FishbowlDC TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser GalleyCat SocialTimes

Posts Tagged ‘Jessica Pressler’

Morning Media Newsfeed: Hackers Applaud Sony | Fox News, FBN Pulled From Dish

Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email.

Hackers to Sony: We’ll Stand Down if You Never Release Movie (CNN)
The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a “very wise” decision to cancel the Christmas day release of The Interview, a source close to the company said. TVNewser The emails, sent Thursday night, included the message “you’ve done the right thing.” The emails suggested information stolen during the hack could be released if Sony fails to ensure that the film is never seen. Re/code In an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday, David Boies, the studio’s lawyer, said The Interview will be released. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd, adding the studio is still trying to determine the best distribution outlet that would also ensure people’s safety. THR / AP North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North, and have vowed to respond. TMZ According to sources connected with the studio, Judy Smith — the inspiration behind the Olivia Pope character on Scandal – has been quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal.

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Middle Grade Novel Writing

Middle Grade Novel WritingStarting January 15, work with a literary agent to write your middle-grade novel! In this course, you'll learn how to develop strong characters, write compelling dialogue, master the art of revision, and market your work to publishing houses and agents. Register now!

Thanks to $72 Million Blunder, Bloomberg Gets Way More Than They Bargained For

NYMagReasonsLogoDeck the halls with bows of expletive. That might well describe the mood at Bloomberg today, given that a journalist they just hired has been tarred with the latest MSM fact-check scandal.

Ultimately, it is Jessica Pressler who is responsible, as the bylined author of the New York magazine item, for this note at the top of a New York Post pick-up:

Mohammed Islam has since admitted he lied to New York magazine and did not make any money on the stock market, an Observer interview reveals.

Read more

Bloomberg News Adds Two

Bloomberg News logo GBloomberg News has added two to its Projects and Investigations team. Details are below.

  • Jessica Pressler comes to Bloomberg News from New York, where she had been since 2007. She most recently served as a features writer, focusing on the big names in business and money-related topics. Pressler’s work has also appeared in GQ and Elle.
  • Monte Reel was most recently a freelancer, contributing to magazines such as Businessweek, The New York Times Magazine, Outside and Harper’s. From 2000 to 2009, Reel worked for The Washington Post, most recently as its South America bureau chief.

Read New York’s ‘Year in Culture’ Issue Just for The Arguments

New York’s “Year in Culture” issue, which hits newsstands this week, is fantastic. We haven’t made it all the way through yet, but from what we’ve read, you need to buy this issue. You should also subscribe to New York, but we’ll yell at you about that later.

The Year in Culture issue is great because of the arguments you can have after reading it. While the features are excellent — we recommend the piece on Timbaland by Jessica PresslerNew York’s critics also selected the year’s best in pop, movies, TV, art and more. Here’s an example of what could happen after you’re done reading the 10 Best TV Shows list:

You: “Can you believe New York’Matt Zoller Seitz picked Breaking Bad as the third best TV show of the year? I heard he has a drinking problem.”

Read more

Ladies! Get Tips on Pitching Stories from Some Pros

As we all know, there’s a dearth of female bylines among the biggest publications. While there have been a variety of explanations for why that is, one thing that keeps coming up is that those titles just don’t see that many pitches from women. Well ladies, you’re in luck. A panel of pros wants to help you out.

On May 29 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, a decorated group including Evan Ratliff, founder of The Atavist; Carolyn Ryan, Metro editor of The New York Times; Jessica Pressler, contributing editor to New York and Katherine Lanpher, an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, will be discussing the best techniques for pitching ideas.

The event — “Throw Like a Girl: Pitching the Hell Out of Your Stories” — is being put together by Her Girl Friday, and will be moderated by Amy O’Leary, a reporter with The New York Times. It’s also free, so you have no excuses. Oh, and there’s a “boozy mixer” afterward, so there’ll be plenty of time for shotgunning PBRs when the panel is finished. No need to get too liquored up while everyone is talking.

For more details, check this Facebook page.

New York’s Jessica Pressler Gets Monthly Business Column

New York has given Contributing Editor Jessica Pressler a new monthly business column, titled “The Money.” The feature will focus on the many big personalities in business, beginning with former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack. In Pressler’s first piece for The Money, she gets Mack to delve into Wall Street’s scene and what he’s been doing since leaving the firm.

Adam Moss says that Pressler is a perfect fit for the new column. “She is especially good as a portraitist, and this column will play to that strength by telling its stories through individuals, some known, some not,” explains Moss. “She’ll be writing about finance and other realms of business, with business itself pretty broadly defined.”

Pressler has been with New York since 2007.

Make Your Voice Count At New York Mag

Breaking into the literary dream that is New York magazine means you’ve got to offer something new, an interesting angle or exclusive access into a little-known subcultural scene in the city (or anywhere else in the world).

“A freelance pitch that provides unusual insight and access into a slightly more hidden world or scene has a better chance of becoming a story here,” said editorial director Jared Hohlt in How To Pitch: New York. ”Features that trend to get approved are narrative-focused and designed to engage the reader in good old fashioned storytelling.”

David Haskell, the magazine’s feature editor, agrees — but he needs more than just a good anecdote.

Read more

The Youngest Voices in New York

What’s scarier than kids? Nothing! Well, aside from rich and powerful kids. With that in mind, Alice Gregory and Jessica Pressler over at Daily Intel have put together a slideshow of the 10 most powerful kids in New York.

As for New York media’s little giants, Grace Helen and Chloe Murdoch, the children of Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi Deng, are listed. That’s not all, because as a “bonus,” the fetus of Lauren Santo Domingo, Contributing Editor at Vogue is included on the slideshow.

We can now cross “write about fetuses” off of our Tuesday to-do list.

NYMag.com’s Daily Intel Decides There Is Something in a Name!

dailyintelgg.pngWe’re at bit late to this, but it looks like New York Magazine’s blog Daily Intel has finally capitulated to the byline. Up until August, when the change took place, Daily Intel posts by staff bloggers (contributors were always name-checked) remained unsigned — a source of frustration for regular readers (us, for example), particularly in this age of the commentariat, where the reader tends to identify with the writer as much as the writing. Daily Intel has been a bit of a hold out in this sense, — Gawker started bylining in March of ’07, and as the MSM increasing encroaches on the online world non-bylined entries have become a thing of the past. We asked nymag.com’s managing editor Jessica Coen about the change:

We added bylines to those other posts to make it clear who had written them.

Now a reader or commenter might directly address the author of a post rather than some vague editorial identity, but it doesn’t change how any of us approach an item. We’re as openly precocious as we’ve always been.

But what do the writers think? We caught up with Daily Intel’s (and Gossip Girl expert) Jessica Pressler:

Read more