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Archives: July 2011

East Coast Media Starts Catching Up to ‘Way Too Inconvenient a Truth’

This particular LA Times opinion piece was published July 21. Under the headline “The World’s Biggest Problem: Too Many People,” biologists Mary Ellen Harte and Anne Ehrlich took a look at the egregious lack of media attention paid to one of the key parts of the global climate change equation: unsustainable population growth. Even NPR, they argued, had barely scratched the surface of this topic in recent years, with the number of stories clearly mentioning this aspect of climate change countable on the fingers of a single, sweaty, summer-of-2011 hand.

For more than a week, no media outlet picked up on this provocative piece. But today, both the The Atlantic Wire and New Hampshire newspaper The Keene Sentinel have finally got the daisy-chain ball rolling. Thanks to the former, expect more pick-up to follow.

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Notes From The AP’s Deputy Standards Editor

The Washington Post has a great profile of David Minthorn, the Associated Press’ Deputy Standards Editor this morning. Minthorn is the man responsible for policing the grammar used by the AP, and because of that, he’s answered just about every question concerning the English language there is.

The most common question he’s answered is about when to use quotes and when to italicize (the AP never italicizes, but that’s due to formatting issues more than anything else), but here’s a few other interesting items from the Minthorn piece:

  • It’s “bed-and-breakfast”
  • There was a lot of arguing when the AP switched from “e-mail” to “email”
  • The plural of “meatloaf” is “meatloaves.” No word on if Meat Loaf refers to his children this way or not.

More News Corp Troubles: Fox News Sued For Copyright Infringement

Interesting item from THR Esq. we missed the other day in the wake of the LA Times layoff news. It seems Fox News is being sued for copyright infringement after Bill O’Reilly used an image of Assata Shakur by photographer  Delphine Fawundu Buford without permission on his show. Buford is pressing suit.

From THR Esq:

Buford’s complaint, which seeks both actual and statutory damages in New York federal court, alleges that Fox News ignored “normal licensing protocols and plaintiff’s copyright for the sole purpose of ‘beating’ its competition” and that the “speed in getting imagery into the market place supplanted all other considerations and became paramount.”

Love it. The photo, incidentally, was used a few months ago when O’Reilly was worked up in a lather about rapper Common’s visit to the White House. Glad to see that non-story come back to bite him in the ass.

The Atlantic Taps New Managing Editor

The Atlantic has named Jennifer Barnett its new Managing Editor. Barnett comes to the magazine from Parks & Recreation, and she’s previously worked at Teen Vogue, Elle, Redbook.

The Atlantic’s Deputy Editor, Scott Stossel, sent out a memo to staffers late yesterday afternoon announcing the hire.

 

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Dan Savage’s Milky, Frothy Threat to Rick Santorum

As you may have heard, or googled, sex columnist Dan Savage has already redefined Rick Santorum‘s last name as “the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” Now Savage is threatening to redefine the name “Rick” if Santorum continues using homophobia as a campaign tool. Let’s just say it involves “milky froth” and “turkey jerky.”

Play nice, Rick. Because we know Savage won’t.

Hollywood Reporter Promotes Erik Pedersen to Managing Editor

On the Hollywood Reporter masthead, there is already a person listed as managing editor, daily—Michael Barnes. But since May, a second managing editor slot vacated by Todd Cunningham has been sitting vacant.

That position has now been filled internally with the promotion of Erik Pedersen, formerly copy chief and news editor. Pedersen has been with the trade a long time–15 years–and previously worked at both the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Daily Journal.

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Getting To Know the New Myspace Guys

Is a unique monthly visitor worth a buck? That’s just one of the questions FishbowlLA pondered after reading Andrew Khouri‘s LA Times interview with the Orange County brothers who bought Myspace.

The purchase price for Myspace was $35 million and the site apparently gets about the same number of monthly uniques. Siblings Chris and Tim Vanderhook (pictured, left to right) come to the social media rescue operation with a very simple and profitable separate, 500-employee business. Specific Media rents out ad space from websites, then turns around and fills that space with targeted promos.

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LA Weekly Food Blogger Trying to Shed Excess Pounds

In what is perhaps the alt-weekly equivalent of embracing the joys of home cooking, an LA Weekly article today about the workout regimens of seven LA food bloggers is most appetizing when focused on the publication’s very own Elina Shatkin.

Never mind that the byline of the person interviewing her is “Caroline on Crack.” Shatkin’s comments are the piece’s most colorful and candid; she says field work for the recent feature “30 Burgers in 30 Days” is responsible for half her current excess poundage, even though she has written earlier about how friends were surprised the assignment did not take more of a personal toll. Explains Shatkin:

“Since I started my LA Weekly job, I have gained 15 pounds… Not only is working out good for all the obvious health reasons, it’s good for creativity. I am undoubtedly a better writer when I am exercising consistently. “

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