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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.

Marie Claire’s ‘Denim Issue’ Shows There’s Hope for Magazines

Fear not, magazine lovers of America. There is hope for the printed word after all, and it comes in the form of Marie Claire’s Denim Issue.

As Ad Age notes, the cover is designed to be “unzipped” down the middle. It’s gimmicky, yes, but you know who loves gimmicks? Advertisers!

Guess jeans — which bought the space and has its logo all over the inside of the cover — paid six figures for the ad. If a company is dumb enough to pay that much for an ad that requires consumers to destroy it, then the magazine industry is going to be fine.

[Video via Ad Age]

WSJ’s Computer Systems Hacked

WSJ-twitter-logoSeveral computer systems that contain The Wall Street Journal’s news graphics have been hacked. The Journal reports that no damage had been done to the graphics systems and customer data remained safe.

“We are investigating an incident related to wsj.com’s graphics systems,” explained a Journal spokesperson. “At this point we see no evidence of any impact to Dow Jones customers or customer data.”

The Journal’s announcement comes in response to a hacker, who claimed he had tapped into wsj.com and would sell both user information and the code to manipulate the site. The vulnerability that allowed the hacker inside was located within the news graphics systems.

The Journal and a cybersecurity firm are monitoring the hacker and the site, but we’d say this is a good time to go ahead and change your wsj.com password.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

First Rule | Dangerous Times | New Chief

GalleyCat: The sequel to Fight Club will be in the form of a comic book. But of course, we can’t talk about it.

TVNewser: Shots were fired at Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau.

FishbowlDC: In better bureau news, The Financial Times has a new Washington bureau chief.

Blake Lively is an Editor Now

Blake Lively is famous for saying words that other people write, but thanks to her new lifestyle site Preserve, perhaps one day we’ll think of her as an editor more than anything else.

Preserve, explained Lively in her inaugural editor’s note, is “part magazine, part e-commerce hub, part philanthropic endeavor and above all, a place to showcase the power of imagination, ingenuity, quality, and above all, people.” Also, above all, a site to write “above all” as much as you please.

“Here at Preserve there are people, stories, essays, videos and goods which hopefully inspire your home, your style and your tongue,” added the 26-year-old actress. “There’s expensive stuff. Inexpensive stuff. And everything in between. But their value, is up to you. We may romanticize it, calling it treasure. What we’re really saying is, we see worth on every level.” Apparently, there are no rules, when it comes to comma, usage, at Preserve.

What “treasures” are available on the site? Our favorite is either the $95 crate or the $18 spoon that has “Let’s Spoon” engraved on it. We’ve never been more inspired.

[Image: JStone / Shutterstock.com]

Complex Founder Tries to Bash GQ, Fails

For some reason, Marc Ecko — the founder of Complex — attempted to bash GQ on Twitter. We say attempted, because despite his declaration that Complex was “new” and GQ was “old,” he not only used the wrong Twitter handle for GQ, he got his own magazine’s handle wrong too.

Sigh. Better luck next time, Marc.

Alan Murray Named Editor of Fortune [Updated]

Alan Murray has been named the new editor of Fortune. He will be just the 17th editor of the glossy, which was founded in 1930 by the legendary Henry Luce. Murray most recently served as president of the Pew Research Center. He had been with Pew since 2012.

Prior to joining Pew, Murray worked at the Wall Street Journal in a variety of roles, most recently deputy managing editor and online executive editor. During Murray’s 10-year stint as the Journal’s Washington bureau chief, the bureau won three Pulitzers.

“Alan’s diverse background uniquely positions him to lead Fortune,” said Time Inc.’s executive VP, Todd Larsen, in a statement. “He is a digital champion and media visionary who can bridge every aspect of our business, moving effortlessly from the newsroom to the boardroom to television to conference stage.”

Murray will succeed Andy Serwer, who is leaving Time Inc. after 30 years.

Update (12:00 pm):
Below is Murray’s note to Pew staffers, announcing his decision to leave.

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Andy Wright Named New York Times Magazine Publisher

Wright, AndyAndy Wright, a 17-year veteran of The New York Times, has been named publisher of the New York Times Magazine.

Wright was most recently senior VP of advertising, overseeing categories such as automotive, finance, real estate, technology and conferences. Wright also led the Times‘ San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta sales offices.

Wright will keep his senior VP of advertising title and continue to manage the conference sales category in his new role.

“Andy is an exceptional leader with the experience and commitment needed to guide The New York Times Magazine’s advertising business as it begins its transformation under new editorial leadership,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times’ executive VP of advertising, said in a statement.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Anything They Want | Truth Bomb | Good Question

RupertMurdoch_FeaturedTVNewser: Rupert Murdoch is considering increasing his offer for Time Warner. Among the options he’s exploring — selling Sky Italia and allowing Time Warner’s execs to adopt any of his children.

FishbowlDC: Thanks to the Republican party, the 17 idiots who truly thought that Hillary Clinton was poor now know the truth.

TVSpy: Investigative journalism at its finest — a reporter questions if farts can cure cancer.

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