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Richard Horgan

[Email contact: rhorgan@gmail.com; personal Twitter account: @hollywoodspin] I have worked as a journalist and editor for several decades, beginning in Canada at age 17 with a full-time job at the Ottawa bureau of Associated Press Canada (Canadian Press).

Harvard Students Hatch Email Recall Tool

PlutoMailSlideWe’ve all been there, on the sender or recipient end. And usually, when someone quickly blasts out a second email subject-lined “John Doe Would Like to Recall the Message…”, it only leads people who previously ignored to stop and take a look at the referenced wreckage.

Per a recent Entrepreneur magazine article, Harvard Law students David Gobaud and Lindsay Lin are aiming to replace this lame rigmarole with a whole new M.O. Their idea is genius:

Ever send an email and immediately regret it? Or realize you’ve misspelled the recipient’s name, and want to correct it? Or just don’t like the idea of a catty remark about a co-worker sitting in a friend’s inbox for all eternity? Is the inherent permanency of email crippling your style?…

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Condé Nast Insisting They Still Feel Lucky

Per a quick follow-up item from Women’s Wear Daily media editor Alexandra Steigrad, the folks in charge at both Lucky magazine and Condé Nast are aggressively denying a Wednesday Page Six report that the magazine is about to be shelved.

The WWD-obtained notes by Lucky EIC Eva Chen, her publisher and Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend all bang the reassurance drum, hard. Here for example is part of what Chen had to say:

Lucky‘s May issue was up nearly 20 percent and, for February through May, the publication is up two percent in paging, the editor said, explaining that they outpaced the competition, which logged a 6.2 percent decline in May and a 4.2 percent dip in the four-month period. Chen also noted that Lucky is up three percent in subscriptions from December of last year over December 2012.

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Another Month, Another THR Web Traffic Record

JohnOliverILoveNYTHRThis is why Guggenheim Partners pays Janice Min the big bucks.

For the month of March, worldwide Web traffic was up for both Billboard and THR (on the heels, in the case of the latter weekly print-tied operation, of Jimmy Fallon suggesting Tuesday to guest John Oliver that being on the cover of the “New York Issue” was a “giant, giant magazine” honor). Here’s the short-and-sweet memo from Dan Strauss, GM, digital for both sites:

Hi Everyone,

comScore released multi-platform numbers for March 2014 and I’m happy to announce that THR set a new record with 14.288M total worldwide unique visitors. This tops our previous mark of 14.013M from Jan 2014 by 2%.

Billboard also had a strong March jumping from 7.656M in Feb to 9.377M total worldwide unique visitors.

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Brooklyn Author Spins Off ‘Parenting Confessional’ Tumblr

ParentingConfessionalDNAInfo Brooklyn reporter Nikhita Venugopal has additional details about Parenting Confessional, the “place to share what you wouldn’t dare say to your playgroup.” As the front page of the Tumblr page reminds, the site is a clever, advance way devised by author Julia Fierro and her publisher to drum up buzz for the forthcoming Cutting Teeth:

“It’s hard for me to imagine any parent that doesn’t have a moment of doubt or self-scrutiny,” the author said.

While some posts are funny (“I ate the cookie dough meant for my son’s class party. And then I blamed it on the babysitter”) or inspirational (“I think my body looks better after childbirth. Take that, world!”), others reveal deeper feelings many parents often keep to themselves, Fierro said.

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RIP: Daily News Reporter-Editor Bill Federici

Glenn Greenwald and Bill Federici are part of a very select newspaper reporter group: journalists who have played a part in daring, real-life capers.

NYDNHeresRubyFront

In the case of former Daily News reporter and editor Federici, who passed away Tuesday in Florida at age 82 after a long battle with cancer, it involved the DeLong Star Ruby. From colleague Bill Hutchinson‘s obit:

On September 3, 1965, Federici landed on the front page of the Daily News, photographed recovering the DeLong Star Ruby from a phone booth in Florida.

The 100.32-carat gem was stolen on October 29, 1964 from the American Museum of Natural History by Florida surf bum Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy and two other men. Also swiped in the heist was the famed Star of India sapphire, which was recovered in a Florida bus station locker.

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An Edward R. Murrow Award That is Bittersweet

GarrickUtleyWRVOPicThe 51-minute radio documentary New York in the World has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow/Small Market Radio award for News Documentary. But as WRVO general manager Michael S. Ameigh explains, the usual elation has been dampened by the fact that program host Garrick Utley passed away in the interim:

“We received the news that WRVO was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award with a mixture of great pride and deep sadness that collaborator and narrator Garrick Utley, one of the most distinguished international journalists of his era, will share the honor posthumously having succumbed to cancer in February,” said Ameigh.

Ameigh describes New York in the World as Garrick Utley’s project. The documentary is based on research Utley commissioned as head of the SUNY Levin Institute, which promotes thoughtful engagement and an active response to globalization and its impact on New York state. “That he invited WRVO to produce the documentary is in itself profoundly gratifying,” Ameigh said.

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Daily News Heralds Tavern on the Green a ‘Tourist Trap No More’

Next to a therapist’s couch, where various mental problems gained during New York’s “winter from hell” can be broken down, the renovated Tavern on the Green could be right up there as a spring-summer comfort spot. At least if the advance reviews are to be believed.

KatySparksandTeamFollowing Tuesday’s friends, family and media preview, the NYDN duo of Michael Kaminer and Gersh Kuntzman are full of praise for an establishment that has wisely turned a culinary corner:

Chef Katy Sparks’ (pictured, front right) food is a far cry from the ersatz Italian dishes at the old Tavern, famously dubbed “Crap-hole on the Green” in one of the more polite Yelp posts before the restaurant closed.

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Seth Meyers Has a Newfound Appreciation for Pockets

NPRFreshAirLogoThe Web headline for today’s NPR Fresh Air interview with Seth Meyers is a good example of click-baiting with integrity. Because listening to the conversation titled “Seth Meyers’ Late Night Challenge: What To Do With His Hands?” does indeed address and answer one of the first bits of self-conscious business for the incoming talk show host:

“The trickiest part of this job the first week was just figuring out what to do with my hands. I think one of the great discoveries I made at the show was the memory of pockets. I was like, ‘OK, I can put one of these away.’”

“I as a person in conversation tend to use my hands a great deal and I think my first couple of monologues I looked like someone on a desert island trying to signal for a passing plane.”

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Exhibit, Book Pay Tribute to ‘Father of Canadian Photojournalism’

TedGrantCoverPreviewing Thursday and opening Friday at the Leica Gallery (607 Broadway), “Ted Grant: Sixty Years of Legendary Photojournalism” showcases a photographer known for, among other things, a shot of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sliding down a staircase banister at the 1968 Liberal party convention.

Over the years, Grant also taught students at Carleton University in Ottawa and later, in British Columbia, where he is now based. One former student, Carol Goar, recalls in a recent Toronto Star column how another student, Thelma Fayle, played a critical role in the exhibit coming together:

Twenty-five years after she took his course, Fayle sent a letter to Grant asking for advice on a magazine profile she’d been assigned. Not only did he respond to her letter, he came to her house with his wife Irene. They chatted at her kitchen table for three hours. Without being asked, he accompanied her to the interview, stayed in the background and took some of the most evocative photos she’d ever seen.

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Actually, Starbucks DOES Know How to Spell Colombia

ColombiaFacebookPicFor today’s example of a journalist linking to an article without fully reading that article, we turn to Boston-based GlobalPost blogger Timothy McGrath. Halfway down McGrath’s dishonor roll of celebrities, companies and media outlets that have recently and erroneously trumpeted the country of Colombia as “Columbia,” he calls out Starbucks.

However, had McGrath properly read Wall Street Journal Bogota-based reporter Dan Molinski‘s piece about the social media movement spearheaded in February 2013 by Colombian digital media executive Carlos Pardo, he would have realized that Starbucks is in this case not to blame:

The movement can take its nagging too far. When a television show about plans Starbucks has to come to Colombia [in 2014] misspelled the country, many here quickly blamed Starbucks itself. Hundreds of Colombians, with national pride on display, used it as a rallying cry to urge the company to stay away.

Starbucks said it wasn’t to blame. “Our 42-year heritage with Colombian coffee farmers dates back to Starbucks’ 1971 founding. We definitely know the difference between Colombia and Columbia,” the Seattle company said in a statement.

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