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This NYT Staffer is Spending Thanksgiving in Cuba

There is an additional Twitter journalist account to be aware of this holiday weekend (if you are not already): @londonoe.

That handle belongs to New York Times editorial board member Ernesto Londoño who, for the first time since he was a college student, has traveled to Cuba. The Colombian-born, NYC-based foreign affairs writer – previously covering the Pentagon for the Washington Post – arrived November 22 and is scheduled to be there through the weekend. He has been sharing all sorts of fascinating glimpses of his visit, including this shot of the digital newsroom at Communist newspaper Periódico Granma:

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Fast Track | Moving On | Dance Fever

Twitter logo GFishbowlDC: An amazing graphic showing how Twitter reacted to the Darren Wilson ruling.

TVNewser: Suze Orman is leaving CNBC. Please alert your grandparents.

TVSpy: Don’t worry everyone, Dancing With The Stars airs no matter what.

Natalie Wood Author Completes Follow-Up Book

CloserCoverLanaWoodFor those of us who pay close attention to the re-opened investigation into the death of Natalie Wood (she died 33 years ago this holiday weekend), the latest media flurry started with a cover story in the September 4 issue of Closer magazine. That interview with Natalie’s sister Lana was followed, earlier this month, by an emphatic open letter from Lana in the National Enquirer.

In the Closer piece, there was also some subtle framing offered up by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Lieutenant John Corina.

No matter what develops on the law enforcement front, there is guaranteed to be more attention on this matter generated next year, thanks to Marti Rulli. The New Jersey-based author, whose 2009 book and subsequent 2011 efforts sparked the re-opening of the investigation, tells FishbowlNY she has just completed the first draft of her Natalie Wood “continuation” book.

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The Colossal Failure of Racket is Now Complete

MTaibbiTwitterPicMatt Taibbi, what have you wrought?

While the jury is still out on exactly how much blame the high-flying journalist, now safely back at Rolling Stone, must bear for the implosion of First Look Media’s Racket, his abrupt exit has been followed today by a curt and even more far-reaching announcement. Right in the heart of Thanksgiving week:

Since Matt Taibbi’s departure, we’ve been working with the team he hired to consider various options for launching a project without him. After multiple explorations, we’ve decided not to pursue the project. Unfortunately, this means that the team Matt hired will be let go.

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News Corp Invests in Another Real Estate Business

newscorp-1News Corp is really liking the real estate business lately. According to the AP, News Corp has invested in Elara Technologies, a Singapore-based company that operates PropTiger.com, an Indian real estate site. The deal was $30 million for a 25 percent stake.

As part of the purchase, a News Corp exec will join Elara Technologies’ board.

This is the second real estate company News Corp has moved in on (sorry about the pun) in just over two months. In September, News Corp announced that it had purchased Move Inc., which operates Realtor.com.

AOL Promotes Allie Kline to CMO

AOL logo GAOL has promoted Allie Kline to chief marketing officer. Kline was most recently CMO of AOL Platforms. She will continue to oversee that division in her new role.

Kline joined AOL last year from 33Across, where she also served as CMO.

“Allie Kline has been a driving force in the growth of AOL’s media, advertising and publisher solutions platforms,” said Tim Armstrong, AOL’s CEO, in a statement. “Allie is an award-winning marketing strategist helping to fundamentally reshape the future of the company.”

In related news, Erika Nardini, CMO of AOL Advertising, is leaving the company “to pursue other opportunities at the end of the year,” according to the release.

NY Times Names First Innovation and Strategy Editor

NYTimeslogoThe New York Times has named Kinsey Wilson editor for innovation and strategy, a new role at the paper. Wilson comes to the Times from NPR, where he served as executive VP and chief content officer since 2008.

At the Times, Wilson will be tasked with expanding the paper’s digital offerings and guiding its mobile strategies.

Dean Baquet, the Times’ executive editor, described Wilson as “a pioneer in digital journalism.” “I have known him for years and am delighted that he has agreed to bring his substantial talents to the Times as we continue down the path to our digital future,” added Baquet.

Wilson will begin his new role in February. He’ll report to Baquet.

Annie Leibovitz is Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf

NYHSLogoThere have been several excellent write-ups in the past week about “Pilgrimage,” a new exhibit of photographs by Annie Leibovitz running through February 22 at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library. The 78 showcased pictures follow a fall 2011 coffee table book of the same name.

Inspired by a bucket list put together by the late Susan Sontag, this pilgrimage saw the photographer travel far and wide, eventually focusing on the homes and personal objects of famous American figures. The Daily Beast’s Justin Jones spoke at length with Leibovitz, who explained why a shot of Virginia Woolf‘s desk resonates:

Woolf’s desk, shot from above, reveals every mishap it encountered — branded with cigarette burns and splattered with ink spills. “To me, it says that art and life are messy,” Leibovitz said of the author’s desk, which she described as one of her favorite images from the series and related to the financial troubles she faced and all of life’s upsets.

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A Love Boat-Worthy Writer’s Bio

BiographyLogoLaurie Ulster didn’t arrive in New York by boat. But the author of this week’s very fun piece The Love Boat Cast: Where Are They Now? for biography.com still has experienced a happy ending that would have fit right in on the 1977-87 ABC-TV series. From her writer’s bio:

Laurie Ulster is a transplanted Canadian who fell in love with Manhattan about 10 minutes after her arrival at NYU. After many years as a television producer, where networks like MTV had her producing everything from musician interviews in dive bars all over the East Village to game shows in Malaysia, she made the switch to digital, overseeing sites at Fuse and A&E.

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Fox & Friends Asks Great Question

 

What a poignant question from Fox & Friends. What has been the toughest part of this for Darren Wilson? Why aren’t we more concerned with his feelings? Instead all we seem to be talking about is how (another) unarmed black kid was gunned down and the person responsible faced no consequences.

Thanks to Fox & Friends for keeping us all focused on what really matters — anyone but black people.

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