TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

International

BuzzFeed’s Next Bureau Will Be in Berlin

BuzzFeedLogoAs tipped by Jonah Peretti via Medium and more specifically confirmed this afternoon by New York Business Journal reporter Ben Fischer, the next BuzzFeed bureau will be in Berlin. This will be the ninth such outpost for the website, including NYC headquarters.

There have been some domestic pleas on Twitter today in reaction to the Peretti memo for more presence in U.S. cities like Houston and New Orleans. But the truth is, while BuzzFeed may not have bureau-boots on the ground there and elsewhere, its contributors and writers cover a geographical web that stretches far beyond the company’s official bricks-and-mortar locations.

Peretti added in his memo that Tokyo, Mexico City and Mumbai will follow Berlin in some order. Fischer notes that these are, respectively, the world’s first, third and fifth largest metropolitan areas.

Read more

Australia Reacts to NYT ‘Hipster Heaven’ Designation

The most popular Yankee in Perth, Australia today is City University of New York associate professor Baz Dreisinger. And that popularity is only going to increase through the weekend as her NYT travel article, online under the headline “Catching Perth’s Wave in Western Australia,” winds its way to Sunday’s print editions beneath the alternate page TR6 moniker “Perth Finds a Place in the Sun.”

NYTPerthAUMapDreisinger’s piece is the kind that makes you want to surf to an airfare finder website right now. It’s also the kind of travel article that generates its own press, including a proud proclamation in The Australian newspaper that “New York Knows WA is ‘Hipster Heaven’“:

Writer Dreisinger waxes lyrical about the city’s assets, from the “futuristic” Perth Arena to its endless stretch of blue sky days in summer and “hipster” urban villages such as Northbridge and Mt Lawley.

Dreisinger declares the city to be “hipster heaven” – insisting Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg “pales beside Perth.”

Read more

Kimmel Follows Fiery Twerk with Sochi Wolf

Score one for Inside Edition. The syndicated news magazine is being credited with spoiling, by a few hours, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel‘s newest fake-viral-video prank.

From a write-up by Kansas City Star reporter Lisa Gutierrez:

Inside Edition reports that a video shot by American luger Kate Hansen of a “wolf” prowling the halls outside of her Sochi bedroom was a prank.

Read more

Sochi Drag Queen Manhandles Ball State Student

On Poynter this week, Kristen Hare had an interesting article about a team of Ball State journalism students who paid their own way via Amsterdam to Sochi to cover the Olympic Games. Embedded in her report was a link to an even more fascinating blog item by team member Matt Amaro, a photography major.

ClubMayakPoster

Titled “The Best Little Gay Bar in Sochi,” the item relates the experiences of Amaro, teacher Ryan Sparrow and fellow student/reporter Ryan Howe when the trio visited Cabaret Mayak, a place where drag queens perform. Howe is openly gay and, as Hare notes, wrote ahead of departure for The Advocate about his fears regarding visiting Sochi. From Amaro’s blog item:

After the first drag queen performed, she started talking with and reading people in Russian. “Because reading is what?! FUN-DE-MENTAL!” She walks over to where I am knelt on the side of the stage. She tells the bar that I am one of her friends.

Read more

Meredith Vieira Wonders: When Was Last Time Russian Police Choir ‘Got Lucky’

This morning’s Today show reprise of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir covering Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” looked and sounded even better than the group’s smash-hit performance during Sochi’s opening night. With the added, sideline benefit of a dancing Al Roker and other NBC show personalities, crew.

TODAYShowRussianPoliceChoir

During an interview with choir conductor General Victor Eliseyev (translated by NBC News Moscow bureau chief Albina Kovalyova), Savannah Guthrie suggested that it won’t be long before some enterprising booking agent brings the group stateside. The choir performs around 200 dates every year:

“When we first made the collective, I had a dream to perform in Japan, France and the U.S.A.,” explained the general. “We’ve performed in Japan and France, and we’ve still not been in the U.S. And it’s my greatest dream.”

Read more

CUNY, Brooklyn College Grad Set to Launch Nigerian Newspaper

EkreteUdohPicEkerete Udoh (pictured) is, instantly, our favorite new person of the week.

Per an item on iafrica.com, he has decided to extend his media empire from NYC to his native land of Nigeria. FishbowlNY would like to: a) wish him all the best with this brave new venture; and b) request that he send us a copy of the first issue. Even though we don’t read Nigerian, we’d still love to see what the paper looks like.* From the article:

Udoh holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and a Master’s degree in international relations and comparative politics from Brooklyn College. At City University of New York, he was the best graduating student.

Read more

Michael Bloomberg Funds African Media Initiative

BloombergC40JohannesburgIt’s called The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa. It’s set to run at least three years and, per a report by SouthAfrica.info, the intent of the $10 million program is to underwrite financial journalism across the continent and advance transparency, accountability and governance within that discpline.

Michael Bloomberg announced the initiative Monday in Johannesburg at the C40 Cities Committee annual conference:

The initiative will provide cross-disciplinary education programs and mid-career fellowships to increase the number of highly trained business and financial journalists, convene pan-African forums to examine worldwide media best practices and support research to stimulate media innovations.

Read more

BuzzFeed Australia Launches

SimonCrerarPicWhen BuzzFeed first formalized its plans to expand past the UK and into the glorious Down Under, EIC Ben Smith suggested that “Australia — with its humor and beauty and sense of the absurd and love of the social web — is basically BuzzFeed Nation already.” Probably true; and now that January 31 has rolled around over the distant international horizon, we can all start determining if Smith was correct with his optimistic assessment.

At the helm of BuzzFeed Australia is Simon Crerar (pictured), formerly visual story director for News Corp Australia. Together with staff writer Jenna Guillaume, he curates the site’s Twitter feed – @BuzzFeedOz - and the pair have been teasing some early looks at content.

On the cheeky media coverage front, one BuzzFeed AU item has seven suggestions as to how national TV network ABC can become more favorably aligned with the country that it serves. Another article runs down “21 Reasons Karl Stefanovic is the Greatest Australian Journalist of All Time.” Reasons include:

Incredible rapport with his [Nine Network Today show] co-anchors…

No matter how challenging, his coverage is always rousing…

Read more

Next Media Animation Production Cycle Reduced to a Ridiculous Two and a Half Hours

Whether it’s Mayor Rob Ford or President Barack Obama, the gang at Taipei’s Next Media Animation has turned spoofing breaking and current news events into one fine, accelerated science.

From a recent report on All Things Considered:

Animation is painstaking, time-consuming work. When it first started seven years ago, the animation staff produced one story a day. But after years of trial and error, Next Media, which now employs 200 animators, perfected its pipeline to the fastest it’s ever been — going from story conception to a finished product in less than 2 1/2 hours.

NMA presently cranks out more than four dozen animations per day. Their YouTube channel registers 40-million-plus views per month.

Read more

Austrian Journo Dresses Up as Mozart for Super Bowl Media Day

PhillipHajszanPicThis is not a Sacha Baron Cohen movie-project update.

Rather, we’re here to let you know that one Phillip Hajszan (pictured) is today making stateside headlines for having dressed up, at Super Bowl Media Day, as a guy who could diagram an intricate symphony. We’re not trying to be mean; but perhaps this desperate fourth-and-wrong ploy was designed to improve the quantity and quality of the Austrian journalist’s personal-account Twitter followers. From a USA TODAY write-up:

In his white wig, many mistook Hajszan for Benjamin Franklin. “That is what people keep saying. I say, no, I’m Mozart, Mozart, Mozart!” said Hajszan, who came to Media Day last year garbed in Austrian lederhosen.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria.

Read more

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>