- TVNewser: Barbara Walters didn’t like a joke Jimmy Kimmel made about the way she talks. Making fun of her speech is like making fun of Donald Trump’s hair, so she does have a point.
- PRNewser: Here’s a look at the Brooklyn Nets new logo. Do you like it? Who cares?! The Nets will always be below the Knicks! Go New York, go New York, go!
- FishbowlLA: Here is a new trailer for “The Newsroom,” which everyone in media is obligated to like.
Archives: April 2012
It’s finally happened: Your awesome magazine or newspaper article has led to a book deal. But before you jump to sign that contract, take a moment to read it thoroughly. Bets are, it won’t have your best interest at heart; there will be clauses hidden in the fine print that might kill your future prospects. For example:
The non-compete clause. This can prohibit writers from working on books that would compete with the existing title they are publishing. The problem is that it’s often so broadly written that it could stop you from writing magazine articles or blog posts, all of which can help to market the book.
“Any such clause should be limited to book-length work and should give the publisher a deadline for refusing a new book proposal on a related topic, which then frees the writer to pursue publication elsewhere,” advised Meg Schnieder, an Iowa-based author of 12 books, including The Everything Guide to Writing a Book Proposal.
For more information on other potential deal breakers and steps to renegotiation, read The 7 Biggest Red Flags in Book Contracts.
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Michael Rosenberg has contributed to Sports Illustrated since 2009, but now he is coming aboard full-time. Rosenberg, who was also a columnist with The Detroit Free Press since 2004, has been named a Senior Writer at SI.
“Michael has a style in the best of Sports Illustrated’s literary traditions,” said Time Inc. Sports Group’s Editor, Terry McDonell. “He is going to be a smart and explosive voice for SI.”
Rosenberg was just as excited. “I always felt like I had one of the best jobs in journalism at the Free Press, but I am thrilled to join Sports Illustrated,” he said. “SI is the best brand in sports journalism, and I am in awe of its past and excited about its future.”
The American Prospect, the liberal magazine that publishes 10 times a year, is in dire straits. The Huffington Post reports that, unless the title comes up with about $500,000, the July/August issue, which closes in May, will be its last.
Kit Rachlis, the American Prospect’s Editor-in-Chief, is currently pulling out all the stops to make sure that doesn’t happen. She told HuffPo that staffers are “making an all-points effort to fill that gap with individual donors, institutional donors, as well as readers and subscribers.”
If you think the American Prospect hasn’t made much of an impact, thus it won’t be missed, here are just a few journalists who got their start there: Ezra Klein, Suzy Khimm, Joshua Green, Nick Confessore, Garance Franke-Ruta, Jonathan Chait and Ann Friedman.
Cablevision has announced the launch of Newsday for Westchester. It is available as a regional website and iPad and iPhone applications.
The content is specifically designed for Westchester County, Rockland County, and Hudson Valley residents. Starting today, Newsday for Westchester delivers in-depth news for the region as well as videos from Cablevision’s entities, including Newsday, News 12 Westchester, News 12 Hudson Valley, and MSG Varsity.
The site or app is provided free of charge for Optimum Online customers. Others can subscribe to the Digital Subscription package, which includes complete access to the regional website and apps for $1.15 per week following a one-month free trial.
Users can visit Newsday.com/Westchester to access the website. The iPad and iPhone applications will be available for download from the iTunes App Store beginning today.
Dana Bowen has been named the new Executive Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. Bowen was most recently the Executive Editor of Saveur. Bowen joined Saveur in 2007, after working for several years as a freelance writer. Bowen also received an Eddie award and a James Beard award nomination for her writing in 2010.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dana to our team,” said Lauren Purcell, Editor-in-Chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray. “Her creative talent, rich background in publishing and passion for food, travel and lifestyle journalism will be a huge asset as we continue to expand our editorial content to best connect with readers.”
Bowen begins May 4.
The Dan Abrams empire is about to expand once again. This time, according to The New York Times, the target is celebrity chefs. “The Braiser” will launch in mid-May and cover the world of popular chefs who “have gone from being food icons to becoming mainstream celebrities,” Abrams explained to the Times.
Abrams said that he was “stunned” that no one had thought of this idea before, but maybe others have, and decided against it. As Lockhart Steele, the founder of Eater, notes to the Times, there are only so many true “celebrity chefs.” Let’s see how many we can come up with, without doing any research. There’s Giada De Laurentiis, Anthony Bourdain, Wolfgang Puck, Tom Colicchio, Thomas Keller, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, David Chang… That Jamie Oliver guy who everyone hates… Uh, that’s about it.
Cosmopolitan, led by its Fashion Director — Michelle McCool — is teaming up with J.C. Penney for a product launch this fall. WWD reports that McCool and her team have been busy preparing accessories and clothing items such as lingerie for the debut. Not much is known beyond that.
This is just the latest move by J.C. Penney’s CEO, Ron Johnson, who — before coming to the retailer — spent over a decade with Apple. He has been trying everything to save the dying chain store, and he must think tying the brand to a magazine celebrated by young women is a good idea.
Only time will tell if it helps, or is just a minor blip along the way down.
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