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Time Criticized for Choosing Pope Francis Over Edward Snowden as Person of The Year (HuffPost)
Time chose the widely popular Pope Francis as its Person of the Year for 2013, sparking criticism from many who thought that the magazine’s choice for runner-up, Edward Snowden, deserved the top prize. Snowden was undeniably a figure of major consequence during the year, as Time itself acknowledged in its piece on him. In the months since The Guardian published the first round of revelations from the documents Snowden leaked, newspapers and websites in countries around the world have run article after article detailing the stunning breadth and depth of the global surveillance networks tracking the movements of seemingly everyone on Earth. Time / Person of The Year For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year. Capital New York Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs made the announcement Wednesday morning on the Today show in a well-hyped segment hosted by Matt Lauer. “He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world’s largest institutions,” the Roman Catholic Church, “in an extraordinary way,” Gibbs told Lauer. TPM / LiveWire In an email to TPM, Glenn Greenwald, who has reported extensively on the National Security Agency’s top secret surveillance programs revealed by Snowden, said that the selection was motivated by Time‘s desire to be “relevant” — if only for a moment. Mashable Of the 86 “Person of the Year” issues Time has published since 1927, only five featured a woman. It’s not about naming a female for the sake of the gender equality. It’s about recognizing people beyond the status quo, such as Mother Teresa, Golda Meir, Helen Keller, Maya Angelou, Madeleine Albright, Sally Ride, Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton — all of whom the publication has overlooked. FishbowlDC In November, we ran a poll asking readers to pick Time’s Person of the Year and you chose (The Cool) Pope Francis. Well Time officially announced the selection of “The People’s Pope” Wednesday. This is great, as it indicates that the FishbowlDC readership is a very savvy and “in-the-know” demographic — which means we can charge advertisers more money! Hooray Pope Francis!
Ann Curry’s Options Dwindle as $12 Million NBC News Contract Nears Window (THR)
What will Ann Curry do next? The veteran newswoman’s deal with NBC News has a window in early 2014, and speculation is swirling about plans for the longtime correspondent. Insiders note that she wants to move on in the wake of her awkward June 2012 exit from Today. But where? Curry’s representative, Washington lawyer Robert Barnett, has made NBC News’ competitors, including CBS News, aware she will be available. TVNewser According to the Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie, sources there say there are no current discussions with Curry or her reps. HuffPost Curry’s departure might cause some headaches for NBC, but it would also bring a kind of closure to a painfully public soap opera that, in some senses, is still haunting the network. Curry has remained resolutely silent since her exit from Today; saying farewell could allow her to speak out and move on in a way she has not been able to while still at NBC.
Rachel Maddow to Pen Column for Washington Post (FishbowlDC)
In something of a backwards move in this day and age, a TV personality is taking on a print gig. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC fame will be writing a monthly column for The Washington Post, according to a memo from editorial page editor Fred Hiatt. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple “We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments, sharp wit and thoughtful analysis of political and social issues that have made her show an Emmy Award winner,” noted a memo on the move. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “Maddow, who has written columns for the Post before, will have her first monthly installment run this week, Hiatt said.
HuffPost Takes More Control of Destiny With New Ad Staff Separate From AOL (Adweek)
The Huffington Post is increasingly looking like a standalone business at AOL. The site got a new CEO in Jimmy Maymann a year ago and before that, Arianna Huffington took control of some business functions that previously had been handled by the parent. Now, the closely watched news and aggregation site is creating a big, standalone ad sales force to double down on premium advertising.
New York Observer Surrenders The Pink (Capital New York)
The New York Observer is set to trade in its most distinctive feature — the salmon-colored paper it’s printed on — for basic newspaper white. Details about the redesign-in-progress have begun to trickle out. And if current plans hold, the Observer will see a much more intensive transformation than we reported last week.
The Hill Steals Politico’s Adam Prather (NY Post)
Media entrepreneur Jimmy Finkelstein has raided Politico to hire a new publisher of The Hill. Adam Prather was national ad director at Politico and is the new publisher of The Hill, a Capitol Hill must-read, which is owned by News Communications. Prather replaces Francine McMahon, who is starting a Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm, The Capital Image Counsel. FishbowlDC Prather has worked on the business side of several publishing enterprises including Politico, Yahoo!, and Roll Call.
Bloomberg News Pays Reporters More if Their Stories Move Markets (Business Insider)
Bloomberg News has an unusual practice of paying some of its reporters explicitly for publishing “market-moving” stories. This is one of many metrics that is factored into reporters’ annual bonuses. This practice is not widespread in the financial news industry, and journalists we spoke to from other outlets were not aware that it is used at Bloomberg. We also canvassed traders, bankers and public relations professionals. None of them had heard this before, either.
Toronto Star Reporter Pushes Back at Ford’s ‘Vile’ Suggestion (Poynter / MediaWire)
Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale pushed back Wednesday against repeated suggestions from Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford that Dale is a pedophile. Ford’s latest comment came from an interview with Conrad Black that aired Monday night in Canada. The Star‘s Robin Doolittle wrote about the interview Tuesday, in which Ford also accused Toronto’s chief of police of going after Ford for retribution. Toronto Star / City Hall Dale: “He tried to get me arrested, to destroy my career; I decided to correct him gently, deferentially. Not any more. Not 19 months later. Rob Ford is lying about me, he knows it, and it’s vile.”
Brooklyn Rail Politics Editor Steps Down (Capital New York)
Since moving to Brooklyn in 1998, Theodore Hamm has spent no more than a week without thoughts of the Brooklyn Rail — the beloved free journal covering local arts, culture and politics — occupying his mind. Hamm, 47, editor of the Rail’s politics coverage, will leave the magazine after the nonprofit releases 20,000 copies of its December-January issue, likely this weekend.
AP Photo Director Pens Scathing Op-Ed on ‘Obama’s Orwellian Image Control’ (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The crusade against the White House’s practice of barring press photographers from certain events continues: On Wednesday, The New York Times published a scathing op-ed by Santiago Lyon, the Associated Press’ vice president and director of photography, titled “Obama’s Orwellian Image Control.” In the column, Lyon calls the White House photos “propaganda” and points out that the now infamous photo of President Barack Obama taking a “selfie” with other world leaders at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, was a “democratization of image making.” NYT Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access.
Did You Know Red Bull Has A Magazine With A 2.7 Million Circulation? (Folio:)
When you think Red Bull, you should think scale. Whether it’s selling more than 35 billion cans of an energy drink in more than 165 countries, sponsoring hundreds of athletes or producing a men’s lifestyle magazine that’s printed in five languages and delivers more than 2.7 million copies globally, Red Bull aims to do everything big. The Red Bulletin is the company’s print magazine iteration, and it began in 2007 when the company launched its media division, Red Bull Media House. PRNewser Could there be a better example of what we call “brand journalism”?
How Do Millennials Like to Read The News? Very Much Like Their Grandparents (The Atlantic)
In the eyes of employers, marketers and brand gurus, Generation Y tends to be treated like a separate species, forged in the primordial stew of Internet, whose habits are so positively alien to the rest of the country that they’ve inspired a cottage industry: The How-Do-You-Solve-a-Problem-Like-Millennials? genre. But a new report from the Pew Research Center suggests that, when it comes to reading the news on mobile devices, young people aren’t so different.
‘The Cosmo 100′ With Joanna Coles And The Wednesday Celebrity Scene (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
As devoted as we are to covering the Fellini-esque scene that is Wednesdays at Michael’s, we do occasionally break tradition and report the news from 55th and Fifth on other days of the week when we’re invited to especially dishy lunches with A-listers. Monday’s head-spinning gathering of the “Cosmo 100″ hosted by the hotter-than-hot editrix Joanna Coles more than fit the bill. Boasting one of the year’s most impressive guest lists, the estrogen-fueled confab, now in its second year, brilliantly showcased Joanna’s savvy for bringing together her vast network of female overachievers from every conceivable sphere of influence for the dual purpose of some high-profile networking and some serious brand building.
Modern Farmer Combines Serious Coverage With LambCam, Hits Jackpot (Bloomberg Businessweek)
As mainstream media outlets struggle to balance a commitment to serious journalism with the public’s seemingly insatiable appetite for cute animals, Modern Farmer and ModernFarmer.com are in an enviable position.
Spotify’s Daniel Ek on Competition, Controversy And Crossing Over Into Mainstream (AllThingsD)
Spotify has more than 24 million users, and it has converted more than six million of them into paying subscribers. The biggest selling point for the music service: If you pay up, you can listen to us on the go.
Your thoughts on Time‘s ‘Person of the Year’?
karmacom A no-Brainer!
NicoleSmithWE Totally called this
DaUndergrounder I would have preferred Snowden, but I don’t have any real problem with Pope selection.
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