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TVSpy: Asking viewers to like a Facebook post if they are “praying for the victims” of a car crash seems like a pretty idiotic thing to do. And yet…

TVNewser: CNN’s @CNNBrk Twitter account has 20 million followers. Your move, Justin Bieber.

AllFacebook: Here is the next meme that people you hate will be doing on Facebook.

These Playboy Playmates Became Journalists

There’s an interesting wrinkle to this week’s New York magazine photo feature highlighting six Playmates from Playboy‘s vintage era. Two of them are now journalists while a third works in public relations.

Chicago society columnist CandaceJordanTagCandace Jordan writes that because the photos for the article were shot in New York way back in February, she had become convinced the piece would never run. But it’s finally out, spotlighting some unusual life trajectories and the work of a very qualified photographer. From Jordan’s column:

Nadav Kander was flown in from England for this feature. He’s a London-based photographer, artist and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes. His work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and others. He even shot President Obama for the cover of Time magazine as its “Person of the Year.” To say he’s talented is an understatement.

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New York Sets Traffic Record in September

new-york-magazine-logoSeptember was good to New York. The magazine had a record-setting month in online traffic, netting 27 million unique visitors. That takes into account all of its verticals— Nymag.com, Vulture, The Cut, Grub Street, and Science of Us.

The record-setting number represents a 51 percent increase from September 2013 for New York.

Out of all the New York sites, Vulture and The Cut did the best. Both had nine million unique visitors in September; up 53 percent for Vulture and a whopping 83 percent for The Cut.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner Makes a Splash with GQ Feature Debut

As noted in our Revolving Door column, hard-working former Mediabistro staffer Taffy Brodesser-Akner (2001-2007), who was always a writer and in fact came up with the name “Revolving Door,” recently pulled off a remarkable coup. In the same, single week, she was named a contributing writer at both GQ and the New York Times Magazine.

NickiMinajGQNovember2014The piece that sparked her GQ contract has now arrived and it’s getting a lot of attention for one particular aspect. During the reporter’s conversation at Barclays Center with Nicki Minaj, her interview subject was desperately fighting off fatigue:

To be completely accurate, she never fell into actual REM sleep during our interview, but at four separate times she dozed off, her head jerking awake at just the moment it had started to dip. In between, she was what I could call low-key and reserved, because I am generous, but the picture looked like this: those eyelids, falling, falling over eyes that would cross momentarily, closing for a moment but staying too long—a blink that lasted a few blinks longer than a blink.

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Hearst Adds Editorial Recruiter, Redbook Expands Team

hearst-magazine-logo-1Hearst Magazines has named Maura Fritz editorial recruiter and Redbook has added two staffers. Details are below.

  • Fritz joins Hearst Magazines from Real Simple, where she served as senior editor and — most recently — deputy editor of RealSimple.com. She previously served as editorial manager of Life, and managing editor at Us Weekly and Men’s Journal.
  • Redbook has named Jennifer Hitzges fashion director. Hitzges was previously a stylist for celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Jessica Biel, Penelope Cruz, Kerry Washington and more. She has previously contributed to magazines such as Vanity Fair, InStyle, Teen Vogue and Glamour. 
  • Petra Kobayashi joins Redbook as art director. She most recently served as Self’s art director; a role she held for the past 10 years.

‘Mad Men’s’ Matt Weiner: ‘Find a Way to Turn Rejection into Something that Inspires You’

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ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, and CBS chief research officer David Poltrack are among the newest members of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Their honors came Monday night at a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria co-hosted by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas.

MediabistroTV caught up with several TV luminaries, including Kelly, Costas, “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner and even former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, to get their keys to success. WATCH:

The Fader Adds Three, Promotes Four

The Fader has hired three and promoted four. Details are below.

  • Larry Fitzmaurice has been named news editor. He comes to The Fader from Pitchfork, where he served as reviews editor. He previously was a contributor to GQ.
  • Zara Golden, formerly a contributing writer for title, has joined as staff writer. She most recently served as pop culture editor for The Upswing.
  • Khalila Douze joins as social media manager. She most recently served as a social analyst for Havas Media and a social strategist for Havas Worldwide.
  • Ruth Saxelby has been promoted to managing editor.
  • Senior editors Duncan Cooper and Emilie Friedlander have been promoted to deputy editor and deputy features editor, respectively.
  • Steven Aguiar, former social media manager, has been promoted to digital strategist.

Craig Silverman Finds Himself Knee-Deep in Fake News

At the end of a very good piece by The Verge reports editor Josh Dzieza about how Facebook is fanning the flame of viral fake news, Craig Silverman talks about an unanticipated priority.

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A month ago, Silverman launched watchdog site emergent.info with Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism to debunk items like the one above, concocted by current fake news headline-grabber National Report:

Silverman is interested in the dynamics of online rumors generally, but the fake news sites have become an unexpected focus. “I’m actively now thinking about ways to go after these fake news sites,” he says. “We need some way to crawl these sites and figure out which stories are starting to get velocity so we can counteract them, ruin their incentive, prevent them from getting the big hits. But I have no idea what the best way might be. There are so many.”

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Yahoo Expects $100 Million in Ad Sales from Tumblr

During a quarterly earnings call, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer revealed her vision for Tumblr — a $100 million vision. According to Mayer, the blogging platform will bring in $100 million in ad revenue next year. Mayer also said that Yahoo’s native advertising business will rake in $250 million.

That’s music to the ears of Yahoo investors, who were a bit concerned when Mayer decided to plunk down more than $1 billion for Tumblr last year.

The Wall Street Journal reports that since Yahoo acquired Tumblr, its audience has increased by 40 percent to 420 million users and registered blogs have doubled to 206 million.

What does this all mean for Tumblr users? More ads. A lot more.

300 NY Times Staffers Consider Taking Buyouts

newyorktimes-logoNew York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson are apparently going to have an easier time reducing the newsroom by 100 than they thought. According to The New York Post, 300 Times staffers have put in a request with the Newspaper Guild to review their severance packages.

Sulzberger and Thompson announced in early October that they needed to eliminate 100 jobs via either accepted buyouts or, if the number wasn’t reached, layoffs.

Though 300 people are reviewing their packages, it doesn’t mean they’re all in a rush to leave the Grey Lady. “A lot of people were just securing their rights and checking it out,” Grant Glickson, a union rep, told the Post.

Still, the fact that this many people are even giving the move a thought is interesting. It might be because the offer is heavily weighted toward urging veterans out the door. Staffers who have 20 or more years experience will get a bonus of 35 percent of their salary if they accept the Times offer. That could be just be enough to get people thinking of leaving the newspaper grind behind.

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