Kathleen Hou has been named beauty editor of New York’s fashion/lifestyle blog The Cut. Hou will oversee all trend pieces, news, and product reviews that fall under the beauty umbrella.
Hou was most recently the beauty and wellness editor at The Upswing. She was also a fashion and beauty contributor to Fashionista.com.
Hou’s appointment is effective immediately.
The New York Times has issued a Super Mario Bros. correction:
An obituary on Sept. 20 about Hiroshi Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo, included a quotation from a 1988 New York Times article that inaccurately described the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. 2. The brothers Mario and Luigi, who appear in this and other Nintendo games, are plumbers, not janitors.
The pixelated brothers, though nonplussed, have accepted the apology. Bowser had no comment.
Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY stories that made the most buzz this week.
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It’s official: AllThingsD and Dow Jones are done. According to a statement just released by Gerard Baker, editor of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, AllThingsD and Dow Jones will not sign a contract extension. In the memo, the move is billed as “a mutual separation.”
We first heard rumblings that Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg — the founders of AllThingsD — were trying to find investors that might be interested in buying a stake in the site late last month. To that end, Fortune is reporting that there are talks underway with Comcast and NBC Universal.
The separation of AllThingsD and Dow Jones also means the end of Mossberg’s tenure at The Wall Street Journal. He had been with the paper since 1970.
Read Baker’s full memo below.
The Oxford Dictionaries Online — the rad, sunglass-wearing bro of the Oxford English Dictionary — has added a bunch of words that are guaranteed to frustrate some people.
Here’s a brief look at some words that were added:
- Food Baby
Most of those are ridiculous and will likely be forgotten soon, so don’t get worked up about it. And hey, why not congratulate your uncle? You know, the one that lives in the van by the river? He’ll be happy that the jorts he’s been rocking since the late 80s are finally getting some recognition.
Rich Gorman analyses the power of Google’s often overlooked +1 feature and its correlation to SEO.
Social media platforms have always enabled users to show approval of a link or other piece of content posted to a profile. The point of these features was originally to show that a person either had an interest in the content posted or had simply clicked the link and read the content. These actions help to rank the page on search engines for others to find. Online marketing authority Rich Gorman recognizes that likes and approvals communicate to other searchers and social media users that a piece of content is worth their time. Read more
In today’s professional world, journos need multimedia skills. Whether it’s taking a good picture or shooting video, technical chops can really help you stand out as a job candidate.
In the latest Mediabistro feature, media pros share their advice for keeping things simple when picture-taking or filming:
To be safe, use a tripod to keep the camera steady, and also avoid zooms, pans and other unnecessary filming techniques. “When you’re in those types of situations when you are very shaky and [there are] lots of zooms, it makes the camera very noticeable,” says Charlie Castleman, in-house videographer for esd & associates, a full-service marketing and PR firm based in San Antonio, Texas. “And you shouldn’t have that; you should never know that there’s a camera there. You should be able to watch something and let the story move the narrative forward.”
For more on lighting and audio, read 6 Tips to Help You Take the Perfect Photo or Video.
– Sherry Yuan
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A few changes to note at InStyle today. Below are the details.
- Amy Synnott and Erik Jackson have been named co-executive editors. Synott has been with InStyle since 2000, most recently serving as beauty director. Jackson has been with the magazine since 2007, most recently as a features editor.
- Angela Matusik has been named executive editor, digital. She had been acting editor of InStyle.com since February of this year.
- Kahlana Barfield and Angelique Serrano have been named co-beauty directors. Barfield previously served as senior beauty market editor; Serrano as senior beauty features editor.
Jeremy Scahill is the National Security Correspondent for The Nation and a New York Times bestselling author.
His second book, Dirty Wars was recently the basis of a film by the same name. Scahill told 10,000 words contributor Mona Zhang the story behind his first book about Blackwater and how an investigation in to a night raid by US Joint Special Operations Command became the driving force behind the film Dirty Wars.