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University Professor Recalls a ‘Fearless’ James Foley

JamesFoleyPicIn between Libya and Syria, journalist James Foley spoke in February 2012 at San Diego State University. His February 9 talk with students was part of the series “Understanding the Arab Spring.”

In the wake of Foley’s apparent, horrific execution at the hands of ISIS, SDSU economics professor Hisham Foad has shared with News 10 San Diego reporter Rachel Bianco some memories of this intrepid truth-seeker:

“The story he was telling was like a movie,” Foad recalled. “It was better than a movie almost, going out there, getting captured, his life in captivity.”

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Cleveland Cavs Owner Bids $60 Million for Robb Report

Robb Report, the magazine for the insanely rich and Curren$y, might have a new owner soon.

According to The New York Post, Dan Gilbert — owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans founder — has offered $60 million for CurtCo Robb Media, parent of Robb Report.

Current CurtCo CEO Bill Curtis has rebuffed other suitors — including DuJour Media’s Jason Binn — because he wants to stay involved in the company after its sale.

Should the deal go though, Curtis and the magazine’s staff would be retained by Gilbert.

 

Wired Adds Jessi Hempel, Promotes Mat Honan

wired_logoWired has hired Jessi Hempel and promoted Mat Honan to senior staff writer.

Hempel — who will be a senior staff writer covering the business side of technology at Wired — comes to Wired from Fortune, where she has worked for the past seven years. Prior to that she worked at Businessweek

“Wired is for people who care deeply about the future as it applies to their every day lives,” Hempel wrote about her new job. “Its opportunity and its obligation is to continue to stay ahead of its readers, and to bring them a deep understanding about where the world is moving and how technology gives it direction.”

Honan has been with Wired since 2012. He most recently served as a staff writer.

Penske to Acquire Fairchild Fashion Media

FFMLogoCondé Nast wouldn’t comment. But according to New York Times media reporter Ravi Somaiya, Jay Penske is about to add an impressive group of media properties to his PMC empire.

From Somaiya’s report:

Condé Nast plans to sell Fairchild Fashion Media, the group behind trade publications like Women’s Wear Daily and Footwear News, to Penske Media for around $100 million, according to a person familiar who has been briefed on the deal.

Fairchild’s employees will go with the new company, the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal an as-yet unannounced deal, said.

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Arianna Huffington: ‘I’m 64-Years-Old and I’ve Never Had Plastic Surgery’

MilaMoursiTwitterProfilePicThere is a fountain of brand information in the latest installment of Harper’s Bazaar‘s “Beauty Diaries.” Here for example is what Arianna Huffington told the magazine’s senior beauty editor Jessica Prince about her approach to skin care:

“I’m 64-years-old and I’ve never had Botox, fillers or plastic surgery, but I do believe in great maintenance. I see aesthetician Mila Moursi for facials or microdermabrasion every three weeks. She specializes in women who don’t want to have plastic surgery.”

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Getting To Know BuzzFeed’s Latino News Team

AdrianCarrasquilloTwitterProfilePicOn the heels of accepting a special award at the 2014 convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), BuzzFeed editor Adrian Carrasquillo is getting some nice ink on the west coast.

LA Weekly staff writer Dennis Romero ambled over to BuzzFeed’s west coast headquarters on Beverly Blvd. to meet some of Carrasquillo‘s young charges and learn about the U.S. side of the outlet’s evolving approach to Hispanic news:

Appointed to the position in April, Carrasquillo has been covering the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, reporting on the child immigration crisis on the border and sorting BuzzFeed’s Latino content so that it gets to the virtual front-pages of the site.

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RIP: Don Pardo

For the New York Times obituary of Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who passed away Monday at age 96, Neil Genzlinger and Bill Carter do a good job of sourcing key portions of a 2006 interview Pardo recorded for the Archive of American Television. Here for example, via that conversation, is how Pardo says he came up with his slowed down and heavily enunciated signature announcing style:

Mr. Pardo said the way The Price is Right was shot led him to develop his peculiar elongated delivery. “The cameras are moving so slowly, and that’s the way I had to describe it: slowly,” he said of the merchandise on the show, which he would describe before contestants tried to guess its price. “Those cameras were large then. You want to make sure you describe what the camera is on.”

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Gloria, Emilio Estefan Cast Wide Net for Broadway Musical

Gloria and Emilio Estefan generated some fun recent headlines on the west coast with a charity dinner and performance at the Hollywood Bowl:

When her husband and producer, Emilio Estefan, appeared onstage after the singer mentioned that he’d inspired her recent recording of “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face,” she told the audience proudly that they’d been married for 36 years. “That’s 150 years in Hollywood,” she added.

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This morning, they’re making NYC news with their unusual open call. From the website for forthcoming Broadway musical On Your Feet!:

Gloria and Emilio Estefan are looking for talented hopefuls for the new musical based on their lives to debut on Broadway in 2015. Show us your talent, show us your passion, and show us your rhythm!

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A Robin Williams Selfie Minted at SNL

A year and a half before that great Norm Maccdonald-Robin Williams backstage encounter at Late Night with David Letterman, there was another similar crossing-of-the-paths at Saturday Night Live. Documented by a wonderful selfie that has been shared anew this week to celebrate the warm-hearted spirit of the late Williams.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Jason Silverstein caught up with the young man on the left, Jim Muraco, to get the background on this marvelous shot:

Muraco, 44, stumbled upon Williams backstage at Saturday Night Live in 1988. Back then, Muraco was an 18-year-old film buff who recently had moved to New York City and was eager to meet some of his idols.

Muraco said that he tried to sneak backstage at SNL one night in October to meet Tom Hanks. (It didn’t happen.) When he showed up again the next week, a security guard recognized him and invited him backstage.

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BuzzFeed Attempts to Explain Why 4,000 Posts Were Deleted

BuzzFeedLogoJonah Peretti, BuzzFeed’s CEO, has a non-explanation explanation for why his site secretly deleted more than 4,000 posts. In an interview with Slate, Peretti admitted that “We probably could have communicated better, or handled it better,” but the reason they didn’t is because BuzzFeed used to be a tech company, and now it’s a media company.

Peretti said that BuzzFeed became a media company when it hired Ben Smith, and that the posts were deleted because they were “technically broken, not sourced to our current standards, not worth improving or saving because the content isn’t very good.”

Another way of saying this is “We deleted the posts once we realized someone would notice the rampant plagiarism that we used to become a popular site.” If you’re a media company, you don’t just get to delete articles whenever you want.

Why did it take until 2014 to get rid of these “broken” articles, when Smith was hired in 2011? Also, BuzzFeed just got $50 million from an investor who said “We think of BuzzFeed as more of a technology company.” Peretti might want to inform them that they’re a media company now. Or is his description of BuzzFeed dependent on who’s asking?

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