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Archives: January 2013

Atlanta-Falcons-to-LA Rumor is Quickly Gone with the Wind

Two days later, a report that Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons NFL franchise, was recently approached by unnamed LA city officials remains the most viewed article on the Atlanta Business Chronicle website. Even though it quickly became clear after publication that a casual west coast inquiry does not signify a Peach Tree uprooting.

Still, it’s been fun to gauge some of the follow-up coverage. Commenters on Loganville-Grayson Patch seem to pretty much agree that frankly, they don’t give a damn if the team takes flight to Lalaland. ESPN football analyst Pat Yasinskas meanwhile warned this is already a tiresome and familiar drill:

The fact is the Los Angeles thing is going to come up any time a team is looking for public help for a new stadium or renovations. It already has come up in Charlotte, where Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is looking for public money to help with renovations for Bank of America Stadium. It’s come up elsewhere and will continue to come up in other spots until Los Angeles does get a team.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Weighs in on Girls

Laker great and sometimes columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hadn’t written a piece for Huffington Post in over three years. After blogging fairly regularly during the 2008 election, Kareem sat 2012 out. Today, however, he broke out of his slumber to randomly weigh in on the racial politics of HBO’s Girls–now well into its second season.

Last season the show was criticized for being too white. Watching a full season could leave a viewer snow blind. This season that white ghetto was breached by a black character who is introduced as some jungle fever lover, with just enough screen time to have sex and mutter a couple of lines about wanting more of a relationship. A black dildo would have sufficed and cost less.

Ha! Glad you woke up Kareem.

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Nice Try | Poor Pie | Tech Addition

TVNewser: Geraldo Rivera is “seriously considering” running for U.S. Senate seat. Meanwhile voters are “seriously considering” his sanity.

PRNewser: Papa John’s PR firm is pressuring blogs to stop publishing the stupid comments made by the chain’s CEO, just in case you needed another reason not to eat that terrible “pizza.”

FishbowlDC: Bloomberg News has a new tech regulations editor.

Cover Battle: The New Yorker or The New York Times Magazine

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This week we have The New Yorker versus The New York Times Magazine. The New Yorker went with a fantastic and realistic illustration of a skier. The only thing missing is a cast wrapped around at least one appendage.

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The Atlantic Hires Three, Makes Editorial Changes

The Atlantic has made several moves today, including three new hires and two editorial changes. Below are the highlights, followed by the memo announcing the moves.

  • Olga Khazan comes to the magazine from The Washington Post. She will serve as editor of the Global Channel for TheAtlantic.com.
  • Elisa Glass joins the team as an art director. She most recently held the same role for Northern Virginia magazine.
  • Esther Yi comes to The Atlantic as an associate editor.
  • Garance Franke-Ruta, most recently the politics channel editor for the website, will now cover the subject as a full-time writer.
  • David Graham will succeed Franke-Ruta as politics editor for TheAtlantic.com.

Ticketmaster Kicks CAPTCHA to the Curb

Time to raise a Bic lighter – spelled perhaps in this case “Bicc LighT73er” – in the direction of ticketmaster.com. The Live Nation website has delivered news on par with the notion of surprise overflow-availability for the first weekend of Coachella: they’re doing away with the more-maddening-than-ever security hoop of conventional CAPTCHA.

From this week’s release:

Ticketmaster is beginning the process of upgrading the hard-to-read squiggly lines with new, friendlier, easier to use solutions…

During the purchase process, fans will be presented with phrases, questions or ads from Solve Media instead of the normal, hard-to-read mix of characters that needed to be deciphered before proceeding with the transaction.

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Land $2 Per Word at Marie Claire

 With a total readership of 3.8 million, Marie Claire‘s audience is as passionate about human rights around the world as it is about the latest fashion trends to hit the runway. And enterprising freelancers can land a cool $2 a word with a successful pitch to the glossy.

For starters, newsy ideas for long-form reported features or first-person survival or adventure stories are very welcome. Examples of recent news features include an award-winner about scams operated by fraudsters claiming to be raising money for breast cancer research, and another focused on the dangerous effects of Ambien on women.

For more info and contact info for all editors accepting pitches, read How To Pitch: Marie Claire. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Sally Preston, Others Dropped by Time Inc.

Some of the names of those who were let go by Time Inc. during amid its massive layoffs are starting to circulate. A quick rundown, via Adweek:

  • Sally Preston, publisher of Real Simple, is out. Preston had only been with Real Simple since 2011. Charlie Kammerer will succeed her.
  • Ellen Kunes, editor-in-chief of Health is out. Kunes had been with the brand since 2007. Clare McHugh, editor of All You, is taking over her responsibilities.
  • Erick Yates, ad director for Entertainment Weekly, is out.

American Idol Returns and Brings Winning Ratings to WNYW

The 11th season of American Idol is showing renewed life after subtracting judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, and adding Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nikki Minaj. The show’s only carryovers are Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest.

Last week’s meandering from city to city for auditions took the top spot for the week and number two.

The Wednesday night, two-hour Idol had an estimated 1.2 million WNYW viewers, according to Nielsen, with a 6.5 rating. The Thursday installment tied for second best with 1 million fans and a 5.4 rating.

It was deadlocked with 60 Minutes on WCBS and Modern Family on WABC.

A pair of CBS Monday night comedies were next. How I Met Your Mother was fifth (898,000/4.6), while 2 Broke Girls was number six (869,000/4.4).

There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump.

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Andrew Sullivan Has Over $500,000 in Pre-Subscriptions

Andrew Sullivans new site — ad free and completely reader-supported — arrives Monday. Since announcing he was setting off on his own earlier this month, Sullivan reports that has already raised over half a million dollars in pre-subscriptions:

The meter and new ad-free site arrives Monday; we migrate (I seriously have no idea what that means) from the Beast over the weekend. But we just passed $500K in pre-subscriptions. Which is to say: holy shit. Seriously: this is still a little hard to absorb. But thank you so much.

Not a bad way to start things off.

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