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Archives: September 2012

More Funny Business Tied to U-T San Diego Braintrust

Media watchdogs are barking up the U-T San Diego tree once again. Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis obtained some explosive evidence this afternoon, on the heels of an earlier investigative report by KPBS:

U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch threatened to use the newspaper he manages to push to dissolve the Unified Port of San Diego, an email given to Voice of San Diego Thursday by port Commissioner Scott Peters reveals. The threat came as Lynch pressed Peters on his decision to vote for a long-term lease with Dole, which operates at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal…

The threat to disband the port was not in the email KPBS posted because that was an email forwarded to the port by Peters seeking advice. He’d truncated it to edit out the threat so as not to distract port staff.

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Tonight: KCRW ‘Strangers’ Party

89.9 KCRW is having a shindig downtown at Mas Malo this evening to celebrate the station’s storytelling podcast “Strangers.” The event will feature a special handcrafted photo booth by woodworker Joshua Kartsch that also records audio, allowing partygoers to tell their own “stranger” stories.

Free and open to the public at Mas Malo in the basement party cantina. 515 W. 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90014. Fun starts at 7 p.m. Cash bar, drink and appetizer specials.

Follow Along | Strong Words | Accumulating The Losses

10,000 Words: Here is a list of 100 Twitter accounts that journalism students should follow. Shockingly, Jose Canseco didn’t make the cut. That guy is a wizard with words.

AllTwitter: The most retweeted tweet is from Justin Bieber saying “I’M SEXY AND I KNOW IT.” Think of that the next time you take Twitter seriously.

PRNewser: A study finds that men love their women more than their sports teams. Their teams must be absolutely terrible. Kidding!

Gawker Grabs $2 Million in Revenue in One Day

Gawker Media boss Nick Denton just had the pleasure of sending out what must have been one of the most delightful memos to write in all his years. According to Denton, on Tuesday Gawker made $2 million in revenue, which is pretty damn impressive.

Denton also has Kate Middleton’s boobs and that fancy iPhone thing to thank for things going great. “Kate Middleton, iPhone and our excellent coverage of those and other stories drew 39.1m readers in the last month,” Denton explained in the note. “22.6m of them from our main market, the US. That’s a record.”

For the full memo from Denton, head over to Jim Romenesko’s site.

After Seventeen Years at EW, Dave Karger Moves Over to Fandango

When Geoff Boucher clocks in next Monday for his first day as senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, another long-time EW staffer will be settling in at their own nearby new place of employ. On that same October 1, Dave Karger will officially begin his duties as Fandango’s first ever chief correspondent.

Karger’s new boss Hilary Smith, senior vp of digital communications for NBCUniversal’s Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media division, is quoted in the press release as saying that the hire is a “game-changer” for Fandango. She’s absolutely right.

While the now Comcast-owned movie ticket behemoth has been churning out movie-related news, review and interview content for years, they’ve never had a marquee reporter in the mix. The addition of Karger provides Fandango with a name brand already seamlessly plugged in to sister properties such as Access Hollywood, The Today Show and E! Entertainment.

The Karger hire also greatly raises the Oscar season profile of Fandango. For the past two years, their chief correspondent has been the Academy’s official red carpet greeter and for many years more, a leading Oscars prognosticator. Karger’s last day at EW was September 18.

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Spike Lee: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we talk to legendary filmmaker Spike Lee.

While Lee is well-known for his movies, did you know that if it wasn’t for NBA superstar Michael Jordan and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, Lee–and Nike–might not be the icons they have become today? It all came down to a risky commercial shoot.

“So Michael Jordan could easily have said, ‘I can’t take a chance on this young gun, this young boy, just give me the reels of the top guys on Madison Avenue.’ But Michael Jordan didn’t do that,” the Red Hook Summer director recalls. “For some reason, he decided to give me a shot. And the commercial I did with Michael Jordan ended up being some of the greatest campaigns ever in the history of advertising and Nike took off.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Cover Battle: Time or Adweek

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This week we have Time versus Adweek. Time’s cover, featuring a stained-glass Mitt Romney window that was created specifically for the magazine, might make Time our first repeat winner. Also, we give Romney two days before he buys that window and puts it up above his bed. Yeah, you’re right, make that one day.

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Land a Byline in Writer’s Digest

A whopping 75 percent of this mag is written by freelancers, so pitch with authority if you want to woo its editors. Writer’s Digest aims to “inform, instruct and inspire” scribes of all levels, and landing a byline here can help connect you to a larger network of wordsmiths.

Though it’s easier to make your mark in the FOB, making your pitch confident and conversational can help you land a feature or profile, too. Writers who draw on their own experience will help project confidence in a pitch.

“If you’re proposing an article on how to write a novel, we will expect you to have authored and published one,” said editor Jessica Strawser.

Get more info in How To Pitch: Writer’s Digest. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

AOL Partners with Vibe

AOL has partnered with Vibe to manage the back-end of the magazine’s video content and syndicate its videos. The Wrap reports that AOL On Network, AOL’s video division, will handle the back-end of Vibe’s video player systems and content management. AOL will also oversee ad sales as the two pair up for revenue sharing.

By partnering with Vibe, AOL is hoping to tap into the magazine’s audience, thereby expanding its own.

“This is an audience that is consuming content over mobile, desktop and multiple devices in a way we believe people will be consuming in the future,” Frank Besteiro, head of business development at AOL Video, explained to The Wrap.

Spike Lee: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we talk to legendary filmmaker Spike Lee.

While Lee is well-known for his movies, did you know that if it wasn’t for NBA superstar Michael Jordan and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, Lee–and Nike–might not be the icons they have become today? It all came down to a risky commercial shoot.

“So Michael Jordan could easily have said, ‘I can’t take a chance on this young gun, this young boy, just give me the reels of the top guys on Madison Avenue.’ But Michael Jordan didn’t do that,” the Red Hook Summer director recalls. “For some reason, he decided to give me a shot. And the commercial I did with Michael Jordan ended up being some of the greatest campaigns ever in the history of advertising and Nike took off.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

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