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New York Review of Books Issues Retraction

MartinFillerNYRBHedA defamation lawsuit filed last week by world-renowned London-based architect Zaha Hadid certainly got the defendants’ attention. On Monday, the New York Review of Books posted a letter from article author Martin Filler. It reads:

In my review of Rowan Moore’s Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture [NYRB, June 5], I quoted comments by the architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar, when she was asked in London in February 2014 about revelations a week earlier in The Guardian that hundreds of migrant laborers had died while working on construction projects in Qatar. I wrote that an “estimated one thousand laborers… have perished while constructing her project thus far.”

However, work did not begin on the site for the Al Wakrah stadium until two months after Ms. Hadid made those comments; and construction is not scheduled to begin until 2015. There have been no worker deaths on the Al Wakrah project and Ms. Hadid’s comments about Qatar that I quoted in the review had nothing to do with the Al Wakrah site or any of her projects.

I regret the error.

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A Scientific Journal Goes Down the Tubes

ExperimentalClinicalCardiologyCoverNew York-based magazine The Scientist has brought to our attention a reminder of just how widespread the corrosion of the print world has become.

Per their pick-up of a recent Ottawa Citizen investigation, Toronto-born publication Experimental & Clinical Cardiology was sold in 2013 by Pulsus Publishing Group to some individuals based in NYC. Those buyers apparently quickly flipped the magazine to new proprietors and the rest is sordid history:

The new owners claim to be in Switzerland, but according to the Citizen, contributor payments are routed to a bank in Turks and Caicos. “We don’t have a clue who these people are,” [former publisher Robert] Kalina told the paper. “It is very sad.”

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The 2014 Online Journalism Award Finalists

The Online News Association has announced the 2014 finalists for its Online Journalism Awards. The awards honor a variety of categories, including investigative journalism, data journalism, visual digital storytelling, general excellence, public service and more.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Chicago. Congrats to everyone. Below are just a few of the nominees. Click through for the entire list.

FEATURE, LARGE

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM, MEDIUM

From Crystal… to Billy Crystal

On his 63rd birthday, Robin Williams shared the following photo via Instagram. It depicted him with Crystal, his co-star from the Night at the Museum film series.

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Last night, the most striking aspect of Billy Crystal‘s wonderful Primetime Emmys tribute to the late actor and comedian was the photo of Williams displayed throughout. The selection of that picture made Los Angeles Times photo editor Cindy Hively very proud:

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Swoon Reads Releases Fan-Voted Young Adult Title

ALittleSomethingDifferentCoverThanks to a healthy amount of advance online sampling and a community rating of five hearts, A Little Something Different is out today as the first title for Macmillan Publishing’s new Young Adult imprint Swoon Reads. A first run of 100,000 copies of the book has been ordered for the U.S ., alongside simultaneous releases in the UK and Australia.

The novel was written by 33-year-old Morristown, New Jersey librarian Sandy Hall. From a recent New York Times write-up:

By bringing a reality-television-style talent competition to its digital slush pile, the publisher is hoping to find potential best sellers that reflect not editors’ tastes but the collective wisdom and whims of the crowd.

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NY Times Revamps Crossword Feature

One way the New York Times can attract new customers is by tempting people (well, at least the smarter ones) with a revamped Crossword feature. Recently the Times announced a free, mini crossword app for iOs devices. Now it is looking for people to pay up with an update to New York Times Crossword.

The new Crossword has a fresh, clean look and comes with “play anywhere” capabilities, meaning if you start a puzzle on your phone, you can complete it on your computer or iPad. Or tell your friends you finished it even though you didn’t (Hint: a three letter word for automobile is “car”). There’s also an archive of 18 years of puzzles to drive you mad.

New York Times Crossword is available for $39.99 per year or $6.99 per month. New subscribers and digital subscribers to the Times get it for about half that price.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: 550 Buyouts, Layoffs at Turner | Amazon Acquires Twitch

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550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts (The Wrap)
Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large number of those at CNN and HLN, which will lead to layoffs if they are not taken voluntarily, according to an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans. TVNewser CNN chief Jeff Zucker will certainly want to protect CNN’s investment in original series and documentaries; the type of programming he’s gone all in on since taking the reins last year. Which departments and programming are affected by cuts remains to be seen. Variety Word of the staff cuts comes at a time when key Turner nets are at a crossroads. Turner’s entertainment networks are poised for a management overhaul following the departure in April of Steve Koonin as entertainment group chief. Meanwhile, CNN sibling HLN has been rumored to be in for a major makeover, possibly in a partnership deal between Time Warner and Vice Media. B&C The buyouts are part of the Time Warner unit’s efforts to cut costs as part of new CEO John Martin’s Turner 2020 plan aimed at cutting costs and aligning spending with company priorities. Turner officials had no comment, but sources said that the voluntary layoffs will be offered throughout Turner, including its news networks CNN and HLN, as well as its entertainment networks, including TNT and TBS. The company is not aiming at a specific headcount but rather is seeking to hit an expense number that includes personnel and other costs. THR The plan at Turner, which employs about 14,000 people worldwide, involves a formula that will allow workers at least age 55 and with a certain number of years seniority to take a buyout somewhat more generous than the usual two weeks of pay for every one year of service, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Happy Monday | Perfect Study | Announce and Change

Jeff Zucker GTVNewser: CNN’s Jeff Zucker said the company is “going to have to do what we do with less,” so we imagine staffers’ spirits are sky high.

SocialTimes: A new study found that men on the Internet are pretty much all morons. FishbowlNY editors excluded, of course.

FishbowlDC: New Meet The Press host Chuck Todd understands that he needs to act dumber in order for the show to gain an audience.

Freelance Journalist Confesses Their Native Advertising Sins

ShutterstockWastepaperMoneyBasketThe latest installment of Digiday’s “Confessions” series could not be timelier. It features a veteran freelance feature writer who has had to cross over to the sponsored-content side to earn a decent living.

On the plus side, the unidentified individual says they’re making $500 a day and, as a result, are chipping away at some accumulated debt. On the down side, the client stories being passed on are consistently “lowest common denominator.”

From the Q&A with Lucia Moses:

You don’t want your real name used on the native ad pieces. Is that [lowest common denominator aspect] why?

Because it’s not work I’m proud of. It’s not anything remotely interesting. But I was at [a major news organization] and didn’t put my name on many stories. If I were writing stories for dumb women’s magazines, I wouldn’t want my name on many stories, either.

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