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Jill Abramson Joining Steve Brill on Startup

Jill Abramson, the former New York Times executive editor who was fired last May, has finally shed some light on what her future holds. During WBUR event “Fast Forward,” Abramson said she’s teaming up with Steve Brill on a startup that “will be doing one big story a year.” She also noted that she’s currently pitching the startup to investors, who “sound very interested.”

The pairing would actually be a homecoming of sorts. Brill — who founded American Lawyer in 1979 — made Abramson one of his first hires. Brill’s most recent brush with notoriety came when he penned the massive “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” cover story for Time.

Abramson already has a teaching job at Harvard lined up. She also had stated that she’d “like to be working at the highest quality kind of magazine,” and if she and Brill are doing only one story per year, perhaps she still wants to do that.

We imagine more details about the duo’s project will emerge soon. We’ll keep you posted, because we’re just as interested as you are.

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Jeffrey Schneider Leaving ABC News to Found His Own PR Firm (TVNewser)
Jeffrey Schneider, ABC News SVP and chief spokesman, is leaving the network to start his own PR firm. THR / The Live Feed Known for his aggressive style, Schneider worked closely with three presidents: David Westin, Ben Sherwood (who recently relocated to Burbank to take on Anne Sweeney’s position as president of Disney-ABC Television Group) and current president James Goldston. Capital New York Julie Townsend, the VP of communications, will step in to replace as the top communications executive at ABC News. Schneider’s new firm will be called Schneider Global Strategies, and its first clients will be ABC News and parent company The Disney ABC Television Group. Variety Townsend, who has worked tirelessly for ABC News in any number of matters, has been with the unit as its vice president of communications since 2011. Prior to that, she worked with NBCUniversal in its corporate communications department. Townsend started her career with ABC as a PR coordinator for Nightline and This Week in the ABC News Washington Bureau in 2001. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Long known as a high-intensity figure in the media world, Schneider was suspended for two weeks in June for yelling at a staffer. The departure had been in the works since March, when Sherwood was promoted to president of DATG. Schneider will stay with ABC through Election Day.

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NYT Travel Writer Doubles as ‘Amigo Gringo’

Launched last week in Portuguese with English subtitles, Seth Kugel‘s twice-a-week NYC city guide series Amigo Gringo is off to a roaring start.

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From AP travel editor Beth J. Harpaz‘s report:

Kugel said reaction to the series has been “astounding. It’s been crazy. Everybody wants to talk to me.” The first installment got 25,000 hits [on YouTube] in the first 36 hours — not bad for a non-celebrity in a series by an unknown startup company, Rede Snack.

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Good Start | App Ad | Take it to Them

FishbowlDC: In an interview with Playboy, former Democratic governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer reveals that he can count.

AllFacebook: Facebook has launched an ad for its Messenger app that it forced you to download. Good luck, Facebook!

GalleyCat: Paul Krugman is not happy with Amazon.com.

A Tall Tale from a Rudy’s Regular

ShutterstockOlegCassini2001There’s a ton of local color in New York Times metro reporter Annie Correal‘s feature piece “In New York City, Sunday Night Is for Regulars.” Correal roamed the city for a month on weekends, late, so as to chronicle the way residents reclaim their neighborhood bars and restaurants after the Friday-Saturday crush of outer-borough invaders.

When Correal visited Rudy’s Bar & Grill in Hell’s Kitchen, she met Frankie, a toupee-wearing regular who pulled out from his pocket a photo of famed fashion designer Oleg Cassini and claimed to be the man’s son. “No one in 10 miles knows what I know, “Frankie told her insistently. But his story didn’t check out:

A few days later, I went back to Rudy’s to find Mr. Cassini. He had said he was the son of the designer, and had grown up with the city’s crème de la crème, but this had proven impossible to confirm. As far as I could tell, Oleg Cassini had only had two children, daughters.

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So What Do You Do, Noah Rosenberg, Founder, CEO and EIC of Narratively?

Noah-Rosenberg-Article If there’s anything you should get from Noah Rosenberg‘s story, it’s that you should probably keep a notebook next to your bed — the brilliant thought that strikes you just before shut-eye could very well turn into a viable business. In Rosenberg’s case, his feverish, middle-of-the-night scribblings became Narratively, a multimedia platform dedicated to the human interest, slow-burn storytelling he’d always had a passion for and feared would disappear along with shrinking newsroom resources. He still has that notebook, by the way.

Narratively recently celebrated its two-year anniversary and so much has been accomplished since it first appeared on the Web. The site was placed on Time‘s “50 Best Websites of 2013″ within a year of its launch, its contributors have been approached for book deals, iconic pieces like “The Secret Life of a Manhattan Doorman” have attracted Hollywood’s attention, brands reach out to members of Narratively’s network of about 1,000 freelancers for high-quality content production, and people around the globe continue to flock to Narratively to read and watch its original content.

And of course Rosenberg is brimming with more and more ideas to tap into an even broader audience. Think spinoff sites like Narratively [Insert Name of Major City Here], Narratively Sports, Narratively Tech, or Narratively Food; iPhone and Android apps; Narratively Film Studios; a book; and more. “I think because of our ability to find these stories in unlikely places and to really tell these stories in a beautiful, meaningful way, we’re finding this wealth of opportunity, and we’re really excited about what the future will hold.” Rosenberg chats with Mediabistro about his on-the-job journalism training, Narratively’s beginnings and his plans for expansion.

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​Adam Auriemma Departs WSJ for Fusion

Fusion TV logo GAdam Auriemma is leaving The Wall Street Journal for Fusion, where he’ll serve as deputy editor. He had most recently served as the Journal’s New York deputy bureau chief. Prior to that, Auriemma served as a managing editor for The Daily Beast.

“Adam will play a critical leadership role in overseeing daily editorial operations at Fusion,” wrote Fusion’s editor-in-chief, Jane Spencer, in a memo. “He’ll be working closely with me to redefine Fusion’s digital content, and will work with editors, reporters and journalists across all of our teams. As we expand our coverage in 2015, Adam will also lead our coverage around money, careers and personal finance for Fusion’s young, diverse audience.”

Spencer’s full note is below.

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How to Spot the Banksy BS

BanksyArtIn light of a fake news article being widely shared on social media about the arrest of street artist Banksy, the International Business Times’ Ewan Palmer has some critical advice for Facebook and Twitter users:

All readers need to do is check: A) Does the article appear on National Report? and B) Is Paul Horner mentioned anywhere in it?

Actually, since Horner also likes to attach his Web journalism pranks to the byline Jimmy Rustling at Super Official News, folks need to double up on this front.

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Simon Dumenco Named Ad Age Editorial Director

Simon Dumenco has been named editorial director of Ad Age. Dumenco had most recently served as an Ad Age columnist — he penned its Media Guy feature — and editor-at-large.

Dumenco has an extensive history in publishing. He previously worked for New York as launch editorial director for nymag.com, ad critic, pop culture columnist and business/technology editor. He was also consulting executive editor on O: The Oprah Magazine’s launch and executive editor of Seventeen.

In related news, Ad Age’s associate publisher Abbey Klaassen is leaving to join Dentsu Aegis Network as its director of corporate development and strategy, Americas.

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