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Archives: January 2012

Travel + Leisure Appoints Cruise Editor

Travel + Leisure has appointed  Jane Wooldridge as cruise editor. Wooldridge will remain business editor and will also continue to oversee the visual arts coverage at The Miami Herald while regularly reporting on the cruise industry for T+L, effective immediately.

Nancy Novogrod, T+L editor-in-chief said, “Jane brings to T+L an enormous level of knowledge of travel in general and a great deal of experience of cruising—an area of travel our readers love. We are thrilled to welcome Jane—a frequent traveler who has visited more than 100 countries—to the world of Travel + Leisure.”

Prior to being named executive business editor, Wooldridge was travel editor at The Miami Herald for a decade.

Tackle The Web With True-Life Tales

Who says your first-person essays have to be limited to print? We’re ending our four-part series on personal essays with a nod to the growing digital outlet, with 15 sites all eager to publish your piece.

Salon.com is hungry for unique stories only you can tell, while three parenting pubs want to read “click-y content” that’ll bring the laughs. You can even tweet “tiny truths” to CreativeNonfiction.org in 130 characters or less.

Find out more on word count and submission etiquette at Personal Essay Markets, Part IV [sub req'd]. And don’t forget to revisit our Parts I, II and III for advice on tackling the oldie-but-goodie print pubs.

Tribune Company Has Spent $231 Million on Bankruptcy

The Tribune Company, (abusive) parent company of the LA Times, has spent $212.9 million on lawyers fees and another $17.8 million on additional legal expenses since they filed for bankruptcy in December of 2008, according to a report in Crain’s.

And the river of wasted money isn’t drying up anytime soon. U.S. bankruptcy judge Kevin Carey recently said he wouldn’t hold hearings to end Tribune Co’s bankruptcy until May, at the earliest. Which, sadly, will most likely mean more layoffs, despite the company’s supposedly improving cash flow.

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue Drawing Heat Once Again

Vanity Fair‘s 18th annual Hollywood Issue hasn’t even hit newsstands yet and it’s already drawing heat. At issue, once again, is the three-panel fold-out cover, which, this year, features 11 actresses dressed in 20′s glam. The four actresses who made the actual cover–Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain–are all white. Adepero Oduye and Paula Patton, the only non-white women to take part in the shoot, are pictured in the fold-up panels to the right.

Not a big deal? Well, this is about the twelfth time this has happened. Jezebel has a rundown of the various Hollywood Issue covers, and just how many times actors and actresses of color were pushed to the side, off the cover. After about the fourth or fifth time it’s clearly no longer an accident or coincidence.

New EIC at BlackBook

Joshua David Stein is joining BlackBook in February as editor-in-chief. He will assume editorial responsibility for the  BlackBook brand across web, mobile, and print. Formerly, Stein was senior editor at  Departures magazine and has previously worked at Gawker.

M-GO Nabs Ted Hong As New CMO

Fandango and Movies.com Chief Marketing Officer Ted Hong is moving to the app market. He’s just signed on as the new CMO of M-GO–a new multi-media content app set to launch this Spring.

“Today more than ever, the media landscape is changing and evolving, and M-GO is at the precipice of the shift in consumer behavior,” says Hong. “With that in mind, an exciting opportunity lies ahead for M-GO and I am thrilled to be a part of a company that is so dedicated, experienced, and committed to bringing this vision to life.”

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Esquire E-Commerce Site CLAD Shutting Down

That was quick.

Launched in November 2011 as a partnership with J.C. Penney, CLAD, an e-commerce website curated by Esquire, is shutting down, reports Folio:.

A J.C. Penney spokesperson told Folio:, “CLAD will cease operations effective April 27 in order to focus on the transformation of our core brand, jcpenney.”

CLAD was one of a few e-commerce initiatives from men’s magazines that aimed to capitalize on the merchandise that they reference, feature, and talk about. There’s GQ’s Park & Bond, a partnership with Gilt MAN, and Details joined with Net-A-Porter for MR PORTER.

Trump to Endorse/Ruin a Republican Candidate Soon

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On “Good Morning America” this morning, Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that he wasn’t quite ready to endorse — and therefore destroy — a Republican candidate just yet. “I’m friendly with both,” said Trump. “I respect both. I like both… They both want my endorsement. We’ll see what happens but, in a very short time I’ll be making an endorsement.” Trump added that he didn’t think Newt Gingrich would drop out anytime soon, even if Mitt Romney wins Florida, as is expected.

Since Trump decided to leave the nation in suspense, Stephanopoulos pressed him on the Buffett Tax, proposed by President Obama. Shockingly enough, Trump said he needs to know more about it before supporting the idea, then admitted that he didn’t even know his own tax rate.

Sounds like just the kind of man a candidate wants supporting him.

Suicides and Sabotage at the LA Times

Frying Pan News’ Steven Mikulan just posted quite the exit interview with recently fired LA Times blogging pressman Ed Padgett. The Times cited Padgett for “suspicion of sabotage” among other reasons for letting him go. Which sounds absolutely insane. Mikulan delves a little deeper.

Shortly after Padgett’s firing there was a “Christmas purge” of workers, followed by a “New Years Purge.”

“Those folks each got $20,000 in severance,” Padgett claims. “Two of the fellows were let go two weeks early because they were worried about sabotage. They’re so paranoid, because it’s not just my department — it includes editorial.”

Padgett believes it’s possible there’s some reality behind the company’s fears. A Teamster email he posted on his blog in December warned members against engaging in sabotage — while denying such behavior. But what does that ultimately say about a company that its employees would harm the source of their livelihoods?

Padgett also says that two recently fired Times employees have committed suicide in the past few months–an operations plant worker and a company truck driver. Terrible, terrible news. Especially in the context of Tribune Company’s plans to give management big, fat, out-of-the-blue bonuses.

KCRW, KQED Part of Innovative Localore Mix

This week, the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) announced the ten producers around the country that it will be working with for its latest “demonstration project” Localore. The goal is to foster new strands of 21st century reporting, with three of the host stations located in California.

Erica Mu at San Francisco’s KALW will oversee “Pop-Up Radio,” a crowd-sourced roving storytelling project tapping into schools, libraries, youth media programs and even barbershops. Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson, a.k.a. “the Kitchen Sisters,” will work at KQED radio and TV on “The Making of…,” a year-long look at various forms of craftsmanship.

And here in LA, it will be up to Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, via KCRW, to examine California immigrants’ shifting ideas of self and place:

Multiplatform documentary “Sonic Trace” will explore the relationship of Latin American immigrants to their home communities. Diaz-Cortes will gather stories from both sides of the border, with a focus on three evocative places (“Tres Puntos”) in LA: a church in South Central, Koreatown kitchens where Oaxacan cooks are rising in popularity, and a mobile recording booth in local food trucks.

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