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LeBron James Announces Cleveland Return Via Sports Illustrated

This is what you call one hell of a get. Everyone in the sporting world — and many others outside of it — was awaiting word on where LeBron James would play next season, and Sports Illustrated got the scoop.

In an article by James (as told to SI’s Lee Jenkins), James explained his reasons for returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavs:

It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

You can bet this essay is going to break some of SI’s page view records.

Congrats to everyone at the magazine. You should all get to call it a day.

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Wall Street Journal Film Reporter Moves Over to Twitter

As previously noted, Tuesday was the Wall Street Journal‘s 125th anniversary. It was also film reporter Rachel Dodes‘ last day.

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Dodes was on maternity leave in recent months. But starting July 28, she will begin an impressive new job in New York City: partner manager for motion pictures at Twitter.

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Et Tu, Journalists Who Wrote That Bogus George Clooney Item?

As we reported Wednesday, George Clooney rarely calls out the media. But when he does, be it over a 2013 item about the delayed release of Monuments Men or a 2014 item about his future wife, it’s duly noted.

With criticism of the Daily Mail continuing for a piece that has since been deleted (a Slate op-ed by Will Oremus for example is headlined “George Clooney is Right About the Daily Mail“), we wondered about the reporters caught in the middle.

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The main source for the article is a “Lebanese friend of the [Alamuddin] family in London.” The byline lists as authors Hannah Roberts, a freelance journalist in Rome, and Sara Nathan, New York-geo-tagged showbiz editor-at-large for MailOnline US. Although there is no sign of an apology on either writer’s Twitter feed, Roberts has been silent there since this Clooney business broke. Nathan, at her end, has moved on to other topics like the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.

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Long Island Star Trek Fanatic’s Story Takes Flight

Captain’s media log [July 10, 2014; 12:30 p.m.]: The press on planet Earth has grabbed hold of Anthony Sforza‘s kooky basement tale.

BarcroftMediaLogoThe Daily Mail, the New York Post and UK’s The Mirror are likely just the beginning of this comet trail. And who can blame them? Packaged for worldwide consumption by Barcroft Media, the story of a Long Island dad’s fastidious three-year effort to erect a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise in his expansive home’s basement has everything:

  • Tons of Star Trek SEO;
  • Split family feelings (his two young sons love the basement set-up; Sforza’s sister thinks he’s a little nuts);
  • An out-of-this-world slide show.

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News Corp Might Bid on Tribune Newspapers

Tribune logo GThe big media rumor of the week is that News Corp. is putting together a bid for Tribune Publishing. According to Poynter’s Rick Edmonds, News Corp would be interested in buying the company, but only after it is spun off from Tribune, a move that is expected to happen in the next few months.

Tribune Publishing publishes several newspapers, including heavyweights like The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and The Sun-Sentinel.

News Corp buying the publisher, according to Edmonds, would make sense for a few reasons. Murdoch has always been a big fan of the LA Times and his desire to own it has been chronicled in the past; News Corp was spun off with plenty of cash, cash that investors will want to see do something; and relating to that last point — Tribune Publishing would be easy for News Corp to afford.

Would Rupert Murdoch really buy more newspapers even though print is clearly on the decline? It doesn’t seem to make much sense. But if there’s one person we wouldn’t count out, it’s Murdoch.

Dynamic Female Duo Now at the Helm of SheKnows

LeaAnnLemingPicThe best way to frame FishbowlNY’s phone conversation today with Lea Ann Leming, chief content officer of SheKnows (pictured, right), and newly hired editor-in-chief Amy Boshnack (pictured, below) is as follows. The company has been profitable for the past several years and expects a 30% increase in revenue in 2014.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that Cosmopolitan, a magazine where Boshnack served as managing editor from January 2005 to January 2008, has just revamped its website. When asked about the then-print vs. now-Web differences, Boshnack notes the obvious change in the speed of news and feature cycles. Per comScore, SheKnows currently averages around 40 million monthly uniques.

“A big thing for me is making sure the women reading us are having conversations,” Boshnack explains. “Part of what’s being done here is continuing to make sure that articles being published are about things women are talking about. And to feed that through our comments section, social media.”

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George Clooney Blasts Daily Mail

George Clooney has had it with The Daily Mail. In a letter posted by USA Today, the actor blasted the Daily Mail for publishing a story (which originally appear on its site) about him, his fiancee Amal Alamuddin, and her mother. The Daily Mail article said that Alamuddin’s mother was against the two getting married based on religious beliefs.

Clooney explained that the article was completely false, and called out the Daily Mail for being reckless. ”The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous,” wrote Clooney. “We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”

When the Great Clooney speaks, the world listens. Or at least, a paper that published an erroneous article listens. Not long after Clooney’s article was published, the Daily Mail issued a statement apologizing for the incident:

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Hardcore Pawn Stars Talk About the Weirdest Things They’ve Pawned

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Two members of Detroit’s Gold family, the stars of truTV’s hit reality show Hardcore Pawn, recently made a swing through New York City.

We asked Father Les and daughter Ashley about some of the weirdest stuff they’ve seen people sell for quick cash.

Number one on the top five list? Jack Kevorkian‘s “Death Mobile.”

Next week we’ll ask the Gold’s why they think Pawn Shop shows are so popular.

Niche Media Sold to Greengale Publishing

niche media logo GNiche Media — publisher of regional magazines like Aspen PeakGotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Ocean Drive and more — has been acquired by Greengale Publishing from Greenspun Media Group.

Greengale Publishing is owned by Jane Greenspan Gale and her husband, Jeff Gale. Greenspun Media is a family company, held by Greenspan Gale and her siblings.

Niche Media was founded in 1998 by Jason Binn, currently the CEO and founder of DuJour Media. In 2006, Binn sold Niche to Greenspun.

“These magazines are stronger and more relevant than ever,” Greenspan Gale said in a statement. “They deliver beautiful and inspiring editorial content while playing an important role in their communities and in the marketing plans for brands who seek to reach our audience.”

As part of the deal, Katherine Nicholls was named CEO of Niche Media. She previously served as president and COO.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Ringo Starr Promotes a Very Good Selfie Cause

It’s been added as a word to the dictionary. It’s the subject of endless media debate. But in this case, the selfie angles are all good.

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Per a report by LA Times pop music writer Randy Lewis, Ringo Starr was in front of Hollywood’s Capitol Records building Monday on his 74th birthday, urging fans to join him for a worthy cause. The ex-Beatle’s promotion of fashion designer John Varvatos‘ 2014 “Peace Rocks” fall collection includes a fun social-media component:

For each person who tweets a selfie while flashing the “V” peace symbol using the #peacerocks hashtag, Varvatos’ company will donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, supporting the David Lynch Foundation…

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