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Archives: November 2009

Richard Rushfield: Memoirs in the Time of Facebook

n526179185_1629002_3546.jpg Gawker editor and memoirist, Richard Rushfield’s book “Don’t Follow Me I’m Lost” debuted last month and apparently having hundreds of eye witnesses being about to track you down with little to no skill has its charms.

He writes at Daily Beast:

Perhaps the hardest thing about writing a memoir, I found, are the worries about how the other people in it will respond to their portrayals. But all attempts to create nuanced portraits, to turn individuals into composites, to mask identities to soften the worst moments become all the harder when one feels the cast of characters is collectively looking over your Facebook shoulder.

Has anyone called for a correction? Rushfield tells FBLA, “No one has demanded a correction but a few have pointed out things they remember differently…for instance one character who has a notable scene putting a ton of sugar in his coffee swears he never used that much sugar. My memory differs. Another claims my chronology is off and I got events in the wrong order.”

Sigh. Yeah, he’s no Sarah Palin.

LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner/Christine Daniels Dead Of Suspected Suicide

pendan.jpgVeteran sportswriter Mike Penner, who in 2007 changed his name to Christine Daniels, was found dead this past Friday. Suicide is the suspected cause of death.

Penner/Daniels made headlines when in April of 2007 he announced that he was transitioning his gender to female. S/he wrote about the transition process in an LA Times blog called “Woman In Progress” under his/her new name Christine Daniels. This frank and open approach to the transitioning process made Penner/Daniels something of a hero in the transgender community.

But the open approach didn’t last. Details are sketchy, but what is clear is that in October of 2008, Penner/Daniels began writing under the name Mike Penner again. Everything under the Christine Daniels byline was removed from the LAT website.

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Have A Great Thanksgiving!

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New York Post Staffers Ready For Layoffs|Wintour’s Daughter Set To Work At Notional|Journalists Freed From Somalia|Should Bloomberg Buy Newsweek?

Gawker: The New York Post will layoff ten people in its next round of cuts, a tipster says.

Silicon Alley Insider: College Humor’s Ricky Van Veen has hired Anna Wintour‘s daughter Bee Shaffer as his assistant at his new venture, Notional.

Reuters: Australian freelance photojournalist Nigel Brennan and Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout were released from captivity in Somalia today, after 15 months of imprisonment and torture.

MarketWatch: Should Bloomberg LP acquire Newsweek?

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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• Google-owned blog Hot Girls removed their racist picture of Michelle Obama, though it still shows up in a Google search. -WebNewser

• You can now buy books you read about in The Washington Post with their new direct link system to Amazon.com -GalleyCat

• NBC affiliate channel 15 in PA Alabama has about the worst billboard in history. And of course it involves Twitter. – FishbowlLA

• The “Real World: DC” trailer looks positively…boring. We’ll tune in to see if Washington Post‘s Joe Curl makes out with any of his housemates -FishbowlDC

Tribune Co.’s No Good, Very Bad Week

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Sam Zell is not going to be having the greatest Thanksgiving this year: not only has The New York Times enlisted some of his former Tribune Company employees to write the paper’s new Chicago edition, but the newspaper publisher’s request for an extension on its exclusive right to file a reorganization plan to lift the company from Chapter 11 is a being challenged by the company’s creditors, Editor & Publisher reports.

It’s been almost a year since Tribune filed for bankruptcy and it wants to maintain control over its reorganization plan, which it has yet to file to the court for approval. Two weeks ago, top execs at Tribune asked for an extension for the filing of the plan until May, with the promise that the fourth quarters are traditionally the strongest at the company’s papers. Now some of Tribune’s lenders are seeking to block Tribune’s extension request and asking to see more evidence for their allegations that the company’s 2007 going-private deal was a fraudulent conveyance.

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Turning Successful Tech Brands Into Ad Network Dollars: 4 Questions For IDG CEO Bob Carrigan

carrigan.jpgIt’s tough to be a media company these days. But IDG, a leading technology company with publications like PC World and Macworld and their related brands, as well as events and a vertical ad network, seems to have girded itself against the worst.

IDG’s CEO, Bob Carrigan, told FishbowlNY that although 2009 was a tough year, the company has big plans for growth over the next three years. “The tech media category is not immune to the recession and has been challenged by that,” he said. “But our three-year plan calls for growth.”

That growth includes the less than two-year-old ad network, the IDG TechNetwork, which offers ad space inventory from 250 Web sites to technology marketers. Carrigan says its “one of the most successful businesses we’ve launched in a long time.”

After the jump, we talk to Carrigan about his company’s business model, the ad network and his plans for the future.

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Country Living Hires West Coast Manager

country-living-dec-05_cover.jpgHearst Corp. may not be having its annual Christmas gala for the second year in the row, but the company is still doing relatively well compared to the rest of the industry.

While layoffs plague rivals like Time Inc. and Condé Nast, Hearst is in the process of hiring and promoting staffers. Their latest move? Taking former Cooking Light manager and maternity leave sub at Marie Claire to head up its Pacific Northwest Manager position at Country Living.

Cooking Light is owned by a subsidiary of Time Inc., so Hearst’s (relative) job security must come as something of a relief to Griffis.

Full press release after the jump.

Related: Thinking Different Helps Hearst Survive

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New York Post‘s Lambert Headline Gaffe

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Looks like the fact checkers at The New York Post may have taken off early for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Today’s paper features a headline about former “American Idol” contestant Adam Lambert and his scandalous “Good Morning America” concert cancellation and shift to CBS but, as our sister blog TVNewser points out, the Post has confused what network “Good Morning America” is on.

That would be ABC, not NBC, Post headline writers.

Previously: Good Morning America Cancels Adam Lambert Concert

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • The David Lynch Foundation helps filmmaker adapt a New Yorker short story – GalleyCat

  • Website takes down racist image of Michelle ObamaWebNewser
  • Thanksgiving at Eli Roth‘s house must be kinda nuts – AgencySpy
  • NY Post gets Adam Lambert headline wrong – TVNewser
  • President Obama address next Tuesday – FishbowlDC
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