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Archives: August 2011

UC Berkeley Student Accepts Blame for State of Print Journalism

Here’s something you don’t read every month: a daily newspaper journalist refusing to assign blame to Craisglist, the Internet or the Great Recession for the current state of their industry.

In an essay published in UC Berkeley newspaper The Daily Californian entitled “It’s Not You, It’s Me,” senior staff writer Mihir Zaveri (pictured) suggests that he and his fellow Fifth Fourth Estate colleagues must accept a large part of the responsibility for the upside-down state of the U.S. newspaper industry. Writes the recent San Francisco Chronicle and The Oregonian intern:

We got complacent, and we stopped evolving, and soon the concept of a news article became far removed from what you, as a person, valued. Now we find ourselves in an awkward position where an indispensable component of democracy is slipping away, and we’re scrambling…

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Out Magazine Picks Up New Features Editor

Just a day after announcing the mag is expanding internationally into Greece, Out has hired William Van Meter as its new features editor. Van Meter comes to Out from Esquire, where he most recently edited that mag’s “Spring 2011 Big Black Book.” He has written for The New York Times, New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Interview.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Here Media Expands Into Greece

Today’s Groupon Offer Includes a Very Awkward Analogy

The August 31 LA Groupon deal dangles a $940 discount for a trio of “Venus Freeze skin tightening treatments.” Each procedure requires between 25 and 40 minutes at the Beverly Hills offices of Advance Lipo.

And just in case an 84% reduction in price is not enough to entice email deal subscribers, the folks at Groupon have stirred the cosmetic pot with a bizarre analogy. They compare the potential discounted end results not to a Kardashian or an Arabian stallion, but rather a non-descript automobile:

Much like an automobile, the human body requires proper care to stay healthy and good-looking for calendar photos. Maintain your natural mode of transportation with today’s offer… Firmer body bark emerges… Touting minimal side effects such as redness, heat, and temporary flame tattoos around treated areas, patients are free to return to their regularly scheduled lives soon after the treatment.

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Former Bloomberg Radio Morning Anchors Ben Farnsworth and Peter Schacknow Knew Something Was ‘Very, Very Wrong’ as They Covered 9/11

During an 11-year span in the 1970s and 1980s, Ben Farnsworth (left) was known to millions as the afternoon co-anchor at WCBS NewsRadio 88.

But it was at Bloomberg Radio/WBBR where Farnsworth informed listeners about the tragedy of 9/11.

FishbowlNY continues our exploration of the tenth anniversary with 9/11: New York Remembers.

“It was just amazing,” Farnsworth says. “It just kind of came out of the blue.”

The day was even more bittersweet for the veteran Farnsworth.

“The irony is that 9/11 is my birthday,” Farnsworth tells FishbowlNY.  “It certainly affects my life every year on my birthday.”

Farnsworth did morning drive with Peter Schacknow from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The team was only in its second week together when the attacks shocked the city.

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Elle and H&M Team Up

More fashion news girlfriend! Elle has teamed up with H&M to give consumers a chance to buy select pieces from their upcoming fall collection on the magazine’s website. WWD reports that starting at noon today, elle.com will show four new looks and allow consumers to purchase some items from each outfit.

In the past, if you wanted to buy something from H&M online — say, this sweater that would probably complete your picnic table look — you were out of luck, so this is big news for the company.

A spokesperson said shoppers can expect more to come. “This will be a preview of what’s to come in spring 2012, when we launch our e-commerce site,” said Nicole Christie.

Former LA Times Journo Murray Seeger Dies at 82

Murray Seeger, who spent 14 years with the LA Times from 1967 to 1981, passed away on Monday from pneumonia at the age of 82. Seeger was perhaps best known locally for helming the Times‘ Moscow bureau from 1972 to 1974. He famously got the last interview with Alexander Solzhenitsyn before the dissident author was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974.

According to the Times‘ obit, Seeger endeared himself to the Soviet Union so much, a KGB colonel once called him “the most disliked American correspondent since Harrison Salisbury.”

After leaving the Times, Seeger went on to become the information director for the AFL-CIO. They could certainly use the likes of him these days.

RIP.

TMZ, Radar Steer Clear of New Group Hollywood Leaks

Launched August 19 via Twitter, the self-proclaimed Anonymous hacker group offshoot Hollywood Leaks has so far busted into Julianne Hough‘s cell phone, the email account of a cast member of the upcoming Tom Cruise movie Rock of Ages and, most notably over the weekend, the cell phone of rapper Kreayshawn.

Considering that this gang is in the business of sharing the same kind of illicit celebrity materials as TMZ and Radar Online, without occasionally having to negotiate a purchase price or pay a licensing fee, it would be interesting to read a tweet from Harvey Levin about Hollywood Leaks or get some kind of POV from the National Enquirer adjacent Radar reporters. But so far, no such luck.

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Ralph Lauren Buys Solo Spot on The New York Times’ iPad App

As you can tell by our pictures, your FishbowlNY editors are quite the fashionistas. Fishbowl Jerry is (maybe) wearing Gucci and I am (perhaps) wearing Marc Jacobs. So when we read that Ralph Lauren had purchased a solo sponsorship of The New York Times’ iPad app for September, we were giddy. Or whatever. But it is a great idea, and since this is the first time the app has been sponsored by one advertiser, it will certainly gain Ralph Lauren some buzz.

Ad Age reports that Ralph Lauren is taking full advantage of the app. During the month, anyone can access the app’s Fashion & Style, Travel, Home & Garden, T Magazine and Sports sections for free, and Ralph Lauren will also be hosting a live stream of its Fashion Week runway show during the week of September 15. For the straight ad experience, there will be an interactive spread that lets users purchase Ralph Lauren items right from the app.

As Ralph himself put it, the company went big. “Obviously you’re always offered a simple ad following another ad,” he  explained. “We said, ‘That’s not what we want.’”

Scott Feinberg Joins The Hollywood Reporter

Former LA Times staffer Scott Feinberg has just been picked up by The Hollywood Reporter to front the trade’s awards season coverage. Feinberg will be THR‘s awards season blogger and analyst–a job he’s quite familiar with. Feinberg was the author of  “The Feinberg Files” blog on the Times‘ “The Envelope” award season website. He left in 2009 to run his own site ScottFeinberg.com. He’ll now report to THR.com editor Joseph Kapsch.

Feinberg is the second former “Envelope” blogger to join THR in as many weeks. THR poached Patrick Day away from the Times just last week.  Both bloggers arrive in the midst of a complete revamping of the trade’s awards blog “The Race.” THR promises a re-launch of the blog in the coming weeks.

 

WNBC/Channel 4 Makes Scheduling Switches Early, Thanks to Irene

WNBC/Channel 4 already had plans to bring news back at 5 p.m.  That’s not new. But given the necessary saturation of news late last week as Hurricane Irene had New York City in its crosshairs, WNBC decided to debut its reconstituted 5 p.m. broadcast without fanfare.  

A WNBC spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that the station wanted to keep the momentum going with their new anchor team, Shiba Russell and Tom Llamas.

WNBC had previously announced that the 5 p.m. newscast would start September 12th.

New York Live, hosted by Jane Hanson and Sara Gore, made its leap to 3 p.m. on Monday.

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