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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.

National Geographic Photo Contest Winners Announced

National Geographic has announced the winners of its annual photo contest, and once again, the photos are slightly better than your Instagrams of half-full coffee mugs and wispy clouds.

Winners were selected for three categories: Nature, People and Places. Every entry — including the honorable mentions — is breathtakingly beautiful.

Above is the winner for Nature. The photo, by Nicole Cambré, captures a wildebeest jumping into a river bed in Tanzania. Brian Yen won for People and Triston Yeo won for Places.

Click through to view the rest of the entries.

[Image: National Geographic/Nicole Cambré]

Joel Lovell Departs New York Times

Joel Lovell is leaving The New York Times to join This American Life and digital media company Atavist. Lovell had served as deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine and most recently worked in the Times newsroom on special projects.

Lovell told The Huffington Post in an email that he is joining This American Life and the Atavist because they “happen to be the most inventive places I can think of, in terms of where they’re pushing their respective media. Anyway, for me, that’s a pretty exciting work life to imagine.”

Lovell was widely thought to be next in line to become editor of the Times Mag when Hugo Lindgren departed. He was instead shifted to special projects, and Jake Silverstein won the editor role.

People Names Kate Upton ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

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We have BREAKING NEWS: Kate Upton is an attractive woman. Most of America had been unsure about that until just last night, when People dubbed her the Sexiest Woman Alive.

“The national debate has finally ended,” said President Obama. “This is a truly great day for the nation. May god bless Ms. Upton, and may god bless America.”

Despite the official status, some remained skeptics. An Ohio man stated “Kate Upton? Never heard of her. Now, my girlfriend Julie, there’s a looker.”

FishbowlNY attempted to reach Julie for comment but were unable to verify that she actually existed.

Kate Lewis Talks the Future of Hearst Magazines

Kate Lewis, VP of content operations and editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM), has a lot on her plate. She oversees editorial for all 18 of Hearst Magazines’ websites. With that much responsibility, Lewis has plenty of expert insight into the magazine world.

In an interview, Lewis spoke about her love of print and what the future holds for HMDM. Below are some highlights.

On how her love for print can help digital operations:

I care deeply about the way we present our content, that we think like features editors and don’t just pursue the ephemeral Internet news story. I also want to go after big packages and meaningful features, and figure out how to make the Internet listen to us.

On how teamwork is vital to her job:

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Right Now | Good Luck | Nice Deal

AmazonLogo150x150GalleyCat: Amazon now delivers certain products within an hour to locations in Manhattan. Not fast enough!

AllTwitter: According to a new study, 64 percent of holiday shoppers have found inspiration on a social media site. This could be a really bad holiday.

GalleyCat: Diane Guerrero, know for her role on Orange is the New Black, has signed a book deal. We’re sold.

Britney Spears (We Think) Covers Women’s Health

Britney Spears — or at least someone we’re being told is Britney Spears — is Women’s Health’s latest cover star.

We’re not even talking about her body; it’s her face. Spears looks like a completely different person. That’s either a lot of makeup, bad Photoshop, or one hell of a nose job.

Magazine Launches and Closures Both Up in 2014

magazines_articleIt was both a good year and a bad year for magazines. Because we’re magazine fans, let’s start with the good news: The number of new titles launched in 2014 was up from last year. Now, the bad news: The number of closures also increased.

According to MediaFinder, 190 magazines made their debut in 2014, while 99 were folded. Last year 156 magazines launched and 56 were shuttered.

The categories for magazines making their debut in 2014 included regional (23 new magazines), health (eight), and food, home, and children with six new titles each. Automotive and craft publications were hit with the most closures.

Overall, we had a net gain of 99 magazines this year. That’s not too bad!

AP Vet Linda Deutsch to Retire

Linda Deutsch, a 48 year veteran of the Associated Press, is retiring. During her tenure, the courts reporter covered countless iconic news stories, such as Charles Manson’s murder conviction, the trial of the Exxon Valdez captain, and O.J. Simpson’s acquittal.

Deutsch was not only a respected reporter, she was a pioneer. When she joined the AP’s Los Angeles bureau, she was its only female staffer.

“Linda leaves an incredible legacy,” said Traci Carl, the AP’s West editor. “For five decades, she bore witness to some of the most sensational trials in U.S. history. She cherished her role as the public’s eyes and ears at these events, and never wavered in her commitment to accurate and objective reporting.”

The 71-year-old Deutsch plans to write a memoir after retiring.

NPR Adds Tasneem Raja as Senior Digital Editor

NPR has hired Tasneem Raja as a senior digital editor in its Identity and Culture Unit. Raja comes to NPR from Mother Jones, where she served as a senior editor. Prior to that she was part of the Bay Citizen’s launch team.

“As a multi-skilled journalist, Tasneem is a knock-out,” wrote NPR’s Carline Watson and Lynette Clemetson, in a memo. “She’s a deft and insightful reporter, writer and editor. She loves storytelling and the dazzling array of forms it can take. She’s skilled at moving ideas to the right platforms in the right ways. She codes. She builds. She shares. She mentors.  And she has an intricate knowledge of – and passion for – the media space around race, ethnicity, culture and identity.”

Raja joins NPR at the end of January.

You can read Watson and Clemetson’s full note below.

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