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Erik Wemple’s Cautionary Professional View

ErikWempleSlugErik Wemple is one of the nation’s most widely read media critics. He works for a newspaper that, under new owner Jeff Bezos, stands a better chance than most of successfully figuring out the shifting print media horizon. His wife, Stephanie Mencimer, is a staff writer for Mother Jones magazine as well as a board member with the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

And yet… In a Q&A with the Daily Gazette, covering the Schenectady, NY region where Wemple grew up, the Washington Post columnist’s final answer speaks cheeky, realistic volumes. Asked by reporter Mark McGuire whether he plans to encourage the couple’s young son and daughter to pursue writing, Wemple replied:

“Let’s put it this way, I haven’t yet. …My wife is also a journalist. Neither one of us are counseling them to be a journalist. If they do that, it is all on them.”

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Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now! 

From Golden Gate Reporter to Golden Gate Spokesperson

Priya David Clemens’ first assignment for KTVU-TV in San Francisco led her to interview Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokesperson Mary Currie. Nine years later, Clemens has improbably taken over for Currie, who retired in April.

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From a Marin Independent Journal report by Mark Prado:

Clemens worked at KTVU between 2005 and 2008. She then worked as a CBS News correspondent based in New York, reporting for CBS Evening News and The Early Show, and filling in as a weekend news anchor. From there she worked as an anchor for KOIN, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon. Clemens lives in Alameda, is married and has two young children.

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Pacquiao’s Next Opponent Charms Filipino Media

Banner Promotions, the Philadelphia outfit that handles 30-year-old WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri, has posted a fun summary of the boxer’s recent international media tour.

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Following the 12-day, 27,273-mile whirlwind, Algieri – a graduate of Stony Brook University and the New York Institute of Technology – kept right on going:

“We officially completed the media tour Friday afternoon [September 5], and immediately following our last interview I headed straight to some additional business meetings I had scheduled for myself and my team,” said Algieri. “On Saturday, I was a Grand Marshall at the Fifth Annual Huntington Awareness Day parade, and then on Sunday morning I did a five-mile run to help shake off the jet lag. Monday I was back at the boxing gym. If you let it, a tour like that can take a lot out of you, but I made sure I was getting my work in and training in some aspect every day with my head trainer Tim Lane, so when I got back I would be ready to go.”

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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.

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