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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for The Week

ArtBellLogoHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY stories that made the most buzz this week.

1) Art Bell Returns to the Radio Airwaves

2) Wired in Running for Correction of The Year

3) Oklahoma State Fans Slightly Upset with Sports Illustrated Writer Thayer Evans

4) Changes Come to The New Yorker

5) The New-York Daily Times Debuted 162 Years Ago Today

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It’s Official: AllThingsD and Dow Jones Part Ways

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.

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Oxford Dictionary Adds ‘Jorts,’ ‘Twerk,’ ‘Selfie’ and More

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:

  • Twerk
  • Derp
  • Food Baby
  • Jorts
  • Squee
  • Buzzworthy
  • Bitcoin
  • Vom
  • Srsly
  • Emoji

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.

‘Move the Narrative Forward’ with Multimedia

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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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Changes at InStyle

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.

Media Beat: Jeremy Scahill Talks About The Event That Sparked The Film Dirty Wars

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.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Capital New York Publishes First E-Book

Capital New York is getting into the e-book game with Making The City. The book is a selection of features from the site’s last three years, so there’s plenty worth reading from writers such as Tom McGeveran (co-founder of Capital New York) Joe PompeoStarlee KineAzi PaybarahSheila O’Malley and Steven Boone.

Making The City is available on Amazon or iTunes, for only $4.99. Why not show some love for New York writers and buy a copy?

If you’re around on July 2, there’ll be a book release party at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Have a few bourbons beforehand and then say something creepy to the Capital New York writer you like the best. Kidding! Please don’t do that.

Gawker Calls Its Own Sponsored Content ‘Straight-Up Garbage’

No one likes sponsored advertising, but it is apparently here to stay. So it’s nice to see Gawker — which posts plenty of advertorial content — acknowledge how awful it is. Here is Tom Scocca — managing editor of the site — on its own sponsored content:

The ad that doesn’t feel like an ad—this is the grail right now, for everyone, Gawker Media very much included. So we get the occasional humiliating advertorial post, with straight-up garbage dressed to resemble actual content, through which the advertiser (or the publication) tells the reader, ‘We think you are stupid, and we have bad taste.’

Well said.

Scocca also called out another post, in which John Cook was irrationally upset about adults using wipes instead of toilet paper. Cottonelle’s parent company — Kimberly-Clark — noticed the post and paid Gawker to promote it. The result is that readers saw the post once, and then again, because ”the toilet-paper company wanted you to see the name of the toilet-paper company.”

We love that Scocca wrote this about sponsored content, but sort of disagree about how bad it is. To us, advertorials are becoming just like any other ad: We ignore them all completely. If this is how media companies have to make money, then so be it. It sucks, but you know, there are worse things in life. Like Bruno Mars.

Write a Feature on Fabulous New York Homes for Dwell

Still going strong after 13 years, Dwell sets itself apart from other design magazines by providing insights on modern design and architecture that are as fresh as they are practical . “We don’t want people to create an artificial idea of how they live in their home,” said editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron. “We tell the owners to clean their house as if they’re having a good friend over. Don’t go buying pricey flowers!”

Dameron says that even though her team receives more than enough pitches, one of the best ways to distinguish your submission is to get behind a camera. ”We put a lot of resources behind how we tell our stories visually. So when we’re reviewing initial ideas, having good pics always helps.”

Get contact info, pitch suggestions and more at How To Pitch: Dwell.

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The Boston Globe Returns the Favor, Sends Chicago Tribune Doughnuts

Last month, as the staff of The Boston Globe was working on overdrive to chronicle every foreseeable angle of the Boston bombing story, the Chicago Tribune sent them pizza and snacks.

On Friday, a grateful Globe returned the token of journalistic camaraderie and sent the Second City newsies doughnuts, Jim Romenesko reported.

“More than ever, we’ve been honored to be journalists these last weeks, helping our community understand and process the Boston Marathon bombings and related events — but, as you guessed, the experience left us exhausted emotionally and physically,” read a note signed by “your friends at the Boston Globe.” “Then your surprise lunch arrived, feeding out appetites and lifting our spirits.”

“Since you helped keep us going, let us return the favor,” they added.

Maybe the next step is to propose marriage under a new owner, since both papers are going up for sale.

Image: [Jim Romenesko]

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