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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]

Deborah Way Named Deputy Editor of Oprah Magazine

O, The Oprah Magazine, promoted Deborah Way to deputy editor, the Hearst-owned publication announced Thursday.

Working under newly-appointed editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin, she starts on Monday.

Way joined O in 2005 as features editor and has been executive editor since 2008.

She previously served as editor-in-chief of Indianapolis Monthly, which won multiple Clarion and City & Regional Magazine Association awards under her leadership.

Clear Channel Taps Huffington Post Veteran to Oversee Digital Radio Division

Clear Channel’s media and entertainment arm tapped Brian Kaminsky to head its digital division as the executive vice president of operations.

The New York City-based hire is effect immediately and he will report to Brian Lakamp, president of digital.

Kaminsky, who previously worked as the chief operating officer and general manager of The Huffington Post, will manage the digital radio service iHeartRadio and oversee its stable of station websites.

After AOL’s $315 million acquisition of the news site in 2011, Kaminsky led the integration of the site into the media giant, helping to triple HuffPost’s revenue and users.

The shift to digital radio is perhaps, then, ironic.

Since HuffPost came under AOL’s umbrella, the mail service once known as America Online has parsed down some of its other media brands. Last week, it shuttered AOL Music — including its online radio service — and laid off all its employees.

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The Huffington Post, The Emerging News Site of The Axis Powers?

O.K., so maybe Germany and Japan haven’t been murderous invaders for 68 years, but you clicked, right?

The Huffington Post announced the launch of a German edition on Monday, rounding off its local European offerings that already include versions in France, Spain, Italy and the U.K. There’s also a Canada edition.

And a Japanese edition is coming in May. Hence the headline. Har, har.

As with the other sites, HuffPost partnered with a local media company — in this case Tomorrow Focus AG.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Tomorrow Focus to launch the German edition of the Huffington Post,” editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington said in a press release. “Tomorrow Focus is deeply involved in virtually every sector of digital content in Germany, and there is no one we’d rather be partnering with for this expansion.”

The site will be based in Munich and staffed by local journalists and writers.

ABC News’ Investigative Team Hires Two, Adds Two More From In-House

ABC News hired James Gordon Meek and Josh Margolin to its investigative team, and added its radio reporter Aaron Katersky and Lee Ferran from its web division to the muckraking arm.

Meek, a New York Daily News veteran, will join the Washington bureau next month as an investigative producer. Most recently, he served as senior counterterrorism advisor and investigator for the House Committee on Homeland Security — tackling such threats as the aftermath of the Boston bombing.

And from The New York Post comes Margolin, a new senior investigative reporter, whose cover story in the News Corp. tabloid last month revealed political operatives attempting to rig the New York City mayoral election.

Meanwhile, Katersky, an ABC News Radio correspondent, will now take on investigative duties. And Ferran, an investigative reporter on the digital team, will become the editor of “The Blotter” blog on ABCNews.com

Read ABC News President Ben Sherwood‘s full memo to the staff below:

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Land $2 a Word at Prevention

Prevention is known for being on the cutting edge of breakthrough science and alternative and complementary medicine, and its commitment to quality reporting is known as the Prevention Pledge: “The reader can count on the recommendations that they find in the magazine to be checked very, very thoroughly for accuracy,” said executive editor Siobhan O’Connor.

No sections are closed to freelance pitches at this health-minded pub, and those writers with a knack for translating science into accessible prose are good candidates for the mag. Even if your pitch doesn’t get the green light, you may be on your way to landing assignments from the editors. Plus, the pay isn’t shabby either.

For more info, read How To Pitch: Prevention.

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AOL Music Shuttered, Staff Laid Off [Updated]

AOL has shuttered its AOL Music division and laid off its staff, according to pink-slipped employees on Twitter.

Spinner.com, a rock-music news site under the AOL Music banner, announced suddenly on Thursday afternoon that it was shutting down. Minutes later, it said in a tweet that the entire music editorial division of the media giant, which owns The Huffington Post, was closing, too.

AOL Music operates the main homepage music.aol.com along with the sites The Boot and Tour Tracker, which appear to be on the chopping block.

Dan Reilly, the site’s editor, said on Twitter that he was “sitting in an HR meeting right now, trying to negotiate keeping our computers for a few more days.”

The number of employees laid off remains unclear.

Three AOL spokeswomen did not immediately respond to repeated calls from FishbowlNY requesting comment.

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