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Archives: May 2013

Pitch Timely New York Stories to JET

Launched back in 1951, JET has been the authority on news in the black community for decades. With a loyal readership of over 7 million, freelancers with the right pitch will get prime real estate for their bylines.

Since the pub is largely news based, editors are looking for local stories from stringers who live in different parts of the country and can report on influential, headline-making topics in their own areas. They want to hear about news-making trends, like the outbreak of bigotry among fans at high school sporting events. So if you spot a breaking topic, pitch it with a vision for what the story will look like. “I’m always on the lookout for new trends at both the regional and national level,” said editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller.

For more, read How To Pitch: JET.

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Pitch Timely L.A. Stories to JET

Launched back in 1951, JET has been the authority on news in the black community for decades. With a loyal readership of over 7 million, freelancers with the right pitch will get prime real estate for their bylines.

Since the pub is largely news based, editors are looking for local stories from stringers who live in different parts of the country and can report on influential, headline-making topics in their own areas. They want to hear about news-making trends, like the outbreak of bigotry among fans at high school sporting events. So if you spot a breaking topic, pitch it with a vision for what the story will look like. “I’m always on the lookout for new trends at both the regional and national level,” said editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller.

For more, read How To Pitch: JET.

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SpinMedia Cuts Spin Editor-in-Chief Caryn Ganz

SpinMedia is certainly an active company. Whether those actions have been good, well, that’s up for debate. The company — which bought and then folded Spin, then bought and folded Vibe — just cut Caryn Ganz, Spin’s editor-in-chief. Poynter reports that Ganz was surprised by the move, especially considering the site had just posted its second-biggest traffic month.

Here’s what a SpinMedia spokesperson had to say about Ganz’s firing:

Spin has grown steadily as a result of a concerted team effort since SpinMedia purchased it in July 2012. But we felt it required new leadership to help take it to the next level as a digital brand. Personnel shifts are never easy, and we’re deeply respectful of the enormous contribution Caryn made to help us get this far.

Ganz had been with Spin from 2001 to 2006, then rejoined the magazine in 2011.

Parade Updates Logo for First Time in Over 30 Years

Parade has a new logo for the first time in over 30 years. It vaguely resembles the magazine’s 1960s version and we like it. Even though the logo is sort of retro looking, it still feels fresh. Don’t agree? Well, you’re wrong.

The update is only part of bigger changes at Parade. Its website has a new, clean look, featuring four major categories: Entertainment, Food, Living, and Health & Beauty.

To get the word out on these updates, Parade is taking an usual route: By plastering it on a car. Specifically, a Chevy driven by Jamie McMurray in NASCAR’s FedEx 400. The race is this Sunday, the same day the new issue debuts.

We’re fans of the new Parade, but we don’t know enough about NASCAR to make an effective pun, so we’ll just call this the finish line. Yeah, well, whatever. We tried.

And the Three Nominees Are… Dylan Howard

When the 55th annual LA Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards are handed out Sunday June 23 at the Biltmore Hotel, please forgive Radar Online’s Dylan Howard for any awkward facial expression as the finalists for category H9 are read aloud. There are a total of three for this Online bracket and all are named Dylan Howard.

The former Celebuzz editor-in-chief has moved on from his Hollywood digs to a return-job with AMI in New York. In his wake is one of the craziest latest examples of the problems caused by the LA Press Club’s paid-entry award finalist process:

H9. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

* Dylan Howard, Celebuzz, “Caught On Tape: Chevy Chase Rips His Own TV Sitcom
* Dylan Howard, Celebuzz, “Exposed: Hollywood’s Clandestine Poker Ring
* Dylan Howard, Celebuzz, “Family Feud: The Battle Over Michael Jackson’s Millions and His Three Children

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Connie Anne Phillips Might Return to Condé Nast

Let’s start things off today with a good old fashioned media rumor. Media rumors are different than say, those about celebrities or politics, because media rumors involve just as much speculation, but they’re about someone/something that 97.3 percent of the world doesn’t give a shit about. But hey, we’re a media blog, so here we go: WWD is reporting that Connie Anne Phillips — the former Vogue veteran — might return to Condé Nast.

Apparently Phillips is considering going back because she’s uncertain about the direction of Time Inc., as it prepares to be spun off from Time Warner. The chatter has Phillips, most recently the publisher of InStyle, likely landing at Glamour. In this scenario, Bill Wackermann would be shuffled to some sort of marketing services role.

The main obstacle to Phillips’ return to Condé (if it’s even true that she wants to go back) is her contract with Time Inc., which prohibits her from signing with a competitor for an unknown period. But please, don’t let this stop the rumors.

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New York Times, AP Won’t Attend Off-The-Record Eric Holder Meeting (HuffPost / The Backstory)
The New York Times and Associated Press said Wednesday that they will not attend a meeting this week between attorney general Eric Holder and the Washington bureau chiefs of several media outlets to discuss guidelines for journalists in leak investigations. Times executive editor Jill Abramson cited the Justice Department’s request that the discussion be kept off the record as a reason for not attending. NYT Even as Holder has sought to regain his footing, Republicans have resumed their criticism, accusing him of misleading Congress in testimony over whether the Justice Department has considered prosecuting journalists under the Espionage Act for publishing government secrets. HuffPost / The Backstory Associated Press president and chief executive Gary Pruitt told staff at a Wednesday town hall meeting that the phone records obtained by the government included “thousands and thousands” of calls in and out of the news organization, according to a staffer who attended. BuzzFeed Leading civil liberties groups criticized comments made by the Democratic Party’s communications director that media groups refusing to attend the off-the-record meeting are giving up their “right [to] gripe” about the Department of Justice’s pursuit of journalists’ records under Holder’s leadership. Read more

Wave of Media Coverage Pushes Malibu Beaches App Over the Top

Buoyed by post-Memorial Day reports in the LA Times and on Kevin Roderick‘s LA Observed, the Kickstarter campaign for Our Malibu Beaches last night reached its goal of $30,000. Along the way, it was also at one point highlighted by Kickstarter as a worthy Journalism project.

The money will allow LA journalists Ben Adair (formerly of APM’s Marketplace) and Jenny Price (LA Observed, Hidden LA) to work with the firm Escape Apps to put together a tool that informs locals how to gain legal access to some of LA’s prettiest beaches. From last night’s Kickstarter update:

We made it!… with just hours to spare! Amazing! From all of us behind Our Malibu Beaches THANK YOU! You all are doing so much to open these beaches to EVERYBODY. This is gonna be the best beach summer ever.

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SoCal Prof, Exile Frame Texas Migration Boom

Laker fans may want to steer clear of BBC News magazine article “10 Reasons Why So Many People Are Moving to Texas.” The article contains a whole bunch of reasons why the big man would be well served personally if he decides to suit up for the Mavericks or Rockets. Including the fact that Houston has the highest “effective” paycheck of any U.S. big city.

That info comes from Chapman University professor of urban development Joel Kotkin, who compared average incomes and costs of living in major metropolitan areas. Another SoCal expert frames the sub-section titled “Austin in Particular:”

Restaurant manager Christopher Hislop, 33, moved in 2007 from Los Angeles to Austin, where he met his wife and they now have a nine-month-old boy.

“I came to Austin for a wedding and thought it was a really cool city and the people were nice – it was everything that LA wasn’t but still had that hip vibe without pretension. The nightlife is great and there’s an emphasis on getting out and about – they maintain trailways and nature.”

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