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Glossy Mag Ignores Lindsay Lohan’s Rep

ShutterstockLindsayLohan2013Last week, we wrote about OK! magazine’s inventive Jennifer Aniston cover story. This week, once again per Gossip Cop, it’s deja voodoo all over again as the magazine is making up more great stories. With yet another noteworthy twist.

It’s one thing to falsely allege that Tom Cruise and Lindsay Lohan hooked up in London. It’s quite another to race towards deadline with that fable after a rep for one of the celebrities has confirmed “Tom & Lindsay: IT’S ON!” is way off. From Gossip Cop associate editor Shari Weissreport:

The entire OK! dating premise was a “lie,” Lohan’s rep told Gossip Cop exclusively. Lohan’s spokesperson even revealed to us that she told the tabloid that its story was wrong and laughable, and yet the magazine still chose to run it.

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Freelance Magazine Writing

Freelance Magazine WritingInstructor and journalist Jeryl Brunner has written for numerous publications including O, the Oprah Magazine, Travel + Leisure, VanityFair.com and more! Starting November 3, she'll teach you how to query specific publications, find resources for reporting, and create captivating stories that editors will want and readers will enjoy. Register now!

Tim Cook Comes Out as Gay in Businessweek Essay

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, just came out as gay in a moving essay he penned for Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook writes that while he has never publicly discussed his sexuality before, he felt now was the right time because he realized doing so could help others:

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

“I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice,” adds Cook. “Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.”

The piece is raw and honest, and well worth a read. We were taken aback by how humble Cook — one of the most powerful people in business — seemed. The essay is not grandstanding. It’s simply Cook explaining who he is, for whatever it is worth.

“We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick,” Cook writes. “This is my brick.”

So What Do You Do, Amelia McDonell-Parry, Editor-in-Chief of TheFrisky.com?

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Amelia McDonell-Parry, editor-in-chief of the popular women’s lifestyle site TheFrisky.com, is probably the last person you’d expect to find at a men’s magazine like Maxim. And yet, McDonell-Parry’s career path has taken plenty of unexpected twists and turns, from her early days as an intern at Jane to scoring her first gig at Rolling Stone, to her current position heading up TheFrisky.

Here, McDonell-Parry talks about the surprising office culture at Maxim, going up against censorship at Turner and how she finally got past her fear of failure.

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No Women on This Variety ‘Leaders’ List

ShutterstockBoysClubWhat happened here? Did this one not cross the desk of co-EIC Claudia Eller?

The byline says Variety Staff, which means the individual(s) responsible for the October 28 article is(are) avoiding individual flaming. However, in the item comments, on Facebook and beyond, folks are slamming the trade for highlighting seven men and zero women as “Hollywood’s New Leaders: PR/Digital/Management.”

What’s next? Well, among other things, one or more of the featured men will likely be heard over lunch, in the steam room and to female colleagues insisting they had nothing to do with the selection.

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Grantland’s Emily Yoshida is Headed to The Verge

EmilyYoshidaPicGrantland culture editor Emily Yoshida recently indicated she was leaving the acclaimed Bill Simmons operation. Today, FishbowlNY can exclusively reveal her new professional home.

Yoshida has accepted the challenge of building out The Verge’s coverage of film, TV, music and related matters as entertainment editor. To do so, she will be relocating from Los Angeles to New York. Her last day at Grantland is Friday; she starts at The Verge November 17.

“This will be my first New York job, ever,” Yoshida tells us via telephone, on the call together with The Verge’s recently promoted editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. “I’m completely excited about it.”

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Jeff Bercovici Leaving Forbes for Inc.

JeffBercoviciPicThe departure of Nicole Carter from Inc. to Apple has set in motion an interesting subsequent shift. To replace her as the magazine’s San Francisco bureau chief, Inc. has snagged Jeff Bercovici. A rep tells FishbowlNY he will start November 10.

Bercovici has worked as a senior editor at Forbes since 2013. Prior to that, he was a staff writer.

It’s been an interesting, long run for the journalist. He was a columnist with WWD‘s “Memo Pad” from 2004-2006, a staff writer with Radar magazine from 2006-2007, a founding media blogger with Condé Nast’s Portfolio from 2007-2009 and a media columnist at AOL Daily Finance from 2009-2010.

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David Ritz Has Five Books Out This Year

Mere mortals are happy with one biography or ghostwriting effort making it on to Amazon in a given year. But David Ritz long ago ceased being merely mortal.

In 2014, Ritz is responsible as a ghostwriter for the autobiographies of Rick James (July 8), Aerosmith’s Joe Perry (October 7) and Andrew Dice Clay (November 11). Today, he’s also got a biography of Aretha Franklin out, which follows his 1999 collaborative effort with the singer on her autobiography.

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A Very Cute Taylor Swift Typo

Sometimes, a headline mistake isn’t simply a headline mistake. It’s also cause for lexicon celebration.

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Few people have more riding on their perceived cuteness than current pop sensation Taylor Swift. It’s at the very heart of her appeal.

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Westwood One News Unveils Correspondents

WestwoodOneNewsLogoEarlier this month, Westwood One announced it was launching its own news service:

Powered by CNN, Westwood One News will provide stations around-the-clock news updates from one to five minutes in length. Additional programming will include live two-ways with both Westwood One and CNN correspondents, special reports, live feeds of breaking news and sound bites for local news production.

Now comes the related staffing news. Per an announcement today, CNN’s Steve Kastenbaum has been tapped to head up the service’s New York City bureau as senior correspondent. Crossing over in D.C. meanwhile will be NBC News Radio’s Bob Costantini:

Kastenbaum, for the past year, has worked at CNN as as a producer, reporter and CNN Newsource correspondent. Recently, he reported from Ferguson, Missouri on violent clashes between protesters and police. His coverage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and investigative work on the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal resulted in several exclusive reports.

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Keanu Reeves Makes Ghostly Headlines

It’s been quite the week of celebrity throwback recollections on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

On Tuesday’s program, Bill Murray recalled his days as a Little Caesars pizza slinger and impoverished raw-dough eater, working alongside another employee in Evanston, Illinois who would go on to become a celebrity chef. On Wednesday, it was Keanu Reeves‘ turn to remember how he and his nanny Renata, when he was around six or seven, witnessed a jacket floating mysteriously into the doorway of a New York City apartment bedroom.

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The Daily Mail wins for best Keanu headline: “He’s Seen Dead People…” And the New York Post gets our vote for savviest SEO redeployment, having dropped the John Wick star into the middle of today’s 36-photo slide show “The Creepiest Celebrity Ghost Stories.”

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