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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).

8th Grade Superstars | Exiting ET | Abramson’s M.O.

GalleyCat: No matter what you were doing at the halfway point of middle school, it can’t hold a Zippo lighter to the achievements of the three youngsters who make up Brooklyn heavy metal group Unlocking the Truth. We’re talking Coachella, a Sony Music deal and now, a Penguin Books memoir.

TVNewser: Rob Marciano‘s decision to trade Entertainment Tonight for GMA‘s weekend weather leaves the door wide open for some lucky journalist. The search for a replacement is all about chemistry with Nancy O’Dell, but wouldn’t it be great if ET producers opted at this stage for a little co-host diversity?

PRNewser: There was a lot of Jill Abramson news fit to print this week. In her conversation with Katie Couric, the fired New York Times executive editor acknowledged that she “pushed hard” with reporters and editors to “get the story behind the story.”

The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

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

LeBronSI1) Sports Illustrated Sets Web Traffic Record with LeBron James Essay

2) LeBron James Announces Cleveland Return Via Sports Illustrated

3) Newspaper Reporter Listed as ‘Endangered Job’

4) David Plotz Resigns as Editor of Slate

5) Oprah Will Send You a Birthday Card for $200

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An App That Correlates News Feeds to Reader Moods

There is so much to ponder in The Guardian‘s summary of a recent weekend spent hacking journalism at MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, alongside various other print and digital teams.

BombPopperPicAmong the products developed over the event’s 48-hour span is Bomb Popper. The core idea belies the App’s clunky name:

The ratio of negative to positive news is roughly 17:1. But are you always in the mood for heavy news? The idea of Bomb Popper is it allows you to read news based on your current mood.

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Bill O’Reilly is King of the Audiobook World

KillingPattonCoverYesterday, Bill O’Reilly stepped into a New York recording studio to start putting together the audiobook for his forthcoming fourth historical-figure-death series. Killing Patton recounts the final days and mysterious December 21, 1945 passing of General George S. Patton.

If the past three years are any indication, O’Reilly will soon be celebrating another remarkable milestone related to this robust sideline career. From a report by tvgrapevine.com:

The unabridged audiobook will be published on September 23, 2014, simultaneously with the print edition of the hardcover book, joining Killing Lincoln, the top selling audiobook in the world in 2011, Killing Kennedy, the top selling audiobook in the world in 2012, and Killing Jesus, the top selling audiobook in the world in 2013.

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Forbes Media Sells Majority Stake to Hong Kong Investor Group

In the past six years, Forbes has expanded its international publishing reach from nine licensed local editions to 36. Content is now consumed in 63 countries, in 21 different languages.

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Today, the company solidified its international reach with the announcement that a majority stake has been sold to a group of Asian investors. From today’s release:

The newly formed Hong Kong-based investor group Integrated Whale Media Investments (“IWM”) is composed of international investors. The group is led by Integrated Asset Management (Asia) Limited (“IAM”).

IAM, which was founded by Tak Cheung Yam, is a Hong Kong-based investment company primarily engaged in public and private equity investments, with expertise in telecommunications, finance and technology. Another significant investor in IWM, Wayne Hsieh is the co-founder of ASUSTeK Computer Inc., one of the world’s leading PC vendors and the No.1 motherboard manufacturer in the world. He is based in Singapore.

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Closer to Home, American Psycho Musical Will Be Closer to the Film

PatrickBatemanStillIn one sense, New York’s Second Stage Theatre is the perfect place for the American-side debut of a musical based on the movie American Psycho. The company was founded in 1979, just ahead of the 1980s era during which Patrick Bateman commits a series of finely tailored “murders and executions.”

In separate emails to the New York Times, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who will write the modified American book for the musical, and Second Stage artistic director Carole Rothman promised this version will be gorier than the production staged last winter in London:

Aguirre-Sacasa: “We’re going to put a bit more ‘psycho’ in the text and production, a little more horror and suspense.”

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

AP New York Vet is Wire Service’s Third Man in Havana

Michael WeissensteinThere have been just a few AP Havana bureau chiefs since the wire service resumed operations in Cuba in 1999. The newly announced third is 39-year-old New York native Michael Weissenstein (pictured).

Weissenstein will move over from Mexico City, where he has been based for the past two years covering Central and Latin America. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for AP New York, in addition to stints for the wire service in London and the Middle East. From today’s announcement:

“Cuba is important for the Americas and the world,” said John Daniszewski, senior managing editor for international news. “AP continues to deploy top-notch journalists to tell the story of Cuba’s people, culture and government with accuracy, fairness and insight.”

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The Two-Pronged Approach Responsible for The Week’s Record Traffic

StevenKotkoHeadshotThe Web stats are all going in the right direction.

In May, per comScore, theweek.com registered 7.7 million unique visitors across all platforms. The Google Analytics numbers were even higher (ten million uniques). Meanwhile, for the first half of 2014, The Week will be reporting at the end of the month to the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) its highest-ever circulation total. Those stats will be publicly released August 7.

So how did they do it? “It’s really two-fold,” explains The Week and Mental Floss CEO Steven Kotok (pictured) during a recent phone conversation with FishbowlNY. “We’ve completely remade the content of the site in the last six to nine months, and there were two prongs to that.”

“On the one prong, we just went on a hiring spree and really wanted to hire the best, young opinion writers in the country,” he adds. “People we love to read and also, people with more ability on social media. Most of these people were brought on full-time; a couple have permanent freelance arrangements.”

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RIP: Elaine Stritch

Broadway World has one of the first and best comments about the passing of the 89-year-old stage and film legend. It comes from Stritch’s agent Joel Dean:

“Elaine was truly one-of-a-kind. She was feisty, irascible and at the same time very vulnerable. After first meeting her she was very protective and hard to get to know but once I did she would be a friend forever. I learned not to be intimidated when she yelled at me which was very often.”

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