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Chris O'Shea

Chris O'Shea is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York's Vulture, The Awl, The Village Voice and more. He wishes Carmelo Anthony would pass the damn ball.

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Stock Logos: Southern Miss’ new eagle logo looks exactly like its old eagle logo. But uh, good job everyone!

TVNewser: Truly scary stuff — NBC News producer Mushtaq Yusufzai says his two boys were inside the Peshawar school that was attacked by the Taliban. Thankfully, both were unharmed.

AllTwitter: According to a new study, Snapchat was the fastest growing social media app. The same study found that yes, we are old.

21st Century Fox Buys Digital Ad Company

21st Century Fox logo G21st Century Fox has purchased TrueX Media for $200 million. TrueX — founded in 2007 as SocialVibe — is a digital advertising company which licenses its products to advertisers and media companies.

Some of TrueX’s clients include Microsoft, Visa, Apple, Disney, Coca-Cola, Kia, Kraft, Macys, Nestle, and Procter & Gamble.

“The connections between brands and consumers have continued to evolve within digital video environments, and True[x] is at the center of this vital area of innovation,” said James Murdoch, co-COO of 21st Century Fox, in a statement. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to have true[x]’s talented team work with us as we set out together to create new experiences in what we believe is a very exciting time in digital video.”

Matrix Awards Winners Announced

New York Women in Communications has announced the 2015 Matrix Awards winners. The Matrix Awards honor women who excel in the communications industry.

The winners will be celebrated Monday, April 25, during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria. Congrats to all the winners listed below.

China Jails the Most Journalists

china-flag.jpgMemo to all reporters — might want to bypass that assignment in China. According to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), China imprisoned 44 journalists this year, giving it the unfortunate honor of being the worst jailer of the press in the entire world.

Overall, there were 220 reporters in jail during 2014, up from 211 last year. China led the way, but Iran wasn’t far behind, with 30 journalists imprisoned.

“China’s use of anti-state charges and Iran’s revolving door policy in imprisoning reporters, bloggers, editors, and photographers earned the two countries the dubious distinction of being the world’s worst and second worst jailers of journalists, respectively,” explained the CPJ report. “Together, China and Iran are holding a third of journalists jailed globally—despite speculation that new leaders who took the reins in each country in 2013 might implement liberal reforms.”

The rest of the top 10 includes Eritrea, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Syria, Egypt, Burma, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.

Other highlights (or really, lowlights) from the CPJ report are below.

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Hearst Increases TrendingNY Publishing Frequency

Hearst Magazines is increasing the publishing frequency of TrendingNY, its free weekly fashion magazine aimed at young women. TrendingNY made its debut in September and four issues were printed. Starting with the new year, Hearst will publish nine issues.

Each issue of TrendingNY is distributed during the first week of the month by street teams in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Sorry, Bronx and Staten Island.

Ellen Levine, Hearst Magazines’ editorial director, said the response from readers was positive, and that’s not surprising. People love free stuff. Even if it is mostly just a collection of ads.

“With every pilot, we ask for reader feedback so we can tweak as we go,” said Levine, in a statement. “Young women responded to its bold, happy, vibrant look and newsy information on trends, and felt the fast format was original and refreshing, which was our goal from the start.”

Newsweek Adds Seven

Newsweek has added seven staffers to its editorial team. Details, via a memo obtained by Poynter, are below.

  • Matt Cooper has been named politics editor. Cooper previously covered the White House for Time, The New Republic and US News.
  • Ross Schneiderman joins as senior editor. He previously worked for Newsweek from 2010 to 2013. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
  • Jonathan Broder has been named senior writer. He most recently worked for Congressional Quarterly, as a defense and foreign policy editor.
  • Winston Ross has been named national correspondent. He most recently worked as a freelancer. He previously worked for Newsweek and The Daily Beast from 2012 to 2013.
  • Azeen Ghorayshi has been named staff writer. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist and Wired UK.
  • Max Kutner has also been named a staff writer. Kutner most recently served as a contributor to Smithsonian and Boston magazines.
  • Polly Mosendz joins as a breaking news reporter. She most recently worked for the Atlantic Wire.

People and Time Reduce Rate Bases

Time_magazine_logoPeople and Time are trimming their rate bases. According to Ad Age, People will reduce its circulation guarentee by 50,000 copies per issue and Time will cut its guarantee by 250,000 copies per issue. Beginning in January, People’s new rate base will be 3.4 million; Time’s 3.4  million.

The change is odd, as typically, the higher a magazine’s rate base the more it can charge advertisers for ads. A Time spokesperson told Ad Age that the magazine cut its circulation guarantee out of a ”desire to optimize… marketing spend and cut less profitable circulation.”

In other words, this might have something to do with MediaVest — a huge media buying agency — who announced it will no longer count tablet subscriptions when considering magazines’ rate bases. By doing so, magazines might not be able to charge as much for ads.

The Time spokesperson, of course, denied MediaVest’s move had anything to do with it. “It felt like it was time to make a cut” said the person.

Newsday Makes Two Executive Hires

newsday logo GNewsday Media Group has made two executive appointments. Details are below.

    • Paul Likins has been named vice president of digital operations. Likins most recently served as Wenner Media’s head of revenue operations and programmatic solutions. Prior to that, Likins served as director of revenue operations for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network.
    • Stefanie Angeli has joined as senior director, national sales. Angeli previously served as sales lead for Mom365.com. Prior to that, she worked for 12 years at Scholastic as associate publisher of Scholastic Parent & Child Media.

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Southern Living Makes Two Editorial Changes

southern living logo GSouthern Living has named Katy McColl senior executive editor and promoted Whitney Wright to general manager, a new role at the magazine.

McColl was formerly the executive editor of Country Living and O at Home. She is also the author of four books. She succeeds Hunter Lewis, who was named Cooking Light‘s editor in September. Wright was most recently Southern Living’s deputy food director.

Both McColl and Wright will report to Sid Evans, Southern Living’s editor-in-chief.

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