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New York Times Company CEO Plunks Down Seven Figures for ‘Dilapidated’ Four-Bedroom

Perhaps it’s time for Merriam-Webster’s One-Percenter Dictionary. Because as noted this afternoon on Twitter by Michael Calderone and HuffPost Media, this rarefied group’s definition of English-language words can be a little different than yours or ours.

TheCornwallThe Twitter discussion was sparked by an article by The Real Deal Web producer Mark Maurer. The item details the purchase by New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson and his wife of a $3.4 million unit in Upper West Side cooperative The Cornwall:

Lynn Sullivan of Brown Harris Stevens represented the seller, while Jeffrey Silverstein of Douglas Elliman represented the buyer. The seller was John Ziegler, who lived there for about 35 years and wanted to scale down, Sullivan said.

“The seller didn’t want anyone to rip it apart, but this couple was interested in restoring it,” Sullivan told The Real Deal. “They said, ‘We can see the treasure in a dilapidated castle.’”

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Committee to Protect Journalists Rejects Call for Event Chair Resignation

There was a bit of an overseas ruckus ahead of tonight’s International Press Freedom Awards dinner in New York City, during which the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will honor four courageous reporters.

DanielLDoctoroffYing Chan, a Hong Kong journalist and professor who was celebrated at the same annual dinner 15 years ago, called on event chairman Daniel Doctoroff, CEO of Bloomberg L.P., to resign from that post. He feels that it is hypocritical for the exec to oversee the event given recent reports of Bloomberg allegedly killing a big China enterprise story out of fears it would anger the country and the related November 13 dismissal of Hong Kong Bloomerg reporter Michael Forsythe.

ChinaFile reporter Emily Brill got this statement from the CPJ:

Sandra Mims Rowe, chairman of the CPJ Board of Directors, declined to be interviewed, as did CPJ executive director Joel Simon. Rowe issued the following statement:

“I chair the CPJ board of directors and have heard from several board members that you are trying to draw a connection between Dan Doctoroff chairing the Press Freedom Awards banquet and Bloomberg’s handling of the recent China stories. I can speak for CPJ. This is a false linkage. We are pleased to have Dan Doctoroff as chair of the event and we look forward to a successful banquet Tuesday.”

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Capital New York Adds Three Weekly Columnists

And according to The Huffington Post’s senior media reporter Michael Calderone, the model for all three will be more “Jimmy Breslin than Joe Scarborough.” Sounds good to us.

25 Hours website photos - reporters & editors. George Rush and Joanna Molloy.From Calderone’s item:

Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer‘s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy (pictured), a veteran Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite.

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The New York Times Isn’t Trying to Woo Back Atlantic Editor James Bennet

The New York Times editor Jill Abramson met with James Bennet, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, but he denied that she was trying to woo him back to the paper where he spent 15 years.

The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone heard from unnamed sources that Abramson wanted to gauge Bennet’s interest in returning to the Times, possibly to replace Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren.

Bennet did not immediately respond to an email from FishbowlNY requesting comment.

But he did respond to Calderone, saying he’d rather be left “out of one of these toxic Times gossip stories.”

“You and your sources have me: I met with Jill! Who is an old friend, and a brilliant editor,” Bennet said in an email. “I hope someday to meet with her again. And I have met at times with other people at the NYT, as I meet with people in media all the time who are serious, like us, about doing and sustaining great journalism. It’s useful to compare notes. But they didn’t, and they haven’t, offered me any job. And now I’m going to get back to doing the job that I love.”

Image: [Business Insider]

Studio City Freelancer Among This Year’s S.I. Newhouse Finalists

Remember all that business last spring about The Hobbit’s 48-frames-per-second technology? Among the reporters covering the topic at that time was Studio City-based freelance writer Hugh Hart for Wired magazine.

While Peter Jackson’s 48-fps experiment didn’t exactly set the movie business on fire, it has paved the way for Hart to travel this summer to New York City for the S.I. Newhouse School Mirror Awards, which honor the best reporting about digital media. His Wired feature is a nominee in the Best Single Article category alongside The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone, Media Matters’ Joe Strupp and three others.

Hart did a great job in the Wired piece of framing the historical Hollywood context, moving in his first two paragraphs from a current studio to Thomas Alva Edison circa 1890. The reporter also landed the holy grail for this sort of piece – an interview with James Cameron. (Hart also spoke with visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull and several others.)

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2013 Mirror Awards Finalists Named

The 2013 Mirror Awards finalists have been announced. The awards highlight excellence in media reporting. The winners will be announced Wednesday, June 5, at Cipriani. Congrats to all those nominated.

Best Single Article – Traditional/Legacy Media

Best Single Article – Digital Media

A Brilliant Mind | It’s All Good | Posting Dollars

TVNewser: Alex Jones (once again) shows why people respect his opinion so much, as he goes on a rant about bathrooms.

FishbowlDC: Michael Calderone, former Politico staffer, has no beef with Politico.

GalleyCat: Publishing projects on Kickstarter raised $15 million last year. Time to dust off that idea for a ‘zine based on Thundercats!

The Best Responses to Politico’s Absurd Media Bias Article

Politico recently published a piece accusing the New York Times and Washington Post of being “blatantly” biased in favor of Barack Obama. The piece was odd/wrong/ridiculous on a number of levels, and the masses have begun to make their opinions known to Politico.

Below are excerpts from some of the best responses. Enjoy the righteous anger.

Devin Gordon, GQ:

Politico published this story the day after one of its targets, The Times, published an astonishing expose about President Obama’s personal oversight of a terrorist ‘kill list.’ In what universe is that not vetting? Part of Politico’s argument is that these two media outlets have spent far too much time on the silly stuff about the Romney family, chasing stories that have no bearing on candidate Mitt’s qualifications for office — but then, in the same breath, they ignore the Times when it focuses, exceptionally, relentlessly, on the truly important stuff like Obama’s record on national security.

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Financial Woes May Mean the Death of The American Prospect

The American Prospect, a left-leaning political magazine, is facing the possibility of shutting down at the end of May. To keep the lights on, the nonprofit rag is in need of $500,000. Prospect editor Kit Rachlis (previously an editor at the LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and LA Weekly) told Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post that the publication hopes to raise the needed funds through donors and readers.

Still, Rachlis thought the situation was serious enough to inform staffers last Thursday of the magazine’s current financial woes.

Rachlis said Prospect editors “thought it was important to be fair to the staff, to let them know there was a possibility that if we didn’t fill it, the Prospect‘s last issue as currently constituted would be the July/August issue.” The Prospect, which has a robust website, publishes 10 print issues annually; the July/August double issue closes in late May.

Here’s hoping they pull through. The world doesn’t need any more unemployed journalists.

Tom Lowry Leaves Variety for The Daily

For all of the naysaysers who say The Daily won’t make it: you’ll be saying that for a while, because it’s not giving up anytime soon. Michael Calderone at Huffington Post reports that Rupert Murdoch‘s tablet publication has nabbed Tom Lowry from Variety to be its new Business Editor. Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo said in a staff memo: “Tom comes to us from Variety, where he was a senior editor, and BusinessWeek before that. He is an excellent journalist and a great guy and we’re thrilled to have him aboard.”

Calderone added, “The Daily, which hopes to build a national audience, has always had its sights set beyond the Manhattan media fishbowl.” We’re trying not to take that reference personally.

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