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Posts Tagged ‘Dahlia Lithwick’

The New Yorker Snubbed at National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards (a.k.a. The Ellies) were given out last night and almost every magazine you can think of won, aside from The New Yorker. The magazine was nominated five times, but failed to take home a paperweight that vaguely resembles an elephant for the first time since 2007. But don’t feel bad for The New Yorker. It’s still The New Yorker.

Other notables from the Ellies: New York won Magazine of The Year and National Geographic won four times, the most of any magazine.

Below is the extremely long list of winners.

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SCOTUS Reporters Reveal Feelings About The Biggest Story They’ll Cover All Year

sotomayor hearings.pngFor the past couple days, the network and cable news channels have looked more like CSPAN, thanks to the nonstop coverage of Sonia Sotomayor‘s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Although the hearings have been rigidly structured, stuffy and sort of dry, there is always something to keep the media watchers watching.

On Monday we sat nervously awaiting new senator and former “SNL” cast member Al Franken’s opening remarks — and they were actually pretty good. And yesterday, we were riveted by Sotomayor’s rapidly blinking eyelids and serious note-taking, and we lost count of the number of times the judge was asked about nunchuks or her “wise Latina” comments.

But after Sotomayor is — seemingly inevitably — confirmed, we will all go back to our regular lives of reading Page Six and watching Kathie Lee drink too much on the “Today” show, while a handful of dedicated reporters who cover the Supreme Court of the United States will continue to track the movements of the High Court and the integration of its new member.

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Online Women’s Mag Double X Launches

double x.pngWay back in November, Slate chairman and editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg told us about the three ladies that would be helming his newest spin-off venture, online women’s magazine Double X.

Today the co-editors, Emily Bazelon, Meghan O’Rourke and Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose (previously from Gawker female-centric blog Jezebel) and publisher Peggy White, formerly Yahoo! Finance’s GM, finally unveiled Double X.

Double X has maintained the XX Factor blog, first launched on Slate in fall 2007. The success of the women’s blog — which was founded by the three editors-in-chief of Double X — spurred the development of the full-fledged online magazine and will be in the middle of the new site’s homepage.

The ambitious site will feature photos, videos and quotes “of the day,” in addition to sections about what women are thinking about right now: work and business (called “On-Ramp”) and children and family (“XXtra Small”). Double X will also host two blogs, Nick’s Dream House, which will talk about decorating on a budget, and the Oyster’s Garter, about biology and the ocean. And, it will include a women’s interest Google news feed and content from ABCNews.com.

“There’s no web site out there like Double X,” O’Rourke said in a press release about Double X’s launch. “We’ll be thoughtful without being earnest, funny without being snarky. We’ll offer a feminist viewpoint without restricting ourselves to any sort of party line. And it will be the kind of conversation men will want to eavesdrop on.”

Full release after the jump

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Above the Law Has a New Idol!

avatar Sophist ATL Idol.jpgWe told you last month that David Lat was stepping down as Above the Law‘s editor-in-chief and that the powers that be over there were in the process of choosing someone to fill his shoes. Well in keeping with the theme of the season (be it television or presidential) ATL decided to let its readers choose their next leader (also known as, “a mass of angry anonymous commenters, looking for someone new with whom to have a love-hate relationship”).

Apparently, ATL narrowed the applicants down to the top six (some of whom stayed anonymous so that they could keep their day jobs) and then foisted them on the readers who got vote on a weekly basis based on the candidates performance in varying assignments. There was also a panel of “celebrity” judges (Ann Althouse, Tom Goldstein, and Dahlia Lithwick). Could this be the first reality blogging contest ever? Simon Cowell should take note! Anyway, with almost 1900 votes cast it seems they have found themselves a winner! Sophist, who will be introducing himself shortly is expected to take over the reins sometime next month.