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Fast Company Editor on Why She Ditched Hudson, New York

ReyhanHarmanciTwitterProfilePicReyhan Harmanci (pictured) gave it a good go. A job with Modern Farmer led her and partner Patrick in 2012 from San Francisco, where they were priced out of the home-buying market, to the upstate New York community of Hudson.

But after two years, Harmanci is now back in the big city – NYC – and reflecting in the New York Times on her pursuit of a “small town fantasy:”

In a startup, it’s easy for work to dominate one’s personal life. In my case, managing a small team in a small town erased the distinctions altogether. After work, the staff in Hudson’s only amusement seemed to be bouncing around the town’s handful of bars. Besides my colleagues, I had few actual friends.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Google Buys Songza | MSNBC Holds Second Place

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Google in Deal for Songza, A Music Playlist Service (NYT)
In a sign of growing consolidation in the digital music business, Google announced on Tuesday that it had bought Songza, a three-year-old app that competes with Pandora and others in making customized playlists of recommended songs. Re/code The New York Post reported in June that the deal could be worth $15 million. Unlike some acquired startups, Songza won’t be shutting down. Its team will be joining Google in New York and helping with contextual recommendation features for Google Play and possibly YouTube down the line. GigaOM Songza offers custom curated playlists based on categories like genre, mood, decade and activity (“Drinking at A Dive Bar,” “’60s International,” etc.) and offers song suggestions based on the time of day and week. The service is free and songs aren’t interrupted by ads. THR The acquisition comes on the heels of Apple’s deal to purchase Beats Electronics and its streaming music service for $3 billion. Amazon also has jumped into the music streaming market with the launch of the Prime Music service, which comes as part of its $99 annual Prime subscription. The move appears to be part of Google’s plans to compete in this increasingly crowded music-streaming space, which is already dominated by Spotify. Variety Google said it plans to use Songza to make its Play Music service more attractive. The Songza purchase also comes as marketers are spending more on online and mobile radio services in the U.S. Ad sales generated $1.65 billion in the U.S. last year, a gain of 26.3 percent, according to digital research group eMarketer. That’s expected to increase another 23 percent to $2 billion this year.

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Harry McCracken Joins Fast Company

Harry McCracken has found his new home: Fast Company. According to McCracken, he’s joining the magazine July 21 as its new technology editor. McCracken left his role as editor-at-large for Time in May.

Here’s McCracken on why he chose Fast Company:

The publication is committed to excellence in print and online, a fact which its peers in the American Society of Magazine Editors recently celebrated by naming it as Magazine of the Year. Just as important, it’s produced by people who are scrappy, curious, and willing to experiment, traits which are reflected in the fact that much of the brand’s web presence consists of excellent specialized sites such as Co.Design. It’s going to be a fun, challenging place to be.

McCracken said he will continue to update Technologizer — the site he founded — every once in awhile and will continue to curate its Flipboard magazine.

Cover Battle: Fast Company or The New Republic

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This fight features Fast Company taking on The New Republic. For its latest issue, Fast Company went with a photograph of Anna Kendrick lying on what looks like a giant bed of hair. Gross. Imagine the dandruff that thing creates.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Jansing Promoted | CBS Crew Detained | News Corp. Buys Harlequin

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Chris Jansing Named Senior White House Correspondent for NBC News (TVNewser)
Changes are coming to NBC’s Washington bureau. NBC News president Deborah Turness has named Chris Jansing as the new senior white house correspondent and Peter Alexander as national correspondent. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Jansing, who will report primarily for NBC Nightly News, will relocate from New York to Washington and will stop hosting her MSNBC show Jansing & Co. The network said her replacement will be announced in the coming weeks. Variety Both Jansing and Alexander will work as part of a unit that also comprises Chuck Todd, the NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent, and Kristen Welker, who will continue to report for NBC Nightly News and Today. HuffPost It will be the latest of a string of changes at that network, which has recently reshuffled its daytime lineup and added Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid to its roster. Deadline Hollywood Jansing joined NBC News in June 1998, and has also anchored Jansing & Co. on MSNBC since October 2010. She anchored MSNBC’s coverage of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 as the events unfolded, extensively covered several presidential campaigns for both NBC News and MSNBC and hosted a series of reports called Battleground America.

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‘Data Ninjas’ Help Vocativ Journalists Mine the Deep Web

Getting to the bottom of the “unindexed, un-Google-able Web” (a.k.a. deep Web) is a time-consuming, multilingual operation. To support the efforts of journalists in that direction at Vocativ, the company relies on a half-dozen specialists it likes to call “data ninjas.”

That tidbit and several others can be found in Fast Company writer Neal Ungerleider‘s fascinating look at the two-year-old digital news agency. The company is headed by Scott Cohen, formerly digital executive editor of the New York Daily News:

Cohen says that the six “ninja” analysts currently at the company work with journalists on a 1.5:1 or 2:1 ratio, and he emphasizes the analysts’ multilingual background. At the moment, Vocativ’s analysts speak Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Mandarin, Persian, Russian and “even a bit of Hausa.”

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Former LA Times Tech Reporter Bets on Lighthaus

David Sarno is ready to roll up his sleeves. Per a nifty item in Fast Company by Nicole Laporte, he has completed a John S. Knight journalism fellowship at Stanford and is preparing to pitch investors on his startup Lighthaus.

The San Francisco-based enterprise is all about creating high-end interactive touchscreen graphics to go along with online newspaper and magazine stories. For his final Stanford project, Sarno created a $5,000 graphic depicting the intricacies of natural gas fracking. From Laporte’s piece:

Lighthaus has already drummed up interest. The Dallas Morning News is working with Sarno to create its own fracking graphic, and Stanford Medicine magazine has commissioned Lighthaus to create technology to explain the medical condition known as placenta accreta.

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Cover Battle: Fast Company or Businessweek

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have Fast Company versus Bloomberg Businessweek. Fast Company went with a cover advising us all to “unplug” from social media. Here’s what we always say when this tired subject comes up: If you feel the need to unplug from social media, you shouldn’t be using social media.

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Land $2 Per Word and Up at Inc.

incmagazine.jpgInc., a monthly publication targeting the entrepreneurial community, is currently accepting pitches for all sections. ”We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” managing editor Alexandra Brez told Mediabistro.

And, before you fire off a pitch with a generic business angle, keep in mind that the pub goes to great lengths to set itself apart from competitors such as Fast Company or Forbes. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in our community of entrepreneurs,” Brez said. “We are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

Get more details on pitching guidelines, plus contact info for all editors in  How to Pitch: Inc. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

– Nicholas Braun

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Land $2 Per Word and Up at Inc.

incmagazine.jpgInc., a monthly publication targeting the entrepreneurial community, is currently accepting pitches for all sections. ”We are a magazine about people who are incredibly passionate and have the will to start a business from scratch,” managing editor Alexandra Brez told Mediabistro.

And, before you fire off a pitch with a generic business angle, keep in mind that the pub goes to great lengths to set itself apart from competitors such as Fast Company or Forbes. ”We are different because of our sophistication, as well as our connection to and interest in our community of entrepreneurs,” Brez said. “We are a very likable brand. People are proud to be featured by us.”

Get more details on pitching guidelines, plus contact info for all editors in  How to Pitch: Inc. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

– Nicholas Braun

ag_logo_medium.gifThe full version of this article is exclusively available to Mediabistro AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, register now for as little as $55 a year for access to hundreds of articles like this one, discounts on Mediabistro seminars and workshops, and all sorts of other bonuses.

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