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Posts Tagged ‘Maureen O’Connor’

New York Magazine Writer Crashes Silicon Valley Mating Call

Great angle.


Following much outcry about Bay Area startup Dating Ring’s very public attempts to herd in eligible east coast women and match them up with fully employed San Francisco men, Maureen O’Connor convinced event organizer Lauren Kay to let her crash the party. From her New York magazine piece, hilariously headlined “I Got Shipped to California to Date Tech Guys:”

One-hundred twenty-nine donors and $10,222 later, plans were in motion. Fifteen lucky women were selected to make the trip; each would go on two “curated” dates selected and planned by the Dating Ring.

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Report: Jezebel About to Lose Its EIC

JessicaCohenTwitterProfilePicJust the other day, we told you about Jezebel founder Anna Holmes heading to Fusion TV. Now, there are rumblings of a much bigger operational change.

According to a report this afternoon by BuzzFeed’s Myles Tanzer, editor-in-chief Jessica Coen is set to step down from those full-time duties. When reached by Tanzer, she would not confirm, but she also definitely did not exactly deny:

“My husband, mortgage and cat are all in Chicago,” Coen added. “I’ve been flying to New York near-weekly for 18 months now.”

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The Cut Adds Fashion Features Editor

Kurt Soller, online style editor for Esquire, is leaving the magazine for a spot with New York’s ever-expanding fashion/lifestyle site, The Cut. Soller will be a fashion features editor for the site.

“On Monday, I start a new job at @nymag, editing fashion features for @thecut,” tweeted Soller. “Can’t wait to get started!”

Soller joins a growing staff at The Cut, which includes editorial director Stella Bugbee; features editor Maureen O’Connor; senior editor Charlotte Cowles; and beauty editor Christina Han

New York’s The Cut Takes Aim at Vogue and Jezebel

New York’s fashion blog The Cut is getting set to expand, and so it is setting its sights high. According to The New York Times, The Cut is set to grow the week of August 13, backed by better coverage of fashion shows and new content overseen by the likes of former Gawker staffer Maureen O’Connor.

The goal? To take on Vogue and Jezebel. Adam Moss, New York’s editor-in-chief, told the Times that The Cut will be ”a high-end fashion magazine with the scrappiness of a blog.”

The Cut’s growth will surely generate more interest from fashion advertisers, who already like New York. The Times reports that fashion advertising rose by 34 percent this year, and beauty product ads increased by a whopping 100 percent.

New York’s ‘The Cut’ Adds Gawker Writer

New York’s fashion blog, The Cut, has added Maureen O’Connor as its new Features Editor, according to WWD. O’Connor comes to The Cut from Gawker, where she has worked since 2009. Prior to that she contributed to The Daily Beast.

According to a New York spokesperson, O’Connor will be tasked with appointing features for the blog among other duties.

O’Connor’s last day at Gawker is this Friday.

How The National Enquirer Vets Gay Sex Stories

Obviously intrigued by the glut of John Travolta gay-masseuse-sex stories coming out  in the tabloids as of late, Gawker’s Maureen O’Connor decided to look into the National Enquirer‘s fact-checking processes. Though she spoke to a few staffers at the Enquirer and its sister tabloid Star who admitted many of their stories were utterly wrong, she seems to have come away impressed with the rigor involved in going after big scoops like the Travolta stories. Sources touting scandalous revelations are routinely given polygraph tests by a former FBI interrogator. No joke.

Writes O’Connor:

“The polygraph is an insurance policy that our lawyers like,” Star editor James Heidenry explained to me. Star‘s third editor-in-chief in little over a year, Heidenry was not on staff during Mr. Clean’s negotiation, but spoke broadly about the magazine’s tactics. “We like to get them too, to be confident with the story and reach a comfort level with it, and to protect ourselves against legal action.” If a story failed the polygraph test, “we would ditch it,” he concluded.

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Why Do White Nationalist Writers Have a Home at Marketwatch?

In the past week, not one but two writers, Robert Weissberg and John Derbyshire, were fired from the conservative magazine National Review for being overtly racist. The former was canned for participating in a white supremacist conference in Tennessee, while the latter got axed for penning a column that, among other choice nuggets of wisdom, advised white young adults, “If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date.”

The very public sackings turned into a feel good story for most of the non-racist world, and led The Atlantic to boast that “people who make a living off being racist…are [an] endangered species.”

But are they? Marketwatch, owned by Dow Jones, employs not one, but two contributors to the white nationalist site VDare. And neither seems to be in danger of losing their jobs. The first is Peter Brimelow, the editor of VDare who we’ve written about on this site before. Brimelow was fired from the NR in 1998 for his racist views. But that didn’t stop him from becoming a financial correspondent for Marketwatch–all-the-while he continuing his white nationalist propaganda on VDare.

Brimelow isn’t the only VDare contributor writing for Marketwatch. He’s joined by economic consultant Edwin Rubenstein, who also moonlights as an analyst for the National Policy Institute–an organization that aspires to “elevate the consciousness of whites, ensure our biological and cultural continuity, and protect our civil rights.”

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Gawker: David Zinczenko Plagiarizes His Own Writers

Is David Zinczenko a thief? Maureen O’Connor at Gawker thinks so. She’s reporting that the Men’s Health Editor-in-Chief has been taking articles written by writers for the magazine, then republishing them as his own for his Yahoo! column.

O’Connor says there are multiple cases of blatant plagiarism:

For instance, check out Zinczenko’s recent “15 Worst Health and Diet Myths.” Myths 1 – 5 are ripped verbatim from Men’s Health writer Alan Aragon‘s “The Truth Behind 5 Food Myths.” Zinczenko didn’t even bother changing the order of the myths.

For a more concise look at O’Connor’s case – check this link. It provides some side-by-side examples.

If it’s true, the next Men’s Health cover should have a picture of Zinczenko along with copy reading, “15 Ways To Get Writers To Write About Rock Hard Abs Then Rip Them Off.”