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White House Approaching Sony Hack as ‘National Security Issue’ (THR)
During a press briefing in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the hacking of Sony’s internal computer system has become a “national security issue” involving federal law enforcement and diplomatic personnel. Earnest also confirmed revelations from the latest batch of internal Sony emails released by the hackers that two members of the administration had screened “a rough cut” of The Interview – the impending release of which may have prompted the attack — at Sony’s request, but Earnest said Thursday that they had made no recommendations about changes or how to proceed. Time Earnest said there have been a number of daily meetings at the White House about the hack, and that there are “a range of options that are under consideration right now” for a response. Earnest would not rule out a U.S. cyber counterattack on those behind the Sony hack, saying officials are mindful of the need for a “proportional response.” The Washington Post Public attribution of the attack could come as early as this week, one national security official said. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the government of Kim Jong Un is behind the attack. North Korea has publicly denied involvement. The attack came in apparent retaliation for Sony’s planned Christmas Day release of The Interview, a comedy built around the assassination of the North Korean leader. PRNewser The group (or country) behind the massive Sony hack sent out a warning that there would be repercussions for any theater that shows The Interview on its screens. Right away, the largest theater companies, from AMC Entertainment to Regal Entertainment and beyond, said they wouldn’t show the film. So Sony killed the whole thing. The outrage from Hollywood has been fast and furious on Twitter, with many expressing anger and disappointment that there wouldn’t be a bigger stand for freedom of expression. Deadline Sony has no plans to release the film anywhere for the foreseeable future. The news comes despite the lack — at least in public — of the same kind of terrorist threat against Sony’s international operations as was made against the studio’s U.S. release. The Interview had been set to open across all major European territories in January and February. Those plans are now off.

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NY Jobs: Rodale, MindBodyGreen.com, YP

This week, Rodale is hiring a senior associate editor for Women’s Health, while MindBodyGreen.com needs a branded content editor. YP is seeking editorial contributors and bloggers, and NYMetroParents is on the hunt for a directories editor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Right Now | Good Luck | Nice Deal

AmazonLogo150x150GalleyCat: Amazon now delivers certain products within an hour to locations in Manhattan. Not fast enough!

AllTwitter: According to a new study, 64 percent of holiday shoppers have found inspiration on a social media site. This could be a really bad holiday.

GalleyCat: Diane Guerrero, know for her role on Orange is the New Black, has signed a book deal. We’re sold.

First-Ever People Magazine Awards to Air Tonight on NBC

people-magazine-awardsIn case you thought there were far too few awards shows on TV for the celeb-obsessed, People is debuting a new one. The People Magazine Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon, will celebrate the year in pop culture and feature appearances from stars like Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lopez. The two-hour event airs tonight on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

“We are excited to launch our inaugural awards this year on the heels of People’s 40th birthday celebration,” Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, told FishbowlNY.

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Here’s an Example of How Comedians Are Joking About Cosby

The set-up, shared Monday night December 15 by veteran stand-up comic Dom Irrera from the stage of The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles: “I was raped by Bill.”

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And for those interested, here is the rest of the gag, courtesy of a tipster who was in attendance and showed us the Smartphone video.

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Fallout Continues Over Retracted Boston.com Item

SichuanGardenLogoA juicy deconstruction has been shared today by Boston magazine contributing editor David S. Bernstein.

As many of you have already heard and read, Boston.com last week published and then retracted a follow-up item suggesting that a Harvard Business School professor had sent an email with racist overtones to a local Chinese restaurant. Incredibly, a subsequent editorial meeting about all this on Thursday December 11 was secretly recorded and leaked. Bernstein, under the headline “What the Hell Happened to Boston.com?“, offers a full-course primer about the chronology of this journalistic debacle. Events that are still percolating and progressing a week later:

According to a report this morning on BostInno, the [Boston.com] editorial reins, at least in the interim, will be put in the hands of someone with no apparent newsroom editing experience at all: Eleanor Cleverly, Globe Media’s director of content for digital marketplaces. The same report suggests that [editor, retracted item co-author Hilary] Sargent is going to move into a senior writer’s role.

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Britney Spears (We Think) Covers Women’s Health

Britney Spears — or at least someone we’re being told is Britney Spears — is Women’s Health’s latest cover star.

We’re not even talking about her body; it’s her face. Spears looks like a completely different person. That’s either a lot of makeup, bad Photoshop, or one hell of a nose job.

Magazine Launches and Closures Both Up in 2014

magazines_articleIt was both a good year and a bad year for magazines. Because we’re magazine fans, let’s start with the good news: The number of new titles launched in 2014 was up from last year. Now, the bad news: The number of closures also increased.

According to MediaFinder, 190 magazines made their debut in 2014, while 99 were folded. Last year 156 magazines launched and 56 were shuttered.

The categories for magazines making their debut in 2014 included regional (23 new magazines), health (eight), and food, home, and children with six new titles each. Automotive and craft publications were hit with the most closures.

Overall, we had a net gain of 99 magazines this year. That’s not too bad!

Harriette Cole on the Road From Runway Model to Ebony EIC

Harriette-Cole-ArticleTo begin a media career that has included stints as fashion director at Essence, founding editor of Uptown magazine and editor-in-chief of Ebony, Harriette Cole started with what she knew: fashion. The former runway model used her field expertise to wrangle two internships for herself.

There were no internships in liberal arts, so I created them at two free papers in Washington, D.C. I convinced them to let me write about fashion and gave myself a year to collect a body of clips. When that milestone got close, I reached out to two women I’d stayed in touch with from school who worked at magazines and asked if they knew of any job openings. They both did, one position at Fairchild Publications [now Fairchild Fashion Media] and another at Essence. I was offered both, but I took the job at Essence.

But before Harriette Cole was writing, she was typing. The first job the Howard graduate had was on the Hill, and it was far from glamorous. Cole’s role was secretarial in nature, but she found a way to write, and learned a lesson she continues to pass on: Read more

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