- FishbowlLA: The media is shocked to find out model Candice Swanepoel is skinny. Someone should also tell those outlets that ALF wasn’t real. It’s sad, but true.
- AllTwitter: Twitter gets it right and removes that annoying Trending Topics bar that was recently added to their iPhone app. Hooray for complaining!
- eBookNewser: Sesame Street has launched a bookstore for the iPad. It’s not all good news though. Early reports are that Oscar has declined to participate in any of the publications.
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Nick Kristof recently participated in an online workshop aimed at helping educators who wanted to teach the documentary Reporter in the classroom. The film, which follows Kristof through the Congo, details the techniques used by the columnist to get people to care about his reporting.
Kristof tackles some pretty tough issues in the Q & A, below are a few of the highlights.
On not letting passion interfere with fact:
The challenge is to feel passion and outrage without losing your skepticism. Over the years, for example, I’ve learned that victims of human rights abuses lie and exaggerate as much as perpetrators do. It’s very easy if you’re passionate and outraged to listen to victims and not double-check and triple-check and listen to the other side – or to get defensive when you’ve taken the victims’ side and not investigate charges that you’ve gone too far.
On how he chooses the topics of his columns:
The Columbia Daily Spectator was able to raise a record-breaking sum of $95,921 at their annual Blue Pencil dinner, with a little help from media mogul Arianna Huffington and celebrated author Joan Didion.
According to the New York Observer, the dinner was $250 a plate, so the near $100,000 total was aided by some truly generous gifts, including $45,000 in gifts from former White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum and Navigant manager Ernest Brod, both alums of the college paper.
Publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator Aditya Mukerjee announced the results in an alumni newsletter, saying that the dinner was a “watershed moment” – it was their first dinner to feature a speaker from new media.
Times are changing! We’re glad to hear Arianna is helping to spread the wealth.
If you wake up early on the weekend, then you are probably aware of the John Marshall body of work. He had more than a dozen years under his belt at WNBC when they went in another direction last summer.
But as fate would have it, the timing worked perfectly for Marshall. In August, Megan Glaros left her weekend morning weather anchoring at WCBS-TV for Chicago. That same month, Marshall joined Channel 2 as a per diem employee.
Unlike at WNBC, Marshall, who grew up in New Jersey, was unable to get full-time status at WCBS. On Sunday, he did his final shift for the station. As we reported last week, Katie Fehlinger has been hired to take those shifts. Like Glaros before her (along with the same hair color), Fehlinger also handles weeknight feature reporting.
Marshall says news director David Friend had an open-door policy with him.
Finally, some good news for NPR!
Hopefully breaking its streak of bad luck and dismal PR, NPR announced by press release that it is receiving three 70th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards, which “recognize the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television and cable.”
Among those awarded are NPR Islamabad correspondent Julie McCarthy for her coverage of Pakistan, the NPR News Investigation “Behind the Bail Bond System,” reported by correspondent Laura Sullivan, and the NPR News Investigation “Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes,” reported by correspondent Joseph Shapiro in collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity.
For those who are counting (who isn’t?), this gets NPR and NPR programming’s tally of total Peabody Awards up to 56. Well done, NPR. It’s time people started remembering you’re a news organization first.
Steve will be an excellent chief operating officer for Hearst, just as he has distinguished himself in every role he has had across our company since 1991. His experience with newspapers, magazines and digital media will enable him to play a key role in developing Hearst’s future growth strategy as we continue to focus on new revenue streams and expanding current brands across multiple platforms. Steve is a talented business executive and leader, and I welcome him to this new role.
For April, users can view video of Kim Kardashian – Self’s cover girl this month – boxing (Pacquiao’s got nothing on her right hook) and voice-guided meditation. Another feature of note is a live newsfeed updated by Self’s editors that posts breaking health news.
Put the word “independent” in front of anything and its coolness factor doubles. Cheaply made films and music albums can pass for high art with the right amount of vision. But put the word “self-published” in front of a novel, and readers instantly think “inspirational poetry that hasn’t been proofread.” IndieReader, based in New Jersey, is an online resource for lovers of independent books and the people who write them. IndieReader might not be the first publication to review self-published books, but it is bold in its similarity to the “critically-acclaimed independent films” category on Netflix.
Indie Reader founder Amy Edelman created the site for “literate people who are looking for something other than the latest James Patterson novel,” she said, adding, “not that there’s anything wrong with James Patterson.” IndieReader reviews and rates self-published books to help readers find the ones that are worth reading. After a year and a half of Beta testing, the site was relaunched last month to include news, commentary, interviews, and IndieReader Selects, a special page for indie bookstores to find local authors.
Don’t let anyone tell you that News Corp.’s tablet newspaper The Daily isn’t shaking things up in an effort to grow its still relatively small subscriber base.
FishbowlNY has learned that Steve Alperin, currently The Daily’s managing editor for video, will be named Editor-At-Large today. In his new role Alperin will be tasked with rethinking The Daily’s video content, oversee new franchise development, create “tentpole” video programming and produce content based on the news.
“Having someone as experienced and forward-thinking as Steve taking on this newly-created role is a huge asset to The Daily,” said Daily Editor-in-Chief Jesse Angelo. “Not only has he been one of the forces behind The Daily from the very beginning, he has been involved in some of the best content we have made to date. He understands how to make great video and build a compelling framework for storytelling on a digital platform.”
The Apple iPad news reader app Zite has been making some powerful enemies.
Kara Swisher reports that a round-up of scary media giants including The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty Images, Time, Dow Jones, and many other organizations issued a cease-and-desist letter today to Zite, a content aggregator, citing a ton of copyright violations.
“The Zite application is plainly unlawful,” said the letter to Zite CEO Ali Davar.
“It’s a bummer that they did this, but we expected it,” Davar told Swisher, sounding less terrified than we would have thought. Yeah, it does seem like sort of a bummer.
Davar said Zite, which aggregates personalized content by getting cues from user interest, would comply with the cease-and-desist letter by shifting the content from its “reading” mode to a Web one, which actually points to publisher sites.
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