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Capital New York Journo: If You’re Good at Your Job, People Quickly Forget About the Hijab

Richard Tedesco, a reporter with Long Island weekly newspaper the New Hyde Park Herald Courier, recently spoke with local resident turned Capital New York reporter Johana Bhuiyan. His article delivers fascinating info about her early aspirations to be a journalist, her current rotating shifts for the Web publication and more.

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Bhuiyan grew up in Long Island with three older brothers. Her father, Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan, is currently president of the Hillside Islamic Center and she told Tedesco that although some people are sometimes a little surprised when they first see her traditional Muslim head scarf, the acceptance otherwise has been stellar:

“I’ve definitely seen my share of first glances, people seeing a girl in a head scarf,” she said. “I haven’t experienced anything negative from wearing a head scarf or being a Muslim. If you’re good at your job all that fades away.”

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Cover Battle: Capital New York or Billboard

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Capital New York taking on Billboard. We love the vintage feel of Capital’s Real Estate issue. Plus, Anna Wintour is featured, and if you don’t acknowledge her presence at every opportunity, you get fired from your job. We dare you to doubt the truth of that statement.

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CJR Crunches the Capital New York Paywall Numbers

Shutterstock_CoinsGraphCapital New York’s imminent paywall works out to $16.41… per day. We shared our skepticism about the recent announcement of a $5,990 annual climb for subscribers; this morning, the Columbia Journalism Review‘s Dean Starkman takes a different view:

The secret to Capital New York is that it only has to sell 600 or so subscriptions to break even, and it’s probably going to do better than that because it’s not like apples in at least one important respect…

[Politico Pro's] numbers are about 1,700 organizations and 10,000 readers. Divide the 10,000 readers by the five readers allowed to use it to get to 2,000 subscribers, times $8,000 each, gets to a rough annual revenue $16 million. Politico has more than 100 employees, but not that much more. Let’s pay them at a rate of $100,000 each, including benefits, and we’re at, say, $12 million, and comfortably in the black.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for the Past Week

RichardShermanFOXSportsHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY stories that made the most buzz this week.

1) Sports Illustrated ‘s Highest Traffic Day Ever Comes Via Richard Sherman Column

2) Time Adds Four

3) Jay Leno Explains Himself Via 60 Minutes

4) Capital New York Launching $6,000 Paywall

5) Men’s Titles Ad Pages Surge in 2013

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Capital New York Launching $6,000 Paywall

Do you read Capital New York? If not, you should! It’s a good site, with plenty of talented writers cranking out quality content. Actually, you should probably get your fill now, because beginning next month Capital is installing a paywall, and subscriptions for up to five users will run about $6,000 per year. You have to at least admire the state of consciousness Capital’s execs are occupying to think that people will pay that price.

Adweek reports that a subscription to Capital gets readers the site’s newsletters, full access to its three verticals (City Hall, Albany and media) as well as “customized alerts,” which we imagine will be monthly texts reminding you of the money you’re flushing down the toilet.

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NYT Poaches Pulitzer Prize-Winning AP Reporter Matt Apuzzo

MattApuzzoAs is so often the case, Capital New York media reporter Joe Pompeo got the jump today on a major, simultaneous internal announcement by Associated Press and the New York Times. AP investigative star Matt Apuzzo – who, with Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley won a 2011 Pulitzer for exposing troublesome NYPD surveillance tactics – is leaving the wire service and will start at the paper in the new year.

Pompeo has embedded both announcements in full. We thought it would be fun to whittle these missives down to the nouns and adjectives principally used to describe this departing-arriving star:

AP memo: Whip-smart; intellectually aggressive; drive; discipline; good judgment; wisdom.

NYT memo: Gifted; natural collaborator.

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Capital New York’s Sexiest 60-Second Interview Yet

CapitalProLogoOne of the features of Capital New York’s brand new “Media Pro” morning newsletter is something called The 60-Second Interview. Participants so far have included Curbed CEO Lockhart Steele, Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min, former FishbowlNY editor Rachel Sklar and, today, Glenn Beck.

The Daily Caller got a kick out of the fact that present in today’s e-mail version was the editorial annotation [CUT?] ahead of The Blaze founder’s praise of I Love Lucy (Beck’s Ricky Ricardo praise was indeed excised from the Web side). Meanwhile, at The Blaze end, assistant editor Erica Ritz seems to have felt the need to confirm to her readers that the conversation is not a hoax:

Glenn Beck told Capital New York in a “60-second interview” that he actually admires a number of reporters from the mainstream media.

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The Next Step for Gawker’s ‘Ethical Viral Engineering’

NeetzanZimmermanThis will stand as the new benchmark of success for a Gawker employee. Start working for Nick Denton; get your own website vertical 18 months later.

Per a great little interview feature today by Capital New York’s Matthew Lynch, that is the plan for in-house clicks wizard Neetzan Zimmerman. And who can blame Denton? As Capital New York frames it, Zimmerman currently outpaces, on his own, blog networks with tens of employees :

Under this plan, Zimmerman would get both his own landing page and an intern (Gawker calls them “fellows,” and pays them by the hour) whom he can train in his “dark arts,” a phrase that comes up a lot among legacy editorial types discussing Zimmerman and his counterparts in the increasingly brutal game for attention spans on the Internet.

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Bloomberg Businessweek on the Franchising of Politico

CapitalProLogoFor major U.S. media markets such as Chicago and Los Angeles, there’s a lot riding on the Allbritton Communications purchase and re-branding of Capital New York. Per a feature article by Bloomberg Businessweek staff writer Felix Gillette, success here could pave the way for circa-2015 sites like Capital Chicago and Capital Los Angeles:

If the experiment succeeds, the Politico colonization will spread to other cities. “Essentially, this is the first experiment of taking Politico and exporting it somewhere else,” says [Politico/Capital New York CEO Jim] VandeHei.

Gillette shares some interesting numbers. Politico’s monthly Web traffic is, as one would expect, currently much more substantial than Capital New York’s (five million to 184,000). The more capitally important stats are those of Politico Pro, the subscriber service launched two years ago by Allbritton in D.C.

That’s where Capital New York is headed after the site’s Pro services free-trial period ends January 31. According to Gillette, around 80 full-time staffers deliver Politico Pro content and event streams to a base of 1,300 subscribing D.C. companies.

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Friends, Colleagues Remember New York Observer Editor Peter Kaplan

As the sad news of the passing at age 59 from cancer of Peter Kaplan spread Friday, current Observer senior editor Colin Campbell suggested “there’s no better source on Mr. Kaplan than the editor himself.” And so, Campbell for his first piece chose to republish Kaplan’s 2008 tribute to New York magazine founder Clay Felker.

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BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir meanwhile led off her memories with what she deemed a typically “quirky” Kaplan hiring experience:

In July 2007, when I was a writer for Gawker, I got an email from Nikki Finke that said in the subject line: “Peter Kaplan called and asked who to hire as his media writer/editor. I said you.” And so a few days later I got coffee with Peter at Le Pain Quotidien on 19th Street between Park and Broadway, just down the block from the old Observer offices, and a few weeks later, after several back-and-forths about what the job was (I was to be writing about “ideas”) and how much money I would be making (not very much), I was hired.

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