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Wenner Media CRO Bolts to Apple University

DavidKangLinkedInLast month, the New York Times offered a rare peek inside Apple’s internal employee training program. Reporter Brian X. Chen didn’t exactly get a mountain of details from the three staffers he spoke to, on the QT. Rather, just some program tidbits and a reminder of Apple U’s cloak:

It is highly secretive and rarely written about, referred to briefly in the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Apple employees are discouraged from talking about the company in general, and the classes are no exception. No pictures of the classrooms have surfaced publicly. And a spokeswoman for Apple declined to make instructors available for interviews for this article.

Not so top secret, according to intrepid New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly, is the identity of Apple University’s newest teacher. Joining the program at the end of the month will be David Kang, recently promoted at Wenner Media to the position of chief revenue officer. From Kelly’s report:

On the Wenner front, the move suggests that Jann Wenner’s succession plan may have hit a speed bump.

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FishbowlDC: The Animal Health Institute has named the winners of its Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill contest. None are as cute as your dog are they? No they’re not! No they’re not! Who’s a handsome guy? Who’s a handsome guuuuyyy?

TVNewser: Stephen Colbert is not impressed with Sean Hannity’s take on Adrian Peterson.

GalleyCat: Since we are all to blame for the book Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, we must accept blame for the movie adaptation as well.

New Jersey University Hosts Springsteen Symposium

shutterstockBruceSpringsteenToronto2012Bruce Springsteen was born to turn 65 on September 23, 2014. Ahead of the big day, New Jersey’s Monmouth University is hosting an all-day celebration and examination of the singer-songwriter’s catalog and influence.

The Saturday 9:30 a.m.-3:3:0 p.m. event is titled “Fifty Years of ‘Makin’ This Guitar Talk” and is being put on with help from The Friends of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection. The impressive line-up of panelists includes:

- Jim Beviglia, author of Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs;
- Jonathan D. Cohen, managing editor of the University of Virginia’s BOSS: The Bi-Annual Online Journal of Springsteen Studies
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- Stan Goldstein, co-author of Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore and blogger at NJ.com;
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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

NY Daily News logo GHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) NY Daily News Proclaims Diddy Dead Since 1996

2) NYT Readers React to Adrian Peterson Op-Ed

3) Bill Dedman Leaves NBC News for Newsday

4) Suejin Yang Joins Time Inc.

5) Martha Stewart Wants Gwyneth Paltrow to ‘Be Quiet’

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NY Jobs: Fast Company, Modern Notion, Well+Good

This week, Fast Company is hiring a digital project manager, as well as a senior integrated marketing manager. Meanwhile, Modern Notion needs a science and innovation editor, and Well+Good is on the hunt for an articles editor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Retired Manhattan Lawyer Gets His Jaguar Back

The media is having a lot of fun with this story and who can blame them? It’s not every week that a car stolen when a gallon of gas cost a quarter is returned to its rightful owner.

Per an item by Los Angeles AP writer Justin Pritchard, Miami Beach retiree Ivan Schneider thought at first that he was being pranked when west coast law enforcement officials contacted him to say they’d tracked down his beloved 1967 XK-E white convertible Jaguar, stolen from the Upper East Side in the spring of 1968:

“After we convinced him, he was excited,” said California Highway Patrol investigator Michael Maleta.

After all, Schneider told The Associated Press, he would think of the 1967 car every time he bought a new one. And, he said, he is a car guy who has owned quite a few exotics.

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Marie Claire and Bonnier Corp. Add to Teams

A couple Revolving Door items for you this early afternoon, involving Marie Claire and Bonnier. Details are below.

  • Marie Claire has named Nikki Glazer northwest account director. Glazer most recently served as account manager for C&G Publications. Previously she served as a operations specialist at Google. Glazer starts September 24 and will report to Nancy Berger Cardone, Marie Claire’s VP, publisher and chief revenue officer.
  • Stefanie McNamara joins Bonnier Corporation as associate director, public relations, for Saveur and Weldon Owen/Bonnier Books. She comes to the company from Time Inc., where she served handled public relations for All You and Departures. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Time Inc. Labor Negotiations Break Down [Updated]

time-inc-logo1The Newspaper Guild of New York, which represents about 600 200 Time Inc. staffers, has announced that labor negotiations with the publishing giant have broken down.

The main sticking point? Time Inc. wants to outsource more than 100 jobs. Bill O’Meara, the Guild’s president, issued a strong statement attacking Time Inc.’s plans.

“Time Inc.’s proposal to hollow out its own company is simply not acceptable,” said O’Meara. “Management wants the ability to send 160 editorial jobs overseas, which would be a massive blow to some of the nation’s most important and respected magazines. Many of Time Inc.’s proposals are not only outrageous, we believe they’re illegal. We are filing charges over these labor law violations to force management to return to the bargaining table and negotiate in good faith.”

According to the Guild, Time Inc. is claiming that negotiations have now reached a legal impasse, which the Guild disputes.

Update (6:30 pm):
Time Inc. has issued the following statement:

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A Condé Nast Widget Funded by Mark Cuban

From a New York media perspective, one of the most salient portions of Indianapolis Star business reporter Jeff Swiatek‘s excellent chronicle of the rise of 2011 startup ZergNet reads as follows:

Condé Nast began using ZergNet about a year ago and credits it for increasing monthly traffic on its websites by the hundreds of thousands of new visitors, said Peter Cheng, director of business development and innovation.

Cheng said ZergNet offers publishers “traditional traffic-trading made easy… Plus the content recommendation algorithm of an OutBrain, and the human curation and headline writing of a BuzzFeed. Their secret sauce is combining all of the above into one.”

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How did content curator ZergNet makes its way from humble beginnings to a Quantcast #48 ranking among U.S. websites and hundreds of top-flight media clients? It’s a rich, long story that principally involves Mark Cuban, a fellow alum of Indiana University. Cuban provided $30,000 in seed funding to founder Reggie Renner in 2012 and has since ponied up much more.

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Reader’s Digest to Cut Publishing Frequency

The head honchos at Reader’s Digest have changed their minds. After two years of publishing 12 issues, the New York Post reports that the magazine will cut back to 10 issues per year.

The decision comes almost exactly two years after RD announced it was increasing its frequency to 12 a year. So what changed? RD was a little disappointed with digital subscriptions. ”We were one of the first publishers to go after digital subscriptions with the iPad and the Kindle, but they plateaued,” Liz Vaccariello, RD’s editor-in-chief, told the Post.

The change will begin with the December/January 2015 issue.

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