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High Times Magazine Cheats Its 40th Anniversary Date

ChrisSimunekPicDenver Post marijuana editor Ricardo Baca, who made a lot of headlines when he was selected for the job, has re-checked in with his High Times counterpart Chris Simunek (pictured) to talk about that magazine’s upcoming anniversary issue. And while it’s still early, FishbowlNY readers may want to start blocking out the night of Thursday October 16 and currying favor, when High Times will host a big 40th anniversary bash.

EIC Simunek has no problem admitting that he tacked on a few extra months to the correct 40th-anniversary High Times date. All so the celebration can be optimally leveraged:

“The actual anniversary of the first issue was in June, I think. We’re having this in November because we wanted to keep doing stuff that builds up to it. If we put the issue out in June, and this is a publishing thing, it’s not a great-selling month for us because people have other stuff to do in the summer and we’d be missing out on half a year of anniversary promotion. We have the [November 2014] issue coming out in September. Someone’s putting out a coffee table book in October. And we’re having our 40th anniversary party October 16 in New York.”

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Tom Hanks is King of the Typewriter Apps

HanxWriterAppGranted, it’s a relatively small category. But this week’s number-one-with-a-bullet Productivity and Overall categories success of Tom Hanks‘ free Hanx Writer iPad App proves the two-time Oscar winner can do no wrong.

From Sarah Perez‘s TechCrunch report:

Launched last week, Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering a pseudo-analog typing experience. The bangs of key presses, hard returns and the chimes that sound when you reach the end of a new line now sit alongside modern conveniences like the ability to correct without white tape or whiteout, and options to print, email or share your documents when complete.

Is it necessary? No, not really. Is it enjoyable to use and well-made? Well, yes.

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Cover Battle: Fader or Harper’s Bazaar

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Fader taking on Harper’s Bazaar.

Nicki Minaj covers Fader’s latest issue. Here she is folding her arms over an invisible chair. This is tougher than it looks.

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African-American Journo Sues People Magazine for Discrimination

TrayvonMartinPeopleCoverThe discrimination lawsuit filed by former People staffer Tatsha Robertson makes a number of incendiary claims against since-departed executive editor Betsy Gleick. From the New York Daily News report:

When the magazine does put black people on its cover, they’re held to a different standard, the suit says. Although People “put Trayvon Martin on its cover, Ms. Gleick was completely obsessed with attempting to unearth any potential negative fact about him before doing so,” the suit says. “Ms. Gleick repeatedly questioned whether he was a ‘good kid,’ yet never made efforts to vet white victims of crime.”

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Interview Magazine Rolls Out Six September Covers

For its Fall Fashion “Photography” issue, at newsstands starting today, Interview is putting the message across six ways from Sunday.

Each celebrity cover highlights the work of a particular photographer or photographers. Per a preview of the September issue covers at WWD, the Patrick Demarchelier-Keira Knightley one is hard to beat.

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Time, Businessweek Publish Powerful Ferguson Covers

Time and Businessweek both published brilliant and moving covers focused on the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Each cover features a photo taken by Getty photographer Scott Olson, who was arrested — with no explanation — while covering the events.

Sometimes a picture says much more than a thousand words.

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Edward Menicheschi Named CMO of Condé Nast

Edward Menicheschi has been named chief marketing officer and president of Condé Nast. Menicheschi most recently served as Vanity Fair’s VP and publisher.

Menicheschi is succeeding Lou Cona, who is “leaving the company after many years of distinguished service,” wrote Robert Sauerberg, Condé’s president, in a memo announcing the change. “Lou has been an invaluable business partner and we wish him well.” Cona had been with Condé since 2008.

“Many of you have worked with Edward during his tenure here and are familiar with his deep understanding of our brands, audiences and advertisers,” added Sauerberg. “He will bring his considerable skills and experience to bear as we expand our advertising and marketing influence across all platforms.”

Condé is expected to name a new publisher for Vanity Fair soon.

Huffington Post Expands to India

huffington-post1Here’s something that you only read about almost every day: The Huffington Post is expanding once again. HuffPost has partnered with The Times of India Group, the country’s biggest media company, to launch Huffington Post India. The site — which will feature content in English — is expected to launch later this year.

“As the world’s largest democracy, and with a middle class of more than 250 million people, India is a critical destination for any global media company,” said HuffPost’s CEO, Jimmy Maymann, in a statement. “And with Indian household consumption predicted to continue to grow nearly 20% per year, this partnership gives us an ideal entry into what is expected to become the world’s fifth-largest consumer market within the next ten years.”

Huffington Post and India Group will work together to form an editorial team that will be based in New Delhi.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Obama Honors Foley | Afghanistan Expels NYT Reporter

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Obama: Foley Execution ‘Appalled’ the Entire World (TVNewser)
President Obama took the podium Wednesday in Martha’s Vineyard to speak about James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in a video released Tuesday. The United States Wednesday morning verified the authenticity of the video, which also shows another captive American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be next to die. FishbowlDC Obama said, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day… People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera America all broadcast Obama’s statement live. NYT Obama declared on Wednesday that the entire world was “appalled” by the videotaped beheading of Foley by Islamic militants, speaking as American warplanes conducted 14 airstrikes in Iraq and the State Department asked the Pentagon to send as many as 300 more American troops to Iraq for security. Mashable Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including Foley, but the troops did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. HuffPost Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt condemned the murder of journalist Foley in a statement on Wednesday. His murder should be treated as a war crime, according to Pruitt. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012. He contributed to the GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse, among other media outlets. TVNewser CBS’s Clarissa Ward changed her profile picture, Fox News’s Conor Powell remembers him as “a great guy,” while Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, himself imprisoned in Egypt, says Foley’s murder “will spark a revolution against terrorists.” These are just some of the ways those who knew and worked alongside the intrepid journalist are remembering their colleague killed by ISIS militants.

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