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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.

Misfired | New Name | Old Habits

Crossfire304x200TVNewser: CNN’s Crossfire has gone missing. If you see it, please contact its parents. They’re not mad, they just want it home safe.

FishbowlDC: There’s a new sheriff at WaPoFred Ryan. Okay, technically he’s the paper’s new publisher and CEO. Sheriff just sounds cooler.

SocialTimes: A study reveals even the olds use social networking. Please complain accordingly.

NY Times Magazine Adds Emily Bazelon

emily bazelon GMake it two. Less than an hour after Slate lost Dave Weigel to Bloomberg Politics, The New York Times announced that Emily Bazelon — who had been a senior editor with Slate since 2005 — is joining as a staff writer.

“Emily writes with engagement, roving intelligence, and deep knowledge,” said Times Magazine’s editor, Jake Silverstein, in a statement. “She has also proven to be nimble at navigating the many platforms of modern media. She’s a smart and supportive co-worker and will be a tremendous asset to the Times. I’m giddy about bringing her aboard.”

Bazelon has been a Times Magazine contributor since 2007.

Dave Weigel Joins Bloomberg

dave weigel GDave Weigel is joining Bloomberg Media’s forthcoming Bloomberg Politics site. Weigel comes to Bloomberg from Slate, where he served as senior political reporter for the past four years. Weigel previously worked for The Washington Post.

“Driven by his own curiosity, he [Weigel] eschews the pack to write and report some of the smartest pieces about how real people perceive their politicians,” wrote Bloomberg’s recently-promoted Josh Tyrangiel, in a memo obtained by The Huffington Post.

Weigel starts September 22.

Bloomberg Politics is expected to launch October 6.

NY Times Has 1,700 Obituaries for ‘Pre-Dead’

NYtimes buildingAnyone interested in morbid news will appreciate The New York Times pulling back the curtain on its obituaries desk.

According to Margalit Fox, the Times currently has about 1,700 obits for “pre-dead” people on file, ranging from a few hundred words (if you were boring) to more than 10 thousand (if you were rich).

Unsurprisingly, Fox writes that one of the most uncomfortable aspects of preparing obits is interviewing people who the Times deems close to death:

One of the most stressful aspects of reporting an advance entails, when feasible, telephoning its pre-dead subject for an interview. This is one of the stranger social predicaments in human experience and, trust me, there is nothing in Emily Post to cover it. The midcentury Timesman Alden Whitman, an obituary writer famous for sitting down with his subjects in advance, favored tender circumlocutions on the order of, “We’re updating your biographical file” and “This is for possible future use.” I have used both with a fair margin of success.

Another approach we’d suggest: “Hi, this is Margalit Fox with the New York Times. You’re probably about to croak. Any comment?”

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Football Man | Winning Words | Press Play

AgencySpy: Johnny Sports Man in a Snickers ad! Johnny Sports Man in a Snickers ad!

GalleyCat: The Pen Center has announced its annual literary award winners. Congrats to all.

AllTwitter: Here’s a graphic on how to make videos on social networks benefit your brand. Step one is don’t be annoying.

The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Hollywood Trade #IceBucketChallenge Devolves Into Twitter War

2) Tony Soprano Lives! [Updated]

3) ESPN Regrets Being Complete Garbage

4) Hunter Lewis Named Editor of Cooking Light

5) Anonymous Website Group Claims to Have Outed Nikki Finke

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Jonathan Hunt Leaves Vice for Vox Media

Jonathan Hunt is leaving Vice after six years with the company to join Vox Media. Adweek reports that Hunt will serve as Vox’s global vice president for marketing and partnerships.

Hunt told Adweek that what drew him to Vox — which owns sites such as Eater, The Verge and SN Nation — was its dedication to creating new and unique products.

“Vox Media is synonymous with great content and marketing innovation,” said Hunt. “I haven’t see this in another media company. I saw a new opportunity that I thought I could bring a unique perspective to.”

Hunt had been with Vice since 2008. He most recently served as its director of global marketing.

Miley Cyrus Covers V Magazine

Miley Cyrus is V Magazine’s latest cover star. This is her second time on the fashion glossy’s cover.

Cyrus is the featured artist for V Magazine‘s “Rebel Issue,” because nothing says rebel like a rich kid who makes terrible music.

Bauer Media Creates Digital Division

Bauer Media has announced a new branch of the company — Bauer Xcel Media – which will focus entirely on the digital side of Bauer’s brands, like In Touch Weekly and Life & Style.

Christian Baesler, who most recently served as VP of new media, has been tapped as president of Bauer Xcel Media. One of his first big tasks is the relaunch of InTouchWeekly.com. The new site is expected to debut next month.

“After a year of incredible achievements in the digital space, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Bauer Xcel Media – catapulting our online presence to the next level,” said Hubert Boehle, CEO of Bauer Media, in a statement. “Bauer is the market leader in print in many countries and the No. 1 seller of magazines at retail in the U.S. We are confident that Bauer Xcel Media will bring that same success to our online business as we continue to evolve and grow in all areas of media.”

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