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Archives: December 2013

As the Year Closes, Slate Writer Reminds: Whoa! is Spelled Whoa!

We tend to use the expression “Whoa!” sparingly, and not usually for matters pertaining to FishbowlNY. While we’ve never had trouble spelling the exclamation, apparently a lot of people in 2013 have.

SlateWhoaIn his final calendar-year “The Good Word” column, Matthew J.X. Malady catalogs all kinds of social media, headline and article misspellings of this W-word. He finds it rather amazing that he has to remind everyone that the “H” is silent, yes, but repeating, no:

If you were thinking you could perhaps quarantine yourself so as to preclude exposure to the TODAY Show–style “woah” [tweets] by avoiding all forms of social media and, say, spending some time relaxing in front of the TV, think again. This month, the History Channel began airing an episode of its popular series Pawn Stars under the title, “Woah Pilgrim”…

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The 5 Most Popular FishbowlNY Articles of 2013

8FhQpYkAh, 2013. What a year it was. Edward Snowden shook his fist at the NSA, Newsweek died and then was resurrected, and the Jonas Brothers finally realized that no one cares about them.

Speaking of caring, FishbowlNY’s 5 most popular articles of 2013 showed that you, dear readers, have a wide variety of interests.

Below are the posts that interested you the most. As always, thanks for reading.

1) WNYW Pulls Plug on Greg Kelly as Lead Anchor, Steve Lacy to Take Over

2) How Many Times Does This Vogue Piece Make You Want to Vomit?

3) Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe

4) RIP: Jennifer Rosoff

5) Time Inc. and Meredith Talks Stall Because No One Likes Iowa

WSJ Launches Blog in Honor of 125th Anniversary

The Wall Street Journal turns 125 next year, and to honor the birthday, the paper has launched a new blog.

The vertical, creatively titled Today in WSJ History, is fairly self-explanatory. It will be a place for the paper to document how it covered stories of the past, both big and small.

Pictured on the right is the Journal’s first front page, from July 8, 1889. That’s the same year that Vincent van Gogh painted “Starry Night.” Coincidence? We think not.

RIP: A LIFE Photographer Who Covered It All

At the beginning of his tribute to John Dominis, the celebrated LIFE photographer who passed away Monday in New York City at age 92, LIFE.com editor Ben Cosgrove writes: “We won’t see your like again.” Cosgrove is absolutely and, sadly, right.

Dominis belonged to another era. The one before cell phones, Instagram and filters made everyone a photographer; a time when folks in the U.S. relied on three network TV channels and a small number of news magazines for the domestic and international scoop.

Cosgrove frames a slide show of 33 Dominis photos, each worth a thousand words. We urge you to click on over to LIFE.com, go full screen and bask in the incredible composition of Dominis’ shots, like this one taken in Vietnam in 1961:

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Daily News Secretary Earns Kudos for Handling of Newspaper’s Advertorials

iMediaEthicsRibbonRhonda Roland Shearer, publisher and editor-in-chief of iMediaEthics.org, has announced the inaugural winners of the site’s Ethical Acts in Journalism Awards. The goal, this year and beyond, is to highlight worthy behind-the-scenes actions by editors and administrative employees.

All six 2013 winners are impressive, but the one that caught FishbowlNY’s eye is New York Daily News confidential secretary Miranda Walker. iMediaEthics went to her after they got no response from the paper’s advertising department about the lack of proper labeling of advertorial content:

Walker obviously took action and worked behind the scenes after our complaints (we can not say nor do we know how; she only told us she would look into the problem and sounded concerned). The GIF below shows an example of a Daily News ad that had no label to distinguish it from news, a violation of FTC rules, which is later slapped with a bold font “Advertisement” label.

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At Least One Couple on Tap for Empire Steak House $10,000 New Year’s Eve

EmpireSteakhouseLogoNew York Post reporter Gary Buiso had a fun item over the weekend about the “Emperor’s Delight,” a five-course New Year’s Eve menu for two being offered tonight at the Empire Steak House on West 52nd Street. The meal starts with two pounds of Osetra caviar and ends with a bill for $10,000 (gratuity not included).

FishbowlNY was curious how the reservations were looking for this privileged, top-end option. A rep for the restaurant at press time tells us that one couple so far has made the gilded reservation.

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Chinese Tycoon Wants to Buy the New York Times

Talk about ending the year with a bang. Megha Rajagopalan, a politics and general news correspondent for Reuters in Beijing, just tweeted the following. A mega pick-up by Megha, as it were:

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According to her piece and other Chinese media reports, colorful recycling magnate turned philanthropist Chen Guangbiao has been thinking about buying the New York Times for the past couple of years and is finally set to move on his grandiose plan. He says he will meet in New York on January 5 with one of the paper’s major shareholders:

“There’s nothing that can’t be bought for the right price,” Chen told Reuters.

It is unlikely that the Times, which has long been controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family, would sell to Chen.

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Pat Ryan, First Female Time Inc. Editor, Dies

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pat Ryan, a pioneering Time Inc. editor, has died from complications due to cancer. She was 75.

Ryan — who started at Time Inc. as a secretary — served as managing editor of People and Life, and was the first female editor to oversee a Time Inc. publication.

Ryan has been credited with creating People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” franchise and backing the idea for Entertainment Weekly.

Jeff Jarvis, who was hired by Ryan, wrote in a post that he “owed his career” to Ryan.

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ESPN Hires Tim Tebow (ESPN)
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has agreed to a multiyear deal to join ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, it was announced Monday. “I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said in a statement. “When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.” Complex / Sports On Jan. 6, the former Broncos/Jets quarterback will make his ESPN debut by serving as an analyst prior to the 2013 BCS National Championship game. He’ll be on SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay, and, well, just about every other college football-related show you can think of. Time / Keeping Score Although Tebow was a star quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, he struggled to make a mark in the NFL. He was released by the New England Patriots before the start of the 2013 season, after spending a season on the bench for the New York Jets in 2012. Sports Illustrated / Media Circus The initial question is how successful will Tebow be as an analyst. He is one of the most popular (and likeable) athletes in the country, and he’ll no doubt work hard to learn the craft. He also loves college football; Tebow was known for watching college games in his hotel room on Saturdays before NFL action, as well as on plane rides. Still, his opinions on football have mostly been vanilla, at least as a player speaking with the press. Bloomberg Businessweek “Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL,” says the press release. Yes, ESPN’s newest broadcaster joins hundreds of thousands of American men with NFL dreams currently on the not-precluded list.

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