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A Journalism Career That Started in the Toilet

TheParisHeraldCoverThose were the days… After getting out of the Army in 1960 and setting his sights on journalism, James Oliver Goldsborough enrolled in law school at UC Berkeley.

Then, per a write-up today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Marylynne Pitz, this happened:

An Army buddy called from Daly City, just south of San Francisco, with great news. “We’‍ve just fired the assistant managing editor for drinking in the toilet. Would you like to try out?” his friend asked.

After a six-month stint in Daly City, Goldsborough moved to the San Francisco Examiner, where he was a cub reporter.

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Patrick Smith Recalls Bloomberg, Tribune Apologies

The headline for Patrick Smith‘s latest Salon op-ed is a good one: “Get Over Yourself, New York Times. You’re Not Standing Up to Anyone.”

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They say fiction has had its day, given over to Brooklyn-dwellers with nothing to say. True and not. Our newspapers provide splendid fiction. It is a golden age.

From 1985 to 1992, Smith was the International Herald Tribune bureau chief in Hong Kong and then Tokyo. During that time, he also wrote “Letter from Tokyo” for the New Yorker.

He takes informed, cynical stock of the current struggles of the New York Times and Bloomberg News to get their China-correspondent visas renewed for 2014. Smith also candidly explains how he sometimes failed the related white-knight test:

My own batting average is one for three. I was expelled from Singapore in the early 1980s, and my magazine at the time, the regrettably defunct Far Eastern Economic Review, kept the bureau open and listed it on the masthead with a blank where the bureau chief’s name would have gone. This went on for years.

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Date Officially Set for International Herald Tribune Rebranding

The Twitter account @IHTComms let the cat out of the bag last week. But today, it was officially confirmed by publisher Stephen Dunbar-Johnson in a letter to International Herald Tribune readers: October 15 is the day the paper will be rechristened as the International New York Times.

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There’s no revised nickname yet, like “The Not So Gray Lady,” but that will surely come. From Johnson’s missive:

“On October 14, we will publish a 24-page special report looking back at important news stories from our illustrious 125-year history, featuring reprinted archive pages and a multimedia timeline.”

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International New York Times Names International Fashion Editor

Suzy Menkes has been named international fashion editor of the International New York Times (previously the International Herald Tribune) that debuts later this year. Menkes was most recently fashion editor for the Herald Tribune.

“Fashion and lifestyle coverage have always been in the IHT’s DNA and under Suzy Menkes that coverage has become world-renowned,” said Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, publisher of the IHT, in a statement. “As international fashion editor of the International New York Times, Suzy will bring her distinctive and authoritative voice to a wider global audience across print, mobile and web platforms.”

“Suzy is a force of nature in the fashion world. I am so proud of our unrivaled fashion coverage,” added Jill Abramson, executive editor of the Times.

IHT Names William Schmidt to Top Editor Spot

23schmidt265.jpgThe International Herald Tribune has announced that William Schmidt, most recently an assistant managing editor at the New York Times, has been named IHT‘s new top editor. Schmidt will be taking over for Martin Gottlieb who has been serving in the position on an interim basis. According to the release Gottlieb will be returning to New York from Paris to continue working on the integration of the two papers.

Schmidt has been at the Times since 1981 and in 1987 he was one of a team of reporters who shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series of articles about the causes of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. He will move into his new position by the end of the year.

NY Times Sends Men to International Herald Tribune

Tribulations continue in Paris as the New York Times exerts more of its influence at the International Herald Tribune. Disgruntled staff held a meeting yesterday, and there were plenty of complaints expected, including continued concerns over compensation and how long the paper can continue as a business. There had previously been talks of bringing many of IHT’s operations to New York, and warnings some five years ago that the paper would not be allowed to continue as is if it wasn’t doing well financially by now.

Also on some minds: the gender balance. Before Christmas, staffers had complained that the opinion section was appointing only men. Serge Schmemann and Brian Zittel are Timesmen. Andrew Johnston, who was at IHT before the Times bought out the Washington Post and took over, is going on sabbatical. On the masthead, four of fourteen editorial positions are held by women.

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