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Archives: May 2014

Attorney Wants People to Remember Dave Herman for His Radio Legacy

DavidHermanFBIPhotoThe sordid final chapter of Dave Herman‘s life has come to a sudden end. Per a report in the Journal News, the trailblazing one-time WNEW-FM radio DJ passed away in Essex County jail Thursday while awaiting trial on federal sex charges relating to Internet solicitation of a minor.

The case will now, forcibly, be dismissed. Meanwhile, Herman’s legal representative relayed to reporter Hoa Nguyen some very wishful thinking:

Attorney Marc Agnifilo said he hoped the case wouldn’t overshadow Herman’s legacy.

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Great Gift | Much Worse | Pure Joy

AllFacebook: Hate Facebook all you want, but this is pretty great — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to schools in San Francisco’s low-income communities.

TVSpy: Getting the hiccups during your first live broadcast is certainly annoying, but we can think of a lot worse things to happen. No, were will not be listing them.

FishbowlDC: How excited do you think Politico’s editors were to get a look at Hillary Clinton’s account of the Benghazi tragedy? On a scale of 1 to Bengonzo. Sorry, terrible joke.

Photojournalist Comes to the Aid of Homeless Former Colleague

ScottSuttonGoFundMePicWe can’t think of a better way to end the week than to highlight this inspiring account from Huffington Post impact reporter Eleanor Goldberg.

It’s all about Scott Sutton (pictured), a one-time photojournalist and darkroom manager for Archive Photos, an organization that was eventually acquired by Getty Images. Since Sutton was spied and identified last fall by fellow Getty Images photographer Benjamin Lowy, this homeless-since-2012 man’s fortunes have begun to improve. He is back in touch with his sister; a crowd-funding campaign to get him off the streets is underway; and the photojournalism fraternity has stayed strong:

Since meeting Sutton, Lowy and his wife, Marvi Lacar, have been in close touch with their homeless friend. Whenever the New Jersey couple is in Manhattan, they check in on Sutton and have brought him jackets and took him to the Coalition for the Homeless to get help securing a social security card and a P.O. box.

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VICE Responds to Latest Gawker Broadside

ViceTwitterAvatarThe results are in. And if you’re a member of the VICE PR team, they are not pretty.

Employees of Shane Smith‘s globe-spanning operation were quick to respond to a recent call by Hamilton Nolan and co. for in-the-Brooklyn-trenches feedback. Some of it adds up to anything but Jill Abramson problems:

One intern two years ago was excited to receive a full-time position — until the company offered him a salary of $20K. Employees who have worked there full time within the past two years say that salaries well under $30K are routine for “producers.” (One such producer said that after waiting in vain for more than a year for a raise to push their salary up to $30K, they left VICE last year after seeing executives spend what appeared to be thousands of dollars on drugs for a company party.)

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

mediasbistroHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Prometheus Global Media to Acquire Mediabistro

2) Gizmodo Editor Replaced

3) A.O. Scott Did Not Enjoy Adam Sandler’s New Movie

4) NY Times Prints Typo on Front Page

5) Forbes Names ’100 Most Powerful Women’

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Nightline Pays a Visit to BuzzFeed Video HQ

In lieu of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, think of BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles office on Beverly Blvd. as the equivalent of Ze Frank and the Viral Factory. Into which, for Nightline, dropped Nick Watt.

In addition to executive VP of video Frank [first name pronounced ZAY], other BuzzFeed staffers featured in the piece include video fellow Keith Habersberger, senior video producer Jeff Rubin and junior video producer Andrew Ilnyckyj. All possessors of what the ABC reporter deems to be “Sissyphian minds,” constantly looking to take intelligent risks in pursuit of one-million-plus-views vids.

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Scout Willis Talks to The Village Voice

Today’s item by Village Voice staff writer Anna Merlan has three blog content tags. The one that jumped out to us: Breasts.

ShutterstockScoutWillisMerlan’s exclusive interview with Bruce Willis and Demi Moore‘s daughter Scout about this week’s Instagram brouhaha is also filed under ‘Celebrities’ and ‘Protest,’, but if you click the ‘Breasts’ tag, you will get a fascinating refresher on other recent topless matters. From Merlan’s article:

The [Instagram] deletions were particularly galling for Willis because she had a breast reduction surgery several years ago, and has only recently come to feel comfortable with her body.

“It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. It completely changed my relationship to my body,” she says. “I felt so empowered and love my breasts so much. I don’t feel like wearing a bra.”

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Rich Barbieri Promoted at CNNMoney

Rich Barbieri has been promoted from deputy managing editor of CNNMoney to managing editor. Barbieri has been CNNMoney’s deputy managing editor since joining the site in 2007. He previously served as Crain’s New York’s managing editor, from 2005 to 2007.

In a note announcing the news, Lex Harris, CNNMoney’s executive editor, said “He’s the first one we all turn to when we have a question on a story. In short, he makes all of us smarter every day.”

Barbieri’s appointment is effective immediately. You can read Harris’ full memo below.

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Wimpy Kid Series Author to Open Bookstore

JeffKinneyHere’s something you don’t read every day: an exceedingly successful person has decided to embrace a dying business.

This morning, during an event at New York’s BookExpo America moderated by actor-turned-author Jason SegelDiary of a Wimpy Kid maestro Jeff Kinney made a rather surprising announcement. From the AP item:

The beloved children’s writer surprised and delighted a breakfast gathering Friday by announcing that he and his wife were converting an abandoned general store into a bookshop. The store will be based in Plainville, Massachusetts, where Kinney and his wife live.

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Dean Baquet: ‘I Never Said to Anyone It’s Me or Jill’

We hope you’re not tired of the Jill Abramson/New York Times drama, because it appears that Dean Baquet — the new executive editor of the paper — isn’t. He gave a long interview with NPR, and touched on several storylines that have been floating around.

Baquet denied the rumor that he had told Arthur Sulzberger Jr. he needed to fire Abramson or he would walk. ”I never said to anyone it’s me or Jill,” he told NPR. “I think that’s a simplistic calculation. I don’t think there’s any question that I made it known that I was a little unhappy.”

As for that unhappiness, Baquet confirmed that he was upset Abramson wanted to hire The Guardian’s Janine Gibson as a co-managing editor. He also poured more fuel on the narrative that Abramson wasn’t well liked in the newsroom:

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