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Twitter Rages Against New York Times Michael Brown Characterization

Some have chosen to react to the New York Times description of Michael Brown as “no angel” with sarcastic tweets about their youthful misdemeanors. Others are full of rage:

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Many of those expressing anger and outrage have likely not read the full article, and therefore perhaps do not realize that “no angel” in the fifth paragraph is a callback to reporter John Eligon‘s lede:

FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling. He had seen something overpowering. In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel. And he saw Satan chasing the angel and the angel running into the face of God.

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Chloe Sevigny Exits Greenwich Village

ShutterstockChloeSevignyA couple of fun media strands to note in Marlow Stern‘s solid Daily Beast Q&A with actress Chloe Sevigny, whose Amazon series The Cosmopolitans debuts August 28.

Shortly after departing SoHo restaurant Balthazar, where she had sat down last week for lunch with the reporter, Sevigny was snapped and her outfit turned into a Daily Mail summer item. Meanwhile, the woman whose personal New York scene was once celebrated in the pages of The New Yorker by Jay McInerney has made a decision on that front; one that some other media coverage didn’t quite prepare her for:

“[I moved to Brooklyn] two weeks ago. I just sold my apartment a year ago. After ten years of living in the East Village, I was on 10th St. between 2nd and 3rd, I was like, “Get me the fuck out of here.”

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New Yorker Publishes Lena Dunham Book Excerpt

lena_dunham--300x300Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned,” the Lena Dunham memoir, doesn’t hit book stores until September 30. Luckily for Dunham fans (and Dunham haters!) The New Yorker has published an excerpt, which Dunham described as “about the therapists who raised me.”

“I am used to appointments: allergist, chiropractor, tutor,” writes Dunham. “All I want is to feel better, and that overrides the fear of something new, something reserved for people who are crazy. Plus, both my parents have therapists, and I feel more like my parents than like anybody else.”

The piece is titled “Difficult Girl.” You can enjoy it or hate it — or secretly enjoy it but publicly hate it — by clicking here.

Harris Celebrates Successful Launch of Naturally, Danny Seo

A press release today from Harris Publications insists there is such a thing as “sustainable print.”

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The tricks, according to the New York-based special interests publisher, include starting small (350,000 first-issue circulation), charging a premium newsstand price ($9.95) and connecting the publication to a recognizable brand name in the field being covered:

“We are thrilled with the early performance of Naturally, Danny Seo,” says Ben Harris, president of Harris Publications. “In what is generally thought of as a difficult time for print, it’s reassuring to see we developed a product that connects with readers.”

Naturally, Danny Seo is exploring expansion opportunities including international licensing with foreign publishers, a companion television show of the same name hosted by Danny and unique corporate co-marketing relationships with some of the most prominent national brands.

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NY Times Digital Subcription Growth Slows

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times’ paywall is now three years old. For most of that time, digital subscriptions grew at a healthy pace. However, according to Recode, there are signs that things are slowing down.

In June, the Times reported that it had added 32,000 digital subscriptions during the second quarter, bringing its total to about 831,000. That’s a solid number.

Unless, of course, those new subscribers were lured by new apps like NYT Now, and the Times has already hit its subscriber ceiling:

There could be some cannibalization from the new app, of course, but even if all 32,000 were for the main digital subscription (which costs $15 to $35 depending on how many devices you want to use), that would still fall short of the previous two quarters when the Times averaged 36,000 new subscribers.

If the Times has truly tapped every customer who will pay for its content, there could be rough waters ahead. As with any print product, the execs at the paper will need to figure out new revenue streams to avoid getting shipwrecked.

Erica Duecy Named Saveur Digital Director

Erica Duecy has been named digital director for Saveur. She comes to the magazine from Fodor’s Travel, where she served as deputy web editor. Under Duecy’s guidance, Fodors.com won two SATW Lowell Thomas Journalism Awards and experienced record-breaking traffic.

Duecy — whose writing has appeared in The New York Times and Food & Wine — is also a James Beard Journalism Award judge.

“We could not be more excited for Erica to join the Saveur team,” said David Ritchie, Bonnier’s chief content officer, in a statement. “Her experience in the food, travel, wine and spirits categories partnered with her terrific editing and digital skills makes her the most qualified person for this role.”

Duecy begins September 2.

Rodale Searches for Next Women’s Health Editor

Now that Michele Promaulayko has left Women’s Health for Yahoo, Rodale is in the unfortunate position of trying to fill the editor’s role at one if its most popular titles. WWD reports that for now, Amy Keller Laird is serving as acting editor-in-chief.

Should Keller Laird not be a perfect fit, Rodale is considering other candidates. Here are just a few names being tossed around:

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Journalist Freed in Syria | WaPo Editorials Stop Using ‘Redskins’

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Kidnapped U.S. Journalist Freed in Syria (Al Jazeera)
An American journalist kidnapped nearly two years ago has been freed in Syria following Qatari mediation and handed over to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights. TVNewser Peter Theo Curtis, an author and freelance journalist from Massachusetts, had been held by Jabhat Al-Nusrah, an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. He was captured shortly after crossing into Syria in October 2012. Mashable Curtis writes under the name Theo Padnos, and had published two books, including Undercover Muslim: A Journey Into Yemen. Curtis was originally based in Boston and Vermont, and later worked as a journalist in Yemen, where he became interested in the stories of young Muslim men moving to the U.S. to study Islam. WSJ His family said while it didn’t know the exact terms of their son’s release, they were assured by Qatari officials “that they were mediating for Theo’s release on a humanitarian basis,” without paying ransom. Mediaite Video of Curtis was disseminated in late June, showing the journalist disheveled but otherwise in good health. Curtis’ release comes just days after ISIS posted video showing the execution of captured American journalist James Foley.

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A Ripp-Roaring Time Inc. Yarn

There are more than a half-dozen standout quotes in the dog-days-of-print examination by Gabriel Sherman in this week’s New York magazine. Two of the zingers belong to Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp and, in both cases, connect the company’s august history with the disruptive challenges currently being sorted through.

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“If you have a church and nobody shows up, it doesn’t work so well,” Ripp tells Sherman at one point, referring to the appointment of Norm Pearlstine as chief content officer and a new reporting structure that has removed the wall between church (editorial) and state (advertising). Later on, when the specter of company co-founder Henry Luce is brought up, Ripp has this to say:

“You know the great thing about Henry Luce? He didn’t have to worry about what Henry Luce would have done. He wasn’t held to his past.”

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