:

A few days later, I went back to Rudy’s to find Mr. Cassini. He had said he was the son of the designer, and had grown up with the city’s crème de la crème, but this had proven impossible to confirm. As far as I could tell, Oleg Cassini had only had two children, daughters.

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So What Do You Do, Noah Rosenberg, Founder, CEO and EIC of Narratively?

Noah-Rosenberg-Article If there’s anything you should get from Noah Rosenberg‘s story, it’s that you should probably keep a notebook next to your bed — the brilliant thought that strikes you just before shut-eye could very well turn into a viable business. In Rosenberg’s case, his feverish, middle-of-the-night scribblings became Narratively, a multimedia platform dedicated to the human interest, slow-burn storytelling he’d always had a passion for and feared would disappear along with shrinking newsroom resources. He still has that notebook, by the way.

Narratively recently celebrated its two-year anniversary and so much has been accomplished since it first appeared on the Web. The site was placed on Time‘s “50 Best Websites of 2013″ within a year of its launch, its contributors have been approached for book deals, iconic pieces like “The Secret Life of a Manhattan Doorman” have attracted Hollywood’s attention, brands reach out to members of Narratively’s network of about 1,000 freelancers for high-quality content production, and people around the globe continue to flock to Narratively to read and watch its original content.

And of course Rosenberg is brimming with more and more ideas to tap into an even broader audience. Think spinoff sites like Narratively [Insert Name of Major City Here], Narratively Sports, Narratively Tech, or Narratively Food; iPhone and Android apps; Narratively Film Studios; a book; and more. “I think because of our ability to find these stories in unlikely places and to really tell these stories in a beautiful, meaningful way, we’re finding this wealth of opportunity, and we’re really excited about what the future will hold.” Rosenberg chats with Mediabistro about his on-the-job journalism training, Narratively’s beginnings and his plans for expansion.

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​Adam Auriemma Departs WSJ for Fusion

Fusion TV logo GAdam Auriemma is leaving The Wall Street Journal for Fusion, where he’ll serve as deputy editor. He had most recently served as the Journal’s New York deputy bureau chief. Prior to that, Auriemma served as a managing editor for The Daily Beast.

“Adam will play a critical leadership role in overseeing daily editorial operations at Fusion,” wrote Fusion’s editor-in-chief, Jane Spencer, in a memo. “He’ll be working closely with me to redefine Fusion’s digital content, and will work with editors, reporters and journalists across all of our teams. As we expand our coverage in 2015, Adam will also lead our coverage around money, careers and personal finance for Fusion’s young, diverse audience.”

Spencer’s full note is below.

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How to Spot the Banksy BS

BanksyArtIn light of a fake news article about the arrest of street artist Banksy being widely shared on social media, the International Business Times’ Ewan Palmer has some critical advice for Facebook and Twitter users:

All readers need to do is check: A) Does the article appear on National Report? and B) Is Paul Horner mentioned anywhere in it?

Actually, since Horner also likes to attach his Web journalism pranks to the byline Jimmy Rustling at Super Official News, folks need to double up on this front.

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Simon Dumenco Named Ad Age Editorial Director

Simon Dumenco has been named editorial director of Ad Age. Dumenco had most recently served as an Ad Age columnist — he penned its Media Guy feature — and editor-at-large.

Dumenco has an extensive history in publishing. He previously worked for New York as launch editorial director for nymag.com, ad critic, pop culture columnist and business/technology editor. He was also consulting executive editor on O: The Oprah Magazine’s launch and executive editor of Seventeen.

In related news, Ad Age’s associate publisher Abbey Klaassen is leaving to join Dentsu Aegis Network as its director of corporate development and strategy, Americas.

AP Names Gramling Award Winners

AP logo GThe Associated Press has named its 2014 Oliver Gramling Award winners. The awards are highest honor for AP staffers.

“The winners constitute an extraordinary lineup of talented staff committed to the values of excellence, courage, action and passion that make AP such a special news organization,” said the AP’s president and CEO Gary Pruitt, in a statement.

$10,000 Gramling Journalism Award

Dalton Bennett, video journalist, United Arab Emirates
Muhammed Muheisen, chief photographer, Pakistan

$10,000 Gramling Achievement Award

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Meredith CEO Stephen Lacy Talks Media

stephen lacy GMeredith Corporation just announced a mega licensing deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, so there’s plenty for Meredith’s CEO — Stephen Lacy — to talk about. In an interview with WWD, Lacy discusses that partnership and more. Below are some highlights.

On how the MSLO deal happened:

I just have a long-standing philosophy that, when a leader comes into one of our peer businesses, I just reach out. When Dan Dietz, the new CEO, came on board at Martha, he and I had a get-acquainted meeting, just over a year ago. It was just a matter of, is there anything we can do to capitalize on our collective strength that would be good for both sets of our shareholders?

On the economic future of Meredith:

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Another NY Times Front Page Error

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The New York Times is having a rough couple weeks. Today’s front page was published with a glaring typo — “Panic Were Ebola Risk is Tiny; Stoicism Where It’s Real.”

Obviously, no one is perfect, but just last Tuesday the Times published an A1 article without a subhead or a byline. The article also began mid-sentence.

Two front page typos in just two weeks is just not a good look. It is fun for the rest of us, though. So let’s see if they can make it three in a row next week!

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KCPQ Will Pay More to Stay With Fox (TVSpy)
Tribune Media has signed an affiliation agreement with 21st Century Fox to keep Seattle’s KCPQ on as a Fox affiliate until July 2018. Deadline Hollywood Last month Fox said that it would withdraw its programming on Jan. 17. It wanted more lucrative terms from — or possibly to buy — the station in the home of the NFL’s 2014 Super Bowl champions. Tribune says that it will “pay additional programming fees to Fox for the primetime and sports content provided by the network” beginning in January. New York Post Tribune said that even with the stepped up fees, the station would deliver pretax profits in excess of last year’s $13 million. The new deal gives Fox a bigger cut of the revenue from Tribune’s carriage agreements with cable companies and other pay-TV providers. Station owners kick back some of their fees to the network. With the soaring cost of sports rights, the networks are leaning harder on their affiliates to recoup some of their programming costs. Variety During the dispute, Fox even went so far as to start the process of acquiring another station on the edges of the Seattle market to ramp up the pressure on Tribune to hand over KCPQ. The Fox O&O group orchestrated a similar station swap with Cox Media in the San Francisco market earlier this year. WSJ Fox, which paid for the broadcast rights to the NFL’s National Football Conference, had set out to own more television stations in markets where there is an NFC team, such as the Seattle Seahawks. Those stations tend to have high ratings, and by owning them outright rather than contracting with affiliate stations owned by other companies, Fox is able to collect more of the fees that pay-TV operators pay these local stations — not to mention local advertising dollars.

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