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Archives: March 2013

From London, SoCal Native Robbie Rogers Talks About His Budding Fashion Journalism Career

To go along with today’s New York Times article about Robbie Rogers, the former U.S. national team and British professional soccer player who came out in February via his website, reporter Sam Borden conducted a half-hour Google+ chat with his subject from London.

The very articulate Rogers tells Borden that since he went public with his sexual orientation, he has heard from people all over the world. Their stories are “made for the movies” and involve more than a few fearful, closeted husbands. The Southern California native also detailed his latest sideline journalism activities:

“I write for a fashion magazine in LA called BELLO, for the past three, four months. So I’ve been busy…”

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Five Staffers Cut From InTouch, Life & Style

There have been a total of five editorial cuts at Bauer Publishing’s InTouch and Life & Style. The New York Post reports that among those let go was In Touch veteran Michael Todd, who had been the magazine’s executive director of photography since 2002. Nicole Tereza, design director for In Touch for the past two years, was also dropped.

Dan Wakeford, editorial director of both magazines, told the Post the recent cuts were nothing big and things are going great. ”It’s minimal restructuring compared to anything else other magazines are doing,” he insisted.

We’re guessing Todd and Tereza don’t agree with that assessment.

Famed Yiddish Writer Resting in Anything But Peace

The first nine paragraphs of today’s “Column One” by Hector Becerra are expertly constructed.

Taken as a whole, they perfectly illustrate (in a feature reporting kind of way) the old AP “inverted pyramid” lede principle. That is to say, the reporter sets the scene, draws the reader in and then, thunderously, delivers a wallop.

Becerra describes a recent Sunday visit paid by Robert Adler-Peckerar to Mount Zion, a Jewish cemetery on the outskirts of downtown LA. The gate was locked; a caretaker next door needed to be summoned. Once inside the dilapidated resting place, the searcher found the sadly fallen marker of the life he was investigating:

“This is what happened to one of the greatest Yiddish writers in LA,” said Adler-Peckerar, executive director of Yiddishkayt, an organization dedicated to preserving the Yiddish language and culture. “I’d never seen a cemetery like this in America.”

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Donald Trump Blasts New York in Twitter Rant

Let the record show that if you publish slightly critical commentary about Donald Trump, he will blast back on Twitter and it will be fun for everyone involved. When New York’s Daily Intelligencer posted about Trump’s appearance on David Letterman, Trump responded by firing off a series of hilarious tweets. Here they are, for our enjoyment.

A vague insult followed by an odd prediction backed by no evidence whatsoever is a great start.

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Edward Felsenthal Named Managing Editor of Time.com

Edward Felsenthal has been named managing editor of Time.com. Felsenthal is succeeding Cathy Sharick, who is stepping down to work on a startup. She had been a managing editor since 2011.

Felsenthal most recently helped launch Al-Monitor, a news site that covers the Middle East. He has also consulted for companies such as UStream. Felsenthal was a co-founder of The Daily Beast in 2008, and he served as its executive editor. He was also a reporter and deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal.

In a memo announcing the moves, Martha Nelson wrote that Felsenthal is “a true digital leader.”

The full note from Nelson and Rick Stengel is below.

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James Deen Tells Reporter the New York Times Was ‘Accurate Enough’

There’s a quote to be savored at the half-way mark of Topless Robot editor Luke Y. Thompson‘s article “On the Set of a Sci-Fi Porno.” It was given to LYT by hot young adult (and budding crossover) star James Deen in the midst of the making of Surviving Humanity, a film intended to first be released as an R-rated offering.

Thompson tried (and failed) to get Deen to dish on the actor’s recent The Canyons co-star Lindsay Lohan. But when he brought up that infamous New York Times Magazine piece by Stephan Rodrick, about the movie’s tumultuous production, he fielded this answer:

Deen says only that it’s “accurate enough – it is real-life events reflected in a mirror and retold for dramatic effect. There’s enough in it that’s true that we can’t say it’s not true, but there’s also so much else there than what they described just in that article.”

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Zócalo Public Square Gives California Editor Joe Mathews a Weekly Column

While the future of KCETLink’s SoCal Connected is very much up in the air, another namesake is about to be launched. Beginning Thursday April 4, Zócalo Public Square California editor Joe Mathews (pictured) will be writing a weekly column titled “Connecting California.” It’s the site’s first such regular feature.

In a brief teaser, Zócalo promise that Mathews will avoid the habit of many other Golden State commentators by focusing on the future rather than the past:

Each week, Mathews will offer new narratives for California – stories that show readers how life is here today, who Californians are now and how 21st-century California communities work — and don’t work. He’ll challenge media assumptions — that California’s people are a collection of competing demographic groups, that the good old days are behind us and that our politicians are always to blame for all our problems—by offering stories from all over the state.

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Nia Vardalos Has the Skinny on Adoption

Get ready to see and hear a whole lot of Nia Vardalos. In support of the April 2 release of her book Instant Mom, the actress-writer will be making a variety of appearances next week including The Today Show, Katie, BRAVO’s Watch What Happens Live and, perhaps most promisingly, Frank De Caro’s SIRIUS XM radio show.

Vardalos got a couple of nice advance blurbs from comedienne friends for her book about what went into her and husband Ian Gomez’s 2008 foster-care adoption of a three year-old girl. Kristin Chenoweth says Instant Mom is “pure, beautiful honesty” while SNL alum Rachel Dratch raves that she “certainly didn’t expect to laugh and cry on the same page.”

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Well Done | What is Good Luck? | Not Close Enough

UnBeige: We don’t get to say this often, but the post office’s new stamps look great.

GalleyCat: LeVar Burton wants to host Jeopardy! Too bad Alex Trebek will be directing the show until he’s 123.

SocialTimes: Google is offering same day delivery! If you live in the Bay Area. Sorry.

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