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Kara Swisher’s Stated Goal: One ‘Really Good’ Scoop Per Week

About a third of the way through Benjamin Wallace’s crackling New York magazine profile of 51-year-old tech journalist extraordinaire Kara Swisher, there are two reminders of how effectively she blankets her beat.

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Exhibit Re/a:

Swisher has heard of current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer holding a meeting in which she graphed the impact on Yahoo’s stock price of various Swisher posts.

Exhibit Re/b:

“It is a constant joke in Silicon Valley when people write memos for them to say, ‘I hope Kara never sees this,’” says Facebook’s [Sheryl] Sandberg.

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Enchanting Intern Leads Christopher Rosen to Water, Wedding

AirAmericaLogoIn this weekend’s New York Times, the July 5 wedding of Huffington Post managing entertainment editor Christopher Rosen and MTV News writer-editor Kasey Wickman was wonderfully celebrated. Writer Vincent M. Mallozzi got all the colorful, publishable details, including this early courtship tactic from Rosen at Air America, where at the time he was a sound board operator and Wickman was an intern:

In the ensuing days, it became apparent that Mr. Rosen had taken notice of Ms. Wickman, too. He would often walk by her desk to get to a nearby water fountain.

“At first I thought, ‘Man, this guy drinks a lot of water,’” she said.

But Mr. Rosen had other thoughts.

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Former Patch Editor Has a Message for Tim Armstrong

Leslie Yager, who edited Patch sites in Norwalk and Wilton, CT prior to being laid off in January, met the head of Patch only once.

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Now that she has started her own hyper-local site in the Connecticut town where Armstrong lives, she has this to say about her ex-boss and fellow Greenwich resident, via a Q&A with Street Fight Magazine:

“I learned so much from the Patch job and enjoyed it. I met Tim Armstrong once, back when I was in charge of recruiting bloggers for user-generated-content. He was affable and I left the meeting feeling appreciated.”

“If he has taken a peek at my site, I hope he knows it’s modeled on his original vision: Nimble, in-the-moment coverage by reporters who live in the town where they report news.”

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This Nieman Fellow Also Learned How to Play Poker

TammerlinDrummondTwitterPicOakland Tribune columnist Tammerlin Drummond (pictured) is back on the beat after a stint at Harvard as a 2013-14 Nieman Fellow. Although her area of focus was very serious, she has also in a summary of her leave of absence managed to touch on the lighter side of the experience.

To wit, here are a pair of bullet points from Drummond’s return-column:

A Harvard Law School professor taught me to play poker as a way of learning strategic thinking.

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Another Restaurant Critic Ditches Their Anonymity

Richard Abowitz, who oversees entertainment matters at central Pennsylvania newspaper The Patriot-News, shared an important announcement today. It amounts, basically, to this is what our restaurant critic looks like.

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Back in the Game After NYT Buyout, Sportswriter Recalls Shaq Encounter

Since taking a buyout from the New York Times in early 2010, Joe Lapointe continued to teach journalism, freelanced and toiled briefly for Keith Olbermann‘s Current TV show. Now, per his introductory MLive Media Group dispatch, it’s time to get back into the sportswriting game full-time.

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Lapointe, who came to the Times after 11 years with the Detroit Free Press, is thrilled to be back in his native state. He says that when he looks back on his decades of NYC reporting, two folks stand out – Yogi Berra and Shaquille O’Neal:

The Shaq thing happened on a sunny day as I walked through Times Square back to work after lunch. I saw O’Neal signing autographs as he emerged from a restaurant and walked down the sidewalk…

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Mike Francesca Gets to Know Julie Stewart-Binks

It started in April, when a caller to Mike Francesca‘s WFAN radio show that is simulcast on FoxSports 1 joked that his radio colleague, John Minko, had done a great job of magically transforming into an attractive blonde female TV reporter. Francesca stumbled a bit during the call and later apologized to the hockey reporter in question, Julie Stewart-Binks.

Today, Newsday sports media and sports business reporter Neil Best highlights more of what has transpired since. The Canadian-born Stewart-Binks subsequently appeared on Francesca’s show, during the Rangers-Canadiens series, and is hoping to be back in-studio next week when the Stanley Cup Final moves to Madison Square Garden:

Francesa can’t be blamed for not initially knowing Stewart-Binks. Few Americans did until recently.

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Roger Angell Chats with M Magazine

Nice interview feature from Sridhar Pappu for the summer issue of men’s luxury quarterly M.

RogerAngellPicHe caught up with 93-year-old New Yorker editor and writer Roger Angell to talk reader response to February 2014 piece “This Old Man,” Angell’s imminent receipt of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award and this man’s august New Yorker genealogy:

The magazine is more or less a part of him: He knew it well even as a child, given that his mother, Katharine White, was its literary editor from its founding year of 1925 to 1960, and his stepfather, renowned essayist and Charlotte’s Web author E. B. White, joined its staff in 1927 and stayed on as a contributor into the early eighties.

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Bloomberg TV’s Matt Miller Bounces Back from 2013 Hit-and-Run

Here’s an impressive way to bridge the gap between graduating from Columbia Journalism school and starting a job at Alaska’s Cordova Times: crank out a solid longform piece for Business Insider.

MattMillerPicThere’s a personal connection here. Long before attending Columbia, article author Ben Yeager, at age 10, met Bloomberg TV’s Matt Miller (pictured) on Fire Island, where their families owned adjacent summer homes. Yeager does a great job of recounting the horrible hit-and-run accident that Miller was involved in on May 29, 2013, and notes that the pickup vs. Ducati motorcycle incident has done little to slow Miller down:

Miller covers business (and increasingly Bitcoin). He is also an automotive-industry reporter, a gig with serious perks. He is rarely without a luxury sedan or sports car — think Aston Martins, Bentleys, and Ferraris — provided by the automakers for his segments.

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Denton, Spiers Will Not Be Attending Each Other’s Wedding

ElizabethSpiersPicThat’s the main collateral damage from the fact that on the Saturday, May 31, Nick Denton will tie the knot with Derrence Washington at the American Museum of Natural History while Elizabeth Spiers will be saying “I do” to Daily News boroughs editor Jotham Sederstrom at the Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn.

Spiers told Capital New York’s Matthew Lynch that the wed-chronicity was discovered only after deposits were made for both events. She added that both she and Denton thought it was hilariously apt, given their friendship and Gawker connection, that this would happen. Lynch also got this tip from someone impressive enough to get invites to both weddings:

Two double-invitees were Lockhart Steele and his wife, Lindsey Green (themselves married earlier this year, in Las Vegas).

“We love both parties dearly,” [Vox Media VP of editorial] Steele wrote in an email to Capital when we asked which wedding they were going to attend. “So, we’re using the tried and true Ann Landers approach that I last used in 2005 when two dear friends got married on the same day: we’re going to the wedding of the friends who invited us first—in this case, Elizabeth and Jotham.

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