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Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.
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Golf World, the oldest golf-centric magazine in the nation, is closing up shop. According to Ad Age, publisher Condé Nast is folding the print edition and shifting any further content under the Golf Digest website. About 10 Golf World staffers have been cut as a result of the change.
As part of the folding, Golf World subscribers will now receive a weekly email newsletter and copies of Golf Digest, which is published monthly.
Golf World’s first issue was published in 1947, one year after Ben Hogan won his first major.
Good news for those of you who desire more media commentary from Jane Fonda: She has given her thoughts on Rupert Murdoch potentially buying Time Warner. In short, she think it’s a bad idea.
“I think it would be a catastrophe,” the 76-year-old actress told The Wrap. “If that happens I’m going to be so angry at the FCC. They cannot let that happen.” FCC, you’re officially on notice.
Fonda wasn’t done there. She went on to explain that Murdoch uses his media outlets to spread bad politics. “It’s no secret that Rupert uses his media outlets for political reasons,” said Fonda. “And he is not neutral. And he, you know, his news outlets do things that are unconscionable. And it just cannot happen that he becomes that much of a dominant force in American media.”
We imagine Fonda and Murdoch won’t be getting together for afternoon tea anytime soon.
Mario Batali’s “What I’m Drinking” column that ran in The New York Times Magazine for the past three years is done. Or cooked, if you prefer a cooking pun. The weekly column — which was fairly small — featured Batali describing how to make some sort of cocktail.
According to Jake Silverstein, the Times Magazine’s editor, Batali was the one who made the call. “I absolutely did not can him,” Silverstein told The New York Post. “He felt the column had run its course. He’d written everything he could about drinking, and it seemed a very natural end to it.”
Batali will now devote the time he used to writing that column to making Eataly less annoying.
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According to Gawker, BuzzFeed’s viral politics editor Benny Johnson was caught plagiarizing material three different times. To make matters worse, Johnson copied material from Yahoo! Answers of all places.
You would think this would warrant some type of disciplinary action, but nope! This is BuzzFeed. When your site is known for churning out shit content, it doesn’t really matter if some of it was stolen.
We’re grateful to @blippoblappo and @crushingbort for pointing out these serious failures to properly attribute two quotations and to credit a source in a third post. We’ve corrected the posts.
Benny Johnson is one of the web’s deeply original writers, as is clear from his body of work.
Let it be known that if you’re a BuzzFeed writer, you can get caught lifting content from other sources three separate times and it’s all good. Four times? Well, you might get a dirty look. Five times and Smith will be forced to describe you as “naughty.” Each time you plagiarize after that you get promoted.
Update (10:23 am):
There are now six more accusations of plagiarism against Johnson.
Self continues its transition under the leadership of publisher Mary Murcko and editor Joyce Chang. According to WWD, eight have been cut from the magazine, including six from the fashion department and one each from the photo and art departments.
When Murcko and Chang took over the title in April, they didn’t wait long — only three weeks — before dropping Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing. Then, just a few weeks later, Murcko and Chang conducted a round of hirings.
Just like in April, a few hires have been made on the heels of the eight people getting cut this week. Self has hired Dania Ortiz as fashion market and accessories director; Lori Cohn and Tammy Cohen as beauty executive directors; and Lexie McCarthy as northwest account director.
Be sure to check back in two weeks when seven more people are fired and five new people are hired.
The New Republic’s latest cover boldly states “Don’t Send your Kid to the Ivy League.” The accompanying piece has caused quite a stir, mainly because typically, going to Harvard or Princeton is what is known as a Good Thing. The stance is also interesting because — as Newsweek reported — over 50 percent of TNR’s editorial team has either an undergraduate or graduate degree from an Ivy League school.
Harvard leads the way, with 18 TNR editorial staffers (including owner and editor-in-chief, Chris Hughes) as alumni. Columbia comes in second place with 14 and Yale comes in third, with nine.
If having an Ivy League education is obviously helpful when applying for a job at TNR, wouldn’t that mean you should send your kids to one of those schools? After all, TNR is a great magazine. We imagine most writers looking for employment would be quite happy working there.
We’re confused. And so is TNR, apparently. You’d think all those Ivy Leaguers would have been able to figure this out.
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