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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.

NY Times Refuses to Endorse Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo GThe New York Times doesn’t care for either candidate in next month’s Democratic primary. The Times’ editorial board explained that it wasn’t endorsing a candidate because Andrew Cuomo hadn’t done enough to stop corruption, and his rival, Zephyr Teachout, doesn’t have the experience required.

As for Cuomo, the Times said that his first campaign promise was to “clean up Albany,” and he failed miserably:

Mr. Cuomo became governor on that platform and recorded several impressive achievements, but he failed to perform Job 1. The state government remains as subservient to big money as ever, and Mr. Cuomo resisted and even shut down opportunities to fix it. Because he broke his most important promise, we have decided not to make an endorsement for the Democratic primary on Sept. 9.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Rough Times | Long Video | Nice Try

TVNewser: The news for Turner employees just keeps getting worse. The company is offering buyouts and says that “additional reductions in staffing” are coming.

InsideFacebook: Instagram has launched a time lapse video app titled Hyperlapse. Yes, you can shoot yourself eating lunch with it.

PRNewser: Pamela Anderson is trying her best to ruin the ALS ice bucket challenge.

The 2014 Online Journalism Award Finalists

The Online News Association has announced the 2014 finalists for its Online Journalism Awards. The awards honor a variety of categories, including investigative journalism, data journalism, visual digital storytelling, general excellence, public service and more.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Chicago. Congrats to everyone. Below are just a few of the nominees. Click through for the entire list.

FEATURE, LARGE

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM, MEDIUM

NY Times Revamps Crossword Feature

One way the New York Times can attract new customers is by tempting people (well, at least the smarter ones) with a revamped Crossword feature. Recently the Times announced a free, mini crossword app for iOs devices. Now it is looking for people to pay up with an update to New York Times Crossword.

The new Crossword has a fresh, clean look and comes with “play anywhere” capabilities, meaning if you start a puzzle on your phone, you can complete it on your computer or iPad. Or tell your friends you finished it even though you didn’t (Hint: a three letter word for automobile is “car”). There’s also an archive of 18 years of puzzles to drive you mad.

New York Times Crossword is available for $39.99 per year or $6.99 per month. New subscribers and digital subscribers to the Times get it for about half that price.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Happy Monday | Perfect Study | Announce and Change

Jeff Zucker GTVNewser: CNN’s Jeff Zucker said the company is “going to have to do what we do with less,” so we imagine staffers’ spirits are sky high.

SocialTimes: A new study found that men on the Internet are pretty much all morons. FishbowlNY editors excluded, of course.

FishbowlDC: New Meet The Press host Chuck Todd understands that he needs to act dumber in order for the show to gain an audience.

Nathan Lump Named Editor of Travel + Leisure

Nathan Lump is rejoining Travel + Leisure as its new editor. Lump previously worked for the magazine from 2000 to 2006. He most recently served as director of branded content at Condé Nast.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Nathan to lead the undisputed authority in travel journalism,” said Evelyn Webster, Time Inc.’s executive VP, in a statement. “Nathan’s deep digital knowledge and vast editorial expertise make him the ideal choice to further Travel + Leisure’s stature as a powerful multi-platform brand serving customers in print, digital, mobile, video, and events.

Lump begins September 8 and will report to Webster.

New Yorker Publishes Lena Dunham Book Excerpt

lena_dunham--300x300Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned,” the Lena Dunham memoir, doesn’t hit book stores until September 30. Luckily for Dunham fans (and Dunham haters!) The New Yorker has published an excerpt, which Dunham described as “about the therapists who raised me.”

“I am used to appointments: allergist, chiropractor, tutor,” writes Dunham. “All I want is to feel better, and that overrides the fear of something new, something reserved for people who are crazy. Plus, both my parents have therapists, and I feel more like my parents than like anybody else.”

The piece is titled “Difficult Girl.” You can enjoy it or hate it — or secretly enjoy it but publicly hate it — by clicking here.

NY Times Digital Subcription Growth Slows

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times’ paywall is now three years old. For most of that time, digital subscriptions grew at a healthy pace. However, according to Recode, there are signs that things are slowing down.

In June, the Times reported that it had added 32,000 digital subscriptions during the second quarter, bringing its total to about 831,000. That’s a solid number.

Unless, of course, those new subscribers were lured by new apps like NYT Now, and the Times has already hit its subscriber ceiling:

There could be some cannibalization from the new app, of course, but even if all 32,000 were for the main digital subscription (which costs $15 to $35 depending on how many devices you want to use), that would still fall short of the previous two quarters when the Times averaged 36,000 new subscribers.

If the Times has truly tapped every customer who will pay for its content, there could be rough waters ahead. As with any print product, the execs at the paper will need to figure out new revenue streams to avoid getting shipwrecked.

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