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New York Observer Posts Slideshow to End All Slideshows

Like most people, your FishbowlNY editors are not fans of the slideshow. We want to see all the pictures and/or content on one page, thank you very much. But even we have to admit that The New York Observer’s slideshow of people reading The New York Observer is extremely strong work.

The title of the slideshow — Readers React: Cooling Off with the Hot Ethan Hawke Issue — doesn’t do it justice. This can never be topped. A paper publishing 19 pictures of people reading the same paper is pure genius.

In fact, the only downside to this is that the Observer might have set the bar for slideshows too high. But who among us will complain that a star shines too brightly?

Newspaper Reporter Listed as ‘Endangered Job’


Newspaper reporter — along with meter reader, travel agent, lumberjack (sorry Dexter!), flight attendant and more — has been named one of the most endangered jobs of 2014. Even the Dodo went out more gracefully than this.

According to CareerCast, there’s pretty much no hope for the newspaper reporter:

Declining subscription and dwindling advertising sales have negatively impacted the hiring power of some newspapers, while others have ceased operations altogether. Online outlets continue to replace traditional newspapers, and the long-term outlook for newspaper reporters reflects the change.

Well, that’s certainly depressing. Accurate, but depressing.

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NY Times Adds Styles Columnist

The New York Times has added Katie Rosman as a Sunday Styles editor and columnist. Rosman comes to the paper from The Wall Street Journal, where she had worked since 2004. She most recently served as a features reporter for the Journal’s Personal Journal section.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to work for the @WSJ for ten years,” tweeted Rosman. “It is a fantastic publication and the home of my dearest friends.”

Rosman will join the Times later this summer.

George Clooney Blasts Daily Mail

George Clooney has had it with The Daily Mail. In a letter posted by USA Today, the actor blasted the Daily Mail for publishing a story (which originally appear on its site) about him, his fiancee Amal Alamuddin, and her mother. The Daily Mail article said that Alamuddin’s mother was against the two getting married based on religious beliefs.

Clooney explained that the article was completely false, and called out the Daily Mail for being reckless. ”The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous,” wrote Clooney. “We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”

When the Great Clooney speaks, the world listens. Or at least, a paper that published an erroneous article listens. Not long after Clooney’s article was published, the Daily Mail issued a statement apologizing for the incident:

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New Jersey Newspaper Employee’s Mental Illness Chronicle Strikes a Chord

AsburyParkPressLogoThere are certain assignments and topics that journalists cherish. For Asbury Park Press reporter Shannon Mullen, this week’s “Story Behind a Story” was surely one of those occasions.

Mullen’s article is about the response garnered by co-worker Kathy Maloney‘s very first piece for the paper. Published on May 11, “My Life With Joe” recounted the administrative assistant’s struggles with her late husband’s mental illness:

Since the story appeared, Maloney, an administrative assistant in the newspaper’s design studio, has been inundated with emails, notes and phone calls from as far away as Ireland, where she has relatives.

One of the emails came from a woman in Ireland who lost her son to suicide. “There are so many points in the article that I can relate to,” she wrote. “I think it is such a brave thing to share your experience, where I can’t approach it. I wish I could.”

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Happy 125th Birthday, WSJ

wall_street_journal_logo_01As we’ve already noted, today is The Wall Street Journal’s 125th anniversary. To help celebrate, we played around with some of the interactive features the Journal launched for the occasion.

Our favorite is the WSJ 125 Archive, which lets you pick from sections — like Scandals, How We Live, Titans, Tragedies and more — or from major moments, like The Great Depression, and scroll through items that show you how the paper covered the stories. It’s a must for any news junkie.

Another unique interactive allows readers to peruse notes on the Journal’s first front page, published July 8, 1889. What was making news then? Wheat! “The Kansas wheat crop of 1889 was, at roughly 30 million bushels, nearly double the crop of the previous year and the third largest on record, behind 1884 and 1882,” explained the Journal.

The Journal’s full slate of digital content celebrating its anniversary is available here.

Happy birthday, Journal. Don’t party too hard tonight.

WSJ to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

Tomorrow, The Wall Street Journal turns 125. On July 8, 1889, a few fellas named Charles Dow, Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser launched the paper as a four-page newsletter that cost two cents an issue. The goal, according to the trio, was to “aim steadily at being a paper of news, and not a paper of opinions. It will give a good deal of news not found in other publications, and it will present in the market article, its news, its tables and its advertisements, a faithful picture of the rapidly evolving panorama of the Street.”

To celebrate making it 125 years and still retaining a full head of hair, the Journal will publish a special edition of the paper tomorrow along with several unique online features.

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The Most Popular Newspapers on Facebook

daily mail logoAccording to The Whip, The Daily Mail is the most popular newspaper on Facebook. From January to April of this year, the paper had an average of more than 32 million interactions per month.

The Daily Mail’s most shared article during that time was a completely horrible story about a baby who died during delivery. Ugh. People sure are depressing.

Anyway! Let’s not dwell on that. The Guardian was second place, followed by The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post.

You can see a bunch of other stats on The Whip’s giant infographic.

Daily News Names ‘50 Most Powerful Women in New York’

NY_DNThe New York Daily News has picked out the 50 most powerful women in New York, and somehow your landlady who refuses to buy functional trash cans didn’t make the list. The women who made the cut are “from all walks of professional life: politics, music, Hollywood, business, culture — and sometimes all five.”

Claiming the number one spot on the list is Beyonce, who beat out Chirlane McCray and Hillary Clinton, two women who actually have power. Rounding out the top five is Kirsten Gillibrand and Lena Dunham.

The bottom half of the Daily News’ top 10 is crowded with media figures. Diane Sawyer comes in at number seven, Arianna Huffington at eight, and Barbara Walters at 10.

For the rest of the list, click through.

Wall Street Journal Cuts Newsroom Staffers

WSJ-twitter-logoOver the past few weeks, The Wall Street Journal has cut between 20 and 40 staffers “as part of a re-evaluation of its newsroom,” according to The New York Times. The staffers let go include veteran reporters and editors.

The cuts haven’t been announced yet, though surely word has spread within the paper’s newsroom.

In a statement, a Dow Jones spokesperson told the Times that the company was analyzing the Journal’s operations “to target areas for growth and deploy our resources globally” and as a result, “we will be eliminating certain positions.”

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