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Capital New York Talks to Guardian US EIC

GD*26913990Just ahead of beginning her new duties as Guardian US editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner chatted with Joe Pompeo for the September issue of Capital magazine.

The British newspaper’s stateside plans include an imminently larger New York office, the addition of a Silicon Valley bureau and some other close-to-the-vest tactics. In fact, Pompeo had to reach out to a senior colleague of Viner’s – via a lofty European vacation perch – to get a tiny bit more of the skinny:

Viner wouldn’t get into the nuts and bolts, telling me she didn’t want to publicize them in an article before having discussions with staff. She did however say that Guardian US is “in a period of ambitious growth, and we are working on a number of serious plans.”

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New York Magazine Finds Its New Executive Editor

She is Lauren Kern, returning to the glossy after a four-year stint at New York Times Magazine. Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo has the memo sent out to staff Monday by New York EIC Adam Moss.

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Kern, deputy editor at the New York Times Magazine, was seen to be in line for the top job there along with fellow deputy editor Joel Lovell (now working on NYT special projects) when Hugo Lindgren exited for Hollywood. But instead, the NYT opted for Texas Monthly EIC Jake Silverstein. (Kern had worked alongside Lindgren at New York magazine.)

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This EIC’s Ambitions Are ‘Much Bigger Than Bikinis’

Joe Pompeo‘s piece in the August issue of Capital magazine about the National Enquirer is full of descriptive detail.

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Sourcing of Enquirer stories, the reporter writes, sometimes ‘looks thinner than a supermodel’s waistline.’ More flatteringly, he found editor-in-chief Dylan Howard to be ‘looking sharp in his tortoise-shell glasses and dark-blue linen Ludlow suit’ during a recent visit to the AMI publication’s consolidated NYC operations. To Pompeo, Howard appeared even a little… angelic:

The cherubic 32-year-old was installed in the Enquirer’s top masthead slot when American Media Inc. moved the title back to Manhattan from the company’s flagship Florida headquarters this May. His ambitions are much bigger than bikinis.

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Bloomberg Media Sets Timetable for Politics, Business Sites

BloombergLPPromoThere was a two-hour town hall meeting at Bloomberg L.P. last week. And as Joe Pompeo recounts in his very informative Capital New York piece, some important details were shared about the media group by Bloomberg Businessweek EIC Josh Tyrangiel:

Employees were informed that the first in a planned suite of “digital-led multi-platform brands,” a politics site being developed by high-profile political journalists and Game Change authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, both poached by Bloomberg in May with annual salaries reported to be north of $1 million, will debut on October 6 – 30 days before the 2014 Midterms — in tandem with a daily half-hour television show hosted by the duo that will air in Bloomberg TV’s 5 p.m. time slot as well as streaming online…

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Joe Pompeo Boards the New York Media Boat

Is this Capital New York headline a tad sarcastic? Maybe. But even if Bjoern Kils isn’t quite “Living the Dream,” he’s still got one of the least desk-chained and highly hourly-compensated gigs on the Manhattan media horizon.

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Per Joe Pompeo‘s recent field trip, Kils is captain of the New York Media Boat, a Willard Marine Sea Force 7-meter Standard vessel that when not booked for a media gig, ferries sightseers. Media clients have included the Golf Channel, Celebrity Apprentice, MSG Channel and more:

Kils has hosted reporters from the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg for a press event touting a solar-powered ship; shuttled CNN to the site of the great JFK jet-ski security breach of 2012; and taken the Chasing New Jersey team on a tour of the Garden State’s ravaged coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Deconstructing Jill Abramson’s Sudden Departure

new-york-times-logoHere’s the first of what will be many bits of anecdotal evidence submitted in an effort to decipher the abrupt exit of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. It comes from a New Yorker item by Ken Auletta:

Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs.

“She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

Another source however told Auletta that the salary gap had been closed,* leaving only a pension disparity tied to the pair’s differing lengths of NYT service.

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The FishbowlNY 60-Second Interview with Joe Pompeo

JoePompeoPicYou read the headline right. To highlight Capital New York’s ongoing and very informative Q&A series “60-Second Interview,” we decided to throw that format at the man who came up with the idea – senior reporter Joe Pompeo.

We wanted to adhere as closely as possible to the way Capital does these. So, the conversation was conducted via email and consisted of five questions.

Although these 60-Second Interviews are initially available only to Capital Pro subscribers, they are eventually archived to the open Web. Our thanks to Joe as well as to Capital’s media and marketing associate Caitlin O’Connell for their help with this.

FISHBOWLNY: Which 60-Second Interviews (and/or remarks within) have gotten the most reaction so far?

POMPEO: Obviously the ones we’ve done with “celebrity” type media figures have been pretty popular: Larry King, Glenn Beck, Jay McInerney, etc. I seem to recall our Shane Smith installment going a bit viral. One of our very first ones was with Janine Gibson from Guardian U.S. and that got a lot of traction.

FISHBOWLNY: How is each participant selected? Is it pretty much just up to you, and dependent on access, or is it a daily editorial meeting discussion?

POMPEO: Oh it’s all much more casual than that. And while I was the one who came up with the feature in the first place, I’m by no means the arbiter. Basically everyone on our seven-person media desk is constantly brainstorming and putting out requests. We started getting pitches from publicists and sources pretty early on, too, which is great in terms of feeding the beast. It’s never fun when 5 p.m. rolls around and we realize we don’t have an interviewee lined up for the following morning.

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Cameoing House of Cards Reporter: ‘It Was Harder to Play Myself Than I Expected’

MattBaiTwitterProfilePicFun little item today from Joe Pompeo. He caught up with Matt Bai, the D.C.-based former New York Times Magazine reporter who has a two-scene cameo in Season Two of House of Cards.

Bai, now with Yahoo News, is friends with program showrunner Beau Willimon. He shot his scenes last August and September, and alongside an approved, dummy copy of the NYT mag, uttered slightly altered lines of dialogue:

Bai got to look over his portions of the script. He made a few tweaks, like ditching a line in which he talks about the “angle” of his piece: “I would never discuss my stories in terms of angles.”

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Jess Cagle Gets Two BIG Promotions

JessCaglePicWhen we spoke last spring with EW managing editor Jess Cagle, he was getting ready to juggle those duties with some 24/7 Sirius XM overseeing. A year later, there’s a whole lot more on this talented and well-liked journalist’s plate.

Per a report this morning from Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo, Cagle has been promoted to editorial director of EW and given the reins of sister publication People as editor. He replaces Larry Hackett:

The announcement was made this morning by David Geithner, president of Time Inc.’s style and entertainment group, and Norm Pearlstine, the company’s chief content officer, in a memo obtained by Capital.

It is the first sign of major rumblings that are expected to rock Time Inc. this year as the company prepares to be spun off from Time Warner.

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NYT Poaches Pulitzer Prize-Winning AP Reporter Matt Apuzzo

MattApuzzoAs is so often the case, Capital New York media reporter Joe Pompeo got the jump today on a major, simultaneous internal announcement by Associated Press and the New York Times. AP investigative star Matt Apuzzo – who, with Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley won a 2011 Pulitzer for exposing troublesome NYPD surveillance tactics – is leaving the wire service and will start at the paper in the new year.

Pompeo has embedded both announcements in full. We thought it would be fun to whittle these missives down to the nouns and adjectives principally used to describe this departing-arriving star:

AP memo: Whip-smart; intellectually aggressive; drive; discipline; good judgment; wisdom.

NYT memo: Gifted; natural collaborator.

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