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Archives: October 2012

And the Only Nominees Are: The Hollywood Reporter and the Antelope Valley Press

It’s the LA Press Club’s version of David vs. Goliath. Or more precisely, Antelope Valley Press publisher William [C. Markham] vs. Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice [B. Min].

While the AVP won the award in 2010 and was nominated again in 2011, this year’s National Entertainment Journalism Awards category of Entertainment Publication has whittled the nominees down to just them and The Hollywood Reporter. An odd sight, to say the least.

For Entertainment Publication this year, there’s no Deadline (they boycotted), no Variety (they didn’t enter), no TheWrap, no LA Weekly, no Entertainment Weekly and no Vanity Fair. Just a Palmdale-Lancaster paper launched in 1915 and a Hollywood trade founded in 1930.

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New Writers Welcome at The Source

When The Source first launched back in the 80s, it set itself apart from other fan magazines by digging deeper into hip-hop culture. Today, the mag stays true to that, albeit with a broader audience. The freelancer-friendly pub has wider demographics and covers much more of the industry now that YouTube stars are turning rap hits into country covers. And, lucky for you, 60 percent of its content is written by freelancers.

Source veteran Kim Osorio has rejoined the pub as EIC and is committed to working with new and up-and-coming writers. In fact, she estimates that as much as 10-15 percent of the content each month comes from first-time freelancers. “It helps to have fresh ideas coming from people who aren’t in the day-to-day grind of hip-hop,” she said.

For more info, read How To Pitch: The Source. [subscription required]

ESPN Gives Metta World Peace TV Movie Performance a Solid

It apparently started on the set of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. From there, Nancy Grace decided that Metta World Peace belonged in the Lifetime TV adaptation of her novel The Eleventh Victim, which premieres this Saturday.

Reviewing the TV movie for ESPN magazine, Sam Alipour suggests that MWPT (Metta World Peace Thespian) comes off as “pretty solid.” Although the reporter admits he quickly had to fast-forward his screening copy to MWP’s scenes:

The first thought that jumps to mind: The artist formerly known as Ron Artest isn’t coasting in this. He’s given a sizable role as Garlan Fincher, a police detective and BFF of the film’s prosecutor in distress, played by Jennie Garth of Beverly Hills 90210 fame.

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New York Times Circulation Jumps 40 Percent

The Audit Bureau of Circulation has released its report for the six month period ending in September, and the numbers looked good for The New York Times. According to the report, the Times’ circulation jumped by 40 percent, thanks to digital subscribers.

The Times’ digital readers — which includes online and those who read on tablets — now total at 896,352, good for the top spot among the 25 dailies the ABC measures. Overall, subscriptions for the daily edition of the Times went from 1,150,589 one year ago, to 1,613,865.

Despite that bump in numbers, the Times is still number three overall, behind The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, which have a circulation of 2,293,798 and 1,713,833, respectively.

Hurricane Sandy Takes Down Gawker Media, Mediaite, HuffPost, BuzzFeed [Update]

Hurricane Sandy hit the city hard, and along with flooding and devastation, several media companies saw their sites go down. All Gawker Media sites, Mediaite, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed were down at some point as Sandy made its way across land.

The source of the outage is flooding at Datagram, which houses the servers used by all the sites that went out. “Gawker sites down after power cut off at Datagram, our data center down on Whitehall St. Backup power didn’t kick in fast enough,” tweeted Nick Denton.

The Huffington Post was down, but is now publishing posts on an extremely stripped down version of the site. “Due to power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy, our own website is experiencing technical difficulties,” reads a post on the site.

BuzzFeed is up now, but isn’t being updated. According to their Twitter account, they’re updating content via other platforms, such as Tumblr.

UPDATE:
BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post are both back up.

Kooky Howard Hughes Rumor Flickers Anew at Las Vegas Neon Museum

John M. Glionna has a fun look in the LA Times at Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the Neon Museum, which officially opened over the weekend. Located downtown, the non-profit offers guided tours Tuesdays through Saturdays for a minimum suggested donation of $15.00.

The Neon Museum will rank as must-see for many LA visitors the next time they hit the Strip. Among the attractions is this one as highlighted by Glionna:

Outside the museum sits the refurbished silver slipper that legend says once spooked Howard Hughes. The billionaire reportedly suspected the slipper that revolved outside the Silver Slipper casino was being used as a government surveillance ploy because it often paused momentarily, pointing at his Desert Inn penthouse. (Some say Hughes just didn’t like the sign’s light shining in his window, but he eventually bought the casino and slipper, which he had filled with concrete.)

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Note: Newseum is closed due to Hurricane Sandy, so for now we only have smaller images of the front pages. We’ll update when we can get larger pictures.

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Video: Blake Griffin is Slowly Becoming a Star

Blake Griffin, the other big man in town, continues to find new ways to make me laugh.

We’ve seen him attempt to dunk over a Kia Optima and take a stroll on Sesame Street.

Now the Los Angeles Clippers forward is going back to 1995 in his latest Kia commercial, which dropped days before the 2012-13 NBA season got underway. Griffin is turning into a shining star with each national TV spot.

Plus, you have to love a player that’s not afraid to poke fun at his own flaws on the court.

But in all seriousness, I really hope Blake worked on his free throws over the summer – - just brutal at the line his first two seasons.

LA Times Exec Warns Against the Dangers of ‘Mauvais Langue’

In Trinidad and Tobago, there’s a local bit of lingo known as “mauvais langue.” It’s pronounced “mo-vay-lang” and means to speak ill of someone, to gossip.

Thanks to an honorary degree acceptance speech given over the weekend at the University of the West Indies by Los Angeles Times Media Group executive vice president and editor Davan Maharaj (pictured), it’s also now our favorite new expression to describe a main challenge of the digital news gathering age. From a report in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian:

“We all heard of mauvais langue, a penchant for gossip, for spreading lies, hearsay, or in my world as a journalist, to report a story without the full set of facts, a half-story,” Maharaj said. “It is something my grandmother, growing up in Palmyra, warned me about.”

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LA Press Club Responds to Nikki Finke NEJ Awards ‘Boycott’

On the same day that the LA Press Club announced the nominees for its fifth annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards taking place November 18 at the Biltmore Hotel, Nikki Finke explained why she and her Deadline.com team chose to boycott this year’s event. At the beginning of her post, Finke writes:

In my opinion, the LA Press Club seems more interested in collecting entry fees and selling gala tables to its entertainment awards contest than in rewarding high standards of journalism or conducting a competition with integrity. Tabloid media outlets which engage in ‘checkbook journalism’ are allowed to enter and in fact won NEJ categories last year.

Finke goes on to make a couple of valid points. Although the NEJ Awards have the word “National” in the title, this work-in-progress is still – perhaps inevitably – very much a SoCal-centric affair. Today’s list of nominees includes only a handful of non-LA outlets, most notably People magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek. Also, as Finke suggests, the NEJ Awards would benefit from a more transparent explanation of how the first place winners are chosen.

In response to a query from FishbowlLA, LA Press Club executive director Diana Ljungaeus and president Will Lewis have provided the following joint statement of response to Finke’s post:

Unlike Deadline.com, the Los Angeles Press Club is a non-profit organization (that barely breaks even!) not only dedicated to quality journalism but also here to support and bolster the morale of journalists.

Despite Nikki Finke’s attack on the integrity of the LA Press Club’s National Entertainment Journalism Awards, the 2012 NEJ’s attracted a record of close to 300 entries, from more than 45 news organizations across the nation. This is reflected in the affiliations of the finalists.

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