Starting on March 1 Julia Allison will publish a weekly social media and web focused column through Tribune Media Services for newspapers and electronic platforms. Allison’s “Social Studies” feature will discuss the ins and outs of widely used programs including Facebook, Twiter, Myspace, and LinkedIn and devices like iPads and smartphones. Allison’s name carries a great deal of weight in the digital media world as she appeared on the cover of the August 2008 edition of Wired and has written for amNew York, Time Out New York, Newsweek, New York magazine, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post. She also was a key member of Sony VAIO’s ad campaign, working alongside Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning.
Allison said she looks forward to furthering her role as a leading voice in social media.
I fell in love with social media when I taught myself HTML and created my own Web site as a freshman in college. There isn’t a single area in our lives — socially, politically, economically — that hasn’t been touched by the digital revolution. I’ve seen both the highs and lows, and spoken publicly about my experiences at companies, universities, and conferences around the world. As a columnist, I’m now interested in helping readers make sense of this “brave new digital domain.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (no offense to worms, you do you) you’ve heard about the Gawker Media empire being hacked. Today Claire Atkinson and Keith Kelly of The New York Post take Nick Denton to task over the fiasco. As you can see, the paper even came up with a fancy picture to really capture its rage.
The article explains that Denton is in unfamiliar territory:
Now Gawker — which rarely shows mercy to its own targets — finds itself in the awkward position of asking for forgiveness from the community of commenters it depends on for a steady stream of gossip, tips and remarks that are the ‘life-blood’ of its sites.
The thing is, for Denton and Gawker Media, this is all just fantastic. Sure, Denton feels slightly bad. It’s certainly not good business to have a site get hacked. But in the end, all this means is more page views, and no matter what Denton says, that’s always a good thing. This is a company that talked non-stop about how Julia Allison wasn’t worth talking about, just because it brought in those mouse clicks.
The great Charles Dickens (FishbowlNY mandatory Tuesday Dickens reference) once wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” For Denton and Gawker Media, that sentiment has never been more true than now.
Here’s Mirchandani’s case for both: Johnson is an heir to part of his family’s estimated $138 billion fortune and writes about the secret lives of the super-rich for VF.com. His only downfall? Stubble. (We can deal.)
Leventhal, according to the Post, is a media mogul (he’s co-owner of the Curbed network and managing editor for lifestyle content on NBC Local Media’s sites) who loves dogs and vintage Rolex watches. The cons of pursuing him? “Used to date Internet fame-chaser Julia Allison.” Today, Allison responded by Tweeting, “Who is this Raakhee Mirchandani?!?! Because I am going to kick his/her ass.”
New York media personality, blogger and entrepreneur Julia Allison has a new gig: corporate spokesperson.
Gawkerreports that Allison has signed a year-long deal to make commercials for Sony.
According to Sony, Allison’s involvement is part of a new integrated marketing campaign that is similar to last year’s HDNA campaign. The concept involves a “panel” of celebrities who serve as brand ambassadors. Other celebs involved in this year’s campaign include Justin Timberlake, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (who was in last year’s commercials, see above), ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, “America’s Next Top Model” judge Nigel Barker, comedienne Amy Sedaris and cinematographer Dion Beebe. The campaign will include national commercial spots, online banner ads, radio and newsprint ads, as well as in-store merchandising, Sony said.
Although the Gawker post about Allison’s new venture is actually very nice to the notorious lifecaster, the best part of the piece is its comment section, in which Allison defends herself and her work. She notes that the Sony deal includes two national television spots, which she shot in June. We’ll keep an eye out for those once the commercials start running next month. (Sony says they’ll start in September and run through next year.)
Also in the comments, Allison revealed some details about a pilot she shot for Bravo for a reality show called “IT Girls.” She said the pilot “sucked” and wasn’t picked up. “This one was really bad,” Allison said about the pilot. “Let’s just put it this way: they chose NYC Prep over it. Yeah. Let that one sink in.”
We’re intrigued. Hey, Julia, any chance we can see this horrible pilot?
Editor & Publisher: Leaders of the News Media Guild, which represents AP employees, have requested a meeting with editors to discuss a contentious social media policy distributed to staffers last week.
Time Out New York: If you read her blog you know that Julia Allison broke up with Time Out New York, where she was the dating columnist, a while back. But today, the pub has an exit interview with the media celebutante. And yes, she’s still single — and she blames her apartment. “It’s like walking into a giant tutu,” she said.
Like almost every media outlet today, public radio station WNYC is facing tough times — as we reported yesterday it is now cutting 4 employees and eliminating eleven other unfilled positions. So it is with high hopes that the WNYC board has elected Herb Scannell chair of the station’s board of trustees.
Scannell seems like a wise choice to help lead WNYC into the future of media; he is currently chairman of Next New Networks, an independent producer of online television networks. (You may know it as the home of web celeb Julia Allison‘s “TMI Weekly” or the company that picked up Obama Girl creators BarelyPolitical.com.) He also previously served as vice chair of MTV Networks and president of Nickelodeon before co-founding Next New Networks in 2006, and he brings 25 years of media experience to his role at WNYC.
“As the models of traditional journalism are radically altered by the economy and the fast-paced demands of the online world, public radio has been able to retain its journalistic values while embracing new platforms and expanding its reach,” NYC president Laura Walker said in a statement yesterday. “We’re honored to have Herb, with his invaluable digital experience, at the helm during a time of rapid change and tremendous possibilities.”
Our two favorite stories to come out of last night’s party-going both involve New York Observer reporters. The first from Gwen Iffill‘s book party hosted by Atlantic publisher David Bradley at his home on Embassy Row. Rumor has it when a certain NYO media reporter asked guest Maureen Dowd (looking svelte in black lace) whether or not she had a minute for the paper she answered “No.” Did she have 50 seconds? Still no. Forty-five? Nope. And so on. In a last ditch effort said reporter wanted to know whether MoDo had time for one question. Not so much.
Meanwhile, NYO‘s Felix Gillette, who was declined an invite for the HuffPo wrist-banded cluster scene last night at the Newseum, managed to sweep in as part of the Jonas Brothers entourage. For her part (also uninvited) Julia Allison told she’d managed slip through the security by storming the red carpet.
Last night’s GlamourWomen of the Year Awards ceremony held at Carnegie Hall was a rare thing — interesting and inspiring all at the same time (and how often can you say that?!) We’ve all heard more than once in the last twelve months that regardless of the outcome of this election this year has been all about the woman. And last night’s line-up of recipients, which included Condoleezza Rice, Tyra Banks, Maureen Chiquet (the woman who heads Chanel is from Missouri!), Kara Walker, Nicole Kidman, the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Jane Goodall, Najood Ali (the 10 yr old Yemen girl who convinced the courts to give her a divorce from her adult husband), and Hillary Clinton (two standing ovations) was an excellent representation of just that. Also perhaps a reflection of the magazine’s pull, particularly in these tough times (Condi Rice said she’s been reading since she was twelve). Also, Cindi Leive rocked the most amazing shoes of the night, just saying.
The star-studded event lived up to its glamour moniker (we joked on our way in that security was so tight it felt like the secret service was in the building…turns out they were!) and most of the recipients attended the packed dinner at the Essex House afterward — we spotted Nicole Kidman front and center with hubby Keith Urban, tiny Kate Bosworth floating about, and Harvey Weinstein “dropping in” on our way out. Later this twitter from Julia Allison turned us almost entirely green with envy. After the jump more highlights from the night as well as some vid of Hillary’s, Condi’s, and Tyra’s speeches (all of them mention their mothers). [UPDATE: The video is now working!]