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ISIS Reportedly Holding Another Journalist Captive (TVNewser)
ISIS released a new video Thursday showing a British journalist as its prisoner. The video, since deleted by YouTube, shows British journalist John Cantlie. HuffPost Cantlie, a former reporter for the Sunday Times, the Sun and the Sunday Telegraph, went missing in Syria in 2012, but was later freed by the Free Syrian Army. Cantlie reportedly then returned to Syria in 2012, along with U.S. journalist James Foley. Foley was beheaded by ISIS in August, a horrific killing that was also recorded and released on video. Reuters In the new roughly three-minute video posted on social media sites, the man identified as Cantlie appears in good health and promises to “convey some facts” in a series of “programs,” suggesting there would be further installments. “Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner. He’s got a gun at his head and he’s being forced to do this.’ Right?” the man in the video, wearing an orange shirt and closely-cropped hair, says. “Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose.” Mashable He delivers a propaganda message to the West, promising to show “the truth” about the jihadists and stop what he calls the “seemingly inevitable sequence of events” that’s taking Western countries to another war in the Middle East. He promises that he will appear in more videos to come. NYT Analysts said that the shift in tone from the previous videos sought to gain maximum exposure and showed how attuned the group is to Western sensibilities in crafting its message. The video, like those before it, seems designed to forestall international military action against the Islamic State. But while the previous videos threatened revenge for attacks, Cantlie’s message seemed crafted to capitalize on reluctance in the West to get involved in a new war. “After two disastrous and hugely unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, why is it that our governments appear so keen to get involved in yet another unwinnable conflict?” he says.

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Food + Wine Cuts Six Staffers

Food + Wine has let go of six editorial staffers in an attempt to cut costs. WWD reports that the restructuring will allow Food + Wine’s editor, Dana Cowin, to focus more on the digital side of the glossy.

The cuts are just the latest moves by Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp to turn around the now independent publishing house. Time Inc.’s first quarterly report since being shed by Time Warner wasn’t pretty — it came with a net loss of $32 million. Obviously things have to change, and one easy way (well, not exactly easy) to do that is trim staffers across the board.

When Ripp was recently asked about layoffs, he responded like a politician. “It’s not about downsizing, it’s about are we making the appropriate investments in our products,” said Ripp at the time. In other words, there are more layoffs to come.

Good News-Bad News for Salt Lake City

Food & Wine tags its first annual “America’s Favorite Food Cities” online survey as “quasi-scientific” and “potentially controversial.” Indeed, those two things tend to go together like a risotto’s mushrooms and finely shaved Parmesan.

In the “Best of the Rest” section, Salt Lake City receives a couple of flagged mentions. There, asserts the magazine, you will find both this country’s Worst Tippers and fewest amount of Pompous Foodies.

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Food & Wine Adds Two, WSJ Names Economics Reporter

Food & Wine has two new staffers and The Wall Street Journal has a new economics reporter. Details are below.

  • Sarah DiGregorio and Yaran Noti have both joined the Food & Wine team. DiGregorio has been named senior editor in the magazine’s food department and Noti is the title’s new features editor. DiGregorio comes to Food & Wine from Parade, where she served as food editor. Noti most recently worked at Food Network Magazine.
  • The Wall Street Journal has named Matt Stiles an economics reporter. Stiles most recently worked for NPR as a data editor. Stiles had been with NPR since 2011.

Food & Wine Launches Rad Brand Targeting Rad Millennials

Who wants to party??? [Insert guitar riff here] That’s the question Food & Wine seems to be asking with the launch of its new site, FWx. The brand promises to be “a guide to before you go out, when you are out, and glorious recovery.”

FWx is clearly meant to appeal to millennials, though it does so in a comical way. First of all, that name. FWx? Is that supposed to be funny? Because it’s hilarious. Perhaps adding an ‘x” to a name somehow tricks 20 somethings into thinking it’s worthwhile. If so, then party on, FWx.

Then there’s the site’s content. The first two articles on FWx are headlined “Will It Smear? Gummi Bear Armageddon” and “This White Boy Raps About Food. Any Questions?” The former is a video of a blowtorch melting gummi bears, the latter is a video of a guy delivering rhymes like “Content rich like butter, as the world churns / I got that dry ice flow, so cold that it burns.” Sigh.

FWx is so bad it’s mentally exhausting. We’re not sure if the editors at Food & Wine realize this or not, but it is possible to target millennials without going over the top like this. There really are some 25 year olds out there who don’t speak in gifs. But we guess there are some that do, too. For them, FWx will be a tubular addition to their lives.

Time Inc. Buys American Express Publishing

Joe Ripp, Time Inc.’s new CEO, has made his first big move: Purchasing American Express Publishing and its five titles. As part of the deal, AmEx Publishing — the company behind DeparturesTravel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Executive Travel and Black Ink — will become a subsidiary of Time Inc.

As with any large buy, the Time Inc. acquisition was accompanied by a variety of statements that all sound the same. “American Express Publishing is home to the most desirable brands in the luxury space and we’re delighted they will become part of Time Inc.,” said Ripp. Ed Kelly, president and CEO of AmEx Publishing, added “This sale is a formula for success that will allow us to further develop our extraordinary brands, services and traditions.”

The deal is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Financial details weren’t disclosed. But feel free to guess.

Food & Wine to Give ‘Top Chef’ its Day in Print

When you think of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” what comes to mind? Probably Padma Lakshmi, right? Okay, maybe that’s just us. You probably think of food and competition, but now, thanks to Food & Wine, you might start thinking of magazines as well. That’s because in its January issue, Food & Wine is bringing the popular TV show to print, in a special 24 page section.

The section will be an advertorial, with content centering on the show’s contestants. If it’s a hit, the “Top Chef” content might blossom into its own magazine.

“There are many elements from a consumer marketing part of it,” Christina Grdovic, Food & Wine’s Publisher, told Adweek. “We’d like it to be a 13th issue or some sort of a stand-alone, but we have to see if it makes sense.”

Bringing a TV show to print is a good idea for Food & Wine, especially one as popular as “Top Chef.” The brand carries weight and it’ll generate plenty of attention among readers. And if there happens to one day be a Lakshmi photo spread, well, that probably wouldn’t hurt either.

Food & Wine Adds TV Personality as Contributing Editor

Food & Wine has named Andrew Zimmern as a Contributing Editor. Zimmern is mostly known for hosting The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” and “Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World,” where he travels the world eating the strangest foods he can find.

His new weekly column at Food & Wine’s website, “Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen Adventures,” will feature recipes he learned while globe trotting as well as classic American dishes.

Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief, said of Zimmern, “His recipes for foodandwine.com will bridge the gap between exotic flavors and American comfort food.”

Alex Vallis Joins Food & Wine as Senior Digital Editor

Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin announced that Alex Vallis has joined the magazine as senior digital editor today, where will focus on creating and packaging new content for foodandwine.com.

Vallis joins Food & Wine from NBC’s lifestyle website, thefeast.com, and prior to that, she was a food editor at nymag.com.

More importantly for the foodies, Vallis never misses the opportunity to incorporate Greek yogurt into a recipe, and her go-to dish is meatballs and tomato sauce. Sounds delicious! We’re getting hungry… must be time for some more flakes.

Food & Wine Steps Into The Digital Kitchen

Although they have covered man’s primal needs of eating and drinking for over 30 years, Food & Wine has come a long way in making their content easier to access for readers.  After introducing an iPad app in October, Food & Wine is advancing their social media presence by hosting monthly Facebook live chats with well-known chefs.  This new campaign will begin tomorrow and allow users to ask New York chef and restaurant owner Scott Conant questions about his cooking style and recipes.

Conant, who owns Scarpetta and Faustina, will discuss recipes from his recently opened Las Vegas restaurant D.O.C.G. and share some holiday cooking advice.  The Facebook chat is a complement to Food & Wine’s feature on Conant in this month’s print issue.

F&W’s Facebook fan page currently exceeds 120,000 followers and interactive events like these live chats have helped broaden the magazine’s appeal.  In November, Food & Wine hosted an online discussion with their own senior recipe developer Grace Parisi and their Facebook Mix & Share page provides party tips from Bacardi and F&W special projects manager Gail Simmons.

Tomorrow’s hour-long chat with Scott Conant will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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