TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Kate Taylor’

WSJ‘s Local NY Looks Bigger Than Expected

3008.jpgWhen a media company starts hiring, it makes news. And when that company is hiring more people than expected it’s a cause for celebration.

This fall, we were excited to learn that The Wall Street Journal was seeking to hire about a dozen local New York reporters to cover everything from city and state government to the arts for a new section in the paper set to compete directly against The New York Times.

But the hiring news now is getting even better (although the Times might disagree). Today, The New York Observer reports that the Journal‘s New York bureau will actually include three times as many staffers as originally expected — including a number of former New York Sun writers and editors, like John Seeley, the former managing editor of the Sun, who has been picked to lead the new bureau. Other reported hires include former Sun staffers Jacob Gershman, Kate Taylor, Erica Orden and Ryan Sager, and Michael Saul from The New York Daily News.

It’s no secret that Rupert Murdoch, CEO of Journal owner News Corp., has no love lost for the Times, and this new venture is seen among New York media circles as a direct assault against the Gray Lady’s dominance in the local media space, especially in arts coverage. We’re waiting patiently until April to see what this new launch will bring — and whether another feud between the Journal and the Times will crop up before then.

Read more: Rupert vs. the WorldThe Observer

Previously: Times-Journal Feud Update, Wall Street Journal Looks To Hire Local NY Reporters

Mediabistro Course

Magazine Writing

Magazine WritingStarting September 4, learn how to get your work in top publications! You'll learn how to create captivating stories editors will want and readers will love, understand which magazines are right for your stories, craft compelling pitch letters, and more! You'll leave this class with two polished articles and corresponding pitch letters. Register now! 

Margaret B Jones, Margaret Seltzer, Peggy –Aw to Hell With It!

seltzer(Small).JPG

Motoko Rich owns the Peggy Seltzer story, and don’t even think of nabbing a tiny bit of it.

Rich writes about the deep thinking that went on at Riverhead. They all knew about the author’s various names:

Ms. Seltzer told her editor and her publisher that she wanted to use the pseudonym because it was the name she was known by in the gang world and because she was trying to reconnect with her birth mother and felt that using her real name would complicate this effort.

And you know what those gangbanger book clubs are like! Publishing windfall.

Sarah McGrath was snowed by a letter of recommendation:

(She)…had provided what she said were photographs of her foster siblings, a letter from a gang leader corroborating her story and had introduced her agent, Faye Bender, to a person who claimed to be a foster sister.

Was it the Mrs. John L. Strong stationery that impressed her or the elegant turn of phrase?

Poor freelancer Mimi Read–she got stuck with the trip to Eugene and the pit-bull meet up.

Ira Silverberg, JT LeRoy’s agent, chimes in:

It is not an industry capable of checking every last detail.

Silverberg couldn’t check even one detail–the actual existence of his author.

ExPat Jane doesn’t mince her words:

You gotta have Chip or Becky struggling with the gang bangers and crack heads in the ghetto instead of whiling away in the suburbs to make it worth signing.

Yxta Maya Murray is so proud of herself for believing every single word. Oh good grief.

And NPR didn’t air Seltzer’s interview with Michel Martin on Tell Me More. And guess what–she doesn’t sound the same as she did in the Boston interview–she’s also all worried about sounding “racist”. That’s the least of her worries.

She also claims that people in Eugene, Oregon think she looks “ethnic” and approach her in the supermarket. Su-u-u-re they do.

Michael Goldstein explains why writers lie.

White chicks sittin’ around talkin’: Celeste Fremont explains it all to Patt Morrison, who recalls Danny Santiago. Cupcake Brown, call in, please.

Kate Taylor explains why fact checking is so expensive.

GalleyCat has the publishing world covered and he’s our own lil’ homeskillet, yo.