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Greg Coleman Talks BuzzFeed

Greg Coleman, the new president of BuzzFeed, has an interesting way of talking about the company. In an interview with USA Today, Coleman described BuzzFeed as a rocket ship and said he was happy to be part of the “Huffington Post mafia,” which makes us wonder if he knows what “mafia” means.

Coleman explained that for now, he’s just trying to get up to speed. “I’m meeting, learning, listening,” Coleman said. “In the next couple of months, I’m gonna be catching up to the rocket ship, getting into the rocket ship. Then once I catch up, I’ll figure out how to add the value the team here wants me to add.” We hope he brought his space suit.

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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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Harper’s Publisher Doesn’t Mind ‘Weblogs,’ Still Hates Internet

John MacArthur, Harper’s publisher, still doesn’t consider Internet-based writing worthwhile. MacArthur is well known for his “all or nothing” (and it’s mostly nothing) approach to the web — the magazine has only been online since 2004, and it has always been locked behind a rigid paywall.

MacArthur told The New York Times that with more companies launching paywalls and some even debuting print products, he feels his view of the Internet has been validated.

In case you forgot what that view was, it’s that writers whose work lives online are shit.

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Mark Aldam, President of Hearst Newspapers on the Future of Print

Mark-Aldam-ArticleMark Aldam, president of Hearst Newspapers, has been working in the field of print journalism for close to 30 years. He has seen the changing media landscape firsthand and has some ideas on how to keep print afloat.

In our latest So What Do You Do column, Aldam explains how Hearst differs from its competitors (such as News Corp., Tribune, Gannett), what most excites him about the newspaper business and why print isn’t dying:

I think there’s obviously some truth to the concern about the printed newspaper’s future given just the relationship between print ads and the size of the paper that most publishers produce. But my first response is: I believe that the printed newspaper will be around long enough to print our obituaries. I think the newspapers that have responded to where consumers demand to access news and information — which is in their palm, and on their desktops and tablets — I think we stand a very good chance of being an influential part of the community…

For more from Aldam, including what his typical day is like, read: So What Do You Do, Mark Aldam, President of Hearst Newspapers?

CNN Reporter is Sorry for Getting Drunk and Biting People

CNN304x200According to The New York Post, CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has a problem with alcohol. Not only did she allegedly get wasted during a visit to the United States Embassy in Baghdad, when two EMTs tried to help her, Damon bit them. The workers are now suing Damon and CNN for $2 million.

Getting drunk and biting people probably goes against CNN company policy, but we’re not quite sure, because the network is denying any knowledge of the lawsuit. “We are not aware of the alleged lawsuit and, therefore, have no comment,” a rep told the Post.

We should add that Damon sent a letter to US Embassy staff apologizing for her behavior:

It’s been an extremely stressful time, I was exhausted, I had not had proper food all day and clearly miscalculated how my body would handle the alcohol consumed … Needless to say, I am utterly mortified and take full responsibility for my actions, which are inexcusable.

Let he who hasn’t pounded too many beers and bit a medical professional cast the first stone.

Norman Pearlstine Opens Up

Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc.’s chief content officer, is not afraid to speak his mind. When Time began selling ads on its cover, Pearlstine brushed aside the notion that the practice was a bad thing, even though it broke ASME’s number one guideline.

In a wide-ranging interview with WWD, Pearlstine shares some more thoughts about the industry. Below are a few highlights, but be sure to read the entire piece.

On the future of Time, EW, SI and People:

You can’t just reprise the news. You have to have journalism that makes a point and you have to be in sync with your audience. When I think about Sports Illustrated, when I think about People, Entertainment Weekly, Time — all four of them have editors who are very much in touch with their readers and that’s a comfort to me.

On replacing Andy Serwer, Fortune’s longtime editor, with Alan Murray:

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Jane Fonda Doesn’t Want Murdoch to Buy Time Warner

jane fonda GGood news for those of you who desire more media commentary from Jane Fonda: She has given her thoughts on Rupert Murdoch potentially buying Time Warner. In short, she think it’s a bad idea.

“I think it would be a catastrophe,” the 76-year-old actress told The Wrap. “If that happens I’m going to be so angry at the FCC. They cannot let that happen.” FCC, you’re officially on notice.

Fonda wasn’t done there. She went on to explain that Murdoch uses his media outlets to spread bad politics. “It’s no secret that Rupert uses his media outlets for political reasons,” said Fonda. “And he is not neutral. And he, you know, his news outlets do things that are unconscionable. And it just cannot happen that he becomes that much of a dominant force in American media.”

We imagine Fonda and Murdoch won’t be getting together for afternoon tea anytime soon.

Paul McKenna on What Makes a Great Interviewer

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Paul McKenna has worn many hats during his eclectic, impressive career. He’s an international best-selling author, a hypnotist, a self-help guru and, now, a TV host.

On his new show McKenna (currently streaming on Hulu) he interviews media moguls like Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest, Harvey Weinstein, Rachael Ray and Randy Jackson to find out “what makes them tick.” In our latest So What Do You Do column, McKenna gives advice to up-and-coming media pros and shares his thoughts on what makes a great interviewer:

I’m not a journalist. So I haven’t come from conventional journalistic training, which is to go for the jugular, you know, sneak one question in under another, try and get the other person [to] expose something. I’m just fascinated and curious. I think 25 years in the trenches, working with the most challenged of people you can imagine, has given me an ability to have a politely inquiring manner, I hope. I think you get more from people if they feel that they’re being genuinely listened to and understood, and that they don’t need to be on guard.

For more from McKenna, including how a chance encounter on Simon Cowell‘s boat resulted in his latest gig, read: So What Do You Do, Paul McKenna, Best-Selling Author, Hypnotist and Host of Hulu’s McKenna?

The Jill Abramson Redemption Tour is Officially Underway

Jill Abramson, the New York Times executive editor who was abruptly fired months ago — has officially begun her redemption tour. Not that she needs to be redeemed — if anything, we’d say she came out looking much better than the Times did after all the dust settled.

However, in her first interview (nice get, Cosmopolitan) since being cut by the paper of record, Abramson explained why, exactly, she’s speaking out. It’s for the kids, dammit.

“Is it hard to say I was fired? No. I’ve said it about 20 times, and it’s not,” Abramson told Cosmo. “I was in fact insistent that that be publicly clear because I was not ashamed of that. And I don’t think young women — it’s hard, I know — they should not feel stigmatized if they are fired.”

Abramson added that she didn’t regret admitting that she cried after Politico published a piece bashing her management style, because young women need to understand that it’s okay to be, well, to be yourself.

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Rupert Murdoch Tried to Buy Time Warner

Rupert-Murdoch-10-7Rupert Murdoch wants to own all the media. All of it. According to The New York Times, Murdoch and his entertainment company — 21st Century Fox — attempted to buy Time Warner for $80 billion, but the offer was rejected.

As part of the offer, 21st Century Fox said it would sell CNN to alleviate any antitrust concerns that arose because Fox News competes with CNN.

21st Century Fox released the following statement regarding the failed takeover bid: “21st Century Fox can confirm that we made a formal proposal to Time Warner last month to combine the two companies. The Time Warner Board of Directors declined to pursue our proposal. We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner.”

Don’t take that to mean this is over with. In fact, it’s probably just beginning. Don’t forget, this comes only a week after word leaked that News Corp might try to buy Tribune Newspapers.

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